Today marks the day that my baby sister celebrates a very special birthday. Many of you have already met or seen her with me at events or on my Instagram account (@arumlilea). Today we celebrate Jasmine’s 21st birthday! This very precious girl is my best friend. She might be my baby sister but she stands quite a few centimeters taller than me (thanks to an incredible set of legs) so she’s dubbed me the “baby sister”. The two of us have always been two peas in a pod. I can still remember how excited I was when my parents let me know that I would finally have a sister. I told them her name would be Jasmine and, for whatever reason, they decided that I was right. On 11 April 1995 my little sister arrived in this world which gives me reason to celebrate this date as the most joyous date.
Since then we’ve been each other’s biggest fans, cheerleaders, pillars of strength, confidants and best friends. We laugh together, cry together, lean on each other and, more than anything, adore each other. I’d honestly be lost without this girl. She’s contributed so much to the creation of Arum Lilea. She’s acted as a stylist, photographer, consultant and creative director. She’s the person I bounce all my ideas off and her opinion often acts as my final judgment call.
I’m dedicating this post to the celebration of Jasmine’s 21st birthday today. Jas, I wish you the most wonderful birthday. I hope that all your dreams come true. I’ve watched you grow into the most remarkable young woman. You’re so strong, so independent, so hard working, beautiful beyond belief and your desire to help others is so inspiring. I’m so proud of you and I love you to bits.