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Everything You Need For An Epic Birthday (Boat) Party


I’m a firm believer that if you love your outfit, your birthday just kind of comes together around it. It’s a philosophy I have about life in general, but on your birthday the stakes are obviously far higher than usual. I remember having a distinctly average birthday cake at around the age of 5, but giving zero f*cks because I knew I looked completely badass in a pink metallic ra-ra skirt embellished with a giant black silk rose. Lesson learned.

Life is only marginally more complicated nowadays, although there are still a few key components you need to get spot on aside from a sweet outfit. Friends that encourage raucousness, for example, and a playlist made up almost entirely of Sean Paul tracks. Here are my tips for everything you need to make sure you have a banger of a party… on a boat, Dubai-style, or just gadding about Soho making merry in the sunshine…

A swimsuit from Private Party.

Private Party Birthday Suit Swimsuit

(Or a dress from Self Portrait).

Self Portrait Lace Dress

Sunglasses from Taylor Morris.Taylor Morris sunglasses Olivia Phillips

An inflatable unicorn from Needles & Notion.Needles & Notion inflatable unicorn

A cake from Rubab Suri.

Ruby Suri birthday cake Olivia Phillips

Some balloons from Party Camel.

Olivia Phillips Birthday party balloons

Clip-in extensions from Beauty By Edge.

Olivia Phillips party

Red, White & Blue in the U.S. of A

red white and blue in vegas

God help me, but I do love a theme. So much so that at some point in my meticulous, weeks-long Vegas wardrobe planning, my brain went into leitmotif overdrive and decreed that my packing list of exclusively teeny dresses be only red, white or blue. I don’t know who I was planning on amusing, other than maybe myself, given that my cunning idea could only ever been seen in all its glory afterwards, triptych-style. Entertained?

Oh sod off, I happen to think this is a more than adequate manoeuvre to earn me a visa.

RED – Dress, ASOS (similar here), Bag, Chanel

WHITE – Dress, Nicole x Missguided, Bag, River Island (similar here)

BLUE – Dress, Topshop (similar here)

Shoes throughout, Office (highly unimaginative to wear the same pair every night, I know, but I needed heels that weren’t going to fail me even when my motor skills did. Similar here).