Twenty-Sexy Birthday Wish List

This month I turn 26 (*gasp*) and the day is quickly approaching next week. While I whole-heartedly prefer enjoying birthday experiences over receiving material gifts, I thought it’d be fun to include just a few items that have been on my wish list that I wouldn’t mind showing up in the mail. Just a little something to distract myself from my impending quarter life crisis. I will more likely than not buy all these things for myself next week. This is your fair warning, American Express!

My Birthday Wish List

Jennifer Zeuner Jewelry Mini Heart Necklace // UP by Jawbone in Onyx // Michael Kors Two Tone Runway Watch // Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in Exposed // kate spade new york Castle Peak Mug // Sonia Kashuk Eye on Neutral Palette // Canon EOS Rebel SL1 // Giorgio Armani ‘Eyes to Kill’ Mascara

First and foremost, I will be upgrading to a DSLR very soon and I think the Canon EOS Rebel SL1 is the camera for me: it’s compact, light, and has all the bells and whistles this amateur blogger and vlogger will ever need. While it lacks a pivoting viewfinder, I do most of my vlogging with a secondary screen nearby that can be set up should I need to fiddle with settings while sitting on the other side of the lens. I know this is an expensive toy that will last me years and years to come.

Another gadget I’ve been lusting after recently is the Jawbone UP. While I’m no fitness junkie, I do walk a least a mile each day so it’d be interesting to sync up that activity data with MyFitnessPal, the mobile app I’m using to log all my meals and weigh-ins. Plus, this is a seriously chic piece of wearable tech!

No birthday is complete without a little pampering. While I have a spa day planned but still yet to be reserved, I wouldn’t mind getting a few new makeup goodies I’ve been holding back on for a while. This Sonia Kashuk matte eyeshadow palette is something I could get everyday use out of and it’s super affordable. I haven’t indulged in a high end mascara in a while, so now might be an appropriate time to get my paws on the Armani Eyes to Kill which I’ve been eyeing since fall 2011. Lastly, everyone I know who has the Tarte Exposed blush can’t put it down, and it’s the display I default wander to inside Sephora, so I might grab that myself when I stop in Sephora for my annual Beauty Insider free birthday gift.

It was only one year ago when I bought my first Michael Kors Runway watch, on my last birthday. And that watch deserves a companion. Gold has grown on me this year, and I think this two tone Michael Kors Runway watch will be the next addition to my timepiece collection.

As an homage to my rose gold MK Runway watch I bought last year, I would love to get another classic jewelry piece that I could wear with it like this dainty rose gold necklace by Jennifer Zeuner. The 1/2″ heart pendant contains a tiny 0.02 carat diamond, all hung on a delicate vermeil chain. It’s beautiful and understated; something I’ll get a ton of wear out of.

Perhaps a more practical wish list item is that I need a new mug for the office. I love the unexpected masculine and angular style of this one by kate spade, and it’s something none of my coworkeres would mistakenly pick up. I drink coffee and tea all day at work, so this item will get a lot of use.

In addition to my personal “spa day”, I’ve got plans to hit up the beach, State Fair, and brunch with friends. This may or may not include some wine tasting, macarons, and more shopping as well. What did you do on your most recent birthday? Please tell me in a comment below!

My Work Week Essentials

My Work Week Essentials

T3 Featherweight Hair Dryer // Heritage Store Rosewater Mist // Ole Henriksen Fresh Start Eye Creme // Michael Kors Hamilton Satchel // Tory Burch Sunglasses // New Trent iTorch Battery // Peppermint Orbit Gum // Spornette Little Wonder Brush // Burt’s Bees Lip Balm // Classic Sharpie Marker // Maybelline Dream Lumi Radiant Concealer // Klipsch Audio S4i In-Ear Headphones // Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat

I’ve taken it slow on blogging this month, but for good reason. We’ve had some busy schedules and tight deadlines at work recently, and this week my company has earned some fabulous press to show for it. In addition to that, June was a really busy social month for me, packed with lots of birthdays, shows, and concerts. So needless to say, I’ve been running around a lot and putting in some early mornings and long nights.

Recently I’ve been sticking to a basic beauty routine and relying on staple accessories like my favorite purse and sunglasses for every occasion. Some key tech goodies are absolute essentials as well, like my portable external New Trent iPhone battery that I never leave home without. I don’t know about you, but it seems like my iPhone is always on the brink of dying, so with that battery I can charge my phone on the go, with no need for a power outlet. Proper skin care goes without saying, so I make sure to apply ample eye cream both AM and PM to soothe and alleviate my tired eyes. If I’m running low on sleep, which is more often than not, that’s where my brightening concealer comes in. The pink concealer shade helps to correct the dark circles I’m plagued with. Since I don’t have time to wash and dry my hair every morning, a good blow out that will last a few days is imperative. For this I’ve been using my brand new tourmaline ceramic T3 dryer and my compact teasing brush stays with me at all time. Since I’m always on the go, earbuds never leave my handbag and my Klipsch Audio S4is are great at delivering solid depth of sound and providing noise cancellation. Because I don’t always have time for polish changes, I always use my Seche Vite top coat to help my manicures last long and dry to strong glossy finish in a jiffy. Between selling old stuff on eBay and trips to the post office, I have a Sharpie pen on me at all times. You seriously never know when those will come in handy. Lastly, since SF is such a small and densely populated city, it’s important I’m ready to stop and chit chat with an old friend or colleague I bump into on the street. That’s why it’s really important I have fresh breath so I don’t feel awkward or rushed. I never leave home without a pack of my favorite peppermint chewing gum and peppermint lip balm. Similarly, if I don’t have time to blot or powder my skin, I’ve just been reaching for my rosewater toning mist which helps to refresh and mattify my skin. That toning mist is all natural and makes me feel like new.

These are just some of my favorite things that help me prepare for any situation thrown at me. For your busiest days and nights, what products or items never leave your sight? Tell me what are your work week essentials in a comment below.

Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Ball with Skype

A few weeks ago I had the privilege of attending the Born This Way Ball courtesy of Skype. Skype hooked myself and several other bloggers with the experience of a lifetime seeing Lady Gaga live at the HP Pavilion. The tour has been roaming other countries for the past few months and it finally made its way to the US, hitting up Portland, OR and Tacoma, WA just a few nights before it came to San Jose.

This was my second time seeing Lady Gaga live, and let me tell you she is an entertainer who puts her whole being into performing and giving her audience an incredible show. Between sets of songs she told us to follow our dreams, she said to never give up our individuality no matter what, she praised the Bay Area’s gay community for supporting her in early days of her singing career, she donned a handmade jean vest someone threw on stage, and even commented that she smelled marijuana from the general admission area. And at one point she even asked the audience, “do other musicians actually lip sync? How can they do that? Of course I sing live at all my shows. You paid for a f***ing ticket, right?”

Everything from the stage design (a medieval castle with meat locker, guitarist, drummer, and bedroom compartments), to the theatrics (including Lady Gaga kicking off the show in a dramatic fashion on an armored black unicorn, and even as a motorcycle just as on the Born This Way album cover), to the costumes (custom designed by Versace), the production was top-notch. Skype was very generous and set us up with 3rd row seats, access to an awesome pre-party, deluxe goodie bags, and a safe ride to and from the show. It was unreal to see some of my favorite songs like “Yoü and I”, “Judas”, “Paparazzi”, “Bad Romance”, and “Just Dance” performed at such close proximity.

Unfortunately my camera and iPhone ran out of power limiting how much footage I took at the show, check out the pictures I do have and some taken by my dear friend and OMGbuymeTHIS partner in crime, Mallory Mitchell. Please also enjoy my quick outfit video below featuring all the surprises we got in our goodie bags.

Mallory & I at the Skype pre-party

Mallory & I at the Skype pre-party

Feature cocktail & cupcake

 Feature cocktail & cupcake

Ice cream sundae bar

 Ice cream sundae bar

My outfit of the night

 My outfit of the night

Lady Gaga up close and personal

Lady Gaga up close and personal

 

 

I’d like to give a major thanks to Skype for the unforgettable experience at the show. It was an absolute pleasure to attend.

FTC disclosure: complimentary tickets to Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Ball Tour were provided by Skype, although I was not asked to write any review of the show. We got access to a really fun pre-party and some great goodie bags. I was not compensated for this blog post.