Monthly Archives: June 2015

Preparing for our vacation!

Yes it’s that time of year again! It sure rolls around quickly once the children have finished school! Next week I take them back to England to see my family – always fun for the children to catch up with their cousins. I just hope the weather cooperates so they can play outside. It will also help with the challenge of packing for 2 climates, as after England, we are off to Istanbul and N.Cyprus – not known for their unpredictable weather – it will be predictably scorcchio.

Right now Poppy has a pile of clothes the same size as my pile – not bad going for a 9 year old. I think we may have to adapt from ‘what I want to take’ to ‘what I need to take’ – especially as I will be lugging luggage around by myself until my husband joins us!

Before I share my recent outfits I wanted to let you know that the Vince Nina shoes at Saks have been further reduced to $151 – a steal for a fabulous pair of flats! My indigo pair arrives tomorrow and I called them this morning to apply the new price instead of returning and reordering – always worth checking first as most stores will price match within 10 days of an order being placed.

Vince Nina indigo


So here’s what I’ve been wearing this week before a quick change into pool gear in the afternoons!

J.Crew jeansJeans – J.Crew // Shoes – Nine West (old) // Shirt – J.Crew (on sale plus an extra 30% off with SHOPSALE) // Bag – Alexander Wang Rocco (similar here discounted on and here in the UK)

J.Crew jeans, Zara denim top, Alexander Wang RoccoShoes – Nine West (old) // Jeans – J.Crew (in sale PLUS an extra 60% off with SHOPSALE code) // Top – Zara // Bag – Alexander Wang Rocco (similar here on sale)

Warby Parker BanksShorts – J.Crew // T-shirt – ASOS // Sneakers – Adidas (old) // Sunglasses – Warby Parker


Our AC decided to pack in on the hottest weekend of the year so far. Needless to say we spent all our time by the pool cooling down and then in comfy cool clothes at home. We had to go underground and relax in our tv room in the basement – we have lots of windows on our main floor and it was like a furnace! Blow drying my hair this morning was no fun – thank goodness for the cool blast button!

dungarees 1 dungarees 2Shoes – Vince Nina // Dungarees – H&M // T-shirt – Zara (old) // Bag – Alexander Wang Rocco

I was tempted to stay in the car with the AC on full blast – the first time I’ve not wilted this weekend!

Warby Parker BanksSunglasses – Warby Parker Banks

If you love the Vince Nina shoes as much as I do then hurry over to Saks where the indigo and nude snakeskin versions are 30% off in their designer sale.

Vince Nina indigo

Wish me luck in getting some cool air today!

Date night

Last night my husband and I went out for dinner. The first time, in probably 7 years (when I was last pregnant), that we have been out together without drinking. This not drinking lark really isn’t that difficult, and heading into my third week of sober living I feel a wonderful sense of calm and wellbeing.

Our favorite restaurant recently closed so we headed across town to the Floataway Cafe – another great restaurant with good hearty food. I finished my meal off with the best sticky toffee pudding ever! Thankfully I wore trousers with an elasticated waist – that’s planning for you.

date nightTrousers – Mango // Top – Zara // Shoes – Marks and Spencer (currently with 20% off)

Finally here is an outfit I forgot about from Monday – nothing special – just comfortable for the office.

MondayShoes – Marks and Spencer (old) // Jeans – J.Crew (30% off with SHOPNOW) // T-shirt – Splendid // Cardigan – Gap (old)

Save vs. Splurge Alexa Chung Honey Ruffle dress

I grabbed the Alexa Chung Honey Ruffle dress some time ago off – it sold out in the bat of an eyelid. I’ve yet to wear it but it is definitely coming on vacation with me. At $230 it was a lot more than I would usually spend on a dress.

honey ruffle dress


I had a feeling there would be plenty of tributes for the Alexa Chung AG collaboration and I really should have held out – because I was right. Look what I found on Mango today for just $59.99!



ruffle dress save vs splurge Collage

Marks & Spencer Gillie Shoe – 20% off and they fit!

My Gillie shoes arrived! I couldn’t wait to try them on but last night my feet were swollen to the proportion of Hobbits’ feet after being on the plane and walking miles in NYC!

Today I tried them on – apologies for the sweatpants 😉 They fit perfectly even on my wide feet! I am a true Eur 39 and sometimes a 5 1/2 UK or a 6 UK – I went for the 5 1/2 with these based on the reviews claiming the are true to size. I was nervous – but no need!

Get them now with 20% off – lots of sizes still in stock – I may have ordered the neutral too. The heel height is perfect – not too high but still a great dressy shoe.



Gillie M&S Gillie shoe

Poppy and Joanna do NYC

I’ve just had the most brilliant 48 hours! One night in NYC with my incredible 9 year old. She is a natural traveler! It was so much fun to spend time together – just the two of us. She is a joy to be with and didn’t ever complain even though we walked miles, sometimes in the cold rain! Yes the weather sucked on Tuesday afternoon – we were completely caught off guard by the constant rain. Thankfully the sun made an appearance on Wednesday morning!

We left bright and early on Tuesday – but that didn’t stop our flippin’ flight being delayed due to the NYC weather!

We're offOn me – Sneakers – Golden Goose (similar here) // Jeans – J.Crew (30% off with SHOPNOW) // Top – AllSaints (now on sale) // Bag – McQ by Alexander McQueen // Scarf – H&M (old)

We stayed at the City Rooms + NYC hotel at Lafayette and Canal. I highly recommend it – cheap as chips for NYC, clean, VERY basic, hardwoods, comfy beds, clean bathrooms and easy access to Canal St. subway to get Uptown. As soon as we arrived we headed out for lunch to Jack’s Wife Freda – just the best restaurant in SoHo as far as I am concerned – I love it there and they are totally child friendly. Poppy just loved people watching.


After lunch we wandered around SoHo in the rain – unfortunately for Poppy very few of the stores there had a children’s section but she still managed to find a Swatch that she loved, swearing that she would much rather have that than clothes. Mom you’re a sucker.


The following day, after breakfast at Jack’s Wife Freda again, we headed Uptown to 5th Avenue – where of course Zara had a kids section – and oh how quickly we forgot about the watch. We totally blew the budget in Zara 😉 I must say thank you to the lovely Maya at Jack’s Wife Freda. I follow them on Instagram and I had mentioned Poppy’s excitement about eating there. As we were eating breakfast I tagged a few photos of Poppy. Having seen we were there Maya called the restaurant and asked them to take extra special care of us – so sweet. Poppy really enjoyed her watermelon juice on the house.


AllSaints top

Top – AllSaints // Jeans – J.Crew (on sale plus another 30% off with SHOPNOW) // Shoes – Gucci

After yet more shopping we were pretty exhausted – we walked miles – and we’re not used to that in Atlanta!


We picked our bags up and headed back to La Guardia ready to sleep all the way home. We had just the best time and I am already talking up NYU for Poppy 😉 She is a natural in the City and can charm anyone – she had the store assistants and flight attendants eating out of the palm of her hand.

Poppy_Uber Selfie

Far more fun than any birthday party we could have thrown – well at least for me anyway! 😉