I Feel Pretty | On My Birthday

Birthdays really should last more than one day, am I right?  If possible, I’d like to celebrate all month long.  Since I can’t do that (and quite frankly, my family would get tired of it really quickly) I do at least stretch it out for a weekend.  Even though my official birthday was on Sunday, this past weekend was all about me.  🙂

On Friday I got my hair cut and then did some “research” at the mall for the fall style challenge.  If you’re following me on Instagram, you already know that this whole outfit came home with me.

 [Scarf/Shirt/Pants/Shoes]

On Saturday, I had my first surprise, Devon came home from college!  That evening, we had a dinner party at our house.  Craig cooked a delicious feast and invited my sisters and brothers-in-law.  My brother-in-law Victor brought me my first ever pinata in the shape of a giraffe.  It was almost too cute to crack open, but we did anyway.

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After dinner, we had my all-time favorite cake, the Berry Chantilly cake from Whole Foods.  I could eat the whole thing myself. Then it was present time.  In traditional Craig fashion, he tricked me by wrapping up a little box and hiding my real gift, a new Macbook Pro, in the bottom of the laundry basket.  When I found it, I started crying.  You have NO idea how long I’ve been waiting to get one.  My dinosaur PC was five years old and gave me grief on a daily basis.  The Mac learning curve has been a little steep but I’m getting the hang of it!

On my actual birthday, we went to brunch at my favorite Mexican restaurant and relaxed the rest of the day.  It was so nice having Devon home and being able to celebrate as a complete family!

This is what I wore for our dinner party Saturday night.  It felt good to get a little dressed up, even if we were just staying in.

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[Blouse: Same/Jeans: Same/Clutch: Similar/Necklace: Same/Shoes: Similar/Earrings: Same/Watch: Same]

Let’s talk about these jeans that I’m wearing for a minute.  I love them so much that I walked out of Loft with four pairs in different colors.  That NEVER happens!  They are perfect in every way – great length for ankle boots, just right stretch, hold their shape, perfect rise.  Just get them already, you’ll thank me later.

I FEEL PRETTY

It’s the day of the week at GYPO where we celebrate what makes us feel pretty. Whether it’s a new outfit, hairstyle, or makeup, the I Feel Pretty link up is about anything and everything that makes your life prettier. Even if you’re not a blogger, you can still play along. Just tell us what made you feel pretty this week in the comments! I Feel Pretty Logo

There are just a few simple rules:
1. Follow GYPO. (Bloglovin‘, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Pinterest)

2. Link up your pretty post.

3. Link back to my blog (using the button above or your own link).

4. Visit other pretties. That’s it, now go have some fun!

Getting my pretty on with Friday Favorites, Fashion Friday and The Pleated Poppy.

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135 Comments

    • Alison

      Thank you Ashley. It was a wonderful birthday! 🙂

      Reply
  1. Jo-Lynne Shane {Musings of a Housewife}

    Happy happy birthday!!!!! Sounds like an awesome weekend. I’m like you. I love for the birthday celebrations to go on and on. 🙂 You will LOVE your Mac. Congrats!!!!!!!!

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    • Alison

      Thanks Jo-Lynne! Birthday celebrations are so much fun and I am loving my Macbook Pro!

      Reply
  2. Shay Shull

    Girl! You look fabulous and I LOVE that outfit with the plaid scarf. Love. It. I’m so glad you had a wonderful birthday weekend!!

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    • Alison

      You are too sweet Shay! I love shopping to find pieces to put together. 🙂

      Reply
  3. Blaire Bingham

    Happy Birthday Alison! It sounds like the perfect birthday weekend, an you look amazing! Pink looks great on you!
    xo, Whitney and Blaire
    Peaches In A Pod

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    • Alison

      Thanks Whitney and Blaire. It was a perfect birthday weekend. I am loving the pink too!

      Reply
  4. Morgan

    Loved reading the details of your special day and those jeans sound awesome and look great on you! You’ll love your new Mac!!!

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    • Alison

      I appreciate you reading Morgan. It was nice getting dressed up! I am loving my new Mac so far!

      Reply
    • Alison

      Thanks Rachelle. Yay Virgos! ♍

      Reply
  5. Madaline

    Happy Late birthday! Love the outfit – I LOVE Loft jeans, and I love that clutch. That pinata is tooo cute!

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    • Alison

      Thanks Madaline. The clutch is my absolute favorite! The pinata was a surprise and so adorable.

      Reply
  6. KellyinPA

    Happy Birthday, Alison! So special to have your entire family there to celebrate with you. The jeans look awesome, good pick!

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    • Alison

      Thank you Kelly. I love having family to celebrate with. If only we can celebrate all month long! 😉

      Reply
  7. Jill

    Happy Birthday! Sounds like you had the perfect weekend! Love your brunch outfit! You look great in pink!

    Jill
    dousedinpink.blogspot.com

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    • Alison

      Thanks Jill. It was a perfect weekend. 🙂 I’m loving the pink too!

      Reply
  8. Sarah @ Tucker Up

    Haircuts always make me feel wonderful 🙂

    You’ll have to let me know when that MacBook learning curve is over and how you like it…our laptop is on its last leg and we are debating what to get next!

    Glad you had a wonderful weekend! And I’m sorta obsessed with that plaid scarf…

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    • Alison

      The Macbook Pro has been a little steep, but I’m getting the hang of it! The plaid scarf is gorgeous. 🙂

      Reply
  9. Kathy

    Happy Belated Birthday! Sounds like you had a fabulous weekend. Love both outfits!

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    • Alison

      Thanks Kathy! It was a fabulous weekend with family. 🙂

      Reply
  10. Debbie

    Happy Belated Birthday!

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    • Alison

      Thank you so much Debbie!

      Reply
  11. Amy Ann

    Happy birthday! I think I need to go get that scarf ASAP. You look beautiful in your pink!

    xo, Amy Ann
    The Real Arnolds</a

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    • Alison

      Thank you sweet friend. The scarf is a gorgeous color. I think I should wear pink more often. I’ve been getting a lot of compliments. 🙂

      Reply
  12. Carol

    Happy Belated birthday! It looks like you had a ton of fun. I had to laugh–when I got a Mac for christmas (at Thanksgiving) a few years ago, I cried too! But it was because I was afraid of the learning curve and I was completely overwhelmed at the time getting ready for Christmas, getting a son ready to leave home, and getting our house ready to sell. Once I actually learned it, I love it. No viruses! It has been 3 years of computer bliss. If you can, take some of the classes they offer at the Apple store–they are super helpful.

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    • Alison

      Thanks Carol. I will have to contact the Apple store and take some classes. That would be great!

      Reply
  13. Cynthia @ My Rose Colored Shades

    Happy belated birthday!! Sounds like a perfect birthday weekend. Family, good food, shopping, what more could you ask for? Love this pink top. Such a pretty color. So simple and chic. Love your choice of accessories. ~Cynthia

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    • Alison

      Thank you Cynthia. It’s what every woman wants for their birthday! It’s a great top and I’m considering buying a different color. 🙂

      Reply
  14. Debbie

    Happy Birthday! Love the jeans outfit with the pink blouse. Sadly the blouse is no longer available in pink 🙁
    Maybe I’ll pick it up in black.

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    • Alison

      Thanks Debbie. I’m sorry it’s no longer available in pink. You can’t go wrong with styling the black blouse! 😉

      Reply
  15. Courtney Taylor

    Happy birthday Alison!! You looked fabulous in your bday outfit! I’m still reeling over that blouse being from Target! Crazy!! My husband also surprised me with a MacBook Pro on Saturday! It’s not my bday, but it was still a completely unexpected surprise. My dinosaur PC was 7 years old and I wanted to throw it out the window on a nearly daily basis!

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    • Alison

      Thanks Courtney. What a sweet surprise from your husband! It’s hard to believe the blouse is from Target. It was a perfect find and gorgeous!!

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    • Alison

      Thank you so so much Gina!

      Reply
  16. In Mama's Wardrobe

    Happy Belated Birthday Alison! You so deserved a fabulous extended celebration! I love your treat outfit & you look stunning in your birthday outfit too! Love those sandals! Thank you for being a lovely hostess as always! Big Hugs! Ax

    inmamaswardrobe.blogspot.co.uk

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    • Alison

      You’re too kind. I love reading all the sweet comments!

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    • Alison

      Thanks Charnele. The bright colors really make an outfit pop!

      Reply
  17. Cheryl

    Happy birthday, Alison! 🙂

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    • Alison

      Thank you!

      Reply
  18. Vanessa

    Happy Happy Birthday Alison! Love the both looks! And thanks so much for giving the link for the ON scarf! Being purchased as I type this 🙂 Have a great day!

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    • Alison

      Thank you very much Vanessa. I love the looks too. Enjoy the scarf!

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    • Alison

      You’re too sweet Rebecca! Thanks.

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    • Alison

      Thanks Caitlin! 🙂

      Reply
  19. Happiness at Mid Life

    Sounds like you had a wonderful birthday! And how sweet is your hubby! I;ve had a MacBook Pro for about a year now and still have no idea how to use it but I love it!

    BTW, I am hosting my first link up on Thursday and hope you can join me.

    Alice
    http://www.happinessatmidlife.com

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    • Alison

      It’s a learning curve, but it’s so great to use!

      Reply
  20. Amy Johnson

    Happy birthday! Love your scarves and shoes in the selfie!

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    • Alison

      Thanks Amy. The scarves and shoes complete the outfit. 😉

      Reply
  21. Susan Jeffries

    I am so glad that your kids were all together for your bday Alison!! It sounds like a great weekend! I added those jeans to my cart! I hope they have them in red too! Susan

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    • Alison

      It was wonderful celebrating with them all. Enjoy the jeans! You will love them. 🙂

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    • Alison

      It was perfect! 😉

      Reply
  22. Robyn

    Totally agree that birthdays should be celebrated longer than a day! Mine was Saturday and I am still celebrating! That cake from Whole Foods sounds amazing! Will have to try it soon! Cheers to this being the best year yet for you!

    Robyn
    http://feelgreatfashion.com/

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    • Alison

      Happy belated birthday Robyn. Hope you enjoy celebrating all month long. Cheers to you! 🙂

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    • Alison

      Thanks Lisa! 🙂

      Reply
  23. Jen @ Librarian for Life and Style

    Happy birthday! That’s why I don’t mind belated birthday cards — they extend the birthday! 🙂

    Also, I just got that same scarf (in the berry plaid version) at Old Navy!

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    • Alison

      Thanks Jen! I’ll take any excuse to extend birthday celebrations. Great minds shop alike! 😉

      Reply
  24. Lana

    Happy Birthday Alison! We always celebrate birthday “weekends” too! I’m loving Loft jeans this year – they did a great job. You look beautiful! Can’t wait for the Fall Challenge to start.

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    • Alison

      I agree Lana. Thank you! I’m looking forward for the Fall Challenge to start too. Stay tuned!

      Reply
  25. Amanda

    Happy birthday, Alison! Sounds like you had an amazing birthday– congrats on the new Mac– you will love it!!

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    • Alison

      It was an amazing birthday. Thanks Amanda! I am loving the Macbook Pro so far. 😉

      Reply
  26. Alison @SassyMomChicago

    Happy Birthday! Love your shoes in your pic. Who makes those? I’m shoe stalking you today!

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  27. Shaunacey

    beautiful birthday outfit!!
    I can’t even tell you how excited I am for the fall challenge; however, I’m thinking my husband is not liking my “style challenge addiction” lol Though I have argued that it’s actually saving us money 😉 ya, we’ll go with that!

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    • Alison

      I love the way you think Shaunacey! I would go with that too. 😉 Cannot wait for the fall challenge. It’s so much fun!

      Reply
  28. Janice N.

    Happy BirthMonth, Alison! Yes… please DO celebrate the entire month. I did not learn to do this for myself until I was in my fifties, and wish I had started much earlier. No, I don’t have a cake or party every day, but I do celebrate little things just for myself; lunch with a friend(s), special coffee drink, finding a pretty leaf, refreshed manicure, movie with my husband, glass of wine on the deck, a phone call with one of our sons ….. something small each day to make me feel special. Give yourself that treat and enjoy YOUR BirthMonth!

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    • Alison

      Thank you, thank you Janice. I will do my best to celebrate all month long. It’s wonderful to celebrate the little things in life. 🙂

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    • Alison

      Thanks Crystelle. My birthday was more than fabulous spending time with my family.

      Reply
  29. AlwaysJuNeL

    You look awesome!!! Bright SMILE!!!! Happy Birthday!!!

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    • Alison

      Thanks sweet friend. Isn’t it always great to smile? 🙂

      Reply
  30. Ginnie

    Happy Birthday, Alison!! You look so pretty in your birthday dinner party outfit. Loft jeans are a fave of mine, too:)

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    • Alison

      So great to get dressed up! Aren’t the Loft jeans wonderful?

      Reply
  31. Saxon

    Happy birthday, Alison! SO glad you got to celebrate with your whole family! I’d rather have my family gathered around me than any present purchased from a store. You are a blessed woman!

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    • Alison

      Oh Saxon. I agree with you 100%! I feel so blessed. 🙂

      Reply
  32. Tiffany @ A Touch of Grace

    Happy birthday Alison! My birthday was Monday. Yay for Virgos! You look gorgeous in that top and I love that scarf you found. Perfect for fall and winter.

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    • Alison

      Thanks Tiffany. I love being a Virgo! Happy belated birthday to you! I couldn’t resist the scarf, it is perfect for fall and winter! Are you looking forward to the season changes?

      Reply
  33. fleurani

    Alison, happy belated birthday. You looked beautiful. I bet you had a blast with your precious family celebrating that special day in the year.

    ani
    http://www.fleurani.blogspot.de

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    • Alison

      Thank you Ani. I had a wonderful time with my family celebrating. That was the BEST gift!

      Reply
  34. Karen Spencer

    Happy Birthday!!! I agree B-days should last longer than a day:)! You look very pretty, and I’m glad you were able to enjoy your weekend with your whole family. Karen S.

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    • Alison

      Thanks Karen. Birthday’s are so fun!

      Reply
  35. Ashley @ My Food N Fitness Diaries

    A very happy birthday to you! I’m all about birthday weekends or weeks too! I like to stretch them out as long as possible. 😉 I ADORE your new outfit, and you look beautiful in that outfit with the pink top – love that color!

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    • Alison

      Thank you Ashley. I would love to stretch out birthday’s for a whole month long. 🙂 Every lady needs a pink top in their outfit. Don’t you agree?

      Reply
  36. Shybiker

    Glad you had fun. You look lovely. Enjoy the new computer!

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    • Alison

      So sweet of you! Thanks.

      Reply
  37. Christine

    Happy Birthday, Alison! You look amazing in those Loft jeans! I haven’t tried the curvy skinny jeans yet, but I have their modern skinny ankle jeans and they’re my absolute favorite! I also bought the cute scarf from Old Navy and I love it! Can’t wait to participate in the fall challenge. 🙂

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    • Alison

      Thank you Christine. The Loft jeans are my favorite. Can you believe that I walked out with four pairs in different colors?! Stay tuned for the fall challenge. Can’t wait for you to participate!

      Reply
  38. Audrey

    Happy Belated Birthday Alison! You look beautiful and I love that color on you. So cute, my husband surprised me with a Mac on Mother’s Day this year and I cried too! Those unexpected gifts are the best:)

    Take Care,
    Audrey

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    • Alison

      Thank you so much. I love unexpected and thoughtful gifts. Husband’s can be very sneaky! 😉

      Reply
  39. Sharon Simmers

    Love the pink top! When I went to the link, it said they couldn’t find that item. 🙁 Boohoo! That’s my kind of top!

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    • Alison

      I’m sorry! They sold out quick on the pink top. They do have other colors though!

      Reply
    • Alison

      Thank you Laura. I agree! 🙂

      Reply
  40. Alex

    Happy Birthday!!! even if belated 🙂 Hope you had a great day! The color of your top suits you really well and I like the cut, obviously since I have something similar. Also love the seemingly messed up necklace.

    Alex – Funky Jungle

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    • Alison

      Thanks Alex. It was an amazing day!

      Reply
  41. Rebecca N

    Happy birthday! Many blessings to you for the upcoming year! Looks like you had a fun day. I love that outfit; I may be visiting Old Navy soon….so cute!!

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    • Alison

      Thank you so much Rebecca. Old Navy has a ton of cute stuff. You’ll enjoy shopping. 😉

      Reply
    • Alison

      Thanks Jenny. It’s always nice to celebrate all weekend long. 😉

      Reply
  42. Carly

    I am not sure how long ago your bday was…but HAPPY BIRTHDAY girl! It has been forever since I popped by and so much has changed! Love the new site! Beautiful.
    So glad to see that style challenge took off for you…you always look..so…well…PRETTY…so I had NO DOUBT that everyone would jump at the chance to get some style advice.
    Kudos to you for all the amazing things going on in your life!
    Think of you often..always one of my favorite reads….life has just been so busy..I don’t get to spend as much time visiting blogs these days!
    ALl for now! Happy Thursday!
    C

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    • Alison

      Happy, happy Thursday Carly! Thank you. It’s great to see you stopping by again. I understand how life busy can get, it’s nice to sit down and relax reading blogs. SO glad you chose mine to visit today. Your words are too sweet. THANK YOU again!

      Reply
  43. Sherry

    Sounds like an amazing day!!! You look fantastic!

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    • Alison

      Thanks Sherry! So sweet!

      Reply
  44. Andrea Darst

    Happy (belated) Birthday! Hope it was a great one!

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    • Alison

      Thank you Andrea. It was wonderful. 🙂

      Reply
  45. Anna Hettick

    I LOVE that blue/red plaid scarf!! So pretty! And what a sweet husband!! 🙂

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    • Alison

      I’m obsessed with the scarf! I agree! 😉

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    • Alison

      Hi Kaitlin! Thank you! Yes, they are surprisingly pretty comfy. I couldn’t wear Old Navy’s ballet flats but these feel better.

      Reply
  46. Lauren

    Happy birthday! Love the outfit–and I happen to be wearing those jeans in the medium wash right now. Yay for casual Fridays 🙂 They really are awesome jeans!

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    • Alison

      Thank you Lauren. Great choice on the medium wash jeans!

      Reply
  47. ADA

    Happy Belated Birthday. Sorry I was too busy to comment on Wednesday when I linked up. You look beyond pretty. Love you in fuchsia. It is one of my most favorite colors and I am wearing it today, also. And that cake is so cute. Your family is very thoughtful for sure.

    Hope you were a spoiled princess on your birthday, Ali. Enjoy the weekend. <3 Ada.

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    • Alison

      Thank you so much! I love the color too! I bet you look pretty wearing it. 🙂

      Reply
  48. Whitney 'Nic' James

    Happy belated birthday! So glad you had a great day, and what an awesome surprise gift! 🙂

    ~Whitney

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    • Alison

      Thanks Whitney. It was such a surprise! Have a great weekend.

      Reply
    • Alison

      Thank you friend. I love the heels so much!

      Reply
  49. Susie LaBelle

    Question about the jeans: anytime someone buys 4 of something that is pretty amazing 😀
    What body type would you consider yourself? I’m wondering about which body type they are most flattering on!

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    • Alison

      Hi Susie! I consider myself curvy. I’m 5’4″ and bought the curvy jeans in a size smaller than what I usually wear. Yes, they are pretty amazing, my new favorite jeans! They do sell them in regular too (not curvy).

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      • Susie LaBelle

        TY

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  50. Janise

    Happy belated birthday, Alison! You looked gorgeous and lovely as always!

    xo,
    Janise

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    • Alison

      You are too kind Janise. Thank you!

      Reply
  51. Willfully Elegant

    A little late but nonetheless, Happy Birthday Alison!! You clearly do not age, ever!!
    xoxo

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    • Alison

      You just made my day sweet friend! Thank you!!!!!

      Reply
    • Alison

      Thank you! It was more than awesome. 🙂

      Reply
  52. Meg

    I love that pink top!! Too bad it doesn’t show up on Targets website

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    • Alison

      I’m sorry Meg! I’ve heard that they were sold out for awhile. The top looks great in other colors too!

      Reply
  53. hl

    Happy birthday!

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    • Alison

      So thankful!!

      Reply

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