I must confess, I'm not a traditional tea drinker. Whenever I offer to make some, feelings of slight dread awash over me as I wonder how long to leave it brewing or whether I've used too much milk. Throughout the years I've muddled through, favouring more abstract teas such as Jasmine or those of the green variety but I've never managed more than a few sips of your typical English Breakfast Tea. That didn't stop me from going to the Just My Cup Of Tea event last weekend, which promised to be an afternoon full of fashion, cakes and fun. The Brickhouse in good old Shoreditch was transformed into a whimsical emporium with plenty of teacups and treats to get my DSLR going, plus a spot of clothes swapping for good measure.
It was nice to be out and about on a (mostly) sunny Sunday in the company of some creative types (singer VV Brown and stylist Alexis Knox were on hand to give a few styling tips) before a spot of swishing upstairs. My number was called out pretty late so unfortunately I missed out on a few of the printed skirts I had my eye on (though this may have been a good thing, as my wardrobe has plenty of those already) so I swapped a vintage jacket that I've never worn for a printed button-up dress that has a lot of potential. Have you ever been to a swishing party before and found something decent? I think they're a great idea, but maybe with a smaller group of people so you're more likely to get the item you want without too much competition!
Skirt - Vintage
Ring - Monki
I always look at pictures of other bloggers and street style mavens, wondering how they can wear such impossible combinations with bare legs and not catch a cold. If it's cold enough to wear a jumper/coat then surely it's too cold for skirts or shorts without tights? Maybe I overthink these things ever so slightly and let practicality rule most of my outfit choices rather than what looks best. On a typically confusing June day, I decided to test out this theory and found that it would have been hard to be appropriately dressed anyway as there were short showers followed by blazing sunshine within a twenty minute period. I didn't want to save this Nelly angora jumper until Autumn as I love its minty shade and cropped length, which provided enough warmth to counteract the lack of tights. Does anyone else have a ridiculously full ASOS 'Save for Later' section? A quick glance told me that these shoes had gone down to half price and they were swiftly ordered so I could make the most of the last few months of 'Sunmer.' They are the perfect formula of straps, raffia and a raised flatform sole to keep any outfit from looking too polished.
Are you a tea drinker? I'm still not convinced about the traditional variety but I'll definitely be swapping my coffees more often for some of the other teas they had on offer. Out of curiosity I also had my tea leaves read and I'm taking it with a pinch of salt, though it was all positive and said I'd be a success! Hopefully my wish will come true...
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