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Back to reality

Where am I? What time is it? Who am I? After a 20 hour journey on Saturday and a 7 hour time difference I am feeling just a tad fuzzy. The kids are waking up at 4am still so hopefully sending them off to camp today will get them back on schedule by the end of the week. Then it’s back to school next week! Roll on 2nd and 4th grade!

I went for something easy and comfy today – it’s so lovely having a different choice of clothes to wear!

ASOS dressBag – Alexander McQueen McQ (similar here) // Shoes – TopShop // Dress – ASOS // Scarf – H&M (old)

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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 ūüėČ 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.

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Top РAllSaints // Jeans РJ.Crew (on sale plus another 30% off with SHOPNOW) // Shoes РGucci

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

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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 ūüėČ 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.

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

 

A quiet week at home

Sorry for being AWOL this week – MLK day, 2 days at home with a sick child and Drs appointments have meant that I’ve worn little else but my cashmere onesie and workout gear.

January is when I like to get all those pesky annual check ups out of the way, so make sure you remember to do the same! Yesterday was my annual skin check, today is mammogram day and Monday is my ob/gyn annual. None of them are pleasant appointments but boy it feels good to get them out of the way!

The one day this week I did get dressed properly was on MLK day when we went to watch Paddington at the movies – best family movie I have seen in a long time, by far!

I’ve had a haircut since thank goodness – it was starting to look a little unkempt!

IMG_0307Boots – Navy Newbury boots // Trousers – coated chinos from Zara (old) // Jumper – Uniqlo cotton cashmere navy tunic – LOVE these and they are now on the UK site! // Jacket – AllSaints Monument jacket (old – similar here) // Bag – Alexander McQueen (sale)

While downloading photos I found this one from weeks ago that I hadn’t posted – not wanting it to go to waste here it is ūüôā

IMG_0299Shoes – Zara // Trousers – Zara // Jumper – J.Crew (similar here) // Jacket – Mango (on sale) // Bag – Zara (on sale)

We’re now so close to February I am starting to get very excited about my annual trip home to see my family and friends. I need to start a packing list! Woo hooo!

 

A night out, a day off and off out shopping

It’s MLK Day here on Monday so we have a lovely long weekend. I wasn’t looking forward to it earlier in the week as it was so cold and lashing it down with freezing rain. Now though I am thrilled as the skies are blue, the sun is shining and my windows are open. Spring is taunting us.

On Thursday night I had a lovely dinner with an old friend from my corporate days. It was so much fun to catch up especially as she has got married and is now in the process of changing jobs – my stories felt comparatively dull!

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Boots – AllSaints Alba (on sale and now reduced even further) // Leather trousers – J.Brand (old but the same here) // Jumper – Everlane cashmere tunic

Yesterday was my day off and after completing another grueling work out (I will be 20lbs lighter by the summer!) I was lucky enough to have the afternoon with my Husband chatting and walking the dogs in the sunshine.

DSC_0307Sneakers – Stan Smiths in navy // Trousers – J.Crew drapey wool trousers in navy // Jumper – Everlane cashmere v-neck

These Stan Smiths are pretty awesome – yup if you’re counting that’s another new pair.

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Today I took Poppy to the mall. It’s always so much fun to treat her after a good week at school and right now her favorite store is The Body Shop and who am I to discourage cleanliness and personal grooming!?

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Jumpsuit – OAK (on sale) // Shoes – Nine West // Jacket – Helmut Lang (on sale)

And I got to take my new baby out. Really? Who for one moment thought I wouldn’t buy it? I am in love.

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After hitting The Body Shop, where of course we had to buy the limited edition¬†Smoky Poppy product line, we headed to Sephora where I bought the travel sized Hourglass Veil Primer to try. I’ve heard amazing things about this stuff. Lets see if it delivers.

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Tomorrow is my Blogversary – 3 whole years! I still love this little creative outlet as much as ever and my world would be empty without all the amazing friends I have met through it. What will year 4 bring?

 

A new bag anyone?

It’s been deathly dreary here in Altanta – I could barely see the car in front of me this morning it was so misty and damp. It just makes me feel tired. I’m trying to make more of an effort dressing each morning in order to perk myself up!

Yesterday I wore my leather culottes – gone are the days where I ‘save things for best’.

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Culottes – eBay store // Boots – Zara (old) // Jumper – Everlane sleeveless turtleneck // Jacket – Mango (half price on sale)

I love these culottes so much and now I am looking for something a little more tailored like these – let me know if you see any similar!

CulottesToday I am trying to lift my spirits, dampened by the crap weather, with my sparkly boots and fur!

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Jumper – TopShop (old – similar listed below) // Jeans – Zara // Boots – Zara // Fur – Zara // Tank under jumper – H&M

Oh and you know I did a post the other day stating it was ‘the last of the sales post‘ – errrm maybe not quite. Many of you follow Eve’s blog and I am¬†smitten by her new Alexander McQueen bag¬†– she has such exquisite taste. I have been looking for a large tote for sometime to take the place of my YSL Roady which I still adore but is a little beaten up these days after almost 3 years of daily usage. Anyway look what I found in final sale on NAP reduced by 40%:

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It’s not identical to Eve’s which is a good thing as we share so many similar items – but it is big enough to be a great carry on bag for travel and yet also function as a great every day bag for work and carting stuff around for the kids. Mmmm tempted I am.

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Old friends, a birthday, a Eurovision song contest and wedding talk!

It’s been one of those amazing weekends. ¬†I still feel on a high, though slightly weary after a weekend of excesses. ¬†Karin and Simon left this morning to head back to Stockholm but it was a memorable weekend.

Yes I did help choose the rings:) ¬†I think Karin found my advice invaluable…BUT I have promised not to share photos of it before the wedding in August. ¬†Needless to say it is a classic and stunning. ¬† The boys and girls then parted ways, as the ladies took on some hardcore shopping. ¬†Two pairs of Jimmy Choos, a Jimmy Choo clutch, a Coach handbag and a pair of ballet flats later Karin was all shopped out. ¬†And you’ll never guess what – I didn’t buy a thing!! I was having so much fun offering advice that I got my shopping endorphins vicariously through Karin.

I did however do some ‘browsing’ and I fell seriously head over heels (pun intended) for these Miu Miu jazz shoes!

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Had I had 2 glasses of wine at lunch instead of one I’m quite sure this McQueen clutch would have come home with me.

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Then I took some photos of a potential birthday present – I like to help my Husband out with a couple of pointers:)

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As for Karin’s haul here’s one pair of the gorgeous wedding shoes – these are for the ceremony.

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Naturally we had to get a pair for dancing in too:)

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This is the bag that Karin walked away with from Coach.  I adore the style Рso slouchy and the interior design is perfect.  I am lusting after it in yellow.  Coach seem to have really upped their game recently and are moving away from the heavily branded C logo bags Рthank goodness.

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On Friday night after a tiring day of shopping we all headed out to our favorite restaurant where Simon proposed to Karin last year.  MUCH fun was had.  I was thrilled to wear my Ted Baker dress for the first time!

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Dress – Ted Baker (no longer available online) // Shoes – Nine West // Clutch –¬†YSL // Bracelets – Tiffany & Co // Ring – David Yurman

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On Saturday it was Poppy’s birthday so after presents we went to her favorite BBQ joint for lunch. ¬†Later that afternoon she had the time of her life dancing to the Eurovision Song contest! ¬†We were SO excited that we managed to stream it live – quite giddy with excitement actually!

Yesterday we headed out for a little more shopping. ¬†You’ll be relieved to know this time I did actually leave the Mall with something. ¬†Two things in fact. ¬†I am enamored with Gap at the moment and I left with 2 pairs of jeans. ¬†The neon were in the sale in store but don’t appear to be online.

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I LOVE these paint splattered skimmers. ¬†Both pairs are very stretchy and I managed to get into a 27″ in both so definitely size down.

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On Sunday night we headed out for steak and fabulous red wine. ¬†Yummy – those 27″ might not fit today.

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Shoes – Zara // Jacket – Zara (similar here) // Blouse – Zara (old) // Trousers – Zara // Clutch – YSL

Today it is a day for comfort and drinking lots of water.  The sun is shining here again after a weekend of rain Рnot that we noticed it Рwe were having so much fun.  Till next time our special friends.

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Sandals – Zara // Skirt – Asos // T-shirt – Boden (similar here) // Neon scarf – Forever 21

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