September 10, 2014 - Easy Outfits, I Feel Pretty, Style

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.



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.


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.





[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.


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  • Yay for birthdays! You looked lovely- as usual. 🙂 Hope you had a wonderful day!


    • Thank you Ashley. It was a wonderful birthday! 🙂

  • 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!!!!!!!!

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

  • 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!!

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

  • 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

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

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

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

  • Happy Belated Birthday pretty lady, I love my fellow virgos.


    • Thanks Rachelle. Yay Virgos! ♍

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

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

  • KellyinPA

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

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

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


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

  • 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…

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

  • Kathy

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

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

  • Debbie

    Happy Belated Birthday!

    • Thank you so much Debbie!

  • 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

    • 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. 🙂

  • 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.

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

  • 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

    • 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. 🙂

  • 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.

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

  • 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!

    • 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!!

  • Happy Belated Birthday Alison!! You look absolutely gorgeous in your birthday outfit. 🙂 Your hair is enviable as always!!
    Gina – On the Daily Express

    • Thank you so so much Gina!

  • 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

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

  • Happy birthday!! Love the bright color you chose. It looks great on you

    Cha Cha The Fashion Genius

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

  • Happy birthday, Alison! 🙂

  • 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!

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

  • Awwwww Happy Birthday Alison…..have a year as wonderful as you!!!!


    • You’re too sweet Rebecca! Thanks.

  • HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! I hope you have an amazing day- and month 😉

  • 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.


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

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

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

  • 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

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

  • Agi

    Looks like you had a great birthday.I agree birthdays should be longer than a day. Great outfit.

  • 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!


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

  • Happy Birthday! Super cute outfit!!

  • 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!

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

  • 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.

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

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

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

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

  • 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!

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

  • 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!

    • 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. 🙂

  • happy birthday to YOU! Hope it was fabulous!! 🙂
    xox, Crystelle

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

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

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

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

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

  • 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!

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

  • 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.

    • 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?

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


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

  • 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.

    • Thanks Karen. Birthday’s are so fun!

  • 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!

    • 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?

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

    • So sweet of you! Thanks.

  • 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. 🙂

    • 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!

  • 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,

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

  • 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!

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

  • Happy birthday gorgeous! They should at least a week. ; )

    • Thank you Laura. I agree! 🙂

  • 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

    • Thanks Alex. It was an amazing day!

  • 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!!

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

  • Aww happy birthday! I usually do the same thing– use an entire weekend to celebrate 🙂


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

  • 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…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!

    • 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!

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

    • Thanks Sherry! So sweet!

  • Andrea Darst

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

    • Thank you Andrea. It was wonderful. 🙂

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

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

  • Those teal shoes!!!! Love love love! Are they comfy? And Happy Birthday!!


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

  • 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!

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

  • 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.

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

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


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

  • Oh so lovely!!! You look so chic. Those heels are gorgeous 🙂



    • Thank you friend. I love the heels so much!

  • 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!

    • 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).

      • Susie LaBelle


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


    • You are too kind Janise. Thank you!

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

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

  • Happy Belated Birthday! You look wonderful! Hope your birthday was awesome!

    • Thank you! It was more than awesome. 🙂

  • Meg

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

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

  • hl

    Happy birthday!