Photo diary: Disneyland Paris and a birthday outfit tradition

It was my birthday on Monday and what better way to desperately cling on to the remaining years of your 20s than to spend it wishing you were a Disney princess? And also to be in Paris more generally, which is one of my favourite places in the world…
I was quite hoping to find a tiara to go with my birthday beehive, but alas, the ones I found seemed to be designed for the under 10s (I wonder why) and wouldn’t have fit my big head without snapping into tiny plastic gold pieces.
I like taking a bit of extra time with my appearance on my birthday as a) if you can’t then, when can you? and b) photos tend to happen on birthdays, so best to be prepared. As well as a bit of extra time on hair and make-up, I have a birthday tradition of always wearing at least one new item of clothing on the big day – and this year’s I am particularly pleased with (more on that later).
Just a few pictures to demonstrate just how pretty some of the park is – to be honest, most of the day we spent walking around rather than on rides and the things to look at never disappoint.


Bonus picture of B looking very manly (er, ignore that metal pole thing).

And now, I promised I’d talk some more about this year’s new birthday clothing of choice. It was actually a summer basic I’ve been dying to get my hands on for over a year now, but finally found thanks to fellow blogger Porcelina, who included it in a post about high street buys. Thanks to her tip off I swiftly snapped it up (and was kind of smug when my size sold out a few days later).

Ta-da, meet my new white broderie tie shirt (an absolute bargain at £12)! I’m planning to wear this little beauty with everything – it’s the perfect 50s style basic. I was so lucky for this year’s birthday, it was beautifully sunny and warm so I didn’t even need to cover it up during the hottest parts of the day.

50s cropped tie shirt


Also note that this outfit is generally very comfy and easy to spend all day walking in, which is going to be a running theme of my Paris posts (yes, there’s more to come!). In particular, these Clarks flats are going to make a reappearance – and I didn’t get a good close-up here but they’re subtly snake print. Which just can’t be a bad thing.
50s broderie knotted shirt


Top: Peacocks
Jeans: ASOS (petite / regular)
Belt: New Look (old)
Shoes: Clarks
But before I go, it’s important to thank the person who actually treated me like a princess all day (the crowds certainly didn’t) – and tolerated, yet again, being my personal paparazzi (although I think he rather enjoyed playing with my birthday present new portrait lens). Not only did B tolerate my princess diva rage at the ridiculously long lunch queues, he also bought me a charming little ring as a keepsake (note: the below is NOT my ring finger – and I don’t think I expect my engagement ring to have mickey mouse on it). I can’t think of many better people who’re equally scared of all of the best rides and similarly hateful of small children being generally irritating to spend my birthday with.




  1. May 11, 2014 / 8:09 am

    How amazing that you celebrated your birthday with a trip to Paris!! Fabulous, and so pleased you managed to snap up one of those broderie tops, it looks great style simply with those black bottoms and flats. Chic! I agree that a tiara would have finished it off nicely, I might have one somewhere, I'll see if I can find it!! You could wear it around the house then. Lovely photos, and sounds like fun was had. P x

    • May 13, 2014 / 7:51 am

      I know, talk about spoilt brat 😉 although not so much, as these days I pay for these things! I love love love my new top – and wouldn't have got it without your tip off. x

  2. February 11, 2015 / 8:23 am

    What an amazing birthday! These photos are so much fun. You look gorgeous, I bought a shirt like that quite recently too, it goes with almost everything! xx

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