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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

 

A second look.

I am currently trying to save for some big trips in the summer. I’m off back to the UK in May and then Turkey again for the month of July. My husband has actually enforced a spending ban…that doesn’t stop me from browsing and here are a few things I’ve taken a second look at this week.

These trousers are chavtastic (US readers can refer here!). They are SO me – Adidas, drop crotch, and comfy! 

Adidas drop crotch trousers

I’ve always loved drop waist dresses – super easy to throw on and wear in the heat here (though the heat is severely lacking right now!). These are perfect and gingham is everywhere this season.

I love this washed black denim dress.

Denim drop waist dress

This gingham dress is a super price.

gingham drop waist dress

H&M are on fire again this season and I’ve tried on all of these bar the shoes (shhh I’ve ordered them – don’t tell him!)

These jeans – unusually for H&M – fit on the large side and they are super stretchy. So comfortable and again a fabulous price. If I didn’t already have 100s of jeans they’d be mine.

I love this pink denim jacket – pink and khaki are two colors that are everywhere this Spring.

H&M pink denim jacket

This pink gingham off the shoulder top is an absolute bargain and will look adorable with denim shorts and white Superga.

H&M pink gingham off the shoulder top

Here are the shoes – just such a pretty shade and a great shaped toe. I can’t wait to receive them – be quick as sizes are selling out fast! They are also available in black suede.

H&M pink leather ballet flats

 

Continuing from my sneaker obsession the other day – these were released here on Wednesday. The leather Nike Jewell LX. Just divine – so sleek and perfect lifestyle wear – the tortoiseshell trim is gorgeous. They also come in white and black.

Leather Nike Air Max Jewell LX

Finally I can honestly say I’ve looked at these probably 100x in just the past day. I cannot for the life of me find them yet in the USA which baffles me as Nike is a US company! Anyway please meet the pearl pink Nike Jewell premium. They are a delicate ballet slipper pink with gold trim. If you’re in the EU you can get them here now.

Nike premium Jewell pearl pink

Just looking above at what has caught my eye there are some great combinations for spring with these items alone! What are you hovering over the order button for right now?

Now a couple of outfits from the week. On Tuesday evening we went to see Bryan Ferry. OMG it was one of the BEST GIGS I have ever been to. At 72 he is as suave, sophisticated and charismatic as ever and he owned the stage. He included mainly Roxy Music hits in his set list – Slave to Love, Avalon, More Than This and Virginia Plain to mention a few. As soon as I heard his voice the hairs on my neck stood on end and I had shivers – the venue was small and intimate and I felt so privileged to be there. His band were also incredible – just a wonderful, wonderful night.

I had to get wrapped up as it was the coldest evening of the year!

Jeans – H&M // Sneakers – Golden Goose // Coat – Zara (old) // Scarf – Zara (old)

On Thursday I had my haircut – I always feel 1000x better after a good cut – I just wish it didn’t have to be every 5 weeks!

Sneakers – Nike Air Max // Jeans – Zara (old) // T-shirt – Mango // Jacket – Mango (old) // Bag – Stella McCartney (old)

Yesterday the kids were off school with a teacher work day. Poppy headed off on a sleepover so Hugh and I went off to see Kong, Skull Island. It was a great movie – enjoyed by both of us for different reasons. Nothing to do with Tom Hiddleston…at all…

Sneakers – Nike // Trousers – Adidas // T-shirt – Mango // Jacket – AllSaints // Scarf – ASOS (old)

 

 

Items I’ve fallen for this week!

I haven’t done much shopping this month – really – I know it is partly from being sick with strep, but also I am well aware it is Dave’s 50th birthday on Sunday so obviously I am making sure it is a milestone that is marked with a little indulgence for him as opposed to me!

There are a couple of things, however, that I haven’t been able to resist!

The first are these amazing Jamie jeans from TopShop that Becky alerted me too. They are SO comfortable and super stretchy – I’m wearing a 30/32.

Obsessed with the new jeans @restyle_blog so stretchy and comfy! http://liketk.it/2pst6 @liketoknow.it #liketkit #thisis45 #pixiecut #nothingbutpixies #shorthair #liketkit #fbloggers #fbloggersuk #fblogger #ootd #wiwt #outfitpost #outfitinspo #instafashion #instastyle #40plusstyle #everydaystyle #over40fashion #mumontherun #dresslikeamum #ltkunder50 #ltkunder100 #ltkshoecrush

Jeans – TopShop // Shoes – Zara // Shirt – Mango // Bag – Givenchy

I absolutely love my Zara ballet flats and knew I had to have them in this deep ruby when I saw them appear online the other evening.

My favorite @zara shoes are now available in this gorgeous deep red!

Now for a surprise purchase – I REALLY didn’t like the Givenchy boots when I first saw them – I thought they were just too masculine compared to the Chloé Susannas. Now, though, after seeing them on several Instagram feeds I love them – but I still think they are a trend that won’t last, so I really didn’t want to pay the Givenchy price. Then I discovered the TopShop dupes – but by then – yes I’m tardy – they had sold out on TopShop.com. Fortunately Nordstrom also stock TopShop – though usually they are a little delayed with new stock – so lucky for me the Amy boots have just arrived on Nordstrom and they are on their way to me! Nordstrom offer international shipping too so if you are desperate to find them outside the US then check them out here!

YES!!! I've found the bloody #givenchydupes from @topshop here online at last in all sizes!!! Check my link in bio or sign up here for a link directly to them http://liketk.it/2psvP @liketoknow.it #liketkit #topshopstyle #amyboot #thisis45 #pixiecut #nothingbutpixies #shorthair #liketkit #fbloggers #fbloggersuk #fblogger #ootd #wiwt #outfitpost #outfitinspo #instafashion #instastyle #40plusstyle #everydaystyle #over40fashion #mumontherun #dresslikeamum #ltkunder50 #ltkunder100 #ltkshoecrush

Here are a couple of outfits from the week – plus our Halloween costumes from the party at the weekend. It’s actually taken me till now to recover! I absolutely loved dressing up – I even think Dave is starting to enjoy it more each year!

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Jeans – TopShop // Shirt – Mango // Shoes – Vince Nina

The Halloween decorations are driving me insane already - actually it's the daft dogs barking at them that is driving me insane! Jacket and shirt are old from Mango, jeans are old from Zara and I'm wearing my favorite Zara flats after seeing them available in a gorgeous deep red! #thisis45 #pixiecut #nothingbutpixies #shorthair #liketkit #fbloggers #fbloggersuk #fblogger #ootd #wiwt #outfitpost #outfitinspo #instafashion #instastyle #40plusstyle #everydaystyle #over40fashion #mumontherun #dresslikeamum #ltkunder50 #ltkunder100 #ltkshoecrush

Shoes – Zara // Jeans – Zara (old) // Shirt – Mango // Jacket – Mango // Bag – Givenchy

 

Cecil the Lion and Lemmy RIP…

#cecilthelion is ready for some revenge #halloween

That damn dentist #cecilthelion #rip #halloween

#rip #lemmy

#rip #lemmy

 

 

 

 

 

Fall has arrived!

It’s been unseasonably hot here this week – still reaching mid to high 80 degrees F! So no sweaters for me yet unfortunately! This morning however there is a breeze and leaves are starting to fall, so hopefully this is the start of our Fall! I’m pretty much over the heat! We have Fall Festival at school tomorrow and a Halloween party tomorrow night so I’m hoping some proper seasonal attire can be worn!

The Halloween party is always something I look forward to – our neighbor throws one hell of a party each year! The theme this year is raising the dead, and dressing as a celebrity who has departed. Well I am pretty sure there will be a few Princes and Bowies! My husband is going as Lemmy and I’ve taken an alternative route and will be dressing as Cecil the Lion – hopefully not too bad taste! Photos will be provided tomorrow obviously!

I was out on a school night this week and attended the RewardStyle blogger party on Tuesday evening – it was so much fun to meet other Atlanta bloggers, even if I was 20 years older than them!

Here I am with @Alyssadehayes and @RoseandFig.

So much fun with @alyssadehayes and @roseandfig at the RewardStyle school night

H&M dress AllSaints leather jacket and mansur gavriel bag with Rag & Bone Margot boots

Dress – H&M // Boots – Rag&Bone Margot (these are currently 30% off here) // Jacket – AllSaints (Extra 20% off all sale items with code EXTRA20 here) // Bag – Mansur Gavriel

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Cardigan – AllSaints (Extra 20% off all sale items with code EXTRA20 here) // Dress – Zara // Boots – Rag&Bone Margot (these are currently 30% off here)

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Jacket – H&M (several are 15% off today here) // Top – AllSaints (Extra 20% off all sale items with code EXTRA20 here) //Sneakers – Stan Smith Adidas // Bag – Proenza Schouler // Jeans – JCrew

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Dress – Zara // Jacket – Mango (old but similar here) // Boots – Rag&Bone Newbury (old but similar here)

I’m off shopping today and will be back in TopShop where I spotted these gems – the joggers are like last years camo ones that everyone raved about – they are SO soft! The jacket is gorgeous and here online in what they are calling grey – I actually prefer it to the black I saw in store.

TopShop faux suede shearling jacket

TopShop leopard print joggers

Sick as a dog!

Sorry folks I am severely lacking in energy – I’ve been wiped out with strep throat for the past week. I can’t remember the last time I felt so dreadful! Fortunately I am on antibiotics so should be fit as a fiddle by Thursday when we leave for New York!

I’ve compiled a little shopping list in preparation – what do you think!?

Ok so I have them in red and I have them in navy – they are worth every penny in my humble opinion. I am on the look out for them in Reef Shell – it’s a lovely nude with gold hardware. The iconic Chloe Susanna.

Chloe Susanna

Now obviously my funds will have been obliterated if I buy the boots – but if not I am heading straight to Mango as we don’t have a store here in Atlanta.

This jacket is lovely and such a great price! The perfect mid length.

mango-jacket

H&M will be next for this oversize mohair sweater – I just love the color.

mohair-sweater

In fact – how bizarre – those 3 items together with a pair of jeans would make the PERFECT outfit!

So for now it’s back to the packing whilst living in pjs – kicking strep in the butt! Keep an eye on Instagram for my NYC updates!

Animal print, sequins, camo, stripes - I think I've covered all bases❤️ #nyc

Animal print, sequins, camo, stripes – I think I’ve covered all bases❤️ #nyc

Trying to improve my mood with a little packing and Pinterest inspiration - no matter how many times I visit #NYC I never get it right! Thanking @chloelovestoshop for her recent blog post and guidelines! It's going to be warm too so no big coats needed - kinda sad about that!

Trying to improve my mood with a little packing and Pinterest inspiration – no matter how many times I visit #NYC I never get it right! Thanking @chloelovestoshop for her recent blog post and guidelines! It’s going to be warm too so no big coats needed – kinda sad about that!

 

 

New H&M treasures!

I always find H&M very hit or miss. I hate going into their stores here as it’s impossible to find anything – they stuff their racks full of items and there seems to be no rhyme or reason where they put stuff in the store. Having said that it is almost essential to go in the store and try things on as their sizing is SO random.

A lot of new items have just hit the website here – including the Studio Line. Stock up your cart – in the US you can get 15% off with code 1932 and apply free shipping with code 0040. I mentioned these boots the other day and the red still aren’t stocked in my size!

H&M boots

These are going to be really polarizing – BUT – imagine them with black cropped kick flares – I think they are da bomb!

black patent boots

These are lovely ankle boots and a great price – available in beige and navy.

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Their knitwear is FABULOUS – so many great choices – I wish it was cooler here so I can start wearing them now!

I ADORE this pink sweater.

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A softer pink mohair mix here – I have this in the baby blue too.

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Last year I bought a green sweater with a shirt tail hem – I love it – so much easier than wearing a shirt under a sweater but you get the same effect of layering. This one is similar and I love the wide cuffs.

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So a few winter items have been ordered – now I just need winter to appear here with gusto – I lose 2 weeks of cold weather too this Xmas as we are off to Costa Rica! Bring on the cold!

Today I am wearing my new H&M bomber jacket – it’s great quality and quite thick – I sized up for a looser fit to a US 12

jacket-2Shoes – Zara // Jeans – Zara (old) // T-shirt – J.Crew (old) // Bag – Stella McCartney // Jacket – H&M

Yesterday I dusted the Newburys off for the first time this season! I LOVE wearing them – they really are my favorite boot – comfortable yet high enough to extend the legs!

mangoshirt4Boots – Newburys // Jeans – Zara (old) // Shirt – Mango // Bag – Stella McCartney

Labor Weekend Mango code!

I LOVE Mango – I probably shop there more than Zara these days – their sizing seems more generous for my boobs! This weekend you can get 30% off when you spend more than $150 and 20% off orders over $100 (why you wouldn’t add the extra $50 and return if needed I’ve no idea!) – just use code 6OULABORDAY at checkout.

I’ve actually worn Mango for the past 3 days!

Mango dressDress – Mango Outlet // Shoes – H&M // Bag – Hill & Friends

mango pink dressDress – Mango // Bag – Gucci // Shoes – Marks and Spencer (old)

Mango shoesShoes – Mango // Jeans – Zara (old) // Top – Mango // Bag – Stella McCartney

Of course I made use of the code too and I’ve ordered these beauties

Checked sweater

check sweater

Oversize sweater

oversize sweater

Slip dress

lace slip dress

I thought the blue sweater will look great with these boots I mentioned the other day – I ended up buying these as they are selling out everywhere – they still have several sizes here on Net-a-porter.com though.Cambell boot

Moving on – after seeing these shoes on Frances on Instagram I’ve ordered the berry and the leopard print. If you are shopping on the US site use WELCOME20 for 20% off!

leopard print shoes berry shoes

They have black in store too in the UK, but I cannot see them online yet.

Finally I’ve been stalking the H&M site for this top since seeing it on Ashley – it’s finally arrived in the US!

sequin top

 

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

The dog days of summer

Mid August in Georgia is just miserable…moan, moan, moan…hot, humid and hot! Thank goodness for AC! Though the AC in the office blows snowballs so a jacket is still required for inside! Today I have just a quick outift catch up from this week – it’s been a busy one now we are back at school and normal work weeks have resumed. Oh and yes I’ve been learning to drive a manual car again – not too much gear crunching thankfully! I still love my GTI and I’ve just about figured out the radio and all the buttons!

Mulberry bayswater, white jeans, Georgia, summer, summer styleShoes – Mango (old) // Top – Mango (old) // Jacket – H&M (old) // Bag – Bayswater // Jeans – Zara (old)

White jeans, sandals, Georgia, summer, summer style

Shoes – Nine West (old) // Jeans – H&M (old similar here on sale) // Top – Zara (old)

watermelon t-shirt, Nike Air Max, Mansur Gavriel, Cargo pants, Georgia, summer, summer style

Shoes – Nike Air Max // Trousers – Zara (old) // Top – H&M  (old)// Jacket – Mango (similar here new season) // 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!