the checklist

    how to have the best birthday ever with cake, katy perry, and '80s movies.

    by jackie yaeger · April 24, 2014
    The Curator: Jackie Yaeger, Newsletter Editor

    The News: Olivia Wilde and Jason Sudeikis Have a Baby!
    Since this is a birthday edition of The Checklist and all, just in case you haven't heard, our August 2011 cover star, actress, and all around It Girl Olivia Wilde tweeted a picture announcing the birth of her son! Otis Alexander Sudeikis was born yesterday, and we're pretty sure he'll end up on the cover of NYLON Guys one day--so stay tuned for that. Happy first full day of life Otis, you're already way cool.

    The Look:
    Molly Ringwald in 1984's Sixteen Candles
    Since NYLON is celebrating its 15th birthday this month, and since I'm celebrating my birthday today, I only found it fitting that my checklist be totally inspired by birthdays! That's why I couldn't resist taking a style hint for my birthday party from Sixteen Candles, the classic '80s movie about the awkwardness of being a teenager (which gets worse when the main character finds out that her family completely forgot her birthday). Instead of rocking a poofy pink tulle dress like Ringwald's character, Samantha, sports on her birthday, I'm thinking I'll go with an updated version of the look by rocking this Sasha Jumpsuit from Nasty Gal.

    The Face: Philosophy's Vanilla Birthday Cake Lip Shine
    The best part about birthdays? Cake, duh! Not sure about you, but just when I think I've had enough of the sweet stuff, my mind is like, "Jackie, what do you mean you've had enough cake?! It's your birthday." So I go have more. Or, I could always go with another application of Philosophy's Vanilla Birthday Cake Lip Shine, which both tastes and smells like the ultimate birthday treat.

    The Song: Birthday - Katy Perry (obvi)
    When the Ace of Cakes makes a bunch of cakes for your music video, you can pretty much expect that they're going to look totally 'grammable. Lucky for Katy Perry, Duff Goldman cooked up a bunch of seriously cool cakes (one even looks like a cat) for the pop star's "Birthday" music video, which I'm naturally watching over and over again today. So, whether or not today is your birthday, I just want to say that you should live today like it's your birthday, too. But if today is your birthday (I'm looking at you NYLON, Kelly Clarkson, Barbara Streisand, and Jean Paul Gaultier), then cheers to us!
    Tags: checklist, fashion, beauty
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