As the temperature plummeted in NY this weekend (seriously – I had no idea how ridiculously cold it gets here), I’ve been hibernating indoors and so, what better time to start thinking about one of the only things I like about this cold, dreary time of year – my birthday in February!
My work already (unintentionally) gave me an awesome gift – it turns out I have to be in London for meetings which happen to fall on my birthday next month! I’ll extend my trip for the weekend so I get to celebrate with family and friends back home – yay! And can then kick off NY celebrations when I get back! As you can probably tell, I like to milk my birthday for all it’s worth!
I love birthdays – not just mine but everyone else’s too! It’s definitely a family thing of ours to celebrate birthdays and make them special, regardless of age or whether you’re even all that keen on birthdays! Especially as we’ve all gotten older and busier, I really cherish my family and friends coming together and making memories.
And of course, who doesn’t like a little gift or two?! Here are some of the things on my wish list for this year!
With all of this cold as hell weather wrecking havoc on my skin, I’m definitely wanting to stock up on some calming, nourishing skincare. I usually use La Roche-Posay and have loved their Effaclar Mat Mattifying Mosituriser for years. Feeling the need for something a little more protective, but yet gentle in these harsh weather conditions, I’ve started using First Aid Beauty’s Ultra Repair Cream which my skin seems to be loving. It’s a non greasy, super hydrating, relieves minor irritation from all this wind chill and is safe for sensitive skin with parabens, harsh chemicals or colorants.
Keen to try some of their other products like the Ultra Repair Hydra-Firm Sleeping Cream:
I also like the look of the Triple Protection Skin Tint which comes with SPF 30 and is available in four shades.
When it comes to fragrance gifts, there aren’t many brands I love more than Jo Malone. A dear friend first introduced me to Jo Malone many years ago now when we blended our own custom fragrance at the Jo Malone counter in London’s Selfridges – what a fun afternoon that was!
I definitely prefer the more intense, headier scents, so I’m keen to try out the Orris & Sandalwood Cologne Intense since I love anything with sandalwood in it! It’s such a shame they don’t have this in a candle as I’d definitely buy it as little gift for me, from me!
And whilst I usually stick to the darker bottles denoting the stronger, more intense combinations, I also love the sound of this Amber & Lavender Cologne as I’m a sucker for anything lavender scented (I often burn lavender essential oil in an oil burner at home and sprinkle drops on my pillow for a restful night’s sleep).
I’ve been enjoying getting to know some new US clothing brands since I’ve been here and one of the companies I really like the aesthetic of is Madewell. Dreaming and desperate for warmer months to come, I’ve fallen in love with this beaut of a dress. Anything with a star print has me automatically starry-eyed from the get go, but it can sometimes look a little kitsch / young. The gorgeous plum colour of this silk dress gives it a playful, flirty yet grown up vibe – definitely a winner!
I’m still slowly trying to get my teeny studio apartment to feel more home-y and I’ve spied these lovely velvet cushion covers at West Elm which will look great on my grey sofa. I also LOVE that you can get them monogrammed, what a great little addition! Trying to decide between the regal blue or the blush pink color. I’m usually not very girly at all when it comes to decorating but the blush is currently edging over the blue for me!
Hope you enjoyed my first wish list! I’m looking forward to compiling more of these in the future!