The Birthday Dress

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You have to stand out on your birthday, it is a must! Last year I wore a full length silver and gold sequin dress. Crazy right? Not for me.  I don’t believe that just because I’m not a movie star I don’t deserve to look glamorous.  The dress was amazing, and I felt great in it, even though everyone else was in normal club attire.  Many of my friends abide by fashion rules, and worry about what everyone else is wearing.  Not me.  I would always rather be over dressed than under dressed for an occasion.  So when I saw that sparkling dress I knew it had to be my bday dress.

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This year I was celebrating my birthday at Carthay Circle, a restaurant modeled after the 1920’s theater where Walt Disney premiered Snow White.  I was looking for a dress that had old Hollywood glamour, that I could wear at a restaurant without feeling too over the top.  My search seemed endless, and I was out of luck.  I decided to visit my mother’s closet, which I have done throughout the years much to her dismay.  I found a dress she wore back in the 80s, that I had always liked.  The gold and white sequins and beading reminded me of the theme of the restaurant.  I removed the 1980s shoulder pads, and I had my birthday dress.

I paired the dress with a pair of hot pink Steve Maddens, which have the most delicious jeweled heel.  The shoes gave the outfit the pop of color it was missing.  I decided not to wear jewelry, since the dress was so amazingly embellished.  I had an amazing birthday, and felt like a Hollywood star for the evening.  Remember it’s your birthday, dress to feel good about yourself.  If you want to look glamorous do it! If you rather be in a T-shirt and jeans, it’s your special day.

Here’s a side by side of my mother and I in the dress:

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Twenty Seven

I took quite a bit of time off from the blog recently to attend a work conference, and celebrate my twenty-seventh birthday.  Why is it that life speeds up so much after high school? Before you turn twenty-one the days are endless, the weeks drag on, and summer vacation never seems to come.  Now I blink, and I’m turning another year older.  I can’t get used to saying one age, before it’s time to say another.

This year I decided to take a break from the Vegas celebrations of the past, and spend time with family.  Besides my cousins and my brother, my best friends Marta, Naty and Vlad are my family; as well as, my boyfriend Chris.  The group of us spent the weekend at the Disneyland Resort.  I’m not ready to grow up and face 30, so a weekend at Disneyland was my way of protesting twenty-seven.

We stayed at the Disneyland hotel, and had a blast.  We enjoyed drinks at the Tiki Room inspired Trader Sams, went down the monorail themed water slides several times, and sun bathed.  For dinner we ate at Carthay Circle and The Story Teller’s Cafe located inside Disney’s Grand Californian hotel.  The weekend was full of laughs, good food, and good people.  I can’t think of a better way to celebrate getting older, than to celebrate that I’m still young at heart.

Here are some pictures from my weekend of celebrating.