Memorial weekend outfits!

I hope you are all having a fabulous weekend! It’s a Bank Holiday in the UK and Memorial weekend here. The kids have finished school and we’ve been at the pool most mornings. We watched and enjoyed the Eurovision even though my kids are totally confused by it – and the atlas will be coming out later so they can fully understand why the Georgia that entered is not our Georgia!

We’re about to go for Mexican and it will be my first true test of not drinking. I’ve made a decision that I am going to abstain and I’m really happy about it, but Mexican with no margarita will be odd to say the least – well the first time anyway 😉 Not sure how long it will last – maybe forever, maybe a year, maybe a month – who knows but I feel the benefits already. It really wasn’t doing anything for my state of mind or waistline.

On Wednesday night I was out on a girls night out and had a lovely time but stayed out way too late!

AllSaints dress and Nine West peep toe Glyn bootiesDress – AllSaints // Booties – Nine West Glyn (on sale and 30% off!)

Also I ended up asking for a photo with Dennis Shroder who was enjoying a quiet moment with a hookah pipe outside a bar. Poor guy – a) I didn’t know who he was at first – but he was obviously a famous dude given the possé of chicks and guys around him, and b) the Hawks had just lost so he probably really did just want to be alone!

Dennis Shroder Hawks basketball

On Thursday my lovely husband took me out for lunch to celebrate the last week of school – long lunches are a thing of the past when the kids are at home – it’ll be picnics at the pool instead!

Zara topTop – Zara // Jeans – Diesel Fayza (massively discounted here) // Booties – Nine West Glynn (yes I have multiple colors – so easy to walk in even with a 3″ heel!)

Finally today and I’m just about to walk out the door for enchiladas – which I’ve sort of earned after a jog with the dogs!

Shorts Clogs – Lotta // Shorts – J.Crew (30% off with code WEEKEND – these are a 29″ and they are so comfy with lots of stretch) // Tunic – J.Crew (on sale plus an extra 30% off with code WEEKEND)

Enjoy the long weekend!!

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Best of the Memorial Weekend sales!

To be fair I hadn’t really considered all the sales taking place this weekend. I’ve been more focused on the Eurovision Song Contest taking place today. By the way if anyone can explain how Australia can be included in the ‘Eurovision’ I would love to hear – last time I checked Australia was not in Europe! 😉

Anyway back to the sales – it was actually Sue who reminded me about them all – I got a fairly frantic Facebook message from her yesterday asking me to make a Madewell order for her! They have a sale on plus an extra 30% off using code SWEET. Sue now has this jacket heading to me for an amazing $45 reduced from $138 – apparently it was £140 on NAP in the UK!

Madewell drawstring jacket

I also love this version without the belt massively reduced again from $158.

Madewell quilted jacket

Or how about this kimono jacket? I just love the color reduced from $110.

Madewell kimono jacket

These tops are beautiful and I have the first one here with the eyelet trim.

eyelet hem top

This one is also available in black.

lace top

Next up Asos – 20% off all weekend with code LONGWKND. My cart has these in them right now – I seem to have a thing for off the shoulder tops! What I really want is this one:

ManRepeller

Until I find it these are my picks:

striped off the shoulder top

floral top

This is also available in white:

broiderie top

This is also gorgeous in khaki:

peasant top

This Warehouse Gypsy top is available in white too:

Warehouse gypsy top

Finally another striped one which is perfect with denim shorts:

Vero Moda

 

That should keep you going for now but if you want to do some surfing by the pool this weekend here are some other codes to check out!

Banana Republic // 40% off

CODE: BRSUMMER

Barney’s Warehouse // up to 50% off sitewide

DATE: 5/19 – 5/26

Bloomgindales US, UK, AU // big brown bag sale – 20% off sale

CODE: SPRING20

DATE: 5/21-5/25

Boden // 30% off your order + free shipping and returns over $49

CODE: 3M3M

DATE: 5/22-5/25

French Connection // 30% off everything

CODE: FC30MS

DATE: ends 5/25

J.Crew // 25% off your order

CODE: SUMMERLOVE

Nordstrom// half-yearly sale, up to 40% off

DATE: 5/20-5/31

Sam Edelman // up to 60% off sitewide + free shipping/ returns

The Body Shop: buy 3 get 3 free + free shipping + free body butter with $60 purchase!

DATE: 5/20-5/25

 

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The Birthday Girl

Yesterday Poppy turned 9! I can’t quite believe I am the mother of a 9 year old. She loves hearing the story of her actual birth and everytime I detail it for her I feel a pang of sadness that it is so long ago – I don’t ever want to forget that day we welcomed our first baby into the world! She made us all wait till 6.30pm – her approx. time of birth – before we could ‘celebrate properly’! Chocolate fudge cake seemed to work well for that little celebration 😉

Birthday Cake

We ended up at Shake Shack for burgers – her favorite place for food, but I am more excited about traveling to NYC 2 weeks today, for a mother/daughter trip to continue her celebrations!

It’s the last week of school now, packed with conferences, school visits and lots of fun for them! It’s Memorial Day this weekend too, so we’re planning a very lazy weekend interspersed with various meals out and mini celebrations to welcome the beginning of summer! I must not forget to stream The Eurovision Song Contest on Saturday – one of my favorite events of the year 😉

Here are my outfits from the past couple of days – I seem to be reaching for the jeans at the moment!

AllSaints topShoes – Vince Claire // Jeans – TopShop Hayden // Top – AllSaints (old)

I love these Vince Claire d’Orsay pumps and the navy snakeskin is now on sale at Nordstrom with 33% off! I am normally a US 8.5 but wear  an 8 in these. Be quick there are several sizes available!

Vince Claire on sale

There are several versions of the Vince Nina on sale too!

Vince Nina snake skin

The nude version is even cheaper here with several sizes in stock.

vince-nina-d-orsay-flats nude

JCrew Regent jacketShoes – Adidas Superstar // Jeans – Diesel Fayza // Jacket – J.Crew linen Regent blazer in Kiwi // T-shirt – Splendid

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New sunglasses and new hair

I don’t buy a lot of accessories. I love a great bag, but I hate changing bags daily, so I don’t have too many. I don’t do necklaces, and these days I tend to stick to dainty studs in my ears. The one accessory I do enjoy buying, however, is sunglasses. I have about 10 pairs, which I don’t feel is excessive when I live in Atlanta with sunshine 12 months of the year – even when it’s cold the sun still shines! I tend to spend quite a bit on each pair – thankfully – touch wood – I haven’t lost or broken a pair yet. I’m really short sighted so I also have a couple of pairs of prescription sunglasses. Because I wear glasses for vision I think I am quite fussy about the comfort, weight and shape of glasses – sunglasses and prescription glasses. That’s probably why I always think it’s worth paying a little extra for a great pair. Well now you can have all that and at a great price point too.

Warby Parker started as an online alternative to expensive opticians and now they also have bricks and mortar stores, including one in Atlanta. They offer great quality eyewear at great price points along with the opportunity to do some good too –

“Almost one billion people worldwide lack access to glasses, which means that 15% of the world’s population cannot effectively learn or work. To help address this problem, Warby Parker partners with non-profits like VisionSpring to ensure that for every pair of glasses sold, a pair is distributed to someone in need.”

The other great thing about Warby Parker is that if you have no local store you can order a ‘try on’ kit. They will send you 5 frames to try at home before you make your final decision – how cool is that!?

I had seen this fabulous pair on their Instagram feed the other day, and on Wednesday I stopped by just to try them on…well you know how that goes 😉 I love them – and I now have a pair of super cool sunglasses with polarized lenses for just $95! Mine are the Banks in crystalized ginger – I’d quite like the sea smoke tortoise too which has gorgeous blue and grey shades in it.

Warby Parker Banks Warby Parker Banks

 

Banks Warby Parker sunglassesYesterday I spent most of the day in hair salons – either for me or the children! It’s exhausting – my husband laughs – but seriously all that talking, washing, dyeing, cutting and then dealing with kids confined in a salon – I was seriously beat last night!

I am still trying to grow mine a little but the fabulous O’Neil at Van Michael salon gave me a great shape and removed my mullet to sharpen it up a little. Lauren at Plum salon then colored it for me – though she deserves double for giving my son the best haircut ever – and believe me he is incapable of sitting still!

AllSaintsSneakers – Nike Air Force 1 // Jeans – J.Crew // T-shirt – AllSaints

HairHave a fabulous Friday – my day consists of housework, a run and then hopefully lunch with my husband! We have only one week left of school so I am trying to enjoy ‘my time’ before ‘summer family time’ kicks in!! x

*this is not a sponsored post – all opinions are my own and I bought the sunglasses!

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THAT suede skirt is available online NOW!

Be quick it’ll be gone in a heartbeat – the M&S skirt we’ve all been waiting for is online now in stock in all sizes!

Alexa Chung and Olivia Palermo

 

Marks and Spencer suede skirt

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Jumpsuits – something new and something old

I swear I am getting more and more ruthless with what I order. I haven’t ordered anything recently while bored watching the t.v. – a good sign I think! Whether it is not being bored or not spending I’m pleased! Lighter evenings help – the children are staying up later, everyone is happy and cheerful and I am reading more – all of which is helping my spending habits!

I am also getting far more discerning about what I want to wear – I ask myself more than ‘do I like it?’. I now ask ‘will I enjoy wearing it multiple times?’, ‘will I be bored of it next year?’, ‘does it fit with my style or do I like it because it looks great on someone else?’.

I asked myself all these questions before I ordered this jumpsuit – and it passed the screening criteria. I totally love it – and I smiled as soon as I put it on. I’m wearing a Fr 40. It is 100% cotton and incredibly lightweight so perfect city wear in the summer. It will be coming to NYC with me in June.

Jumpsuit, Isabel Marant, Topshop Jumpsuit, Isabel Marant, TopshopJumpsuit – Étoile Isabel Marant TheOutnet.com // Sandals – TopShop

You may remember this photo of it I shared on Pinterest that first alerted me to it…

MarantThe other day I wore a jumpsuit from Zara from last year. The perfect example of buying something for the sake of it! I bought it in NYC last June and though I love it, it has sat in my closet with the label on for almost a year!

Zara, jumpsuit, Nine WestJumpsuit – Zara (old) // Shoes – Nine West (old)

Finally here’s my outfit from yesterday – I spent all morning running around from vets and Drs appointments!

Golden Goose, J.Crew, ZaraSneakers – Golden Goose // Jeans – Zara (old) // Top – J.Crew

So come on ‘fess up – how many items do you have sitting in your closet with labels still on them!?

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Pretty dresses

Just a quick outfit post today as it has been a crazy couple of days packed with field days, and then ‘muffins with mom’ yesterday. All the children in Poppy’s 3rd grade class read memoirs they had written, about why they loved their moms so much, to a room of tearful, sniffing moms. It was lovely and emotionally draining!

Today the pool opens so it’s time to hit the gym and then recline with my new kindle by the pool for the rest of the day. The kindle paperwhite is my Mother’s Day gift and I love it! It is the perfect device for reading – no glare, great contrast and the ideal size. I’ve already downloaded some classics to re-read – Pride and Prejudice and To Kill a Mockingbird, plus the best seller Girl on a Train. I love having instant access to so much reading material! If you have a reader in your house the paperwhite is a perfect gift! I never thought I would need another device, having nearly every Apple device, but last year when we went on vacation my husband had more books than clothes in his bag and I swore we would never again carry a physical library!

So here are the outifts. Two fabulous dresses, very different, but each perfect in their own right. The first is one of my AllSaints sale scores – the Relian dress in burgundy – I love it.

AllSaints relian dress, newbury boots, Rag & BoneDress – AllSaints Relian dress // Boots – Rag & Bone Newbury (25% off here right now!!)

The second dress is a beautifully pretty dress from Mango. I wore my septum ring to the Mom’s morning and I was hesitant at first about the reaction from the other mother’s but no one said a thing! To divert attention I wanted to wear something really feminine so I opted for this navy dress – it’s also available in a deep pink.

Mango dress 1Dress – Mango // Sandals – Ancient Greek

If you are in the USA enjoy your Mother’s Day!

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Keeping it feminine

With the new septum ring I am trying to keep things ultra feminine. It’s a very polarizing piercing and fortunately, so far, the majority of feedback has been positive! Or they may just be being polite :) I find that reactions to piercings vary by generation and location. In my situation it is definitely a ‘fashion’ statement rather than one of rebellion. I spend a lot of time researching style images and maybe that is why I see that piercings can be sophisticated and elegant, as opposed to harsh and aggressive. The NYTimes ran an article here that makes interesting reading.

Here are some of the beautiful images that finally encouraged me to take the plunge.

Caillin Russo Jessica Biel Septum 1 Septum 2 septum 3 septum 4 septum 5

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septum 7 septum 8 septum 9 Song of Style

Yesterday I got a good response to my outifit, however, I have to say I didn’t really feel me – I felt a bit ‘mumsy’ in the tunic and white jeans. I think I’ll prefer the tunic with shorts – I felt too much like I was wearing the ‘Atlanta Mom uniform’.

Zara topSandals – Ancient Greek // Jeans – TopShop Hayden // Top – Zara

Today I feel much more me, and lovely and feminine, in heels for a change!

Mango top 2Shoes – Vince Claire (brown available discounted here) // Jeans – Zara (old) // Top – Mango

 

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25% off code for Boden USA!

Boden, 25% off, sale

 

The weather is certainly telling us summer is on it’s way!!! Stock up now with 25% off at Boden! Use code 35TE at checkout in the US. Enjoy!

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24 years later and we’re still giggling

Yesterday was a little anniversary that my husband and I like to celebrate! It was 24 years since we first became an item and had our first kiss in The Central Bar, St. Andrews. I lost a year too somewhere – I spent all yesterday saying it was 23 years!

To celebrate we headed out to our favorite Mexican joint. I had too much tequila :)

Husband and II wore my fabulous new TopShop sandals – I LOVE them – I was nervous about the flatform but they feel great on and I love the extra height – they feel dressy. The jeans are new from J.Crew – a lovely light summery wash and they are super soft and stretchy – size down – I’m in a 28″! The detail in this top hasn’t come out very well in this photo – but take a look here it’s beautiful and gorgeous quality linen.

J.Crew 1Top – J.Crew // Jeans – J.Crew // Sandals – TopShop

I also wore my simple septum ring for the first time – I love it and fortunately so does my husband. My kids are staying firmly on the fence about it – I think I’ve put them off piercings for life 😉 You can check out my Pinterest board here for some beautiful images that inspired me.

SeptumEarlier in the day I was running around with various errands and after my AllSaints post I decided to wear another of their dresses that I adore. This is the Pia from a couple of years ago. So easy to wear and it generated plenty of compliments. This one is very similar and is in the sale plus an extra 20% off with code Extra20.

AllSaints Pia dressDress – AllSaints // Boots – Rag&Bone Newbury

Okay I’m off to walk off the margaritas with the dogs – it is a stunning day here in Atlanta – enjoy your long weekend if you are in the UK!!

 

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