I've never bought anything from Quiz before, but when I saw this beauty in the new concession in my local Debenhams (and happened to have a 20% off voucher burning a hole in my tote too) a couple of weeks ago, I couldn't resist - it reminded me of all the Jones + Jones concoctions I've lusted after over the years in the Oxford Circus Topshop basement, but couldn't bring myself to spend £60+ on. Considering the workmanship involved - it has moulded cups and net and satin underskirts as well as an amazing scalloped hem - £49.99 seemed frankly bargainous, and as I could lop £10 off that thanks to my newspaper tear-out voucher, there was no way I could leave it on the rack! I picked up a super cute striped roll neck crop top for £7.99 too, but that doesn't seem to have made its way onto the web yet...
A classic '50s prom style updated with a mini cut (to be honest I think it would look gorgeous at any length from here to the floor!), I decided to play up the vintage vibe (and keep out the winter chills) with some nude back-seamed hold-ups and T-bar heels (I wore these the one and only other time I dined at the Savoy, 5 years ago - they just seem like Savoy shoes somehow!). My £3.50 Primark hold ups deserve a nod for being pretty darn amazing (and much better than their wartime counterparts, according to nana!) - sheer enough to blend perfectly with my skin tone, but somehow they still kept me warm in barely-above-freezing temperatures, and after two wears they still haven't snagged! Definitely going to invest in a back-up pair or two before they go if I have a chance.
Dress: Quiz Clothing (Available Here), Hold Ups: Primark (Current), Shoes: Faith (Past Season)
The tea itself was fabulous - over 3 hours I consumed 2 glasses of champagne, 7 finger sandwiches (including lots of weird and wonderful vegetarian versions made specially for us - a nice touch, although I still liked the egg and cress ones best - tomato and pesto was a delight though), a scone with jam, clotted cream and homemade lemon curd, all 6 pastries on offer (chocolate and coffee “Opera”, raspberry and lime macaroon, fruit tartlet, lavender éclair, royal chocolate cake and mandarin and elderflower meringue financier, if you're interested) and a vat of chamomile tea (damn teeth whitening, I haven't been allowed real tea since New Year). We opted to take our fourth course of Victoria Sponge/chocolate fudge cake home... thankfully the dress is incredibly comfy too (with a lot of stretch!). The only downer was the mood lighting - great ambience and all, but impossible to get any of those crisp baking-recipe-book shots I was envisaging (which seem to come so effortlessly to every other blogger who goes out for afternoon tea) with my still-very-limited low light skills... And fiddling around with your camera settings for hours whilst attempting to photograph the crockery in a 5 star hotel makes one feel like a bit of a pleb! So please forgive the lack of food porn which I should doubtless be providing you with.