no more teen spirit(?).

AllSaints leather jacket, Ecoté romper, Givenchy Nightingale bag, Jeffrey Campbell Lita platform booties (not pictured), Elizabeth and James knuckle ring

For the past few years, I've had the pleasure of throwing big house parties for my friends on my birthdays - the first birthday I've ever had away from Singapore was spent with some of my closest friends in London, pigging out on a massive Japanese buffet at Hi-Sushi Izakaya in Covent Garden, with some Moët and plenty of Hummingbird Bakery red velvet birthday cake (thank you to Ava and Bekka for helping to get the cakes! <3 - and the scraped side of one cake didn't matter; one of you couldn't resist an early taste? ;P), after which half the party headed to the school library a few blocks away - exams started this week.

Nothing like a mountain of Japanese sushi and champagne to get the brain cogs going, really.

Also significant - the first birthday away from home and family marked my twentieth: an elevation further into adulthood and lack of excuses to be ignorant, more impulsive, less responsible... but I'll embrace the future wholeheartedly because we can't stop time (not that I'll stop hoping once the wrinkles start emerging), and it holds endless possibilities. (I think.)

The cheerful bright pink Ecoté romper I picked up at Urban Outfitters in the West Village in April is one of my favourite pieces now (thank you to Neha for the reassurances that it wasn't too... splashy or bubbly, and for leading me away from the baby blue option), and I surmise it'll be worn to death this summer, being easy breezy fun. It's also a welcome addition to my typically black, grey, khaki, brown, blue and white wardrobe, and I can top it with a sweater, and wear with tights when summer turns back to autumn. I've always tried to shy away from pink in my late teenage years, as it was a prominent feature in my childhood wardrobe (*wince*), but no one can resist this tribal salmon confection.

Thank you again to the friends who made it to the dinner, and all the wishes sent from all over the world via the different technological platforms I'm so thankful for; much love to everyone for making my twentieth more than bearable despite the onset of first-year university examinations! ♥


P.S. One can't help but think of Nirvana when one leaves one's teens.

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  1. Belated happy birthday manda...have a great 20...

  2. OMG I know that guy in the white tshirt! Happy Birthday.

  3. that sushi made me sooo hungry when I first saw it.

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