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Yes! It’s the first day of spring today! It feels wonderful here in Atlanta though I have to admit March 20th seems to have arrived extremely quickly. We’ve just had an amazing weekend in Nashville where Poppy was competing in an AllStar Cheer competition so, after a long drive back yesterday, we’re having a lazy Sunday with a late lunch out at our favorite BBQ joint.

I happen to be wearing some of my favorite pants today – they are best described as a harem cargo pant. They were from Zara a couple of years ago and each time I wear them I wonder why I don’t wear them more often. They are really comfortable and the shoe choice is endless. They are easy to dress up or down and wear day to evening. I think they are the perfect spring trouser – lighter weight than jeans and they pair perfectly with flip flops and sandals.

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Here are my picks from lower end high street to high end designer.

In the US The Gap is currently offering 2 day free shipping PLUS 40% off using code FASTBUNNY. I have just ordered these tencel joggers, they also come in navy and black.

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Not cargo pants, but the color is similar at least – I need to throw this jumpsuit in the mix. I have it and adore it and with the 40% off right now it would be foolish to miss out. I love it for traveling in and it is also available in grey and black.

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I love how louche these girlfriend chinos look – perfect paired with sun bleached espadrilles. They are wonderfully soft too.

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Going now with the current trend of the crop kick flare. Sometimes I can’t be faffed with rolling up my pants – or my OCD gets the better of me and I spend far too long rolling and unrolling to get each leg even! These would save me hours over a year ūüôā

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Now onto Mango – so many choices with these being my absolute favorite – a great length and I LOVE the pockets and the wide leg.

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Now I admit I would style these differently but with simple leather flip flops and a plain white tank I think these would be the perfect vacation trouser.

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These are more of a culotte and I love the tie waistband.

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If you have never used Shopbop.com I urge you to check them out. You can check out with your Amazon Prime membership and get free speedy delivery, plus free returns and they offer a huge variety of brands.

These utilitarian Etienne Marcel pants have a slouchy, cropped silhouette with distressing. I LOVE them.

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This pair is cuffed at the ankle if you prefer less harem and more jogger style of pant. They are the NSF cargo pants with a hint of fading.
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Another cuffed version from Velvet, with a tie waist – comfort and style.
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These slouchy Faith Connexion cargo pants in classic camo are fabulous, in the sale and still really pricey!!

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Just love these twill Current / Elliot pants with a slouchy, military-inspired profile. The crossover front is fabulous.

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Finishing with my favorite, which are very similar to the Zara pair I am wearing. These slouchy Citizens of Humanity pants have a military-inspired look with a button fly.

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While we are talking about cargo pants I want to share these fab leather flip flops from The Gap. I love wearing a very simple sandal with cargos, but sometimes a rubber flip flop is just too casual. These flip flops are available in silver, gold, tan, black, blue and pink. I love them all.

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So here I am today on a chillier than desired first day of spring!

Zara cargo pantsTrousers – Zara (old) // Top – AllSaints (old) // Scarf – Zara (old) // Sneakers – Golden Goose

Gorgeousness from The Gap!

I can’t even remember the last time I shopped at The Gap. Probably for denim shorts a couple of years ago. I don’t even know why I headed to their website today – I think it was to look at these fab dungarees, but I got side tracked by their stunning summer tops.

I’ve just ordered these – they are so Isabel Marant – just beautiful colors too.

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This eyelet top is stunning too and I particularly love the grey and the white. In the USA you can get 35% off these today with code STYLE.

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This yoke top is beautiful too and is available in the following four colors.

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I just love this mesh top – so cool paired with denim shorts. It also comes in blue and navy, and a couple of floral prints if that is your thing.

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This off the shoulder top is again 35% off today with code STYLE.

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I love this railroad chambray shirt – a twist on the classic denim shirt.

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While I’m here I spotted this gorgeous new top in Mango – available in black and off white. I need both!

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Finally if you have been lusting after the Mansur Gavriel spring collection of bags they are now back in stock here on Net-A-Porter – be quick they are like gold dust!

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The simple jumpsuit

I have always loved jumpsuits. This time of year is when I most appreciate them. A great jumpsuit can take you from day to night with a simple change of shoes or jacket. I particularly love a great jersey jumpsuit that offers supreme comfort and looks fabulous with sneakers or heels. My favorites are from Splendid and though they are expensive at full price I have been really lucky in the sales on Net-a-Porter.com or on TheOutnet.com. ASOS also offer a reliable, diverse choice of other brands of jumpsuit.

As always browsing on Pinterest has led to trouble. I’ve been lusting after this jumpsuit forever since I saw this image:

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And look what I found on TheOutnet.com just now while writing this post…

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Other Pinterest images that have given me inspiration include the following, demonstrating the humble jumpsuit’s versatility.

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Today I’m wearing my Splendid grey jumpsuit that I got in the sale on NAP over Christmas – it’s the same as the khaki I wore here. I’m afraid my kids have been playing with the camera so all photos are super bright today – sorry – it’s fixed now!

IMG_0916Sneakers – Stan Smiths // Jumpsuit – Splendid // Jacket – Gap (40% off everything with code TREAT) // Bag – H&M

I could easily switch the sneakers for a pair of heels and head out for the evening feeling fabulous.

Just to prove I haven’t given up on the jeans here is my outfit from yesterday.

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 Jumpsuits to try:

Spring Break…at last…

I’ve been looking forward to this break since Spring Break last year. ¬†We had such an amazing time here in Fort Morgan back then that we hit the ‘Easy’ button and booked the same house this year. ¬†As much as we like adventure in the summer, for this week in April there is something lovely and comforting about returning to the same spot. ¬†Less organization is needed and we know exactly what we are going to get. ¬†We leave the nerves, uncertainty and anticipation for the summer travels!

The weather hasn’t cooperated since we arrived on Saturday but my Husband and I have managed a beach run each day, and we took the kids bowling yesterday at the the peak of the storm. ¬†To be fair they haven’t seemed to notice the rain and they’ve been hanging out with the neighbors on the beach most of the time – they were even in the sea at 7am yesterday! ¬†Brrrrr!

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Today the sun is shining and the bikini will be on!

As for getting here – here’s what I chose to wear for our 6hr drive – comfort was key.

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Birkenstocks – Arizona in blue Birkoflor // Shorts – J.Crew // Sweatshirt – Target // Scarf – Gap (old)

And my outfit from my last day at work last week – I LOVED wearing this dress that I got in the sale – so comfortable, and the M&S blazer is awesome. ¬†If you haven’t looked at Mango for a while you should – their new styling is gorgeous as is their new summer collection.

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Boots РIsabel Marant Dicker // Dress РMango (similar here) // Jacket РMarks and Spencer // Bag РYSL Roady

 

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My boot obsession.

You’ve all heard about it before – I love boots. ¬†Can’t get enough boots as far as I am concerned, which is a shame given the climate I live in. ¬†I can only really wear them for 4 months of the year – that was until I discovered my summer boots – the Newbury canvas boot.

Anyway we’re a long way from summer right now and it is wet, wet, wet here in Atlanta – all be it heading up to 70 degrees this afternoon – totally random weather. ¬†Regardless ’tis definitely boot wearing weather, and though most people here drag out their ‘rain boots’ i.e. wellies when it rains I prefer to stick to ankle boots. ¬†For me my wellies will only ever be worn when trampling across muddy fields, avoiding sheep shit, which rarely happens to me these days outside of Lancashire.

Thankfully at this time of year sales are bountiful – especially now retailers are gearing up to clear all their boot inventory ready for sandals hitting the stores in February! ¬†One of my favorite brands is Sam Edelman. ¬†I have a couple of pairs of his Petty boots which I love, plus a pair of Louie boots – I’m a sucker when it comes to a fringe.

Petty boots:

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Louie boots:

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p.s. for you Moms with gorgeous daughters out there Sam Edelman have a range of kids boots that I have never noticed before – I LOVE these for Poppy – also currently on sale!

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LOTS of his dressier boots are currently in the sale and here are my top picks pop pickers…

The Kenley boot – great buckle detail:

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The Mila boot – 50% off and very Isabel Marant – perfect with coated skinnies:

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The Princeton boot – slightly lower but still a rocking boot with the laced back:

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I am OBSESSED with the fringe detail on the Mariel boot!  They are available in a gorgeous cream too.

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Here is another pair that my heart races for – the Martina boot – I adore the corset back of these – 33% off and still plenty of sizes available at Nordstrom. ¬†I might order these just to try…

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And here are my outfits this week – it’s been packed with work, tinsel buying and school projects – oh the glamor. ¬†At least I got to wear an early Xmas present on Monday.

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Coat – Per Una Marks & Spencer // Jumper – Uniqlo men’s cashmere dark grey // Scarf – Uniqlo cashmere // Jeans – Zara Camo jeans (old similar here) // Boots – Black leather Rag & Bone Newbury boot // Glasses – Oliver Peoples Wacks

Tuesday was definitely a day where comfort came first:

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Shirt – The Gap // Scarf – Primark (old) // Jeans – Zara // Boots – Zara (old)

Now off to run more errands while it rains!

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School’s out for Summer!

Yes it is the last day of school today!!! ¬†Early here, but we go back on the 7th August, plus we always seem to finish before Memorial Day which is this Monday, and the unofficial start of Summer. ¬†The pools are open and summer camps begin – the rhythm of life changes. ¬†I love it – less routine, with far lazier starts to the day. ¬†I woke Poppy this morning to the gentle refrain of me singing ‘School’s Out’ – nothing but encouragement to get her out of bed – though, as she had lost a tooth yesterday, she was pretty spritely looking for her gift from the tooth fairy. ¬†Is it wrong that I had to take cash out of her piggy bank for the tooth fairy? ¬†That’s what I call recycling:)

Once she was up, and had written her thank you card for her teacher – she burst into tears poor thing. ¬†I thought she was going to be excited about the end of school, but it must be bittersweet. ¬†The fact she was so sad to finish 1st grade confirms we’ve had a brilliant year, with fabulous friends and a wonderful teacher. ¬†Now I just have to convince her that 2nd grade will be twice as much fun!

 

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Shoes РVince Nina // Trousers РJ.Crew café capris // T-shirt РGap // Jacket РZara (old)

 

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A weekend tinged with sadness.

We adopted Rosie, our Boxer, back in 2001, and we’re guessing she was about 2 years old then. ¬†So we knew the chances of her seeing it into 2014 would be slim – we knew she was slowing down. ¬†On Friday morning, given some symptoms and tests, the vet advised it was her time, so with heavy hearts we said farewell to her. ¬†The end of an era. ¬†Rosie was one of the few constants in our lives over the past 12 years, she was gentle and loyal and we loved her so much. ¬†RIP Rosie xx

Rosie when we adopted here – she had no hair on her back bless her but it all grew back:

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Rosie with MM – living the dream with a t-top Camaro (2002):

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On one of our adventures in North Carolina:

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The children were sad but quite pragmatic so we aimed to keep the weekend as normal as possible. ¬†Yesterday we headed out to the mall and then to their favorite BBQ joint for a treat. ¬†We talked about angels, old dogs and puppies, and now they seem quite at peace with the outcome. ¬†We still have Tennyson here, and Poppy has requested that when we get our next girl dog that she has a tail – so we’re moving on…

It was a gorgeous day so I decided to go full on with the spring attire:)

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Trousers – Zara // Jacket – Zara // T-shirt – Gap // Sneakers – Isabel Marant Bobbys

 

Last night was date night so we toasted Rosie before eating.

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Trousers – Zara // Jacket – Zara // T-Shirt – Express (old) // Shoes – DSW // Cuff – Tiffany¬†(MM bought me this Xmas of 2001 and I’ve no idea why I wear it so rarely!)

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A new jacket.

Sticking with my formula for feeling great, i.e. jeans + jacket, I have been trawling online store fronts, perusing jackets at every opportunity. ¬†I’ve convinced myself that now I know what works for me, at least for daily ease and work attire, surely I can justify more items that adhere to the formula?

This jacket looked NOTHING on the Zara site (a little better now with the new model and styling) Рbut based on plain black jacket I have that is a similar style I decided to try it.  I am so glad I did РI love it!  It is really lightweight and has lovely wide, bracelet length cuffs.  I think the cropped style works great with these Asos Saxby jeans.  The jeans were an absolute bargain and my favorite boyfriend jeans to date.  They have low slung pockets at the back and are loose fitting throughout the leg.  Not too distressed either Рjust enough.  If you use 30ASOSRMN you can get $30 off $150 with free shipping till April 28th.

Oooh and my current favorite nail polish was applied last night РChina Glaze Flip Flop Fantasy that I first saw on Eve on AllWornOutBlog.com.  It is a gorgeous neon peachy pink that glows next to a tan РLOVE it!

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 Jeans РAsos Saxby // Shoes РVince Nina // Jacket РZara // T-shirt РGap sunwashed t-shirt

I wanted to leave you with this – remember the Dove sketch commercial I shared last Friday? ¬†Well Avril sent me the parody that is now circulating – I found it so funny…

 

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Bracing myself…

…for the comments! ¬†The dungarees have entertained several already today. ¬†As I walked into the office MM thought it was hilarious when he showed me where the plumbing was under the sink – in fact he’s just walked out telling me the ‘chickens need feeding’…oh my sides are splitting – what a funny guy.

After Fiona ‘outed’ me a week or so ago I knew I couldn’t wait much longer before giving them their first public appearance. ¬†To clarify – I LOVE them. ¬†I know they’ve been featured on several blogs, and they have been the subject of many fashion articles recently, but I will say I was wearing them way back in 1998 – that’s how ahead of the trend I am:) ¬†I wore a short pair all through my honeymoon in Cyprus – dead sexy! ¬†Aside from being totally on trend right now, I find them super comfortable – jeans with no waistband – perfect!

Will you or won’t you dungaree this summer?

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…And for those doubters out there I discovered they are great for keeping hands warm…

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And just for Fiona and MM, here I am ready for tractor racing – remind me not to stand like this at the bar – or anywhere in public for that matter:

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Dungarees – Asos (similar here) // T-shirt – Gap // Shoes – BCBGeneration

 

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You can’t beat jeans and a jacket.

I don’t know why I don’t just stick to this simple formula:

jeans + jacket = comfort + confidence

Regardless of the type of jeans Рand I have all styles from bell bottoms to skinnies, nothing beats the simplicity of just adding a t-shirt and jacket to provide a relaxed yet pulled together look.  I should remember this every day when I get dressed.  I have a passion for loud, colorful trousers, as you all know, but jeans are my true love and I should never forget that.

Wearing these 501s is so nostalgic for me – they elicit all kinds of emotions when I put them on. ¬†Even though these are newish they take me back to the late 80’s when I would borrow a friend’s pair that were perfectly worn and ripped (I think they were Sara’s that she had ‘borrowed’ off her boyfriend?). ¬†Tightened around the waist with a big leather belt, that needed extra holes back then, I would wear them nearly every weekend in the summer of ’88. ¬†I thought I looked the dogs b*ll*cks in them. ¬†I even remember the green bat wing t-shirt I used to like to wear with them, and I still wear YSL Paris perfume that was my favorite back then. ¬†I can see us all now – Bury Grammar Sixth Form – in our weekend common room at¬†The Hare & Hounds.

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Jeans РLevi 501s // Shoes РTory Burch Eddie flats in musk // T-shirt РGap (now on sale) // Jacket РRiver Island

What clothes are nostalgic for you?

 

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