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August 24, 2015

Tassel Steal.

Dress: Bought from another blogger {read more about that in this post!} // Shoes: TJ Maxx // Earrings: {Local boutique- similar here} // Bracelet: {Old} // Lips: Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Demure

     Yesterday evening my parents took me out for an early 21st birthday dinner! My birthday always falls a couple weeks after college starts, so the past three years I have never been able to celebrate with my family, since I go to school out-of-state. (I have definitely had some "interesting" birthdays so far in college... but hopefully this year's will be much better since I'll be on a Girls' Weekend trip to the beach for my 21st! More on that to come. :-) ) 

     I decided to wear this pretty blue dress to dinner! The last two years, both of my birthday dresses have been blue. Tiffany Blue and sky blue are two of my favorite colors, so it's no surprise that I always drift back to this shade for my birthday! (Check out my birthday/blogiversary blog posts from 2013 and 2014!) This dress is so flattering to wear- just putting it on makes me feel like an absolute bombshell, and I felt that way even before doing my hair and make-up! Shouldn't all dresses make a girl feel like that?! As darling as this dress is, it's actually not my birthday dress for this year (I will be mixing it up and wearing a different color this year!),  but instead is a dress that I had to buy for my sorority's Fall Recruitment which is coming up soon! Definitely check out this blog post which recaps the crazy story of how I bought this dress from a fellow Millennial Blogger Network blog friend. :-) 

     And lastly, I want to be sure to talk about my tassel earrings! I'm obsessed! Tassels are so on-trend right now, and I've been looking for a great pair all summer. I did fall in love with some slightly pricier pairs online, but before I made the splurge, I decided to stop by my favorite hometown jewelry boutique before one of my shifts at work last week. I'm so glad I did, because these gorgeous earrings were only $3!! Yes, $3! Sadly my favorite jewelry store here in Maine doesn't have an online marketplace so I can't link them, but I do want to encourage y'all to shop local when you have the chance! I love my favorite mall stores and national brands just as much as the next gal, but it's great to be able to shop locally in your community sometimes, especially when the deals are that amazing!

     I did link some similar tassel earrings below that are available online though! Including the ones that I was originally looking at buying. ;-) 

     Hope everyone has a great Monday and start to their week! Today is my last full-day for a long time here at home in Maine... tomorrow the road trip to Charlotte with my dad begins! There will be lots of fun stops and surprises along the way, so be sure you're following me on social media for road trip updates! @miss_alk on Instagram and Snapchat and @rainbowflash94 on Twitter.

     xoxo Miss ALK



  1. I love tassels! These are great to wear with a bunch of different outfits!

    This was the first year I wasn't at home for my birthday and it was a little rough! My family has such fun traditions that I really missed. I love your dress and so glad you got to spend quality time with your parents!

    1. I love your earrings. should totally do a hair tutorial because your hair always looks amazing.

  2. Tiffany blue is my favorite color as well! I love the way you added some color to it with the tassel earrings. Such a fun outfit and you look gorgeous!


  3. Happy early birthday!! Love everything about this outfit – the pretty Tiffany blue dress, the wedges, and the colorful earrings. You look great!

    Meet Me in Midtown

  4. $3?! What a great price?! Those are absolutely adorable. The Tiffany color really complements them, as well.

    Mikayla | A Seersucker State of Mind.

  5. Yay, it's so awesome to finally see this dress I've hears so much about in action! You look amazing and I love the earrings, great pop of color!

    xo, Alicia | Alicia Tenise

  6. I love those earrings and this dress looks absolutely fabulous on you!
    Have a great trip back to school this week :)

    xoxo, Jenny || Breakfast at Lillys

  7. Love this dress paired with these fun tassels! So cute!

  8. I absolutely love those earrings! I have been looking all over for some tassel earrings that wouldn't break the bank...when I was on vacay I went into H&M and stumbled upon some fun bright yellow ones for $10!

    xoxo, SS

    The Southern Stylista

  9. The tassel earrings are so uniquely gorgeous. And lusting over that color on you!

  10. I've been hoping to see that dress! It looks fab on you, and the tassel earrings are the perfect touch!

  11. Those earrings are fabulous and I love that you got them at a local boutique! I am a huge fan of shopping local and love to support small businesses. You look beautiful, thanks for sharing!


  12. Ah! These are absolutely gorgeous and seriously make the outfit!

    The Fashionista's Diary

  13. Love your outfit! Hope you have a safe trip back to Charlotte!


  14. Your earrings are gorg! I love them so much! Love the colors too!

    Nicole // Chronicling Home

  15. Wow love that you added the turquoise eyeliner to match the dress! So pretty.

    xo //

  16. As always, you are ROCKING that dress! And those earrings totally tie it all together so perfectly. I could seriously live in the various shades of Tiffany Blue, mint, light blue, and sky blue. They are the BEST colors! Be safe heading back to school!

  17. Such adorable earrings! They look so pretty on you!


  18. THE DRESS! It looks absolutely incredible on you. What an amazing color. I can see why blue is one of your favorite colors - it definitely looks so good on you. That's so awesome that you were able to have an early birthday celebration with your parents! I can't believe those earrings were only $3! So adorable and the perfect compliment to your dress.

  19. I love these earrings paired with this dress. The color combo is seriously perfection. I can't believe all that you went through to find a a dress!! This one was a steal and absolutely stunning on you!

    xo Ashley

  20. You look fabulous in blue, gf! Especially with that liner! x Nicole |

  21. That dress looks GORGEOUS on you! I love the blue eyeliner you've got going on, as well. I hope you had an amazing birthday dinner with your family... I'm so excited to follow along with your Myrtle Beach adventure. Don't forget your sunscreen or we'll have matching sun poisoning ;)

    XX, SS || A Little Seersucker Sass

  22. Love those tassels!! I have a pair from Baublebar that I swear by, they're so sassy! Can't wait to hear all about the big move and the big 2-1!!

    Pick Your Beau

  23. I love your dress and so obsessed with those earrings!!

  24. the color of this dress looks gorgeous on you!

  25. No wonder you feel great in that dress .. it was made for you!! So pretty! Also, I was loving the earrings already and then when I read they were only $3?! Sold!

    How 2 Wear It []

  26. OMG those earrings look amazing with the dress! I also absolutely love that color on you!

    Kayla |

  27. The dress is gorgeous! You look amazing, and I love that color. And the tassel earrings are perfect--I love tassels when I see them but have yet to buy anything with them!

  28. Those earrings are so pretty, and they compliment the dress perfectly!

  29. I love that dress! It looks gorgeous on you!

  30. The earings were my favorite piece! Really gorgeous, happy belated birthday to you


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