Last week on a sunny Thursday afternoon I headed to Camden for an afternoon tea at the gorgeous York and Albany. The tea was hosted by Johnny Loves Rosie, a premium jewellery and accessories brand. I was joined by several other fantastic bloggers and it was absolutely lovely getting to know everyone, while checking out all the pretty things.

Johnny Loves Rosie Blogger LunchWhen I arrived the tables were beautifully set out with displays of the latest collection of jewellery as well as lovely personalised gifts for us, including a monogrammed clutch bag and little initial necklaces.

Johnny Loves Rosie Blogger Event

Johnny Loves Rosie Monogram BagThe latest collection is filled with lovely sparkly statement pieces, as well as more modern on trend items. They have also launched a bridal range which includes hair pieces, corsages as well as beautiful jewellery for your big day. I particularly liked the hair accessories and I have my eye on quite a few of them for the summer.

Johnny Loves Rosie Corsage

Johnny Loves Rosie Earrings

Johnny Loves Rosie Necklace

Johnny Loves Rosie Statement EarringsThe afternoon tea itself was absolutely delicious and included a cream tea, as well as a delicious selection of mini open sandwiches and cakes.

York and Albany Scones

York and Albany Smoked Salmon

York and Albany Lemon CakeThe whole event was absolutely lovely and I really enjoyed looking through some of the beautiful accessories and I’ve spotted lots of things that I’d like to add to my collection over the next few months. If you’re looking for the perfect accessory for a wedding, festival or just a treat for yourself I’d definitely recommend taking a look at the Johnny Loves Rosie website.

Last week I went to see Blanc de Blanc, a show which is part cabaret, part circus and part burlesque at the Hippodrome Casino in London. The show, which features a wide array of performances is brought together with the theme of champagne.

Blanc De Blanc Programme CoverThe show is most definitely just for grown-ups, with plenty filth and frivolity. The host for the night was Monsieur Romeo, a rather gorgeous French lothario, who starts the show in a suit and ends it in a pool of bubbles wearing just a tiny pair of briefs.

Blanc De Blanc LondonThe show is unashamedly filthy, and in amongst beautiful sensual aerial performances, there is plenty of full nudity and sexual innuendo. The show is a glamorous merry-go-round mixing a plethora of performance genres. I absolutely loved the acrobatic and dance based sections. They were stunningly choreographed and the breath-taking stunts were a pleasure to behold.

Hampus & Milena - Blanc de Blanc - London Hippodrome - Pamela Raith Photography - (037)The contortion display by Shun Sugimoto was both horrific and entrancing, watching him stretch his body into impossible positions left me wishing I could look away! The comic aspects from the clown Spencer Novich were both dark and hilarious and a great addition to the show.

Blanc De Blanc CastEmma Maye Gibson provided some of the lewder entertainment, with plenty on show. In the programme she is described as an ‘obscene beauty queen’ which just about sums up her performance. She provided a very entertaining performance with her riotous escapades across the stage.

The cast of Blanc de Blanc - London Hippodrome - Pamela Raith Photography - (043)Where the show really shines, is when it moves away from light naughty entertainments and striptease and the sheer talent of the performers is allowed to shine through. The opening piece – an aerial performance from Masha Terentieva on a suspended hotel luggage cart is simply amazing. The other aerial performance from Hampus Jansson and Milena Straczynski is so sensual and beautiful that it is definitely the finest part of the show.

Blanc De Blanc ReviewThe more surreal and creative performances are also really fun and entertaining to watch and the sheer variety of the show makes it worth every penny.

I feel that the whole thing must have been really fun to make, the performers look like they are enjoying every minute and there is plenty of audience participation which is great fun. I even ended up with Monsieur Romeo sitting on my lap at one point. I wasn’t complaining!

The cast of Blanc de Blanc - London Hippodrome - Photo By Darren Bell - (10)The Producers Strut and Fret did a great job creating a show that no one will forget in a hurry. It is the perfect show to be hosted in a casino and the intimate cabaret theatre area was just the right size for a small audience.

Blanc De Blanc CostumesThe thing I appreciated most about the show would have to be the stunning costumes. There was plenty of glamorous vintage showgirl inspired glitz from costume designer James Browne.

I’d recommend this show to anyone who likes a little naughtiness and isn’t put off by slightly bawdy entertainment.

The show is running at The Hippodrome Casino London until 28th August. 

For more information and booking details visit the Hippodrome website

*I received two complimentary tickets to the show for the purposes of review. All opinions are my own. 

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All of a sudden the days are longer, the sun is shining (well, sometimes!) and our heads are full of picnics and Pimms. We think that the perfect way to enjoy these long idyllic days is with a vintage themed summer of pretty dresses and lazy daytrips with friends. Nothing says summer like a 50’s sundress, striped deckchairs or high tea in the great outdoors. With this in mind we have the best vintage fashion and lifestyle tips to keep you stay cool and stylish on summer days.

What to Wear

The sundress is the perfect way to style up this summer. Try a 50’s style in an easy to wear cotton for a real vintage vibe.

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The fun thing about these sundresses is the eye popping array of designs available from feminine florals to nautical stripes and everything in between, meaning there is a design for every taste and budget. The cinched in waist is also a flattering shape for pretty much all body shapes. For a real summer vibe pair with some wedges and a vintage straw hat to add some lady like cool to your look.

For those more active summer days try a cropped trouser or high-waisted short with a tied off shirt or blouse and a pair of ballet pumps. Perfect for messing about on the river or a summer bike ride out in the country.

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The Perfect Picnic

A proper vintage themed picnic is much more than a few warm sandwiches and wine in plastic cups. A vintage picnic should be about style, elegance and proper planning and is the perfect way to celebrate a special event this summer. First things first, this absolutely calls for a great picnic basket with flatware and glasses, you can pick these up online or in vintage stores and this will instantly up the cool points of your event. You will also need a cute vintage style blanket to complete the theme. Then plan a lunch of elegant nibbles, champagne and of course a cold jug of Pimms!

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Make a day at the beach a stylish event with a vintage look and accessories. Forget the sand covered beach towel and sun bleached costume, choose a vintage high waisted two piece to bring elegance and femininity to the seaside. Keep cool with an up-do covered with a vintage scarf and team with some cats eye sunglasses and red lipstick for screen siren cool.

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A traditional striped deckchair means you can sunbathe in vintage style and an authentic parasol will keep off the rays. For a real taste of the vintage seaside hire a beach hut with friends and experience a truly retro day out.

Summer is a time for fun and relaxation and what better way to enjoy this summer than to draw nostalgic inspiration from a more elegant age. So hit the vintage stores and stock up on the perfect accessories for a long, cool summer of classic style.

This lovely post was written for me by Nick from Mela Mela Vintage, a wonderful vintage shop in Twickenham. The shop is full of the most beautiful original vintage clothing and accessories and is well worth a visit if you’re looking for a really special true vintage item. 

Visit the shop in person – Mela Mela Vintage, 74 High Street, Teddington, Middlesex, TW11 8JD

or see their extensive range of vintage fashion on the Mela Mela website. 

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Two of my very favourite things to do are visiting historic houses and drinking cocktails. Up until now the two have never been combined. This was until I received an invitation to try out the Little Nan’s pop-up at Sutton House, a National Trust property in Hackney. I was familiar with the concept of Little Nan’s as I know someone who used to work there. This fantastic pop up bar, has done the rounds in London bringing it’s kitsch and quirky teapot cocktails to several different locations. The bar which recreates your gran’s living room and serves all it’s drinks in vintage china has won a host of awards and I couldn’t wait to give it a try.

Little Nan's Pop Up Cocktail Bar Sutton houseLittle Nan’s is now offering a boozy afternoon tea at Sutton House on Sundays from 10th July, which includes their infamous tea pot cocktails, along with a classic British afternoon tea. I went along with Rob for an afternoon date and we enjoyed every minute of it.

Little Nan's Afternoon TeaOn arrival we were given a fascinating tour of the house from an absolutely lovely elderly volunteer. Her knowledge of the house and surrounding area was absolutely amazing and we both enjoyed listening to her insights and anecdotes on the history of the house. The house is originally tudor with many later alterations. You can see it’s diverse past in the different bricks and windows which make up it’s beautiful structure. I would love to go back and look round the house again. It was a great visit and right in the heart of Hackney.

Little Nan's Sutton House Afternoon Tea Teapot CocktailOn to the afternoon tea, which was in a pretty room at the front of the house. The table were decked out in Nan’s best linen tablecloths with carnations in a vase and lovely mismatched tea cups.

Little Nan's Sutton House Cocktail MenuThe selection of cocktails was great and all laced with some of my favourite ingredients. Unfortunately I was committed to driving my daughter somewhere later that day, so they mixed me up a tasty mocktail instead. Rob had a King Henry 8th, which I had a little taste of and it was absolutely delicious. The teapot it came in was huge and you certainly get a lot of alcohol for your money! Rob got quite a few tea cups out of his pot.

Little Nan's Sutton House Afternoon TeaThe afternoon tea consisted of a great selection of finger sandwiches along with scones and two types of home made cake. These were all absolutely delicious and beautifully presented on a vintage cake-stand.

Little Nan's Sutton House Afternoon Tea SconesThe tea was served by little mum, who is the mother of the owner Tristan. She was an absolutely delight and definitely made the whole experience even nicer.

Little Nan's Sutton House Afternoon Tea SandwichesAfter the tea we were offered yet more cake, there was a choice of carrot cake or Victoria sponge. By this point after all the jam and cake and the sweet cocktails, I didn’t think I could handle any more sugar! But I gave it a go. I chose the carrot cake and it really was lovely.

Little Nan's Sutton House Afternoon Tea Carrot CakeWe left on a bit of a sugar high, with Rob more than a little tipsy.  We had an absolutely lovely afternoon together. This would be perfect for a date or a nice afternoon out with friends. I loved the combination of the culture of the house, the sophistication of the afternoon tea and the naughtiness of cocktails in the afternoon.

Little Nan's Sutton House CakesThe afternoon tea costs £20 and £30 with a cocktail. This includes a viewing of Sutton House. 

The tea will be running on Sundays from 10th July – 25th September. The tea runs from 2-4pm.

Find Sutton House at – 2-4 Homerton High Street, Hackney, London, E9 6JQ The nearest Station is Hackney Central. 

Find more information and booking details here

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Antiques are something I’ve always had a huge love for. Since I was little and used to spend time in my Grandmas’s shop or look at all the lovely furniture and decorative items in their home. The past is a great place to look for beautiful things. This week I attended the preview evening of the Olympia Art and Antiques Fair. The fair brings together the most prestigious antiques dealers with the very finest products. Items on display range from early 20th century pieces all the way back to incredible ancient pieces, which are so old it’s a treat just to be able to look at them.

Olympia Art and Antiques Gold Cherub StatueDealers bring only their very finest pieces and as such prices range from the hundreds to many thousands of pounds. Even if you are not in the market for buying, I’d recommend a visit just to bask in all the beautiful treasures on display. I only had just over an hour to look round and I’d recommend allowing a lot more time as there is just so much to see. I thought I’d share a few of my favourite pieces from the show…

Olympia Art and Antiques Art Deco PosterA detail from an art deco poster from Duveen Art and Antiques.

Olympia Art and Antiques fair Patricia Lester 70s 80s Vintage dressA vintage Patricia Lester Dress from Midwinter Antiques.

Olympia Art and Antiques Fair Cherub with TrumpetOne of a pair of gorgeous antique cherubs.

Olympia Art and Antiques Fair French Art Deco Bronze FigurineA stunning French 1925 art deco bronze figurine from Solo Antiques.

Olympia Art and Antiques Fair Ancient Egyptian HeadAn Egyptian face from Art Ancient.

Olympia Art and Antiques Fair Art Deco Bronze FigurineA bronze art deco figurine from Jeroem Markies Art Deco.

Olympia Art and Antiques Fair Monk StatueA lovely painted wooden monk statue.

Olympia art and Antiques Art Deco Red Poppy Glass PotA stunning 1900 French vintage glass vase from Solo Antiques.

Olympia Art and Antiques Fair Art Deco Chairs and SideboardA wonderful pair of chairs from Justin Evershed-Martin.

Olympia Art and Antiques Art Deco Inlaid Wooden DeskAn exquisite wooden inlaid dressing table from Justin Evershed-Martin.

Olympia Art and Antiques Table FootballA football table from Hatchwell Antiques.

Olympia Art and Antiques Deco Bronze SculptureA 1928 ‘Rocket Girl’ bronze sculpture from Solo Antiques.

Olympia Art and Antiques fair Ancient Coin HoardA wonderful coin hoard from Art Ancient.

Olympia Art and Antiques Religious StatueA carved Christ statue from Pearse Lukies Antiques.

Olympia Art and Antiques Crochet AnimalsOne of several amazing crocheted animals from Anthony Fell.

Olympia Art and Antiques Fair Blue and White ChinaA huge selection on blue and white porcelain from Sue Norman.

Olympia Art and Antiques Fair Careless Talk Costs Lives PosterWW2 posters from Manning Fine Art. This dealer also has the original Keep Calm and Carry on Poster, which has such an interesting background. I’m going to be writing a separate post on it, in the near future so keep your eyes peeled.

This is such a tiny selection of the wonderful things on display. It really is an amazing treasure trove of beautiful things waiting to find new homes. One day when I own my own stately home, I’ll be coming here for my furniture and antiques!

The fair runs until 3rd July at the Olympia Exhibition Centre in London.

Find more details on The Art and Antiques Fair website.

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