I have a definitive list of items I want to buy on Friday. I’ve already made a couple of purchases from H&M as they have had some codes available since the weekend – but here is my list so far. I’ll of course publish a list of codes on Friday for you all!
Another pair of drop crotch trousers – and to be fair it’s been a while since I’ve bought any harem trousers though my love for them runs deep. These sequin trousers could easily be worn year round with a t-shirt and denim jacket.
It’s been a while since I had a good trawl through ASOS and the other evening I was stopped in my tracks by this skirt. It’s beautiful, though I’m not sure how it will work on my thick waist. I’m willing to give it a go though if only because it’s camo!
Finally a little indulgence – definitely an investment. There are very few sizes left around the internet but Selfridges have the best price at the moment – here’s hoping they have Black Friday deals too. The Stella McCartney Elyse in rose gold. European brands are SO much cheaper in the UK stores than here in the US – compare $670 with $1,100!
So what’s on your list? High street brands? A designer splurge? Remember to check back later in the week once I have access to all the appropriate codes!
Sweater – H&M (similar here) // Jeans – Zara (old similar here) // Boots – TopShop (similar here) // Bag – Balenciaga
I had a lovely week with family and friends and I have overindulged. Our friends joined us for dinner on Thursday and I have to say I was pretty chuffed with how the turkey came out after brining overnight. Needless to say on Friday morning I felt like I had been soaked in a bath of salt and wine too, hence I didn’t get too involved or carried away with Black Friday 🙂 In fact I had several items in and out of my Zara cart all day and didn’t buy any of them. I did succumb and buy the Off Duty jumper in charcoal and navy from Boden. I have a couple from previous years and love them so with 30% off I bit the bullet. I can never have too many jumpers!
Some of my favorite stores do still have great discounts this weekend carrying into Cyber Monday:
Today was spent walking and running with the dogs – time to detox before Christmas so hopefully I can still fit in some of my party wear! I am insisting however that we don’t even discuss Christmas in our house till next week when we get the tree. I need a week between celebrations to reset!
I’m back…after a brilliant week. I intentionally tried to avoid the laptop as I was determined not to be sucked in by random Black Friday deals – especially knowing that most brands offer far deeper discounts at other times of the year. Yes we have been conditioned to go mental on Black Friday but don’t! You’ll be better off waiting for other big sales – most retailers know we want to spend now but hold out if you can.
The week started with some fun appointments. Poppy had a layer of pink in her hair – so you can just see it when she has a pony tail. Less permanent at this age than piercings – and after mine I didn’t want to be too much of a hypocrite when it comes to exploring new looks and self expression. Lauren at Plum Salon once again looked after us – she is fabulous and I highly recommend her if you are in the Atlanta area.
It was freezing on Tuesday and it called for some big coat and scarf action.
On Wednesday the kids had dental appointments. Don’t ask me why I scheduled them the day before Thanksgiving. We had a power cut that morning, due to all the rain and wind we’d had, and I had to go without a shower. While messaging Fiona and Avril from the waiting room I assured them I didn’t look too skanky with this selfie – no full length photo that day – I’ve enjoyed a break from the mirror:)
Sweater – Boden Off Duty jumper (last year’s but similar here) // Coat – Mango // Hat – Nordstrom (100% cashmere for less than $30!)
That evening was spent pretending to be a domestic goddess – I chugged a bottle of sparkling while making cranberry sauce, sausage stuffing and then brining the bird. It was a really fun family night listening to music with the odd random game of chess thrown in. Chess is our new obsession – I’m still being thrashed by my 5 year old.
On Thanksgiving Day we had our fabulous friends from Bulgaria over, so we could enjoy an international Thanksgiving. Neither of us have family here so it was absolutely fantastic to share the day with fun friends. We talked Communism, music and literature while drinking and eating LOTS. The best Thanksgiving ever, and I have to say the food was pretty darn good too:)
Yesterday we headed out for a blast of fresh air. We went to the Georgia Dome to watch the Georgia State Panthers play – a fun day with some tailgating thrown in for good measure.
It’s been a whirlwind couple of days what with the Thanksgiving festivities. Now the children are getting older I have to say it is getting more and more enjoyable. It was fun watching Poppy hooked on the Thanksgiving Day parade while I was getting the turkey ready to go in the oven. We were all very organized and sat down to eat early at 1.30 – at the request of MM so that he could justify eating leftovers later in the day. In the evening we cracked open the box set of The West Wing – my those first episodes look dated now – but it was thoroughly enjoyable accompanied by a bottle of Barolo.
Yesterday we headed to some friends for their annual post Thanksgiving party that includes BBQ and a fun jam band. The kids had a blast and let off some steam and I talked and talked all afternoon.
This morning we were up at the crack of dawn for a visit with Santa at the Zoo. Now I know Santa is a busy guy at this time of year – but come on 8.30am??! At least we had cookies and hot chocolate to warm us – it is freezing here today! I’m now enjoying some alone time while everyone else is at the park riding their bikes. It’s bliss – I’ve got the coffee pot on and Radio 2 playing and I may go and hold the sofa down for a minute or two:)
Poppy was very excited to select her perfect outfit for Santa this morning:
Hugh joining in the fun, somewhat under duress:
The all important lists which were an exercise in patience for Mom:
Hugh explaining to Santa that he is just going to stand next to him – under no circumstances is he sitting on his lap – smart boy:
Believe it or not I didn’t buy anything on Black Friday – even though I had lots of fabulous offers arrive in my inbox – some of Net-a-Porter’s were very tempting – but I resisted. Did you get anything?