Birthday Dresses.

I turn 36 in about two weeks, and I am looking forward to celebrating the occasion with champagne and a new dress. How to choose? Below, my top picks for the occasion (please weigh in!):

THIS LUG VON SIGA (LOOK FOR LESS WITH THIS)*

THIS MAJOR FLORAL ORGANZA STATEMENT (LOVE)

EITHER THIS WHITE EYELET AJE OR THIS OVER THE TOP OTS ONE

ANOTHER WHITE EYELET CONFECTION (THIS ONE UNDER $80)

ANYTHING BY AGUA BENDITA

THIS BROCK COLLECTION I HAVE BEEN OGLING FOR A FULL SEASON

*Note that it’s styled with the Loewe straw bag I am lusting after…a sign?!

Also: more outfit ideas for a festive occasion on this list, a contender for daytime festivities ($59!), and a drop dead gorgeous gown for a future black tie occasion (on sale, plus extra 25% off with code SPOTLIGHT).

Birthday wishlist (more great gift ideas for women here):

A BABYSITTER

A LOEWE BASKET BAG

A NEW PAIR OF LAKE PAJAMAS OR THIS DOEN NIGHTGOWN

PIPPA HOLT CAFTAN

MORE JULISKA BERRY & THREAD PIECES — WHETHER IN THE FLORAL OR PLAIN WHITE; PERFECT, ELEGANT BUT STURDY EVERYDAY DISHES

A PRETTY PERSONALIZED CHAIN WITH EMORY AND HILL’S NAMES INSCRIBED, LIKE THIS

THESE NICOLA BATHIE BUTTERFLY EARRINGS — I CANNOT STOP BUYING HER EARRINGS!

P.S. Musings on turning 34 and musings on turning 35. Will it surprise you that I have very little new insight to share on the shape of my life as I turn 36? This year has been a wild ride and when I haven’t been entirely consumed by my children, I’ve been humbled by the chaos of the lives of so many others.

P.P.S. Love these wet-dry bags (currently on sale, with free shipping) for the children and am very curious about this “mermaid serum” (on sale right now) that is getting a lot of press. I need another serum like I need a hole in my head but I’m still intrigued.

P.P.P.S. More sizes of those white swim trunks for your man on Father’s Day (and more gift ideas here), and the card I’m sending my Dad.

16 Comments

  1. Happy birthday in advance to you, Jen!

    I vote for the Agua Bendita or Brock for you! You would look so lovely in any of the dresses you featured, but the Agua styles are so unique… whereas some of the other dresses are less so (e.g., broderie anglaise and smocked dresses abound on the Internet). I saw Julia/Gal Meets Glam (did you see she is discontinuing her dress collection?!) in the blue maxi Agua on her IG a while back and it looked so beautiful. I don’t know you IRL but the Brock Collection dress looks so “you” too!

    PS: I second the babysitter!!!

    1. Aw – thanks! You know me well. Agree that the Agua styles are particularly unique/standout. I also saw Julia in that dress — absolutely stunning! And I also read she’s discontinuing her collection, which sounds like the right personal decision for her, though I can’t imagine the turmoil she must have endured to get there!

      xx

  2. Contrarian approach, but I vote for anything Agua – mainly because I’ve been toying with splurging and would love to live vicariously through you! They’re such beautiful pieces; definitely a classic look that will last many years.

    1. Hi Erica – Spoiler alert: I think I’m going with something by Agua. The pieces are SO beautiful in person — the quality absolutely amazing. xx

  3. I wanted to be excited about this dress lineup but I’m sorry that I can’t be. The first dress looks right out of Sister Wives! Hardly a champagne birthday showstopper! I would love to see something classic and sexy for your special day! And that babysitter!

    1. Haha! Patti! I laughed out loud at this description (“sister wives”) and now I can’t un-see it…xx

  4. Happy almost birthday! I ordered that exact wet/dry bag to use for my newborns diapers and things and a second one for my big boys (in either my metro tote or metro backpack ha!) works so well to keep all organized thanks for the tip!

    1. YAY – so glad. One of my favorite mom hacks and I actually borrowed it from another mom (and fellow Magpie reader)!

      xx

  5. oooh I love this game! Tough competition but I vote the eyelet Aje- total swoon! My birthday is a week after yours, maybe I’ll snap up that H&M cutie xx

    1. I know, that Aje…! I’m obsessed with that brand and love eyelet, so that H&M is also calling my name…

      xx

  6. I love this discussion each year as my birthday falls a week before yours! I have a couple of different options this year — may end up wearing a strappy, floaty, gauzy Xirena dress as it looks like it’s going to be 90 degrees on my birthday! Eek!

    For you, I would pick the Lug von Siga, the eyelet Aje (that BACK!), or the Brock Collection bustier dress. Love all three!

    xx

    1. 90! Wow! I feel like we skipped spring and went right into the depths (peaks?) of summer.

      xx

  7. Ooooh voting for the Lug von Siga or the eyelet Aje. I cannot resist Swiss dots or eyelet! Here’s hoping you get that #1 wishlist item!!!

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