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Hilton Head Car Show

Americans love their cars. They pretty much have to. With no thriving rail infrastructure and unreliable public transportation, it’s how most people here get around.

Nowadays most automobiles are imported from abroad, but years ago the United States was the largest and greatest automotive manufacturer in the world. Some of those classic cars are still around, and motorheads across America flock to car shows to get a glimpse of history.

We headed down to Hilton Head, South Carolina for this year’s Motoring Festival & Concours d’Elegance… Arriving by private plane, of course.

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Nah, just kidding!

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hilton Head Car Show Track

The event was held on a golf course – of which Hilton Head has many! It was the first day of November and 80 degrees in the shade. I’m still getting used to this whole not-needing-a-jacket thing down south!

We had gorgeous sunny weather to wander around the greens looking at beautiful cars.

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1966 Shelby GT350H

1966 Shelby GT350H

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1968 Mercedes-Benz 280SL Pagoda Style

1968 Mercedes-Benz 280SL Pagoda Style

1963 Ferrari 250 California Spyder SWB

1963 Ferrari 250 California Spyder SWB

The “Ferris Bueller” Ferrari was particularly popular. As he says in the film,” It is so choice. If you have the means, I highly recommend picking one up.”

Lots of other classics were on show. This VW van made me want to grab a surf board and head for the west coast.

1967 Volkswagen Type 2 21-Window Microbus Deluxe

1967 Volkswagen Type 2 21-Window Microbus Deluxe

But if I could have my pick of any car at the show, it would be this wood-paneled Chrysler Town & Country sedan. Isn’t it a thing of beauty?

1947 Chrysler Town & Country Sedan

1947 Chrysler Town & Country Sedan

1947 Chrysler Town & Country Sedan

1947 Chrysler Town & Country Sedan

hilton Head Car Show 1947 Rolls Royce Silver Wraith

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Looking at all these magnificent automobiles just brought to my attention how badly I need to learn how to drive a manual transmission! I’m ashamed I’ve made it this far without having learned. I guess that’s what years of living in big cities with taxicabs and subway systems can do to a gal!

There were also some motorcycles thrown in the mix…

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1968 Triumph

1968 Triumph

But I think I found something small, sporty, and simply perfect for me – a vintage Borden’s ice cream trike!

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Since I always brake for ice cream!

It was a great end to a day at the car show.

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Le Chalet at Selfridges

Christmas is two weeks away!

And is this not the most enthusiastic face you’ve ever seen on a man about to head into the holiday hullabaloo that is Christmas shopping on Oxford Street?

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Our destination: Selfridges.

Essentially, the British version of Macy’s – and a magnet for retail tourism.

Their window displays have become a destination in their own right. Framed in twinkling pine boughs, this year’s theme is fairy tales. Leave it to a department store (founded by an American) to take the enchantment and imagination of childhood fantasies and sell them back to us as merchandising.

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Selfridges Window Display Gold Fairytale

Though the fairy tale theme is hardly original, consumers are especially susceptible to their familiar notions of romance and happiness during the holiday period. If, for some people, that happiness just happens to be Chinese handbags stamped with the name of a certain Project Runway star, who am I to judge?*

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Paddington Bear is back on the scene again.

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I even bumped into him as we staggered through crowds on the 4th floor Christmas Shop.

Selfridges Paddington

After checking our lists twice and whizzing through the queues for the register, we made tracks to the roof terrace for lunch at the Alpine-themed Le Chalet.

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Selfridges Le Chalet Table

Seated by the window with a view over Mayfair’s pink skies, we could wrestle our bags under the table and order a much-needed drink.

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Selfridges Le Chalet View

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And I’m not talking about a glass of chardonnay…

At Le Chalet, it’s all about the “Choctails”! Served from the hot chocolate bar, these cocoa toddies are deliriously sweet and incredibly boozy! Sip with extreme caution!

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Hazelnut "Choctail"

Hazelnut “Choctail”

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I ordered the Hazelnut, and it was blinkin’ delicious!

While the sugar rush hit our bloodstream, we ordered a few nibbles to fortify us through the rest of the shopping day ahead.

Gooey raclette with sliceds of dry cured beef, pickles and potatoes

Gooey raclette with sliceds of dry cured beef, pickles and potatoes

Selfridges Le Chalet Raclette

Cornish crab with pickled celeriac & mustard

Cornish crab with pickled celeriac & mustard

Peppered tuna with wasabi avocado

Peppered tuna with wasabi avocado

The interlude was just what we needed before round two of Christmas madness resumed.

Selfridges Yoda

A very jolly day out shopping, we had!

*His bags are selling like hotcakes to the English gals (seriously)! So out of awe and admiration to the guy, here’s a tribute to everyone’s favourite reality fashion show personality.

Tote to Self

Now that I’m married, I’ve been having that feeling of “what next?

And the only logical conclusion I could come to is – a new baby.

God no, not a child!

This baby…

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The J Crew Downing tote – monogrammed with my new initials of course!

Because why would I want to carry any other logo but my own?

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J Crew Bag Raw Monogram

J Crew Bag Pouch

I tucked the only two cards a Londoner needs into the interior wristlet – and headed off for dinner!

Destination Hawksmoor Knightsbridge to meet my fine lady friend for some goss, red wine..

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And to eat like dudes!

350 g’s of 55-day-aged rump steak, cooked medium rare, and drizzled with Stilton hollandaise? Don’t worry, I got this!

Hawksmoor Rump

Macaroni cheese

Macaroni cheese

 

Lobster roll with sriracha mayonnaise & yuzu

Lobster roll with sriracha mayonnaise & yuzu

We were so boss, in fact, we even manned up for dessert.

Hawksmoor Dessert

That peanut butter shortbread with salted caramel ice cream never saw what hit it…

Two London girls with callous appetites!

Tying the Knot: A Nautical Maryland Wedding

The most spectacular setting for a nautical wedding was a dazzling day in June on the immaculate waterfront grounds of the Inn at Perry Cabin. Located on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, it is a venue that oozes classic American style and relaxed luxury.

Organizing a wedding from London was not without its challenges, but we were thrilled to see so many long-imagined details come together on the day.

And the weather was just like I planned it – perfect.

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Custom Calligraphy Wedding Program by Laura Lavender

Custom Calligraphy Wedding Program by Laura Lavender

Silvery Seashell Ring Holder from BHLDN

Silvery Seashell Ring Holder from BHLDN

Something old was my mother’s veil. With it’s delicate emboidered flowers, the vintage double blusher went perfectly with the leather appliqued straps on my gown. It was meant-to-be.

Something new was my dress – a summery organza number by Valentino.

Something borrowed was a glittering pair of earrings borrowed from a newlywed best friend. I nervously brought them all the way from London to make sure I had plenty of sparkle power coming down the aisle.

Something blue (besides my sapphire ring, of course) was a delicate bracelet with a chic and simple blue charm, a last-minute gift from a bridesmaid.

And, by all means, the obligatory silver sixpence for my shoe!

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My gorgeous gal pals

My gorgeous gal pals

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Custom Nautical Wedding by Paperless Post

Custom Nautical Wedding Menu by Paperless Post

Sailboat Placecards by Third Cloud to the Left on Etsy

Sailboat Placecards by Third Cloud to the Left on Etsy

Nautical custom favor bags by Paper Source

Nautical custom favor bags by Paper Source

Hobnail cake by Sweet Hearts Patisserie, Annapolis

Hobnail cake by Sweet Hearts Patisserie, Annapolis

Sail & Anchor Wedding Cake Fork Set via Fancy

Sail & Anchor Wedding Cake Fork Set via Fancy

The setting, and the day itself, felt so effortless and surreal.

In fact, it was perfect.

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Mr. Scene didn’t want to be seen in this post, but I can promise you he looked marvelous, darling!

A big thank you to the team at The Inn at Perry Cabin and our wonderful officiant, the honorable William A. Potts, Sr.

Happily ever after to follow.

Flower Crafting at Kate Spade

Last night Kate Spade New York invited me for an evening of sips, snacks and flower crafting with Wild at Heart to celebrate the Chelsea Flower Show.

Upon arriving at their Sloane Square boutique, I was absolutely wowed by their bespoke tropical floral window display.

This takes the term wallflowers to the extreme!

Kate Spade flowers

Inside, there were handsome gents waiting at the door offering tropical beachy drinks!

Kate Spade coconuts

Beverage in hand, I made my way over to where the action was – the floral crafting table!

The ladies from local florist Wild at Heart were on hand giving demos on botanical crafts.

Kate Spade floral

Kate Spade floral demo girls

Under their watchful instruction, I tried my hand at creating a blooming hair piece.

It was very intricate work – I now have a higher appreciation for all the craftsmanship going into my custom floral pieces for the wedding!

Kate Spade floral demo

Kate Spade floral demo comb

Kate Spade floral demo dress

Kate Spade floral demo drink

It looks like I may have taken a little inspiration from the bags on display in eye-popping tropical colors!

Kate Spade bags

After finishing my flowery creation, I was able to browse around sipping a delicious, slushy caipirinha.

Kate Spade Floral Sofa

Kate Spade Things We Love

Kate Spade sofa

And before heading off to dinner, just one more peek at that window display!

Kate Spade outside

Kate Spade outside floral

The buzz around Sloane Square for the Chelsea Flower Show is infectious at the moment. I loved seeing all the shops with their own floral creations on display adding to the excitement.

We spotted a maze in the square and couldn’t contain our childish impulse to have a run through it.

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Maze Girl

Truly an a-maze-ing experience!

Now time to be good adults, and go to dinner with other grown-ups.

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Buckingham St James

And so we headed off across St James Park as dusk drew close. We will have to wait another day to come out and play again.

Concours of Elegance, St James’s

The Concours d’Elegance is an annual gathering of prestigious cars. This year it was held for the first time inside the grounds of St. James’s Palace. Over sixty of the world’s rarest classic cars were shown in the gardens of Marlborough House. This glamorous event provided the perfect Autumn day to enjoy the stylish hospitality of the owners and their guests while admiring these sleek works of art.

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1907 Darracq 18hp Double-Phaeton

1907 Darracq 18hp Double-Phaeton

1955 Jaguar D-Type

1955 Jaguar D-Type

1964 Jaguar 'Semi-lightweight' E-Type

1964 Jaguar ‘Semi-lightweight’ E-Type

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1958 Maserati Eldorado

1958 Maserati Eldorado

Competed in the Race of Two Worlds at Monza in 1958

Competed in the Race of Two Worlds at Monza in 1958

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1957 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster

1957 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster

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1930 Stutz SV-16 Monte Carlo Wewmann Body

1930 Stutz SV-16 Monte Carlo Wewmann Body

1928 Bugatti Type 35B

1928 Bugatti Type 35B – same paint and patina as when it won the first ever Monaco Grand Prix

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Le Club 55

Lunch at Club 55 is a Saint-Tropez institution – and it’s always the first place I make a beeline for upon my arrival in the French Riviera. This shabby chic beach club offers everything you could possibly need for a day on Pampelonne beach: a popular restaurant, a luxury gift shop and, of course, the sea!

I arrived mid-morning and padded up the decked path lugging my straw beach tote to claim a prime waterfront spot for my lounger.

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You can tell it’s nearly lunchtime when the super yachts start to converge near to the coast. Celebrities are shuttled in on inflatable dinghys to the club launch as everyone makes their way to the restaurant behind the dunes.

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I sprang for the crab special to start, followed by the gambas, which I dunked with fervor in the tamarind aioli. Simple, light dishes – mostly grilled – and presented with minimal fanfare.

On the way back to the beach, I popped into the boutique for a souvenir – which was quite an ordeal with so many beautiful things to chose from!

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I whiled away the rest of the afternoon’s golden rays sipping citron pressé at the beach bar, swimming, and prowling up and down the launch waiting for my ship to come in…

Only I think it already has.