Those of you who have followed me from the start will remember that I used to be OBSESSED with Boden. In fact one of the reasons I started blogging was because I enjoyed sharing my new Boden purchases on their social media forum (no longer operating). The problem is I was, and still am, developing my personal style and I think I just became weary of my Boden tunics, knitwear and jackets. I never really subscribed to their ‘fun prints’, but their quality and customer service could not and cannot ever be faulted. Of course I also loved wearing a quintessential British brand to remind me of home. Being here in the US also means that Boden can be worn loud and proud without incurring any of the potentially negative brand associations that it has in the UK – mumsy, middle class and frumpy.
I haven’t even visited the site recently but a 20% off code – 2A9Z in the US – was enough to lure me in. I did order the beautiful Alice shoes back in June but unfortunately they were way too narrow. At their reduced price of just $89 in the clearance I am tempted to try them again half a size up.
This Breton is currently in my basket. I absolutely LOVE the pine color and the broader stripes.
I’ve recently sold many of my winter coats. Each year I find they just don’t get worn. I LOVE a great coat, but here in Atlanta, even when it is cold, I have little need for a heavy winter coat as this city is all about the car – no walking outside wrapped up in the cold is required. This beautiful Ella jacket will be sufficient – again it is currently 20% off.
Of course I want the Alexa sweater to wear with it as modeled above.
Have you seen anything that excites you on the Boden website? If you haven’t looked for a while I encourage you to – you might be surprised as I was. I have to say I am quite excited about seeing some Boden back in my closet!
Dress – AllSaints (similar here or with long sleeves here) // Sandals – Cypriot sandals (similar here) // Bag – H&M
Yup the birthday isn’t till tomorrow but that hasn’t stopped me from celebrating all weekend! After lunch with my husband on Thursday, I ended up with lunch out again on Friday. It was lovely – I headed to my favorite place and dined alone, contemplating the next year, and reviewing my early 40s! I’d done a little shopping in the morning and treated myself to a couple of new lipsticks and a Dior nail polish in Wonderland (the staying power of which is amazing!). It was a lovely indulgent day.
Saturday was spent relaxing by the pool so I didn’t really get dressed. I had a lovely day reading and catching up on my enormous pile of magazines that has accumulated over my vacation.
Today we are off out to brunch – I’m feeling quite virtuous after an intensive spin class. Eggs Benedict may be required to raise my energy levels as I may have committed to getting a couple of guinea pigs for the kids! The cage has been delivered so I may now be held to purchasing two piggies later today! We’re not sure whether we’re going to end up with Patsy and Edina, or Freddie (Mercury) and Brian (May)!
Yes tomorrow we will be leaving Northern Cyprus to begin our mammoth journey back to Atlanta, via Istanbul and Paris. It’s been an amazing four weeks but even though I am sad it is over there are many things I am looking forward to when I get home –
1. Seeing my dogs!
2. Having ALL my closet to wear
3. Having ALL my beauty products and makeup to play around with
4. Blowdrying my hair without sweating balls
5. Not sweating balls
6. Whole Foods shopping
7. The gym – yes really!
9. Catching up on all my missed Real Housewives episodes
10. My own coffee machine!
11. Opening all my sales goodies (Shhhhhh….)
On Monday we headed back to Salamis to have one last play among the ruins followed by a day on the beach.
See you once I’m back in the USA – all be it with horrific jet lag!
p.s. I am beginning a HUGE closet purge on eBay – I can ship globally too so there may be some bargains for those of you shopping in pounds or euros. Check my page out here! There’ll be lots more added once I’m home.
Yesterday we headed back to Nicosia. This time we had our passports and crossed the border to the Greek side. Immediately it was obvious that we were somewhere different. I was suddenly confronted with lots of recognizable brands – MacDonalds, Starbucks, TopShop – there’s even a Marks and Spencer! On the Turkish side there are no European brands at all – though several stores emulate them, for example Tempo’s stores and supermarket bags are very similar to Tesco’s!
We wandered around the streets and had coffee and ice creams and I was really aware of not using the Turkish words for ‘thank you’ etc…
The highlight of the trip (sad I know) was stumbling on a sandal store. The sandals are made here in Nicosia and they are remarkably similar, if not identical to another sandal brand that I love wearing! The key difference is that these sandals in Nicosia were just 40 Euros! I ended up leaving with 2 pairs but I could have bought more – and may go back next week just to check. They are all leather with leather soles. I can’t tell you how thrilled I am with them – never again will I spend over $200 on sandals. My sandals are identical to another brand’s sandal!
Feet are badly in need of a pedi after almost 4 weeks of dust and heat! Just focus on the sandals!
I even got shoe bags to take them home in – a nice touch.
Astir Sandals have two Etsy stores – SandalsAstir and Sparta Sandals – and they will ship. Take a look – you will see many styles that you probably recognize. I found them true to size and I have a Eur 39 in mine. They only show photos in one particular color, but if you scroll through the photos you can see all the available colors that you can request and buy them in.
Not many people can say they are traveling to a different country for sandals hey? 😉
Here are some of the outfits I’ve worn over the past week – to state the obvious – it is damn hot here!
Dress – Alexa Chung for AG Denim (sold out but similar here) // Sandals – Astir Sandals