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British men try high heels for a day

This I love …

(This video reminds me of a pair of black patent leather heels, which were gorgeous in theory – less so, when I walked around Tin Man-style around the office, not unlike these brave souls. The shoes remain in my closet and that is where they will stay.)

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Brittania scarf

Brittania Scarf

Boden is having another big sale and check out this Brittania scarf! Cute, right? It features landmarks in the UK and Ireland and is 100% wool. It is available in ivory ($23.20) or navy ($34.80). Get it before it’s gone!

Brittania Scarf

Skort season

Boden Jersey Skort

Ah, I love a good skort. It’s literally the mullet (well, in the best possible sense of the word!) of the fashion world – skirt on the outside, shorts on the inside.

Boden has done a nice jersey skort ($32) this season that brings back childhood memories of summer. Sweet prints, easy to wear and requires no major ironing. Sizes range from kids 1 1/2 – 12.

Now if they could only make these for adults.

Boden Jersey Skort

Boden Jersey Skort

First world problem: Missing the Emmy Awards

Breaking Bad

Congrats to “Breaking Bad” for winning Best Drama. Sure wish that I could’ve seen it!

Waaaaah! I can’t believe I missed the Emmy Awards yesterday. Not only did I miss them, they weren’t even on my radar. I had no idea they were happening yesterday until I went online and spotted some headlines – the top being that the U.K.’s Damian Lewis from “Homeland” didn’t get the big prize.

Cue the sad trombone.

All I could do was live vicariously through The Mirror’s play-by-play account of the evening. And sieve through the Red Carpet photos on Huffington Post. Le sigh.

J. Crew adds new London stores

J.Crew Runway Fall 2013

Look out! J.Crew is hitting the U.K. hard this fall, with plans to open three new stores in London.

* A men’s boutique will be unveiled Oct. 10 in a 19th Century townhouse on Lambs Conduit Street in Bloomsbury.

* A women’s J.Crew shop will open in Brompton Cross in West London in early November. This store will feature the pricier J.Crew Collection line as well as some of its partner brands like Comme des Garçons and Penelope Chilvers.

* A J.Crew store on Regent Street is also already in the works, with plans to open in November.

These stores are the first J.Crew locations outside North America!

Issa London collection at Banana Republic

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Don’t miss the Issa London collection now at Banana Republic. Its line of wrap dresses is very Princess of Cambridge in style and includes an affordable version of Ms. Middleton’s royal blue engagement dress from 2010. Sweet!

Charles Dickens Book Clutch

A Tale of Two Cities Book Clutch

I cannot help loving Kate Spade’s book clutches. See how she transforms “A Tale of Two Cities” by Charles Dickens into a stylish clutch, with an interior zip pocket and room for 12 credit cards? It’s priced at $325 and is utterly perfection.

A Tale of Two Cities Book Clutch

And if Charles Dickens isn’t your bag, check out “Emma” by Jane Austen. Same treatment in a pale pink clutch!

Wimbledon style

Serena Williams

Serena Williams has a great manicure. Photo credit: Ray Tang/Rex Features

I’ve been so busy with birthday celebrations and work that I’ve completely missed Wimbledon!

Today I caught up on some of the fashion this week. Tennis fashion? Really? Well, check out some of the best style moments on and off the court!

Have a great weekend!

British fashion featured on Goop.com

Stylist Elizabeth Saltzman has rounded up some lovely British designers and fashions this week in Goop.com, Gwyneth Paltrow’s digital media and e-commerce brand. She’s pulled together a range of looks from designers like Stella McCartney, Victoria Beckham and Antonio Berardi.

My favorite pieces of the bunch are these soft pastels, perfect for dressing up and for more relaxed weekend fun.

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Colorware

The origins of the Peter Pan collar

Peter Pan collars are big this season, and I, for one, am a fan – both of the style (for example, see last Thursday’s post about the Lucy shirt) and of Peter Pan himself. But any Peter Pan fan knows that Peter Pan wears a V-neck top, nothing slightly resembling the prim and proper Peter Pan collared shirt.

So, how exactly did these collars get their name?

Well, I just read the potted history of its origins, thanks to Slate.com:

The costume that launched the trend was designed way back in 1905, for the first American stage production of J.M. Barrie’s play. Maude Adams, the Broadway star who played Peter, wore britches, a feathered cap, and a forest-y looking blouse with a white, rounded collar—a bit wider than the Peter Pan collars in vogue today, but otherwise quite similar.

And there you have it! You can read the full article.