Ok it rained today but it’s supposed to be fab tomorrow as well! Fingers crossed as my little sister turns 40! We’re planning on taking the children for a day out and a picnic, then on Thursday I get her all to myself to do lunch and shop with a belly full of wine;)
We arrived Sunday morning and it has been fun ever since. Poppy and Hugh are having a great time with cousin Alice. Three kids are REALLY loud together – especially two Southern accents and one very strong Bolton accent:)
I’ve been rubbish with outfit photos since I arrived – sorry – but here is one from Friday when I got my hair cut shorter and went darker thanks to Chadd and Gina at A La Mode! I love these Sam Edelman sandals – again I took a US 8 in these and they fit beautifully. They are a great platform that give me some extra height without compromising comfort.
May is the busiest month on our calendar every year. What with anniversaries, birthdays, the end of the school year, school recitals, school field trips, visitors from abroad etc…it is non stop here. I’m just coming up for air after an amazing weekend of catching up, eating and drinking with Simon – our friend from University, who now lives in Stockholm.
We had a very late night on Thursday talking and drinking good wine, and then we were off out for dinner on Friday. The kids and I hung out in front of the Eurovision Song Contest on Saturday afternoon, streaming it live via SVT.se, the Swedish tv channel. This made it even more fun and Eurocentric listening to the Swedish translation:) I found it all as surreal as ever, but I loved the drama – and in the end the right diva won! For all you American readers who have no idea what I am talking about the Eurovision Song Contest is the annual competition that rocketed ABBA to fame in 1974. Here’s Conchita, this year’s winner from Austria, a drag queen with more diva in her than Celine Dion.
Before Simon arrived I had another hair cut and went even shorter – thanks to Chadd I am now sporting a magnificent undercut. I LOVE it.
Dress – Marks and Spencer (old – similar here) // Shoes – Nine West
Yesterday was Mother’s Day here in the US and my fabulous kids presented me with great handmade cards. This one from Poppy made me grin especially – there is no greater compliment she could have paid me than describing me as ‘odd’ and ‘risky’…
Today I’m off to watch her recital so decided to wear a dress again. I started off with the canvas Newburys.
However, with the jacket I decided the grey nubuck pair coordinated better – not much in it to be fair…
Every year we add to the list of our Family Traditions at Christmas. In recent years a tradition that has become more and more popular, is to head out for a drive after dark and take a look at all the wonderful National Lampoon style Christmas lights that adorn the houses around Atlanta. It’s a bit like our version of the Blackpool Illuminations that Mum and Dad used to take us to see years ago:) This year it seems our neighborhood has significantly upped their game. A little friendly neighborly competition maybe? There are Antebellum columns wrapped as candy canes, herds of deer lit up, and several Santa legs sticking out of chimneys. One of the easiest (if you don’t mind heights) to set up, and most fun was spotted this morning on our school run – I was in the line for the lights – don’t worry no hands free driving here…just so Santa knows where to go…
It was time for my indulgent morning at the salon again today. Five weeks comes around quickly – one of the drawbacks, or welcome pleasures, of short hair – depending on whether you focus on the money you part with, or on the relaxing pampering that you receive.
I wore my Zara leopard print khaki pants and khaki chunky sweater (not found online), with a long line H&M black vest dress layered underneath. The boots are my fabulous Newburys and the scarf is also H&M.
Given how much time I spend on the Zara website it is no surprise that the inspiration for today’s haircut came from their TRF Lookbook. I just think this girl looks stunning. Her boyish cut really appeals to me and given how difficult the red is to maintain I shared this image with both my colorist and hairdresser.
Unfortunately they were not able to provide me with her stunning, gamine features but I’m pretty pleased with the cut and color. Very happy in fact.
Now time to celebrate the new haircut with a glass of plonk. Happy weekend y’all!
Quick post to share my new haircut. I am loving it! So thank you Chadd for the cut and Gina for the color at the lovely A la Mode Salon here in Atlanta – a friendly, intimate salon where I also take the kids for their cuts. And no it’s not a paid plug – I genuinely love going there!
I will never want to go blonde, it just wouldn’t suit me, but these are the images that inspired the cut:
And here it is – sorry for the blurred photos – at home with a little man today who has been sick so he was behind me looking for attention…poor lad. I’m looking forward to having some fun styling it myself! Jeans (last worn here), jumper and scarf are all H&M.
Look out at 5pm ET today when I’ll be posting a fabulous collaboration with a couple of special blogging buddies…very exciting!