The Last Single Girl Birthday

There are three types of people in the world: those that love their birthdays, those who abhor their birthdays and those who pretend to be ambivalent about their birthdays but are secretly the former or latter. You shouldn’t trust those people. You should also know that I am unequivocally someone who loves her birthday. And all other holidays. Basically any occasion I can decorate, dress up and bake for, really. But I digress.

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Saturday was my champagne birthday. That is, I turned 26 on July 26! It also happens to be – as my lovely fiance and many friends reminded me – my last single girl birthday. I’ll be almost 2 months into marriage at this time next year! To celebrate the big birthday, I took Friday off from work for a little pampering at Me & T Studio and then headed up to my friend (and bridesmaid!) Kim’s cottage for a little R&R with some of my favourite people.

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We spent most of our time on the beach which was beyond amazing – sand + sun + adult beverages + a huge fluffy towel + good friends = my happy place. I’m lucky to have friends who indulge my incessant photo-taking and even snap a few of their own – our weekend is extremely well-documented.

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To make the celebrations extra-festive, I brought along my Oh Joy! for Target “glamping” and summer party supplies and whipped up The Glitter Guide’s champagne layer cake in honour of the milestone. I may have cheated a little and used my favourite premade Betty Crocker whipped white frosting, though. Because I lack restraint, I also made angel food cupcakes topped with homemade whipped cream to celebrate my friend Lauren passing another set of her accounting exams and Amanda’s exciting new venture in Vancouver. [for more festive excitement, check out my Pink Pony Party, Kate Spade-Themed Bridesmaid Ask Brunch + Kate Spade-themed 25th birthday]

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I couldn’t have asked for a better way to wind down my first quarter century and say hello to my 26th year. Last year, I was lucky enough to ring in 25 with my coworkers at our summer party. This year, we stayed up playing Cards Against Humanity and spent the whole next day celebrating. Ryan even wore his Oh Joy! party hat until the bitter (midnight) end. My friends are troopers like that.

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25 was a year of change for me: along with getting engaged, I also left a job where I was extremely happy to take a chance on a more senior role at another agency. I’m happy to report that all things are sunshine-y across the street (yes, my new job is across the street from my old one) and I’m loving it so far. I’ve also gotten more precious with my time: with such a busy life, it’s been so important to me to see the people who brighten my day and to stop seeing those who fuel my anxiety or bring me down. I’d say it’s been a success!

On my plate for this year? Wedding planning, of course! Plus finding a place to live (and decorating it) and pushing myself to do more writing & freelance work. To encourage this, Mike bought me the new Entrepreneur Barbie as part of my birthday gift. He’s very subtle 😉

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And to everyone who thought to send me a tweet, text, Facebook wish or Instagram note to celebrate – THANK YOU! It really does make the day that much sweeter.

Here’s to 26! I’m hoping this is the bubbliest year yet.

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  • 20somethinginTO

    I’m one of those people who loves my birthday – mostly so I can eat baked goods. This year my mom got me a cake with a picture of me as a child on it, it was pretty hilarious. Hope you had a great one!

  • spiffykerms

    Happy belated birthday! I’m also one of those people who loves their birthdays, other people’s birthdays, and all around every holiday there is. Frig man, I also love that Hudsons Bay towel you’re laying on. I’m wondering if people realize I’m Canadian (or even know what those stripes mean) when I carry around my HBC Baggu Bag in those famous stripes. I haven’t been stopped yet 🙁 Lol. I’m ready to chat about Canada down here man!