Ever since I took an interest in fashion at the age of about seven, I’ve known the power an outfit can have on your mood. I will consistently dress to feel more confident and positive. Of course, if your clothes are beautifully fresh, it only adds an extra spring in your step. Comfort, who also believe that clothing should be an amazing source of positivity invited me to the Pret A Portea Afternoon Tea at The Berkeley to celebrate their headline sponsorship at Breast Cancer Care’s annual London Fashion Show. Dressed to impress and with a worthy cause in mind, it was impossible to say no. For me, a fabulous outfit is something that feels classic and sophisticated, but just a little bit sexy. The outfits that generally make me feel amazing consist of fabrics that need a little more care taken of them. In this case, leather and silk, which is where Comfort step in with their fabric conditioners to provide softness and that beautiful just-washed fresh scent! My perfect ensemble for an afternoon of gluttony sampling the most high-fashion afternoon tea on the market. Pret A Portea Afternoon Tea takes inspiration from the Catwalk. The current Tea based on the SS17 collections, it will no doubt continue into AW17 and beyond. We started with the most delicious sandwiches, Fennel Veloute (unbelievable), charred miso mackerel (meh) and a tomato macaron with peppered goat’s cheese and tomato confit (the most incredible bite-sized morsel ever!) Following the savoury, there were surprisingly no scones (I think the first tea I’ve had minus them!), but instead three plates of sweet cakes, which definitely made up for it. There was a Miu Miu bikini biscuit, Balenciaga Bavarois with kinky slinky boots, Stella McCartney Battenberg, and my favourite, the Dolce & Gabbana Hazelnut Praline amongst a load of other designer delicacies. The afternoon tea was delicious, we left Pepita with my Mum and it was exactly what we needed. The first proper date we’d had minus our fur baby since we got her over a month ago! We laughed so much and had the best time reconnecting, plus I felt amazing (and looked it if I may say so myself!).
Dressing well is such a positive experience and it can be a fabulous way of confronting negative experiences, turning it on its head and putting smiles on so many faces. With Cancer sadly now affecting 1 in 3 people in some way, charities like Breast Cancer Care offering information and support to people affected by Breast Cancer are so valuable, even more so through the medium of fashion. Thankfully no one close to me has directly experienced Breast Cancer but it is so comforting to know that the help is there should I, or anyone I know, ever need it. The Breast Cancer Care Fashion Show takes place on 28th September this year and will see 31 men and women of all ages (all of whom have had a breast cancer diagnosis) strut down the catwalk in an array of gorgeous outfits. The Fashion Show aims to be a positive celebration to raise money for the charity but also to show that you can still look and feel amazing after a diagnosis. If you want to attend the fashion show and cheer on those amazing Men and Women in your favourite outfit, you can get tickets here. If you can’t afford a ticket, but want to help, you can always volunteer here. Or, if you can’t make it down, you can always donate here. You can see Comfort’s full range of fabric conditioning products and more here.
This post has been written in partnership with Comfort.