26 November 2013

fiery celebrations

First off, apologies for the lack of posts it has been a busy old month. Another year has gone by and here I am celebrating another birthday. Time seriously flies but am always grateful to enter another year. Celebrations started early as I had a day off on the actual day and so ended up with a long weekend filled with my favourite things: food, drinks and good friends.

On the actual day, my birthday twin Nick also had a day off so we decided to go for birthday lunch together. We opted for Coco Momo in Kensington as we wanted to go to the Natural History Museum afterwards. There were so many delicious options. Nick ended up with the Lamb Burger [with haloumi, tzatziki & tomato relish] and I had the Honey & Soya Barbary duck breast [with bok choi & noodles]. I was also recommended the Roast Cod under "Grills & Roasts", the Miso Salmon salad and Cobb Salad. It was so hard to choose so I guess another trip in the cards! After lunch, we headed over to the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition. It's one of my favourites and thought it would be a fun birthday activity. Every year, I am amazed by the level of skill, creativity, thought and determination of each photographer. Whether you're interested or not in nature, animals and our relationship with wildlife, I would highly recommend this exhibition. It's definitely been an eye opener for me over the last few years. One of my favourite photographs of this year is of a dugong called Travelling Companions; you can check out this photo alongside others for a taster here.

After the Natural History Museum, Nick had to run to get ready for dinner so I stopped for a quick lemon-meringue-birthday-cake-to-me at one of my favourite spots Muriel's Kitchen before heading for birthday drinks at The Player. This is a bar I've always wanted to try out and thought would be a great venue to welcome in another year. I was joined by the lovely Ellie and we had a good giggle over bespoke cocktails thanks to bar tenders Darren and Giovanni. Music was great too and I'm sure I'll be back very soon :)

The next day, I got to celebrate some more with lots of good friends over Vietnamese food at Viet Grill followed by Brazilian drinks and tunes at Floripa in East London. Both venues were completely new to me and definitely perfect places to celebrate in. Everyone seemed to enjoy their food and drinks and hopefully had fun. I know I did. One theme which made it special throughout the night was how everything seemed to be on fire... the drinks, the food, flames galore! Pretty apt really as at the start of the week I had decided that this year I would paint my nails as birthday candles [check them out at the bottom of this post].

All in all, it was a pretty indulgent long weekend of food, drinks and celebrating but I guess if you're going to do it why not on your birthday. Particularly when you love food as much as I do! I had a super birthday weekend and thank all of my buddies for all the birthday love. I was surrounded by happy bubbles all weekend :)

birthday ootd [top] | lace skater dress, brown boots, frilly pink socks (all +Topshop), gold tube necklace (+H&M), black chandelier earrings (Aldo)

birthday "candles" nails [bottom] | base: mortimer street (Nails Inc), Rose Quartz Glitter (Barry M), candle: gold foil (Barry M), flame: electric yellow (Color Show by +Maybelline UK), deutsch you want me baby? (+OPI Products)

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