birthday suit


top, club monaco. skirt, handmade by issa. booties, jeffrey campbell. clutch, bloomingdales.

once you pass a certain age, birthdays become more and more difficult to take. this year, i wanted to do something low-key, so saturday night i celebrated over dinner with a small group of friends at a casual, b.y.o.b. italian restaurant. after we had our fill of food and emptied out three bottles of wine and a bottle of champagne, we decided to continue the festivities where else but ...the 62-hour sale at our local ikea!
i'm sure it says something about your age when, instead of at the standard bar or club, you opt to spend your birthday at a home furnishings store. but there we were, at 11 p.m. on a saturday night, working off our wine buzz while posing on furniture in our dressy garb, making toasts with swedish meatballs, and ending the night with $1 hot dogs and 50 cent frozen yogurt cones. it was completely random, absolutely ridiculous, and certainly memorable. to sum it up in a word, it was...awesome. further proving the point that having a good time isn't about where you go or what you do, it's all about the people you're with.

this is what i wore on sunday, my actual birthday, to have indian food with the fiance. the skirt is actually one that issa custom made for me! its hard to see in the picture, but the fabric is a lovely brocade-type material, and i was ever-so-careful to cover my lap with my napkin during dinner so as not to spill any of my chicken masala on issa's beautiful piece of work.

all in all, my birthday weekend couldn't have been better. i am a lucky girl to be able to celebrate another year closer to thirty with such an awesome group of people. and thanks to all the readers for the birthday wishes!


- roz

40 comments:

  1. HAPPY BIRTHDAY ROZ!!!

    (Issa that is such a cute skirt!! I want one!!)

    You guys are really cute... added you to my blogroll!

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  2. happy belated birthday! i love this skirt and it's ridiculously similar to one that i bought yesterday (i posted it today) but mine has horses on it :)

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  3. happy birthday (weekend)! the skirt is lovely, cant believe it is handmade! and 50 cent frozen yogurt?! omg that is so cheap!

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  4. lovely outfit, happy bday, so cute :)
    xoxo

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  5. Happy Bday - looks like you had so much fun!

    Great shoes!!

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  6. Happy Birthday, very pretty! =)

    xo/ fashion chalet

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  7. Well, it goes to show that I act older than I am because I've been doing similar birthday outings since I turned 18. LOL. I prefer low key things rather than all out bashes and yours sounds realllly fun. =)

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  8. I love that crinkly skirt! You look fab!

    xoxox,
    CC

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  9. Aww, happy belated!! My birthday is around the corner and I'm also looking forward to a low-key event. Anyway, the outfit is darling!

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  10. that sounds like such a fun night! i wish we had ikea...

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  11. Happy belated birthday! Absolutely love that skirt- you look gorgeous in it!
    Cath and I spent Sunday at our Ikea, but sadly without the buzz- sounds like an awesome weekend ;)

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  12. I love the black and white look!

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  13. aw the crinkled up skirt looks perfect with the all black. www.thedailyalygator.blogspot.com

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  14. Happy Bday!!! Simply but great outfit!! that's style!!^^

    M.

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  15. aw, happy bday roz! i love your skirt...i can't believe issa made it! what awesome talent! you look fabulous!

    to issa: thank you so much for your sweet comment. i just feel so bad when people take the time to visit my site and leave a comment and i can't return the generosity. but i'm determined to get caught up tonight! :)

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  16. That sounds like a brilliant birthday celebration. Look how awesome that skirt is!

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  17. thanks so much for the birthday wishes everyone!!! and yes, issa is awesomely talented!

    *ahem* etsy shop in the near future??? *ahem*

    <3 roz

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  18. happy birthday!!!
    i love the skirt, it reminds me of the first garment that I made.

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  19. I knew that you girls would have lots of fun at Ikea. How random as you said but that's why it's so interesting. Only wish our local Ikea is open that late. 9pm one day a week is as late as we could get!

    very lovely outfit for a lovely birthday girl. ;)

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  20. Wow, such a cute skirt. I would like one exactly like it. I love it even more now that I know it's brocade.
    Hey, your birthday celebration at IKEA sounds great. really. Did you take photos of the posing?
    cate

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  21. im going to dinnner and the theme is "black and white affair"

    so thanks for this idea

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  22. happy belated birthday - i LOVE that skirt! :)

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  23. hii.. ive been planning on sewing a skirt with elastic waist.. exactly liek the one ur wearing.
    i know u guys are all pretty busy.. but i was wondering if u can u post up even just quick instructions on how to sew the waistband thing with the elastic? would greatly appreciate it. thanks heaps!

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  24. Happy belated birthday, dear :)
    I adore this outfit so much! The skirt is so cute, the top fits you so nicely and the shoes are gorgeous!

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  25. HAPPY BIRTHDAY! You looked gorgeous for it :)
    you look nearer to 20 than 30, love the skirt Issa made you!

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  26. Thanks. Your comment was so lovely to read. :)

    Here's hoping your Birthday was every bit as special as you deserve it to be!

    xo/ fashion chalet

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  27. it is true that it doesn't matter what you do but who you're with-and that becomes abundantly clearer as you get older and wiser!

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  28. happy belated, roz! this post makes me want to go to ikea and eat meatballs. haha :)

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  29. happy belated birthday! sorry for such a late bday wish. i've been so busy lately!

    i am in love with your outfit. that skirt is beauuutiful!

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  30. Happy birthday, lady! And I totally relate to the old-ish feeling. :(

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  31. you guys are so sweet with your comments!

    @songy - yes, ikea was random but a lot of fun! ours isn't normally open that late, it was one of those big sale/special event type of thing.

    @cate - our friend dru was there, so yes there are pictures. whether or not they'll be put on public display - that's another story. lol.

    @aizat - i love the idea of an all black outfit with one standout piece in white. hope we get to see what you come up with for your party!

    @kristine - i have no sewing skills whatsoever...issa is the craft godess. i'm sure she'd be open to the idea of doing a tutorial.

    @sunniva - thanks! issa did an amazing job on the skirt and the lace ups on the backs of the shoes are what totally won me over.

    @dana - yes, i still get mistaken for a high schooler and i'm carded wherever i go. looking young is both a blessing and a curse in some ways, though for now, i suppose its more of a good thing than bad.

    @christina - yes, the best thing about getting older is the wisdom that comes with age!

    @jiyeh - the swedish meatballs are so yummy!

    @danielle - age is nothing but a number, right?! that's what we gotta keep telling ourselves. lol.

    <3 roz

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  32. I just found your blog and you girls are adorable! I love the skirt by the way.

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  33. oooh I love the pop of the white skirt amongst the rest of the black outfit. Issa has got some mad skillz!

    and yea, i hear ya about birthdays. I'm def. past that "certain age". haha.

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  34. HAPPY BIRTHDAY ROZ!!! and you have great outfit!

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  35. haha that sounds like a fun birthday actually! Your outfit is so simple but so pretty :)

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  36. hi,You have a very good blog that the main thing a lot of interesting and useful! awesome tees , thanks

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