Twenty One Years On..

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I made it!

Last week I had my fabulous 21st birthday and I must admit, at first, I didn’t believe the hype. I really wasn’t excited about my birthday (it fell on a Wednesday) and there really wasn’t anything I wanted as a gift! Therefore, all I was looking forward to was having a normal night out with my friends, having a few too many and boogie’in!

However, I was proven wrong!

On the day…

As the clock struck 00:00 my mum ran into the living room with balloons saying “21!” I then opened a few of my gifts:

A beautiful Links of London Citrine Ring | Sweeties!! | A Peyton and Byrne cookbook | Charms for my bracelet | Vouchers for H&M

It was a great start to the day!

Of course, I went to the gym. Then the fam and I went for a gorgeous meal at the local Chestergate Bistro (if you’re in Macclesfield – GO! It’s amazing food!) To polish off the night I went over to the boyf’s for my birthday surprises; he did very well indeed!

Freshly baked cupcakes (butterflies in tact) | Thomas Sabo birthstone charm | A kindle cover | JoJo Moyles book | Nike gym leggings | A beautiful bunch of flowers

Spoilt rotten, I rested in sweet anticipation for the celebrations to come.

FINALLY Friday came around and it was time to pardy pardy pardy. I met one of my closest friends, Amy, in Manchester for some lush pizza and cocktails. She and Heather surprised me with Afternoon Tea at Harrods (cannot wait to redeem that bad boy!).

I then ran home to get changed quickly before meeting the girls at my friends flat for some pre-drinks. The plan then was to meet the clan in Manchester for more beverages.

However, upon arrival at the flat I was completely and utterly shocked to find everybody was there with party poppers in hand to surprise me! It was fantastic! The girls had clubbed together and got me a stunning Links of London bracelet which I immediately put on the wrist! Lily and Thys had got me some baking goods so that I can bake even more delicious treats!

It was such a special night for me… All organised by my bestest friend ever, Katie!!! She did a fabulous job and everybody had an amazing time. She’s a keeper!

Then finally, a (hungover) family meal at home. Luther Vandross played, I ate even more cake and Grandma had a few too many…

I had such a good birthday and I just want to thank everybody who made it special for me – love you all! xxxxx

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Breaking My Festival Virginity!

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I’m 21 years old and – until this year – had never once braved a festival. It’s not that I can’t handle the filth, cold and smelly toilets; it was because my dad put me off with a TONNE of horror stories when I was 15…

Your tent will get burnt down by hooligans. You will get punched in the face. You will have your drink spiked or get injected with an unknown substance.You will hate every second. You are not going.

However, last year my friends went to YNot festival in Derbyshire and had the best time so this year I wanted in on the action!

For those of you who don’t know much about YNot, it’s a relatively small festival which is welcome for both families and groups of friends. They showcase both popular artists and the new, up and coming! You definitely don’t need to know the bands to have a good time – I definitely didn’t and still managed to dance along to most of the music.

YNot has won Best Toilet Awards in the past and service their toilets 24 hours a day. I think there was only one occasion where there was no toilet paper in the cubicle – not bad!

There’s a roller disco, ferris wheel, dodgems, amazing food and most importantly – a reggae tent! Course I got down there for dance off or too…

At night if you get a little nippy there’s a roaring fire pit where people gather to reminisce, gossip or have a little nap. If you’d rather keep going – there’s a secret party each year that takes place each night. This year it was behind a bookcase in a granny-led cafe – genius!

The sun didn’t shine much but the music kept playing and the drinks kept flowing. I loved every second of it and would happily do it again.

Next year, get a HUGE group of friends together and check it out. It’s only £80 for a weekend ticket!

 

Here’s a line-up of my favourites:

Dizzee Rascal | White Lies | Newton Faulkner | Nordic Giants | Luke Sital-Singh | Eliza and the Bear | Amber Run | Bipolar Sunshine |