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. 


  1. I am so glad to know that you got a surprise on your birthday. Looks like you had a lovely time.

  2. Birthdays are really something to look forward to every year and to be thankful for all the blessings. I am happy that you had a great one. Hoping for the best for you this year and in years to come!

  3. What a lovely birthday surprise - from the gift to the organisation. You must have felt so special! :))

  4. i will still say HAPPY BIRTHDAY... and you look lovely in your dress. its always good to have those surprise birthdays you know... age with grace my dear.

  5. Happy belated birthday and you look dashing in the black dress!

  6. Happy belated birthday hun you look stunning in that black dress. I like the look of Love Triangle too.

  7. Happy belated! And can we talk about your dress? GORGEOUS!

  8. Birthdays are special days and should be celebrated. Great that you had a surprize party! Those are always great gatherings of family and friends. Thta dress is simple gorgeous!

  9. What a great birthday surprise. Looks like a wonderful time.

  10. Super stunning showstopper dress. Glad you had an awesome birthday :)

    1. Most definitely a dangerous number. Thanks Tescha! xx

  11. Awww such a great outfit and Birthday suprised! Glad you enjoyed! Happy belated!

  12. This is so cool!! I'm glad you enjoyed it!!

  13. Looks like an awesome birthday celebration. Love your outfit!

  14. OMG your post made me lol more than once. You are great. First off, that dress is beautiful. 2nd off, I am mainly not a fan of surprise parties AT ALL- although yours seemed like more of a surprise dinner. But yeah...I just had my 25th too, so birthday twinsies, kind of? Hope it was amazing!Thanks for the laughs =D

    1. Hurrah for being (kind of) birthday twins! Hope you had a fabulous day! xx

  15. Looks like you had a great evening and that personalised card holder is so chic!

  16. Happy Birthday! You look so nervous about the surprise in that first photo!