The thing is, between the house being painted, the basement being flooded, and my entire family heading to England on Thursday, it's been busybusybusy around here.
See, we're not just going to England to visit the Tower of London to drool over the Royal Jewels. Although that's definitely in the itinerary.
|Will you get a load of this? And this is the stuff that isn't locked up for tourists to gawk at.|
We're also going to be spending the week in Canterbury, being a visiting choir at the cathedral. And the preparations are dizzying.
First of all, we had to watch Becket.
|Richard Burton is OK, but Peter O'Toole leaves him sitting in the road.|
Because it would be remiss to visit Canterbury and not understand why the characters in the Tales were journeying to the cathedral in the first place.
Also, I'm very busy trying to plump up my family's flat American vowels so the tourists who hear us sing won't realize we're from Chicago.
Not that we won't sound good, but if I were a tourist at Canterbury Cathedral, I'd be a bit disappointed that the extremely professional-sounding choir (complete with angelic, soaring trebles) was actually American. I feel it only polite to disguise my Colonial origins. At least, while I'm singing.
The other thing keeping me busy is making sure we're all stocked with sufficient choir clothes. It is not, unfortunately, enough that we'll be wearing floor-length choir robes topped with knee-length surplices. We also have a dress code to adhere to as cathedral musicians: black skirts or pants topped with white blouses or shirts. Closed-toe black shoes. Neutral, white, or black hose. Or--thankfully--no hose.
Having done this before, I've managed to accumulate a significant stock of black pants (God bless Eileen Fisher)
sensible black closed-toe shoes,
|Chanel Cambon ballerina flats--way too logo-y, but INCREDIBLY comfortable|
|Haute Footure wedges by the very clever Taryn Rose|
and a nice collection of blouses.
Lafayette 148 is a favorite for these.
|Dear Fashion Gods: Enough with the ruffles. Those of us with a lot on our balconies would appreciate it. Thanks! Love, Poppy|
The gem of my blouse collection is one by Samuel Dong that I swear is made of the earth's supply of petroleum by-products. If I spill spaghetti sauce on it, I could probably clean it off with Windex. Which makes it perfect for travel.
|Let us not forget a stylish pair of wellies, should the weather prove inclement.|
And of course, there's the girl. Who is wont to declare that everything she once liked is now Woefully Out Of Style.
So while I get ready, do me a favor and come up with suggestions of fun, frivolous things to shop for in London. I plan to visit Boots and Top Shop. What about Mango? And are there any fabulous products for aging English complexions that I need to buy and bring back to the States? Any products that are imported to the U.K. but don't make it to the States?