I just love the images of little girls playing dress up, standing stock still in their mum’s oversize shoes. I can remember doing this when I was around 12 and thinking how cool my mum’s shoe selection was but then when she would wear her gold wedges to my school, I would cringe and think why couldn’t she just wear “normal clothes” like all the other mums. I stepped into my mother’s shoes but rarely would I see life from her point of view or take the time to think that things were not as easy as they seemed. So today when my sister brought back my mum’s old (but rarely worn ) red stilettos I decided to wear them with my outfit. They are slightly too small now and the red leather stained my feet but the feeling was the same as the one that I wore them behind closed doors all those years ago. I love my mum and realize as an adult what an inspirational women she is.
There is nothing more elegant than a shirt and even though I like them on other people I always find that they look frumpy/school uniform on me. I often look longingly at Ralf Lauren shops and girls with white jeans only to try one on and look like a square. So, I thought I would this traditional look a twist and wear not one but two together, one with polka dots and the other with stripes. I buttoned one up to the top as is trendy now in East London and wore the other one like a blazer. It was light so perfect for UK summer weather. If there are two collars just tuck one under the other. A person who wears a shirt radiates class and sophistication, so what better way than to look posh than to rock two stiff collars together?!
Although in the UK it is not compulsory to carry around formal identification, I find myself now doing so because of the need to show my I.D (the worst time not being able to buy Shrek on DVD because I had forgotten it!). I carry my passport in a Union Jack cover and can put my cards and money in there too. A practical way to show support for the England team (who have now totally flopped out of the world cup).
If you visit London a great day trip is to go to St Paul’s Cathedral, Cross over the Millennium Bridge. Visit and have tea/coffee/ in the Tate Modern. See the Globe and take a boat from outside the Tate Modern down the river passed the London Eye and the Houses of Parliament to the Tate Britain as the best way to see the Houses of Parliament is from the water. These pictures were taken in front of the Houses of Parliament. Sir Charles Barry’s plans were started in 1836 and took 20 years to complete. Inside Big Ben there is a hidden prison cell, whose last occupant in 1902 was Emmeline Pankhurst, a suffragette who protested vigorously for women’s right to vote. This is a great article on the history of British Democracy for those interested 🙂
Baby Amelie Super Skinny Jeans – RIVER ISLAND (sold out)
Vintage Red Stilettos – RAVEL
Polka Dot Shirt – ZARA
Stripped Shirt – ZARA
Leather Passport Holder – T K MAXX