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Monday, February 18, 2013

Out & About

kate spade fur, smythson bag, manolos,   el cheapo jeans that cost £19.99

Thank God for incisors. At the weekend,  I channelled my snarly  brown bear worn above, gnawed through the bars of my cage and made a bid for  sweet freedom.


I wandered hither and thither and headed to an old whisky bond jam packed with Georgian antiques.



Antiques: love them or loathe them? You know how Billy Bob Thornton has that peccadillo whereby he wakes up screaming in the middle of the night having been touched up by an antique tallboy? They're as polarising as the Gaza Strip.
 Everything that caught my eye cost £20,000 and every time my husband said: "I like this" I took one look and said: "No you don't."



I need one thing between now and May, a summer coat. I know, I know. I live in the rain slaked capital of Europe, why have I not realised this before now? I blame acid rain /the Chernobyl fallout,  it has rotted my brain.



Brora's latest honey beckoned  seductively to me from the window,   like an upmarket Amsterdam hooker, I liked its slouch and it's now on my maybe list, I'm just not entirely sure that I'm the tweedster type.


In fact, no, it's just not me.



Spotted this in the latest issue of The New Yorker. There has probably never been a better time to be an analyst.


88 comments:

  1. I tried on a spring/autumn coat/jackety thing from reiss in white. It was really quite nice and simple but didn't get it bc I have a feeling Kate Middleton might get it and then people think I bought it bc of her. Isnt that silly of me? Still not gonna get it tho...

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    1. You should get it - she's pregnant, it probably won't fit her!

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    2. Heidi, you do have a valid point but KMid at 9 months pregnant still might not fill out a Herve Leger dress...

      Tabitha, you could be the look alike with your tresses and your single digit figure. I am a civilian of double digit proportion, i might be her twin if she has triplets - but you should def check the coat out - rather nice. If you do get it - please model! x

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  2. I think the coat is pretty, but I picture you in something with just a bit more....oomph. I love looking at antiques, but most aren't pieces I'd want to live with.

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  3. Gasp! Not the tweedster type???!!! Is that allowed in the Land of Tweed?? I'm stunned. Call me an "upmarket Amsterdam hooker" (love that turn of phrase!), I really like the coat....and you wear it well :) It looks to be a beautiful blue. Sadly, as Coulda... says, it does look a teensy bit Kate-ish, so I understand the hesitation.

    What caught my eye was this paragraph in the Telegraph:
    "As befits a city that has become a magnet for the wealth of all nations, London's catwalks have gone luxe. At L'Wren Scott's show today the shoes were woven from 23-carat gold. The body tattoos were gold leaf too. As were the hair accessories and a heck of a lot of the jewellery, which was attached to the dresses."

    Should we hold out for the gold 23-carat shoes? Choices, choices, choices...
    xo, Jane

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    1. Jane let's just shimmer in gold body paint, I'd look like Cupid!

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  4. Baby you got to get out more. Get your hubs to take you somewhere beside dumpster diving (I.e. antiquing). Do not understand coats that do not have full sleeves.

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  5. I love that Smythson bag, too!
    xo, Jane

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  6. You look so sophisticated in the first shot in your amazing Kate Spade find, not ursine at all! I would think the British Isles would be the mecca for spring shower topper shopping, starting with the ubiquitous Burberry and Barbour, and ending with Mackintosh. The Brora coat is lovely, but doesn't look water repellant. The street lamp in your picture is fabulous. I love well designed ironwork.

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  7. I own that Brora coat, it just arrived! It is not water-repellant, it is more of a dress coat. But did you notice the silk lining, it is Smythson blue. I was going to email you about it actually. Anyway you definitely need something for the rain over there in sog-land! We'll find something.

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    1. It is a perfect dress coat, and and a nice silk lining in Smythson blue is fortuitous.

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    2. Dani but it's not silk, it wouldn't spot would it? I definitely don't want a rain mac per se. I was going to tell you about the coat!

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    3. Tabs I think the cotton tweed (it's a cotton/rayon blend) is quite sturdy, it's a perfect spring coat especially if you don't want a rain mac. I love that Brora does silk linings in their coats, no one does that anymore. Unless you're buying Chanel of course!

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  8. Girl- You are looking slender! Cute coat too.

    J

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  9. Love the Kate Spade! Great deal on the jeans too.

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  10. Oh that cartoon is hilarious! So much to comment on - you are so glam in your furry top with that mane of hair. Liked the Brora coat a lot, but it's not your usual style methinks.

    I love antiques. It's my personal goal to fill my house with them. I'm always envious of the selection you have at your fingertips in Europe.... we only have whatever came out on the boats 150 years ago here, and everyone to fight over the slim pickings. When my Aunt and Uncle moved over from Scotland they brought a couple of container loads of antiques they'd been buying on the cheap at auction houses etc and distributed it liberally amongst my grateful, antique starved family. xx

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  11. You look fabulous in the first photo! I understand your hesitation re: the Brora coat - I am not into tweed either. I have tried several times and every time, the item ends up in the charity/Ebay pile. I have been daring and purchased an Emerson Fry linen coat in leopard print.

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    1. Louise - let me see it when you have a min.

      Heidi- I don't like a lot of Scottish antiques per se, usually too dark for me, I prefer French.

      DF - yes, I'll always love the skinny leg/heel look too. That mirror makes me look tall and long because it's angled, it's not really me!

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  12. i LOVE seeing pictures of your outfits and that coat is smashing. gorgeous, T. you are simply gorgeous!

    xox P

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  13. Girl, you can rock a pair of skinny jeans! You look fabulous. Love jeans with heels. The fur and the cross body bag perfect the outfit. You look tall and lean and gorgeous.

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  14. He he, that cartoon is goooood! Absolutely love your look in the first photo, and would kill to wear a bear coat. Unlikely to happen in the tropics though... Antiques? I enjoy the fossicking, and have a few pieces, but fear that too many = Too Much! Very nice Brora coat, but not really Tabitha, I am thinking. Look forward to more episodes of coat hunting.

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  15. I love Georgian Antiques in Leith. Bought a few things there, and a few I didn't, but would have liked, for obvious reasons. Anyway, only a rather simple George III table has made its way out here. The rest remain in GOC.

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  16. There's that KS fur topper. Fine. Remind me to kick myself again I missed it. You are fabulous in that and the Brora too but the Brora does seem more Dani than you, not that you don't look marvelous in it. One more thing, I love the pink lips.

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    1. Tiff - no lipstick, the light was just funny in the changing room.
      email me re pink love! I've lost every email.

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  17. Would it be rude of me to say that you looks so great I might like to bite your ankles?
    Wow Tabitha I am so loving this look...
    that Smythson bag reminds me of the newest bag I purchased and I love a black bags!

    Not a tweedy? What if it was a clan tartan?
    We went to Hatley Castle this weekend and it was magnificent...
    I thought of you as the family who built it were the Dunsmuirs a Scottish family and I think they hail from the Clan Murray...will do a post as soon as I get all the photos arranged.

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  18. Do not ever tell me you're having a bad hair day. The first photo is so glam Tabs.I think you should make some extra pocket money doing Pantene hair commercials. Love antiques but when we downsized we sold most of it.
    I'm use to seeing you in neutrals and quite like the blue but then I adore tweeds.

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  19. I love your outfit in the first shot, absolutely gorgeous and something only somebody as tall and skinny as you could get away with! I agree on the Brora - nice but needs to have something else to make it you :)

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    1. Hostess- Looking forward to reading that.
      Marsha- the big collar of that coat make smy hair look extra lush.
      K- Small and curvy, honestly - I just have strangely slim legs for the rest of me.

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  20. Looking good Tabitha and don't give up on that coat (blue tweed) just yet; looks great on you.

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  21. I love the first outfit and I love the Brora coat but could never do a coat without full length sleeves.

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  22. First things first, I just love your lion's mane of hair! So glamour puss! Second, I do believe that coat looks great on you and you should reconsider toots. But you must enjoy the wears. And third-loving those console tables!

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  23. Looking good, Tabs! Cute coat, but where are the sleeves?

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  24. This is the first time I've seen you in jeans. LOVE!!!!

    And that cartoon is amazing!!! hahahahahaha!

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    1. DB -yes I got rid of my jeans and then decided one pair would be handy, and for £20 these will do.
      Rose - I love bracelet sleeves, so that's nota deal breaker for me.
      Mistress Maddie - I love the tall gold torcheres, they were so glamourous.

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  25. Ditto to all the above....now, tell us about the gorgeous rock on your hand! So beautiful! No, I didn't miss the Chanels in the back either...the Manolos are the best choice! Happy Week, all....we're inspired now!

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    1. Anon: so funny, I rarely wear my rings, just felt like it on Saturday.

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    2. Chanels in the back .. what an eye you have ..v. impressed

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  26. Love your out & about outfit! Love the blue tweed coat too. I think the color looks fantastic on you.

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  27. Love the blue colour of the coat but I'm not sure about tweed either.

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  28. love the fur coat and the blue one too. x

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  29. Thanks for sharing...like especially the first photo, lovely Outfit but the best thing is Your gorgeous smile!
    Antiques are marvellous, and of course "le cose belle costano", pieces of Art must be/are expensive!
    Si'/Yes, Tweed is Ok...a classy, charismatic lady can wear everthing...She will be always stilish and seductive
    Felicità, Happy day with a lot of smiling
    best

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  30. I think I need to start idolizing you.
    Oh, and grow out this hair while I´m on it.

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  31. Are you sure? I think the coat looks lovely on you.

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  32. I love the KS furry number and the Brora is lovely - I think the colour looks great on you.I love antiques, I'm just not so keen on the prices.

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  33. Love the cartoon!
    You are looking good. Love that "summer coat" (an oxymoron where I live) - I am a fan of the bracelet length sleeve.
    Spent my adolescent years trawling antique stores - hepplewhite,chippendale, balloon back etc etc- my mother was very keen. I like it too, but have not done it for long time.

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  34. Great cartoon! IMO better no comments than some of the critical ones you hear about. They do keep the analyst's couch crowded. I don't somehow see tweed as 'spring', though the colour is gorgeous and it does look great on you. I'm ready to ditch the black coat about now and burst out into something cheery. I adore antiques, but while I'm happy to look at baroque I don't want to own any (more). My grandmother had money for a short while and bought some beautiful and some hideous things. I own love the hideous ones because they were hers. Is that crazy?

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  35. Tabitha
    Cartoon is 12/10! So brilliant to have a good laugh.
    Cheers,Pamela

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  36. Nothing like a weekend walk around New Town in the sun.
    I noticed Matches have some rather interesting fripperies.
    But catching my eye like one of Sulky's kitten toys is a Georgiana tassel.

    http://anyasworld.anyahindmarch.com/2013/02/15/the-making-of-the-georgiana-tassel/

    I know, I need it like a hole in the head.

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  37. Antiques love them ..modern art love it.. I'm a woman of diverse tastes .. like you I bet Tabitha

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  38. The shop looked marvellous...but most likely too expensive for me. Loved the jacket...but I have so many, I would have had to give that one back!! Hahaha...the bottom comic was quite true for many people!! Hope you have a great week doll x

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  39. Well when I do finally get to your neck of the woods, I would swoon to go dig through obscure antique shops with you! I love antiques, as you know, though the majority of mine were luckily purloined through family! We only have one antique shop in this town and it isn't much. About twice a year there is an antique "fair" (but with no rides or cotton candy or corn dogs, which are the best thing about a fair to me) and I bring home obscure things which make others I live with go "hmmm".

    Is the linen slicker not water proof? I have two trenches and that is about it. I lust after that Brora coat after Dani spotted it. But I actually think I need something more casual this spring for slopping around. Today, husband and I are cleaning out "THE BACK CLOSET" (cue ominous music) - God knows what will be found there! My youth?

    I like the Brora on you - you look lovely in blue, but I knew you would as we have the same colouring (except you have the ability to tan, my ancestors took that out of me - I tan from a bottle!)

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  40. My knees went weak at the sight of that antique shop. Everything looks so beautiful there. I do like the coat a lot, as I love bracelet sleeves and that color. I think it's very "Spring" without being saccharine. I have a coat that color and I wear it often.

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  41. WMM and Kathy - This Is Glamourous blog was just there too, check out her pics they are stunning.

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    2. Wow - loved the photo of the tortoise shell tea caddies. My grandmother and David's grandmother both used to collect them, or now our mother's both have them. I remember when the US stopped being allowed to import them because of the ban on tortoise shell, even antique. She was quite sad, as she had such exquisite taste, and had wanted one that was inlaid with silver and mother of pearl, which she never found during her lifetime. Maybe it's there waiting for me?

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    3. How stunning were her pictures? Oh that would be amazing if you found one there that fits the bill.

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  42. Love your outfit in the top photo!

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  43. I love all the pictures. I bought a slim black double breasted trench without a belt. It looks right with everything and works all year.

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  44. LOVE both of your coats! You are so fab. That cartoon is hyster
    xoxo
    SC

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  45. I like antique shops. It seems yours may be more expensive than ours though. Maybe cause you all have older stuff? I tend to get a lot of mine at garage sales/estate sales, and thrift stores. Art especially.

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    1. Oh super duper expensive but some are cheaper, I think it's like anything else there;s a high end and low end of quality and provenance.

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  46. Yes to the first coat. No to the blue coat. Yes to the antiques.

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  47. BLUE BIRD Cotton tweed, that's pretty smart. Honestly, I got stopped in my tracks at that Mara bag.

    Appreciate the provenance behind antiques, but don't like being "careful" or painstakingly dusting and polishing nooky-cranny stuff. With Scale Worm in that I'd rather hunt garage and estate sales for original mid. cent. mod., handcrafted Amish etc. I will find my Eames rocker and ottoman - someday, maybe.

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  48. You look stunning!

    (love the cartoon too :-)

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  49. I love a trot about town with my husband. He never picks something up and wants it. He picks things up and announces out loud, "Can you believe what they are asking for this?". I love the blue coat and I would buy it for me.

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    1. My mum does that when we're out food shopping, I'm constantly shamed over the price of milk.

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  50. Gorge outfit for going out and about! There's something so laidback luxe about that faux fur pullover!

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  51. My father-in-law has an antique chair that sits at the head of the dining table that during it's first incarnation had a whole in the seat of it for relieving one's self. Us 'kids' refer to it as Le CaCa Chaise and chase each other around the table with it.

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  52. That's a great New Yorker cartoon.

    I like the blue coat on you, it fits well. But if it's not you, it's not for you.

    I don't have antiques myself, but I can appreciate them. I do like antique jewellery, and my engagement ring is rather old, but I think it would be categorized as "heirloom" not "antique" - I forget what the time-boundaries are for those. My step-grandmother-in-law (I don't even know if that's the proper label) was an antiques dealer, and I enjoy talking with her about eras, etc. It is always fun to talk to people who "know their stuff" - regardless of topic.

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    1. Abby, that's a good point about time differences, folk use "vintage" for any old trash these days.

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  53. The blue coat looks pretty fabulous--perfect for spring but not trying too hard! Sure you will find something equally gorg this week!

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  54. Love the blue coat on you, but if it's not you, then not to be.

    ML and I used to have an antiques bz in the olden days before the internet, in our spare time. Now we like to "repurpose" things.

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  55. Cute photos! Loving your fur coat! That cartoon is hilarious! Love it!

    xx
    Giovanna
    www.HeyLoveBlog.com
    Blog, Inc. Giveaway!

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  56. Even 'out and about' you turn into a glamorous event.

    Rankin never shows that part of Edinburgh,have to admit I have an urge to visit the 'under belly' he portrays so well.Ida

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    1. Yes Ida because it only happens every 5 weeks, the rest of the time I'm talking to horses dogs and foxes!

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    2. Oh and Ida, if you ever want to see the underbelly I'll be your guide, might do a post on that actually.

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  57. You are so glamorous!!

    XOXO,
    The Glam pad

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  58. Saw that too in The New Yorker and loved it. No wonder you're smiling you look fab in that coat - look how slim are your legs, jealous! (How are those jeans in the back? I have the dreaded pancake bum)

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  59. Love love the color on that coat! :)

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  60. Fist, you looks fabulous! YOu could be walking the catwalk! I love the first photo and frankly i loved the second but I think that is because I am a tweedy. I am looking forward to seeing what you find.

    Have a great week, Elizabeth

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  61. I love that coat on you particularly the color but it is such a contrast to your first outfit but lady you have great style and manage to look great in both.

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  62. You look great Tabitha. I love the top outfit, very chic. I saw the cartoon in Instagram and loved it. It's hilarious.

    Cyber hugs to you,
    Julie

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  63. I love your outfit, Tabitha! This voyeuristic tendency in all of us is a rather strange thing but I love your outfit posts. That fur is just what I need. It's practically freezing and we're supposed to be heading into spring.

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