dressing like the big sister of a 30-year-old;

Thanks to some clever scheduling, as you are reading this I should be in Dubai getting ready to head out to celebrate my little sister’s 30th birthday. Sure, I might have made a big fuss of my own 30th at the time (although not enough to ever finish that list, amirite?), but age ain’t nothin’ but a number. When your younger sibling is about to be a dad and your youngest turns 30, though? That’s when you know you’re getting old.

I was going to call this my March “favourites” post, but since we have established that I am way too old to sign up for bloggy fads I’m going to instead show you what I might be wearing out tonight. Which exclusively consists of things I fell in love with in March. Go figure.

March favourites - Guerlain and H Butler
March favourites - H Butler

Hidden among House of Fraser’s new clutch bags for SS16 is this gorgeous leopard print Mighty Purse by H Butler*. While I have plenty of bags, I have very few that are… I guess you could say age appropriate? So it’s nice to have something classy – but that’s also really striking-looking, because me – to go out with, and that’s large enough to hold the essentials (cash, makeup, phone, keys…)

But what’s really got me excited about my new bag is what’s hidden inside of it: the Mighty Purse comes with an in-built 4,000mAh battery which holds enough to charge two micro-USB smartphones or lightning-enabled iPhones. Clever little thing, isn’t it? Let’s be honest, it’s highly unlikely that this will make it back from Dubai with me – so I’ll be taking advantage while I can, starting with tonight’s festivities.

March favourites - H Butler
March favourites - Guerlain

Sticking with House of Fraser – a couple of weeks back, I got an invite to the press preview of the Glasgow store’s SS16 collection. In amongst the tropical prints, bunny-shaped Moschino clutch and the most glorious royal blue Victoria Beckham leather jacket (hey, it wouldn’t be House of Fraser without me lusting over something completely out of my budget, right?) we also got an introduction to their beauty brand of the moment. Guerlain might be almost 200 years old, but the beautifully-packaged products nestled within our goody bags just screamed contemporary – particularly the La Petite Robe Noir lipsticks*. I wouldn’t have pegged the orangey-toned Poppy Cap as a colour I could wear, but it’s gorgeously summery and positively slides on.

March favourites - Guerlain Poppy Cap
March favourites - Guerlain Poppy Cap

Thanks to all the good habits I’ve slowly introduced as part of my Year of Living Mindfully, none of my Lindy Bop dresses fit anymore – so when I spotted the Christie dress, in what has to be my signature print, I figured I could get away with treating myself. If you don’t know Lindy Bop, and you’re a fan of good value, retro-inspired clothing, you should click on that link – or not, if you value your bank balance, I guess. Your choice.

As for the money I have traditionally spent on cake? Well, I was placing an order with Unique Vintage anyway, so to make the US postage worth it I threw in the Loly in the Sky OMG Cake sandshoes I’ve been coveting forever. Flat feet make short work of plimsol-style shoes, so I was in need of a pair for the leisurely stroll around the world’s largest shopping mall I’ve been dreaming of since January. Plus, you can’t argue that they are so very me.

March favourites - H Butler and Loly in the Sky
What did you love last month?

DISCLAIMER: This post contains PR samples, but all opinions are my own and unbiased. See my full disclosure policy.



  1. April 1, 2016 / 2:41 pm

    WOW! Have an amazing time in Dubai! Also, I really love your glittery phone case 🙂

    • April 2, 2016 / 1:52 pm

      Thanks my love! I actually got that over here back in January, watching the glitter fall is a great stress-reliever. x

  2. rachelle renée
    May 11, 2016 / 4:03 pm

    I love it all! Dorinda bought a similar phone case and didn’t read the description very well. Watching her open the package to see lots of confetti moving around was hilarious. She then named it her ‘Using My Phone in Bed Case’ because apparently she’s ‘too old’ to walk around with something like that.

    • May 15, 2016 / 5:43 pm

      Tell her I demand she uses it outside – she’s definitely fabulous enough to pull it off! x