Clothes and Clotted Cream: An Afternoon at the Cafe


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Imagine walking into a café that looks like the ballroom of a monarch’s palace. One that’s shimmer not only comes from the chandeliers on the ceiling, but the ceiling themselves, walls, columns too? There is gold everywhere in the Baroque fashion with Medieval stained glass windows. Let’s not forget neoclassical carvings reminiscent of the Elgin Marbles once found on the Acropolis? These magical descriptions, my friends are all of my favorite café in all of London and possibly, the entire world. It is where I went weekly whether alone or with company: the Victoria and Albert Museum Café.

I still taste the sweet splendor of strawberry jam on my lips that married so well with England’s signature clotted cream on top of a fluffy fruit scone. Simultaneously I used to enjoy some food for thought by digesting a thought provoking Victorian Novel. It was an outing that fed the mind, the stomach, and sight. As can be taken from my previous description, the Victoria and Albert Museum café also gives the eyes its own treat to feast on. The café itself is a work of art; Once you go inside, you have no idea where to look. Everything is immaculate, glorious, almost unbelievable. I am a particular fan of the medieval and baroque periods, therefore the décor is my dream come true! Sometimes, I wonder how I got any studying done there.

For this particular trip, believe it or not, I matched the café unintentionally. The focal point of this outfit is definitely the vintage orange midi dress I’m wearing as a skirt. The ruffle detailing at the bottom immediately draws your attention to the calves, which can be flattering if you pair it with the right shoes. These strapped nude ones are perfect for that purpose and elongate the leg more because of their pointy tips. For some warmth on top, I opted for this thick, cropped white sweater. Its simplicity in color allows it to go with everything, but its laced sides add some gorgeous interest! Since I went for a loose updo, it presented the perfect opportunity to show off my earrings. These beauties were my mother’s vintage finds in the eighties, and my treasure in the 2010’s! Their antique gold hoops with an accented pearl on top remind me of the baroque columns in the café!

It makes my heart flutter and stomach growl just thinking of the wonderful food and gorgeous scenery of the V&A Café I’m missing while in America. When I venture back to London one day, my first stop will definitely be this café. My scone with clotted cream and jam will still be my order of choice, with an earl grey tea, of course!

Keeping it Krischic,

Kristin Vartan

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