Outfit of the Day Vol. 15: Big Cats and Birthdays

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Anthropologie Jungle Romper

Built for bumming around and birthdays, the Anthropologie Jungle Romper

One really cool thing about getting older is that you start to get a better idea of who you really are — the kinds of things that matter most to you, what lights your fire, gets you angry or makes you happy or sad.

That is, unless you’re one of those lucky devils who knew exactly what you were meant to be/do from the start.


Yeah…that’s not the way it’s been for me. I’ve spent a lot of time falling and getting back up again, but c’est la vie, right? What else ya gonna do?

I guess I’m a late bloomer, but like Tabs always says (okay, not), better late than never! πŸ™‚

One thing I think I have figured out over the years is that I’m not a huge fan of strict rules.

In most cases.

Birthdays are the exception. I do believe that everyone should go big on their birthdays, because birthdays rock, like by going big on a birthday outfit, or by wearing a special occasion nail polish, gloss or perfume.

Something to put an exclamation mark (!) on the day to help yourself feel special.

And BAM! — this year, I began my thirty-eighth year on our planet with cheetahs on my bum.

Anthropologie Jungle Romper

Cheetahs on my booty!

And I feel pretty good about it, too.

I stumbled on this Jungle Romper a couple weeks ago at my local Anthropologie store. I liked that I could picture Gwen Stefani wearing it while shopping for muumuus and mangoes at a farmers’ market in Hawaii (that’s an invaluable test right there).

More reasons I love it…

  • It’s easy to dress up or down. I might wear it with a blazer, nude wedges, dainty gold jewelry and a structured satchel when I’m in the mood for fancy. For chill days, maybe a cardigan, or a khaki or denim jacket, beaded flip-flops or sandals, big hoop earrings and a cross-body or messenger bag.
  • Pockets. Secret storage, ma! It’s big enough for an iPhone and a handful of cat treats (VERY IMPORTANT).
  • Loves to travel. This romper worked out well on my trip to SoCal last month. It held through a long, 16-hour day with barely any wrinkles to show for it and remained comfy the entire time.
  • It’s strapping! It also comes with straps…if you want to change the look, although I prefer to wear it strapless because I think it’s easier to get into and out of on bathroom breaks (was that TMI?).
Anthropologie Jungle Romper

Get the look: Anthropologie Jungle Romper, Banana Republic Anna Cardigan, Anthropologie and Banana Republic necklaces, Kate Spade satchel (no longer available; here’s something similar), gold stretch bracelet from Nordstrom (no longer available, but here’s something like it from Kohls), Target White Cat Eye Sunglasses

This year my birthday was pretty mellow, which was exactly what I wanted. Brunch at a place up here in Novato called Hilltop 1892, and then cake and ice cream back at the house.

Goofing around… Please note the almost empty glass of champagne

A little less goofy

With my mom

My dad is a goofball!

Pistachio ice cream cake from Baskin-Robbins

A yummy mango cake, too

Of course, that I had cheetahs on my booty made it all the better. πŸ™‚

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. Chelsea says:

    Looks like you had a good birthday with your family! Love the Kate Spade bag!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Chelsea,

      It was really nice. I had a great time. πŸ™‚

      How was your weekend?

      • Chelsea says:

        Pretty good! I had a funeral to go to for my favorite of Zack’s aunts, but that wasn’t entirely unexpected. We got to see a lot of his family, and my brother and his wife were in town this weekend, so I got to see them.

  2. Shev says:

    Love the romper! Who wouldn’t want to havr cheetahs guarding their booty?

    Hope you had a lovely birthday celebration and hello to your mom!

  3. Alice Ann says:

    That’s a very cool romper! Love the animal print! Anthropologie is one of my favorites, they always have really fun and interesting products. Very sweet photos.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Alice Ann,

      I love that store, too. I could easily spend hours in there! Have you been there lately? Let me know if you’ve seen anything cute. πŸ™‚

  4. Agata says:

    I am glad you had a nice birthday, Karen! The outfit looks stunning on you. In that picture with your sunglasses on you look like a movie star!

  5. Teri says:

    Sounds like you had a great birthday Karen! I love the look of those yummy b-day cakes. And your outfit is just super awesome, I love everything about it! Cheetahs, the fact that it’s a romper and yep, it looks so versatile too! Here is to another great year! ^^
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  7. denise S says:

    Happy Birthday Karen! Cute romper and I’m envious of those delicious looking birthday cakes!

  8. meredith says:

    Great outfit! Birthday: ur doin it rite.

  9. Heather says:

    Happy birthday Karen! Looks like it was a fun one! : )

  10. Paddychat says:

    Joyeux anniversaire !

  11. Gowthami says:

    Great piccys πŸ™‚ karen… Happy bday.. Cakes are yum πŸ˜›
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  12. Sunny says:

    Oh yeah, you go, girl! Happy birthday again! Love your outfit, and your parents are SO sweet! <3
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  13. Monique says:

    You look amazing!!! That romper is everything. I just got the Givenchy Le Rouge Coral lipstick and I think it would be killer with this outfit. Have you tried their summer limited Ed. Colors? Gorgeous and creamy. I don’t see anything wrong with buying clothes to match my lipstick lol. Off to Anthro!!!

  14. Kim says:

    Your outfit is adorable! Nice job getting 2 cakes for your b’day, too. I hope you had a great day! πŸ™‚

  15. Mishel says:

    Happy bday Karen. U look fantastic, the romper is badass, and the cakes delish.

  16. yelena says:

    awww you look great! happy belated birthday! that ice cream cake looks DELICIOUS!

  17. Beverly Johnson says:

    Happy Birthday Karen!!! Yesterday, June 10th was my birthday!!! No WONDER I like you so much, fellow Gemini!!!

  18. Happy Birthday Karen! Doesn’t it feel good to create your own rules? That romper is so cute & fun!

  19. Steph says:

    I’m in love with that jumper! Happy birthday, fellow Gemini!
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  20. Barbara says:

    Happy Birthday! Girl, you are rocking that tiara!

  21. Deanna says:

    Happy Birthday Karen!! I hope you received lots of birthday love and attention!
    That jumpsuit looks AH-MAZING! Seriously. I haven’t loved one as much since my Mum rocked a full length black one in the 80’s (if only I had her figure!). The print is awesome! I could go on (and use lots of exclamation marks) but I’ll stop and just say this look has totally inspired me! πŸ˜€

  22. Nicole says:

    38?! Shut the front door! I had to make sure I read the number right. You look 30, tops! Well, can I just say that you’ve aged beautifully! Also, saw that romper the other day and I had to really talk myself out of it. Wish I didn’t…it looks fab on ya!

  23. Lennie says:

    Happy Birthday! Your parents look so sweet. Thirty-eight is just a number,stay young at heart.

  24. Aida says:

    Happy birthday, Karen! You looked beautiful :). I love that outfit!

  25. diana says:

    Oh my gosh, your romper is so cute!! I just love that jungle print!
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