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Shatara Powell celebrates her birthday in style and with her squad 

Dinner, a movie, and matching outfits.

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Isa Giallorenzo

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"I loved my dress the first time I laid eyes on it," says Shatara Powell, (above, center) who was photographed at the AMC Dine-in Block 37 theater downtown. She celebrated her 34th birthday with dinner at TAO in River North, followed by a screening of Tyler Perry's romantic comedy Nobody's Fool.

Powell, who works as a therapist, says she's obsessed with matching outfits. She wears the same designer from head to toe when going out—brands like Ralph Lauren, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Chanel—curated through shopping sprees at department stores like Nordstrom, Barneys, and Neiman Marcus. For her birthday, Powell insisted that her friends wear Tommy Hilfiger. The night was captured in a slickly produced video montage, featuring Powell and her friends dressed in red, white, and blue, and celebrating with cocktails and cake.

She describes her style as conservative and sexy and, sometimes, edgy. "Edgy means I'll still wear some Timberland boots in the summer with a tank top," she says. "I'm a firm believer that when you look good, you feel good."   v

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