My sister is 40!

So my sister had her big 4-0 yesterday and we celebrated in style.  Firstly we had an amazing day out with her and her boys at Tatton Park.  I can’t recommend it highly enough to anyone in the North West.  An amazing open space with great play areas – including zip lines, picnic areas, deer roaming, plus the kids loved the low flying planes from Manchester Airport!

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Dress – Label Lab House of Fraser (reduced to £17.50) // Shoes – Ancient Greek // Cardigan – J.Crew (Already reduced and now an extra 30% off in the US with HISUMMER)

Today Louise and I had some much needed (sort of) child free time shopping and dining in Manchester.  I love shopping in Manchester these days – it’s really cleaned up a lot and it is so easy to get there via public transport, meaning a bottle of prosecco is available to us:)  We started in AllSaints where their clearance has just started.  I found myself in love with this Lucie top.  I bought it in navy which I can’t see on the website sorry!


Then it was off to Selfridges where I knew exactly what I was hunting.  A size 3 in this beauty – the Keepa Regency print t-shirt – it is now reduced to £32.

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Louise and I both came away with the scarf in the same print too – just £33 in the sale, reduced from £65.


I had to be dragged away from these two gorgeous dresses – the prints are just divine!

The Redosie:


The Rowzey:


My gorgeous sister modeling scarves:


After Mimosas at the bar in Selfridges we headed to Marks and Spencer.  If you have one locally go and check out their jewelry in the sale – Louise and I picked up some beautiful statement necklaces, but there are none left online at all!  Of course I picked up some underwear while I was there too – it just wouldn’t be a trip to Markses without some new no vpl knickers!

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Before we headed for lunch this little number worked it’s way into my hands.  I just love it – you know me and patterns!  it also just happens to be called the Holiday Poppy t-shirt🙂


So not bad all in all – and also quite restrained for sale shopping over here where I tend to go crazy over my beloved UK brands!  Louise had a good haul too with sandals and a couple of Zara jackets in addition to her scarf.

All shopped out, we headed for lunch to Harvey Nicks where they were just lovely and Louise even got a little birthday dessert.

Of course we drank Prosecco, and I’m wearing a new M&S treasure.

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Shoes – Nine West Oslo // Jumpsuit – Zara // Denim jacket – J.Crew (30% off with HISUMMER in the US) // Bag – Boden

Happy 40th Louise!  xx



19 thoughts on “My sister is 40!

  1. Justin Webb

    Great blog post! Weird to think of you in Manchester right now, back home and STILL shopping! You’re right, the city has come on in leaps and bounds in recent years in terms of fashion – perhapa responding to our arrival? Will you have any time to visit your favourite Mancunian mall while you’re here?! Justin @ intu Trafford Centre

    1. Poppy's Style Post author

      I was born to shop Justin! We were hoping to get to the Trafford Centre yesterday – my Dad is dying to investigate the John Lewis sale! Unfortunately Manchester is just so much easier when you want to have a glass of bubbly – maybe you can build a tram line extension to the Trafford Centre from Bury? Just a thought:) Not sure how I feel about you reading about my knicker purchases lol:)

  2. Schoolrunstyle Mum

    Looks like a dream couple of days, time with the kids then time by yourselves shopping and having a few glasses of Prosecco..a perfect balance. You look fab in your jumpsuit Joanna love it with the red/orange sandals and denim and your sis looks about 32! Wishing her a very Happy Birthday xx

    1. Poppy's Style Post author

      She hasn’t aged at all even after 2 kids:) I can’t wait till we can do it again I so rarely get to spend time with her and having a special occasion to celebrate makes it even more fun! x

    1. Poppy's Style Post author

      It was a fabulous day Donna – next time when I’m not celebrating 40ths etc. we need to meet up!! I can lead you astray;) I didn’t get to see Sue or Liz this trip – too little time:(

  3. Fiona Blake

    Happy birthday to your sister! She looks about 30!
    I LOVE the orange sandals in the last pic with the black and denim and your neon cardigan over the maxi – gorgeous!

    1. Poppy's Style Post author

      She does – she’s not aged one bit! Glad you like my ‘pops of color’ lol #bloggerspeak x

  4. Amy


    Love your blog, fashion and style!

    Wonderful trip to England and pictures of you and your sister on the occasion of her 40th Birthday. You need to take her to just one more place so she can be as trendy as you, i.e., Blue Banana, to have her nose pierced. I had my nose pierced there when I visited England. They were extremely professional and made it a wonderful memorable experience. In addition, they make the most lovely custom diamond nose studs that I highly recommend.

    Your sis has a cute nose and would totally adorable like her big sister with a little diamond nose stud or ring.


    1. Poppy's Style Post author

      Thank you Amy!! I think my sister is a little more elegant/conservative than me – not that nose piercings can’t be elegant but her boss might not approve – she works in finance where these things aren’t tolerated as much as in my line of business! Thank you for your lovely comment!

    1. Poppy's Style Post author

      My sister is gorgeous – I love spending time with her – we get on like never before – must be our age lol:) x

  5. Diane

    Glad you’re having a great time Joanna. Tatton park is fab, I especially love going there at christmas. You seem to have been quite restrained with the shopping too!!!
    Carry on having an amazing time

    1. Poppy's Style Post author

      Fairly restrained Diane;) We’re off to my FILs on Tuesday so excited to continue our adventure! xx

  6. fashion40ish

    How lovely. You both look under 40!! Thanks for the tip-off about Tatton. I am about an hour away and never think of going there. I will have to change that! H xx

  7. glamrosie

    Hello fello ‘No VPL’ lover!!! Goodness I love those M&S pants!!! Sounds like a brilliant day and that Poppy t-shirt is gorgeous. I look forward to seeing you in it.x

  8. In Mama's Wardrobe

    Happy 40th to your Sis! How wonderful to spend a girly day together! Love the scarf, its just beautiful & I can see why you love those dresses as they are so you! Love your sandals in this colour too & they look great with the all black outfit! Ax

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