Country, Town & Tea

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It’s a longstanding custom in my family for the ladies to attend formal tea. We even search for unique afternoon teas to try while traversing the globe, but our favorite is the annual Christmas tea in Boston. 

Alice & Olivia Jacket / Kamila Dmowska Dress / Chanel Bag / Rag & Bone Booties


In London last winter, we went to the fantastical Mat Hatters Afternoon Tea at the Sanderson Hotel where cups and saucers are accompanied by magic potions, cups of candy carrots growing in chocolate dirt and clock-faced tea cakes. It’s truly an experience.  And in Vancouver this summer, Isabelle tagged (or wagged) along to the Fairmont Hotel’s luxurious High Tea at the Castle.

Stateside, it’s an annual tradition to depart my small hometown in the “country” and head into Boston for a Christmas tea. We were longtime patrons of the Ritz’s holiday tea (until it became the Taj, and the plush velvet seats were slowly replaced with ripped vinyl catering chairs), and we’ve enjoyed the waterfront view at the Boston Harbor Hotel’s afternoon tea, but this year we decided to try something new. 
We headed to Copley Square to attend an elegant holiday tea at the Courtyard Restaurant within the Boston Public Library. It’s the oldest public library in the country and the sight of my wedding in August 2012. It was divine. The finger food was exceptional, the setting historic and sentimental and the company stellar. 
Oh, ya–and I got to wear a darling winter white dress I recently bought at a trunk show by San Francisco-based designer Kamila Dmowska. Can’t wait for the debut of her 2014 collection of ladylike frocks! 

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