the checklist

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

The Curator:

Jackie Yaeger

, Newsletter Editor

The News: Olivia Wilde and Jason Sudeikis Have a Baby!

Since this 


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



The Look:

Molly Ringwald in 1984’s

Sixteen Candles


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


.” 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)



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


your birthday (I’m looking at you


, Kelly Clarkson, Barbara Streisand, and Jean Paul Gaultier), then cheers to us!

Nasty Gal Sasha Jumpsuit - $78

Philosophy Vanilla Birthday Cake Lip Shine - $10

Olivia Wilde + Jason Sudeikis = Otis Alexander Sudeikis