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

 

Changes I’m making

Today I swam 30 x 25 meter lengths at the pool, and I reached my step goal with an evening walk around the neighborhood. I rarely go for a walk – it’s normally a run – but I was buzzing when I got home. There’s something so calming about a walk to good music, seeing neighbors, and local flora and fauna. If not for physical health, I plan to make it a daily event for my mental health. These Fitbit things are quite compelling – at least the novelty factor is working! I’m actually astounded that, even when surrounded by pastry products, toffee and lovely baked goods in the UK, I have managed to shed 5lbs while I was away.

Becky swears by her Fitbit so I ordered this one – the Fitbit Alta HR – for statistic nerds like me it is great – plus I didn’t realize that it was so social and you can motivate (compete) with others in various groups you join.

Fitbit Alta HR

Shoes – Superga // Jeans – R13 (heavily discounted here) // Linen knit top – H&M

Blouse – H&M (similar here) // Jeans – J.Crew (on sale here) // Shoes – TopShop (on sale here)

Skirt – ASOS // T-shirt – Mango // Denim jacket – Gap (old but I love this here) // Bag – Sam Edelman // Shoes – Castañer // Earrings – Etsy

What I’ve bought back in the UK…

The exchange rate is good for traveling to the UK and with tax free shopping easier than ever I’ve enjoyed a bit of shopping this side of the pond.

From Mango I purchased this linen jacket that I’ve had my eye on for a while – very Miami Vice.

Mango linen jacket

Then this set has been on my radar for a while too – I was worried the top would be too cropped but the adjustable ties make it perfect. The trousers have an elastic waist – just perfect!

Of course knickers and bras are a must from good old M&S. If you are in the US you can order via their website here and use Welcome20 for 20% off.

I have bought THE most comfortable bras and in such pretty colors – these packs of 2 are such brilliant value.

I also purchased a couple of multi way bras which are so supportive – I’m thrilled with them.

These ballet flats were hard to resist – I did try but I went back for them – the leopard and zebra are now in my bag. I think they are very J.Crew. By the way try code MY6F238 in the UK – it might give you 20% off.

I had a beautiful dress ordered from & Other Stories – unfortunately it just didn’t work on my boobs. I exchanged it for these trousers – so fluid and drapey – I have a Eur 38 so they are pretty generous and they have an elastic waist.

Finally I am thrilled with these final purchases – my Primark Manchester t-shirt – I can’t find it online but it’s lovely – I will wear it with pride.

These are very polarizing – and I LOVE them – I promised myself I would buy them here in the UK as they are cheaper in £ and Selfridges have a VAT lounge where I got my VAT refunded on the spot. I sized down half a size to 38.5. They remind me of my Patrick Cox Wannabe loafers from the early 90s.

So quite a good shopping haul – but more fun than that has been catching up with my lovely friends (pictured below @SusieSoSo @Iwontwearsludgebrown @Restyle-Becs @DizzyV) and family. Now back to the arms of my lovely husband and to start preparations for a month in Turkey!

Boots – Chloé // Jeans – J.Brand // Jacket – AllSaints // Top – AllSaints // Scarf – Zara (old)

 

 

 

 

And so summer begins…

It’s the last day of school here. Yes the last of the year. This week has been challenging to say the least. We’re always pulled in so many directions with end of year projects (errr why when we shut down brains in April after testing?), chorus recitals, plays, parties, field day and graduations. My son was upset I missed his end of year party yesterday – well I was working, but that didn’t stop my guilt! We’re tired and cranky – and mom hasn’t stopped crying since Monday night when the East Coast started getting the news of the Manchester bombing.

Last night, Dave and I decided to take a breath. We went out for dinner, alone, quietly, and indulgently. I ate oysters, peaches and steak and drank san pellegrino. Today I feel a little calmer, a little less emotional but still with a tonne of shit to do before the kids and I head off to Manchester on Saturday for a couple of weeks. I’m super excited about seeing everyone but feel there is a mountain of stuff to do before I get to that departure gate!….and inhale….

I haven’t done much shopping this week – truthfully I’m all shopped out for the summer given after the UK I have about 8 weeks of bikini wearing. That hasn’t stopped me window shopping though and here are some gems I’ve found for you. The Gap are rocking it this season with tops and dresses (including the one I’m wearing below) – these are some favorite items and everything is 50% off with an extra 20% using MORE.

These linen shorts are already reduced and will be cheap as chips with the code applied – size down.

I have this top in all 3 colors in a large – it is beautiful.

This is the dress I am wearing below in red – it’s beautiful and has pockets.

This dress is new in and I’ve just ordered it.

I love this bag – so chic.

Their scarves are all reduced and several are already on sale.

Looking for an Isabel Marant inspired belt? Just $14 plus another 20% off…

I’ve just ordered this hat (so much for being over shopping…)

These linen shirts are perfect – I have size large and they fit brilliantly across the bust.

On to some other bargains – TheOutnet.com has lots of Stella McCartney and Proenza Schouler bags heavily discounted.

Soludos has a sale on at the moment too – I just received these lovely espadrilles – so cute!

There’ll be lots more codes released over the weekend so I will try and keep you posted before I leave!

Shoes – Stella McCartney // Dress – Gap (discounted) // Bag – Gucci (similar here)// Earrings – J.Crew (30% off with SWEET)

Skirt – H&M // T shirt – AllSaints // Shoes – Zara // Bag – Sam Edelman (on sale plus 30% off with SamSummer30)

Top – Gap (discounted) // Jeans – J.Brand Selena (on sale here) // Shoes – Castañer // Bag – Sam Edelman (on sale plus 30% off with SamSummer30)

Dress – Everlane // Shoes – Kurt Geiger // Earrings – & Other Stories // Bag – Coach (Sale on here)

Top – ASOS // Jeans – J. Brand from The Outnet // Shoes – Miu Miu

Summer slippers.

These are the most beautiful shoes. A fabulously perfect pink hue, with great leather, a feminine cut and dainty pointed toe. I have them in sage green too.

Shoes – Everlane // Culottes – Uniqlo // Top – Free People (on sale here) // Sunglasses – Gucci // Earrings – Mango

They are available in bone white and black too.

I actually think they are the PERFECT city shoe – a pair of shoes that you can throw in your bag for the office and wear when you’re dashing around on foot from office to tube/subway etc. Far more elegant than sneakers or flip flops! If you have a wide foot like me I advise sizing up half a size – I’m a true US 8.5 and these are a US 9.

It’s a crazy time of year here – Poppy turns 11 on Thursday, school finishes next Thursday, then we’re off to the UK for fish and chips, natters with good friends, a bit of rain and Revels and chocolate buttons 😉

Last Sunday was Mother’s Day here and we had our first morning at the pool followed by a delicious family lunch. They treated me well.

Dress – & Other Stories // Earrings – & Other Stories // Bag – Coach // Shoes – Stella McCartney

Then catching up from previous days…A week ago I had one of my brilliant partners from Rodan + Fields in town and I was invited to present. It was a blast speaking from the heart about my passion for the brand and the energy in the room was wonderful – we gained lots of new consultants that evening who can now join in the fun! I got my glad rags on for the night and wore Victoria Beckham by Target intentionally – why not channel another female power house if that’s where your sights are set!?

Shoes – Sam Edelman (reduced here) // Dress – VB x Target (on sale here) // Bag – Givenchy

Shoes – Sam Edelman (discounted here) // Jeans – Hudson (discounted here) // Top – Gap // Earrings – J.Crew

Dress – & Other Stories // Shoes – Golden Goose // Earrings – Mango

T-Shirt – Free People // Shoes – Primark // Jeans – J. Brand // Bag – Coach (old) // Earrings – Mango

T-Shirt – Free People // Jeans – Hudson // Shoes – Free People

Culottes – Uniqlo // Shoes – Marks & Spencer // Top – Mango (old)

Dress – H&M (old) // Shoes – Castañer // Bag – Mansur Gavriel // Earrings – Mango

 

**Everlane kindly provided the shoes for this post, though all thoughts and opinions are my own.

p.s. I am selling preloved items on Instagram @PoppysStylePreloved and offering free global shipping on all items.

Espadrilles – the must have summer shoe

In recent years I have become more and more aware of the need for comfort in the heat. A month in the Mediterranean each year, plus at least 6 months of 70 degrees Fahrenheit necessitate comfy, cool feet. I love my flat simple sandals, but there are still times a girl needs some good heels. Espadrilles fit the bill perfectly for height and comfort – and the added practicality of a wedge means you can glide along the lawn at those summer gatherings.

My favorites at this time include these classic Castañers. The tomato red pair are just perfection with a crisp cotton white dress and brown legs.

I love this nude taupe pair and the slight platform is perfect – these will look hot as hell with denim shorts and a white shirt.

I’ve ordered this denim pair – I love the fringing and I think they will look great with a bright t-shirt and a pair of my J Brand Selena crops.

Kurt Geiger are another high end option – here in the US they are even more – why can’t brands just use the exchange rate?! Having said that these are so unique that they might be worth the extra $$$. The Mimi in snake skin is gorgeous and they also come in a gold glitter which will be great for a high summer party.

Yellow has to be the color of the season and these are beautiful for some eye catching footwear. They also come in snakeskin or black.

This pair are my absolute favorite. Monochrome and fluorescent pom poms!

For those of you in the UK you may already be aware that Kurt Geiger now sell Vince Camuto – a brand I have bought on several occasions here. These platforms are lovely.

TheOutnet.com is well worth a good browse on a Sunday evening. Soludos is a brand that I have worn regularly is and promoted by many bloggers including Sincerely Jules. I have a couple of pairs of their smoking slippers that I love. Right now there’s an abundance of the brand on TheOutnet.com heavily discounted.

This leather pair is beautiful and reduced by 50%.

These are reduced to just $60.

I ordered this pair last night – I love the pink and orange together. Again reduced by almost 50%.

Others that caught my eye on TheOutnet.com include these by Tory Burch. What a perfect color for summer and these are leather. Discounted by 55%.

These are by Iris and Ink – TheOutnet’s own brand – I really love the red but they also come in brown.

These are a bit of a curve ball but I bloody love them! For some reason I think they would be a great travel shoe – I know that sounds daft/pretentious having shoes for traveling – but take it from me you need flats, easy on and off, and stylish shoes for that jet-setting lifestyle 🙂 The Rag & Bone Gena espadrille.

I hit The Gap after seeing Fran wear these on Instagram – they are a lovely shade of pink.

Also available in khaki.

These white eyelet espadrilles are really pretty and feminine. Keeping them clean might be a b*tch but thats where clorox gel pens come in handy!

The gold open toe espadrilles are great and a lovely price.

Finally always check out Nordstrom Rack and Neiman Marcus Last Call – they have amazing brands appearing all the time and can give TheOutnet.com a run for their money.

Oh and these – yes I love these – I know many of you will hate them – but hey that’s what makes fashion fun!!

We had a lovely family day today – out for a lunch of burgers and ice cream. Unfortunately I am having real trouble moving after 30 laps in the pool yesterday. Seriously getting dressed was a real problem this morning 😉 That’ll teach me to work out.

T-shirt – AllSaints // Jeans – Hudson (discounted here) // Boots – Rag & Bone // Sunglasses – Oliver Peoples (discounted here) // Bag – AllSaints (no longer online)

 

 

 

Pastel slides

How beautiful are these new arrivals from Everlane? I just love how simple and elegant they are. Perfect with a slip dress or cropped jeans.

So question is which color?

If you prefer a more masculine aesthetic how about the modern Babo? I love the blush or green but there are other colors available.

It’s absolutely lashing it down here today – an ark may be required soon, but for the love of fashion I still managed to take a photograph.

Sweater – AllSaints // Jeans – J Brand // Sneakers – Isabel Marant // Earrings – J.Crew

Sneakers – Superga (discounted here) // Skirt – H&M (similar here) // Top – H&M (currently reduced) // Jacket – Gap

Sneakers – Nike // Jeans – J Brand // Shirt – Madewell

Finally don’t forget to pop over to PoppysStyleBeauty to enter my giveaway before it ends on May 5th!

Big Earrings

I used to wear big earrings all the time with longer hair. With short hair I always felt very self conscious with big earrings, and then with the addition of a rook, daith, tragus and helix piercings it all felt a bit overwhelming to try and wear big danglers. That said I’m always very envious of those that carry them off with absolute aplomb like Alex here.

After the recent J.Crew catalogue I became so tempted to try some myself, but I worried the look in my head was not the look in real life! Today I challenged myself – if I could wear a pair of old danglers for the day, and not be irritated or feel weighed down then I would treat myself to a pair of J.Crew earrings while the 30% BIGSALE code is operative till April 30th.

It’s hard to see in this image but the ones I wore a beaded hoops – 3 hoops inside each other with smaller diameters in coral and gold beads. Not too heavy but definitely big earrings (sunglasses are Prada).

As I popped into the mall I was greeted with not one but 2 compliments on my earrings! Yes – I can do this! So of course some research was required and here is what I discovered…first of course J.Crew with the 30% discount.

First here are the ones I bought – already reduced with an extra 40% off using BIGSALE. I just love turquoise for summer. The clear crystal are also on sale.

The gold and olive are perfect for my coloring.

Here are the ones Alex is wearing – a little too big for me – I wish I could get away with them!

In blue or yellow here.

These beaded ones in white and wild berry are on my list. I can see myself wearing these with an off the shoulder top.

These aqua hoops are lovely and simple and also come in tortoiseshell – just $19.50 with 30% off.

Then these Gaia tassel earrings are beautiful.

Then of course don’t forget about JCrew Factory.

For just $15.50 you can have these in grey or cobalt blue.

Want to experiment with yellow? How about these?

These are striking in this vintage kelly color.

These could be my absolute all time favorite – great color and so much fun!

Next TheOutnet.com – always a fabulous source of striking, cut price, quality jewelry.

 

From top left clockwise –

  1. Kenneth Jay Lane clip on black tassel earrings
  2. Kenneth Jay Lane turquoise resin earrings.
  3. Kenneth Jay Lane silver tone crystal earrings
  4. Ben Ammun tassel earrings
  5. Noir Jewelry gold tone earrings
  6. Kenneth Jay Lane crystal earrings
  7. Kenneth Jay Lane turquoise silver drop earrings
  8. Kenneth Jay Lane silver earrings
  9. Center – Kenneth Jay Lane red resin earrings

Finally I can’t leave without mentioning Mango’s fine contribution to everyones’ ears this season – there are too many fabulous ones to list but check them out here.

 

A new tattoo, a giveaway and an outfit catch up!

So I can finally share – I was waiting till after my trip back to the UK, once I had shown my Mum and Dad. As it turns out my 5 year old niece, Alice, is rubbish with secrets and snitched on me at the weekend! I guess it’s a good thing that Mum and Dad know in advance – the fewer shocks the better 😉 My lion is done – I’m a Leo and I love all it signifies.

We had a lovely relaxing weekend and went out for another ‘end of testing’ celebratory lunch. It was actually planned originally as a meal out for me and Dave – then Hugh invited himself and his sister. Not one to dissuade an interest in dining out, we happily changed our reservation from evening to lunchtime and went as a party of four.

I wore my new Victoria Beckham x Target dress. I’d told myself I wasn’t going to buy anything from the range, but as I read reviews I thought I’d give it a whirl. As the reviews confirmed the quality is amazing – far superior to any $35 dress I’ve ever bought in the past! The fabric is heavy, but comfortable and on my shape you can’t beat a drop waist cut! I’m wearing a Large which fits perfectly.

Dress – VB x Target // Shoes – Sam Edelman // Bag – Proenza Schouler

Once again the weather is heavily influencing my outfits – we’re in that ’80 degrees one day, 50 degrees the next’ time of year until the end of May when it is reliable blazing everyday.

Jeans – J Brand // Shoes – Miu Miu // Top – Mango (old)

Shoes – Nike // Jeans – Current Elliott (reduced by 55% here) // T-shirt – H&M // Jacket – Mango // Bag – Mansur Gavriel

Slides – Mango // Jeans – Hudson // T-shirt – AllSaints // Jacket – AllSaints

Trousers – Cos (old) // Shoes – Zara (old) // Shirt – H&M (in sale now here) // Jacket – AllSaints (old) // Bag – Proenza Schouler

As we move toward May (not wishing April away!) I realized that nearly every year I get caught out. Mother’s Day in the USA is in May – so I always forget when Mothering Sunday is in the UK! I have no commercials, emails, or news prompts to remind me in March! I’m getting better though, and my Mum did receive a potted lily before she left with Dad on their Cunard cruise from Singapore to S. Africa. They’re really slumming it as empty nesters!

Anyway as I mentioned Mother’s Day here in the US is May 14th so I thought it would be great opportunity to host a giveaway – whether you’ve already celebrated or not!

Enter here to win 2 Rodan + Fields gift sets! Neither are available to purchase and both are valued at over $100!

  1. The Rodan + Fields Lash Boost and eye cream gift set with pouch
  2. The Rodan + Fields spring gift set with lip renewing serum and eye cream with pouch

Enter here between now and May 5th for your chance to win – Mother’s Day giveaway

The best designer jeans – many on sale!

I live in jeans. Years ago I would only ever buy Diesel jeans, then Hudson became my brand of choice, and more recently I fell in love with the J Brand Selena jeans. I wear a lot of jeans from high street stores too like H&M and Zara – but as I get older, I once again learn that valuable lesson, that less is more and it pays to invest. The softness of the denim and cut of a designer brand really is superior.

As luck would have it there are MANY sources of great, cut price brand name jeans. Here I’m pretty much sticking with my favorites – J Brand, but Bloomingdales for example has LOTS of other brands on sale. It’s also worth noting that in the US – text BLOOMIES to 25666 and you will get a 20% discount code for signing up to texts which can be applied to jeans already on sale.

First I’m including two pairs of J Band Selena jeans which are not on sale, just because I love the wash for summer – the first pair has distressed hems and the second pair is a lovely light blue wash.

J Brand selena decoy wash J Brand Selena

Now my next port of call for great discounted designer jeans is always TheOutnet.com – I found these gems today.

Both these J Brand Selenas are on final sale with an extra 40% off.

J Brand Selena the outnet

Bloomingdales has the J Brand Selena on sale here in a variety of washes – don’t forget the extra 20% too by texting BLOOMIES to 25666

Stylebop.com has the Selena in one of my favorite washes – undertow – and starting today there is an extra 15% discount applied at checkout.

I was looking for a pair in white and managed to find these at a store I’ve never used before – elevtd.com – use welcome15 for an extra 15% discount on this distressed pair.

Others that I loved at TheOutnet.com include these bargains – the 835 distressed mid rise from J Brand discounted by 56%

j brand 835 mid rise jean

The Kick from Current/Elliott reduced by 55%

Current/Elliott Kick flares

The J Brand mid rise crop in black discounted by 56%.

J Brand crop in black

As I say Bloomingdales has a plethora of jeans on sale right now so check them out here!

Which are your favorite brand jeans? I’ve been reluctant to stray but I’m sure there are other brands I need to check out!

Here I am today in a pair of J Brand jeans from Bloomingdales. They are SO soft and stretchy – no gaping at the back either. Totally stupid to wear heels though on a hot spring day!

Jeans – J Brand // T-shirt – Mango // Shoes – Marks & Spencer (welcome20 in the US for a 20% discount)

Shoes – Zara (old) // Jumpsuit – Uniqlo // Jacket – AllSaints // Bag – Proenza Schouler

Top – Target (old) // Culottes – Uniqlo // Boots – Rag & Bone // Bag – Coach