Birthday Girl: 5 Things I Have Learned and How I Celebrate!

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I'm a big birthday person.  I love a good birthday celebration whether it is for me or family or friend. A good time celebrating this special day, is the perfect remedy for getting another year older :).

This year was not my year. Not to go into too many details, but it was a rough one.  I've learned a few things this year and thought I would share the 5 things I have learned.

AND I get asked where to dine/go out in Chicago quite a bit, so I am also sharing 5 ways to celebrate your birthday!




Birthday Girl Tee shirt, Tulle Skirt, What to Wear on your Birthday, Best Birthday Outfit, Best Birthday Style
Birthday Girl Tee shirt, Tulle Skirt, What to Wear on your Birthday, Best Birthday Outfit, Best Birthday Style
Birthday Girl Tee shirt, Tulle Skirt, What to Wear on your Birthday, Best Birthday Outfit, Best Birthday Style
Birthday Girl Tee shirt, Tulle Skirt, What to Wear on your Birthday, Best Birthday Outfit, Best Birthday Style
Birthday Girl Tee shirt, Tulle Skirt, What to Wear on your Birthday, Best Birthday Outfit, Best Birthday Style
Birthday Girl Tee shirt, Tulle Skirt, What to Wear on your Birthday, Best Birthday Outfit, Best Birthday Style
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Pink Goddess Sunglasses ($20)

5 Things I Have Learned This Year:


  1. Take more steps to move forward and stop living in the past. I'm a big believer in making things happen but sometimes I get stuck and I've been stuck.  This year I took steps to make changes and move forward and stop reliving bad moments. 
  2. Embrace all the things you love.  I love to travel, I love sharing,  and I love fashion.  I travel often, I share everyday, and I live my passion of fashion. Sometimes I worry about sharing too much or what others think, but I've made it a priority to listen to myself.
  3. Real friends are those that stick around when things are at its worst.  The biggest skill of a friend, listening . . . I needed this and those that love me for who I am.  I have a great circle who has embraced me and been there.  It wasn't about what I have, what #'s my instagram followers are at, or those who love to talk about their lives constantly. Competition or networking with me does not equate a good friend.  Through this journey, I've also learned to be a better friend.  Listening is key and making sure they know you are there for them. 
  4. It's ok to not do everything at 100%. I try to balance being a mom, entrepreneur, blogger, instagrammer, friend, and daughter. I would tell myself I was failing at one thing when something else was going right. Well, this year I just embraced whatever was in front of me and if something else gave, I would prioritize it next.  There's just no way to get it all right. And it's OK.  I'm OK, my kids are OK, and my friends and family are OK.  
  5. I love experiences more than I love things.  Don't get me wrong; I love a good Chanel bag and Louboutin shoes! But with challenges faced this year, I did not spend it on these things or really any clothes (most of my clothes I source and designs for T&J Designs or I collaborate with brands).  I realized I value experiences like trips with my girlfriends and my kids more than these things.  I love dining out, a good event, and activities. And these memories and experiences are what made my year great.

I saw this quote recently and loved it.

"The three C's in life: Choice, Chance, Change. You must make the choice, to take the chance, if you want anything in life to change."

On to a lighter note! 5 ways to celebrate a big birthday or event in Chicago (one not in Chicago :):
  1.  Slumber party: I'm hosting a slumber party at the W Lakeshore tonight for 12 of my girlfriends! Follow me on instagram for all the fun. It's a great way to catch up, have fun, and doing a staycation in your own city is the best.
  2. Dinner of course! My favorites right now are ProxiRPM Steak, Lena Brava, Le Colonial and Kai Zan.  I'll do a food post soon as I've been asked where I like to go.
  3. Musical play or opera: Take in a great show with Broadway in Chicago or I love going to Opera and getting dressed up.
  4. Go for the whole thing! Pamper, dine and staycation! Do it all, I love my hair done at Anthony Cristiano (Todd for color, Joseph for cut), The Peninsula Spa, dinner and stay at the W Lakeshore, Langham, or the Peninsula
  5. DISNEYLAND: Basically one of my favorites places on earth and they have their holiday decor up during this time and it's the one place you can't help but smile.  It is a magical place for me! 
My official birthday is on the Sunday.  I am headed off to celebrate it early but wanted to share this as I head into the weekend. Thank you for your continued support.  xoxo

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