Today is My Birthday

top: target via thredup
tulle skirt: c/o shabby apple (similar here)
shoes: j. crew
necklaces: juicy couture (similar here) and mom’s pearls :)

Today is my birthday. I’m usually really super excited for this day. It’s usually my favorite “holiday” and I prance around all day like some sort of princess or something (well, because I am, naturally) and it’s all smiles and happiness and the best day ever. But this year, I have this pit in the bottom of my stomach and I can’t shake it. I just cannot ignore the fact that my mom isn’t here to celebrate with me. And it makes it just a little harder for me to want to celebrate. I just miss her, is all, and as crazy as it seems, I think I miss her now more than ever.

As for feeling like a princess, I still will, and I’ll still smile, and I’ll make the most of my day, because that’s what she would want. I’ll still wear my fun ballerina skirt (isn’t it divine?!) and twirl around to my favourite music and have a dance party with my husband. And I’ll still go to lunch with Daddio and get lunch dessert (lunch dessert is my favourite meal of the day, but birthday lunch dessert is even better) and we’ll enjoy our time as much as possible. And it’s still my day and I’ll have fun, damn it! Thankfully I have a husband who won’t let it be any other way. ;)

Happy birthday to me?




  1. says

    Happy Birthday!!!

    Wow, we have this in common. I’m sorry to hear about your mother…My birthday is actually this coming up Monday and I lost my father to lung cancer in 2005 when I was 17, and every year I go through the same emotions. I would love to have my father here to celebrate my 26th birthday….

    As for that ballerina skirt, I LOVE LOVE it!! && those shoes!!



  2. says

    Happy Birthday, beautiful! :-)

    I understand how you feel. I lost my dad in January and nothing in my life has been the same since.

  3. says

    Your ballerina skirt is gorgeous! I can just imagine that on the special, celebration days you miss your Mom the most–but I hope you do have a good day!

  4. says

    Happy Birthday, Katie!!!!! I know it’s so hard to celebrate your special day without your Mom….but she would want you to have fun and be happy on your special day…so enjoy it for her! :-)

  5. says

    Happy Birthday dear!! I know your momma is there with you today, like she is every day, even if she cannot be physically. You’re a strong lady and I’m so happy you have such a supportive husband and daddy to be there for you when you aren’t feeling so strong. Such a adorable skirt too!

  6. says

    Happy Birthday to you! Your outfit is simply wonderful! I love that skirt, so adorable!! Sending prayers your way for your achy heart today. Pearls is a beautiful way to remember her today, pearls always make an outfit better in my opinion anyway. Glad you have such a loving husband and Daddio, to keep your spirits up today. Lunch dessert is the best!

  7. says

    Absolutely, that skirt is SO divine! And a very happy, happy 26th birthday to you! Get some extra birthday lunch dessert, just because you can. :)

    Enjoy today,

  8. says

    Happy Birthday! I am so sorry for your loss. My dad passed away a year and a half ago. That first birthday, father’s day, Christmas without him were pretty brutal. Hang in there, keep your mother close to your heart, and you will somehow get through this.

    On another note, I’m obsessed with that skirt. You look gorgeous!

  9. says

    Happy birthday, Katie! I’m sure it’s not easy but you’re right- your mom would want for you to celebrate and have a great day so I hope that is what you are doing! :)

    PS your next post better include a pic of your birthday-lunch-dessert!

  10. says

    I’m so sorry about the loss of your mom, I’m sure today must be difficult. Happy Birthday!

    And I am totally in love with every single part of your amazing outfit! SO cute!

  11. says

    You look stunning! I’ve been eyeing that skirt from Shabby Apple and its funny because you styled it exactly the way I would have haha. Happy birthday pretty lady!

  12. says

    Wishing you the Happiest of Birthdays Katie! No doubt your Mom is watching over you today and is so proud and happy for her gorgeous girl! <3


  13. says

    prettiest little birthday princess that there ever was!!
    sending you all of my love and well wishes today, sweet friend :) i know that beautiful momma of yours is smiling down on you right now (and always) feeling more proud than ever!
    love youuuuu!
    and happy of happiest birthdays!!

  14. says

    Happy Birthday, Katie! I love that you wore this skirt! My birthday is next week, and this makes me think I have to wear something special, too. Here’s to you!

  15. says

    Happy birthday!! I’m so sorry about your mom. Also, I LOVE the tulle/ballet skirt trend, but I don’t think I pull it off. YOU, however, totally ROCK it! You look fabulous!

  16. says

    Happy birthday!!!

    I love your princess style; why do we love that or perhaps some outrageous, pink Betsey Johnson (or esque) on our bdays, eh?

    I mean I’m a grown-butt woman but that won’t stop me. I don’t think I even felt that way about styling myself on bdays until I started to feel old! Heh.

  17. says

    Remember the game Pretty, Pretty Princess??! It was my favorite everrrr. This outfit is the epitome of that game! This is by far the cutest birthday outfit I have ever seen! I’m glad you feel like a princess, because you definitely look the part:) I hope you had a very special day and indulged in all things worthy of a spectacular birthday celebration. I’m sure your mom is looking down and celebrating in honor of you:) Sending warm wishes and praying that your heart is filled with joy on your special day.

    Happy birthday, Katie!!!!!

    xo Ashley

  18. says

    Happiest of birthday blessings. I can’t imagine what it would be like to not have your Mum around for you birthday so I pray God held your hand all day and that it was filled with your most favourite things…and I LOVE the skirt:) xo

  19. says

    Happy Belated Birthday pretty lady!!!
    I know your beautiful, brave mom was celebrating with you xxx

    On Saturday I helped my friend celebrate her 30th she also lost her mom recently <3 it was tough but she got through! Stay strong xxx

  20. says

    i absolutely love this dress, everything is perfection. happy late birthday! hope it was awesome, even though your mom wasn’t here physically to celebrate with you. I’m sure she had some awesome birthday dessert to celebrate though in heaven!

  21. Abi says

    Happy birthday for a little while ago! I hope your day got better. I lost my dad when I was 9, and it’s my 16th birthday in 2 weeks, I understand how you feel. :( At least one day we will see them again! I love your skirt and hair and everything ahh!
    I just found your blog and I really love it, have a good day! :) xx

    • Katie says

      Aw thanks sweet girl! I love what you said, and you’re so right: One day we will get to see them again! One glorious day!! :) Thanks for your comment, you made me smile today!

  22. LIsa says

    Hi katie!! you are so beautiful! i was wondering if there was anyway you would be willing to sell me that skirt or something because i have my senior pictures in three weeks and ive been trying to find this skirt for two weeks now and im so excited about it!! PLEASE KET ME KNOW
    thank youuuuu

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