Saturday, 28 January 2017

Afternoon Tea at Sketch

It's been a while since I have done an afternoon tea review, so I'm jumping back in with a splash! Spoiler: I think I found my favourite afternoon tea!!!

I always think of afternoon tea as a summer pass time, which is silly because they are indoors, safely away from blustering winds and hair ruining drizzle!

So on a gloomy day, I headed to Sketch, in Mayfair. Ooh, fancy I know!!

Sketch is a vintage girls dream!
 It has the feeling of a luxury boudoir with blush pink velvet and gold accessories, yet the quirky artwork brings in a fun element too.

This was a decadent menu, very in-depth tea and champagne options that the waiters explain thoroughly.  Some unusual choices. There was an earl grey infused champagne, which was lovely!

Followed by a lovely black vanilla tea, scrumptious!
You don't need to limit yourself to one either, try as many teas as you like, all included!

So many lovely bites!

Everything was exceptional, and looked so pretty too.


I have never tasted sandwiches that compared. So moist!!!

Not to mention, totally refillable, as many times as you want. Yes!!
I may have taken liberties with the sandwich refills, but why not!

The little panini was wrapped in a pink ribbon which was such a pretty touch. Why don't all sandwiches come wrapped in ribbon??

Buttery goodness!
Though I'm not sure why there was a rogue blueberry on the clotted cream.
 Anyone know?

I had to sneak in a picture of the loos!
White alien pods lined up, bizarrely with toilets inside. Part of the quirky, odd character of the place. 

I would score Sketch as follows -
  1. Mise-en-scène - 5/5 - Feminine elegance, vintage luxury and some fun, unusual touches. It had that Alice in wonderland, bizarre feeling. Glorious!
  2. Tea -5/5 - Spectacular! If I could have bought some to take home, I would have. 
  3. Scones - 4/5 - The scones were deliciously light, buttery and moist!
  4. Service - 5/5 - Attentive staff, very happy to help and wrapped up my leftovers very kindly. 
  5. Value -5 /5 - Ok, ok, it ain't cheap (£58 per person). But this isn't somewhere you would go everyday. It's a special treat and I was happy to part with the cash for such luxury treatment.  

Total: 24/25

I told you it was my favourite, and for good reason too. 

I have another afternoon tea review coming soon, they are like Pringles, once you pop you just can't stop!



Monday, 9 January 2017

Pink to make the boys Wink ;-)

Happy New Year dear readers!

For my first post of the year, I wanted to come in with style, and apparently fashionably late too, as the new year began a good week ago!

I have something special for you today, as an evening gown is most unusual outerwear for me (not so unusual worn casually around the house though!)

I came across this 1950s, fuchsia pink, satin cocktail dress whilst vintage shopping in Amsterdam in September. 
In fact I tried it on for a laugh more than anything else. But lo and behold, it fit, and dam, I felt a million bucks! So for €30, it came home with me. 

It wasn't until the yearly Harrods Staff Ball rolled around, that I realised I had the perfect dress to wear!
I wanted the dress to be a real show stopper, so naturally I added a sprinkle of seamstress magic to it!

I managed to find a fabric, almost the same shade (so close) and made a skirt to wear over the dress, with a full train in the back.
I started making this skirt the week before the ball, so it was being sewn right up the the last minute!
It was literally, a rectangle of fabric, pleated and attached to a waistband.

I pleated the fabric by eye, without a pattern, in a bit of a slap dash kind of manner, but it came together beautifully.

A 2am selfie from the night before, when I had just finished sewing the skirt.

I was clearly delirious with joy, having managed to pull the cat out the bag so close to the finish line.

I had to work the day of the ball, so I came in all dolled up.
False lashes and all. Lashes make the world of difference to a glamorous look, how did I not know that???

And there we have the finished look!
I'm so glad that I spent the extra time making the full train, it was a lot of fun swishing about!

Outfit Details
Dress- Vintage- (in Amsterdam)
Skirt- Me made
Pouch bag- Me Made (in 20 minutes before the event from fabric scraps)
Fur Stole- Vintage- Paper Doll Vintage
Gloves-Vintage-Beyond Retro
Earrings-Vintage- Alfies Antiques
Necklace-Absolute Pearls
Lashes-Eyelure Volume 100
Lipstick- MAC- Girl About town

I was channelling my inner Marilyn all night!

By some miracle, when an entire glass of red wine was spilt in my lap during dinner, it wiped off without leaving even a shadow of a stain! So it is either a magical dress, the dress is made is of a waterproof synthetic fabric or the 60+ years of grime build up have created a wine proof finish.
 Either way I was mightily glad that I escaped the red wine debacle unscathed!
And proceeded to swish about mightily smug for the rest of the night!

And a big thank you to my lovely team, who made the night a success and dressed up to the nines!
Finally an event I wasn't over dressed for!