The Great British Bake-Off has a lot to answer for…. in the last two weeks I’ve achieved a whole lot of nothing. Instead my afternoons have been spent watching, tweeting about and eating cake!
The plan was to catch up on the episodes I missed during the last series. That was the plan. In reality I’ve re-watched the entire series, washed down with gallons of tea and lashings of cake (yesterday it was ginger cupcakes made by a friend and today it is fresh cream and strawberry donuts). I’m slightly ashamed to admit precious little work has been done by comparison.
Twitter provided a constant stream of delicious snaps from fellow foodies and cake lovers. Check out this snap from the Corinthia Hotel of their Afternoon Tea.
But what would afternoon tea be without a nice cup of Lady Grey to accompany the scrummy cake- that just wouldn’t be right! And if I’m going to ‘do’ afternoon tea then we have to talk cups and saucers. In my opinion the more ornate the better. Give me florals, birds of paradise, dainty patterns and matching saucers…. and I’m a happy girl. I think afternoon tea is one of life’s little luxuries and here are a few of my favourite tea sets that I’m sure Mary Berry would love.
Fashion Follows Her loves all things online, especially shopping. Travel Supermarket is making it so much easier to decide where to go shopping (when you actually plan on leaving the house that is) with the help of their nifty shopping streets infographics. So when Travel Supermarket asked little ‘ol me to choose my very favourite shopping street in the whole wide-world, I pondered for about 2 minutes and decided it had to be the Avenue des Champs-Elysees/Avenue Montaigne in Paris. Here’s my infographic and why I couldn’t resist Paris.
-Time to don your Hunter wellies and get out on the garden, Spring is just starting to blossom.
- I guess it’s also that time of year to start getting your bikini body ready, soften dry skin with the Wiltshire Beekeeper hand cream made from all natural products (the lavender is particularly soothing).
- Charlotte Olympia launches her dreamy Parisian La Premiere de la Vie En Rose collection. Who could resist these hot fuchsia Paris platforms……
Afternoon tea is my most favourite meal of the day, so it’s worth doing it in style.
This little teapot is a real treat, combining a china teapot and cup all in one gorgeous package. The design has a quirky vintage feel with bashful eyes, a golden spout and ‘tea for me’ painted inside the cup. This months edition of Elle, a hot cup of tea and a fresh strawberry muffin- can you think of a more perfect way to spend the afternoon?
- Snowdrops are poking their little white bonnets above the frozen ground, reminding me Spring is on the way. Viktor & Rolf’s Flowerbomb makes a great substitute, lifting my spirits with a burst of floral magic.
- Totally impractical mittens but warm my heart (and hands) because they are just so darn cute….
- Miu Miu sparkly flats will have you skipping to work.
- If you haven’t written your Christmas prezzie thank you notes yet, shame on you! Send a Lanvin note and I’m sure you’ll be forgiven.
- Tea soothes my soul, settle down with this quirky teapot, put your feet up and laze the afternoon away in front of the TV.
- A cosy cashmere blanket is at the top of my wish-list, this one from The White Company is to-die-for!
Downton Abbey left a whole in our hearts and a large slot in the Sunday night schedule. Never fear, Mr Selfridge has arrived and he’s putting on a show…..
Arguably I’m not the toughest critic, period dramas are firmly fixed at the top of my one-to-watch list but who wouldn’t fall in love with Harry Selfridge? I was already aware that Selfridges revolutionized the high street, changing the way is which stores conducted their business but seeing Mr Selfridge on-screen is another thing entirely. What a show man, Harry Selfridge really knew how to capture our hearts and imagination with a little razzle dazzle. Customers had a reason to visit the store, to explore all the wonders Selfridges had tucked away inside the iconic store. One concept Mr Selfridge introduced was the Silence Room, a place where shoppers could ”retire from the whirl of bargains and the build up of energy”. Perfect for the modern, frazzled shopper to re-charge their batteries and gather their thoughts.
This is only part of Selfridges ‘No Noise‘ plan, an initiative to tempt people in-store. This is key to reviving our Great British high street- giving customers an experience they can’t find online, putting on a show. Retailers should follow in Mr Selfridges footsteps by offering customers something unique, something worth giving up their precious time for (lets face it, who wouldn’t like a couple more hours in the day?!) Only then will we be tempted back on to the high street.