The Birthday Girl // fit & flare dress + jeweled heels

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

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Yep, it's my b-day! And birthdays call for a fabulous birthday photoshoot. Getting dressed up for your special day (mine's August 17th) and walking around with balloons is SUCH a fun way to celebrate - it's definitely one of my MY favorites :) And I don't think ANYONE can resist a bouquet of balloons! 
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This is a party dress if I've ever seen one. The bright color, flattering fit-and-flare silhouette, and endless versatility has definitely earned it a top spot in my closet. It's just so FUN to wear, and in a bold orange-red hue, it almost guarantees you'll be the center of attention at any fete! 
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ann taylor fit flare dress
Keeping the party-spirit theme alive, these heels are literally a party on my feet! I spotted them and not only knew I had to have them, but thought debuting them for my birthday would be the PERFECT way to showcase them. I love that they're completely one-of-a-kind yet not too flashy. What a prime example of fun shoes that are neutral AND make a statement! 
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Can't decide between gold and silver? How about both? I love that these chokers come as a set but can be worn individually too. And you all know how hard I've been vibing on chokers lately - so these were a perfect addition to my jewelry box! 
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With gold nails, I decided to stick to a silver arm candy theme. It's hard NOT to layer these bad boys. 
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I'm all about earrings that pop, and this fan-favorite pair of Kate Spade studs is a stellar choice when you want your earrings to stand out, but you also crave something classic. 
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How about this makeup? Pretty amazing, right? I have to confess though, I did not create this magic. I actually got a full makeover from Sephora and had the pleasure of working with Ariela from Ariela Artistry. She definitely brought me out of my comfort zone with this look, but it turned out super cool! Do you notice the killer ombre effect? I mean seriously, the girl has skills! 
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It's not your birthday without balloons! And for my birthday this year, I decided to go for a rainbow effect. So I chose a bright, solid-colored dress and paired it with balloons in every color - except the color of my dress. I love how it turned out! And you better believe I carried these balloons around with me for the rest of the night! 
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Oh and I threw confetti around like a three-year-old too! You're never too old for confetti! 
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Photos by Antonio Owens 
[dress: Ann Taylor (I also like this one) // heels: Banana Republic (sold out, but this is the flats version) // chokers: Kenneth Jay Lane (similar here) // earrings: Kate Spade // cuff: Ted Baker // heart tag bracelet: Tiffany & Co. // amethyst bangle: David Yurman // lipstick: Dolce Vita by Nars // eyeshadow: Too Faced chocolate palette

Birthdays are a pretty big deal to me. And I know not everyone is big on them, but to me, birthdays signify new beginnings - almost like New Year's Eve/Day. They're ultimately a celebration of life, a celebration of making it through another successful year, and a celebration of, well, YOU! 

And while birthdays are also a sometimes painful reminder of getting older, I choose to view them in a more optimistic light. Not everyone gets to celebrate a birthday each year, so for every one I'm granted, I am incredibly grateful! 
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// SHOP //


  1. You look stunning! You're right, the dress will definitely make you the centre of attention which you deserve to be on your birthday! The colour is stunning, I love this whole look! Happy Birthday for tomorrow, I hope it's really great xx

    |Georgia Megan|

  2. Happy birthday! Beautiful look;)

  3. Happy Birthday! You look gorgeous and that dress is amazing :)

    Alyssa of Knee-Highs and Pumpkin Spice

  4. Wow you birthday is Augustb 17th. Just 10 days after mine!
    I love the mix of golden and silver chokers! A I love photos with baloons! I wish I'll do one day too!
    For me birthdays are new beginnings but a reminder of getting older too!


  5. Happy birthday lovely - you look BEAUTIFUL in this post! I shot something similar for my birthday last year and loved how the pictures came out! :)

    Hayley xo

  6. You look so radiant and gorgeous Kat! Happy birthday!! The ballon bouquet is simply fabulous for the special celebration.

  7. Happy birthday!I like the hairstyle very! Looks very sweet.