My Birthday Suit

Outfit Details:
Scarf: Courtesy of Lara Miller
Sweater: F21
Belt: Courtesy of ShopRuche
Jeans: Macy*s (Grane)
Flats: H&M
Ring: Birthday gift from a student! H&M

So, it happened! My birthday happened. I turned another year older, agonized over the thought of my "life goals" and if I am at where I thought I would end up, worried if anyone would even remember what today was, and survived!
I am thankfully proved wrong a lot and was pushed out of my self loathing by love. The love of my family, friends, coworkers, students, and even strangers!

As I walked out of my apartment building this morning, I saw an unexpected package waiting for me in the mail room. It was the above beautiful woven scarf from Lara Miller! We've never met - but were supposed to at the Midwest Fashion Blogger Meet-Up back a few months. She wasn't able to attend and in reparation she sent a gift.
On a day when you are worried that those close to you are going to forget your birthday it was quite refreshing having a stranger drop a surprise at your doorstep.
Thank you, Lara!

All day long I was showered with selfless gestures, kind words, and birthday wishes. My students surprised me by decorating my classroom - another student who shares this birthday with me made me a gluten free, dairy free, egg free "cake" out of styrofoam and DumDums - and I received the most thoughtful gift I've gotten in years from a coworker.
Am I at where I thought I was going to be at (insert age here)? No. I'm not. And I think I might be OK with that. Emphasis on the words "think" and "might." The plans that I have had for myself have never ended up being as good as the ones that have actually happened. Besides, if I could have predicted where I'd have been at this age, what fun would that have been? I wouldn't have experienced all of the surprises, the ups - the downs, the joys, the pains.

What Has Become of Me in the Past Year:
1. I've moved to a new city.
2. I've been diagnosed, treated, and am continuing to be healed of a serious illness.
3. I started to follow my passions and started this blog.
4. I learned that the hardest things to do are most often the right things to do.
5. I fist pumped.
6. I fell out of love.
7. I read all 7 books of Harry Potter.
8. I was once again romanced by my favorite band, The Swell Season, in concert.
9. I was asked (and accepted) to be in a wedding for the 9th time.
10. I made the decision to never, ever, ever, EVER settle again.

Thank you to all who shared in this special day with me. I love you more than I am physically capable. Raise a glass to the next 365 days of possibility and prospect.

Fashionably Yours,


  1. Stephanie GettingsNovember 19, 2010 6:05 AM

    Happy Birthday, sis! I'm glad it was a good one. And I love the birthday suit!

  2. This is probably my favorite post to date :-) . A lot can change in a year, but from your post, it looks like the year has been a success in many ways, and that you've learned and grown a great deal. Sometimes we can be so focused on our accomplishments that we forget what our larger goals should be, and if we've become a better person along the way. I certainly think you have :-) . I hope you had an amazing birthday!!

  3. Cute blog, lady! Congratulations on another spectacular year. You have truly blessed your friends with your life (:

  4. Happy Birthday again! I just tried to 'like' this blog post on the actual blog. LOL what has Facebook done to me?? Love the list of the things you have accomplished this year. And here's to an even more amazing next year. - Katy

  5. i truly admire you Gina, this post was beautiful!!
    everything you received was amazing! the dum dum cake is just the cutest thing.
    you summed up the part about being happy where you are, perfectly.
    <3 have a great weekend!

  6. Beautiful birthday suit! So happy your day turned out to be the blessing you hoped it would be.

  7. You look wonderful - I'm loving your scarf!! So glad your day was amazing!

  8. Happy birthday and what a fabulous birthday surprise! Great outfit to celebreate.

  9. Happy birthday, fellow remixer! You look great and congrats on all you have accomplished this year.
    The Auspicious Life

  10. Ah, it looks like you had a wonderful birthday. What age are the students you teach?

    I'm a fellow remixer (and midwestern teacher). Best of luck with the remaining challenge.

  11. Hey, I just came across your blog, its great.. I am like you, I have alot of black in my 30 for 30 items, so glad its not just me :) I also like how you tied your zebra print scarf with the knot at the end, I will have to try this idea as I wear alot of scarves myself.. great outfits and colors so I will be following to see what you come up with for the rest of the challenge!!


  12. Aw, Babe--er--sis, I love you! Thanks for this post...and the outfit gets my THUMBS up!

  13. Ohhh, Happy Birthday, Gina Jo Aggie!!!! You are so beautiful! I loved this post!!


  14. Happy birthday! My Lara Miller scarf just arrived last week too. It was a nice surprise in the middle of a work day. Looks cute on you!


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