Wednesday Wants….. Still banging on about the Union Jack

London is still filled with bunting and more Union Jacks than I’ve ever seen in my life…..it seems all the decor put up for the Jubilee was a bargain really, as it’s been left up for the games too. Double whammy! And because red and blue are my current favourites, I’m still very much into all things Union Jack….. I posted a while ago about lots of Union Jack *things*, but here are my picks of Union Jack wearables…..

I wouldn’t be without my French Sole flats….they are pretty and stylish, but so easy to wear and super comfy. These Union Jack patterned ballet pumps though would make an excellent addition to the collection. They are leather and come in the Henrietta shape which has a nice low vamp (showing just a little toe cleavage). The flag also appears at the heel, so you’ll be patriotic from every angle. They are £130 though, so it’ll be worth waiting to see if they come up in the sale!


Similarly pie in the sky at £249.95 is this Barbour jacket….. I first saw it at the british pop up shop in Selfridges, and I’ve wanted it ever since. Barbour have teamed up with Swarovski Elements to bring a little patriotic sparkle to an iconic jacket. As well as the Union Jack lining, the chest pocket is emblazoned with a red, white and blue crystal flag. Considering all the rain we’ve been having this summer, I guess you could call it a sound investment though!
I also spied these amazing Union Jack gloves by Dents at the Selfridges pop-up, and was smitten right away. Stitched together in red, white and blue leather panels, the gloves are super supple and also boast a silk lining. They come gift boxed too, so a they make a wonderful gift to oneself as a treat for surviving the summer! They are £99.00.
I’m a sucker for a silk scarf as you may well already know, and this one is so very me. It has a wonderful vintage feel with the retro portrait of Her Majesty, and I love the swirling crest pattern over the flag itself. It’s £120.00 from Liberty, although thankfully for the sake of my wallet, it’s out of stock just now.
Ems x
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Wednesday Wants….. London Love Letters from Oasis

I popped into the lovely big Oasis on Argyle Street last week whilst I was waiting for the Liberty Jewellers en Residence launch to start. I love this particular branch, as it’s so large and beautifully laid out, but I couldn’t help but get distracted on this visit (even away from the amazing amount of Sale rails!), because as I stepped in, I was met by their gorgeous new range…..

Designed as a special and limited collection to celebrate London’s landmarks, each piece of ‘London Love Letters‘ features a darling illustration of some of London’s most iconic architecture. I’ll admit, that on paper it sounds a bit twee, especially because everyone seems to be jumping on the ‘celebrate Britain and London this summer’ band wagon…. but the collection is just so adorable and very highly covetable….. enough that I thought I’d dedicate this week’s Wednesday Wants to it in toto!

Floral Silk Postcard Scarf, £28.00

I’m a sucker for a silk scarf, and there are several in this collection I would love to add to my own collection. The ‘Postcard‘ print square scarf was the first to get my attention….. coral and aqua…. yes please! It’d be great to wear in my hair on a messy hair day. I also adore the ‘Street Scene‘, longer scarf, which would be great to dress up my trench coat.

Street Scene Skirt, £50.00

Also in the charming Street Scene pattern is this adorable skirt. It’s so full and frilly and playful…. very Jessica Day! It’s 100% cotton to boot, and I think not badly priced for that reason at £50.

Bus Placement T-Shirt, £30.00

And the lovely back

I would love this super cute T-Shirt to go with the skirt…. maybe a little printy overkill, but I love a loose T like this with a full skirt. And check out the back! Gorgeous!

London Conversational Print Dress, £80.00

There are several awesome dresses in the collection, but this one is my favourite. I adore the rosy pink, the repeat pattern, and the retro cut. It’s a definite spin-around-dancing dress, so swishy, fun and playful…. which I think is the way I feel about most of the collection really.

And I would happily take the lot!

Luckily, there is a competition to win the entire collection here…. you enter by sharing a picture of your favourite place…. but better still you could vote for me here (well, I really deserve to own the entire collection! I can’t say why, but I’m sure I do!). I’ve entered one of my analogue shots I took at St Dunstan’s in the East….the stunning secret garden I hosted my birthday party at, and one of my favourite places in London.

Wish me luck! And likewise to you too if you’re entering!

Ems x

Tatty Devine “Name Necklace Now” Launch Party

Last night I popped into Covent Garden to join the party at Tatty Devine‘s Monmouth Street store….. This week sees their “Name Necklace Now” event to celebrate the launch of their permanent new in-store lasercutter. With this in place, you can just pitch up, choose an acrylic colour, chain colour, charm, and of course the name you’d like, and they’ll make it for you right away!

I have loved this brand for ages….. their original store is local to me, and I’ve been loving the special pieces they have on show at Selfridges along the Jubilee theme. I adore how quirky and over the top everything is…. the colours are just wonderful and it’s all so wearable (and inexpensive). The Rob Ryan and Belle and Sebastian pieces are also waaaay tempting!

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And in addition to this exciting new service, they have launched a brand new acrylic colour to add to the myriad of options!…. The lush lilac shade was revealed at last night’s party, and I was lucky enough to be given a lilac-themed goody bag to celebrate! All wrapped up in a pretty Tatty Devine tote came a gorgeous Penhaligon’s Lavandula classic candle, Essie’s beautiful Lilacism nail colour, Dylon’s fabric dye in French Lavender, a pair of House of Holland Pretty Polly fishnet anklets in Sweet Lavender, a giant packet of Swizzles Matlows Parma Violets, a mini box of Tea Pigs’ Jasmine Pearls, and a very pretty Tatty Devine heart shaped ring in the new acrylic shade. What treasures!

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It was super fun, all piling into the little store to ogle all the pretties. There were parma violets aplenty, and a rather lovely cider I’d not tried before. I spied so many pieces I would love whilst there….. Top of the list is probably the mirrored green parakeet…. stunning!

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The celebrations continue into next week with stacks of competitions, raffles, discounts and give aways. I particularly like today’s Friday the 13th themed giveaway to win an ‘Unlucky’ Name Necklace (enter by including @tattydevine on a #FollowFriday tweet on Twitter today. If you don’t win, you can still get 20% off any necklace with a ‘@’ or ‘#’ in store today). And if I were in London tomorrow I’d probably pop in wearing lilac (I have a very pretty Lulu Guinness shelly bag in the same shade!)…. you can get 20% off any Name Necklace in the new perspex colour when you drop into the store wearing lilac. Check out the shade in my name below! (That’s not me, just someone else with my name, but I want it!)

I wonder if I could get an ‘Under A Glass Sky’ name necklace in the turquoise mirror?!?!

Ems x

From A World of Pure Imagination….. Willy Wonka inspired ‘Bubblegum’ Jewellery

I’ve had this packet of vividly coloured plastic beads for ages…. I knew I wanted to use them together, all jumble up, because I loved all the colours and the texture so much. So I began playing around, clustering them together with threading wire….. and out of my messing about came these rings and pendants!

They really remind me of the bubblegum from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory….they are quite random clusters and the colours are very sugary sweet! Each one is unique….because they are totally hand made, no two are the same.

I have one of the all-colours ones myself, and love wearing it with all sorts….things that match….things that clash….to brighten up a casual outfit….and to offset a dressy ensemble!

I’ve just finished a whole load, using all the colours in some, and separating some colours for others. The rings are all silver plated and adjustable….the pendants come on a shiny silver plated chain. They are all under £10 and ready to buy on my Etsy shop….if you click on the images below it will take you to the respective listing. And there is only one of each colour!!!

As an added temptation, I’m still offering all Under A Glass Sky readers 10% off in the shop until next Friday…. just quote ‘BLOGIVERSARY10′ at checkout when prompted!

Hope you like them!

Ems x

Wednesday Wants….. From Old Spitalfields Market

I know I bang on about Old Spitalifeilds Market, but it really is the most amazing place. On Sunday, having decided to keep the weekend’s adventures pretty local and undemanding, we took the short wander along to Spitalfields to while away a couple of hours. I really do feel so lucky to have this wonderful market within walking distance, and I know it will be one of the things I miss the most when I one day move out of London.

In the mean time though, I will make the most of it, with trips to the antiques and vintage markets on Thursdays, the special markets on Saturdays and the reliable Sunday markets. And whilst I’m there, it’s inevitable that I find plenty of ‘wants’…. there are so many original designers and producers, with fantastic ideas and skills…. from clothing to jewellery, baked goodies to homewares… there is always far too much to tempt me!

Last Sunday was no exception of course…. here are my Wednesday Wants, all courtesy of some of the amazing Spitalfields traders…..

We spotted the Tina Maas Photography stand for the first time this weekend, and whilst we were initially drawn in by the high quality digital images in mounts and the little photo squares hanging on the walls, it was the amazing ‘Polaroid Lifts’ collection I really coveted. Each image is hand made from an original Polaroid photo, by separating the emulsion from the print, then stretching and crinkling it into a new image. The result is a completely original, unpredictable and beautifully low-tech piece of art…. the images remind me of a very fine patterned silk, and the translucency is just stunning.

I love that there are no sneaky Photoshop techniques involved, and that each one is so very different. They are amazing value to boot, starting at just £8 for a 5×7″ and up to £35 for a 16×20″….. you can also buy them direct from the website. I would LOVE the Union Jack, and in fact all of the wonderful London landmarks!

I’ve always had a fascination for geodes and crystals and shiny, colourful semi-precious stones. And so a stall like Decadorn’s is supremely exciting for me! Decadorn creates and sells stunningly unique statement jewellery, using crystals which are carefully sourced from all over the world. Each treasure is carefully selected and hand made into a striking and wearable piece.

I am crazy about the chunky, but elegant pendants, where the crystals seem to be growing right of the hunk of gold which secures them onto the pretty chain. And the chunkier still rings, which are hand carved around the natural shape of the stone, are straight out of a fairytale!

Pendants start at just £28, with the rings from £52, which I think is incredibly good value, considering the originality and quality of each piece (again, you can buy from their website, AND they do gift certificates). I’d love a stack of the different pendants to wear all at once!

And what with us enjoying this traditional British Summer (read ‘grumbling constantly about the unpredictable weather’, at least on my part), what better to lust after than a good Autumnal coat?! Love and Be Loved boasts a stall full of incredibly original, remarkably well tailored, and insanely covetable fashion. It was really the beautiful tweed coats that caught my eye at first….. they have lovely slanted pocket patches of various soft leathers, and the tailoring is complex and different, with a very classical edge. Their dresses too are intricately pleated, and rather reminiscent of Roland Mouret with their geometric seaming and pocketing.

At £300 + for the coats, they are not a suitable impulse buy, but I think for the quality and originality, they are very well priced and a definite treasure to save up for and keep forever.

Aptly named after Nat King Cole’s wise words in Nature Boy (“The greatest gift we’ll ever learn is to love and be loved in return”), the brand also creates incredibly stunning wedding dresses… you can contact them here for more information. Oh and check out this amazing jump suit! Want!

The Maltby Street Food Market

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Having promised ourselves a nice relaxing weekend of not doing all that much, when it came to finding entertainment, we decided to keep it local and go for a wander in Bermondsey. We’d been told about the Maltby Street market just a couple of weeks ago, by the lovely Pru from Sparrow Gin at the StockMKT night market nearby….. and we owe her a big thank you for the introduction!

Just a few minutes away from Tower Bridge, but far enough that you feel off the beaten track, a small community of foodies has been growing over the last few years. Under the railway arches in Bermondsey, a bunch of independent food and drink makers and sellers, have moved East from the over-crowded Borough Market, to create a hub of gastronomic treasures each Saturday morning. Buyers and sellers alike enjoy the space, lack of tourists and cameras, and the fact that repeat local business is not only just possible, but inevitable.

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We found the market really easily, having taken the walk across Tower Bridge, down Tower Bridge Road, and hung a left just before the Premier Inn. The stalls collect each Saturday from 9am to 2pm, under the arches and along Maltby Street, against the wonderful backdrop of Lassco’s reclamation yard. It’s brilliantly theatrical, with coffee sellers in between racks of old radiators, and bakers nestled into arches filled with bamboo floor boards, not to mention the darling camels guarding the gate! We took a walk through the showroom first of all, and found stacks of treasures in the shape of roll-top baths, butlers sinks, piles and piles of ancient doors, and period costumes. Given space and a good budget, we could very happily buy up half the place!

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From there we began to explore the stalls….. St John has recently set up a stall in front of its arch, selling incredible loaves and cakes straight from the oven…. their custard filled doughnuts are legendary, and immense! Neals Yard Dairy and Monmouth Coffee, two of my Borough Market favourites, have also set up in the arches, and open up to sell their incredible cheeses and the best roasted coffee beans in London on Saturdays. We fell in love with the Green Chilli Jam and Smoked Tomato Tapenade from Pink’s, and so bought up a stock to cook with at home. But it’s not all fancy luxury stuff though, as we found Booth’s arch filled up like a good old school green grocers, bursting with colour and smelling incredible.

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Confused by too many coffee choices (there is also a Turkish coffee stall and several local roasters), we opted for gin instead….. We very much wanted to thank Pru of Sparrow Gin for tipping us off about the market, and once we’d found her we didn’t want to leave their glorious little space right in the middle of the action. Having set up a darling little cocktail bar within one of the arches, their retro melamine tables and mis-matched chairs now spill out into the market, creating the perfect place to kick back and people (and dog) watch.

With a larger cocktail list than we saw at the StockMKT, and their trade mark collection of vintage glass and service ware, I adored their set-up, right down to the vintage decanters filled with wild flowers, the piles of old books and the paper doilies each drink is served on. Oh, and the little bowl of water and sign for customers dogs is just darling…. we saw lots of super cute hounds in fact!

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Each cocktail is based around something from one of the amazing sellers on the market….I opted for their version of the Bloody Mary, the Maltby Mary which is served with a divine black pudding, whilst Adam went for the Golden Nest which is mixed with a yummy cider. Mine was served in a handled jam jar, with a generous hunk of black pudding pinned to the celery stick with a beautiful silver Cockerel cocktail stick…… the black pudding was an amazing accompaniment to the perfectly mixed cocktail, and probably made it the best Bloody Mary I’ve had. Adam’s vintage cut-glass tumbler looked like summer itself, rammed with Pimm’s fruit, and gloriously golden…. it was plenty boozey but terribly easy to drink! And because we’ve developed a taste for the grapefruity gin, we couldn’t avoid buying a bottle to take home!

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Having had my main course (a Bloody Mary can be classified as such, honest), we headed to the Eden Ice Cream stall for some of their very special chocolate loveliness. Using cream from the famous Roskilly herd in Cornwall, alongside Colombian cacao, fruits and panela, the ice cream is dreamily creamy, and divinely flavoured. All four flavours are reassuringly natural in colour too, and a percentage of the purchase price goes towards helping the Eden Project, so everyone’s a winner. Oh and I can’t not mention their darling little dog, Saucisse, a rescue dog from France, and certainly a highlight of our visit!

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Not really a market so much as a fabulously convenient collection of delicious delights, each stall boasts a personality that I think has been largely lost at Borough Market. The emphasis is on all things local, the experimental, and a buzzing atmosphere that you just want to spend hours in. Dubbed the food market for Londoners, I know I’ll want to return again and again, comfortably free from hoards of tourists, cameras, the over-priced and samey-samey.
Before heading home, we took the opportunity to have a snoop about the two larger antiques warehouses very near by….. again, I know we could spend a fortune in these given the space to keep our treasures in! And if you fancy a whole day out in the vicinity, there’s also the Bermondsey Square Farmers market just a few minutes away to boot!
Viva South East London!

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A successful treasure hunt at the flea market

I popped into Old Spitalfields yesterday afternoon, as I had to go to the post office anyway and wanted to pick up my photos from the Lomography store. I’ve spent hours there on a Thursday before, as they host the most wonderful Antique and Vintage market each week, full of all kinds of treasure.

I was a woman on a mission this week though, as I didn’t have lots of time to spare…..but I still managed to find some really good treasure, including…. A large wooden printers tray, which I’m going to use for display on my stall….. a beautiful marcasite necklace, which I’m going to turn into a bridal headpiece….. a Japanese fan, for when it gets stuffy on the tube….. and an out of date roll of Velvia 120 film for my Diana camera….. Go me!

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Ideas for the weekend…..

A whole weekend…..all mine! I have absolutely no set plans for this weekend, and I am so looking forward to it! I’ll be sure to get in plenty of relaxing and slobbing about (it’s a busy old summer, so I need it!) but as usual, I know I’ll be tempted by an adventure or two! And here are the most likely distractions……

Christian Louboutin 20 Years Design Museum Retrospective (photo from Marian Kihogo)

Now I know I’ve harped on about this already, but this weekend is your last chance to catch this…. Christian Louboutin at the Design Museum celebrates a career which has pushed the boundaries of high fashion shoe design. The exhibition reveals some of the artistry and theatricality of the iconic designer’s work, offering the visitor a unique exploration of his processes, right from the initial drawing to production. Adult admission is £10.

East End Film Festival

The East End Film Festival is one of the UK’s largest film festivals and each year hosts a multi-platform festival in London, with a rich and diverse programme of international premieres, industry masterclasses, free pop-up screenings and family activities. Their mission is to ‘discover, support, and exhibit pioneering work by global and local independent filmmakers, and to introduce viewers to innovative and challenging cinematic experiences’. The festival ends this Sunday and includes lots of free screenings…. I have my eye on F.W. Murnau’s ‘A Symphony of Horror’ which is to be shown at Spitalifelds Market at 9pm on Saturday, and Rob Curry and Anthony Fletcher’s The Tempest which is showing at Genesis at 6:30 on Friday, followed by a Q&A.

Mind the Map: Inspiring art, design and cartography

Mind the Map: inspiring art, design and cartography is showing at the London Transport Museum until 28th October. The largest of its kind, the exhibition explores geographical, diagrammatic and decorative transport maps, as well as the influence of the iconic London Tube map on cartography, art and the public imagination (notably on lots of the fabulous treasures in their shop!). The displays on show include previously unseen historic material and new artworks by artists including Simon Patterson, Stephen Walter, Susan Stockwell, Jeremy Wood, Claire Brewster, and Agnes Poitevin-Navarre. Adult admission is £13.50.

Diamonds: A Jubilee Celebration

Diamonds: A Jubilee Celebration is now showing at Buckingham Palace as part of its summer opening. The exhibition shows some of the many ways in which diamonds have been used by British monarchs over the last 200 years, and includes an exceptional display of a number of The Queen’s personal jewels. Adult tickets are £18.00 and the exhibition is open until 7th October.

Picasso Prints

The British Museum has recently acquired a complete set of Picasso’s Vollard Suite, 100 etchings produced by Picasso between 1930 and 1937, and is now exhibiting them as one of their free displays. Reflecting Picasso’s developing interest in classical sculpture, the prints were created when Picasso was romantically involved with his young muse and model, Marie-Thérèse Walter. Most exciting for me though, there is a real focus on classical linearity, with scenes featuring the Minotaur, one of my favourite classical stories. You can see the collection until 2nd September, but this Saturday from 2pm Bartosz Glowacki, from the Royal Academy of Music, is to play French accordion pieces from Picasso’s Paris (such as Edith Piaf, Felix Mayol, Lucienne Boyer, Marie Louise-Damien, Marie Dubas and Maurice Chevalier) to celebrate the collection.

RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show

This year’s RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show is focusing on community gardening, highlighting how gardening can bring communities together and improve communal spaces. There is a new ‘Low Cost/High Impact gardens’ show, a floral marquee, plant village, and the Hampton Court Grapevine Theatre which will feature celebrities and live TV. There are also over 600 exhibitors to see over the 34 acres of show ground which is open until the end of this weekend.

I hope you all get in your fair share of slobbing about and adventuring too!

Ems x

Wednesday Wants….. let there be (stylish) light!

Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about how much I would LOVE a studio to work in. I was very spoiled when I did my design degree as I was given a space of my own to work in…..but I did rather get used to it! I’ve always had some kind of a desk to work from at home, until I moved into Central London and traded the luxury of space for location. So I’ve been dreaming about what I would do if I had a spare room big enough to use as my own little studio….. and mainly about how I would make it pretty. Well, and practical of course! And where better to start than with the very necessary (but potentially super stylish) desk lamp….?

Glass Insulator Cantilever Desk Lamp, £91.83 from luce…antica on Etsy

This beauty by luce….antica is made from a recycled glass insulator and black cast iron pipe…. they will even make it from a selection of other pipes to order. I love the idea of things being made of other things (I used a phone box as a fish tank in a play once) and the concept of up-cycling is one that’s taken the world of Etsy and the hand-made by storm. But I especially love it when it’s done in an understated and practical way…. hence lusting after this!

Wine Bottle Oil Lamp Kit, £9.84 from Great Bottles of Fire in Etsy

So I know this isn’t a desk lamp, but should I struggle for surface space (not all that unlikely) then I think this is a brilliant idea. Great Bottles of Fire hand-make oil lamp kits for you to use with your own bottles….very cunning! You can even add scented oils in them (more space saving…no need for a separate oil burner or scented candle!) and of course, they even work when the power goes out! I also like the idea of using lots of mis-matched old drinks bottles, vintage milk bottles or even ones I could paint myself.

Goose Lamp Shade, £51.82 by Andrea and Son on Etsy

I do love a goose. If my ideal studio were in my ideal house, in the ideal countryside with an ideal garden, I would have a goose called Gemma. Until then though, I’ll lust after this gorgeous lamp by Andrea and Son. It’s made from blue and grey fabric and features cleverly positioned printed goose heads so that it looks like the lamp itself is their body! Genius!

Ems x

Something from the weekend….. Sunday ‘Fashionista’ afternoon Pret-A-Portea at The Berkeley

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First round….. yummy sandwiches with the crusts cut off

On Sunday it was time for my final birthday treat….. after a nice long lie in (boy I needed it after the Saturday!) and slobbing about watching a few episodes of The Wire, we made our way to Knightsbridge for a very special afternoon tea. I’ve been wanting to go to the Pret-A-Portea at The Berkeley for years, ever since I heard about it in fact. No ordinary afternoon tea, their ‘Fashionista’ version of the traditional occasion draws inspiration from each season’s couture collections, creating incredible and stunning biscuits, fancies and meringues to match the trending colours, shapes and patterns.

After arriving to the gorgeous Berkeley reception, we were taken through the Caramel Room to our lovely window table. I was delighted to find a neon pink shoe with my name on to reserve the table for us, as well as all the beautiful Paul Smith China laid out ready. I went for the Couture Champagne Menu (when in Rome) and was poured a generous glass of Laurent Perrier Rose to start, whilst Adam went for the caramel and pear tea. Then before long we were served the first round of our tea…. a long plate of delicious sandwiches, including smoked salmon and cream cheese, Coronation chicken, cucumber and a tiny egg roll. All the fillings were perfect, as were the yummy breads (including a sun blushed tomato bread and a miniature oaty roll).

Next up came a large tea stand full of beautiful canapes and fancies….. we’d hardly dug into these when we were brought fresh plates of more sandwiches and then the canapes and fancies were replenished throughout too! The canapes included tiny teardrop spoons of crab, salmon, beef and feta, as well as a shot glass of a yummy cucumber and mint cold soup. I’ve had soooo many canapes in my time and these really were some of the best.

The sweet stuff is really where it’s at though. Having finished my Cham I was served the white peony tea (a new favourite of mine) which went beautifully with all the treats left to try….. Perhaps the most stunning was the Jason Wu romantic cherry bavarois with coconut cream, topped with a playful pink skirt and biscuit heel….. I also loved the clever take on Fendi’s nautical stripes in the form of a red and white striped vanilla cake filled with fraise des bois cremeux and topped with an over-sized yellow button…..

And because I’m such a girl, the two chocolate fancies were amongst my favourites…. Gucci’s Art Deco Grand Marnier and dark Valrhona chocolate mousse embellished with golden popping candy is absolutely divine….. and the homage to Michael Kors’ signature leopard print made with Grand Marnier was just scrummy! The most impressive to look at were the light blue Dolce and Gabbana blueberry sponge cake wicker basket, the Miu Miu vanilla bikini biscuit and the wonderful Christian Louboutin neon yellow chocolate biscuit…. but my favourite I think was the clever take on Mulberry’s summer at the seaside catwalk theme, with a tall shot glass of white chocolate creme de menthe and raspberry mousse topped with a lemon meringue, all perfectly emulating the sugar sweet tones of a maxi dress I adore.

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Very fancy fancies, inspired by Jason Wu, Mulberry, Fendi, Miu Miu, Michael Kors and Gucci

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Laurent Perrier Rose and the stunning Paul Smith china

I think we did rather well at eating the plates and plates of goodies brought to us…. it genuinely is a case of quality AND quantity! We did finally give up, a good couple of hours after arriving…. it is certainly a lovely way to while away an entire afternoon and is one of the most luxurious and indulgent experiences I’ve enjoyed. It didn’t stop there though, as our lovely waiter boxed up the fancies we couldn’t manage in a fabulous neon pink box, so I carried home the second of two very classy doggy bags that weekend! Quite the breakfast the morning after!

I can’t recommend this experience enough…. even Adam (who isn’t as trend crazy as me, and certainly wouldn’t usually opt for an afternoon tea) thoroughly enjoyed himself, and I left feeling utterly spoiled! It’s £39 for the Pret-A-Portea, £49 for the Champagne version, and £55 for the Couture Champagne menu which includes a glass of Laurent Perrier Rose. I think it’s superb value, compared to lots of more traditional afternoon tea, and especially as everything is replenished as much as you like and there’s no competition in terms of style. We booked a good few months ago, so be prepared to wait…… it is well worth it though even for someone as impatient as me!

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Menu inspiration card for Pret-A-Portea SS/12….. a super cute doggy bag and a show with my name on it!