Tuesday, May 31, 2011

outfit post: Birthday Grrl

Every year, while you my friends are celebrating Memorial Day weekend, I am turning one year older. This year I am 46 years old. While I realize that the adage "a lady never reveals her age" has good sense, I am telling you my age because I want to show that this tree is proud of her rings. I am rich with history, and full of memories worth remembering. Rather than try to hang on to the glory of youth, I'd like getting comfortable in my own skin, and relishing my present. 

THESE are my glory days.

The beautiful vintage sundress was a gift from my dear friend Lindsay. Thanks, amiga!
Now Wearing: 
  • ubiquitous Target sunglasses
  • 1950's vintage cotton sundress, Thunderhorse Vintage
  • vintage green corduroy coat w/ vintage butterfly broach, my closet
  • vintage black clutch
  • We Love Colors black tights
  • Alice + Olivia for Payless, black/white striped wedges


Sara Kristiina said...

Happy birthday, dear Bella :) You are so adorable

A BRIT GREEK said...

Wishing you a super duper Happy Birthday lovely! Seriously, non-one would have guessed your age, i think you look fabulous for it!
I hope you have a fantastic year and a healthy n' happy one!

Best wishes and sunny hugs from Greece.

mispapelicos said...

Ah, Bella:I am rich with history, and full of memories worth remembering. Rather than try to hang on to the glory of youth.
You always go straight to my heart.
Love you!!!!

Vix said...

Happy Birthday, sweetheart. Hope your 46th year is your best yet. xxx

Stephanie Loudmouth said...

Once again, happy birthday to my beautiful Bella. Age is just a number and you are timeless.

Penny Dreadful Vintage said...

Happy birthday chicken. I've never seen any point in lying about your age. Anyway, until you said your age a while back I just assumed you were about my age, which is 31! You are fabulous Bella xx

Unknown said...

FORTY SIX??? I honestly would have guessed TWENTY SIX!!!

Happy Birthday Bella - you are such a fabulous inspiration - I wish you a wonderful, marvellous, fabulous year!

Sarah xxx

And I LOVE your shoes!

Pull Your Socks Up! said...

Happeeee birthday darling Bella!!! My god you are a stunning woman and there's no way I would have guessed 46. No frickin' way!!!!!!! Tell me you're lying and you've just popped a couple of decades on just to mess with my head:)))))). Did I ever tell you how much I adore you and your style? ADORE I tell you!!!!! xoxoxoxooxoxoxoxoxox

Fashion Limbo said...

Happy birthday and you sooooo don't look your age!!!! loving this B&W look, and the shoes are pretty amazing.
My mother gets awfully upset every year on her birthday, even though she has fabulous genes and looks fantastic, but she gets really down and panics about getting old. I see birthdays as celebrations, we don't get enought reasons to party til the morning so what th heck, embrace every B day!!
Thanks so much for commenting on my site the other day xxxxx

Anupriya DG said...

Oh Bella! I've seldom come across someone who's worth every single day of their 46 stylish years as you! I know you're gonna rock as fashionably when you're 64!! You're an inspiration to all of us young midgets!

HAPPY B'DAY dearest!!! And all the very bestest for more such fabulous years to come! Lots of love & hugs!!! Mwah! <3

Ofelia said...

Feliz Cumpleanos a ti!!!!!!!!!!
You look so young, I thought you were around 26 years old.
You are a super slick and classic with a twist (a Bella twist!
A happy, healthy, lovely and wealthy birthday to you.
Con Carino,

Style Chic 360 said...

You look great! Love the black and white!

Happy Birthday!!

Pam @ over50feeling40 said...

Bella, HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! You look so chic..I love the B & W mix! I also love the line...this tree is proud of her are one of the most youthful 46-year-olds I know! Have a fabulous week!!

The Wh0le Story said...

Happy birthday and congrats on being an admirable, fashionable, beautiful woman! At any age!


Happy birthday again, dear Bella! I also never hesitate to reveal my age. Especially when I think of a wonderful woman I worked with years ago who recently lost her battle with cancer at age 40. Life is precious. Every moment, every day, every year is a blessing. We should always celebrate our birthdays and the time we have with those we love.

Shybiker said...

It's funny how our perspective on age changes as we get older. You reveal you're 46, expecting a gasp from us at how old you are -- and yet I, further down the line at 53, think of you as a kid!

Seriously, one of the big perks of aging is when we learn to accept ourselves and release ourselves from binding social expectations. Most women, in their 40's, shed these and feel their lives improve dramatically as they do. I hear that in your voice.

Anonymous said...

I agree with Vahni, everyday is precious. Revealing your age, is a concept of being true to yourself, and proud of where you came from. Like a tree, you are stronger and sturdier with age. Like good wine Bella, you sure get better. You are an enormous inspiration to me and your praised comments motivate me to be motivated by peculiar things rather than the obvious, looking outside the box, and finding the beauty within.

I hope you enjoyed your birthday with great company, and of course cake! You can't let a birthday pass, with a out a slice of cake!

Wish you many blessings. xo

Lauren Nicole
Front Row Spectator

Anonymous said...

Happy birthday, beautiful! My hubby turned 45 yesterday, and he couldn't be happier. Here's to rockin' Geminis. ;)

Anonymous said...

Welcome to the 46 club my dear Bella. Its where all the cool gals hang out! I beat you into said club by a measly 8 days. So far, I'm kinda digging it, as I'm sure you will to. Let's go give 46 some hell shall we !!!

Happy Happy Birthday fellow Gemini!

xoxox Doreen

Unknown said...

Happy Birthday Bella! Your beautiful at 46 and bound to be stunning at 56. So here's to 50 more years!

superheidi said...

Happy birthday, I don't comment, but I read your posts and it is a delight to see your quirky style at 46. Have a great day!

Any Second Now said...

Happy birthday again Bella! This outfit is completely adorable and I would wear it in an instant! Your shoes are so very fantastic and the coat is exactly something I would wear.

I hope you had a great birthday!


modanista junkie said...

I would've never guessed your age doll! Happy Birthday to you, and good for you for not hiding your age.
Here's to many more fabulous years!!


Dusk said...

[I am still having problems logging in to some blogs when leaving comments :( ]

Happy Birthday honey!!!!!!!!!!

I don't want to say this , because why shouldn't 46 look the way you do but... 46????? No WAY did I think you were a day over 30!!!!!! I just thought you had gravitas for your age!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Now I know you have wisdom gained and a whole lot of MAGIC!! And maybe a vampire bit you somewhere down the line...???... :D

I don't believe in hiding ones age but you already know how I feel about ageing. Bring.It.On.
Hell... when I'm 46 and if I looked, felt and lived like you I'd be adding some sugar on top and saying I'm almost 50!!

"this tree is proud of her rings. I am rich with history, and full of memories worth remembering."

Yes Bella. Yes.

Alexis of NorthOnHarper said...

I hope you had a fantastic birthday Bella! And I love your attitude about aging gracefully.... I live in a city (LA) where many people lie about their age. So it is refreshing when people embrace it--- after all it is your life's experience that makes you who you are....

dolphyngyrl said...

So beautiful! I love the addition of the coat, although it is kind of depressing to need one on Memorial Day Weekend!

Also? 46? Honey, you don't look a day over AMAZING!

Rebecca said...

Happy birthday. I'm loving the green coat!

Rocquelle said...

That Lindsay is some friend, because that dress is glorious!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY BELLA DEAR (babe's birthday is the 30th too)! 46 looks SO good on you!!

Isquisofrenia said...

happy belated bday you look awesome

Raquel said...

Ahh I hope you had an amazing birthday, I can see that you had an awesome birthday outfit so that's something to start with :) I wish I can be like you when I get to 46!! Gorgeous Bella!

gabrielle said...

those shoes are amazeballs. hope you had a wonderful, magical day- you sure looked awesome. xxoo

BonBon Rose Girls Kristin said...

Happy happy bday pretty lady. Ummmmmmmm, care to share your skincare routine? Cuz you look amazing!

SeƱora Allnut said...

happy birthday, dear lady!, you're pretty elegant in your black& white outfit, love your shoes and love your coat, and really love watching you wearing them with so much style!

My Heart Blogged said...

I love how you age gracefully, and are proud of the years you have earned to your name on this earth. I know I already said it (and it was yesterday) but happy birthday love! You are one hell of a woman, and I'm very glad to have met you in the blogosphere.

Fierce Fabulous Fit said...

Bella- This may be my favorite outfit I've seen you wear!! I loooooove it!! I also love you and what you have to say in this post!! I love that you're so proud of your "rings." I can't believe you're 46!! You don't look it at all, but clearly you have the wisdom! What a beautiful person you are! WOW!!



The Creative Bohemian said...

I'm 47 and not ashamed to say so! Love the striped shoes, Bella!


Elle said...

Go birthday girl!!! You look AMAZING. Not amazing for 46- but AMAZING in general- you could pass for 25! I love that dress. Thank you Bella for bringing joy into my life and being a sweet, caring and inspiring person. You rock. and have kick ass style/philosophy.

Fashnlvr said...

You are so amazing! I hope your day was as fabulous as you deserve!! I love your sundress! Black and white patterns are my favorite!! You don't even come close to looking your age! I never would have guessed it! Love you Bella!!

annimal said...

I'll say it loud, you're awesome and I'm proud!! I love you for owning every year, you keep getting even better!! Here's to many more birthdays, my beautiful Bella!!

Casee Marie said...

Happy birthday to you again, Bella love! Well, a day later, but it never hurts, right? You look absolutely marvelous, I'm loving all this black and white gorgeousness. And I always love your spirit, I don't think that could ever be said enough to you. It's monumental, and you're a true inspiration. x

20 YORK STREET said...

I just cannogt frikkin' believe that you are 46 years old! You just really don't look it!

You do look wise and very confident - I like that!


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See, I'm that impressed I forgot my very important message today -

Bonne Fete ma belle!


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Anonymous said...

My gawsh, I constantly want to shake women who are scared of their age. I agree with a lot of the comments, every year, minutes, second, is a gift and a blessing and it's best to count all of them and love all of them for what they are.

I hope you had an amazing birthday. You sure did look pretty awesome :).

Unknown said...

Happy friggin birthday, my darling! You are so beautiful and I wish you health and happiness for many years more! Your birthday outfit is gorgeous too! celebrate all week if you can! xoxo

For Those About To Shop said...

I love love love love love that dress. The shape, the cut, the pattern, all of it. You look 15 years younger than you are - really.

Best Of Palm Beach said...

Your name says it all! the dress is divine! Again happy birthday, wishing you love, success, health and happiness!



WendyB said...

Happy birthday! And you look 36!

Anna said...

I have a memorial day birthday too! Happy belated birthday! Hope you had a great weekend!

Heather Fonseca said...

Happy Birthday! I agree. Mentally and emotionally 40 is much better than 20 or 30. I'm actually much more accepting of myself now.

You look great!


JTWisdom said...


I have been so busy with work and other things that I haven't been by lately. I wanted to wish you a Happy Birthday. You look beautiful and getting younger every year. Wishing you mucho blessings. A cyber hug coming your way.

Lots of love!