A birthday and an unexpected gift!

So the celebrations have ended, but definitely on a high note! I was greeted by the children with breakfast in bed on Wednesday morning – so lovely! Then it was off out for lunch with my husband, and maybe a glass of prosecco. I do love a long lazy lunch!

Zara bomber jacket, Mansur Gavriel, Castañer espadrillesTop – Zara // JacketZara // Shoes – Castañer // Bag – Mansur Gavriel // Necklaces – H&M

That evening we went out for dinner and cocktails. It is fun to go out on a school night but I certainly can’t do it every week! 45 is turning to out to be pretty fun so far!

IMG_8128 Zara dress, Castaner espadrilles Zara dress Castaner espadrillesShoes – Castañer // Dress – Zara

Before we went on vacation my husband had someone drive into the back of him – we found out this week that the car had to be written off as a total loss. So sad! We had had both of our cars – a large sedan and an SUV for about 10 years and had planned to keep them till the wheels dropped off! Having no car payments was lovely but they were also expensive to maintain. I say ‘they’ as while my husband is looking for a new car we decided it was time to trade in my SUV. With more than 100k miles on the clock, and no longer needing to carry strollers and carseats around, I decided it was time for a little driving fun! I’ve ended up with my ‘dream’ ‘hot hatch’ – a Golf SE GTI! It’s manual too!! I haven’t driven a stick for 16 years (the sales guy on the test drive went a bit pale once I mentioned that….) but after missing a few gears, and a few gear crunches, it was like I’d always driven one! I LOVE it. It is so much fun! All I need now are some furry dice on the rearview mirror! Today I have mostly been reading car manuals!!

Golf GTI Golf GTITop – Zara // Jeans – Zara (old) // Shoes – & Other Stories

Golf GTIShoes – River Island (last year) // Shorts – Madewell (last year) // Top – Mango sale

Golf GTI

Funnily enough my husband is STILL without a car…he is contemplating something fun and smaller too! Once again we’ll be the odd foreigners…driving small cars, in a neighborhood of SUVs, trucks and luxury sedans!

4 thoughts on “A birthday and an unexpected gift!

  1. Lou

    That Zara dress looks great on you and I love the espadrilles too, I’m a 16 just wondering whether to try a Zara L in the dress hmmm

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    1. Poppy's Style Post author

      The only issue with the dress is the slimmer slip inside – it’s quite tight on the chest on me even in the large – if you have smaller boobs you’ll probably be ok!! x

      Reply
  2. Shon Valdry

    Happy Birthday!! Cheers to you!! You look so lovely as always and I hope you have a wonderful year.
    Your car is so fun and what about all the money you will save for clothes, etc., while your neighbors are spending on loads to fill up their tanks!!

    Have a great week! I hope to stop by your blog more often!!

    Reply
    1. Poppy's Style Post author

      Hi Shon! Thanks for your lovely comment! I’m thrilled with my car – just weird driving a stick again! I’ve missed my gear a couple of times but sure I’ll be a pro again by the end of the week!!

      Reply

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