Friday, 15 February 2013

What I Wore to Tea at the Savoy

On Wednesday, I went to the Savoy in London for champagne afternoon tea with my mum, grandmother and cousin, Martina, to celebrate Martina's 23rd birthday in a rather decadent olde worlde manner, and took the opportunity to wear my newest favourite buy for the occasion, an exquisite cream lace prom dress from Quiz.

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.



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19 comments:

  1. I love the dress and you looked so beautiful!
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  2. I'd love to attend a ladies tea .. I guess it isn't a thing you do in California .. :-P

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    1. Haha aww, make sure you go if you're ever in England ;)

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  3. Very Lovely dress!

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  4. Great Post!

    You look absolutely stunning !!!!


    Have a great weekend !

    XXX

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  5. Wow, so nice dress. Have a great day.

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  6. you look so lovely!

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  7. sensational this outfit!

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  8. Hello Sam! Hope you're well ;) Oh, what a lovely refined vintage touched outfit you wore! So feminine and you look very beautiful! This champagne afternoon tea must have been a very pleasant and classy moment :) xox

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    1. Hello Flávio! I'm very well thank you, hope you are too! Thank you so much for your sweet comment, lovely to hear from you as always ;) Yes, it was a lovely experience :) xox

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    2. Oh, you're welcome Sam! I'm fine too, thank you! It's so nice to talk to you likewise ;) Thank you for always being gracious in your replies :) xox

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  9. I really want to do this now it sounds amazing!

    your dress looks beautiful!!

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    1. Thanks Roxii! Yeah it's definitely worth trying!

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