Shine bright like a diamond

rachel-gilbert-birthday-1Wearing – Rachel Gilbert dress, Mno.logie clutch, earrings via Black Beret, Christian Louboutin pumps

As promised, here’s a look at what I wore to my 30th birthday celebration! I’d been obsessing over this Rachel Gilbert dress from afar for quite some time (2226km to be exact!) and couldn’t wait for the chance to try it on. I had my heart set on wearing this (as you would have seen here) and had already started conjuring up how I would style it but also didn’t want to get my hopes up too high in case there was something amiss with the fit or colour and that my poor little heart would be broken. I had absolutely nothing to fear as I tried it on in store – it fit like a glove! I absolutely fell in love with the combination of the sweetheart neckline and fitted pencil silhouette and most of all the sheer netting encrusted with pearls and sequins. Just the right amount of bling. 🙂

I’d also been lusting over this clutch for a while and to my surprise and happy amazement it was waiting for me at home when I got back to Perth. It was an early birthday present from Jinn – thanks sweetheart! He knows me too well, it’s such a great colour – the neon green really pops. And best of all it came personalised with “Belongs to Sarah” on it! Mine mine mine!

It was a lovely evening and certainly felt the love from all my family and friends who came that night. It was the perfect opportunity to catch up with everyone as I’d been out of Perth for two months, and to be honest I barely had time to snatch a breath between hugs, kisses and high-speed-highly-excited recaps from all the guests. I can’t wait to share more party photos! We’ve been whirling around the French countryside, enjoying the wedding of the century (so beautiful and so FUN! So much champagne, so much dancing!) and now we’ve finally settled in for the final leg of our holiday in Paris where we will be catching our breath, taking in a few galleries, and of course many a croissant et baguette! (Oh hello, Laduree!)
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My birthday suit!

mood board beeday march13Haha! Got you looking didn’t I?

Well, this year is the big year. It’s the year I hit the big you-know-what (has a three in it, rhymes with Bertie, come on work with me people)…It’s the year I turn thirty! Yeah, I’m just gonna say it. Because I refuse to join that pessimistic, doom and gloom, it’s-all-downhill-from-here club! What rubbish!

To tell you the truth, I’m feeling better than ever and I still feel like I’m “on the way up” so to speak. I think what’s changed for me in a big way over the last few years is that I’ve stopped trying to be what others want me to be and also learnt to accept myself for who I am – my strengths, my weaknesses, my wonky right ear. Looking back, I realise that I’d been a personality-contortionist, trying to fit myself into wrong and uncomfortable shapes in the hopes of pleasing people. I was also painfully shy, too terrified to say anything in case someone disagreed or worse, laughed at me. But turns out my personality is just as inflexible as my hamstrings of steel (it takes me a whole hour of warm ups to touch my toes, don’t laugh!) but it’s taken me some time to find it and then gain the confidence to just put it out there and say who-gives-a-flying-duck what anyone says.

There. Catharsis over. Now you know I have a wonky ear and am that person in the back row at Pilates who can’t do a proper roll-down.

Now what I actually started off trying to tell you guys, is this is my dream outfit for my upcoming birthday festivity! I would usually go something more light and pretty, or quirky and boyish, but this time I’m fantasising of an outfit that conjures up the word soiree, a bit glam, a bit sexy, and dare I say, a bit more mature. But not mature in a needing-a-hip-replacement way but in a more self-assured, strong alpha female way. You know, the type that’s not afraid to turn a few heads and cause a bit of a stir.

Tell me what you think about this outfit! Or what would you wear to your big birthday bash?

1. Kimberly McDonald earrings, 2. Rachel Gilbert dress, 3. MAC lipstick in Creme d’Nude, 4. Kotur clutch, 5. Charlotte Olympia heels, 6. Sue Lewis chocolates (gifts for party guests!)

Lady in blue


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I broke one of my golden rules when I bought this dress – that is, never to make impulse online shopping decisions whilst on a night shift! There was a bit of a lull during work one night and I found this little Kate Spade number on sale at Gilt along with the earrings I’ve paired them with. Usually I’m sensible enough to at least wait until I’ve had some sleep to make a decision but one of my colleagues seated next to me was in an earring-buying-frenzy on Etsy (she bought about ten pairs under the pretence of them all being “gifts”) plus my entire team that night was made out of girls and they were all saying, “Buy it! Buy it! Buy it!”. So, who wouldn’t? Of course, I was already deeply falling in love with the deep cobalt colour so I can’t say they twisted my arm that hard.

I had absolutely no regrets when it arrived! As soon as I saw its elegant cut and subtly shiny blue tones I knew exactly which green accessories I wanted to pair it with – my equally newly acquired Kate Spade chandelier earrings and two pieces of vintage jewellery I’d hoarded from my mum. I’d also bought a pair of nude J. Crew pumps with a black contrast pointed toe that I was dying to add to complete this outfit, but alas they were half a size too small when they arrived and I’m still awaiting the arrival of their replacements.

Moral of the story? Impulse online shopping during night shifts doesn’t always result in feelings of guilt, regret, pangs of “I bought whaaaat?” or “I spent how muuuuch?“, particularly when backed by four other girls in the same half-crazy half-sleep deprived state as yourself! Makes perfect sense.
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***What I’m wearing – cobalt blue dress by Kate Spade (similar), green and gold chandelier earrings also by Kate Spade (these are pretty), black art deco inspired bangle by CC Skye (here’s something art deco inspired, here’s something awesome from House of Harlow), vintage bracelet and watch “acquired” from Mum’s collection, black patent peep toe heels by Alannah Hill (check out these Ferragamo beauties)

Starry starry night…

***1. Charlotte Olympia leather clutch, 2. Vintage Chanel earrings, 3. Galaxy tights by Shadowplaynyc, 4. Ocean Meets Sky by Terry Fan, 5. Astral crown by Giant Dwarf

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