Guys, I cannot believe I am officially 26. even as I'm writing this post it feels so very weird to think about it. I think it's normal, or semi-normal, to reflect on yourself when you were small thinking, wow, did I imagine myself being this person? I recall being a precocious child, asking so many questions, about how my life would be when I get older. Now, by any means, I am NOT perfect, but I think the 6 year old me would be happy to see how far she's come.
I am proud of a lot of things that I accomplished while I was 25. One, I was married, to my child-hood sweetheart, and my best friend. That's something to celebrate! I had always dreamed of pursuing a blog and I finally worked up enough courage to let this one spring forth. I think my 25 year old self was afraid of truly letting her desires, her passions, drive her. Yet, at 26 I am going to let go and Let GOD. Sometimes, holding on to fears of not succeeding can deter you from the path you're meant to be on.
25 has NOT be peaches and cream, it was a long tough road, but I think it's made me stronger in who I AM and who I want to be.
There is so much that I am thankful for, I have a great family, wonderful friends who are like sisters, and a roof over my head. For 26 I want to dive more into the positives and not focus so much on the negative! Who is with me?
Now we all know that the one thing you constantly think about during your birthday week is what in the world am I going to wear? I went to several stores trying to rack my brain on what I wanted. Not only had I searched numerous times through Pinterest, I have a problem, but I even googled, exciting birthday clothes, and none of them seemed to idealize the look that I was going for. To be honest, I don't even think I fully knew what look I even wanted to go for.
I was trying to kill time because I was meeting my husband for dinner at Rotary Sushi, in lakeview, which I suggest you all go to! It's simply amazing, especially if you're a sushi lover like I am. While walking past a couple stores I decided to go into AKIRA. Now, I am a huge fan of Akira's stuff but sometimes I feel lost as I idly wander through the sparkling crop tops, leather leggings, and knee high boots. However, soon as I walked in I was greeted by the most delightful stylist.
Alex Colter is a DIVA, with a capital D! Not only did he pull the cutest, and trendiest, clothing for me, but he made me feel so comfortable. You always get nervous when you have someone pulling clothes for you because some people put extreme pressure on you to buy something. Not Alex, he felt like shopping with your best-friend, which is what made me feel so comfortable. After an hour of posing in the mirror, laughing, and zipping up hard items to zip, we finally decided on something that was ME.
I ended up getting this adorable white crop top that has beads adorned in the fabric. I paired it with these colorful pink pants that are high-wasted making me look a tad bit taller, which is always the goal for me.
I felt like this outfit was made for me and I couldn't help but thank Alex because he truly took the time to make me feel special.
If you're looking for a special outfit, or just looking for a great experience, I recommend seeing Alex, at the Diversey Akira. It's located at 668 W. Diversey PKWY, or you can give them a call and schedule an appointment, at 415-948-9225, tell them I sent you!
Belle Of The Ball: The Event
It should be noted that I have some of the best friends ever! One of them, Natalie, planed a birthday party for me making me feel so very special. I didn't realize that all my friends, even my childhood ones, would jump from behind a wall and surprise me! After gabbing, drinking, (my friend's should be bar tenders, their drinks are amazing) we headed to the Chicago Rose Day in River North. I love wine, and I am a huge fan of walking around, socializing, and drinking some light rose. The event was awesome, I got to drink and be immersed in some wonderful River North culture.
The tickets included a wristband and different drink tickets that you could use throughout the day! I even got a cute little wine glass with Chicago Rose Day inscribed on it.
Afterwards my friends and I went back to their condo and got to sit next to the pool, grill, and talk about life. I mean c'mon nothing beats that! It made me feel so special that everyone took time, which is valuable, to come and celebrate me. There is something so humbling in that. I've realized, the older that I get, that keeping close friends gets harder and harder, but it's the ones that stick around, that means the world to you.
All in all, I had a wonderful birthday weekend and it's only just beginning. I am meeting my husband somewhere tonight to celebrate with him on my actual birthday. Then with co-workers on Thursday, and family on Saturday. I feel like it will be a busy week but it feel so nice to feel appreciated and loved.
Life is short so you must appreciate the years that you do have on this earth. I am surely blessed, and I thank God everyday. Even though 25's path was a bit bumpy, and a lot of changes, I know that it's leading me down the right yellow brick road.
Thank you all for reading every blog post, you all mean more to me than you know!
Until next time,