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Happy birthday to me! I absolutely love birthdays! Parties, presents, being the centre of attention and getting older; I love it all. My Mum made me some gluten-free granola and some vegan peanut butter snaps which was the best start to the day and also got me such a gorgeous card. My Dad paid for my car to get serviced which was my main present but also loaned me his amazing Canon camera for the day for all these photos! On my actual birthday I met some of my best friends and we spent the day at the Natural History Museum before going to the pub. I wrote a song about dugongs last year hence all the photos with the dugongs!

I also went out the week before with all my friends and was honoured that the lovely Jess from Jessthetics could come too! It was such a fun (and particularly bleary) night and it felt like Jess had been part of our gang for ages. I felt very loved by the amount of birthday gestures I received this year; flowers (in the photos!) and cake from the charity shop, more flowers and cake from my theatre group, cake and wine from work, homemade vegan birthday cake from Jess, cuddly wolves, polkadot dresses, posh glittery things, LUSH goodies and headdresses from my friends and an animal safari t-shirt (!!!!!!) (amongst other things) from James.

It sounds cheesy but the nice thing about growing older is having people to grow older with! I don’t have much family  or many friends from childhood so it’s fairly recently I’ve been able to appreciate how wonderful it is having close friends who you’ve known through multiple stages of your life. Pete (the tall ginger one) for example has been at every single birthday I’ve had since we met and we’ve gone from being two awkward teens to being two successful musicians running creative businesses (although still awkward every now and then!). I’m very grateful to grow up surrounded by inspiring and brilliant people every day and so lucky to call them my friends. :)

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15 thoughts on “Birthday

  1. Tori says:

    Happy belated Birthday dearest Laila! Goodness, it sounds as though you had quite the most wonderful day (because when can a day with an ABUNDANCE of cake never not be?!). I’m so happy you enjoyed celebrating with family and friends – and a trip to the Natural History Museum sounds like the perfect way to have done so!


  2. Marieken says:

    Happy belated birthday! You look like a real birthday girl, and what a fun way to spend your b’day at the museum. It sounds like a perfect day. And I love those surprise eggs :-)


  3. jessthetics says:

    Eeek! I had so much fun celebrating your birthday with you! I’m sad that the photos from Roxy have dissappeared, but I love these ones too. I’m not sure I’ve seen a dugong before, but you guys are doing pretty good impressions :) Your birthday breakfast looks delicious, and I love your lacy birthday dress, and your badge! The photos of the sunset is gorgeous too. I also love birthdays (what could be better than spending time with all the people you like and getting to choose everything you do?) and I’m glad that you had a great day! xxx


  4. Priya says:

    HI! and a very happy belated birthday to you. I think the best birthdays are filled with your favorite things- I’m so glad you were able to have that. especially with so much love from so many different places! you are absolutely right that there is nothing better than friends that grow through life with you. since we change so much with every year, the friends that stay around were absolutely meant to be!

    ♥ perfectly Priya


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