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

 

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.

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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.

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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!

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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

 

 

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!

Screen Shot 2016-07-15 at 11.15.18 AM Screen Shot 2016-07-15 at 11.15.38 AMTop – Old Navy // Shorts – Madewell (similar here)// Shoes – Castañer (extra 20% off sale prices with code xJuly16)

 

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

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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(Images via Pinterest)

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.

button overalls

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.

loose fit overalls

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.

cropped overalls

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

flared overalls

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

 

 

Fall favorites

Fall in Atlanta is stunning and it has begun in earnest this week with cooler morning temperatures, clear skies, and warm sunny afternoons. It’s bliss! Still warm enough to get the legs out and yet cool enough for a jacket – my perfect combination!

allsaintsDress – AllSaints currently on sale // Shoes – Everlane Street Shoes // Jacket – J.Crew linen Regent blazer (select colors on sale) // Bag – H&M // Sunglasses – Oliver Peoples via TheOutnet.com

I recently received this dress and absolutely love it. I had my eye on it all summer but I had bought the longer Riviera dress instead. This one has pockets and a lovely drape at the front – I’m wearing a medium.

The sunglasses were an absolute bargain off TheOutnet.com – I LOVE Oliver Peoples and my prescription glasses are Oliver Peoples too. I find it hard to resist when I see a pair discounted. These are clear acetate with metal arms and a super fun way to add some interest to an outfit.

The Everlane Street Shoes are a great combination of shoe and skate shoe/sneaker. A little dressier for day to night, being leather. I took my usual US 8.5 and they are perfect and I have wide feet – so I wouldn’t advise sizing up as the website suggests.

While I’m here I’m still getting great Fall sale emails –

ShopBop.com have 25% off with INTHEFAMILY25 (certain exclusions apply)

Shoescribe.com have 30% off with FRIENDS15 (certain brands are excluded – damn those Chloé Susannas!)

Madewell have 40% off all final sale styles with EXTRA40

Enjoy!!

Fall break catch up!

I’m exhausted. Aren’t breaks supposed to be for relaxing and recharging? It was certainly a fun long weekend though. My FIL arrived from the UK on Thursday so it’s fun to have a house guest and the kids love having Grandpa here – especially when he arrives bearing gifts and pickled onion Monster Munch for me!

On Friday we took him out for lunch and I wore my new Zara pleather trousers for the first time. The Everlane Street Shoes rock and really helped me feel casual and comfy and not overdressed for a relaxed lunch.

zara leather leggingsShoes – Everlane leather street shoes // Trousers – Zara // Shirt – AllSaints (last season) // Jacket – J.Crew Regent linen blazer

On Saturday I had an opportunity to wear my new Madewell t-shirt.

Bon vivantBoots – Isabel Marant H&M // Jeans – Zara (old) // T-shirt – Madewell (on sale) // Jacket – J.Crew Regent linen blazer

Yesterday we headed to our friends’ house to celebrate their boys birthdays – October is a busy month for birthdays around here! It was great to get the OTK boots out for the the first time this year!

OTKBoots – Stuart Weitzman 5050s // Jeans – J.Crew // Tee – AllSaints Drake Dee top in current sale // Cardigan – Zara

Finally there have been a lot of sales over the Columbus weekend and I am still getting emails today. The one that caught my eye is the ShopBop.com 25% friends and family discount – use INTHEFAM25 – I am considering the R13 coated cross over jeans that Marlene wears so fabulously! The great thing about Shopbop.com is that you can use your Amazon Prime account for next day delivery!

 

Extra 30% off at Madewell Sale!

I’ve been stalking these t-shirts forever and even in the sale I was hesitant to order them but Madewell currently has an extra 30% off with code Extra30 so I took the plunge! I just love them and they will work perfectly under a blazer.

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For those of you who loved my dress – it may be too wet and cool to wear it now but I swear you won’t regret it come next summer! Get it now with an extra 30% off making it just $41.99 reduced from $168! – I have the medium which fits great.

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Last night my lovely UPS man arrived with my new Isabel Marant sneakers from TheOutnet.com – reduced from $720 to $288! I just love them. I have the Eur 39 and though they fit on the smaller side I would not recommend sizing up. They are super fun to wear and cheer me up no end in this crappy wet weather we’re having!

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IM 2 Sneakers – Isabel Marant Wila // Jeans – J.Crew // Top – AllSaints

I’m definitely trying to keep the rest of the outfit simple while tuning into the pink and grey hues in the sneakers. There are some great Pinterest photos for inspiration on how to style them.

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What do you think? A tad too eccentric, or timelessly cool?

 

A sneaker a day….

It’s late, I’m tired, I’ve had enough of 4th and 2nd grade homework but hey I have a glass of sauvignon blanc, the kids are in bed and tomorrow is another day! You’re still with me yes!?

So lots of sneaker posts recently and I have to say, as you have long known, I have a soft spot for great trainers – from ridiculously expensive (yeah, yeah I know….) to good old classics that are making a comeback. So this week I thought I would showcase some of my all time favorites!

Love them or loathe them you can’t go wrong with these on the streets kids!

It seems odd to say that these Isabel Marant sneakers are now old skool – but with so many copies hitting the high street over the past few years they definitely fell out of favor. However, I am a great believer in their longevity, and what comes around goes around. Believe me when I say these are a bargain not to be missed on TheOutnet.com and they will surely become collectors items. I for one love how functional and yet how completely outlandish they are! At $720 full price I couldn’t resist this discounted pair. If you want something more neutral call net-a-porter.com and ask them to reserve a pair of these for you when they are back in stock!

IM 1Top – AllSaints (20% off with code ENJOY) // Jeans – J.Crew // Sneakers – Isabel Marant // Bag – YSL

Today I wore my new Adidas Top Tens – I freakin’ love them. So cool, so retro and so comfy! They have nudged past my Airforce Ones. Sorry Nike.

Top ten 1Top – Madewell // Sneakers – Adidas // Jeans – J.Crew // Bag – YSL

It’s a beautiful day

A quick post to share my OOTD as the dress is currently on sale at Madewell and I don’t want you to miss out! I absolutely love it – it is so easy to wear and it has pockets too! The perfect summer dress which can be worn on the beach or out in the evening. It is reduced from $168 to $59.99 and then there is an extra 30% off this weekend using code YESANDYES. I’m wearing a medium.

Enjoy!

MadewellDress – Madewell // Sandals – Cyprus (available here in different leathers) // Bag – H&M