getting older

Yesterday marked by 27th birthday. Although I'm not a huge birthday person - I don't necessarily enjoy being the center of attention -  I do love any excuse to get together and celebrate with my friends and family.

In the spirit of turning another year older wanted to share an article that another blogger introduced to me a few months ago from Glamour. Although the article refers to "30 by 30," I'd say it's pretty relevant to those of us in our late twenties. Plus the good news is I still have 3 years to check the last few remaining items off the list...

By 30, you should have ...
1. One old boyfriend you can imagine going back to and one who reminds you of how far you’ve come. 
2. A decent piece of furniture not previously owned by anyone else in your family. 
3. Something perfect to wear if the employer or man of your dreams wants to see you in an hour. 
4. A purse, a suitcase, and an umbrella you’re not ashamed to be seen carrying.
5. A youth you’re content to move beyond.
6. A past juicy enough that you’re looking forward to retelling it in your old age.
7. The realization that you are actually going to have an old age -- and some money set aside to help fund it.
8. An email address, a voice mailbox, and a bank account -- all of which nobody has access to but you.
9. A résumé that is not even the slightest bit padded.
10. One friend who always makes you laugh and one who lets you cry.
11. A set of screwdrivers, a cordless drill, and a black lace bra.
12. Something ridiculously expensive that you bought for yourself, just because you deserve it.
13. The belief that you deserve it.
14. A skin-care regimen, an exercise routine, and a plan for dealing with those few other facets of life that don’t get better after 30.
15. A solid start on a satisfying career, a satisfying relationship, and all those other facets of life that do get better.

By 30, you should know ...
1. How to fall in love without losing yourself.
2. How you feel about having kids.
3. How to quit a job, break up with a man, and confront a friend without ruining the friendship.
4. When to try harder and when to walk away.
5. How to kiss in a way that communicates perfectly what you would and wouldn’t like to happen next.
6. The names of the secretary of state, your great-grandmothers, and the best tailor in town.
7. How to live alone, even if you don’t like to.
8. Where to go -- be it your best friend’s kitchen table or a yoga mat -- when your soul needs soothing.
9. That you can’t change the length of your legs, the width of your hips, or the nature of your parents.
10. That your childhood may not have been perfect, but it’s over.
11. What you would and wouldn’t do for money or love.
12. That nobody gets away with smoking, drinking, doing drugs, or not flossing for very long.
13. Who you can trust, who you can’t, and why you shouldn’t take it personally.
14. Not to apologize for something that isn’t your fault.
15. Why they say life begins at 30

What do you guys think of this list? Anything else to add?
I think my favorite part of the list is that it says nothing about the need to have you career set or your husband picked out!


the statement necklace

OUTFIT: Top - Theory / Skirt - Jcrew / Shoes - Coach (similar here) / Pouch - Coach / Necklace - Taylor Morgan Designs / Watch & Bracelet - Michael Kors 

As I'm sure you've figured out by now absolutely love a piece of statement jewelry, especially a necklace. It allows you to wear a relatively simple, effortless outfit. Something else I love: supporting emerging designers. There's something exciting and rewarding about finding a piece thats one of a kind and hand made. I've been following fellow fashion blogger Taylor for quite some time now. Not only does she constantly update her blog with great outfits and DIY projects, she's an FIT student who designs her own pieces in her free time. I've been on the hunt for a great gold necklace and her piece definitely fits the bill.

So thanks Taylor for making such a great piece!


silky summer dress

OUTFIT: Dress - Nordstrom (old) / Shoes - Charles David via Rue lala / Sunglasses - Gucci

For hot summer days there's nothing better than an easy, breezy dress. This little silk number is something that I've had in my closet for years, and I'll admit it doesn't make an appearance as much as it should. It's so light weight and comfy. I love to pair it with a great pair of black wedges like these Charles David ones I scored on Rue lala last year for an effortless summer look.


summer tweed

Shirt: Banana Republic (old) / Skirt: Zara / Shoes: Coach / Scarf: Zara / Bag: Reed Krakoff / Jewelry: JCrew, H&M, Michael Kors

Today's look: a classic work outfit. I picked up this skirt at Zara a few months ago and it's been on heavy rotation since then. It's actually a relatively heavy tweed fabric which makes it perfect for a fall or winter day, but the color lends it's self to being summer wardrobe piece as well. Probably why it's one of my favorites - I love versatility!


wine tour outfit: the basic maxi

 There's nothing I love more than a comfy dress in a great basic color like this navy piece my friend Leslie wore this past weekend. I love how she added a great belt to complete the outfit. Just goes to show you don't need anything more than a comfy dress and a good accessory to make a fashionable outfit.

Dress: GAP / Belt: GAP / Shoes: Michael Kors / Earrings: Kate Spade / Bag: LV

{Leslie and Laura from yesterday's post!}

Hope you enjoyed all this week's looks! What's you're favorite - the printed maxi, bright sundress, classic stripe, or the navy maxi?