08 December 2013

What I Got for My Birthday

Hey guys! I mentioned yesterday that I would post the pictures of what I got for my birthday and here they are! 

This is a tiny little purse from Zara that I had mentioned needing to Ben off-handily months ago. I have a pretty big Kelly bag from Zara that I love, but it's really inconvenient after like 5 o'clock. I was so excited when I opened this and am planning on filling it with lipgloss and breath mints for tonight.

Ben picked this Zara shirt out on his own and I just love it. I had been saying I really needed some more blouses because I felt like everything I owned was either for work or for going out and I was lacking in the jeans and t-shirt apartment. 

Goodness-this sweater. How darling is this? 
And how sad is it that it is totally made of wool and unbearable to wear? Unfortunately, this little baby is going back to the store, but it is so pretty. 

This dress! How fabulous is this! And Ben picked it out all on his own! I had told him awhile ago I wanted a really silly, sparkly, New Years Eve dress and had been looking around for them for some time now. I thought for sure he was going to get me this cupcake sparkle dress from TopShop I had been eyeballing, but instead he went out on a limb and picked up this glittery, 1920's flapper frock from Zara that I love.

It's so bouncy. I can't wait to wear this in Amsterdam!

Oh. And this. The dress to end all dresses. 
I have been searching for this forever and when I opened it--it was last--I threw off the NYE frock and dove into this. So. Beautiful. 

The details are unreal.

And a very generous gift card to The Body Shop! I am so excited to wiggle over there some time this week and go splurging. I told Ben for awhile I was OK with giftcards (there's kind of a stima attached, yeah?) because I just love to shop, so I was really glad he listened. Was totally not expecting this.

And here are the gifts I got Ben (we get the non-birthday-person gifts as well because opening presents is just about the funnest thing in the world): a red t-shirt from H&M (he's been wanting more t-shirts lately).

And this green corduroy opal button-up from H&M.

My parents also got me the deep pore cleaning Clarisonic Mia (which I literally cannot wait to get), some yummy body wash products, and some cash. And here's just a few photos of us opening gifts (though Ben did take 50, I cut it down considerably).

To be honest--and I'm not just saying this--the best present was this five page hand-written letter from Ben. Ben is talented at many things and writing letters to me is definitely one of them. His words are so beautiful and thoughtful and his letters read like poems, short stories. I love his love so much. I'm such a lucky girl.

So that's it folks! Thanks again for all the birthday love and I hope all of you are getting into the Christmas/Holiday spirit!


  1. I am drooling over those dresses. lucky, lucky girl!

    1. Ugh, I know. I was so mad at him for spending so much, but they are so pretty. Thanks so much!

  2. i'm so glad that you both write long cards to each other too! we used to do that more often, while now we just make each other cards. it's always so much! for valentines day every year it's just an excuse to add another handmade card to my collection :)

    1. That sounds so cute! Ben is usually the long-letter writer. I usually paint him a little picture and write a bit, but he certainly has a way with words.

  3. Happy birthday! You definitely hit the birthday jackpot. Ben has a great eye! That Zara bag and top and the last dress are goooooooorrge!

  4. Oh fuck, HOW CUTE.

    Isn't it the best when you feel like they truly know you? That's my favorite part. Opening gifts from people who really know my heart. What a sweet boy Ben is.

    Probably goes without saying that I want all these clothes, your CLARISONIC, and your beauty. You are truly stunning.

    Happy, happy birthday, my love. So happy I've gotten to know you.

    PS- you share a birthday with my mama! How special.

    PPS- I hope these comments made sense......I'm tired and not paying attention. :)

    1. That IS the best!And you are just the sweetest. Happy birthday to your momma!!!

      p.s. and by "tired" do you mean drunk blogging ;) cuz no shame, I always leave comments when I've had a few too many glasses of wine too.

  5. These photographs are so cute, you two look very happy. What lovely clothes, too. I'm glad you had such a great birthday!

  6. Happy birthday! Ben is so sweet and those dresses are incredible. Definitely stealing your idea for giving gifts to the non-birthdayer; presents are always a good idea.

  7. wow, he did well, those are some great gifts!


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