Pret-a-Portea || Fashion Afternoon Tea at The Berkeley

28/11/2014

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The Fashionista's Afternoon Tea 

Following a spring floral fix at the Boden press day Kat, Rosie and I drifted to Knightsbridge for a very late and very luxurious lunch. Something I don't often mention here is my passion for designer accessories, in particular handbags, and so I couldn't wait to sample Pret-a-Portea at the Berkeley. After all what could be sweeter than a fusion of afternoon tea and fashion? (Darling!)

As you will see from my photographs the whole experience was an utter delight, with dainty sandwiches and speciality teas including chocolate mint truffle and opulent orange chili. The most exciting part was the cake stand which was made up of cakes, mousses and biscuits inspired by items from this season's fashion collections. Too adorable for words!

I have to admit we were so engrossed in conversation that we almost missed Sarah, Duchess of York sat opposite. I guess I was too busy nibbling on my Moschino bag to notice, sorry Sarah!

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Great Boden in Bloom || Spring / Summer 2015

21/11/2014

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Lavender's blue dilly dilly

Earlier this month I was invited to the Boden spring / summer 2015 Press Day which I was thrilled to attend. 

As always the press day was nothing short of delicious. The clothes and accessories were displayed alongside flowers, vintage gardening books, packets of seeds, garden gnomes, watering cans and even a pink greenhouse complete with allotment produce. It was a magnificent sight to behold!

For spring / summer 2015 the designers took their inspiration from the flora and fauna of English country gardens, city parks and even the Boden House roof garden. The result was a feast of pretty floral prints, feminine cuts and happy inducing colours.

In addition I was delighted to see a 60s influence with a number of bold abstract prints and Pop Art style patterns, as you know I adore anything Twiggy-esque. And of course it was lovely to see the ever present, and very much loved, Boden Breton stripes.

Boden believe that beautiful clothes are like beautiful flowers, possessing the power to fill you with joy and happiness. And I must admit I left the press day feeling refreshed and ready for spring, despite being in central London on a grey day!

Following the press day - which I attended with fellow bloggers Kat and Rosie - we drifted to The Berkeley for a most fabulous fashion afternoon tea. To be continued...

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To shop this season's collection do pop over to Boden where there's currently 30% off selected items.

Further Boden posts on Candy Pop: Boden on the Road, A Great British Adventure, Ice Cream and Candy Floss with Boden and Candy Pop, Boden and Paul Weller.  

Snapshots of October

14/11/2014

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Fun in the Cotswolds with friends. Saturdays are for inspiration and adventures. Afternoon tea at the Randolph with my colleagues. They don't know it yet, but I'm moving in. 'I perhaps owe having become a painter to flowers' Claude Monet. A moment of calm after the storm. A secret garden and a pretty Oxford window box.

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Peace and quiet in central London. Things from Paris, ooh la la! The best thing about the students returning to Oxford is the bikes. Knock! Knock! Exquisite white roses. Pink or blue? Afternoon tea at Laduree with Jeska of Lobster & Swan. Too stylish to walk on. When will you make my phone ring?

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A teeny tiny fawn for Fawn Friday. A beautiful silk scarf by Karen Mabon, a gift from Not Another Bill. The colourful streets of London. Hanging around the nibbles at the Laura Ashley Christmas blogger event. A Bambi pumpkin expertly calved by my sister. Antiques and The Beatles in the Cotswolds. Roses from my man and my favourite vintage print. How much is that kitty in the window? When I met the Minimalists.

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The colours of the East End of London. Browsing is the new shopping! Pink hydrangeas are a girl's best friend. Adventure awaits. A Halloween throwback for Thursday. A Christmas Fawn Friday at Selfridges. These Boden boots are made for walking. Autumnal colours at Liberty. Historic London town.

I enjoy compiling these posts because it reminds me of the joyful things I've filled my month with. I hope you had a smashing October and your November is shaping up beautifully. You can follow my onward journey on Instagram and view my snapshots to date here.