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

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

 

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

A forgotten store – Uniqlo

My husband was asking me the other day where he should look for minimalist, contemporary trousers for himself. He loves James Perse but their prices are not so lovely. As I wracked my brain I suddenly remembered Uniqlo. It’s a store I always forget about – probably as we don’t have a bricks and mortar store here in Atlanta. I’ve made many great purchases from them over the years – particularly their knitwear and outerwear. As I was checking out the men’s section I figured I may as well take a quick peek at the women’s section!

Firstly I had forgotten how amazing their prices are! For great quality basics they are hard to beat. In fact my son has some of their long sleeve t-shirts and I swear the cotton feels so luxurious and soft – and yet I paid $9.99 for them in NYC last fall!

These pieces in particular caught my eye.

These dresses have a built in bra. Now for summer this is perfect – even I, with a generous bust, love a built in bra in the summer – so easy and no fiddling with bra hooks when its hot. Even better – its not a shelf bra that can often be unflattering resulting in a mono boob 😉 The bra in these dresses actually has soft cups to separate and give a flattering bust line.

Uniqlo dress with bra

Uniqlo dress with bra striped bra dress Uniqlo striped bra dress

Next up culottes are always a great choice for summer – easy to wear and cool – and these have a lovely elastic waist band. They are available in navy, black, beige and yellow – more of a mustard color.

jersey culottes

Uniqlo jersey culottes

This style is slightly dressier and can double as a skirt with the convenience of trousers. Available in black, navy, pink and beige.

Uniqlo pleated wide leg trousers

I love a great jumpsuit and these are gorgeous – and JUST $19.90 right now!! A whole outfit for less than $20 and it gets rave reviews. Just perfect with sneakers during the day, then throw on a blazer or leather jacket and a pair of heels for dinner!

Uniqlo jumpsuit Uniqlo jersey jumpsuit

If you’re in the UK check out this style of jumpsuit. I’m not sure if they have sold out in the USA or if we’re waiting for them to arrive – regardless my sister has a package on its way to her that I can collect in May 😉 Again an absolute steal for £24.90! I think they are perfect for traveling – easy to pack and so versatile for sight seeing or dinner out.

So what do you think? Are you a regular Uniqlo shopper? What other items do you rate that I should be checking out?

As for my daily outfits – well last week I was on Spring Break so it was bikinis all week. If you saw on Instagram I am a HUGE fan of Athleta’s swimwear. Their fabrics are amazing quality and the tops and bottoms all come in various styles which you can mix and match – I love them! You can use this referral link and receive 20% off an item.

Jeans – H&M // Sneaker – Nike // Top – Mango (old) // Jacket – AllSaints // Bag – Coach

Top – Madewell // Shorts – J.Crew (30% off with code LOTSTOSHOP) // Flipflops – Gap // Bag – Coach

Dress – ASOS // Sneakers – New Balance x J.Crew // Bag – Balenciaga

 

 

A spring fling with AllSaints

I have loved AllSaints for years. They are edgy, urban and do the BEST leathers and knits. They are however very expensive for a high street brand. So when they have a 30% off deal, as they do now, I am always quick to take a gander. You can use the code SPRING at checkout but be quick as it applies to limited stock (leathers, coats and knitwear) and ends tomorrow.

My picks are mainly knitwear, which given the 80 degree temperature here today, are pretty useless to me!

I love their cutout pieces and this Able open shoulder sweater is beautiful with zip detailing. It also comes in cinder black and grey, but this pink marl is gorgeous. Size down – it’s generous.

One of my favorite pieces from AllSaints is the blanket cardigan – perfect for travel – I never fly without mine. This Lori blanket cardigan also comes in cinder black.

I love the texture and color contrast on the Terra Funnel sweater – and the cutouts in the elbow give it neat details.

AllSaints is always my first stop when I’m back in the UK in Manchester – their store there is great and as is the concession in Selfridges. I can’t wait!

As AllSaints has been on my mind recently I’ve worn a few items from my collection. I always love wearing them – so comfortable and super soft. Expensive, but worth it in my opinion – though I do try and wait for the sales.

These raffi leggings are a great example – you may sneer at $75 for a pair of leggings BUT I swear they are the softest, most comfortable ever, with no bagging at the knee and a cute attached skirt for a little modesty. It’s great for hiding a camel toe and allowing you to wear shorter tops than you would normally with leggings!

Leggings – AllSaints // Sneakers – Golden Goose // Top – AllSaints (old) // Bag – Balenciaga

This skirt is the ULTIMATE bargain – I felt amazing in it on Friday and though it’s not AllSaints it could easily be mistaken for one of their cuts – especially in the black.

Skirt – ASOS // Top – AllSaints (old) // Boots – Zara // Bag – Balenciaga

 

 

The leather jacket – but not a black one in sight!

I adore a leather jacket – I always have – and this season there is an abundance of fabulously colored jackets to try instead of the tried and tested black leather jacket.

Let’s begin with top dollar on the high street – and some of the best leather jackets out there in my opinion – AllSaints.

The Balfern jacket is a regular style – a real classic. There was a baby pink available in the leather version which may still be available in stores but has sold out online. However, my favorite on me is the coral.

AllSaints Balfern leather jacket coral

The sky blue is really pretty – more of an egg shell blue.

Then there is suede – personally I prefer leather to avoid greasy finger marks – but this plait Balfern in clay pink is beautiful. It also comes in lemon yellow and luna blue here.

TheOutnet.com is always a great place to look for leather jackets. A couple of years ago I scored a gorgeously soft Maje jacket in a great orangey red. This Isabel Marant jacket in claret is 51% discounted.

Isabel Marant Kheo leather jacket

This beautiful yellow jacket from IRO is 65% off.

Another amazing jacket from Isabel Marant at 68% off!

My favorite leathers this season are from Mango. They are always well priced, good leather and fit well. I actually just ordered this beautiful yellow leather jacket – I love the soft color with my coloring as opposed to some of the really vivid yellows. My skin is yellow enough thanks! I also love the plain neckline – most of my other leathers have a collar.

Mango yellow leather jacket

This red leather is fabulous – a really great price too.

Mango red leather jacket

I am super tempted by this blue jacket. I have a really deep indigo blue leather jacket from AllSaints but I really like this more summery blue here. I love the buckle detailing too.

Mango blue leather jacket

Finally green – just the perfect green for me too – a deep forest green.

Mango green leather jacket

TopShop have a great vivid red suede jacket that will add instant cool factor to any outfit.

TopShop red suede jacket

Of course whenever you’re in doubt of where to find something ASOS is the place to head! This beautiful pink suede is available in all sizes and reduced by $200!

ASOS pink suede jacket

This one is so similar to the AllSaints jacket – well except for the pice tag – this is $500 cheaper!

There is of course a tremendous selection of studded and embroidered jackets out there right now – I’m afraid they just don’t appeal to me and I think they will date quickly. I like my classic leather jackets but I really don’t mind what color they are. There simply is nothing better to throw over a dress or jeans all year round.

My FIL arrived last night so we have a fun week ahead. It’s his birthday on Sunday so hopefully we will indulge in a good meal out once all our cheer competition commitments are over! It’s also my nephew’s birthday tomorrow so HAPPY BIRTHDAY JACK!

Today I’m in one of my favorite jacket and top combos – and I may have new sneakers on 😉

Sneakers – Nike Jewell LX // Jeans – Zara (old) // Top – AllSaints (old – similar here) // Jacket – J.Crew (old – similar here) // Bag – Coach

The other day Poppy and I went for a browse in her favorite store – H&M. The neon shoe thing was complete coincidence I assure you!

On Poppy – Shoes – Vans // Jeans – H&M // Jacket – Uniqlo // On Me – Shoes – Nike Air Max // Jeans – H&M // Top – AllSaints (old) // Jacket – Mango (old) // Bag – Coach