Extra 30% off at Madewell Sale!

I’ve been stalking these t-shirts forever and even in the sale I was hesitant to order them but Madewell currently has an extra 30% off with code Extra30 so I took the plunge! I just love them and they will work perfectly under a blazer.

tout a fait bon vivant

For those of you who loved my dress – it may be too wet and cool to wear it now but I swear you won’t regret it come next summer! Get it now with an extra 30% off making it just $41.99 reduced from $168! – I have the medium which fits great.

tassel scarf dress

Last night my lovely UPS man arrived with my new Isabel Marant sneakers from TheOutnet.com – reduced from $720 to $288! I just love them. I have the Eur 39 and though they fit on the smaller side I would not recommend sizing up. They are super fun to wear and cheer me up no end in this crappy wet weather we’re having!

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IM 2 Sneakers – Isabel Marant Wila // Jeans – J.Crew // Top – AllSaints

I’m definitely trying to keep the rest of the outfit simple while tuning into the pink and grey hues in the sneakers. There are some great Pinterest photos for inspiration on how to style them.

Wila 8 Wila 7 Wila 6 Wila 5 Wila 4 Wila 3 Wila 2 Wila 1

What do you think? A tad too eccentric, or timelessly cool?

 

Rain, rain go away…

I swear it has not stopped raining here for almost 5 days! We have a leak in our roof, the garden is a mud pit and the roads are slick. It’s perfect weather for sneakers!

On Friday I had a lovely lunch with a friend and then we grabbed the kids for a painting party after school. It was so much fun and a great way to keep them occupied in crappy weather. It took me back to my art classes in school (which I loathed) as we were painting still life – apples, sunflowers and cabbages! Did you ever do the shading exercise where you had to shade the light to shadow of an apple?

I kept my outfit pretty low key, but although it was casual it still felt fun with the Isabel Marant sweatshirt and Betty sneakers – both bargains from TheOutnet.com. I love these Betty sneakers – the leather is buttery soft and they feel both fun and unique. They have a low hidden wedge so give me a couple of extra inches in height too!

IM 1Sneakers – Étoile Isabel Marant Betty sneakers // Jeans – J.Crew vintage crops (reduced to $59.99 plus an extra 30% off today with code DAYONE) // Sweatshirt – Étoile Isabel Marant

After a weekend of watching football and vegging out, it’s back to work today and I decided to get a jacket on. I love mixing some casual sneakers with a smarter jacket. These sneakers are some of my favorites – the classic Air Max but in a fabulous tomato red color. Great for brightening up a dreary day!

Nike 2Sneakers – Nike Air Max (similar here) // Jeans – Zara (old) // Scarf – J.Crew // T-shirt – J.Crew // Jacket – J.Crew

So I’m off to build my ark!

 

A sneaker a day….

It’s late, I’m tired, I’ve had enough of 4th and 2nd grade homework but hey I have a glass of sauvignon blanc, the kids are in bed and tomorrow is another day! You’re still with me yes!?

So lots of sneaker posts recently and I have to say, as you have long known, I have a soft spot for great trainers – from ridiculously expensive (yeah, yeah I know….) to good old classics that are making a comeback. So this week I thought I would showcase some of my all time favorites!

Love them or loathe them you can’t go wrong with these on the streets kids!

It seems odd to say that these Isabel Marant sneakers are now old skool – but with so many copies hitting the high street over the past few years they definitely fell out of favor. However, I am a great believer in their longevity, and what comes around goes around. Believe me when I say these are a bargain not to be missed on TheOutnet.com and they will surely become collectors items. I for one love how functional and yet how completely outlandish they are! At $720 full price I couldn’t resist this discounted pair. If you want something more neutral call net-a-porter.com and ask them to reserve a pair of these for you when they are back in stock!

IM 1Top – AllSaints (20% off with code ENJOY) // Jeans – J.Crew // Sneakers – Isabel Marant // Bag – YSL

Today I wore my new Adidas Top Tens – I freakin’ love them. So cool, so retro and so comfy! They have nudged past my Airforce Ones. Sorry Nike.

Top ten 1Top – Madewell // Sneakers – Adidas // Jeans – J.Crew // Bag – YSL

Our wedding anniversary!

Last week was quite an emotionally charged week. Sometimes I go through a roller coaster of emotions – normally initiated by a massive bout of homesickness. I miss lots about England from basic cultural stuff like food, television and the humor – to more intense things like friends and family. Sometimes that sense of longing for the UK is far deeper than at other times. I’m more susceptible to it at this time of year when the kids are back at school, summer and vacations are over and the days are getting shorter. Having said all that, if I was ever given the option to return to England I doubt I would. After 15 years here there are as many things I would miss about the US as I now miss about the UK! Basically I want my cake and eat it – if I could hit a button to swiftly move from one location to the other at will I’d be thrilled!

Fortunately the week ended on a massive high note – my husband and I celebrated 17 years of marriage on Saturday and I was treated to a slap up 5 course meal and some fabulous gifts. I was spoiled indeed! I dug out some wedding photos to share with the children – we had quite a giggle! Forgive the quality as I took photos of hard copies using my phone!

pre wedding dancing first dance

For our dinner out I chose to wear an AllSaints dress that I snapped up in the sale at Christmas. If you are partial to a bit of AllSaints there is 20% off currently using code ENJOY – valid in the UK and US!

Dinner dateDress – AllSaints // Boots – Zara // Clutch – YSL

These boots are lovely but come up quite high – if you’re looking for something similar I just discovered these gorgeous boots at Marks and Spencer – the 20% off code is still valid today too SEP15EM.

SD_01_T02_2752A_Y0_X_EC_0The past week has seen me start moving to boots and jeans again – I’m enjoying the Fall weather!

Zara coordsTrousers and top coordinates – Zara // Sneakers – Adidas superstars // Bag – Alexander Wang Rocco

AllSaints teeT-shirt – AllSaints (20% off everything with code ENJOY) // Boots – Rag and Bone Newbury boot // Jeans – Zara (old) // Bag – Alexander Wang Rocco

And here is one of the many reasons I love my husband so much – he finds the perfect cards, even if they require a little editing…

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Inflated high street or discounted designer?

I headed into H&M for a browse on Friday after seeing their new Studio line arrive online. I have to say I don’t really get it. I often see items from H&M on other blogs that grab my attention, and then when I see them in real life they seem overpriced for the quality – especially over here in dollars. Paying $200 for a coat from H&M is just something I would never consider. It got me thinking about several high street retailers who now offer ‘higher end’ lines – like Zara and their Studio range, and J.Crew with the Collection range. Their prices are inflated – in fact often extortionate in the case of J.Crew Collection. Personally I would much rather spend $200 on a heavily discounted piece of Isabel Marant on TheOutnet.com than in a high street store. How about you?

I did grab a couple of mohair knits from H&M that I am extremely happy with – very little, clothing wise, makes me happier than an oversize grey jumper! Sorry I can’t see it online but this is a small – it fits HUGE!

grey jumperThis khaki cardigan made me feel like a young student again so it came home with me too! It’s described as ‘yellow marl’ online but it is definitely green!

kahkiThese are a couple of items that I liked from the Studio line but still wouldn’t part with my hard earned cash for them.

This weekend bag is well made and large but $349!

IMG_5115I love the colors on this coat, but again I think it’s expensive for H&M at $199. Plus to those of us in the know it is easily recognizable as H&M.

IMG_5116Fall has arrived in Atlanta and we are enjoying amazing clear skies and sun. I’ve even had to dig the cardigans out this week for a couple of cold mornings.

blazerJacket – Linen regent blazer J.Crew // Jeans – J.Crew (25% off with SHOPNOW) // T-Shirt – ASOS // Shoes – Vince Nina // Bag – McQ (similar here)

If you are partial to a pair of snakeskin shoes I spotted these in H&M which are fab! (Can only see this version online)

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camel cardiganShoes – TopShop Kaiser // Jeans – J.Crew // Top – Mango (similar here) // Cardigan – ASOS // Bag – Rocco (similar here)

kiwi blazerDress – AllSaints Pia (old similar here) // Sneakers – Golden Goose // Jacket – Linen Regent blazer J.Crew // Bag – H&M

What I’ve been wearing

The short week here has meant I’ve been a very bad blogger this week. So here I am sharing what I wore over the long weekend!

We went to the stables north of Atlanta on Sunday for our annual photos of the children. It’s beautiful up there and a lovely drive to escape from the city for a morning.

Horse parkJeans – J.Crew (similar here on sale) // Sneakers – Nike Air Max // T-shirt – J.Crew // Scarf – J.Crew (on sale plus an extra 25% off with LOVEFALL)

We headed out for a lovely lunch later that day so I used it as an excuse to throw on a long frock.

Splendid dressBag – Mango (similar here) // Dress – Splendid (similar jumpsuit here) // Jacket – J.Crew // Sandals – Ancient Greeks (discounted here)

Monday was spent in sweats at home. I cooked an amazing roast loin of pork and we had Sunday on a Monday – bliss.

Back to work called for a couple of comfortable dresses.

Mango dressBoots – Dicker Isabel Marant // Dress – Mango // Scarf – J.Crew (on sale with an extra 25% off with LOVEFALL)

ASOS dressDress – ASOS t-shirt dress (on sale and straight out of the packaging hence the creases!) // Sneakers – New Balance by J.Crew // Scarf – Boden (old – similar here on sale) // Bag – H&M

Thanks to all of you who provided input on the hair too the other day! I decided to keep growing it – at least for now!

It’s a beautiful day

A quick post to share my OOTD as the dress is currently on sale at Madewell and I don’t want you to miss out! I absolutely love it – it is so easy to wear and it has pockets too! The perfect summer dress which can be worn on the beach or out in the evening. It is reduced from $168 to $59.99 and then there is an extra 30% off this weekend using code YESANDYES. I’m wearing a medium.

Enjoy!

MadewellDress – Madewell // Sandals – Cyprus (available here in different leathers) // Bag – H&M

Labor Weekend codes!

It’s always worth taking advantage of some Labor weekend sales/promo codes and here is a round up of the ones I am aware of!

American Apparel // up to 50% off select styles

Ann Taylor // 50% off select full price and all sale styles

Code: HAPPY50

Date: 9/3-9/6

Anthropologie // 30% off sale

Code: EXTRA30

ASOS // 10% off entire purchase including sale items

US – TREATYOSELF

UK – 10% off sale only using YAY10

Banana Republic // 40% off your entire purchase

Code: BRFALL

Ends: 9/8

BaubleBar // 50-60% off select styles

Date: Ends 9/7

Bloomingdales // save 20-70% on select items

Date: Through 9/7

Bluefly // over 5,000 styles up to 90% off

Brooks Brothers // up to 60% off clearance

Date: now – 9/7

Club Monaco // 40% off sale and clearance

Code: NOTOVERYET

Date: Ends 9/7

Gap // 40% off everything

Intermix // enjoy an extra 50% off all sale items for a total savings of up to 75% off

J.Crew Factory // 50% off everything

Date: Ends 9/7

J.Crew // 30% off your order of $125+

Code: GETSHOPPING

Date: Ends 9/9

JCPenney // 20% off with a JCPenney credit card

Date: now – 9/7

Kate Spade // 25% off all sale items

Code: Delight

Date: Through 9/7

L.K. Bennett // extra 40% off all sale styles

Code: LD40

Date: Ends 9/7

LOFT // 30% off fall arrivals plus and extra 50% off summer styles

Madewell // take 30% off fall essentials and an extra 30% off all sale styles

Date: Ends 9/7

Nordstrom // save up to 40% on sale items

Date: until 9/13

Old Navy // up to 60% off everything

Pottery Barn // 10% off 100$ or more 15% off $250 or more 20% off $500 or more 25 off $1000 or more

Code: SAVEMORE

Date: Ends 9/7

Pottery Barn Kids // 10% off 100$ or more 15% off $250 or more 20% off $500 or more 25 off $1000 or more

Code: SAVEMORE

Date: Ends 9/7

Code: WFLBEACH1

River Island // 25% off everything

Code: LABOR2515

Saks Fifth Avenue // up to 75% off the summer sunset sale

Date: Ends 9/7

Too Faced // summer lovin’ sale up to 71% off on all sale items

Date: Ends 9/7

UGG // 30% off all fall fashion

Victoria’s Secret // $15 off $100 order, $25 off $150 order, $50 off  $250 order

Code: fall 2015

West Elm // 10% off 100$ or more 15% off $250 or more 20% off $500 or more

Code: SAVEMORE

Date: Ends 9/7

The White Company // 20% off and free shipping

Code: 272AA

Phew! That lot should keep you busy! Meanwhile here I am wearing my ASOS Thea jeans which are just $20 in the sale and now you can get the extra 10% off! They have a great high rise and on me just skim the ankles.

ASOS jeans 1 ASOS jeans 2Jeans – Asos Thea // Top – Mango (similar here) // Sneakers – New Balance J.Crew // Bag – H&M (sold out online but a I’ve found a great selection of shopping baskets here)

While I’m raving about ASOS check out Becky’s new dungarees here! The white version is on sale for just $32 here and  I LOVE the khaki version – especially now I’ve seen the Pinterest images!

white

khaki

 

And these are Becky’s.

black dungarees

 

khaki 5 khaki 4 khaki 3 khaki 2 khaki 1

So I’ll love you and leave you for now – it’s blazing here so I may be living in this skirt over the weekend!

JCREW skirtSkirt – J.Crew sale (just $20 with the code GETSHOPPING) // T-shirt – Splendid // Shoes – Ancient Greeks

Oh and one more thing – I must share with the US folks – we can now get Caroline Hirons‘ magical potion, Pixi Glow Tonic, here online at Target! It’s fab – stock up!

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