Afternoon Tea at The Langham, Auckland

It was only fitting to visit The Langham for afternoon tea on a crisp Spring day in the City of Sails.   

The decor was the first thing that blew me away – look at that chandelier!

The sweet tier. My favourite was the citrus cake pop. 

  We were advised to start with the sandwich tier. Simply perfect.
Savoury macarons! Although the shell was still sweet with a savoury filling. An interesting concept however I am not convinced, I believe macarons belong on the sweet tier. I also would have liked more diversity on this tier between cheese and seafood flavours with creamy textures. Isn’t the presentation gorgeous though?! 
  Put that pinky away! It’s not the done thing you know 😉  
The Langham has its very own Wedgwood tea set – beautiful! The tea menu was designed by The Langham’s exclusive tea sommelier, New Zealand’s only Master of Tea!

 The menu for those of you detail oriented people.
Overall, the experience was well worth the $59 each we paid on a Saturday afternoon. 


Sweet Lovers Unite

If your taste buds are as against the anti-sugar movement as mine, then rejoice in the fact that Sweet Bakery and Cakery has landed in Karori and that it’s as gorgeous as expected. 
My pick of the bunch was the salted caramel popcorn cupcake and the raspberry chocolate brownie.  

Pretty, fresh blooms and all – swoon!

Harney & Sons Paris Tea – only the best!

High Tea at The Emporium

I have discovered a treasure of a destination for High Tea on the outskirts of Levin.

The Emporium boasts an adorable gift shop with both new and preloved homewares, jewellery and clothing. Out the back of the shop is where you will find a quaint cafe where you can visit for lunch or afternoon tea. The whole place has a gentle, relaxing, Frenchy feel about it. It doesn’t take much to see that it is the dream of owners Terry and Andrea brought to life.

Before we were seated, we were shown to the cabinet to select our choice of trio set. A nice, personal touch I thought.

Because we booked for three, we were treated to a complimentary glass of sparkling grape juice on arrival, our tea order was taken and it wasn’t long before both the tea and food was brought out to the table.

The whole experience was a delight, the food was fresh and delicious. I will definitely be returning.


High Tea at The Emporium


First Tier: Pinwheels, cucumber sandwich, mince savoury and asparagus roll Second Tier: Scones with strawberry jam and cream Third Tier: Coconut rough and vanilla cupcakes with raspberry frosting


English Breakfast Tea and a Pinwheel on Royal Albert ‘Serena’

Capturing moments in time

Yesterday I spent the afternoon with my beautiful Grandmother, Wendy Bovey, and we shopped at the local Antique stores and secondhand shops until our hearts were content .

To me, antique stores are more than rooms full of bone china, porcelain, crystal, silver and glass, they have captured moments in time, every piece has a story whether or not we know it. I do think it is a shame that so much stuff gets lumped into auction without the background and history being properly understood. Too much emphasis is placed on the monetary value of items, money that is then spent on things that do not carry the same sentiment. If you have the opportunity to, spend time with your elders and learn about the items they treasure and why, you might just find yourself pleasantly intrigued.

Spending the time with my Grandmother was special in itself, as I picked up crystal bowls or glass perfume bottlles, she would explain to me how those were used for loose powder and that perfume didn’t necessarily come in attractive spritzer bottles back in the day so women would transfer them into bottles they treasured.

There were so many beautiful things, more than I could ever fit into cabinets in my home, plus I am more one for purchasing items that can and will be used so the only thing I let Grandma convince me that I needed by was this adorable cake set. Now, what kind of cake to bake…



The Vintage Tea Party Year

My very thoughtful Mother-in-law to be picked up this gorgeous book for me at the local library and I just had to share it with you.
Whether you are looking to host a tea party for a birthday, hens party or wedding or simply tea for two, Angel Adoree has you covered with her publication ‘The Vintage Tea Party.’
I’m in love, if only this is what I had to study today instead of my legal text book!
Have a wonderful day honeys xx





Heaven in the Wairarapa

We had the most magical Saturday morning.
It was the second time we visited Poppies Winery and the service was as impeccable as our first visit.
Poppy is so very passionate about her wine, she talks about it as if each varietal was her favourite child. The venue is absolutely beautiful, you can just tell that this is her and her husband’s dream brought to life, a real labour of love.
We ordered a glass of 2014 Sauvignon Blanc and a tasting platter. 16 variations of deliciousness lovingly selected from local produce.
Poppies in Martinborough is well worth the visit, especially on such a stunning day.




1920’s Glam

It doesn’t get much more fun than dressing up like flapper girls, sipping Gin Rickey’s and swiping Besame Cherry Red lippy.

The gorgeous Claire from The Vanity Case taught us how to curl and pin our hair ‘Great Gatsby’ style and how to rouge our cheeks as if we had just stepped off of a Hollywood set.

So much fun with wonderful friends, see for yourselves what it was all about.