It's like this room was just made for me. It's a room that demands attention. A room made for tea parties from a bygone era that has hand-painted wallpaper with images from the Orient. Seriously. Can this place get any better? Sarah and I arrived back at the castle after a trot around town; we were exploring the local village, taking pictures, and getting our to-go bottled Coca-Cola's that provided us some refuge from the scorching heat. We had made a tea date for 16h00, and we both wanted to change our outfits to reflect the party that we had in mind.
When I was a little girl, I had this book about tea parties. There were all different types of parties from English High Tea to Japanese Matcha to Tea Parties in French Chateaus. They would provide you a step-by-step guide for how to create your own themed tea party with the appropriate decorations, tea sets, and of course, the right type of tea. I would spend hours drawing, cutting-out papers, creating the perfect napkins, making mini-sandwiches, and polishing my grandmother's silver to make the absolute perfect atmosphere. When I was six years old, this was my favorite activity to do with my mother and friends that would come over for a playdate. We would get all dressed up in my mother's clothes from her closet and live in this imaginary world that would come to life through our creations.
Scheduling a tea party and attending this grand event was just that for me, but in adult life in a beautiful Italian Castle. We had our own butler pouring Dammann Frères tea for us as we chatted about cryptocurrencies, token sales, and ICOs. Quite the fantasy that came to life and gave me an equally important reflection about a time in my childhood when I believed anything in life was possible.
Coco wears: Vintage Lime Green Wrap Dress. Photographer: Sarah Son. Location: Castello di Guarene, Cunea, Piedmont country, Italy