Friday, 4 September 2009

Done to a Tea

This week has consisted mainly of tea.

Since being at home a lot more, I have certainly consumed a higher volume of what my mum calls 'The Cup That Cheers'. I know you'd all like to think I sip it from bone china teacups and saucers, but actually I gulp it from a pint mug. With Wonder Woman on it. How terribly classy!

But I do have some bone china! And my first tea-related task was to make some of that delicious brew, put it in a lovely teacup, and take a picture of it for the forthcoming Roaring For Teas website, which I have been working on. I hope to have it finished for next week, so do check back then to see what it's all about.



Next up, on Wednesday night, I headed to the 1920s themed Betty Blythe Fine Food Pantry in West London, to give my first ever talk, this time for the monthly Betty Blythe Society meeting. The Society evening is a sort of fun, WI style event, where one can learn cake decorating, jam making, etiquette... everything one needs to be a lady of class. ;)

Betty Blythe is a vintage-lover's (not to mention tea-drinker's) heaven. Beautiful, white painted antique furniture, delicious home-made cakes, the finest tea served in stunning vintage crockery. The fridge and shelves are heaving with locally sourced, organic produce, the bread is fresh every day, the air inside scented with lilies and the bundles of fresh herbs owner Lulu sells to her loyal patrons. It's simply the most marvellous place to take tea, if you're in the area... and if you're not, then take a trip out west to visit!

My evening there began with chatting to the guests as they arrived, drank tea and decorated cupcakes, then we all went downstairs where I gave my talk. I was so nervous! It was a humorous guide to vintage style and how to adapt your taste to your figure delivered in a my poshest phone voice - I called it 'Fleur de Guerre's Guide to Modern Vintage Sartorial Etiquette'! The attendees were a group of ladies who work for Qype, and by all accounts they really enjoyed their evening. Do have a quick read of this review by Qype blogger Rachelle. There will be many more of these Betty Blythe Society talks, probably on the first Wednesday of every month.


BB owner Lulu gets buttercreaming!

One of the highlights for me, though, was meeting Fiona of Notorious Kitsch, a smashing lady I've conversed with online a lot, but never actually met before. I just love meeting fabulous online friends!

Then yesterday, I had the honour of meeting one more totally fabulous lady - Angel Adoree of Vintage Patisserie, another 1920s themed, tea-based venture. Vintage Patisserie do fabulous tea parties, whereby period perfect waitresses bring Afternoon Tea to you, serve it on vintage crockery and take it away afterwards. They also bring a 1920s dress-up trunk for guests to have fun with. Angel had been asked by Oasis clothing store in Oxford Circus to get involved with 'Fashion's Night Out' in association with Vogue, and London Fashion Week. So, next Thursday, I am part of a team of 7 glamorous ladies putting on a huge 'Fashionably Late' soiree in Oasis Oxford Circus. There will be drinks, music, beauty treatments, tea and cake (of course), plus the basement is being transformed into a cinema and showing 'The September Issue'. I am being an usherette in the cinema! Do come, if you can! I'm very excited as all sorts of top fashion people will be there, and not only that, but if I hadn't been made redundant, I would not have been able to do it. Talk about synchronicity! Or should that be synchronici-Tea?

And following that appalling segue, to top off a week of tea and indeed terrible, tea-related puns, this Saturday is my Scandalous High Socie-Tea evening, which you all know lots about so I shan't mention it again, except to say that if you don't know about it, have a look at the site. I am all ready, I'm armed with clipboards and pens, vases and flowers. My car has a tree in it ready to haul to Shoreditch to grace the bar, and it's all going to be simply super!

To collect said tree, I went to meet my dear mother at the Royal Horticultural Society Gardens at Wisley for a walk and a chat, but no tea, funnily enough! She took some outfit shots of me, just to make this post a bit more colourful!


Mum claims she can't use a camera, I think she did very well! I'm wearing red trousers from Heyday (not unlike those worn by Miss Amanda the other day, but hers were Vivien of Holloway). Forgive the creasing, from driving and lunch! The cardi is another knitted from a vintage pattern. I'm wearing a stripey tshirt from H&M which you can't see, and shoes from Payless in the States. Red, white and blue accessories completed the look!

Better go and get a good night's sleep ready for the party tomorrow! Yay!

Fleur xx
DiaryofaVintageGirl.com

19 comments:

  1. I love your outfits. You're PERFECT!

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  2. I can't get over how awesome it must be to be surrounded by so much vintage themed events and places! I'm really happy that so many more doors are opening for you, exciting!

    Very cute outfit. :) It speaks to my inner patriot, haha.

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  3. You look like an old fashioned American 4th of July party, Fleur! My favorite colors! ;)

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  4. My goodness, where can I find all these sorts of wonderful places and activities out here in the San Francisco area? Anyone know of anything?

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  5. You always look lovely Fleur, but this is really a hairdo that suits you beautifully !

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  6. Hooray for red bows! And how are you handling all this tea? Is it keeping you awake at nights...or are you sticking to the green kind? I'll have a cup for you in Melbourne too. :)

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  7. *Sigh* I love tea and eveything associated with it. I wish I could come to one of your wonderful "tea talks." Perhaps when I finally own that Tea room/Romance book shop I've always dreamed about I shall have you over to inagurate it!

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  8. I love the outfit! Payless has some black and white saddle shoes now available online only if you're interested. I just ordered some but as they haven't arrived yet I can't vouch for their comfort.

    I might have to take a trip to Betty Blythe when we come to the UK in a couple of months. We'll mainly be up north (where spouse is from), but we both have friends in London we want to visit so I'm insisting on a couple of days there too.

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  9. Very cute outfit, Fleur!
    That's got to be one of my favorite color combinations :-)

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  10. Betty Blythes was such a lovely evening and it was great to meet you Fleur, it's always such a worry that someone you think you'll like online won't be quite the same but you surpassed my expectations!

    Ladies if you get the chance go, it was a great evening and Fleur's talk was spot on!

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  11. Oi you lazy old moo, put that mug down (no not him) and do some work!!
    only joking,
    I'll see you later..
    lol Minn

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  12. It´s so fun to hold a speach about something you love! I´m glad for you! How many were there to listen? I´d love to hear and see you, sadly I don´t live in England :(
    Your mum is fab with the camera! Tell her that! (and you look great as always!)

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  13. Ooh, sounds like all is going really well for you, so pleased! And I drink tea by the gallon tea. At work, no-one bothers anymore to ask my preference when a round is being made, they just take my mug from my desk and bring it back full to the brim...

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  14. You're so ladylike and beatiful!

    In my blog you can win 55 bows right now, all made by me. Have taken lost of nice photos to. Visit if you like!

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  15. Love the outfit and adore your blog! So happy to be a new reader!!

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  16. Great outfit! I thought your pants were Vivian of Holloway, I've got them too.Seeing a lot of Heyday's clothing in your pics I think they worth a try next time!
    This tea afternoons look so lovely..I envy you so much! here (Bavaria) we have beer instead of tea, and nothing so cute and elegant. Hope to visit London soon and attend at least one of this events!
    Your journal is addictive ;)

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  17. Howdy, ive just come across your blog from Andi B Goode. I love your outfit! And your hair is just gorgeous. Im off to browse the rest of your lovely blog :)

    Rose

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  18. Haha, I'm glad I'm not the only one who drinks tea out of a ginormous mug at home (except when I have company, and then the fancy stuff comes out).

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