Some of my Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Picks

Cardholders have early access from today and then the public get their access on July 21st – so compile your list! I’ve done a beauty selection here so check that out too – meanwhile here are some other items that are in my cart.

These Spanx faux leather leggings get rave reviews and they are reduced to $64.90 from $98 in the sale – both colors are gorgeous and it’s nice supporting an Atlanta born brand.

I have my Flyknit training shoes here on vacation with me and they are wonderful – super light and supportive. This gorgeous blush pair is reduced to $89 from $120 in the sale.

FRAME jeans are some of the best I’ve tried – lovely and soft with a great stretch. This pair is really unique with the split. Reduced from $269 to $179.90

Rag & Bone boots are some of my favorites as you know. These Harlow boots with the tassel are gorgeous. These are reduced from $495 to $329.90

Have a browse – all the items on sale are new for Fall and it’s a great time to make some big savings. The Beauty section has to be my favorite though so check those picks out here – there are some great exclusives.

 

 

Biker boots

I have at least another month of hot weather here so it is hard to fathom that the Fall issues of Vogue and Harper’s are now hitting my mail box. It always gets me quite excited about sweaters, boots and coats but this year I have resolved not to bring them out too early, and wait for the appropriate weather, instead of forcing Fall on my closet!

At the end of last winter I sat pretty smugly saying to myself ‘I won’t need to buy anything new next winter!’. Ha Ha Ha! As if! The first thing on my list for this autumn/winter season is a pair of biker boots. As you know I pretty much have every style of boots available – too many Rag & Bone Newburys, Isabel Marant Dickers, Chloe Susannas and Stuart Weitzman over the knee boots – oh and a pair of Rag & Bone Chelsea boots bought off The Outnet last year. Believe it or not I do not have a pair of biker boots to wear with skinny jeans and an oversized sweater. The more I search Pinterest for inspiration the more I know I really need a pair…ok want a pair….

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Images via Pinterest

This is the pair I have just ordered – AllSaints have the most amazing boots but they are usually so expensive. These Shoreditch boots are 50% off with an extra 20% off using code Extra20. They only have the chocolate color left though I have to say this is my preference anyway over black. I think they are far less severe and will age far better than black. They are also the perfect height as they can be teamed with both skinnies or rolled up boyfriend jeans.

Allaints Shoreditch boot

There are only a couple of sizes left in this Kawai Shearling boot – but well worth looking at just for the fact that it is shearling lined! So cozy for winter.

AllSiants Kawai shearling boot

Frye is always a go to brand for boots – boots that will last a lifetime and priced to reflect that, but I have found a couple of discounted pairs too. These are my favorites.

The Frye Vicky Engineer – simplicity with the necessary buckles.

Frye Vicky

The Frye Veronica Tanker – available in black too – just love this with the wrap buckle detail.

frye veronica tanker

The quintessential Frye Veronica Slouch – 24% off here too! Available in brown too.

frye veronica slouch

The Frye Veronica shortie – and this color is superb for a change from black, but it’s such a popular boot it comes in about 10 other colors!

frye veronica shortie

The Frye Natalie mid is – as it suggests a mid height. I adore this in charcoal – again softer than black.

Frye natalie mid

The Frye Natalie is slightly shorter with the single buckle and comes in 5 leather finishes here.

Frye Natalie

I absolutely love the Frye Valerie tall – the buckles are fabulous. They also do a shorter version here which is also shearling lined.

Frye valerie

Similar and perfect for toughening up a girly dress are the Veronica belted tall boots. Also available in a cognac leather.

Frye veronica belted tall

Or if you want the versatility of wearing with boyfriend jeans there is the Veronica short belted boot.

Frye veronica short belted

The Frye Jenna is another classic and a perfect height and it’s available here half price in black or brown.

Frye Jenna

How cool are these with the stud embellishment – the Veronica Stud Moto – 50% off too!

Frye veronica stud 6pm

The classic Frye Veronica is available here – all 4 colors are discounted slightly differently but the black are 42% off msrp!

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Next up Rag & Bone can’t go wrong with boots. I have a shorter version of these that I bought off The Outnet – but these are the classic biker boot with a more subtle stud rather than a buckle.

Rag & Bone

Finally while mentioning The Outnet – how about a classic pair of Belstaff biker boots at 65% off!!? Available in black or brown.

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So what’s your verdict on the biker boot? I can’t wait to receive my All Saints pair – comfort and a little edginess and perfect for crappy weather!

As for the past few days  it’s been a very lazy weekend that included a Sunday roast and lots of Olympics – I feel a void now they’re over! Today I’m back in the office on a cooler less humid day so the jeans are back out!

gold topshop shoesJeans – Zara (old) // Shoes – TopShop // Top – Mango (sale) // Bag – Mulberry Bayswater

ballet flatsShoes – Zara // Dress – Mango (sale) // Bag – Mansur Gavriel

denim shortsSandals – Madewell (25% off with code YESPLEASE) // Shorts – Madewell (old) // Top – Mango (sale)

Outfit update!

I hope all you US based mamas had a fabulous Mother’s Day yesterday! I was greeted with lots of beautiful homemade banners and cards, a lot of thought had gone into them…well they both certainly know how to get on my good side!

mothers day Collage

It was a beautiful weekend here and we spent it 50:50 chores:fun! My Mum and Dad are visiting for a couple of weeks and arrive next Tuesday so I’m trying to get the house ship shape – which is challenging with 2 dogs and 2 kids…though Hugh has now realized that chores may be rewarded with dollars, so he is volunteering to do everything until he has enough money for a hover board! Later yesterday, once we had thoroughly exhausted all our desire to clean, I was treated to a lovely lunch at my favorite Mexican, with of course the obligatory margarita to wash it down with.

The summer clothes are now pretty much here to stay, and here are the outfits I wore over the weekend.

dungareesDungarees – H&M // Espadrilles – & Other Stories (love these – they are leather too) // T-shirt – Mango (old) // Leather jacket – AllSaints // Bag – Proenza Schouler

mangoShoes – Mango (on sale 44% off – I have the black too!) // Jeans – MiH Phoebe // Top – Mango // Bag – Hill & Friends

mango dressDress – Mango (sale last year – similar here) // Boots – Rag & Bone Newbury (similar here) // Bag – Mansur Gavriel tote

 

Stubborn as a…

…Mule – only we’re talking about the trend for the flat leather variety that seems to be with us to stay in 2016, not the ass.

(Images from Pinterest)

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15 years ago, one of my first purchases on this side of the Atlantic, was a pair of Kenneth Cole leather, flat mules. I LOVED them. They were cheap as chips from a shoe outlet, beautiful leather, and the perfect shoe for my new US ‘business casual’ attire. They hid the toes in the absence of a pedicure, yet were cool enough to wear in the heat here. I have to say I am rather pleased that they are back on trend.

My favorite pair are these from Rag & Bone. I have some Net-a-porter.com credit to use and once I’ve returned from my UK trip I’ve a feeling these may be ordered. I adore the suede and leather combination.

Rag and Bone

This croc effect shoe from Robert Clergerie is gorgeous, and similar to those in one of the images from Pinterest. Much more masculine than the Rag & Bone mule.

Robert Clergerie

The Pierre Hardy mule in tan suede is stunning. Very chic and minimal.

Pierre Hardy

For some high street options take a look at the TopShop Kola – I understand it fits small – but it is beautiful and I especially love the bordeaux.

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Or in black

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These from Camper are a little more out there – but I have to say I quite like their quirkiness – they look super comfy too!

Camper

The Lauryn mule from Via Spiga is a classic. I love the toe shape – also it is currently 40% off!

Via Spiga

Another of my absolute favorites that I stumbled upon are these Moroccan Tia slippers from Dolce Vita. They also come in caramel.

Dolce Vita Tia

Urban Outfitters carry them in this fabulous black and white print too.

Tia black and white

Anthropologie has the Rachel Comey Brie slides which are beautiful and so neat. Pricey, but classic.

Rachel Comey

Finally, just for the hell of it, – how about the classic brown leather Gucci Princetown?

Gucci princetown

Or in a fabulous print?

Princetown print

So what do you think – have you bought into the pedi saving mule or are they too much like house slippers for you?

As for my weekend it was a leisurely one at that – lots of dining out and little else while the kids were on Winter break. The countdown to my transatlantic trip on Sunday has now begun!

Screen Shot 2016-02-17 at 10.13.52 AMJacket – TopShop // Boots – Acne // Jeans – Zara (old) // Top – Zara

Screen Shot 2016-02-17 at 10.14.04 AMCoat – AllSaints (last season) // Shirt – Mango (similar here on sale) // Scarf – ASOS (similar here) // Jeans – ASOS (similar here)// Boots – Rag & Bone Newbury (similar here) // Bag – Mansur Gavriel

Screen Shot 2016-02-17 at 10.14.15 AMBoots – Sam Edelman (on sale here)// Dress – AllSaints (old) // Cardigan – Acne // Bag – Mansur Gavriel

Bells are ringing

Bell bottoms that is…Every so often I tire of my skinnies and boyfriend jeans and crave the leg lengthening, slimming bell bottom. flares 7 flares 6 flares 5 flares 4 Flares 3 Flares 2 flares 1

Here are my picks of the season to help you emulate these amazing Pinterest images.

These were the first to catch my eye from Zara

Zara flare

For not much more you can have a pair in leather.

Zara leather

I settled with these from ASOS as they all have elastic waists – not much to complain about there!

These are Blank NYC pull on cotton mix and come in waist sizes so you can be more accurate with fit.

Blank NYC pull on

Sods law the ones I am wearing today are now reduced – Blank NYC faux leather pull ons. I’m in a 29″ and they are perfect.

faux leather Blank NYC

These crepe flares are fabulous – super comfortable and swishy!

crepe flares

I also ordered the jersey ones to try – I found these slightly looser in the thigh with less of the extreme bell bottom cut. Also now reduced! I tried a US 8 in both of these and again they were spot on.

jersey flares

I nearly got sucked into the sequin legging crew again this Christmas, but I have to say I far prefer these H&M glitter flares on me. I bought a medium and they are amazing. Lovely and fitted through the thigh and that elastic waist will be a life saver over the festive period!

glitter flares

These are similar but gold rather than silver sparkle – also more of a wide leg trousers than a true bell bottom. Again fabulous in a medium on me and the elastic waist makes them like pajama bottoms for Christmas day! I think both would look super with sneakers or a dressier shoe.

Glitter wide leg trousers

And finally here’s how I’m wearing the Blank NYC faux leather pair today. I certainly need a heel with these – my Newburys are high enough but my Sam Edelman Bradleys will be perfect.

Flares - JoannaFlares – Blank NYC from ASOS // Jumper – H&M // Boots – Newbury from Rag & Bone

You may have seen this on Facebook and Twitter but I want to thank Deborah from Fabulous after 40 for my lovely feature. I am truly honored and flattered! You can read my interview here.

Finally some outfits from the past week – it’s too bloody warm here!

culottes 2_edited-1Boots – Sam Edelman Bradley (on sale) // Culottes – Faux leather River Island from ASOS // Top – AllSaints (old)

IM sneakesrJacket – AllSaints // Shoes – Isabel Marant (TheOutnet.com) // Jeans – J.Crew // Shirt – J.Crew (old)

Zara knitShoes – Stella McCartney (NAP Sale) // Knit suit – Zara (old) // Bag – Stella McCartney (NAP Sale now further reduced)

 

 

My NAP sale picks!

Bags and shoes – that is where my heart lies when it comes to Net-a-porter.com. A reliable online store, great delivery times and great customer service. Not a lot that is ‘cheap’, but if you are after that special present, or just an ‘I got through 2015’ treat here’s what I would pick!

I’m just a little bit obsessed with the Stella McCartney Falabella bag. I used to be one of those that just didn’t get it – faux leather but designer prices? However, since holding one in my hands in Saks a few weeks ago, I completely get it. The ‘pleather’ is so soft and beautifully made, the shape is perfect -a great size for everything, and the chain gives it that edginess that I look for. Not to mention I can wear it as a shoulder bag or tote. I am just in love. NAP has several styles in the sale. My heart is set on the Leopard print that is reduced by 30% but I bloody adore the fur one too!

This fringe one is just beautiful, and possibly, a fabulous upgrade from my H&M bags that I use frequently enough to justify an upgrade! Reduced by a significant 30%.

fringe falabella

This tiny fur is a great evening bag and is reduced by 30%.

fur falabella

Oh be still my beating heart – can I justify a fur bag?

fur large falabella

This is the one I adore – extremely versatile. I love it. 30% discounted.

leopard falabella

More leopard print but this time McQ Alexander McQueen – I love the tote I have and I am sure the quality of this will be equal, and it is 30% off.

Mcq leopard pring

Finally I think this Alexander Wang camera bag is a great ‘about town’ bag, not to mention it provides me with my ‘I love everything grey’! Reduced, again, by 30%.

AWang camera bag

Yes – this is still eye-wateringly expensive in the sale – but I LOVE the Givenchy Pandora so much and this cobalt blue is so statement – it could carry you through the summer too worn with reds, purples and corals. My Husband says he refuses to buy bags for me, so maybe I will just have to buy it and get on with it! Reduced by 30%.

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Ok so now footwear. Of course the Golden Goose are my first choice/recommendation.

I have these and love them – a perfect neutral but with a little pearl effect on the toe and tongue – just beautiful.

tan GG

The sparkly low tops are gorgeous. I am a convert to the low top – I still prefer the ‘slide’ style above but these in blue are stunning and 40% off.

sparkly GG

Stella McCartney again now – these platforms are SUPERB.

velvet stella McC snakeskin Stella

These are glitter – how pefect!?

glitter SM

For those of us with simpler tastes there are also some Nikes and Adidas in the sale. I have both of these styles and they are fabulous!

toptens

blue air max

Finally how cute are these star converse?

star converse

So pipe dreaming or not it’s still fun to have a look!

We’re having a quiet day today after a fun Thanksgiving. I’m sitting here eating cheese on toast, with a mug of tea listening to BBC Radio 2. Bliss:)

Thanksgiving sparkles balancing on a rock with my prosecco – we’re just mad here;)

thanksgiving 2Leggings – H&M (last years but similar here) // Sneakers – Golden Goose // Jumper – Boden Off Duty (30% off everything now with code 7J4Z)

Then out for lunch on Friday, when I was determined to wear my shearling even with temperatures in the 60s!

shearlingJeans – Zara // Jacket – AllSaints (30% off with code CYBER) // Boots – Newbury boots (25% off here with code BF25) // Jumper – Everlane

 

 

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.

outnet R&BBoots – Rag & Bone // Jeans – Zara (old) // Jumper – AllSaints (old) // Bag – Alexander Wang TheOutnet.com (sold out) // Lipstick – NARS Audacious Bette

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

My picks of the UK NAP sale!

So you had to wait a little longer than us over in the US for the NAP sale to start, but in my opinion you have a far better selection of great pieces to choose from!

Obviously my first picks are always the Rag & Bone boots – I just adore them.

Size up for the Harrow boot – reduced from £460 to £322

Rag and BoneThe classic Newbury boot is reduced from £395 to £276.50

Rag and Bone NewburyPlus my favorite leopard print pair are reduced from £470 to £329

newbury leopardAs for bags these are my favorites:

I love this gorgeous cross body bag from McQ by Alexander McQueen – now reduced by 40% – such an classic.

McQueenThe Aster bag from See by Chloé is just a gorgeous simple classic.

SeeOff course you can’t go without checking out the Isabel Marant on sale too! I just adore this top – perfect for vacation – even more so now it is reduced by 30%!

Isabel marant topI’m tempted to order this dress and have it delivered to my Mum and Dad’s! I bet they’ve never had so many deliveries!

DressSo what has tempted you in the NAP sale? – It’s like Christmas morning in June!

My last day in the office today and I am wearing possibly my favorite footwear! The best part of the dress is the cape at the back – I’m a Superhero for the day!

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GoldenGooseDress – AllSaints (last year) // Shoes – Golden Goose (similar on sale here) // Bag – Alexander Wang Rocco (similar on sale here)

24 years later and we’re still giggling

Yesterday was a little anniversary that my husband and I like to celebrate! It was 24 years since we first became an item and had our first kiss in The Central Bar, St. Andrews. I lost a year too somewhere – I spent all yesterday saying it was 23 years!

To celebrate we headed out to our favorite Mexican joint. I had too much tequila 🙂

Husband and II wore my fabulous new TopShop sandals – I LOVE them – I was nervous about the flatform but they feel great on and I love the extra height – they feel dressy. The jeans are new from J.Crew – a lovely light summery wash and they are super soft and stretchy – size down – I’m in a 28″! The detail in this top hasn’t come out very well in this photo – but take a look here it’s beautiful and gorgeous quality linen.

J.Crew 1Top – J.Crew // Jeans – J.Crew // Sandals – TopShop

I also wore my simple septum ring for the first time – I love it and fortunately so does my husband. My kids are staying firmly on the fence about it – I think I’ve put them off piercings for life 😉 You can check out my Pinterest board here for some beautiful images that inspired me.

SeptumEarlier in the day I was running around with various errands and after my AllSaints post I decided to wear another of their dresses that I adore. This is the Pia from a couple of years ago. So easy to wear and it generated plenty of compliments. This one is very similar and is in the sale plus an extra 20% off with code Extra20.

AllSaints Pia dressDress – AllSaints // Boots – Rag&Bone Newbury

Okay I’m off to walk off the margaritas with the dogs – it is a stunning day here in Atlanta – enjoy your long weekend if you are in the UK!!

 

More khaki

Khaki is having a moment this season and it wasn’t till I started looking in my closet that I realized how much khaki I actually already own. It’s a great color that suits fair and darker complexions. I particularly love a khaki trouser – like a loose cargo pant. These were an absolute bargain from J.Crew and I love the knitted cuff on them.

khaki trousers and newbury bootsBoots – Rag & Bone Newbury boots // Trouser – J.Crew (on sale plus extra 30% off with TIMETOSHOP) // Tee – J.Crew (30% off with TIMETOSHOP)

There are lots of midseason sales on currently including AllSaints, Zara and Mango and my favorite spring top is included in Mango’s reductions. Enjoy!