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The British Invasion? Yeah, Yeah, Yeah!

The Beatles made musical history on the Ed Sullivan Show.

The Beatles made musical history on the Ed Sullivan Show. - EdSullivan.com

Although our independent streak runs deep, no doubt about it–we Americans love the Brits.  Ever since Paul, John, George and Ringo landed on American soil in the 60’s, we’ve been humming a happy little British tune. And why not?  The Brits have `cool’ down in a way that makes us smile.

Nobody’s ever brought Jane Austin's most famous fella to life quite like Colin Firth.

Nobody’s ever brought Jane Austin's most famous fella to life quite like Colin Firth. - BBC.co.uk

On the big screen, Colin Firth makes girls ’round the globe swoon (me, too) whether he’s Mr. Darcy, the object of Bridget Jones’ obsession, stuttering in The King’s Speech or the voice of sweet ol’ Paddington Bear (just announced).

Then there are the heavy-hitters who reign here, there and everywhere: Bond -James Bond- and the Queen.

 An unlikely team (Bond, Queen & a pair of portly pooches) spoof the 2012 Olympics.

An unlikely team (Bond, Queen & a pair of portly pooches) spoof the 2012 Olympics.

And pop culture pin-ups, Prince William and Prince Harry (no worries–you can still marry Harry!).

Heirs to the throne on a night out.

Heirs to the throne on a night out. - Royal.Gov.UK

Our kissing cousin Brits are ruling the waves of fashion here, too:

Kew Spring iPhone 5 case

Kew Spring iPhone 5 case - CathKidston.com

Cath Kidston is covering everything in sight (my iPhone, included) with fields of flowers in unexpected colorations and pattern pairings.

Hunter wellies--fashion must-haves?  Who knew?!

Hunter wellies--fashion must-haves? Who knew?! - usa.hunter-boot.com

Hunter wellies are everywhere and people aren’t even waiting for rain to wear them.

But the real clue to me that that Brit style is here to stay was when hot-shot designer LuLu Guiness (whose tony bags cost more than my mortgage) turned up in JCPenney with bags we all can afford.

Lulu comes to us commoners.

Lulu comes to us commoners. - JCPenney.com

Now Brit style is coming home to roost, but with an American twist.

The Melange Union Jack chest delivers storage that's salute-worthy and stylish.

The Melange Union Jack chest delivers storage that's salute-worthy and stylish.

The Melange Union Jack chest reinvents the classic flag motif into a modern geometric pattern.

The Estate Tier Console Table is a class act.

The Estate Tier Console Table is a class act.

Like America, the Tier Console Table from Hooker Furniture’s Estate Collection is a melting pot.  It’s a tad Tudor, a tad Downton Abbey.

The Ulrice True Corner Wedge chair adds a touch of the unexpected.

The Ulrice True Corner Wedge chair adds a touch of the unexpected.

The Ulrice True Corner Wedge chair from Bradington-Young corners the market on style with its hip remake of a classic English look done up in lipstick red.

Are the British coming?  Nah, they’re already here.  Are we glad?  Yeah, yeah, yeah.

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  • Nancy Deptolla October 3, 2013, 8:42 pm

    Love this! Talk about the best of the land across the pond …! Reminds all of us Anglophiles why we love England so much…

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