Once upon a time, on a Saturday afternoon, two friends journeyed to a far away land. Beyond Manhattan, over the East River, through Brooklyn and even Queens, the girls ventured to the unknown: Garden City.
In true Lynzi-fashion, whilst perusing Eventbrite, I found tickets to a Victorian tea party. The location: The See House (I think it serves as the church rectory for the Cathedral of the Incarnation). All I could see was Victorian high tea for $30. I mean, that’s cheap! A little Googling provided a street view of a lovely church and an adorable Victorian home. It looked legit, despite my inability to find any other images on the interwebs at the event itself, aside from one dimly lit and low-resolution photograph, no bigger than a thumbnail, of a table of ladies facing away from the camera.
So, is it weird to show up at a church fundraiser in a random city I’ve never been to when I’m not a part of the parish or even religious? You tell me! I was game, but not alone. I’m bold, but I have my limits. I knew Dave wouldn’t go. And then I realized one of the coolest people I know (Tereza) is an exemplary adventure buddy. She didn’t even hesitate. And so, it was set. We’re having tea at a church rectory in a city that will take us two hours to get to. 😊
The trek was surprisingly quick (God bless the railroad) and it was a lovely day for an adventure. We arrived in Garden City a bit early, so we decided to do some exploring. Holy lord, there are some amazing houses in that neighborhood. We spent time before and after tea just taking pictures of pretty houses, which I have zero shame in admitting. I must give another shout out to Tereza here because she genuinely enjoys walking around and looking at other people’s houses, which I also love. Dave hates that I make him do this when we’re on vacation. That was when I started to wonder if Tereza might be my real soulmate.
Anyway, back to the whole purpose of this adventure: high tea. Guys, it was perfect. The home was decorated to the nines, there was a gift shop, the food and tea was delicious and best of all – very minimal questioning looks as to who we were! They had some of the most delicious black and white cookies I’ve had in a hot minute. The demographic was a bit older overall, but I tend to get along with the 60+ crowd better than most anyway. We even saw a hot priest! It reminded me of season 4, episode 1 of SATC. Don’t worry! I didn’t pull a Samantha (ladies, I’m married, you dirty birds), but it felt like checking something off the life bucket list, like sighting a celebrity or running into an ex when you’re looking fabulous.
This all leads me right back to a point I’ve been trying to nail into my readers from day one: adventure awaits in your own backyard. All the time I get the “I’m so jealous of your adventures” or “I can’t afford to travel” and I hear you, but you don’t need to jump on a flight to Paris to experience life. I know I’m lucky to have been able to travel as much as I have in this lifetime, and I sure hope there’s a lot more to come, but even when I couldn’t afford to travel, I didn’t let that stop me from having a good adventure. I have a homework assignment for everyone, and please let me know if anyone actually listens and does this. Jump on Eventbrite or Facebook and look for events happening in your area in the next three weeks. It’s the holiday season, so I guarantee you have more than usual to choose from. Find something random that you’ve never done. It might be a tree lighting ceremony, a cookie baking workshop, a free event at a local museum or gallery, a book signing, etc. I don’t care as long as it’s somewhere or something you’ve never experienced before. Just break that routine and do something fun with someone you love. Report back to me in the comments. I want to hear all about it!
Don’t worry; I didn’t forget about my outfit details! I’m going to try my best to be better about sharing the details on my blog from here on out.
As always, at least part of my outfit simply must be rented. (Here is a discount if you’d like one for your first rental.) I wore a Junarose stampi long checked jacket, which is so warm. This is really a perfect winter coat if you want something you can wear every day and look chic. The really exciting thing about this brand is that it’s plus size! It can be so hard to find really quality fashion in the size 12+ realm. I won’t say that I’m in love with everything they offer. Sometimes I think the brand falls into that plus size trap of providing too many frumpy pieces, but they also have some very fashionable items that are also affordable. This coat is $200, which might be a little pricey for those who like to stick to fast fashion, but this $30 checkered dress and these $85 ankle jeans (love the wash and cut on theses) are so cute. I highly recommend for any of my plus size friends looking for a new brand to try.
But what’s underneath the coat? I’ve been looking for an excuse to bust out my favorite skirt. It’s been a few months since I’ve worn it and it’s my favorite. I bought this polka dot skirt at Topshop years ago in Japan and it’s held up like its designer. It’s probably one of the nicest pieces of clothing I’ve ever owned and that’s saying a lot because it was cheap! It’s super thick (perfect for winter) and it has pockets! Anyway, we were going to holiday tea, so I wanted to both reference the Christmas color scheme and be mildly eccentric without raising eyebrows because I had no ideas what the crowd would be like. So, I went classic with some patterns. The sweater, bag and earrings are all rented. The sweater is by Just Female and is your classic winter sweater. I have to admit it’s a bit itchy, but I tend to find that a lot when you’re swimming in the thick winter sweater realm. It’s made for warmth. It’s affordable though! At $133 retail I call it a win. To accessorize, I went with some Kate Spade earrings, $48 retail, that I really loved. They’re so lightweight. I just love it when they’re so comfy that you forget you’re wearing them. Where I hit a hiccup was with the Zac Posen bag. This merlot tote is so, so beautiful, but I found it impractical. The base of the bag has a smaller circumference than the top, so there’s less space in the bottom. The bottom wasn’t wide enough for my essentials like my wallet and book and the bag was not quite tall enough to make up for it, so all the important items were sort of overflowing. I am not a person who over-stuffs my purse either. This was just a bit of a design flaw, in my opinion. Still a beautiful bag though! I finished this off with some of the comfiest Restricted shoes that I’ve had for ages, a ring from my mother, some burgundy tights with more holes in the crotch than I can count and my staple Prada glasses. I felt like a character in a Hallmark special, which is definitely something to be proud of.
A very special thanks to my friend Tereza Janakova for the photos of me!