A Quarter Century


Happy December! I never post on weekends BUT had to make an exception today because it’s my birthday! I can’t believe I’m a quarter century old now. Where did year 24 go?! It sucks thinking about getting older because I literally have the biggest fear of aging (anyone else out there with me on this one? Haha). Obviously, I have mixed feelings about turning 25.

When I was younger, I would always whine to my parents about wanting to be an adult so I could be done with school and have more freedom. Now that I’m an adult, I want to reverse time and be young again. On the bright side though, birthdays are just the perfect excuse to splurge on some giant gold balloons and get dressed up… so here I am! πŸ˜‰


For those of you who read my Great Gatsby postΒ a month ago and asked about theΒ blue dress I actually wore to my cousin’s wedding, this is it! The famous $20 dress that I scored at Burlington Coat Factory. I felt like such a pro shopper that day.

It has gotten unusually gloomy and cold in LA recently. With that said, I’m a little bummed that there weren’tΒ more bright colors in the sky to really make these photos pop out more like how I usually like them to. Oh, well. Just some quick photos celebrating the big 2-5!


As far as celebrations go, my best friend Claire and I had a nice girl’s night out two nights ago. It was definitely some much-needed girl time. We grabbed some drinks and then headed to The Spa on Rodeo in Beverly Hills to get our nails done together. Then, she took me out to eat ramen because it was fuh-reeeeezing and we just wanted some comfort food. Our conversations always go on forever and soon before we knew it, it was already 1 am.


Today, I’ll be keeping it low-key and just spending some quality time with David. Since we’ve been major insomniacs (me more so than him), we don’t have solid day plans… that I know of. But, we’re definitely planning on having a nice dinner and hopefully, taking a quick social media break. Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend! xo

What’s everyone doing the first weekend of December? πŸ™‚

Photos by David Potter

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  1. Happiest of all birthdays to you, Sharon! That dress was seriously made for you! Hope you have a wonderful day <3

  2. OMG I can’t believe you’re 25! Haha I always thought you were younger :O your skin is so flawless! Love those balloons, so cute πŸ™‚

  3. Happy birthday you beautiful girl! Your pictures look amazing and that dress was honestly made for you. I wish you all the best today and I know you have so much coming for you!

    1. Awww what a sweet surprise! I have the best bestie ever!!! πŸ™‚ Thank you for going to the spa with me and taking me out for ramen despite how freezing cold it was on Thursday. See you again this Thursday! Can’t wait <3

  4. Happiest birthday Sharon! Yes we all have a fear of aging, but as someone older than you, I’ll have to say that the best is yet to come. In your short 25 years you have already accomplished so much and you have the entire world at your disposal to achieve even more. You are a great inspiration and it will only get better! Have the most wonderful birthday weekend my dear! Xoxo, Christine

    1. Haha! Of course the best is yet to come, my dear Christine! You never age LOL I hope I’ll grow up to be juuuuust like you <3 Such an inspiration to me! Thank you for the birthday wishes and kindness! So grateful to have met you this year πŸ™‚ xoxo

  5. Ahhh I can’t believe that dress was only $20! What a steal! Definitely perfect with these birthday balloons. Hope you had the best day! β˜ΊοΈπŸŽˆπŸŽ‰

  6. Honey, for someone who’s already been through that quarter century crisis, I can tell you, you’ll survive for quite a while more, but I totally get you on wanting to get back to the freedom (which we never understood or appreciated) when we were kids in school. Sounds like you and Claire had a MUCH needed girls night out and it sounded so wonderful that I’m almost envious (NOT jealous, haha). That’s probably because I’m craving Ramen so bad right now…
    And FINALLY we got to see the dress. It’s not only spectacular, it’s one of a kind, and to think it only cost 20$ makes me wonder, what the heck. But that goes to prove, price isn’t a guarantee for quality or beautiful dresses.
    After pouring all my silly thoughts out I end this by once again saying: HAPPY BIRTHDAY Sharon! πŸ™‚
    Much love,


    1. LOL! Thanks Thomas! Claire and I had a blast but it would have been more fun if you were there with us! πŸ˜‰ lol. I’m eating ramen for lunch as we speak right now… I swear I normally don’t eat ramen this much but just the past week I have been because it got much chillier here. Yes, I know… I can’t say cold because you Swedish people are freezing even more haha. I’m spoiled!

  7. Happy Birthday (again hehe)! I’m absolutely in love with how these photos turned out. Bah to the sky for not being brighter, but your stunning gown and super-fun balloons make up for it, for sure! That blue is utter perfection on you. I still can’t believe you scored it for only $20!! Have a wonderful weekend of celebrating, and enjoy this year, babe!

    Stephanie // SheSawStyle.com

    1. Thanks Stephanie! I’m happy to hear you like how these photos turned out even though they were super last minute/impromptu lol! I had a wonderful weekend and hope you did too sweetie xo

  8. Happy Birthday!! I remember feeling old when I turned 25. Haha, that was 11 years ago! Now I really feel old. Getting older isn’t so bad, though! I’ve grown so much since then and I wouldn’t go back.

    I can’t believe you scored that dress for $20! It’s gorgeous!

  9. Aww, what a fun photoshoot! I turned 25 a few months ago–it’s a big milestone! Happy birthday! Your blue dress is beautiful. Dec. 4th is actually my wedding anniversary (this year is the 6th!) so I had a celebratory weekend as well!

    1. Thanks Rachel! It was very impromptu haha! Happy belated to you! I don’t see 25 being a big milestone yet but heck, I’ve only been 25 for 2 days LOL! Happy wedding anniversary love! xoxo

  10. Happy birthday twin! You look so beautiful in this dress and I love that you were able to hang onto those balloons! Unlike me, all mine would end up flying away haha even though the sky isn’t what you would want it to be but it still looks amazing! I love seeing you smile because you have a pretty smile so idk what you’re talking about when you said you don’t! I hope you had a good birthday and birthday weekend celebrating it with David and Baba! I can’t wait to see you this week! We can celebrate together! Yay us for being 25! :such oldies 😘😘😘😘😘
    Love, Linh

  11. You look absolutely amazing in this dress! Hard to believe it only cost you $ 20 ! Happy birthday beautiful! I hope it was just like you wanted! The more i get older the more i like my birthday to be celebrated with my closest beings!

    Bisous, Josie

  12. Happy belated bday gorgeous!! I don’t know if I have a fear of going older (lol, I just turned 21), but I hate the idea of getting older. Like you, I want to be young again hahha. Even though I wouldn’t change my lessons or my life for anything right now, I just get anxious when I realize that my teenage years/high school/living at home is done forever. The memories I have are the ones I’m stuck with, for better or worse, lol! Anyways, hope you had a gorgeous bday and that you were spoiled with all things love! Xx


  13. It’s been a pleasure watching you grow into the amazing person you are now. I hope the next 25 bring you nothing but happiness and success!

  14. Happy birthday, Sharon! It’s always fun to have another reason to dress up (and buy gold balloons, honestly!). The idea of “aging” is always kind of terrifying haha, but I think there’s beauty in the different seasons of life you get to experience… not that I wouldn’t mind going back to school right now where my problems were probably less important, LOL. Happy Monday!

    Kathryn β€’ simplykk.com

    1. Thank you Kathryn. I’m so glad that you can relate with me on the aging point haha! It’s no fun that’s for sure πŸ™‚ Have a wonderful week babe! x

  15. You are a pro-shopper for sure. Sorry I didn’t have chance to comment on your actual birthday but I am glad we had chance to talk yesterday (don’t we love Telegram?). I can’t believe that dress is only $20 as it looks like a million dollar dress, of course we have a super model wearing it too! So glad Claire and you had great time (wish I were in LA so we could all go out that night!). Happiest birthday to my beautiful, sweet and smart friend!


  16. Your dress is stunning and let me say Happy birthday to you. You are so beautiful. Enjoy every bit of being in your 2o’s. I miss my 20’s days hahaha! But I might steal this idea for me to have an excuse to dress up on my 37th bday! Thank you for sharing love! Have fun! <3

  17. Happy Birthday babe, you look amazing!! I’m about to hit this milestone myself, I don’t feel as weird about it as I thought I would, although we shall see!

    1. Thank you Ines! Ahh! Happy early birthday! I totally agree — time flies by so quickly. It feels like just yesterday I turned 24!

    1. Thanks Jessi! Yes, so blessed I have great people to spend time with in my life! πŸ™‚ Hope you are having a great week so far xo

  18. I hope you had the best birthday girl! I wish I was in LA to celebrate with you!!! You look so gorgeous and not a day over 18 πŸ˜‰ I’m glad you had some girl time with Claire – we’ll need to have a girls week when I get over there xx

    Helen xx

  19. You look stunning babe. Age is really just a number, and as you get older, it really does become less exciting – at least it was for me. I would travel and celebrate abroad with some good food, and that’s it. πŸ™‚ Having a nice night in is a sort of luxury that not everyone gets to have when they work long hours. πŸ™‚ You look amazing and the night with Claire sounded like fun. πŸ™‚ Can’t wait to see you Thursday girl!


    1. LOL! I’m glad I’m not the only one who feels like birthdays are less exciting as you get older… just like how age is just a number, I feel like birthdays… well, are just another day. HAHA. But again, I made something out of it and it was the excuse to get dressed up and buy some balloons. Now that’s something I don’t do everyday! πŸ˜‰ See you on Thursday babe! Can’t waittttttt xoxoxo

    1. Thanks Cassandra! You are so right! Haha! Too bad my hands were strained just trying to not let the balloons fly out because it was super windy that day. Ha!

  20. Happy belated birthday! Hope you had the best day and wishing you a year of happiness and love <3 Oh I wanted to grow up fast but now miss my younger days so much hehe.. Getting to spend time with your best friend is the best! Have a wonderful week babe πŸ™‚

    Monika | http://www.palateforstyle.com

  21. You look absolutely stunning and happy birthday! I can’t believe how much you’ve accomplished already at only 25! I can’t wait to see what you have in store for us this year!

  22. Holy hotness! That dress is $20?!!! A TOTAL steal for a bombshell look!!!
    Happy Birthday baby boo!!!! 25 is when it ALL starts looking up!
    Seriously hated my 20’s lol, but got it together by my 30’s and I’ve never looked back ;D

    Thank you for the blog visit babe, hope to see you back soon!

    Xx- Julie | Haute Khuuture Blog

  23. Happy Birthday ! 25 looks great on you ! Sounds like it was the perfect day. Wishing you nothing but great things this year !

  24. Sharon, could you be any more stunning?! I’m absolutely in love with this post, your dress, and you balloons. I’m turning 25 in June and I’m not kidding you, I wanted to purchases big ass balloons like these to celebrate on my IG!

    1. Awww thanks Chelsea! You’re the sweetest!!! You’re still so young! Lucky you haha πŸ™‚ you totally should get balloons for your 25th as it’s a milestone for sure! πŸ™‚

  25. Happiest birthday to you my darling. You look absolutely breathtaking in this blue lace dress. I’m actually appreciated being older as i get older. I know what i want in life and how i’m going to achieved. The biggest thing is now i don’t give an F* about what anyone think.
    xoxo, Rachel Vogt

    1. Thank you Rachel! LOL! I hope I can be just like you when I get older too then! That’s one good way to look at it πŸ™‚

    1. Thanks Julia! Happy early birthday to your daughter! You look super young and if you’re young at heart, that’s what matters right? πŸ˜‰ xx

  26. Happy bday babe!! Hope you had a great time and congratulations for been The sucessful women you are!!! Loving The pics and the dress!!


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