Quarter-life Crisis: Birthday Appreciation Post

My 25th birthday was a little over a week ago. It’s official – I’m part of the Big Kids Club.

I never really know what to say when people ask if it feels different being one year older or reaching a milestone age – no new wisdom has suddenly been imparted on me and I am no more adult at 12.05 than I was at 11.59. However, that doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy a whole day dedicated to me, myself and I. And I am happy to have reached a more rounded age (because anything between 22 and 24 just doesn’t really count does it?)

It’s taken me a while to sift through the hundreds of photos of my amazing birthday night surrounded by mes proches. It was honestly the best birthday ever and I was basically floating on a cloud the entire day. I was expecting a little birthday parade on my walk to work, you know, the Joseph Gorden-Levitt style in 500 Days of Summer, but I guess they must have just missed me!

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One thing I have been sooo excited about and so so grateful for, is my brand spankin’ new camera!! This was my present from Louis which we received two weeks early, so I have been enjoying it for a while before my actual birthday. I’ve been wanting a semi-professional camera for about two years now and even more so when I started this blog because sometimes iPhone just doesn’t cut it!

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The camera itself is a Nikon D-5200 18-55 and we bought a Sigma F4-5.6 DG Macro lens attachment. The Sigma is just incredible. It is especially useful for taking portraits and macro images (basically like intense close-ups, correct me if I’m wrong!) and the quality of the photos are impeccable. I need to buy a little manual on how to make the most of my camera and start learning about different photography techniques. If anyone has a recommendation I’m all ears 🙂

I’m so glad we took it out with us in the evening too because we captured great photos of everybody having a hilarious time at Cafe Jules. For a milestone occasion I wish I had my family from the UK with me too but fingers crossed I’ll be spending Xmas with them this year!

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My lovely ladies bought me a bouquet of lilies, and I also received a gorgeous bouquet from my work colleagues – see what I mean, best day ever!! I am a very lucky girl. Here are a few photos of when they were starting to open up and filled the whole apartment with a beautiful, fresh scent.

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In terms of birthday cake, I had started preparing it the night before my birthday, but it still wasn’t ready for the actual 19th so at the restaurant, my loves ordered me a little cake and ice cream with a huge sparkler in the middle!! (See my Instagram pic.)

On Saturday I got round to finishing the cake off and of course took some snaps. For no particular reason I was craving a mocha cake, so that’s exactly what I made. I made one big chocolate cake, split it in two lengthways and added creams accordingly!

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For the middle layer of the cake I spread a Greek yoghurt/cream cheese mix and for the top of the cake I used a chocolate/coffee mixture. The cake was dense but kept moist due to the creams, and the strong coffee taste was a good kick for my heavy head the next day!

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And… ta-da!

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Even writing this post doesn’t describe how insanely happy and thankful I was for such a thoughtful birthday and all the effort everyone put in into making it a great day. I love you all!! Xxxxxx