Where do I start?!

What an amazing week it has been!  Lots of shopping, lunches, and FAR too much prosecco! After recovering from jetlag and a trip to the soft play center with my nephews, my Mum, my sister and I headed to Manchester on Thursday.  I love shopping in Manchester – it is great to be outside instead of a mall, and the sun shone for us all day.  I am really impressed with how they have cleaned up the city center and even the Arndale is a pleasant experience these days.  AllSaints was my first port of call and I cannot say enough great things about the staff there.  They were brilliant and really helpful. I love the Emi Freesia top that continues to feed my black and navy obsession:

Emi Fressia top

The Tiko t-shirt is a classic AllSaints draped cut – perfect for spring.


The Leyla t-shirt is beautiful – I have the dark grey with navy sleeves – really soft and drapey and it feels fabulous on.


We then headed to M&S, of course!  I was not planning on buying anything…but then my sister spotted these lovelies.  I love a biker boot and these are really ‘neat’ looking – the sole isn’t too heavy – plus 20% off – a bargain!

biker boots

Then a lovely dress.  Remember this VB dress?  I loved it, most hated it.

VB dress

The Limited range has this quilted dress, tailored for the high street.  I tried a UK10 and a 14 in store – too small and too big, but the 12 is perfect – I will love it with some sun on my skin!

Quilted dress

This photo is not the most flattering – it makes me look like I have no shape – but I assure you the drop waist is fab and it gives me shape around my backside from the back and sides.  I’m really happy with it.


I came away from M&S really impressed – it’s a long time since so much has appealed to me.

Finally I stocked up on my Molton Brown body wash – this Bushukan scent is sold as a men’s fragrance here but it is wonderful and works for us ladies who prefer scents without too many floral notes.  The scent lasts all day – I just love it.


Not a bad haul hey?  The great news is after playing mule for some friends here I have plenty of space in my bags now I’ve handed their goods over!

The best bit of the whole day though was lunch in Harvey Nicks.


I’ll leave my weekend shenanigans to another blogpost – needless to say it was fun and prosecco fueled!  Here’s an amazing photo that my very kind friend, Marlene from www.chocolatecookiesandcandies.com took – what a great souvenir to have!

 Joanna London

Jacket – AllSaints // Top – AllSaints // Jeans – JBrand leather jeans // Boots – Navy Newbury boots (out of shot)

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23 thoughts on “Where do I start?!

  1. Keri Gray

    Lovely photo of your mum and sister in Harvey Nic’s Manchester!

    I’ve only moved as far as Dorset and miss Liverpool and Manchester city centers sooo much – so it must be a nice treat for you to be ‘home’!

    I for one adore that Marksies dress on you – great purchase.

    Enjoy the rest of your UK trip.

    1. Poppy's Style Post author

      Aw thank you Keri! I bet Dorset feels as different from ‘up North’ as Atlanta does:) Off back home on Wednesday – missing my crew so much now…but a great trip! x

  2. mymidlifefashion

    Loving all the new purchases Joanna, I’ve tried the M&S dress on but sadly the colour did nothing for me which is a shame as I love the style. It sounds as if you’ve had an amazing trip back including all the bubbles on Saturday!! Hopefully next time we can finally meet!
    Jane xx

    1. Poppy's Style Post author

      I was worried about the color too – a bit draining – but that’s why I am hoping with a good tan after spring break it will work better for me…I love the style so much I’m keeping it. Limited have some other amazing drop waisted dresses too – I was so impressed x

  3. Fiona

    You looked amazing on Saturday Joanna, it was a complete blast spending the day and night with you – I am already excited at round 2 in July but will need that long to recover!!!!!

    1. Poppy's Style Post author

      Oh and I looked really hot on Sunday too – NOT. Love you like a sister – I can’t believe how close we’ve all become via tinternet – what lucky ladies we are! xx

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    1. Poppy's Style Post author

      Indeed! Shopping, London, Annabels!! I have some fun stories to tell – but that’s what traveling is all about – it’s quite a lovely feeling visiting London – so familiar yet so strange. Come with us next time!! xx

  5. Michelle Lee (MyFashionable40s)

    The beginning is a very good place to start! Lovely to hear all about your trip home and lest not forget….all your fantastic new purchases too!
    It was amazing to meet you, I had the best time ever! You are totally ace and it goes without saying I am looking forward to the next time :0) xx

    1. Poppy's Style Post author

      You are such a beautiful lady Michelle – still stunned by your beauty and those damn eyes!!!! Had a great time too – I’d love to have spent more time with everyone – these types of days are very special to me living so far away. I need my Brits to keep me grounded! Love you and see you when I’m back! xxx

  6. iwontwearsludgebrown

    Proper legend you are Joanna. Loved meeting you in the flesh. Hope we can get together in June for an hour or two. Love all your purchases. Amazing what a tan and a bit of lippy can do to lift a colour. Safe journey home on Wednesday. Donna xx

    1. Poppy's Style Post author

      ‘Proper legend’ – love it – that will be my epitaph lol! It was a joy to sit and chat with you – you’re a lovely warm genuine person – my type of lady:) Love you and see you when I’m back! xx

  7. ASH

    You look amazing as always 🙂 So pleased you had a good time & found some great buys. Loving that Freesia All Saints top and what a lovely pic of you in it! xx

    1. Poppy's Style Post author

      It’s a great top – going to try hand washing though as the label says bloody dry clean only!!! Please come next time! I’d love to meet you in person lovely lady xx

  8. Schoolrunstyle

    So fantastic meeting you on Saturday, you are such fabulous company and completely glamorous, I soooo love your leather trousers…a pair of them and Marlene’s handbag and I would be one happy lady! It goes without saying I adore the big VB dress and your M&S one looks gorgeous on, will be super in the summer and the shape is fab. So look forward to the next meet up! xxx

    1. Poppy's Style Post author

      Frances you are as gorgeous in person as I thought you’d be – more so in fact! So easy and lovely to chat with you – it’s times like this I wish I was here more often. I’ve made some amazing friends through blogging and I wish I could see you all more often! xx

    1. Poppy's Style Post author

      Iva – that is one of the loveliest things to say – I love to take risks – sometimes they work sometimes they don’t! I bought the Gap chinos btw after seeing you in them and I’ve NEVER bought chinos before but I love them! xx

  9. fashion40ish

    Your antics are now legendary and I would love to meet you someday. I can’t promise that I have a huge capacity for prosecco but I would have a bloody good try! I have loved hearing all about the weekend shenanigans and the photos are wonderful. Safe journeying and I am loving your’ blog posts. H xx

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