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Many things come with turning a quarter of a century. I’ve heard instances of people feeling old, people feeling indifferent, people feeling grateful, and the list goes on. Quarter Life Crisis they say, the tipping point where you leave your early 20s and enter the realm/peak of womanhood. Do my ovaries feel any more vibrant? Nah.  

Posing with a bouquet of balloons in my little black dress for my 25th birthday

Birthdays are like checkpoints that remind you to be grateful and to celebrate you! How you choose to do that is completely up to your personality. I’m 25 today, and if I can sum up what it feels like in one word, it’s Excited. That’s my word.

Posing with my balloon skirt for my  25th ultimate birthday checklist

Close up shot with my balloon skirt for my ultimate birthday checklist 25th birthday Posing with my balloon skirt and my favourite sunglasses for my ultimate birthday checklist

This year so far has been over-flowing with new opportunities and I’m just beaming with excitement for what else to come! That being said, in planning some birthday festivities, I hit a wall! I just didn’t know how to celebrate. Hence, I’ve created the Ultimate Birthday Checklist that you can incorporate into your birthday festivities as well! This list is inspired by my experience of being too occupied to plan, but falling into perfect celebration.

Running into the future during my 25th birthday with my balloon skirt Posing with my favourite sunglasses thinking about my 25th ultimate birthday checklist

I mean, if you’re up for it, here are some ideas for the Ultimate Birthday Checklist!

1. Unleash your creativity

Some backstory on this shoot: I have always loved balloons. Not because they’re fun, but because of the whimsical, carefree aura it gives. Give someone a balloon, and you instantly lit up the eyes, and create a completely different impression.

25 is a milestone in many ways for me, and I wanted to portray who I was through the combined creativity of John Yoo and Lauren (Twist Parties). We chose to shoot on a rooftop because of less foot traffic and even the colour combinations used were carefully thought out.

We went with a colour combination of red, gold, white and pink! Red for passion and confidence to seize your goals, Pink for embracing femininity, Gold for elegance and luxury and White for the blank canvas where every idea starts

Smiling because it's my 25th birthday posing with my balloon skirt for my ultimate birthday checklist Running into the future with my balloons for my 25th birthday ultimate birthday checklist

2. Climb a mountain

3. Write yourself a letter (it’s very therapeutic)

4. Watch the sunset by the beach (and do the shimmy)

5. Pamper yourself to a spa day- I recommend Scandinave Spa, Whistler

6. Have your cake and eat it (because a birthday’s not complete without cake)- I personally love fruit cake

7. Do something that scares you.. like Bungee Jump

8. Feast on a seafood buffet- Holy Crab is Holy Good!

9. Make A Scrap Book of Memories

10. Start an Instagram Hashtag for yourself! No shame right? #SamsationalTurns25

Close up shot for my 25th birthday photoshoot with balloons   Posing with my balloon skirt and little black dress for my ultimate 25th birthday checklist Walking with my balloon skirt for my 25th ultimate birthday checklist Smiling because it's my 25th birthday with my ultimate birthday checklist and balloon skirt Posing with a balloon bouquet in my little black dress with my friend wearing my balloon skirt

Balloon Skirt created by Twist Parties

Photos by IAmJohnYoo

Glasses: Prada via Eyestar Optical #partner

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4 Comments

  1. Salma Dinani
    May 31, 2017 / 10:22 am

    Happy Birthday and great checklist!

    • Samantha Sito
      June 5, 2017 / 7:04 pm

      Thanks so much! Glad you enjoyed it 🙂

  2. Jessica Luxe
    May 31, 2017 / 12:08 pm

    You definitely need to try bungee jumping, such a thrill!

    • Samantha Sito
      June 5, 2017 / 7:03 pm

      Omg, I’m so terrified of heights

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