I have been such a busy little bee social butterfly lately*! In addition to the photoshoot at the Katherine Mansfield Museum, I had a dress up high tea with friends
The dress up theme was supposed to be tea gowns, but I realised too late that my tea gown needed to be all ready for the photoshoot, so I wore the Watteau in Paradise dress and pretended it was tea gown. It was a good choice, because it meant the wonderful Sadie who gave it to me finally got to see me in it.
There is something so lovely about sitting down to the ritual of afternoon tea: trying to pick the tea trio that best coordinates with your outfit and mood, choosing your beverage (I went with blooming tea), and then working your way through all the delicacies on the tea tray.
There were finger sandwiches, savoury tarts, tiny little quiches, scones with passionflower and raspberry jam, darling little cupcakes, custard tarts, and macarons: heaven!
We were celebrating all sorts of things: birthdays and awards and PHd’s – and mostly the chance to get together. And making sure that le Comtesse finally had a proper Kiwi afternoon tea: her first in 7 years in NZ!
In addition to enjoying the food, there was lots of outfit admiring:
Sadie went with a 1920s inspired look, with a dress by NZ designer DNA, and a vintage kimono jacket:
We talked Madame O into wearing her blue sari Regency dress again (she wore it to the Bastille day masquerade ball), and I’m so glad, because I love it!
And le Comptesse got very clever and combined a robe a la francaise with a 1900s front and petticoat, playing with the idea of historicism in tea gowns. Considering all the re-makes of 18th c fashions that appeared in the 19th c, it’s quite plausible that a real 18th c robe a la francaise was re-made as a tea gown at some point.
Sadly, we failed to get a photo of all of us together, which is a real shame because we coordinated so perfectly: red, yellow, blue and green! Alas…
Still, such a lovely afternoon, and such an important thing to make time for.
* Somewhere there is a very confused insect with a stinger and pretty wings trying to figure out what happened…