A dash of Pepper…

…with a splash of Mint

A new decade!

Posted by Pepper on April 20, 2016

I celebrated my birthday a few days ago. I turned, wait for it, 30! I expected myself to be overcome by that feeling of alarm and dread. Because, it is 30 we are talking about. 30 is big. 30 is so big. I have a handful of friends who are just under 30, and they wanted to know ‘how it felt to be 30’. I have a lot of friends who are over 30 and all of them brushed if off saying it is just a number. I waited all day for that feeling to hit me. Some amount of fear? Some regret? Some uncertainty? Surprisingly, other than excitement, I felt nothing else.

In fact, I remember being far more anxious on my 20th birthday. Entering a new decade felt a lot more scary back then. I couldn’t believe the teens were over. I wanted to hold on to them some more. I just liked the idea of being considered ‘young’. It let you get away with being stupid. And here I was, crossing the 30 mark already. Not really much wiser. Time does zoom by. This makes me think I will be 40 in the blink of an eye. And I wonder how that will feel.

I have to say, I have over indulged myself this month. I told myself turning 30 will justify all that extra shopping I do. It is after all a part of some mega celebration. I started with the basics. I needed lingerie. My existing collection was in tatters, quite literally. Very unglamorous. A 30 year old has to shine inwardly too. So I bought myself some decent stuff.

I then moved to night dresses. My tees and pajamas are again, to put it mildly, quite faded and worn out. So new night wear was purchased and the old ones have either been given away or been converted to tools used for dusting. I am 30 and I deserve all new things now.

I have also been experimenting with lip colour. It has been a long journey. Using lipsticks made me feel supremely conscious and overdone. In a wannabe sort of way. I thought they weren’t meant for me. One of my resolutions this year was to feel more confident with lip colour. I started out with such nude shades, Mint would not believe me when I said I had a lipstick on. But I loved the nudes. They added texture and a very subtle colour to my lips. They were just what I liked.

Over time, I started playing with bolder colours. I used a radiant peach of sorts and when I got a million compliments for that, I went and picked out a red! I must say, I have used the red a total of one time. It still makes me feel like I have stepped too far out of my comfort zone, but I am told it looks great. Hopefully, I will stop being conscious. For my birthday, I treated myself to two new lip colours. One a nude and the other a vivid pink. They were so expensive, I was full of doubt. What if I buy them and never use them? I decided to squish the doubt and buy them anyway. Because it was my birthday! And buying them would be good incentive to use them.

Another product that I had been wanting to buy for a long time was a dry shampoo. I had never in my life heard of one until a few months ago. I was told it was a substitute for a hair wash. All you had to do was spray it on your hair and the oiliness would disappear. I couldn’t believe it! If there is one thing I hate, it is having to wash my hair every two days. If a product could let me cut back on those washes, I had to get it! And what better time than turning 30?

There were a lot of expensive ones available online, but since I was going to be experimenting, I didn’t want to spend too much. I bought this one after some consideration. Unfortunately, I don’t think this substitutes for a hair wash. Well, not for me at least. However, it does reduce the oiliness and fluffs up your hair to a good extent. I am guessing I will use it before heading out for unplanned dinners, when I discover my hair looks fairly sticky (common story in my life), so I will still call it a useful buy. Next time, I may just try another brand.

I am also happy to note I have changed my dressing style. Finally. After all those years of wearing jeans and nothing else other than jeans, I am finally comfortable with dresses and skirts. I have also developed a fairly good color sense and when I look back at some of the clothes I wore earlier, I ask myself ‘Why?’. I know the answer though. I didn’t care enough about how I looked earlier. I find myself caring a little more and taking more interest in my appearance in the past year or two. I like how I dress and look now. I think at 30, I am in a happy spot. So of course, I had to buy myself some new clothes too. And oh, since we were at it, I bought myself a lovely new hand bag.

And as an icing on the cake, I had to buy myself some good books. A 30 year old has to always have something interesting to read and stimulate her ageing brain cells after all. I bought ‘Beside Myself’ by Ann Morgan and ‘The museum of extraordinary things’ by Alice Hoffman. Both the books seem pretty good and I am half way through Beside Myself. Maybe I should not be so reluctant to do book reviews on my blog. Considering how many books I read, it is strange that I have not posted a single review. Book reviews are something I find myself incapable of doing. Some day maybe..

The build up to my birthday was exciting and fun. On the actual day, I went out for lunch with Mint and a friend. This is one of the things we ordered. A platter with 14 dips. The place was on my list for a long time, so for a change I wasn’t very confused about where I wanted to go for my birthday lunch.

And here is a picture of me cutting my 30th birthday cake.



We headed out for a family dinner with my parents and sis after the cake cutting session in the evening. I had such a lovely day. It was all so different from my 29th birthday, where everything seemed to annoy me. I guess they are right when they say, “Attitude is everything”

51 Responses to “A new decade!”

  1. Priya said

    Many happy returns of the day! 30th is an important milestone to celebrate. Glad to read about all your purchases

  2. So happy to know your day went well Pepper!
    All that shopping list has made me quite jealous – not the cool stuff you bought, but just the fact you can step out and go shopping for hours on your own. My shopping is only online or a quick 30 minutes rush to the store most times. Sigh!

    Ranting apart, I wanna say you look stunning for a 30 year old !! Way to go. keep the attitude and enjoy the new decade girl 🙂

  3. Happy birthday, Pepper!! You are right, attitude is everything! Plus, from what I can see you don’t look 30 at all so that’s good too! 🙂

  4. Happy birthday Pepper!! Have a wonderful, wonderful time ahead!
    And good buys I must say. I am on your level of thinking currently wrt lipsticks and I have worn red 3-4 times I think. 😀
    Dry shampoo is awesome for me because I wash my hair twice a week on Wed/Thurs evening and this works for Wed-Thurs hair. I just spray it on and tie a ponytail. It atleast doesn’t make me look chappu. I use Batiste btw. Had picked it up at Heathrow airport.

    • Pepper said

      So you use the dry shampoo on the same day as you wash it? Or do you mean BEFORE you wash it? I suppose the latter…
      I should try Batiste. It has good reviews 🙂

      • Before I wash it. Like on the 3rd day of washed hair when it starts looking chappat. I will still tie them up but atleast it has a little height in the front and I won’t look too much like Morticia Adams.

        • Pepper said

          Ah ok.. I get it now.. I just hate that chappat look and so far had been forced to wash my hair every 2 days. Most annoying. I think this dry shampoo thing will work well on 2nd / 3rd day hair for me too..

  5. Suma said

    Belated Happy Birthday!!! Great to know you had a lovely day!!

  6. Boomerang said

    Happy birthday pepper!!

  7. Bikramjit said

    Only 30.. oh come on .. Life starts at 40.. you are a baby still..

    Many happy returns of day.. wish you a very happy birthday. .

  8. Happy 30th! My 30th last year was pretty dreadful. Everything annoyed me as my build up to the birthday was much much more than what actually happened. It does not help that S does not consider birthdays as important for celebration as I do.
    I love your tshirt in the pic! suits you 🙂
    I have tried dry shampoo in US once, did not like it one bit. Even though the hair “looked” fine, it still felt dirty. Psychological, maybe.

    • Pepper said

      I hope your next birthday makes up for your last one. The kind of unenthusiastic husbands we have doesn’t help but I think we got to learn to work around it. I start drilling into Mint’s head a month in advance that I want big celebration. And despite that sometimes it doesn’t go as per plan (like last year for me). Those times, I think it is best to let go.

      Yes I suppose the dry shampoo is not supposed to substitute a hair wash. Just meant to liven it up a little.

  9. Sadhuvi said

    Hi, belated birthday wishes!!!!!

  10. Arch said

    Belated birthday wishes Pepper! 🙂
    Great to read about you turning 30 in style! Self indulgence is the best way to make ourselves happy. It’s better than waiting for someone else to do something for us! Hope you have a great year ahead! 🙂

  11. Belated Happy Birthday Pepper! Sounds nice all that you did to step into your 30s.

    I would have loved to see your new lipsticks too along with the shampoo.

    Here’s wishing you a very happy 30s and of course, many many many years beyond that too . May all your dreams and wishes come true just as you want them to be or even better.

    Truly Happy

  12. Smita said

    Belated Birthday Wishes 🙂

    And yay! you pampered yourself real well 🙂

    And what’s with dry shampoo…eh? lemme google

  13. Nitya said

    you still look 20 *kisses*

  14. ajay said

    Happy birthday, Pepper 🙂 The platter is mouth-watering! Book reviews would be interesting. Please do it.

  15. hoarderofallthings said

    Happy Belated birthday! 😊

  16. You are way too hard on yourself 🙂 i met you in your 20’s and i thought you were fabulous

  17. Deepa said

    Happy ‘Burp’day sweetie, seeing all the eats you indulged in seems appropriate no:-) You are now officially part of the cool 30’s gang which BTW is the best decade of one’s life. That is of course until you hit 40, when it gets even better:-) Truly!

    I loved the how you described your evolution in your dress-up shenanigans. Moi was just like you about lipsticks(are they called colors now by the younger lot?) until a few years ago when I finally said “What the heck!” and finally began rubbing on a little gloss on. I’ve graduated to a sorta nude pink now but always, always self consciously take a tissue and wipe some off before leaving. Sad no:(

    Loved the shopping you indulged in. Wish I was there traipsing along with you.

    The very bestest decade to you from all four of us including Ms. Tara(woof! woof!)

    • Pepper said

      Oh the wiping out the lipstick, it is so me! I still do it.. I think it has something to do with not wanting to garner any attention. I debated a hell lot about using lipstick when I met you btw. Then finally put on a shade that I hoped wouldn’t be too bright. Because I had carried it for my trip and looking for an opportunity to use it.

      Thank you so much. 🙂

  18. My Era said

    Belated Happy Birthday Pepper 🙂
    I am so glad that you stepped into the 30s feeling excited because that is proof enough that you are still your fabulous self despite your age 😀
    Radiant peach sounds exciting, now I’m going get hold of that (brand suggestion please)
    Stay blessed beautiful 🙂

  19. Belated birthday wishes Pepper 😊

  20. parijatshukla2014 said

    Happy Birthday 🙂

  21. Bhavani said

    Belated Happy Birthday Pepper!! You should put your pic at 20 and 30..am sure you have not aged even a bit:)

    • Pepper said

      I actually prefer how I look now (because of how I dress), compared to what I looked at 20. Not much different in terms of features though, I agree. But I know my body has aged, even if my face doesn’t show it. My bones make sure I know it.. 😦

  22. Happy 30th Birthday Pepper! You really dont look 30…and what better way to feel grownup other than shopping? 😀 Have a fantastic year ahead! And yeah, it IS just a number, and when you tell someone that you are 30 and they dont believe it – thats a different level of Ego booster, I tell you 😀 Enjoy!

  23. Belated Happy Birthday dear! People say this generation look a decade younger than they are but I think you are the perfect example of that. You look like a teen in that pic.

    Stay happy and helathy! Wishing you all happiness!

  24. Sunil said

    Many Many Happy Returns, though belated and have a wonderful year ahead.

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