Turning {Twenty Five}



Another year, another candle on my hot pink cake. Twenty five has always been my ‘scary year’ because you’re supposed to have your life together by now, right? Wrong. I am nowhere near being the Fashion Features Editor at an internationally acclaimed magazine, I still haven’t figured out how to style my hair like a Victoria’s Secret Model, I can’t drive or cook to save my life and I weigh significantly more than I did a couple of years ago, completely debunking any myths of being at my ‘physical prime’ at 25.


Oh, and it doesn’t end there. I’m still the most irresponsible person I know, I spend all my savings on shopping (Who am I kidding? I never had any savings to begin with!) and cosmetic counter sales girls have taken to offering me miracle anti-ageing potions whenever I walk by. I should be having a quarter life crisis right about now.


But turning twenty five has also taught me that these silly little things hardly matter in the grander scheme of things. Instead, I’m choosing to be thankful this year. For friends that have stood by me through everything, and those that have shown their true colours before it was too late. For a chance to try out so many different, exciting things throughout the span of my short, five year career. For a family that has loved and supported me through my less-than-lovely moments and for a boy who lights me up like a Christmas tree.


So older, and in an attempt to be wiser, my birthday wishlist is a mixture of clever closet basics, multi-tasking beauty heroes, and little gadgets that make being healthy and more organized a little more fun. Oh, and I threw in a few quirky pieces too, just so it wouldn’t be a complete snooze! Here’s what I’m craving as I take my 25th trip round the sun. Too bad bout those savings!


1. Mango Trench Coat

There’s nothing chicer than a beautiful, well-fitted trench. Knowing my style like the back of his hand, my boy picked this one out for me, making it even more special.


2. 3.1 Phillip Lim Pashli Satchel

If you invest in one high fashion piece, let it be a big black bag. These babies carry everything but the kitchen sink and look effortlessly chic while they do. I love the zipper detail on this baby.


3. The Trunk Label Gold Brogues

What better way to put a spring in the birthday girl’s step than with a pair of spunky metallic brogues? I love that these are streamlined and feminine enough to not come off as androgynous.


4. The Perfect Pink Planner

The notebook and planner obsession continues. I’m currently searching in vain for a hot pink planner with my blog’s logo on it and studs all round. Also, it would be great if it didn’t cost half the earth.


5. Forever 21 Ivory Heels

For me, ivory heels are the epitome of ladylike chic this season, especially if it has a dainty pointed toe. I love how the straps on this pair give it a bit of a sexy gladiator vibe, keeping it from being too stuffy.


6. The Perfect Boyfriend Jeans

I think it’s high time I stop piggybacking on my boyfriend’s jeans and finally get me a pair of classy, well-fitted boyfriend jeans that are actually made for women. They look adorable when paired with dainty high heels!


7. A Pale Pink Blazer

I’m obsessed with pink again this season (It’s like I’m 16 again!), but this time in a grown-up girl avatar, or so I like to think. Pale pinks, blush pinks, peony pinks and posy pinks. Everything but the obvious neons and hot brights work.


8. New Look at Koovs Faux Croc Tassel Boots

If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll know just how hard I’ve fallen for these edgy Alexander Wang-esque boots. These aren’t available yet, but I plan to grab them the second they are!


9. White Birkenstock Antique Lace Birko-Flor Mayari Sandals

You have to be living under a rock to not know that Birks are the hottest thing summer has to offer! I like this feminine twist on the trend, especially since white sandals are just a match made in heaven when paired with breezy sundresses.


10. Larsson and Jennings Gold Chain Metal Watch

I was introduced to the brand by my boy who happens to be a big fan and has converted me from a non-watch-wearer to a die-hard enthusiast. After getting my hands on their red leather and limited edition animal print straps, I’m ready to add this beautiful gold baby to my collection.

11. Adidas Originals Borboflor Track Top

I’ve been allergic to hoodies for as long as I can remember, and only thought they were acceptable at the gym or when you’re unwell, but slap a pretty floral print on one and I’m on board! Dying to get my hands on this little number, but it appears to be sold out everywhere.


12. Forever 21 Nude Wedges

Everyone knows about the leg-lengthening powers of a good nude heel. But this baby just looks so comfortable and on-trend that I’d pick them over a pair of ageing six inch WAG-style pumps any day!


13. Polar Heart Rate Monitor Watch

My recent health kick has me frequenting the park for jogs almost everyday. And while the Nike  + Running app is great, this cute little watch makes the process of tracking your steps, calories, heart rate and distance prettier, for lack of a better word.


14. Forever 21 Black / Animal Print Pointy Toe Gladiator Flats

Always on the lookout for a great pair of black flats, these babies do not disappoint. Edgy to boot and high on the fash-factor, I can’t wait for them to meet the rest of my shoe closet!


15. Forever 21 Black Sandals with Gold Heel

If there’s one thing my closet lacks, it’s sophisticated, feminine sandals. These look amazing with anything from boyfriend jeans to skater skirts. An absolute must-have, if you will.


16. Alexander McQueen Skull Tassel Key Ring

My favourite gold heart shaped key ring broke recently, leaving my poor keys looking miserably under-accessorized. I figured amping the glam factor with this beautiful blush-hued tassel piece, topped with McQueen’s signature skull to stop it from being too sugary sweet, was exactly what the doctor ordered!


17. River Island White Leather Jacket

I’ve been obsessed with white leather jackets ever since I saw one of my favourite bloggers, Jessica from ‘What I Wore’ talk about hers on Instagram. Since then, I’ve been on the lookout for the perfect piece to wear over vintage floral dresses this summer.


18. River Island Cotton Candy Hued Dress

This lace bubblegum-hued number would be prefect to wear to a summer party when teamed with some edgy heels and a jacket to keep it from being too girly.


19. NARS ‘Foreplay’ Blush Palette

I’ve lusted after NARS’ famous Orgasm blush for years, but never really got around to buying it. Then this genius little multi-tasker came long! the ‘Foreplay’ blush palette features not only their ‘Orgasm’ shade, but a couple of other delicious tones, perfect for the cheeks and eyes!


20. Benefit ‘Benebalm’

I’m a HUGE fan of Benefit products, especially their lip stains, cheek stains and mascaras. But I can’t wait to try this glossy lipstick for a touch of sheer red, perfect for hot summer days.


21. Burberry Body Perfume

I’ll admit it, I’m a scent thief. I made Cacharel’s ‘Amor Amor’ my signature scent after I fell in love with it at a friend’s house. And while I refuse to let it take a back seat, I’m branching out to the Burberry Body (also ‘inspired’ by a friend) for a little bit of variety.


22. Koovs Glitter Jelly Sandals

Jelly sandals from the 90′s are back! I remember my mum having a purple glitter pair and I having a pink glitter pair with Barbie on it when I was little. I’m opting for a silver or black pair this time round. Viva la jelly!


23. New Look Black Gladiator Sandals

Regular wear and tear have forced me to retire my basic black and gold peep-toe mary janes, which is why I need to upgrade it with this sexy stiletto, perfect for work or play.


What’s on your birthday wish list, fellow Gemini girls? Share it with me in the comments below! Oh, and Happy Birthday in advance!



  • Mrinmayi Sawant

    Thanks Anushka I’m now lusting after everything that’s on the list. I
    have the Ivory pumps, snagged them in the sale, they are so versatile!
    Happy Birthday once again!

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