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Laura
Hi! I'm Laura, a 23-year-old millennial girl discovering who I am by sharing my life experiences on my blog. You'll find me writing about me discovering my personal style, my growing wanderlust or giving any sort of style, uni or mental health advice.

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HOW I SPENT MY CHILLED BIRTHDAY

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Yay I am officially 22 now! I now have to find out if I wrote down my age on every online platform and change it... I need to find a better method for that. These past few days have officially gone by in a blur. I think it’s because the weather last week was miserable and most days merged into one as I spent most of the days last week chilling at home. I have always been a person who prefers to stay at home during my birthday instead of overdoing it and going clubbing and getting wasted. I am a true grandma at heart and I am not ashamed about it at all. Anyway, this year I think I spent my birthday the slowest I have ever spent it. These past few weeks I have just felt very anxious, stressed and a bit down by the dreary weather. One look on the weather app and it was clear that it was going to be rainy on my birthday. It didn’t take look for me to decide that I wanted to take things slow and to focus on self-care besides on my birthday before celebrating it with friends and family. So here’s what I did on my chilled birthday.




Pre-birthday dinner with friends

The first thing to kind of celebrate my birthday was to have a little, very casual pre-birthday dinner with two of my oldest friends. They had dragged me outside of the house for a lovely meal in the city centre. I loved that they had taken the time out of their day to get me out of the house and to just have a chilled meal with the three of us. We had not seen each other in ages, so it was also super fun to finally catch up with them again.

On my actual birthday

Last Friday was my actual birthday and I got to sleep in until at least 9, which is a very nice way to start your Friday if you have absolutely no obligations at all. I woke up in a sea of balloons, as you might have seen on my Instagram or Insta stories, I then had the loveliest pancakes for breakfast and just spent most of the morning talking with my parents about everything and absolutely nothing. After that I had a little morning/afternoon pamper time, I put on a facemask, shaved my legs – because I had not done that in a little while, oops! – and moisturised the hell out of my body, which is yet another thing I suck at doing when it’s winter. After my pamper session I had quite a lot of time left over so I spent it reading a book on the sofa, I even had time for a little power nap before having to get ready for dinner with my parents, brother and his girlfriend.

We went out for dinner at around 7, we went to a restaurant in a super fun neighbourhood of The Hague. Once again, this dinner was super laid back and nothing too fancy, just perfect for me. This restaurant specialises in the tastiest burgers in town – if I say so myself – so I had another yummy dinner treat yet again. We also had dessert there and then we all went back home for another cuppa tea and to just spend a little bit more time talking.




Celebrating my birthday during the weekend with family

As you might have seen on my Instagram, I actually celebrated my birthday with my family on Saturday. We always tend to celebrate our birthdays, as it’s just a perfect excuse for all of the family to get together and enjoy each other’s company with tasty food. We had ordered Indonesian food from my best friend’s mother who owns a so-called ‘toko’, which basically is kind of an Indonesian food shop. It’s basically a catering that’s called Nasi Padang. This is nasi or bami goreng with lots of different side dishes such as satay, gado-gado, babi panggang, Sayur Lodeh etc.
Definitely go to a toko in The Netherlands, and try the Indonesian food if you’re ever around! Or just go to Indonesia as it’s even better to eat there. Anyway, we ordered food from her as it’s super tasty, we love them, I see them as my second family and my mum can’t spend two days in the kitchen anymore to cook Indonesian food herself because of her hip surgery.

They also made me the most gorgeous birthday cake, which I also showed on Insta Stories. We had lots of tasty food, I was in great company of food and we just laughed and hung out with each other, which was just how I wanted to spend my birthday. It’s always fun to see family again and my cousins, whom I am going to Lisbon with in March, are going to treat me to a brunch in Lisbon for my birthday! They bought the cutest little travel guide book with 500 hidden secrets of Lisbon and picked out their brunch spot. This little travel book made me even more excited about going to Lisbon. I’m literally counting down the days!

That’s how I spent my birthday. It was super chilled, especially on my birthday itself. I was slightly tired from all the fun we had on Saturday evening with my family, so Sunday literally went by in a blur and it was Monday before I knew it. I was feeling a bit off yesterday again, so I decided to spend yesterday offline and went for a walk outside in the sunshine to clear my head a bit. It has definitely helped me and I feel much better today, I am so happy that we’re being blessed by super lovely, sunny weather. It feels like it has been ages since I have seen the sun, and these past two days have just made me feel super excited for lovely spring weather and just going on walks in this weather.

What I'm wearing:
Mango old jumper, ASOS Farleigh jeans

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