Thursday, January 10, 2013

The Good Time Coat


She was the kind of dame that's hard to ignore. Every time I opened the wardrobe door she would whisper 'cocktails?' in the kind of  breathy voice that would make a bishop kick a hole in a stained glass window. I tried to push her off but  she shook her toggles at me like a stripper's tassels. I was lost.


Mata Hari

She hit me up for cocktails as if I was Rockefeller.

Espresso Martini


Then made me trawl to her favourite vintner for more of the hard stuff.  She was game, I was willing and my heart was fluttering. Who was I to say no to dame who always said yes?



As I kissed her a boozy goodbye she whispered in my ear,
"Orange you glad you came up to see me?"
I guess I was, only time would tell.

(PS. Now on sale, cheap as chips for Americans, but  still a fortune for those  shopping at Symon St London! This is size 4, size 6 was better at the bust but hip wise, swung out like London Bridge accommodating the Royal Navy fleet.)

87 comments:

  1. The coat looks fab on you Tabitha - not womble like at all. Glad she enjoyed her first spin out on the town. Have you ever tried using a reshipper? That's how I get all my Kate Spade to Australia. It's only $20 plus postage to reship, so ends up being very cost effective. xx

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    1. Heidi - a couple of my blog chums usually play the part of reshippers - we have a mule trade going across the water. The reshippers I've used always load on all the tax etc too, so it ends up being just as expensive.

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    2. Ahhh - you have to pay import duties? We don't, so it works out very cheaply. Sale Kate Spade is so much cheaper than anything equivalent locally. That's good you've found a way around the shipping.

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    3. Hope you read this Heidi! Would you mind saving me a load of research and telling me the name of the reshipper you use? I am in Melbourne, and have been drooling over the Kate Spade sale items. You can be my enabler!

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    4. Heidi, yes we have to pay tax and duty plus shipping of course and most companies also mark up the $ to £ which is the most annoying part.

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    5. Kate, I use Fiona at Shopaholiques - www.shopaholiques.com You can pay direct with your own credit card on Kate Spade's website, and use Fiona's address for delivery. Very easy. Takes around 2.5 weeks all up for your order to arrive. I've tried a few other reshippers, but had problems with them (such as HopShopGo, which was DREADFUL) when I've needed to return things or communicate with them directly.

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    6. Thank you Heidi! You are a star! Now must rush off to the Kate Spade Sale.........

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  2. Love love love! Oh Tabitha! You must dress me when I move to Scotland.

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    1. Sarah - it's so bright I'm almost Australian.

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    2. I'm so glad you bought it! Haha, yes, practically one of US!

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    3. Yes but not from Melbourne Australia - we like to wear black or grey paired perhaps with camel or cream during winter, and pretty much white white white the rest of the time but especially in the heat. Our exercise clothes are black all year around though. Now and again we flirt with bright colours but we are not serious about it!

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  4. I'm advising a walk of shame back to Max Mara--belted.

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    1. GSL -ha! Oh guess what came in the mail yesterday? Will report back after watching it this weekend. Thank you!

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    2. I have a Sam Spade coat (belted) that's quite well suited for popping out for a wee dram and rescuing wayward women.

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    3. The coat asked me to pass this on " Just name your street corner, she'll be there"

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    4. "She sounds like trouble but I don't mind a reasonable amount of trouble"

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  5. She's a very pretty coat indeed. I'd love to take her out for a spin. x.

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  6. I think it's gorgeous, I've always wanted more fur around my knees. And she likes a cocktail - the perfect companion for me!

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    1. Sulky - she has just been named after you.

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  7. Well, don't you look splendid in that coat. Who'd thunk it could be so gorgeous and of course I hadn't imagined it on you.

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  8. The coat looks great on you...or you look great in that coat? Depends upon who gets the compliment I guess. I do think that the rest of your outfit helps make the coat so, unless you think it would really hurt her feelings (you could feed her another cocktail) I'll say you look wonderful. Shipping fees and duty are joy-killers, aren't they?

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    1. Shelley: yes I just need to move to America and come to London twice year .

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  9. Chic and stunning, and likes cocktails too? A bargain whatever the cost! You look gorgeous!

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  11. Stunning on you Tabs! So glad you broke down and bought her.

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  12. Hello Tabitha:
    Now, dearest Tabitha, we are totally convinced......this is the year to bring back the cocktail party. Long since forsaken for the dinner party, which is now in its turn in death throes across the length and the breadth of the land, we feel that the cocktail can bring back the joy where lesser drinks may fail. And, as for a cocktail or two whilst clad in such a snazzy duffle coat as yours....perfection!!! Martinis all round?!!

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    1. Oh cocktail parties are much better, let the land ring out with deco style soirees.

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  13. Oh you know I love that dame! And I would love those cocktails, too! You look grand in that coat, as if the two of you were always destined to be together!

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  14. Such a gorgeous coat! Kate Spade makes such ladylike garments. You look very elegant. Jealous of the cocktails. I haven't been able to drink any hard liquor since what my husband fondly refers to as the incident. Thank goodness there is still wine!

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  15. Desert Flower: enquiring minds want to know.

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    1. Let's just say it involved tequila . . .

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  16. Tab's you've been Tangoed!

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    1. That was going to be my headline but I thought only the UK'ers would get it!

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    2. For the uninitiated here's the Tango showreel:

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NhOeG-uTJxw

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    3. Check out Kate Spade home on The Selby.

      http://theselby.com/galleries/andy-spade-kate-spade/

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  17. THE PEEL DEAL Toggles, fur, colour in one feel swoop. So glad Furry Satsuma is spending your tights money and sharing zest for winter life. Maybe I need a coat that takes me to drink, makes the black-clad bishops of my 'burg want to kick.

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  18. That coat has love written all over it!
    Fabulous fun and it looks great on you.

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  19. Ah, you finally succumbed to her charms! You two do look marvelous together.

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  20. Glad you got it. It's really a bundle of joy.

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  21. As we know, "well-behaved women rarely make history".....same is true for coats ;) Let's all say yes to cocktail parties over dinner parties, hearts and a piper outside the building, and kicking holes in stained glass windows,,,2013 is off to a great start! You know how to live!

    Cheers and smiles

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    1. oooooh, please tell us about those shoes....beautiful!

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    2. Oh they must be about 20 years old!

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    3. Aaaaah, this dame truly is shameless..... 20 years old indeed!!!
      I guess the real story is how many other dames have those shoes been drinking with ;)

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    4. They've been stuck in the back of the wardrobe after all my brown clothes left for new pastures, so they are ready to party.

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  22. Oh you got it! I saw it on the Nordstrom site a week or two ago and thought of you. It looks fantastic! And I love those gloves sitting on the table too.

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  23. Gorgeous!
    (the cocktails too, btw :-)

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  24. Picture perfect style, Tabitha. You look so sophisticated.

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  25. I love this coat so much on you. But I just know I would look awful in it. The last thing I need is a puffy fur band around my rear. :) But you, as always, look beautiful.

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    1. Merry Wife - I would buy a rear if I could.

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  26. When you first mentioned it I looked at the site and was so so about it. But WOW it's looks fantastic on you. So much better than the K.S. site.
    I could just jump in that Espresso martini and drown myself.

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    1. Marsha it's not chic, it's just plain crazy fun.

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  27. So you finally succumbed and bought the beautiful coat ;-) You look gorgeous Tabitha xx

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  28. Coat looks divine on you! More than anything,love the prose here! You always give one pause to chuckle, with your clever words,but this one reminded me of the old J. Peterman catalogues! You would have been right at home there!

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    1. Trudye , I'll have to look that one up.

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    2. Looked it up,too, to see if they are still around. Yes, they are and still a fun read....just click on an item! The character of J. Peterman used to have a recurring role on Seinfeld ....hilarious !

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    3. Raymond Chandler deserves a little credit too.

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    4. Anon : yes! that's who I was channelling!

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  29. you look so toasty and sophisticated all at once tabitha. perfection! xo

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  30. fabulous look on you and of course I always love your witty banter! Happy New Year! xx

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  31. You look fabulous!! I'm so glad you got your hands on this coat, it looks like it was made for you. I agree with the Hattatts, I am all for a revival of the cocktail party this year. The Mata Hari looks like it delivers quite a kick!

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  32. How come there were never people as insanely well dressed as you when we lived in Edinburgh? Did we not move in the right circles? Quite probably. Well, we did for a while, but there is a tendancy to dress down shall we call it, (and cover up, I suppose for weather-related reasons), but I must say I much prefer your approach to it. You look heavenly next to the column, whether it be Corinthian or not.

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    1. C: I'm usually a schlump, so on a rare trip not involving coal mine/ gym or supermarket I tend to overdo it.

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  33. Trudye's right on the toggle about J. Peterman. That coat is a swanky ol' dame.
    Queen of the Clean Up Parade

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    1. I googled it and see exactly what you mean!

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  34. The Orange coat looks fabolous on You...Cheers!
    Love also the sanp feat those Red Ballons a forma di Cuore
    Ciao

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  35. Tabs I hope you don't mind me asking, I want to order this but the reviews are saying size down, what are your bust waist sizes?

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    1. 37/27 - hope that helps, I'm usually a US 4 ( 2 for skirts/trousers) and that's what I ordered.

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  36. You look super...love the shape and colour of this!! Very elegant!! Have a wonderful weekend doll x

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  37. I LOVE it! This is the kind of glam you pull off so well, it is just deliciously decadent on you and somehow looks like you also had it for 20 years. And the shoes!

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  38. We all have a sentimental outfit in the wardrobe that brings back memories of fun and frolics. What a lively post

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  39. I'm glad you ended up getting the coat Tabs! It is absolutely lovely on you! :)

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  40. Hi Tabitha-When I first saw this coat on the web months ago I pondered for whom this orange confection was made and now I know-it is just gorgeous on you! In the cocktail vein, I hope Ms Debra trots out a fine coat this coming fall in a lovely Chambord color.

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  41. We all need a friend like big orange

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  42. That coat is lovely on you, not many could pull it off. Orange is such a cheering colour in the depths of winter and a cocktail doesn't hurt either. Gorgeous all round!

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  43. A touch of the Lara's (Dr Zhivago) you look stunning,will you wear it when you visit St Petersburg? Ida

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  44. Nothing like orange on a dreary winter's day - gorgeous coat.
    http://missbbobochic.blogspot.co.uk/

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  45. You have an eye for the fabulous. I admired the coat online, and it looks perfect on you. I also admire your prose, and the cocktail!

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  46. Goodness, you are my favorite. "Every time I opened the wardrobe door she would whisper 'cocktails?' in the kind of breathy voice that would make a bishop kick a hole in a stained glass window." Oh la!

    I've been on a blog cleanse (alas!) and have missed your writing SO much.

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  47. Tabitha,
    Love this coat. So pretty on a brunette. Do you know it has a matching bag?
    I saw a lady today with it.

    Just catching up on all your posts!

    xx
    Kim

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  48. Dear Tabitha, I have enjoyed your witty blog for months, and now I'm finally commenting! A few weeks ago, I overheard a man observing a young woman wearing the same coat, "She's got fur on the bottom of her coat!" It made me chuckle and think of you. It's definitely a showstopper piece and it looks much lovelier on you! I like that you paired it with these ladylike heels.

    http://www.styleaspirations.com/

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