Birthdays always come with a special feeling but milestone birthdays are just different. They are a real landmark in our lives and deserve to be celebrated with affirmation and with pomp. 40 is a special number, it is a year of transformation and transition.

For women especially, the 40th birthday milestone can be a time of mixed feelings. Happiness for coming of age or total anguish and mortification for getting older. It could sometimes be a combination of both. However, our greying hair, sagging breasts, jiggly hips, ailing feet, and the fibres that twist and twine within our folds, and every wrinkle or stretch mark, are the power of the greatness we possess, that, which we ought to be reminded of and, that, which we need to be celebrated for during our 40th birthday milestone.

Birthdays are Special Occasions to Rock Elegant Dresses

Themed birthdays and photoshoot styling ideas
A red sequined sparkly dress for her passionate inner queen in all its glory and splendour

Turning 40 deserves celebrating and to mark the occasion, Dr Wele Elangwe, one of our esteemed writers and contributors at Mammypi, had a milestone birthday photoshoot. Before the shoot, Wele thought about every intricate detail of how she would like to be photographed and opted for three outfits. A fun blue and gold encrusted damask short dress for fun and vivacious living at 40 and beyond, a red sequined sparkly dress for her passionate inner queen in all its glory and splendour and the pièce de résistance, a draped and flowy white gown to symbolize the purity of this coming of age and connection to the spiritual realm.

Themed birthdays and photoshoot styling ideas
Themed birthdays and photoshoot styling ideas
These shots are artistic, evoking intrigue and open to interpretation by all and sundry.

How to Celebrate a 40th Birthday Milestone

For the first all-white look, Wele wanted to evoke a blank canvas, with faith in God and trusting in God’s plans for the future. The nude make-up and barefoot are symbolic of baring her soul to God, and her complete submission to His will. This look’s meant to incorporate her connection to her spiritual side, which accounts for the poses where she is staring into the heavens in total surrender. These shots are artistic, evoking intrigue and open to interpretation by all and sundry.

Themed birthdays and photoshoot styling ideas
Themed birthdays and photoshoot styling ideas
Ombre lip is seductive and flirty, oozing a sense of mischief and playfulness

Birthday Outfits and Symbolism

The second outfit, the short dress, symbolizes fun, joy, and living life to the fullest. The pink Ombre lip is seductive and flirty, oozing a sense of mischief and playfulness. Meanwhile, the bow on her sandal matches the bow around her neck for an exciting and girly look. Overall, this look depicts her unapologetically having fun, embracing life, and enjoying the heck out of it as she continues on life’s journey.

Themed birthdays and photoshoot styling ideas

The final look is the ruby look! If you didn’t know, 40 years is the ruby anniversary. Although the ruby anniversary is usually for weddings, Wele chose to allude to this in her birthday photoshoot. Rubies are thought to possess an eternal inner flame; a symbol of passion. This sparkly red look is her commitment to living life passionately and fearlessly. The red lipstick is strong, bold and assertive and her smile is powerful, radiant and present!

Here’s one confident woman and we are all here for her! Plus there many more 40th birthdays lined up this year for the Xceptional Tribe

Happy 40th Birthday Queen!

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