Happy Half-Birthday to Me

As I sit here listening to “Wild Things” by Alessia Cara drinking my espresso con panna, I am thinking on the past six months of 27 in an attempt to make this half-birthday celebration less silly. Despite the quizzical looks that follow my mention of half-birthdays to just about anyone, I still think half-birthdays are an awesome reminder to re-evaluate your goals, re-calibrate your life towards them, and to drink a little more champagne in celebration of you.

The older I get, the more sentimental I become about growing up and the more I find myself blasting Jay-Z’s “Forever Young.” If I’m feeling especially celebratory of perpetual youth, I watch this. Regardless of my Peter Pan never-grow-up mentality as of late, I think it is important to appreciate your past (even if it is just 6 months) and where it has brought you as often as you can as a reminder to savor as much as you can in the moment. At the heart of all good things is gratitude and what better time to remind yourself to be grateful but on your half-birthday!

Here is my photo journal of a couple of things I am grateful for over the past 6 months:


The Crystal Press has been a huge part of my life the past 6 monthsIMG_5444FullSizeRender

I have an unhealthy obsession with Drake & got to see him live for the first time at the 2015 ACL Music Festival thanks to my wonderful boyfriend!

The best facial of my life at the Four Seasons Austin!IMG_5434

Four Seasons relaxation station.IMG_5393IMG_5414

Being touristy in San Francisco at the Golden Gate Bridge gift shop.


M obsession with Irish coffees began at The Buena Vista Cafe in San Francisco.


The launch of the Chanel Boyfriend watch at New York Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2015.

My first time visiting one of my very best friends in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.IMG_5124

Chatting it up with Tony Oller which is even cooler now because he’s been on stage with the revered Taylor Swift.

NYFW S/S 2015.IMG_5307 IMG_5350

The world races in Richmond, Va for the UCI bike race. Such an amazing time for my city!


The Crystal Press & Free People event at the Richmond store!

My favorite tropical vacation of all time, St. John.

Thats a wrap, folks. Let me know what you do to celebrate birthdays or half-birthdays. I’d love to hear your traditions!