Happy #fashionwednesday and my continuation of BIRTHDAY WEEK! I turn 23 on Friday so every post this week is centered around celebrating my birthday (check out the previous posts here: Taylor Swift Celebrity Recreation & 23 Lessons in 23 Years). Today’s post is my birthday styled shoot – and I’ve been so excited about posting it! I worked with Erin Stubblefield – a dear, dear friend and incredibly talented photographer – to create this adorable shoot. Check it out below:
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I put together this beautiful spread with the help of Bed Bath & Beyond. I used their Fitz & Floyd Luster line to fill my spread. The theme of this shoot was Black, Gold & Maroon – so I made sure to incorporate those colors as much as possible. They had everything I needed to decorate the table spread – and it was so easy to shop online. I always thought of BB&B as the wedding registry go-to and never really thought about how easy they would make it to decorate a space like this! While they obviously offer regular housewares, they also have a huge collection of home decor.
You can shop the gold sequin table runner HERE.
The items from the Fitz & Floyd collection I used were:
I also purchased flowers from Dierbergs Floral Department for the centerpiece. I was so excited to find these – I went in with the intention to purchase maroon roses, babies breath and some greenery but immediately decided on this bouquet instead. It had the PERFECT colors for this shoot (and I didn’t have to put it together myself – bonus points).
For my desserts, those are also from Dierbergs! I had a bakery lined up, but last minute they had to cancel (bummer) – so I had to do a last minute dessert run. I am glad I did because the cupcakes were literally mouth watering. I made Adam help me eat them because there was no way I was going to eat 12 red velvet cupcakes with cream cheese frosting. I went with red velvet because they were maroon and matched. #sorrynotsorry. The big cupcake was a Jenny’s Cupcake (a local bakery) and was chocolate turtle flavored. AKA this shoot did not help with my healthy food diet I’m supposed to be working on.
I hit up Party City for all my balloon needs for this shoot – and wasn’t disappointed. I bought their giant number balloons last year when I turned 22! I love that they had the clear balloons with cold confetti on them, as well as solid balloons. They filled them for me and guaranteed they would float for at least 24 hours and tied them exactly like I needed them to the weights.
This venue is called Willow, and it’s in downtown St. Louis. It is so open and airy – if I were to get married again, I would SO book them for my reception. If you saw my Friendsgiving shoot, this was also the location of that event! There are big gorgeous windows, the light fixtures look like modern art and the staff is incredibly warm and welcoming. It’s located in the center of downtown St. Louis, right near Washington Ave. so it’s super close to the majority of the hub bub downtown. Truly – if you are in St. Louis and need to book a venue for your event, this is the place to do it.
This maroon dress was a Christmas gift from my sweet husband – and right now it is on sale for $15!!!!! He went rogue off my Christmas list and bought this little number from H&M! It fits SO well and is super flattering. It is also t-shirt material, so it’s incredibly comfortable.
These velvet heels are $25 on Amazon….so…..you should probably pick them up like yesterday. I am obsessed with them. Not only are they insanely comfortable to walk in, they are also the perfect LBP (little black pumps).
The necklace (the one linked is very similar – mine is sold out) I wore is from Baublebar and it’s one of my favorite statement necklaces. It’s sparkly without overwhelming the entire outfit.
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I had so much fun doing this birthday shoot (can it be my birthday every week?) and am so thankful that I am able to enjoy another year of my life with the people I love.
Thank you AGAIN to Willow for hosting this shoot and Erin for taking my pictures, being endlessly patient with my silly ideas (like blowing glitter directly into her face) and sharing her talent with me and my audience. And thank you to Bed Bath & Beyond for providing table spread decor!
Let me know what some of your favorite birthday traditions are in the comments below!