Thursday, January 27, 2011

HAPPY! (happy)! BIRTHDAY! (birthday)!

Thanks right! it's my birthday! 27 years ago today, I was causing a lot of trouble.
Button-up: J.Crew outlet ($20)
Skirt: LOFT thrifted & altered ($6)
Belt: J.Crew outlet ($10 sale)
Necklace: J.Crew ($15 sale)
Tights: AA super opaque ($25)
Bracelet: Vintage (gift)
Shoes: GAP ($34)
Even though this outfit is from Tuesday, I decided to post it today because I think it's a happy outfit (even though I look a bit glum, it was cold), how can polka-dots not be happy? It's really different from what I've been wearing lately, but I enjoyed changing things up.

I found this skirt on a thrifting expedition over the weekend and I'm so pleased I bought it. I almost didn't, the original fit wasn't that flattering, it is supposed to sit lower on the hips and was too long for my taste. But, I saw potential, nothing a little thread and Stitch Witchery couldn't fix. After taking up the hem and bringing in the waistline to fit my natural waist, I love it! I immediately knew how I would wear it too, with a bright belt and relaxed chambray shirt. I wore this to work on Tuesday, I don't usually have- or make- time to photograph my work outfits, but I made time for this one.

I'm so excited for birthday fun today and tomorrow! Today I'm meeting my mom at the Friendly Toast (my favorite in Portsmouth, NH) and then going to bar trivia tonight (a weekly institution). Tomorrow I'm spending the day with Chris and having a Birthday dinner with friends, yay for birthdays! Like I said, I may not have celebrated much the past few years, but I'm determined to start now! Happy January 27th!

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90 comments:

Chloe Trayner said...

Happy birthday! A gorgeous outfit and sounds like you've got a good day planned out for yourself Have a lovely birthday.

Birta said...

Happy birthday! Hope you enjoy your special day :)

amanda said...

have a wonderful birthday celebration!!! and you did a great job with the skirt. it's adorable!

amber said...

Happy Birthday!!! That is a perfect b-day outfit too, I just love the hot pink belt! you look fabulous :)

Nnenna said...

Happy Happy Birthday!!! Your birthday plans sound like so much fun and I hope you have an absolutely lovely time! =)

jenloveskev said...

Happy Birthday my dear! The skirt looks fantastic! I am so glad you got it. If you were going to put it back I was going to grab it but good choice! I love it with the pink belt. Hope you guys have a fantastic 2 days of celebration! HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! 27 will be a great year!

Ana - Toil and Trouble said...

Happy birthday!! I love the Friendly Toast, what a fun birthday trip. But, I have to admit I'm more a fan of the Golden Egg even if it isn't right in downtown Portsmouth.

Diana said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY !!! I wish you all the best !!!

have a great day!
xoxo

SAMI. said...

oh, i love the way you tied that pink belt! happy 27, dear ;)

xo
sami

laniza said...

Happy Birthday! My youngest daughter was born on 1/26, so she's definitely in good company :).

curious constellation said...

Happy Birthday to you! Hope you enjoy all the festivities and spend loads of time with the loved ones.

x

Hannah said...

It's your golden birthday! Turning 27 on the 27th!

I hope you have a blessed and exciting year!

Bridget said...

Happy Birthday!

...and if you're ever in Cambridge, I'll take you out to our Friendly Toast! :)

Hilary Grace said...

I wish you many happy returns of the day!!
& would like to add that I love the skirt!

Santina said...

Happy birthday! I wore black and white polka dots last year on my birthday, too, and while I didn't wear a belt, I did wear pink tights. That feels like a festive combination - loooove this look. Your layered necklace is gorgeous!

kelsey said...

happy day, birthday girl! i love this outfit.

punky said...

yay! im glad you got that skirt...so cute. Im sad you didn't want the drug rug however.

Virginie's Cinema said...

I wish you the happiest birthday and all of your heart's desire for this new year starting for you! That skirt sure is starting things off with a bang and I hope you enjoy your celebrations :)

Erin Cathleen said...

Happy golden birthday! :) You look like a very young 27. And this outfit is so chic. Polka dots and denim for the win! Oh, and I turn 27 this year too (though not till fall). Thanks for kicking things off, in style!

Megan said...

Happy Happy Birthday my dear! You look absolutely beautiful. :)

Lina said...

Happy Birthday! Coincidentally, today's 1000 Awesome Things was about birthdays, so have a happy one from me and the blogosphere: http://1000awesomethings.com/2011/01/27/321-taking-the-day-off-on-your-birthday/

Lori said...

Happy Birthday!!
That skirt looks fantastic. I love the bright pink belt paired with it.

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MissAlyssa said...

happy birthday lady! ive been slacking on my blog reading so i dont think ive told you how cute your bangs look! i really like them! :) have an awesome day

Clemson Girl said...

Adorable belt! Happy birthday!

Jason Lieder said...

Happy Bday! Great pics, I was gonna say I love that door, and then I realized it was a mural. Cool shoot, the clothes go great with that background. Thanks for posting.

Nicole, Coco Maria said...

Happy birthday! This really is such a fun, happy outfit. I love the bright pink color of your belt!

Dionne said...

Happy Birthday! As usual, you look gorgeous!

Rachel said...

Happy Birthday!~ :D

Nicole said...

Happy Birthday! I love what you did with the skirt, and it seems like you need minimal sewing skills (of which I have none). I may rethink some thrift items that I find...

~Nicole
http://employedpanache.blogspot.com

Isy said...

Happy Birthday =) Enjoy your day!!
It's my Dad's birthday today too, we're gonna have some cake now.. Hope you had yours already! :D

xx

Becca Jane said...

A very very happy birthday to you!

This outfit is lovely too - I love the skirt and the pink belt! Lovely.

the other emily said...

Happy Golden Birthday! Hope you have a great time celebrating :)

(And thank you so much for your sweet comments on my blog!)
the other emily

pearli said...

birthday!
you look perfect.
enjoy*

archives said...

YAY! happy birthday, girl! have a wonderful one! :D

Hannah said...

Happy Golden Birthday, girl!! :D

Theresa said...

You look wonderful! Happy birthday! ♥

Sara said...

Happppy birthdaaaaay! :)

Tanglewood Baked Goods said...

Happy birthday! I've heard such positive things about Friendly Toast---can't wait to try it some day. Enjoy!!

Maria Confer said...

Happy Happy Birthday, Julie!! I hope you have a day filled with magic and wonder!

xx
Maria
Lulu Letty

Angela said...

Happy Birthday!! The belt is terrific!

sparkle is a color (Katrina) said...

Happy Birthday girlie! This is a perfect birthday outfit. I love the skirt with the belt, so fun and happy.

Hope you have an awesome day!

xx, Katrina

GIRL AND CLOSET said...

Happy Birthday, lovely lady! What a great find, that skirt IS fantastic. Loving the bold print, you styled it beautifully with the electric pink belt, shirt + statement necklace. Totally fab! xx veronika

Looks and Books said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY! 27 was one of my favorite years so far, so I'm sure you'll enjoy it. I agree that this is a happy outfit--I especially love the pop of pink with the polka dots. Well done!

Lexie, Little Boat said...

i'm trying to wrap my mind around how you tied that belt! it's so cool!

happiest of birthdays, j!

Courtney said...

I love the way the necklace looks with that top, and it is indeed a very happy-looking outfit. Especially with the pink belt!
Happy birthday!

x Courtney

Emily, Ruby Slipper Journeys said...

Happy Birthday, Julie! Great outfit here, and looking forward to see what you get up to today as well! All the best.xx

hannah said...

Happy birthday! I love the pink belt with the polka dot skirt, and I love that you're going to the Friendly Toast! I went to college at UNH and the Toast is one spot I always miss. Enjoy!

stealthnerd said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!

I Don't Wear Jeans said...

Great outfit! Very much your style. Happy birthday!

http://idontwearjeans.blogspot.com/

Meggs said...

Happy birthday! Have a great time!!

Shallow Mallow said...

Happy 27 on the 27th!

Lovely shots & outfit.
Have a most excellent day! :D

ellio100 said...

happy birthday! well done on the skirt it looks great.

Kayla said...

Happy Birthday!

Heather - Inner cupcake said...

Happy birthday! The polka dots definitely make for a happy outfit, and it looks really nice- glad you were able to salvage it.

kate said...

Happy Birthday! I turn 27 this year too...(scary)

Tati said...

Love your hair! and your look in these photos!
and.. Happy B-Day!! =)

Liss said...

Happy Birthday!! I hope you have a great day :)
Turning 27 on the 27th is even cooler then dealing with lecture number 27 on the 27th ;)
- Liss

Caitlin said...

Yum Friendly Toast! Happy Birthday!

Mallory | The Storm in a Teacup said...

Happy Birthday!! :D
Love the polka dots :)

Kansas Couture said...

Happy Birthday! Hope you have fun. And amazing job with that polka dot skirt. So cute!

Nicole said...

No way! it's MY birthday today too!! Happy birthday! :)

Helen said...

happy birthday! that skirt is gorgeous.

HollyDolly said...

Happy Birthday!!! That skirt is amazing. I have a slight polka dot obsession.

Holly
http://hollykeenan.tumblr.com

Anonymous said...

Happy birthday to you! This is the first time I comment here, but I've following your blog exactly for a year, when I was 2 days away from turning 26 myself :)
So I hope you had a great birthday and Happy Birthday Week for both us! hehe!!!
And congrats on the wedding too (I'm also getting married this year, yeeeyyy!!!)

Libby said...

My favorite winter activity is curling up in my flannel sheets and reading my latest fashion magazines! Thanks for the giveaway!

Lindsey said...

Happy (golden) Birthday! Mine was 1 on the 1st so I'm always jealous of other people who actually remember theirs. :)

LOVE LOVE LOVE this outfit... the bright pink of the belt is super cool.

Maria E. said...

Happy, happy birthday! :) As many others said, the skirt is absolutely darling. :)

--Maria E.
www.uneasyimpressions.blogspot.com

bestie said...

Happy Happy Birthday! Here's to more stylish years ahead. <3

SWF_Terra said...

Happy Birthday! Fantastic job on the skirt. I actually noticed the fit and loved it. Polka dots and hot pink = as happy as it gets.

kelly ann said...

i wish you the happiest birthday YET! <3

elnajay said...

Happy Birthday to you! Sounds like you have some great celebratory plans in the works...enjoy! :)

(and love the skirt. How cheerful!)

Hope said...

Happy birthday!! Great outfit, beautiful necklace.

sara said...

Happy Birthday! The Friendly Toast is one of my favorites too! The Grilled Cheese is amazing!

shealennon said...

Happy Birthday! I love this--the dotty skirt and hot pink belt make this so much fun!

Kat said...

it's an adorable outfit! i especially love the pop of the pink belt..

i know what you mean about the fit when thrifting.. what i like to do is go and find something rather... ugly... with potential at a thrift shop, and then alter and tailor until it's cute! it may end up being a waste of money and time considering i mess up a lot but hey, it's pretty fun. <3

Aubsent From Texas said...

I just love how you wear belts. they always look great and add to your look perfectly. :)
And...Happy happy day to you!!!

Katie said...

Happy Birthday! I love the polka dots...the size of them is great, and the pink belt is so perfect!

AnnaBananaCupcake said...

Happy Birthday!! Love your polka-dot skirt. What a great find.
XOXO

Phara said...

Hope you have a lovely birthday!
X

The Bohemienne said...

Adorable outfit--the polka dots are too cute.

Happy belated birthday!

Annika said...

i love love the pop of colour!!

Escape

Sidewalk Ready said...

happy birthday - we have the same one. :) I turned 24 yesterday. I also wore black and white polka dots with a pink belt recently - just a couple of days ago. Hope you had a good birthday!

lauraa said...

I love the necklace you, especially under the collar like that.
Happy Birthday! Hope you have a lovely time celebrating
xxx

Caroline said...

Ahh, HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Hope it was the best. (I'm in love with that neon pink belt).

stephanie said...

Happy late birthday! You look adorable and I hope your day was fabulous. xo

Deni said...

I totally love your outfit! such a beautiful belt! great post!



xx
http://inanothercornerofparadise.blogspot.com/

Tiffany said...

Love the birthday ensemble! So cute! And I know this is late, but Happy Birthday!

April said...

What a great way to tie a belt! I love it! and the polka dots too :D

ape-z.blogspot.com

Bohemian Redhead said...

I'm a little late but happy birthday! Super cute outfit! I wish I knew how to alter my clothes!

Moona said...

happy belated birthday xxox

http://www.thegirlwithanindianeyes1.blogspot.com/

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