Last weekend, I turned 29. TWENTY NINE. That’s almost 30. How frightening? Anyway, I had a lovely day spent with family, where I enjoyed two birthday cakes (how amazing is the one in the photo above? My sister made it herself, seriously impressive!) along with a roast dinner, and several glasses of wine. Such a perfect day! I was very kindly gifted some really nice presents from my family and boyfriend, and I don’t think I need to add any disclaimers here, if you’re reading this post, you’re most likely a nosey git like myself- I love to read these kind of posts, so I thought I’d share my birthday gifts with you guys!
First up, I really wanted the Liz Earle Botanical Essence No.20 fragrance, so my boyfriend very kindly got it for me. Apart from the cute pink packaging, this has a gorgeous sandalwood and rose scent, making it the perfect feminine fragrance. I’ve only worn it twice so far, but it is a really long-lasting scent, which is fantastic. I’m so pleased to add this to my fragrance collection!
As Matthew picked up my perfume in Boots, alongside came a free gift as he’d spent a certain amount. Inside The Head To Toe Collection, is the Botanical Shine Shampoo and Conditioner, along with the Orange Flower Body Wash, all of which are full-sized items. This is a really nice bonus set, I’ve used the Liz Earle Shampoo and Conditioners before, and had really good results with them, and the body wash smells divine. I’m really pleased with this kit!
This offer is still running with Liz Earle in Boots, when you spend €55/£40 on Liz Earle products in store or online, you receive the Head To Toe Collection absolutely free!
As I was unsure what exactly I wanted as a birthday present from my boyfriend, he very kindly took me into town so I could put his credit card to good use and pick up a few bits, so here is what I chose!
Firstly, I chose this black and white Adidas tee. I love all the Adidas Originals clothing, and I think this tee will be great paired with jeans and trainers for a casual look. It’s a nice loose fitting t-shirt, that is a really good length, so it would cover your bottom when wearing leggings (cos everyone knows a short tee with leggings is a massive no-no) Although it was a bit pricey for a tshirt, it’s really good quality material and a cool classic style that I should get a lot of wear out of.
Next stop, Topshop, where I found this gorgeous skirt. I’d had my eye on it during the summer, but thought it was a tad overpriced, so when I spotted it on the sale rail in my size, I knew I had to have it. I love the gorgeous colours, it’s a really nice embroidered design, which is perfect for both summer and autumn wear. It’s a great length, not too short and not too long, just right as Goldilocks would say. It’s made from pretty heavy material, and feels really great quality. I think I’ll wear this with a black cami and heels, and plan on taking it to Las Vegas when I visit in October, as I think it’ll be a great piece to dress up, or wearwith flats for a more casual look either.
This dress was a bugger to photograph due to the pattern and material (seriously when I hung it up it just looked like a crumpled piece of cloth!) so I have to apologise for the rubbish photos! As soon as I spotted this dress in Topshop I knew I had to have it. I love the all over lace detail with the scalloped hem, and the crossover straps are a really nice addition. It’s a pretty good length, but if you’re contemplating buying it- be warned, it is fairly fitted so a washboard stomach or a decent pair of spanx is essential with this.
I also got The Jungle Book on DVD. You guys know I raved about it when I saw it in the cinema a couple of months ago, so I knew I had to add it to my rather extensive Disney DVD collection. I can’t wait to have a night in with a bucket of popcorn to watch this!
Next stop, Penneys (the Irish name for Primark) where I found this cool coin necklace. You may remember that I’ve had a similar one from River Island before (well three of them actually) so when I spotted a more affordable version in Penneys, I had to have it. I love to wear this type of chain with both casual and dressy looks, I think it goes well with so many outfits!
Next up, I chose these trainers. I liked how they were kinda inspired by the Yeezy style, without the price tag! They’re so comfy to wear, and they look really nice with leggings, sweats or jeans. I did have to buy a size smaller though, as they’re sized larger than usual for Primark shoes. I’m really pleased with these, now I’m gonna have to go back and pick up a grey pair!
Finally on my shopping spree, I chose these Cocoa Brown brushes. They’re specifically designed for ‘tonturing’ which has something got to do with contouring your body with fake tan, but hey, I ain’t got time for that. I had seen Marissa Carter (Cocoa Brown creator) on Snapchat using these brushes to apply the Golden Goddess Oil to her legs, and thought they looked great for that use. I have yet to try them out, but I reckon these brushes could have a ton of uses. As always, I’ll report back once I give them a whirl.
This was another one that was a bit of a bugger to photograph. You may remember I was lusting after this khaki bomber jacket, well my sister picked up on my hints, and got it for me for my birthday. I was ecstatic when I unwrapped it, as I think it’ll be perfect for Autumn/Winter wear. I plan on teaming it with a white tee, black skinny jeans and trainers for a casual look. Love love love it!
My other little sis picked me up these two gorgeous swimsuits from Marks and Spencer. Again, I’d been dropping not so subtle hints to everyone about how much I wanted the hot pink one-piece for my upcoming trip to Las Vegas to wear to the pool parties, as I thought it was simple, yet glam. Then she also very kindly picked me up this lovely black and white number too, which I’m saving for a hotel break in September. Both swimsuits are really flattering, as they have a slight ruched effect at the tummy, so they look really good on, even when I’m having an attack of the pre menstrual and I indulged in too much bread and pasta bloatedness. Perfect.
I also received these lovely gifts of a nice bottle of Cava from my uncle, and a gorgeous scented candle from my auntie, I love the black and gold design and the gorgeous vanilla fragrance! My lovely other auntie also gifted me a card filled with lottery tickets (such a staple gift in Ireland!) My colleagues in work all clubbed together to get me a voucher for our nearest shopping centre, The Pavilions in Swords. Seeing as there are some great shops like Penneys, Zara, River Island and H&M there, I don’t think it will be too long before I’ve spent it (and the rest, eh?)
Finally, another item from my recent wishlist (see how I’m good at dropping hints?) My parents got me The Luxe Life by Fleur De Force. I really love Fleur’s blog and videos, and her last book was amazing, so I was delighted to get this, I can’t wait to get stuck into it already! My mam and dad also very kindly gifted me with some dollars, for my upcoming trip to Las Vegas.
So that’s the lot! I was extremely spoiled, and I know I’m a very lucky girl to have such great friends and family. I had a great weekend, with meals out and family fun, it definitely softened the blow of entering the last year of my twenties!