Monthly Archives: June 2015

Our first full day in Istanbul

We arrived late last night and Poppy, Hugh and I were thrilled to be reunited with their Daddy! He had arrived a day earlier to indulge in a little Byzantine culture – our first trip here 24 years ago was to aid his PhD in Ancient History – but we happened to fall in love too. Istanbul is a very special place for us and I am quite surprised it’s taken us so long to get back here!

We were super excited at Manchester airport – Turkish Airlines are one of the best, if not the best airline I have ever flown on!

IMG_3082Poppy’s Hat – Accessorize // My hat – AccessorizeIMG_3087Shoes – Ancient Greek // Shorts – J.Crew (now on sale reduced from $75 to $44.99) // Top – Mango

This morning we began the day with a trip to the Grand Bazaar where Poppy became the only person I know to get something for free instead of having to barter! She is in her element here – people are SO friendly and she is chatting everyone up a storm with her pidgin Turkish!

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With her gifted scarf – just for being cute!


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Now 50% off at Mango – I’m all about the sunglasses!

Thank goodness Mango announced their 50% off everything today! I was so close to hitting the order button last night but decided to sleep on it! Sometimes taking a breath pays off!

So what was I after? Well I have long ago told you about my obsession with sunglasses. I wear them everyday – summer through winter. Jack Nicholson once famously said “With my sunglasses on, I’m Jack Nicholson. Without them, I’m fat and 60.” I guess I have a similar philosophy!

Each year I treat myself to an expensive pair of sunglasses – I am fortunate that, touch wood, I haven’t lost or broken any yet. This year I spent more than $300 on my Oliver Peoples Ria glasses that I adore. However, I also love fun and funky sunglasses. For these ‘trendier’ pieces I prefer not to pay so much. I was desperately looking for some fab cat eye sunglasses – a shape that I rarely wear – normally I go for large rounder glasses – like the Ria or traditional aviators. I had seen a few in TopShop and H&M but to be fair you really get what you pay for which is not much – cheap plastic frames with lenses that are marked and smeared form the numerous people trying them in store. Unfortunately I was less than impressed with them in real life. Then whilst in Mango I spotted these beauties. (UK here and US here).

mixed sunglasses

Mango sunglassesThey are acetate frames and so comfortable – I also love the fact that they are black but with tortoiseshell arms – I never know which to buy normally! Now everything at Mango is 50% off as of today and I have been scanning their online selection to maybe add more to my collection. Here are my picks!

I absolutely love this classic tortoiseshell cat eye – so feminine. (UK here and US here).

ts cateyeI love the frames on this slightly heavier pair – the color and pattern is perfect for a brunette or blonde. (UK here and US here).

tortoishellI fell in love with the Prada 06rs round glasses but really didn’t want to spend $300 on another pair of sunglasses this year – these fit the bill nicely (UK here and US here).

round tsThis red pair are super fun – just LOVE them. So fab for on the beach on vacation. Here in the UK and here in the US.

red cateyeAnother great fun pair for vacation – classy but with a little eccentric twist.  

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These remind me of my Warby Parker Banks only for a 1/5 of the price. (UK here and US here).

heavy black cateyeThese are possibly my favorite and they are very Prada-esque – a classic black cat eye. (UK here and US here).

cat eye blackAs are these – another great tribute to the Prada 06rs.

black roundHere’s another twist on the cat eye with metal detailing – again I can only find these on the UK site here.

black cateyeSo which are your favorites? At 50% off they are all great for $20 or less! Especially given they are acetate and so comfortable – they really look like they are a much higher price point. My only gripe is that mine didn’t come with a glasses case – why not? How can you care for glasses without a case? Looks like I’ll have to buy a few soft cases off!


A blogger meetup in Manchester

Yesterday I headed into Manchester to meet my gorgeous friends Sue (, Becky ( and Helen ( We had the most brilliant time catching up and having a good natter over lunch in Selfridges. I really wish I was around more often to see them – it is good for the soul. When I started blogging I would never have believed that I would make new lifelong friends.

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I was quite cunning too and arrived a little early so that I could meander around the Arndale Centre first. I may have bought the shoes I was lusting after the other day.

IMG_2943 IMG_2944Shoes – TopShop // Jeans – J.Crew // Top – AllSaints

Off now to enjoy the rare sunshine!

My first few days in the UK!

I’m so excited that I am starting blogging! I’ve now been in the UK for 5 days – the weather has not been great but is slowly improving.

The other day we went for a long walk. Hugh and I were not very prepared for the colder, damper climate. I wore a Zara jumpsuit which I bought with my Mom in New York. I love this jumpsuit as it makes me feel summery. I love the pattern and colors on it. It’s now available in the sale at just $29.99!

DSC_0667Yesterday we went to Blackpool in search of the sun, and we found it! Once again I wore a Zara jumpsuit. I love jumpsuits because they are versatile, and they feel summery even when you need long trousers. The only problem is it takes longer to go to the restroom! This jumpsuit is now on sale at $25.99!

DSC_0783 DSC_0787Today I was planning on going to Manchester with my Mom. However, I changed my mind and decided to stay home and play with my cousin, Alice. It was a beautiful day and I decided to wear a summer dress from Zara. I love wearing this dress with or without the belt. I am wearing Avarcas Pons sandals which fit lovely and don’t fall off my feet. They have no seams or stitching so don’t rub my feet.


Midsummers Day

We had a wonderful day yesterday spending time with my sister’s family. She has 2 young boys who Poppy and Hugh love playing with. The weather behaved for us too in the end, and we had a lovely summer’s afternoon.

DSC_0572 DSC_0591 DSC_0597 DSC_0616Today we walked round a local reservoir – The Wayoh – with my brother and his family. His daughter, Alice, is a hoot – non stop chatter and she smothers us in kisses and hugs – she’s my kinda girl! Of course the 3 of us Americans were completely unprepared – no waterproofs and no walking shoes – but we survived!

DSC_0643 DSC_0645 DSC_0654 DSC_0659 DSC_0718 DSC_0723Jeans – J.Crew // Top – AllSaints // Sneakers – Nike // Body Warmer – Mum’s // Scarf – Primark (old)

We’re off on another magical adventure tomorrow, and then I’ll be shopping in Manchester on Tuesday – hooray! We’re meeting up with some of my lovely UK blogging friends and I can’t wait to see them. I also can’t wait to get into TopShop to try these beauties on!

The Nadia in tan or black – personally I am loving the tan – very good tribute to the Chloés and I love the heel detail.

Nadia black Nadia tan


And the Kaiser – comes in tan, black and silver. Again I love the tan. These are my favorite lace/tie flats that I have seen. I love the fact there is no lacing over the foot – very simple and elegant. Almost like a Vince Nina with ties!

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Finally a little announcement. Many of you will have noticed that Poppy (the blog is named after her), my 9 year old daughter has a keen interest in fashion too. Well we decided it is time that she contributes to the blog given how many of you have daughter’s of a similar age. So watch out this week for a new page appearing on the menu above. Poppy will be posting a favorite outfit of the week along with a little explanation of why she loves it. I sense a blogging coup if I’m not careful 😉

Poppy in ZaraDress – Zara (now on sale)

We’re here!

We have arrived! Unfortunately you would never know it is midsummer here! Bury has not let us down and it is predictably cloudy and damp. Never mind it gives me an excuse to eat warm pasties!



IMG_2905On my arrival I had to chase my package. I had ordered my Golden Goose in the sale before I left, hoping they would be here on my arrival. For some reason they took far longer and it was incredibly frustrating as no one at could tell me what the problem was. Well their customer care supervisor eventually got on the case and they managed to get them shipped to me overnight last night. I totally flippin’ love them – worth the frustrating wait. These are a Eur 39 and they are true to size fitting perfectly.

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Golden GooseToday we’re having a little family get together. It was to be a BBQ outside but, well, err it’s raining. So this morning we headed to Bolton to get some goodies from M&S food hall. Poppy held her Nanna to her promise of a belated birthday present and came home with this gorgeous outfit. The bonus for Nanna was that all kidswear is currently 20% off. She’s perfecting her ‘blogger pose’ – my work is almost done 😉



If anyone sees the sun please send it up to Bury.

All packed and ready to go!

Bury, Istanbul and N.Cyprus here we come!

Splendid jumpsuit


AllSaints jacketJumpsuit – Splendid (on sale at NAP UK here US here I’m wearing a medium) // Shoes – River Island // Hoodie – AllSaints (medium) // Scarf – Primark (old)

Sales alert – Golden Goose!

Golden Goose are on sale here. There are some gorgeous styles included in the sale and ship globally with DDP in the US – a huge bonus! They are so much cheaper than buying here in the US. This glitter pair are $603 at Nordstrom – just $233 via (part of YOOX) or £207 in the UK.

Glitter Golden Goose

My picks of the UK NAP sale!

So you had to wait a little longer than us over in the US for the NAP sale to start, but in my opinion you have a far better selection of great pieces to choose from!

Obviously my first picks are always the Rag & Bone boots – I just adore them.

Size up for the Harrow boot – reduced from £460 to £322

Rag and BoneThe classic Newbury boot is reduced from £395 to £276.50

Rag and Bone NewburyPlus my favorite leopard print pair are reduced from £470 to £329

newbury leopardAs for bags these are my favorites:

I love this gorgeous cross body bag from McQ by Alexander McQueen – now reduced by 40% – such an classic.

McQueenThe Aster bag from See by Chloé is just a gorgeous simple classic.

SeeOff course you can’t go without checking out the Isabel Marant on sale too! I just adore this top – perfect for vacation – even more so now it is reduced by 30%!

Isabel marant topI’m tempted to order this dress and have it delivered to my Mum and Dad’s! I bet they’ve never had so many deliveries!

DressSo what has tempted you in the NAP sale? – It’s like Christmas morning in June!

My last day in the office today and I am wearing possibly my favorite footwear! The best part of the dress is the cape at the back – I’m a Superhero for the day!

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GoldenGooseDress – AllSaints (last year) // Shoes – Golden Goose (similar on sale here) // Bag – Alexander Wang Rocco (similar on sale here)

Shoe sales!

I wasn’t planning on making any purchases in the sales especially with heading on vacation this week. Well major fail – I have, as always, been tempted. You won’t be surprised that all my purchases are footwear. Shoes maketh the outfit!

Firstly check out They have Golden Goose marked down to £156.00 – SO much cheaper than the US and they will ship to the US DDP. I have ordered these that will hopefully be waiting at my Mum and Dad’s on my arrival!Golden Goose

I received my Vince Ninas in indigo (also available in nude) the other day – they are totally gorgeous as expected and they are now marked down further to $151 at Saks.


I’ve also found the snake print version on sale at Revolve Clothing! Most other stores still have these marked full price at $350!


Finally one not to be missed – Rag & Bone have an extra 25% off sale prices – ends today so be quick! Just use HURRAH25 at checkout for Newbury boots less than $200! Crazy!


The tan Newbury are marked at $370 but when you put them in the cart they are showing $265 – lots of sizes left! Then just apply your HURRAH25 to get them less than $200!

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I have the leopard print boot – they were a Christmas present from my husband. Now marked down to $300 with an extra 25% off using HURRAH25!

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So do you have as much will power as me? 😉

And finally my outfit today – thank goodness for AC – it’s in the 90s!

denim culottesCulottes – Zara // Peep toe boots – Nine West (on sale here) // T-shirt – J.Crew (in sale plus an extra 50% off with GOSHOPPING)