25th Birthday

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Top: Topshop | Shoes: Misguided | Shoes: Steve Madden  | Earrings: Lisi Lirch | Clutch: Tory Burch | Watch: Larsson & Jennings | Bracelet: Bauble Bar | Balloon: Big Ass Balloon

Happy 4/4! This day is definitely a holiday and obviously I take my birthday pretty seriously around here. I was going to do 25 things I am thankful, or 25 goals I have for myself, but sister said that was boring and she wouldn’t read it lol. She did say she would read 25 things about me and oddly enough she knows a lot about me so here goes nothing….

(25 things you may or may not know about me)

  1. I am 5’3 but always tell people I am 5’4  
  2. My favorite chocolate is a Cadbury egg but I only will eat the cream filling inside 
  3. I hate doing things by myself. Even while running errands, if I cant find a person to go with me, Ill take my dog. 
  4. I can eat more sushi than Ted Raad 
  5. We have been living in our condo for a month now and I haven’t bought a single item of furniture #itssuchacommitment #icantaffordmytaste #somuchpressure
  6. I despise grocery stores & sometimes the mall so I order my groceries through an app and obviously online shop A LOT. 
  7. If someone won’t precut my fruits, I most likely won’t eat any fruits. I blame mom for this one!
  8. I have been dating Ted since I was 16 (2008) and I got married at 20 #loveyouboo
  9. I went to Texas State for a semester & then Ted proposed so I finished my degree with an Hotel & Restaurant Management via Events at UH. So thankful for this or I would have graduated at Texas State as a teacher and would hate my life
  10. Tv shows > movies anytime any day. Ted says I prefer the character development. 
  11. Dream places I still need to visit: Greece, Italy,  Australia 
  12. I got stuck in Rome for a night and explored / roomed with a complete stranger. It was such a cool experience and I would do it again in a heart beat even though I didn’t sleep a wink that night bc I had no idea if she was a serial killer or not! 
  13. I have read the first chapter of every book that I have bought, but I cant remember the last book that I have entirely finished #oneday
  14. People always told me to go into fashion, but I was so intimated by the industry. Heck, I still am intimated and don’t know many designers or the “rules” for fashion
  15. I am half Palestinian and understand Arabic; I go to an Arabic Church – #christian
  16. Ted and I got Chewy back in 2008 and is basically our child 
  17. I was a planner for Miss USA 2008, the daughter of UH President , Grace Ormonde event, and some other ahhhmazing brides that I love dearly! 
  18. I have been to Vegas more times than I have been to San Antonio, Texas
  19. I always tend to get fit and active during the summer and hibernate for Winter. I haven’t been to the gym in 8 months BUT TODAY IS THE DAY PEOPLE. I am getting myself a membership for my birthday. 
  20. I’ll take salty / spicy over sweets
  21. I have the travel bug like no other. Once I turn 26, some of my flight benefits end. That will be the birthday we all wear black and mourn. I cant believe I only have 365 days left to see the world.  Time is ticking….. 
  22. Big believer in “What you put in, is what will come out”. Hard work, consistency, and dedication is key.
  23. Husband is my biggest supporter and handles all of the blogs tax nonsense, takes majority of my photos, proofreads my posts, and is very much invested. I couldn’t be more blessed by him. 
  24. Adventures or fancy dinner nights are my favorite dates with Teddy Bear. 
  25. I am in awe of my blogging journey thus far and have you all to thank for that. Can’t wait to continue and see where it will end up! 

Ps. I hope you all never get sick of me hearing how grateful I am for you. I always get those pinch me moments that I kinda feel like I am dreaming. Really, getting to celebrate a birthday with you and to be able to share my closet, heart, life has been a DREAM (I could cry). Thank you for always making me feel loved and that I feel like I have a friend in you. I hope I do the same for you!

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11 thoughts on “25th Birthday

  1. DEDE. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! This is such a friggin’ CUTE post. I just Skyped with Shelbi last night and she mentioned you and I was like OMG DEDE. I feel like we’d be such good friends! And it’s not as often I meet other chicas close in age! I gotta email ya… <3
    Hope you have the most amazing day!!

    Coming Up Roses

  2. I have to say this is my favorite blog post💓 I always love hearing new things about someone! Even though you and I have never met, I feel as though you are my soul sister. There are so many things alike to you and I. Your spunky & go getter attitude is something that hits close to home, as that is my personality. From the very beginning of me following you I knew you were going to prosper into a very successful blogger. You just have that drive about you that some envy. I wish you 20 plus years of success. Always much love from your first follower! P.S. You may or may not have my favorite insta username😉

  3. So great to know more about you gorgeous! You gotta go to Greece and the Greek Islands!! Whenever you go to Florence, Italy… let me know and I can give you many tips (not tourist, but local tips). I spent some time there with my hubby when he was working for a company down there.

  4. Aww I love this list. Happy Birthday Dede- you really are the sweetest girl I have met in a really long time and I love # 22 because your energy and sweet personality attract so many people to you and your blog. Hope to see soon.

    Hope all your bday wishes come true.

    Yari
    Dream Gorgeously
    http://www.dreamgorgeously.com

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