WIW: For the Big 5-0!

Good morning my beautiful YLFers!

Today's outfit was chosen to showcase the beautiful necklace my husband and son gave me for my birthday. Without my knowing, they met about a month ago with a local artisan and designed a silver necklace for my birthday gift. They wanted an open pendant so my skin could show through and it wouldn't look too heavy on me. It is one continuous piece to represent the continuity of life and the coolest part? It is hammered exactly 50 times, one for each year of my life. The light catches the little hammered "dents" beautifully and makes the piece almost sparkly. I absolutely love it and the meaning behind it.

I've shown the necklace with my black sheath dress, topped with my purple Amber Sun jacket. I've added black micro fishnets and my short black wedge booties for footwear. My grey faux snakeskin clutch completes the look.

What do you think? As always, all comments/suggestions welcome.

P.S. I had to show you the card my Mother sent me showing a little girl in a pink frilly lace dress. It reminded her of a dress that my grandmother had given me for my second birthday - little did she know, I still had that pink lace dress - here's a picture of the card with the dress. I thought it was so sweet.

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  • Mona replied 7 years ago

    OH Shannon! your hubby and son are too sweet for words. No other gift could have been so thoughtful. You look lovely as always.

  • Emily replied 7 years ago

    Happy Birthday, Shannon!

    What a beautiful and thoughtful birthday gift from your DH. You look smashing, as always.

  • Mochi replied 7 years ago

    Too much to even take in with this post. Normally I'd be enthusiastically gushing enough about how modern, sleek and cool this outfit is, and what a big step in your style evolution. But no. There has to be the poignant symbolism of the pendant AND the dress (which looks brand-new, btw.) I want my 50th, coming up next year, to be just as brimming with confidence, sweetness and love.

    Happy birthday!

  • Raisin replied 7 years ago

    Oh my gosh, what a sweet gift from your DH and DS! So much thought and effort, I love it!

    You looked great for your 5-0! You look regal in purple, and your new necklace was the perfect touch. Hope it was a great day!

  • ramya replied 7 years ago

    awww shannon...
    perfect gift,
    great outfit :)
    U r really set for the big day :)

  • Caro in Oz replied 7 years ago

    Love the gift & the thought behind it, perfect.

  • replied 7 years ago

    Shannon, you look amazing. What a beautiful and thoughtful and meaningful gift! And your mum is sweet too!

  • Laura replied 7 years ago

    Good morning, birthday girl! You look gorgeous, and what a thoughtful gift. Hope the rest of your day is just as love-filled.

  • Claudia replied 7 years ago

    Shannon, I know I've said it before, but you won the jackpot with your husband. He, your son, and the artist made a fantastic design team.

    That necklace is stand alone great, but when you know its story, it is beautiful and priceless beyond words. Thanks for sharing with us.

  • rute replied 7 years ago

    what a gorgeous piece! Very modern!

  • Elizabeth P replied 7 years ago

    Happy birthday Shannon. You look fabulous. The necklace is so beautiful, how incredibly thoughtful and perfect of your DH and DS. I adore hammered silver. And what a great story about the dress! TFS.

  • Day Vies replied 7 years ago

    Happy Birthday! You look lovely.

  • Atlantia replied 7 years ago

    Happy Birthday to my favorite bag-enabler. I see now that you're entering the next decade you've decided to become a jewelry enabler as well! You look gorgeous. :)

  • Sona replied 7 years ago

    Happy Birthday Shannon. tears of happiness fill my eyes. gorgeous you, gorgeous outfit, the best kind of jewelry: artisanal, handcrafted, symbolic. Wishing you the best of health, happiness and peace of mind always.

  • TraceyLiz65 replied 7 years ago

    Happy 50th! Your husband is pretty special and you look divine!

  • shevia replied 7 years ago

    It takes a very special person to inspire such thoughtful and wonderful presents. The necklace is such a lovely symbol and it looks terrific too, and MIL's card was so sweet! Love your birthday outfit and you are a fabulous 50 yr old!

  • moira replied 7 years ago

    It's just beautiful, Shannon. Wear it in good health.

  • Janet replied 7 years ago

    Happy birthday, Shannon!

    You look marvelous, and what beautiful, thoughtful gifts. It's obvious your family is as special and sweet as you are. I hope you have a wonderful day!

  • lyn67 replied 7 years ago

    Absolutely gorgeous gifts from your DM, DH and DS, Shannon!
    In fact, I will show and explain the story of this necklace to my DH and DD, as I want so much one similar and then maybe I'll get one in a few years, too!
    Happy big 5-0 Birthday! YLF as always!:-)

  • Tanya replied 7 years ago

    Happy Birthday once again! You look stunning!

    The necklace us such a thoughtful gift, very sweet. And whats a coincidence with the card and lacy dress. Enjoy your special day!

  • Suz replied 7 years ago

    This is fantastic! You look beautiful, and what an incredible gift from your son and husband, so thoughtful. And look at that dress and card! I love the sentiment on the card, too -- maybe it gives us a hint about where you get your wonderful enthusiasm.

    Shannon, you are better than ever! Have a wonderful day!! And may the year ahead be fully of happy changes.

  • La Belle Demimondaine replied 7 years ago

    Happy Birthday! You look beautiful!

    That is a gorgeous necklace, and your outfit really showcases it :)

  • Echo replied 7 years ago

    Happy birthda, Shannon! Your outfit is fantastic, but the necklace from your DH and DS is amazing. Having family like that is the best gift a person could ever ask for.

  • Sara L. replied 7 years ago

    What a great outfit to showcase such a thoughtful and beautiful gift! I hope you have a great day!

  • carolbee replied 7 years ago

    Happy birthday. Fab gift and you look gorgeous.

  • texstyle replied 7 years ago

    Happy Birthday to you! You look radiant and beautiful and the necklace is FANTASTIC - what a wonderful gift.

  • replied 7 years ago

    You are absolutely radiant in your birthday suit (heh) and new necklace. Now I'm crying over the sweetness of your hubby and son, that's a lot of tears this morning from a woman who claims to be unsentimental! I love your birthday card too. For a minute I thought you were going to tell us that that was you in the picture, lol!

  • sarah replied 7 years ago

    Shannon! Happy, happy birthday. That necklace is so gorgeous - how very, very thoughtful of them. And that is so sweet about the card and dress. How special that you've kept that lovely dress. Enjoy your day!

  • Tina.b replied 7 years ago

    Happy Birthday to beautiful Shannon! I love the story of the necklace, what a fabulous piece. And how touching that your Mom remembered the dress. You look fantastic today and everyday. Love you in purple! I should hope to look this amazing when I am fifty!

  • claracluck replied 7 years ago

    Happy Birthday shannon.may health and happiness always be yours :)

  • Carole replied 7 years ago

    You look beautiful! What a thoughtful and gorgeous gift, I love the necklace and seems like you will be able to wear with just about anything.

  • MsMary replied 7 years ago

    You look fantastic, and your men just outdid themselves with that amazing gift! Happy, happy birthday!! (*waving at my jacket twin*)

  • Angie replied 7 years ago

    *eyes watering*

    How beautiful. Hubs and DS are so precious. Stunning necklace that you will wear forever.

    You look KILLER to the power of KILLER. Elegant, graceful and very confident. xoxo

  • Beth Ann replied 7 years ago

    mi mi mi mi mi mi........"Happy Birthday to You" (singing --- very high for so early in the morning, but I only do the soprano version for the best birthdays)

    Such a rich provenance to your necklace and your birthday card! And your outfit is particularly sleek and lovely today. I'll be following you to this landmark birthday in just a few months! No fear! Forward march!

  • rachylou replied 7 years ago

    The pendant is perfect on you. Good judgement! Happy b-day!

  • Parsley replied 7 years ago

    Shannon, you look just stunning for your big day! I love the bold simplicity of your outfit- just perfect to showcase that beautiful and meaningful necklace.

    Wishing you a fabulous birthday!

  • replied 7 years ago

    What a beautiful and precious gift from DH and DS. You look amazing as always. Have a fab Happy Birthday.
    PS I read this post about the necklace to my hubby so as to drop a not too subtle hint as I'll be turning 50 next year!
    Enjoy your day lovely lady!

  • Susie replied 7 years ago

    Yay, another February birthday....and another fabber joining the 50 ranks!!!

    Happy Birthday, Shannon! You look so wonderful! Your necklace is such a fantastic gift; I love the meaning behind it. Your son and husband must be as sweet and thoughtful as you seem to be.

    Enjoy your special day!

  • cciele replied 7 years ago

    Happy birthday Shannon! The necklace is marvelous and so are you :)

  • rae replied 7 years ago

    My goodness, I am getting all sniffly over that amazing gift! And of course your outfit goes with it perfectly. You have a wonderful family - enjoy and party it up on your special day!

  • qfbrenda replied 7 years ago

    Happy birthday!!! You look amazing and that is one beautiful necklace. It was so well thought out by your husband and son. I'm very impressed.

  • pil replied 7 years ago

    What a meaningful, wonderful gift. And the pink ruffles - awww.

  • Jjsloane replied 7 years ago

    What thoughtful men you have in your life! I cried. So beautiful.

    You look amazing and I wish you every happiness of the day (and year and many to come...)

    LOVE that pink dress - you should shadow box frame it. I have my favorite dress from when I was 2 too!

  • Diana replied 7 years ago

    Gorgeous necklace and gorgeous lady! Hope you are having a fantastic birthday!

  • Debbie replied 7 years ago

    You look stunning! The necklace is beautiful and the sentiment bhind it made me tear up this morning. I hope you have a great birthday and a great year!

  • amiable replied 7 years ago

    Wow! The happiest of birthdays to you - you so deserve it. And what a beautiful story and memory! Thank you for sharing them!

  • Transcona Shannon replied 7 years ago

    I will definitely be passing on your comments about the necklace to hubby and son - they will be so pleased.

    Angie - I'm so humbled by a K-to-K rating - my goodness!

    MaryK - I know Angie LOVES cake, so cut her a big ol' slice!

    Thank you everyone.

  • christieanne replied 7 years ago

    Hope I am not too late for the party! Have a wonderful day and may you carry the memories of those special treats (and the love that inspired them) forever.

  • Lisa replied 7 years ago

    First, Happy Birthday and best wishes for another fab 50 years. Now on to the gift, gorgeous necklace made even better because of the sentiment behind it. And how neat that the dresses match so well.

  • Marley replied 7 years ago

    What a wonderful, thoughtful gift! So pretty and it looks gorgeous against your skin! I'm amazed at the thoughtfulness of the gift, as well as the beauty!
    Also - the card/pic of the little girl just makes me laugh out loud! What a great expression on her face! And, your pink dress is every little girl's dream! Thanks for sharing!

  • tarzy replied 7 years ago

    Happy Birthday! I have enjoyed watching your style journey here, and look forward to more as you continue to explore and evolve. (And I'm so happy to have you join our very stylish over-50 crowd!)

  • Deborah replied 7 years ago

    What a beautiful gift. DH and DS get full marks for being so thoughtful. You look stunning Shannon, happy birthday.

  • catgirl replied 7 years ago

    Is today your birthday?! You look absolutely radiant!

  • Ingunn replied 7 years ago

    You and your entire family are too cute for words,Shannon. The gifts and thoughts behind them are truly memorable and heartwarming. A beautiful necklace, adorning a beautiful woman, given by the men that love her - even handmade! And your mother's card! This is a love story indeed. I love your K-outfit today and hope to be able to look this good when I turn 50 in a few years.

  • Zapotee replied 7 years ago

    Gorgeous necklace, outfit and card for the cutest birthday girl !!!!!

  • nancylee replied 7 years ago

    What a beautiful and thoughtful gift, Shannon. I am so happy that your big day was made more special by the this wonderful gift.

    Happy Happy day, and welcome to the 50's!

  • Sarah A replied 7 years ago

    What a lovely gift! And with such meaning, big kuddos to DH and DS for making such a spectacular lady feel great on her big 5-0. You look great too :) The card and 2nd birthday dress are too sweet together. I have you are having a super duper fabulous day!

  • lyn* replied 7 years ago

    Fabulous! Have a lovely birthday, Shannon :D

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