05.12.15 – the day before my birthday.
I spent the day with uni, hometown and work friends. I started the day with a couple of my girlfriends having brunch at Balthazar in Covent Garden.
The food was delicious, the breakfast cocktails had just enough punch for 11am and the building in general was beautiful!
Then we did a bit of shopping in the Covent Garden Piazza, where Jess and Julie decided to chase me around with extended forks. Christmas time in Covent Garden is so magical and cute. This was where I got sidetracked by the new Charlotte Tilbury store that just opened up!! Luckily (for my bank balance) I only left the store with one purchase. I am so into the 90’s brown lipstick look so I bought the Birkin Brown Matte lipstick. I’m already addicted to this colour.
At about 2ish, we headed to Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland for my first ever visit. It’s crazy how I’ve lived so close to London and had never been before! I have to admit, the cost to go on the rides is extortionate! £6-£7 per ride and the ride lasted less than a minute! I only ended up going on one ride; the Haunted Mansion. Not exactly the most Christmassy of attractions but it was fun…for the 90 seconds that it lasted.
I discovered a new, favourite drink this year and that is Hot Toffee Cider. Sounds sickly and gross, but it is actually delicious! We met some of my uni friends who were down for the day and it was so great to catch up with everyone since graduation/starting new jobs.The last stop of the day was to head back to Covent Garden to meet work friends on their Christmas Jumper Pub Crawl. They had been drinking since 2pm. I met them at 7pm after we had the best dinner at Dub Jam. They serve the tastiest Jamaican food and cocktails so I would definitely recommend going.
Then, all of a sudden, my close friend from uni walked through the door & totally took me by surprise. My friend Jess knew he was coming, but with the alcohol and general excitement of the day, I was literally in shock. He came with a few friends who I also knew and it really was the best surprise.
After dinner, we met my work friends at AdventureBar (right next door to Dub Jam) for a couple drinks and after that, we headed to Porterhouse…for another couple of drinks. Maybe more than that actually…where Ryan decided to pay £22 for a lightsaber, because…why not? It was such a lovely day and I couldn’t have asked for a better birthday. Surprisingly enough, I didn’t wake up hungover the morning after. Perhaps that was because I was eating here and there throughout the day.
06.12.15 – my actual birthday.
I headed back to my hometown Sunday morning to meet my aunt Suki, uncle Dav and their boys, Harry and Aran, for lunch at one of my favourite places; Cultivo Lounge.
Unfortunately, it went a little downhill after this. My actual birthday was spent crying. I’m going through issues with parents, more specifically, my father, at the moment so my actual birthday was the day my aunt and uncle and I spoke about it. My mum joined us a couple hours into lunch, so she could hear everything I had to say as well.
I’m not ready to talk about it at the moment, but I think I will write an entire post about everything that I’ve been going through this weekend, as Saturday will be the day where it will either get resolved or my future will be determined. Until then, I don’t really want to talk about it until I know exactly what I want to say.
I’m a year older, yet I don’t feel any different. Although I am terrified about approaching that scary “mid-20’s” stage of my life!
X ~ O