Birthday

Today is my birthday!  Honestly, I'm not even sure what to say about it!  The past two months I've had such tunnel vision involving side projects and other things going on in my life that only a few days ago it really hit me that it was my birthday week.  I've had some pretty exciting things going on the past week and I have to say that I'm grateful to be entering a new year on such promising terms!

Additionally, most of this year was kind of a weird one.  Not a bad one--at all-- but definitely a slow one.  Things only turned around in a concrete way in the 11th hour.  I learned something kind of valuable though, and I'd like to share it.  Earlier this year I took some things off the shelf that I had forgotten about, interest wise.  And then that inspired me to start pursuing different passions I had that I had long neglected, for no reason other than to rediscover those outlets my personality.  I embraced that I'm a creative person...and have an artistic temperament to some extent.  Just by embracing who I was, what I liked, and refocusing my energy slowly but surely began changing my life.  I can't tell you how I excited I am for this upcoming year.  I know not to be naive, as life can always throw wrenches in the works.  But some hard work and good ideas are paying off and becoming realities.  And no matter what comes of it, life is kind of super fun right now!  So my advice is that if you ever feel stuck, just try to get in touch with older sides of yourself that you may have shelved.  It's too easy in life to accidentally forget to make time for hobbies and passions, and then one day you wake up and you realize you've neglected a whole important side of yourself.  Just do things that you love for the sake of doing them.  If something great comes of it, awesome, but if not you'll be a happier and more well rounded person so it's worth it.
Let's talk about clothes!  ChicWish is one of my very favorite retailers.  So many skirts...so many novelty prints!  My favorite combination!  When this skirt first came out, I fell in love pretty hard with the print.  I don't own a ton of brown or red things, so between wanting to add some of that to my closet and how beautiful and classic this print is, I knew I had to have it.  It took me forever to order it though because I was having a Sophie's Choice moment: to get the tea length version, my usual staple, OR to get the maxi length version.  I love the tea length skirt in this print, but I really loved how glamorous the longer version was too.  I wasn't sure I would wear it a ton though, so I didn't want to commit to choosing just yet.  As the summer went on I was starting to strategize winter, and I decided I want to wear longer length skirts and dresses in the colder months ahead and find fun ways to style them.  So eventually I decided it was fitting to purchase this skirt in this length.

What's nice about ChicWish is that you can kind of customize longer length pieces, in that you order a specific size and because this is a skirt that is supposed to hit your ankles you also order how long the skirt is too.  This skirt fits PERFECTLY!  I love that it was true to size and I could use my own measurements as a guide.  I styled this with a ModCloth necklace, Forever 21 top, and Nine West shoes.  Happy autumn to you all!
Just like my other posts, I named this post after a song.  There are quite a few songs with "Birthday" in the song title, so I had a lot to choose from!  I decided to pick a tried and true staple by...The Beatles!  Myself and my two high school best friends were obsessed with The Beatles in high school.  Like, in the nerdiest way possible obsessed haha.  Not long after high school I had to take a break from them and a bunch of classic rock that I listened to during my teenage years.  I discovered punk, no wave, and Judas Priest in college and I've had a hard time going back to classic rock ever since...for better or for worse.  That said, Led Zeppelin is starting to perk my interest again a bit organically and I can feel The Beatles starting to call to me again a bit.  So why not go with "Birthday" by The Beatles?  If you don't know it, here's the song:


I'm not that vain or into my birthday enough to have the day completely be about me.  So, if you think of it, please do something nice for someone today!  Or compliment someone!  Especially if they deserve it!

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  1. Happy birthday! I hope you have an amazing day! You skirt is gorgeous. Nice that you are getting into Led Zeppelin!

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  2. such a great colourful look

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  3. Happy Birthday Lauren!!! You look so fabulous in this Chic Wish skirt! These colors look so great together. I hope you have an awesome and wonderful year ahead and it sounds like it will be:) I'm so happy for you! I totally agree with your advice about taking time to pursue the things you love and getting in touch with your older self. Fantastic post!

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  4. Happy birthday Lauren!! I hope all of your wishes come true for your special day! We both were wearing Chicwish in our posts! Too cool. I love this skirt and how you paired it with the yellow top. You look so very happy too.

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  5. Happy Birthday! I'm in Love with this chic and simple outfit and that skirt is really pretty. You look great !

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  6. Happy birthday! I hope you will have a new year full of laughter and surprises.

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    1. Thank you! I'm counting on a lotta laughter this year ;) XO

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  7. Happy birthday! So glad you rediscovered some old passions and embraced your creativity. My blog has helped me do that too, and I am so glad. Lovely skirt!

    Amy Ann
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  8. Happy birthday Lauren! ;) You look amazing! ;)
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  9. nice as always, kisses :)

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  10. Happy belated birthday! You look beautiful! <3

    - Anna

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  11. Happy birthday, love the beatles
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  12. Happy belated birthday. Love the skirt and pumps.

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  13. Happy belated b day!!! Love your maxi skirt so much!! So glamorous. Xoxo

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  14. Happy birthday! I hope it was a wonderful day! And you look fabulous.

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  15. Stunning outfit! I LOVE that skirt!! Happy birthday! I hope it is a great day for you! =)
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  16. Happy belated birthday, very colorful & playful look.

    Love, Jennifer
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    1. Fabulous skirt and beautiful color combintation! Happy belated birthday, Lauren!

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  17. Happy birthday! Your outfit is the perfect birthday suit for you!

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  18. I think these reflections are the perfect ones to take into the new year; Happy Birthday! I'll say I had very similar thoughts as I entered my 18th year back in June, and 3 months gone and life's been throwing curveballs at me at all angles. It's wonderful that you've got realistic views on your dreams, and I wish you all the best, sincerely!

    Also, you look wonderful! That skirt is insane!

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    1. Thank you! I hope your curveballs become fun ones sooner than later!!!

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  19. Happy birthday!!
    Your happiness is radiant, you look stunning!

    xo, Haylee
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  20. Your skirt is so cute! I love the print and happy birthday
    xo
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  21. Happy Birthday gorgeous, you look amazing in all of these photos and I hope it was a good one! That skirt is lovely :)

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  22. Beautiful colors! Gorgeous skirt, you look stunning! Happy birthday....
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  23. Great! :)
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  24. Happy B-day dear , I wish you all the best ... Love this outfit , perfect for celebration
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  25. Hope you enjoyed your birthday! Absolutely LOVE that skirt! The colors are stunning.

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  26. Happy Birthday for wednesday! Hope you had a lovely time and what a fab outfit for it. It's so autumnal with the leaf print and the colours. Mustard is probably my favourite autumn colour - it just goes with so much. I am still yet to own anything from Chic Wish after a skirt I ordered was never sent - turned out because the material was faulty in some way. But they didn't tell me until I chased a month later... so that's put me off a little bit :( xx

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    1. Thank you! Same with mustard being my fave for fall! That sucks your skirt never got sent out! I've never had a bad experience...so hopefully that was a one time thing!!! XO

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  27. Happy Birthday Hun!!! :D
    You look so beautiful! Taht skirt is amazing and love how it looks on you!
    xxx
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  28. Happy birthday to you!
    I hope you had a fantastic day!
    Your skirt is absolutely beautiful - the perfect birthday ensemble
    xx
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  29. Oh, happy b-day! (:
    Those colors are perfect for you, you look gorgeous (:

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  30. Happy belated birthday, Lauren! I am so glad to hear life has been super fun for you lately! You deserve it.

    You chose the right length for this skirt! OH MY GOODNESS is it gorgeous! Love how you styled it too.

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  31. I have heard of ChicWish but had no idea they do customization, that is so cool! And happy birthday to you, beautiful, I hope you have a brilliant celebration!

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    1. Thank you!! I believe it's only for longer length skirts, but still! That's super helpful since we're all different heights! XO

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  32. Happy Birthday, Lauren! You look incredible! Love the skirt, you are such a cutie!!!!!
    Have a great weekend, love!
    xoxo, Vanessa
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  33. Happy Birthday sweetie! Wishing you all the best and keep on blogging!
    You look so beautiful and I absolutely love your shoes color!

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  34. wow ! that skirt is amazing !!! :)

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  35. Happy Birthday Day darling!

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  36. Amazing :D

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  37. OMG HAPPY BIRTHDAY LAUREN! Hope you had a beautiful day filled with love, joy and laughter! So proud of you and I really needed to hear your advice! In the name of your birthday you look FLIPPIN' gorgeous, loving the yellow and red combo HOT DAMN! ;) *If this comment has shown up twice, it's cause my computer was being a poo and I wanted to wish you a double happy birthday! ;) *

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  38. Late Happy Birthday! We didn´t know your blog and we really like it. You look original and amazing!!

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  39. Happy birthday Lauren :) Love your outfit especially the skirt so gorgeous <3

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  40. Happy birthday! And I'm glad that you are in a good place in your life! :)

    Love that skirt, so colourful.. and I think it must surely match your mood and the way you're feeling right now! Love the cute heels too! :)

    Hope you had a great birthday and an awesome weekend! :)
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  41. Happy belated birthday, hope your special day was fabulous, loving your outfit, so bright and colorful!

    Paula
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  42. Happy Birthday!! Love your outfit and that last picture reminds me of Alice and Wonderland!

    Chelsea
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  43. Happy birthday! You look beautiful

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  44. Happy birthday babe! Hope you are having an incredible day and you look absolutely wonderful and very happy :)

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  45. you look amazing!
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  46. Happy birthday! :) Hope you had a great day!

    Your skirt is beautiful too, it's really nice with the yellow :)

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  47. I just love your hair! This outfit is super stunning I adore the skirt x Happy belated birthday!

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  48. This outfit is so freaking amazing! I love the skirt and all the yellow detailing!

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  49. happy b day!
    wwoow u look fantastic!
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  50. Happy belated Birthday !! I'm agree with you.. this years was/is sooo slow ! Very strange.. maybe because mine was so busy. Also your look is amazig.
    Have a lovely day.

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    1. Glad I'm not alone!! Time is weird this year! XO thank you!

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  51. Happy birthday, Beautiful. You look amazing. Love love your skirt. :)

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