I’m not one for birthdays and if it were up to me, the day would just pass like any other but I’ve had those closest to me really try to make me more excited about the day despite my protest. This is a milestone year and I’ve got quite a few mixed feelings. Life isn’t a step by step check list; you don’t have to do things in a particular order and if you just let things happen when they happen you will probably be happier in the long run. I think I will age one of two ways; gracefully or kicking and screaming and this year I’m leaning more towards kicking and screaming so let’s act like a child instead.
Growing up, cake smash photoshoots weren’t really a thing and I’ve always thought the concept was cute. I decided to get in touch with my inner child and do a cake smash for the big 3 oh and I teamed up with Alex from Hot Pixel Photography to do so. Originally I had plans to muse on my thoughts and feelings towards turning 30 but to be honest I’m still processing and I’d rather share what I got up to celebrate in a separate blog post possibly next month. So for now, please just enjoy this photo compliation of the day.
I didn’t know what to wear for such a shoot as I wanted to avoid anything true vintage incase of staining and I wasn’t feeling great about my body so lingerie was out of the question. I loved the idea of a poofy dress and dug through my old childhood wardrobe at my parents house and found this Dana Mathers dress which I wore in high school for I think my year 11 dinner dance. So I felt great knowing I fit into a dress I wore when I was 16/17 and I finally had the boobs I always wanted to fill out the bodice. Small wins right? I was a little shocked to see how short my dress was as I don’t remember it being so short when I wore it as a teen but I suppose I was a little shorter back then. Then again, I haven’t seen my knees in several years so that might be the reason it felt so short. To jazz it up a little, I wore my favourite star crown which has seen me through some fun events and a vintage necklace.
I felt very lucky that Alex allowed me to make a huge mess of confetti in his home (not the first time I’ve done so but hey, at least it’s not glitter this time). We had a few confetti popper to play with and let’s just say, we both struggled figuring out how they worked. Apparently the instructions weren’t clear but we figured it out in the end but I wanted to share the outtakes because they made me laugh. I found out really quickly that the confetti tastes absolutely awful so I spent a good few minutes picking out confetti from the cake so no one ate a piece by accident.
I made the cake the night before at some ridiculously late hour but I was inspired by the sloppy cake made by the fairies in Sleeping Beauty. I wanted to go for a very old-school home-made kind of look and i’m really happy with how it turned out. Originally I wanted to get really into making a mess with the cake but as my day plans got changed, I had to go to two meetings straight after the shoot so having cake in my hair and all over my face wouldn’t have been very professional. Regardless it was still fun to get a little messy.
I know age is just a state of mind so I’m really trying to remind myself that everything will happen in due time and there’s no point rushing through life just to appease societies expectations of what a grown up needs to be successful. Leaving behind my 20’s, I hope that my 30’s are still full of love, laughter and memories to cherish for a lifetime. I’m so grateful to everyone who has entered my life up until this point; it doesn’t matter wether they are still there or not because everyone has helped shape who I am and made me realise what kind of person I can be. I’ve still got a long way to go but I know I have a brand new decade to figure it all out. I’m not in a rush and I’m enjoying the little things in life. I am so grateful for everything in my life and very excited to see what surprises life has in store for me. Thank you for being a part of my journey, I couldn’t be here without you all.
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