Summery Treat Days Out

The Best Afternoon Teas in the UK

Afternoon tea is fast becoming one of the most popular ways to while away an afternoon with your partner or friends. Years ago everyone was doing it, albeit on a somewhat smaller and probably less glamorous scale, but it’s seen a bit of a revival of late and it’s so much more than just a slice of cake and a cup of tea. So treat yourself to a new outfit, a pretty tea dress or maybe a nice new top and midi skirt (you’re guaranteed to find a lovely George shift dress or George midi skirt) and make a date of it with a friend to have afternoon tea at one of these fantastic places:

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The Goring Hotel, London

The afternoon tea here is so good, the hotel has even won an award from the UK Tea Guild for the Best Afternoon Tea in London 2013. So what makes afternoon tea here so special? You’ll take your afternoon tea on the terrace overlooking the beautiful hotel gardens and enjoy the hotel’s very own blend of tea. You can choose from a variety of fine teas, finger sandwiches, scones and a selection of pastries made in house. If you want to make it even more special, why not try the Bollinger Afternoon Tea, which sees the addition of a glass of champagne and strawberries and cream.

The Lowry, Manchester

This stunning modern hotel, situated on the banks of the River Irwell in Manchester, offers a five star experience from start to finish. Enjoy your afternoon tea in the River Bar and Grill overlooking the city and choose from a wide variety of teas, finger sandwiches filled with cream cheese and cucumber, Emmenthal cheese and tomato chutney, ham and red onion marmalade and smoked salmon and crème fraiche. Follow that with a selection of pastries including simnel cake, chocolate orange mousse, lemon meringue pie, carrot cake and scones. Or perhaps enjoy the champagne afternoon tea, which not only includes champagne but savoury tartlets and chocolate truffles too.

Great Fosters, Surrey

Enjoy afternoon tea in a stunning listed building dating from 1550, which was built as a royal hunting lodge. You have a choice of venues here for your afternoon tea and can select either the cocktail bar, Anne Boleyn room or the Main Hall. There are several options for afternoon tea here including the ‘Full Afternoon Tea’, which includes a selection of teas, finger sandwiches, scones and patisseries, the Pimms Afternoon Tea, which includes a glass of Pimms along with the usual selection of sandwiches, scones and pastries and either a Champagne Afternoon Tea or a Bollinger Rose Afternoon Tea. Great Fosters is a truly romantic venue at which to enjoy an afternoon tea, why not make it even more special and stay the night with your partner? There are some amazing historic rooms in which to stay, along with more modern rooms too.

If you’re a lover of afternoon tea, or even just a lover of cake, you really have to visit one of these amazing venues and experience afternoon tea at its best. Just donÔÇÖt forget to wear your most ladylike outfit!

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Squiggle Secret: Vogue Fashion Night Out

imageThis year the famous Vogue’s Fashion Night Out will be taking place in my home town Manchester. There will be fun and games all around town and I for one am certainly looking forwards to seeing what my favourite stores have in mind.

imageVivienne Westwood will be exclusively launching their collaboration with Cambridge Satchel Company on the night – don’t worry they will be available at other stores soon after. There will be a classic 14″ satchel as seen on the Red Label runway for SS14 and also a smaller 11″ clutch, available in brown, yellow and white for approx. ┬ú190 and ┬ú160 respectively. I will of course be swinging by Westwood and a few other of my fav’s will post up my top picks map next week.

 

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Events: Forever 21 Launch, Manchester

This morning I was invited to the Manchester launch of US store Forever 21. I first visited F21 when I was in the States, there seemed to be one in every mall and it was the go to place for a reasonably priced fashion hit. What I liked about it was that even though the prices were low the products were good, no direct runway rip just cool, trend led designs. I was also really impressed with the boutique feel of the store which I was pleased to see brought over to the UK, checker board tile floors and ornate tables stacked with jars of bright coloured accessories.

It seems I wasn’t the only one keen to check out the new store, as people camped out over night to be first in line, with a chance for the first 300 customers to receive a free surprise gift card – ┬ú10-┬ú200 up for grabs. By midday the check out queue snaked all around the store, proof that everyone was impressed with what they found. My top picks were the faux-leather and denim bustiers – perfect over shirts, a printed pair of orange and blue chunky heels and the stacks of costume jewellery, spiked bracelets and statement collars. I didn’t have time to joint the crazy queue but I will be returning soon to pick up a few pieces.

You can seem lots more in my  FaceBook Album! Forever 21 is also available online.

Have you been to Forever 21?

Events: Inside Live at Manchester Arndale

The Great British Summer trend

I mentioned the Inside Live event happening at Manchester Arndale earlier in the week and popped in today to get some shots of the action. The event brings to life the Inside magazine with huge pages showing all the latest trends and mannequins wearing the best of the collections. You can call in over the weekend to find out about all the hottest trends, have your hair and make up done. Then hit the shops with all the money off vouchers they have waiting for you. There are lots of competitions going ton too. Well worth a trip down there, they really have me in the mood for Summer now!

A customer gets a make-over from No 7

All the No 7 colours for this season

Charlotte, Fran and the style team on hand to help and showing how to work the Prints Charming Trend

Inside magazine and the discount vouchers from all your favourite stores

This Weeks Fashion Events in Manchester

For one weekend our spring/summer INSIDE magazine is coming to life!

Our team of fashion and style experts are taking over Exchange Court, outside Next with our pop-up shop 4-6 May. Bringing you all the latest looks and hottest trends straight from the pages of our INSIDE magazine.

Why not visit inside ÔÇÿLIVEÔÇÖ and get some top tips; whether it be our make-up experts giving a spring clean to your beauty bag, our style team advice on what to wear this summer, or our hair heroes transforming your hair into luscious locks, find out how you too can create the latest looks from head to toe.

As well as showing off all the sizzling summer trends, pick your favourite trend on the day, scan the QR code on the stand and youÔÇÖll be able to enter our competition and be in with a chance of winning the real thing! T&Cs apply

With lots more prizes and discounts from all your favourite retailers on offer over the three days, come down, and see whatÔÇÖs INSIDE the centre ÔÇô and youÔÇÖll find out how to look as fabulous as the models in our magazine!

Clothes Swapping Event & Fashion Show in Manchester 26th April

I am absolutely delighted to be able to tell you about such a fabulous event!

Fashion Exchange

Tickets just ┬ú1 – although please feel free to donate more as it all goes to Cancer Research

6.30-9pm 26th April 2012

The Bird Cage, Manchester hosts TK Maxx’s ‘Fashion Exchange’ in aid of Give up Clothes for Good for Cancer Research.

The Birdcage
Withy grove
Manchester
United Kingdom-M4 3AQ

A fun filled night of fashion! You can enjoy catwalk shows, swap your old clothes, up-cycle and restyle clothes, have make-overs and get tips from stylists.

How it works:

Bring at least 3 items of clothing to be able to join in the swap, if you don’t have anything to bring then you may purchase items, all with a flat fee of ┬ú2.

Tickets for the event are ┬ú5 each, buy in the Manchester TK Maxx Arndale / Market Street store or online here (don’t forget to bring your tickets / online print offs on the night).

If you have more items to donate then bring them along as this is all part of the Give up Clothes for Good campaign or drop them off in any TK Maxx store.

 Please only bring good quality clothes which are in great condition. Something you would be delighted to take home yourself!

Any clothes left over on the night will be sent off to Cancer Research with the other clothes TK Maxx are collecting for them, then sold in their shops.

All money raised will go to Caner Research.

I guarantee this will be a fabulous night, I will be there styling and should any other stylists / hair / make-up artists want to help out volunteers are welcome please email me fashionpearlsofwisdom@googlemail.com.

Please help spread the word, tell your friends, tweet, Facebook, blog, it is all for a very good cause.

Any questions just let me know????