Twenty Nine



Dress: Donna’s Dress Shop | Booties: B.A.I.T. Footwear from Donna’s Dress Shop | Necklace: Forever 21 | Jacket: LOFT | Sweater: Borrowed from friend

Today, I turn 29.

If you follow my Instagram, you may have noticed that I celebrated my birthday (multiple times) and received many awesome gifts already!  But today, is my actual birthday and I must say celebrating my last year in my 20s has been by far one of my BEST BIRTHDAYS ever.

The pictures above were taken from my birthday celebration a few weeks ago with some of my best buddies in Kansas City.  It’s almost like a tradition now that for every other one of our birthdays we go to a local sushi joint and become all rowdy while pounding on the table drinking sake bombs.  It’s our thing and I love it.  And then we headed back to a friends house for more drinking and games and I’m not going to lie, I had a little buzz going on for these outfit pics.  As you can tell, I am overly giddy.

And then my second celebration was spent last weekend in Palm Springs, CA with my family, my brother’s family, my parents, my cousin’s family and a few friends.  Don’t have all the pictures from that quite yet (except on Instagram) but I loved this intimate, quality time with them and getting to know them even better.  And having them play with Austin too.  Some presents I received from them are a Kate Spade wallet, Rebecca Minkoff Mini M.A.C., red hunter boots and gift cards.  How did I get so lucky?

And finally, I’m celebrating my ACTUAL birthday with my husband, Marvin, in Maui.  Just the two of us.  And on this trip, it’s the first time I’ve been able to sleep for 7 hours straight without interruptions in over 1.5 years.  You don’t even know how good that feels.  We’re also going to get a couples massage and the best sushi we’ve ever had (we stumbled on this place the last time we were here and are going back again).  Not to mention pie, gelato, ice cream, and shaved ice for dessert too.  ðŸ™‚

This past year of being 28 has been amazing.  It’s the first time I became a mother and began the journey of motherhood.  I have the cutest baby boy who loves to move, is so curious, and has the best giggle in the world.  The blog has started veering towards a fashion blog, although I still don’t consider it entirely fashion) and because of it, I have met so many new friends but have not forgotten the old.  I got to enjoy my sabbatical (4 weeks off) for being a working woman for 7 years.

I am excited for all the adventures that being 29 will bring.  For the moment my baby boy first starts walking and then talking and then oh my.  I am excited for more family trips and taking Austin to see more of the world.  I am excited to see how my fashion evolves this year.  I’m thinking I’m going to be buying less, nicer things this year, vs. many cheap things.  I am excited to get to know each and one of you a little better this year and meet new friends as well!  So for today’s prompt, I’d love for you to answer 1 of 2 questions, or both if you’d like!  Kudos to you if you read this whole post – sorry for being lengthy!

1) Tell me your favorite thing about my blog or what types of posts you’d like to see more of!

2) Tell me something about yourself that I may not already know about you! 


  1. November 1, 2012 / 12:33 am

    Happy Birthday!

    1. Your post on trends and how you integrate them in normal everyday outfits

    2. I live in PA and am a Graphic Arts student

  2. November 1, 2012 / 1:50 am

    It’s great that you totally be with all your love one in different phases of your celebration. That’s the best part celebrating in multiple.:) I’m just a newbie reader and reading this post makes me know you a bit more aside from your fashion post.

    The reason why I’m a daily reader of your blog is because of same interest. Fashion and motherhood. Though the content of my blog rarely have an outfit post and more on beauty, motherhood and lifestyle, seeing moms like you doing such brings inspiration. I hope to see more of your lifestyle and motherhood post in between and of course some beauty routine if not too much to ask.

    Wishing you the best and many more blessings to come!:)


  3. November 1, 2012 / 3:05 am

    Happy, Happy Birthday, sweet friend! Wishing you the very best year. And I love that dress!

    My favorite of your posts are the family adventures with you, Marvin and Austin.

    What you don’t know about me? By now? Nothing, ha ha!


  4. November 1, 2012 / 6:29 am

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY Sandy!!! I love your blog and vote you keep writing and posting like you do!! My birthday is tomorrow so we are almost birthday twins! 🙂 Hope you feel extra loved and celebrated today!

  5. November 1, 2012 / 8:53 am

    Happy birthday beautiful! I love your blog just the way it is. I love seeing your outfits and sometimes a few pictures of your sweet baby boy.

    I am also a November baby like you, which obviously means we are practically twinsies! 🙂

    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee

  6. November 1, 2012 / 9:08 am

    Happy Birthday Sandy!!! xoxo

  7. November 1, 2012 / 10:00 am

    Happy birthday!!!!!!!!!! You look adorable!!!

  8. November 1, 2012 / 10:43 am

    Happy Birthday Sandy! I hope 29 is a great year for you. I’ll be joining the 29 Club in February 🙂

  9. November 1, 2012 / 11:27 am

    happy birthday, sandy!!!! i love you and am so blessed by your friendship!!!!! hope today is extra special for you, surrounded by those that love you most!!!! totally wish i could celebrate with you!!!!

  10. November 1, 2012 / 12:28 pm

    Happy birthday!!! Your birthday dress is gorgeous, and I hope you have so much fun in Maui! Hawaii is a bucket list destination for me. 🙂

    I love your outfit posts – and I especially like it when you post about your Stitchfix finds!

    Something you may not know about me? Besides Hawaii, I’m dying to go to RUSSIA. Now if only I could speak Russian better than “hello,” “bye,” and “my name is”…

  11. November 1, 2012 / 1:12 pm

    Happy birthday Sandy!!! I’m so glad you’ve been able to have so many celebrations, and I hope you’re having so much fun in Maui!
    My favorite posts of yours are your outfit posts–I love to see how you style all your fun purchases!
    And one thing you don’t know about me… I used to be really musical. I played piano and percussion for a long time, but quit once I started college.

  12. November 1, 2012 / 1:25 pm

    Happy birthday pretty lady! I love this blog because it’s nice to see a woman who has a career, a child and a husband, but you’re still having fun and staying stylish! It makes me look forward to the future. 🙂 Keep up the great blogging!


  13. steph
    November 1, 2012 / 3:09 pm

    Happy Birthday twinny! Keep on blogging about things that make YOU happy!!! 🙂

  14. November 1, 2012 / 3:25 pm

    I didn’t realize that you and I are pretty much the same age (save for a month and a half of course). I think 29 is a great age, it’s making me happy so far!

    1) I love your fashion posts, of course. And I have to say I love blogs in which the blogger really opens themselves up to their readers and gets really personal.

    2) I have no self control whatsoever. The leftover Halloween candy is no match for me.

  15. November 1, 2012 / 3:28 pm

    Happy 29 girl! I loved that first maroon dress. Great conversion into a skirt! Keep up the style posts and also the “flavor” ones! Hm..something you may not know about me…I was in the “flag squad” in middle school. The ones that march with the band at parades. It was fun being outside, traveling, and being kinda a dork.

  16. November 1, 2012 / 3:39 pm

    Happy Birthday Sandy! Hope you have a blessed day! So my favorite thing about your blog- I really love your Austin updates, first & foremost because I am a mother and it just brings back fun memories of when Lansen was that age! Second, I really enjoy your OOTD posts! Everyone has a different style & I really love yours. Something about myself that you may not know… Hmmmm… This isn’t that interesting! I’m a major bookworm and most my money goes toward books. In the last two months, I’ve read over 40 books!

  17. November 1, 2012 / 3:49 pm

    Lovely pictures, I love your lace dress


  18. November 1, 2012 / 8:11 pm

    Hope you have an AMAZING time in Maui!! Happy birthday, Sandy 🙂

  19. November 1, 2012 / 8:33 pm

    Happy birthday!! Sounds like you had an amazing time at all celebrations. 🙂

    1) I like your outfit posts. I like seeing the styles of different bloggers.

    2) Something you didn’t know about me: I used to collect swords and knives. 😉

  20. November 1, 2012 / 8:47 pm

    Happy Birthday beautiful lady!! Your outfit posts always make me so happy, keep those up! Something you don’t know about me? I’d love to have a book published one day!

  21. November 1, 2012 / 9:03 pm

    Well, this is my first time here! So I’m not sure I can answer 1. But I love that maroon dress! Spectacular.

    2. I’m an american girl living in Australia…

  22. November 1, 2012 / 9:31 pm

    Happy happy birthday to the best sis ever! Love you so much! Hope you’re having a wonderful birthday. So happy we got to celebrate with you in Palm Springs!! Can’t wait to see you tomorrow!!

  23. November 2, 2012 / 12:12 am

    Really loving this dress…the lace and the oxblood are gorgeous for you! Happiest of all birthdays to you 🙂

    <3 Cambria

  24. November 2, 2012 / 8:10 am

    oh my goodness! yay for 29…isn’t it incredible?!? let’s have a super giant birthday bash next year when we turn 30! 😉

    something you might not know about me? I am truly lucky to be alive today, here with my daughter. Every day is a gift and I don’t want to waste a second of any of this!


  25. November 2, 2012 / 6:44 pm

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Hope that it is (was) fun and beautiful and restful!

  26. November 3, 2012 / 9:46 am

    Awww! Happy Birthday.
    I had just given birth to my oldest when I was 29. Not even a year married! xo

  27. November 3, 2012 / 11:31 am

    Hi Sandy,

    Happy Belated Birthday!! I love your blog and I love your outfit posts.Every morning I will logged into Blogger and read few posts from my favorite bloggers.One of them is you,of course! You know,you inspired me a lots! Previously I had mentioned to you that you’re the one who gave and inspired me the most for me to do my own outfit posts.I did now..and I really love it so much! Thanks for giving so much courage to me!


  28. Sharon Siqueiros
    November 3, 2012 / 6:55 pm

    First, HAPPY B-DAY!!
    I really like everything about your blog! The outfit posts and sharing yourself and your life/family.
    Have a wonderful celebration and enjoy!

  29. November 3, 2012 / 7:28 pm

    I am so happy that I stumbled across your blog. Your blog and you are both adorable. It sounds like your 29th year is off with a bang. It is great that you got to celebrate and have so much fun. And I love your beautiful dress.

    Tracy @ Sunny Days and Starry Nights

    P.S. Stop by and enter my giveaway for a pair of Crystal Stud Earrings.

    We are also hosting a Christmas Card Exchange that we would love for you to join.

  30. November 3, 2012 / 9:14 pm

    happy birthday, sandy! i love the burgundy lace dress you are flaunting in your going out pics. shawn and i are going to barge in on your next party! it’s been awhile since i’ve had a buzz. 🙂
    i love your blog because you are honest and have awesome fashion advice for those of us who are clueless.
    maybe you can incorporate a series on how to use 1-2 “staple” items with multiple outfits? or how to dress a curvier person (me) who is pear shaped?
    happy birthday again, honey! xoxox

  31. November 4, 2012 / 5:08 pm

    Happy Birthday! You look super cute, and it looks like you had a lot of fun!

    I love the outfits you post – you always look fantastic!

    P.S. Check out my giveaway for 2 trendy chain bracelets on my blog!

  32. November 4, 2012 / 6:40 pm

    Happy birthday! I love this lace dress – I have one like it in navy and it’s amazing! You look beautiful!

  33. November 5, 2012 / 8:00 pm

    Happy belated Birthday, Sandy! I hope you’re enjoying your sabbatical and having a great time with your family and friends! You look gorgeous in this lace dress!

    1. One of the things I love about your blog is how genuine and down-to-earth you are. Also, I get a lot of inspiration from your fashion choices, and I admire (as a new blogger) how you have found the right balance between blogging about life style, family and fashion! Just keep up doing what you’re doing!

    2. What you don’t know about me: I’m currently learning to read and write Chinese to connect more with my family heritage. It has been harder than I though!


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