April 14, 2014

{LIFESTYLE} 30 Things to Do Before 30

In just over a week, I'll be celebrating yet another birthday. Somehow, I've sped through almost 28-years of my life - years that have seen me through multiple evolutions and awkward phases and Madonna-scale style transformations, and that I've begun welcoming with my yearly wish list, which could just as well serve as a testament to my insanity. The not-so-distant future is full of some major, exciting milestones: I'm launching my first fashion collection in the fall (yes! It's true!), I'm working on a book filled with hilarious and embarrassing stories that I will publish, and I'm getting married to someone that I know, without a doubt, is the love of my life and my person. I could cheat and add all three of these major life events to my 30-before-30 list - knocking out a solid 10%... but I won't. While I'm doing pretty well in checking off normative life passages from the massive list of things-that-are-expected-of-us-by-a-certain-age (and that, by the way, I think are BS), I've been thinking a lot about the things that don't fall within the list of expectations - the events and interests that make me the person I am, but have somehow fallen by the wayside.  These aren't resolutions, or overall life goals: just a short-term bucket list of things I don't want to keep postponing! 

1. Document my family's oral history. 

2. Meet my extended family in England. 

3. Visit Iceland; swim in the Blue Lagoon. 

4. Take a Burlesque class.

5. Volunteer for Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign.

6. Read the 100 Best Novels. Fortunately, I have a head start.

7. Take a hike in the Hudson Valley.

8. Bake the perfect (gluten-free) Princess Cake.

9. Go on a weekend trip with my closest friends -
even if it's just an hour outside the city.

10.  Learn my way around a toolbox;
 it's called a "Phillips Head," not "the thing with four things."
 I did it! I built furniture all by myself! 

11. Dine at Thomas Keller's Per Se or The French Laundry. (Well, we tried to get a reservation at The French Laundry in August and it was a no-go, and then Per Se for our anniversary, and they're closed for winter vacation!) 

12. See a baseball game at Yankee's Stadium... 

Even though I hate baseball. 

13. Go Skydiving. 
(I'll save this for after the wedding. We already put down a deposit, after all). 

14. Visit Charleston, South Carolina. Did it! May 2014.

15. Become fluent in French. 

16. Get certified in CPR. 

17. Take a helicopter tour of Manhattan. 

18. See Beyoncé live. Did it! Ali and I went to Philly for a weekend and saw the Queen Bee and Jay-Z. 

19. Tour a Frank Lloyd Wright building in person. Did it! June 2014. 

20. Take a swing dancing class. 

21. Go to Napa Valley and learn anything about wine. Did it, loved it - send me a case from Domaine Carneros.

22. Bike across the Golden Gate Bridge.
23. Visit the "new" Downtown LA and go on an art walk. I didn't just do it, I did a photoshoot on it!

24. Go to a hot air balloon festival.

25. Start a supper club with close friends. 

26. Make a bespoke fragrance. 

27. "Live" in a city that's not New York or LA for at least a month.

28. Try 10 completely new-to-me recipes, and blog about them. 

29. Take an improv class. I can be funny, right? 

30. See a performance at the Disney Concert Hall in LA. 

I think this is all fairly attainable, and I look forward to crossing these off my list one by one... The countdown begins now! 


  1. This is such a fantastic list! I'm excited to see the documentation as you check them all off!

  2. Love this list, i'm turning 28 in two weeks and I feel like I've missed out on somet things I want to do before 30. I've started already.

  3. this is the BEST. i wanna do my own list!!

  4. I was just looking up the hot air balloon festivals in NY last night!! It's really amazing to see one happen :) hope you get to cross all these things off your list!

    Blonde in this City

  5. Such a good list, Nicolette! I need to do one before 30 is upon me (so soon!)

  6. Love this list ~ but making my own with 10 years to accomplish! 60 before 60!!

  7. I definitely want to document my family's oral history as well!

    It's super easy to take time for a burlesque class, they have them all the time. I actually was not that enthused since I wanted more exercise, but I liked the 1920s flapper one, it was fun and had more of a workout.


  8. Really enjoyed reading this! I actually live in Charleston, S.C., and it is a beautiful location. I love it here. If you'd like any insider tips let me know. I also have a blog which you can find at www.jngorham.blogspot.com and sometimes I will do posts specifically related to why I love Charleston with pictures. Enjoy reading your blog and look forward to many more posts!

  9. Live in another city for a month, you say? Cleveland! I mean, if it's good enough for ScarJo....

  10. Great list! I would recommend the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta: http://suitcase-heart.com/home/2014/1/5/albuquerque-international-balloon-fiesta

    100% worth the trip and the 4:00am wake-up for the dawn ascension...so magical :)


  11. Love this list, i'm turning 28 in two weeks and I feel like I've missed out on somet things I want to do before 30. I've started already. http://qr.net/stx3

  12. LOVE these! I make a yearly list as well! That reminds me...I should check how I'm doing now that I'm halfway through 24!

    Also, Per Se=DELISH!

    XO Sahra
    Que Sera Sahra

  13. I'll be 22 next Wednesday and I've done 14 and 19. FLW is definitely my favorite architect. Two things to do on my 30 things to do before 30 list are to visit Paris and the Eiffel Tower and to visit Cinque Terre, Italy.


  14. You're so cute. Love this list and I'm inspired to make one now with age 40 as my deadline! (Ahhhh, I feel old!)

    Sound of Chic
    Classic style set to an indie soundtrack

  15. Love your list! If you need someone to walk that Golden Gate Bridge with you… give me a call lady ;) Anxious to write my own 30 before 30.

  16. Can I please suggest you spend that month in another city in London?? I would love to meet you in person and have a cuppa and a chat xx

  17. SUCH a good list. If anyone can achieve all that, it's definitely you! Happy birthday in advance, in case I miss the opp to tell you on the day of. And congrats for all the amazing things going on in your life! The thought of turning 30 personally has me shaking in my boots a little bit... maybe i should make my own list (although the clock is 'a tickin).

    xx Hélène

  18. London is the dream! It's just so expensive to find short-term housing there, and I'm unfortunately not allowed to sublet my own apartment to help offset the costs. It would, however, give me ample time to connect with all my family over there.

  19. You already know how I feel about the book, but I'll just reiterate -- SO EXCITED.

  20. It is really expensive in London I live two hours west in Cardiff, Wales. I'm not too sure if it falls into the realms of subletting, but could you do an apartment swap you know like they do in the holiday?? :) x

  21. Fashion Follows HerApril 15, 2014 at 3:41 PM

    I have a list of things I need to do before I'm 30 which is coming up way too fast!! I'm getting there on my life list but I think I just want to fit in as much as possible- YOLO!! http://fashionfollowsher.com/

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  23. I just love this post/list (such a great mix of goals). I want to do so many of these too; I've always wanted to ride in a hot air balloon and take a helicopter ride over Sydney or Manhattan, and when I interned in DC (just a few doors down from Hillary) it was my dream to be an advisor or speechwriter in a Clinton White House! And I can't wait to read that book and wear something from your very own line!
    P.S. I might be biased, but London or Cambridge sound like pretty great places to live for a month (there is always a room for you with me in Cambridge!)
    Briony xx

  24. P.s. I did this list two years ago and had so much fun working through it (I didn't tick every one off - I never did spend that month in Paris - but it was pretty great trying)

  25. Brittany TargaryenApril 20, 2014 at 10:24 PM

    Great list!!!! Now I wanna do my own list and I can't wait till your book come out so I can read it :)

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