Eeek guys I am 24 today! I can’t believe it’s been a year already ,time seriously has gone by way too quickly! I have an exciting day planned starting with shooting for the cover of Cosmopolitan Campus magazine (more on that later! : )), lunch with special friends and spending my evening with le boyfriend. I also had my friends over during the weekend to celebrate and I can’t believe how blessed I am to have such wonderful people in my life! I will surely be sharing little bits and pieces of my birthday on my blog later on in the week including the outfit that I actually wear today- it’s going to be a dress of course !:)

As you may know, I love dresses. It’s my ultimate fashion item and I can’t seem to stop buying dresses. They are just so feminine, work for any occasion and weather and a must in an any girls wardrobe. I probably have close to a 100 dresses in my closet and no I can’t stop. I won’t stop 😉 So today I thought I would share something fun with you- my birthday dresses over the last 7 years !:)
 Sort of a flashback Monday and you know that I like keeping my blog personal. So here it is!
17Th Birthday  
As you can see in the first 3-4 years I had no fashion sense at all. I was still in high school and finding my style, and hey these tops and witch-like shoes were popular back then! 😉 I had a party at a friend’s house that night and clearly wanted to look like a bumble bee! No idea where any of these items were from and I don’t even have them in my closet anymore. However I did have a great time that night, and added a pink fluffy crown to celebrate! 
18th Birthday 
It almost looks like I was getting some fashion sense back here, because this purple dress from Truworths is not too bad. I don’t have a good shot of it, but I’m sure you can still find something similar at Truworths even now. I had my birthday at News Café (also a popular spot back then) and while I did have fun, it wasn’t really a night or a birthday to remember.

19th Birthday 
Meet the wild Rina. The party animal. Yes it’s true I use to be a huge party girl and dancing on tables and stages was my thing. It was my first year of varsity and I finally got some freedom when my parents moved overseas to let loose and jam it up. I had a conjoined birthday with my bestie Eva (still besties to this day!) because our birthdays are a few days apart. We hired out the VIP section at Jet (I’m so fancy) which yes was a hot spot back then! The outfit choice is terrible- zebra shoes, dress and a crown? My first year of varsity was when I experimented the most with my clothes and it took me a little longer to find myself. The night was so much fun though; we got into a cake fight! Looks delicious doesn’t it? 🙂

20th Birthday

By this birthday I have met and started dating Steve so things calmed down a little bit. We went out to a restaurant to celebrate with my friends and my mom was in town from Russia. I still love this one-shoulder orange dress that I got in Russia. Again I don’t have a clear shot of it except in this party pic from way back when. And yes I had highlights for a bit, I experimented with the hair too before settling on my original colour 🙂
21st Birthday
This is my favourite outfit and favourite birthday memory to date. My 21st birthday was so incredibly special- my friends knew that my parents are overseas and weren’t able to be here and they went all out for me. I had it at home, but due to limited funds I couldn’t make it as nice as I wanted, so my friends came in to help. Steve and his friends brought a mobile bar over and did my favourite cocktails. My best friend’s mom paid for my nails and my gran transferred me money from Russia to get my make-up done. My girlfriends came over to help me cook and set up, and our friends printed a huge canvas with my picture which everyone signed on the night and it now hangs up in my room. My Russian friend even contacted my mom to get some wishes from her to put into my best friends’ speech. I got the most beautiful slideshow from my high school friends, and we stayed up late partying. It might have not been the most extravagant birthday, but having my friends all come together for me was so special. The dress was bought by my gran and this is one of my most favourite items in my closet. My theme was Time Machine- meaning we could dress up as any era. I of course wanted to go with Gatsby because I am obsessed with the 20s. The dress is from the Dress Up by Topshop range that I got in Russia. Isn’t it gorgeous?

22th Birthday 
 After having a big 21st bash, I kept my 22 birthday chilled and relax. We went out for dinner with friends and I wore this bandage dress for YDE. It was a fun night and I still wear the dress over over.
This brings us to my 23rd birthday which I shared on the blog last year. The dress is a gorgeous delicate peach perfection and I had a high tea with my girlfriends.
I will be sharing my 24th birthday dress and pictures later this week, but for now I hope you have a fantastic day. What are your favourite birthday memories?

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