Birthday Love!

If you’ve seen any tweets from me or M you will have seen that it was my birthday on Tuesday.

I was lucky enough to book the week off work and it was the first week off I’ve had without uni work or lectures to go to in years. So after my friends hen weekend I dragged M to Harry Potter Studios on Monday for a pre birthday trip.


I don’t know if you have been there or want to go there but I fully recommend it whether you are a fan or not. The ‘secrets’ of the filming is fascinating, the sets and props are so intricately designed that anyone would appreciate them and there is of course many photo opportunities, shops and the chance to try real butter beer!


As you can see…..I was VERY excited!

I can write a post on it if anyone is interested in seeing a few snaps and my thoughts on the tour in general, just let me know.

As it was my birthday the next day I decided to buy a present to myself, from myself….as you do.

I’m a huge fan and couldn’t resist the gold plated official replica of Hermione’s time turner necklace:


I know I’m obsessed with HP but along with my penchant for gold jewellery this was a purchase made in heaven for me! I’m in love with it’s uniqueness and it’s my new pride and joy.

M also gave me my presents from her and I was so excited to see all of these individually wrapped, I’m sure you can tell I was so pleased with them all 🙂


I was a bit spoilt for my birthday considering it wasn’t a milestone one.

Here’s a few snaps of my presents:


My brother got me Breaking Bad seasons 1-4, I’ve always wanted to watch it so I’m glad I’ve finally got my hands on it and can watch them all whenever I like.

The Ralph Lauren carrier bags were quite exciting when I saw them in the morning…

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I’d been shopping with my mum and picked up some of the jeggings and the iconic black military style blazer a few months ago, so this wasn’t a surprise but I’d forgotten quite how lovely they were!
I wore them out with a white chiffon top from Warehouse for my meal in the evening. We went out for steak at Miller and Carter and it was so amazing we couldn’t believe it. 100% recommend the steaks and ribs!

A blazer and skinny jeans/jeggings are a staple in my wardrobe and I thought it was about time I got some better quality pieces in my wardrobe.


Between my aunty and nan I was given 2 cardigans and 2 polo shirts from Ralph Lauren also.

I felt so spoilt and just like Kate Middleton with all my Ralph gear, if only I was the same size eh?!

(Though maybe not pregnant…)

My cousin has been working for Ralph Lauren so I imagine that there has been some serious discount passing around. I always think this is a great idea, why pay more for something??

I’d also sent my mum a not-so-subtle email a few months back requesting either of the Oz palettes from Urban Decay. I received the Theodora palette which is gorgeous and I couldn’t wait to test it out.

I had no idea it had eye liner and a lipstick with it so this was a nice surprise and I would expect a post on it sometime soon!


I received some underwear from my favourite underwear shop Boux Avenue and a kit from Ojon which I can only assume will leave my hair glossy, conditioned and the envy of all of South Wales.

This would be lush as my hair is feeling a little dry of late due to the weather and air con at work.


My mum always gets me a caterpillar cake from M&S every year, but this year she went one step further and also got me the Colin the Caterpillar chocolate shape!

I absolutely love these and the chocolate tastes great, such happy memories from when i was a kid.


So there’s my birthday presents in a nut shell.
I did go shopping yesterday and spent the money that I received (and a lot more on my credit card…) so I’ll be putting some photos of that up soon too!

Me, M and a few of my friends are going out on the weekend to celebrate my birthday with a few cocktails. We’ve booked to have our make up done in Mac as we know well end up buying a lipstick soon we might as well get it done!
We cannot wait and I’m sure a post on our night out, make up, dresses and cocktails will be up next week.

This is the last week that I will be spending……I plan on getting back on the spending ban wagon and banning all purchases of cosmetics and clothes for as long as I possibly can.

But enough on that for now, I’m still smiling from my presents and shopping trip so I’ll get back to my depression next week ha.

What do you think of my presents? Do you have the Oz palettes from Urban Decay? Are blazers a staple part of your wardrobe? Are you as Harry Potter obsessed as me?

L xxx


  1. Melissa B
    March 28, 2013 / 4:03 pm

    Omg! I am so obsessed with HP ( and the Oz palettes)! Lol! I read the books like in a week, because obviously reading the books is WAY more important than sleep. And every year around Christmas I re-watch all the film! I'm the only one in my family and friends that love HP- so it makes me feel kinda weird. I need new friends…and a new family….

  2. Poppy Smith
    March 28, 2013 / 8:02 pm

    Happy Birthday for tuesday :):)! I hope Harry Potter Studios was amaze, i'm going in a couple of weeks, yey! looks like you got some great gifts 🙂 xxx

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