last weekend was my birthday! i wasn't particularly looking forward to it - i thought i'd finally hit the age where birthdays aren't as fun as they once were and i preferred it to be a non-event, but thanks to my wonderful friends and family i ended up having a really lovely weekend. it started on the thursday evening when i went to the night noodle markets in hyde park with a friend from work, and after dinner we wandered over to the newly opened ladurée where i bought myself a little birthday present! the flavours were salted caramel, blackcurrant violet, strawberry marshmallow and orange blossom and i treated myself to one of the beautiful little boxes, which is now sitting with the marie antoinette box i bought at the ladurée on the champs-élysées in paris.
after ladurée we happened to walk past the new topshop store on its opening night so we had a look around and i bought a pair of hedgehog earrings! just quietly, between the ladurée and the topshop i liked to pretend to myself that i was back in europe for the night! on the friday after work i went out to dinner with my parents and my brother & his girlfiend at a lovely restaurant on the harbour. my actual birthday was on saturday and i don't have any photos from that day just yet because i haven't had the film developed, so i'll save talking about that for another post. but on sunday my parents had booked a helicopter ride for the three of us over sydney which was really incredible!
after the helicopter ride we went to a great little italian restaurant in haberfield for lunch, then drove to balmain where i made my parents stop at the markets (they're not fans of people's second hand things, haha) and we wandered around the shops and stopped in at adriano zumbo's patisserie and bought the aptly named "happy birthday" mousse cake for later.