My 42nd birthday!

I had the most amazing day yesterday – packed full of everything I love – from a good, leisurely work out, to great burgers and margaritas, to a wonderful dinner out, all in the company of my wonderful family.

My Husband is becoming quite a pro at  choosing great birthday cards.  As one of my friends said it really is a gift to have the patience to search through sappy cards for the perfect card for the recipient!  If you haven’t seen the Honey Badger viral video this won’t mean anything to you!

birthday card


After an indulgent glass of prosecco we headed off for a leisurely lunch at our favorite burger joint. It was hot as hades here yesterday so I decided to wear my TopShop cami for the first time.  I really do love the cut and fabric of these tops and I’ll be buying more – they drape perfectly with no clinging.  I was switched on to them by lovely Eve at AllWornOut and Jane at MyMidlifeFashion.  Fortunately TopShop is now easily available here from Nordstrom!  The creases fell out as soon as it was exposed to the Atlanta humidity!

Top – TopShop Cami // Skirt – J.Crew Factory (old) // Sandals – Zara

Aug 10th


Later that evening my Husband took me to The Optimist for the first time.  What an amazing restaurant.  It was busy so the service was a little tardy but we were in no hurry and I relished my oysters!  It’s a huge, open restaurant and I loved the noise created by the acoustics.  In a strange way it reminded me of Harrods food hall or even Quaglinos, though I haven’t been there since the early 90s!





I felt fabulous in my Zara flowing jumpsuit (sold out but similar here).  I actually bought this and returned it once thinking I’d never wear it – but it was such a perfect fit I re-bought it and I am so glad I did!  I went full ’70s for this baby of August ’71 with big hair and white heels (now on sale here!).

Jumpsuit Aug 10th


So that’s the birthday done and dusted for another year – here’s to a great one – and happy birthday to all my fellow Leos!

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24 thoughts on “My 42nd birthday!

    1. Poppy's Style Post author

      Try the large!!! You look tiny – I think you think you are bigger than you really are!! This is a medium I wore last night so I think they are on the bigger size for Zara! I felt fabulous – thank you:) xx

    1. Poppy's Style Post author

      Thank you Mhairi! I loved wearing it – it was so comfortable and surprisingly easy for the loo:) I felt very glam in it and I’ve fallen in love with red lips all over again – I used to wear an Estee Lauder red lipstick all the time in my early 20s!

  1. schoolgatestyle

    Happy Birthday Joanna – you looked amazing on your birthday night. That jumpsuit fits you perfectly – stunning! Hope you’re enjoying your birthday boxing day today! xx

    1. Poppy's Style Post author

      Thanks Avril! I fell fabulous – the bubbles helped too:) I’m so glad I re-bought this jumpsuit – I think I’ll wear it more than I anticipated given all the compliments I’ve had:) A little tired today to say the least!

    1. Poppy's Style Post author

      Oh Fiona – you ooze compliments!!! Wow – thank you! I guess you just know when something hits the mark. I’m really enjoying my longer hair too and decided to scrunch it with the diffuser yesterday – a bit of a risk doing it for the first time before a night out! I little tired today I have to say…not much going on here except holding the sofa down watching t.v.!

    1. Poppy's Style Post author

      Hi Melissa – it does seem to have grown fast – I feel like I’m already out of the awkward stage – I take prenatals and biotin every day which may or may not help – my nails are definitely stronger. I think the sun on vacation may have helped too!

  2. Diane

    Happy Birthday Joanna, that jumpsuit is fab! Glad you had a great Day, here’s to many more fab birthdays and outfits!

  3. Sue

    You look gorgeous and to borrow Fiona’s word “radiant”. I can’t believe you sent the jumpsuit back but can believe you re-bought it – it’s a perfect fit. I’m so glad you had such a wonderful day.

    1. Poppy's Style Post author

      Thanks Sue! I felt great in it too – and a new hairstyle does wonders! I used some Bumble & Bumble sea spray on it to get a beachy feel – it is on my new must have beauty item list!

  4. Eve WornOut

    I love the jumpsuit on you. It looks really great. Did you get the black harem one too? Hope you had a great night! So pleased you’ve tried the TS camis. Can I see the fluro leopard one hanging behind you? I love it even though I saw six other women in it when I went to the Wireless festival!

    1. Poppy's Style Post author

      Thanks Eve! Yes I did get the harem one too – saving that for our anniversary dinner in September! Errr not the tank behind me – it’s the tunic dress – I have the trousers too! I love the print but think I have enough now with those 2 items:) Just got another couple of plain camis though in the sale at Nordstrom!

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