Sunday, October 5

Hollywood 21st

This summer I was lucky enough to have 21sts left, right and centre. 
Kicking off the parties was Lily - one of my beautiful (now ex) housemates - with a Hollywood themed bash.
A month or so before, a lanyard arrived in the post with a little clapboard detailing the party plans on the end. 
It was the coolest invitation I'd ever receieved... Clearly this was going to be a goodun'.

Finally the day of the party arrived.
I twisted the Hollywood into Bollywood and rocked up in a sparkly sari I'd had made in Sri Lanka. 
I was channelling Frieda Pinto in Slumdog Millionaire or Jesminder in Bend It Like Beckham - you decide! 
We wandered into the stunning garden whilst being papped by looming photographers.

There was such a fun atmosphere with everyone going all out with their costumes - I think the Queen of Hearts wins it though!
Naturally Lil looked gorgeous as Cleopatra. 
We mingled with bubbly, 'Oscar Mules' and 'Hollywood Hangover' cocktails in hand.

Delicious canapés were passed around; I couldn't help but follow the waitresses carrying them around.
There is no such thing as too many canapés.

I can't get enough of these guys.

The theme was executed perfectly - no details were missed.
Film theme tunes were playing, glass box tables were filled with movie memorabilia, there was a prop-filled photobooth and to top it off a life sized Oscar award stood on a podium in the marquee!

The champagne had even dressed up for the occasion.

We moved inside and gravitated towards the ornate photo booth... Repeatedly.

There was time for a little boogie, and a pinch of Borat's booty, before the speeches.

First Lil's best friend from home took to the stage and wowed us all with a video of Lily's most embarrassing and weird moments.
We were all in hysterics.

Then Libby and I followed with a some tales of her life at Exeter. It went down well - I think!
I love doing speeches for friends and was honoured to be asked to do Lils!

Sufficiently humiliated Lil blew out the candles on her showstopper of a cake.

No 21st is complete without hours of dancing. For the rest of the night you could find us happily throwing shapes on the d-floor.
It was an unforgettable night - thank you Smith family! 

Most of the photos are nicked from the amazing photographers at the party!

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Friday, September 26

Barcelona 2

We spent the following morning wandering the local area fuelling ourselves with froyo.
As Nicola had obviously done the touristy stuff a million times over and I'd done lots of it on a previous trip we didn't bother with any at all. It was so refreshing not feeling forced to visit this and that and simply roaming like locals.

With Nicola's final departure from Barcelona just a day away there was lots of packing and cleaning to be done.
After our stroll we headed home to sort out the apartment.
A trip to Barcelona wouldn't be complete without an Aperol spritz so we met a few of Nicola's friends at their favourite spritz bar.
The bitter spirit is mixed with soda water and prosecco to make a surprisingly moreish drink. It's neon orange colour is a little off-putting, but I liked it more than expected!

After gossiping away and a couple of emotional farewells it was tapas o'clock.
We'd received a recommendation for a little authentic local spot called Bormuth.
It was cosy and cool with a fun atmosphere.
On the warm evening that it was we loved the indoor-outdoor seating setup.

The menu is extensive and we wanted it all.
Once again we were drawn to all the naughty fried things including these incredible aubergine tempura drizzled with treacle. Do not leave without them!

My second fave was the melted goats cheese sitting on top of slow roasted peppers.. Deelish!
It was very reasonably priced and we ordered quite a spread - if you're in El Born you must go.

Perfectly full and in high spirits we walked off our meal en route to the beach.
With one of our best friends also in town we weren't going to pass up the opportunity for a beachside cocktail.

It was a stunning evening and everyone around seemed to be happy. 
There were parades weaving through the streets and the sky was a beautiful blue.
We sipped cocktails by candlelight and the others joined us soon after.

We reconvened the following morning at the same place to enjoy a birthday beachside breakfast for Lily.

It was the perfect end to a wonderful few days.
Barcelona.. you haven't seen the last of me yet!

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