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I Loved Hello Kitty First


I did, I loved Hello Kitty first. And yes, I know that’s a bold, presumptuous statement, and a little bit hipster-esque and snobby, but I don’t care, I stand by my words, I loved Hello Kitty first. You see, every since I was a wee little thing in the 80’s, I loved Hello Kitty, and every birthday, my mother and friends and family would get me hello kitty themed gifts. This was way before Hello Kitty was super popular, Keropi kind of out-shined her for a while in the 90’s, but she was still my favorite.  I’ve had Hello Kitty stickers, notebooks, pens, pencils, games, bags, clothes, stuffed animals, bento boxes, kitchen appliances (including toaster), balloons, themed parties, etc. Basically, a whole load of hello kitty shit. My favorite birthday memories growing up are def. the memories of waking up on the 24th and seeing a bag of Hello Kitty things next to my head on the pillow. Every year, my parents would get me something, even if it was just something small. This year, they changed it up and got me a giant white elephant. Knowing I was sad that they broke tradition, my boyfriend got me a little stuffed Hello Kitty, which was quite sweet. In addition to that, my family put a hello kitty candle on my cake, as evidenced by the picture above (thanks M.V. for the picture).

I thought this was a perfect time to bring up my Hello Kitty obsession since Sephora just rolled out with a whole Hello Kitty line. Like their Tarina Tarintino collaboration, the Hello Kitty line includes make-up, accessories and perfume for us adults, but with a touch of whimsy.  Some of my favorite products for sale, below.


Ok, admittedly I haven’t smelled this, but I love the little Hello Kitty glass bottle with atomizer.

mirrorAnother cute item for your vanity

nailartI love nail art, even if I suck at doing my own nails. This is pretty cute close-up.


Just be cautious, I haven’t actually used the products or held the above mirror in my hand, it might be super crappy. However, it’s pretty cute to look at, and even though Hello Kitty is kind of played out and everywhere at this point, and I probably wouldn’t actually buy or use any of the products above,  it still holds a special kitty place in my heart.

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A Quarter Century Old

I am not a birthday person. Ever since I was about 18 or so, birthdays have continuously made me cry. Not because they’re ever bad but just because birthdays are emotional. It’s irrational and absurd, and I know that, but it’s my birthday and I can cry if I want to. Fortunately, I have some of the most incredible people in my life that make my birthday extremely special every year. Last night, at midnight, my brother, sister-in-law, sister and brother-in-law all sang happy birthday and gave me some amazing presents. At that same moment, my boyfriend sent me a beautiful message and my best friend called me, and it was just a very sweet and special birthday moment. Later in the night as well as all of today,  I received beautiful messages from my parents, other relatives, and all of my other very close friends. It definitely makes me feel silly for getting so sad on the days leading up to today, when everyone made me feel so incredibly loved. Anyway, onto the presents! I got a beautiful, enormous, candelabra from Z Gallerie, and two new pieces from Skyler Man.  All of the jewelry I get from Skyler Man is so insanely special to me, I don’t think I ever want to wear anything else.

Phantom Candelabra from Z Gallerie


18 k rose gold, ruby marquis eye, and black macrame


(Two views) Oxidized sterling silver with black diamond eyes and diamonds in the band

I think I’m going to make it a vow to never be sad on my birthday again. I mean, I’m already a quarter of a century old, a little too old to be so irrational. Plus, who can be sad when they’re surrounded by such amazing people? From this day forward, not me.