A Little London Reunion at Ethos Foods

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Yesterday (4.3.17),  I headed to London to catch up with three friends I’d met during my German studies at King’s College. Since our first year of knowing each other, we’ve all graduated, travelled, married and dealt with the ups and downs of being an adult. Although we don’t get to see each other that often, it always feels happy and relaxed when we do get together.

Before Christmas, I bought this Lindy Bop skirt – I knew I had to wear it in London. I teamed it with a slash-neck from Vivien of Holloway and my firm favourite Collectif jacket. The weather was pretty bright so I added these round sunglasses.

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En route to Oxford Street, I popped to The Revival Retro Boutique. The world and his wife seem to have  been there recently so I decided to see what all the fuss was about for myself. They had a lovely selection of vintage reproduction pieces in their bright and airy shop. I even found a fellow Viva attendee, Charlotte who I’d already met at Scarlet Rage Vintage. I may have picked something up…but it’s a surprise!

This meet-up was a special one because Mary is heading off to Berlin for a few months (and it was her  belated 30th) so we decided to celebrate with afternoon tea. The queen of organisation, Leanne suggested Ethos Foods as we all have varied diets. I’ve already posted about afternoon tea at Sketch and Pennyhill Park. Ethos Foods is different because it specialises in meat-free cuisine and their menu has options for those with special dietary requirements such as vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free and refined sugar-free.

We started off with prosecco – to celebrate of course! Then, we chose from a good selection of tea and coffee.

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There were three sandwiches: guacamole, hummus and beetroot. My favourite was the guacamole.

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Miniature scones came with cashew cream and rose fruit jam. I’m a clotted cream devotee but this vegan version was a delicious alternative!

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Finally, we had a selection of sweet treats: a peanut butter ball, a rose cheesecake and a cupcake.

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All of our needs were catered for and we walked out feeling satisfied rather than stuffed and buzzing with sugar.  Definitely worth £26 – we’ll be going back again for sure.

After all that, we headed into Soho for more tea and conversation. It was a good ending to a wonderful day. Here’s to the next one!

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Mix & Match with Vivien Of Holloway

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In one of my previous posts, I’d written about adding more staples to my wardrobe. Sometimes, neutral pieces can be a little drab and boring. However, this doesn’t always have to be the case.

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As much as I’d tried to stick to solid colours to maximise my outfit options, I needed pattern and texture. I’d read somewhere that leopard print is a neutral and, as I didn’t have any, I picked up a circle skirt.

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Adding to my skirt options, I also went for a tweed pencil skirt with a slight sparkle. Pencil skirts always make me feel smart and they stay put when it’s blustery outside! Apart from the sparkle, the neutral colour of this skirt makes it easy to pair with a variety of colours.

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I’ve already raved about VOH slash-neck tops but I had to add this deep wine shade to my collection. Initially, I thought it wouldn’t pair well with other pieces in my wardrobe but it goes with navy, mustard, tan, green and these two skirts of course!

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My big brown coat and my orange jacket are both old, vintage and perfect for autumn/winter. Mixed with these different pieces, they work together to make a cohesive capsule wardrobe.

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Have a look in your wardrobe for five or six pieces that can be mixed and matched together. You might be able to find lots of capsule collections within your wardrobe! Don’t be afraid to mix eras, styles, fabrics or patterns – wear what works for you.

Thanks again to Sue Phelps Photography for these beautiful photographs. If you ever get the chance to work with Sue, do it – I promise you won’t regret it!