Today President Obama turns 49! The relatively youthful president has plans for a low key birthday this year because Michelle and Sasha have jetted off to Spain for vacation and Malia is away at camp. But he won't be lonely. Obama will head to Chicago to enjoy a birthday dinner with friends, and he'll stay the night in his house in Hyde Park. Since next year the president celebrates his half-century mark, he might mark the milestone with a bigger celebration, but his plans tonight sound perfectly relaxing to me. On your birthday, what do you like to do?
As we oohed and ahhed over her plans (she is hitting up one of my favorite pasta spots, Farina), we also reminisced about our own rites of passage. For the big two-one, PartySugar threw a cocktail party at her grandfather's house, complete with a purple carpet for guests.
As for me, my parents took me to Spec's Liquor Warehouse to buy an assorted case of wines, which went alongside a spectacular dinner with friends. (Perhaps the following birthday, which was spent dancing atop Austin, TX, bars, would've made for a more traditional celebration.) How did you spend (or do you plan to spend, for you young-ins) your 21st birthday?
Jessica Simpson has taken on many personas in her 29 years — from virginal pop princess, to naive newlywed, super-sex Daisy Duke, and self-loving explorer of beauty ideals. On the eve of her 30th birthday, the singer plans to re-create herself again with a new health regime. She says she's shocking her system with a vegan diet, healing tea, and cupping. I hope there's room for at least one glass of celebratory champagne. Whether or not you're the type of person who goes all out for every birthday, when you approach a milestone, say 21, 30, or 40, do you celebrate in a special way and evaluate where you're headed?
You may be shocked to learn that Nigella Lawson, the British coquette of the cooking world, has been around for half a century. It's true: on Wednesday, the celebrity chef rang in the big 5-0 with her husband, art collector and advertising mogul Charles Saatchi, and a friend in East London. To pay tribute to the self-proclaimed domestic goddess and all her achievements, the UK's Daily Mail compiled 50 little-known facts about the famous food figure. Curious to know the 10 that surprised us most? Read on to find out.
Not only can you score a complimentary meal and free entertainment on your birthday, you can also treat yourself to a little birthday shopping spree on the cheap! Several retailers offer discounts and freebies on your special day — read on to start building your birthday wish list.
There's nothing sweeter than being the birthday girl! If your lil darling shuns the tutu and crown look on her big day wrap her up in a tee that evokes visions of cupcakes, candles and presents, but is still subtle enough for a soiree at the park or a classroom fete.
The 1st Birthday Cupcake Tee ($20) presents a delightful package for a 365-day-old celebration, without the sugar overload.
On this Wednesday, we don't just celebrate Hump Day for the week; we also honor French Laundry chef and restaurant legend Thomas Keller, who turns 54 today. The culinary pioneer — who's been called everything from the food industry's Yoda to Father Jesus Keller — shows no signs of slowing down. He's about to open a Bouchon restaurant in LA and a new inn in Napa Valley. Although chef Keller gets plenty of press, he still manages to keep a lot of his personal life under wraps. Here, 10 things you probably would never have guessed about him.
For many, celebrating a birthday is synonymous with cake and ice cream. Don't tell that to Naomi Watts — the actress celebrated her 41st birthday on Monday by biking around New York City with her beau, Liev Schreiber. I think it's OK to celebrate a little when the occasion arises, but I have also been known to start my birthday off with a bike ride with my man.
What about you? Do you let you indulge on your big day, or do you incorporate fun fitness activities like Naomi?