There’s a few things in life the majority of us girls just love. Food, gossiping with your girlfriends, flowers and good hair days. So when I received an email to tell me about the Emerald Street Brunch, I bought my ticket at lightning speed and forward the email on to friends, so we could indulge in all things foodie and girlie for a day.
Last Saturday, we all arrived at Kings Cross Station, passed Platform 9 3/4 (I’m serious) and started the usual manic back and forth ‘Where are you?!’, ‘I’m running late!’ texts between us.
Cath and I made our way through the beautifully designed station and in the direction of the Emerald Street Brunch location to meet up with Jo and Jenny.
Roll call check done. All four of us located and accounted for. Tickets checked. We walked into the venue and were handed a glass of Cordon Negro sparkling wine as a sort of Welcome to the Party gesture. We loved our generous hosts already!
The temperature was set for sizzling hot, and we could already feel the rays threatening to scorch our lily white London skin.
We made our way to the first port of call for the day, the Braid Bar. It was obvious this was going to be a popular destination, so we jumped in that queue as quickly as possible.
The Braid Bar menu gave you four options to choose from, so we all agonised over which we would choose. Decisions!
However, in my typical ‘but I don’t want to look like everyone else’ style, I asked my lovely stylist if she could go ‘off-menu’ and create a sort of Little House on the Prairie-Snoop Dogg mash up and she kindly obliged.
We were all braided up and it was amazing how much more innocent and oh so sweet we all looked. We could’ve robbed a bank and the bank teller’s would’ve just looked at us and said ‘Oh look how nice you all look, here, go ahead and take the key to the vault. Take what you need!’.
But then I have this thing where I just can’t stand looking ‘nice’. It makes me feel, well, boring! I always need a bit of edge. So where better to head than the Rosie Wonders Temporary Tattoo Bar. I needed some toughening up!
Jenny and I chose the Strong Man, because he was just so cool.
Cath and Jo chose the giraffe, and he was super cute.
Feeling much more at ease and a lot more edgy with my temporary tattoo, it was time for the next most important thing on the list. Food.
We grabbed some seats and like high school girls, we had to swat away others with a ‘Sorry these seats are taken!’ as we all took turns to line up and grab some brunch.
There were loads of food trucks to choose from organised by the awesome Kerb Food team. It was just a little more difficult for Cath and I as the gluten free options were few and far between. Thankfully Le Swine took pity on me and created something for me to eat, THANK YOU GUYS!
We’d made a 1.45pm booking at The Makery to have a go at flower garlands, so after wolfing down our food, we whizzed over to the tent and with the help of the tutors, chose our flowers for our garlands.
A quick tutorial on how to create the garland, we were then let loose to work our magic.
It took us all of 10 seconds to realise that flower garland making is not as easy as it appears!
But we persevered!
Some of us taking it much more seriously than others!
I stuck my last flower on and showed Jo my creation, who gave a look of ‘what on earth is that!?’.
We may need a little more practice at this garland making malarky, but still we placed them upon our heads and wore them like pro’s.
Next stop? The Aperol Spritz bar!
Sipping our Aperol, we then bid Adieu to Cath who was off to Germany, hence her giant backpack!
We sat in the sunshine, whilst trying to shield ourselves from the burning rays, which really contradicts itself, but we have to make the most of the sun when it shines here in the UK.
We’d braided our hair, got tattoo’s, eaten brunch and drunk Aperor Spritz. So what next?!
More edible treats, obvs!
Jo went for the most delicious iced coffee.
Whilst Jenny and I eyed up the ice lolly stand (Ice lolly? Popsicle? Ice block? I don’t even know what lingo to use these days after so many years abroad).
The ice lolly guy stood awkwardly as I snapped a shot, but I assure him I captured his best angle!
I scanned the menu, and I was feeling brave. ‘One Bacon, Egg and Maple Syrup Ice Lolly please!’. Yep, that’s right, I was living on the edge.
Jo decided to snap my reaction as I took my first bite, haha! But seriously, it was actually really good! The ice cream was similar to a sweet custard, and the bacon bits gave it a slight saltiness.
We lazed around for the remainder of the afternoon, solving all the worlds problems and having a giggle along the way.
An afternoon with your girlfriends should never be underestimated. I’m super grateful to know a bunch of great ladies that like to laugh at life (whilst eating calorie laden food) alongside me.
We walked back through yet another cool part of Kings Cross Station, all departing in different directions, with Jo instructing we all MUST keep our garlands on our heads for the journey home. I sat on the train and didn’t dare glance at anyone in case I caught someone sniggering at my sad little flower garland! Though I bet they were looking at my Strong Man tattoo and my braids and thinking ‘She looks nice, yet edgy!’.