Ten days ago saw the passing of my twenty-first birthday. I wasn't interested in marking the occasion with a party; and instead spent the day with my boyfriend and a handful of relatives plus a couple of other dinner meetings with friends in the weeks that followed. There's nothing more mortifying to me than being sung happy birthday to so this suits me fine. While I don't feel any different being a year older, recent events and decisions have left me feeling more confident and ready for what this year will bring. I've decided to stay in Ireland to finish my degree - a dilemma that had been plaguing me for months, and I've never felt more relieved to come to a decision. I've been meeting with old friends, working harder and more often and making an effort to be sociable. It's hard and my laziness/social reluctance gets in the way sometimes but I'm feeling a lot more confident recently. I'm taking the plunge to start a half-sleeve tattoo and I'm going to make a big change to my hair. I'm feeling good and it took a birthday and a little push to realise that maybe the people in my life don't hate me as much as I think they do.
I'm so grateful to my friends, family and boyfriend for the last few weeks. The main gift I received was an iPhone 5 (!!!) and I cannot put into words how lucky I feel. An iPhone has been at the top of my wishlist for years but I never dreamed I'd actually have one, it was the biggest surprise I've ever gotten. It's become my baby and I've hardly put it down since I got it. I've been addicted to Instagram since having a proper camera to use it with, so follow me for gratuitous selfies and photos of Vanilla Coke! @serenaelliott
Since payday and my birthday fell within a week of each other, my shopping habits have spiralled out of control. I've been feeling a little reckless with money but I'm over the moon with my new purchases. I bought some much needed new clothes including some cute dresses (1 & 2), some amazing tshirts in the Urban Outfitters sale, some basics (3, 4 and a H&M jersey dress) as well as killer new boots. I also bought some new makeup including my new favourite red lipstick, the Bobbi Brown corrector (Porcelain Bisque), MAC Studio Fix Fluid (NW10), a blueberry-scented nail polish and a new face mask.
I hope you've all been having a good summer so far - if you've been shopping lately let me know what you've bought! Or don't, as if I need any more temptation...