Saturday, 2 February 2013

London Visit: Pretending To Be Italian. Or At Least A Bit Continental.

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Last weekend Mr. Summers and I had a weekend in London, and as ex-Londoners we usually do something touristy whenever we go back to visit: This time we boarded an open-top bus and had a tour of the city. It was a whole lot of fun and really quite interesting (you can plug in earphones in for a commentary) - but it was FREEZING cold on top of the bus, despite the weather being a little milder than in recent weeks. So thank goodness for fur and layers, I say!

On an open-top London bus you get a lot of tourists of course, and I noticed the most stylish girls were often Italian or Spanish, and they all had that gorgeous Continental look going on: long brown hair, olive skin, fabulously large sunnies and a slouchy hat. So I got this idea in my head that I too could pretend to be a real European tourist on top of the bus (Brits generally don't count themselves as Europeans) as I'd happened to don the sunglasses/hat thing that day, but simply out of necessity. Hardly the same when you're a pasty girl from the South East of England, but it's nice to pretend, isn't it ;)


FYI: The gates seen here are the ones that George V had erected at an entrance to Regent's Park in 1935... aren't they are soooo beautiful? Well worth a little photo shoot.

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Grey & Tan Texture Mix
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Grey & Tan Texture Mix
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King George V Gates, Regent's Park, London
Coat: River Island | Sweater: ASOS | Trousers: Zalando | Boots: Duo (old) | Bag: Accessorize | Beanie: Unknown | Sunglasses: French Connection at ASOS | Gloves: Next | Grey top: Primark

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Catherine

P.S. Sorry I'm wearing the same tobacco-coloured sweater again. I do have other sweaters, you know.

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27 comments

  1. Gorgeous coat! I've been a tourist on a bus in London .. it's a great way to see everything in a short amount of time :-)

    Monica
    www.pear-shaped-gal.com

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  2. Lovely warm colours Catherine! So great with your amazing coat. You're far better dressed than most Europeans! Sun glasses do of course hint Italian!

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  3. I love this. That coat is beautiful and I love the color of your sweater. So pretty. Those grey pants are fab and I love all the layering.

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  4. Now that sounds like I fun time! Gotta love exploring and acting like a tourist! Love all your layers!

    April
    Knocked Up Fabulous

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  5. You could definitely be Italian. I worked as an au pair in Rome for a few months and was never anywhere close to looking all fancy and local, the school mums were super stylish with big sunglasses!
    http://ahandfulofhope.blogspot.co.uk/

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  6. woooaaaaaah the quality of your pictures are amaaazing! What do you use to edit? Love the outfit by the way!(: Hope you can stop by my blog sometime! xx

    -Shirley
    http://classifiedcloset.blogspot.com

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  7. I lvoe this look!! I think that coat is simply amazing, it has such a great texture contrast! I also this these photos are beautiful, especially with those wonderful gates behind. I always find whenever I am in London I am instantly hit with inspiration at every turn, there seems to be stylish men and woman everywhere, which is definitely refreshing feeling. :)

    Take care,
    Daniella xox

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  8. eeek i loving all of the different textures and layers (although they were necessary :) )......i think you look very continental :)
    brooke @ what2wear

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  9. Digging your boots!!!
    happy Sunday
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  10. Love the tweed coat with the faux fur..looks amazing. I am Italian can't you tell by how stylish I am ;))))))
    Wanna go back to London and Italy so bad..I am getting a travel bug...Hope you had a wonderful time!!!
    Sheree xxxx

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  11. I think you have totally achieved the look. And I adore the boots. Pity they are old (so not available anymore, I mean).

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  12. I would just like to say that I love all the outfits on here, it's so nice that you incorporate colour into your clothes and not just plain ole black when you hit a certain age. You've given me lots of idea's.

    Jolene x

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  13. Lovely colours which really brighten up your grey trousers and jacket plus the weather!
    I have been to London many times and love it. I remember my first experience on an open-top bus during cold and windy weather very well ;-)

    Annette
    Lady of Style

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  14. OMG, I love that coat to pieces. Your whole look is fab, and thanks for sharing it at Visible Monday xoxoxo

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  15. I love all the pieces of this outfit. Especially the boots. I do love them!

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  16. Love the boots (buttons are my favourite thing ever!) and the fur/faux fur looks warm.

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  17. This is my favorite sweater on you!! Awesome outfit!

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  18. I am pretty sure that the Italian and Spanish girls envied your style! You look fab!

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  19. You DO look continental!!!!! And gorgeous!!! Welcome back to London!!!x

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  20. This is a stunning combination yet it seems effortless, which is my idea of style! You certainly succeed in looking continental with this outfit!

    FF

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  21. Amazing colors and everything goes so well together!

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  22. I think you look absolutely stunning here, Catherine and I love that you were going for the 'European' look! You certainly succeeded. I consider myself European because, although I'm a Yorkshire lass, I moved to the Algarve when I was ten and I've been here ever since. I'm lucky I guess ;)
    Suzy x
    www.suzyturner.com

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