New shoes!

Yes more new shoes – the only items in my closet guaranteed to fit me all year round, from year to year! I haven’t worn heels for a while so I was nervous about these but resistance was futile. I’ve ordered all 3 colors – if you are in the US you can get 20% off with WELCOME20

ms-shoesShoes – Marks and Spencer // Top – Mango sale // Jeans – Zara (old) // Bag – Stella McCartney

They are available in leopard, berry and black – I believe they also have khaki in store for those of you in the UK – I’d love to see those!

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Given the height of them they are incredibly comfortable and I went for my regular UK 6 so I would say they are true to size.

It was a hectic weekend here in our house. On Saturday I hosted a brunch for my new business – it was wonderfully successful and a lot of fun! I wore my & Other Stories dress from the sale – I felt so feminine in it!

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As for the past couple of days here’s what I have been wearing!

ballerinasShirt – H&M // Jeans – Zara (old) // Shoes – Zara // Bag – Stella McCartney (as above)

allsaints-riviera-dressDress – AllSaints Riviera // Jacket – Zara // Shoes – Adidas Gazelles // Bag – Stella McCartney (as above)

Oh and lastly check out these beauties from the new H&M Studio collection – they also come in red but most sizes are out of stock in that color – $149 for a pair of fabulous leather boots – I love them!

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A brand that’s gaining my love again….

I’m talking about H&M. My local branch here usually looks likes a jumble sale. If I see something online I can guarantee I will NEVER find it in store, and vice versa. However, recently when I have taken the chance online without trying, I have more than often been pleasantly surprised. I swear the in store merchandising can make everything feel SO cheap. Trying it in the comfort of your own home, with your own accessories etc. can make the world of difference. My biggest gripe though is the restocking/return fee – that is just wrong – hide it in the price – don’t penalize me for returning something!!

So here goes – things I want to take the chance on, or already have, from H&M this season!

I will go a million miles for a great pair of harem pants and here are THE perfect pair of harem joggers. I am waiting patiently for the charcoal grey to come into stock.

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I’m sure you have already all caught on to the new cropped flare jeans. Super flattering and they look perfect with sneakers, ankle boot and sandals. Not looking for the J.Brand price? Well check out these two options from H&M – I rate their jeans highly – and both these styles are available in blue or charcoal denim.

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And this jacket…I ummed and ahhed over this Marantesque jacket yesterday. Needless to say my Facebook pals all told me I was foolish to leave without it…

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I have to say I have bought high and low with workout gear. I LOVE dressing up for the gym. It really helps motivate me…shallow I know…but H&M’s sportswear performs, looks great and is a great price point.

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Finally – I posted this on instagram the other day – for me it is the perfect blend of masculine tailoring and feminine detailing. A shirt with a tie waist.

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So do you shop at H&M – online or in store? I personally find UK stores just as overwhelming but with a much better selection of stock…?

As for the past couple of days I have  been enjoying freezing cold weather thanks to my M&S coats!

M&S coatCoat – Marks & Spencer (sold out online) // Sweater – Everlane // Pants – ASOS // Sneakers – Nike Air Force 1s // Bag – Proenza Schouler

M&S checked coatCoat – Marks & Spencer // Jeans – Zara (old) // Boots – Toga Pulla // Bag – Proenza Schouler // Sweater – Boden (old) // Scarf – H&M (old)

20% off AllSaints with code!

I love getting these emails in my inbox – especially when they arrive from AllSaints! Use NOVEMBER at checkout and there is 20% off all items except handbags. So this even includes their amazing leather jackets.

I bought this little number a week ago – far cheaper than the Acne Velocite – and even better today when they credited me the 20% discount over the phone this morning! Always worth asking if you have just bought something and then a code arrives – far better than kicking yourself!

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I adore this leather jacket – so rare to see a navy/ink biker jacket and for AllSaints it is a great price with the 20% discount. Their leather jackets are just out of this world (Flic loves hers too!).

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Their knits are always lovely and unusual. I adore the cold shoulders on these – cosy jumpers, but sexy enough for a night out too. I’m never afraid to show a little flesh:) This Cecily roll neck is perfection.

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The Elion jumper in ink – again totally love the navy color of this!

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I have the Amei top from years ago with long sleeves in a petrol color (seen here). It is beautiful to wear and extremely comfortable – this sleeveless version is a gorgeous party top with skinny jeans and heels!

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My final pick is my favorite top ever – I have 4 in fact! The Wave top – a great comfortable long sleeve tee – but again it has that something special with the split at the back of the arms.

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So go forth and enjoy your AllSaints. If you ever need to speak with CS there ask for Chantalie – she was lovely this morning, so helpful and cheery!

Here are a couple of outfits from the start of the week. I’m off for a nap now after ending up in some ridiculous drinking game last night watching the Republican debate! xx

bardot jumperSneakers – Golden Goose // Jeans – J.Crew // Sweater – Marks & Spencer (sale now on here) // Lipstick – NARS Audacious Charlotte

hm jumperBag – Alexander Wang Rocco (similar here discounted) // Jeans – Coated skinnies Zara (old) // Sweater – H&M // Jacket – Mango (old) // Boots – Rag & Bone

Two awesome flash sales – be quick!

TheOutnet.com is offering 20% off for 24 hours using socialspecial at checkout – it doesn’t include ‘just in’, Iris & Ink or beauty – but does include my fabulous Rag & Bone boots seen here.

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Avenue32.com have a 20% flash sale which includes the gorgeous bordeaux and navy Toga Pulla boots.

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So a very quick post as I wanted to share the news – here’s an outfit from Tuesday. I love this jumper – it feels snuggly yet a little bit special with the off the shoulder – and it’s 20% off online! The jacket I posted the other day is also 20% off!

AW2Boots – Zara // Jeans – J.Crew // Jumper – Marks & Spencer // Bag – Alexander Wang TheOutnet.com (sold out) // Sunglasses – Prada

We’re here!

We have arrived! Unfortunately you would never know it is midsummer here! Bury has not let us down and it is predictably cloudy and damp. Never mind it gives me an excuse to eat warm pasties!

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IMG_2905On my arrival I had to chase my MatchesFashion.com package. I had ordered my Golden Goose in the sale before I left, hoping they would be here on my arrival. For some reason they took far longer and it was incredibly frustrating as no one at MatchesFashion.com could tell me what the problem was. Well their customer care supervisor eventually got on the case and they managed to get them shipped to me overnight last night. I totally flippin’ love them – worth the frustrating wait. These are a Eur 39 and they are true to size fitting perfectly.

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Golden GooseToday we’re having a little family get together. It was to be a BBQ outside but, well, err it’s raining. So this morning we headed to Bolton to get some goodies from M&S food hall. Poppy held her Nanna to her promise of a belated birthday present and came home with this gorgeous outfit. The bonus for Nanna was that all kidswear is currently 20% off. She’s perfecting her ‘blogger pose’ – my work is almost done 😉

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If anyone sees the sun please send it up to Bury.

Marks & Spencer Gillie Shoe – 20% off and they fit!

My Gillie shoes arrived! I couldn’t wait to try them on but last night my feet were swollen to the proportion of Hobbits’ feet after being on the plane and walking miles in NYC!

Today I tried them on – apologies for the sweatpants 😉 They fit perfectly even on my wide feet! I am a true Eur 39 and sometimes a 5 1/2 UK or a 6 UK – I went for the 5 1/2 with these based on the reviews claiming the are true to size. I was nervous – but no need!

Get them now with 20% off – lots of sizes still in stock – I may have ordered the neutral too. The heel height is perfect – not too high but still a great dressy shoe.

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A week of Christmas concerts

Even though we have lived just up the road from the Governor’s Mansion for 15 years, we have never yet received an invite for dinner and drinks. This week we came close and we were invited for a Christmas tour accompanied by music – and bonus – Poppy’s school chorus had been selected to sing, in addition to that Poppy’s name was one of 50 drawn out of the hat to represent the chorus! Talk about another proud mom moment. I dragged myself off my sick bed and threw on my festive colors. I was even greeted by the First Lady of Georgia a the door, though I chose not to challenge her about the lack of previous invites 😉 It was a fabulous morning and I may have shed my first tear of the season.

OH took the photo – hence the sun in the eyes, the large amount of blue sky and lack of sparkly boots, but thank you nonetheless 🙂

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Trouser – J.Crew (30% off with code JINGLE) // Sweater – Everlane sleeveless polo neck // Coat – Marks and Spencer (old) // Boots not seen – Zara

Yesterday I had Hugh’s 1st Grade concert to attend. Unfortunately there are no school nativities here due to separation of Church and State etc. so we were treated to a Holiday celebration of ‘patterns’.  Quite good fun actually – they sung about patterns in music, numbers, nature etc. There was an absence of Holiday colors on my part but the kids made up for it I assure you!

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Sneakers – J.Crew // Jeans – Zara // T-Shirt – ASOS // Scarf – Boden (old) // Cardigan – ASOS

Just this morning I was back at the school watching the chorus and orchestra perform. Such good fun – they really love it too and they were so animated. I can now say that Christmas has arrived. I was there early as you can see it was still pitch black when I took my photo! This is the closest you will get me to wearing a Christmas sweater 🙂

IMG_0289Sneakers – Golden Goose (similar here on sale) // Trousers – Zara // Sweater – J.Crew (30% off with code Jingle) // Jacket – Mango (similar here on sale) // Bag – Zara

 Just as I am wiping my brow with relief that all the Christmas shopping is done, I am beginning to receive sale emails! The Mango sale started today so I’ll be enjoying a glass of white and perusing that later 🙂 Now I need to reapply my lipstick as my lovely Husband is taking me out for lunch before the kids break up for the Holidays tomorrow. My Father in Law arrives from the UK today too so the festivities are certainly underway here.

I’ll keep you posted with sale news so keep checking my Facebook page too!

 

 

Christmas shopping

I LOVE Christmas shopping – even more so since I can be so productive online. I really do try and put some careful thought into gifting at Christmas – especially as I forget so many birthdays throughout the year! Here are some of my top picks for the special people in my life – some purchased and some not and I’m not saying which as they are hopefully reading my posts!

I find it especially difficult to select presents for the men in my life. This year booze is top of the list. As my family are in the UK M&S are always the best bet as I can pay here and designate a UK shipping address, plus they have a great selection of beers and wines.

A case of Aglianico is superb value at less than £39. There’s also 25% off now if you buy 2 cases – one for you and one for a gift!

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Another very special person loves his beer. This gift will go down a treat. A mixed case of IPAs and ales.

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My nephews are still really little but M&S have some great gifts for kids. I love this Gruffalo t-shirt and I know someone who loves the animated movie.

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My sister is going to hate me for this one – but at least it’s not a huge jar of beads like we received last year!

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My niece is only 3 but she loves clothes and princesses – well what girl doesn’t. Here are my choices for her this year.

A beautiful skirt from M&S which is actually very similar to Boden’s applique skirts:

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Or I also love the idea of this craft set to build your own princess!

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For the Mom’s and sister’s in our lives how about some sleepwear. Sometimes it might feel too intimate to buy sleepwear but when it is ‘lounge wear’ I think it is fine – especially when it is cashmere. I have these from last year and wear them all the time in the winter in front of the t.v.!

Rosie pure cashmere trousers:

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If pure cashmere is a bit too much for your budget then these cashmere blend pants are also gorgeous and they have all sizes available – last year I had to trawl daily to grab a pair as they sold out so quickly.

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J.Crew are fabulous for sleepwear and many of their items have 30% off here in the US with code SHOPNOW.

I love their whisper jersey collection like these sleep pants:

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and this nightshirt:

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For some proper Christmas pyjamas that can actually then be worn all year round I just love these buffalo checked shorts.

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Knitwear is always welcome in my house and this colorblock tunic is new in at J.Crew – I especially love the poppy color but I couldn’t manage to grab an image of that so click through here to see it! This is the burgundy and navy – classic for this season.

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I’ve been having conversations with a friend about this side zip cable sweater. It is gorgeous and again is 30% off right now with code SHOPNOW.

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I love this rib stitch turtle neck in electric red – totally festive but not a Christmas jumper!

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This t-shirt is a great gift for a good friend – full of color and really unique. The Donald Robertson Dancing Ladies tee.

 

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Now for some extra goodies that I just love and will make great gifts – I would certainly welcome them!

For the traveler I love this passport cover:

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I know several people close to me who would love to carry their jewelry in this.

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I just love this cup – it is basically all I can manage to say before my morning cup of joe.

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This bowl is so unique and they also do dinner plates. Absolutely striking.

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For jewelry and accessories I adore a great fur scarf.

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Anthropologie always have great jewelry that I know many of my girlfriends would be thrilled to receive.

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With 3 dogs I have recently become somewhat of an expert in scented candles. I have several on my wish list for Santa. I think these from Anthropologie are gorgeous stocking stuffers.

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A long list but by no means exhaustive! What are you shopping for this year?

I’m off to chill out after a brisk walk with the dogs. We have a week off for Thanksgiving and the whole family is excited. It’s our favorite holiday of the year – yup we’re totally American.

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Trousers – J.Crew drapey wool sweatpants // Jumper – Uniqlo mohair blend // Sneakers – Nike from J.Crew (similar here) // Gilet – Zara // Bag – H&M

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Jumper – J.Crew (on sale plus 30% off with SHOPNOW) // Jeans – Diesel Fayza (on sale here!) // Sneakers – Nike from J.Crew (similar here)

 

An evening with One Direction

Thank goodness I was alerted by a friend on Facebook that the concert was last night. I’d been telling myself for weeks that it was October 10th – can you imagine if we’d missed it!? Thankfully our evening with Harry et al. was well worth the chaos – I think every mom and daughter from the South East was at the Georgia Dome last night. One criticism was that they didn’t come on till 9.30pm! Knowing their audience was full of screaming school girls I thought this was a bit disrespectful, but the screaming girls didn’t seem to care! I’m very tired today and I had to drag poor Poppy out of bed but she was thrilled that ‘she heard her favorite song’!

Poppy naturally wore her Marks & Spencer 1D t-shirt along with H&M harems (old) and Sam Edelman Petty boots. I wore coated skinnies from Zara, an AllSaints tank, green jacket from Zara, with my AllSaints Bonny Cubans (similar here).

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Back on Tuesday I wore one of my favorite new tops that happens to be in the sale right now at J.Crew. The cut out sleeves are gorgeous and add some femininity to the outfit.

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Sneaker – Nike from J.Crew (on sale) // Jeans – Zara (old) // Top – J.Crew (on sale)

Today I am so tired I may fall asleep in the hairdresser’s chair later, but still I fancied wearing a pair of heels to perk me up!

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Shoes – Sam Edelman Anastasia (on sale) // Trousers – Zara // Sweatshirt – Splendid (similar here) // Bag – Zara // Scarf – Zara (old)

Now if I can just shake the ringing out of my ears I’ll start feeling much better #toooldforonedirectionconcerts