Pastel Birthday Party Dress + 30 Before 30 Update

ASOS Bow Cold Shoulder Sleeve Crepe Midi Dress

That’s it. I’m officially old. Well, hell.

On the plus side, I was perfectly pastel yesterday for my birthday celebrations. And this pastel birthday party dress was perfect. It has bows, cutouts, and a most delicious price tag ($68).

In fact, everything I’m wearing is under $100! I know: whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat.

Blue Summer Dress Under $100

Packable Hats for Summer Under $100
Layton Faux Leather Satchel

Pastel Birthday Party Dress Block Heel Strappy Sandal Under $100 Summer Dress with Cutouts Not too Revealing Feminine Purses Under $100 for Summer

What I’m Wearing:

Dress: ASOS / Hat: Tuckernuck (similarsimilar, similar) / Bag: Sole Society
Shoes: BP. / Earrings: Ann Taylor / Ring: BaubleBar

So you’re probably wondering “where exactly did you go, Amanda, dressed like you’re about to go picnicking in the middle of a Nantucket summer?”

Well, to that I’ll say (a) I’m pretty sure that should be the extended title of my memoirs and (b) I went for a full day of funtivities, thank you very much.

Some of my dearest friends in Dallas threw me a little brunch yesterday at the new Italian spot in Harwood: Dolce Riviera. The food was so good and the drinks were even better. It was so fun having all of my besties in one place: my MBA friends, college friends, Circle Seven Five friends, and even a friend from growing up in Austin.

After brunch, I spent a few hours getting work done at Ascension (aka my favorite coffee shop in Dallas) before grabbing some burgers from Hopdoddy with one of my besties. And then we ditched the work to watch The White Princess and like five episodes of The White Queen. All in all, I’d call it a successful birthday.

A successful birthday… but where are we with my 30 Before 30 progress? It has been three months since my last update, after all!

4. Read 30 Books

Progress: 29 out of 30
Oh my gosh – I am so close to being done. I can’t wait to have this one checked off my list. I read four pretty stinkin’ good books over the past three months: Stiletto by Daniel O’Malley (the sequel to Rook), War Brides by Helen Bryan, Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman, and Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead.

So that’s two historical fiction novels, one mythology anthology, and one science fiction novel. Pretty well-rounded if you ask me.

21. Attend a Fashion Show

Progress: Completed
My darling friend Cameron invited me to Watters’ bridal show this spring. It was such fun. I really enjoyed the intimate setting… as well as all of the super-stunning gowns! Next up: NYFW (I wish!).

22. See 30 Operas

Progress: 18 out of 30
It’s been slow going ticking the operas off of my list. Most recently, I saw Daughter of the Regiment at the Austin Opera and Madame Butterfly at the Dallas Opera. Both were absolutely spectacular.

I’m hoping to add at least one more opera to my list over the next few months. There’s a chance I’ll be able to see an opera while in Seoul next month… so fingers crossed that that works out!

So… what’s next?

Obviously, I want to tick #4 off of my list; after all, I only have one more book left to read. Additionally, I’d love to finally unplug completely for 24 hours at some point in the next few months. I’m pretty sure I’ve earned it at this point. Oh, and I need to learn how to do a proper pushup. Because it’s kind of pathetic that I still can’t do that.

On top of all of that, I will definitely be completing #15: Travel to Asia with next month’s trip to Seoul and Shanghai. And I am so so stoked (especially since there’s a chance I might be able to complete #20: Travel Abroad to See an Opera while on that trip). I also currently have tentative plans to take a few cooking classes with my friends over the coming weeks. So there’s a chance I can really power through the 30 Before 30 these next three months!

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Photography by Vanessa Chavez.