Get an extra 20% off sale prices!

It’s that time of year where I resist, resist, resist….ah shucks big fat fail. Those sales emails sure know their clickbait…

One of my favorite online stores is now reducing sale items by a further 20% on check out – so here are my favorite items…

First what I failed with – and I’m sorry there are very few sizes left! The Rick Owens peep toe boot – already reduced by 60% then with an extra 20% too good to refuse, especially in this fabulous grey goat leather – very urban and distinctive compared to the usual black leather.

I am still a HUGE fan of Isabel Marant’s Bobby sneaker. I already have 2 pairs – cream and burgundy both bought reduced off TheOutnet.com. There is something about the cut around the ankle that is so elegant – it sits beneath the ankle bone so it they are really flattering and feminine. These in red are stunning – imagine this color with tanned legs and denim shorts – lush!

Her Leo ballet flat is a classic and again already reduced with an extra 20% at check out – various sizes left.

In caramel

khaki –

and black

Then there are her boots – I totally love these as they are so reminiscent of the 80s pixie boot – perfect with slouchy boyfriend jeans or skinnies.

The Etoile Ralf in taupe

in brown:

In black it appears to be called the Raelyn

I’ve ordered them in this camel as I love the color of my Dickers.

Covering all bases they are also available in khaki

If you crave a little embellishment and eccentricity in your footwear i.e. the antithesis of Isabel Marant its worth checking out the Miu Miu sale collection, though sizes are sparse…

Finally I always lust after Stella McCartney shoes – I just nabbed a pair of Elyse platforms in the Neiman Marcus sale but there are lots of sizes left here too. You’ve seen me in these before.

So some footwear heaven for you! I’ll be mostly in flip flops for the next month as we leave for Turkey next week – packing is not going well…I’m crap at creating a capsule wardrobe! This week has been spent walking and lunching with my son – he’s pretty good company!

Jeans – Current Elliot (reduced here) // Loafers – Gucci // Top – ASOS // Jacket – J.Crew

Dress – Old Navy // Shoes – Zara (in sale) // Jacket – H&M // Bag – Mansur Gavriel

 

 

 

 

And so summer begins…

It’s the last day of school here. Yes the last of the year. This week has been challenging to say the least. We’re always pulled in so many directions with end of year projects (errr why when we shut down brains in April after testing?), chorus recitals, plays, parties, field day and graduations. My son was upset I missed his end of year party yesterday – well I was working, but that didn’t stop my guilt! We’re tired and cranky – and mom hasn’t stopped crying since Monday night when the East Coast started getting the news of the Manchester bombing.

Last night, Dave and I decided to take a breath. We went out for dinner, alone, quietly, and indulgently. I ate oysters, peaches and steak and drank san pellegrino. Today I feel a little calmer, a little less emotional but still with a tonne of shit to do before the kids and I head off to Manchester on Saturday for a couple of weeks. I’m super excited about seeing everyone but feel there is a mountain of stuff to do before I get to that departure gate!….and inhale….

I haven’t done much shopping this week – truthfully I’m all shopped out for the summer given after the UK I have about 8 weeks of bikini wearing. That hasn’t stopped me window shopping though and here are some gems I’ve found for you. The Gap are rocking it this season with tops and dresses (including the one I’m wearing below) – these are some favorite items and everything is 50% off with an extra 20% using MORE.

These linen shorts are already reduced and will be cheap as chips with the code applied – size down.

I have this top in all 3 colors in a large – it is beautiful.

This is the dress I am wearing below in red – it’s beautiful and has pockets.

This dress is new in and I’ve just ordered it.

I love this bag – so chic.

Their scarves are all reduced and several are already on sale.

Looking for an Isabel Marant inspired belt? Just $14 plus another 20% off…

I’ve just ordered this hat (so much for being over shopping…)

These linen shirts are perfect – I have size large and they fit brilliantly across the bust.

On to some other bargains – TheOutnet.com has lots of Stella McCartney and Proenza Schouler bags heavily discounted.

Soludos has a sale on at the moment too – I just received these lovely espadrilles – so cute!

There’ll be lots more codes released over the weekend so I will try and keep you posted before I leave!

Shoes – Stella McCartney // Dress – Gap (discounted) // Bag – Gucci (similar here)// Earrings – J.Crew (30% off with SWEET)

Skirt – H&M // T shirt – AllSaints // Shoes – Zara // Bag – Sam Edelman (on sale plus 30% off with SamSummer30)

Top – Gap (discounted) // Jeans – J.Brand Selena (on sale here) // Shoes – Castañer // Bag – Sam Edelman (on sale plus 30% off with SamSummer30)

Dress – Everlane // Shoes – Kurt Geiger // Earrings – & Other Stories // Bag – Coach (Sale on here)

Top – ASOS // Jeans – J. Brand from The Outnet // Shoes – Miu Miu

I missed you too much to stay away!

I’m back! It has to be said that a break from blogging has done me good. It’s given me time and freedom to consider the things that are important to me, rather than my final thoughts each evening being ‘what am I going to wear tomorrow?’

I’ve made several changes

  • I’ve stopped drinking alcohol and never felt better – I really am an all or nothing person and those glasses of wine were turning into regular bottles of wine which left me moody, tired and unfocused (if you are considering quitting I highly recommend the tools I used – Jason Vale’s ‘How to kick the drink easily’  (kindly recommended by Nikki at Midlife Chic) and Sober Mommies – a Facebook group of incredible moms, around the world, across the entire spectrum of addiction and drugs – from those of us like myself who just enjoyed our wine too much – to those who have lost their children and families through opiate addiction. It’s an incredibly supportive group with completely no judgement.)
  • I’ve lost weight – after falling for Jason Vale’s technique to quit drinking, I decided to turn to his juicing recipes to kickstart some weight loss. I managed 12 of the 28 days of the Super Juice Me and now I’m following his 5:2 approach.
  • I got a tattoo! Yes my first and definitely go big or go home! Poppies happen to be my birth flower.

I’m happy to be back and I hope many of you are still out there to listen to my waffle 😉

Here are a few outfits from the past couple of months!

Jeans – Zara (old) // Shoes – Vince Nina (discounted here) // T-shirt – Madewell (old) // Jacket – J.Crew (on sale with Extra 25% off using code Shoptoit) // Bag – Mansur Gavriel

Shoes – Stella McCartney Elyse (cheapest US price here) // Jeans – J.Crew // T-shirt – J.Crew // Jacket – Mango (old)

Boots – Sam Edelman (on sale here) // Jeans – Zara (old) // Dress – Zara (old) // Jacket – AllSaints (old)

Boots – TopShop (on sale) // Jeans – J.Crew // Coat – Mango (old) // Shirt – H&M

Boots – Chloe // Jeans – Zara (old) // Sweater – Zara (old) // Bag – Mansur Gavriel

Boots – TopShop (on sale) // Jeans – Zara (old) // Shirt – Mango (on sale) // Bag – Mansur Gavriel

Boots – Sam Edelman (on sale here) // Jeans – Mango (old) // Shirt – H&M // Jacket – J.Crew (on sale plus extra 25% off using SHOPTOIT)

Boots – TopShop (on sale) // Jeans – Zara (old) // Sweatshirt – TopShop (on sale here)

Skirt – H&M // Shoes – Superga // T-Shirt – J.Crew (old) // Jacket – J.Crew (old)

Shoes – Stella McCartney Elyse // Trousers – Cos (on sale) // Sweater – & Other Stories // Bag – Mango (old)

Loafers – Gucci (old) // Dungarees – Gap // T-Shirt – Marks & Spencer (old) // Coat – Uniqlo (old)

Shoes – Superga // Trousers – Adidas // T-shirt – J.Crew (old) // Knitted Jacket – J.Crew (on sale here) // Bag – McQ (old)

 

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!

These @hm are frickin awesome - they come in red too and hoping they restock sizes! Just $149☺️

How early is too early to start the birthday celebrations!?

It’s been an odd week readjusting to life back in Atlanta. I can’t lie, I am totally jealous of all you Europeans just starting your vacations, while we prepare for back to school on Wednesday! My Instagram feed is full of blue skies and oceans and I have to keep reminding myself that was me just a week ago!

To ease the pain I am focusing on my upcoming birthday! I’m 45 on the 10th and like to celebrate for as long as possible! Hence, Friday night, my Husband and I went out for tapas and cocktails. Maybe my Leo instincts are aroused, but I decided to go full on leopard print for the evening. This dress is just £19.99 from New Look and is available in the US here on ASOS (keep checking back for your size – they update regularly). I felt fantastic in it! The dress is pleated so not tight at all and it is the perfect midi length. I’m now on the look out for dresses in a similar style as it felt so great on. The shoes are Vince and an incredible eBay bargain -new they were $425 and I got them NWT for $65!

New look leopard print dress, Vince Aden shoes, Gucci purseDress – New Look // Shoes – Vince Aden off eBay // Bag – Gucci (similar here)

I made a couple of other purchases this week including the red Adidas Gazelles – I just love the Gazelles and they take me back to the 90s when I wore a green pair to death! They do fit big and I sized down to a US 8 instead of my usual 8.5.

Adidas Gazelles

I also just wore my new running tights from the H&M For Every Victory collection. They are amazingly comfortable – 2miles on the treadmill with no adjusting. I’m in a medium and they fit great.

H&M For Every Victory

As for the rest of last week here’s what I’ve been wearing. It’s lovely to have all my closet back!

Mango shoes, Mango top and FalabellaShoes – Mango // Jeans – Zara (old) // Top – Mango (sale reduced from &79.99 to $24.99!) // Bag – Stella McCartney

& Other Stories dress, Mulberry Bayswater, Castañer espadrillesDress – & Other Stories sale // Shoes – Castañer // Bag – Mulberry Bayswater

H&M dress, Golden Goose sneakers, FalabellaDress – H&M // Shoes – Golden Goose // Bag – Stella McCartney

What I’ve bought over the Memorial Weekend…

Ok first of all I admit they weren’t all on sale. Take for example these boots. I knew I had to have them as soon as I saw them on WhoWhatWear.com this morning. I adore the juxtaposition of a masculine bootie with the feminine lace details – very Emmanuelle Alt.

TopShop Bootie

I did take advantage of the Gap 40% off with code LONGWKND to stock up on some lovely slub t-shirts.

I love these swing t-shirts to wear with denim shorts – great muffin top hiders!

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Also the tank version.

Gap Tank

Finally I couldn’t resist ordering this dress to try – it will be lovely for my vacation in a month’s time – fingers crossed it works!

Gap dress Gap dress

Here are a few outfits from over the weekend!

Zara jeansJeans – Zara // Espadrilles – Soludos // Top – Banana Republic (old) // Bag – Mansur Gavriel

On Friday we all went out for a lovely dinner – some great Southern cooking!

JCT dinner

& Other Stories dressDress – & Other Stories (relaxed fit this is a US 8) // Boots – Isabel Marant Otway (eBay) // Bag – Stella McCartney

Pink loafersShoes – TopShop // Jeans – Zara // Shirt – Mango (old)

Zara gingham dressDress – Zara // Espadrilles – & Other Stories

We’re off to the baseball today which is followed by a concert by Chris Stapleton! I cannot wait! What a great double ticket for Memorial Weekend! Enjoy your Holiday Monday in the UK and US!

Outfit round up

I hope you all had a lovely Easter weekend, and if you are in the UK that you are still enjoying your long weekend! We have had a lovely relaxing time – lots of family fun and good food!

On Thursday I headed out with some girlfriends for lunch.

Tippi CollageJeans – Zara (old) // Espadrilles – TopShop (old but similar here) // Jumper – J.Crew Tippi (several colors on sale here) // Bag – Stella McCartney Falabella

We don’t get Good Friday off here but it was still a treat to spend lunch with my husband before the kids got home from school. We only have a week left now before spring break and the beach beckons!

pinstripe CollageJacket – Mango // Boots – Chloé // Jeans – J.Crew // Bag – Proenza Schouler PS1 // Top – Mango (old but similar here)

On Saturday we hung out at home and then went to our favorite Mexican restaurant for lunch. I realized as I looked in the mirror that I was harking back to my days in Notting Hill and channeling the 90s – combat pants, camo and Air Max 95s!

camo CollageTrousers – The Gap (40% off with code PEEP) // Sneakers – Nike AirMax 95s // T-shirt – J.Crew (old) // Bomber jacket – TopShop

Today it’s back in the office, but as I mentioned just 5 days to go before we head to the Gulf Coast! We’re renting a house right on the beach again and the kids can’t wait to pack! We normally take a grill and cook on the beach all week – so much fun – so let’s pray that it stays dry and sunny!

jumpsuit CollageJumpsuit – The Gap (40% off with code PEEP) // Sneakers – Isabel Marant (some colors on sale here) // Bag – Proenza Schouler PS1 // Jacket – Mango (old – similar here)

It’s snowing – let’s get the faux fur coats out quick!

I have previously bemoaned the short winters here in Atlanta. I love winter dressing and try to make the most of the winter months. Today we woke up to unexpected snow flurries so I quickly changed my planned attire (I always select my outfit the night before to prevent harassed mornings!) and grabbed my over the knee boots and faux fur for extra warmth. I love a good faux fur and there is so little opportunity to wear them that perhaps having 3 in my closet is overkill, never mind the AllSaints shearling that made it’s way to my home late last year!

I love faux fur so much I actually have a Pinterest board dedicated to it. In my opinion the blogger Maja Wyh and Kate Moss wear fur the best. They always look incredible and never anything close to a character from Monsters Inc.

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(Images from Pinterest.com)

So here I am today with a hastily thrown together outfit with one of my beloved fur coats – an old Zara one.

Zara fur editedCoat – Zara (old) // Bag – Stella McCartney // Boots – Stuart Weitzman Lowland // Jumper – H&M (in sale)// Scarf – Zara (old) // Leggings – H&M // Lipstick – NARS Liv

Fortunately for those of us still in cold climates many faux fur coats are now in the sale. Here are some of my favorites – just click each image for more details.

VEro moda fur asos

Unreal fur ASOS

Mango leopard fur

Mango faux fur

ink mongolian ASOS

H&M fur 3

H&M fur 2

H&M fur 1

ASOS white fur

striped fur

 

New Year, New Plans, New Books

2016 is going to be the beginning of a decade of travel for our family. We’ve been gradually building to it with longer summer vacations, further afield, and now the kids are turning 10 and 8, we reckon we can resume the some of the adventures we planned pre-kids!

We already have Turkey booked for the summer – lots of travel and Byzantine sites (I have my own personal tour guide in my Husband PhD Ancient History!) and I cannot wait! After this Christmas, we have also planned to travel at this time of year next year. I was so disillusioned with the anti-climax of Christmas Day this year. Probably because we have no family here, but also we consume, relax and gift most of the year these days! We are no longer in a post-War climate where Christmas was once a welcome day of rest, a chance to eat chocolate and forget rations, and enjoy the delights of family! My most favorite day was Christmas Eve when we had our annual visit to Church. Even my agnostic husband is enjoying this trip more and more and values the spirituality, regardless of religion, at this time of year. Next year we plan to be backpacking in Thailand via Hong Kong – well that’s the plan so far…

Oh and last night we went to see Lloyd Cole, which came a close second to my chat with the Father this year. He was epic. I was literally a meter away from him and yes I did yell across a very quiet, singer/songwriter type audience, ‘I LOVE YOU LLOYD!’. He thanked me graciously.

Yes you can hear me singing along…sorry…

Very unflattering photo of myself but we were SUPER excited! I wore the H&M sparkly jumpsuit with my Golden Goose and leather jacket. Lloyd wore a denim suit:)

D and me LLoyd Cole

I have a keepsake too – a guitar pick used by the man himself:)

Finally a few outfits from the holiday – I’ve been rubbish at taking them and to be honest – it’s been quite nice not needing the tripod xx

zaraJeans – Zara // Shoes – Ash // Sweater – H&M (cashmere and now 50% off!) // Jacket – Zara // Bag – PS1

Then later in the day I just switched out the bag and shoes for my Stella McCartney (now 40% off) and my Lowlands.

Lowlands

Sequin trousersTrousers – J.Crew // Shoes – Vince (on sale PLUS an EXTRA 60% off here!) // Bag – Gucci // Top – Mango (on sale here)

Now I’m going to get stuck into this lot.

New books

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)