Beating the January Birthday Blues

January 21, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

“You’ll learn, as you get older, that rules are made to be broken. Be bold enough to live life on your terms, and never, ever apologize for it. Go against the grain, refuse to conform, take the road less traveled instead of the well-beaten path. Laugh in the face of adversity, and leap before you look. Dance as though EVERYBODY is watching. March to the beat of your own drummer. And stubbornly refuse to fit in.” 
― Mandy HaleThe Single Woman: Life, Love, and a Dash of Sass

 

So another year wiser as they say! January birthdays can be such a let down sometimes, if you allow yourself to get caught up in the winter blues, hermit fever, and tv trash! OK I get it and of course money can be an issue too and that's the un-beauty of a January birthday and the biggest excuse on everyone's lips 'nothing in the bank' !!

This year for me I was determined that it would be different, to hell with the zero bank balance, if a girl cant treat herself on her birthday whats the world coming too?.  Start as you mean to go on and this year I'm planning on making it a year to remember so for starters a champagne breakfast at Bills in Putney was in order, swiftly followed by a glass of champers to wash it down. Funny how Champagne can taste just a tad nicer when it's a complimentary birthday gift :) 

Buzzing from the champagne (it is dry January so I'm a little out of touch!) I headed out onto the high street, my mission to find an outfit for the continued celebrations that were to come that evening. So I hit the charity shops a BIG love of mine, I never come away disappointed or indeed empty handed always finding amazing vintage one offs.  2 hours later, a bargain purchase of a slinky grey and black pencil skirt teamed with vintage suede heels, job done!

Next stop... Sainsbury's! Yes I know food shopping really isn't the most exciting at the best of times, but this was no ordinary shop, this was cake ingredient shopping, my plan... to bake my own Birthday Cake (it's on the bucket list!)

Well not in my experience, I don't mean they're not friend worthy but each time I visit a new hairdresser I feel compelled to start with the same routine. Strict talking to about what and what not to do, followed up with some horror story's from my past (this is for shock factor purposes) and even when that's all been said and done I'm yet to find a hairdresser that doesn't take one look at my hair and is promptly induced into an unexplained 'scissor happy' coma! But what the hell, I was feeling good and the day had panned out great so far, what could go wrong! Plus the nice lady on reception had given me a discount, for my birthday! :) 

(Bless you Aaron for being so patient with me) Post hair cut followed by close inspection of the floor I was happy with the millimetres of hair found and so left with more smiles and headed home to get ready for my night out. After overdoing it on the number of hours spent shopping (I am female, I can be forgiven) I had just enough time to grab a bite to eat, get ready and book tickets to tonight's show, cake baking would have to wait for another day. 

Miss Saigon, was the destination and I arrived fashionably late to be greeted by 12 or so attendants standing in a row facing the door as I walked in, with fleeting thoughts of Royalty waiting to get in past me I entered regardless with a giggle,  a mixture of embarrassment (from the fluster I was in after racing from the station) and the unnerving thought that I had potentially entered through the wrong door.

A lovely young lady showed me to my seat and apparently no Royalty was due it was just a formality that the poor attendants had to endure of an evenings show, she was as mystified as me being that it was her first night, so we shared a laugh about it.

Home before midnight like cinders herself, only minus the prince and the pumpkin :) All in all a fabulous birthday, filled with all the things I love, great food, champagne, endless hours of unnecessary shopping, a bit of pampering, some giggles and an amazing display of talent that is Miss Saigon... oh, and some pretty nasty blisters!  

 

“That's the real trouble with the world, too many people grow up... they forget.” 
― Walt Disney Company

 

“There is a fountain of youth: it is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of people you love. When you learn to tap this source, you will truly have defeated age.” 

― Sophia Loren

 

 


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