Helloooo, friends! I am in a fantastic mood today because tomorrow is my 25th birthday, and I have so many fun plans on the agenda! Tonight I will be having a nice birthday dinner with my family, and then tomorrow Fabio has some sort of surprise adventure planned for us! I have no idea what to expect, but it should be a lot of fun!
There were a lot of other fun things happening this week, and I thought I’d share them with you today in another edition of Favorite Things Friday. Here are some things that made me smile this week!
Favorite Impulse Buy
Earlier this week I was browsing through Rue La La (<– affiliate link!) without any real plans to buy anything, which is always a bad idea. It was then that I spotted these cute black riding boots from Sperry that were initially $197 and on sale for $99 (note: they’re on sale at Sperry.com too, but just not as cheap! Link is included above!).
My current favorite black boots from J. Crew are getting a little worn out, and I love that these ones from Sperry are also waterproof. I don’t have any rain boots at the moment, and I do a lot of walking to and from the metro which can be really annoying in inclement weather. I thought these boots would be a perfect compromise – new black boots to kick off the fall season (get it? kick off?), and waterproof boots that I can wear in the rain. It’s a win win, right?
Even though I really liked these boots and thought I could totally use them, I’m sort of cautious when it comes to making expensive purchases like this, and I normally wouldn’t have just jumped into buying them.
Then that blasted Rue La La site totally got me by having the little icon that says “Only 2 Left!” next to the boots, and after clicking on the link, I saw that one of those two pairs just happened to be in my size. Then as I was looking at the sizes, the icon changed to “Only 1 Left!” and there was another button next to it that said “Quick! Buy Now!” so I clicked it and the rest was history.
Apparently Rue La La had all my credit card and shipping info saved, so once I clicked the button it was a done deal! I am pretty happy with my purchase, but sort of in shock about how quickly I got suckered in, haha. Oh well, now I just can’t wait for them to arrive! And I will be a little more careful when “browsing” on Rue La La haha. That site is dangerous!
Favorite Office Surprise
In celebration of my birthday, my boss left me a sweet surprise on my desk! She’s out of the office today, so when I came into work yesterday I saw a sweet card, a Starbucks gift card, and the most amazing Starbucks cake pop on my desk. Seriously, have you guys tried their cake pops yet? I don’t know how the rest of them taste but this chocolate one was phe-nomenal. Now I’m going to be tempted to buy one every single time I go in there. So good!!!
Well guys, it officially feels like fall in my neck of the woods! The other day I wore my favorite Burberry jacket to work, and I forgot how much I love this weather. It’s not freezing cold but not super hot either, and I love having the windows open in my apartment at night and snuggling up in a blanket. Fall is awesome!
Also, this coat was one of the best purchases I ever made. Yes it’s super expensive, but I bought it years ago and it still brings me so much joy when I put it on. If you’ve been wanting a coat like this but have been putting off buying it because of the price, I say just do it!
Have I ever mentioned before that I have the greatest aunt in the whole world? If you guys have been reading for a little while then you’ve probably heard about how fun my aunt CC is, but it’s been a while since I’ve mentioned how truly sweet and thoughtful she is. Last night when I got home I saw a FedEx package waiting for me, and when I opened it up I saw a beautiful card from her, along with a lululemon bag. Who wouldn’t get excited about a lululemon bag???
Inside I found a red running headband and two pairs of red and white striped socks, which will be SO PERFECT for my upcoming holiday half marathon in December. There was also a really, really nice gift card (like, way too much money) that I am so excited to take to the store.
Thank you, CC, for being the best aunt in the world!!!!
Now….what should I go buy?
Last night a bunch of my local DC friends met me at the new Sauf Haus beer garden in DuPont Circle for another birthday celebration.
Although I celebrated my birthday with a lot of my girlfriends last weekend in NYC, I wanted to do something casual with my DC friends too, so a happy hour seemed like a perfect choice. (After having 30+ of my friends come into town for my birthday last year for a huge concert and tailgate, I knew I couldn’t top that this year, so I didn’t even try. Happy hour and dinner is good enough for me!!)
A bunch of my good friends came for the celebration, including my old coworkers, high school friends, and new DC friends.
The new beer garden was awesome, and everyone agreed that the outdoorsy atmosphere in the middle of crowded DC was really nice. The beer was delicious, and they sell giant pretzels the size of my torso which fed our whole table of about 10 people easily as an appetizer.
After the beer garden a few of us headed back to Arlington to watch the Redskins/Giants game and eat a real dinner, which was a fun way to end the evening (by the way, this game is always a nail biter for me since I’m a Redskins fan and Fabio roots for the Giants!).
It was such a fun night and I am so glad I had so many friends there to celebrate my special day.
Writing posts like this just makes me realize how lucky I am to be surrounded by the most wonderful family and friends, and I feel so incredibly blessed. Thank you, everyone!
Before I go, I just have to give a shout out to my birthday twin Emily, who will also be celebrating her birthday tomorrow. Happy early birthday, Emily!
Question of the day: How do you usually celebrate your birthday?