Thursday, 10 July 2014

I don't know about you, but I'm feeling... twenty-one?!

Hey guys. So on the 8th of July this year, it was my 21st birthday! 

I had an amazing birthday and was completely spoiled by my friends and family, who got me everything I could possibly want and more. Some of my fashion and beauty prezzies included a lovely bottle of Chanel No 5 perfume, a Henry Holland patent leather satchel bag, some gorgeous smelling bath bombs from Lush and a huge set of gorgeous Boots Naturals toiletries. I also got some brilliantly unique things, such as the Doctor Who comic my mam got me that was published the day and year I was born - including vintage collectible postcards! They know me so well. My lovely boyfriend treated me to a Swarovski necklace and matching earrings, (considerately colour matched to my graduation dress!), as well as the remainder of a Phillipa Gregory series I've been reading lately - I really love historical fiction. 

Best boyfriend? Best boyfriend <3

I didn't fancy a party or anything to mark this milestone birthday, so instead me and John went to Liverpool for a few days. I had never been before, and we had a great time staying in a posh city hotel, going for a nice 3-course meal at Zizzi, visiting the World Museum and Tate Liverpool and walking around a really nice city in the sun, especially the shopping area and the Albert Docks. We also went to the cinema to see 22 Jump Street, which was really funny and daft. Although presents are lovely, the thing I always treasure and remember most about my birthdays is getting to spend quality time with the people I love and care about <3

A lot has changed since last year. I spent my 20th birthday working a 13-hour shift in a stifling hot airport, chasing around after arrivals for an international summer school - not exactly my ideal relaxing and enjoyable day if i'm honest, although it was fun. In the year that's passed from then to now, I've finished my degree with a 1:1, been awarded the Best Overall Achievement and Best Dissertation awards by my University, found and secured a gorgeous house to move into (in less than two weeks now, eek!) with my boyfriend, gained a lot of confidence in myself and my abilities, become closer to my family and learned a lot about being independent and taking responsibility for myself. I know i've got a lot more to learn and a long way still to go, so i'm really excited to get on with being 21 and start having even more new and exciting experiences. 

- Natalie XOX