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Thanks everyone for all of the birthday wishes this past week! You sure know how to make a girl feel loved ;) We got back late last night from the most incredible weekend in Napa.  It is honestly one of the most magical places and we already started planning our next trip back to wine country. Later this week, I am going to share our 72 hour itinerary!

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A LETTER TO MY 20 YEAR OLD SELF

Today is my 30th birthday :) and for the very first time I woke up and no longer felt like the young girl trying to figure out her life. Instead, I feel happy, settled and ready for my next adventure. My twenties were filled with all the things. I graduated college, married the love of my life, made lifelong friends, changed careers (a few times) and most importantly, I found my happy.

As the last ten years begin to fade into memories, I wanted to write a letter to my 20-year-old self and share a decade’s worth of experiences. So, here goes nothing.

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LESSONS FROM MY 20s

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Today is the last day before the last year of my 20s. How did I get here? Most of the time I still feel like that 18 year old girl saying goodbye to her parents as they dropped me off at college.  How has it been ten years since that day? Tomorrow, I turn 29 and I have so many feelings about my last year of my 20s.

Navy Eyelet Top (under $100!)/ High Waisted Jean Shorts / Bag / Sandals / Sunglasses/ Earrings 

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY DESIGN DARLING

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In honor of my friend Mackenzie’s birthday today, she is offering 20% off everything in her shop, Design Darling.  It is the perfect time to stock up on gifts for friends, weddings, or even for yourself.  I plan to pick up some must-have items to fill my bar cart like these, this and these.  Also, my favorite tassel earrings are on sale too! Hurry up because everything is going fast!

Happy Birthday Mackenzie!

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LATELY

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I am already on my 3rd shot of espresso this morning and it is not even 10am.  Let’s just say, I am coming down from an ultimate high from this weekend’s celebrations.  Thanks to my awesome friends, family and fiance, this was a birthday for the record books.  They definitely know how to make a girl feel special, even if it was only my 26th birthday.

Thanks to my dad and all of his life lessons throughout the years(or he what he calls his “pearls of wisdom”) I decided the best way to start my next year of life, was to look back at some of the things I have learned and accomplished in the last 25 years.

1. Be respectful (always)

2. SAVE, SAVE, SAVE (it’s better to be wealthy than rich)

3. Love unconditionally (and except nothing in return)

4. Be genuine in everything you do

5. Honesty is always the best policy (even if it doesn’t feel right at the time)

6. Family comes first

7. Play hard, work harder

8. Success does not come easy

9. Find happiness in the unexpected

10. Wake up everyday with a smile

11.  Be grateful for everything you have (even if it doesn’t feel like a lot at the time)

12. Never stop learning

13. Be passionate

14. Find great friends (not just good ones)

15. Speak your mind (communication is key)

16. Always strive for perfect

17. Never settle

18. Treat yourself after a great accomplishment (or just because you deserve it!)

19. Be compassionate

20. Set goals and surpass your goals

21. Do something you love everyday and it will never feel like work a day in your life (this is one of the most important lessons my dad taught me and why I continue to write A Dash of Details everyday)

22. Find someone who makes you a better version of yourself

23.  Do something that fulfills you everyday

24. Own up to your mistakes

25. Take care of yourself

26. Have the best day every, everyday (thanks to my friend Blair, this has been my favorite daily mantra)

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BIRTHDAY (JUMP) SUIT

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Today is my big 2-6! I thought it was only fitting to wear my new favorite jumpsuit to celebrate!

Hope all you lovies have a wonderful weekend and happy August!

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photography by PRS for A Dash of Details

ROMP AROUND

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Navy, ruffles, and one-piece. My new obsession.

I have always been a fan of the romper (jumper, whatever you decide to call it) but especially when it is  100+ degrees outside and nothing seems to be comfortable enough to wear. There is something so easy about throwing on a romper, great pair of heels and calling it a day.

Today kicks off my birthday week (Friday I turn the big 2-6), which is actually feeling a little surreal.  It could possibly be because exactly a year ago I was packing up our house and Kansas City and taking a major leap of faith changing careers and turing 25 all at the same time. So much has changed in a year.  We moved cities again, started another new job, got engaged, settled into 2 different homes, met new friends, and traveled all over the US. If you are a frequent reader, you already know now for the 3rd year in a row, I am in a new city on a new birthday. This year seems especially special because I am celebrating with my fiance by my side, in the city we think we will be spending forever in (but things always change :)). We have spent 7 of my birthdays together and somehow he always finds a way to make my day extra special no matter where we end up finding ourselves.

SHOPTHEPOST.pngPolka Dot Romper / Clare Vivier Flat Clutch / Zara Heels (similar here) / Celine Sunglasses (similar here) / Stella and Dot Turquoise Ring (old- c/o)


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photography by PRS for A Dash of Details