I am so beyond thankful for the most amazing 23rd birthday celebration I could ever ask for. For the first time in my life I wasn’t counting down the days until my birthday, I had practically no plans, I didn’t have an outfit and I spent the week lazily in bed sick. Luckily I have the world’s sweetest friends who threw together the most extravagant fit for a princess celebration I have ever had.
I started the day with brunch at Portage Bay (SO GOOD, try it!) followed by a walk around Volunteer Park and a visit to the conservatory. Faith, my favorite makeup artist in the entire world (she as the aura of a perfect princess My Little Pony, I swear) gave me the coolest sultry purple smokey eye (and I didn’t even look 80s-esque at all). I ran around like a mad woman searching for a birthday outfit all day and finally the salesgirls at Guess locked me in the dressing room and just brought me all the teeny tiny cute sparkly things until finally I fell in love. Bonus…everything was on sale! That never happens (at least not to me!)
After I discovered the perfect party outfit the night continued to go up hill. We celebrated with a table at a club called Aston Manor. There was a clawfoot bathtub filled with glitter, there was lots of champagne and I was surrounded by beautiful people I am lucky to call friends. I danced with the most pure child-like joy a girl can feel while still being dressed like a baby prostitute.
Following the festivities at Aston Manor we headed to a yacht to continue the after party. I felt like my life was straight out of Gossip Girl. Aboard the boat there was a Taylor Swift dance party (because why else would you take out a yacht at 2:00 in the morning) and a lot of binge eating (luckily it was a veggie tray so I don’t feel too guilty). Fortunately I was drinking champagne which means all the boys in my phone who had texted me for my birthday had the pleasure of hearing from me all night long. I’m such a treat!
I wish I would have taken more photos on the yacht but was far too busy dancing and eating (err and texting) for any of that business. It was such a glittery night, I’m tempted to call it the best birthday I’ve ever had but I’ve been pretty spoiled when it comes to feeling showered with love on January 17th. This one was magical.
I hate to admit but I was a little nervous for my birthday this year, I was nervous because it would mark my first birthday as a “single girl” since I was 13 years old. I was nervous because I thought I would feel alone. I thought I would feel forgotten. I thought I wouldn’t feel special. Yet in actuality it was exactly the opposite, I felt more encapsulated by love than I have for a long time. I cannot put into words how very thankful I am for such caring friends! There wasn’t a single minute that I didn’t feel like a princess and I don’t know what else I could possibly hope for on my birthday.
Thank you for all of the kind birthday wishes! How do you like to celebrate your birthday?