Thursday, 16 August 2018

Birthday shoot & summer lovin'...

... had me a blast. Summer lovin' happened so fast.

Welcome back lovelies, I hope you don't mind but to round off what seems to be the end of our sunny summer I couldn't help but quote one of my favourite films, and as many of you have probably guessed from the many mentions in previous posts it's my birthday today! 

There were many times over the years where I dreaded reaching a new age, but this year so much has happened that I've become a much more positive person and have gradually changed the way I see things. So 26, I welcome you with open arms and I say bring it on.

Being 25 was one of the most amazing years where I made more memories than I could ever of thought possible. Many people have said how I'm more confident now and most importantly I smile more than ever. Time is a beautiful thing and so is believing in yourself.

To celebrate achieving so much in the last year, I went ahead and had my first photoshoot which was both equally terrifying and amazing at the same time.

I'm honestly so proud of how these turned out and I can't quite believe its me in them. I've never been particularly confident in the way I look but as I've mentioned recently, I'm no longer shying away from doing what I love (and that my lovelies is blogging).

I hope you all love the photos as much as I do!

Thinking of all the things that have been making me extra happy recently I couldn't help but want to share them with you.

Here are my favourite things about this summer:

1. Open Air cinemas
Until last month I had never gone to one but now I find myself having been to two. I was blessed with seeing Chocolat for the first time and it was absolutely amazing.

2. Festivals
We seem to have been going to a lot recently and it's been a definite highlight this summer. Capitals Summertime Ball at Wembley, Capital Beach Festival at Cardiff Bay and the many food and drink festivals across south Wales.

3. Booking holidays to Amsterdam, London and Barcelona
Three birthday celebrations are taking place which meant we just had to go and book a group holiday to Amsterdam, and another annual trip to London to celebrate a 30th and a trip to Barcelona early next year.

4. Wine in the sunhine
This was originally meant to say cocktails in the sun as I thought it sounded better, but  that would have been a lie because we all know this girl here loves her wine. From birthday BBQ's, celebrations and meals out with friends, it's been a merry old summer.

5. Live Music
I finally went to see Ed Sheeran! Aside from the fact he made headlines news in Cardiff for needing to stop the show twice for the loo, it was a brilliant night.

6. Picnics in the park
No words needed for this really, there is just something so perfect about relaxing in the sun with friends whilst munching on food. A definite happy place.

7. Annual summer trip to London
As this post goes live I will in fact be on my way to London for my annual trip and if I'm anything like I usually am, I will be doing mini vlogs and taking you along with me to various locations.

8. Weddings
Somehow I have attended four weddings this year. I've always loved any excuse to get dressed up and I'm a hopeless romantic, so to be able to witness two people on their special day is such an amazing feeling.

If you're all still with me, I would like to say a huge thank you for making 25 such a special year and I can't wait to see what 26 brings.

I would love to hear all of your favourite things about summer and what you're looking forward to most about Autumn. The wooly jumpers are officially back which means Pumpkin Spice Latte season is almost on our doorsteps.

As always, until next time.

Shop the outfit:

Photo one, dress - Asos
Photo 2, dress - AX Paris
Photo 3, Jumper - Asos 


  1. Ah Happy Birthday Alys! It sounds like you've had a magical summer and birthday celebrations to continue on until November!! I'm really glad to hear your year went so well. It must be a "25" thing because my past year is going well too! I think you've summed up summer perfectly and now that it's coming to an end, I'm ready to pull out those fuzzy socks and blankets!
    Happy birthday again! xx


    1. Thank you so much Jay! I'm so ready for those fuzzy socks and blankets too!

  2. Happy Belated Birthday! I hope you had an amazing day! I love these photoshoot photos! The flowery dress you're wearing for the second lot is really pretty! This was a really nice post to read. Picnics are the best. Definitely one of my favourite things about summer as well. They're such a great way to bring family and friends together.

    1. I'm so pleased you liked the photos, the flowery dress is a particular favourite of mine as well. Thank you so much for the birthday wishes!

  3. Your photos on here are soooo cute! love your blog x

    1. That's so sweet of you, thank you for the kind words! x

  4. I love the pictures from this shoot, your so pretty!
    Hope you had a fab birthday! sounded like you had a fun-packed great summer too!
    Are you looking forward to autumn/winter? I know I am


    1. Awwh, you're honestly the sweetest girly. I had a wonderful birthday thank you, and I'm mostly definitely looking forward to Autumn!

  5. Happy Belated birthday! I love the summery list you gave, I especially love open air cinemas - I went to film 4's screening of Moonlight at Somerset House last summer and it was amazing!! Thanks for sharing xx

    - Rumaanah (:

    1. That sounds amazing I would love to watch something at Somerset House! Thank you for the birthday wishes!

  6. Happy birthday! this is such a sweet photoshoot! Wine in the sunshine is the best! my fav part about summer!

    1. Couldn't agree more on the wine and sunshine, and thank you!

  7. Sounds like you've had an eventful summer! Happy belated birthday!! I loved the positivity here. I see so many people reach 26 then freak out about what they haven't done rather than celebrate what they have. 4 weddings in one summer?! I think I've been to 4 in my life... lovely photoshoot too x


    1. Thank you Sophie, it was most definitely a busy summer with all those weddings and I'm glad to sit back and relax now Autumn is almost here.X

  8. You look absolutely gorgeous in these photos and it's so lovely to hear that you're a lot more confident and happy than in recent years! It's so lovely to see posts like this and it honestly gives me so much hope as I've had a HELL of a few years and I'm currently waiting and hoping that things will soon turn around for me. SO glad you had such a fabulous Summer, too!
    Alice Xx

    1. From one Alice to another, the tough times just mean better ones are coming. Please keep smiling girly, you're amazing and don't forget that!

  9. Happy birthday! You're favourite things about the summer are all so cool :)


  10. These photos are absolutely gorgeous my darling! It sounds like you had the best summer and a massive happy birthday!

    Love, Amie ❤
    The Curvaceous Vegan


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