I'll admit, I get a little overly excited for my birthday each year, but how can you blame me? March 12 has always been an exciting day of celebration with my family and friends from roller skating parties in grade school to seeing Pippin on Broadway last year with some of my coworkers and dearest friends. March 12 also means cake, and well, CAKE! I love it. Probably a little too much, but I digress. Perhaps my favorite part of my birthday is picking out what I am going to wear (I am a fashion blogger so would you expect any less?). I always try to wear something that's quintessentially my style at the time, just a bit brighter, bolder, and maybe sparkly. For 23, I chose a cross section between edgy cool and old-time glamour, two of my favorite styles.
First, I have to tell you about the insane deal I got on this dress. Seriously, whoever handles markdowns at Nordstrom Rack must be crazy because the deal I got had to be below a zero margin. It's BCBGMaxazria and regular $268. I had seen it the first day Nordstrom Rack opened in my town in the fall. Despite my adoration, I wasn't ready to take the plunge. That changed this weekend when I saw it marked down to $9.90. Just crazy... What drew me to this dress was its Marilyn Monroe vibe from her role in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, modernized with a shorter hemline.
To edge up this glamorous party dress, I paired it with my favorite faux leather motorcycle jacket from Zara, a major staple in my wardrobe. I wear this jacket all the time and probably too much since threads are already starting to come loose. If you don't have one, consider investing in a leather bomber or motorcycle jacket because it's one of the best layering pieces you'll own. At $79.90, this Zara jacket is an affordable option that looks both edgy and luxe.
Now, the real standout to this look isn't my jacket or dress. It's this gorgeous statement bib from Baublebar. I've been obsessing over Baublebar since summer. The product is fantastic, and the customer service is on point too. This gothic fang bib is from the brand's collaboration with model Coco Rocha. I received it for Christmas in antique gold and after the holidays, found this one in hematite at Nordstrom Rack for only $15 (regular $58)! It so perfectly encompasses the two styles I'm channelling with glamour in the rows of crystals and edgy cool in the cone spikes. I'm all about statement necklaces like this. They can easily pull an outfit together and add a little glamour to your daily strut, be it at the office, on a date, or out with friends.
I kept my shoes simple and elegant with these Zara patent sandals but had some fun with the rest of my accessories. This leather and chain toggle bracelet from Coach is my go-to accessory this season, along with these 360 studs, an affordable alternative to the Dior tribal studs seen everywhere on the red carpet. I own a few from Baublebar and Steel Time (like the pair I'm wearing pictured here). You can also find similar options at Target and The Limited. My hematite crystal mason ring from Baublebar is a new favorite and a perfect complement to my bib. For my bag, I opted for this Papaya quilted purse, reminiscent of the Chanel Boy bag (both classic and edgy). To top it all off, I wore my favorite Prada shades to block out the intense sunshine we've had in Tampa this week. It was in the 90s when we were shooting this look!
I hope you all enjoyed this latest post, and to all my March babies out there, happy birthday! If you like what you see, check out the gallery below for some of the pieces mentioned above and similar options to shop online. Click through for links.
Till next time!