23 on the 23rd of May!

That will only happen once! Yesterday I celebrated my 23rd Birthday and I couldn’t have asked for a more perfect day surrounded by the most special people in my life.
I spent my pre birthday evening at Be at One with a group of my best girls, friends and my boyfriend, who all insisted I wasn’t allowed to pay for a thing. If their generosity wasn’t enough to send me giddy, then the fact that it was 2 for 1 on cocktails was certainly enough to tip me over the edge. Since being ill, I never really drink, but I suppose a birthday celebration is an anomaly. I had so much fun celebrating, and after all, what’s a birthday without a little headache.
Erm, look at all my gorgeous friends and the Pornstar Martinis in hand! ❤
I woke up on my birthday morning, got showered and dressed and headed straight to Duck and Dry on the Kings Road, who sorted me out with the most gorgeous blow-dry. Whilst I was getting pampered, my gem of a man killed some time in the shops, and ended up greeting me with even more gifts, so cheeky. Our next stop was The Ivy Chelsea Garden for brunch, which was decorated beautifully in colourful flowers ready for the start of the Chelsea Flower show. If you want a treat, then the Ivy is certainly the place to head to. They serve more of a fancy light brunch menu, rather than a hearty serving, but the decor and ambience is beautiful for an occasion. Have a guess what I chose?
The avocado is mine, obviously!
After a stroll and some fresh air in the sun, (wasn’t I lucky with the weather for my birthday?) we headed back home for the arrival of my parents. It was present time. All I can say is that I was totally overwhelmed by the thoughtfulness and care that had gone into my present buying. I was so spoilt and shocked by the whole thing that it sent me to tears. Being ill for such a long time, I often feel like a burden and a pain around everyone closest to me, but when I saw how much care people had taken to make my day so special, it made me realise how loved I actually am, regardless of whether I’m healthy or recovering. All I can say is thank you!
My boyfriend bought me a gorgeous necklace from Catherine Zoraida. The crystal constellation set into an 18ct gold plated silver disc represents my star sign, Gemini. Just as a side note, I definitely perfectly represent a Gemini, I have that double sided personality down to a T. That is my excuse for the occasional mood swings!! (Guilty!) I have absolutely no idea how he found this beautiful necklace as they are so hard to get hold of. He is most certainly a keeper.
Surrounded by presents, it was time to get ready and head out for a meal with my family. I put on my new LK Bennet shoes bought for me by my parents, spruced up my makeup, and strutted out the door. We headed to the city to a new restaurant called ‘Ember’; specialising in delicious pan-asian cuisine. It’s one of those tapas style places, where each person needs to order 2-3 dishes each, although I must admit, I ordered two and was perfectly satisfied. The choice was amazing for anyones food preferences, as well as for those who require gluten, dairy free and vegan substitutes. On this rare occasion, I didn’t even have to pick apart the menu or ask the chef to remove parts from the dish, the restaurant menu already catered for it. Phew!
I had a prawn and coconut ceviche dish (which I must say, had a real kick to it), and a butternut squash and aubergine massaman curry. The flavours were insane! Below is an array of some of the dishes that myself, or my family chose. I had to picture it all, even if I didn’t eat it.

I didn’t have a cake for my birthday. Finding a gluten and dairy free cake that actually tastes fresh and doesn’t cost an arm and a leg is a real effort, and if I’m honest, I’m not a massive sponge cake lover. Instead, I treated myself to this Mango and Chia seed gluten free crumble. It was insane! I couldn’t even tell you the flavour of the dairy free sorbet on top, but all I know is that it tasted amazingggg! If you want to try somewhere new, I would definitely head to Ember. It’s fun and lively with a funky interior, lovely staff and a menu to make your taste buds come alive.
With a heart FULL of love, a full tummy and some gorgeous shoes that surprisingly still weren’t hurting, I headed home a very happy and lucky bunny. Thank you to everyone for making my day so special. I’m grateful for every single one of you and I love you all!
I wanted to document my birthday, not only to share with you some great foodie spots throughout London, but also just for myself as a memory to re-read and look back on. Either way, I hope you enjoyed sharing my day with me.
One more thing, everything is definitely, so far so good!!
My wonderful family!
Look at my shoes- my new babies!!! ❤
This guy! There aren’t enough words to describe how amazing he is. How did I get so lucky?
Sopha x

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