Turning 29

On Wednesday I turned 29 and even though I was excited by the fact it would be my ‘golden birthday’ (29 on the 29th, only happens once in your life and all that), I had dreaded turning 29 for most of the year leading up to it. As today is the last day of July and my birthday week (yes, I milked that a little longer than I should have), I thought I would share some of my thoughts on turning 29.turning 29Before I entered adulthood, I imagined my life to be totally different to how it is now.
I thought I would be married and have kids at least by the time I reached 25!
Maybe I was a little naive back then or maybe it was just what I thought that is what was expected as an adult.

The fact that I am now only one year away from turning the big 3-0 does still scare me a little and it does sometimes get me down that I haven’t achieved all that I thought I would by this point in my life, but I am trying to start my last year of my 20s with a more optimistic outlook.

A lot of this way of thinking or wanting to start thinking this way, has to do with the current issue of Cleo (August 2015), which I picked up to read on the train home from Melbourne on Wednesday.  To be honest my main reason I bought it was because one of my Comedy idols, Amy Schumer was on the cover, but I was pleasantly surprised! A lot of the content sounded like it was written for me.

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photo from my instagram @cottoncandydiva_blog

Without sounding like this post was sponsored by Cleo (It isn’t, I just really liked the issue) I will talk about some of the articles that really resonated with me and helped me to suck it up and get over the fact that I am now 29!

– Not apologising for the things we shouldn’t be (like being single), this made me feel a lot better about turning 29 and still being single, while a lot of my friends are in relationships, are married, have kids or all of the above! Your whole life you are told that you should start ‘settling down’ by a certain age and have your life mapped out, but sometimes us single people need to be reminded that is IS okay if you aren’t at that point in your life yet.
– Being your own ‘cheerleader’, being in my late 20s and still being single, and childless are just some of the things that I beat myself up over regularly. I will have those days where I will feel sorry for myself…sometimes obnoxiously so, but I’m slowly learning to tell myself that nothing will change if I don’t change my mindset and be determined to get out of whatever rut I’m in. I am so grateful for the love and support of my friends and family, but I now know that sometimes you need to kick yourself up the butt (as physically impossible as that is!) to make things happen.
– Amy Schumer’s interview! She is so inspiring to me, not only as a Comedian but also because of the woman that she is! She is confident, smart, funny and oh so fearless. I admire that she is able to unashamedly be herself no matter what people may think of her or say about her. Yes, her humor can be a little crude, but that’s why she is so hilarious! She says what most of us are afraid to say out-loud in case we offend anyone. 

I could go on about the other great things in this ‘Equality issue’, but I don’t want to make this post too wordy.

Wow, okay this post got a bit personal real quick, but it feels good to be more open on here…

Let me know what you think! Do you like ‘personal’ type posts or would you rather just read about fashion & beauty?

XO XO
Evelyn

My Birthday Wishlist

I can’t believe it’s July already! It really does seem like the last few months just flew by…My birthday is in July, so I thought I would share what’s on my birthday wish list for this year.

If you follow me on social media, you will already know I plan to be publishing 29 posts in 29 days…it’s going to be tough, but I’m up for the challenge! I thought I would set myself this ‘challenge’ because 1. I don’t post on my blog as frequent as I should/want to and 2. I turn 29 on the 29th and that will never happen again in my lifetime!

On my birthday wishlist there are 5 realistic items and 5 that are not so realistic, that I may have to win the lottery before I could buy them, as a gift to myself.

I have added links to where you can find some the featured items, in case you want to pick them up yourself! (Some of the items are only available in Australia, sorry)

 5 realistic birthday wishlist items

bday_wishlist11. Multi Minions Lace Up Kicks, $39.99 from Jay Jays (sold out online)- I was shopping with my mum a couple of weeks ago and spotted these just as I was walking up to the counter at Jay jays. Finally cute printed shoes that aren’t only for kids! (I’m looking at you Kmart!) I would have bought them as soon as I saw them, but they only had Size 9 & 10 left, I’m a size 8! 🙁

2.
Crabtree & Evelyn, ‘Evelyn Rose’ Hand Therapy, $10 for 25g from Crabtree & Evelyn (Aussie site), for the US $9USD from Crabtree & Evelyn (US site)- I’m the type of person that will buy something because it literally has my name on it (I have a top from Review called the ‘Evelyn’ top!), but it helps that the ‘Evelyn Rose’ smells amazing too. I love the Hand Therapy moisturisers, I own a couple…but I haven’t picked up this one yet.

3.
Killing Monica by Candace Bushnell, RRP $29.99 (currently on sale for $22.99) from Dymocks, for the US from Barnes & Noble, Amazon etc.- The newest novel by the writer of Sex and The City, Candace Bushnell. I already own her SATC book and The Carrie Diaries and loved reading both of them. I knew I wanted this book as soon as I read the blurb online.

4.
Bright Side Cosmetic Bag- ‘Real Life Photoshop for my face’ from Wild Cards and Gifts (in-store only), for the US from Amazon– I was at my local ‘Wild’ store to pick up a gift for a friend recently and this cosmetic bag made me laugh as soon as I saw it, I can’t remember how much it was though (I’ll update it here, when I go there again)

5. Ciate Blush Pop in ‘Girls Night Out’ (Pink), $28 from MECCA, for the US $19USD from Sephora – I own so many blushes already (It’s probably the makeup product I have the most of), but this ‘blush pop’ really caught my eye while browsing on the MECCA site. I like that it’s domed and that you can apply it straight to your face. It’s a cream formula too, so it will blend easily.

 

5 not so realistic Birthday Wishlist items

birthday wishlist

1. Kitchenaid Platinum Collection stand mixer- Raspberry ice, $849 from Myer- I have wanted a Kitchenaid stand mixer for years, but unfortunately it’s a fair way out of my price range! Maybe one day if I win the lottery, I’ll be able to buy one!

2. Review ‘All Aboard Dress’, $279.99 AUD, from Review (they ship internationally too!)- This dress is one of Review’s newest designs. I loved it as soon as I saw the photos of it on the Review Facebook page. The vintage style is gorgeous! I am fortunate to own a few Review pieces, I love their designs so much and if I could afford it, my wardrobe would be full of their clothing!

3. Viktor & Rolf Bonbon Eau de Parfum 50ml, $159 from David Jones, for the US $115 for 1.7 Oz. from Saks Fifth Avenue- I already a lot of perfume, but all are uniquely different, so what’s one more to your ‘fragrance wardrobe’, right? I adore this scent! It’s not totally a gourmand fragrance (sweet/edible), but it does smell almost good enough to eat! with it’s base note of caramel and other notes such as peach, blackcurrant and tangerine. Not to mention the cute bow bottle, I think that’s what won me over the most! I’m a sucker for pretty or cute packaging.

4. The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon Hashtag the Panda Stuffed Animal, $24.95USD from the NBC Universal store (Available from July 27th, 2015)- I know $24.95 isn’t exactly expensive, but with the low Aussie dollar at the moment and $34.94USD postage, it’s works out to over $75AUD! Definitely not worth it for one stuffed animal!…Hopefully they’ll still be available when I finally go to NYC.

5. American Tourister Prismo Hard Spinnercase Medium 65cm Magenta, RRP $299 from Myer (currently on sale for $149.50)- I already own a Magenta 55cm (carry on) Prismo case and I’d love a slightly larger one for when I (hopefully) head to NYC next year. Unfortunately somehow one of the little lugs on the handle snapped off, so it’s difficult to retract the handle…but in saying that, I  still absolutely love it! I have used it so many times on short trips up to Melbourne, the ‘spinner’ wheels make it so easy to pull along, especially over the bumps that are on the train platforms! Also, because it isn’t made of fabric, it is a lot sturdier than past luggage I’ve owned.

There seems to be a clear theme here…yes, I like pink/magenta!

What is on your birthday wishlist this year? or if it you’ve already had your birthday, how about next year?

Come back tomorrow to read post 2 of my 29 posts in 29 days

 

XO XO
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