Tinsel and Twine.

Yesterday was so festive!  After taking Hugh for his haircut, which according to Poppy took ‘soooo loooonnng’, we headed to the Westside Provisions District just down the road from us.  We’re so lucky to live near this area.  When we first arrived in Atlanta the Westside was home to Atlanta’s finest restaurant – Bacchanalia, with it’s store front Star Provisions, – but that was about it.  It is an area of old lofts right next to water works, but with Bacchanalia as it’s cornerstone and fabulous views of downtown Atlanta, it has been revived and invigorated by new stores and restaurants.  It’s where I feel most at home in Atlanta as it reminds me so much of Spitalfields, our home back in London, which was once neglected and now has had almost too much investment in recent years.

Anyway yesterday the Westside hosted ‘Tinsel and Twine‘ with Santa, a capella singers, and just a general festive theme.  We had lunch at Taqueria del Sol and I was thrilled that both children ate chicken tacos – yay more Mexican eateries for us:)

The usual shenanigans at the dinner table:


Poppy and Hugh were enthralled by the singers:


I wore my festive colors (unintentional I have to say) – the coated trousers are H&M, paired with a long line tank, also H&M, layered under the AllSaints Char jumper (this is the closest I could find though mine isn’t cropped).  The scarf is Zara and the sneakers are the Ash Alex.


Here’s me trying to get MM to take a quick photo, as people crossing the bridge wait impatiently!:



In the evening MM and I went back to the Westside for a bite to eat before heading off to the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra to listen to Handel’s Messiah.  The tickets were a lovely surprise from MM in the lead up to Christmas.  All I can say is amazing.  I blubbed my way through much of it.  I feel like I’m still teetering on the brink of a meltdown after the events of Friday.  Many of those children were born in 2006, like Poppy, and it has really hit me hard.  It felt good to shed some tears for all those grieving parents and say a little prayer while listening to some moving music.


I managed to persuade MM to take a photo of me – I didn’t get the memo about wearing red and black – EVERYONE else was in their festive colors!  I wore my Dorothy Perkins coated jeggings – these are the most amazing, sexy feeling leggings and are currently reduced to $29.  The sleeveless top is H&M, worn with my Zara jacket and Nine West Blissfully shoes (currently reduced here on Zappos.com) – the bag is the YSL Roady – we were in such a hurry to get out once the babysitter arrived that I didn’t have chance to downsize!

How are you all getting in the festive spirit?

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9 thoughts on “Tinsel and Twine.

    1. Poppy's Style Post author

      Hello lovely – I went with my usual size – a 6 – they are a little stretchy with an elastic waist but I was surprised how narrow the legs are – I wouldn’t size down…I love them though and they feel really dressy! Off to the gym now so I don’t have to hold my breath when wearing them:) xx

  1. Diane

    Looking lovely as usual, loving the jacket so much so I have just ordered one off the Zara website. Great to get into the festive spirit by doing something really traditional. I love the Xmas markets in Manchester and am planning on taking the kids next Saturday. You can’t help but be anything other than devastated by the events at the primary school in America, I too have a 7year old and the thought of any child going through what they did is horrific, the bravery of the staff (the lady who hid her class in a store cupboard and who told the gun man that the children were in the gym before he shot her dead and moved on is just tragic). At times like this it just makes you all the more thankful for what you have.
    Take care


    1. Poppy's Style Post author

      Oooh good for you Diane – I am sure you will love it – it’s a great price and looks to me far more expensive. Enjoy the market! I am now staying away from stores – it’s bedlam here….

  2. Marlene @ chocolatecookiesandcandies

    The shooting had been blubbering as well. I hugged Lil L tighter and more often over the past couple of days. I LOOOVE your last outfit. Beyond chic. I’ve been dying to get a pair of leather jeggings but heck, they’re so expensive so these coated ones may do the trick.

    1. Poppy's Style Post author

      The leggings are fab and Kat doesmybumlook40 first alerted me to them – I noticed DP have a further sale on today too! Go for it!

    2. Poppy's Style Post author

      p.s. Zara have some leather leggings too and AllSaints’ leather trousers are fabulous if you do want a splurge…

  3. Jody Brettkelly

    You look fab in both those outfits. Love the wine colour trousers and then the bright red of the straps of sneaker shoes. Loving the pics of your cutie pies – their red graphic lunch matches their clothes – you clever you. (yes, i worked at Spitalfields in a newspaper, Farringdon actually, and found it unrecognisable from when it was the meatworks.

    1. Poppy's Style Post author

      Much of London is unrecognizable to me these days – it’s odd feeling like a foreigner there when I go back these days…


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