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

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

My Husband made me do it!

My Husband is never one to say I need more of anything. He knows I need no encouragement. However he just sent me a link to these saying ‘they are very you’.848502_400_E_PREM

Oh yes they are!! I had a pair of Nike Rift years ago – they have the toe thingy – yup just like a camel toe 😉 These are now on their way to me for vacation.

I have indeed got plenty of shoes for Turkey – these just arrived and I bloody love them – they make me feel super sexy but they are so comfortable for Istanbul nights! I am now the proud owner of a pair of Castaner espadrilles!

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Now for a prime example of something that I loved but did not love me. I so wanted this jersey skirt to work but I felt and looked enormous in it – it did nothing for my shape so back it went.

topshop CollageSkirt – TopShop // Sneakers – Adidas (old) // T-shirt – AllSaints (old)

Today I am wearing my new Mango top6SALE9 in the US will get you 40% discount today so hurry! (Excludes items labeled ‘new in’).

Mango topTop – Mango // Jeans – Zara (old) // Shoes – & Other Stories // Bag – Hill & Friends

Finishing with a couple of outfits from earlier in the week.

The skirt didn’t work but I still bloody love the TopShop pleated trousers. Oh and the TopShop Karter loafers are back in stock in gold, pink and now silver here!

blush 2Shoes – TopShop // Trousers – TopShop // T-Shirt – J.Crew (old)

Finally all old from the other day – though I was stopped 3 times and asked where my sandals were from – TopShop last year! Good old TopShop!

Mango top Top – Mango (old) // Jeans – Zara (old) // Shoes – TopShop (old) // Bag – Givenchy

Pretty tops

It’s definitely warming up here in Atlanta, and I was actually quite surprised how mild and sunny London was while I was there. The sun has got me thinking of all things spring – especially now we’re in March – our spring break is only a month away! The perfect – dare I say transitional – attire in spring is a light top, jeans and a jacket. I have always loved a feminine top, something that can be worn with jeans and later with shorts. They are perfect under a blazer too on a cooler day.

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My go to store for tops is Mango. I find their fit more generous than Zara and the choice more varied. This season Mango and H&M have hit the ball out of the park with their selection of feminine tops and blouses.

If you’re not into full on lace this is the perfect compromise. It is available in black too.

openwork trim blouse

This openwork detail top is so pretty. It is the perfect shape with loose sleeves for those of us that no longer want to wear sleeveless tops. It will be perfect with distressed denim shorts and simple thong sandals.

openwork detail top

I particularly love this lace edges top – firstly it has no buttons which tend to gape on me, but also because it is beautifully simple with just the trim detailing. Love it.

lace edges top

This embroidered cotton top is probably my favorite. I love the square cut and the neckline. It also comes in black. I have them both in my cart!

embroidered cotton blouse

This crochet top is stunning – I would wear it with a white cami underneath with straight legged, distressed jeans. I think it is the perfect throw on for a spring evening heading out for a cocktail.

Crochet poncho

This is just beautiful. The sleeves are so delicate. I think it is the perfect holiday top worn with black skinnies or black shorts. It’s also in my cart! Mango I hope you do a code soon!!

Blonda panel blouse

This beaded chiffon blouse comes in three gorgeous jewel tones. Dress it down under a long cardigan, or wear it out under a black tuxedo blazer.

beaded chiffon blouse

Moving on to H&M – now they sell out fast online – but these are my favorites.

This shirt is super popular and I couldn’t find it in any of the London stores I visited. There are some sizes left online and I would size up so it can be worn loose over jeans.

H&M lace blouse

This jersey lace top really appeals to me as I like a little stretch in tops, but it is still more feminine than a regular long sleeved tee.

Hm jersey top

Finally – this is new online here and I just love, love, love the bell sleeves. An absolute dream at just $29.99!

H&M lace top

So will I be able to hold out for some discount codes!? If the weather continues to improve I fear not!

As for what I’m wearing today – I’m afraid I am still going for ultimate comfort while the jet lag passes. This morning’s gym session may have helped or I’ll be snoozing on the sofa by 3pm!

Isabel Marant Bobby sneakers, Hill & Friends bag, J.Crew joggersShoes – Isabel Marant Bobby Sneakers (anthracite version on sale here!) // Pants – J.Crew wool joggers (old) // Jumper – TopShop (similar here) // Bag – Hill & Friends (Instagram competition prize!)

 

Don’t shop in the US right now if you’re traveling to Europe!

A while ago I wrote a post that had actually been requested by quite a few readers – What to buy in the UK vs. he USA. Sitting on the loooonnnngg flight home yesterday I thought it was time to update you all in case you are planning a trip from one side of the Atlantic to the other.

I think there is still a common misconception that the USA is much cheaper than the UK. Right now it isn’t! A pound will currently only buy approx. 1.4 dollars. Two years ago it would buy about 1.75, and even last year it was around 1.6. When you remember to add the approx. 8% sales tax to the US sticker prices, on top of the current exchange rate, it means that several, in fact many items are much cheaper in the UK!

Take for example my incredibly indulgent purchase in Selfridges on Friday. A Givenchy Pandora bag. In the US it retails for $1950 + 8% sales tax. In the UK it is £1155 – approx. $1625 – significantly cheaper!

Cosmetics are also cheaper – admittedly many of they high street brands that I buy are British – such as Nip + Fab and Soap and Glory. As Boots always seem to do a 3 for 2 deal or some sort of discounting make sure you stock up there and not here in the USA. Having said that it is still the case that many high end cosmetics are cheaper in the US – a Mac lipstick is $16 here and at least £16 in the UK.

High street brands are much cheaper in the UK. A pair of jeans cost me £29.99 in Zara – the same pair here is $49.99 + the sales tax (sales tax varies state to state, and even county to county here).

So while there is so much uncertainty about the UK Brexit I would encourage you to do more sight seeing than shopping on your trip to NYC! Your pounds aren’t going to buy you many dollars!

I’m back in the office today – albeit very jet lagged. After a 9 hour flight yesterday (highly recommend all 3 films I watched – The Big Short, Black Mass and Carol) I went straight to the polling station to cast my vote. I still get tremendously excited about the privilege of voting with my new citizenship. My lovely Husband treated me to a huge Thai takeaway and I hugged my children tightly. It’s lovely to go away, but it’s really lovely to come home, especially when the sun is shining and the blossom is blooming!

Hill and Friends bagBag – Hill & Friends (won in an Instagram competition with Sue!) // Jeans – H&M (on sale!) // Shoes – ASOS (20% off certain items now) // Top – AllSaints // Coat – Zara (old)