Anecdotes, Part 3

{My Anecdotes are posts in which I comment on my observations of unexpected cultural differences, or just amusing incidents that don’t really warrant their own individual blog post.}

1. You know how as soon as duchesses Kate or Meghan are photographed, whatever they’re wearing immediately sells out, especially if it’s a lower-priced item from a high street shop instead of designer? Well, I finally had my royal-fashion-matching experience, though it wasn’t a princess from this country, per se. But I spotted this magazine at a news agent, and recognised something from my closet:

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So, as a tabloid would ask, Who Wore It Best?

She didn’t even add a complementary tiara. She should sack her stylist.

Actually, I’ll give the win to my friend Ruth, who had the shirt first, and I copied her. Continue reading

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Late Summer/Early Autumn ’19 Trend Report

This is, very obviously, in no way a fashion blog, and I am in no way an “influencer” (I’m more of a trend-follower than -setter; even then, a friend recently told me, “I think we could push you more sartorially,” which was maybe the funniest thing anyone’s ever said to me), but I’ve been thinking a lot about trends lately. The last time I wrote a post about what was trending in my part of London was nearly three years ago, so don’t expect this to turn into THAT sort of blog.

After spending half the summer in London and half in the States, I found myself mentally comparing/contrasting what was trending here vs. there. Continue reading

Chelsea in Bloom

I’m rewinding back to May for this post. (I’m no longer fussed about chronology on this increasingly sporadic blog of mine. As I say to my kids, you get what you get and you don’t get upset.)

To go along with the annual Chelsea Flower Show, the King’s Road and its cross streets, along with Sloane Square and Duke of York Square, get a floral makeover for a week, called ‘Chelsea in Bloom.’

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Is That You, Banksy?

I finally found some Banksy street art here in London. I’m fascinated by Banksy and how he’s managed to remain anonymous despite being quite famous.

On Farringdon Road in East London, outside the Mount Pleasant Mail Centre, this rat with a sign (which, according to the interwebs, used to declare “Always Fail,” apparently in reference to the Royal Mail’s nickname) has been confirmed to be an authentic Banksy.

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