A week of anniversary celebrations

On the 19th Dave and I celebrated our 18th wedding anniversary! Crazy how time flies when you’re having fun! It was a beautiful, hot day, and we were married and then partied at the Devonshire Arms near Bolton Abbey. We were both just starting new careers in London and we’d never have predicted where we are now.

18 bloody years ago tomorrow!!! #anniversary #shitsandgiggles #ilovehimsomuch #boltonabbey #thedevonshirearms @boltonabbeyestate

18 bloody years ago tomorrow!!! #anniversary #shitsandgiggles #ilovehimsomuch #boltonabbey #thedevonshirearms @boltonabbeyestate

18 bloody years ago tomorrow!!! #anniversary #shitsandgiggles #ilovehimsomuch #boltonabbey #thedevonshirearms @boltonabbeyestate

The 19th this year was on a Monday – so that was a no no to a night out. Our children are night owls and would end up staying up later than we did if we had gone out! So it was a lovely lunch instead and then dinner out on Friday night.

Off out for a lovely lunch with the husband for our 18th wedding anniversary! ❤️❤️❤️ #thisis45 #pixiecut #nothingbutpixies #shorthair #liketkit #fbloggers #fbloggersuk #fblogger #ootd #wiwt #outfitpost #outfitinspo #instafashion #instastyle #40plusstyle #everydaystyle #over40fashion #mumontherun #dresslikeamum

Shoes – Chloé // Dress – Zara // Bag – Givenchy

Love this man so much - he can irritate the f*ck outta me at times but makes me laugh so much it's worth it❤️

Beautiful evening in Atlanta and we're off out for a belated anniversary dinner! #ladyinred ❤️ #thisis45 #pixiecut #nothingbutpixies #shorthair #liketkit #fbloggers #fbloggersuk #fblogger #ootd #wiwt #outfitpost #outfitinspo #instafashion #instastyle #40plusstyle #everydaystyle #over40fashion #mumontherun #dresslikeamum

Dress – Zara // Shoes – Marks & Spencer // Bag – Gucci

#makeup #nars #redsquare #hourglass

In between celebrations it was a pretty regular week of work and meetings. Every Sunday I count my blessings that these days I love all my jobs – there were a number of years when Sunday evening depression crept in and Monday mornings were feared!

A fun day of coffee and lunch with my friends - so lovely taking time to see people who make you laugh and just GET you:) My new business venture is the therapy I never knew I needed and I get PAID for it:) Skirt is Zara, Tee is Splendid, boots are Dickers and denim vest is Target! #thisis45 #pixiecut #nothingbutpixies #shorthair #liketkit #fbloggers #fbloggersuk #fblogger #ootd #wiwt #outfitpost #outfitinspo #instafashion #instastyle #40plusstyle #everydaystyle #over40fashion #mumontherun #dresslikeamum

Skirt – Zara // Boots – Isabel Marant Dickers // Bag – Givenchy // T-shirt – Splendid // Denim vest – Target

Back to black - first day of fall and still the high 80s here uuurgh! #thisis45 #pixiecut #nothingbutpixies #shorthair #liketkit #fbloggers #fbloggersuk #fblogger #ootd #wiwt #outfitpost #outfitinspo #instafashion #instastyle #40plusstyle #everydaystyle #over40fashion #mumontherun #dresslikeamum

Jeans – Zara (old) // T-shirt – AllSaints (old but currently a 20% off code on end of summer here with code PROMO20) // Shoes – Gucci (old)

Flying around like a blue arsed fly today! Gym, walk and catch up with friend, new running shoes, lunch and just in time for school busHELLO Friday! #thisis45 #pixiecut #nothingbutpixies #shorthair #liketkit #fbloggers #fbloggersuk #fblogger #ootd #wiwt #outfitpost #outfitinspo #instafashion #instastyle #40plusstyle #everydaystyle #over40fashion #mumontherun #dresslikeamum http://liketk.it/2pf9a @liketoknow.it #liketkit ☝️☝☝ dress details in link in bio

Dress – H&M // Denim vest – Target // Shoes – Dolce Vita // Bag – Givenchy

Could your skin be better?

I am a self proclaimed product junkie. Or I was. Let me explain. I have bought everything – you name a brand I have tried it – everything from drugstore own brands to Charlotte Tilbury, La Mer and Perricone MD. Nothing has changed my skin dramatically.

Now I don’t have terrible skin – but I’ve smoked, I’ve drunk more wine than I should and I’m 45 – gravity is not my friend. Oh and I have baked in the sun WAY too much over the years. This has all resulted in what I thought was skin that really couldn’t be improved too much except with medical intervention like needles and tucks. I’ve done botox and fillers – but quite honestly I would much rather spend my money on clothes than injections every 3-6 months.

My friend Trish then introduced me to Rodan + Fields. I’d never heard of them before. Trish sent me a few before and after photos of consultants and customers who had used it and, full disclosure, I was so impressed with what I saw that I invested in the company and became a consultant without having even tried the products!

I have been using the Reverse regimen in the morning and the AMP roller, eye cream, lip serum and night serum in the evening (all the product packages contain 2-3 month of product). After 2 weeks the improvement in tone, firmness, brightness, of my skin is remarkable. Consistent use of these products has improved my skin more than I ever imagined a product could.

You can see from these photos – no filter – same time of day and no make up that

  • under my eye is firmer
  • my scar under my lip is disappearing
  • the skin under my chin is firmer
  • the age spots around my eye are fading
  • the sun freckles on my forehead and cheek are fading
  • my lips are smoother
  • best of all my skin looks healthier, pores are smaller and I have a glow!

My girlfriend actually said I looked like I had lost 10lbs off my face – well the scales unfortunately don’t agree but I’ll take it!

Rodan + Fields

Now the brand is only available through consultants like myself – but if you are interested in trying the products for yourself then don’t hesitate to contact me via joanna@poppys-style.com or just sign up as a preferred customer, risk free, to receive 10% discount, free shipping and a full 60 day guaranteed refund if you don’t love the products.

Sorry to those outside the US and Canada hopefully we’ll be available to you soon! Australia is coming in the next few months!

Back with more style and fashion tomorrow!

 

New H&M treasures!

I always find H&M very hit or miss. I hate going into their stores here as it’s impossible to find anything – they stuff their racks full of items and there seems to be no rhyme or reason where they put stuff in the store. Having said that it is almost essential to go in the store and try things on as their sizing is SO random.

A lot of new items have just hit the website here – including the Studio Line. Stock up your cart – in the US you can get 15% off with code 1932 and apply free shipping with code 0040. I mentioned these boots the other day and the red still aren’t stocked in my size!

H&M boots

These are going to be really polarizing – BUT – imagine them with black cropped kick flares – I think they are da bomb!

black patent boots

These are lovely ankle boots and a great price – available in beige and navy.

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Their knitwear is FABULOUS – so many great choices – I wish it was cooler here so I can start wearing them now!

I ADORE this pink sweater.

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A softer pink mohair mix here – I have this in the baby blue too.

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Last year I bought a green sweater with a shirt tail hem – I love it – so much easier than wearing a shirt under a sweater but you get the same effect of layering. This one is similar and I love the wide cuffs.

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So a few winter items have been ordered – now I just need winter to appear here with gusto – I lose 2 weeks of cold weather too this Xmas as we are off to Costa Rica! Bring on the cold!

Today I am wearing my new H&M bomber jacket – it’s great quality and quite thick – I sized up for a looser fit to a US 12

jacket-2Shoes – Zara // Jeans – Zara (old) // T-shirt – J.Crew (old) // Bag – Stella McCartney // Jacket – H&M

Yesterday I dusted the Newburys off for the first time this season! I LOVE wearing them – they really are my favorite boot – comfortable yet high enough to extend the legs!

mangoshirt4Boots – Newburys // Jeans – Zara (old) // Shirt – Mango // Bag – Stella McCartney

New shoes!

Yes more new shoes – the only items in my closet guaranteed to fit me all year round, from year to year! I haven’t worn heels for a while so I was nervous about these but resistance was futile. I’ve ordered all 3 colors – if you are in the US you can get 20% off with WELCOME20

ms-shoesShoes – Marks and Spencer // Top – Mango sale // Jeans – Zara (old) // Bag – Stella McCartney

They are available in leopard, berry and black – I believe they also have khaki in store for those of you in the UK – I’d love to see those!

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Given the height of them they are incredibly comfortable and I went for my regular UK 6 so I would say they are true to size.

It was a hectic weekend here in our house. On Saturday I hosted a brunch for my new business – it was wonderfully successful and a lot of fun! I wore my & Other Stories dress from the sale – I felt so feminine in it!

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As for the past couple of days here’s what I have been wearing!

ballerinasShirt – H&M // Jeans – Zara (old) // Shoes – Zara // Bag – Stella McCartney (as above)

allsaints-riviera-dressDress – AllSaints Riviera // Jacket – Zara // Shoes – Adidas Gazelles // Bag – Stella McCartney (as above)

Oh and lastly check out these beauties from the new H&M Studio collection – they also come in red but most sizes are out of stock in that color – $149 for a pair of fabulous leather boots – I love them!

These @hm are frickin awesome - they come in red too and hoping they restock sizes! Just $149☺️

Fall Dresses

So Labor Day has come and gone and it seems the weather here is all to aware of it. Its still beautiful and warm but the humidity has dissipated making everything 100x more comfortable!

I’ve been able to wear my denim jacket for the past 2 days!

other stories dressShirt dress – & Other Stories // Sneakers – Adidas Gazelles // Jacket – Gap // Bag – Mansur Gavriel

H&M dressDress – H&M (on sale here) // Shoes – Dolce Vita // Jacket – Gap // Basket – H&M

Last night these beauties arrived – I can only see them in stock here at Net-a-porter – they are selling like hotcakes!

I think I might sleep in themDetails on where to buy these @sam_edelman beauties in my bio link or here - they're selling like hot cakes!!  http://liketk.it/2p8tG @liketoknow.it #liketkit #thisis45 #pixiecut #nothingbutpixies #shorthair #liketkit #fbloggers #fbloggersuk #fblogger #ootd #wiwt #outfitpost #outfitinspo #instafashion #instastyle #40plusstyle #everydaystyle #over40fashion #mumontherun #dresslikeamum #samsgirls

Obsessed with them!!! Details on where to buy these @sam_edelman beauties in my bio link or here - they're selling like hot cakes!!  http://liketk.it/2p8tG @liketoknow.it #liketkit #thisis45 #pixiecut #nothingbutpixies #shorthair #liketkit #fbloggers #fbloggersuk #fblogger #ootd #wiwt #outfitpost #outfitinspo #instafashion #instastyle #40plusstyle #everydaystyle #over40fashion #mumontherun #dresslikeamum #samsgirls

Obsessed with them!!! Details on where to buy these @sam_edelman beauties in my bio link or here - they're selling like hot cakes!!  http://liketk.it/2p8tG @liketoknow.it #liketkit #thisis45 #pixiecut #nothingbutpixies #shorthair #liketkit #fbloggers #fbloggersuk #fblogger #ootd #wiwt #outfitpost #outfitinspo #instafashion #instastyle #40plusstyle #everydaystyle #over40fashion #mumontherun #dresslikeamum #samsgirls

While I was on the Sam Edelman site looking for them I spotted these gorgeous things – another great Gucci tribute – these are blue velvet or magenta suede but also come in other colors.

talia Collage

Finally just a quick note to let you all know that I recently started another business as a Rodan + Fields consultant – I adore their products and many of you have already been in touch with me regarding them. It’s an incredible opportunity to continue my journey as an entrepreneur. You can read more here. Thank you for your support!

Labor Weekend Mango code!

I LOVE Mango – I probably shop there more than Zara these days – their sizing seems more generous for my boobs! This weekend you can get 30% off when you spend more than $150 and 20% off orders over $100 (why you wouldn’t add the extra $50 and return if needed I’ve no idea!) – just use code 6OULABORDAY at checkout.

I’ve actually worn Mango for the past 3 days!

Mango dressDress – Mango Outlet // Shoes – H&M // Bag – Hill & Friends

mango pink dressDress – Mango // Bag – Gucci // Shoes – Marks and Spencer (old)

Mango shoesShoes – Mango // Jeans – Zara (old) // Top – Mango // Bag – Stella McCartney

Of course I made use of the code too and I’ve ordered these beauties

Checked sweater

check sweater

Oversize sweater

oversize sweater

Slip dress

lace slip dress

I thought the blue sweater will look great with these boots I mentioned the other day – I ended up buying these as they are selling out everywhere – they still have several sizes here on Net-a-porter.com though.Cambell boot

Moving on – after seeing these shoes on Frances on Instagram I’ve ordered the berry and the leopard print. If you are shopping on the US site use WELCOME20 for 20% off!

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They have black in store too in the UK, but I cannot see them online yet.

Finally I’ve been stalking the H&M site for this top since seeing it on Ashley – it’s finally arrived in the US!

sequin top

 

Fall shopping in 90 degree heat…

I hope you all had a great Bank Holiday weekend in the UK! We have our long weekend here this week for Labor Day. Labor Day traditionally signals the end of summer but in Georgia it will be in the 80s till well into October! Having said that the heat doesn’t stop me from thinking about all things Fall!

I’ve already ordered this awesome jacket. Zara have a similar version but I prefer the Mango one as the fabric is a short furry fabric…softer and more appropriate for leopard print – at least I think so!

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I’ve also ordered these dresses. Yes I know, I know…I couldn’t decide which color so ordered both! Not to mention they are a great price. How cool will they look with a biker jacket or the jacket above to give them a little attitude!?

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I did a little survey on these boots the other day on Instagram. I was torn – I love the blue but they are higher than the brown and pink. Both are stunning and perfect with dresses or jeans. I think I’m going for the higher blue pair

Cambell boot Taye boot

These are on my MUST HAVE list for winter – but I will try and wait for these, hoping they won’t sell out!

Sable boot

Finally I have just ordered this sweater from Zara – it comes in mink, khaki and grey. How fabulous is it with either skinnies (with the boots above!) or boyfriend jeans – so slouchy.

Zara sweater

Oh how I love dressing for Fall and Winter – I really do live in the wrong part of the world!

Poppy and I had fun the other day – I did my own #2 undercut – so easy, a little nerve wracking, but easier than anticipated!

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Here’s what I’ve been wearing recently – making the most out of my dresses!

Yara sandalDress – H&M // Sandals – Birkenstock Yara // Bag – Mulberry Bayswater

Zara dressDress – Zara // Shoes – Castañer // Bag – Proenza Schouler

Madewell dressDress – Madewell // Shoes – Marc Fisher // Bag – Mansur Gavriel

Biker boots

I have at least another month of hot weather here so it is hard to fathom that the Fall issues of Vogue and Harper’s are now hitting my mail box. It always gets me quite excited about sweaters, boots and coats but this year I have resolved not to bring them out too early, and wait for the appropriate weather, instead of forcing Fall on my closet!

At the end of last winter I sat pretty smugly saying to myself ‘I won’t need to buy anything new next winter!’. Ha Ha Ha! As if! The first thing on my list for this autumn/winter season is a pair of biker boots. As you know I pretty much have every style of boots available – too many Rag & Bone Newburys, Isabel Marant Dickers, Chloe Susannas and Stuart Weitzman over the knee boots – oh and a pair of Rag & Bone Chelsea boots bought off The Outnet last year. Believe it or not I do not have a pair of biker boots to wear with skinny jeans and an oversized sweater. The more I search Pinterest for inspiration the more I know I really need a pair…ok want a pair….

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Images via Pinterest

This is the pair I have just ordered – AllSaints have the most amazing boots but they are usually so expensive. These Shoreditch boots are 50% off with an extra 20% off using code Extra20. They only have the chocolate color left though I have to say this is my preference anyway over black. I think they are far less severe and will age far better than black. They are also the perfect height as they can be teamed with both skinnies or rolled up boyfriend jeans.

Allaints Shoreditch boot

There are only a couple of sizes left in this Kawai Shearling boot – but well worth looking at just for the fact that it is shearling lined! So cozy for winter.

AllSiants Kawai shearling boot

Frye is always a go to brand for boots – boots that will last a lifetime and priced to reflect that, but I have found a couple of discounted pairs too. These are my favorites.

The Frye Vicky Engineer – simplicity with the necessary buckles.

Frye Vicky

The Frye Veronica Tanker – available in black too – just love this with the wrap buckle detail.

frye veronica tanker

The quintessential Frye Veronica Slouch – 24% off here too! Available in brown too.

frye veronica slouch

The Frye Veronica shortie – and this color is superb for a change from black, but it’s such a popular boot it comes in about 10 other colors!

frye veronica shortie

The Frye Natalie mid is – as it suggests a mid height. I adore this in charcoal – again softer than black.

Frye natalie mid

The Frye Natalie is slightly shorter with the single buckle and comes in 5 leather finishes here.

Frye Natalie

I absolutely love the Frye Valerie tall – the buckles are fabulous. They also do a shorter version here which is also shearling lined.

Frye valerie

Similar and perfect for toughening up a girly dress are the Veronica belted tall boots. Also available in a cognac leather.

Frye veronica belted tall

Or if you want the versatility of wearing with boyfriend jeans there is the Veronica short belted boot.

Frye veronica short belted

The Frye Jenna is another classic and a perfect height and it’s available here half price in black or brown.

Frye Jenna

How cool are these with the stud embellishment – the Veronica Stud Moto – 50% off too!

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The classic Frye Veronica is available here – all 4 colors are discounted slightly differently but the black are 42% off msrp!

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Next up Rag & Bone can’t go wrong with boots. I have a shorter version of these that I bought off The Outnet – but these are the classic biker boot with a more subtle stud rather than a buckle.

Rag & Bone

Finally while mentioning The Outnet – how about a classic pair of Belstaff biker boots at 65% off!!? Available in black or brown.

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So what’s your verdict on the biker boot? I can’t wait to receive my All Saints pair – comfort and a little edginess and perfect for crappy weather!

As for the past few days  it’s been a very lazy weekend that included a Sunday roast and lots of Olympics – I feel a void now they’re over! Today I’m back in the office on a cooler less humid day so the jeans are back out!

gold topshop shoesJeans – Zara (old) // Shoes – TopShop // Top – Mango (sale) // Bag – Mulberry Bayswater

ballet flatsShoes – Zara // Dress – Mango (sale) // Bag – Mansur Gavriel

denim shortsSandals – Madewell (25% off with code YESPLEASE) // Shorts – Madewell (old) // Top – Mango (sale)

The dog days of summer

Mid August in Georgia is just miserable…moan, moan, moan…hot, humid and hot! Thank goodness for AC! Though the AC in the office blows snowballs so a jacket is still required for inside! Today I have just a quick outift catch up from this week – it’s been a busy one now we are back at school and normal work weeks have resumed. Oh and yes I’ve been learning to drive a manual car again – not too much gear crunching thankfully! I still love my GTI and I’ve just about figured out the radio and all the buttons!

Mulberry bayswater, white jeans, Georgia, summer, summer styleShoes – Mango (old) // Top – Mango (old) // Jacket – H&M (old) // Bag – Bayswater // Jeans – Zara (old)

White jeans, sandals, Georgia, summer, summer style

Shoes – Nine West (old) // Jeans – H&M (old similar here on sale) // Top – Zara (old)

watermelon t-shirt, Nike Air Max, Mansur Gavriel, Cargo pants, Georgia, summer, summer style

Shoes – Nike Air Max // Trousers – Zara (old) // Top – H&M  (old)// Jacket – Mango (similar here new season) // Bag – Mansur Gavriel