Last Monday I turned the grand old age of 28 and I did something I had never done before. I spent it completely alone.
Now I know what you're thinking, put the violins away, it honestly wasn't that bad. It was due to a bunch of not very interesting circumstances including thinking my birthday was a week later than it actually was, my other half needing to go back up north and pack after our last minute flat confirmation and my sister going on holiday. My boyfriend was actually much more upset about it then I was (I had to beg him not to waste money on a last minute trip back to London, when he was moving here literally days later). So what do you do when you face a birthday alone? You make it amazing!
I actually found that it made other people more uncomfortable than it did me. If someone at work asked what I was doing for my birthday, you could see them panic and try and reassure me when I told them I was planning to do stuff alone. The truth is I've never minded spending time on my own much anyway, in fact there are plenty of activities I prefer to do alone. If you are going to spend a birthday alone anywhere in the world, London is a pretty good place to do it, so here's what I got up to:
Got Dressed up
Unfortunately I have no good pictures, the downside of being on my own was that I had no one to take photographs, but I might recreate this outfit on the blog at some point. Wearing clothes that make me feel confident always puts me in the best mood for any day so I decided to not be lazy and put some effort into my clothes. This skirt from banned is currently one of my favourite things ever, and I managed to wear a pettiskirt under it without feeling too silly. This hat wasn't a great match to be honest but I needed something to hide my messy hair. Along with my Banned bag and Collectif shirt and jacket, It came together quite well. I even got compliments from strangers, always a rarity in London!
Had a 'Good Hour' message at the Lush Spa, Oxford Street
If you've followed my blog for a while you know that having a treatment at a Lush Spa has been on my bucket list for a while. So I figured if I was going to push the boat out and treat myself, now would be the time to do it! It was pretty last minute when I asked if I could get an appointment, and they were fully booked but as it was my birthday they said they'd see what they could do. I got a call the day before my birthday to say they could fit me in, birthday=made! I had the 'Good Hour' massage which involves dry ice, sea chanteys and rum among other things. It was a bit painful handing over £90 at the start but boy was it worth it, it blew every other spa experience I've had out of the water. I'm thinking of doing a full treatment review on here, let me know if you'd want to see that.
Went to the Undressed: 350 Years of Underwear in Fashion exhibition at the V&A
This was an exhibition I had been eagerly awaiting to arrive in London, it fits in well with my love of vintage clothing, and an exhibition is the perfect thing to do alone. This takes you right through from the late 1800's to the modern day, including the personal highlight of some incredible Dita Von Tease show wear. There are some spectacular garments here, and it's amazing what we put ourselves through in the name of fashion, especially us women! I don't mind a corset and some suspenders every now and then but you can keep the back breaking S-Bend corset thank you very much!
Ended the Day in the Theatre, seeing People, Places and Things.
I had intended to take myself out for a cocktail or two before but by the time I left the V&A the weather had taken a nasty turn and I had gotten soaked, so I traded the cocktails in for a nap at home. I am so rock and roll! I dragged myself out of bed to see People, Places and Things at the Leicester Square theatre, which I knew little about but I'd heard good things. Honestly, this play is brilliant, it's about a woman in rehab and the staging, direction and performances are all amazing. It strikes the fine line between heart-wrenching and funny, I seriously recommend it to drama lovers out there. I also happened to run into Tim Minchin in the foyer before the show (also alone, clearly that's how the best people see West End shows!)
The only thing I didn't manage to do was find somewhere for a good slice of cake, instead, I ended up eating a panini in the rain which was a bit disappointing. However Harry made me an amazing (and humungous) cake at my 'second birthday'which we celebrated the weekend after, so that made up for it.
How would you spend a solo birthday?