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Sunday, June 02, 2013

In The Trenches.


Tired of looking at yourself in the same old clothes?
Me too. London was freezing cold and I wore the same clothes ad infinitum.
The little summer dress I had packed never saw the light of day; nor did I really.



Thank God for the Connaught, they have Burberry trench coats hanging in the wardrobes for inclement  weather.
No Goldilocks  histrionics, it was just my size. The lobby looked like a P.I.'s convention, all that was missing were  Polonium tipped umbrellas and rolled up copies of The Times. 





I worked that coat down  to its  boney seams last week, the good thing is, having been able to wear it on a trial run I have finally  decided that trench coats are just not for me, they are too corporate, too buttoned up, too redolent of school uniform, too ubiquitous.
Every year I try one on at Burberry and swither hither and thither, no more, non!


Still in my same old same olds,  black vest top, black jeans, ballet pumps by day, and these shoes by night - finally worn for the second time!

Not even the legendary potentates, Faux Fuchsia and  Janet  could bring out the sun...



so at Balthazar,  we found warmth elsewhere.


 FF is every bit is wonderful as you might expect, she goes all the way up to eleven but you all  knew that.
I was a bit nervous so I only took three pics, I don't have one of Janet, but she is the embodiment of grace.


I do love London, Dr Johnson said 'when a man tires of London, he tires of life.' Thankfully, I'm not there yet.  Certainly not when an invite from an old  friend  to grab a coffee at the testosterone soaked halls of the Houses of Parliament  came my way.




This is where photography became verboten, David Cameron might  have been having a bad hair day - I couldn't  possibly comment.


I did some window shopping for you.

Wendy that's your outfit on the left, Dani, yours is on the right.

Michael Kors

This is mine all mine.

Oscar de la Renta

Goyard.





'Some folk may think meat is murder, but it tastes good.' I love  a traditional butcher's shop,  probably because mum left me in my Silver Cross pram  outside  one when I was a baby, she got home and thought, pork chops, link sausages...  there's something missing... baby! I had been taken through to the back and was having a rare old time.  I buy my own meat from my local butcher whose shop has been serving our  area for 120 years - it must be  the pig's blood that keeps him alive and so youthful.




I even thought about moving back but for this money I could buy two castles in Scotland, raise a  standing army and have some spends left over.  Not that I have 'this money"
£10 million pounds to live above a shop, it beggars belief, doesn't  it?


Lobster and duck eggs  with Bearnaise sauce - breakfast of Poseidon.

My favourite Itsu take out - lunch of Aphrodite


Shame I couldn't fit  this Chinoiserie masterpiece into my suitcase.
You win some you lose some in life.





57 comments:

  1. It looks like you had a fabulous time in London. You look great in the Burberry trench but I know what you mean about it feeling like a school/work uniform. I have the J. Crew trench and I haven't worn it once this year since I have been off work. The lobster & duck eggs with Bearnaise sauce is the most decadent breakfast I have ever seen. Thanks for all the wonderful photos - I almost felt like I was there! Great escapism for a Sunday morning.

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    1. Louise, it was actually a damp squib of a trip, but the pics look good!
      I still love the J Crew trench with the big tulle skirt, that's one I would say yes to.

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  2. Great shoes Tabitha are they Vivier's?
    I can see you in that feathered frock too looking at ease and ready for a fancy cocktail.
    Reading this post from my bed and swooning...your travel pics always feed my desire for an opulent hotel bar and some delicious food.

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    1. No, they are the Valentinos that every man and his dog have now!

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  3. I gasped when I saw the feathered dress - definitely you! I'm glad the weather didn't dampen your spirits and adventure - love the pic with FF! You're the best - have a happy xoxo

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  4. Love, love the Connaught. Have you looked at any of the Burberry Prossum trenches? A bit more flair, although I like the classic as well. It's very cold and gloomy in LA ~ at least in the Santa Monica area. What's with the weather???

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  5. Love the Connaught. My Bb coats all came from the outlet at Woodbury Common. And what a trip that Bb outlet store is, you feel that you're shopping in some weird exotic world capital where no one speaks English or is larger than a size 0. Although heights vary.

    Anyway I have this to say about Bbs, they are not waterproof in our torrential NY downpours although they're OK for misty mizzly drizzly rains.

    I'm off to London on Tuesday, there's a whole city full of people who know me as the hungry American girl with frizzy (climate-sensitive) hair.

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  6. Tabs, I will take that outfit and wear it with aplomb! You will have to stand between us with the feather dress! I believe I need your night time shoes to wear with my fancy pants. It will be aspirational wear at its most ridiculous in my case as they will be of little use in the garden, but there you have it...

    SO glad you got to meet Faux Fuchsia and Janet. So grand that they got their long-awaited trip in!

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    1. The Hair Gods must have been smiling.

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  7. I think the trench looks so chic on you! those shoes jazz it up nicely.

    I love the connaught - maybe it's because it is the rare hotels with a pool but I could easily live there and go down to the bars every night.

    London house prices are crazy. Australia complains about house prices but they tend to include a pool..!

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  8. I actually wore my 30 odd year Burberry to the races,always wear it unbutton so defeats its purpose but done up looks so matronly.....on you it looks elegant,brrrr!
    What fun to meet up with blogger friends,would love to have been a spider on the wall.

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  9. i love the trench - it's perfect for my work environment and after a few years of doing what you did (visiting burberry, trying on a coat and talking myself out of it) i finally took the plunge. i am glad you wore your valentinos out. i never imagined so many people would have them but they are so bloody comfortable, i still love wearing them. you look chic no matter what you wear but i really did like the trench on you! xox

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  10. Phiphi, they are, I just rarely go anywhere these days, so they have lain in the cupboard.

    Judith :I wish I had an old one, that would be splendid!


    Kathy& CSW - me too, you know I'm a Claridge's girl at heart but it felt so much more relaxed and private, I really loved it.


    Fred - what a shame I just missed you.


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  11. Thanks for picking my outfit, even before I read the caption I thought hmph I'll take that dress and little jacket!
    Looks like a wonderful trip if a bit gloomy. My goodness London is expensive.

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  12. Too bad regarding your thoughts on owning a trench coat. I think it looks great on you. I wear mine with everything from dressed for work, to jeans and a t-shirt.
    I do love them, have two in fact, both British: Burberry, and a Brooks (when they made gear in G.B. or the states).
    Sorry on the rain during your VaCay, We have been having a phenomenal spring, in the land of Permagray, and Lacrosse season comes to a close...
    Thank you for bringing London to all of us stuck in worker bee mode.
    You look great, as usual BTW. Cheers!

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    1. Scaley!! So lovely to see you here, oh I feel like Inspector Gadget in it - look him up.
      bet you look fab in yours.

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    2. My youngest brother loved that show.
      Go Go Gadget. I need to invent a gadget that allows me more time on the web for other than work... :)

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  13. The trench (with a hood) is a staple for me.. rains here constantly. Yours is gorgeous and flatters you:) Great pics and looks like you had a nice time. Delicious food, wine, shopping.. doesn't get better.

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  14. Absolutely fabulous post on London. I enjoyed your trip. The photos are
    wonderful.

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  15. Leslie - ah a hood makes it all the more interesting.

    Sizzle and Zoom - I would swap for your pics in a heartbeat.

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  16. Now I'm green with envy!!!! Lucky you to be in London again!! You look absolutely beautiful, and I'm guessing you could make a burlap sack look glamorous!

    The Perfect Life
    ctsperfectlife.blogspot.com

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  17. I can't wear trench coats either, but no PI ever looked as fetching as you do in that one. We saw those Itsu's everywhere but never tried them. Now I'm sorry. So glad you had a grand time with FF and Janet! Wow, knew that London was expensive, but 10 MIL for a flat??? Wow, again.

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  18. I'm so glad you had a good time with your friends. That's the best, getting together with the girls and eating, drinking and talking. I'm dying over the picture of the lobster breakfast. I would love that. I have the Valentinos in another colorway and don't wear them as often as I'd like, yet will not let them go. They are my go-to for evening (I don't go out much!) and so comfortable. You look smashing in yours, with the all-black outfit. Your hair is the most amazing accessory.

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  19. I hope you had a wonderful time. You may not love the trench, but it looks amazing on you. Simple and elegant...

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  20. What a wonderful trip, we are driving to Scotland in August. We are dividing journey and stopping north of Shrewsbury and then Glasgow until our final destination of Inverness. Any suggestions for a country house hotel Around Glasgow that would work for our route? And we have two pampered pooches.

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  21. Oh tabitha it looks like you had so much fun - you have got to love london - and you found franks fave butchers - they always give him a bone - in fact mount street is our fave family street - frank has allens - rich has the porsche garage and i have pretty much the whole street xxx

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  22. I love all your London photos - will never tire of looking at the beautiful streets. One of my favourite things to do when I lived there back in The Olden Days was to just walk around the nice neighbourhoods stickybeaking into shops and house windows. Can't believe living above a shop is so expensive now!! I rented above a shop when I lived there, glamorous it was not. But as the shop was just a common and garden hardware store in Pimlico it's no wonder it didn't command that sort of money. Love that you got to road test the Burberry before committing to buy. I don't wear mine a lot - I always feel like a giant cliche in it. Too cold war era spy. Those shoes suit you so well they deserve more outings xx

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  23. Hells bells, this is what I'm lacking- A Connaught butler. Fun trip.

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  24. What a wonderful post and had a great laugh with the reference to Dani and Wendy.That was spot on. Wasn't it great meeting up with FF and Janet. I want you to ring up your Mom and thank her for the beautiful hair right now.

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  25. Good thing you got the trench out of your system, though you look fab in it. Personally, I think a trench coat essential for traveling. Short of absolutely freezing temps, a trench with a combination of thermal underwear, scarf and lightweight puffer along with the usual T-shirts, blouses and sweaters could take care of most weather and with much more versatility.

    I'm going to fight you for that feather dress and now I know what to do with my vintage fur wraps and crazy pants, I will be bobbsey twins with WMM.

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    1. Tiffany _ I still love the J Crew one with the tulle skirt, I'll track it down on Ebay some day.

      Marsha - I know, it looks like just like them in the shop window. My hair is super fine, it's all curling tongs and hairspray.

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  26. I know what you mean about trenches--can't quite make them work for me either. But you and your gorgeous hair and smile--they are the focal point. Would have loved to have been there with you, Janet and FF. So much wit and beauty in one spot!

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  27. that was me--dannie, not my hubs Travis commenting, by the way.

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  28. That is such a cool service that the hotel does with the trench coats - it makes me want to stay there now! I often wish I could have "Test driven" some of my purchases before taking the plunge.

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  29. ^me too although I do love my trench and want to add a 2nd burberry to the closet!

    sorry London was damp! x

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  30. So Lovely Post...When a Brunette meets a Blondie what a Breathtaking effect! ...haha...Ah...the Italian Shoes...nice...but I see you wearing a pair of more Wild Shoes, something Unique and Fabolous, a piece of Art made by the Artist just for You...maybe a pair of Shoes called "Chat Sauvage" by xxxx...Haha...
    Ciao
    xo

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  31. I can now say I have been to London for the "summer", the pics are simply mouthwatering, I didn't know there was a hotel that handed out Burberry trenches to guests(how utterly gauche of me) I haven't travelled and seen enough but thanks again Tabs for a peek a boo into the fab life.
    PS Adore the Valentinos!

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  32. Oh Tabitha, I was forced to succumb, because of the horror that was London weather, and purchase a trench....and I can report that FF was momentarily tempted too! Needless to say our hotel wasn't offering the free use of such an item...Rx

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    1. Romy I'm not surprised you succumbed, I was freezing to death last week!

      Dannie - what a great name, he sounds like country and western singer.

      Neds - I didn't know either, it's quite a nice touch isn't it? And as Katherine says I wish I could road testa all big purchases before buying, it would make such a difference.

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  33. So agree about the B trench! Every season I think I must add it to my closet, then get to the store, try it on, and am not wowed. Till last year when I found a chic black little number from the Barbour outlet (chic & Barbour usually don't belong in the same sentence). Slim fitting with a belt, in black, done. None of that Inspector Gadget or flasher streaking across a football field look for me.
    Please share your ballet flats of choice. I'm on the prowl for a pair to take me around London this summer while sightseeing with the family. Need to still look fashionable and ready to hit up the nearest cocktail bar at a moments notice, yet I need them to be comfortable. Desperately wishing for a pair of Varina's, but the financial advisor (aka the hub) won't approve that purchase. . . Cheers & thanks, Laura from http://www.cocktailsandgelato.com

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  34. You have a Balthazar? take me now!!

    you are lovely, ps.

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  35. I will 'fess up that, like "every man and his dog", I was fingering those Valentinos last month while in visiting an actual real city. Trust me, no man, woman or dog owns a pair in this little hamlet. Are they comfortable?

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  36. Looks like a great trip. I love a trench, I love the idea of hotels having them in the wardrobes it's the dressing gowns. I think I'd he tempted to taken it home ;)

    Lauren
    livinginaboxx
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  37. I love that Burberry trench, it is such a classic!!

    XOXO,
    The Glam Pad

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  38. Loved meeting up with you! I thought Balthazar was very glam.

    Property prices are insane the world over xxx

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  39. The best trench coats are well-worn ones, I think. They should be broken in for a year or so before entering our closets. New ones are too stiff and formal; if I were to buy one, I'd be wise to look for vintage . . .

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  40. Wow! looks like you had a really fun time. Not sure why you hate trenches because you look fab in the photos.
    The lobster and duck eggs look to DIE FOR (and I don't even like eggs!)
    It seems like a great time was had by all xx

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  41. JW - They are really comfy, that's one thing they have going for them.

    Miss C- good point, I have loved the old ones I have borrowed from friend's dads - all slouchy and oversized and soft.

    Vanessa - me neither but they were amazing.

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  42. i actually like the second trench on you. I tried one at Burberry recently and was rather blown away but haven't been impressed with the others. I think it's very dependent on the cut. Those Valentino heels look gorgeous on you! So sorry I couldn't meet up with you this time. I've never had THIS many people visiting me at the same time. But so looking forward to seeing you in December!

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  43. It's the same one, they just aren't for me, but others can pull it off, I'm too rock and roll at heart!
    Yes, I'm only coming to London in December now when I'm prepared for cold and its all magical and Christmassy.

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  44. Even though it's Burberry, I'm not a fan of the color of the trench. The tailoring is nice, though......

    Now let's talk about those Valentino kitten heels. They are the kitten heels, right? Those are FANTASTIC. When you tire of them, please send them to me.... LOL.

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  45. I'm not a fan of the color of the Burberry trench, but the tailoring is great.

    Now let's talk about the Valentino kitten heels.....they are the kitten heels, right? These are phenomenal shoes, indeed! When you tire of them, please send me an email, LOL. The shoes are iconic!

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  46. Loved this. Going to London in 2 weeks time so love to see what you did. How wonderful to meet up with Janet and FF! Love them too. I'm seriously jealous of your Valentinos! They look marvelous on you as well as the trench. Wishing I was staying there on my trip! They've sold me with that perk.However, hotel rooms are as crazy as real estate there and it's not going to happen this time around and with 4 of us.. Someday!

    xxKim

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  47. I miss her.

    "Lobster and duck eggs with Bearnaise sauce".

    Good Lord, this is exquisite torture.

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  48. I think I'm going to move into the Connaught. x.

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  49. I am loving your blog...you need a google follower button...if you do have one(but I didn't see one) let me know!
    Daisy~

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