What I got for my birthday

I arrived home from work today to find a box on the dining room table from my guys (hubby and DS). They totally surprised me with these two items.

First is a gorgeous pair of Lord & Taylor black and cobalt slightly slouchy trousers. My hubby knows how much I like my plaid L&D trousers so snuck a look at the size tag and bought these. The fit is perfect and the colors are brilliant for my wardrobe.

Second is a crisp white shirt - normally not something I like, but I love the large collar, longer length and best of all, the twist knot in the front. It makes the shirt interesting on its own and it looks fab with a jacket over top.

And in an envelope, was a generous Danier leather gift card.

Do my sweet men know me or what!? I feel completely spoiled and loved. Such wonderful items to spruce up my winter-into-spring wardrobe and make me feel a better about my current body issues. I'm very lucky :)

No time to model these for you now but will put together some outfits soon to show you.

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  • replied 5 years ago

    When is your birthday!? Did I miss it? Happy birthday!! I hope you had a wonderful day and will enjoy your prezzies.

  • replied 5 years ago

    Aren't they lovely? Men that pay attention....and your gifts aren't half bad either LOL

  • Caro in Oz replied 5 years ago

    Happy Birthday!!!!!

    I'm glad your men know & spoil you - you deserve it :) :)

  • Parsley replied 5 years ago

    How wonderful, Shannon!
    I'd say your guys are keepers- they're both really something special, and obviously they adore you!
    Happy, happy birthday!

  • Aquamarine replied 5 years ago

    Wow! What awesome guys you have! Happy birthday!

  • Suz replied 5 years ago

    Shannon, wow!! Those are gorgeous. And just wait until you get to Danier!!! 

    And how did we miss your birthday? You are a YLF treasure and you deserve a major celebration, complete with champagne, firecrackers, and delicious cake! 

    What a year it's been for you. So much stress on the home front and work front and health front. Wonderful, happy developments like a new and better job -- and very sad ones, as well, like the illness and impending death of loved ones. 

    Yet no matter what has been going on in your life, you've always brought sunlight to the forum. You do so much to cheer us with your fabulous style and your wonderful smile. Thank you for the gift of your bubbly, effervescent spirit. Sometimes i wonder how you do it. You plan with the best of them -- yet fundamentally, you dress freely, intuitively. You love the classics but also try new things -- and have fun doing it. You experiment, play, and continually grow. And through it all you have kind words for other and support and encouragement for all, whatever stage of the journey they may be on. No wonder we all love you. :)

    Happy birthday, gorgeous! Can't wait to see your new wardrobe pets in action. 

  • Sarah A replied 5 years ago

    Fabulous gifts. I hope you enjoyed a wonderful birthday :)

  • Joy replied 5 years ago

    Happy Birthday! How wonderful that your guys know you well enough to be able to come up with such delightful surprises. As Suz said, you are a treasure...to your family and the YLF family.

  • Sara L. replied 5 years ago

    Happy Birthday! Great gifts!  It sounds like your guys are very perceptive and know you well.  

  • deb replied 5 years ago

    Happy Birthday, Shannon!!! What nice men you have. Love the pants.

  • carter replied 5 years ago

    Crazy about that shirt? Who makes it? Also from L&T?

  • DonnaF replied 5 years ago

    Happy birthday!  Your guys are keepers.  They figured this out on their own without specific hints from you?!?  I'm very, very impressed, not to mention jealous.  <gr>

  • Transcona Shannon replied 5 years ago

    Ceit - my birthday is today. 39...again - lol!

    Carter - the shirt is Peter Nygard.

    Suz - my goodness. You've rendered me speechless with your kindness and comments. And believe me - that's pretty darned rare - lol!

  • Susie replied 5 years ago

    Oh, Shannon, what thoughtful men you have in your life! Such lovely gifts for a truly lovely woman. Happy Birthday!

  • JAileen replied 5 years ago

    How thoughtful. Happy Birthday !

  • Classically Casual replied 5 years ago

    Nothing says that your guys "get" you better, than venturing into the world of women's clothing and nailing it. You're a lucky woman. Happy birthday!

  • SarahTheWhite replied 5 years ago

    Happy Birthday! I'm so glad your guys made you feel special and gave you such wonderful gifts! I can't wait to see these in outfits, :-) It is fun getting to know you a bit through this forum and your awesome blog!

  • E replied 5 years ago

    Awww! Happy birthday and happy you for having two such thoughtful family members! :D

  • Day Vies replied 5 years ago

    It's going to look fabulous! I love the twist in the front. 

  • Angie replied 5 years ago

    I'm sorry I missed your birthday this morning, sweet Shannon. Been out with a client all day and just got in. Please allow me to tell you how incredible you are right now.

    You are sunshine on a cloudy day. Always smiling. Always enthusiastic. Always finding solutions. Always loyal, encouraging and supportive. Always helpful, thoughtful and patient. Always soul searching and finding peace within your heart - so that you can help others find peace in their hearts. You are respectful and open minded. You are blessed with THE BEST attitude and the ability to bounce back when things are tough. This is your gift to our community. 

    You are also extremely appreciative of YLF and do not hesitate to share that with us frequently. You comment on every blog post, extending your heartfelt and endearing thoughts each time. Adore you for that. THANK YOU. 

    And then you know, there's your KILLER style. Each outfit is better than the next. You rock my style world, beautiful and bold lady. 

    Hope you had a stunning day that was filled with love and laughter. Do continue celebrating your fabness through till the end of the month. You are  very special, and it's dead right that your boys spoiled you so graciously today. Bless you and your big heart. Hope you can feel our affection. 

    Love Angie xo

  • donnat replied 5 years ago

    Happy birthday Shannon, lovely presents. I am looking forward to seeing them styled. Yur boys done good. :)

  • Kiwibird replied 5 years ago

    Happy Birthday Shannon!!!  How thoughtful of your guys - those are gorgeous prezzies.

  • CocoLion replied 5 years ago

    Happy Birthday lovely Shannon!  I love the way your men love you, it is a testament to your fab-ness.

  • jenanded replied 5 years ago

    HB Shannon! What gorgeous thought and these are fantastic pieces. Enjoy x

  • Isabel replied 5 years ago

    Happy Birthday !   And how wonderful to have such great men in your life that recognize how great you are. 

  • Transcona Shannon replied 5 years ago

    Oh you are all so incredibly sweet and thoughtful.

    Day Vies - isn't that knot great? It defines the waist while hiding wobbly bits.

    Angie - don't you dare apologize one darned bit! You are a busy woman. I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for not only the beautiful things you have said, but for all that you and YLF have given me. Through your encouragement and guidance, I'm finding a new style confidence and having more fun with fashion than ever before.

    Thank you all so much - you have made this birthday even more special than it already was.

  • Sona replied 5 years ago

    All my love Shannon. Wishing you the best of years ahead- filled with love, laughter and light.

  • Aubergine replied 5 years ago

    Happy birthday! What sweet, thoughtful gifts, and I love the pants.

  • Neel replied 5 years ago

    Happy birthday sweet Shannon!!!!! I think you hit a jackpot with your gifts!!!! Such thoughtful and lovely boys :)

    That knot front top is just genius!! Can't wait to see you style your gifts!!! AND your Danier spring look book is going to be very handy :D

  • Mo replied 5 years ago

    Yay!  Lovely gifts for a lovely lady.  Happy birthday!

  • unfrumped replied 5 years ago

    Happy Birthday! You have a lovely family. SO fun that they appreciate your interest in fashion and like to give you such well- considered gifts. Can't wait to see them in action.

  • Debra replied 5 years ago

    Happy Birthday, your two guys are sweethearts and have great taste. I hope you had a lovely day xx

  • Lyn D. replied 5 years ago

    Wishing you the Happiest of Birthdays Shannon!
    Love your prezzies :)

  • karymk replied 5 years ago

    OMG they bought you clothes??? That you love??? Fabulous! Happy Birthday TS! 

  • Beth Ann replied 5 years ago

    Happiest of days, Shannon!  What a wonderful thing to have men in your life who pay attention to the details and give such thoughtful gifts!

    Can't wait to see them in action!

  • ramya replied 5 years ago

    Happy birthday Sunshine:)
    Can I join you shopping tge gift voucher?
    Love the new stuff and can't wait for you showcasing them

  • krishnidoux replied 5 years ago

    Happy birthday to you! Can't wait to see you in these.

  • EveningMood replied 5 years ago

    Great shirt! My hubby couldn't buy socks for me :) Happy birthday!

  • Joyce B replied 5 years ago

    Happy Birthday! Enjoy your gifts.

  • gryffin replied 5 years ago

    Shannon - Happy b'day!!  What a wonderful surprise for you!!  Your guys are really extraordinary to be able to pull that off!!  So hard to buy for us let alone for others!  Enjoy your gorgeous goodies and your very special wonderful men!!

  • kerry replied 5 years ago

    Shannon, Happy Birthday! I don't know you yet but after reading all of these heartfelt birthday wishes for you, I can't wait! How fabulously unusual that you have a hubs and a son who can buy hit-it-out-of-the-park clothes for you!

  • leopardluxe replied 5 years ago

    Happy birthday! And such great gifts from such thoughtful loved ones. Hope your day was filled with happiness and joy!

  • Sveta replied 5 years ago

    Happy birthday, Shannon!
    You men are keepers for sure. I especially love the trousers - the blue plaid is going to be brilliant for your wardrobe for sure. Cannot wait to se them in action!

  • Glory replied 5 years ago

    Shannon happy birthday! I just love how your men have taken the time to shop for you and nailed it. Shows what a wonderful mother and spouse you are.

  • Jjsloane replied 5 years ago

    Belated Happy Birthday and what a great gift from your (obviously observant and well-trained) men.Wear it in good health!

  • Astrid replied 5 years ago

    Happy Birthday, Shannon! These are wonderful presents and so thoughtfully chosen... Can't wait to see them in an outfit. :)

  • rae replied 5 years ago

    I am so impressed with your guys! Fantastic haul, and a very Happy Birthday to you!!

  • replied 5 years ago

    Dearest Shannon, Happy Birthday! You are a shining light on this forum and deserve the very best! What fabulous, stylish and thoughtful presents. Looking forward to seeing you wear your new wardrobe treasures.

  • amiable replied 5 years ago

    Happy Birthday Shannon - what terrific gifts for a super terrific lady!  

  • dianne replied 5 years ago

    Happy Birthday Shannon!!  You are a very lucky lady indeed!!  Your guys nailed it with their choices!!!

  • lyn67 replied 5 years ago

    Plonk! OMG, I simply cannot believe, they are so so sweet! It shows you're deeply loved, and you surely deserve their love! Both your new items are gorgeous!:-)

  • merwoman replied 5 years ago

    Happy happy birthday to you Shannon- you are a true gem! Your kindness and joyful spirit light up the forum!

  • catgirl replied 5 years ago

    Sweet boys!  I have a houseful of boys too and they appreciate me.  Great gifts.  Happy birthday!

  • Mia replied 5 years ago

    Happy Birthday!

    No wonder I feel an affinity for all things Shannon as my birthday is same as yours. Love your new duds.

  • Raisin replied 5 years ago

    Wonderful gift!  Happy birthday!

  • fuzzylogic replied 5 years ago

    Happy birthday, TS! You are clearly very special to them! Enjoy your new pieces! (Love the peplum-like detail on the suite shirt!! Soooo flattering!)

  • shevia replied 5 years ago

    Oh Shannon I almost missed your birthday. Happy Birthday to wonderful you, who is fortunately well appreciated by your family. You are a true inspiration to me - and I mean both your beautiful inner and outer style.

  • Lisa replied 5 years ago

    Wonderful gifts, so sweet!  And happy birthday, I hope it was lovely.  I'm looking forward to how you style your new pieces.

  • Transcona Shannon replied 5 years ago

    My apologies for not getting back to this thread until now - it's been a busy weekend.

    Thank you all soooooo much for your incredibly kind comments and birthday wishes. You sure know how to make a gal feel good :)

  • Petite Marj replied 5 years ago

    A very Happy but belated Birthday greeting! How wonderful to read your post about the perfect gifts your dear hubby and son bought for your birthday. With the warmth, compassion, insight and support that you are constantly giving to everyone in your life, it is heart warming to see that it is so wonderfully returned in kind.

  • Thistle replied 5 years ago

    Such beautiful pieces!  You deserve the spoiling!

  • Inge replied 5 years ago

    Oh dear, so sorry to be this late to the party, Shannon-(((

    And happy, happy birthday, beautiful lady!! You are one of a kind, and your positive attitude, emotional resilience and your let's-get-on-with-things-and-make-life-as-wonderful-as-possible attitude continue to impress me every day, Shannon. You've had a very challenging and hectic year, and despite all that you are always here for us with kind advice, great tips, words of encouragement and support, a humorous touch and that infectious smile of yours that I love just as much as your through-the-roof style quotient (it's been a treat to see your style evolve) and the extra pic of your accessories in all your WIWs. It's all brilliant!

    Your sweet men have spoilt you rotten -- exactly how it should be, of course;-) What gorgeous birthday prezzies!!

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