Vision With Nowhere To Go

Or, at least, not quite nowhere to go. Our plans for a picnic may have been ruined by the English weather (that most fickle thing, giving sun every day but the day we wanted) but we made the best of it in our local fancy tea shop.

I'd just received my Cherie Cerise Lace and Bees dress and I was looking for an excuse to wear it out! I really don't like the way my legs look in the photo, they make the dress look short when it's really a great length to wear without an underskirt. This is what happens when you're tall and pose on steps!

Char Wallah was, as always, accommodating and perfect. I had both Grandma's Garden and Old Love, which are my two favourite flavours of tea (or not-tea as they're fruit and herbal infusions). My tea even matched my co-ordinate!

Speaking of matching, I was bored with my hair and wash in and out dye was on offer so I'm currently a reddy-purple. I'm pleased with how it looked with the dress, but I'll be going back to brown when it washes out. I want to swim, and I'm worried that I'll be leaving a streak of dye behind me if I go with it in.

The print is really beautiful. One thing I didn't realise from online photos was that there's a pattern of flowers under the bees and lace main part of the print. I like this, as it adds some extra interest to the print, and it's like a handy cheat sheet for picking colours to match with! The quality is great, which is what I expected - several friends are really happy with their Cherie Cerise dresses, and this one is up to the same high standards.

On my mannequin - my theme for the overall outfit was lace, lace, and more lace! I really liked how the piece worked with my Violet Fane tights.

When The Dance Is Through

I've been remiss with posting on my blog lately. I worked a lot of Saturdays in the last month (overtime to be put towards a holiday! holi-YAY!) and I haven't had time to dress up or someone to take pictures of me but...I did get to go to the Tea Party Club's Welcome Tea!

I went last year and really enjoyed it, so when the call for helpers was put out this year I signed up immediately. It was an excellent afternoon, I got to bang a gavel and spend time with excellent humans and eat a delicious lemon and lavender loaf cake. 

I haven't worn Vintage Cameo out yet, clearly I was waiting for the perfect accessories. The tights were from Ma Petit Chouchou at Omnia Vanitas and the bolero and headpiece were from Peacockalorum. I really love how the cream and gold tie in with the print but let the rich purple stand out. Meta liked my photo on Instagram, so I feel like this was definitely a good outfit!

 The first time I ever came to St Pancras was right on the cusp of my 19th birthday. I'd been in and out of sleep on the train because I'd had to get up at 5 but even though I was still bleary eyed I was taken aback by what a beautiful station it is. Stepping off the train into the wonderful architecture is still one of my favourite things about a trip to London.

This was the venue for the afternoon tea. It used to be a courtroom and there were signs everywhere - the back door still said "TO THE CELLS" above it. I was especially interested by the book on the judge's desk, as it still had the handwritten details of debtors and what they owed.

The room itself was lovely as well. Not pictured is all the items from Wunderwelt - not just stock for sale, but they also supplied every attendee with a brand novelty gift! There was a mix of jewellery, bags, and weird yet wonderful things that I was delighted to see (and I never buy novelties for myself as I'm too busy salivating over the next main piece purchase, but the Putumayo bag I got is useful and I enjoy having ~burando bags~ to keep things in!).

So. Many. Scones. They were delicious and warm as well.

There could have been better direction as to what was vegetarian and vegan and what was for general consumption, but the quality of food was great and I can't fault that.

I had an excellent time, helped by seeing most of my fantastic friends and making new ones! I'm looking forward to Dream Masquerade Carnival even more now!