Royal Ascot 2015

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One of the most spectacular events of 2015 for me was the Royal Ascot. Having never been to any kind of a race before, it was a bit of a wild card.  However, the chance to dress up for one of the biggest events of the British social calendar was too exciting to miss.

And it is not just me who loves to dress up. The dude to the right is looking pretty dapper. 

The preparations begun well before the actual event. First of all, I had to decide what dress to wear. There is a dress code for Royal Ascot, it is not exactly strict but gives you a couple limitations mainly pertaining to what is appropriate and decent.

So I decided to go with one of my favourite summer dresses – D&G Fig dress. It is perfect for this kind of weather, has a refreshing pink color and fits all the dress code requirements.

Having lived in the UK for many years, I know only too well that the weather is highly unpredictable. So June weather could mean anything. That is why I decided to get a jacket. A long one, just in case. This jacket is my own design, inspired by the latest Chanel collections and made from Linton fabric, which makes special order fabrics for Chanel.

Next thing I had to do was get a hat (or a fascinator), I am still to his point confused as to what exactly is the difference between the two. In a few words, the bigger the piece – the more likely it is a hat, the smaller – a fascinator.

I really didn’t want a huge one, since that would probably mean too much shade on the face, and I wanted something special, something unique. So I ended up going for this double bow piece that matched the outfit and gave me a lot of extra hight.

Step 3 – shoes. I have to say I did not hesitate here at all. My Gucci sandals were an obvious choice here as they are classy enough for the place and give my look an extra edge with the high fat heel and platform.

Step 4 – the bag. Again, my go-to bag worked super well here. Just like the sandals, this bag matches to absolutely everything thanks to its wonderful blush color and pale hardware. The studs make the look more youthful and help spice up the outfit without overpowering it.

Accessories were essential for this look as much as for any other. Sunglasses – absolute must in this weather. We were incredibly lucky that it did not rain that day, otherwise I would have to write about my umbrella and I have to say I am not a huge umbrella fan. My sunnies have a lovely flower detail on the side that continued the fruity floral theme set by the dress.

As I decided to place a few bets on the horses having my coveted Ma-Ga watch was a must – you don’t want to be getting drinks and miss the race. Most of them are under 5 mins!

Not forgetting about the appearance of the Queen. You gotta mind that time!

Lastly, I have added a pearl bracelet so that in case the jacket will have to come off, my arm won’t feel too naked.

And finally, the most essential accessory for this event – the camera! My loyal friend that never lets me down and keep all the memories of wonderful events such as Royal Ascot alive.

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London calling

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It would be a crime to be in London and not have a high tea. And I wanted to be good this time.

There is no lack of options when it comes to high tea in central London, but after a quick call we have opted for The Rosebery at Mandarin Oriental.

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I like to associate high tea with something special,  something elevated and maybe even royal. (Thanks to all those marketing gurus). So The Rosebery was a spot that delivered on all of the above and more.
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High ceilings, cornices and the color scheme played a big part in that, but the deciding factor was the service. Truly royal service.

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Great selection of finger food consisted of two parts. First came the sandwiches and pastries.

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They arrived together and where hung “on a tree” beside our table. 

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This was my favourite piece – raspberry cream concealed in a merengue  shell and covered up by berries and an edible flower.

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Part two: scones and cakes. We were warned that we must leave space for part two, but it is hard to resist. So if part one I was able to justify as “I was hungry”, this part was pure indulgence.

Best thing here – rose jam. I don’t think I have ever tasted a jam that tastes and smells solely like rose. I am not sure it exists anywhere else but here.

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SWK top tip for a small waistline – wear tight clothing to prevent yourself from overindulging. Does it work? You bet.

Another tip – drown the food in lotsa tea. It is called High Tea not High Cake after all.

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As a chic detail in my otherwise All White look was this embellished organza jacket by Phillip Lim. The embellishment gives it a definite Asian motive and creates a very cosmopolitan image by contrasting it with my eastern european looks and traditional British architecture. 

Do share your high tea experience with me! And don’t forget to follow my Instagram for daily updates.

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Coastal adventure

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Light breeze, sunny weather and endless ocean is not something normally associated with the UK.

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However, this description fits my experience in St Ives perfectly. This little coastal town 20miles from Land’s End (most westerly point of England) is a beautiful spot boasting a Mediterranean feel with a cosy British twist.

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The outfit I put together was just right for this weather and helped me stand out from the blue theme of the place.

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I went for a slightly sporty crisp white shirt with long sleeves from H&M to keep the skin covered up and away from the sun and accessoried the collar with a little brooch that was a gift from my mother. 

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Sunglasses of course we not optional and enhanced the contrast of the look. And I have to say I love how the earthy tones in the shorts and shoes matched up to the stone and moss in the background. 

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The woven brown belt by Mulberry helped to underline my waist and was in perfect harmony with my Ma-Ga watch. 

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As for bottoms I chose a pair of khaki shorts from Zara. They certainly added some chill attitude to my look. 

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Another thing that certainly added some chill was the wind on top of the hill, made me reach for the cozy hoodie.

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Last but not least – the gradiator sandals. Got them in Aldo in Ion and I tell ya it was a steal. They just boast playfulness and fun with that cool fringe detail and bold orange straps. The movement of the fringe and bright colors certainly attracted some attention but I enjoyed it.

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Our mini break in St Ives was too short, but the experience was fantastic and we will certainly remember this little place for years to come.

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I would like to thank our hosts Angela & Olivier, who welcomed us to their beautifully decorated and super well maintained place called Trevose Harbour House and made us feel very at home. Olivier was there when we arrived and was very kind to welcome us personally.

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The next morning he prepared the most delicious breakfast for us and Angela came to make sure everything is OK. They are perfect hosts and a lovely couple.

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We will be back!

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