I'll begin by saying that my birthday was more than I could have ever expected! <3 My day started with lunch and little surprises from the family and ended with dinner and even more surprises from friends. I didn't do anything over the top, but did do everything I loved. Most importantly, with EVERYONE that I love. The meals, the gifts, the gorgeous sunflowers wouldn't of been what they are without the people behind them. So many of the small gestures and thoughtful cards I received yesterday (which I'll admit had me a little emotional) made for a perfect 23rd. I love you all! <33 Now to the outfit.. I started off dead set on buying this dress from BB Dakota. It's so simple, but so sophisticated (the exact look I was trying to go for now that I'm one mature 23 year old ;) However, while wandering into H&M one day I found the dress above in a beautiful white lace. It has the same fit and flare design as the BB Dakota one, but with a much more beautiful texture. Stubborn me, however, still wanted the black outlined frame on the torso, so I went to good 'ol Jo Ann's for black trim to sew on. And voila! my perfect custom black & white fit and flare lace dress! The H&M dress is currently available in white, black and yellow for half the $80 BB Dakota tag. I do, however, still love the BB Dakota dress and would be perfect for those who may not want to dedicate the extra time towards customizing another. For shoes and accessories, I wanted to go for pops of emerald and gold with my favorite heels of all time, an emerald pave bracelet, and two other gold favorites. Sorry this was such a long post, but I had so much to share with you guys! Hope you guys like! Happy Friday!