Surprise Birthday

For me, a birthday isn't just for the celebrant.  It's mainly for the celebrators!
Having all of my loved ones together is probably one of the best sights I could ask for.
Well next to the sight of a slice of chocolate cake... anyway, I digress.

I usually plan my birthday's as I like being in control (Yes, I'm working on that.)
So to hear that a surprise was lingering in the air was... well... let me be honest - it was a test.
Not being in charge of the guest list or the venue was frustrating to say the least.
For all I know, I could've ended up unconscious in the corner of Mexico. (Which probably would've made one hell of a post...)

I was told to arrive at Monument station at 7:40pm sharp and to no avail, London traffic lead to an 8pm arrival.
I finally arrived and was greeted to a table filled with friends that I had known for over a decade! I remember the days when we would run around our classrooms as 11 year olds wearing our kilts, so seeing everyone all grown up was overwhelming. I was welcomed with a Bellini and a suspicious package from Aspinal.
Now I'm not too fussed about presents. As cliché as it sounds, memories are a gift enough.
However, anything from Aspinal of London will definitely make me shifty eyed. I always "ooh" and "ahh" at their stationery and bags. As my family weren't dining with me I knew I wouldn't get told off for opening it before we ordered the food.
^ with utter grace of course.
This was literally the best gift idea. I'd been cursed with a neon pink cardholder from Juicy Couture which definitely defeated the purpose of it being discrete so thank you Abi!

One thing I have been asked is what the "RME" in my url stands for.
Well, I'm happy to announce it actually stands for "Reindeers March Everywhere." I love Christmas.

Haha I'm only kidding. (I do love Christmas though!)

They're just a few of my initials. My parents gave me a lot of names so when I have things monogramed they vary between CMT, CET, CME, CMR, CER, CMA it goes on and on.

A few glasses of wine in and it was time to order. We dined at the Folly and you can find their info here
I settled for a medium rare Sirloin steak with peppercorn sauce and watercress (which I think is the most useless vegetable ever.)
Steak can be a hit or miss if not cooked correctly but I would definitely return for this one!
Naturally someone suggested we play "How many men has Cassandra liked in the past 5 years" which I shut down immediately and just like magic, a cake arrived!

Let's see if it comes true in the next few months!
After dinner we danced away at a nearby bar and that was that! I'm lucky to have the greatest friends ever. Each and everyone of them have helped me in their own special way and I'll forever repay them. If you're more interested in the dangerous number I was wearing here are the details
Dress - Love Triangle 
(NB: I'm in between a 10 and 12 but got a size up. They have a more sensible skater dress version which I might have to get my hands on here)
Fave heels - ASOS (sold out!)
Watch I always wear - Larsson & Jennings
^ not so graceful afterall. 

British Fashion Show Vol. II

The transition between university and the real world is... well... it's weird. 
I've spent the past 16 years in education with the majority of time stressing over exams and deadlines. 
So being thrown into a slow motion limbo vortex of uncertainty isn't something I'm used to. 
A few weeks ago I was invited to my first ever fashion show at the Dorsett Hotel! Definitely made a change from the 1000 jobs applications I've sifted through in the past 14 days. For all you budding finance undergrads reading this. Take the sandwich year course. Experience seems to be favoured over the actual degree. (Shocking!)
Dress - ASOS
Sunglasses - Vero Moda (such a steal)
Heels - ASOS (sold out, alternative colours here, here, and a snazzy pair here. Someone's spoilt for choice!)
Watch - Larrson & Jennings or here
The main focus of this event was to celebrate leading British designers who participated in London/New York and Paris Fashion week. Their designs are stocked in places like Harrods and Selfridges and have even made clothing for Jennifer Lopez, Taylor Swift and our beloved Kate Middleton! You can read more about it here.
(Sorry for the blurry and out of focus shot. Lou was struggling to use my Canon. If I could show you all the failed attempts this post probably wouldn't load. Love you really!)
Ended up bumping into Victoria from "The sister wardrobe." I look like an egg but she's absolutely stunning! You can find her here.
We took our seats and waited for the show to start.
 After the second collection I was invited backstage. I got a bit snap happy...
 It was a fab show and I'm pretty sure this guy agrees with me.
"Faaaaabulous daaaarling!"

Arriving in Cambridge

I had a weekend filled with mishaps.
Food poisoning and a combination of other things were not how I planned to spend my weekend of "complete and utter relaxation" but I guess the universe had other things in store.
Abi, being the psychic wizard that she is, invited me to take a quick trip to Cambridge with her for a few days.
"A change of scenery is important, especially when you have weekends like yours. We can watch the show choir perform and then go galavanting around the colleges!"
It was time to pull myself out of the doldrums.
We packed, got on a few trains and before we knew it we arrived in our gorgeous apartment.

My father is absolutely obsessed with interior design and house renovation programmes.
As a teen, anytime 'Location, Location, Location' or  'Grand Designs' was on, the family would gather around the television and watch episode after episode. Mainly because he would hog the television. I realised his interests were starting to rub off on me when he called to tell me that we were getting new carpets throughout our house and I got excited. The level of excitement one would get if they were gifted open return tickets to the Seychelles or something. Is "I'm turning into my father" a thing that's commonly said? If so, I'm living proof of that.
Anyway, I digress.
I immediately fell in love with the colour scheme of the living room. So much that I completely disregarded the rest of the apartment!
I never thought green could look so nice on kitchen cupboards or blinds. Let alone walls...

 ^ seriously have you ever seen a lamp this big...

^ this second lamp picture is necessary - just incase you missed the previous one.

I'd definitely recommend renting an apartment compared to booking a hotel room if you're travelling around England. It works out a lot cheaper and you have tons of additional space at your hands to do the silly things such as prancing around or normal things like inviting guests over. Abi and I booked this a day before our arrival and ended up saving £50 between us so take the risk and book closer to the date! Click here for the details. (Alpha Apartments)

^ the lamp...

It was time for the galavanting to commence and as spring had finally sprung (tysm baby jesus) I opted against my usual all black ensembles and tried colour.

Though this trip was supposed to be an unwinding one, I did have the intention of getting at least some work done. Then again, when you're in the epitome of picturesque England and you have a camera at hand... as DJ Khaled would say: "Don't play yourself."

Wouldn't recommend these boots - far too slouchy.
Le Sac and Le Cap are out of stock!

More on our adventure in the next post!