Hello Gorgeous, how are you? It’s the Birthday Girl here…well techincally it’s n longer my birthday, but it’s still July so that means its fine.
As you probably know by now (as I decided it was a good idea to shout it across the interwebs 😉 ) on Monday (just gone) I turned 54.
FIFTY bloody FOUR.
Not even sure how this happened – blink and BAM. Time just flies…especially when you’re having fun. And yes overall, I have had heaps of fun along the way.
When I was in my early twenties, I can remember thinking that my parents were OLD – now I am that parent, I can honestly say I don’t feel old at all. Maybe my parents never felt old either – instead I just thought they were.
Yes, I have a few more aches and pains than I used to have. If I’m honest, most of them I do cause myself, by not listening to my body when its screaming at me to STOP.
Hello new stress fracture on my ankle from over doing it at the gym – when will I learn? Yes. I know, what an idiot. It’s set my recovery back 6 week too 🙁
Will this ridiculousness change this coming year? Probably not 🙂
Anyway, I blame Albert (if you don’t know who Albert is, he is my wonderful, soon to be 86-year-old Dad, who has a ridiculously high pain threshold, which I unfortunately appear to have inherited).
So anytime a part of my body hurts, the signal either doesn’t get to my brain or I have a way of ignoring it.
Anyway in true birthday festival style – yes I like to celebrate for as long as possible Jonny and I decided to head south for a quick staycation at Broadbeach on the Gold Coast.
I managed to bag a great bargain at The Meriton Apartments (even at the last-minute and in school holidays). Never be afraid to contact the hotel directly and ask for their best deal. We had a lovely one bedroom apartment ocean suite for 2 nights with parking for under $300 – I know right – highly recommend that you check them out.
We’ve stayed at Broadbeach before and loved the location. It’s conveniently laid out, plus there is always something to do.
We never used the car once (parking was only $10 a day) instead, we just walked everywhere…note to self when packing: remember to add sockets for your kicks – OUCH the blister was very real!
I also tapped into the very knowledgeable Insta community for recommendations on the best places to eat.
The best breakfast we have ever eaten (not even kidding) was as at Elk Espresso – If you ever visit the area go and try this place, we both loved it.
Breakfast Gnocchi for me and White Bean Ragu for Jonny Picture courtesy of @edwardlee_0814 (ours was too dark).
Closely followed by Bam Bams Bakehouse
Our top picks: Sweetcorn fritters (with a side of bacon) and the Two Egg Nasi (the taste was out of this world – yes, I insisted Jonny and I share 😉 )
Also, if you love a good bar with a great vibe and good food keep The Loose Moose we had a few share plates. The Kentucky Buffalo Wings and the Sliders YUMMO…they also serve a great Pinot Grigio!
Oh and shopping, I was desperate to pop into the new Pacific Fair – oh boy it’s looking gorgeous – I was very restrained, I just picked up a tee from Decjuba. If Jonny boy wasn’t with me I would have shopped up a storm though.
Basically we had a fabulous jam-packed three days – we ate, we drank and then we tried to walk off the excess calories we had inhaled.
Friday after a quick stop off in Brisbane for an ankle appointment, we dashed home to prepare dinner as Beckie was coming home for the weekend to celebrate my birthday.
We both adore having Beckie home, she is like a breath of fresh air.
She walked through the door with a beautiful bouquet of blooms and that killer smile of hers – as always, Jonny and I melted instantly.
Saturday we already planned to head to Noosa. We love going, plus it’s only a short 40 minute journey. Noosa always puts on a show for us – it’s vibrant, sophisticated and always fabulous.
We had lunch at Noosa Beach House.
Being British we adore our curries but have never quite found the perfect Indian curry on the Sunshine Coast, so instead we feast on the amazing Sri lanken Curry Buffet at the Beach House. They serve this at lunchtime both Saturday and Sunday it’s only $38 a head for a 5 course curry – if you are foodies, put this place on your ‘must do’ list.
Anyway, today’s post is all about having a quick catch up and talking about how instead of buying a new ‘birthday’outfit, I happily shopped my wardrobe.
I almost forgot I had this fabulous jacket (bought it for Beckie’s admission last December) its from Perri Cutten (at David Jones) | Basic Tank* (underneath my jacket) $59.95: Eb and Ive | Denim: High Waisted Skinny Jeans in Light Wash* $139.00 Bohemian Traders | Boots: Waco by Top End* $229.95 from Cinori
To be honest, I never even thought about buying a new birthday outfit – especially because we are booked to celebrate with different friends over the next few weekends, so I didn’t really want to buy lots of new clothes.
So instead I threw my outfit together at the very last-minute on Saturday (why? because I struggled to get my lazy ass out of bed).
I’m also making a point of doing this more often. Even though everything I wear from my wardrobe might not be available anymore, you might have something similar tucked away that you haven’t worn for ages or indeed it might give you inspiration to seek out something similar.
But sometimes I just feel like pulling out the clothes that I have neglected for a while…yep, and there are only so many days in the week!
A jeans and jacket combination is one my favourite things to wear anyway, so I felt stylish but not too overdressed for the daytime Noosa beach scene.
Until next time friends xx
Oh and thank you all so much for the wonderful birthday love, I felt very loved.
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