Turning 46

I truly embrace growing older and consider it a privilege. I’m healthier than ever and enjoying success in many areas of life. A lot has changed in this past year, most for the better. I hate to keep harping on about it but not drinking has contributed massively to lots of positive changes. I truly consider it as a better choice I’m making, not something I am depriving myself of. All the things that you imagine alcohol to alleviate – like anxiety and stress – I’ve realized were actually caused by drinking, or at least exacerbated. I feel more confident than ever, and deeply connected with my emotions and the universe. I’ve read a lot too over the summer – meditation, affirmations and universal energy are all new concepts to me – but I truly believe in their power after practicing them, being more open minded, experiencing real results and receiving the abundance I asked for. Certain people have entered my life recently who have become incredibly important – I may not even have noticed these people a year ago. It’s funny what can happen when you consciously embrace situations and opportunity, instead of relying on chance and luck.

Top – ASOS  (love it in lilac here – I’m wearing a US8 it is oversized) // JeansHudson // Shoes – Sam Edleman // Bag – Alexander McQueen

A long overdue outfit post!

So sorry for the long absence – no excuse except for working hard before we disappear to Costa Rica for Christmas!

Pink H&M sweater and Sam Edelman boots

Boots – Sam Edelman  // Jeans – Zara (old) // Sweater – H&M // Coat – Helmut Lang (old from The Outnet similar here) // Bag – Proenza Schouler

Marks and Spencer leopard print coat and toga pulla boots

Boots – Toga Pulla // Jeans – Zara (old) // Sweater – Everlane Cashmere // Coat – Marks and Spencer (similar here) // Scarf – J.Crew // Bag – Proenza Schouler

Asos coat and Chloe Susanna boots

Jeans – Zara (old) // Boots – Chloé // Coat – ASOS // Sweater – Zara // Bag – Proenza Schouler // Scarf – ASOS

Marks and Spencer Briggate trench and pink Sam Edelman boots

Boots – Sam Edelman (old similar here) // Jeans – ASOS // Top – AllSaints (old – sale now on here) // Coat – Marks and Spencer // Bag – Proenza Schouler // Scarf – Old from SchoolGateStyle

& Other Stories coat and Sam Edelman boots

Coat – & Other Stories // Boots – Sam Edelman // Jeans – Zara (old) // Sweater – H&M

AllSaints damisi boots and Stella McCartney bag

Boots – AllSaints (eBay) // Jeans – Zara (old) // Sweater – H&M // Bag – Stella McCartney

Finally a couple of things that have caught my eye – this sweatshirt from ASOS is divine!

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I bought this myself the other week – an at home gel nail kit. It is SUPERB. So quick and easy to use – I will save a fortune by not visiting the nail salon. It’s the perfect Christmas present for nail lovers.

Red carpet manicure gel kit

Sam Edelman CODE – 30% off site wide

Those codes are starting to appear!  I’ve been checking these Sable boots out for months now on the Sam Edelman site and with the new code released today I can now get 30% off them and they are already reduced from $250 to $175 making them now just $132.30 with tax!

Sable boot

 

Use code SAMSGIVING at check out!

They are also available in the Net-A-Porter sale here at 50% discount in black.

Sam Edelman Sable boot

 

Peep Toe Booties!

As you know I’m quite partial to a pair of ankle boots. Given the warm temperatures here it is really hard to justify another pair (not to mention the fact I already have more pairs than a girl can wear in the deepest, longest winter!). Peep toe booties though, well they are quite another thing entirely. I happened to be in Nordstrom on Friday returning some items when lo and behold I noticed their shoe sale had started. They had a single pair of these left on the rack. The Sam Edelman Asher – reduced by 40% here.

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I actually tried an 8 instead of my usual 8.5 and it fits great – possibly because they are peep toe. Don’t let the height scare you either – they are ridiculously comfortable.

They are also available in a beautiful wine color here.

Sam Edelman Asher

And grey here.

Sam Edelman Asher

These are stunning too and Amazon currently have 20% off for Veterans Day – these are very Emmanuelle Alt – I can see her wearing these with a pair of cropped kick flare jeans and a white shirt. The Sam Edelman Abbie boot.

Sam Edelman Abbie

Sam Edelman Abbie

So for all my wishing for colder weather there are some benefits to a warm Fall! Check out these images for inspiration.

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Don’t forget in the UK the Carine Roitfeld collection launched last week – the jackets are stunning – especially the fur bomber jackets but they do fit small.

Carine Roitfeld fur bomber Leopard Carine Roitfled bomber jacket

Our clocks change tonight and then its the big day here on Tuesday – we voted on Thursday to avoid the lines but its pretty tense here thats for sure!

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Jeans – H&M coated kick flare // Shoes – Zara // Top – Mango (old) // Bag – Givenchy Pandora

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Jeans – Dorothy Perkins coated Frankie jeans (use INTDP15 for 15% off) // Boots – TopShop (in nude here) // Shirt – Mango (old) // Jacket – Mango (old) // Bag – Givenchy

Fall Dresses

So Labor Day has come and gone and it seems the weather here is all to aware of it. Its still beautiful and warm but the humidity has dissipated making everything 100x more comfortable!

I’ve been able to wear my denim jacket for the past 2 days!

other stories dressShirt dress – & Other Stories // Sneakers – Adidas Gazelles // Jacket – Gap // Bag – Mansur Gavriel

H&M dressDress – H&M (on sale here) // Shoes – Dolce Vita // Jacket – Gap // Basket – H&M

Last night these beauties arrived – I can only see them in stock here at Net-a-porter – they are selling like hotcakes!

I think I might sleep in themDetails on where to buy these @sam_edelman beauties in my bio link or here - they're selling like hot cakes!!  http://liketk.it/2p8tG @liketoknow.it #liketkit #thisis45 #pixiecut #nothingbutpixies #shorthair #liketkit #fbloggers #fbloggersuk #fblogger #ootd #wiwt #outfitpost #outfitinspo #instafashion #instastyle #40plusstyle #everydaystyle #over40fashion #mumontherun #dresslikeamum #samsgirls

Obsessed with them!!! Details on where to buy these @sam_edelman beauties in my bio link or here - they're selling like hot cakes!!  http://liketk.it/2p8tG @liketoknow.it #liketkit #thisis45 #pixiecut #nothingbutpixies #shorthair #liketkit #fbloggers #fbloggersuk #fblogger #ootd #wiwt #outfitpost #outfitinspo #instafashion #instastyle #40plusstyle #everydaystyle #over40fashion #mumontherun #dresslikeamum #samsgirls

Obsessed with them!!! Details on where to buy these @sam_edelman beauties in my bio link or here - they're selling like hot cakes!!  http://liketk.it/2p8tG @liketoknow.it #liketkit #thisis45 #pixiecut #nothingbutpixies #shorthair #liketkit #fbloggers #fbloggersuk #fblogger #ootd #wiwt #outfitpost #outfitinspo #instafashion #instastyle #40plusstyle #everydaystyle #over40fashion #mumontherun #dresslikeamum #samsgirls

While I was on the Sam Edelman site looking for them I spotted these gorgeous things – another great Gucci tribute – these are blue velvet or magenta suede but also come in other colors.

talia Collage

Finally just a quick note to let you all know that I recently started another business as a Rodan + Fields consultant – I adore their products and many of you have already been in touch with me regarding them. It’s an incredible opportunity to continue my journey as an entrepreneur. You can read more here. Thank you for your support!

Happy New Year!

Here’s to a fabulous 2016 to all of you. Thank you for all your support and encouragement throughout 2015. I hope to try and keep you amused and entertained with my fashion highs and lows, travel, and musings throughout 2016.

Incredible to think I’m entering my 5th year of blogging and I couldn’t say that without you guys who continue to read my posts. Thanks!

disco divaJacket – ASOS (on sale here) // Jeans – ASOS (on sale here) // Shirt – AllSaints (old but extra 20% off sale here) // Boots – Sam Edelman (on sale here) // Bag – Gucci

 

Cashmere for Christmas

I think my appreciation for the finer things in life has definitely developed over the past 5 years or so. At one point I would have considered cashmere an unnecessary indulgence. These days I can’t live without it at this time of year (well of course I could live without it, but I’d prefer not to have to!!).

My most favorite pieces of cashmere are my Marks & Spencer Rosie for Autograph cashmere lounge pants/pajama bottoms. I call them lounge pants because I never sleep in them – they are purely a winter alternative to sweatpants. I currently have 2 pairs that I have had a couple of years and last night was their first wear of the year. Absolutely blissfully soft they are just gorgeous for slobbing out in, watching the Sunday night football, with a cup of peppermint tea, admiring the Christmas tree!

This year I have treated myself to these additional pieces.

This wrap is beautiful and perfect for throwing over my pjs in the morning – I always have the heating off at night so it can be chilly when we get up!

wrap dressing gown

These are similar to the pairs I already own but have the cuffed hem instead of the straight leg. Just throw a t-shirt on and your done – perfect for after dinner when your waistline needs some sympathy:)

cuffed hem Rosie pajama pants

Finally – these are similar to those that I already have in light grey and black. These days I much prefer grey for around the house – white boxer hair is no friend of black knitwear!

straight leg rosie pajama pants

If you deserve a treat or know someone who does I can’t think of anything more perfect to find under the tree this year!

Finally I’m jumping for joy as the cold has arrived here in Atlanta! Time to get the coats out!

Thank you to Sylvia for featuring me this week in her 40 Plus Style round up!

camelBoots – Sam Edelman on sale here (discounted by $90!!) // Jeans – Zara // Coat – &  Other Stories // Scarf – New Look

militaryBoots – See by Chloé on sale here // Jeans – Zara // Jacket – Mango (similar here) // Jumper – Uniqlo // Bag – Stella McCartney (similar on sale here) // Sunglasses – Tom Ford (on sale here)

Lyst.com – a new favorite website!

As you know most of my shopping is done online. I love shopping in NYC and London where I can walk the streets in the fresh air, and browse windows and stores, collecting big carrier bags as I go along! Unfortunately most of Atlanta’s shopping is offered via indoor malls, which I cannot abide. Somehow it doesn’t feel like a treat, or a day out – there’s nothing to dress up for! We do have a new outdoor shopping area in Buckhead with luxury retailers, but it still feels very new and contrived.

Shopping online can be fun – clicking from one site to another but these days retailers have so much more stock on their sites it can be a tad overwhelming. Well I may have found a solution and an alternative to having 29 tabs open in Safari! Lyst.com.

I used the site recently when I was narrowing down my search for these season’s boots. It’s that time of year where I can justify adding a couple more pairs to my collection!

Lyst.com is an aggregator and partners with designers and stores to bring you your favorites in one place. By indicating preferences and following your shopping habits Lyst.com creates a personal shopping experience for each and every user. I love that it allows you to follow your favorite brands and receive sale and stock alerts.

You may have seen that I’ve already made one heavy investment purchase this season – my new Chloé Susanna boots! What I love about Lyst.com is that it also allows you to price shop easily and see where the cheapest source is for the item you are coveting! These boots haven’t been off my feet since I received them and the funny thing is I didn’t used to like them! I used to think they were way too ornate for my taste. I guess having seen them styled so many different ways, and in so many different color ways I have gradually changed my mind as I am now totally obsessed with them!

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These TopShop Bridleway boots have made it on to my wish list – they are SO Gucci but just $70! They would look amazing with black skinnies and a black pussy bow blouse.

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They are also available in a stunning burgundy.

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I love Splendid clothes but I have never worn their shoes. These are a gorgeous western boot with a bit of slouchiness – really cute with a dress. Compared with the price of Splendid’s clothes these seem quite reasonable at $168.

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The beige version is just beautiful.

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The hot boot from last year, and a great, cheaper alternative to the Chloés, is the Toga Pulla. I absolutely love them – again a boot I was in two minds about last year. Obviously I need to see some things a few times before they click with me! I know both Eve and Kat love theirs.

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I have to say these navy, crocodile effect pair are my top choice – I am smitten with them. I am loving navy boots with black jeans this season.

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Finally, given my love of over the knee boots, I was contemplating another pair of Lowlands this year. In fact I ordered the nice blue pair but returned them – I really didn’t need them in addition to the currant pair I have from last year.

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Instead I have been drawn to these fringe boots from See by Chloé. I thought I’d had enough fringe in 2015 but I absolutely love these. Again visualize them with skinny black jeans and an oversize sweater. Scrummy!

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Which are your favorite boots this season? Have you clicked the ‘place order’ button yet?

Finally here are some photos from the most amazing night out! I took Poppy to see 1989 Taylor Swift tour. She was AMAZING. I cried all the way through Fifteen thinking about my gorgeous girl dealing with all those emotions in the years to come. Taylor is a great role model – her songs deliver great messages of strength and independence for young girls – and Moms in fact!

Poppy and I Poppy TS PJON ME Shoes – Golden Goose // Jeans – R13 // T-shirt – Splendid // Jacket – Mango

ON POPPY Jacket – Zara // Jeans – H&M // Boots – Sam Edelman (old)

This post is sponsored by Lyst.com. All opinions are 100% honest and all content is my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that support my blog.

Boot Porn

I love a good boot and I consider myself an early adopter when it comes to over-the-knee boots. Some are still skeptical about their ‘Pretty Woman’ association, or in the UK the ‘pantomime’ connotation. I gloss over this and simply enjoy wearing a long, thigh high boot with skinnies or a shorter dress, flashing a bit of flesh.

So to ‘fess up – here are those that I currently own:

2 pairs of the Stuart Weitzman 5050s – not too tall – basically just over the knee. These were the cult classic boot before the introduction of the Lowland. They have an elastic back and leather front – hence the 50/50…I have both the black suede and tan nubuck (no longer available unfortunately). Both are incredibly comfortable and I consider them my ‘practical’ OTK boots!

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black 5050

me tan 5050I’m also lucky enough to own 2 pairs of Stuart Weitzman Highland boots. The black were bought about 3 years ago and the grey were an addition last Fall. I adore these boots. Super leg lengthening, the perfect heel height and great with a dress. These go pretty high up the leg but are easy to put on. The suede is stretchy so I roll it down and pull up like a sock once my foot is in the shoe.

me black highland

me grey highland 2Then there is the Lowland in currant that I bought last year. A much louder color but great with jeans and big jumpers. The Lowland are the flat, more practical version of the Highland.

me currant lowland

Finally the other knee high boots that I own and adore were cheap as chips from Zara last year. They are knee high and have a great 70s vibe to them.

Zara boot

So what’s it to be this year? Yes I know – I don’t really need a pair but who ever said I bought something only on a ‘need’ basis?! There are several pairs that have caught my eye so far and I’m pretty sure I know which will be in my closet before Christmas.

The first pair is the Sam Edelman Josephine. These are knee high – but quite high like my Zara ones above. They are flat and have gorgeous fringe detailing. They are available in tan suede or black suede. Sam Edelman are now available on Net-a-porter.com too so tax free in the US!

Josephine tanThe next pair I absolutely LOVE! They are a higher version of the Josephine and have a block heel – the Sam Edelman Taylan. The tan is available on NAP here but I also love the modern ivory available here and here. They are so lovely and slouchy – I just LOVE them.

Taylan NAP

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EC0217970_0_MultiAngleViewImage2_250x250And in steel grey here and here.

EC0217969_0_MultiAngleViewImage2_250x250The Sam Edelman campaign shows them worn super slouchy – just fabulous!

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Finally – my absolute lust after boot for Fall 2015. This is actually a ‘summer’ boot from Stuart Weitzman – the Rockerchic. It has the height of an OTK boot, but the slouchiness of the Taylan – a little more louche than the Lowland boot. Not to mention I LOVE the color fossil – not practical for snow I agree but hey how much snow do we get in Atlanta?

rockerch_fossue_12 rockerchicZappos.com also stock them in a saddle/tan color if you’re looking for that nod to the 70s.

rockerchic saddle

Neimans stock them in a cashew very similar to my 5050 nubuck boots, and black, so there is plenty of choice around!

cashew

Finally some outfit updates – an odd mix recently given the odd mix of weather we’ve had!

My lovely husband kindly suggested I was channeling Blackadder in my H&M blouse the other day! BTW H&M have 20% off and free shipping on all orders over $60 at the moment – use code 3204 at checkout.

Blackadder dayShoes – Marks and Spencer // Jeans – J.Crew // Blouse – H&M

leather skirt 2Ankle Boots – Rag & Bone canvas Newbury // Skirt – Mango (last year similar here) // Jumper – AllSaints Portland jumper (old) // Scarf – Zara (old)

ToutafaitSneakers – Stan Smith mid tops // Jeans – J.Crew broken in Boyfriend // T-shirt – Madewell final sale // Cardigan – ASOS last year (similar here)

 

The birthday weekend

Yup the birthday isn’t till tomorrow but that hasn’t stopped me from celebrating all weekend! After lunch with my husband on Thursday, I ended up with lunch out again on Friday. It was lovely – I headed to my favorite place and dined alone, contemplating the next year, and reviewing my early 40s! I’d done a little shopping in the morning and treated myself to a couple of new lipsticks and a Dior nail polish in Wonderland (the staying power of which is amazing!). It was a lovely indulgent day.

stripesJeans – J.Crew // Top – old AllSaints dress // Shoes – Cypriot sandals

Saturday was spent relaxing by the pool so I didn’t really get dressed. I had a lovely day reading and catching up on my enormous pile of magazines that has accumulated over my vacation.

Today we are off out to brunch – I’m feeling quite virtuous after an intensive spin class. Eggs Benedict may be required to raise my energy levels as I may have committed to getting a couple of guinea pigs for the kids! The cage has been delivered so I may now be held to purchasing two piggies later today! We’re not sure whether we’re going to end up with Patsy and Edina, or Freddie (Mercury) and Brian (May)!

shorts and tee v1Top – AllSaints (sale) // Shorts – J.Crew (on sale with an extra 30% off using COOLSALE) // Shoes – Sam Edelman (last year)