An Afternoon Tea at The Ritz

With a reputation for being one of the most elegant hotels in London, I was truly excited to go to the Ritz for an afternoon tea. It was every bit as ornate as you would imagine. The hotel itself is located a moments walk away from Green Park, unfortunately the Queen’s carriage was busy that day, so I very cleverly decided to walk from the tube in flats. I decided to bring a pair of low closed toe block heels to change into (H&M) once I entered this luxurious hotel and be in keeping Erin the dress code. These black H&M heels are great for both comfort and style, where you can be sure to avoid any embarrassing accidental falls! Also if I learned anything from the Royal Wedding it’s that you don’t wear open toe shoes to any posh event! For my main outfit I wore a black fitted jumpsuit with short lace cap sleeves (Missguided approx £30 circa 2015) with a black leather bag (Forever 21 approx £20 circa 2016). I had also actually gone to the hairdressers the day before to go blonder for the Summer and get a fresh trim, so luckily I didn’t have to do too much to my hair as my blow dry kept for the next day!

As you walk into the Ritz, there is a cloakroom where you can change into said appropriate shoes and give any bags or jackets you wish to check in. There is also the most luxurious ladies bathroom I’ve ever seen in a fantastic shade of pink. I don’t want to ruin it all too much for you, but this beautiful orchid will give you an idea of what theme the bathroom is! Elle Woods would have a field day is all I’m saying!

Upon arrival to your afternoon tea, one of the butlers will show you to your table where you will have a moment to admire the beautiful Palm Court, the room where you will be dining. There is a grand piano being played in the background which is great because I can see how many may be intimidated by this whole experience and a bit of music can settle any soul. The golden statues and chandeliers and the intricate ceiling artistry really does make you feel like you are visiting for a royal occasion. Seemingly, you may feel like a Royal simply from the selection of 21 teas for you to choose from. I chose a Rose Congou tea from Guangdong, China which was light and delicious.

I was very impressed by how the butlers will come and regularly fill up your teacup so you do not have to lift a finger, well, apart from choosing a sandwich. You are brought plate upon plate of sandwiches which are every bit as English as you would hope. Elegantly bite size with no crusts, these are scrumptious with a cup of tea. There are also scones with clotted cream and jam, macaroons and various other desserts; if you have a sweet tooth these are definitely for you. Although delicious a couple of the desserts were a tad too rich for me. However the scone was utterly delicious and was served still slightly warm.

Overall I really enjoyed this experience and if you are lucky enough to go and enjoy an afternoon tea yourself, dress smart, relax and enjoy yourself with a glass of Ritz Champagne in hand! It’s very easy to be overwhelmed by how formal the Ritz is, but the staff truly want to make you feel comfortable and are very friendly, with even the doormen offering to take photos of you and your party should you wish. If you put this on your Bucket List, I would recommend to save it for a special occasion because an experience like this will be truly unforgettable and deserves a worthy cause!

So far in 2018…

Happy Sunday everyone! It has officially been 2018 for 7 days and what a week it’s been. Donald Trump is in the news again for more altercations with ‘losers’ and just about everything that seems to be irrelevant to the political affairs of America. The UK has been battling stormy weather, Hollywood is getting ready for the Golden Globes, Crypto currencies are on the rise and gaining more media attention and our worst fears were confirmed. Game of Thrones will officially not be aired until 2019.

With all this noise in the world, I feel like Sunday is a good time to check in with myself and see how I am getting on with the little things. I can take comfort in that it is less dramatic than Trump’s “fictitious book” by that fraud.

This week I have managed to drink more water- carrying a 1.5 litre of water definitely helps. I have read my book nearly every day- something which really has helped me to wind down before I go to sleep.  I have also blogged daily which I am super happy about. Overall since 29th December I have posted 10 days in a row. Even more satisfying! To you, these may be small and insignificant achievements, but for me this is the creation of healthier habits. So what did I do differently? I decided to A) Put some effort in! B) Manage my time better.

I have been watching TV less, trying not to procrastinate and make both a mental and physical list of what I want to achieve today. To tell you the truth, it’s quite hard to be consistent. There I said it. Life makes it difficult enough to set out completing the tasks we want to do, both at work or at home due to natural daily disruptions, deadlines, social meetings, kids, health problems, travel- the list continues! So I am trying to improve the things I do have control of.

I feel that it’s important to reflect upon the last week. Whether that is a quiet reflection to yourself, talking about it with friends, complaining to family or writing in a diary. Whatever it is, evaluating what we did this last week we can get a potential representative of how this year could pan out. For example let’s say that I really wanted to reach my 10,000 steps daily but every day this week I stayed slumped at my desk in my lunch hour, to then drive to my car, to then sit on my sofa. If I am being honest with myself I can see that I won’t be changing my habits at all next week, if I carry on doing what I did this week of course. Then before you know it, it’s November and I’m thinking, maybe next year I will move more. You following me? So as I try to form new habits, I will reflect weekly on what I did do and learn from it. I often look at people I admire and think how on earth do they do it all? It must be that unless you have a team and your own PA you probably can’t. But realistically we all have 24 hours in the day and in some ways you can achieve just as much as Beyoncé, Joe Bloggs or Princess Consuela Banana Hammock. CAUTION: Just don’t try shaking your booty like Beyoncé you may throw your back out.

Before you all think I am mad because you know that it is human nature to sometimes plainly not be bothered to go for that walk, cook that vegan recipe, go to the gym, wake up earlier etc. I will level with you as I am sure that will happen inevitability this year. What did help me to dedicate more time to my blog, was when I had my time off from work over Christmas. Before you think I am implying that you need time off to make some changes, my week off was far from plain sailing and sleeping in every day (you can read about what happened in my post  What’s Been Going On) ; the only thing that really changed  was my mindset. Okay, I was less physically tired having not been at work all day, but I was inspired to make the most of my time and get out of my own way! Maybe it was a small almost quarter life crisis, (just less dramatic or pronounced). But a lightbulb switched on where I was like, “I am going to start actually trying to do the things I always say I want to do”. Simple as that- the tricky part is putting it into practice.

Now I am back at work I am in the swing of it and am definitely trying to make new habits. Rather than being lazy and ‘relaxing’ with mindless TV* I am putting more effort into my hobbies which will benefit me. (* I will try to save it for the weekends or on sick days!) So this week , I am going to add another challenge… To incorporate some exercise into my weekly routine. Challenge? That’s not a challenge you say! It is the mental motivation of actually getting on with the 5k or the swim at the gym consistently is the hardest part and this week I shall try to jump over this hurdle. Let’s see how it goes.

To finish today’s post and musings I am going to try to preemptively beat the Monday blues with this thought that I saw on fitness mogul Kayla Itsines Instagram:

 

Have a good week everyone!