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Blazer: Lavish Alice; Pants: Aritzia (similar here and here); Shoes: Steve Madden (similar here and here); Necklace: Jenny Bird

Tomorrow marks my 25th birthday, which to me is crazy. I’ve always been a big celebrator of birthdays, but this year is bittersweet. Suddenly, I’ve left my early 20s behind and have arrived in my mid-twenties, a term that is fraught with implications. As a major Type A, I can’t help but overanalyze what this means and if I’m truly where I should be at this stage in my life. Those of you who follow me on Snapchat have heard me talk about my fear of aging, but to be honest, it’s not necessarily the ideaย of wrinkles (although I must admit, my skincare regiment borders on insane), that makes aging so scary. It’s the fear of not doing enough and not accomplishing everything I want to accomplish quickly enough.

That being said, if aging really means growing wiser, I should probably stop putting so much pressure on myself as I’m sure that will be the leading cause of wrinkles. So instead of seeing the negative in this, I’ve decided to take my birthday as what it is: a celebration. I am spending it with my family and friends, and finally treating myself to a large slice of cake after resisting sugarย for 2 weeks! If that isn’t a celebration then I don’t even know what is.

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  1. Britta
    August 2, 2016 / 7:14 am

    Happy birthday gorgeous! This blazer looks amazing on you! Need this in my collection! Dont worry about getting older just live your life the way you want and everything will turn out just fine:-)
    Xxx
    Britta

  2. August 2, 2016 / 8:43 am

    Happy birthday! The outfit looks amazing

  3. August 2, 2016 / 9:51 am

    Early happy birthday and my best wishes for this new year in your life Siffat! This blazer is fabulous and I love this whole total black look on you! Perfect! Have a blast tomorrow, or even better, start from today :))
    Hugs,
    Stella
    http://www.stellaasteria.com

  4. August 2, 2016 / 11:52 am

    wow so nice dress. You look very pretty in black. Thanks for sharing.

  5. August 2, 2016 / 1:51 pm

    Happy early birthday, lady! I hope you have a wonderful time celebrating!

  6. Jill
    August 2, 2016 / 2:45 pm

    Gorgeous pieces! xx
    Jill
    Jill D Blog

  7. August 2, 2016 / 5:28 pm

    Oh babe, I went through the exact same thing last month when I turned 27 (2 years older than you =( ) Just kidding.. I’m not sad anymore.. I’ve also chosen to view it as a celebration and a year for more opportunities. Because you are right afterall, worrying will lead to more aging and we don’t need to speed that up anymore now do we =P ? BTW you look stunning!

    xoxo Rina
    http://www.andshedressed.com

  8. August 2, 2016 / 8:06 pm

    A very Happy Birthday to you, gorgeous! I wish you many years of joy, health, and plenty of wealth! I know what you mean, when I hit 25, I felt the same way, so it’s completely normal ๐Ÿ™‚ Enjoy every moment and enjoy that cake!

    XO,

    Jalisa
    http://www.thestylecontour.com

  9. August 2, 2016 / 10:24 pm

    Oh Happy Birthday beautiful. 25 is really not that scary of an age, but I totally hear you on the ‘worried about accomplishing’ thing… I totally had this crisis on my wedding day. It’s natural we all have it, but you are so young… don’t sweat, your fine!

    Filipa xxx
    PlayingWithApparel.com | Instagram

  10. August 2, 2016 / 11:38 pm

    You are looking stunning for your 25 birthday, Siffat! Love this all black look on you beauty! Very happy birthday to you! ๐Ÿ™‚
    Much love, Pisa
    http://www.inlovewithmyclothes.com

  11. August 3, 2016 / 3:31 am

    You look gorgeous in that outfit. This reminds me how when I was younger (like teens), I cannot wait to grow a year older, but now that I’m on my slightly late 20s (since I’m turning 27 in two months), I can’t help but feel really anxious… Plus I’m also getting married this year soooo… A lot of changes to make me freak out! LOL

    xoxo,
    Gelleesh.com

  12. April Nunez
    August 3, 2016 / 3:43 am

    Ahhh! What a nice outfit, you look so chic! You are so gorgeous. ๐Ÿ™‚ Happy birthday!

    April of: https://beybiapril.wordpress.com/
    instagram: @aprilnunezz

  13. August 3, 2016 / 5:36 am

    Happy Birthday doll! You look amazing. In love with this all black look. Stunning!
    Hope you have a fabulous day.
    Cheers, Raysa

  14. August 3, 2016 / 8:02 am

    Amazing and very elegant look! Loving that blazer!

  15. August 3, 2016 / 8:04 am

    Happy birthday beautiful! I don’t really like to celebrate my birthday but it’s still great to spend time with your family and friends. I what you said about birthday and take it positive! Hope you’ll have a wonderful birthday party! Enjoy your day!

    http://violettedaily.com

  16. August 3, 2016 / 1:38 pm

    Gorgeous look as per usual!

  17. August 3, 2016 / 11:25 pm

    Happy birthday beautiful!!! I know what you mean about 25, but it’s honestly such a great age (I’m a bit bias ๐Ÿ˜› ) You look super beautiful in this black look- all the shapes work so well together

    Rachel xx
    http://www.thedailyluxe.net

  18. August 4, 2016 / 2:53 am

    Happy birthday beautiful girl! I know this is a little late, but I hope you had an amazing day. It’s been so nice to “meet” and become friends with you through blogging. I can’t wait to see your blog grow more and more <3

    Blessings,
    Edye | http://gracefulcoffee.wordpress.com

  19. August 4, 2016 / 3:14 am

    Happy Birthday! You are such a wise and strong women. I’m sure you will continue to glow!
    -Kyanna
    kyannajames.com/?p=664

  20. August 4, 2016 / 12:53 pm

    Happy belated birthday dear! Here’s to many more stylish years to come! Sending you all the sweetest birthday wishes.

    Xx, Lora | http://www.cherrycolastyle.com

  21. Amy Arnold
    August 4, 2016 / 1:06 pm

    You look gorgeous in this all black look! I hope you had a wonderful birthday. I remember 25 being hard. I’m also thankful for how much more comfortable I am with myself the older I get. Good and bad I guess.

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  22. August 4, 2016 / 1:13 pm

    Happy bday gorgeous! Sorry though that I missed it with one day! But hope you had a lovely day and ate a lot of cake. And try to believe that where you are in life at the moment is exactly where you should be, haha at least that’s what I try to convince myself to believe every day haha! XX

    http://www.thefashionfolks.com

  23. August 4, 2016 / 3:56 pm

    Happy birthday girl1 Definitely, it’s great to treat yourself, eat that cake, – in fact – eat three pieces!
    Yukova Blog

  24. August 4, 2016 / 7:28 pm

    I know what you mean! I’m in my mid-twenties already but I’ll be turning 27 next month so I’ll be squarely in the late twenties realm. I’m not where I would like to be but I think everyone wants to be somewhere else or farther ahead in their careers or their lives. Love your outfit too!

    -M

    Violet Roots || Instagram || Twitter

  25. August 4, 2016 / 11:44 pm

    Happy birthday beautiful!! Enjoy it!!
    I love that cape-like top!!

  26. August 5, 2016 / 12:59 am

    Girl you look so good in black. Happy 25th! Enjoy your birthday. Hope it’s filled with lots of cake, presents and love ๐Ÿ™‚

    xx Yasmin
    http://banglesandbungalows.com

  27. August 5, 2016 / 1:04 am

    You look classy and stunning in this! And if you’re worried about leaving your early 20s, just be thankful you’re not in your late 20s (haha!) Besides, we all get better with age ๐Ÿ˜‰

  28. Leftbankgirl
    August 5, 2016 / 2:20 am

    Happy birthday sweet girl! You look stunning and chic! I hope you continue to celebrate this special day

    http://Leftbankgirl.blogspot.com

  29. August 5, 2016 / 4:00 am

    You’re looking gorgeous dear! This all black outfit is so hot. Belated Happy Birthday! I totally understand your feelings but trust me you will laugh at yourself when you’re celebrating your 50th birthday because 25 will seem so young in comparison. Plus if you feel bittersweet at 25, be prepare for the big 30!!! For some reason when you still are in your twenties the society doesn’t expect that much from you, but when you turn 30 it seems that all of a sudden you need to be married, start to have kids and have great career ahaha no pressure! Personally I don’t buy this live fast die young mindset. The fact is that we have a lifetime to create, build, grow and accomplish things. There is no deadlines and everybody has a different rhythm. I think when you put too much pressure on yourself it makes aging such a scary thing. I think it’s when you actually embrace aging instead of resisting it that you become those kind of beautiful, confident and inspiring women for the younger generation like Julianne Moore and many others…
    What’s your snapchat username?

    xx

    Aurelie | http://www.surface85.com

  30. August 5, 2016 / 4:02 am

    Happy birthday gorgeous! Love your outfit so much. You look so chic!! <3 <3

  31. August 5, 2016 / 4:22 am

    I so remember feeling just as conflicted when I turned 25 and doing just what you are doing, spending time with friends and family and just taking it all in. I have to say, for me personally, the second half of my twenties brought way more learning, joy and success than the first half. I have no doubt the best years of your twenties are to come! Enjoy your long awaited cake!

  32. August 5, 2016 / 7:04 am

    Gorgeous, stylish and elegant.
    Everything like I love ๐Ÿ™‚ <3

    Happy birthday and I hope you enjoy your celebration.

    x
    Inna

  33. August 5, 2016 / 8:29 am

    Happy Belated Birthday Siffat. I hope you had a fabulous day. I can totally relate to how you feel about turning 25. I felt so old but the best is yet to come.

    http://www.mydailywear.co.uk

  34. August 5, 2016 / 8:41 am

    Happy belated birthday Siffat – I hope you had a great day and enjoyed the cake!! I turned 25 so long ago it seems positively young to me, but I believe age is just a number and you’re never too old to learn new things and accomplish your goals!
    I love your outfit, especially the jacket, which is amazing!

    Julia x
    http://www.thevelvetrunway.com

  35. August 5, 2016 / 9:09 am

    Happy belated birthday, I hope you had a lovely day! Age is just a number so don’t ever worry about it ๐Ÿ™‚ Love the cape jacket, you look great in black! x

    Ela BellaWorld

  36. August 6, 2016 / 2:20 pm

    hey! happy birthday! love the look! i was actually contemplating getting the cape jacket in either black or white. your post gave perspective to pull off the black one in such chic manner but my heart still sorta bend towards white! decisions !

  37. August 15, 2016 / 12:03 pm

    I love your style and you are so beautiful! Congratulations for your blog!
    If you want, please visit my blog, I guess you will like it! ๐Ÿ™‚
    With love, Sofia Silva โ™ฅ

    http://www.goldenfashionblog.com

  38. August 17, 2016 / 6:49 am

    Happy (belated) birthday from a fellow August baby! This look on you is so chic. You look amazing. Don’t worry about the bittersweet feeling. I think me and all of my friends between 25 & 30 have had that feeling. It’s totally normal at that stage of life. Although it doesn’t feel good! At some point you have to just say whatever forget the number and just live life!