Sunday, 2 September 2012

25! The Birthday Post.

Hello lovelies!

Guess who turned 25 the other day? Yes, me!! 25... like wow, quarter of a century!

I wanted to lay low this year and organise a casual get together later on in the month, not specifically for my birthday, just a quick drink and a chance to catch up with all my friends.

I love celebrating everyone's birthdays except for own birthday. I think it's because I have always been a shy person who dislikes being centre of attention. I feel like there is so much expectation on birthdays... when people ask me "What are you doing on your birthday?" I feel like they are so disappointed when I say "Uh, nothing much..." Anyone else feel this way on their birthday?

I decided that I would go to work on my birthday cos I love my job so much :) Sure it's stressful and frustrating at times but I love my little team of eight. I always have fun at work, even when it's not fun.

When I walked into the office, I found... a chocolate croissant on my desk! My girlfriend from work bought it for me for breakfast. All week long I had been talking about chocolate croissants (thanks to Meryl Streep - It's Complicated).

I ate my warm chocolate croissant and it was absolute heaven!! I was on a #myfitnesspal eating frenzy of clean food for the last two weeks in an effort to lose my winter weight, eating fresh, healthy food and cutting out all junk and processed food so the croissant was a huge binge. Meh, it's my birthday!

My other girlfriend then came to see me and gave me some OPI nail polish. My other colleagues came in and all wished me happy birthday and gave me a card. Aww! I love these guys, I've only been in the team since April and they have always treated me like family. 

At lunchtime, the girls took me to Trunk Restaurant for a three course lunch. It was awesome! We shared polenta chips with jalapeno mayo, I had the homemade papperdelle with wagyu bolognese and for dessert we shared a tiramisu and creme brulee. Delicious.

We rolled back to the office hours later and fell into a food coma. Afterwork I was planning to head home and maybe start a new sewing project.. instead my girlfriend and I dropped into my favorite bar for a quick cocktail. Another mate came to meet us and before I knew it, one cocktail turned into five! We then went shopping to sober up so we could get ourselves home. 

On the way home, my girlfriend told me she had baked me a birthday cake but didn't bring it into the office because she wasn't happy with the height of the meringue. Whatever! She is the most awesome baker so we went to her place and I had a piece of lemon meringue pie. I was so touched she baked me a birthday cake! Amazing friend or what!

I had such a wonderful day on my birthday. The best part was it was all unplanned. Unplanned plans are the best plans, in my opinion. 

The next day I went to see my mum and sister. Even though I told my mum no presents, she got me a some clothes anyway, a cute summer dress and a top. My sister got me a gorgeous black handbag with gold studs.

Recognise the dresses my mum and I are wearing? My mum is wearing the Butterick 5455 and I'm wearing my Read All Over dress that I made for my newspaper article. Mum is so cute!! She is so proud of everything I make, always encouraging and full of useful sewing tips. Mum also sews, I blogged about my mum here. I think my mum looks fantastic in the B5455.

My sister almost wore her B5455 to lunch but didn't because my mum was already wearing her's, so my sister opted for a RTW red dress instead... and ended up matching me! It's so funny, because on my sister's birthday I deliberately dressed us the same (well, similar, pic below) and now on my birthday it was a total coincidence!

My mum and sister took me to yum cha for lunch. It was amazing!! I haven't had yum cha for a while so it was a great treat. We ate all the yummy things like tripe and chicken feet and of course yummy sui mai and har gao and all the other dim sums! 

I am so blessed to have such wonderful family, friends, colleagues and blog/Twitter friends that have all wished me a wonderful birthday, thank you! I really had a great birthday :)

So here's my birthday... in a nutshell!


I was lucky enough to be one of Cindy's guest bloggers over at Cation Designs while she is on vacation. 
Hop over to Cindy's magnificently awesome, inspirational and amazing blog to check out all the other fantastic guestboggers: Brooke, of Custom Style; Tina, of Down the Retro Rabbit Hole; Devra, of Puu's Door of Time; Justine, of Sew Country Chick; Andrea, of Four Square Walls; Meg, of Meg the GrandLeah, of Struggle Sews a Straight Seam and my post on my Hip-Camo dress, post here!

I have also finished a new skirt, which I will blog about after I get some photos. It's really cute!! Made from the shiny fabric I got from The Fabric Store... I now have a collection in that fabric haha.

Next up on the dressmaking class sewing table is my Burda dress. I finally found jersey, $10/m from Rathdowne Fabrics. It's so slinky, I love it. Very different and more challenging to work with than cotton sateen. I look forward to learning to work with this fabric. Fun times ahead :D

So that's it from me this week, ta ta for now!


  1. Happy birthday! I'm glad you had such a fun day!

  2. Sounds like a wonderful birthday. Welcome to the quarter-century club! 25 is a great age...

  3. Happy Birthday Nee. Being 25 has been one of my best years so far. My birthday is next month and I am planning on staying 25! Enjoy the rest of this beautiful Spring weekend!!

  4. Wow that is awesome! Happy birthday young one (I'm 27! haha) Looks like you had a great day one :).
    Your sister and your mum are adorable. My mum is a sewer too, It's a massive advantage getting/sharing tips!
    Also those dim sum look are making me hungry I love yum cha!

  5. Happy Birthday!! :) Glad you had a great one :)

  6. Happy birthday! Sounds like you had a fantastic weekend :) Look forward to seeing that Burda number too!

  7. Looks like it was an amazing, delicious birthday! Yay for 25. :)

  8. Happy belated birthday! It sounds like you had a great day.

    The jersey you got is beautiful!

  9. Loved the birthday pics... And what you had at Trunk looks amazing. We are going there as a team this Friday! Can't wait.

  10. Happy birthday, lady! What a great day! Your dress and the one you made for your mom both look amazing! Red is a great color for you!

  11. Happy birthday, beautiful one! Looks like you had a great one with all that yummy food! Love the dresses as always :) x

  12. Happy Birthday, Neeno! You are a beautiful, inspiring young woman. I hope your birthday was everything you wanted it to be!

  13. You guys are all so sweet and kind. Thank you for the beautiful birthday comments :)
    Love you all xoxo


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