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Retail Therapy & Birthday Browsing

You hear a lot of people talk about turning 30. When my husband had this birthday two years ago, he was a little freaked out and he (the kind guy he is) keeps reminding me of this now. I’m slowly but surely getting to that birthday (about two weeks to go) and I’m not going to deny feeling a little anxious and sweaty about it. Yea, yea, it’s just a number and I have no idea who I am stacking myself up against but I feel a bit behind in the things I want to have accomplished “by now”. But again, wherever I got the this-is-where-I-am-supposed-to-be memo, could never factor in what’s happened to me in almost 30 years either so I can start ignoring that. Right?

Since this is on my mind, I’m going shopping with you guys today. We don’t even have to put on pants or leave our homes! (You heard me.) Here are a few items I’ve been coveting in the last few weeks. What is it about the bitter winter, post-Christmas time that makes me want to shop so much? I have no idea. I’ve been good though and opted to buy myself a coffee a day instead. (Maybe I AM responsible in my old age.) Hope you enjoy this!

Stress Birthday Shopping at Rather Be Reading Blog

Canvas & Leather A Satchel in Crosswalk Stripe ( Saturday.com | $225 ) Right after Christmas my favorite Kate Spade bag broke. The strap literally fell out of the bag, and since I’ve had it for almost 3 years, it wasn’t worth me trying to fix it. Sigh. I was so depressed because I adored that bag and always got a ton of compliments on it. I’m on the prowl for a new one, and this one popped up recently. I love it and it must scream ESTELLE because Andi sent me a link (“you need this!”) without me even mentioning it to her.

Feathered Sky Earrings ( Spool No. 72 | $22 ) No joke. As soon as I saw these, I put them in the cart but I’m being good. Ever since I cut my hair, long earrings have become my favorite accessory to buy. Aren’t these awesome? I love them so much. (In fact, this whole site could put me into large debt. I adore everything.)

Skeleton Key Bangle in Silver ( Alex & Ani | $28 ) I love that this bracelet stands for. POWER. CHOICE. LIBERATION. I can’t think of any other words I would want to use to describe the year ahead.

Too Faced Flush Blush ( Sephora | $30 ) I’m still buying drugstore blush and, you know, it’s not really THAT great. I’ve been eyeing a set like this for a long time. How cute is this packaging? I think 30 is a good reason to splurge on a set like this one. (Please if you know a good blush brand I am ignoring me, TELL ME in the comments.)

Judy Blume Teen Collection ( B&N | $37 ) I love these brand new covers for Judy’s books and I don’t own all of these (even if I’ve read most of them) = BONUS. Judy has been such an integral part of my childhood, and, as an adult, I still look forward to her new books (we get one this year) and enjoy re-reading all her work.


What calms you before a BIG day? Any inspiration advice for 30? I did love this recent article from the New Yorker: An Ode to 29.

Thanks for shopping with me today! I owe you a coffee 😉

January 23, 2015 - 3:46 pm

Alexa S. - I’ve been eyeing this same Saturday satchel, E! It’s so cute, isn’t it? I really, really hope you get it for your birthday 😉 Everything else in this post is totally cute too, and I’m particularly fond of those gorgeous earrings!

January 22, 2015 - 10:27 pm

Lindsay @ The Book Baby - I swear by retail therapy! My favorite blushes are from Mac and Nars, but a Milani “Luminoso” is a good drugstore one!

January 19, 2015 - 12:12 am

Shannon @ It Starts At Midnight - I am with Brianna- 30 wasn’t as hard as I thought it’d be, but 31 and 32 have been HARD. I loved the quote in the article you shared by Alice Munro: “Writer Alice Munro once described your early 30s as “an age at which it is sometimes hard to admit that what you are living is your life.””. It is really true. I think if you are in a good place now, you’ll probably have an easy transition to 30. I wasn’t, and I am not, and I think that is when things get dicey.

Also, I LOVE the bag 😉 Happy early birthday, I hope you have an absolutely lovely day, and new decade!

January 18, 2015 - 7:07 pm

tabithasbookblog - That purse is great!! I’ve recently discovered Kate Spade (I don’t know why I’ve been so behind), and i’m obsessed. I just bought a card holder wallet. I don’t know the exact term, but I’m in love with it. and before a big day I browse stores. Whenever I’m in a mood or have something to think about I browse. It’s been too cold to go for walks, so browsing has been my go to lately.

January 18, 2015 - 4:46 pm

elena - that purse is cuuuuute!!! i don’t really remember what yr old kate spade looked like though bc awful memory. I WANT TO SEE.

January 18, 2015 - 1:20 pm

Brianna - 30 was easy. It’s the subsequent years that have been more difficult. I’ll be 33 this year and I can’t handle it. Everything in my life is in limbo and I have all the anxiety.

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