The Topshop Ponte Blazer

This is an outfit combination you have seen countless times. On one hand I thought "why bother"...but then on the other I realised that I just like the shades and the individual items featured so...bother I will!

This is what I wore for afternoon tea at the Ritz Carlton. It is a very genteel hotel so I tried to channel a bit of pastel prep for the day. It felt right.

So out comes my favourite ever Zara skirt, my favourite ever ASOS shirt and my new Topshop blazer. White, pink and blue....it felt fresh.

The blazer is, as ever, a recommend. It's one of those blazers that actually feels like decent value for money - and that's not always the case in Topshop. It's powder pink and made of stretchy ponte fabric to fit close to the body. I ordered the Petite version as I like a cropped arm and length but they do this in Tall as well if you want a longer line. I am quite looking forward to wearing this with dark denim...it's interesting that this is part of their Autumn/Winter line but I think a soft colour like this can do a lot of favours in colder climates when clothes are deep, dark and sometimes too harshly toned.

Apart from the blazer the highlight was CAKE and classic scones with a wicked amount of cream.











Shirt: ASOS
Skirt: Zara (old)
Blazer: Topshop - Link!
Sunglasses: Celine
Bag: Celine

Book wise I have been slacking a bit. I finished Landfall and the ending had me so disappointed. It was crafted to lead up to some big reveal and although it was macabre it was just...disappointing.

Now is Good however is a fantastic read. It's one of those books you start on page 1 and immediately know that you will read in a flash. Don't be put off by the subject matter - a 16 year old dying of cancer doesn't sound appealing but the story is well-paced and the characterisation good. I have actually laughed reading it and I will almost certainly cry by the end. It's an emotional roller-coaster and THIS I recommend.

Happy Tuesday all! After a 10 hour day I am EXHAUSTED!

I am feeling drab so it's off to the bathroom o fake tan and then to bed where it will all come off on the sheets...story of my life! :) 

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    1. Thank you so much Iva....the scones indeed were :) haha

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  3. I love this post as I had been to two afternoon teas last week and now I want another one haha!

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    1. ooh where did you go? The Claridges one remains the best....closely followed by Charlotte Street Hotel.

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    2. Went to Sketch for the first one and Sanderson for the second! Would highly recommend Sketch as I thoroughly enjoyed everything there ;)

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  4. You always look so effortlessly chic - jealous :)

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    1. ah :) It's a trick of photos. See me now in my jogging bottoms :)

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  5. You always look amazing! The food looks so good too :) xx

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    1. It was yummy! I dressed to accommodate it :) haha

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  6. Love how soft the colour of that blazer is!!! Pretty!! xx

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    1. It's super pretty - it's a weird Autumn/Winter choice but I am happy they are doing it because it's perfect round here :)

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  7. looks like it was a lovely tea! and the perfect outfit for the event. love the lace detail on the skirt and the bag of course. xx. gigi. food and beauty blogger @ www.gigikkitchen.blogspot.com

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    1. That Zara skirt is my favourite. One of the best purchases of the year I reckon!

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  8. That's a beautiful skirt. I wish I had the legs for it. Also - that tea looks magnificent! But the Ritz - Gentile? Or genteel? lol

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    1. Man I am tired! I didn't even realise...corrected! Thank you for that because they have two quite different meanings haha

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  9. You look so stylish, and I'm in LOVE with your bag!

    Rose xxx

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  10. So classy and chic Laura!

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    xxxxx

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  11. You look classy and gorgeous! I love the whole outfit especially the skirt:-). Xo

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  12. You look always amazing, Laura! Love your style. <3
    xx

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  13. You always look so good. Hate you :P

    I love that skirt, it's very pretty.x

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  14. That tea looks yummy! I love a good scone, jam and cream :) xx

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  15. Loveee the shirt, the colour is so pretty!!

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  16. Lovely blazer! Actually lovely everything! xx

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  17. Lovely fresh look! Love the skirt x

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  18. Laura, you look so stylish as usual.

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  19. wooow! I LOVE YOUR OUTFIT :)you look amazing !

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  20. I love this blazer but I can't justify paying that price.

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  21. Very nice outfit ! Live the skirt !

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  22. That is such a gorgeous skirt!

    - Keyta

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  23. love the skirt and the pink blazer-perfect for afternoon tea :)

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    Jen
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  24. Great outfit and those little desserts look delicious!!
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  25. Oh, cheez .. forget the outfit .. let me at the desserts !! The Westgate Hotel in downtown San Diego has an afternoon tea and I have always wanted to go .. seems like such a nice lady like thing to do vs. hanging out at a coffee shop, nose buried in a laptop.

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  26. I missed on that ZARA skirt and I am so sad about it. It is so cute! The food looks amazing!
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  27. Afternoon tea sounds delightful! Great outfit (as usual.)

    I never noticed my fake tan rubbing off on anything, until I saw brown marks recently on the white, silky Peter Pan collar of one of my favorite J Crew sweaters...

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  28. what fake tan are you loving right now?

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  29. PLEASE return to youtube! You're the reason why I even got into make up :) Love yooooooou, kisses from Miami

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  30. You look lovely, I love your skirt paired with that stunning blazer!! xx

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  31. Looking lovely! I've been to the ritz Carlton afternoon tea numerous times love it so yummy!! Did you see the gingerbread house they made last year at Christmas?x ps. Which tan you on it looks fab!

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  32. Gorgeous jacket!
    Happy Wednesday Hun xoxo
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  34. The skirt and blazer look so cute together, I love this outfit! xx

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  35. What a cute outfit! It kinda reminds me of Kate Middleton :-)

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  36. You're one of those bloggers, where I see that something looks good, so I go out the next day and buy it. I'll be broke VERY soon. That blazer is on my list. Beautiful. xo

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  37. Now is good is one of the best books I have ever read. Since I read it I just want everyone to read it too... Glad you are reading it :)

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  38. So happy to find your blog~ You are gorgeous & love your style~

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  39. Love your skirt! So glad I found your blog!


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    Brooke

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