Monday, July 28, 2008

The 3.1 Birthday Scene
Do you know why my favorite new designer named his label 3.1 Phillip Lim? Last week on her 31st birthday, Jean Bean revealed it was a wink to how old he was when he launched his own company.

Eeks! Perhaps today is the first day of the rest of my life. Maybe this is the year I strike out and carve my own path. Perhaps 31 will bring me everything I've been searching for professionally. Perhaps, perhaps. And monkeys might fly out of my butt too.

Very fitting that Mr. Diabolina reminded me of this story today as we (coincidentally) celebrated my birthday across from the Phillip Lim store.

He found out about the story when he picked up one of my birthday presents this weekend. The mister got me a nice little gift certificate to go hog wild in the house that Phillip built. He also got us added to the in store event list. Um, YAYAYAYY! The two look books I got with my giftcard (the first ever issued in the new store!!) were enough for me. Can't imagine getting little hand written invites ala Victoria.

Tonight we celebrated my actual birth day at Fat Fish. Have been wanting to try it for a while. I had a Lychee Sake-tini and Mr. D had a Watermelon Mojito. Both deevine.

We got some sushi that was tasty but not spectacular. I'd say the salt and pepper prawns were probably the best part of the meal.

There were flowers waiting for me when we got home. From Mr. D's parents. So sweet.

Ended the night hoovering some mini Crumbs cupcakes. We bought them for the party on Saturday but forgot to bring them to the club with us. Very Freudian of us.

Thanks to all of you who wrote and emailed birthday wishes this week. I kiss you. I love you.

The Outfit
Fashion District rosette top
Liquid white pants

The Accessories

Tarina Tarantino Hello Kitty bracelet
Chanel earrings and bag
Stuart Weitzman sandals

The Grade


The Commentary
So I've been dreading revealing this but well, I had to exchange three of Mr. D's four presents. Like most years. Ugh. Don't know why he insists on shopping alone.

Did all the returns yesterday. Got what I wanted. Done. Moving on...

Built the birthday outfit around my new Tarina Tarantino bracelet (one of the aforementioned presents.) Love how the shape and design resembles the blingy black and white Chanel earrings. Yum. Hi and low at it's best.

Selected the frilly girly top to play off the colors of the bracelet. Bought this chiffony confection in the Fashion District for just $30 (you NEED to read this LA Magazine article about Santee Alley!) It reminded me of that gorgeous rosette purse Yves Saint Laurent did a few years ago. Ugh that exquisite bag still haunts my dreams.

The top also reminds me of all the fabulous fall florals I recently peeped on Couture Carrie. And the Prada Fall 2008 shoes that have me gaga.

Adored feeling like I slipped on the top and became a living breathing beautiful flower. Imagine these shoes will elicit the same feeling just at a different price point.

The colorful top also reminded me a bit of the Pucci scarf (another one of the aforementioned presents.) Adoring it. Finally just the right one is mine.

Thinking I will get a LBD from Phillip Lim and pair it with the scarf, my Chanel bag and earrings, the Tarina bracelet and Marc Jacobs round toe pumps. That way I will be in head to toe presents from Mr. Diabolina...that I picked out myself. Le sigh.

His final present was from Me&Ro. Got this gorgeous pendant with an even more stunning story. It is a hand-bell, an essential element in Tibetan rituals that symbolizes the feminine principle. Its also said to drive away evil spirits.

Shaped like a lotus flower, it is engraved with the eight bodhisattvas (or enlightened beings.) Each petal represents one of the symbols of the eight goddess offerings: beauty, flowers, garlands, incense, song, light, dance and perfume. An Indian Diamond is set in the middle.


Can't wait to wear it doubled up with my other Me&Ro gold and turquoise necklace. That's one present Mr. Diabolina picked out all on his own and I adored on sight. Wear it every week and think of him.

p.s. I started seeing this Urban Outfitters UK top all over the blogs last week. Could you just die at how anime Karl looks???

Emailed a friend of Mr. D's who lives in London to order it for me since they don't ship to the US. He should be bringing it with him when he visits in September. Hee hee!

31 is definitely starting off promising...


WendyB said...

So far, so good!

Jadelily said...

Looks like you had a fantastic birthday weekend. A little late, but happy birthday! So wonderful to be surrounded by friends and family.

amber said...

at least he tries, right? loving the gifts you wound up with. especially the scarf -- very pretty, very pucci :)

weezermonkey said...

Ah! Mod Kitty!
Here's to being 31!
Like the re-design. :)

lookrichbitch said...

Dahling, I am loving Mr. D! He needs to talk to Hunny Bunny for real! HB has this $250 threshold that he rarely ventures beyond and he is not a fan of multiple gifts. Hahaha.

Don't get me wrong, I am truly grateful for what lovely treasure he gives me (usually in the form of a gift card!) but sometimes a girl wants a surprise! And Mr. D does all of that!

Happy bday again and because of you 3.1 doesn't sound so daunting for me any more. Sorta. Kinda.


tam pham said...

change is good. love the re-design as well. adore that's rip off of a robert rodriquez top that I ALMOST pull it off much better anyways.

Kate said...

Digging the new layout.

OK, so I have 6 months on you in age. So far, I give 31 two thumbs up. Turning 30 was cathartic and 31 has seen a lot of those changes begin to really manifest.

I too am enamored with those Prada shoes, ever since I saw them in Marie Claire a few weeks ago. They look they can fly. Totally not something I'd really wear, not at all lifestyle appropriate for me right now. But I love looking at them.

Cupcakes and Cashmere said...

that pendant is unreal. me & ro is by far my favorite jewelry designer...such simple, stunning pieces. i'd love to trade links if you're interested!

Ann Marie said...

1. I read that article in LA Mag when it was first published and one of my first thoughts was "I wonder if Diabolina has read this?"

2. Like the new layout!

3. Even with the returns I think Mr. Diabolina's deserves an A for effort. Seriously though, that Me & Ro necklace is gorgeous.

Victoria said...

Happy Birthday D! I love all your pics from the Madonna/MJ extravaganza and the new look of the site. I just read the Madonna book by her bitter brother... definitely worth it! Frank is so cute that he would even walk into those stores. A for effort!

dapotato said...

mr. d gives great gifts!

Sable Crow said...

I love you 3.1 Diabolina. LBD gave me pause, until I realized what it meant (I was SURE it was another celebrity I'd never heard of, like Lauren Conrad).

I love the redesign; it fits you much better. Funny, just last week I was looking at your site thinking--this isn't D...

THIS is much better.

Love your support of my blog. Love the necklace. Yuk, so much love. Ruffles my shiny black feathers.

Sable Crow

Da Fashionista said...

I am liking this design better but still not ideal for me. would love to have one that is black and white and red and has interlocking c's. or maybe chocolate and tiffany blue. any help on blogger design sites would be much appreciated!

gracias, my lovelies!

Tiffany said...

loving your hair.

that pendant? too die for. I want it. You find the best stuff.

I saw that Karl shirt too! I might have to ask one of my london friends to help me out as well.

Ly said...

love your new scarf and pretty floral top. 31 is not that bad, neither is 33(yikes!) can't beleive it went by so fast:) so glad you had a wonderful time and got some amazing presents. and love the new format!

p.s. (is it too late to send you a half-descent pic of moi?:)

Da Fashionista said...

Not too late!!! Please send. Will be cooking something up with them this weekend!

Milly said...

pucci scarf, Me&Ro necklace & the kitty bracelet ( i want one)..oh my!..loving your new gifts...Happy Birthday!!!

Rachee said...

ooh, love the new site, looks very fresh. happy belated b-day!
yay to Mr. D for being ok with exchanging presents. The hubs gets so bent out of shape when I want to, I don't even bother anymore.

Christina said...

yay Phillip Lim!!! Love him too! I love that Me&Ro Necklace!

Couture Carrie said...

Thanks for the shout-out, sweetie! And happy b-day!
That patterned halter looks great on you!
And I enjoyed reading your self-reflection in the top post - deep thoughts. Hope this year is an amazing one for you - yay 31!


Fabianna (H.Finn Jewelry) said...

hope you had the most fabulous birthday!!

Need that Karl Lag tee, I am so jealous!!


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