It's My Birthday :: perfect party style

Monday, August 17, 2015

Today we're talking perfect party style because guess what? It's my 23rd birthday and I'm in a party mood! I'm also very excited to be celebrating on my blog in a favorite dress, a gorgeous statement necklace, and pink balloons. What else could a birthday girl ask for? ...besides cake of course ;)
Summer party season is so much fun to dress for because pretty much anything goes. My style tends to be more classic so for my special birthday look I chose to go with a traditional LBD. However, I dressed it up in a very non traditional way with strappy, white heels, layers of chains, and a bright pink lip. 
Details are my fave and this pairing of dress and heels is full of em! The eyelet hem on my shirtdress is such a pretty, unexpected surprise and I love (as I've mentioned before) the unique heel on these ivory shoes. Plus, a black dress worn with white heels is super fresh and fun for summer. 
Vibrant accessories were made for the party spirit in all of us. I threw on this Kate Spade watch to add some extra color to my black & white look. 
Isn't this necklace completely fabulous? If this isn't the perfect party accessory then I don't know what is! With this on, your neck brings its own party.  
Is it really a party if there aren't balloons? Answer: heck no! I fell in love with these pretty pink bubbles of air when I spotted them at a flower shop across the street from my apartment. So yes, I did buy my own birthday balloons. Don't judge :) 
When it comes to party accessories, the bolder, the brighter, the sparklier the better. I took that to heart when I pulled out these Kate Spade faux diamond studs. Accessories truly are the funnest part of party dressing. 
BUT the most important party accessory of all? Confidence of course! Strut your stuff like you mean it...even if you're literally stopping traffic in New York City (oops). Flash those pearly whites and you'll instantly be the best dressed in the room. 
Every girl needs a cupcake balloon on her birthday! 
Photos by Ingrid Frahm 
[dress: Ann Taylor // heels: Ann Taylor // necklace: Ann Taylor // sunglasses: Ann Taylor (similar here) // earrings: Kate Spade // watch: Kate Spade (white version here) // amethyst bangle: David Yurman // heart bracelet: Tiffany & Co. // lipstick: Urban Decay in "Anarchy"]

My photographer Ingrid and I had so much fun bouncing around the Upper Eastside taking these photos. My birthday balloons made me so happy...even though it was so hot that they partially deflated. When I bought them - 24 hours earlier than these photos were taken - they were 16 inches wide and full of life. But that's okay! Here in birthdayland the glass is always half full :) 

Thanks for celebrating with me everyone! Enjoy these last weeks of summer party fun and make sure to dress the part! 


  1. I always love the way you accessorize, but I especially love those necklaces! These pictures are adorable!! Happy birthday!

  2. You look beautiful honey <3 Wish you a very Happy Birthday, mine is just a couple of weeks away :D
    Love your dress & these pictures!!

  3. Happy birthday! You look so pretty in that dress!<3<3
    Btw, mind following each other via gfc and bloglovin? Let me know :)


  4. Happy B day my dear!
    You look fab in that dress!
    All the best!


  5. Aw, Happy 23rd birthday, Kat! You look like you were having so much fun, and it's such a joy to look through your photos! Your necklace is beyond gorgeous and how pretty is your dress!

    May | THE MAYDEN

  6. Happy B-day! Best of everything!
    Amazing pictures! Looks like you had so much fun! :)

  7. Happy Birthday!! Looks like you celebrated in style! Especially adore the pictures with the flower stand :)

    House of Illusions

  8. I love your beautiful blog full of colors, good vibes and your smiles!



  9. Happiest of birthdays! You look incredibly happy and beautiful!

  10. Those are such lively and candid pictures Kat! You look so beautiful and happy! :) Happy birthday sweetie, I really hope it was a good one and that you received many gifts, ate a lot of cake and just enjoyed yourself! :)
    The dress you are wearing is stunning! It looks like a classical piece that would look great in any occasion! Love the accessories as well!

  11. Happy Birthday and congratulations to Kathleen! You look the best in this kind of look - fresh, young and very girly! ☠ || ︻デ═一

  12. Happy b-day darling!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Wonderful pics!!!
    Kisses, Paola.


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  13. Happy Birthday gorgeous girl! You look stunning!


  14. Love the LBD! You look stunning and hop you had a happy birthday!

    Happy Medley

  15. very cute post! hope you had a great birthday! love that necklace!

  16. You look so happy! Very elegant look!

  17. Sure, this party look is a killer! Love all the detailings and the best part is ur fun confident vibe!
    Much love for the year ahead!

  18. you look just wonderful, such a cute post!
    happy happy late birthday!!!

    <3, Kathrin

  19. Happy birthday! This is the perfect outfit to celebrate!

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  20. happy birthday! you look stunning! xo Jamie

  21. happy birthday! you look gorgeous baby

  22. Happy birthday! Lovely photos!

  23. Hee hee stopping traffic, and HAPPY BIRTHDAY! So awesome spending it in NYC. And loving the H to T Ann Taylor.

    Allie of ALLIE NYC

  24. love your look and your pictures with balloons are too cute

    BamBam Blog


  25. Happy Birthday Beautiful! Love your pretty party style, have a great time celebrating.

  26. aww happy birthday!! :) you look stunning! hope you had a great one! :)

  27. Happy 23rd Birthday Sweet Girl! You are definitely celebrating in style and making quite the birthday statement! Wishing you everything your heart desires! Have a great birthday month Kat! :)

  28. Happy Happy Birthday!!!!!

  29. I love your smile! The outfit is also stunning!

    Have a nice day xx
    Classy Styler

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