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Monday, August 18, 2014

Manic Monday: It's my birthday!


Happy birthday to me! It would be even happier if it didn't land on a Monday, but that's ok, I shall push through! We celebrated this weekend,  and it was lots of yummy fun. The husband had a lot to live up to if you remember my amazing birthday last year (here and here.) How do we top that?

First, I had to decide what to wear. I have this sequin dress that has been hanging in my closet waiting for a special occasion, and figured my birthday is a pretty dang good occasion  But when I put it on, I realized I would not be able to eat anything. Ok, then. Plan B. I phoned a friend who said I should pick my favorite shoes and build from there. Done and done! I thought these Loubie booties would be perfect and I definitely wanted to wear (faux) leather leggings of some sort. I really wanted sequins, so I reached for this top, but boooo, the length isn't legging friendly. But wait! Remember this tunic? Well, a week or so ago, I went ahead and ordered it in black because I realized I may just need it one day. Well, today was the day. Basically these tunics make any top legging friendly. 

Necklace: Chanel | Bag: Chanel (budget option) | Top: JCrew Factory (option, optionoption)  | Lace Tunic: ExpressWatch: La Mer (option) | Leggings: Two by Vince Camuto | Shoes: Christian Louboutin (fun snakeskin optionpeep toe option)

I grabbed all my favorite accessories - you know my most prized Chanel has to be present for these festivities! We ended up going downtown to try a new-to-us sushi place. I knew I wanted sushi, but really wanted to try a new place. This was perfect, and we were early enough to beat the crowd.

Clockwise from top left: Grey Goose Cosmo | "Oh My God" roll which gets served on fire | Miami roll and Sex and the City roll | Shrimp tempura in a sriracha sauce

Yeah, we usually go all out when we are celebrating in terms of caloric intake. But, we didn't do dessert there, we went to a chocolate bar for that. But first, I made him do a blog pose of his own. He said he wore his Fryes just for me so why not photo document them?

Top: Polo Ralph LaurenJeans: Levi'sShoes: Frye

Yeah, our desserts basically rocked my socks. He had a milk chocolate martini, and I had a Nutella martini. And then to eat, he got a banana bread split and mine was a blondie. Basically, I will always love a blondie whenever I see it on the menu. It's my go to dessert all the freaking time. And you know why? Because it's so amazing!


I honestly didn't think he had gotten me anything for a present. I thought that we would hit up the mall or something before dinner so I could pick something out. But then he ended up letting the cat out of the bag and said that he did, in fact, get me something but he wasn't going to give it to me for a few days. A few *days*? Say WHAT? How can you dangle this info in front of me and not give it to me? He ended up handing me an envelope at dinner. Inside was two green seat tickets to a Cardinals game at the end of the month! Green seats are all inclusive, and hella close - we'll be five rows off the field just behind home plate. I've been wanting to experience a game from this view since I became a super fan. Yay!! So you can expect future photos from that game!

Hopefully my actual birthday goes just as wonderfully as the weekend did!


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120 comments :

  1. Oh my gosh!!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY HUNNY!!!
    You look AMAZING! those booties!!! almost as amazing as you!!!
    www.lovelaurenxx.com
    Love Lauren xx

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    1. That's the sweetest, lady - thank you!!

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  2. Happy Birthday! I hope you have a wonderful day! Looks like you had a great weekend because you looked fabulous!
    xo, Whitney and Blaire
    Peaches In A Pod

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    1. It was a great day! Thank you so so much!

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  3. Happy Birthday to you!!! You looked beautiful celebrating! Enjoy your special day Carylee!
    xo,
    Monica
    Glamvolution.blogspot.com

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  4. Happy Birthday Carylee! Those booties of you are so fab, I'd gladly steal them from your closet.

    Alex - Funky Jungle

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    1. Haha! I just love them! They were such a great sale find at 40% off!

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  5. Happy Birthday pretty girl, I am so excited for you I know you will have FAB day!!!! You look gorgeous in purple and can I please borrow your bag? Love it!

    xo
    PinkSole

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    1. Thanks so much, lady!! And thanks for conspiring with Gina to get her on IG!!!! Woo!!

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  6. Happy Birthday Carylee xx
    I love your top and your boots and your bag...........just the whole outfit really :)

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    1. Ha! Thanks! I definitely grabbed all my favorites for the occasion!

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  7. Happy birthday! I loved your birthday outfit! So cute with the sequins and layered look with the tunic. The food looks delish ad the dessert looks AMAZING! Hope you have a great day!

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    1. Thanks so much lady! It really was a great weekend and I'm so thankful for all the birthday love! Thanks again!!!

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  8. happy birthday gorgeous lady! your day looks fabulous! and the outfit..wow! such a great layered look, creative and fun.. perfect for a birthday! wonderful, thanks so much for hosting
    xx

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    1. This was such a sweet note - thank you!

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  9. Happy Birthday Beautiful! Such a great outfit and booties to celebrate your birthday. Hugs!!!!
    ~Tatiana
    http://www.weshopinheels.com

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  10. HAPPY BIRTHDAY! You look gorgeous!

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  11. Happy birthday to you! You look amazing here and I adore the booties!

    http://www.kathrineeldridge1.wordpress.com

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    1. Thank you, Katherine! These booties are the best, for sure!

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  12. Happy Birthday!!!!!! Sounds like a fun night out! I love how you layered with the lace tunic...brilliant!! I'm not sure I would have thought to add the tunic underneath - it looks great!! Enjoy your day today, hope it's wonderful!
    Kellie @ www.ie-style.com

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    1. Thank you!!
      Yes the tunic is great, and since it's more of a knit and not actual lace, it's not itchy at all on bare skin. I love it!!

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  13. Happy birthday Carylee. I love how you added the tunic to make the top leggings friendly. That a very nice styling trick.
    www.stylediarybyosy.blogspot.com

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    1. Yay - glad you think so! Hope you try it one day, it's pretty nifty! :)

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  14. Happy Birthday gorgeous lady!! Don't you love the "phone a friend" option for getting dressed?! Lol. Your outfit is amaze. So fabulous, and darn you for making me love that lace tunic! It's so cute with that outfit and kind of looks like a little skirt. You're so creative! I will definitely need it in fall/winter to wear with my scuba leggings for going out and stuff. I so enjoyed living vicariously through you birthday celebration. And now I get to play along on IG. YAY!!! Love the on-the-town photos today too :) I'm so excited it's your birthday!! Happy Birthday!!!!
    Gina- On the Daily Express

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    1. The tunic- you need it! It's the best and makes every shirt possible with leggings. How amazing is that?? I'm just so happy right now!! I may just buy everyone a tunic! Haha

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  15. Happy Birthday! Your outfit is amazing! You just sold me on getting that lace tunic for times when you need to layer! Looks like you had a fabulous birthday weekend!

    Jill
    dousedinpink.blogspot.com

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    1. Seriously! It's the most genius thing ever! I hope you get it and love it as much as me!
      And thank you!!

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  16. Awwww Have a birthday as lovely as you Carylee.....that's a super lovely top you got on and that CL booties and Chanel really nailed it all up!!!

    Rebecca
    www.redtagchiclosangeles.com

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    1. I had to bring out all the big guns for the occasion! :) Thank you!

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  17. Happy birthday girl! That's the perfect outfit for it! I can't wait to hear what he ended up getting you!

    www.madeintheshadeblog.com

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    1. He really went all out! I can't wait to share the story!

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  18. HAPPY BIRTHDAY! How amazing are those booties?! I love building an outfit off of shoes. The top is perfect for a birthday celebration! Hope you have an awesome day.

    xo, Amy Ann
    The Real Arnolds

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    1. Thank you so so much! It's hard to pick the perfect pair in my collection because I don't want my others to feel bad! But these booties proclaim beauty! I just love them!

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  19. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! You look fabulous!

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  20. Happy birthday!!! You are going to LOVE the baseball tickets. I used to get those seats (once each season) in SF - so amazing! (And once I ended up sitting next to an advance scout from the Dodgers - so cool!)

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    1. Eeeee!! That sounds so awesome!! I am super excited! He knows the way to my heart is through baseball! And shoes! :)
      Thank you!!

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  21. HAPPY BIRTHDAY CARYLEE. You look gorgeous. I love that you paired the sequined tee with the lace tunic layered underneath it. And your sushi birthday dinner sounds perfect. Have a great celebration today and a fantastic birthday week!!

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    1. Thanks so so much for the kind wishes, Ada! It's been a great day!

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  22. Happy Birthday! Love your outfit! Hope you had a great day!!
    xo, Lee

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  23. HAPPY BIRTHDAYYYYYY love! You look so cute in that outfit, what a nice choice. Those booties ( insert goggly eyed smiley faces) swoonnnn. Your birthday celebration looks like it was fun, and delicious. <3 What a thoughtful bday present, have fun at the game girlie. XOXO, Elif
    http://theboxqueen.com

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    1. Googly eyes! a haha! I don't blame you though, I feel the same way! And they're the most comfy CL's I own which make them even better! Thank you for the wishes!

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  24. Happy birthday, Carylee!! This is truly the perfect outfit for your birthday. Very glam! And sounds like a lovely birthday date night. Ooh and those desserts... Enjoy your birthday week! ~Cynthia

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    1. It has definitely been the best week! Would have been better on a beach, but I can't really complain! Thank you!!

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  25. you look so cute! happy birthday, what a fun date night!!

    Chioma

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    1. I appreciate it! Thank you so so much!

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  26. Happy birthday girl!!! You look stunning!! Omg your boots! I die!

    <3 Shannon
    Upbeatsoles.blogspot.com

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    1. Glad you love them too!
      Thank you so much!!

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  27. Happy Birthday! Thank you for the blog hop
    & I absolutely love the Chanel - I have one in black
    but the grey is fabulous! I need to extend my color choices!
    All the best, Mimi
    http://inmyprimetime.blogspot.com/

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    1. Oh I would just love a classic black one too! Now to convince the husband...

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  28. Happy birthday! Love the glitter shirt!! Hope you have a fabulous week!! :)
    xox, Crystelle
    CrystelleBoutique

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    1. Everything is better with some sparkle! Thank you!!

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  29. Happy BIRTHDAY Carylee!!!! Very cute outfit and I have to say I'm so digging your shoes. I swear I would be going crazy in your shoe closet lol.

    Kreyola Jounerys

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    1. Haha!!! The image just made me LOL - thank you!!

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  30. Happiest of birthdays! From the looks of it, you had a wonderful weekend celebrating! :) So in love with those shoes, they're killer!

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    1. You know I had to pick the best shoes for the occasion! It was a great weekend for sure. Thank you so much!

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  31. Happy happy birthday to you! Glad you were showered with birthday fun all weekend! This outfit is definitely a great birthday look!
    xo Adri
    www.adrilately.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks, Adri! I am definitely spoiled!

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  32. Happy Birthday!! Love the outfit you chose. And holy moly, that flaming sushi roll!! That is the coolest looking thing ever :-)

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    1. It was amazingly delicious too!!
      Thank you for the wishes!

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  33. Happy birthday. Sequins are always fun to celebrate! - J

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    1. Absolutely! Glad you agree - thank you!!

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  34. Happy Birthday! I just celebrated mine on Saturday the 16th....Leo power girl :))
    You look great and the food looks amazing, I am sure you had a blast.
    Nora
    www.jacketsociety.com

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    1. Yesss! Happy belated birthday to you!

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  35. Happy Birthday! Hope it's a lovely day!!

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  36. Happy Birthday!!! You look gorgeous! Have a day, love!

    xo, Erica
    Casually Styled

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    1. Thanks, woman! It was great - no complaints!

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  37. Happy Birthday girl!! Great look to celebrate in!

    Lauren xo
    Sophisticated In Style

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    1. Glad you agree - I figured you can't go wrong with sequins!

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  38. Happy Birthday! You look fabulous and those shoes are amazing!
    Marianne
    www.goodgirlgoneglam.com

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    1. Thanks so much! And my shoes thank you too!

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  39. Happy birthday Carylee! You look gorgeous. I love your purple sequin top.

    Catherine
    Joly Look

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  40. Awww...Happy Birthday, Carylee! Your outfit was definitely perfect for the occasion. Of course, I am dying over your Chanel bag. Enjoy the rest of your Monday =)

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    1. I seriously gush over it every time I bring it out. She's a beauty!
      Thank you!

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  41. Again happy B-day girl, you looked great, and don't forget, the good thing about it falling on a Monday is that technically this Friday will still be your B-day week.

    Natalia

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    1. Ha! I love the way you think!!!
      Thank you!!

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  42. Happy birthday!! Your outfit tells me you had a great time~~

    Gina
    Pink Wings

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    1. Glad you could tell! It really was!

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  43. Happy birthday!! I'm so glad you guys had a great night! You look amazing!

    Nicole
    Nicole to the Nines

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  44. Happy Happy Birthday! I'm with you on Monday birthdays :( But it looks like you've already got some great celebrating in! And I love what you did with the tunic and the sequin shirt. I never would have thought of that but it works out perfectly!

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    1. The lace tunic is genius! It suddenly makes all my tops more versatile!
      And yes it's been great! Thank you so much!

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  45. Happy birthday! That sounds like a great way to celebrate, and I love the tunic layered with the sequin tee! :)

    Away From The Blue

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    1. Thank you! I was so pleased with myself when I thought to layer these two pieces!

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  46. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU...HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU...HAPPY BIRTHDAY DEAR LADY...HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!!!

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    1. Aww - thanks for the serenade!! <3

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  47. Happy Birthday!!! You look great! I love the purple. '

    Kimberly
    Mascaramelodies.com

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    1. Thank you! Liquid sequins are the best!!

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  48. Happy birthday! You picked the perfect heels to rock on your bday, girl!

    Cha Cha The Fashion Genius

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    1. I thought that, too! Thanks for the affirmation!

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  49. Happy birthday girl!! You look gorgeous and that food looks so yummy! Love the lace on the bottom of that tunic!

    Jessi
    www.haircutandgeneralattitude.com

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    1. Thank you pretty lady! I have definitely eaten my month's worth of calories this weekend! eeee!

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  50. Happy birthday! You look beautiful in that color and your outfit is definitely celebration worthy:) Hope your day was great!

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    1. It really was - thank you so much!!

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  51. Happy Birthday! This is one of your best looks in my opinion. I just love the sequins, the lace, the boots, everything! And have fun at the ball game. I'm sure it will be so great.

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    1. Aww - I love getting feedback on fave looks from you guys. Thank you!

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  52. Happy Birthday & wow what a great day you had!! The food looks amazing but the dessert is to die for-Nutella martini?! That sounds like heaven to me:) You look so fab-perfect birthday outfit!
    Marta, xo
    www.sweatersstripesandsweets.com

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    1. Yep - Nutella - it was amazing, especially out of a chocolate straw!
      Thank you!!

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  53. You look amazing!! Happy birthday pretty lady!
    www.amemoryofus.com

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  54. Happiest of birthdays Carylee!!!! Sounds like you had such a wonderful date night to celebrate...a restaurant AND a dessert bar...definitely the right way to go :-)

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    1. Yeah, I ate my weight in calories I am sure, but it was worth it!!

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  55. Happy birthday to you! (One day late.) I love that sequin top and those Loubs are to die for. I hope you had a great one!

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  56. Happy birthday Carylee! It sounds like it was a lot of fun.

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    1. It was such a great few days celebrating! Thank you!!

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  57. I love the neutrals and the pop of purple from the top!

    Eleventh & Sixteenth

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    1. Thanks! Always gotta have my color pop!

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