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…

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

New nude shoes

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.

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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!

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& 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.

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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.

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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

Vacation planning

In 3 weeks time we’ll be back in Istanbul! We have a week in the city before heading to the coast where we are staying in a house on the beach for 3 weeks. I am already panicking about what to pack!

I love to get ‘dressed up’ when we’re in Istanbul – we don’t go anywhere too ‘fancy’ but this year we have said we may visit SoHo House for roof top cocktails. When we get to the beach I live in swimwear and denim shorts – so that is pretty easy – though this year we are staying a bit more out of the way, so I need to be cognizant of cultural norms and not head out wearing my sheer, see through dress…no I don’t have one!

I have to say I am completely smitten with Gap this year. I have bought more from them than any other year – hopefully I’ll pull them through their tough times they are currently experiencing! Over the weekend I ordered the following to throw in my case. In the US there is currently 40% off with code MONDAY.

I absolutely love a romper for the beach – we are literally right on the beach this year so this will be ideal for heading up back to the house for a cocktail. I can throw it on over my bikini after a tough day on the sand.

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This maxi dress is gorgeous for Istanbul – I can throw a scarf around my shoulders when I need to show a little respect in certain areas or when visiting a mosque, and then it’s perfect for roof top cocktails listening to the call to prayer.

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These soft spun dresses are currently reduced and the 40% off can still be applied. I adore them. Perfect for sightseeing – beautifully cool when being dragged walking around ancient ruins in the blistering heat!

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I love the colour of this linen dress – again perfect for day to night in Istanbul with a pair of espadrilles.

Gap linen dress

Now with denim shorts I love to wear a lovely lacy, pretty top. Mango is always my destination for blouses as they are more generous across the bust and go up to a US 10 in most cases.

This is so pretty  – I love a collar.

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I have a similar embroidered blouse to this one that I love to wear with jeans under a jacket in the spring and fall so it is really versatile.

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This in pink is gorgeous – I have bought this – it is such and unusual shade – normally tops are ecru or black and that’s it! It will look stunning with black or grey jeans at home too.

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Ok I made a joke about sheer dresses but this sheer blouse is beautiful over a cami and has sleeves so provides a little more modesty.

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As always I will pack too much, wear 1/3 of it and get complaints from the rest of the family about the weight of my bag. I will never be a capsule packer! What about all those ‘just in case’ situations! 😉

As for the past week I feel I’ve been busier than ever with the kids out of school – the morning disappears when they are at camp and then I take them to the pool which requires an hour of preparation finding swimsuits, towels, lost goggles, spf and enough snacks to feed an army. On Friday I thought I’d cracked it then turned up at the pool without my own bikini bottoms – damn!

Screen Shot 2016-06-06 at 10.43.44 AMTop – Mango (last year but the same in black here this year) // Shorts – J.Crew // Shoes – Sam Edelman (old)

Screen Shot 2016-06-06 at 10.44.09 AMTop – Zara // Booties – Dolce Vita Haku (old) // Shorts – J.Crew

Screen Shot 2016-06-06 at 10.43.56 AMShoes – TopShop // Jeans – J.Brand Selina // T-shirt – Madewell (old) // Bag – Mansur Gavriel

Screen Shot 2016-06-06 at 10.44.38 AMDungarees – Gap // T-Shirt – J.Crew (old) // Shoes – fringe Converse

H&M shirt back H&MshirtShoes – TopShop // Jeans – Zara (old) // Shirt – H&M (can no longer see online but this is similar with wide cuffs) // Bag – Mansur Gavriel

Oh I also popped into Zara on Friday and bought this beautiful top. I love it – this is a large.

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And before I leave you – TopShop are on fire with their shoe game this season. Check out these new Gucci tributes – they are available in pink and gold and will sell out in a flash like the loafers!

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25 years!

If you follow me on Instagram you may have noticed that my Husband and I celebrated a significant milestone on Monday – it was 25 years since we first hooked up, or started dating, however you want to call it! We were students in St. Andrews at the time and a few years ago I documented the evening here. Normally we celebrate this anniversary in a very low key fashion, leaving the extravagance to our wedding anniversary in September. Well my incredibly romantic husband ignored those rules this year and went above and beyond what was required or expected! We had a fabulous evening eating tacos and drinking margaritas – one I’ll remember for some time. Here’s to another 25 years and more!

At my graduation ball in 1992 in St.Andrews:

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At my PhD graduation in 1996 at Royal Holloway College:

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He made me a card with all the places where we have lived in our 25 years, with a tribute to Bowie too as he knew how much I loved him!

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For our night out I wanted to stay pretty casual and comfortable. I adore my Isabel Marant Otway boots that I found on eBay!

Allsaints topBoots – Isabel Marant (more on eBay here) // Jeans – Zara (old) // Top – AllSaints (old)

It’s that time of year in Atlanta where you have to dress to be prepared for all types of weather. On Saturday we had what appears to be a small tornado rip through the neighborhood – trees and telegraph poles down, with loss of power for many. Today it’s getting hot again with horrid humidity from all the rain. Thank goodness for AC!

mango 3Jeans – Zara (old) // Top – Mango (similar here) // Boots – Rag & Bone (similar here) // Bag – Proenza Schouler

H&M jacket 2Jacket – H&M // Jumpsuit – Gap (30% off with code SHINE) // Espadrilles – Soludos // Bag – Proenza Schouler

I’m having some technical difficulties this week – my phone died after getting soaked in the rain and now my laptop is on the blink – you realize how much we rely on these gadgets when they don’t work! So hopefully I’ll be back up and running soon but in the meantime check out Shopbop’s surprise sale – up to 40% off!

 

Even shorter!

How can a great haircut make a girl so happy!? I absolutely love my new shorter do. I knew when I first went short again the other month that I would be going even shorter soon and here I am back to my old self! I feel me again! If you are in Atlanta I urge you to pay O’Neil at Van Michael a visit – best cut ever, and you won’t stop chatting!

black trousersTrousers – J.Crew (30% off here with SCORE)// Shirt – Zara (old) // Shoes – TopShop // Bag – Proenza Schouler

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Yesterday the husband didn’t disappoint with his quick witted ‘are you still painting?’ jibe – I should have put money on it. I don’t care however, I love these dungarees, best fit ever – lovely and slouchy – I sized up to a large, with a lovely shaped leg. The bib on these seems to sit really well on my boobs – it can be dangerous for us with boobs as that bib can get lost or stuck! 😉 These and the indigo version are 40% off in the US with code HAPPY.

dungarees CollageShoes – Zara (last season similar here) // Dungarees – Gap (40% off with HAPPY) // T-shirt – J.Crew (old) // Bag – Mulberry Bayswater

In other news these fabulous espadrilles have now arrived on the US & Other Stories site – they are here on the UK site.

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Enjoy!

We’re off to watch the Hawks basketball tonight – it’s going to be a late one and some cranky kids will be around tomorrow morning – think of me as I am trying to herd them out of the house for school at 7.15am!

Big shoes!

By big shoes I mean chunky, platforms, flatforms, wedges and so on, not shoes that are too big for you! I love shoes – shoes and bags being my main indulgences. You can change an outfit in an instant with different shoes or a different bag. I’m no wall flower when it comes to shoes. I like big, brash, loud, outlandish shoes as much as I love a fabulous simple flat or elegant pump.

Yesterday I wore my Isabel Marant wedges. When I was back in London I was really surprised how many people were wearing them – I saw several on the street and Selfridges still sell them. I was fortunate enough to grab these on TheOutnet.com last year.

Marant 2Shoes – Isabel Marant // Jeans – Zara // Top – J.Crew // Blazer – J.Crew (30% off with TIMETOSHOP) // Bag – Mansur Gavriel (back in stock here)

Today I am in my Zara flatforms. They aren’t leather but they are really comfortable and a fabulous Prada tribute!

red 1Shoes – Zara (sold out) // Trousers – Gap (on sale plus an extra 30% off with code EXTRA) // Top – Mango (old but similar here) // Bag – Mulberry Bayswater

I’ve found similar flatforms for you here at Mango

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I love this espadrille flatform for the summer!

Mango espadrille

I adore Kurt Geiger shoes and they ship to the US. This pair is divine and Alex at The-Frugality.com owns them, there aren’t many sizes left though.

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I am obsessing over these – the perfect white flatform for summer. Great with shorts or boyfriend jeans.

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The Logan in khaki is in my bag – just debating the navy too – really don’t need more navy flatforms but the fabric is beautiful

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I have this pair – called the Lizard – in black and snakeskin, last worn here. They are incredibly comfortable!

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I also have this pair for summer that are in the sale, but be quick there’s only a couple of sizes left.

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Flatforms are now so popular in fact, Kurt Geiger has a whole section on their site dedicated to them!

These have to be the most perfect, contemporary, beetle creepers that I have seen in a long time. Obsessed with them!

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So lots to consider – now you just have to be willing to draw a little attention to your feet – and I warn you, not everyone loves them like me! 😉

 

 

Getting the legs out

It’s hot, hot, hot here in Atlanta. Summer may well be here – April 18th – not bad going! These are the days that short hair really is a bonus! In honor of the sun I got my legs out and wore a favorite dress and boot pairing of mine that I wore way back here too.

AllSaints dressDress – AllSaints Pia (old similar here) // Boots – Rag and Bone Newbury (old similar here) // Glasses – Oliver Peoples (similar here) // Bag – Mulberry Bayswater

Gap have been getting a lot of attention from me recently – not only are their reductions great but their offerings this season are gorgeous! Here are the dresses that have caught my eye so far! Today there is 40% off with code HAPPY – if you miss it don’t worry there will be another one soon!

I absolutely adore this one but with long sleeves I’m not sure how practical it is now the heat is here. It also comes in a beautiful off white with navy stitching.

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I love orange with a tan and this sleeveless dress is so floaty and cool looking.

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I love the double layers on this linen-cotton mix. Really simple with an added twist. It also comes in black.

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This is just beautiful – so summery. I might have to try this one.

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The drop waist on this is lovely – very Isabel Marant and it also comes in blue.

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While we’re at Gap the tencel trousers that I love are now on sale – plus the 40% off can be applied.

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They also come in black, olive and chambray – perfect for spring.

chambray pants

A slightly heavier looking denim pair, but still a jogger shape, have caught my attention. I love these. I think they would be perfect for airline travel – comfortable yet a little warmer for that freezing in flight AC!

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And how awesome would this sweatshirt look with them!? I love the wide neckline and 3/4 length sleeves. It would be great paired with denim shorts too. It also comes in chalk and light grey.

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Going back to the joggers I discussed last week, I think these slim cut, sun washed joggers are perfect for dressing up a bit. These also come in grey marl and space dye grey.

sun wash joggers

Lastly, given several of us have fallen in love with dungarees again, how about a white distressed pair. Imagine a little sun kissed skin showing through, with a simple tank under them. LOVE.

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So much great stuff – well done Gap – you have won me back as a regular customer. Thanks for the 40% code too!!

 

 

 

Overalls or dungarees?

Festival time is here – whether it’s a music festival or a fun neighborhood festival (we have many here in Atlanta), it’s time to dig out the festival clothes. Dungarees are a perennial favorite. Comfort, style and versatility make them my choice. Admittedly for the larger chested of us, they can be problematic, but I have discovered a great pair from H&M with thinner straps and a looser fit that seem to work well. I like to wear dungarees as simply as possible with a plain t-shirt and sneakers or espadrilles. I’m definitely a proponent of the dressed down dungaree look as opposed to the dressed up look – though I did try them with heels back here and here – I was a very early adopter of dungarees!

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H&M are a great source of overalls – though be warned the sizing varies drastically! Some are teeny tiny and others need a size down. I think the pair I am wearing today are true to size – with a looser fit.

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I also have this pair in a medium – they are sold out here online but check out stores – they are gorgeous and a great boyfriend fit.

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I tried this cropped pair on in London and they are small fitting – I probably sized up 2 sizes! Having said that ignore the size on the label – they are gorgeous.

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Again a pair that are unfortunately oos online – but I love the fit and flare cut of these.

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Gap have a very similar style here. They are now on sale with an extra 35% off here in the US using code STYLE – certainly worth a punt!

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I’m also smitten with this style – I love Gap’s denim. These are an online exclusive – with 35% off using STYLE.

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Finally another of my favorite stores for denim – Madewell. I just love this skinny cut and they get rave reviews.

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Here I am today in dress down comfort. My new Primark jacket also gets it’s first outing – thank you so much for sending Sue!! I’ve cut the label off the sleeve now after leaving it on all morning much to the amusement of my Husband!

dungarees CollageDungarees – H&M // Top – H&M (old) // Sneakers – Nike // Jacket – Primark (thanks to Sue!) //Bag – Mulberry Bayswater