Today is My Birthday

top: target via thredup
skirt: c/o shabby apple (here)
shoes: j. crew (here)
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?



(linking up with Lindsey)


  1. happy happy birthday beautiful! that skirt may just be the perfect birthday skirt ever made. and i hope you have a beyond fantastic day : )

  2. Happy birthday sunshine! I’m so sorry about your mommy :’( may you have a Blessed and fun filled day, I pray that God keeps you safely in His hands today and forever. Btw your outfit is just so totally gorgeous I want it! xoxo

  3. 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!!



  4. ka-ute!

    So pleased to find you all the way from Australia! I see we have a bit in common, but i’ve got 5 years on you!

    xo em

  5. p.s huge mother love hugs your way. Can’t imagine what you’re feeling but get a sense of the emptiness.


  6. Happy Birthday, beautiful! :-)

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

  7. Happy Birthday! I’m so sorry to hear about your mom. I hope your day is wonderful in the beautiful skirt in a new way this year.

  8. 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!

  9. AND every girl should wear a tutu on your birthday! happy birthday!!!!!

  10. 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! :-)

  11. Happy birthday pretty!!!

  12. happy golden birthday–26 on the 26th!
    I hope you have a wonderful day, while still remembering your mom, and wearing her pretty pearls :)

  13. Happy Birthday beautiful friend!!! Praying you feel nothing but JOY today. I’m positive that your mom wouldn’t want it any other way!!

  14. Happy birthday girl! I know your mom is shining down on you today and is so very proud of you! Hope you have a fabulous day! :)

  15. Happy birthday pretty lady!!! You look beautiful!

  16. Happy Birthday, What a great way to remember her by wearing her pearls on your day.

  17. Happy Birthday! & such a cute skirt too.
    Things don’t get easier, but it does get better! <3

  18. Happy Birthday! <3

  19. 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!

  20. 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!

  21. Yay for tulle, and lunch desserts, and sparkly shoes, and yay for another year of lovely Katie :) happy birthday – may you find special grace today when you think of your mum xx

  22. I hope you have a beautiful bday…and omg that skirt…amazing!

  23. Happy Birthday! Just started following you!

  24. Happy birthday, you cute little thing you!

  25. happy birthday pretty girl! i NEED your outfit…so perfect!!! xoxo

  26. Happy birthday! This is a perfect outfit to celebrate in, love love love the skirt :)

    kendall from buttons & blossoms

  27. happy birthday!!! that skirt is so fun and you look so cute!!!

  28. Happy Birthday Girl!!! Love your outfit!! Enjoy your day :)

  29. Happy birthday! That skirt is a-mazing!! You look gorgeous so go and enjoy “your” day :)

  30. Happy Birthday!! I LOVE your skirt!!!

  31. Happy birthday! That skirt is absolutely perfect!

    xo, Jessica

  32. Happy Birthday. Love the skirt :)

  33. Happy Birthday!

  34. Happy Birthday! Have a wonderful day!


  35. Happy happy happy birthday! xo!

  36. Happy Happy Birthday! I hope you have a wonderful day. :) You truly deserve it.

  37. I love love love your outfit! have a wonderful birthday! (:

  38. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! I LOVE that you embrace your inner (and outer) princess! That skirt is FAB and perfect birthday attire!!

  39. you are the cutest thing!! You will always be her princess :) just smile at the memories <3

  40. Happy birthday pretty girl!!

    That’s pretty much the best bday outfit EVER! Hope you have an amazing day!

  41. 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,

  42. You look adorable!! Love the skirt :) Happy birthday, beautiful!

  43. Happy birthday! I hope you find happiness through the sadness today =)
    Teaching in the Valley

  44. 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!

  45. Happy Birthday!! Your mom is looking down from above and still celebrating with you! That is for sure! I also love that skirt. It is amazing!

    XO XO

  46. 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!

  47. You look like Carrie Bradshaw in this skirt. Except prettier. Happy Birthday doll!

  48. 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!

  49. I hope you have the most delicious birthday lunch dessert ever!! You deserve it! Happy Birthday! :)

  50. 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!

  51. 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


  52. Happy birthday Katie : )
    And I love how you styled that skirt!!
    I think I might have to purchase it to wear to my bridal shower : )

  53. You look adorable – as always! HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! That skirt is so you and perfect for today!!

  54. Gorgeous skirt! Happy birthday! Sending many birthday wishes and prayers your way. Smile! :)

  55. 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!!

  56. Happy Birthday! I love that skirt!! I know its hard but I hope you have a wonderful day!

  57. Happiest of Happy Birthday’s to yoU!

  58. Happy Birthday. I don’t know what I’d do without my mom! Praying for you to have a joy filled day!

    Patterned Love

    May all your dreams come true, but one, so that you always have something to strive for :-)
    Much love, Bailey from Vanilla Blonde

  60. Happy Birthday pretty girl! I hope you have an amazing day

  61. Have a lovely day in a lovely skirt!
    Marie @
    Lemondrop ViNtAge

  62. This is gorgeous! If you get a chance, please link up to my What We Wore Party:

  63. 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!

  64. Stopping by from the link-up and I just adore your whole outfit! Makes me want to get a skirt like that. And happy birthday!



  65. HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY! I actually saw this on Blogger Birthdays that I just found.

    Very cute outfit as well!

    Katie @ He Calls Me Grace

  66. Happy Happy Birthday !! xoxo

  67. you are so gorgeous and happy birthday beautiful girl! you look amazing in your mamas pearls :)

  68. 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!

  69. happy birthday, sweet friend. love that you are wearing your momma’s pearls. also i adore your skirt!

  70. 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.

  71. Happy Birthday to one gorgeous lady! You’re beautiful inside and out. =) Love your princess skirt. You’re so cute. =) Best wishes to you on your special day!

  72. Quite possibly the cutest skirt ever! Happy Birthday! I found you via WIWW, and am so happy I did!

  73. 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

  74. 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

  75. YES YES YES! HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU PRINCESS! You’re beautiful inside and out!

  76. This is insanely cute! Love how you paired the pink with the gray. I’m sorry about your mom. :( Can’t even imagine. I hope your day went okay despite that pit. *hugs*

    Style of One’s Own

  77. 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

  78. I hope you had a grand birthday, girlie. love you!

  79. could not be more in love with that skirt. So beyond girly and fabulous. You look amazing, love. If you have a moment, I’d love if you’d check out my latest photo diary. :) xo

  80. 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!

  81. I’m a little late but Happy Birthday! I hope you had a good one even though you weren’t feeling it 100%.

  82. That tulle skirt is so fun! I would love for you to come link up to my Sunday Style Link Up :)

  83. Anonymous says:

    Sweets happy late birthday! Question though, where would one get such a divine skirt like that?!?

  84. 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

    • 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!

  85. 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

  86. i would even be willing to pay you a good amount of money then return it! please let me know!

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