My 35th birthday was yesterday, and it was fabulous! I didn't have any set plans, which I guess is kind of unusual considering that I'm at the halfway mark of my 30's, and I originally thought a few months ago that I'd do something big to celebrate. But maybe that's more of a signal that I truly am at a different stage in my life and just waking up in the morning, taking a deep breath, and being grateful that I'm still here is enough. Now more than ever, I know that life is a gift and nothing else matters except love in all its messy, complicated forms.

I thought about writing a big thought-provoking post about turning 35 - what I've learned so far, things I'd like to accomplish in the next 5 years, any regrets I've had or pearls of wisdom I could offer you...I just can't seem to gather them at the moment, so until I finally can, I'll just say that I'm thankful for all of you who stop by and read this blog. The confidence it's given me over the years, especially during really hard times, has proven invaluable. Thank you.

Now onto the outfit.

Some of you may be wondering if I've lost all of my pants. This is probably the 7th or 8th dress I've worn on and off the internet since the beginning of Summer, and while I totally realize I should switch things up a bit, I can't stop wearing them! Dresses are just SO easy, and nothing else makes me feel more put together. This is another little number by the Aussie brand MinkPink, and I bought it on sale from Shopbop a couple months ago with my birthday or wedding anniversary in mind. I love the flutter sleeves, the tie detail at the bust, and the way it hugs my curves. Everyone wants to feel good on their birthday and this dress did just that!

The dress is perfect for Summer, but I'm happy to report that it can easily transition to warmer Fall days. It was super windy yesterday and there was a chill in the air, so I added this new cardigan on top and it worked well together. 

Nate took me to a restaurant in old town Temecula called The Nightingale. It was our first time, but it most certainly will not be our last! We didn't have a reservation but I recommend one on Friday and Saturday nights because it's a pretty small space. The atmosphere and decor were really romantic, the staff was friendly, and the food was delicious! We split the squid ink spaghetti and also got a cheese board because I live for them. I also loved their lavender infused cocktail - surprisingly good!

This might be the best drink to have when you're feeling stressed ;) Almost too pretty to drink.

That's it for today but I hope to blog at least a couple times next week so I'll see you then! Have a great weekend. 💋


  1. You look beautiful in your birthday outfit! (Not to be confused with bday suit! LOL!) Love that pretty dress and it looks great with the pink cardigan. I'm so glad you had a nice day yesterday and a fun dinner date!

  2. Happy Birthday Noelle and you look so pretty in your birthday outfit :)

  3. Happy birthday to you! It sounds like a wonderful celebration! Your dress is so pretty on you and that restaurant looks lovely!

  4. Happy Birthday! I'm always an advocate for dresses over pants whenever possible, and I love your barely there sandals. Your lavender cocktail looks delightful!
    Chic on the Cheap


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