A Lilac Dream – OOTD

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Autumn has arrived and with that the days feel shorter and the nights feel so much colder. To combat the drabness of Autumn I’ve decided to dress head to toe in spring-wear; colour, sunhats and bare legs (rebellious, I know) with cute cardigans like this one from Doll Me Up Inc. Another item I feel that encapsulates warmer days is my new Sun Jellies Atomic bag in lilac; it’s design allows it to be the perfect everyday bag and keeps my outfits light and fun.

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If you follow me on Instagram (@missflossypots #shamelessplug) you will see that I have fallen for the Sun Jellies brand hard; if you’ve never owned a Sun Jellies original I highly recommend you do immediately. My only regret is that I didn’t get a tote sooner; all of those trips to the supermarket and having to lug uncomfortable plastic bags up hill – my hands could have been saved from that nightmare! The Atomic Tote has an awesome feature that allows you to clip the handles together for comfortable handling and I saw on their Instagram that you can swivel the clip part around so the top of the tote can clip in for better security; so versatile! Now let’s talk storage; this baby can get A LOT in it at 40x45x16cm, I can fit my huge camera bag in it which is a HUGE advantage to me; I despise the ugliness of my black camera bag and now I can disguise it in a lilac dream. All in all I freaking LOVE it and now I want an Atomic Tote in every colour!

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Also I have seriously been loving Lady V London as soon as I received my Lilac tote I went straight on the Lady V London website and snapped up this beauty within five minutes. I never thought of wearing purple but I am starting to gain a bit of a purple collection and I’m not even a little bit mad about it. If you’re unsure about purchasing from Lady V London – just bite the bullet because you seriously won’t regret it. I have had so much wear out of my two dresses (I will be adding more). This style is called a tea dress which does come a bit up shorter than most of the typical fifties styled swing skirts but I combat that by rolling my petticoat up and you can also get away with no petticoat (I do this for work sometimes) the skirt is gathered ever so slightly so it lays nicely on my hips. And they’re ethically made in England!!

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What are some of your favourites at the moment? I am obsessed with this outfit I’m probably going to wear it a million times this month. ALSO I will be heading up to Auckland at the end of the month so please leave some shopping/food recommendations; I’m a complete novice when it comes to Auckland! And I will be blogging the whole trip – would you like me to take OOTD photos? Let me know below!

Where to find Sun Jellies:
Website
Instagram
Facebook

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*Props to my amazing boyfriend for taking all of these photos.<3

 

Whitby’s High Tea – James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor – REVIEW

Recently I had the pleasure of booking a high tea at the Whitby’s restaurant & bar with two of my lovely friends Rachel & Anna. There is absolutely nothing better than sitting inside on a cold, windy (it’s Wellington after all) and miserable day eating cake, pastries and delicious mango creme brûlée.
The Whitby’s Restaurant & Bar is located on the 17th floor of the James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor which sits on the terrace, the restaurant itself has a wall of windows which overlooks Wellington in all it’s glory (harbour views!)  The ambiance of the Whitby’s Restaurant leaves a little to be desired but it is mainly used as a restaurant for the guests of the James Cook Hotel, it has a  kind of conference vibe about it but overall it’s spacious and does the trick!

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A few days before I booked online through their website – it was incredibly easy and I highly recommend doing so if you’re not super keen on calling. The James Cook Chancellor Hotel is an easy find on the Lambton Quay stretch – there an alleyway/street called the James Cook Arcade and there is a lift located in there which will take you straight up into the reception floor. All you need to do is go up another elevator to reach the restaurant – again, fairly simple.

Offers & Prices:

  • Classic High Tea – $28.50 per person
  • High Tea with Bubbles – $36.50 per person
  • Kids High Tea – $17.00 per child

Whitby’s High Tea Menu – Classic High Tea

Bottom Tier:
Sandwiches (Egg & Cucumber – Smoked Salmon) , Tempura Prawns, Vegetarian Sausage Rolls

Middle Tier:
Black Forest Gateau Cheesecake, Mango Creme Brûlée, Jasmine infused Panna Cotta, Vanilla Tea Cake, Hibiscus Strawberry Macaroon

Top Tier:
Blueberry Scones w/ cream and strawberry jam, Earl Grey Cookies, Chocolate Dipped Strawberries

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Bottom Tier Thoughts:
The bottom tier was fairly decent; I am vegetarian so I couldn’t eat two of the pieces (Salmon sandwiches & Tempura Prawn) but my two friends loved both especially the tempura prawns and I must say they did look pretty delicious! My favourite HAD to be the vegetarian sausage roll; on first inspection I did have to ask a staff member if they were vegetarian as they looked like real meat! I have never seen a vegetarian sausage roll with the colouring of meat – it was a lovely treat. The puff pastry was flaky, buttery and moreish, the meat inside was evenly spiced and was truly delicious.

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Middle Tier Thoughts:
The middle tier was my favourite – It was filled with all kinds of cakes and sweet treats. I thoroughly enjoyed the mango creme brûlée, it was like eating a creamy mango ice cream although it did lack that crunchy sugar layer that all creme brûlée should have. The black forest gateau cheesecake in theory sounded like an amazing idea but I found it to be a little lack luster; the cheesecake mixture itself was delicious and tangy but the cherries scattered in the mix tasted very odd, were they maraschino or glace – who knows? And there definitely wasn’t enough chocolate for my liking.

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Top Tier Thoughts:
By the top tier I was getting SERIOUSLY full; too much cake and not enough movement! I didn’t eat as much on of the top tier but thankfully I had company and they seriously loved the blueberry & white chocolate scones; I love the fact that they came with cream and strawberry jam if I wasn’t too full I would of had one! I only managed to eat one thing but I am so glad I did and that was the Earl Grey shortbread. It was perfection and probably my favourite piece of the High Tea; it was short, buttery and just melted in the mouth! Chocolate strawberries are just chocolate strawberries to me – they are lovely but nothing crazy exciting.

I don’t drink hot drinks (yes I am one of THOSE people) but my lovely friends did enjoy the unlimited supply of hot drinks – teas, coffee and hot chocolate. And I must say the staff were very attentive and talked us through all of our options which was the perfect amount of service for a high tea.

Here is the full menu for the High Tea

Overall thoughts:
Overall I think the Whitby’s High Tea was definitely good value for money – a classic high tea for one person values at $28.50 and for the service, food & unlimited supply of hot drinks; it was definitely a deal. This is my second high tea there and both times I enjoyed the overall experience and I also enjoyed the fact they have changed the menu since then first visit – it’s super important to improve menus especially over time.
I would give the Whitby’s High Tea seven scones with clotted cream and jam out of ten and I’ll definitely be back!

I hope y’all enjoyed this little review. After seeing Miss Charlotte Cake’s fantastic High Tea reviews I thought I would give it a go –  Check out Miss Charlotte Cake’s High Tea reviews here!
Let me know if you would like to see more reviews below.

How to: Cleaning Petticoats

Petticoats – they are a way of life for me. I purchased my first petticoat in 2014 at the Glory Days Winter Vintage event and I haven’t looked back since! I bought an amazing vintage petticoat that has pastel rainbow all over the edges; it’s the softest petticoat I own and it is by FAR my favourite. Petticoats are great but how do you wash them? I had absolutely no idea when I first bought mine but I have now come up with a way that keeps my petticoats clean, soft and smelling fresh even in the middle of winter.

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1. First select your petticoats – I like to clean mine two at a time so I have at last two clean on rotation.
2. Begin by filling a bathtub a couple on inches high with lukewarm water – you don’t want hot water. I then press my petticoats into the warm water until they are completely saturated.
3. I use Rocking Green laundry powder ( 2 tbsp) as a cleaner as I suffer from dermatitis and it’s free from SLS- and Parabens which helps me greatly. When washing petticoats you SHOULD hand wash them as they are super delicate!
4. Swirl your petticoats in the warm water with the laundry powder. You want to make sure they are really soaking up all of the cleaning goodness!
5. Leave to soak for a good 10-15 minutes then drain the bathtub and rinse the petticoats under a cold tap until they no longer feel  soapy.
6. Now this is the hard part; you want to squeeze as much water out of your petticoats as you can. I usually give a full ten minutes for this process as you don’t want your petticoats to drag from all of the water weight.
7. I then leave to drip dry in my shower or alternatively outside with a washing tub underneath to catch all of the drips!

And that is how I clean my petticoats – let me know how you clean yours below! ❤

Afghan (biscuit) Tray Bake

The Afghan biscuit is a traditional New Zealand bake and has been around for yonks! I remember my Mum baking these throughout my childhood and I still adore them to this day, you can’t beat a homemade Afghan bikkie! This week there was a bake-a-long event in the group Miss Charlotte’s Caker’s created by NZ Pinup Miss Charlotte Cake and the bake was Afghan biscuits; you could go the traditional root or mix it up and I decided to do something a little different as did others. Bare in mind I made this recipe up – I used the Edmond’s Cookbook recipe as my guide but added a few different ingredients so it would hold up – it’s very light and buttery but it’s more cake-y than slice-y.  I think you could use my brownie recipe for a firmer bake – just add cornflakes and it should be fine!

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Afghan Tray Bake

Makes 12 

Ingredients:
200g margarine
1/2 cup sugar
1 1/4 cup flour
1/4 + 2 tsp cocoa
Pinch of salt
1 egg
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
2 cups cornflakes

Icing:
1 1/2 cup icing sugar
2 tbsp cocoa
1 1/2 tsp milk
60g softened marg

Topping:
70g Whittaker’s dark chocolate – chopped
3/4 cup toasted walnuts – chopped

Method:
Begin by preheating your oven to 180 degrees Celsius and line a baking tray with baking paper – set aside.
In a medium/large bowl cream together the margarine and sugar until light and fluffy – next add the egg and mix until combined.
Sift the cocoa, flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt into the bowl and fold into the mixture.
Once the dry ingredients are thoroughly incorporated fold in the cornflakes.
Spoon into the baking tray; be sure to spread the mixture evenly that will improve your bake.
Bake for 20 minutes and allow to cool before icing.

Icing:
Sift together the dry ingredients and then add butter and milk – stir until smooth.
Spread the icing over the tray bake and sprinkle the dark chocolate and walnuts.
Cut into twelve slices.

Enjoy!

What is one of your favourite bakes from your childhood?

The Katherine Dress by Dolly and Dotty

I.Love.Flowers. And do you know what I love more? Floral print dresses. This beautiful piece from Dolly and Dotty is called the Katherine dress and I am absolutely in love with it. My pinup wardrobe has been missing winter essentials – I think I have one dress with long sleeves and the rest are sleeveless so when I saw the Katherine dress I knew I had to have it. The delicate floral print is perfect year round – bright for those dull winter days and you can match your surroundings in the spring. The Katherine dress is made from 95% Cotton, 5% Elasthan making it a lightweight fabric with a bit of stretch – although I 100% agree with Dolly and Dotty’s advice, you will need to size up as this is very tight fitting on me. In my excitement I didn’t read that and got my usual size but it still fits!!

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Gimme! Wishlist #4

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1. Swing Jacket – The Seamstress of Bloomsbury  – $216.71 NZD
Oh my god this JACKET! It was love at first sight with this baby, I have never wanted a coat more than I have wanted this one. I fell in love with the red check (check it out on their website) and the entirety of the outfit the model was wearing. Pants? I don’t even wear pants but paired with this they look AMAZING. This is something I’m saving for but it can wait for winter (even though we haven’t had a summer here in Wellington).

2. Red Bamboo Hoop Earrings – Bows and Crossbones  –  $10.40 NZD
I have been obsessed with bamboo hoop earrings for a couple of months and I finally caved and bought two different styles from Bows and Crossbones last night. Whilst scrolling through their amazing catalog I saw these gorgeous earrings but girl, I’m on a budget so they will just have to wait. I will see how my other pairs work out then buy these babies!

3. Cherry Red – Besame Cosmetics  – $30.55 NZD
I have fallen head over heels for Besame Cosemetics after my boyfriend bought me two of their lipsticks – Red, hot red and Victory red. I absolutely love the smell, colour and the fact they last all day and AND they feel so light on the lip! This is the next shade I want in their collection because you can never have too many red lippies, right?

4. Winnie Trousers – The Seamstress of Bloomsbury  – $84.95 NZD
Again, I’m not a huge fan of trousers but these look amazing on the model from Seamstress and I just want to look like her! I have an amazing jumpsuit from Seamstress and I know for a fact that crepe de chine is super flattering even if you’re not super confident with your tum!

5. Grace Blouse – The Seamstress of Bloomsbury – $67.61 NZD
Well now I’m just looking super obsessed with The Seamstress of Bloomsbury… that’s because I am! I love their nod to the forties and this blouse is so forties it HURTS. I really love high necks so this blouse is up my alley. I just want everything Seamstress has to offer – note to self: win the lottery.

6. Keds – Champion Oxford CVO – Hannahs  – $69.95 NZD
A few years ago I bought some canvas white sneakers that were SO cute and I really want a new pair that I can just wear with all of my outfits. I am all about comfort and I refuse to wear heels especially in summer! These are something that I will probably buy once I find out how to keep them super white.

AMERICAN VEHICLE DAY 2017

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Well I’m not going to pretend like I’m some car aficionado but I do try to make it to the American Vehicle day every year even if it’s just to “ooh” and “aah” at all of the pretty cars. This year I went with my boyfriend and we thoroughly enjoyed it and as I blogged it last year I thought I would blog it this year just to keep the tradition alive! When you live in Karori getting to Trentham is quite the mission ESPECIALLY if you don’t own a car so in the early hours of the morning on Sunday (10.30) we took our first form of public transport for the day – the first of many. After the first bus we set out on our journey – the Upper Hutt line (train) it was a forty + minute ride but it was pretty stunning, the first half of the trip overlooked the Wellington harbour and on a sunny day it looks incredible (by chance it was sunny for the first time this summer). Continue reading “AMERICAN VEHICLE DAY 2017”