Tuesday, 22 May 2012

We've got obsessions: Spikes and Studs

Spiked Shirt as seen on LC

Spiked Necklace Perfect Poking out Under a Collar

Studded Topshop Pumps

Pretty Studded Miu-Miu Bag

At the moment it's safe to say I'm obsessed with studs and spikes. I love the idea of taking something feminine and adding an instant edge.

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Blondies Twisted Tea Room

On the 14th of May a few friends and myself discovered one of Stoke's best kept secrets. A new wonderful little tea room tucked away in Percy Street named Blondie's Twisted Tea Room. We decided to give it a go and were pleasantly surprised. We were met by soft florals and dainty antique style tea cups lay out on wooden tables. The tea room serves a wide variety of teas in proper sized tea pots! As you can imagine this got me rather excited as I love a good pot of tea. We seated ourselves by the window and were promptly served by the host of the tea room Abigail. She had a warm welcoming way about her which instantly made us feel at home. Elayna and I ordered some cake whilst Abbi (aka Emerald Ivy) and Kate ordered sandwiches. The victoria sponge was nicely balanced with the right amount of sponge, cream and jam. Abbi and Kate were happily surprised by the tasty sandwiches served with crisps and salad. To top it all, this was very reasonably priced! It was then Abbi and I decided we were going to come the next day and I would certainly be blogging the event.
We decided to meet in the morning so we could have a cup of tea and something to eat before charity shopping. The weather was not on my side with the hail and the rain so I quickly ran to shelter in the tea room. I waited for Abbi and enjoyed a cup of Yorkshire tea while watching the passers by. There's something very cosy and slightly nostalgic about being inside the tea room whilst it's raining outside. The decor, music and atmosphere almost makes you forget where you are and transports you to another time. Abbi arrived shortly shaking the hail and rain from her coat. After chatting for a short time with the owner Abigail we were asked if we would like to see downstairs. Downstairs boasts a superbly decorated large space with enough tables to host a tea party and more! If you can't tell already, I am just a tad in love with the place.
 Below are some pictures from the day:

 Sardines on toast! Delish!

Pssst! See Laced With Velvet Vintage and Emerald Ivy hosting a vintage event in Blondie's Twisted Tea Room soon!

Friday, 4 May 2012

Party Planning Made Easy!

Party planning can leave you feeling panicked and a bit lost, especially if you're planning a party for a loved one. You want to make sure everything is perfect and everyone has a great time.
So below are a few ideas which helped put me at ease:

Pin it! Pinterest is an amazing way to gather recipes, decorations and more in one place. Simply create a board search what you want and get pinning!

Bake the cake! The cake is the most important part of any birthday party. Why not make it extra special by making the cake yourself? You can buy cake decorations here. The recipe for this cake can be found here.

Be smart! It's easy to get carried away and spend loads on cute decorations. Many people forget that £1 shops have great party decorations as well as party plates and cups.

Decorate food! Even a plain sandwich can be made to look like grand feast. Try Bento the japanese way of decorating food! This would also make a great birthday lunch for your loved one. 

I hope you enjoyed todays blog! Happy planning!