Florence’s Manchester Afternoon Tea

Last weekend was the Florence Finds afternoon tea in Manchester and what an afternoon it was. Despite some people feeling distinctly worse for the wear from the Saturday night before I was beyond honoured that people hauled themselves out of bed to support me and Florence Finds – thanks guys 🙂

Bottom Image: Top right, Laura Lawson. Bottom, Myself and Mahj.
All Images by Laura and Peter Lawson of Lawson Photography

It’s ironic that one of the things I fear the most about the blog, its diversity, is actually the thing that marks it out for readers as different, and also acts as a benchmark for the readers. I sat amongst Doctors, Florists, Photographers, stay at home Mums and a dairy farmer for good measure! Readers journeyed from as close as Didsbury, to as far afield as Shropshire, Halifax and Nottingham – I was blown away.

Top, Ruth. Middle, Laura and Vicky of Bride and Chic. Bottom, Elissa from Magpie Miller.
All Images by Laura and Peter Lawson of Lawson Photography

Topics covered included maternity benefits, how to change a tap washer or fix a toilet, house prices and of course nail polish, with everything in-between. I love you guys for being so intelli-fabulous.

Vicky and Fran (top), Zan, Mahj, Me and Becky Hay from Blossom (bottom).

Laura and Peter Lawson.
All Images by Laura and Peter Lawson of Lawson Photography

Laura and Peter Lawson were roped in to bring their cameras along so I owe them a massive thank you for tirelessly snapping and capturing it all for me to share with you. We held the tea at the Great John Street Hotel, part of the Eclectic Hotel group and one of my favourite places in the city. not only was the decor fabulous, but the afternoon tea was delicious and the service brilliantly organised – I can’t wait to organise the next one with them. If you’re ever in Manchester and want to treat yourself to staying somewhere nice, definitely check them out. The rooms are seriously decadent.

Elissa, Mahj and Becky.
All Images by Laura and Peter Lawson of Lawson Photography

Thank you so much to everyone for coming and a big shout out to Jillian who missed her train from Edinburgh. Roll on the next round of teas… I just need a little break to recover first!


PS have a look in the gallery below for more images – Thanks Laura and Pete again!

Florence Finds: The first Meet Up.

So, last Saturday it was the very first ever Florence Finds meet up. After a week of logistical nightmares, cancellations and organisational hiccups which saw me swearing to Gemma I would never organise another meet up if it was the last thing I did, I boarded a train to London after a morning Surgery and headed to Drink, Shop and Do in Kings Cross. Despite being on time, a world’s first for me, people were already there waiting for me and you know what? I felt instantly at home.

Of course, there were familiar faces, Gemma, Victoria, Anna K, Anna, Becca, Anna R, Rachel, Bex and Katie, but I also met Anna M, Diane, Sian, Elisabetta and friends that had been brought along for the ride. Despite the mix of old friends and new faces, there wasn’t a trace of awkwardness and looking around me half way through the afternoon tea, I was just blown away by the lovely people there, all immersed in deep conversation, most with people they didn’t already know. Looking around, you never would have known.

It realised a few weeks ago, that this might actually be the whole purpose of Florence Finds, to bring together like minded women, but Saturday just confirmed it. I’m social, and until recently didn’t consider myself lacking in friends, but as friends get married, have babies, move away, local friends become thinner on the ground. One day I would love to be able to bring people together on a local level, like the Florence Finds meet up did on Saturday. One reader told me that she had been so nervous that she had called her husband and almost chickened out at the last minute, but was so glad she came – so was I! I have never met so many stylish, intelligent and funny women in one day. How awesome is that?

Thank you so much to all of you for coming and here’s to the next meet up on Sunday in Manchester. If you want to put your name down last minute, just get in touch. 🙂


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