Spotted! By Someone Else (Sob)

As I’m sure you can imagine, London’s a great city for celebrity spotting. It’s a fairly entertaining game, pretending not to be impressed when you brush up against someone famous. (My own personal highlight was breathing the same air as David and Victoria Beckham at Claridges, but that’s another story for another time.)

Last night, I abandoned all pretence of casual indifference when a friend announced she’d seen someone off the telly in a London bar recently. IT WAS ONLY Christina Hendricks aka Joan!

If you’re as interested as I was, here’s the low down:

  • She was wearing a powder blue cape sleeved dress. (Cape sleeved!)
  • She had circular vintage-style luggage.
  • She’s beautiful.
  • Her figure is quite as commanding in real life as you might imagine.

That is the end of this Public Service Sewcast.

In other news, if you want half an hour of the most utterly mesmerising time spent with a woman brimming with warmth and wisdom, I strongly recommend listening to this Desert Islands Disc podcast with voice coach, Patsy Rodenburg. Teachers, performers, parents, creatives – all of you! – will find much to empathise with. I defy you not to shed a tear at her story of falling in love later in life. Do share any thoughts with me afterwards. I’d love to hear your impressions.

Um. Sorry. Absolutely nothing here to do with sewing or knitting! Just, you know, life.

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13 Responses to Spotted! By Someone Else (Sob)

  1. I have a bit of a girl crush on Christina Hendricks. I don’t watch Mad Men, but she is brilliant in two episodes of Firefly.

  2. My other half works with very private members clubs and 5 star hotels and he comes home always asking me to guess which personality, celebrity he spotted that day. Some times more than one… Drives me bananas. No, I don’t want to know that you had a coffee next to Al Pacino or saw filming interviews with other big movie starts. Not fair !

  3. helensimply says:

    Excellent, informative post! keep up the good work!

    ….i also like the sewing and knitting ones too!

  4. I don’t think you should suffer any reservations about your post not being sewing related — I’m sure half your readers are planning some kind of Joanie dress sometime soon. (And yes, soon as I finish typing this, I’ll be googling cape sleeves.)

    On the subject of sleb-spotting, about 2 years ago walking from Soho to Charing X, I spotted the White Stripes, Jerry Springer AND Roger Daltry! AND I was wearing my New Look 6459 (see what I did there?!)

  5. Portia says:

    Hmmm, I used to work in Wardour Street which was pretty good for slebs, apparently! All I can tell you was that when I walked passed Gary Linekar, I was mesmerised by how smooth his skin was and Phil Jupitus really does stroll about in those retro teddy boy suits you see him in on Never Mind the Buzzcocks. Oh, and Jeremy Clarkson ripped the hell out of my sales manager for the car he drives, he he! My brother however (jammy b**stard) got chatting to Kevin Spacey at the theatre where he is creative director! KEVIN FRIKKIN SPACEY!!!!
    Nice post. Plenty of sewing inspiration 🙂
    Px

  6. Rachel says:

    That is fabulous! I literally just started watching Mad Men yesterday. I love Joan, I definitely want to have the confidence of Joan.

  7. Felicity from Down Under says:

    I claim to know what cape sleeves are but as to the rest? I don’t think it’s a problem at all that you still find life in London exciting, it’s a gift. Most of us probably would have become blase about it all after 20 years. That you haven’t is a great credit to your enthusiasm for life and sewing and everything else.

    And, you know, celebrities are just people and sometimes not very nice ones.

  8. MrsC says:

    Ooh, I am so envious! Recently tried stalking Stephen Fry but even in little Wellington I couldn’t find him! When in Rye last year we were warned that it is a hotbed of celebs and sure enough we spotted Tom Baker (Number four, my favourite!!) but I got all shy and couldn’t bring myself to go speak to him. Someone else did and they chatted for ages, while we pretended to look in the windows of shops over the road. Truly, truly sad!

  9. That is indeed very fine work on the part of your friend. My celebrity spotting mostly involves seeing news journalists in supermarkets: John Sargeant in M &S, Anna Ford in Waitrose. I can tell you’re impressed! X

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