Thursday, December 13, 2012

Still Learning

{AKA, British Fashion, Henry VIII and Curry!}

Get over the idea that only children
should spend their time in study.  Be
a student so long as you still have
something to learn, and this will 
mean all your life.

~ Henry L. Doherty

As a resident of a
cold winter climate,
I was eager to see
what women who live
in jolly old England
wear to stay warm 
and toasty on damp, chilly
winter days, when my
family recently visited 
our London relatives 

Riding London's
public transportation
for seven days, I was
able to study local
fashion on work days
and on the weekend.

That's the London Look,
explained Laura, my 
blogging friend and 
American ex-pat, who
lives outside this
amazing city, when we
discussed the fashionable 
ensemble I saw time
and again......

Window shopping!

The London Look:

An oversized tunic
length sweater.
Cozy tights ~ smooth
or wooly; usually black.
Boots.  Riding boots,
low boots, high heeled
boots, Ugg boots; it's
all good.
 A scarf wrapped around
the neck.  Any fabric will
do, but usually wool.
A cute coat.  The lady-
like cut with nipped in
waist and skirted bottom
was a favorite of mine.

All ages and sizes wore
the London look, even
though the tunics could
be quite short. It's warm,
it's practical, it's easy,
and it's chic!

{I've adopted this fashion
back at home and even
convinced a few friends
to try it, too.}  

We discovered a lot about
Henry VIII on our trip,
between visits to the Tower
of London and an excursion
to his pleasure palace,
Hampton Court.

And while we personally
would not have enjoyed
being his subjects, it
certainly peaked our
curiosity about the Tudor
era of English history.

10 miles outside of Central
London, Hampton Court
is situated next to a small
village.  It was here that
I met my blogging friend 
at a Lebanese cafe on the
high {main} street.

In years past, when I
thought of British food,
things like fish and chips
or Yorkshire pudding 
sprang to mind, but not 

Besides the Lebanese food,
we experienced delectable Indian, 
Italian, Thai and French foods, 
as well as that reliable favorite,
English pub food.

It was all wonderful.

One particular culinary
surprise was my family's
new fondness for curry.  
Not something that I'd
normally whip up, this
scrumptious introduction
was made to us by my
aunt and uncle on our
first night in London.

Who knew?

Blogging pals ~ Sweet Laura and Me

From fashion to history,
savory curries to rides on
red buses and The Tube,
in a way, I felt like a 
student again.

A student of life.

And London?

It truly is like 
Forest Gump's 
box of chocolates:

You really don't know
what you're gonna get : )

But for us, what we
got was 


I hope to return again
someday, to keep on
learning and to take

Are you a student
of life?


all pics: P&H


NanaDiana said...

I AM a student of life- I hope to never stop learning. I just had a birthday and got a Rosetta Stone Spanish course. I can't wait to get started.

I love the English look- it's very chic-casual yet dressy. Blessings-xo Diana

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

What a great post, Suzanne...LOVE your wonderful photos...OH I would love to visit there! And I went and bought myself some tights!

Trish @TheOldPostRoad said...

What an awesome trip! One thing (of many) that I learned a few years ago that I still find fascinating (speaking of Henry VIII) - we took a day trip from London to Cambridge and toured Kings College chapel. The stained glass was from the 1500s and the top portion depicted an event in the old testament and the bottom portion was the parallel meaning from the new testament. The King James bible was not even in circulation then! (They knew more about the bible back then than most of us know, now, even with the internet.) The portion of the church completed by Henry VIII was overdone and pompous while the portion by an earlier king was focused on God. Here is an informative article about the "chapel"
Always more to learn!!!

Roses, Lace and Brocante said...

Oh yes I'm most definitely a student of life.
Hello Suzanne, I'm ashamed it's been so long since I've popped in to see you - and I'm immediately in sync as I love London too (for a visit), I couldn't live there, like I could live in PARIS.... but it is an exciting city with an enormous history to tell.

The London look suits me - especially the winter clothes - I love the Sloane Ranger look.

I'll be back to say hello again soon!~

Joyeux Noël
Shane ♥

Elaine @ Sunny Simple Life said...

What beautiful shots you took. I hope to visit England one day. On my bucket list.

Terra said...

Oh yeah, I keep on reading and writing and learning because it's fun and it feeds my soul. I especially like the last photo of yours and like you, I find the Tudor period fascinating. "The Other Boleyn Girl" by Philippa Gregory is a good novel about that period and so is the C.J. Sansom series.

Farmgirl Paints said...

I loved going to England AS a student. That's where Honey and I fell in love;) You transported me there. Seriously girl I could just read and reread your words. I hope you are still thinking of writing a book. It would be a shame if you didn't. Of course my favorite thing about reading your blog is that I can hear you reading it to me. So glad I know your voice...miss it!

michele said...

yep. and sittin in the front row. taking notes. and always coming away with more questions than answers.


Hindustanka said...

your pictures are so beautiful....the description of the Londoners' winter clothing is something I also like to wear.all cozy, warm and comfortable :)
The stained glass window is incredibly beautiful!
Glad you had a nice meeting with your blogger friend:) Take care and keep warm.

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

THere is no other way to live but to have a mental pencil and pad at the ready, and to welcome CHANGE into your life! What better way to learn than to go out of your style and enter into the world of others! Oh Suzanne, LONDON is a place that I must see one day. France was always my focus, and still is, bien sûr! But since blogging and "meeting" new friends abroad, I have got to see this place that has evoked a love in me for things that I just take for granted. We here in the U.S.A. were "made in England" and I know I have never stopped to think about the British roots we have here and live by. But to see the country where it all began would be a thrill. AND NOT TO MENTION THE FASHION! I think you look super in THE LOOK and not only is it a gorgeous look, it is so practical!

Thank you for coming to visit me yesterday! No, I did not take the header pics, but I am practicing, little by little, how to use my new Canon. AND as soon as I am done with my paper wedding dress that will be in Paperista's window on France Ave., I will let you know. I would just LOVE to meet for tea!!

Have a glorious Friday my dear! Anita

The enchanted home said...

What a wonderful trip! You look tres chic in the "London look" and I have to say even on this side of the pond, that's how I like to dress, comfy, cozy and still chic. Yes I am one of those that still loves to learn and very much consider myself a student of life who cannot do enough in a day...lets hope that energy stays with me a long long time (as my bucket list grows by the day)! Enjoyable post Suzanne!

Jenny Short said...

Suzanne, you learned an amazingly lot in your stay. I know you are a LEARNER. I want to see moe of your trip. Merry Christmas.

Alicia said...

i honestly cannot imagine being dream come true! henry VIII and that whole time period are so intriguing. i'm reading about years earlier and the houses of york and lancaster right now. so interesting. yes, i'm still student. hope i always am :)

Happy Homemaker UK said...

It was such a treat to show you a little bit of 'my' England. After 2+ years of living here, I still have so much to learn! I LOVED finally meeting you in person after all this time and your adorable family as well. Love seeing your gorgeous photos :) XOL

Joanna said...

.....and you went to Hampton Court??!! Another of my favourite places :) I bet it was chilly there, wasn't it?! Gorgeous photos of London - visiting THIS year and at Christmas was the BEST idea! I'm hoping to pop up tomorrow - to window shop and go to Covent Garden to soak up the Christmassy atmosphere.

And yes, in answer to your question, I AM still a student of life and hope I always will be! I think it's kinda sad if you think you know everything there is to know about the world and its people.


Leslie said...

Such a wonderful post;) and I agree with everyone.. we must never stop learning. How wonderful to spend time with your friend. The style of clothing is similar to Seattle. Our cold, grey weather requires lots of layers, boots, and wool or cashmere leggings.

Suzanne, I hope you are enjoying the seasonal festivities with your family. Have a wonderful weekend!


susan@avintagefarmwife said...

Love, love, love the quote at the beginning of this post! I am a lifelong learner as well. As a matter of fact, I got 3 books from Amazon today about being the church to the poor and I can't wait to delve into them. I also enjoyed learning about the London look-I bet you rock it!

June said...

I hope so Suzanne. I find myself wanting to know more, do more, see more of this beautiful world. Understand things that confound me.
Someday I want to see this beautiful city and all of the British countryside. I am so glad you got to go. The photo of you and your friend Laura is so lovely. You are really a beautiful woman...inside and out!
I loved all the beautiful shots you captured on your trip. I almost felt like I was walking down the street with the crowd when I saw that photo with the bus.

Wishing you and your darling family a Merry Christmas!
sending hugs...

*Thank you so much for the sweet comments you leave for me. I don't think you know how much it means to me.

Jemsmom said...

I am totally a student of life! I love to learn and grow in some way each and every day! Hampton Court is fabulous, isn't it?!? I went there on my last visit. I love Tudor history! I am sort of a geek that way! I bought a poster of all the kings and queens lineage of England so I could make sense of it all! Ha! Your pictures are fabulous and I am off to find some cool boots! :-)

Iota said...

Came here from Laura's blog. Great post!

Stitchfork said...

A grand trip all around Suzanne! Looked like so much fun!

Jeanie said...

London, London! How I love it! I'm so glad you were able to spend time in this city of such wonderful, real style! The Henry stuff -- I love all that! Our time in London last spring was 36 hours... not enough, but I am committed to returning! I hope my next time is as lovely as yours!


How fun that you got to meet Laura.

And your long cute legs ... perfect for the London outfit.


Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Good morning beautiful lady!

I appreciate you coming by last night to leave a comment. I know for some friends, leaving a comment is not possible right now, for lack of words. I also thank you for thinking of us educators, who do have to live ON GUARD all the time in the classroom and outside of it, unfortunately. We have gone through many "IN CASE" drills and I have always taken them very seriously. I am SO PROUD of my colleagues in CT who gave their lives to attempt to save the little ones, and this whole thing has made me remember how every day in the classroom is a special occasion to celebrate the LIFE of each learner.

I wish you and your family a warm and memorable Christmas and thank you for another year of inspiring messages. LOVE TO YOU! Anita

Lili said...

Oh goodness this was such a treat to get a glimpse of your exciting trip to England. I particularly adore your last two images. WOW! xoxo