Birthday Dress

April 9, 2012

Forever 21 x Rory Beca dress, necklace c/o Keltie Leanne Designs,
Rebecca Minkoff bag, H&M wedges, vintage belt, Forever 21 cuff

It’s my birthday tomorrow!!! I will officially be a quarter of a century. As I mentioned in another post, this year I really want to tone down the craziness and just take it easy with some friends, so I’m looking forward to an amazing, low-key dinner tomorrow night – so excited!

I’ve worked out an amazing system with my sisters and boyfriend in terms of birthday shopping: we just go together, I pick out something and they pay for it! I know that’s how 99% of the world functions, but usually my family is big on “surprise” presents. I like this new way much better.
My little sister and I went to Forever 21 over the weekend to hunt for some good vacation wear and I immediately fell in love with this Rory Beca collaboration piece – in fact, I’m wearing it tomorrow to my little birthday dinner! I love everything about it: it’s totally classic yet the hemline and back make it a bit unique, not to mention it’s in one of my favourite colours (I swear a third of my closet is royal blue). She also threw in the gold cuff (what a generous sister)! Hooray for getting older – the profit is great and the effort is nearly non-existent.
Hope all you lovelies had a great weekend! xx To Vogue or Bust

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  • Reply .Tinacious Me. April 9, 2012 at 4:31 pm

    this is such a pretty dress! love the cobalt dress!
    xo, Tina

  • Reply sweet harvest moon April 9, 2012 at 4:51 pm

    Happy Birthday!

  • Reply Joana April 9, 2012 at 4:54 pm

    You look gorgeous, I love the blue of this dress ๐Ÿ™‚

    xo Joana

  • Reply Coopers Closet April 9, 2012 at 5:15 pm

    Happy birthday! You look great in the dress. I have been obsessed with cobalt blue lately too!


  • Reply Awake My Soul April 9, 2012 at 5:21 pm

    Happy Birthday to you!
    That dress is amazing combined with the gold jewelry. I love that gold piece around your hand!!


  • Reply kadik April 9, 2012 at 5:22 pm

    You look so pretty!

    Kadik โ™ฅ

  • Reply Nikki @ The Ginger Diaries April 9, 2012 at 5:29 pm

    I already wish you a happy Birthday Alexandra! Hope you have a lot of fun celebrating tomorrow ^^

    This dress is really prett! I love that shade of blue! It's so vibrant and fun ๐Ÿ™‚ x

  • Reply two birds April 9, 2012 at 5:36 pm

    That is exactly how my sisters and I birthday shop for one another! And usually at Forever 21, too! I love this dress. The hemline is so fun! And that color is gorgeous on you. I can see why you wear it so much!

  • Reply Small Town Gal April 9, 2012 at 5:41 pm

    Wishing you a very very happy birthday! Love your dress. Color is so vibrant with the pop of red of your necklace. So cute!

  • Reply Shannon April 9, 2012 at 5:43 pm

    Happy birthday tomorrow! Love your dress.

  • Reply Shawna Hynes April 9, 2012 at 5:54 pm

    Happy early Birthday! I am absolutely in love with this dress; the hemline & back detailing are both perfect & that colour suits you beautifully ๐Ÿ™‚

    <3 Shawna
    Serpentine Streets

  • Reply Leah April 9, 2012 at 5:54 pm

    Beautiful dress! And Happy early Birthday!!!

  • Reply Jen April 9, 2012 at 6:17 pm

    You look gorgeous and natural, Alex! The hemline and colour of this dress are so beautiful. I love how you made it casual here but I can't wait to see how to style it for your birthday dinner. I am also liking your belt and the horsebit detail- so chic!

    Happy early birthday lovely and hope you have a wonderful day tomorrow celebrating with Matt, family and friends!


  • Reply JennaStevie April 9, 2012 at 6:28 pm

    Ohhhh I absolutely love the colour of this dress, the bak and hemline are so awesome too! Happy early birthday!! Sounds like it will be a great one, an picking out something and having someone buy it for you is the best way to go ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Sanam April 9, 2012 at 6:31 pm

    lol it sounds like a great system. now if only it would work on my family ๐Ÿ˜‰

    P.s. thanks for the comment! Sorry for being such a lazy butt and not replying straight away, I thought that I'd take the time to return the favour today, so thanks ๐Ÿ™‚ x

    Sanam x
    My Fashion/Photography blog: DayByDiva

  • Reply Wida April 9, 2012 at 6:38 pm

    Oh wow, you're stunning!! And HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! My birthday is in April too ;D

    Missing Amsie Blog

  • Reply melissa April 9, 2012 at 6:43 pm

    HAppy Bday!!! Great dress to celebrate it x

  • Reply Luana Montagnini April 9, 2012 at 6:48 pm

    Lovely look! This dress are amazing!

    Kisses from Brazil!!

  • Reply Buzz April 9, 2012 at 6:51 pm


  • Reply Marisa April 9, 2012 at 7:10 pm

    You have the best belts, I love this one! And the dress is beautiful on you. I also enjoy the system of going birthday shopping together and having family pay for it. That's what my husband and I did while we were on vacation last week ๐Ÿ™‚ Have fun at your birthday dinner tomorrow!


  • Reply SIENA.STYLE April 9, 2012 at 7:10 pm

    you look stunning!
    kisses from Milan and Prague

  • Reply Carmen April 9, 2012 at 7:15 pm

    What a lovely dress and bracelet ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Bonnie April 9, 2012 at 7:22 pm

    Happy birthday, my dearest! When I first read your post title, I thought it said "birthday suit," and I got really excited. Then I re-read it and was let down.
    I kid. ๐Ÿ™‚ This dress is gorgeous on you. I love the color and the way you styled it. You always have a great casual quality to you that makes you seem very approachable.
    Twitter: @GlamKitten88

  • Reply Stesha April 9, 2012 at 7:23 pm

    that dress with that belt looks AMAZ! just came across you, I cant wait to read more!!


  • Reply I Art Fashion April 9, 2012 at 7:24 pm

    Happy Birthday
    That dress looks amazing on you ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Dress Me Dearly April 9, 2012 at 7:27 pm

    Great look on you, I can't get enough of these mullet style dresses.

    Happy Birthday!

  • Reply Steph April 9, 2012 at 7:27 pm

    Randomly came across your blog and I must say you have such great outfits…very sophisticated with impeccable style. Happy Birthday dear! Hope it's a great one! Xx

  • Reply alison*elle April 9, 2012 at 7:31 pm

    Happy (almost) birthday, my dear one!! Your new dress is smashing and I hope you have a fabulous birthday dinner tomorrow. <3

    xo, alison*elle

  • Reply Courtney Erin April 9, 2012 at 7:33 pm

    Love the dress – it's so light and airy and a really great shade of blue!

    Courtney ~

  • Reply Heather April 9, 2012 at 7:39 pm

    Happy early birthday!!! hope you have a fantastic one!

    Loving that dress! high low cut is my favorite cut.

  • Reply Cรฉlรจste Brott of Fashion is Evolution April 9, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    Love the asymmetrical hem, and that belt is gorge. Happy birthday!

  • Reply thehautecookie April 9, 2012 at 7:55 pm

    wowwow, your so pretty! Love this color on you and love how you belted the dress to accentuate your bodyline. Happy happy birthady, and btw, thank you for your comments on my blog and for following me! xO!

  • Reply Krystin Lee April 9, 2012 at 8:08 pm

    Love the color of this dress on you – so chic! Gotta love F21 and the fab finds!
    xo Krystin

  • Reply claude April 9, 2012 at 8:10 pm

    I wish you a cosy birthday with your besties!!:)
    I adore the dress and the cuff, really cute

  • Reply Jessica April 9, 2012 at 8:21 pm

    love the blue color so pretty, and happy birthday!!


  • Reply nicola lynde. April 9, 2012 at 8:23 pm

    Happy Birthday! Quarter of a century 'aint so bad (It took me getting to the bottom of a bottle of red, on my birthday evening to come to terms with that!) Beautiful dress, I'm so obsessed with curved hemlines!

  • Reply A Bit of Sass April 9, 2012 at 8:28 pm

    Happy Birthday! I love the fishtail hem on you. I'm a new follower, hope you check out my blog and follow back if you like:)

  • Reply Katie's Bliss April 9, 2012 at 8:30 pm

    That asymmetrical dress looks perfect on you! I absolutely love the cut and the color! Happy Birthday too ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply CLAUDIA KITTEN April 9, 2012 at 8:40 pm

    I love the dress! Happy birthday ๐Ÿ™‚
    Claudia xxx

  • Reply Marie a la Mode April 9, 2012 at 8:45 pm

    Happy soon-birthday! Blue is definitely your color! Such a gorgeous dress on you. And I love the idea of "you pick, we buy" ; ) PERFECT!

  • Reply Megan April 9, 2012 at 8:49 pm

    I can't believe that dress is from F. 21! It's stunning, love the cut and color. Happy early birthday!! Hope you have an amazing, low key day ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Heather April 9, 2012 at 9:28 pm

    You are a girl after my own heart! I have a VERY similar dress that I will be posting next week – royal blue… high low…. LOVE IT! Such an amazing style and that is a great color on you! Perfect for any occasion, but certainly a birthday dinner ๐Ÿ™‚


  • Reply Erin April 9, 2012 at 9:32 pm

    Happy Birthday!!! It's so wonderful to see you modeling that dress! I remember seeing some of those airy Rora Beca pieces at Forever 21 and wasn't sure how they would look on, but you have me convinced they are awesome! The beautiful sandals, jewelry and bag really pull the look together! You look fantastic and ready for a wonderful birthday celebration.


  • Reply hautepinkpretty April 9, 2012 at 9:41 pm

    Glad I found your blog – this look is so pretty! Happy birthday! Xox <3

  • Reply Dreaming of Chanel April 9, 2012 at 9:49 pm

    You look adorable in this blue electric dress !! Happy Birthday !!
    I am your newest follower – glad if you could follow me back ! xx

  • Reply Elle-Living in Color April 9, 2012 at 9:53 pm

    Happy birthday tomorrow, dear!! ๐Ÿ™‚ I adore your floral dress! hey, if you get a second, I'd love if you'd visit my blog! I just posted about my surprise "Breakfast at Tiffany's" themed bridal shower ๐Ÿ™‚
    xo, elle from Living in Color.

  • Reply Rachel April 9, 2012 at 9:59 pm

    Lovely! Hope you have a wonderful birthday tomorrow!!

    xO Rachel

  • Reply dani press April 9, 2012 at 10:03 pm

    early happy birthday!! this dress is just the thing for spring. so beautiful.

  • Reply aliciafashionista April 9, 2012 at 11:43 pm

    Happy early Birthday, Alex!!! I'm so into that way of gifting, most people don't make gift super thoughtful any more anyway (is that super negative to say? oh well). You look so beautiful in that colour and the dress, hope you have a fab bday dinner xo

  • Reply Sam April 9, 2012 at 11:44 pm

    It's tomorrow here already so HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Wishing you a wonderful day filled with joy and love, great friends and lovely new memories. May you continue to inspire and grow in the direction of your dreams. You look sensational. love the floatiness of the dress. Enjoy your day!

  • Reply Well... April 9, 2012 at 11:52 pm

    Haha, oh man, you think your family is big on surprises? You're not alone! Although in recent years I'm somewhat convinced my dad to let me pick things out. Normally its this huge secret that I never find out about till the last minute.
    Anyway, sounds like a great new gift-giving system ๐Ÿ™‚
    That dress is absolutely gorgeous! I love the high low hem and delicate straps in the back.
    Plus, that rose cuff is a delicate, feminine statement piece. Perfect!

    Trendy Teal

  • Reply Jenna Hughes April 10, 2012 at 12:37 am

    beautiful dress! love the back, happy almost birthday, dear!!

  • Reply Cee April 10, 2012 at 12:41 am

    It looks like your new gift-giving and receiving system is definitely working in your favour, pally – this dress is an absolute dream! I just love the crisscoss back. And royal blue suits you so beautifully, it's no wonder that a third of your closet is fulled with it ๐Ÿ™‚ Happy pre-birthday, my lovely friend. It was wonderful to chat with you this afternoon!

  • Reply Wren April 10, 2012 at 1:24 am

    I love the dress. You look wonderful and happy early birthday!!


  • Reply Audrey Allure April 10, 2012 at 1:28 am

    Such a stunning dress! Love the color.

  • Reply becks April 10, 2012 at 1:28 am

    that dress is amazing and you look beautiful!! happy bday!x

  • Reply SideSmile Style April 10, 2012 at 1:49 am

    i love the gold detailing on your belt! so cool : )

    xo SideSmile,

  • Reply Megha Varshini April 10, 2012 at 2:57 am

    love the dress and the cuff..


  • Reply Katie- Hems for Her April 10, 2012 at 3:10 am

    Love this dress and the hi-low hem! Royal blue is such a beautiful color on you! Happy early birthday, in case I get busy and forget tomorrow ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Britta April 10, 2012 at 4:15 am

    Happy birthday in advance! That sounds exactly how I'd like to spend my birthday. Hope it goes well!

    Love your dress! I haven't bought a dress with a unique hemline like this yet, but it looks so good on you, I think I may pick one up for summer!


  • Reply GIRL AND CLOSET April 10, 2012 at 4:31 am

    Aw, happy birthday Alex!! Hope your evening out is splendid, I too usually favour low key celebrations. And this dress?! Freakin stunning, kind of made for you really. Smooches! V

  • Reply Danie April 10, 2012 at 5:16 am

    i love everything about your outfit! i hope you have a great Birthday!

  • Reply Jackie April 10, 2012 at 5:36 am

    Happy birthday! I love that bracelet!

  • Reply pinkandplum April 10, 2012 at 5:38 am

    It really is a great color- I also really love the strappy back, such a fun little detail. Great find and Happy Birthday!

  • Reply Alison April 10, 2012 at 5:52 am

    Happy Birthday! You look gorgeous in this dress ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Andie Willows April 10, 2012 at 7:00 am

    hey cool girl! happy birthday!

    xoxo, andie
    Fashionista's Pick

  • Reply Lexxie` April 10, 2012 at 7:07 am

    Happy Birthday, and have a beautiful dinner-night with your friend.
    First of all: I love royal blue, and I never found gorgeous stuff, on this colour.
    This skirt, and the strappy back is awesome and mixed up with that rose bracelet, looks so vintage… You picked so well this one.
    Have a nice week.

  • Reply el armario de mamen April 10, 2012 at 7:40 am

    que bonito look muy guapa!!!te sigo!

  • Reply fluff and fripperies April 10, 2012 at 8:41 am

    I absolutely love this colour – you look fabulous as always my dear! Hope you had a wonderful birthday ๐Ÿ™‚

    Emma xo

  • Reply Jamie E. Anthony April 10, 2012 at 9:34 am

    happy birthday!!!
    i love the color and hem of the dress! perfect choice!

  • Reply Yuliya โ™ฅ April 10, 2012 at 12:42 pm

    Your dress is .. perfect โ™ฅ !

  • Reply Asher April 10, 2012 at 1:59 pm

    What a beautiful dress! That color looks amazing on you!

  • Reply Cara April 10, 2012 at 3:56 pm

    the colour of that dress is just beautiful, and I love it with your dainty necklace…

    Have a wonderful birthday!

    xo Cara

  • Reply Natalia April 10, 2012 at 4:43 pm

    Happy birthday, Alexandra, and congratulations on completing 25! That's a wonderful dress you've chosen, you're lucky to have the right weather to wear it! Here in Germany it's very cold and rainy these days.
    Have a nice evening!

  • Reply yiqin; April 10, 2012 at 5:03 pm

    love the dress <3

  • Reply Ana Mestre April 10, 2012 at 5:49 pm

    you look lovely on that dress and the colour really works on you. Congrats for your B-Day ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Sootjeelina April 10, 2012 at 6:30 pm

    You look gorgeous!
    Happy birthday and have fun at your dinner!

    xoxo Sootjeelina <3

  • Reply jamie April 10, 2012 at 9:35 pm

    happy happppy birthday!!! i hope all of your dreams come true <3 you look so beautiful! take lots of photos of your birthday celebration!!

    xx james

  • Reply Sandra Leiva April 10, 2012 at 9:48 pm

    Happy birthday, dear! I hope you had a great day!
    And that dress is so cute, love the colour <3

  • Reply Alexis Grace April 10, 2012 at 10:44 pm

    Sounds like a perfect birthday to me! Have a happy one!!!!

  • Reply Miss Bias April 10, 2012 at 11:16 pm

    Happy Birthday! Sounds like a great system you've got going with your family.

    You look fantastic in that dress. Hope you had a wonderful day.

    Miss Bias : )

  • Reply Ly April 11, 2012 at 1:29 am

    Happy Birthday Love! You look amazingly beautiful (as always) I hope it's a great one.

  • Reply Joyce April 11, 2012 at 3:58 am

    Happy Birthday! Your outfit is so beautiful, I love the color and hem of your dress and the gold cuff goes with the royal blue color perfectly ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Bad Joan April 11, 2012 at 6:09 am

    Beautiful! Love this dress on you!


  • Reply MP April 11, 2012 at 6:51 am

    You're so pretty! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ and that dress is lovely. x

  • Reply tamoo April 11, 2012 at 7:15 am

    Oh, I'm late but Happy birthday ๐Ÿ™‚
    I like your dress !


  • Reply Suzi Maynard April 11, 2012 at 9:48 am

    I hope you have a lovely birthday! Love your dress, especially how it falls longer at the back. Very chic!
    Suzi x
    For the Love of Audrey

  • Reply Ana in fashion April 11, 2012 at 10:07 am

    Beautiful dress!

  • Reply E L L E S A P P E L L E April 11, 2012 at 10:27 am


    X ELLE

  • Reply cakesandshakes April 11, 2012 at 12:49 pm

    Love these mullet-styled dresses with the dip hem! I have been eyeing up a few online, but a recent austerity drive on the shopping front has made me a little trigger shy ๐Ÿ™‚ You should do a post about which sites you like to shop, perhaps I could pick up some new places to browse!

  • Reply Dora April 11, 2012 at 12:56 pm

    You look flawless, Alexandra!

  • Reply Gabrielle April 11, 2012 at 1:10 pm

    pretty pretty!
    Happy birthday hot mama,
    hope you have a wonderful day

  • Reply S. Lopez April 11, 2012 at 2:10 pm

    Beautiful look!


  • Reply Francesca April 11, 2012 at 2:56 pm

    love this dress and also your blog! It's so nice!!! I follow you!
    Pass to my blog and if it likes you follow me too, I will be so glad ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Reply Elisabeth April 11, 2012 at 3:48 pm

    Happy birthday dearest Alex! Hope you had a fantastic time, your bday dress sure suited you well! You have a great family that supports you, believe me, 99% of the world doesn't have that.

    โ€œAnd in the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years.โ€

    E from Helsinki

  • Reply Ceciliette April 11, 2012 at 4:12 pm

    awww just 25!!! you look so young!!!!!
    The color of the dress suits you perfectly!!!
    I hope you had a good day.. iยดm a little too late but HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

  • Reply Mona โ™ฅ La Vie est Belle April 11, 2012 at 6:30 pm

    You are so beautiful, and please do not take this the wrong way, byt I love that you hava nice figure and not one of those skinny size 0 fashion-blog-girls! ๐Ÿ™‚ I have the same type of body and like to be inspired by your easy style-tips. Love from Sweden xo ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Leonie April 13, 2012 at 4:52 am

    Hope you had a great birthday! This royal blue dress looks great on you, such a nice gift from your sister!

    xo Leonie

    On Top Of The Hill

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