It is with absolute pleasure that I write this latest post.
I was recently treated to an afternoon at the gorgeous Cristina Re store and tea rooms. Located in Melbourne's trendy suburb of Collingwood and nestled between residences, upmarket cafes and warehouses, was this stunning storefront:
Cristina Re. Where A Girl Goes.
I had never experienced a high tea before. The tradition of high teas, (the roots of which date back to 17th century England and its leisure classes), have always fascinated me and many times over, I had planned to treat myself to one. I am an experience girl. I do love to try new things! Especially lovely things! Like many of the joys in life, some of the best just get pushed aside in the day to day rush of living. There's always something pressing and less spectacular to fill our time but occasionally, just occasionally we get to them. And when we do...WOW!
The Cristina Re experience was for myself and my guest, Helen, one of those moments to cherish well into the future.
We arrived for our experience on a sunny Saturday afternoon after a week of persistent rain. The soothing atmosphere was tranquil and floaty and relaxed us the moment we entered. This store is so exuberantly feminine: butterflies, chiffon gowns, delicate teacups in a myriad of bright and pastel colours, scents of cake, tea and perfumed goods hung in the air with a beautifully blended aroma. Crossing the threshold here was to leave the outside world behind and step into a womanly universe. I can only think of the words perfection and elation to describe it.
|Did I mention elegant too?|
There was so much to take in. Cristina Re is both a store of paper craft supplies and provider of craft classes, high tea room and small group function centre which combines the experience of both.
You can take a craft class and high tea at the same time. Shoppers can stroll in and buy pretty stationery: card stock, pens, journals, giftware, crockery and cutlery. All of the stock, from the stunning store displays to the quality items available for purchase, are exquisitely detailed and beautifully feminine featuring Cristina Re's own designs. You can read more about Cristina's background here.
The Cristina Re store shines at special occasions. Typically they host everything from bridal showers to baby showers, birthdays and any special moment which might warrant an experience in beautiful surrounds.
But who needs an excuse?
Anyone is entitled to a special moment in splendour such as this. Everyone should allow themselves a special reward from time to time. If you reside in Melbourne or are planning a visit, make sure you head in store to treat yourself.
|Cristina's high tea crockery and cutlery is available to purchase in store and online. It is well priced and extremely elegant.|
It is also available in many major department stores.
|Paper Couture. Stunning creations such as these are to be featured on Australia's Next Top Model|
and will be seen during Melbourne's Spring Fashion Week.
For my visit, I was treated to a complimentary Sparkling High Tea and gifted an assortment of Cristina Re stationery items and teas in exchange for this review. The opinions expressed are my own.
To find out more, make online purchases or bookings, please visit the Cristina Re website here or Facebook page here.
Cristina Re. Where A Girl Goes.
Corner Langridge & Oxford Streets
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