Pink Afternoon Tea

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Afternoon Tea is a wonderful thing. So good is it, in fact, that very few actions could make it better.

Cloud 23 of Deansgate’s Hilton however, have managed it. They have made it pink.

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If afternoon tea is wonderful and pink afternoon tea an unbeatable treat, then a pink AND charitable afternoon tea is surely imperfectible.

The candy-hued, decadent meal will be served as a way of raising money for Breakthrough and their admirable efforts to eradicate, and raise awareness for the disease. The spread will be available throughout October.

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John McLaughlin, General Manager of the Hilton said:

“Perfect in Pink” afternoon tea gives guests a chance to enjoy a pretty and delicious treat whilst supporting a fantastic charity.”

John is not wrong in any respect. The afternoon tea is both pretty and delicious, largely owing to the menu being created by the hotel’s Executive Chef, Stuart Duff, and his talented pastry team.

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Among the savoury delights Simon and I are treated to mini sun-dried tomato quiches, a potato & beetroot wrap, prawn marie-rose on a mini bagel (which I obviously didn’t eat, being allergic), in addition to sandwiches – ham & mustard and smoked salmon.

All very nice and well presented. But of course, that’s not we’re here for. Especially as I don’t really like beetroot, salmon or – obviously – prawn.

The superiority of the sweet ‘courses’ to other afternoon teas of the city is considerable.

 Raspberry and rosewater jelly topped with cream didn’t hit the sides, and offers (admittedly, posh) nostalgia to jelly and ice-cream childhoods. I LOVE IT.

Red velvet cupcakes and cherry scones with jam and clotted cream join the fray, with raspberry frangipane tart finishing us off.

And if you’re really that hard to please and still feel as though you haven’t been treated, then the pink 1930’s cosmopolitan cocktail (gin, cointreau and raspberry syrup) should sort you right out. And you’re still allowed a cup of tea.

Super.

A version of this article first appeared on I Love MCR

To make a reservation for “Perfect in Pink” afternoon tea at Cloud 23 call 0161 870 1670 or email cloud23.manchester@hilton.com. Alternatively book online via www.cloud23bar.com

A Wishlist #2

Untitled‘Orinoco’ Embroidered Top  -  Reiss  •  Relaxed Fit Stripe Shirt  -  Goodnight Macaroon  •  Le High Flare Jeans  -  Frame Denim via Net-a-Porter  •  ‘Talulah’ Leopard Pointed Ankle Boots  -  Senso  •  ‘Pablo’ Clutch Bag  -  Shrimps

Today, like every other, is a lust day.

That is to say, that I’m lusting over beautiful items that I can wear on my body.

As I speak, the drizzle is coming down with as much force as drizzle can, and that means that quite a few of these gorgeous thingys are geared towards battling the grimness of said weather condition.

The boots are included because:

a) they are boots.

b) they are leopard print.

c) they are appropriate for the rain (I think.)

I’m thinking very seriously about buying a nice pair of high waisted flares so I can pretend to be all Victoria Beckham in them. And maybe I could wear them with a pinstripe shirt…

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OOTD • Colour Clash

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERACoat – B B Dakota (similar)  •  Cami – Marks and Spencer  •  Trousers  -  Topshop  •  Boots and Bag – Zara (old) 

The people of Sheffield have never seen a camera.

I know this, because during the time spent shooting this editorial, every single person who walked past felt the need to openly stare. One boy charmingly flipped us off.

I find it astonishing that the reaction of a people in one city (Sheffield) can differ so dramatically from another (Manchester.)

Having said that, I am having an amazing time back at uni…and cannot believe its my final year before I crawl out into the harsh light of real life. Eek!

I like this outfit, because it is likely to divide opinion. Also, on paper it sounds truly awful. Burgundy, leopard print AND pink accessories. It could have ended up like I’d got dressed in the pitch black morning of autumn…oh wait, I did.

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PFW SS2015 • THE WEARABLE EDIT

I am currently very unable to think of interesting or humorous things to write.

I was ashamedly drunk last night and ended up with two traffic cones. I also just turned up at a coffee shop for a meeting that is scheduled for tomorrow. #prayforjess

I can’t offer you anything remotely intelligent, but I have thankfully retained my capacity to discern the ‘weird’ fashion from the wearable. So here is my final Wearable Edit of this Paris Fashion Week.

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pfwAlexandre Vauthier  •  Alexis Mabille  •  Anthony Vaccarello  •  Balenciaga  •  Barbara Bui  •  Givenchy pfw2 Guy Laroche  •  Lanvin  •  Alexis Mabille  •  Anthony Vaccarello  •  Balenciaga  •  Givenchypfw3Alexis Mabille  •   Anthony Vaccarello  •  Guy Laroche •  Lanvin (again-whoops)  •  Nina Ricci  •  Paco Rabannepfw4Nina Ricci  •  Paco Rabanne  •  Rochas  •  Roland Mouret  •  Sharon Wauchob  •  Sonia by Sonia Rykielpfw5Acne  •  Guy Laroche (doubled up on this one too)  •  Isabel Marant  •  Zadig and Voltaire  •  Miu Miu  •  Hermes

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OOTD • Pink Lemonade

Grafea Pink Lemonade RucksackLips Print Shirt  -  Trend Two  •  Pink Trousers  -  M&S (Sold out)  •  Shoes  -  Primark •   Rucksack* –  Grafea

Well hello there people of the world. Welcome to yet another edition of Jess: The Pink Obsession That Went Too Far.

This version includes my absolutely beautiful pink lemonade Grafea backpack which I was lucky enough to shoot street style with on Wednesday – the pictures from that shoot will be up online next week (yay!)

We also just bought a 50mm lens for my little camera and the difference in quality is absolutely outstanding. Fashion bloggers: I recommend getting a 50mm lens if you don’t already have one. I know I’m late to the party with this one…

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Wolf x Gareth Limelight • Natalie Dawson

ND1-03Natalie Dawson has interned at Meadham Kirchhoff. And, in the same way that Savile Row worked it’s magic on Ella Woodhouse, the fashion house has clearly intensified the spacey, directional kitsch of Natalie’s art.

When I chat with Natalie, she’s in the process of steaming her collection of clothes so they look flawless on camera. On the rack – even before treatment -they look endlessly exciting: all gingham, gleeful and metallic.

She’s also looking after the collection of fellow student and success story, Adele, who has secured herself as position at Abercrombie and Fitch.

Natalie, meanwhile is celebrating the success of her graduate collection, shot here by Gareth Davies, which was worn by Gemma Cairney at Glastonbury, and then included in a recent VICE magazine editorial.

As for her inspirations: clearly Meadham Kirchoff has rubbed off; the off-kilter, kitsch, hyper-girliness is palpable. Natalie though, is primarily creatively motivated by her own Mexican/American heritage: roots she blended in this collection.

Touristy, kitsch Mexicana is married with sequinned shrines to fifties American stars. For example, the shiny silver jacket is adorned with a beaded likeness of Buddy Holly, nodding to both countries of Natalie’s youth.

The collection is wacky and beautiful; sumptuous on camera and yet clearly wearable as separates.

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MFW SS2015 • The Wearable Edit

Screen Shot 2014-09-22 at 10.39.03Milan Fashion Week has easily produced the most wearable looks so far.

The Italian wonders of the fashion world consistently churn out impeccable looks that match their own enviable sense of dress.

I am deeply in lust with the colour block suits from Iceberg, Lucas Nascimento and Emilio Pucci.

I deeply struggled with the spelling of many of these names to bring you the most fabulous and beautiful looks from Milan Fashion Week.

Enjoy. x

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MFW Wearable EditAlberta Ferretti  •  Aquilano Rimondi  •  Bally  •  Blumarine  •  Brunello Cucinelli  •  Dolce and GabbanaMFW Wearable Edit Alberta Ferretti  •  Aquilano Rimondi  •  Bally  •  Emilio Pucci  •  Emporio Armani  •  Ermanno Scervino MFW Wearable Edit Etro  •  Fausto Puglisi  •  Bally  •  Fausto Puglisi  •  Fendi  •  Francesco Scognamiglio MFW Wearable Edit Gabriele Colangelo  •  Giamba  •  Iceberg  •  Jean-Pierre Braganza  •  Les Copains  •  Lucas NascimentoMFW Wearable EditEmilio Pucci  • Emilio Pucci  •  Fendi  •  Luisa Beccaria  •  Marchesa  •  Marco de VincenzoMFW Wearable EditMoschino (backstage photo by Sonny Vandevelde)  •  Phillip Plein  •  Ports 1961  •  Roberto Cavalli  •  Salvatore Ferragamo  • Versace