Hello everybody! I hope that your November is progressing well. The holidays are coming upon us so very fast. Will I be ready on time? Will I get some chances to show off some of my new PUG clothing during the holidays? Will we get snow here in Los Angeles for Christmas? I do know the answers to some of those questions. And there is one other thing that I know. I will take the chance to go out for afternoon whenever I get the chance!

I used to call my Flickr page "Aoife Takes Tea". That was a while back. But I still absolutely adore going out for afternoon tea. It is such a wonderful way to spend an afternoon. As a rule afternoon tea consists of a few essentials: tea, of course, finger sandwiches, scones with clotted cream and a selection of small sweets. It is usually taken leisurely. Unlike most afternoon activities, it is usually an occasion for dressing up. Hats are one frequent accessory. And it is a very good time for getting together with friends to share stories, gossip a bit, give moral support to each other and of course it is always fun to talk about shopping!

I think that this is the third or fourth time that I have organized a tea meet up with some of the dollies from the So Cal PUG community. I have not had any big turnouts for these events. But in my opinion they have always turned out well. The company has always been great and I have made new friendships and strengthened ones I'd already developed.

Once again, I had the tea at the Chado Tea Room In Pasadena. I have selected this tea room because the food is tasty, the tea selection is huge and the price is quite inexpensive compared to most tea rooms. Maybe next time I may try someplace else, but so far, Chado has been a perfect meeting place.This time there were three of us who were able to make it: myself, Desilu and Vivian Rogers. We have a number of things in common, and of course lots of differences which make us unique. But what we all specifically share is membership in this PUG Style group. I have met such wonderful women here!

OK, too much writing and not enough photos. So here goes. The first is of Vivian and Desilu. They are holding the tea pots in which their teas were served. Note the cute little devices which hold the lids of the tea pots in place. Vivian is wearing a dress that she literally just purchased at the PUG Boutique before meeting us at the tea room. Desilu is wearing a selection of vintage items. Maybe she might post about what she was going to wear. That is her story to tell. Both of them looked so darling! And then, of course, is a photo of me. I am wearing a dress that I bought at the PUG Boutique when I organized a meet up at the Boutique which also included the visit to the What Katie Did store. I must admit, I don't remember the name of this dress. But that does not make me love it any less. Oh, you may not notice it in the photo by myself but I am wearing a brown fascinator I picked up at a hat shop in Long Beach, CA. Finally in this grouping is a photo of the three of us taken by our waiter.

After sitting, eating, drinking and talking for three hours we ended our little tea party. But as Desilu will tell you, I am always wanting to take pics. So I found a picturesque doorway and decided that we had to have out photos taken there. Now you can see how cute Desilu's outfit was. And I wanted to show off my spectacularly beautiful shawl that was given to me as a PUG Pal gift by my PUG sister, Jessica Maria Montalvo-Anderson.

And one more pic. After I dropped off Desilu I had to pick up dinner to take home. I made a slight detour and drove by a bakery. I must admit, that I have never been in the bakery. I do allow myself treats, such as what I had at the tea. But I try not to keep sweets around the house, just too tempting. But I thought that the sign would make the perfect backdrop for the photo. So you have me standing in front of the Pin Up Cakes bakery.

I had an absolutely wonderful day! Desilu and I have been able to get together every couple of months after first meeting about a year ago. The time always passes so quickly when we are together. This was the first time that Desilu or myself had met Vivian. It won't be the last! Vivian is an incredibly complex, interesting and fun woman. Oh I forgot to mention one more thing. She is SO BEAUTIFUL! I will add one little ad note. We were supposed to be joined by one more PUG sister, but due to a family emergency she was unable to attend. We missed you dear one.

I sometimes get a little disappointed before these meet ups that I've organized. They've never had the attendance that I hope for. But every event that I'd set up through PUG Style has turned out well because of the people who have attended. I have made some incredible friendships through these events. So I guess that I will keep on planning them every so often. Thanks Desilu and Vivian for making this one so very special!

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Comment by Andrea B on November 18, 2013 at 9:07pm
That dress is awesome Aoife. Would love to know what it is. I am with you I do enjoy afternoon tea with good tea and lots of little yummies. Glad you all had such a good time.
Comment by Chavonne Rudd on November 19, 2013 at 1:03pm

You all look lovely. I really want to go for afternoon tea here in England but bizarrely it is so expensive, maybe one day I'll treat my boyfriend and I. 

Comment by Aoife 24K on November 19, 2013 at 2:44pm

Brandi, thanks for the help! You are right. it is the Lorelei in rust!

Chavonne, I know what you mean. I have found a few places on my regular visits to England which served afternoon tea at a reasonable price. But indeed, most tea places are quite pricey.

Comment by Amber on November 19, 2013 at 4:50pm
Looks like a fun day Aoife! Don't get too defeated by the low attendance - I understand where you're coming from though - my first get together I set up 1 person showed. And I haven't set anything up since because I'm just not sure what to do next (and admittedly I'm worried no one will come again).
Comment by Ms. Natalie Ruth on November 22, 2013 at 10:39am

You all looked like you had a great time Aoife, don't let low attendance get you down.  We all have crazy schedules so we can't always make it out but we'll slowly get higher attendance with time. =]  Maybe we can choose one main weekend on a monthly/bi-monthly basis so that other ladies can plan their schedules around a meet?  Like plan to meet on the last weekend of the month or something like that?  Similar to "Girls' Night Out" in Burbank every last Friday of the month?

Comment by Vivian Rogers on November 22, 2013 at 3:34pm

Aoife, thanks for organizing and documenting our little gathering on Saturday. I truly had a fantastic time. Hi Brandi, no we haven't met online.  I haven't been very active on here. I'm usually just reading blogs and occasionally purchasing stuff on the PUG  swap/sell forum.  Thanks for the compliments on the blue. Nice to meet you.

Comment by Desilu on November 23, 2013 at 9:03am

I had a blast, as always... And I am still not necessarily over the whole fiasco of what I was supposed to wear (I still have not picked it up, lol), so maybe I'll wait on that... I was so glad to make it! Now that I have a little flexibility with my new job, a once a month request for a Saturday/Sunday off (with enough notice) seems to be do-able, so hopefully, I will be able to do it more often!

And HOW DARE YOU STOP At A PINUP CAKERY AFTER YOU DROPPED ME OFF!!!! (lol, just kidding... I ate so much I don't think I could have fit anything else in my belly...).

Vivian - totally had a blast, and we will have to do this again, many times over...!

Comment by Shy Anne on November 25, 2013 at 5:26am

The dress looks fab on you! I promise one day in the future when I visit california I'll try to make tea with you. OMG are those cats on the teapots? That's adorable! Glad you had fun!!

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