I know it's a bit sparkly for work, but I'm a believer in the idea that you should wear something special on your birthday, so I chose this. It's still work appropriate (I think so, anyway, but what do I know?), but super fun.
These sparkly shoes (a.k.a. "my birthday shoes" and a.k.a. "my Sex and the City shoes" (Episode 83).) are my version of the traditional tiara.
There's a story behind these shoes. I loved them at first sight, but hated the $250 price tag, so I waited. And waited. And went to visit them at least once a week. Finally, when there was only one pair left (in my size), they went on super duper sale for only $70! I'd also done particularly well that week at my second job waiting tables, so I decided that I didn't care how impractical they were - I was going to buy them. So I did.
I also decided that it'd be a good idea to wear sparkles on my shirt and have them hanging from my ears to add to the tiara effect. Too much?
Nah. It's my birthday.
I decided to pair all the sparkles and metallics with this red pencil skirt. I like the shade of red it is - it's kind of subdued, and more like a burgundy than a crimson. I thought it'd be a nice combo with all the neutral colors, and figured it'd be a good fitted contrast to the flowy shirt.
It was a great day. A couple of my students even baked me cupcakes! And of course, I got presents :-).
I'll tell you all about the actual celebration later - I had it the next day, since my birthday was on a Wednesday and I had to teach at 9:30 the next morning. Early classes are not conducive to a fun time.
Shirt: American Eagle Outfitters
Earrings: A jewelry boutique that doesn't exist any more
Shoes: Charles David via Obsession Boutique