Friday, 17 August 2012


Hi everyone :) Yesterday was my 23rd birthday - yay! To celebrate, I had my best girlfriends and my sister over for dinner. I really love hosting dinner parties because it combines all of the best social aspects - great friends, great food and great conversation!
One of my favourite parts of party prep (and I realize that this probably makes me a freak), is planning out a yummy menu. For my bday dinner my mama and I made chicken curry with naan, roasted cauliflower and salad with mixed berries and balsamic dressing (recipe post to come). Yum yum! I had such an amazing evening catching up with all of my favourite people :) I even got to have a little skype chat with my dad in Greece!
After dinner we indulged in chocolate and raspberry cake - which I convinced my begrudging boss to make for me haha - and coffee with Bailey's...mmmmmm.... Then I chatted the evening away with all of my loved ones. Perfection <3

While I usually steer clear of haul-type blogs (it always feels a little 'show-off-y'), I really love to read about what other bloggers buy on their shopping trips/receive as gifts, so I'm gonna give it a go. Let me just start with a little disclaimer to say that I am fully aware how generous and amazing my family and friends are and that I very very much appreciate their wonderful gifts!! That being said, I really got some amazing loot this time round hahah!!
My amazing friend Alyssa (read about our trip to Osheaga here) bought me a great Smashbox eyeshadow and highlight,which I tried this morning and absolutely loved! She also got me Mindy Kaling's book Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me (and Other Concerns). I'm sooo excited to read this - it looks hilarious!! We both love Tina Fey's Bossypants and she said that this was even funnier.
Another thank you goes out to Alex (read about our New York Adventure here), who bought me the Too Faced Natural Eye palette. We went to Sephora while we were in Montreal two weeks ago and I was drooling over the colours in the Too Faced palettes, so she got me one of my own! I used the creamy Day shadow this morning and it had the softest, most blendable texture.
Continuing with the makeup trend, my friend Lauren bought me the Naked 2 palette from Urban Decay. Last time that we went makeup shopping together, we were debating which Naked palette that we liked more and I said that I loved the colours in the newer version but that I couldn't justify spending that much on myself. So that little minx went out and got it for my birthday! I can't wait to try doing a smoky eye with all of these colours!!
The other gifts that I got were all apartment-related. I'm gonna have the snazziest-looking apartment on the block with all of these great gifts! My good friend Allison, who I've known since we met at the babysitter's house when we were four, made me a beautiful decorative pillow. She's so crafty that she perfectly matched the colours to the headboard that I made for my bedroom!! Isn't it pretty!?
Last but not least, my sister took me to Chapters to pick out some fun home stuff for my new place. I chose this amazing glass water carafe (for future dinner parties!) with a wooden stopper, as well as a package of adorable birdie thank you cards! I love pretty stationary and I needed some new thank you cards for school next year.

And of course I wouldn't have such lovely blog pictures without the help of my amazing parents, who helped me buy my new Nikon D3100 camera for my birthday. I can't believe how blessed I am to have such amazing friends and family. Days like this really make you stop and appreciate all of the people that you love. Thank you so much to everyone for making my bday so special! And happy birthday to all of the other birthday boys and girls out there ;)

Talk soon,

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