Wednesday, 20 May 2015

My 18th birthday - Lifestyle Post

Hey Guys,

As you will know if you follow me on Twitter and instagram a fortnight ago it was my 18th birthday (read my post from that day where I looked back on the last 18 years and what they have taught me here) 
I planned to get this post up earlier but my exams started last week so everything has been focused on my exams. 

Of course as for everyone this was a highly anticipated day for me and I wanted everything to be perfect. What I planned wasn't the big princess party that  I had imagined as a little girl but it was a perfect day. 
I got woken up pretty early by my parents who came in with balloons and all my cards then I went out to pop a celebratory champagne for breakfast which was served with croissants and fresh berries. Quite a classy way to start adulthood, starting as I mean to go on haha. 
I thought I'd spare you the photos of me in my PJs for breakfast and opening all my presents. 

After opening all my presents from my family and we got dressed my grandparents arrived around 11am to help me dad complete the finishing touches in the garden for the party later and then we all headed to my local Frankie & Bennys. My Auntie also met us there too.

I also had my first ever legal drink out and ordered a Cosmopolitan. The cocktail menu was a bit daunting with so much choice so I went with a classic that I had already heard off.  Ignore my brother being a creep. 

How beautiful is the wrapping on my present from my grandparents?

I choose to have a chicken and king prawn cream paste which was amazing. 

For desert I had this amazing salted caramel cheesecake which they kindly served with candles and sang happy birthday to me in the usual F&B style followed by Celebrations by Cliff Richard. 

Once we got home it was a big rush to make sure everything was ready before guests started arriving. I was so busy I didn't get as many pictures of the decorations as I would've liked. 

It sounds a bit silly to fill buckets with water and flowers like this but I hope you agree it has a really pretty affect. There was a few of these along the garden path. As well as an old wheelbarrow filled with ice and cans of cider and lager and again decorated with flowers. The the rest of the garden was decorated with paper lanterns and lots of fairy lights. 

We also had a gazebo up with the salads, pastas and plates under which was decorated with bunting. 
Then all the drinks were displayed along this big which bar (pictured above) here is the sangria which I proudly made and gave to most guests. It was so nice and I had more than a few glasses. 
My grandad and Auntie were left in charge of the BBQ while I ran round trying to talk to everyone being a host. I had also made a playlist of my favourite songs from the last 18 years including Gwen Stefani, McFly, Green Day, Justin Timberlake and more current stuff like Sam Smith. 

A very giggly Charl and five of my favourite people. 

With Ffion (who I am sure you all know from ) and Carys from college. 

It sounds a bit silly but we did a piñata. I had a few younger children there who I knew would need entertainment and I thought it would be a good laugh which it definitely was.    

The time had come for roughly 25+ plus to fit in our small lounge and sing happy birthday and let of party poppers. Tipsy Charlotte looks terrified of the sparklers haha.

My cake was red velvet from a bakery and coffee shop in Caerphilly called The Deli (I highly recommend) She did the cream cheese icing but I was left to attempt icing my name on and decorating, it does look like an ammeter did it but ah well it was still the nicest cake I have ever had. 

Here I am at the end of the long day with my parents. 
I had been deliberating whether to go out clubbing after with my friends but not everyone could come because it was a Monday night and because we had family and friends over since 11am I felt like I hadn't spent any time with my mum. So once the BBQ garden party finished around 9pm a few friends stayed a bit longer and we shared another bottle of champagne then my family and I just watched Ghost. I only had two new DVDs for my birthday Ghost and Dirty Dancing. I have seen Dirty Dancing so many times so we all sat down with some wine and more birthday cake and watched that film which was interesting. 
I may come to regret not getting completely smashed on my 18th and not going clubbing after but I can do it loads once exams are over and wanted all of my friends to be able to come. 

I really did have the best day, everything went to plan even the weather stayed on my side. I am so grateful to everyone who came. It was so nice to get everyone from college, church, all my friends and family together. (the only people who were missing were the blogging girls who I am sure we will go out for drinks soon right? Kerry, Charlotte, Charlotte and Jodie )

I hope you enjoyed this post. Let me know in the comments your cocktail recommendations. Also make sure you come back on Friday to see what I got for my birthday. 

Love Charlotte

Monday, 4 May 2015

18 things I learnt in 18 years - Lifestyle

Hey Guys,

Today (tomorrow as I am writing this) is my 18th birthday. I cannot believe its been 18 years it really doesn't feel like it. It is pretty scary that technically my childhood is over. I still am a big kid, I still share a bed with too many teddys and watch disney classics on a regular basis but I also do feel quite grown up, a few of you guys on twitter were shocked to here I was not 18 yet.
Obviously everything I know I have learnt in the last 18 year whether that be the alphabet or about philosophy but I thought I'd share a few random things I've learnt through experiences.

1 - Disneyland really is the happiest place on earth (well I haven't been everywhere on earth yet) - Even for those not into Disney it is a magical experience like no other. I went when I was around 9/10 with my family, grandparents and uncle for his 18th (he went to Disney land and I am having a BBQ on a rainy bank holiday I know) and I have some of my happiest memories from meeting Captain Jack Sparrow to trying my first Ben & Jerry's

2 - You cannot please everyone - this applies to everything but everyone has different tastes and there is never a way to make everyone happy or impress everyone. 

3 - The quote "Never meet your idols as they'll only disappoint" is not true, I recently met All time low my favourite band and it was one of the best nights ever.

4 - Confidence is key - once you start believing in yourself others will too. 

5 - Boys are not as important as my 14 year old self who dreamt her life based on old Taylor Swift songs once thought, in fact they don't matter at all.

6 - Family are a nightmare but they are the most important thing

7 - Saving money is hard 

 8 - It's great (important even) to take photos at every opportunity and keep memories eg. concert tickets. I have grown to become a very sentimental person. 

9 - Put your self first (it is not selfish) - putting your own happiness and health first is so important.

10 - It is important to say YES and take every opportunity given - whether it be going to a book signing or an intern ship just do it! 

11 - Italy is beautiful -I cant remember not loving Italy, I first went when I was very young maybe 6 and I have been two times since. From that first time I imagined studying in Italy and then Marrying an Italian. Even though I have been three times there is still so much of the country I want to see. 

12 - Patience is a virtue, yes its important to say yes and cease the day but you must also be patient with others, you cant expect people to drop what they are doing for you and sometimes life gets in the way.

13 - I am a feminist, this is something I have learnt more and more about over the last few years and it is so important. 

14 - Food is amazing and don't worry about over eating once in awhile. I love food and I love cooking, yes I can over eat but I was lucky as I am one of those annoying people who never seemed to put weight on no matter what they eat (not so much the case any more) 

15 - Friends are the best and should be treasured - I have messed up many friendships over the years but the friends I have now I know are for life and they are the best. 

16 - Don't be so nervous and speak up more. I used to bottle up every single problem and worry I had, I have got slightly better at this but only slightly. Even with my blog though I still get nervous taking about it and my grandparents don't know I do this even though I am proud and know they would be too. 

17 - No one is a better shopping buddy than my mum, she may not know the trends or pick out the nicest clothes but she knows what suits me, what's worth investing in and we always have a great day. 

18 - Finally I have learnt I am not ready to grow up, be an adult or move out to uni (still can't decide where to go, I am so indecisive its one of my worst flaws) 

I hope you have enjoyed this special birthday lifestyle post. Look out for another lifestyle post about my birthday, birthday outfit post and more coming this week. 

I will be posting loads through the day on instagram @afashionoddity and twitter of the same name. 

P.S If you are looking for a birthday present for me then please head over and follow my blog on bloglovin as I am so close to 500 followers it would be amazing to reach it on my birthday. Follow here

Love Charlotte