What I Got For My Birthday

I had THE best birthday in my entire life. Work greeted me with happy smiles and cheerfulness, the kids too, and I saw my BFF and we chilled with some takeout pizza and Harry Potter. Then I spent the weekend with my boyfriend at a hotel, a treat for both our birthdays (his is a day before mine).

Wondering what I got for this special day? Well, you’re in the right place then…

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First present I got was from my colleagues, which was a EUR15 voucher from The Body SHop. They know how obsessed I am with skincare and cruelty-free products, so this present was perfect for me.

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No, unfortunately I didn’t get a chubby, ginger, bowtie-wearing, alcohol-drinking cutie of a cat, but I did get money from my parents and Nonna. So we can call it a win still.

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My sister and boyfriend got me this cute navy and brown satchel bag from Accessorize. The bag is quite spacious and has white blots all over it.

From my bestfriend I got not one… not two!… but THREE PRESENTS. Which I was not expecting.

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First thing I opened was this pegboard with letters and symbols. She was going to buy me a lightboard from New Look, and luckily while we were in the store, I pointed out that I had one but with 2 layers instead of 3.

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Second gift I opened was this book called Dogs of Instagram. I love dogs. I love Instagram. The result? This great gift. Can you tell I’ve known this person for over a DECADE?!

Last gift I got from her was this beautiful Unicorn Trinket Dish from Sass & Belle. It’s a nice touch to my room, which is becoming more ‘me’.

Last but certainly not least are the gifts from my boyfriend and his parents…

His parents gave me this set of six silver bracelets with very light blue gems from River Island. I don’t know how they knew that this was my current favourite colour, but they nailed this gift.

Then there’s my amazing boyfriend ❤

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First up is my birthday present, which is this dystopian card game called ‘Coup’. It’s not the usual present one would expect. But I love card games, especially ones where you need to use your brain. And I love anything dystopian: movies, TV shows, books, documentaries, cultures… everything basically. And now I love this game!

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This is my V-Day gift, which is a Me to You mug-and-bear set. I loved this gift more than expected because I know my boyfriend is quite insecure about relationships and feelings, but the fact that he did the effort alone made this gift special. And I love teddy bears, and Me to You things.

So this was what I got for my birthday/V-day. These gifts really showed how much these people love me and care for me… and also know me more than I do sometimes.

Next post will be my February notes, so stay tuned for that at the end of the month!

What I Got For Christmas

Merry belated Crimbo everybody! Hope you had an amazing time with your family and friends like I did! It’s the first Christmas in a long, long time where I am genuinely happy, and my family is one.

But anyways, this post isn’t about that… it’s about all the good stuff I got!

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Work

So as to avoid spending excessive amounts of money, my class and another (the crew, as I like to call it) decided to go for lunch instead of giving presents. In my opinion, it was a great idea. We got to laugh and chat about life, and it was nice. We went to Palazzo Preca, just a few doors away from where we work. The service was excellent, and so was the food.

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From all the students in my class (my cheeky little monkeys, whom I love with all my heart!) gave me vouchers, which I can redeem at a lot of local shops. I appreciated their thought… and being the sensitive person I am, I was almost reduced to tears.

p50054rThe student I help in class gave me the most beautiful necklace from perfumes&more. He almost gave me a fright when he told me he needed to talk to me outside of class, but when he took out the wrapped box and card, I laughed so hard he thought I had gone cray. The pendant has a twisted thingy with crystals embedded, and the end has a pearl attached to it. I promised him I’d wear it for Christmas Eve… and I did!

BFF

loki-36-mcuFrom my BFF, who knows me more than anyone else (sorry, fam and bae), bought me a
Loki Funko POP… and it has a freaking bobble head! Even though it was more than enough, she called the gift a “little something” and promised she’d get me something more special from London. I freaking love her, needless to say!

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Even though I haven’t met them in a while, they still managed to amaze me with their gifts, because it was like they knew what I really wanted (ahem… bae… ahem…). I spent Boxing Day morning at his, and we played two PS games, one which I don’t know the name of and Injustice. I actually beat him at Injustice one time… and I’d never touched a PS in my entire existence! I was proud of myself there and then!

wallet-camel-3-thumb2xHis parents gave me this amazing camel wallet from Parfois. And just a day before on Christmas, I was thinking of buying a new wallet from the sales!

originalHis sister gave me a perfume from Zara. It’s called Floral from their Day Collection, and it smells DIVINE. The packaging was lilac, one of my favourite colours after purple and green.

 

Family

4129bnds0tl-_sx300_20161226_213443[1].jpgFirst up are my parents! After almost giving me a
positive heart attack with a SINGING DONKEY – yes, you read right… Singing. Donkey. – they gave me a pair of festive socks and money. Thankssss!

http3a2f2fmedia-topshop-com2fwcsstore2ftopshop2fimages2fcatalog2f21n88gmul_largeNext up are my sestra and boyfriend. They got me four – yes, that’s right… 4. Quattro. Quatre. – presents, starting from the funny one to the one I wanted badly. The funny one is this floating pug plug for the bath. I called him Robert Jr., since the duck plug we bought from London is called Robert Sr..
Second gift I got was a jammy set; the top says Cupcakes for Breakfast 20161226_21425401(YASSSS), and the pants have lots of hearts on them, and are longer than my legs with my Cookie Monster fuzzy slippers (Fact)! 20161226_2138141
Third gift is this beautiful heart-shaped, two-storey jewellery storage box, which I will be filling with earrings, rings and pins in the future.
Last but not least, is the MEGA gift, which is a SilverCrest hairdryer. I’d wanted my own (first-hand and not full of sticky tape) hair dryer in forever, and so they got me one.

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Bae

Leaving the best for last, as he’d been showering me with gifts – both abstract and concrete – since we first started dating back in March. He first gave me a cute brown dog with blue sparkly eyes, which I named Dean, and then he gave me a rare Beatles LP from Budapest, and several games, namely The Sims 4, Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, Wolf Among Us and Hearthstone. And I enjoy playing them, especially with him.

Now for the Crimbo presents…

mortal-kombat-x-enhanced-online-beta-headerPart 1 was a game I’d wanted since forever, which is Mortal Kombat X. I’d say ‘Fatality’ every time he fails at something or as a joke, and now I can the game itself!

Second, as he told me, is “something of everyday cute-chinese-pug-dog-cookie-puppy-animal-pet-lovely-companion-mouse-pad-0-500x421use”… it turned out to be a mouse pad, with a pug staring hungrily at a crumb of food. Looove it!

brown-warm-cross-bag-9439970-lrgLast one was “something of almost every day use”… The result? This beautiful camel crossover bag from Parfois, which matches the wallet I got from his mum.

 

 

You

Yes, you, reading this post down to the end of it, which is this part. You gave me the present of understanding and inspiration to write more and more of these posts. You give me hope and a reason to do what I love doing more than anything else in the whole, wide world, which is writing.

Stay safe this festive season, and I will see you in the next one!