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.
Fashion District rosette top
Liquid white pants
Tarina Tarantino Hello Kitty bracelet
Chanel earrings and bag
Stuart Weitzman sandals
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...