On the 24th of January I celebrated my birthday. I actually celebrated it throughout the week surrounding the 24th and I had such a lovely time. I received some absolutely lovely presents for my birthday and I wanted to share what I got in a blog post, as I always enjoy reading these kinds of posts.
Disclaimer: I am not intending to show off. I feel very lucky to have received such lovely presents and I thought you might be interested to see what I got.
From my friend Emma:
My wonderful best friends Emma and Hannah, who I met at university, and I were talking about when we could meet up in the New Year, so I suggested a weekend near my birthday. We had the best weekend catching up as we don’t get to see each other very often and it was really lovely.
Emma got me some fun American sweets, Lindor chocolates, and two tiny bottles of Jägermeister. She also got me some delicious Mr Kipling French Fancies (which I absolutely love), some Cadbury Twirl Bites and some Rainbow Nerds. I’ve been grabbing a handful of these every now and then since Emma gave them to me and the box is now almost empty! Emma also got me a book called A Place Called Perfect by Helena Duggan. It’s about a girl called Violet who lives in Perfect, where you have to be perfectly behaved all the time, but strange and unexplainable things start to happen and Violet is determined to find out the truth about what’s going on. I think this book sounds so intriguing and I’m really looking forward to reading it.
From my friend Hannah:
My lovely friend Hannah got me the Coach New York Eau De Parfum which smells divine. I am something of an amateur when it comes to perfume in that I don’t have a specific idea of what scents suit my skin. But, I can say that I absolutely love this scent.
I’m not too sure how to describe what this smells like, but if I were to have a go, I’d say it smells warm and classy, a gorgeous evening scent. The bottle has a very pretty, simple design and I love seeing it perched on my bedside table.
From my Mum and Dad:
My Mum and Dad bought me tickets to visit the State Rooms at Buckingham Palace in London with the Royal Collection Trust. Buckingham Palace is a working palace and the residential London home of Queen Elizabeth II. I love learning about history, the royal family and I really enjoy visiting historic places.
I have also visited Osborne House on the Isle of Wight, which was the summer home of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, and the Tower of London. I have never been inside Buckingham Palace but I’ve heard it’s absolutely amazing. Some of the highlights include the State Rooms, the Throne Room, the Picture Gallery and the Ballroom.
To continue with the theme of royalty, I also got a Queen Bee notebook. I am an absolute sucker for stationery. I love having a fresh, new notebook even if I have no idea what I’m planning to write it in. I can’t wait to fill it with ideas. And finally, I got a ‘Queen for the Day’ inflatable crown which I did actually wear on my birthday. It was such a fun idea and I’m sure I’ll keep it for future birthdays.
The next thing I opened from my parents was the most beautiful note card set from Paper Destiny, which is such a cool brand. I have always loved baking and I find things with cupcakes on pretty adorable, so this was the perfect gift for me. The set comes in a box called Sweets & Treats and contains 20 cards in 4 different patterns, 20 pink envelopes and some circular metallic butterfly stickers to seal them.
The designs include cupcakes, macaroons, doughnuts, lollipops and delicious pastries. They have glitter detailing on them and the cards are blank inside so you can write your own message. I can’t wait to send these out to people. I’ll probably start with some thank you notes for my birthday presents.
From my Mum and Dad I also got some super soft pyjamas. They feel like they are going to be so comfy. And finally, they got me a little owl phone screen cleaner which you can attach to your phone.
From my Sister:
My Sister got me tickets to see this wonderful lady in concert. Carrie Hope Fletcher is one of my absolutely idols and she is performing her first ever solo concert at Cadogan Hall in London this year. Carrie has played a number of different parts in musical theatre shows, including Eponine in Les Misérables Dubai, Truly Scrumptious in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and most recently Wednesday Addams in The Addams Family (UK Tour).
I was lucky enough to see Carrie in The Addams Family last October and she was phenomenal, as was the show itself. I was so excited to hear that she was doing a solo concert and releasing her first solo album. The idea of Carrie possibly bringing out original music is so exciting and I can’t wait to hear what’s on her album and see her perform in April.
As someone who loves musical theatre and does amateur dramatics as a hobby, I loved following the Watch Me, Wednesday videos on her YouTube channel (Carrie Hope Fletcher – previously known as ItsWayPastMyBedtime). I performed in an amateur theatre show last year and this series of videos reminded me so much of that experience. The curtain calls that come through the speaker in the dressing room, the show rituals that set in after a few shows and the first night nerves – the whole thing. I loved being able to watch Carrie’s experience, especially as she is such a fun, bubbly and lovely person!
From my Godmother:
My Godmother got me this gorgeous watch from Jasper Conran which I absolutely love. It’s really heavy on your wrist so it feels like such lovely quality.
I haven’t been able to wear it yet because it needs to be resized to fit my wrist, but I’m so excited for when I can. I’d like to keep it as an evening watch, for when I want to feel dressed up.
From my Godmother I also got two new books, as she and I often talk about the books we’ve read or swap books, so it’s an interest we both share. She got me The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton; a story set in 17th century Amsterdam. From reading the blurb, I can tell you that this book is about a new wife, who receives a dolls house replica of her marital home. But, it is no ordinary dolls house. There seems to be eerie similarities between the real world and the creations of the miniaturist who fills the little house. It sounds so interesting and a little bit creepy, so I’m very intrigued and excited to read it.
The second book is How To Stop Time by Matt Haig. It’s about a man who has been alive for centuries due to a rare condition, and still appears to look 41 years old. He wants to live a normal life, but he isn’t supposed to fall in love. It sounds like it will have the same kind of vibe as The Adjustment Bureau or The Time Traveller’s Wife, a surreal and mysterious love story. I am excited to pick this one up as I think it sounds so intriguing.
My Godmother also got me Victoria & Abdul on DVD. We both really love the story of Queen Victoria and have enjoyed a trip to Osborne House together as well as many conversations about the phenomenal young queen. I know a lot about her younger years, but I haven’t yet heard the story of her friendship with Abdul. I am looking forward to learning more about this part of her life.
And finally, my Godmother got me the most adorable cat slipper socks and the Beauty Box Contour and Highlight Set.
From a Close Family Friend:
I got this gorgeous New Look bag which is so big and spacious. I have been using it for work since I got it and it is the perfect work bag; it is smart and classic, with lots of room!
From my Nan and Grandad:
My Nan and Grandad kindly gave me money for Christmas and my birthday. I wanted to get something good with it so I could show them what I got, instead of just putting it in the bank. I have always found the idea of Polaroid cameras really cool and I love the old-fashioned aspect of them. There’s something really special about taking one-off, unique photos as tiny Polaroids. A breath of fresh air in this digital world.
I got the Fujifilm Instax Mini 70 in Rose Gold (which is exclusive to John Lewis). The camera itself comes with film of 10 shots and I also ordered another pack of 20 shots.
From my Work Team:
For team work birthday’s we started a traditional this year to buy everyone a Funko Pop! of their favourite character, from a film or TV show. The team got me an ‘Eleven with Eggos’ which is so cute! I was secretly hoping that they would get me this one as Stranger Things is my absolute favourite show, and Eleven is my favourite character. She now sits proudly on my desk everyday, looking content with her Eggos.
My team also got me a Skinnydip phone case with bananas all over it. I love Skinnydip phone cases and I’d had a sparkly pumpkin one on my phone since October last year. I think they wanted to get me a new one so I didn’t have pumpkins in January! I used to have an avocado one so they continued with the theme of food. I absolutely love this banana case because of the pure randomness of it.
From Other Work Friends:
My friend Jo got me some Lindt Creation Dessert chocolates which look amazing. A selection of chocolates based on famous dessert recipes – yes please. I haven’t tried these yet but I’m excited to see what they’re like. Jo also got me a mini bottle of Prosecco and a ‘Birthday Girl’ badge, which was so thoughtful and sweet. I also got a box of Celebrations from Rob, who used to be my manager, which were devoured pretty quickly!
And there you have it. Again, I am not intending to show off in any way. I enjoy writing and reading these posts, and I hope you do too. If you do enjoy this post please do leave me a like or a comment, and send me links to your most recent posts so I can have a read.