(hmm this seems to be a very scatterbrained post...)
in a prototypical birthday you have dinner or a party, and if there are presents involved they are all wrapped up and opened together (with cards). not me! (or maybe you, too?)
i just become much more loose with my shopping for the weeks before and after my birthday. :D plus, darling is really bad about keeping secrets so i get my presents from him as soon as they come in the mail.
corporate participation in my birthday:
the nike store was giving away free laces and matching spikes! i gave my friend my spikes because she's a hardcore runner who actually owns (and uses!) shoes to screw them into. :D pictured on my awesome $5 walmart buy.
i got my sephora birthday gift also but to the honest the mascara and pencil are pretty terrible and the eye shadow won't really be useful to me until i depot and pallet-ize everything. on the other hand, starbucks was a total fail and did not give me a free drink based on my starbucks card - they said i needed a code from an email but i never got an email :(
i went to nordstrom rack and really fell in love with these kenneth cole bracelets. i very nearly bought all 3 in each color. they remind me of bamboo, look like bangles but are elastic so they're smaller than a bangle (and thus don't completely slide off over my itty bitty hands) and they are texturized and very "soft glow" effect-ey. have been wearing them almost every day this week. :)
i actually bought this bottle for my birthday last year and finally finished it this year! 8D
and hey not everything is for me... my kid sister was in town so i gifted her some items that were no longer age/weight/height-appropriate for me. -_-
AND darling got me the most awesome hat evar. just like 2NE1! i <3 it and am wearing it all the time. yes, it is fuzzy, and yes, people like to pet my head. they need to make the cookie monster version so i can buy it for him!
both my mum and darling baked me birthday cakes but both disappeared too fast to be photographed. XD