The (Belated) Birthday Post + 30 Things About Yours Truly

You’ll have to forgive me for posting this days after my actual birthday but I have had a whole lot going on in the last few weeks. Remember when I said I could feel that something good was about to happen? Well, good things are definitely happening! In the midst of preparing for my annual beachy birthday trip and working on some exciting updates to Dashing Dionne, I’m transitioning into a new job at a different company. I’m so excited about doing something new and grateful for the opportunity to continue to grow professionally. This also means I will have some more time to devote to this blog that I love so much. Anyway, I had a fabulous birthday spent with close friends and family. The official turn up will be next week when I get to Mexico. Woop woop!!! Catch me on Ig and Snapchat for the play by play! In honor of me turning #thebigthreeoh I thought it would be fun to share a few…or 30…things you may or may not know about me. Enjoy!

1. I wake up at 5:30 every morning but I’m grumpy until 10…eh, 11am. 

2. On that note, I do not use an alarm to wake up…just God and my internal clock.

3. I once was chased by a cow. It’s ridiculous but true.

4. I’ve been fired from a job on my first day. Yup, right after my lunch break.

5. My favorite movie of all time is…drumroll…Dirty Dancing. I’m such a sucker for sappy flicks.

6. I love music but I am particularly obsessed with R&B…I still listen to Diary of a Mad Band (google it!) like it just got released.

7. If you want to see something really disgusting come out of me, serve me vodka…think explosions of the projectile proportion.

8. I love mustard, but it has to be plain yellow.

9. While we’re talking condiments, Heinz ketchup is life. Shoutout to my peeps in Pittsburgh!

10. If you look close enough my left eye is smaller than my right eye.

11. If butter touches me, I die.

12. Ever see me on a New York City train standing up closing my eyes tight? I get extremely claustrophobic. I’m just trying not to have a panic attack.

13. If left on a deserted island with the option to only eat one thing I’d pick Haribo gummy bears. I know I’m the worst!

14. When someone disrespects my personal space on the train I blast the most ratchet song I could find to annoy them. #pettylabelle

15. Three things I’m oddly obsessed with: Owls, pineapples and stripes.

16. My wedding [if and when] must happen when peonies are in season. Mark your calendars!

17. My love for shopping and getting dressed is not without consequence: I get extreme buyers remorse if I don’t pop those tags quick enough.

18. I can successfully play “Do Wah Diddy” on the viola. Bet you didn’t know I was a musician.

19. I eat Mexican food and go to Mexico entirely too much…sorry not sorry! Playa del Carmen next week!!!

20. I’m a ballet/tap dance dropout. Currently considering an adult class. 

21. I hate wearing jeans!!! It takes a lot for me to wear them.

22. My dream travel destination is India. I want to see the Taj Mahal in person before I leave this earth.

23. My high school prom dress was repurposed into a top and a few throw pillows designed by yours truly 🙂

24. People often refer to my very first apartment as a bomb shelter. Can’t say that I disagree. There were no windows and the internet barely worked but it was mine so…

25. I have an aversion to creamy sauces. You can keep your mayo, your ranch and just about everything else in that family of foolishness…yuck!

26. Even though I’m a beach bum I don’t know how to swim. Something about having my head under water doesn’t allow my brain and my body to connect. Maybe something to work on in my 30s?

27. Starstruck moment: I met Ronnie Devoe a few months ago. He complimented my shoes and I almost passed out. He is too smooth! (Insert swoon bitmoji here)

28. Loyalty is extremely important to me. I’ll just leave that right there.

29. When it comes to giving gifts–around Christmas especially–I get carried away trying to find the perfect gift. I live for the moment when someone opens a gift and notices how much thought you put into it. Makes my heart smile.

30. My heart is pure, my intentions are usually good. I’m honest, sometimes more than I’m expected to be. I’m strong willed yet sensitive. I’m loyal. I care about people. When I love, I love hard. I’m flawed but my mistakes make me better. Most importantly, I’m unapologetically me.

With love,

Dashing D

Outfit details:

Dress Asos/ Slides Style Union/ Earrings J. Crew/ Rings H&M

Tropical One Piece Wonder

I love a good fashion moment that happens by accident. Some of my best outfits come from a last minute decision I had to make in a crunch. I knew I was attending a Memorial Day weekend wedding month’s ago so naturally I put some thought into what I might wear, found the most AMAZING black–so typical of me–dress (on super duper sale!) and figured I’d dream up the details of my shoes and accessories later. That was back in February. Fast forward to two weeks ago. My life has been so hectic lately, which is a blessing because I get restless when there’s not enough going on. I knew I had to get the dress tailored but I procrastinated. When I finally took it, there was a situation with the tailor. That wouldn’t work. I finally gave up on that dress and started searching for a new dress: in my closet and at every store imaginable. Still nothing. Finally, the day is here and I’m pretty sure I’m going to this wedding in jeans, but I decide to take another look at my closet.

In comes this dress. It’s like a light was surrounding it, highlighting it in all its glory right there in the same spot it had been for months. I don’t know why I overlooked it so many times. I thought I was saving it for a different type of occasion, something more summery or tropical. I imagined wearing it to dinner while on a beach vacation but never did I think about wearing it to a wedding. The dress is also sort of out of my comfort zone since the prints I normally wear are more abstract.

This is why you can’t overthink every outfit. I mean, what better way to welcome the unofficial start to summer than adding a fun, tropical print to your look? As soon as I put it on I fell in love. I felt so good in it and I had such a wonderful time dancing in it all night!

In the end, all I needed was to take a deeper look at what was already there to have it all come together in a perfect way. Now I can’t wait to remix the dress when I go to Mexico in a few weeks. Stay tuned!

Dashing D
Outfit details:

Dress Zara/ Shoes old/ Ear Cuffs, Rings, Choker all H&M/ Clutch Dogeared (similar)


You ever get that feeling in your gut that something is brewing? It’s hard to pinpoint what it is but when it hits you recognize it right away? It’s not necessarily an indication of bad things to come, maybe something amazing is about to happen. I’m in that space right now. I’ve convinced myself that this feeling must mean something wonderful is headed my way.

Maybe my birthday glow is just running through me a little early this year. Did I mention my 30th birthday is a month away? I’m so pumped for June I can’t even explain it! These May babies better move out the way quickly because I see Gemini season in the distance and I’m ready! Some people fear getting older but I’ve always been excited about it. I enjoyed my 20s but I truly can’t wait to see what my 30s are like. But I digress. Back to these good vibes I feel coming my way. Like I said, I don’t know what’s coming but I know it’s going to be good because I’m speaking it into existence. The more you work towards what you want the more you get this undeniable feeling.

Don’t get me wrong though, it isn’t always rosy. There will always be outside noise that comes in to defy your balance, whether it’s a situation or a person. That noise is just there to test you. I’m tested often, we all are. Sometimes when I’m in the moment I do react, as humans do, but when the day ends I reset and get back to what’s important. This is how I keep it together even on the inevitable bad days. In my quiet moments I often reflect on what and who’s important to me. It’s always necessary to take a moment to remember what keeps you grounded. For me, the company I keep around me is key. 

Whenever you’re feeling like it’s difficult to be optimistic about what’s to come, just think about what’s important and remind yourself to get back to that unruffled space. The only ruffles you need are the good kind, like the ruffles on this adorable Boohoo dress. Feel free to quote me on that! See what I did there?
Dashing D

Outfit details:

Dress Asos/ Shoes old (similar)/ Pouch old (similar)/ Bracelet gift (similar)/ Earrings F21/ Sunglasses Loft