This is a fairly comprehensive list of sales this weekend along with the codes!
This is a fairly comprehensive list of sales this weekend along with the codes!
Back in January WhoWhatWear.com launched it’s collaboration with Target. Their clothes are lovely on trend pieces – and all under $50. I picked up this beautiful blush dress the other day, and in black too. It is so easy to wear either as off the shoulder or on the shoulder and I find the length really flattering. It’s the perfect summer dress and just $34.99 – oh and it goes with my & Other Stories espadrilles perfectly!
You may have noticed I have had my haircut again! One of the drawbacks of super short hair is that I can’t go longer than 4 weeks without a cut. I left Van Michael feeling amazing though after my cut with O’Neil. He really is the best.
Ok off to go and collect my Mum and Dad from the airport after their little jaunt to Florida! Then the kids are home from school…for the summer!!!! YAY!
Get these gorgeous boots here – at 55% off – be quick they will vanish in a heartbeat! All sizes available right now!
What a busy week! My mum and dad arrived on Tuesday just in time for Poppy’s 10th birthday on the 18th. It was quite cute at the airport – I collected Hugh and Poppy from school early as they had prepared welcome posters for Nana and Grandad!
On Wednesday, while the kids were at school, we went for some gentle shopping to DSW while the jet lag dissipated. Mum also loves to head to Ulta where she stocks up on OPI nail polish – one of the few things that is still cheaper here!
We came out of DSW empty handed but I did grab a couple of tops in the sale at Old Navy – somewhere I haven’t shopped for years. It made me curious so I checked out their website later and look at these amazing swimsuits – 40% off and a GREAT tribute to the incredibly expensive Marysia swimsuits. The one piece is currently sold out online but check stores, and I was told there would be more stock online soon.
I also saw similar on J.Crew’s website here, currently 25% off with code SUMMER.
On Wednesday evening we all went out to dinner for my gorgeous girl’s 10th birthday – how did this wee thing…
….end up this big?
Thursday meant a trip to Target. I was absolutely surprised how many things I loved! Check out what ended up in my cart!
This denim jacket is fabulous – so soft and I love the sweatshirt sleeves and hoody.
I’ve ummed and ahhed over a denim waistcoat/vest forever and now have this one at just $29.99.
I love this top that I picked up too – can’t have too many pretty white tops in the summer!
Finally – how cute is this dress for nights out in Istanbul!? I love it!
Mum left Target with more nail polishes! How come she goes shopping and I spend more??? 🙂
On Friday evening we were lucky enough to have tickets for Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson. My Husband and I have seen Willie before and knew it would be a great treat for Mum and Dad. Unfortunately it was an outdoor venue and the rain was pretty constant – but with cheese and wine the audience loved it. As a massive bonus President Carter, a big Willie fan, was in the audience and he and Rosalynn joined Willie to sing Amazing Grace. Moving stuff. My favorite moment of the night though has to be the legend, Kris Kristofferson, singing one of his most famous songs – ‘Me and Bobby McGee’.
Of course you can always use your M&S bag to stay dry 🙂
Mum and Dad are now in Fort Myers for a few days so normality has resumed here – at least till Wednesday when they return and school finishes for the summer!!!!
It’s rare that a hot ticket item comes back on trend almost 8 years after it first appeared on shelves, but in the case of the Chloe Susanna boots that is exactly what seems to be happening in 2016. I have several Instagram friends – ChloeLovestoShop and KateHiscox to name just two – who have been filling their feed with the fabulous black version. We all agree they carry a hefty price tag but they can be worn with everything, all year round. Take a look at these images of the fabulous red pair I have for some inspiration.
I’m now slightly obsessed with this beige version available on pre-order at Nordstrom! They’d look amazing with bare legs or white denim.
Here I am in mine last Friday. I opted for a bit of column dressing and let the boots do the talking! These grey jeggings by the way are incredibly comfortable and just $17.99!
I’m in work out gear today, cleaning the house from top to bottom ready for my parents arrival tomorrow! I cannot wait to see them and the celebrate Poppy’s 10th birthday on Wednesday!
I admit – I’ve had these sitting in my closet since the beginning of April. I wanted to make sure I loved them before I wore them, as they are quite the investment. Having said that, I adore them. I bought them off the UK NAP site as they are considerably cheaper than here. If you are shipping to the US, once in your cart, the UK NAP site removes the VAT from the price and then adds £60 import duties – so they were actually even cheaper than you pay with a UK address. Shipping to the US is fast too.
I’ve detailed my love of this season’s mules here. Well, today I am wearing the gorgeous leather mules from & Other Stories. The black are sold out in the US unfortunately, but my lovely Mum has made room in her suitcase for them and is bringing them for me next week! The leather is fabulously soft and they fit true to size. These jeans are J.Crew. I have a lot of J.Crew and Zara jeans, but every time I wear the J.Crew jeans I wonder why I bother with denim from elsewhere. The denim is so soft and the fit is perfect for me. These are a 29″ and have a lovely stretch in them. They are often on sale too (extra 30% off in the US with code EXTRAEXTRA). These are the toothpick cut.
Finally for those of you who love a little sportluxe, like myself, check out these joggers from ASOS – just gorgeous and just $39!
I hope all you US based mamas had a fabulous Mother’s Day yesterday! I was greeted with lots of beautiful homemade banners and cards, a lot of thought had gone into them…well they both certainly know how to get on my good side!
It was a beautiful weekend here and we spent it 50:50 chores:fun! My Mum and Dad are visiting for a couple of weeks and arrive next Tuesday so I’m trying to get the house ship shape – which is challenging with 2 dogs and 2 kids…though Hugh has now realized that chores may be rewarded with dollars, so he is volunteering to do everything until he has enough money for a hover board! Later yesterday, once we had thoroughly exhausted all our desire to clean, I was treated to a lovely lunch at my favorite Mexican, with of course the obligatory margarita to wash it down with.
The summer clothes are now pretty much here to stay, and here are the outfits I wore over the weekend.
May is melanoma awareness month. I am, unfortunately, aware of melanoma every month. Around the age of 41 I noticed a new mole appear on the front of my left thigh. I had it checked at my annual skin exams and was reassured it was all normal. Last year, February 2015, my dermatologist decided to biopsy it. It came back as an in situ melanoma. I was shocked and horrified that a) my initial concerns had been ignored, and that it had taken 3 years to get a biopsy after naively believing my dermatologist that all was ok, and b) that I had cancer – a potentially lethal cancer if it had not been caught when it was.
Cancer of the skin is by far the most common of all cancers. Melanoma accounts for only 1% of skin cancer cases but causes a large majority of skin cancer deaths.
Here are the American Cancer Society’s estimates for melanoma in the United States for 2016:
The rates of melanoma have been rising for at least 30 years.
Much of this increased rate can be attributed to more vacations abroad to sunnier climates since the 1970s. I remember, as a teen, baking in Portugal and Tenerife with no spf, and even using baby oil to ‘intensify’ my tan. Two weeks in the sun each year meant making the most of it, and peeling shoulders were almost a badge of honor. As a young adult in the City I would lay on the sun bed at the gym after a work out. I know when the damage was done.
I am now fastidious about spf application – nothing less than factor 50 and I still have to be careful. I still love the sun, but now spend most of my time in the shade, where it is still possible to get too much sun! I really don’t want to preach – just raise the issue – especially as the UK is enjoying glorious sunshine right now. I expect there are many red faces in the office today. Wearing a facial sunscreen on your neck and face is also the best way to prevent aging – so there is really no reason not to!
This is how my thigh looked after having a tiny mole removed. They have to take a football shaped piece of skin off to ensure the margins were clear.
Today I still have a scar about 2 inches long that is a constant reminder to use that spf.
I thank my lucky stars that my mole was somewhere visible, even though it had none of the attributes of a melanoma – irregular shape, color or bleeding – my gut knew it was abnormal. If it had been on my back I may never have seen it to raise concerns. I am also thankful that when I moved to Atlanta friends told me how important an annual skin check is – never something that had even occurred to me in the UK.
These days I invest in a couple of rash guards each year, and wear them over my bikini in the sun. These from Athleta are my favorite as they have a zip a the neckline – making them easier on and off and more flattering. They come in lots of great colors too – I have the black and the purple in a medium.
On a final note – my 8 year old son recently had a mole removed for biopsy. It was clear, but I now take both children for annual skin checks too. Always better to be safe…melanoma doesn’t discriminate.
If you follow me on Instagram you may have noticed that my Husband and I celebrated a significant milestone on Monday – it was 25 years since we first hooked up, or started dating, however you want to call it! We were students in St. Andrews at the time and a few years ago I documented the evening here. Normally we celebrate this anniversary in a very low key fashion, leaving the extravagance to our wedding anniversary in September. Well my incredibly romantic husband ignored those rules this year and went above and beyond what was required or expected! We had a fabulous evening eating tacos and drinking margaritas – one I’ll remember for some time. Here’s to another 25 years and more!
At my graduation ball in 1992 in St.Andrews:
At my PhD graduation in 1996 at Royal Holloway College:
He made me a card with all the places where we have lived in our 25 years, with a tribute to Bowie too as he knew how much I loved him!
For our night out I wanted to stay pretty casual and comfortable. I adore my Isabel Marant Otway boots that I found on eBay!
It’s that time of year in Atlanta where you have to dress to be prepared for all types of weather. On Saturday we had what appears to be a small tornado rip through the neighborhood – trees and telegraph poles down, with loss of power for many. Today it’s getting hot again with horrid humidity from all the rain. Thank goodness for AC!
I’m having some technical difficulties this week – my phone died after getting soaked in the rain and now my laptop is on the blink – you realize how much we rely on these gadgets when they don’t work! So hopefully I’ll be back up and running soon but in the meantime check out Shopbop’s surprise sale – up to 40% off!
How serendipitous! Remember those dresses I blogged about the other day from & Other Stories? Well they are currently running a promotion with 20% off all dresses! Take advantage of it – my dress arrived yesterday and I adore it. Not to mention the new shoes! I put them both straight on today so ignore the packing creases – the humidity here today will sort them out!
I needed to do a quick tan top up on the legs but it is now easy as pie as I have discovered the best mitt and tanner that I have ever used, and I’ve used a lot so thank goodness the research has paid off at last! All the other mitts I have used have fallen apart after a few uses and washes. This one is a beautiful soft fabric with a waterproof liner so it can be washed and washed, and you won’t stain your hands.
The tanner I have started using is Vita Liberata. It’s pricy but it lasts for ages before you need to top up – 2-3 weeks, depending on how often you shower and exfoliate. It gives a great natural tan – in fact my dermatologist thought I had been in the sun and scalded me before I told here it was self tanner! It’s also 80% organic and has no nasty smell.
OK it’s Thursday and I’m off to start my weekend! Enjoy!