Birthday Girl

 

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Good morning everyone! First of all, I would like to thank all of you for your amazing birthday wishes! This was my first birthday celebrated with you and I really can’t explain to you how much more beautiful you made this special day of mine with your messages and wishes. Thank you from my heart!

Those of you who follow me on Instagram and Snapchat probably have noticed that we spent my birthday week in Rome. This trip was not only a birthday getaway but also the official opening for our vacation. And it couldn’t be any better. For one more time, I had a reason to recall that the things you don’t plan are the best!

To begin with, I feel so grateful because for the last few years my birthday is always dreamy, contrary to previous ones. We started our day early having a lavish breakfast in our hotel and a quick photo shoot at our hotel garden (coming up soon). My outfit was matching the backgrounds so perfectly, so it would be a sin not to do it! Next we went for an endless walk around the city, while indulging to a lot of shopping. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to enjoy their heavenly pasta and pizza because of a kidney infection I had, and doctor recommended me to avoid this kind of food. In addition, I was on medication through the entire trip and only had one coffee and half glass of wine. But I can’t complain! 🙂

We spent the day strolling around the city with many stops for delicious treats, ending up to our hotel for a beautiful and romantic dinner! And before that, a street salesman stopped us to give me a bracelet as a gift! He seemed shocked too when I told him it was birthday! Also he asked us if we have children and gave us two good luck charms for that matter, that are already decorating our home! We will never forget George! What more can somebody expect on their birthday?!

These photos here were taken the morning after my birthday, because Anestis had already surprised me with these wonderful balloons, which looked great for a birthday girl photo shoot! Every year I don’t think my birthday can get any better, but this one blew any other birthday out of the water.

I hear a lot of people hating their birthday. Some feel lonely and fomo (fear of missing out), mainly caused by expectations vs. reality on their birthday. Remember it’s normal to feel sad on your birthday, this is not a sign that you’re a failure or unloved. But most of people I have discussed this topic with, feel birthday depression because of growing up, and that I cannot understand. Isn’t that supposed to be a good thing? Apart from the fact that every year on your birthday you get a chance to start new, you are healthy and alive for one more year!! And probably you learned something! Or are getting closer to a goal or far apart from something/someone that wasn’t good for you!

My point is that if you think about it, you will find a reason to be happy on your birthday, and a key point is to have no expectations, and not to wait for someone else to make you happy. Personally, I feel like my life is better with every year of living it and privileged to have spent one more year of my life with abundance of health and people to love and love me back around me.

Now if you are wondering about my age, those who follow me on Instagram and Snapchat already know it! I guess the rest of you will have to wait until next year! 🙂

On a different note, the schedule on my blog will be more consistent, and I will have a new blog post for you every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, starting on Monday October 10th! There is a lot more coming up from Rome, so stay tuned!

So how do you feel about birthdays? What was your favorite so far? Any inspiring birthday story to share with us? I would really love to read about it in the comments below!

Thank you so much for visiting and see you next post!

PS: I hope you like my new blog layout and logo!

 

I was wearing:

Pinko outfit:

blouse (also similar here and more affordable option here)

pants (in black color here and similar in white here and here)

gilet (also similar here and more affordable option here and here)

Gucci boots

Bvlgari ring

photos by: Anestis Iliadis

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  1. 05/10/2016 / 08:59

    Oh wow! Your photos look so dreamy indeed with a bunch of.. balloons!!! And HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY to you Stella 🙂

    • Stella Asteria
      05/10/2016 / 09:26

      Thank you so much for your wishes Aldora! I am so glad you stopped by and that you like our photos! 🙂
      Have a great day!

    • Stella Asteria
      05/10/2016 / 09:53

      Thanks so much Maja! I am really glad you like them! Have an amazing day my dear! x

  2. 05/10/2016 / 09:44

    Hello my dear, Just want to say you again how amazing you are !!!! Great Style ! Cool new blog appear and fab logo ))) you did a great job, I know how it is hard and just seems to be easy!!!
    Have a nice October my beautiful Stella!

    • Stella Asteria
      05/10/2016 / 09:53

      Thank you so much my darling Julia! Your words always melt my heart! And you are so right, it seems easy but the more minimal the harder it gets! 😉 But I am really happy with the results and my new logo! Have a beautiful October too my dear friend! xoxo

  3. 05/10/2016 / 10:36

    I love the new layout of the blog Stella! Oh your outfit is so dreamy and you look so stunning.
    I must congratulate you on your braveness for wearing white. Tell me did you manage to keep it clean all the day long? :p
    Love,
    T.
    https://tbymallano.wordpress.com/

    • Stella Asteria
      05/10/2016 / 10:46

      I am so glad you like the new layout Tatjana mou! Well usually when I wear whites, seems like I am transforming into a stain magnet! However this time I got lucky and the outfit stayed like brand new all day! Thank you so much for stopping by and for your lovely words Tatjana! You are always kind and supportive with me and it really means a lot! Wishing you a beautiful rest of the week! <3

      • 05/10/2016 / 10:51

        It’s well deserved Stella mou! You are a great inspiration to me. Hope we meet one day and talk over a coffee.
        Let me know next time you come to Munich.
        Cheers

        • Stella Asteria
          05/10/2016 / 10:58

          That would be wonderful Tatjana mou! In fact we were just discussing with Anestis about when should we plan our next trip to Munich, a few minutes ago!! I will let you know as soon as e book a flight and I really look forward to meeting you! Hugs!

  4. 05/10/2016 / 12:54

    Oooooh, wish you all the best, birthday girl!!!! May all your wishes come true!
    Stay always as you are <3

    Lots of love!!!
    Sara from The Cosmopolitas

    • Stella Asteria
      05/10/2016 / 14:11

      Aw thank you so much Sara, you’re so sweet! Hope you had a wonderful time in Paris! <3

  5. 05/10/2016 / 13:28

    Great location, amazing outfits, beautiful girl plus fantastic pictures. 😘😘😘 you got the golden ticket to the fashion blog 👏🏻👌🏼

    • Stella Asteria
      05/10/2016 / 14:11

      Thank you my dear Edison, it means a lot! Can’t wait to see you again and for the official launch of your fashion designs! <3 Hugs!

    • Stella Asteria
      06/10/2016 / 15:13

      Thanks so much Yvonne!

  6. 05/10/2016 / 23:56

    The birthday girl and her balloons ! Hope you had a good one 😉 Beautiful shots Stella, you had me at the Gucci loafers !

    • Stella Asteria
      06/10/2016 / 15:14

      Thank you so much Lorena, it was wonderful thank you for asking! xo

    • Stella Asteria
      06/10/2016 / 15:16

      Thanks so much Nissi, I am really glad you like the photos and the logo as well, I am very happy too with the result!
      Have a great day babe!xo

    • Stella Asteria
      06/10/2016 / 15:17

      Thanks so much! 😀 Have a great day!

    • Stella Asteria
      06/10/2016 / 15:15

      Thanks so much Violette! It was fantastic! Glad you like them 🙂

  7. 06/10/2016 / 14:39

    U looking so beautiful babe in this outfit….xoxo, Neha

    • Stella Asteria
      06/10/2016 / 15:14

      Thank you Neha!

    • Stella Asteria
      06/10/2016 / 16:44

      Thank you so much my gorgeous friend! I am so glad you like the photos and to receive your thoughtful wishes! Big hug! xo

  8. 06/10/2016 / 18:54

    A belated happy birthday! Love this glam outfit!

    LUXESSED

    • Stella Asteria
      08/10/2016 / 19:49

      Thanks a lot Anouk!

    • Stella Asteria
      08/10/2016 / 19:50

      I am really glad you like them! Thank you for stopping by and for your bday wishes 🙂

  9. Mj
    06/10/2016 / 22:06

    Look : so elegant, so beautiful, so high fashion. I love it.
    Hope you are better now with the Kidney infection. It gets better in days I believe. Just take your medicine.
    I am happy to hear you enjoyed your birthday. Congratulations again and God bless.

    Kisses 💋 💋
    M | http://www.mojintouch.com

    • Stella Asteria
      08/10/2016 / 19:53

      Oh thank you so much Mojisola! I am much better, thanks for asking, you are so kind and thoughtful! Thank you so much for stopping by and for your bday wishes, it means a lot, especially from such a positive and genuinely kind woman like you! I really appreciate it! Hope you’re having a great weekend so far! <3

  10. 06/10/2016 / 22:15

    OH NOOOOOOOO! How did I miss on Instagram that it was your birthday? How is this possible?!

    Anyway, please accept my belated wishes for you to have the most magical and fabulous year ahead of you. I can see that you had an amazing day on your birthday. Rome! You lucky lucky girl. These photos are just magnificent (as always, well done Anestis!). Your outfit is amazing, the styling is amazing, and you look perfectly gorgeous. Happy happy birthday again to you, my sweet friend. xx

    • Stella Asteria
      08/10/2016 / 19:58

      My dear Lisa, no worries at all really! 🙂 Thank you so much for your wishes and for your kind words about our work! It really means a lot to both of us! I did had an amazing birthday, and most of it I owe it to Anestis <3 Thank you so much from my dear friend!

  11. 07/10/2016 / 00:15

    Happy belated birthday to you my beautiful friend! I wish you all the best! ❤
    You look AMAZING! The photos looks so stunning. I love your look head to toe. The all white look looks gorgeous on you! It seems like you had a wonderful time in Rome 🙂
    Thank you so much for sharing, beauty!
    Hope you’re having an amazing weekend!
    Much love, Pisa
    http://www.inlovewithmyclothes.com

    • Stella Asteria
      08/10/2016 / 20:01

      Thank you so much my darling Pisa! I did have a wonderful time in Rome! Whenever I do not make plans for something, turns out to be among the best moments in my life! I am always happy to read your comments and I really want to thank you warmly for all your support and friendship! See you later babe! Big hug <3

    • Stella Asteria
      08/10/2016 / 20:01

      Thank you Pamela, I will check out your blog! Have a lovely weekend!

  12. 07/10/2016 / 03:22

    Happy belated birthday! I don’t know why, but your photos (especially your outfit) was sooo satisfying! Hope you had a great one:)

    love from Grace Says ♥

    • Stella Asteria
      08/10/2016 / 20:09

      Thank you so much Grace! What a beautiful name by the way! 🙂

    • Stella Asteria
      08/10/2016 / 20:12

      Thank you!

    • Stella Asteria
      08/10/2016 / 20:12

      Thank you Cielo!

    • Stella Asteria
      08/10/2016 / 20:16

      Thank you Marie, and they are super comfy too! Glad you like them! xo

  13. 07/10/2016 / 09:45

    Amazing look, so chick and classy.

    • Stella Asteria
      08/10/2016 / 20:16

      Thank you!

  14. 07/10/2016 / 12:50

    Happy birthday my dear, enjoy the day 🙂
    The pictures are so cute with the balloons <3

    XXX,

    Wiebke von WMBG

    Instagram||Facebook

    • Stella Asteria
      08/10/2016 / 20:17

      Thank you, glad you like them 🙂

  15. 07/10/2016 / 13:06

    Happy Birthday Stella! You’re a great girl so you deserve everything nice that’s happening to you. You have a great message here and I like it, it’s refreshing to read something like this. I love your entire outfit from head to toe, you’re every inch looking awesome. Not forgetting to mention, your blog layout is really pretty and friendly, nice job!

    http://www.busyandfab.com

    • Stella Asteria
      08/10/2016 / 20:19

      My dear Mercy, your words always melt my heart! Thank you warmly for your wishes, support and appreciation! I can feel how original and really all these are from you and I want you to know that it means a lot and I really appreciate it!
      Wish you all the best and a lovely weekend ahead! xo

    • Stella Asteria
      08/10/2016 / 20:17

      Thanks

  16. 07/10/2016 / 17:15

    You are absolutely GORGEOUS, girlie! A very Happy Birthday to you (mine is Sept.29th, so we’re not far apart!). I wish you a year of complete joy, success, peace, and health! I love the new design you’ve done here on the blog, it’s so clean and easy to navigate; I love it! I also love your attitude regarding birthdays. I must admit, ever since I hit 25, I haven’t been to eager to celebrate my birthday, lol, because like you’ve said, the whole thought of getting older, but you really made me think and we really should be grateful. Again, you look gorgeous and I adore those Gucci boots! Thanks so much for sharing, gorgeous, and I hope you have the best weekend ahead!

    PS: How amazing that George approached you with that gift without knowing it was your birthday, wow!

    XO,

    Jalisa
    http://www.thestylecontour.com

    • Stella Asteria
      08/10/2016 / 20:16

      Thank you so much my gorgeous Jalisa! Belated yet most sincere HAPPY BIRTHDAY from me to you as well! So you are a Libra too 🙂 So glad we have one more thing in common!! I am really glad you are on board with my attitude towards birthdays, and I will make sure to remind you this and wish you on time next year hehe! As for George, it was one of those moments that everyone calls coincidences, for me they are everyday miracles and I can;t describe my joy when I live them!
      Thank you so much for reading a long post and for your lovely wishes and compliments! It means a lot!
      Have a great weekend darling! <3

  17. 07/10/2016 / 17:55

    Happy belated birthday, sweetie!!!
    Seems you had great time in Rome, I’m very happy to hear you enjoyed my city!^^
    Amazing photos and outfit, as well, you look just fab! 😀
    xxx
    S
    http://s-fashion-avenue.blogspot.it/

    • Stella Asteria
      08/10/2016 / 20:12

      You are so lucky to live there! This city is fantastic for so many reasons! Thanks so much for your wishes and for stopping by, I am really glad you like the post!! xo

  18. 07/10/2016 / 22:27

    Happy Birthday! I am totally one of those birthday bah humbugs. So I’ll have to read this post when my birthday rolls around to remind me to keep things in perspective haha. I am in love with your Gucci boots btw! So gorgeous.

    xx Yasmin
    http://banglesandbungalows.com

    • Stella Asteria
      08/10/2016 / 20:10

      Thanks so much my dear friend! When is your birthday? I will make sure to cheer you up somehow! 😉
      Have a great weekend!

  19. 07/10/2016 / 23:54

    Happy belated birthday, dear Stella! Thanks a lot for sharing your encouraging words for birthdays – you are so right and hopefully I will remember what you wrote on my next birthday 🙂 Obviously you had a wonderful birthday, so sorry you have been on medication and couldn’t enjoy everything you would have liked to … I hope you are totally recovered now. Love also your absolutely perfect look!
    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena
    http://www.dressedwithsoul.com

    • Stella Asteria
      08/10/2016 / 20:08

      I am so glad to read my words encourage you and I do hope you remember them on your next bday Rena. I believe if we only think that we are alive for one more year, there is no reason to feel bday depression 🙂 As for me, I feel much better, thank you so much for asking and for reading all this long post. It is so hard for me to stop writing or talking when I start haha!
      Hope you are having a wonderful weekend so far!
      xoxo

    • Stella Asteria
      08/10/2016 / 19:59

      Thank you Naelle!

  20. 08/10/2016 / 11:16

    Aaw I wish you all the best Stella! Those pictures are beautiful <3 I can't wait to hear more about your Rome trip 🙂
    Have a wonderful weekend!
    xx, Carmen – http://www.carmitive.com

    • Stella Asteria
      08/10/2016 / 19:58

      Thank you my sweet Carmen! Have a wonderful weekend as well! xo

    • Stella Asteria
      08/10/2016 / 19:58

      Thank you dear Eleine!

  21. 08/10/2016 / 12:41

    Oh, a little late: but Happy late birthday! 🙂 I love how your outfit fits your balloons! So cute!

    • Stella Asteria
      08/10/2016 / 19:51

      Thanks so much Monique! 🙂

  22. 08/10/2016 / 13:46

    Happy Birthday dear! Even though I am quite late..
    I love the photos, they look so happy and filled with life! And the location is just amazing, I love the city so much! 😀
    Awesome outfit too;)

    http://thewonderfashion.blogspot.ro

    • Stella Asteria
      08/10/2016 / 19:51

      Thanks so much my dear Anaivilo, both for your bday wishes and for your compliments on our work! It really means a lot! 🙂

    • Stella Asteria
      08/10/2016 / 19:50

      Thanks a lot Merima!

    • Stella Asteria
      12/10/2016 / 20:20

      Thank you so much for your wishes Irene! I appreciate it <3

  23. 09/10/2016 / 09:16

    Happy belated birthday Stella! Looks you had an amazing time in Rome! I stopped wanting to celebrate my birthday after 30 haha but every year my friends “demand” a birthday party so a birthday party it is! 🙂

    Filakia
    Yiota
    Pinkdaisyloves.blogspot.com

    • Stella Asteria
      12/10/2016 / 20:19

      Haha you are so fun Yiota mou! Never stop celebrating your birthday no matter your age! And I am telling you, no-one hated birthdays more than I did (even as a teenager)! If I managed to reverse this, anyone can haha! And besides joking, what a better reason to be thankful and happy for, than for being healthy and alive for one more year!
      Thank you so much for stopping by, polla filia!! <3

    • Stella Asteria
      12/10/2016 / 20:16

      Thank you, and you too!

  24. 09/10/2016 / 14:08

    Happy belated birthday! You look lovely in these photos and I love the outfit 🙂

    Sarah | What Sarah Writes

    • Stella Asteria
      12/10/2016 / 20:15

      Thank you Sarah! 🙂

    • Stella Asteria
      12/10/2016 / 20:15

      I did, thank you so much!

    • Stella Asteria
      12/10/2016 / 20:14

      Thanks!

  25. 09/10/2016 / 18:12

    YAY!!!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY! You look so beautiful, I love the photos <3
    Kisses

    • Stella Asteria
      12/10/2016 / 20:14

      Thank you so much Rebecca! 😀

  26. Siffat Haider
    09/10/2016 / 19:53

    Happy birthday beauty! So glad you had a wonderful day, and I’m sure this year will be even better than last. On another note, I absolutely love your outfit. Your shoes are to die for!
    xo
    Siffat
    http://icingandglitter.com

    • Stella Asteria
      12/10/2016 / 20:14

      Aw thank you so much my dear Siffat! I am so glad you like everything! The shoes are my favourite asset here too!
      PS: Thanks to you I created my Facebook Page! Thank you for inspiring me to let some unnecessary thoughts behind!
      Kisses xo

    • Stella Asteria
      12/10/2016 / 20:13

      Thank you Marta! x

    • Stella Asteria
      12/10/2016 / 20:13

      Thank you Holly! They are a custom made gift but I believe it is pretty easy to find them! 🙂

  27. 09/10/2016 / 21:28

    I am totally one of those people who never feels good on their birthday! My birthday is right around Christmas, so even as a kid I never had too many people celebrate or show up to my party. Everyone is always busy around that time, so I really never look forward to my birthday. Happy belated birthday girlie! Hope you had a great weekend. 🙂

    -Emily http://www.coatandcoffee.com

    • Stella Asteria
      12/10/2016 / 20:12

      I am sorry to hear that Emily! Maybe you try making plans with a good friend next year! I have felt like you in many of my birthdays and all I needed was that one good friend who surprised me with a cake that we ate just the two of us in less than 5 minutes! And that made that bday perfect! I am sure you have a friend like this to make plans with 🙂 Nevertheless, let me know when your birthday is and I will make a thorough cheer-up list for you! 🙂
      Thanks so much for reading and have a great rest of the week! xo

    • Stella Asteria
      12/10/2016 / 20:08

      Thank you! 🙂

    • Stella Asteria
      12/10/2016 / 20:07

      Thank you sweetie! Hope you’re doing great! :*

    • Stella Asteria
      12/10/2016 / 20:07

      Thanks Priscilla!

  28. Lucy Mitchell
    10/10/2016 / 01:47

    Super lovely. The outfit looks beautiful and Happy Birthday!
    Sunset Desires

    • Stella Asteria
      12/10/2016 / 20:07

      Thank you Lucy!

    • Stella Asteria
      12/10/2016 / 20:07

      Thank you!

  29. 10/10/2016 / 06:20

    Happy belated birthday! Also, I love your outfit. 🙂

    • Stella Asteria
      12/10/2016 / 20:06

      Thank you Jenni!

  30. 10/10/2016 / 11:22

    So pretty girl ! I really love this look. And happy belated birthday beauty.

    Have a nice day.

    xx

    • Stella Asteria
      12/10/2016 / 20:06

      Thanks so much Manon! (what a great name!!) 🙂

  31. 10/10/2016 / 12:57

    Hello lovely Stella!
    Such a great and lovely post you have there!
    Seeing the whole edit makes me even more speechless than I was before on IG!
    Great work, my dear friend!
    Keep it up, you are such an inspiration for so many people!
    btw: that anecdote of that salesman is too cute!

    • Stella Asteria
      12/10/2016 / 20:06

      What a great thing to hear from one of the most inspiring women for me right now! Thank you so much for visiting here too and I look forward to seeing you in Munich! Big hug! xo

  32. 10/10/2016 / 20:51

    Stella,
    This all white outfit is PERFECT! I was planning something similar too… tie neck blouse with white denim. Love your shoes most of all!

    http://www.districthilo.com

    Love, Mary

    • Stella Asteria
      12/10/2016 / 20:05

      I am so glad you like it Mary! Can’t wait to see yours too 🙂 Have a great day my dear!

  33. 12/10/2016 / 01:14

    Spending your birthday in Rome sounds like a complete dream! Happy Birthday by the way! You look as fab as always! Those Gucci shoes are to die for! I plan to stop in Rome next year during my first Eurotrip with the hubby. I can’t wait. I have a feeling Rome in a day won’t be enough though!

    xoxo Rina
    http://www.andshedressed.com

    • Stella Asteria
      12/10/2016 / 20:04

      It really was dreamy! 🙂 Thank you so much Rina! I hope you get to stay more than one day in Rome because it is amazing and it has so many things to see that even a week is not enough! We are definitely going back soon! Kisses!

  34. 14/10/2016 / 07:01

    Happy Belated Birthday Stella! Sorry for the delay, baby is keeping me very busy 🙂 I LOVE this photoshoot! You’re so gorgeous… The outfit is super chic, perfect for the Italian capital. Love your positive mindset, I feel the same way for my birthday. I just want to enjoy it and honestly I love to grow older. I would not exchange my 30’s for my 20’s. When I celebrated my 30’s birthday last year it’s true that I felt a bit sad but not for turning 30’s just because time flies and it’s scary sometimes. For my 30’s we went my husband and I to an Ayurveda retreat and it was AMAZING. I wanted to do something different and take care of myself and I couldn’t have chosen better. This year I deliver my baby boy one day before my birthday 🙂 so I don’t think I can ever beat this birthday gift from life!
    I wish you so many blessings for this new year!
    Thank you so much for your lovely comment on my blog…
    BTW, you have a beautiful booty ahahah
    Love,

    Aurelie | http://www.surface85.com

  35. 15/10/2016 / 16:42

    beautiful as usually
    I saw the snaps and I’m happy you had an amazing birthday
    I’m so behind in your post doing a little catch-up
    forgive me xoxo

  36. 18/10/2016 / 20:17

    Such a brillant post! I’m so glad you enjoyed your birthday. What a way to celebrate!Well deserved!!! The photograpy is beyond amazing. Such a talented photographer!! #Great Eye The model is gorgeous as well! *wink, wink*

    A| https://norulejuststyle.wordpress.com/

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