I haven’t done much shopping this month – really – I know it is partly from being sick with strep, but also I am well aware it is Dave’s 50th birthday on Sunday so obviously I am making sure it is a milestone that is marked with a little indulgence for him as opposed to me!
There are a couple of things, however, that I haven’t been able to resist!
The first are these amazing Jamie jeans from TopShop that Becky alerted me too. They are SO comfortable and super stretchy – I’m wearing a 30/32.
I absolutely love my Zara ballet flats and knew I had to have them in this deep ruby when I saw them appear online the other evening.
Now for a surprise purchase – I REALLY didn’t like the Givenchy boots when I first saw them – I thought they were just too masculine compared to the Chloé Susannas. Now, though, after seeing them on several Instagram feeds I love them – but I still think they are a trend that won’t last, so I really didn’t want to pay the Givenchy price. Then I discovered the TopShop dupes – but by then – yes I’m tardy – they had sold out on TopShop.com. Fortunately Nordstrom also stock TopShop – though usually they are a little delayed with new stock – so lucky for me the Amy boots have just arrived on Nordstrom and they are on their way to me! Nordstrom offer international shipping too so if you are desperate to find them outside the US then check them out here!
Here are a couple of outfits from the week – plus our Halloween costumes from the party at the weekend. It’s actually taken me till now to recover! I absolutely loved dressing up – I even think Dave is starting to enjoy it more each year!
Shoes – Zara // Jeans – Zara (old) // Shirt – Mango // Jacket – Mango // Bag – Givenchy
Cecil the Lion and Lemmy RIP…
It’s been unseasonably hot here this week – still reaching mid to high 80 degrees F! So no sweaters for me yet unfortunately! This morning however there is a breeze and leaves are starting to fall, so hopefully this is the start of our Fall! I’m pretty much over the heat! We have Fall Festival at school tomorrow and a Halloween party tomorrow night so I’m hoping some proper seasonal attire can be worn!
The Halloween party is always something I look forward to – our neighbor throws one hell of a party each year! The theme this year is raising the dead, and dressing as a celebrity who has departed. Well I am pretty sure there will be a few Princes and Bowies! My husband is going as Lemmy and I’ve taken an alternative route and will be dressing as Cecil the Lion – hopefully not too bad taste! Photos will be provided tomorrow obviously!
I was out on a school night this week and attended the RewardStyle blogger party on Tuesday evening – it was so much fun to meet other Atlanta bloggers, even if I was 20 years older than them!
Here I am with @Alyssadehayes and @RoseandFig.
I’m off shopping today and will be back in TopShop where I spotted these gems – the joggers are like last years camo ones that everyone raved about – they are SO soft! The jacket is gorgeous and here online in what they are calling grey – I actually prefer it to the black I saw in store.
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I can’t believe it is already a week since we left for NYC! We had such an amazing time and crammed so much into 2 1/2 days! We stayed in our usual haunt in SoHo – a hotel room that is titchy tiny with no room for swinging cats – but it is such a great location for all our needs!
On the Thursday evening we headed out for pizza – at the request of the kids of course – though I have to say it was pretty damn good pizza!
Jacket – Mango // Boots – Chloé // Jeans – Zara (old) // Top – AllSaints (50% off sale now here) // Scarf – Chic Dock (Use POPPY10 for Free shipping for orders over $50)
On Friday the weather was stunning and we headed uptown. Poppy and I shopped while the boys went battling Pokemons in Central Park!
Dress – H&M (old some sizes left here) // Jacket – Primark (old) // Shoes – Chloé // Bag – Proenza Schouler
We ate at some incredible places – Jack’s Wife Freda being my absolute favorite restaurant! Mom gets a cocktail, the kids are welcomed with a great kids menu, its great people watching and Dad gets a great coffee!
Even Dave got to go shopping on the Friday! It’s his 50th at the end of this month so as a treat we headed to some super cool stores – way too cool for me but he does like his Japanese designs!
I did, however, get to venture into & Other Stories to check out their sale – I came away with a sweater and a dress both with 50% off! Not bad hey! In fact for the first time ever on an NYC trip I think I spent the least! Dave, Poppy and Hugh all coming back with more than me! The kids stocked up at Uniqlo, H&M and Zara of course!
I’ve actually just made a couple of other purchase from & Other Stories – I adore their knitwear. Use code FRIENDS at checkout to get a 10% discount and free shipping in the US.
This dark green cardigan is gorgeous and snuggly and the wrap belt gives it a great shape. I actually bought it instead of this coat that I fell in love with. I cannot justify another coat, but I have this one in camel from last year and adore it. It now also comes in black too.
This sweater is lush – I just love the red instead of my usual blacks and greys!
Finally I treated myself to the MAC Liptensity lipsticks. Check these out – the pigments are so intense – I love them! Great moisture too but also great staying power. I bought Eros, Fireworks, Habanero and Postmodern.
Oh and if you are looking for a FABULOUS Acne Velocite jacket tribute check this out from H&M! It’s real suede and only $399 – given what I paid for my AllSaints shearling last year this is a BARGAIN! It’s sure to sell out in the blink of an eye!
Sorry folks I am severely lacking in energy – I’ve been wiped out with strep throat for the past week. I can’t remember the last time I felt so dreadful! Fortunately I am on antibiotics so should be fit as a fiddle by Thursday when we leave for New York!
I’ve compiled a little shopping list in preparation – what do you think!?
Ok so I have them in red and I have them in navy – they are worth every penny in my humble opinion. I am on the look out for them in Reef Shell – it’s a lovely nude with gold hardware. The iconic Chloe Susanna.
Now obviously my funds will have been obliterated if I buy the boots – but if not I am heading straight to Mango as we don’t have a store here in Atlanta.
This jacket is lovely and such a great price! The perfect mid length.
H&M will be next for this oversize mohair sweater – I just love the color.
In fact – how bizarre – those 3 items together with a pair of jeans would make the PERFECT outfit!
So for now it’s back to the packing whilst living in pjs – kicking strep in the butt! Keep an eye on Instagram for my NYC updates!
Animal print, sequins, camo, stripes – I think I’ve covered all bases❤️ #nyc
Trying to improve my mood with a little packing and Pinterest inspiration – no matter how many times I visit #NYC I never get it right! Thanking @chloelovestoshop for her recent blog post and guidelines! It’s going to be warm too so no big coats needed – kinda sad about that!
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.
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.
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!
Skirt – Zara // Boots – Isabel Marant Dickers // Bag – Givenchy // T-shirt – Splendid // Denim vest – Target
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
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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!
These are going to be really polarizing – BUT – imagine them with black cropped kick flares – I think they are da bomb!
These are lovely ankle boots and a great price – available in beige and navy.
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.
A softer pink mohair mix here – I have this in the baby blue too.
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.
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
Shoes – 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!
Boots – Newburys // Jeans – Zara (old) // Shirt – Mango // Bag – Stella McCartney
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
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!
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!
As for the past couple of days here’s what I have been wearing!
Shirt – H&M // Jeans – Zara (old) // Shoes – Zara // Bag – Stella McCartney (as above)
Dress – 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!
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!
Dress – 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!
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.
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