Friday, January 29, 2016

They Say it's Your Birthday: My Birthday Wishlist!

Jamie Allison Sanders, birthday, 1988, 1980s, cake, blowing out candles
My birthday is on Sunday. And I know you're never supposed to ask a lady her age, but you know what? I'm proud of the fact that I'm turning 36. (Especially since I still look like I'm in my 20s. Thank goodness.) In celebration, I've compiled a little wishlist of everything I'd be over the moon to get -- or, really, even what I'd love to buy for myself. It may surprise you that, although my tastes tend to run on the luxury side of things, that most aren't that expensive. But as I get older (and hopefully wiser), my need for THINGS seems to be decreasing. I want to celebrate what's really important in life with a few fun objects along the way. These are the items striking my fancy right now.

Anthropologie Raised Bloom Measuring Cups, birthday wishlist, gift list
Anthropologie Raised Bloom Measuring Cups
Okay. I don't really cook, like, ever. And I'm not even good at it when I try. BUT COME ON. Are these measuring cups the cutest things ever or what?
$38 at

Katz's Delicatessen Chocolate Egg Cream Candle, Voluspa Santiago Huckleberry Candle, Anthropologie, birthday wishlist, gift list
More candles for my collection!
I firmly believe that I will never have enough candles. But right now, if I could only buy two, it would be these. Because I miss Katz's Delicatessen in NYC more than life itself, and because this Voluspa candle is THE BEST SMELLING CANDLE ON THE FACE OF THE EARTH. Trust me.
Katz's Delicatessen Chocolate Egg Cream Candle, $28 at
Voluspa Santiago Huckleberry Candle, $26 at

Richard Avedon Portraits, coffee table book, birthday wishlist, gift list
Richard Avedon Portraits
When this exhibit came to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, I became so enamored I went three times. Every time, I found myself gazing with wonder at the portraits Richard Avedon had created. I stood there for hours, studying the expressions on the people's faces and marveling at how he so adeptly captured each person's personality so perfectly. (His portrait of a laughing Bert Lahr, who played the Cowardly Lion in The Wizard of Oz, especially struck me.) I've been wanting this book for YEARS -- I think it's high time I actually get it.
$26 at

adult coloring books, The 1990s Coloring Book, Harry Potter Magical Creatures and Characters Coloring Book, Swear Word Coloring Book #2, Color Me Swooooon Coloring Book, birthday wishlist, gift list
Adult coloring books
I know these are all the rage, but I don't have one yet. AND I WANT THEM ALL! But if I could only choose a few, these definitely all speak to me. Come on -- swear words, the 90's, Harry Potter and every hot male celebrity? What more could a woman want?
The 1990s Coloring Book: All That and a Box of Crayons, $7 at
Harry Potter Magical Creatures and Characters Coloring Book, $11 at
Swear Word Coloring Book #2, $8.99 at
Color Me Swooooon Coloring Book, $14 at

Field Notes color notebooks, birthday wishlist, gift list
Field Notes Notebooks
Every self-respecting copywriter and graphic designer carries these around, and I NEED THEM. I want them in every single color. ALL OF THE COLORS. NOW. (Yes, this deserves all capital letters, too.)
$9.95 for a 3-pack at

moYOU nail image plates, nail stamping, nails, manicure, birthday wishlist, gift list, nail polish
moYOU Nail Image Plates
I recently experienced nail stamping for the first time, and I am now obsessed. Nail art is just so simple to create with these babies! I basically want every nail stamp ever, but I'd settle for this one (MoYou Image Plate 111) for the shoe alone!
$7.99 at

Cards Against Humanity, board game, birthday wishlist, gift list
Cards Against Humanity
Someone please buy this game for me. ANYONE. I am dying for this game to be mine. It produces hours of hilarity and never ceases to entertain. I WANT IT. NOW.
$25 at

American Whiskey Bourbon & Rye: A Guide to the Nation's Favorite Spirit, coffee table book, drinking, birthday wishlist, gift list
American Whiskey, Bourbon & Rye: A Guide to the Nation's Favorite Spirit
The past few years have seen me cultivating an intense, passionate love affair with whiskey and bourbon. I find it only natural that I'd want to own this book.
$24.95 at

wrdsmth, street art, street artist, art, birthday wishlist, gift list
wrdsmth Aspire to Inspire in Los Angeles Signed Street Art Photo
Since moving to LA, I've really become enamored of street art. My very favorite artist is wrdsmth, who combines a typewriter with thought- and emotion-provoking phrases. This is one of my favorites.
$100 at


  1. How wonderful! Happy Birthday, Jamie! Have a great day and a happy, successful year. Love your list. Now I want the Katz' candle and those notebooks look divine. Hope you get everything on your list!

    1. Thank you so much, Allison! I really appreciate your kind words. Doesn't that Katz candle look amazing?

  2. Happy Birthday. Yay for another January baby - I'm Jan. 14th :D A great wishlist of goodies for sure ;) Wishing you a wonderful day.

    1. Thank you very much, Honey! Yay for January babies! :)

  3. Happy Birthday, Jamie! I hope that you have a wonderful celebration tomorrow! I love your picks!

  4. Happy Birthday, Jamie!! I remember when I was 36 - it was like it was yesterday, although that was a "little" while ago!! lol Yes, our tastes in gifts do change over the years, but nonetheless I hope you get everything that you wish for!! I hope your Birthday is over the top!!

  5. Happy (early) Birthday! You have an amazing list!

  6. OMG I want those measuring cups! Happy birthday!

    1. Aren't they so cute? I want them REALLY badly. And thank you!!

  7. That swear coloring book is genius! And those measuring cups need to find their way to my kitchen! Hope you had a great birthday! :)

    1. Right? I need that coloring book and the measuring cups STAT!! And thank you so much, it was wonderful! :)

  8. I hope you got some of these wishes because they are great. I'd love the Katz' Chocolate Egg Cream candle too.