blue jean birthday girl

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dress: Pieceology Vintage (more denim dresses) // shoes: ASOS (very similar) // purse: Old Navy (similar) // scarf: vintage (similar) // rings: Moulton

photos by Chelsea Laine Francis

My birthday falls on a Saturday this year, so you get to see my birthday outfit a day early! Tomorrow I'll be 26 and hopefully eating as much pizza and breakfast food as I can stand. I think since your metabolism gets slower as you age, that should technically be less pizza and breakfast food than before, but I'm up for the challenge.

I purchased this '90s denim sack dress from April at her recent pop-up shop, and then I proceeded to wear it three days in a row. Not only is this the most comfortable dang thing I've ever owned, but I feel awfully cool wearing it. After wearing not-so-comfortable dresses on my birthday in years past, I'd say comfy and cool makes for a perfect celebratory outfit. How many pancakes do you think I can fit in this dress? I'd wager quite a few!

Birthdays are a funny thing. I think I started to feel like I was 26 sometime back in March; I just felt like I had more control over my life and I was more comfortable in my skin than ever. Then, Dago got injured and I really had to step up to the plate in a way that I'm not sure 25 year old me would have been able to handle. I know a lot of people claim they don't feel any different when their birthday rolls around, but I so internalize the change and what it means for how I carry myself, interact with others, and, mostly, handle my shit.

When I turned 25, I was nervous that I wouldn't have a good year because Dago's mom was sick and I felt like I didn't have anything to look forward to. 25 ended up being my best year yet. I traveled across the state with a caravan of babes, I came into my own at work, I emceed a blog conference, and accomplished a whole heck of a lot of things I did and didn't set out to achieve. I have no doubt that 26 is going to bring me even more joy, growth, hurdles to overcome, and things to celebrate.

So, uh, happy birthday to me!

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