Turning 46

I truly embrace growing older and consider it a privilege. I’m healthier than ever and enjoying success in many areas of life. A lot has changed in this past year, most for the better. I hate to keep harping on about it but not drinking has contributed massively to lots of positive changes. I truly consider it as a better choice I’m making, not something I am depriving myself of. All the things that you imagine alcohol to alleviate – like anxiety and stress – I’ve realized were actually caused by drinking, or at least exacerbated. I feel more confident than ever, and deeply connected with my emotions and the universe. I’ve read a lot too over the summer – meditation, affirmations and universal energy are all new concepts to me – but I truly believe in their power after practicing them, being more open minded, experiencing real results and receiving the abundance I asked for. Certain people have entered my life recently who have become incredibly important – I may not even have noticed these people a year ago. It’s funny what can happen when you consciously embrace situations and opportunity, instead of relying on chance and luck.

Top – ASOS  (love it in lilac here – I’m wearing a US8 it is oversized) // JeansHudson // Shoes – Sam Edleman // Bag – Alexander McQueen

An evening with Garbage and Blondie

My birthday celebrations began last night with a trip to Chastain Park Amphitheater to watch Garbage and Blondie. It’s an open air venue in the heart of Buckhead, Atlanta – and VERY middle class – not remotely rock and roll. There’s ample space between rows where you can set up your picnic table and nibble on olives and hummus, while muddling your Old Fashioned. I kid you not.

Hampered by a couple of severe downpours Garbage and Blondie completed 2 incredible sets. It’s hard to believe that Shirley Manson is 51 and Debbie Harry is 72. They are absolutely fierce women, dressing as they please and aging as they please – I adore them both for their strong examples to women everywhere. They can both still belt out a tune too.

The irony of ‘Only Happy When it Rains‘ was not lost on us…Shoes – Isabel Marant // Lace-up Jeans – TopShop // T-shirt – AllSaints

T-Shirt – Garbage tour t-shirt // Jeans – Madewell // Shoes – Converse // Bag – Stella McCartney

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When you’re woken by an earthquake…

It was early morning and we’d just gone to bed after a lovely evening out in Datça. I was reading and the Husband was falling asleep. Suddenly my Husband appeared to be having a major twitching fit in his sleep…but no the walls are shaking too?! He sat bolt upright as I tried to comprehend what was happening. A storm maybe? Dave jumped out of bed and said ‘quick get the kids!’ I stumbled to the door – the power was out – so I looked for my phone for the torch app. ‘My god is it an earthquake?’ It suddenly dawned on me as  the walls were still shaking. It seemed like it lasted 20 mins but can’t have been more than a couple of minutes. It was really scary! Fortunately the power came back on, I then proceeded to update my social media accounts to inform everyone and check other updates from Bodrum, Marmaris and Kos, and then we all went back to bed. Surreal. Thanks to multiple after shocks I wasn’t really in the mood for sleeping, so I did what every girl would do, I shopped.

Now I can barely contain my excitement about my newest discovery. I say discovery – I have shopped here before but for random stuff like curry sauce – they have a world food section. World Market, it seems, now has the BEST selection of bags and home decor on the planet! It gives IKEA a run for its money too.

This clutch is just $29.99 and it is gorgeous.

World Market Clutch

This straw clutch is just $19.99

World Market straw clutch

Baskets are EVERYWHERE this summer and this one is a great shape.

As is this with tassels.

Or similar with pom poms.

Some slightly larger bags now but still at great prices!

Remember the H&M clutch that sold out in a heartbeat last year?

Then more tassels.

You MUST check out their home decor too. I’m planning on doing a bit of updating when I return home so I’ve ordered these in the sale.

Clear Evie chair – they also come in a similar style in blush, grey and clear.

Rolling cart – perfect for jewelry or cosmetics and half price!

I love this to use as a planter.

These crates would work to – or as a stand for a plant when turned upside down.

As for jewelry there is just too much fabulous stuff to share – like these earrings – just $9.99!!

I think I may have found my new favorite shop – what an Aladdin’s Cave!!! I haven’t even started on the clothes section yet – look at these dresses – just beautiful!

 

Some of my Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Picks

Cardholders have early access from today and then the public get their access on July 21st – so compile your list! I’ve done a beauty selection here so check that out too – meanwhile here are some other items that are in my cart.

These Spanx faux leather leggings get rave reviews and they are reduced to $64.90 from $98 in the sale – both colors are gorgeous and it’s nice supporting an Atlanta born brand.

I have my Flyknit training shoes here on vacation with me and they are wonderful – super light and supportive. This gorgeous blush pair is reduced to $89 from $120 in the sale.

FRAME jeans are some of the best I’ve tried – lovely and soft with a great stretch. This pair is really unique with the split. Reduced from $269 to $179.90

Rag & Bone boots are some of my favorites as you know. These Harlow boots with the tassel are gorgeous. These are reduced from $495 to $329.90

Have a browse – all the items on sale are new for Fall and it’s a great time to make some big savings. The Beauty section has to be my favorite though so check those picks out here – there are some great exclusives.

 

 

Week 2 in Datça

We’re well and truly into the holiday flow. Lazy mornings with coffee and watermelon by the Med, followed by lazy afternoons with tea and olives by the Med. It’s no wonder we came back here. Boats come and go out of our cove and there isn’t another soul on our beach. I’m reading lots too and can’t recommend enough Johnny Marr’s autobiography ‘Set the Boy Free’ – I was sad to finish it – and you really don’t have to be a Smiths fan to enjoy it.

As for outfits I bought a couple of pairs of trousers off the local market which I’m enjoying wearing – organic cotton and made in Turkey – great souvenirs!

Datça MarketOn Poppy – Dress – H&M // My dress – Zara // Shoes – Birkenstock // Earrings – Mango

Boo Hoo yellow dress from ASOSDress – ASOS // Earrings – J.Crew

Free People t-shirt DatçaT-shirt – Free People // Trousers – Datça market

H&M tank with Datça trousersTrousers – Datça market // Tank – H&M

This guy came to visit yesterday too…

 

What’s in my shopping carts right now?

Being away for 4 weeks at a time means I have to practice patience. Not one of my strengths – but I don’t want items turning up at home, or being ‘held’ by USPS for days at a time. I can of course get them shipped to the office, but that, in past years, has resulted in several VERY embarrassing piles of boxes waiting on my desk. You don’t really need all your colleagues watching your sale items stack up! 😉

So here is a collection of things I have juggling in and out of my carts…I’m bound to hit order before I get on the runway home.

These I have actually ordered as I know they will sell out – the Nike Vapormax in blush – they are just beautiful and they are available here and here. I have them in platinum and they are so flattering on the foot.

Staying with sneakers TheOutnet.com just had a bunch of Golden Goose arrive. Sizes are selling out fast but there will be returns.

Now for ASOS – browsing on ASOS is not good for me – I always find something I love. This skirt is beautiful – I have it in red and the pink will be gorgeous with my tan and the above mentioned Golden Goose. I sized down to a US 8 as it has an elastic waistband.

I can never say no to a pair of harems either and these Reebok sweats are new in.

H&M are killing it at the moment – their color palette this season is spot on with so many oranges and reds. There’s a heavy Marant influence too.

I love this orange embroidered top and the price is great.

Fitted items don’t normally work for me with H&M’s tiny sizing but I’ve ordered this blouse anyway to try – just to beat myself up with when it doesn’t fit 😉

I love this skirt – so pretty worn with either of the tops above (this is the black version of the orange top).

Several of my UK blogging friends have these mules – they look gorgeous. Check them out on EveWornOut and TheFrugality.

This Gap dress is currently reduced from $79.95 to just $19.99 and it comes in black too. It’s a perfect light vacation dress for evening wear and really easy to pack.

Finally – a couple of other gorgeous cheap and cheerful skirts from Old Navy. Just over $18 and available in navy, black or white. I normally size down at Old Navy as the fit big.

 

How’s your sale shopping going? Mine is virtually non existent – I really haven’t been tempted – I must be ill…

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vacation outfits to date!

Yay!! I have VPN and I can now tunnel into the US to blog! Of all the craziness – there are SO many blocked sites here. I LOVE Turkey but disagree with its censorship!

So here are my outfits from the start of the vacation in Istanbul – lots of dresses – they are really easy to pack and lovely to wear day or night. Regular updates will be posted on Instagram!

Dress – Old Navy // Sandals – Madewell // Earrings – J.Crew

Top – Zara // Shorts – Madewell // Shoes – Primark // Bag – J.Crew // Earrings – Etsy

Dress – Zara // Shoes – Madewell // Earrings – Mango

Poppy – trousers (similar here) and top (similar here) – H&M // Shorts – J. Crew Factory // Sweatshirt – H&M // Sneakers – Nike // Bag – J.Crew // Scarf – John Lewis

Shoes – Primark // Shorts – H&M (now in sale!) // Top – Asos

Dress – Zara // Shoes – Birkenstock // Cart – Datça market

Dress – ASOS

Kaftan – & Other Stories (similar here in sale) // Sunglasses – Stella McCartney discounted here

Romper – Old Navy

Poppy – Dress – M&S // Shoes – Target // Espadrilles – Soludos // Shorts – Madewell // Top – H&M (similar here) // Earrings – Amazon

Dress – ASOS now on sale // Shoes – Madewell // Earrings – J.Crew

Dress – Asos

 

Get an extra 20% off sale prices!

It’s that time of year where I resist, resist, resist….ah shucks big fat fail. Those sales emails sure know their clickbait…

One of my favorite online stores is now reducing sale items by a further 20% on check out – so here are my favorite items…

First what I failed with – and I’m sorry there are very few sizes left! The Rick Owens peep toe boot – already reduced by 60% then with an extra 20% too good to refuse, especially in this fabulous grey goat leather – very urban and distinctive compared to the usual black leather.

I am still a HUGE fan of Isabel Marant’s Bobby sneaker. I already have 2 pairs – cream and burgundy both bought reduced off TheOutnet.com. There is something about the cut around the ankle that is so elegant – it sits beneath the ankle bone so it they are really flattering and feminine. These in red are stunning – imagine this color with tanned legs and denim shorts – lush!

Her Leo ballet flat is a classic and again already reduced with an extra 20% at check out – various sizes left.

In caramel

khaki –

and black

Then there are her boots – I totally love these as they are so reminiscent of the 80s pixie boot – perfect with slouchy boyfriend jeans or skinnies.

The Etoile Ralf in taupe

in brown:

In black it appears to be called the Raelyn

I’ve ordered them in this camel as I love the color of my Dickers.

Covering all bases they are also available in khaki

If you crave a little embellishment and eccentricity in your footwear i.e. the antithesis of Isabel Marant its worth checking out the Miu Miu sale collection, though sizes are sparse…

Finally I always lust after Stella McCartney shoes – I just nabbed a pair of Elyse platforms in the Neiman Marcus sale but there are lots of sizes left here too. You’ve seen me in these before.

So some footwear heaven for you! I’ll be mostly in flip flops for the next month as we leave for Turkey next week – packing is not going well…I’m crap at creating a capsule wardrobe! This week has been spent walking and lunching with my son – he’s pretty good company!

Jeans – Current Elliot (reduced here) // Loafers – Gucci // Top – ASOS // Jacket – J.Crew

Dress – Old Navy // Shoes – Zara (in sale) // Jacket – H&M // Bag – Mansur Gavriel

 

 

 

 

My picks of the J.Crew sale

I love J.Crew but never pay full price…right now you can their sale is on and there are some gems if you are quick.

I’ve just ordered these knitted tops – knit may not seem the coolest in the summer but it actually is breathable and hangs beautifully without clinging. Get an extra 40% off all sale prices with HELLOSALE at checkout.

 

These are really cute -wear them with denim shorts or jeans.

These signet bags are the perfect size and already reduced – with the 40% off that makes them a steal for real leather classics. The pewter and pink are on sale.

Finally this seersucker jumpsuit is gorgeous – great beach to bar attire.

I wore J.Crew the other night to watch Mamma Mia with Poppy – I felt suitably boho in it and got compliments from the ushers! The show was fabulous by the way, and yes I did dance my socks off!

Dress – J.Crew // Sandals – Marks and Spencer

Top – Zara // Sunglasses – Stella McCartney (reduced here) // Shorts – Madewell // Sneakers – Vans // Earrings – J.Crew Factory

Skirt – ASOS // Shoes – Golden Goose // T-shirt – Mango