Sunday, 30 March 2014

What I Got For My Birthday...

When it comes to birthdays, I'm still a big kid! I get excited at least a week before and get giddy with excitement on my birthday-eve, however this year was a little calmer as Dan was on nights, so I spent the evening alone, watching the first few episodes of Girls with some chocolates and a cuppa! It was my birthday on Friday, and I finally turned 23, I was always one of the youngest in my year at school and I'm still one of the youngest among my friends now, so when they turn 23 before Christmas and my birthday's not till after, it feels like forever till I catch up with them! 

I had a lovely day on Friday with the family at home, followed by drinks with family and friends in the evening at our local pub, I think it's fair to say I had one too many, and that Instagram picture I took, was taken drunk, I'm surprised it isn't blurry!

 I was well and truly spoilt this year by my nearest and dearest and feel so so lucky to have these people around me! I always love seeing birthday posts and so I took to Twitter and Instagram to ask if you guys would like to see a 'What I Got For My Birthday' post and a few of you said yes, I just want to say I am in no way trying to brag with this post, I am simply sharing my appreciation with you about the lovely gifts I received.

So here's what I got...





My Mum and Dad got me the gorgeous Jo Malone Peony and Blush Suede perfume, this has a sweet, floral scent perfect for the typical girly girl like myself. I also received a sample of the Pomegranate Noir perfume which is more of a warm, spicy scent, my Mum and Dad both love that one and I've already added it to the wishlist!  

I was lucky enough to also receive this Disaster Designs mirror from my Mum and Dad which I think looks so chic and I adore the packaging it came in, this will be perfect to pop in my handbag for those mid-day makeup touch-ups.



This year Dan didn't ask me what I wanted and decided to take matters into his own hands, I was so excited to see what he'd chosen and have to say I was so impressed with his choices. This Michael Kors watch is perfect for evenings out, it's not your typical style Michael Kors but I love the delicacy of it and the timeless design, meaning it won't outdate and can be worn for years to come, my only problem is it's a little big! I cried a little inside as I haven't been able to wear it yet, so I'll be taking it to the jewellers this week to have some links taken out.

Dan also chose this gorgeous Pandora ring, which I absolutely adore! I saw this collection when it was first launched and I loved it, but funnily enough I've never said anything about it Dan so I was surprised to receive this ring as it is so me!


My eldest brother has never been one for presents, he usually gives me money, so this year I was surprised when my mum passed me a Pandora bag, he's working away, and told me that he hadn't even asked her what I would like but actually picked this himself! I've not actually seen these Pandora letters but I thought this was a super thoughtful gift and was more than happy to have another charm to my collection!


If you read my blog regularly you'll know that I'm a big lover of Liz Earle and that their cleanser is my holy grail product, so I was really happy to receive this set from my Mama and Auntie. I haven't used any other Liz Earle products in a very long time, and it was only a few days ago that I mentioned to my mum about how I would like to try the tonic again after spritzing some of hers on. I've never tried the Eye Repair before so I'm excited to see how this works for me, it feels good to have these back in my life!


My youngest brother bought me two books that I have wanted for quite a while but not actually got round to purchasing, so I was really happy to see these from him! I downloaded the sample of 'The Body Book' by Cameron Diaz on my kindle and I couldn't put it down, it's such a positive book that makes you want to look after your body, I was tempted to buy it on my kindle but I read so much electronically that I decided I wanted it in book form rather than on my kindle. 

I also wanted the 'I Quit Sugar' book by Sarah Wilson as I'm starting to find that my body is now starting to react badly to sugar, as well as just about every other food group. I have been doing my research about sugar and how to quit, and I've read really good reviews on this book so thought I would add it to my books to read before I finally put my plan into action.



I received this Zara blue and white striped jumper dress from my sister, which I adore! I have already worn it and it's so comfy! It's not quite a dress on me, more of a long top, but it looks perfect with leggings and sandals! Made of 100% organic cotton, the fabric allows your body to breathe meaning it will be perfect for spring! 


Dan's Mum and Dad bought me this gorgeous mini satchel from River Island, which is the perfect size for when you don't quite fancy taking your kitchen sink out with you! It's just big enough to pop your phone, keys, cards, a bit of cash and maybe a lipstick or two in, making it ideal for the pub. They also gave me a Debenhams voucher, which went towards my last item.


My Best Friend Sophie bought me this gorgeous Ted Baker bag which I am so in love with! It's again just big enough to take a few bits with you, which is perfect as I don't have many small bags! It has a floral design down the middle panels with matching handles and is clear on the side panels, it also features the Ted Baker logo on the front and back. I had actually been eyeing up this design a couple of weeks back with my eye on both the handbags and the makeup bags, though I never mentioned this to Soph, so she must have read my mind! I think it's fair to say I am completely and utterly in love with this bag!



Me and Zoe from Zoe and The Beauty Blog have become quite close over the past six months or so. we chat almost daily, often on more than one social platform at the same time, we have a lot in common and our birthdays are just five days apart! I wanted to send Zoe a little something for her birthday and funnily enough she messaged me for my address as she said she wanted to send me a little something too, and she very kindly sent me this little package. I have to say I was so excited to receive this, they were all beautifully wrapped in blue tissue paper with pink ribbons and I was so happy to find these inside! The socks are really cute, I am obsessed with costume jewellery and I was so excited to receive my first Topshop Lipstick! I've always loved the look of Topshop makeup but have never got round to purchasing anything, but after using and loving this lipstick already, I don't think it will be long before I'm in there choosing my next item!


I've also recently become quite close to Claire who I work with, again we have a lot in common and when she started working with us, we just instantly clicked, she's so lovely and I wish we got to spend more time together, but she only works with me on a Saturday. This Thursday we did a late night, and to my surprise Claire popped in with a gift bag and card for me, which I thought was so lovely! In there was these three Soap and Glory miniatures and a box of chocolates, which didn't last long enough to be photographed! I love Soap and Glory and thought it was lovely of her to surprise me with these, I've tried The Daily Smooth and loved it, but I've yet to try Endless Glove and Scrub 'Em and Leave 'Em so I'm excited to try these out!




I received this gorgeous friend plaque from my friend Stacy, I love little keepsakes like this as they make you feel really special and are something that you will always have around, I have so many little things like this, I just need a house to put them all in now! She also gave me this Yankee Candle set, she often buys me candles as she knows just how much I love them! I like that this set has a variety of scents, as it gives you the chance to try them all before buying the big ones, I can't wait to try the lemon cream one! If that wasn't enough there was also this little Sanctuary trio in my bag, I'm obsessed with lotions and potions so I can't wait to use them!


Danny's brother and his girlfriend gave me these two little cookery books and a big bar of galaxy chocolate, do you think they've realised I have sweet tooth?!



My Mama bought me this statement ring from Dorothy Perkins and the Money Tin as little extras, sorry, these two didn't photograph well! I love this gold and pink ring, it will be perfect for dressing up outfits and is the perfect colour for spring. The money tin made me laugh as my family and friends always joke about my spending and this is perfect for me as I struggle to save, if you can't already tell!


Last but certainly not least I bought my first ever lipstick with the voucher from Dan's Mum and Dad and the money from his Nana and Grandad, it may have burnt a whole in my pocket, but if I didn't spend it quick I knew I would spend it on rubbish and regret it. Me and Dan popped into town today as I was on a mission to find the perfect lipstick and instantly knew which counter I was going to in Debenhams. It took me all of two minutes to pick, as this was the colour that stood out to me most and when the lady on the counter said it was one of their new lipsticks in their spring range I knew it had to be mine. This in the shade (34) Rose Asarine and so far I'm in heaven with this, but I won't say too much as I want to do a full review on it soon! Watch this space!

I also had a bunch of flowers delivered from work and a bunch of flowers from Dan's Mum, I've been loving having flowers in my bedroom just lately, I think I'll have to buy my own vases soon instead of pinching Dan's mums every time!

I am extremely grateful for all of my cards and presents and to everyone who made my day so special! I'm also extremely grateful for the birthday messaged I received on Instagram so if you sent me one and are reading this, Thank you so much, you made me smile!

Love








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