New love for an old brand

When I first moved to the US, 17 years ago, I was completely in love with Coach bags. I considered Coach to be a luxury brand that, for the first time, I could afford. There was always a Coach bag on my Christmas or birthday list and my lovely husband bought me one for my ‘push’ present when I gave birth to Hugh. Slowly, however, their appeal began to wane – I was noticing them everywhere – at work, in the mall, on the arms of 16 year olds. Pure masstige. The brand completely lost its appeal due to its ubiquity. I sold them all – all except my push present. I continued to receive VIP offers for 30% off private sales that I deleted without a second thought.

Then I saw this image of one of my favorite bloggers – Happily Grey.

That gorgeous bag is COACH!

Coincidently what should appear in my inbox the other day? You got it – a 30% discount code! The bag is mine!! I have to say the craftsmanship, leather and detail is superb – as good, if not better than my Givenchy, Proenza Schouler and Balenciaga which were 4 times the price.

I was also sorely tempted by these beauties – all included in the private sale event.

The Swagger shoulder bag – also available in oxblood. I particularly like the dark chain and hardware.

The Page western rivet bag in chalk.

The Swagger bag with ombre rivets. This also comes in white or a beautiful fatigue/khaki color that I can’t stop eyeballing.

The new 1941 collection is not included in the private sale but take a look here – there are some beautiful classics reimagined. I LOVE the classic saddle bag in copper – a fabulous price too for a gorgeous leather bag that will age beautifully.

So here I am today – dressed down for running to buy slime ingredients for the kids! Kept them quiet all of 15 minutes…I couldn’t wait to get the bag out and about. It’s the perfect size for a wallet and phone and I LOVE the top handle and shoulder strap – both are detachable.

Shoes – Nike Air Max // Jeans – H&M // Sweater – Zara // Bag – Coach

What brands have you revisited recently?

 

I missed you too much to stay away!

I’m back! It has to be said that a break from blogging has done me good. It’s given me time and freedom to consider the things that are important to me, rather than my final thoughts each evening being ‘what am I going to wear tomorrow?’

I’ve made several changes

  • I’ve stopped drinking alcohol and never felt better – I really am an all or nothing person and those glasses of wine were turning into regular bottles of wine which left me moody, tired and unfocused (if you are considering quitting I highly recommend the tools I used – Jason Vale’s ‘How to kick the drink easily’  (kindly recommended by Nikki at Midlife Chic) and Sober Mommies – a Facebook group of incredible moms, around the world, across the entire spectrum of addiction and drugs – from those of us like myself who just enjoyed our wine too much – to those who have lost their children and families through opiate addiction. It’s an incredibly supportive group with completely no judgement.)
  • I’ve lost weight – after falling for Jason Vale’s technique to quit drinking, I decided to turn to his juicing recipes to kickstart some weight loss. I managed 12 of the 28 days of the Super Juice Me and now I’m following his 5:2 approach.
  • I got a tattoo! Yes my first and definitely go big or go home! Poppies happen to be my birth flower.

I’m happy to be back and I hope many of you are still out there to listen to my waffle 😉

Here are a few outfits from the past couple of months!

Jeans – Zara (old) // Shoes – Vince Nina (discounted here) // T-shirt – Madewell (old) // Jacket – J.Crew (on sale with Extra 25% off using code Shoptoit) // Bag – Mansur Gavriel

Shoes – Stella McCartney Elyse (cheapest US price here) // Jeans – J.Crew // T-shirt – J.Crew // Jacket – Mango (old)

Boots – Sam Edelman (on sale here) // Jeans – Zara (old) // Dress – Zara (old) // Jacket – AllSaints (old)

Boots – TopShop (on sale) // Jeans – J.Crew // Coat – Mango (old) // Shirt – H&M

Boots – Chloe // Jeans – Zara (old) // Sweater – Zara (old) // Bag – Mansur Gavriel

Boots – TopShop (on sale) // Jeans – Zara (old) // Shirt – Mango (on sale) // Bag – Mansur Gavriel

Boots – Sam Edelman (on sale here) // Jeans – Mango (old) // Shirt – H&M // Jacket – J.Crew (on sale plus extra 25% off using SHOPTOIT)

Boots – TopShop (on sale) // Jeans – Zara (old) // Sweatshirt – TopShop (on sale here)

Skirt – H&M // Shoes – Superga // T-Shirt – J.Crew (old) // Jacket – J.Crew (old)

Shoes – Stella McCartney Elyse // Trousers – Cos (on sale) // Sweater – & Other Stories // Bag – Mango (old)

Loafers – Gucci (old) // Dungarees – Gap // T-Shirt – Marks & Spencer (old) // Coat – Uniqlo (old)

Shoes – Superga // Trousers – Adidas // T-shirt – J.Crew (old) // Knitted Jacket – J.Crew (on sale here) // Bag – McQ (old)

 

The Final Curtain?

It’s 5 years since I began blogging. I’ve loved every second of it, but I feel my interest in clothes, capturing outfits and shopping tips is waning. It’s started to feel a little shallow for me. Maybe because I am so enthused by my new endeavor with Rodan + Fields?

So for now I am calling it a day with the blog. You can still reach me at joanna@poppys-style.com and joannapritchard.myrandf@gmail.com and I’ll still be around on Instagram at PoppysStyle – please come and say hi there!

Last night I had the incredible privilege of spending an hour learning from these incredible leaders. I’ve now been with Rodan + Fields for 4 months and these folk really are my squad. We coach, mentor, share, laugh, curse, giggle, let off steam, drink wine, and more, for an hour each week. We come from all different backgrounds, all across the country, and now Canada and Australia.

Rodan + Fields Rising Stars

I am a different woman from the woman I was 4 months ago. New and improved – just ask my Husband! Rodan + Fields is not just a source of considerable income for me, but it is a source of fun, passion and community, that has usurped my passion for blogging.

Don’t let fear of the unknown or fear of failure hinder you and stop you from living the life you want with confidence. There is nothing more liberating than stepping into the unknown and being supported by cheerleaders who have been where you are now. I will cheer you on, coach you, support you, encourage you – alongside all these other amazing, elite people! Come on…you’ve nothing to lose, and so much to gain.

Let’s chat at joannapritchard.myrandf@gmail.com or here on Facebook.

A long overdue outfit post!

So sorry for the long absence – no excuse except for working hard before we disappear to Costa Rica for Christmas!

Pink H&M sweater and Sam Edelman boots

Boots – Sam Edelman  // Jeans – Zara (old) // Sweater – H&M // Coat – Helmut Lang (old from The Outnet similar here) // Bag – Proenza Schouler

Marks and Spencer leopard print coat and toga pulla boots

Boots – Toga Pulla // Jeans – Zara (old) // Sweater – Everlane Cashmere // Coat – Marks and Spencer (similar here) // Scarf – J.Crew // Bag – Proenza Schouler

Asos coat and Chloe Susanna boots

Jeans – Zara (old) // Boots – Chloé // Coat – ASOS // Sweater – Zara // Bag – Proenza Schouler // Scarf – ASOS

Marks and Spencer Briggate trench and pink Sam Edelman boots

Boots – Sam Edelman (old similar here) // Jeans – ASOS // Top – AllSaints (old – sale now on here) // Coat – Marks and Spencer // Bag – Proenza Schouler // Scarf – Old from SchoolGateStyle

& Other Stories coat and Sam Edelman boots

Coat – & Other Stories // Boots – Sam Edelman // Jeans – Zara (old) // Sweater – H&M

AllSaints damisi boots and Stella McCartney bag

Boots – AllSaints (eBay) // Jeans – Zara (old) // Sweater – H&M // Bag – Stella McCartney

Finally a couple of things that have caught my eye – this sweatshirt from ASOS is divine!

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I bought this myself the other week – an at home gel nail kit. It is SUPERB. So quick and easy to use – I will save a fortune by not visiting the nail salon. It’s the perfect Christmas present for nail lovers.

Red carpet manicure gel kit

As long as there is H&M I’ll never have money!

Sometimes I try and actively avoid the H&M website – just browsing can be fatal for me. Other times I have to take a peek if I have seen a friend on Instagram wearing something that catches my eye. In the UK stock is released earlier than here so if I do see something on a friend from over there I am constantly refreshing our site here till it arrives – OCD much?

Here’s what I have been waiting for and has FINALLY arrived here!

This pink sweater apparently fits HUGE so I have ordered a small – I have a couple of oversize knits from last year that I ended up in a small with too…it also comes in grey.

H&M pink sweater

How gorgeous is this pink cashmere roll neck? Just gorgeous with grey denim.

pink cashmere roll neck

Yes I’ll be wearing both the above jumpers with this skirt – a bit bacofoil but I love it for all year round – it’s not too festive looking and could easily be worn in the summer with tan legs and sneakers and a tee.

H&M silver pleated skirt

In 1993 I had a pair of silver pants like these from TopShop – back then I think I was in a UK 8…err not so much now. I have VERY fond memories of wearing them with my green Gazelles and a long white Kick It City t-shirt (my Husband’s magazine at the time – covering all the London football teams).

Silver pants

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Now I’m not so sure about these leggings but you know how we all love a little leopard print – I thought I might try them with a long black sweater and sneakers?

Leopard print leggings

If you’re on Instagram and haven’t seen this skirt – WHERE have you been? I think every woman in the UK now owns it – wear to the Christmas party at your peril – there will probably be a dozen more there. In Atlanta this will not be a problem!

H&M sequin skirt

Grey knit with a hood…what more do I need to say?

Grey knitted hoody

…except that there are matching jogging bottoms too!!!

H&M knitted joggers

This I managed to snag in store the other day – I’m wearing it in the images below. Winter, snuggly perfection.

H&M knitted hooded dress

I have a rather expensive Acne off the shoulder sweater – you could buy that – or you buy these at just $9.99!! Grey, black, red and powder colors are available.

grey off the shoulder sweater

 

Happy Shopping!! I’m off to clear up the debris after a tornado hit close by yesterday! Never a dull moment!

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Dress – H&M // Jeans – Zara (old) // Boots – Chloé Susannas // Bag – Stella McCartney

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Sweater – H&M // Jeans – J.Crew // Boots – Sam Edelman (on sale here 50% off!)

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Coat – Mango (old) // Jeans – Zara (old) // Shirt Dress – AllSaints (old)

More Black Friday codes for you!

So my 14lb bird has just gone in the oven and I’m about to have a Bloody Mary to wipe out the slight mist from the prosecco last night. It’s essential to consume a bottle while making cranberry sauce, stuffing and prepping the brine for the bird!

Codes are pouring in my inbox as we speak. In fact last night I ordered these at 20% off with code SELFCCE – prosecco should come with a warning – do not drink and shop. They are HALF the price compared to buying them here and they are scheduled to arrive tomorrow!!

Stella McCartney Elyse

AllSaints have 30% off sitewide with code CYBER.

Zara begin 30% off sitewide this evening at 8pm EST.

Rag & Bone have 25% off sitewide with code BLACKFRIDAY25.

ASOS have 30% off sitewide with code THANKFUL30.

Hudson Jeans have 20% off everything with code HUDSGIVING – with an extra 10% off if you order before 12pm PST.

 

Sam Edelman CODE – 30% off site wide

Those codes are starting to appear!  I’ve been checking these Sable boots out for months now on the Sam Edelman site and with the new code released today I can now get 30% off them and they are already reduced from $250 to $175 making them now just $132.30 with tax!

Sable boot

 

Use code SAMSGIVING at check out!

They are also available in the Net-A-Porter sale here at 50% discount in black.

Sam Edelman Sable boot

 

My Black Friday List

I have a definitive list of items I want to buy on Friday. I’ve already made a couple of purchases from H&M as they have had some codes available since the weekend – but here is my list so far. I’ll of course publish a list of codes on Friday for you all!

So with H&M they have various deals each day this week but there is also a 20% off code with free shipping – 2806.

I can’t wait to try these imitation leather trousers – especially the navy pair.

H&M imitation leather trousers H&M imitation black leather pants

There is definitely a theme here. These coated leggings in khaki are great and such a fabulous color. They are also available in black.

H&M khaki coated treggings

Moving on to COS – I am absolutely smitten with these drop crotch trousers. I am praying that they drop below the $125 price.

COS drop crotch trousers

Another pair of drop crotch trousers – and to be fair it’s been a while since I’ve bought any harem trousers though my love for them runs deep. These sequin trousers could easily be worn year round with a t-shirt and denim jacket.

Zara sequin drop crotch trousers

It’s been a while since I had a good trawl through ASOS and the other evening I was stopped in my tracks by this skirt. It’s beautiful, though I’m not sure how it will work on my thick waist. I’m willing to give it a go though if only because it’s camo!

ASOS camo pleat skirt

These Pull & Bear velvet trousers are also in my cart waiting for Friday. Just perfect paired with sneakers and a graphic t-shirt.

Pull & Bear velvet trousers

Finally a little indulgence – definitely an investment. There are very few sizes left around the internet but Selfridges have the best price at the moment – here’s hoping they have Black Friday deals too. The Stella McCartney Elyse in rose gold. European brands are SO much cheaper in the UK stores than here in the US – compare $670 with $1,100!

Stella McCartney Elyse

So what’s on your list? High street brands? A designer splurge? Remember to check back later in the week once I have access to all the appropriate codes!

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Sweater – H&M (similar here) // Jeans – Zara (old similar here) // Boots – TopShop (similar here) // Bag – Balenciaga

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Dress – AllSaints (old) // Boots – Newbury Boots (on sale here) // Jeans – Dorothy Perkins // Jacket – J.Crew // Bag – Balenciaga

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Boots – Chloé Susanna // Jeans – Dorothy Perkins // Sweater – AllSaints // Bag – Proenza Schouler

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Boots – Chloé Susanna // Jeans – Dorothy Perkins // Jumper – AllSaints // Jacket – Uniqlo (currently reduced) // Bag – Stella McCartney

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Trousers – J.Crew (similar here) // Sneakers – Nike Air Max // Blouse – H&M // Scarf – Boden (old similar here) // Jacket – Zara (old)

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Jeans – J.Crew // Shoes – Zara (old) // Top – Everlane // Jacket – H&M (old similar here) // Bag – Proenza Schouler

 

Big knits

I love nothing more (OK, maybe boots) than a big chunky knit. Again it’s probably genetics – growing up in the North West of the UK and then 5 years in St. Andrews meant they were a required staple in the closet. You could NEVER have enough big cardigans or chunky sweaters. They aren’t needed quite so much in the balmy climate of Atlanta, but that doesn’t stop me investing in a 3-4 new ones each November. Needless to say I have way more chunky knits than a girl in Atlanta really needs. Is it going to stop me? Of course not! That vacation to the North Pole may happen one year, not to mention that Arctic plunge that seems to happen earlier each year, even if it does only last a week or so!

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With the above images from Pinterest as inspiration here are some of my favorites available this season.

This oversized cardigan from ASOS is a great shape and price.

Asos oversized cardigan

I love this neutral color block cardigan – it’s even blocked on the inside too – really different yet easy to wear.

asos-colorblock-cardigan

This is a perfect slouchy cardigan – equally easy to wear slobbing on the sofa or out in the pub.

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Absolutely love the length of this New Look ribbed cardigan.

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H&M is always a favorite of mine for great knits at a great price. They do oversize very well too.

This is the dress I am wearing below – I’ve worn it all day and it is SO comfortable and soft. I have a medium so it is pretty generous. Love this light grey color but the darker version is fabulous too for wearing with opaque tights.

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I just love this sweater. The green is my kind of green – in fact I got a mohair cardigan in this color last year which I must dig out.

green-mohair

This deep green is one of my favorite winter colors. Not in your face but definitely some color that can be worn easily with black or grey denim. The sweater is also available in 3 other colors – it’s a great winter staple.

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This long sweater can probably be worn as a dress by some of you but I really love the idea of it over distressed denim skinnies.

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I love grey and I love a polo neck, so yes I kinda like this one a lot. It’s also available in blue and black.

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I love the neckline on this sweater – a great price too at $34.99 and it is available in 4 colors.

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& Other Stories is another great source of sweaters – H&M’s more grown up sibling. Slightly pricier but fabulous quality.

This red berry sweater is the one I am wearing below. It is also available in the grey shown. Use FRIENDS in the USA for a 10% discount on a new account. I have the medium – it is hugely oversized – the large drowned me. I can’t wait to wear mine with pleather skinnies.

& Other Stories berry oversized sweater & Other Stories grey oversized sweater

I have this green cardigan too. I love the belt – it gives great shape – but it looks equally good unfastened. Perfect over a grey t-shirt with black skinny jeans.

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This oversized, sparkle sweater is on my list. I love it – simple, but a little special.

oversized sparkle sweater

Err this might me on my list too – I love the graduated sparkle.

& Other stories metallic mohair sweater

I have this one – it’s shorter than others so I opted for a large. A great knit in a great pattern.

& Other Stories Jacquard sweater

This cardigan is available in grey and 3 other colors which are sold out here online. The perfect length.

& Other stories cardigan

The shape of this wool blend cardigan is perfect – again great for both in the house and off out down the pub on a cold night!

& Other Stories wool blend cardigan

My Husband is currently in London and has texted me numerous times complaining about the BITTER cold. I am SO jealous – I can’t wait to actually NEED to wear a big jumper – it’s still loitering in the low 60s here but I’m going for it nonetheless! And here just to prove I really can’t wait to get the big knits out, here are my outfits over the past 3 days!

red-knot-2Jumper – & Other Stories // Shoes – Zara // Shirt – J.Crew (old 25% off currently using code WARMSTYLE) // Jeans – Zara (old) // Bag – Balenciaga

lizard-shoesDress – AllSaints (old 20% off ALL styles with code NOVEMBER) // Cardigan – ASOS (old) // Shoes – Kurt Geiger // Bag – Balenciaga

knit-dressDress – H&M // Sneakers – Adidas Gazelles // Bag – Balenciaga