Happy Birthday to ME!! (Pt 2)

So we move to the bank holiday Monday (my actual birthday!) It’s official I’m on the wrong side of 30 now EEK!! Or as my friend puts it I’m merely 18 x 2 darling!

I was just so glad to see the sunshine managed to squeeze another day in (I don’t think I could have handled a grey, depressing sky birthday!)

So it began with being greeted by my son at 6am and as usual( because I’m a mum-bot) I just woke and made breakfast, and the usual pottering!  I was then given my present kindly addressed “princess” by my friend Katy and fellow business owner commonly known as Mummy Pig who helped the boys make sure I got the right present!

So it turns out it was a gorgeous new handbag!  Just what I needed for the summer days ahead (yes I know I’m being slightly overly optimistic)

I loved this bag the minute I saw it, which was over ago when Katy & I worked at an event together.  I’ve always been a big fan of skulls but didn’t want the generic tan/black bags which I had seen many women around rocking! Although nice, I wanted something different!   I almost did go with a fuchsia bag, but I’d already bought my neon pink satchel so when I saw this baby, I was in love!

It was perfect in every way and so different to what had been around! So I was a very happy girl on Monday!

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I have to say, when my sisters shop for me they nail it every time!  I’ve added 2 new tops to my wardrobe and yes animal print has finally made it in!  My sister is FANimal, she just adores animal print, me on the other hand have always gone with snake print in the very smallest detail and if it’s going to be of the cat variety I can only allow for it to be on my toes when my nails have been Minx’d or I’m wearing a cute pair of pumps!
I think my sisters both feel it was time to embrace this fashion trend that is clearly never going to fade!  Little sis bought me a gorgeous multi neon coloured animal print scarf! Looks like I’m covered on the trend front!
This year I decided I wanted a watch, so between friends and family I’ve managed to save enough money for a watch that I’ve had my eye on since February.  Funnily enough I saw it on a client and knew I just had to have one!
Watch  this space for more details!   I’m very excited about getting it!  Though many have pointed out that I have 4 watches already – is this the start of a watch fetish?  Whatever it is I like it, though I think I need to invest in a multi storage watch box as I just know it won’t be the last…..pretty much like how I am about my my tattoos, but that’s a story for another day!
The evening was spent with my family, a few drinks at the Cherry Tree, then on to dinner at Cafe Rouge in Southgate.
It was a wonderful evening filled with good food and wine and great company, I’m probably paying for it now on the scales but it was worth every bit!  I treated myself to deep fried Camembert for starters, followed by what I can only describe as the best steak I’ve ever eaten!  I went with a juicy Sirloin, no sauces.  Sometimes keeping it simple is the only way!  Dessert was a divine slab of heaven – Chocolate Ganache!
So what did I wear?  I decided to rock the monochrome look (above pic with bag) I actually bought the outfit from New Look.  I’m totally in love with the Aztec print trend which we saw at the beginning of SS13, they have a fantastic of print skirts from about £12.99-£20
How did I accessorise?
I decided to team it up with gold and went with one of my personal favourites from Stella & Dot which was the Avalon crescent and Avalon Station to layer and added a little #armparty by wearing the stunning Tempest bracelet and my all time favourite the Renegade.
I think it all worked, and I felt I looked good, but hey that’s just me!
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Now my big day is over, we move onto kid sis No.1 tomorrow and baby sis on Sunday – let the celebrations continue!

If it’s your birthday this month, I hope you have a fabulous one, I’d love to hear your plans or how you spent it!

Enjoy lovelies!

Happy Birthday to ME!! (Pt1)

So how was your weekend?  You got to love a bank holiday thrown in for good measure!

Mine was pretty busy and a lot of fun!  To boot I was celebrating what my sisters and I call “birthday apocalypse”, you see we are born 3 days, so it’s non stop, week long celebrations.

When we were younger it was so much easier, 1 or 2 parties and we were done!  Now with partners, friends and family added to the mix, it can get pretty hectic (not to mention my future mother in law shares the same birthday as me!)

So as first born, I kick off the madness (and fun) that is birthday apocalypse!

I started with a child free weekend, which I’m sure any parent is always a blessing when given the opportunity!  I was treated to a movie and dinner on Saturday, which I was very excited about as I was very excited to see the Iron Man 3 and after my epic failure last year of getting to my favourite restaurant, I was sure as hell, this was not going to happen again.

Iron Man 3 was amazing!! We watched it in IMAX 3D, and have to admit I was blown away, by the sheer quality and the strange sensation of being part of the film at times,  I’m only too thankful there were no intimate scenes as well that would have just been down right weird!

My inner geek was most definitely satisfied with the latest instalment from the Marvel movie franchise, especially after the bitter disappointment of what was Iron Man 2, they have redeemed themselves in my book.

I shan’t go into detail about the film as like many, when movies are topic of discussion, I have a strict #nospoilers policy! Instead, here’s the trailer :

All I will say is if you have never seen a film in IMAX 3D and there is a cinema  near you with this screen available GO SEE SOMETHING AMAZING!

I already plan to see the new Star Trek next week, Chris Pine, Simon Pegg and the awesomeness that is Benedict Cumberbatch – need I say more?  In case you need a reminder why this is going to be so good, here’s the trailer!

Weird fan fact, Chris Pines groupies are called Pine nuts and Benedict has Cumberbitches, I know which one I am, who are you a massive fan of?

So dinner was at a local restaurant and personal favourite of mine Ristorante Genco, one of southgates’ little gems on the high street.

The food is amazing, the menu vast and full of fantastic choice with flavours out of this world.  Every time I go I can’t wait to see what’s on the ‘Dishes of the day’

So for my starter I went with my usual Avocado Diverso – which is Crabmeat dressed with a Rose Marie sauce, served on avocado slices, with smoked trout and a mouthwatering creamed horsradish. It’s light, full of flavour, well presented and just enough to start you off with your dining experience!

For my main I decided to go with one of the dishes of the day which was Gnocchi, served with chorizo, spinach and mozzarella. I tend to struggle with mains when I dine out, but I love trying new things and normally I would steer clear of food like Gnocchi especially with it being smothered in Mozzarella, but I thought – what the heck! It’s my birthday weekend, I deserve a treat! (yes my birthday always lasts the whole weekend and even at times during the following week, if I can make it stretch lol)

I cannot praise Genco enough. Angelo, Emilio & their wonderful staff are always welcoming, offering fantastic food at such a high standard, yet at an affordable price.  You always leave having a memorable dining experience and planning your next visit!

Yes I’m heading back there again at the end of the month!

If you ever get a chance, pop in for a light bite or plan a wonderful evening with loved ones and enjoy a fantastic, memorable dining experience!

Tommorrow, I’ll tell you all about my birthday and will reveal what was in the package that arrived on Friday!