Daphne's 90th Birthday was fabulous, but once in London, I wanted to see the sights without looking like an American Tourist wearing jeans and T-shirts every day. Being Over Fifty, I like to look a bit more sophisticated so that I don' stand out like a sore thumb. My first night there, we went to the Savoy , the world famous hotel rich in history and decor. As you can see behind me, there is a grand painting of Queen Elizabeth. Queen Elizabeth's coronation ball was held her on June 2, 1953. Surprisingly, the weather was sunny and warm most days that I was there!!
Lately, I haven't been frequenting Zara because they produce SO many clothes that at the end of the season there are piles and piles and piles of clothes everywhere. And this is just at one of many many stores throughout the world. However, I must confess, one day I did walk in and this animal print skirt was lying on the ground. It was calling my name. So, yes, I am wearing a Zara skirt. My fabulous shoes are by my dear creative and wonderful friend, Beverly Feldman of Beverly Feldman creations. The belt is from Uterque, Zara's bigger and more sophisticated sister. The purse and top I bought from vendors on Ibiza!! A little bit of this and a little bit of that.
Here I am in the opulent lounge where many a celebrity has a sipped a cocktail or two. I match the furniture too!! It feels really good to be dressed up a bit in this environment which has been the host to many a monarch and famous persons.
In the back yard of the Savoy you will find the Thames River. To the right of my head you can see St. Paul's cathedral. You can also see boats on the river which offer daytime and evening cruises where you can dine and also see the sights. One day I must go on one of those. Again, wanting to feel a bit more sophisticated than the usual sight seer, I am wearing great silk striped pants by Alice and Olivia. The top, one of my favorites, is by Ralph Lauren. The scarf is my splurge purchase by Versace!!
You can see my Over Fifty traveling ensemble a bit better below. Those great great metallic sport shoes were purchased in Ibiza and I can't even read the label inside. Of course a little animal print belt helps to add interest and to accessorize the entire look!
What blog about London is complete without a photo of the double decker red buses?
I stayed directly across from the Savoy Hotel on the Strand. The Strand is also the theater district, so if you stay there, you are in the heart of London's activity. Literally, to the right of my hotel, the Strand Palace, was this theater. Here I am wearing a classic blazer and skirt along with my everyday Gucci purse that I have carried for the past five years. I carry everything in there, including my laptop, and it is very durable, to say the least. Again, I hate to admit it, but the skirt is from Zara. The mixture of the polka dots and plaid I found so charming!! (I bought it at the same time I bought the animal print skirt above!! )The blazer is a "look alike" of the famous Balmain blazer. I found it in a store in downtown LA. I was prepared for chilly days in London!! Believe it or not, these Chanel shoes are amazingly comfortable and light weight!
What photo journal would be complete without the famous red telephone booth? There is actually a telephone in there so I guess someone must still use it!! If someone can't afford a cell phone, then what are they supposed to do? In the U.S., forget about it!!!
So, this is how you tour London with a bit of sophistication. Especially since I was staying in a bit of a "fancier" neighborhood in Covent Gardens, it felt good not to wear jeans all of the time. All of these ensembles were comfortable, light weight and easy to pack. Every time I go to London, I fall in love with it. It would be so great to live there, but you have to be a millionaire, it is so expensive. In the meantime, I hope you got some traveling tips and inspiration and I say to all of you "PEACE".