What I Wore: The Birthday Girl Edit

What I Wore: Birthday Girl

Last Friday I celebrated my birthday, or should I say, being another year older.

Do you know what? I was more than ok with it.

I feel fine when it comes to getting older.

How about you..does the ticking-clock-of-time stress the life out of you?

Me? Nah. Not any more.

I’ve somehow settled with who I am, right now.

Finally I’m happy in my skin.

Geez its taken some time, but its a wonderful feeling.

Talking of skin, yes mine is ageing – there is no denying it. But for my age, I think it looks ok-ish, all things considered.

I’m looking after it better now than I ever have before. I’m prioritising what’s important to maintain a healthy glow… if you’re interested, I will share my skin routine next week in my July Beauty Picks.

Not sure when this revelation happened. Because, I can of course, look back and remember tonnes of times when I thought I was just getting old.

When in reality I was still a spring chicken…maybe you need to get older to look back and appreciate just how fabulous your were 😉

Yep, I’m more confident with my appearance than I have been in a long time.

I’m really loving my inner confidence.

Now feels like the right time for me, to just, be me.

This confidence I’m talking about is of the inner variety.

Because unfortunately, on the outside, I still struggle with confidence in certain situations.

If I had to guess, I would say that not one person that knows me well, would ever think of me as shy.

But, I can be.

I would even go as far as to say, quite introvert in certain situations.

Not around my friends and family of course – they are my comfort zone.

But walking into a room full of strangers, makes me want to run for the hills.

It takes all of my will power not to breakout in a severe case of hives.

Internally I start to hyperventilate.

Yes, the thought of being under the spotlight in a group of strangers turns me to liquid jelly (how the hell will I cope with my first ever Pro Blogger conference next month?).

In these situations something strange ALWAYS happens…before I know it (and if the hives haven’t appeared), a huge case of verbal diarrhoea descends upon me.

Once I’m on a roll, I can hear myself talking a complete load of crap, but I don’t seem to be able to control it.

It drives me crazy.

Because on the surface, I look in control.

But underneath the façade, I’m seriously panicking.

I even struggle to concentrate on what anyone is saying, although I will be nodding profusely – looking like I’m taking it all in.

Let’s just say, the outer confidence thing, is still a work in progress.

I know I will get there – I just have to jump in to stressful situations with both feet and trust that I’ll manage to keep my head above water, without making myself look like a complete idiot in the process.

Note to self: Buy a bucket load of kick-ass anti anxiety pills before I step foot into Pro Blogger.

What I Wore: Birthday Girl

Anyhoo, let’s get back to the good stuff, because I’ve just had an amazing few days celebrating my Birth Day.

Friday started off beautifully. To say I was spoilt rotten by the team at Country Road is probably an understatement.

They obviously all know me too well, fabulous presents, champagne, flowers and copious amounts of cake – what more can a girl as for?

I even got to leave work early, just after 4pm on a Friday (unheard of) AND it was my 3 days off!

Chuffed to bits, I was.

Ange and Mike our beautiful friends from way back (they emigrated from England a couple of years before us) came to stay for the weekend.

It is always fun being with them.

So in true celebratory style we kicked back, caught-up and laughed until our sides hurt…alcohol may also have been involved!

For Saturday lunch, Jonny had booked a table at my favourite restaurant on the coast Ebb. It was cold and blowy but still fabulous looking out over the river.

This is what I wore:

Seed Heritage Jeans: White $89.95 (at the time of writing this stocks were low online) | Witchery Blouse (no longer available online) | Sussan necklace | Surafina Camel Drape Vest $129.00 |  Karen Walker  Number One  $286.00(crazy tort sold out online) and my much loved Rockport leopard booties from the ark.

This nude pallet is right up my street.

Neutrals have always held a big place in my heart.

But can we just talk about these Seed jeans for just a second?

Not sure why or how, but they seem to work.

Yes. I’m obviously pear-shaped.

If I followed the rules – I would avoid wearing a light colour on my bottom-half.

But, rules are meant to be broken and these jeans are well worth breaking said rules for.

Because, they are utterly fabulous.

They have the right amount of stretch coupled with the perfect amount of firmness.

They also sit comfortably higher on the waist, which suits my curves to perfection.

Now I understand these beauties might not cut the mustard for you, let’s face it jeans (especially white) can be extremely trial and error – but if you are on the lookout for a pair of white skinnies that rock, then I beg you to give them a try.

Because I for one, am in love!

Do you embrace getting older or does the mere thought of gaining another year, send you into a blind panic? Do you avoid sharing your age?

What about white jeans…Yay or Nay?

 

Nothing gifted, just loved!

 

Hanging out at Kimbalikes place today…pour yourself a beverage of choice and head over for a read

 

 

 

 

 

Bev,

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  • Happy birthday to you! I really hope I get to meet you at Problogger.
    The first year I went, I was absolutely terrified. I didn’t know a soul. But it is honestly the most welcoming and inclusive couple of days. Plus, the best stuff always happens when we stretch ourselves and get out of our comfort zone…doesn’t it? xx

  • I was just saying to a CR customer the other day that I don’t think I would have been half as relaxed as I am now in relation to this blog and photographing my outfits. Yet I’m more curvy and have many more lumps and bumps – how does that even happen?
    You keep the scales dusty darling – self-esteem is way more important than anything!
    I’ll check out the Katies pants for you xxx Mwah

  • Happy birthday gorgeous! You look gorgeous and I’m so glad you had a fab time! I’m only sorry I won’t get to see you at ProBlogger. I had decided I will attend every second year and spend the money on online courses every second year. Seriously tempted to buy a spare ticket, but I just don’t think I’m up to it healthwise at the moment. I will be there next year though! x

    • Thanks darling girl. I was wondering if you were going to PB. I’m equal parts excited and nervous about going, but I know I will be fine. Jonny is coming along with me as its his Birthday weekend (not sure he would have chosen PB for a weekend away though – but we’ll make it work!). xxx

  • Happy Belated Birthday. I love that whole ‘euro’ white jean love ok but could never find the right pair for my shape which is NOT long and lean!!! Discovered a Country Road pair a few months ago and bought two pairs. Might even get a third they are great…I tend to not focus on my age, rather how I look and feel. Looking forward to reading your skin routine. Xx

    • Awwww thanks lovely! CR have a huge following for their jeans. They fit girls with a bit of shape so well (which I have by the bucket load). You are so right, age is but a number eh? It’s truly is how we feel that counts! xx

  • kelbel61

    Hi, I am new to your blog- what a perfect find for me At 54, I am slowly starting to finding my fit in my skin – as I mature (not age), I know it will happen. I love the looks and all the hints you give. Happy Birthday – that was a fantastic birthday outfit and sounds like the perfect birthday weekend xxx

    • Welcome Kelbel! I love how we all inspire and support each other in this wonderful little online community – like minded women sharing the love, is such a beautiful thing.
      Thanks so much for the birthday love too! xxx

  • Thank you so much Gorgeousness. White jeans are notoriously difficult to pull off and normally I run a mile from them, but these Seed ones are the bloody bees knees. They also seem to hide (most) of my cellulite (another bonus). I’m just about to work with Katies again, so I’ll try the white jeans on for you and let you know what they’re like.
    My inner confidence is what I’m most happy with. I’m heavier than I have ever been – but I’ve realised that it doesn’t really matter. So I will just smile at everyone at Pro Blogger and hope that I don’t break out in hives or verbal diarrhoea! Thanks so much for the continued support sweetness mwah xxx

  • Glamour on the Go

    YOU LOOK ABSOLUTELY STUNNING! Loved what you were wearing too xxx Happy birthday xxx

  • Sophisticated Mumma

    Can I just say you are far too harsh on yourself. I understand that nagging voice in your head that hold you back in a crowd…I’m the same BUT you are the sweetest lady and you have a gorgeous personality. I hope you really enjoy Pro-Blogger and I can’t wait to hear all about it. I love white jeans but at the mo I’m carrying a little extra weight and I’d love to lose a bit before I consider wearing them again. You, of course, look amazing! x

    • Awwwwww Nat thank you so much. I get myself so worked up in new situations. I’ve decided to be kinder to myself though and take some kick-ass anti-anxiety pills just to make me a little calmer.Sometimes I wish my shyness made me quiet, as the over compensation I do can be very embarrassing! I’ll keep you posted on ProBlogger, I’m sure I’ll pick up lots of tips and tricks. Nat, I’m the heaviest I’ve been in ages, so if you see these ones, give them a try! Tonnes of love, xxx

  • Your birthday weekend sounded fabulous and those white jeans are seriously fantastic. I have been toying with the white jean idea for a while and you’ve sold me. I’ve always thought my legs are too short and too stocky but really I just need to get over that and give them a go!! I’m doing No Buy July but I will look out for these in August. And can we please enter that room full of people at Problogger together??!! I’m getting the pre-conference newbie nerves too xox

    • Awwwwwww Wendy you are going too! So excited to meet you! Yes of course, I promise to have my verbal diarrhoea under control – we can be nervous together xx
      You will look seriously DDG in a pair of white skinnes – your figure is amazing, so as soon as July is over get yourself a pair – I promise you won’t regret it xxx

  • Kathryn

    Happy Birthday! You look beautiful, as always. I am 54, and honestly can say I am much happier than I was years ago. I am shy, but quite enjoy public speaking – weird I know. Confident at work, not out in the wide world. Hope you had a lovely three days off, and got spoilt rotten! xx

    • Oh Kathryn – you are amazing! I think I would melt into a pool of jelly if I had to stand up at a lectern! Age is a wonderful thing, it allows us the wisdom and experience of life. We gain compassion and understanding, two things that are crucial to projecting kindness to those around us.
      Thanks so much for the Birthday love – I had a fabulous time xxx

  • A perfect birthday outfit indeed! Glad you had a wonderful weekend. x

  • Glad to hear you had a lovely birthday weekend! You look just gorgeous as always. It look like lots of people agree with you on those jeans. They appear to have sold out on line. I haven’t worn white jeans in years, but since I’ve dropped a few kg’s I might give them a go x

    • Sarah try and track a pair down. My thighs have always been my nemesis but these are quite complimentary! Thank you so much for the love, mwah xx

  • Lisa Mckenzie

    I am like you Bev,shy and don’t like meeting new people ,I have even been told by good friends that they thought I was up myself the first time we met because I act aloof until I know a person!
    I agree I am happy in my own skin and quite content to be in my 50s I’m 52 in November same as you and I agree I wish I was this content earlier in my life but I suppose with age comes wisdom.You looked absolutely gorgeous on your birthday and I m so glad you had a lovely 3 days off and got spoilt you deserve it my friend,wishing you luck for pro blogger everyone will love you sweetie Xx

    • Lisa you’re so right, with age does come wisdom! I’m so happy being the age I am now. My relationship with Beckie is truly wonderful, it has blossomed into a fabulous Mumma and Daughter friendship – I guess just like the relationship you have with your children, I truly cherish every moment I spend with her.
      My problem is I never look shy because I’m constantly rambling on and talking rubbish – inside I’m secretly willing myself to calm down and shut-the-hell-up. I hate walking in to a large room of people, I instantly wish to be invisible and dissolve into the crowd, instead i normally do something stupid that draws attention to myself! Thanks for the love Gorgeousness xx

  • Petra

    Happy “belated” birthday 🙂 I love birthdays that go on for a few days! You’ll meet lots of interesting people at Problogger I’m sure – it sounds like a fun, girly kind of event. I like you in the white jeans. I like white denim skirts over jeans but then I’m a skirt person in real life!!!

    • Thanks so much Petra…last weekend was totally fabulous! I love how we are all different when it comes to our comfort zone pieces – so wish I was a skirt person! xx

  • Oh Bev, you will be amongst friends at Problogger. YOU WILL. Can’t wait to squeeze you. Love how you celebrate a birthday. x

    • Awwwww you’re so lovely, thanks so much Beautiful – I may just need that squeeze. Really looking forward to seeing you too, Hopefully I’ll manage to keep the nerves in check…I’m sure a couple of glasses of Champs will help! xx

  • Ahh your birthday sounds amazing! I’m ageing too (shocker) but I’ve reached a point I suppose where I’m not going to pretend to be some thing I’m not. Have a lovely week x

    • So true Vicki – embracing who you are right now is the only way to go. YOU look incredible, so be proud Gorgeous Girl xxx

  • Happy happy birthday Bev – so glad you had a wonderful time. PB is so fab and exciting and it’s a bit overwhelming but in a good way – I’m happy to meet you in the bar for a champs as soon as you/I arrive too – it always helps to have at least one catch up before it all starts! x

    • Thanks darling! I’m really looking forward to going to PB – I finally feel ready to go…but the nerves will be bubbling under the surface. So its a big YES to a champers, plus I can’t wait to meet you! xx

  • Happy birthday Bev and if I can look as good and stylish as you in the coming years I’d be a very happy woman x

    • Awwww thanks Gorgeousness that’s such a beautiful compliment – I’m smiling from ear to ear! xx

  • Suzie

    Yeah to white jeans! And yeah to another year older; turned 54 last Friday. Never felt better, thanks.

    • We have the same birthday Suzie – hope you celebrated in style! Mwah to being comfortable in our skin xx