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Aelish Wilmot Photography for Something-Pretty.net{Aelish Wilmot Photography}

Today is my 23rd birthday! It is hard to believe that this blog has seen me through three birthdays already, and I am so incredibly excited about what’s coming up in the next year. Tonight, I’m having a low-key celebration with a few friends at a floral arranging class taught by the talented Carly at Margot Blair Floral. I’ve always wanted to learn, and I can’t think of a more “me” activity to kick off being 23!

Love, Lisa

Love List

Happy Friday! Sorry for the late start today–I was up late last night working on a really fun project that I hope I’ll get to share soon! I’m excited to be posting this week’s love list because I’m turning 22 on Sunday, and these are some of the favorite happy pictures as of late. John is arriving tonight to spend the weekend with me, and we’re going out to brunch tomorrow at a really cute place with a group of my best friends in Austin. Since my birthday is toward the end of the school year, it always makes me reflect on what I’ve done or accomplished in the past year. At this time last year, I was stressed and lonely in Pittsburgh, but was so thankful to have my friends from Ohio come spend my 21st with me. I also got accepted as a transfer to Texas on my actual birthday, and it’s so crazy and surreal to think that it’s been almost a year now! I feel blessed. 21 has been a good one and I have high hopes for 22 :)

{Such phenomenal pictures of a confetti ceremony send-off at a town hall in Italy! This brings the idea of a city hall wedding to a whole new level. By Giuli & Giordi Photography via Snippet and Ink}

{Twirling around the Metropolitan Building in New York City decked out in couture bridal gowns? I literally cannot think of anything that sounds more fun! Be sure to check out the rest of this shoot, because it is Marie Antoinette-inspired and could not be more decadently gorgeous. By Judy Pak Photography via Style Me Pretty}

{When I celebrated my birthday with my family last weekend, my mom and I whipped up this Devil’s Food Bavarian Torte. It’s Camille Styles’ go-to cake recipe, so we knew it would be good! It was absolutely delicious, and couldn’t be easier to put together. Leftovers did not last long! Via Camille Styles.

{Speaking of cakes, I think more should wear balloons, don’t you? :) Love this whimsical cake topper by Potter and Butler}

{I’m going to go ahead and say that this shot is my traditional birthday post picture. It’s just so happy and sparkly, I can’t resist! Note to self: plan a sparkly birthday party next year :P By Joielala Photographie via Grey Likes Weddings}

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend! Remember–cupcakes and champagne make tax day much more enjoyable. And you officially have an excuse to indulge in both. ;)

Love,

Lisa

April Inspiration

April is my favorite month! Not only do I love Easter, the beginning of spring, and for me, the school year wrapping up, but it’s also my birthday month! I feel quite lucky to have diamonds as a birthstone ;) I like to surround myself with my favorite things even more than usual in April, and here’s what I’ve rounded up to inspire me.

Wedding: This gorgeous wedding was like a breath of fresh spring air! The bridesmaids were dressed in the prettiest lilac, the bouquets were gorgeous, the paper products were divine, and the bride and groom…well, they looked like this and took pictures on a swing. What’s not to love? I’ll be looking back at this one all month as a reminder of how beauty and joy are equally important in a wedding. Picture by SheWanders Photography via Style Me Pretty.

Fashion: My style mantra for the month? Effortlessly ladylike. There’s nothing more fun than throwing on a swingy skirt on a warm spring day, and I’m determined to do just that as much as possible in the next few weeks. Blair Eadie is the perfect inspiration for girly outfits and flawless accessorizing (another element I’m working on!).Via Atlantic Pacific.

Interior design: I’m sure y’all have seen Dallas Shaw’s office floating around on Pinterest, but seriously, isn’t it flawless? From the gold folding screen, to the white furniture, to the perfectly placed details (I spy the same Rifle Paper Co. calendar that I have!), everything is so pretty and inspiring. Picture by Alison Conklin via Poppin.

Foodie: I went to visit my boyfriend over the weekend and learned something new about him–he makes the most insanely addicting banana cream pie. Surprise! Now that I’m back in Austin and craving that pie like crazy, I’d love to whip up a lighter version of the Southern staple, banana pudding. Via Southern Living.

Holiday: Okay, so my upcoming 22nd birthday is not really a holiday, but y’all are welcome to celebrate with me by enjoying some cupcakes or champagne on April 15th! It’ll make tax day much more fun, I promise :) Via Oh Happy Day.

What’s inspiring you this month?

Love,

Lisa