Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh x Edinburgh Gin Afternoon Tea*

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It’s hard to believe it’s been five years since the Waldorf Astoria group took over Edinburgh’s Caledonian Hotel, transforming it into one of the city’s most luxurious spots – so last week I popped through to join in with their celebrations.

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The Waldorf’s afternoon tea, served in the elegant Peacock Alley is something of a city institution. The hotel itself was formerly a train station, and Peacock Alley was the concourse! It’s a stunning space – all high ceilings and rust-coloured brickwork, and it provides the perfect setting for an indulgent afternoon.

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The name for the room comes from the hotel’s history – Edinburgh’s finest would visit the hotel, and would walk up and down the restaurant to show off their most fashionable outfits – their ‘peacocking’ became renowned, and the name stuck!

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As part of the hotel’s birthday celebrations, there was a special take on their famous afternoon tea. Partnering with Edinburgh tailor Walker Slater, we were treated to fashion show between courses of afternoon tea, whilst Edinburgh Gin provided a twist to tea – with a special cocktail and gin-inspired treats.

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Presented by Dougie Vipond, the afternoon was one to remember! The fashion show was presented in two parts and I think it put everyone in the mood for autumn. Sumptuous velvets were paired with smart tweeds, and it was such a lovely introduction to such a fabulous Edinburgh brand, which I (mistakenly) thought mostly catered to gents.

The models sported suitably ‘Edinburgh’ windblown hair, and the outfits have already sent me scurrying around my cupboards, pulling out my tweed blazers with abandon!

It was such a lovely way to spend an afternoon! I haven’t had afternoon tea for eons, so this grown-up version was exactly what I needed to kick-start the weekend! We started with a citrus-y gin cocktail courtesy of Edinburgh Gin. Notes of orange and grapefruit worked together to make it supremely drinkable!

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We were then presented with a tea menu to choose from – the Waldorf Astoria have over 40 teas and herbal infusions to choose from, so it took a while to decide! I opted for the Formosa Oolong Finest hailing from Taiwan. Light and refreshing, it was the perfect accompaniment to the goodies on offer!

We  were presented with the first layers of goodies – sandwiches, rolls, and the most perfect little quiches you can imagine! There was something for everyone – egg mayonnaise was served in buttery brioche rolls, whilst a rich cheddar was served as an open sandwich on rye bread.

 

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There were chicken wraps as well as ham and tomato on soft white bread, and perhaps my favourite was the smoked salmon mouse served on granary bread.

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We enjoyed prosecco with the sandwiches, and after the fashion show we moved onto the sweeter options. This is where the pairing with Edinburgh Gin really got to shine!

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Gin soaked cupcakes, and gin infused strawberry tarted were favourites of the table, but the fresh scones with jam and clotted cream were also devoured. It was the perfect way to begin a weekend, and even though the fashion show was a one-off event, you can still book in to enjoy an Edinburgh Gin afternoon tea (and really, you should!).

Afternoon Tea at Edinburgh’s Waldorf Astoria is priced from £35pp

 

Chopard Happy Hearts at Laing, Edinburgh

When it comes to jewelry, I’m a bit of a minimalist. On a daily basis I wear a lone gold chain which I’ve not taken off since I was about 14. I bought it on holiday, and we’ve together ever since. If I’m feeling particularly fancy I throw on some diamond studs and my watch and we’re good to go. But recently I’ve taken a bit of a fancy to treating myself to something new and a little bit fun.

So when I say that Laing Edinburgh were launching the Happy Hearts Collection from Chopard, I think I fell in love! The pieces bring together the brand’s signature hearts and mobile diamonds (super fun to play with if you’re a figiter) and are the perfect mix of sleek and whimsical.

The range starts at £1220 and I’m finding it super difficult to choose! You can find the whole collection here

Givenchy Nano Pink Leather Backpack from Harvey Nichols*

It’s pretty impossible to miss the whole 90’s resurgence which is going on at the moment. I’m still in my twenties, but seeing the return of staples of my childhood has me feeling old. Case in point –  the backpack. I’ve been a staunch ‘purse’ girl for years, but seeing all the cute little backpacks has made me all nostalgic, and the best one I’ve come across has to be the squishy little marshmallow which is Givenchy’s Nano Pink offering.

Small enough to not feel like my old schoolbag, the Nano fits my phone, makeup bag and essentials with room to spare. The front pocket means that my must-haves are easily accessible, and I just adore the pared back design.

The leather is buttery soft, the the candy pink could not be cuter! It’s perfect for Spring and Summer outfits, and it adds a perfect pop of colour to my regularly neutral outfits!

Givenchy Nano Pink Leather Backpack is priced at £790 and is available from Harvey Nichols here

 

Balenciaga City Tote – Neon Pink*

I think Balenciaga’s City Tote was one of the first truly designer bags I fell in love with, back in the early 00’s. They were sported by all the power players of the time – you know, Hilary Duff, Lauren Conrad … all the cool kids. So, even though I have moved firmly on from the the hip belts, the skinny brows and the shiny, shiny lips of the period, I’ve harboured a bit of a soft spot for the City Tote. I don’t know if it’s the fringing, the buckles or the mirror, but there’s just something irresistible about the tote.

When I was in Harvey Nichols a couple of weeks back, I stumbled on this neon number, and honestly, couldn’t resist. The bright (and I mean neon) pink is perfect for the summer. And honestly, it fulfils every Barbie-inspired daydream I think I’ve ever had. It’s seriously bright. Like day-glow. But that’s what I love most about it.

It’s not a bag that everyone is is going to love, but it’s definitely one which will turn heads. I love how easy it is to wear too – you can throw it in your elbow, or you can use the shoulder strap if you want something a little more casual. It’s great size for day too – my wallet, makeup bag and phone all fit in with room to spare.

Will you be wearing neon this summer?

The Balenciaga City Tote is priced at £1135 and is available from Harvey Nichols

Dior So Real Clubmaster Style Sunglasses – From Harvey Nichols*

When it comes to making a statement, but not really making an effort – you can’t really beat a pair of statement sunglasses. Dior have been absolutely killing it recently, and to say it was love, when I caught sight of their new So Real Clubmaster-style  glasses, is something of an understatement. The mix of bold colours, and updated shape make them feel super current, and they look incredible paired with a pair of jeans and simple white shirt.

The simple gold hardware feels chicly understated (a good thing considering the striped lenses), and it means they work well with a majority of my bags and jewellery. Not only that, but these are made  to be work with tan skin on a beach somewhere fabulous. As you can tell, I’m more than a little obsessed with them!

 

Dior So Real Clubmaster-Style Glasses cost £410 from Harvey Nichols here

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