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Why I Couldn’t Be Happier to be Turning 30

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What’s even better than a 30th birthday party? A 30th birthday photo shoot of course! This Labor Day weekend (September 4th to be exact) I’ll be celebrating my 30th birthday. While many of us lament the loss of our 20s as the end of our youth, I personally couldn’t be more excited to be leaving my 20s behind. While I learned a lot from my mistakes and had some great accomplishments like graduating from college, starting this blog, moving to New York, meeting my amazing boyfriend and getting my first real job, the truth is it was a sad decade filled with uncertainty and the struggles of being broke. It was basically like being 13 again only you have to pay your own bills. The further I got into my 20s, the more Britney Spears’ 2007 breakdown made perfect sense. That basically sums it up, but everything good or bad must always come to an end.

Today at 30 I feel younger, happier and more vibrant than I ever did in my early 20s (mush of that is because I’ve replaced drinking with fitness and feeling sorry for myself with taking action). As I look toward the adventures to come I often wish to be richer, skinnier, prettier or smarter, but I don’t wish to be younger. It took me almost 30 years to get it together. So in many ways my adult life has just begun and I look forward to embracing the coming years as a smarter, happier and humbler person. For once in my life I truly love who I am because I’ve fought, failed and failed again to be her. While I don’t know what the future will bring, I know that I’ll continue to fight for the person I am and want to be.
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At the end of my aerial fitness classes they often share a quote from Antigravity Founder Christopher Harrison. It goes, “Hidden in the forces that bring us down, is the energy to lift us up.” If anything my 20s gave me that. In the spirit of feeling and looking great, I decided to pose in front of the Goddess Wall in Soho. I recently discovered this work of street art and it really speaks to me. Many thanks to artists @jeremypenn and  @lambrosart for creating such an inspiring mural.

If you’re a struggling 20 something, I know exactly how you feel because not so long ago I was you. We all have our own paths in life, so the only real advice I can give you is that it doesn’t matter where you’re going or how you get there as long as you continue to move and look forward. The path is almost never straight, but that doesn’t mean you can’t keep moving forward. And when you turn 30, celebrate the amazingness of being 3 decades old with a 30th birthday photo shoot! If you’re in the New York area, Zarif Taufiq would be happy to do yours too.

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Speaking of 30th birthday shoots, I know you’re dying to know how I got this amazing look. The dress is a J.Crew Spaghetti-Strap Dress in Colorful Brushstroke Print. I paired this happy birthday dress with Swedish Hasbeens Ornament Clogs in Black (my fav summer shoes) and my Mighty Purse Gold Stud Wristlet that has a built in phone charger.

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Many thanks to Valerie Star from Caravan Stylist Studio for doing such a beautiful job on my hair, makeup and nails. I really felt like a movie star! If you’re looking to recreate this look or just get your hands on some fab beauty products, I’ll tell you what she used. She styled these beautifully modern curls using OGX Anti-Gravity + Hydration O2 Weightless Oil & Lift Tonic, OGX Argan Oil of Morocco Elevated Finish Spray and OGX Weightless Hydration Coconut Water Weightless Hydration Oil. For my makeup she made my eyes really pop with Pixi Mesmerizing Mineral PalettePixi Endless Silky Eye Pen, POP Beauty Pow Wow Powder, Pixi Mattelustre Lipstick and POP Beauty Brow Shape & Shade. Manuka Secrets was used on my skin and I wore Color Club’s It’s a Sauna Out Here Nail Polish.

Photos by: Zarif Taufiq

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27 Things I’ve Learned After Turning 27

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I was born on September 4, 1986 in Newark, Delaware at Christiana Hospital. I like to think I was two weeks late because I didn’t want to come out until Fashion Week. Sitting in my New York apartment in the early morning hours of my 27th birthday, I’m coming to realize that I’m now at the age when people start to get emotional around their birthdays. Until the day I turned 21, birthdays were exciting and a cause for celebration no matter what other drama was going on. Though I love sharing a birthday with Beyonce and getting so many amazing wishes on Facebook and Twitter (keep them coming BTW), I can’t help, but feel a little down about getting older.

So here I am looking back at a picture of me on my 15th birthday back when I was super tan after a summer in Maine. As a teenager, I thought everything was awful. Now, when I look back on that chapter in my life, I remember a life filled with summer vacations and weekly trips to the mall. Isn’t it all so ironic. I recall a lot about being 15. Mostly because it was a turbulent time in my life. That year, I started high school, lived through 9/11, and experienced my Dad being laid off all in about 2 months time. Therefore, all of the minor events surrounding my freshman year of high school I find myself remembering more clearly than something that happened a year ago. Time is funny like that.

In an effort to spread my 27 years of knowledge to others, here are 27 Things I’ve Learned:

27. Accept the mistakes you make in your 20s. It doesn’t matter what road you take or if you have a few unfortunate detours along the way, as long as you keep moving forward.

26. Credit is the devil!

25. College is amazing! Enjoy it to the fullest while it lasts.

24. A night in can be just as enjoyable as a night out.

23. Nothing that happens in high school ever really matters.

22. Karma is real so make sure yours is good.

21. Health is far more valuable than wealth.

20. Celebrities are just like everyone else.

19. Cabs in NYC must accept all major credit cards.

18. My parents have made so many amazing sacrifices for me.

17. Always follow your intuition because 99% of the time it’s 100% correct.

16. Always have solid wardrobe basics.

15. You don’t need someone else’s permission to be awesome.

14. When it comes to friends choose quality over quantity

13. When going shopping, your first stop should be the sale rack.

12. Work hard and play harder

11. Don’t go out of your way for someone who isn’t going to do the same for you.

10. Never do something just because you think it’s what you should be doing.

9. Eat healthy and exercise

8. When you laugh you laugh with others, when you cry you cry alone.

7. Always make an effort to get to know people who are different from you.

6. Everything (both good and bad) must come to an end.

5. Explore yoga, spirituality, and meditation

4. The truth always comes out.

3. You wouldn’t have success with failure

2. Embrace travels, risks, and adventure

1. Love yourself

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