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Birthday Ensemble

Birthday Ensemble

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birthday ensemble

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Yay! I’m another year older. Haha. My birthday was actually yesterday, and it was not a terribly exciting day. (I spent it packing and doing laundry – how fun, right? Haha.) But I did have all weekend long to celebrate, and had an awesome time in the city with my husband and friends! (If you missed my last post on my adventures in Manhattan this weekend, click here.)

These photos were taken on Sunday with my husband for our last outfit photo shoot in Princeton. This was the first place I came to do photos back in March when I first came to Princeton. I love these columns that overlook the Princeton battlefield. I had not previously lived in a city with this much history, and this was the first place I had wanted to see when we had moved here.

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Oh, and did you notice how I’m sleeveless? Honestly, it’s not because I think this outfit looks better that way (a cardigan would’ve looked just fine with it) it was because it was that darn warm! I cannot remember a time in my life where it was warm enough for me to be wearing anything but a parka on my birthday! I didn’t even need tights…but I was super excited to be able to wear my polka dot tights again! I had a discontinued pair from ModCloth that I had worn to death…and ended up having to throw away, due to too many holes. I was devastated, until I saw these ones from Asos on Kara from The Dressed Aesthetic‘s blog! I’ll be wearing these all winter long (if we ever get a winter, that is)!

birthday ensemble

The lovely dress in this post is another one from my Australian friend who owns Lilac Cove Boutique. She has a physical store in Brisbane and also an eBay store, if you don’t live nearby. Her dress selection speaks to my ModCloth-loving heart. Many of the dresses look just like the dresses on ModCloth’s site, but are less expensive (but just as high of quality). Just remember, the sizes are in Australian and so are the prices (which is actually a pretty darn good exchange rate, right now). You can definitely expect to see more dresses from Lilac Cove Boutique in my posts! 🙂

Where to find it:

Dress: c/o* Lilac Cove Boutique (Similar here & here)
Tights: ASOS (similar)
Heels: Amazon

*c/o = courtesy of, meaning the company gave me the product to be used on my blog, and I did not pay for it. All opinions are my own, and I am not being compensated for a positive review.


  1. Joanna Joy says:

    Hope you had a fun birthday dear:) You look so gorgeous in this navy dress and these polka dot stalkings are super cool! I love printed stalkings too.


    1. haveclotheswilltravel says:

      Aw thank you so much, Joanna! My birthday weekend was great! 🙂

  2. Lauren-Blair says:

    Happy belated birthday!!! I’ve been so hit or miss with social media lately that I think that I all-around missed that!!! May this year be super exciting and awesome! I love this look! And thanks for the heads up with ASOS…I’m looking for fun tights 😉 XOXOXO

    1. haveclotheswilltravel says:

      Thank you so much, Lauren! And I’ve been slacking a bit on social media too, so don’t feel bad about that! Haha. Asos had a lot of fun colored tights choices too!

  3. moxandsocks says:

    I love the pattern mixing with this outfit!! I don’t see polka dots with florals too often, and that’s exactly why I like this so much–it’s unexpected and very cool.

    This is such a beautiful location, and I like how you came full circle by taking your first and last outfit photos in Princeton here. I’m sure you’ll have some lovely places to shoot in Wisconsin, though! (Unfortunately, sleeves will be a necessity when you arrive!)

    Also, happy birthday again! I’m glad you got to celebrate in style in New York! 🙂

    1. haveclotheswilltravel says:

      Aw thank you so much, Devinne! I’m back in Wisconsin now, and defiantly will not be able to go sleeveless anymore. Haha! And thank you for the birthday wishes!

  4. Bogi - Red Reticule (@RedReticule) says:

    I love the simple cut and unique pattern and color combination of your dress. It’s beautiful and ladylike and it really flatters you.

    1. haveclotheswilltravel says:

      Thank you so much, Bogi! You are far too kind!

  5. Amanda Brezovsky says:

    This dress is so pretty and I love the polka dot tights! I need to get some patterned ones like these for winter. I’ve been living this warmer weather lately! I wish it would last, but alas, I know the freezing temps and snow are coming soon enough lol.


    1. haveclotheswilltravel says:

      Thank you so much, Amanda! The warm weather has been unreal…it seemed like it cooled down a little bit last night, but no where near where it should be at this time of year! Haha. I wonder if there will be any snow for Christmas? 🙂

  6. Happy Birthday, girl! This outfit is so fun and cute…perfect for a birthday outfit! And, those tights are wonderful!

    Mallory / Perhaps Bananas

    1. haveclotheswilltravel says:

      Aw thank you so much, Mallory! I really appreciate it! 🙂

  7. dressedapp says:

    Happy birthday sweets!! Birthday are the best – and I’m so glad you ended up getting those tights! I love mine…and feel like I should get an extra pair or two because I will surely wear them out in no time. 😉 Hope you have a magical birthday! xxx

    1. haveclotheswilltravel says:

      Thank you so much, Kara! I had a great time celebrating my birthday this weekend! And I was just thinking the same thing about these tights haha…definitely should’ve bought 2 pairs!

  8. jenniferrzasa says:

    Hey Lindsey! I love this dress…the pattern is really cool! I checked out the Lilac Cove shop, and was excited to see your photo there for one of their dresses. How awesome is that?!

    Oh, and I am SO thankful for this warm weather. I hope it stays like this all season 🙂


    1. haveclotheswilltravel says:

      Thank you so much, Jen! And very cool! It’s so weird to see my photo for that stuff. Haha. But the Lilac Cove shop has awesome dresses! I really liked the quality of all three that I’ve tried! I don’t mind the warm weather one bit…but it has me convinced that we aren’t approaching Christmas. So, I’m procrastinating even more on finishing my shopping. Haha.

  9. Happy belated birthday! You look beautiful. The fit of that dress is spot on. Yes, the tights are a bold choice, but they work!


    1. haveclotheswilltravel says:

      Aw thank you so much! 🙂

  10. I’m not sure how I feel about the tights with that dress, but it just might be something I need to get used to. Both of them separately would look lovely, but I think I’m overwhelmed by patterns. The dress already has two patterns going on with the florals and the squares. Adding tights with dots makes it look like too much is going on. But I might be a bit more conservative with patterns than most. I’m sure a lot of people would love everything going on and it’s fun to be adventurous sometimes. It doesn’t have to be everyone’s cup of tea…

    How comfy are the tights? are they itchy?

    1. haveclotheswilltravel says:

      You are quite right, Patrick. Lots going on with this one…I may have been suffering from “I just bought new tights and really wanted to wear them and didn’t care what they look like” haha. And they are very comfy, not itchy at all.

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