This past weekend I turned 22. In case you were wondering, no I’m not “feelin 22”. But, it was a really great weekend filled with lots of friends, a happy hour brunch, [avoiding homework until the last possible second], and oh yeah Beyoncé.
If you live in St. Louis and have not spent a Friday night in Central West End, you’re definitely missing out. This area has restaurants and bars with great happy hours and is a perfect way to unwind after a long week. I went with a large group of friends and had a few [too many] cocktails and appetizers. Then rounded off the night like any other college student would in Midtown, I got my birthday plunger from Humphrey’s. This is a pretty big tradition that college students follow throughout their college experience. To be honest it is as odd as it sounds; you go into the local bar and have an unknown shot out of a mini plunger (yes, I mean a toilet plunger) and star in your friend’s snapchats.
Much of Saturday (my actual birthday) was spent counting down the minutes until it was socially acceptable to get ready for the Beyoncé concert. I had an outfit picked out for weeks and couldn’t wait to finally wear a few new pieces.
Once I got to the concert with a few of my girl friends, we patiently waited for the “Queen B” to come out. Once she did the crowd seriously lost it. She, of course, started with “Formation”-and yes I lost it as well. Up until that day I would have considered myself a passive Beyoncé fan, but since then I have changed. As my friends would say I’m now part of the Beygency. The whole show was pretty emotional, the lead backup dancer was proposed to while they were performing “Single Ladies”, which was probably the cutest thing I have ever seen. Everyone in the arena got the feels at once. One of my favorite parts about the concert was that everyone was ready to slay that night. You could tell that we all wanted to look good and own it, and I’m definitely all about that.
On Sunday my friends and I went to Rooster on South Grand (another St. Louis must). We got there and there was a bit of a wait so we went to a nearby coffee shop to kill some time and then headed back to the restaurant to be seated. It wasn’t until we were paying for our delicious meal that we realized that this was the first time since we had started school that we had spent so much time together. Usually we see each other in passing between classes, but hardly get to sit and talk without somewhere to be.
By the end of the weekend I wasn’t so concerned if I had enjoyed my birthday or not, I was just so thankful for being able to spend a full weekend with my friends. Sometimes we all get swept up into our different activities, work or schoolwork that even though some of us that live with each other hardly even see each other regularly. Looking back, it was really great to spend time with my friends before the craziness of senior year consumes us.
My slip dress is from Topshop at Nordstrom, my shoes are Via Spigas from Nordstrom Rack and my purse is Rebecca Minkoff from an Anniversary Sale at Nordstrom a few years ago.