Monthly Archives: May 2015

My sales edit

Well I have made a couple of purchases so I thought it only fair that I share what I didn’t want to miss out on! I usually use the NAP sale to stock up on great basics and that is what I have done again this time – adding once more to my collection of Splendid t-shirts with these in navy. I have both already in black, grey and white and love them:

The Supima cotton and model blend t-shirt – reduced by 40% from $65 to $39

navy t-shirt

The stretch jersey top reduced by 40% from $95 to $57

Navy top


I have wanted this jumpsuit forever but full price was just a tad too much at $245 – now it is a more palatable $171.50. Their jumpsuits are brilliant for day to nightwear – so comfortable too.



Now for the other bargains that you shouldn’t miss out on. How about that pair of Dicker boots you’ve been lusting after? Now reduced from $650 to $455. Most sizes are out of stock but keep checking back as there will be returns – you can even call NAP and ask to be added to a waiting list for returns.



My Nike Airforce 1s are now just $66.50.



The highly sought after Levi’s 501 CT jeans are reduced from $100 to $70.



I am sorely tempted by the Alexander Wang Chastity tote reduced from $895 to $626.50.



So have you dared to take a peek yet? It really is a fab sale.

As for my recent outfits – they’ve mainly consisted of pool gear – but here’s what I wore for work on Thursday.

Gucci loafersShoes – Gucci // Jeans – MiH Jane jeans (off TheOutnet reduced by 65%) // Top – J.Crew (on sale plus an extra 25% off with SALENEWS)

Then for lunch with a fabulous friend on Friday:

Allsaints dressDress – AllSaints // Boots – Rag & Bone canvas Newbury boot

Tell me what you order if you have a wee splurge at NAP!



The sale we have all been waiting for!

The sale has started!!! 3…2…1…Go!

Net-a-porter sale

Those M&S girlfriend jeans

Wasn’t it just yesterday I was saying I rarely go to the Marks and Spencer site? I must be telling fibs because my order from a few days ago arrived! My jeans that I ordered with 20% off, plus 2 pairs of knickers to qualify for free shipping! It’s all a con – the shipping was probably less than the knickers but I still couldn’t bring myself to pay for shipping!

The jeans are amazing! As everyone has mentioned they fit big! I originally ordered a UK 12 and then in a fit of panic, after reading some reviews, I cancelled the order and reordered a UK 10. I thought I must be mad! Me in a 10? Well I may have lost a few lbs already without the wine, as they fit PERFECTLY! The denim is lovely and stretchy and super soft. I LOVE them.

The styling online is horrendous.

girlfriend jeans


So here is my interpretation:

Marks and Spencer girlfriend jeans Marks and Spencer girlfriend jeansShoes – Zara // Jeans – Marks and Spencer // Top – J.Crew (old)

The jeans are currently £7 off – reduced to £28 with all sizes in stock. Size down a size!

Some more lush shoes!

Marks and Spencer damn you. I rarely browse their site – it’s not very user friendly and their images are totally uninspiring. I can’t even remember why I was on the site – but look what I found – aren’t they beauties?!

The Gillie Lace Up Stiletto – but with a completely bearable heel height. They come in black and neutral. Be quick though as many sizes are already out of stock.

Gillie black Gillie neutral


Okay so now on to what I’ve been wearing – the weather has been pretty mixed here – lots of thunderstorms yesterday so we spent the day watching Hobbit movies – just a fab family day.

white jeans stan smith sneakersTop – Forever 21 (old) // Jeans – J.Crew (30% off with WEEKEND) // Sneakers – Stan Smiths

Today it’s back to the office but my time there is cut short as the kids are on half day camp. They were so excited this morning especially now they get to wake up when they are ready to instead of with an alarm clock at 6am! I love the summers!

Harems 2Shoes – Dolce Vita Haku // Trousers – Mango (old) // Top – AllSaints (old)

That’s all for today – oh except for my new little venture over at – thanks for your support!

Memorial weekend outfits!

I hope you are all having a fabulous weekend! It’s a Bank Holiday in the UK and Memorial weekend here. The kids have finished school and we’ve been at the pool most mornings. We watched and enjoyed the Eurovision even though my kids are totally confused by it – and the atlas will be coming out later so they can fully understand why the Georgia that entered is not our Georgia!

We’re about to go for Mexican and it will be my first true test of not drinking. I’ve made a decision that I am going to abstain and I’m really happy about it, but Mexican with no margarita will be odd to say the least – well the first time anyway 😉 Not sure how long it will last – maybe forever, maybe a year, maybe a month – who knows but I feel the benefits already. It really wasn’t doing anything for my state of mind or waistline.

On Wednesday night I was out on a girls night out and had a lovely time but stayed out way too late!

AllSaints dress and Nine West peep toe Glyn bootiesDress – AllSaints // Booties – Nine West Glyn (on sale and 30% off!)

Also I ended up asking for a photo with Dennis Shroder who was enjoying a quiet moment with a hookah pipe outside a bar. Poor guy – a) I didn’t know who he was at first – but he was obviously a famous dude given the possé of chicks and guys around him, and b) the Hawks had just lost so he probably really did just want to be alone!

Dennis Shroder Hawks basketball

On Thursday my lovely husband took me out for lunch to celebrate the last week of school – long lunches are a thing of the past when the kids are at home – it’ll be picnics at the pool instead!

Zara topTop – Zara // Jeans – Diesel Fayza (massively discounted here) // Booties – Nine West Glynn (yes I have multiple colors – so easy to walk in even with a 3″ heel!)

Finally today and I’m just about to walk out the door for enchiladas – which I’ve sort of earned after a jog with the dogs!

Shorts Clogs – Lotta // Shorts – J.Crew (30% off with code WEEKEND – these are a 29″ and they are so comfy with lots of stretch) // Tunic – J.Crew (on sale plus an extra 30% off with code WEEKEND)

Enjoy the long weekend!!

Best of the Memorial Weekend sales!

To be fair I hadn’t really considered all the sales taking place this weekend. I’ve been more focused on the Eurovision Song Contest taking place today. By the way if anyone can explain how Australia can be included in the ‘Eurovision’ I would love to hear – last time I checked Australia was not in Europe! 😉

Anyway back to the sales – it was actually Sue who reminded me about them all – I got a fairly frantic Facebook message from her yesterday asking me to make a Madewell order for her! They have a sale on plus an extra 30% off using code SWEET. Sue now has this jacket heading to me for an amazing $45 reduced from $138 – apparently it was £140 on NAP in the UK!

Madewell drawstring jacket

I also love this version without the belt massively reduced again from $158.

Madewell quilted jacket

Or how about this kimono jacket? I just love the color reduced from $110.

Madewell kimono jacket

These tops are beautiful and I have the first one here with the eyelet trim.

eyelet hem top

This one is also available in black.

lace top

Next up Asos – 20% off all weekend with code LONGWKND. My cart has these in them right now – I seem to have a thing for off the shoulder tops! What I really want is this one:


Until I find it these are my picks:

striped off the shoulder top

floral top

This is also available in white:

broiderie top

This is also gorgeous in khaki:

peasant top

This Warehouse Gypsy top is available in white too:

Warehouse gypsy top

Finally another striped one which is perfect with denim shorts:

Vero Moda


That should keep you going for now but if you want to do some surfing by the pool this weekend here are some other codes to check out!

Banana Republic // 40% off


Barney’s Warehouse // up to 50% off sitewide

DATE: 5/19 – 5/26

Bloomgindales US, UK, AU // big brown bag sale – 20% off sale


DATE: 5/21-5/25

Boden // 30% off your order + free shipping and returns over $49


DATE: 5/22-5/25

French Connection // 30% off everything


DATE: ends 5/25

J.Crew // 25% off your order


Nordstrom// half-yearly sale, up to 40% off

DATE: 5/20-5/31

Sam Edelman // up to 60% off sitewide + free shipping/ returns

The Body Shop: buy 3 get 3 free + free shipping + free body butter with $60 purchase!

DATE: 5/20-5/25


The Birthday Girl

Yesterday Poppy turned 9! I can’t quite believe I am the mother of a 9 year old. She loves hearing the story of her actual birth and everytime I detail it for her I feel a pang of sadness that it is so long ago – I don’t ever want to forget that day we welcomed our first baby into the world! She made us all wait till 6.30pm – her approx. time of birth – before we could ‘celebrate properly’! Chocolate fudge cake seemed to work well for that little celebration 😉

Birthday Cake

We ended up at Shake Shack for burgers – her favorite place for food, but I am more excited about traveling to NYC 2 weeks today, for a mother/daughter trip to continue her celebrations!

It’s the last week of school now, packed with conferences, school visits and lots of fun for them! It’s Memorial Day this weekend too, so we’re planning a very lazy weekend interspersed with various meals out and mini celebrations to welcome the beginning of summer! I must not forget to stream The Eurovision Song Contest on Saturday – one of my favorite events of the year 😉

Here are my outfits from the past couple of days – I seem to be reaching for the jeans at the moment!

AllSaints topShoes – Vince Claire // Jeans – TopShop Hayden // Top – AllSaints (old)

I love these Vince Claire d’Orsay pumps and the navy snakeskin is now on sale at Nordstrom with 33% off! I am normally a US 8.5 but wear  an 8 in these. Be quick there are several sizes available!

Vince Claire on sale

There are several versions of the Vince Nina on sale too!

Vince Nina snake skin

The nude version is even cheaper here with several sizes in stock.

vince-nina-d-orsay-flats nude

JCrew Regent jacketShoes – Adidas Superstar // Jeans – Diesel Fayza // Jacket – J.Crew linen Regent blazer in Kiwi // T-shirt – Splendid

New sunglasses and new hair

I don’t buy a lot of accessories. I love a great bag, but I hate changing bags daily, so I don’t have too many. I don’t do necklaces, and these days I tend to stick to dainty studs in my ears. The one accessory I do enjoy buying, however, is sunglasses. I have about 10 pairs, which I don’t feel is excessive when I live in Atlanta with sunshine 12 months of the year – even when it’s cold the sun still shines! I tend to spend quite a bit on each pair – thankfully – touch wood – I haven’t lost or broken a pair yet. I’m really short sighted so I also have a couple of pairs of prescription sunglasses. Because I wear glasses for vision I think I am quite fussy about the comfort, weight and shape of glasses – sunglasses and prescription glasses. That’s probably why I always think it’s worth paying a little extra for a great pair. Well now you can have all that and at a great price point too.

Warby Parker started as an online alternative to expensive opticians and now they also have bricks and mortar stores, including one in Atlanta. They offer great quality eyewear at great price points along with the opportunity to do some good too –

“Almost one billion people worldwide lack access to glasses, which means that 15% of the world’s population cannot effectively learn or work. To help address this problem, Warby Parker partners with non-profits like VisionSpring to ensure that for every pair of glasses sold, a pair is distributed to someone in need.”

The other great thing about Warby Parker is that if you have no local store you can order a ‘try on’ kit. They will send you 5 frames to try at home before you make your final decision – how cool is that!?

I had seen this fabulous pair on their Instagram feed the other day, and on Wednesday I stopped by just to try them on…well you know how that goes 😉 I love them – and I now have a pair of super cool sunglasses with polarized lenses for just $95! Mine are the Banks in crystalized ginger – I’d quite like the sea smoke tortoise too which has gorgeous blue and grey shades in it.

Warby Parker Banks Warby Parker Banks


Banks Warby Parker sunglassesYesterday I spent most of the day in hair salons – either for me or the children! It’s exhausting – my husband laughs – but seriously all that talking, washing, dyeing, cutting and then dealing with kids confined in a salon – I was seriously beat last night!

I am still trying to grow mine a little but the fabulous O’Neil at Van Michael salon gave me a great shape and removed my mullet to sharpen it up a little. Lauren at Plum salon then colored it for me – though she deserves double for giving my son the best haircut ever – and believe me he is incapable of sitting still!

AllSaintsSneakers – Nike Air Force 1 // Jeans – J.Crew // T-shirt – AllSaints

HairHave a fabulous Friday – my day consists of housework, a run and then hopefully lunch with my husband! We have only one week left of school so I am trying to enjoy ‘my time’ before ‘summer family time’ kicks in!! x

*this is not a sponsored post – all opinions are my own and I bought the sunglasses!

THAT suede skirt is available online NOW!

Be quick it’ll be gone in a heartbeat – the M&S skirt we’ve all been waiting for is online now in stock in all sizes!

Alexa Chung and Olivia Palermo


Marks and Spencer suede skirt

Jumpsuits – something new and something old

I swear I am getting more and more ruthless with what I order. I haven’t ordered anything recently while bored watching the t.v. – a good sign I think! Whether it is not being bored or not spending I’m pleased! Lighter evenings help – the children are staying up later, everyone is happy and cheerful and I am reading more – all of which is helping my spending habits!

I am also getting far more discerning about what I want to wear – I ask myself more than ‘do I like it?’. I now ask ‘will I enjoy wearing it multiple times?’, ‘will I be bored of it next year?’, ‘does it fit with my style or do I like it because it looks great on someone else?’.

I asked myself all these questions before I ordered this jumpsuit – and it passed the screening criteria. I totally love it – and I smiled as soon as I put it on. I’m wearing a Fr 40. It is 100% cotton and incredibly lightweight so perfect city wear in the summer. It will be coming to NYC with me in June.

Jumpsuit, Isabel Marant, Topshop Jumpsuit, Isabel Marant, TopshopJumpsuit – Étoile Isabel Marant // Sandals – TopShop

You may remember this photo of it I shared on Pinterest that first alerted me to it…

MarantThe other day I wore a jumpsuit from Zara from last year. The perfect example of buying something for the sake of it! I bought it in NYC last June and though I love it, it has sat in my closet with the label on for almost a year!

Zara, jumpsuit, Nine WestJumpsuit – Zara (old) // Shoes – Nine West (old)

Finally here’s my outfit from yesterday – I spent all morning running around from vets and Drs appointments!

Golden Goose, J.Crew, ZaraSneakers – Golden Goose // Jeans – Zara (old) // Top – J.Crew

So come on ‘fess up – how many items do you have sitting in your closet with labels still on them!?