It’s been an odd week readjusting to life back in Atlanta. I can’t lie, I am totally jealous of all you Europeans just starting your vacations, while we prepare for back to school on Wednesday! My Instagram feed is full of blue skies and oceans and I have to keep reminding myself that was me just a week ago!
To ease the pain I am focusing on my upcoming birthday! I’m 45 on the 10th and like to celebrate for as long as possible! Hence, Friday night, my Husband and I went out for tapas and cocktails. Maybe my Leo instincts are aroused, but I decided to go full on leopard print for the evening. This dress is just £19.99 from New Look and is available in the US here on ASOS (keep checking back for your size – they update regularly). I felt fantastic in it! The dress is pleated so not tight at all and it is the perfect midi length. I’m now on the look out for dresses in a similar style as it felt so great on. The shoes are Vince and an incredible eBay bargain -new they were $425 and I got them NWT for $65!
I made a couple of other purchases this week including the red Adidas Gazelles – I just love the Gazelles and they take me back to the 90s when I wore a green pair to death! They do fit big and I sized down to a US 8 instead of my usual 8.5.
I also just wore my new running tights from the H&M For Every Victory collection. They are amazingly comfortable – 2miles on the treadmill with no adjusting. I’m in a medium and they fit great.
As for the rest of last week here’s what I’ve been wearing. It’s lovely to have all my closet back!
You may have seen these beautiful Miu Miu ballet flats on Pinterest or Instagram. I think they are beautiful. The perfect girly show with a little edginess.
At around $600 they are steep for a shoe that is very much a ‘trend’ and may have limited longevity, though the leather does look perfect. Thankfully trusty Zara has come up with a fabulous tribute in leather, and a much more palatable $59.99.
Mango have released a variation on the theme. A cross between the gorgeous block heeled ballet shoes and a lace up. These are just beautiful and I have ordered them as I am pretty sure with the attention they are getting they will sell out fast. With black step hem (like these here) or fringed jeans they will add great balance – you don’t want to look to lady like in them!
Finally a nude pink sneaker. I LOVE shoes, I love sneakers, I love Adidas and I love Gazelles – how about these beauties in pink. I can’t wait to wear them with a dress and tanned legs!
In fact that is the beauty of pink/nude shoes – regardless of the style they have a leg lengthening effect – there’s no hard stop at the bottom of your leg!
So you may notice that I’m still able to keep up with the new AW releases while here! Thankfully we have wifi though the kids are hogging it…I’m about to head down the garden path to the beach again with a pot of tea! Yesterday we went to Datça market again where the fruit and veg is amazing – I keep telling my Husband that it reminds me of Bury Market as you can buy everything there – even the Turkish version of a pasty 😉 I came home with more harems – tie dye and dropped crotch whats not to love!
The other evening we went out for dinner and listened to France make it through to the Euro Final. I had a wee bit too much wine but much fun was had by all!
Well I’ll start where I left off – our anniversary. I am incredibly lucky that I am married to an extremely romantic, generous man. He was so giddy about the day unfolding and all his various surprises he could barely contain himself! He even created a playlist for me with little clues leading to my surprise gift!
We headed out to dinner to our favorite ‘special occasion’ restaurant – Bacchanalia. They do a superb seasonal five course tasting menu and the food is exquisite. And how cute – they even surprised us with a little cake!
I wore my Ted Baker taxi cab dress which I adore – it feels elegant yet quirky – it’s so fun to wear. This exact version is no longer available but the print must have been so popular they have released a new version here. The jacket is a Zara tuxedo jacket from the sale and the wedge boots are also Zara.
Before we left for our night out we exchanged gifts. I’m a very lucky girl. Apparently fifteen years of marriage is a big deal.
I wish I’d known – I thought I was being particularly thoughtful with my gift of a wooly hat and a pair of socks – I kid you not!
On Friday night we headed out again to take Mike for a farewell dinner. Another fabulous restaurant and quickly becoming one of my favorites – The Optimist. They even had frogs legs on the menu which my daring Husband enjoyed. I had the most delicious oysters followed by the most incredible haddock I have ever eaten – and I assure you I know my cod and haddock!
After much debate as to what to wear, and given my late night on Thursday I opted for comfort in the end. This is the Zara pyjama suit from last season that I snapped up in the sale, worn with my white heels.
Finally I’ll leave you with a couple of daytime outfits. The first was from Friday, shopping in the mall with Mike.
And yesterday for our first swim meet of the season!
Now we’re off for a slap up breakfast before taking Mike to the airport – it’s been a brilliant visit and now I’m in the mood for planning some trips back to the UK again!
…We got through the week and survived! The chaotic week ended on a high note with Mother’s Day and Poppy’s 6th birthday party.
Mother’s Day was celebrated with two beautiful notes from my children. I was ecstatic with Hugh’s for the most part, especially only weighing 10lbs and eating salads…little does he know…but I’m a bit confused about the ‘visitor’? MM thinks it’s the UPS delivery man:)
Poppy’s was lovely and made me well up especially as I could see how much time and effort she had taken in writing it.
“My mommy is the best mommy anyone can have. I love you mommy. I love going outside with you. I love going to the beach with you. I love spending time with you.”
What more can a mother ask for?
So then it was on to the birthday celebrations at a huge indoor gymnastics center with inflatable castles, slides, zip lines, swings and trampolines. It was brilliant and everyone was thoroughly worn out afterward. Thank goodness we went for the indoor option as it rained hard all day. Previously we’ve hosted all the parties at our house with a bouncy castle in the garden, which just wouldn’t have been used today!
So it was back to sweaters again. Not sure why I’m surprised as I remember taking Poppy to the Zoo for her 3rd birthday and it was freezing so I should be acutely aware that Atlanta’s weather is unpredictable till the end of May. I wore my Hudson Collin jeans, Boden essential long sleeve scoop neck t-shirt from SS 2011, Boden Must have jumper from this season in quail egg and my favorite Adidas Gazelles. I had a pair of green ones back in the 90’s and thought I was the bee’s knees wearing them around Notting Hill.