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Birthday Wish List

Happy Birthday to Me!  And Happy All Saints Day to the rest of you. :)

I hope y’all are enjoying your candy hangovers.  Or hangovers, generally.  Ahhhh, I remember college.

But today, I’m not hungover at all, I’m enjoying my coffee, and I turn 27 years young.  And what better time to imaginarily indulge myself on this blog than birthday?

So today is a list of things I’ve gotten, things I know I’m getting, things I want to get, and things that I want but will never, ever actually obtain.  At least, I doubt it will be any time in the realistic future.  But a girl can dream.

Let’s start with a Friday Find that I’ve already gotten.

BaByliss Pro Curling Iron


After I finally returned my friend Charity’s curling iron to her, I asked my hair stylist sister what kind of curling iron I should purchase for myself.  She recommended either a BaByliss or a Sam Villa iron.  I found this BaByliss one on Amazon (<– affiliate link!) for a very reasonable price of $30, and I couldn’t be more pleased.  It is much smoother running through your hair, and gets hot without feeling like you’re burning your hair.  And it really does make your hair shinier!  I also love that all the buttons/knobs/etc. are out of the way so I don’t accidentally mash them while I’m curling my hair.  I highly recommend it now, too!

Sweet Grass Dairy Cheese Making Class

Sweet Grass Dairy Cheese Making Class | Oysters & Pearls Birthday Wish List

I am so excited that Wheat got us seats in a cheese making class at Sweet Grass Dairy for my birthday!  I have always wanted to go to one, but the seats fill up SO quickly.  You learn all about the cheese making process, right there on the farm!  Then you make your own wheel of cheese and they keep it and age it for you, then ship it right to your doorstep!  Afterwards, the class includes a cheese and wine tasting.  It’s not going to be for a couple weeks, but I anticipate that the Saturday of the class will be the PERFECT day!  I can barely contain my excitement!  Squeeee!!  Girl noises!!!

Now for the list of things I don’t have, but would very much like to have.

Pandora Oyster & Pearl Charm

Pandora Oyster and Pearl Charm | Oysters & Pearls Birthday Wish List

I don’t figure I really need to explain this one, right?  I have a brown leather Pandora bracelet that I never filled up that I think this charm would be just perfect on. Please and thank you!

Living Proof No Frizz Styling Creme

Living Proof No Frizz Styling Cream | Oysters & Pearls Birthday Wish List

How many items do you ever see that have ratings of all 4 or 5 stars out of 5 stars ?  Like, nothing below that.  According to reviews, this stuff is LIFE CHANGING.  And apparently it keeps your hair cleaner for longer?  I’m ready to test the magic.  Consider it in my shopping bag.  I needed some more goo anyway.

J Brand 2311 Maria High Rise Jeans

J Brand 2311 Maria High Rise Jeans | Oysters & Pearls Birthday Wish List

Now that I’m officially an old lady, I’m all about some high rise jeans. And I want these.  I have slowly come to the realization that, while Gap jeans and the like are great, the pairs that I never really get rid of when cleaning out my closet, and continue to wear, year after year, are the ones I dropped some serious bones on.  The splurges I have made on nice jeans have paid off in cost per wear.  This is a pair I’d like to drop some bones on.  Ya know, if I really had any.  Until then, I’ll online window shop.

Gap Striped Side-Zip Dress

Gap Striped Side-Zip Dress | Oysters & Pearls Birthday Wish List

I love loose shift dresses that you can dress up or down, depending on whether you are at work or at play.  This one seems to walk that line well.  It would be adorable with a black blazer and black pointy toe flats (I LOVE my Madewell black suede Skimmers like whoa – I also want them in every color).  But it would be equally adorable with black booties and tights, or tall brown boots, or my Minnetonka moccasins… or whatever shoes you want to put on.

And speaking of shoes…

Lucky Brand Teddye Booties

Lucky Brand Teddye Booties | Oysters & Pearls Birthday Wish List

I love Lucky Brand boots.  I have a pair of tall light tan Lucky boots that I have just about worn out.  They are super durable – I have even worn them quail hunting through briars – but still super cute.  They have a decent amount of heel, but are still crazy comfortable.  I am obsessed with the amount of cushioning Lucky Brand puts in the soles of their shoes.  So I have a black pair of Lucky Brand suede booties, too.  And now, I’d like to add these to my collection.  They are very reasonably priced, based on the durability and comfort they offer.  I’m a huge supporter of Lucky Brand boots!  I’m currently waiting on a coupon or sale at Piperlime to snag these beauts. Or some birthday cash.  Or both.

And if some birthday fairy happens to be reading this, I’d also love a camel-colored cashmere scarf.  I mean, while I’m dreaming, right?

Until all these items are in my possession (ha!), I will be indulging in copious amounts of seafood this weekend at the beach.  I plan to eat at least 2 to 3 dozen of this blogs namesake bivalves before Sunday rolls around.  After all, it is my birthday!

Y’all have a great weekend!  And join us at the Apalachicola Seafood Festival, if you’re around!

Until Next Time

Friday Finds

I decided that since I haven’t cooked at all this week (unless you count making a salad) that it was the perfect opportunity to do another Friday Finds post.  TGIF!

Here’s what I’m digging this week.

Fall Lipstick

Covergirl Rush Lipstick | Oysters & Pearls Covergirl Rush Lipstick  | Oysters & Pearls

I love this CoverGirl lipstick line.  It’s seriously the best.  There are SO many colors that look good on literally almost everyone.  My new favorite is Rush, which is the perfect neutral-ish Fall color.  I’ve been wearing it nonstop since I impulse purchased it at Wally-world last week.

New Devotional

40 Days to a Joy-Filled Life | Oysters & Pearls

My boss recently bought the office this devotional, and we have done one “day” once a week at our staff meetings.  I have really, really been enjoying it.  It’s not a super-religious devotional, but is focused on “choosing joy.”  It really is so hard to remember sometimes to count your blessings instead of your annoyances.  As someone this morning mentioned, if the whole world threw their worst problem in a pot, you would probably want the one you threw in back.  I have been trying very hard to “choose joy” since we started reading it.

I thought I’d share a little bit of the message from last week, since it really resonated with me:

Gratitute is a choice.  It is a conscious and deliberate decision to focus on life’s blessings rather than its shortcomings.  Life will always have shortcomings, and it will always have virtues.  When you focus on your blessings, your life feels abundant.  When you focus on what’s missing, life feels incomplete.  Where you point the spotlight of your attention is purely a matter of choice.”

“Gratitude is also an effective antidote to most negative emotions.  You cannot experience gratitude and hostility at the same time; you have to make a choice.  Which one is it going to be?  The more things you appreciate today, the more things you will notice tomorrow to be grateful for.  On the flip side, the less appreciative you are today, the fewer blessings you will tend to acknowledge tomorrow.  The Greek philosopher Epictetus said, ‘He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not but rejoices for those which he has.'”

I also loved what Julie over at Peanut Butter Fingers said a few weeks ago that their Pastor shared with them: “This does not bless me, but I am blessed.”  What an awesome way to vent while still counting your blessings!  Because we all know that sometimes you just have to let out some steam, no matter how grateful and blessed and joyful you are.

That candle also smells really good. I brought the baby Queen conch back from our honeymoon on Great Exuma in the Bahamas.  Shhhh, don’t tell the authorities. Update: my wise Father let me know that I had a mature Mill Conch on my night stand, not an immature Queen Conch. I had no idea! In case you were wondering, I am my Father’s daughter.

Layering Necklaces

Layering J.Crew Necklaces | Oysters & Pearls

I just got this new sparkly J.Crew necklace, and I have been loving it alone, but I especially love it layered on top of this old J.Crew pearl necklace.   I have had it for a couple years now, but it’s so popular you can still nab one of your own. J.Crew Pearl Necklace, J.Crew Wildflower Necklace


J.Crew Fall Shoes | Oysters & Pearls

Speaking of J.Crew, they are killing it in the shoe department right now.  I am dying over all of these shoes from J.Crew at the moment.  Utterly and unashamedly lusting.  I only have one pair of these (the McAlister wedge boots from last year), but I am looking to add to my collection fer sher.  And these are just the ones I could fit on my Polyvore board.  #wantalltheshoes

Harold & Wallace

First of all, I’m loving on Harold’s new haircut.

Harold's New Hair Cut | Oysters & Pearls

I am still loving his collar from Anna at Proper Paws, too.  But what wouldn’t look cute on this face?  #dogmodel

Harold's New 'Do | Oysters & Pearls

And I don’t think I will ever get sick of watching Harold and Wallace play.  Here’s an action shot.

Harold & Wallace Playing | Oysters & Pearls

They are SO funny!  Follow me on Instagram for lots of videos of them playing.  Too cute.


Finally, I’ll leave you with my new favorite tunes.

I lerv this video.  So weird, and so awesome.

And it’s SO crazy she’s only 16 years old.  She’s from New Zealand, and her real name is Ella Yelich-O’Connor.

I might be late to the game finding out about her, but I’m infatuated.

I’m also obsessed with her hair.  The higher the hair, the closer to God!  Or so they say.  In Texas.

I may or may not have pre-ordered her new album.

This weekend we are planning to lay low, watch college football, and listen to Lorde.  Okay, the last part might just be me.  Lorde (and red wine) have gotten me through audit week. But we might also celebrate Wheat’s birthday a little early this weekend.  He turns old on Wednesday! ;)

Hope y’all have a good weekend!