27 things I’m looking forward to

Today’s my 27th birthday.

And for the first time in literally forever, I’m not sure how I feel about it.

Birthday wishes • Cake + Whisky

Not because I don’t want to be old or any of this nonsense, but I’m going through a rough patch at the moment, with lots of things to work through and sort out and I somehow wish my birthday wasn’t caught in the middle of it all.

So yeah, not the happiest of birthday this time ’round.

But it doesn’t stop me looking forward to the year ahead and all the good things it will bring, including all of the below…

  1. Going to Cuba
  2. FINALLY eating at El Pastor (muuuuuuch excited for dinner tonight!!)
  3. Wearing my new blue suede ballerinas
  4. Christmas – family gatherings, Christmas cocktail parties, glittery lights, wrapping presents, over-eating, all of it!
  5. Seeing Wicked in the theatre
  6. And Les Miserables too (hopefully)
  7. Watching the new Crime of the Orient Express movie
  8. Reading the upcoming new Dan Brown book
  9. Catching up with friends in Paris
  10. Finally seeing the Royal Opera House’s production of Alice in Wonderland (after all, it did take me 5 years to get tickets…)
  11. Finding prints for our bedroom (I love this one but it wouldn’t really work…)
  12. Getting to wear my signature perfume once again (an early birthday present from me to myself)
  13. Hosting more house parties
  14. Perfecting my skillet cookie recipe (it’s coming people, it’s coming!)
  15. Exploring more of London, always
  16. Visiting my baby bro’ first proper appartment
  17. Teaching myself how to make puff pastry
  18. Buying new underwear (some like shoes, some like bags, I like underwear. Deal with it.)
  19. Visiting the Barbican conservatory
  20. Taking too many pictures (obv)
  21. Seeing Sheldon marry Amy #teamshamy
  22. Lighting up this candle (it smells divine)
  23. Doing more crafty things – be it embroidery, hand lettering or just colouring
  24. Getting a new laptop (fingers crossed)
  25. Finally getting around to watching some classic movies (can you believe I’ve never seen E.T. or Titanic?)
  26. Learning new things
  27. And, most importantly, finding my way back to a happy, peaceful me (hopefully)
27 things I’m looking forward to

How to wrap birthday presents? | 3 easy DIY ideas

It seems all of my friends have their birthday in August, so lately, my room has looked more like Santa’s workshop than a place dedicated to sleep and relaxation (and eating pizza in bed).

I love a well-wrapped present; it makes me almost as happy as the present itself, so I’ve spent a lot of time playing with ribbons and boxes, and searching on Pinterest for creative ideas to wrap mine.

Here are some of my current favourites.

Idea #1: Sassy card + Ribbon bowHow to wrap birthday presents | 3 DIY ideas | Cake + WhiskyMy love for pretty stationary is no secret and this might well be my new favourite way of wrapping presents. How to wrap birthday presents | 3 DIY ideas | Cake + WhiskyAlso, before we begin, can we take a second to appreciate how great this card is? #BestBirthdayPlanEverHow to wrap birthday presents | 3 DIY ideas | Cake + WhiskyYou’ll need: a box (I got this one from Paperchase), a card (this brilliant little number comes from Oliver Bonas), ribbon (about 2-2.5m), some clear cellotape, scissors and a lighter. How to wrap birthday presents | 3 DIY ideas | Cake + Whisky1. Place your card on the box and secure with some clear cellotape.How to wrap birthday presents | 3 DIY ideas | Cake + WhiskyHow to wrap birthday presents | 3 DIY ideas | Cake + Whisky2. Cut the ends of your ribbon at an angle and burn them slightly with the lighter to prevent unravelling.
How to wrap birthday presents | 3 DIY ideas | Cake + Whisky3. Wrap the ribbon around the box and finish by tying a bow in one of the corners. How to wrap birthday presents | 3 DIY ideas | Cake + WhiskyIt took me a while to figure out how to place the ribbon to get the desired effect… Here’s a picture of the back of the box that should save you some time! 😜

Idea #2: Birthday candles and bowHow to wrap birthday presents | 3 DIY ideas | Cake + WhiskyBirthday candles are a birthday celebration must-have… So why not put them on the presents as well? 
How to wrap birthday presents | 3 DIY ideas | Cake + WhiskyYou’ll need: A box, some birthday candles (I got those letter ones from Paperchase but I reckon regular candles would look cute too!), some ribbon (the one I used came with the box!) and some clear cellotape.How to wrap birthday presents | 3 DIY ideas | Cake + Whisky1. Place your candles on the box.How to wrap birthday presents | 3 DIY ideas | Cake + Whisky2. Secure with cellotape.How to wrap birthday presents | 3 DIY ideas | Cake + Whisky3. Add your ribbon on top of the tape.

Idea #3: Ribbon + Origami bow
How to wrap birthday presents | 3 DIY ideas | Cake + WhiskyThis one will require a tiny bit more patience as you’ll need to fold an origami bow, but it’s definitely worth the effort as it’ll give your present a look of simple sophitication your girlfriends will love. How to wrap birthday presents | 3 DIY ideas | Cake + WhiskyYou’ll need: a box, ribbon (about 2m), 1 sheet of origami paper, double-sided tape, scissors and a lighter.How to wrap birthday presents | 3 DIY ideas | Cake + Whisky1. Cut the ends of your ribbon at an angle and burn them slightly with the lighter to prevent unravelling.
How to wrap birthday presents | 3 DIY ideas | Cake + Whisky2. Fold an origami bow according to the instructions provided hereHow to wrap birthday presents | 3 DIY ideas | Cake + Whisky3. Wrap the box with the ribbon. How to wrap birthday presents | 3 DIY ideas | Cake + WhiskyHow to wraop birthday presents | 3 DIY ideas | Cake + Whisky4. Secure the origami bow with a bit of double-sided tape.

Do you like to wrap presents or is it one of your Nemesis and you’d rather have it done by someone else?

How to wrap birthday presents? | 3 easy DIY ideas

25 before 25

I’m not the kind of person who love birthdays. Or actually, I love them when it’s somebody else’s (because it gives me a good excuse to bake cakes and write cards and wrap presents and do all the things I love).

Cake + Whisky | Another Birthday
A previous birthday party of mine (and the definite proof I shouldn’t be a fashion blogger!)

I’m, however, not quite as good at dealing with my own birthday. I have this weird thing with presents, and I definitely don’t know how to deal with surprises.Oh, and I don’t quite like the ‘I’m so oooooold’ feeling (even if I probably shouldn’t worry about this too much as I’m still being asked for IDs in most places…).

But this year’s a big one as I’m going to be turning 25 in 4 months. I can hardly believe it, it’s like each year is shorter than the one before. So I thought I’d make it a bit less crazy/scary by setting myself 25 goals to reach before my birthday (so I feel like I’ve done things with my life etc etc…).

Food

1. Eat at Duck & WaffleCake + Whisky | Duck & Waffle | London04/05/2015: I was told to order the signature Duck & Waffle dish and it did not disappoint.

2. Make jam (pinapple-rum-vanilla IS a winning combination, in case you were wondering!)

3. Eat jellyfish (what do you say, yay or yuck?)

4. Make pickled turnipsCake + Whisky | Lebanese pickles

5. Make falafels at home (Can you feel the Lebanese feast coming?)

6. Poach eggs (it’s just ridiculous how long I’ve postponned that!)

7. Go to Street Feast

8. Cook at least one recipe from all of my cookbooks

9. Have really good sushi (it’s been too long!)

10. Have dinner in a gastropub (see #9)Cake + Whisky | Pig & Butcher, Islington25/04/2015: Excellent cod brandade (and overall meal) at The Pig and Butcher

11. Write another “5 healthy recipes” article Cake + Whisky | 5 lunchbox ideas | Mexican Chicken Salad15/06/2015: 5 new recipes including this delicious Mexican-ispired chicken salad!

London

12. Book tickets to The Lion King

13. Go to Greenwich

14. Go to the V&A

Self-Care

15. Keep up with daily abs exercise for 1 month

16. Fit in my jean shorts again

17. Get a pedicure

18. De-clutter my wardrobe

19. and my kitchen cupboards!

20. Get tested for HIV (not fun, I hate bloodtests!)

21. Read 10 books (any recommendations?) Sofar I’ve read: Une Page d’Amour, Emile Zola; La Faute de l’Abbé Mouret, Emile Zola; 1984, George Orwell; The 13 problems, Agatha Christie; Not that kind of girl, Lena Dunham (5/10)

Random

22. Travel to somewhere I’ve never been I’m going to the US at the end of June! Wooo!

23. Give a talk

24. Learn how to use the manual settings on my camera

25. Organise something special to celebrate being 1/4-of-a-century old!

What do you want to achieve this year? Anything exciting? Let me know!

25 before 25