Jeff and I recently celebrated four (!!!) years together, and to mark the occasion we treated ourselves to afternoon tea at Sketch.
And because I’m me – I couldn’t resist dressing up!
The weather was warm with expected rain storms, so it was at times hot and humid and other times windy and cold.
While I debated wearing flats (my faves!) I’ve been struggling to style these shorts in a way that doesn’t make me look like a pro boxer. So, I popped on these heels I picked up in the sales last summer at New Look.
For a handbag I grabbed this black suede fringe duffle by Mango, which has been my day-to-night go-to at the moment!
For jewelry I went for my standard pile on the bangles! approach, with the bespoke Whistle & Bango N19 (though it appropriately looks like gin when read upside down!), letter K typewriter key that I found at an NYC market and a Halcyon Days bangle that I (obviously!) picked up in the sales. (When do I not buy items in sales?)
Overall, I think I found a good mix of casual-yet-cool with this look, and my colleagues should expect to see it re-appear in the office sometime soon!
Afternoon tea started out with a round of bubbly…
… followed by tea! I ordered a pot of rose petal tea and then a pot of puerh tea. Both were delicious, light, refreshing and something I’d order again / recommend to a friend.
Sadly, my particular afternoon tea was a bit lacking. I’m eating meat-free at the moment, so ordered off the vegan menu.
While I’m on the one hand really pleased that Sketch even offers a vegan afternoon tea, on the other hand it kind of sucked that it was visibly lacking compared to Jeff’s all-in meat version.
And I’m not exaggerating.
For example, some of the cakes were the same with slight differences, such as the vegan one didn’t have marshmallows in the tin so you could actually compare and see something was missing – just look at the metallic tins on the top tier in the photo below, because you can’t see the treat hidden inside the one on my side! Some of my sandwiches were a bit off on the bread / spread / filling ratios, I had to remind the servers that I was eating meat and dairy free at every round (which meant that a number of times items were served to me before being instantly whisked away and taking up to 15 minutes to be replaced – in one instance it took 10 minutes for my clotted cream to be replaced with an appropriate spread) and, most annoyingly, even though the teas cost the same, I couldn’t eat any of the cakes off the trolley because they weren’t meat/dairy-free friendly.
In the end the Afternoon Tea Manager and I had a chat, I was offered a generous discount, and in exchange I offered some suggestions for improving the overall experience. Overall I do need to hat tip them on the effort to create a vegan afternoon tea menu, but the food and experience I had wasn’t exactly the quality I’d expected from Sketch so I think there’s still work to be done. Happily, though, the Afternoon Tea Manager was very receptive and said she understood where I was coming from with much of my feedback, so I’m hopefully that it goes from strength to strength!
But despite my personal pains of eating meat and dairy free, it was still exciting to be dining on pink sofas and raising a glass to four whole years together!
And with that, I’ll leave you with a shoefie #FromWhereIStand style inside Sketch!
Much love, Katie xo