It feels like a lifetime since I last updated this blog with what’s been happening in my life.
For my birthday this year, I decided to go all out and make it a weekend getaway. I ended up booking the Langham hotel for one night which is a 5 star hotel located in Southbank. You all know how I love my luxury living ha ha. I had grand plans to do a high tea, shop til I dropped and end the weekend on cocktails but of course it never ends up that way does it? Nonetheless, it ended up being a really fun weekend.
Anyway, it was my birthday last Friday and I thought it would be fun to share with you what I got up to, as this year I actually made an effort to ‘celebrate’ it properly.
So here’s a detailed post of what Matthew and I got up to. Feel free to skip through to the photos as it’s a long post!
We decided to take an Uber into the city on late Saturday morning as a) we didn’t feel like driving in and b) parking was $70 a day at the Langham. I wish I could say I packed lightly but of course I didn’t…I had no idea what to wear for dinner so I brought several options. Plus, Melbourne weather is known to change constantly so I wanted to be prepared. I had ordered a dress online but immediately hated it when it arrived, so that was out. I ended up buying another dress but it wasn’t delivered in time which was a bummer. Update: I got it on Tuesday and it is actually so nice. I definitely would have worn it to my birthday dinner. Oh well.
The Uber dropped us off at the front of the Langham and straight away the porter at the front of the hotel took our luggage as well as our names and stored our bags away for us until our room was ready. This was very much appreciated as it meant we could gallivant around the city luggage free and not worry about carrying anything around.
First stop was lunch at Tipo 00, a quaint little Italian restaurant on Hardware Lane. We were positively starving as hadn’t had breakfast and all I’d had that morning was two cups of tea. We were seated at the bar counter and it felt very cosy, very New York which I loved.
For starters we had chargrilled octopus and bread with some sort of basil infused ricotta. It was so good. I also had a glass of Rose which is rare for me as I hate to daytime drink however I figured it was my birthday so why not? It did go straight to my head but it was a pretty light Rose and went down nicely. Matthew had an Italian beer.
For mains, I had the crab linguine and Matthew had the beef pasta dish. My main was delicious…I was very content after it.
After lunch we decided to walk around the city and we hit the counters in David Jones. I had a grand old time window shopping at Fendi, Gucci and Christian Louboutin but that was enough for me. I wasn’t in the mood to buy anything plus I wasn’t really prepared to part with thousands of dollars. Sometimes browsing is enough for me. I also went to the OPI counter to find a nail polish I had been eyeing off for while but they didn’t have it in stock. I was tempted to buy the Dior Highlighting Palette but I didn’t really need it as I have so many others in my collection.
I also nipped down to Daiso as I needed some tissues and those nylon towels that are perfect for exfoliation. I don’t know what it is about Daiso but that’s where money goes to die…everything is just so cute and tempting.
Next up was Kookai in the Collins Street arcade. I was looking for a top to wear to dinner that night as I didn’t really have anything organised. Although there were some great sales, I just didn’t find anything. You know when you feel a bit aimless and unsure? That’s how I was feeling. I don’t always like the fit at Kookai; I just feel like their clothing clings to every bump and lump and as I was in for a day of extensive eating I just didn’t feel like sucking in my stomach all night. So I left empty handed.
It was really nice being back in the city and seeing people everywhere. When I used to catch the train into work I would usually go into the city most Thursdays/Fridays after work and meet my brother for a tea and a walk around. I love the city atmosphere and just being amongst it all.
We finally decided to head back to The Langham hotel to check in and get settled in. Being a 5 star hotel, their process was flawless and they already had our luggage waiting in our room.
I had booked a superior room, it was their most basic room I think but nonetheless it was lovely. We had a spacious room, marble bathroom and plenty of extras such as slippers, robes, armchair and the most comfortable bedding. I am a neat freak and love to unpack everything and have it all in its place so I spent some time doing that.
After that exciting task was complete, Matthew wanted to check out the pool so we went downstairs and inquired. They have restrictions in place for the pool so we were told if we wanted to swim, now would be the time to do so. While Matthew floated around, I sat and read my book (I didn’t pack bathers but I don’t generally like using pools anyway). It was pretty relaxing but I was craving a cup of tea so badly.
After we got back to the room, I made a cup of tea (ok I had 3) and read my newest book The Hating Game. By around 5pm we were pretty hungry but because dinner was at 9pm we didn’t want to ruin our appetites. We ended up going to Grilled and having a salad there.
After that, we went back to the hotel and started to get ready for dinner. There’s something about getting ready in a nice hotel that feels very glamorous (or is that just me).
I ended up wearing a knit skirt from Missguided, a black crop (which was originally mustard coloured but I dyed it black) and my secondhand Fendi bag. I felt super comfortable which is what I wanted (there was a lot of stretch in that skirt).
We had reservations booked at Rockpool and when we got there it was super busy. It took a while for us to be seated yet once we were the service was flawless.
I had oysters for an entree with a Margarita. Delicious!
For mains we had a steak each (soo good) and Matthew had potato gratin and I had a lettuce salad.
Dessert was a slice of Pavlova with passionfruit and cream which amazing, followed by a cup of earl grey tea for me and cappuccino for Matthew.
Needless to say we were pretty full afterwards.
The next day we decided to check out early and go out for breakfast. We ended up going to Brunetti’s for breakfast and shared eggs on toast as we were both pretty full from dinner the night before.
Afterwards we decided to make the most of the city and walk around for a while before we went back home. I accidentally ended up at Valentino trying on a pair of dream shoes, the iconic studded Valentino heels in nude. So so nice but I didn’t really need them, although they are on my wish list to buy one day.
We decided to call it a day and called an Uber to go back home.
So that concludes my short weekend birthday getaway.
To be honest, when I arrived home later that day I felt a little down. I’d had a taste of luxury living and I was not prepared to give it up just yet LOL. I think part of it was that I hadn’t travelled in forever (since 2018) and I think the getaway made me miss travelling A LOT.
Anyway, I had a great time and can’t wait to go back to the Langham. I am thinking of booking it again later this year for 2 nights as one night just wasn’t enough!
Have you booked any getaways yet?
Thanks for reading!