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

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)

 

 

 

Fall shopping in 90 degree heat…

I hope you all had a great Bank Holiday weekend in the UK! We have our long weekend here this week for Labor Day. Labor Day traditionally signals the end of summer but in Georgia it will be in the 80s till well into October! Having said that the heat doesn’t stop me from thinking about all things Fall!

I’ve already ordered this awesome jacket. Zara have a similar version but I prefer the Mango one as the fabric is a short furry fabric…softer and more appropriate for leopard print – at least I think so!

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I’ve also ordered these dresses. Yes I know, I know…I couldn’t decide which color so ordered both! Not to mention they are a great price. How cool will they look with a biker jacket or the jacket above to give them a little attitude!?

nude mango dress black mango dress

I did a little survey on these boots the other day on Instagram. I was torn – I love the blue but they are higher than the brown and pink. Both are stunning and perfect with dresses or jeans. I think I’m going for the higher blue pair

Cambell boot Taye boot

These are on my MUST HAVE list for winter – but I will try and wait for these, hoping they won’t sell out!

Sable boot

Finally I have just ordered this sweater from Zara – it comes in mink, khaki and grey. How fabulous is it with either skinnies (with the boots above!) or boyfriend jeans – so slouchy.

Zara sweater

Oh how I love dressing for Fall and Winter – I really do live in the wrong part of the world!

Poppy and I had fun the other day – I did my own #2 undercut – so easy, a little nerve wracking, but easier than anticipated!

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Here’s what I’ve been wearing recently – making the most out of my dresses!

Yara sandalDress – H&M // Sandals – Birkenstock Yara // Bag – Mulberry Bayswater

Zara dressDress – Zara // Shoes – Castañer // Bag – Proenza Schouler

Madewell dressDress – Madewell // Shoes – Marc Fisher // Bag – Mansur Gavriel

A birthday and an unexpected gift!

So the celebrations have ended, but definitely on a high note! I was greeted by the children with breakfast in bed on Wednesday morning – so lovely! Then it was off out for lunch with my husband, and maybe a glass of prosecco. I do love a long lazy lunch!

Zara bomber jacket, Mansur Gavriel, Castañer espadrillesTop – Zara // JacketZara // Shoes – Castañer // Bag – Mansur Gavriel // Necklaces – H&M

That evening we went out for dinner and cocktails. It is fun to go out on a school night but I certainly can’t do it every week! 45 is turning to out to be pretty fun so far!

IMG_8128 Zara dress, Castaner espadrilles Zara dress Castaner espadrillesShoes – Castañer // Dress – Zara

Before we went on vacation my husband had someone drive into the back of him – we found out this week that the car had to be written off as a total loss. So sad! We had had both of our cars – a large sedan and an SUV for about 10 years and had planned to keep them till the wheels dropped off! Having no car payments was lovely but they were also expensive to maintain. I say ‘they’ as while my husband is looking for a new car we decided it was time to trade in my SUV. With more than 100k miles on the clock, and no longer needing to carry strollers and carseats around, I decided it was time for a little driving fun! I’ve ended up with my ‘dream’ ‘hot hatch’ – a Golf SE GTI! It’s manual too!! I haven’t driven a stick for 16 years (the sales guy on the test drive went a bit pale once I mentioned that….) but after missing a few gears, and a few gear crunches, it was like I’d always driven one! I LOVE it. It is so much fun! All I need now are some furry dice on the rearview mirror! Today I have mostly been reading car manuals!!

Golf GTI Golf GTITop – Zara // Jeans – Zara (old) // Shoes – & Other Stories

Golf GTIShoes – River Island (last year) // Shorts – Madewell (last year) // Top – Mango sale

Golf GTI

Funnily enough my husband is STILL without a car…he is contemplating something fun and smaller too! Once again we’ll be the odd foreigners…driving small cars, in a neighborhood of SUVs, trucks and luxury sedans!

It’s my birthday tomorrow!

Yes I’ve spent the past week celebrating! It only happens once a year so why not!? Us Leos aren’t known for being shy and retiring either!

On Friday night I invited a few close girlfriends out for cocktails and tapas – it was perfect – such a fun evening.

Zara dress Castañer espadrilles Gucci purseShoes – Castañer // Dress – Zara // Bag – Gucci (similar here)

With a mild hangover on Saturday, my fabulous family took me to me favorite Mexican spot for lunch and margaritas.

target dress H&M sandals and necklaceDress – WhoWhatWear by Target // Shoes – H&M // Necklace – H&M

Tomorrow I’m being taken for lunch then dinner by my gorgeous husband. It’s a good job I’m back in the gym – Slimming World has been on hold this week 😉

As for this evening I’ll be cracking open one of my gifts – a bottle of champagne – and toasting the start of being 45 – my late 40s – and feeling better than ever!

How early is too early to start the birthday celebrations!?

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!

New look leopard print dress, Vince Aden shoes, Gucci purseDress – New Look // Shoes – Vince Aden off eBay // Bag – Gucci (similar here)

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.

Adidas Gazelles

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.

H&M For Every Victory

As for the rest of last week here’s what I’ve been wearing. It’s lovely to have all my closet back!

Mango shoes, Mango top and FalabellaShoes – Mango // Jeans – Zara (old) // Top – Mango (sale reduced from &79.99 to $24.99!) // Bag – Stella McCartney

& Other Stories dress, Mulberry Bayswater, Castañer espadrillesDress – & Other Stories sale // Shoes – Castañer // Bag – Mulberry Bayswater

H&M dress, Golden Goose sneakers, FalabellaDress – H&M // Shoes – Golden Goose // Bag – Stella McCartney

Save vs. Splurge Bomber Jacket

You had better be quick with this one – many sizes are sold out here but I expect they will return. Knowing H&M sizing to be so erratic I feel comfortable ordering a US 12, which their size guide suggests is a Medium. Or you could of course order the Gucci jacket of which, even at $3,990, many sizes are sold out!

Bomber jacket Collage

I may also have dropped these two dresses in my basket – the first here, I fell in love with after seeing it on A Mother’s Edit.

H&M knit dress

This one is beautiful – really hope it works out size wise. I have ordered a US 10 and it will work great with the bomber jacket or a leather jacket with sneakers.

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Both will hopefully allow me to appreciate my tan for a few weeks on return, and yes Dr. Dermatologist it was all done using SPF 60! I am so careful these days but still love frolicking on a beach!

Last night we went out for dinner with our friends from Sweden. I love these Old Navy tops that I bought in the clearance – perfect holiday attire when you’re in dusty climes and aren’t sure about the washing machine performance! I would hate to ruin some more delicate tops I have!

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Countdown to Turkey!

It’s all a bit crazy here! Visas are sorted, passports are found and bags are out ready to be packed! I spent bloody hours figuring out movies for the kids yesterday and making sure they were all synced on iPads for the plane. I guarantee we will get on the flight and they won’t play or will have disappeared – it always happens no matter how often I check. Anyhow hopefully they’ll be out like a light as soon as they are settled in their seats as it’s a late flight. I’ll of course be enjoying all the services offered!

Asos City shortsShoes – Castañer Campasina // Shorts – ASOS on sale here // Top – Mango on sale here

mango dressDress – Mango on sale here // Shoes – Castañer

Save vs. Splurge – Chloe Wedge Espadrilles

This season my new obsession is espadrilles. I’ve bought a couple of pairs of Castañers here in the sale – you can see them in the image below. I’ve also been eyeing the Chloe wedge sandal. It’s beautiful, leg lengthening and surprisingly comfortable given the height. The platform makes them lust worthy for me – I adore a great platform! Even at $625 they sold out quickly most places. Fortunately Zappos/Amazon have restocked the Marc Fisher tribute – and at just $160 – you can get the black and the natural for less than the Chloes!
Espadrille Collage

…the black

adalyn black

Mango shirtShoes – Castañer on sale here // Jeans – Zara // Shirt – Mango on sale here

Nike DriftTrousers – Zara // Top – AllSaints (old – sale now on here) // Sneakers – Nike Rift Limited Edition

I do love a good dress

A dress can be the easiest thing to throw on – and when you get it right it can be a killer outfit! I love a dress and my closet is now diversifying from the AllSaints drapes that I adore. Of course heading to Turkey next week gives me the excuse to buy dresses – they feel more conservative and appropriate in Istanbul – even a strappy sundress can be adapted for a mosque with a scarf over the shoulders.

I have this Gap dress in pink and adore it – I’ve just ordered the blue with code TGIF in the US – I have a large – it’s cut quite narrow around the bust so be careful if you are well endowed. Oh and I can’t stand the belt so have immediately discarded it!

Gap

& Other Stories are fabulous for unusual prints and they have their sale running right now. There are some dresses from a couple of seasons ago that I have ordered.

Many of my friends have the porcelain midi dress – I’ve ordered this style – I’m really starting to embrace blue. It’s reduced from $115 to $58.

porcelain

The Mountain print dress is pretty polarizing but I think it will look amazing with a tan and black espadrilles. This is reduced from $90 to $45.

moutain print

Finally in the sale – a dress I see wearing a lot in the Fall with ankle boots – I’ve been desperate for another plaid dress and love the length of this one. Reduced from $115 to $58.

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There is 25% off certain footwear and dresses at Madewell this weekend with code UNIFORM. I’ve ordered these for my vacation closet. Size down in the dress.

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Some food for thought – and yes my packing pile is growing aaaargh!

Ending with outfits from the past couple of days…

flaresJeans  – Zara // Shoes – Castaner // Top – Mango (in sale) // Bag – Mansur Gavriel

H&M dressSneaker – New Balance // Dress – H&M (in sale) // Bag – Hill & Friends