Wednesday, 25 March 2015

The Birthday Girl

Last week I celebrated my birthday - a day that, no matter how old I get, I always count down to weeks in advance like an over excited child.

It began, as all my birthdays do, with a carefully selected outfit for my special day. I always dress up on my birthday, it's a great excuse to wear something new. This year I picked out this pretty floral print dress. It was bought during a spending ban but Simon loved it on me so I got away with it.  

A large part of my birthday is always the food, starting from the moment I get up with breakfast. This year I decided to have not one but two almond croissants, hot from the oven, then smothered in Cadburys Chocolate Spread and washed down with some caramel coffee. A far cry from my usual week day porridge.

Once I'd eaten my daily intake of calories in one sitting it was time to unwrap the lovely pile of gifts from Simon and my family. 

There was definitely a rose gold theme with my stunning new GHDs and beautiful Zoeva makeup brushes

I've been using the same very old and tired GHDs for years and years so these new ones are a bit of a treat. I'm looking forward to attempting some curls (any tips?!) 

Knowing that I've recently been playing with makeup, I got some lovely new makeup to try including some Scandaleyes Shadow Stick pencils, Sleek blushes in "Flamingo" and "Life's a Peach", a Maybelline Colour Tattoo in Pink Gold and Loreal's La Palette Nude in Rose. 

The present I'm itching to try out the most is my Fuji Instax Mini camera. It'll be really fun for the weddings I'm going to this year. 



I love having my birthday in Spring and this year it was made extra special by the appearance of some beautiful sunshine.  For the first time this year I was able to wear my mac and sunglasses - the best birthday present!

As it was such a beautiful day we walked into Newcastle for my appointment at the bank. Going to the bank on your birthday may seem like a rather odd thing to do but it was our first very small step to becoming house owners so it was actually really lovely. 

We spent some time afterwards drinking coffee in the brand new Cafe Nero and happily discussing our future house plans.  Getting older is great when it involves exciting new adventures. 

The sun was pouring through the window of the coffee shop and it was so lovely to throw off our layers and soak up the beautiful warmth. 

I could have spent all day sitting there but we had a bus to catch! 

I always like to have an afternoon tea on my birthday and after last years disaster we wanted to make sure it was a good one. We decided to do an hour bus trip to Felton in Northumberland to visit the Running Fox.

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wasn't sure how much fun a birthday bus trip would be but the warm weather made it a very enjoyable ride.  Gazing out of the window at the lush green fields, full of skipping lambs made the journey fly. 


The afternoon tea was amazingly good so, forgive my teasing, but you'll have to pop back on Friday for a full review. I promise you epic sandwiches, homemade pie, massive scones and slabs of freshly baked cake. 
 
By the time we arrived back into Newcastle we were a little full so it was a bit of an effort to waddle down to the Malmaison on the Quayside but I really wanted a birthday cocktail (and show Simon how great the hotel's refurbishment is). 
 



You may remember I visited the new look Chez Mal recently and I've been wanting to head back to try out the bar in the evening. 

We loved how great the bar looked at night time and Simon was pretty quick to declare it our new local (fine by me!). We snuggled into a comfy booth and ordered a Zephyr (gorgeous fruity cocktail made up of vodka, fresh pink grapefruit, lemon juice, orgeat and tonic) and a Gentleman Jack. 
 


By the time we got back to our little flat we were shattered but not wanting the day to end we just about managed to keep our eyes open enough to watch one of my new DVDs. 

Old age has definitely set in, I was in bed by 10:00 pm, cosy in my duvet and happily thinking about what a lovely day I had 

Only 360 days until my birthday!

41 comments:

  1. Sounds like a fab day. Especially jealous of your trip to Running Fox as their afternoon tea is epic :) x

    Emma
    pipsfoodforthought.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. I have been waiting the longest longest time to get to the Running Fox .. worth every minute of that bus journey!

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  2. Happy Birthday Chloe! Looks like you had an amazing day with some gorgeous food and generous gifts, you're a lucky lady, I hope my birthday is half as fun. Looking lovely too, love the floral dress!

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  3. Sounds like it was a fab one! I love birthdays too!

    Kay xx
    Idreamofcoco.blogspot.co.uk

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  4. Aw, so pleased you had such a lovely day. Happy birthday!

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  5. Sounds like you had THE BEST birthday and I'm so happy the sun was shining for you :D I wait in anticipation for Monday's post......

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    1. It really was the best! No way I'm going to be able to top that afternoon tea next year!

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  6. Happy belated birthday lovely!! LOVE your dress, where's it from?!

    Those GHDs are gorgeous! As for curling, my hairdresser always tells me not to over-think it too much; just grab sections of hair and just go for it. It actually works! I find if I concentrate too much I don't get anywhere, but if I relax I get nice, soft waves. It's weird!

    Sarah x
    sarahkayblogs.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Thank you :) It's from Asos, and I actually bought it after seeing it on another blog!

      I had my first go at curling last weekend and it was a disaster! I did one side but the other side was useless. I'm really not a practical person at all!

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  7. Happy birthday twinny! This sounds like a wonderful day

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    1. Thank you! I hope you had a great one too x

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  8. Looks like you had a great day and got some lovely presents!

    Emma xx

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  9. Sounds like you had a wonderful day! Lovely GHDs I recently got some new ones to replace my old ones, and my god they are wonderful! xx

    www.thatgirlrhianna.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. It's definitely made me realise how awful my old ones were, I can't believe they kept working that long!

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  10. Sounds like a lovely day! Glad you had a good 'un!

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    1. Thank you - wait till you see the full cake pictures!

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  11. No wonder Simon loved that dress on you - you look like an absolute star!! Beautiful.
    Love the matching rose gold things too, will look great on the dressing table for instagram pictures I'm sure haha.

    It must be so exciting getting ready to buy a house, I can't wait to do it but renting sucks all our money in a vicious cycle.

    Glad you had a great day and belated best wishes to you.

    xo

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    1. Thank you very much :) I wasn't sure about it when I first put it on but now I love it!

      Buying a house has definitely been a long time coming, hopefully we're actually getting somewhere now though!

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  12. What a fab birthday, happiest belated wishes

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  13. Happy birthday! I don't comment very much, but reading about your lovely day made me all smiley, so I thought for once I would say so!

    My top tip for GHD curls is to hold hair and straighteners at right angles - hair straight out horizontally, straighteners pointing to the ceiling. Grab around 6 inches from the top, twist 360 degrees, and very gently pull away from your head so all the hair goes through the straighteners. Good luck!

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    1. Awwwwwwwwwwww thank you :) I had a go at curling and I was rubbish ... I'll give it another go! x

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  14. Happy Birthday! Your day was lovely for sure! Also weather was great! Are you a minimalist? Would love to know what your thoughts are: http://bit.ly/1CpgeH5
    Have a great day, Iga x

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  15. I hope you had a really lovely birthday! You had such great weather too! I adore the gifts you got, the camera is something I have wanted to get for a long while, they look like so much fun :)

    Elle x
    Notes of Petranella

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    1. It's still in its box at the moment, I definitely need to get it out and have a little play!

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  16. Happy birthday, Chloe! What a love ly day!
    Lots of love,
    Angie

    SilverSpoon London

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  17. I'm so glad you had a lovely birthday! I can't wait to read your afternoon tea review, I used to live very near Felton and I can't believe I never thought to try the Running Fox. Also I'm very jealous of your Fuji Instax, you'll have to let us know how the photos turn out!

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    1. Argh no! You'll just have to come back .. it's worth the journey!

      My Fuji is still in its box at the moment, I really need to get it out and have a proper look!

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  18. Happy belated birthday! Glad you had such a lovely day. X

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  19. Happy belated birthday! I love your dress! I got the same camera but in blue for mine! Haha I love it, I just want to use it all the time!
    Pleased you had such a fun day!
    Kloe xx
    skullsandkisses.com

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    1. Hee hee - snap! It took me ages to decide which colour to get!

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  20. Beautiful dress and what a charming and adorable yellow camera! ♥ eep!
    Happy late birthday greetings :)

    Sarah xo | thesaltyseablog.blogspot.co.uk

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  21. Happy belated birthday it looks like you got spoilt rotten. The Makeup brushes and the rose gold GHD are lovely. Simon did do well Lucy x

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  22. That's so exciting about your trip to the bank - good luck on your journey to becoming a home owner!

    x

    p.s. I've been using the same old GHD straighteners for years now too - it's my birthday in a few weeks, so definitely keeping my fingers crossed I'll also be treated to a new pair!

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