25 Things I’ve Learned by Age 25 + Birthday GIVEAWAY!


It’s my 25th birthday! Okay – almost.

My birthday is the day after Christmas so every year I get all mopey about how no one can ever celebrate. This year it’s particularly inconvenient because I turn the big two five on the Monday sandwiched between Christmas and New Years. It rocks.


But this is a great excuse to do two things. One is to reflect on twenty five majorly important life lessons I’ve learned by age twenty five. And two is to share my presents with you. That’s right, people. If I’m celebrating so should you.

I’ve got an awesome giveaway for you guys packed with all my favorite things (makeup, pretty things, and a gift card for bagels. DUH).

That caught your attention didn’t it.

Check out the twenty five things I’ve learned by age twenty five below – and make sure to sign up for my super awesome GIVEAWAY down at the bottom of this post!

twenty five

You’re not alone. Whatever you’re going through, it’s pretty likely someone you know is going through it too or has gone through it themselves.

Relationships are all about give and take. You have to remember to do both.

Needing help doesn’t make you weak. It means you were strong enough to ask.

Pizza is good for your soul but not good for your thighs.

On that note, your metabolism really slows down when you hit age 24…

twenty five

You can’t expect unreasonable people to do reasonable things.

There’s nothing wrong with wearing all black everything.

Travel is the only thing you can buy that makes you richer.

Life’s too short to hang out with people who don’t support you.

Nothing is more important than family. Nothing.

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If your biggest regret so far in life is buying Louboutins, you’re doing alright.

Sushi making parties are the best kinds of parties.

Bagel cakes are real. Also so are rainbow bagels. They’re both magical.

Bad haircuts and colors are temporary, so why not be a redhead for a hot second.

You have no one to answer to but yourself.

twenty five

Cats can actually be really loving.

It’s okay to be a goober. Good friends will appreciate the humor.

The struggles of your past only serve as lessons for the future.

There’s nothing wrong with loving Disney as an adult.

The purpose of life is to find your passion – and run with it.

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If someone is giving you a hard time, it’s actually probably not about you.

It’s important to do at least one thing a day that makes you happy.

There’s literally no one else on the planet like you – and what you have to say is important.

Consistency is the key to almost any form of success.

At the end of the day, whatever stresses you have, you’re strong enough to get through it.

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twenty five

So yes, yes, happy birthday to me.

But now down to the really fun stuff – presents for you! I’ve packed my birthday giveaway with lots of my favorite things. The winner will receive…

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twenty five

Too Faced Chocolate Bon Bons Palette – my fave eye palette ever!

Formula X nail polish set – One of my ride or die nail polish brands. This kit comes with 10 awesome shades!

The Gospel According to Coco Chanel – Literally my favorite book on the planet. Packed with so much wisdom (and laughter). The Gospel According to Coco Chanel is essentially a tongue-in-cheek biography of Coco’s life. Even if you aren’t into fashion history, she’s one interesting lady (no one knows her real birthday, the love of her life died in a fiery car crash, etc).

A Vera Bradley crossbody – If you’re a true Bagel Babe you KNOW I’m obsessed with Vera. This awesome Ikat Crossbody is durable, leather trimmed, and as one of my besties would say: a total “ladies” hand bag. I love the classic shape with the modern print!

and to top it all off…a $10 gift card to Noah’s Bagels. Because I love bagels. Duh.

It’s super simple – you can enter to win by following me on Instagram and get an extra point for following my Facebook page! The winner will be drawn on my 25th birthday – December 26, 2016!

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Good luck and may the odds be ever in your favor.

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19 responses to “25 Things I’ve Learned by Age 25 + Birthday GIVEAWAY!”

  1. claudiawood26 says:

    An early Happy Birthday to you! I love these insights and your photos – your outfit is so cute. Hope you have a Merry Christmas and an even better birthday! xx

    • Blondes & Bagels says:

      Merry Christmas, Claudia! Thanks for always leaving me love here on the blog and Instagram 🙂 I hope you have the best holidays!

      xoxo Kelsey

  2. Jamie says:

    Happy early birthday lovely! My dad’s birthday is New Years so I know he always is kinda bummed out too! I hope you find a fun way to celebrate, 25 is a big mile stone!

    Love the beanie and otk boots styled together!

    xx, Jamie

    • Blondes & Bagels says:

      Thanks Jamie! and omg your poor dad! lol I understand him 😉 happy holidays to you and your fam!

      xoxo Kelsey

  3. Hahah pizza is indeed good for your soul :))

    Happy Birthday, dear! Wishing you all the best things in life!


  4. I definitely agree . Your metabolism gets super slow at 24. I’m feeling it!
    Hope you have a wondergul birthday.
    oh and thanks for the giveaway!
    The Color Palette

    • Blondes & Bagels says:

      Good luck in the giveaway, Abril!!! Thanks for the well wishes 🙂

      xoxo Kelsey

  5. Kristina says:

    The thing with the metabolism is true…I am 27 and it was really better when I was like 22…
    But there are other amazing things that come when you get older 😀
    ♡ Kristina

    • Blondes & Bagels says:

      lol PREACH, Kristina! I don’t think I’d go back in time either…but do wish I had that metabolism 😉 Happy holidays!

      xoxo Kelsey

  6. Erica says:

    HAPPY EARLY BIRTHDAY, girlfriend!! I lovelovelove all of your life lessons. And sending you some extra love + celebratory virtual champagne to pop to celebrate YOU along with Christmas!

    Coming Up Roses

    • Blondes & Bagels says:

      Haha! Thanks Erica! Cheers! and I hope you have the best holiday season 🙂 I’ve been over on your blog a ton (def scrolled through those wedding photos…)

      xoxo Kelsey

  7. Aw, yay! Happy birthday!!

    • Blondes & Bagels says:

      Thanks Rebecca! I hope you entered the giveaway! <3

      xoxo Kelsey

  8. Happy early birthday!! this is a great post, and you have some really good points ❤️

    Catherine | Beauty by Catherine

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