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Her tea leaves dry by the sea

I work a flexitime system at work, and I've worked enough hours lately to allow me to take a day off, so yesterday I had the day off to spend it with my Mum.  We went for a mooch around a reclamation yard and some charity shops and then went for afternoon tea at the Christchurch Harbour Hotel.  I bought the voucher from Groupon ages ago, and I'm so glad I did as we had such a nice time.

We had glasses of Prosecco...


And all manner of sandwiches, cakes and scones!



All with a lovely view overlooking the harbour.  Was so nice to spend some time with my Mum - not to mention getting to polish off all those delicious cakes!


I feel pretty awkward doing outfit photos (surely everyone does?) but I want to keep some variety in my blog.  I think I look a bit like an awkward little owl in the first one!  I wanted to show you the outfit I wore to afternoon tea as I found this dress in the back of my wardrobe - am I the only person who buys something, wears it loads and then totally forgets about it for a few months?  It's from Fearne Cotton's range for Very, and the boots (from Office) I wore to death last year - I found them in our cupboard under the stairs and decided it was time for them to come out again! By the way - I had worn this outfit all day by the time I took this picture, so apologies for the wonky dishevelled-ness!

I'm off to do some ironing now and finish watching series three of Jersey Shore.  Does anyone else watch Jersey Shore or am I the only one with terrible taste in TV?

28 comments

  1. that afternoon tea look gorgeous!
    btw I have some tin candles up on my blog, and the teacups will be up next week :)
    love your blog
    x x x

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  2. my god, those cakes look amazing! and such a lush dress, i do the exact same thing with clothes though hahah! real nice colour on you, rosie. and hands up for watching jersey shore!

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    ramz and the flock

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  3. How lovely to spend some time with your mum and cakes too! Doesn't get much better than that. I love your little dress :) x

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  5. Ooh I am jealous! Those cakes look so delicious, it sounds like the perfect day with shopping aswell. I adore Christchurch, you're so lucky to live there :) Your dress is lovely, the lace detail is so cute! xoxo

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  6. Jealous of your afternoon tea! I keep meaning to go for afternoon tea somewhere. Everything looks so scrummy. xx

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  7. woweee that looks like so much fun and so yummy! That dress is lovely, I love rediscovering old favourites and then wearing them to death again! I totally watch jersey shore, a huge guilty pleasure in life

    wishfulsinfulyou.blogspot.com

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  8. Jels of your tea, looks lush. So is the detailing on your tunic, beaut! xx

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  9. YUM! All that food looks dee-licious!
    Your dress is lovely!

    Ayeisha
    x

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  10. Looks and sounds fabulous, and those cakes ohh! I'd love to take my mum on a day out like this.

    Louisejoyb xo | Bits&Bobs

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  11. don't worry, I feel dreadfully awkward doing my outfit shots.
    The afternoon tea and cakes looks yum!!

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  12. I am exactly the same with my clothes. I recently had a huge clear out and rediscovered so many lovely things that i'd totally forgotten about.
    I've watched a bit of jersey shore but I always forget when its on.
    Those cakes look delicious, hope you are well.
    Abigail xx
    http://biiicks.blogspot.com/

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  13. Mmm afternoon tea looks delicious!
    Your dress is adorable. I also wear clothes loads and then forget they exist. It's quite nice in a way because it's really exciting when you find it again and remember how much you love it!
    I watch really crap tv but I'm afraid I draw the line at Jersey Shore ;)

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  14. Those cakes look delicious! I've been thinking lately that I really need to go for an afternoon tea. Will definitely keep my eyes peeled on Groupon now. :) I actually always think you look really lovely and natural (rather than awkwardly posed!) in any outfit photos you've ever posted on here! :) xx

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  15. It really was a special day, Rosie, and such a treat to eat all those gorgeous cakes, scones and sandwiches! You really are a lovely daughter!
    xx

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  16. The afternoon tea looks lovely but unfortunately would not be my cup of tea! too posh for me so I'd feel out of place and awkward, more of a afternoon maccies or chippy kinda girl ha.
    I'm the same with clothes, I have a parka farmerish kinda coat which I've had for years but never used to be my thing but now I can't stop wearing it!

    In regards to Jersey Shore, errrrm no :P can't wait for The Only Way is Essex though!

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  17. YUM. I love tea-type foods, like little sandwiches and cakes and things! Haha. Lovely outfit, too, I'm pretty sure I'm in love with that dress - the shoulder and neckline details are so cute.

    x Michelle | thefeatherden.net

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  18. Oh I love groupon, its the best! It looks like a great way to spend a day off, got to love flextime.

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  19. those cakes look incredible! i am completely obsessed with afternoon tea, its so quaint xx

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  20. I found a dress that used to be my favourite hidden away at the back of my wardrobe the other day & felt sooo sorry for it. I used to give it so much love & there it was, all scrunched up at the bottom! I decided to iron, wash & wear it as soon as I could. :)

    So I totally get what you mean. :)
    xx

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  21. Looks like you had a lovely afternoon, looks delicious!
    Sweet dress, I freelance for very designing prints foe womenswear, worked on a few of the Fearne ones its such a nice collection.

    Lovely blog :)

    http://theatticpeoplevintage.blogspot.com/

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  22. That food looks so yummy! Love your dress! xx

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  23. Well get you going for afternoon tea, you were almost one of those ladies who lunch :P Those little cakes look just so cute though, and the cake yum yum yum! Lovely outfit miss, outfit pics and awkward posing go hand in hand I tend to think :P

    L x

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  24. Looks lovely. You've made me wish I could just pop home and spend the day with my mum :( You look lovely in the piccies by the way xx

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  25. Oh wow yummy afternoon tea - I hope you both finished off all those lovely eats! I have never seen Jersey Shore or TOWIE or any of those progs! I did watch celeb BB with Amy Childs in it tho - she was quite amusing!

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  26. Nom nom nom CAKE! I think you look lovely in your outfit dear :) x

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  27. cutest dress! such a lovely afternoon tea as well! <3

    xo zebra and meerkat

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