PC- Sarah Sweeney
Well, it's only two months later ya'll, but I still have these fun pictures from my 30th birthday sitting here in a draft, and I still wanted to share them. I hit the big 3-0 milestone in August, and I still can't believe it. I honestly forget I'm 30 all the time. It's such a different decade to call my own that I think I'll be getting used to it for some time.
And I say that, but it's not like I suddenly feel that much older. I just feel wiser. Which I know is super cheesy, but I can't deny it. I feel like I've risen out of some kind of fog, and I can just see and understand more. I'm starting to understand why everyone says your thirties are so great because you really do start becoming the "you" you always wanted to be. You care less about what other people think, you have more confidence in your own ideas and what you know, and you are more self-aware. And I know I'm only two months into my thirties, so bear with me you seasoned 30-year-olds and older. I know you have an even better perspective than I do. But for me, it is really shocking to see the difference in decades so quickly.
For my birthday this year, I decided to do something bigger than usual, but in a different way. I haven't had a "friend party" for years, so this year instead of just going to dinner with friends, I wanted to have a fun event. I invited most of my really good friends, and we all spent an evening doing something new: painting. Our town has this really fun social painting place called Blanc Palette where you spend the evening painting with a teacher. Everyone paints the same painting, and the way they take you through the process of painting suddenly makes everyone a painter. I'm serious. Everyone's paintings turned out. It was amazing. I picked cacti as the theme for the party, so we painted cacti as well. It was so much fun! Everyone was out of their element together, and I loved the fact that we all got together to create something!
After we finished painting we all ate treats, opened gifts, and laughed. It was such a memorable birthday, and it was especially fabulous because it was with so many women who have been examples to me, served me, or helped me in innumerable ways. I wish I could have flown in my long-distance friends who have done those things for me too! I can definitely credit who I am to so many amazing people in my life, and I'm so thankful for them. Many of you have been there and encouraged me in the times that have shaped and molded me. I'm excited to see what this next decade brings, and if anything I just want time to slow down so that I can really enjoy it!
And speaking of giving back, the clutch I've styled today is from Mercado Global. They have such beautiful patterned bags and clutches that I was immediately drawn to. Mercado Global is a company that works with talented artisan women in Guatemala to create beautiful handbags as well as provide them with an education and help them in breaking the cycle of poverty. I love companies that empower women (we strive to be one of those), so I wanted to share their great mission with you all. Especially since I know many of you enjoy spending your holiday money where it counts - with small businesses and businesses that do good!
PC: Sarah Sweeney
Although many of us have been second-guessing what season it really is (endless summer, anyone?), fall has finally arrived. The leaves are here to prove it, and I'm freaking out just a little bit as I look at the date on the calendar. Really? October 20? Are you kidding me? How?!
That means I have a five-year-old turning six next week and an 11-month-old turning one just a few days later. And then comes Halloween, and then we start turning on the holidays at Nickel & Suede. Suddenly it's Thanksgiving and then Christmas, and well—that all escalated really quickly. I'm definitely feeling like I'm on a slippery slope that will not stop until December 26. And I love it and I'm excited about it, but there is so much to do in that short amount of time. AKA, I see stress in my future.
So what else to do but start making lists and planning ahead? I'm making lists of gifts to buy and traditions to plan ahead for. I'm scheduling in family outings and family time because otherwise things just get busy. I'm planning two birthday parties and buying extra cards and wrapping paper and wrapping supplies. Especially tape; there is never enough tape.
I'm also thinking ahead about holiday events that I will be attending from Thanksgiving to Christmas. This sweater from Nordstrom has my vote for all events where there will be food because it hides everything. "Yes, I'm supposed to look this fluffy. It's the sweater, not the pie." These pants are also current favorites because they can dress down something that is a little too sweet or neutralize a crazy top like this one. Nordstrom has so many great tops like this one (I'll be styling it next week) and this one (on sale!) that are perfect go-tos for your upcoming dressy-ish events.
What are you doing to prepare for the impending storm of fun and craziness that surrounds the holidays? I'd love to hear your tips!