September 16, 2014

STYLE STORY: BIRTHDAY WEEK!


This week is super exciting because this girl is celebrating a new year of life! I can't believe I'll be a quarter of a century old...It's crazy how time has flown. I feel like I just started college, but since then I've received two degrees (another to be added in 8 months), had some fun adventures around the world and met some amazing people who have become my closest friends. Seriously!? God is so faithful!

Something I try to do on my birthdays is sit back and flip through past pages of my adventure of a story; the permeating themes are His provisions, His artistry and His love for me. God's authorship is so evident. Yes, there was hard work involved, but I could not have gotten this far without His perfect plans for me. This past year has been the most difficult for personal reasons, but through the moments of belly laughs and the moments of ugly crying, He was and is always there. Amazing.

This year, I'm especially thankful for my family & friends who have given me a shoulder to cry on, an ear to listen and also many fun memories. And I'm thankful for all my new friends who I've met here! It's the best thing to read all of your super sweet comments and encouragement! Seriously, YOU are incredible and so dear to me!

And this week even MORE exciting because of two things:

1. I will be on Windy City Live this Friday, September 19th at 11AM CST! The wonderful fashion reporter of Crain's Chicago asked me to be one of her models for a Fall work style segment and I am crazy excited, kind of nervous, but mostly thankful for the opportunity! We had fun pulling my look and I hope you guys have fun watching! I'll try to capture moments of the day on my Instagram, so follow along if you'd like :)

2. There is a new online magazine, FashionOPP, focusing on modest fashion and my look from the NellcĂ´te post was featured on the street fashion section on the same page as Blair Eadie of Atlantic-Pacific. What an honor! I almost peed my pants when I saw that. Not really, but if I had drank a cup of tea beforehand it could have happened...anyway, the first 1000 subscribers of FashionOPP, get a 1-year subscription for FREE! So sign up now!


Now on to my birthday look. I know Fall is practically here, but I'm holding on to summer one last time because I can. Am I allowed to play the birthday card here??

But I'm also using this look to transition a bit to Fall trends. I know I say I'm not into what's "fashionable", but there are some things that make me happy to see on the runway! Pastels, for one, is my favorite since you can see me wearing them all year round. And florals are also a favorite year-round style habit of mine. I can't wait to see how everyone tailors these trends to their own styles!






This necklace is one of my favorites from Benevolent Jewels. And you can score some of their gorgeous jewels and accessories for 20% off with my special code JHCODE20! They have an extensive collection of amazing personalized/monogrammed accessories that you can't resist!

Thanks for reading! I hope you all have amazing weeks as well! If you have exciting happenings this week, please share! I'd love to celebrate with you :) Remember to wear love this week and be kind!

Shop My Look:
Top: JCPenney (SIMILAR)
Skirt: Chicwish (SIMILAR)
Shoes: Just Fab (SIMILAR)
Clutch: Kate Spade (SIMILAR)

51 comments:

  1. Happy Birthday Pretty Grace!!

    That organza floral midi skirt is gorgeous and I love how you styled it. I am wearing a similar (but more casual one) floral midi in my latest post. You look great. Enjoy this week!!

    <3 Ada.

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    1. Thank you Ada!! I saw that look! So lovely :)
      XO

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  2. Happy Birthday!! This is such a perfect outfit to celebrate in, and I love the playful Kate Spade clutch! :)

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    1. Thank you so much Rochelle!! :) Their book clutches are the best!

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  3. I'm also still in Summer clothing! Sounds like you've got lots of exciting things in store. Happy birthday! I love your outfit here. The top is so on trend being cobalt blue plus your skirt is stunning on you, I love the style, pattern and colours. Your bright pink shoes are fab! Thanks for visiting me earlier today, I really appreciate it.

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    1. Thanks so much :) You are so sweet and I adore your style!

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  4. How exciting for you! I wish that I lived in Chicago so I could see your modeling. How fun! Your look is so pretty and feminine.

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    1. Thank you so much!! That is so sweet of you :)

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  5. Happy Birthday you look so pretty in the outfit!! That skirt with the pops of blue & pink is perfectly styled. What a great post & congrats on your very exciting news! Thanks for stopping by:)
    Marta, xo
    www.sweatersstripesandsweets.com

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    1. Thanks so much Marta for the sweet comment!! And thanks for stopping by! XO

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  6. LOVE this outfit!! The coral top is fab but it's hard to take my eyes off that fuchsia stiletto! I love every piece and yet they look even more fab together!!

    A new post is up on the blog. I'd love to hear your thoughts if you are able to drop by: http://www.fashchronicles.blogspot.com

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  7. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I so appreciate it! Happy birthday! You look gorgeous doll! I love the bold colors in this outfit. I hope you have an awesome birthday week :)

    www.dressed2dnines.com

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    1. Of course!! I loved your look! Thanks so much for stopping by!! :)

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  8. Happy Birthday! Love everything about this outfit - this skirt is just so pretty and feminine.

    Hope you will join my link up tomorrow!

    Alice
    www.happinessatmidlife.com

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    1. Thanks so much Alice! I joined your linkup :) Thanks so much for hosting! Have a great day :)

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  9. happy happy happy birthday!
    feliz cumpleanos!
    100 lat !! :)

    happy birthday from my heart in 3 languages) :) you have a great blog and style!! love it ! :)
    you smile is so adorable!! :)

    I`m here first time and really love it!
    I wanna to ask you how about follow each other?
    Let me know I always follow back :)
    will be nice keep in touch :)
    have a inspiring day hun!
    kisses :)

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    1. Thanks so much!! So sweet :) What is your blog site?? We should definitely follow each other!!

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  10. Happy Birthday! You look fabulous! That skirt is so cute, and I love how everything coordinates with it but isn't super matchy <3

    xoxo jenna @ sincerely jenna marie
    PS- I'd love for you to stop by on Thursdays to link up!

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    1. Thank you so much Jenna!!
      I just joined your linkup! Love it!
      XO

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  11. Happy Birthday! I wont say how old I am .. hehe, but I do go through my pictures from growing up from time to time, sometitmes things seem so far away! It sounds like you have happy memories and exciting things to look forward to. I love the blue top and the full skirt on you , it is so gorgeous. I have some big skirts I am going to pull out too. THe heels make it look so feminine. Lovely
    from the link up
    please stop by, jess
    http://www.elegantlydressedandstylish.com/

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    1. Thanks so much Jess! I always look forward to hearing from you :) Love your style and your thoughts! Thanks for stopping by! xo

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    2. Love your look, especially that gorgeous skirt! Hope you had a great birthday and thanks so much for stopping by my blog. Xx

      Mama-andmore.com

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  12. Beautiful outfit! Congrats on all the lovely things that going on in your life!

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  13. Happy belated birthday! Love your outfit - the skirt, top and shoe combination is gorgeous. x #mummysgotstyle

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  14. Absolutely love this outfit! The floral skirt is gorgeous and looks awesome with the blue top and pink shoes. Thanks so much for giving Fashion OPP a shout out!
    Tiffany

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    1. Thanks Tiffany! Of course!! My friends all love the magazine and are subscribing :)

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  15. I absolutely LOVE this skirt! You look adorable :).

    Tamara
    www.trulytamara.com

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  17. inlove with this adorable skirt!! love how you styled it!


    uris
    http://my-sinina.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thank you so much Uris :) Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

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  18. Happy Birthday!!!
    Your outfit is perfection - the skirt is adorable & those pumps are striking!
    I am so glad to have found you via Passion4FashionLinkup.
    It would be amazing if we can follow each other on Bloglovin
    Angele x

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  19. Happy birthday and congratulations!!!

    I love your outfit, the blue combined with the floral skirt and the fuchsia pumps and necklace looks great!

    xx Erika

    http://whaterikawears.com/

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  20. Happy Birthday!! That outfit is absolutely adorable and I love the bright colors :)

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    1. Thanks Morgan!! So sweet!! Have a wonderful weekend! :)

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  21. Happy belated birthday girl! It was so great meeting you and we must do a collaboration soon! You look great and that skirt is amazing! xo

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    1. Girl, it was SO great meeting you! Can't wait to do a collaboration with you beautiful! :)
      Thank you!! xoxo

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  22. Happy belated birthday!! What an honor to be featured in OPP. I really like your birthday outfit. Your skirt is so pretty!

    Nicole
    Nicole to the Nines

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    1. Thanks so much Nicole!! Have a great week :)

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  23. Happy Belated Birthday. I came across your blog on Style Elixir Link Up. I will definitely be following along now. xo ~ The Fashionista Momma

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    1. Thanks so much Megan!! What's your blog link? I'd love to follow you back! xo

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  24. Wow you look stunning, Happy Birthday x

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  25. That skirt is amaaaaazing. Happy belated birthday.

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  26. I'm in love with that skirt! Such a cute and fun look

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