Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Birthday In Bloom

So I turned 30 on Sunday and I had an ABSOLUTE BLAST! 

A birthday that falls on a weekend is one of life's little luxuries. Celebrations commenced as soon as I left work on Friday, culminating with a afternoon shindig on Sunday at our cosy apartment with our nearest and dearest. 

My birthday eve was thus spent scrubbing and cleaning the apartment down. Unlike the average New-Yorker, we do not employ cleaners since personally nothing feels as clean as if it's been done yourself. We were so consumed with chores that it was early evening before we realised that we hadn't eaten - so off we went to Maialino for pasta; as well as photographs outside Gramercy Park (the one I have a love-hate relationship with).
I love that you can see my patient photographer here!
Darling S spoils me every birthday and I had no clue as to what he'd come up with for the big 30. Being the impatient filly that I am, I couldn't wait till midnight EST and instead received my fancy-pansy present from him as soon as the clocks in Sydney struck midnight (which was 10am EST Saturday!).   

Colour me speechless when I saw the beautiful red box beneath the wrapping ...
Cartier Love bangle, J Crew diamante bracelets, right-wrist cuff from Paddington Markets, Sydney
If you followed me on Instragram, you'd also know that he surprised me with dinner at Daniel. We haven't been back since a phenomenal experience on our anniversary last year and it was even better the second time around. We were still enjoying dessert when it was finally midnight in New York. Perhaps it was the sugar high, or better yet a lovely buzz from the White Cosmos, but ushering in my birthday that moment made me feel like I was truly on top of the world.

The lavishness of this year's birthday didn't end there. I have a long-standing tradition of buying myself a gift (truth be told it's just another excuse to shop). I have been excited for this birthday since Jan 1, so I figured I should start saving then for something truly memorable. A Chanel flap was the obvious choice - and since I preferred the rare combination of navy blue and gold hardware, I was fortunate to find one on consignment for way less than retail AND in immaculate condition.
DVF Karin dress (similar on sale), Anthropologie belt, Prada sunnies, Anthropologie shoes
The weekend was decadent beyond words. Beyond the seemingly materialistic nature of this birthday, I was showered with an insane amount of love and wishes by friends and family all over the world. I can not be more thrilled to reach this milestone and I am even more excited of what is to be.


  1. Happy Belated B-day! Sounds like you had a fab time, got some great goodies, and look good to boot!

  2. What a fabulous birthday! I loved hearing about dessert being served at midnight! Magical. And you look so cute!

  3. Happy birthday Usha!

  4. What a fantastic way to celebrate the big 3-0! You look fabulous and I love how you are glowing with happiness. Your Chanel is absolutely gorgeous!

  5. ha...late to the party but happy birthday! Sounds like you had a blast, and you look fabulous! I think you made a great choice with your classic purse selection. And your arm party is gorgeous- nice mix!