Afternoon Tea In The Glenlo Abbey Hotel with ITWBN & Retro Flame


Afternoon Tea in The Glenlo Abbey Hotel?  YES PLEASE.  

We had the pleasure of attending afternoon tea in the Glenlo Abbey Hotel last month with Into The West Blogger Network.  This was our first (and it certainly won't be our last) event to attend with this amazing network of Irish Bloggers.  

Into The West Blogger Network connection and support Irish Bloggers from all over the country and beyond and on this occasion it was an afternoon tea experience with Erika Fox, International Fashion Blogger known as Retro Flame.

We were very excited to attend this event after a very busy first week in our new hair salon Hairwaves.  The sun was shining over the stunning 5 Star Glenlo Abbey Hotel and upon arrival we were greeted with a punch reception in the beautiful Ffrench Room. 

Once everyone had arrived and mingled for a little we made our way to a magnificent dining room, the Riverroom Restaurant.  Situated in the main hotel, The Riverroom Restaurant overlooks the stunning grounds of the estate, this was the perfect venue for afternoon tea. 

Words can't describe the amazing spread of foods laid out for afternoon tea. We were spoilt for choice with so many amazing sandwiches, cream scones and a selection of pretty desserts including Lemon & Poppyseed Cake (White & Pink Icing), Carrot Cake with Orange & Cream Cheese Frosting, Guinness Cake with Baileys Buttercream, Rosewater & Raspberry Macaroons, Salted Caramel & Popcorn Macaroons, Gingerbread Men and Snow-cone cupcakes.

One of the main reason everyone was at this event was to meet the fabulous Erika Fox.  Erika Fox [Retro Flame] is an Irish Fashion, Lifestyle & Travel Blogger currently living & working in New York City. Her blog, Retro Flame, is a compact diary of her outfits, travel, work and inspirations and is now nearly 4 years old. Through blogging, she has worked with brands such as Asos, Reiss, Warehouse, 7FAM, H&M, French Connection, Bare Minerals, The Reformation, River Island, Rebecca Minkoff, Bumble & Bumble and has been featured in a wide range of national and international publications including Teen Vogue, Seventeen, Stellar, Image and The Sunday Times STYLE Magazine. 

As well as blogging, she also works full-time as social media manager with well-known US brand, Vince Camuto. Throughout her college years, where she studied International Marketing, she spent her Summers in NYC interning, networking and building up her portfolio. Over the course of two Summers, she worked in Fashion PR & Sales, with Whitney Port during New York Fashion Week, in the marketing department of and most recently with style icon, Olivia Palermo.

Erika chatted to us about her blogging journey and answered lots of questions over afternoon tea served by the luxury tea brand Solaris Tea.  Erika is such an inspiring young woman and it was a pleasure spending an afternoon in her company. 

Afterwards we got to network with a number of exhibitors including iNailz, Design House Barna & St Moriz.  And to top the afternoon off we left with an amazing goodie bag full to the brim with so many fabulous products - Thank you so much to all the Brands involved!!! (We're going to have to do a separate blog post on this to fill you in on what goodies we received).  

This day would not have been a success without the amazing work of Sinéad & Saibh founders of Into The West Blogger Network.  Their passion and attention to detail shone through on the day and everyone went home with a big smile on their face, feeling inspired.  

Until next time, 

Lots of Love 

Elaine & Laura 

Photo Credit: Love Joules/ITWBN