Fashion | Girl Chat Over Afternoon Tea featuring Veee辣小姐
One Saturday afternoon, I asked my friend, fashion blogger @Veee辣小姐 (aka Vera), to join me on a mission. There are always new, trending restaurants in Shanghai that I want to check out, and Cinker Pictures was on that list.
I told Vera that we can grab some tea and catch up over some dessert, but we both knew that tea time = gossip time. But I don’t kiss and tell. I hate talking behind people’s back. But I do love spending quality time with my loved ones over great food. In this day and age, everyone is connected on social media, but having real face time is so rare. I made sure to carve out time for friends every week so I could see them!
When it comes to going on a date with a girlfriend, it’s much more complicated than going on a date with the boyfriend. The styles that girls go for when it comes to date nights with dudes usually fall into three categories: cute, sexy, or elegant. And most guys tend to like all three, given that you style it right, of course.
But tea date with girlfriends? It requires much, much more attention to details. Girls tend to notice clothes, shoes, accessories, hairstyle, makeup…...the list goes on. For me, I stick to my personal style (effortlessly chic) and add some in-style items, to show that I have put lots of thoughts into putting together an outfit to see my friend!
I’ve always categorized Vera’s style to be preppy and European. Her signature pieces are wide-legged pants and blazers. Sleek and chic! I prefer a blend of American and European inspirations, with a side of glam. Body-hugging pieces and fabric-mix details are a must. So here’s a typical afternoon tea scene featuring Vera and me.
Julia’s Afternoon Tea Style
People tend to think that simple and glamorous are two sides of a coin - mutually exclusive. But I don’t agree. If you style the right statement piece with the right accessories and details, you can achieve a look that’s leveled up but not too much.
The dress on me is made of terry fleece material. Soft to touch and comfortable to wear with a slight stretch! The worn-out metallic color adds a hint of old glamour.
Lace details on the hem of the dress have a subtle sex appeal. The dress flares out on the bottom when you walk, creating a lively movement.
Those who understand body proportions all know that using a belt at the right place can create an illusion that is flattering to your body. Exactly why I chose to use this leather belt to cinch in my waist.
A high neckline is crucial in this freezing cold winter. It’s important to stay warm while looking good!
For a knee-length dress or skirt, I usually prefer to pair with a pair of heels to give myself a few inches of extra height. I would recommend having at least a pair of these simple, versatile nude heels that match with your skin tone. You’ll instantly look taller! The wrap-around design on this pair of heels help my feet stay in place, so it’s easier to wear and walk for a longer period of time.
Don’t forget your accessories! Any outfit could use a few pieces of jewelries to elevate the look. Who doesn’t like sparkles?! This pair of chandelier earrings add a touch of glamour (just the way I like it), and the rings and bracelets add a dressy element to the look.
Dress: Nargiela by ICY DESIGN (To buy：http://dwz.cn/7gnpgk）
Heels: Steve Madden
Jewelries: Gas Bijoux
Vera’s Afternoon Tea Style
Vera did not disappoint when she showed up! She combined Sleek silhouettes and masculine pieces with simple and sweet makeup. A beautiful contradiction.
Vera is an expert when it comes to mix and match of different styles. Case in point: the orange striped thermal shirt peeking out underneath the blazer tones down the overall minimalistic appeal. It also adds a pop of color to the black, white, and grey ensemble.
She actually sorta matches with the overall look of the restaurant as well!
The gold hoops on the white loafers are twinning with the embellished gold hoop earrings. It’s all in the details!
Blazer & Pants: Simon Mo
Jewelries: Gas Bijoux
// About Gas Bijoux
CHIC SOLAIRE SINCE 1969
A SAVOIR-FAIRE MADE IN FRANCE
At the heart of Gas Bijoux lies the Atelier perched on the hills of Marseille, André Gas’ hometown, where all Gas Bijoux creations are designed and handmade by a unique team of gifted artisans mastering techniques as varied as enamelling, gem setting, weaving, polishing...
In this unique creative laboratory and workshop, drawers overflow with a multitude of different materials with chains, charms, gems, cristal, pearls, sequins, rhinestones... from every part of the world reflecting on the unique intricacy and complexity of manufacturing a Gas Bijoux piece. André Gas manages this beehive like a true orchestra director, personally verifying each new model and making sure he is completely satisfied with them before they leave the Atelier
In recognition of this unique savoir-faire, Gas Bijoux was, in 2011, awarded the prestigious Entreprise du Patrimoine Vivant (Living Heritage Company) label by the French Ministry of Economy alongside the likes of Boucheron and Van Cleef & Arpels.