(Valley High SS16 dress, Amazon choker, MAC Lipstick)
That’s right folks. I’m the big 3-0 now. Here’s how I celebrated…
(Shoedazzle loafers, Onyx necklace from a Utah flea market, Scarf from H&M)
I started celebrating the night before at a haunted hayride with Shoedazzle out here in LA. They provided cocktails, light bites and boots to complete our #booforboots experience and I can honestly say, I had a great time. My last time doing something scary for Halloween was Knott’s about 6 years ago and I left within 30 minutes vowing never to return. I might give it another shot after this night even though it’s not really comparable.
When I got home I worked (what else is new) until midnight then received a facetime call from my best friends, who are in Europe right now and also these gorgeous tulips from my boyfriend who had hidden them until the moment it was my birthday. These loafers came with the Shoedazzle boots and are easily my new favorite possession.
After a day of work, a stop at Philz Coffee for my birthday coffee and a nap, I got ready for my big night out. Tart was so awesome as to host my birthday dinner for my closest friends and me. We had an insane 3-course meal with these delicious punch bowls that were anything but innocent. The food kept coming and it was for sure one of the best meals I’ve had. I’ve always had Tart for brunch so it was great to see what they had to offer for dinner. I was also welcomed by a sign that said “Happy Birthday Chanelle” on the table and the chair I was sitting on, and they made sure I was taken care of the entire night. One of the best birthday dinners I’ve had.
Now off to…..
That’s right. I was sick of everyone asking me with great excitement what epic thing I was going to do for my 30th birthday so I gave it to them. I went to a strip club, or as I like to call it, a Twerk Bar. Sam’s Hof Brau is a classy establishment in downtown LA serving drinks, fried chicken, billiards and big asses. There are about 15 girls on the stage getting DOWN without actually get naked, but you still shower them with one’s as they dance you into a hypnosis. You can watch from afar or get up in the action. Since it was my 30th and I felt the need to be epic, I paid for a table and brought the girls TO ME. I had a great time getting dances from girls and dancing WITH the girls. I got on the table at the end of the night and gave one of the girls my card to call me to hang out because that’s so me. Although a lot of my friends flaked that night I had the time of my life and my boyfriend and one of my best friends gave me STACKS so I was for sure making it rain on them girlz and they loved it (as did I).
The worst part of the night? As one of the girls danced at our table in the beginning of the night, my phone got pushed in between the cushions of the booth. Easy fix right? NOPE. I had to wait until the end of the night for them to UNLOCK the booth and get my phone. That means, no Snapchats, no photos, no videos….NOTHING. Luckily my friends got some good Snapchats and the Sam’s crew was SO rad, but this photo right here is about all I got from the night (I even brought Valley High stickers in my bag to take photos with!). I will say, it forced me to be in the moment and I didn’t miss my phone at all. To end the night we witnessed a huge brawl in the parking lot and I got THAT on Snapchat so I kind of made up for it.
I never thought I’d be the person to have mixed feelings about 30 but I do and have this past year. I think it comes with the territory at some point in your 29th year, whether you are prepared for it or not. I think it’s saying goodbye to your youth FOR GOOD. In your twenties, you’re an adult but you’re still figuring everything out and still have a lot of freedom to explore yourself and the world. At this point in your life you’re into your career or on your way there, and are now working on creating the life you want to have and live from here on out. I’m a little sad about answering with “30” when people ask how old I am even though I look much younger, and I’m also sad to say goodbye to those carefree years. However, I am stoked to be supporting myself as a result of the work I’ve put in over the years AND stoked to have my own business. I’m on the path I mapped out for myself and I’m excited for the journey I’m on now.