Thursday, March 12, 2015

Springtime & Teatime

Yesterday was wonderful for two reasons:
1. I had perfect lunch plans in Greenwich with my friend Raffi 
and 2. It was the first day that actually felt like Spring in NYC this year!

The picture below accurately conveyed my excitement. 

Raffi and I studied abroad in London together in the Fall of 2013 and we're still not over it. So we decided there was no better place for a lunch date than Tea and Sympathy, an tiny tea shop in the West Village serving up quintessential British meals. You'll find everything on the menu from Steak & Guinness Pie to Sticky Toffee Pudding, and of course over 30 different kinds of tea. 

We started with cream tea, which is tea and scones with jam and clotted cream. The list of tea options was overwhelming, but we decided on classic Earl Gray which was the best choice. #noregrets

For our meals, Raffi ordered a special: a chicken avocado sandwich. I kept my meal pretty light with the chicken house salad (basically because I already had my eye on dessert). 

This is Raffi, she's adorable and hilarious and perfect! ... I realize that I tend to say that about most of my friends, but I promise it's always 100% true. 

After watching this video on Tea & Sympathy's website, I was dying to try the restaurant's famous Victorian Sponge Cake, and it did not disappoint. Raffi and I split an enormous slice, and it was everything I imagined and more. 

Next door to Tea & Sympathy is Carry On Tea & Sympathy; a small shop where the walls are jam packed with british groceries. I actually died when I saw they had Marvellous Creations cadbury chocolate easter eggs (see a previous post about my obsession here). Of course, I bought it and immediately texted my friend in England with my joy, who proceeded to send me the picture below.

 I added all of the arrows because I think they accurately capture my initial outrage at spending more than £4. I got over it though, because the chocolate is just too delicious. #noregrets
 Instead, I just added it to the already long list of reasons why I will eventually move back to England. 

Now let's just talk style for a hot second. Yesterday I wanted to match the day by wearing a nice winter to spring transition outfit with some british inspiration (I know this is a little crazy but just pretend it's not for me). I settled on a tweed blazer, statement necklace, jeans and rain boots that are perfect for splashing through all the melting snow! 

I received these boots from my parent's for Christmas, and words can't express how much I love them. They are made by the British company Joules. The black and brown color combination makes them so versatile and the bows are such a fun and feminine detail.  

And of course, I'm all about the details! [You might remember this Loft necklace from my previous post!]

[H&M Blazer, old] [Loft blouse, old] [Loft necklace] [Loft jeans, similar] [Joules Wellies] [Mac Lipstick in Ruby Woo]

Here's to more Spring weather and tea in all of our futures! 
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