The Shoe Edit

How many times have you had the perfect outfit but just haven’t had the shoes to go or seen someone looking great only to look down at their feet and just thought how horrendous their choice of shoe was… Shoes are sometimes the trickiest part of pulling the outfit together and can often ruin an outfit, probably because we don’t have an endless supply of colours, styles and comfort to work with the many various outfit options going on in our wardrobes.  Some people are shoe people and others really struggle to find good shoes. I find this such a problem with so many clients, everyone has trouble finding good shoes, when budgets are real, good quality options are limited.  Another thing I find is so many people have feet issues, whether its a different feet sizes, issues or injuries meaning they cant wear heels, feet sweating in synthetic materials, broad feet, narrow feet, extra high arches, bunions… you get my drift.  Some general tips would be to always buy real leather (if possible), comfort is key and its very obvious when someone is uncomfortable in their shoes, the shoe style suiting a body shape, and also not just following trends in shoes.  Just because your foot doesn’t have a “big bum or skinny legs” scenario doesn’t mean anything goes.  If the shoe style does not suit you, don’t buy it!

Some just despise shoe shopping, so I’ve done the shoe haul.  There is a serious shoe game out at the moment. Enjoy this browsing experience made easy, from high street to high end, trendy to classic, there’s a shoe or two out there for you (;) ) ! Happy shopping X

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Leather slides here

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Suede Ballet style heels here

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Espadrille mules here

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Ruffle slip ons here

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Fabric Knot Mules here

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Leopard print boots here

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Pointy Mules here

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Converse with rose gold detail here

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Studded leopard print here (NEW BRAND)

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Studded ballet pumps here

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Pom pom sandals here

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Elephant Espadrilles here

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Peacock Espadrilles here

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Hightops here

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Block heel shoes here
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Adidas originals here
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Lobster printed mule here
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Suede Fringe mules here
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Marmont suede court shoe here
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Glitter sneakers here

 

Autumn Trends

Much to my delight, there’s a real chill in the air.  I’m so sick of the summer wardrobe I don’t have (that’s probably what the problem is) Whilst temperatures are still fairly high the breeze is cool and the mornings and evenings require slippers!! Some pieces that I love and will be wearing over the coming months will revolve around looks such as long sleeved floaty dresses, oversized shirts, soft loose fit trousers, loafers and hopefully I will be able to get my high tops out again soon (I miss them). Some autumn outfit inspo for an array of occasions. Shop directly from links below.

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Flounce sweater here // embroidered relaxed fit jeans here // Clutch bag here // Gold braided shoes here

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Patterned Dress here // Clutch here // Glitter sling backs here

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Jumper with wrist ties here // Mensy trousers here // Slingbacks here // Cotton bag here

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Printed T here // Blazer here  // Clutch bag here // Court shoes here

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Embroidered blouse here // Relaxed fit chinos here // leather mules here // Croc effect bag here

Hope you are all as excited about autumn clothes as I am, its always been my favourite fashion season 😉

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The Drinks Trolley Re-invented

The revival of the drinks trolley happened somewhere in the last couple of years and whilst I always imagined it as a bit of a fussy piece of tacky furniture gathering dust living in a badly lit room in the 50’s, I now love the way in which it has been reinvented.  A stat just to show how popular it has become:   The number of bar cart ideas (if you don’t mind an Americanism) saved on Pinterest in the UK jumped 40 per cent in six months. Sales of bar carts were up 173 per cent from January to June 2016.

Some Drinks Trolley Trivia

(taken from http://www.thebarcartist.com/bar-cart-history/)

The bar cart actually got its start during the Victorian Era (1837-1901). However, at that time it was not associated with alcoholic beverages. The bar carts of the Victorian Era were actually tea trolleys!  It seems we have the Interbellum and Greatest Generations to thank for taking us from Tea Time to Party Time when they started using bar carts for cocktail parties during the end of Prohibition (1933). Though bar carts started being associated with cocktails after the repeal of prohibition, they did not become well known cocktail entertaining items until the 1950’s.

If your’e thinking of including a drinks cart/trolley as part of your decor at home here are a few do’s and don’ts.

Cart Style

Retro-style carts are particularly popular – think gold and glitzy with glass or marble shelving.  Marble with a very dark brassy metal would be my choice.  But look for contemporary details, such as oversized wheels and sleek lines, to stop things feeling too fussy. Two shelves is way better than one and three shelves is probably too many.  Purchasing the cart is probably the easiest part however.

Alcohol 

Its not about a purchase and then stocking it with a couple bottles of hardtack and some crystal glasses.  Of course not, in 2017 everything has to be styled!  The styling also includes the brand of alcohol you have on display.  I would personally pick two or three bottles of spirits, I think an over stocked trolley will look messy and cluttered.  Perhaps add a soft drink like an Elderflower cordial, a bottle of bitters and lots of sparkling water (San Pelligrino).  This is for the everyday display and then when you have guests you can add your wines, champagne etc. When you are picking your display bottles of spirits I can’t speak for Bourbon’s or Whiskey’s but a bottle of Gordins isn’t going to cut it on the Gin front, Hendricks, Bombay Sapphire or something on that level.  If residing in SA you may be up to speed with the gin re-awakening (well that’s a whole other topic altogether). Cape Town is one of the leaders of this world wide trend.  Talented and passionate locals are distilling gin using indigenous flora such as fynbos and rooibos to create gin that you’ll find nowhere else in the world. A few of the local names to look out for that would sit very prettily (and go down very happily) are Inverroche http://www.inverroche.co.za Hope on Hopkins http://hopeonhopkins.co.za Musgrave http://www.musgravegin.co.za Woodstock Gin Company http://www.woodstockginco.co.za to name a few.

Styling

Bringing in some artwork, plants, a lamp, jugs, candles, good crystal pieces or books are a few of the many different objects to look for.  Fruit is also a great idea, I would go with a bowl of lemons, limes or both and a pineapple or three.  Recently we have been drinking our gin with slices of pineapple and I can honestly say that Pineapple in gin should be part of the gin revolution.  Basically any of the above objects would add interest, texture, colour and style to your cart.  Again for me personally I would choose a few items and not make it too busy, ensuring every item has the ability to shine and be seen.

Inspiration

I have picked out what I believe to be beautifully styled trolleys.

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I’m still looking for my perfect drinks trolley, I imagine its living in an antiques market somewhere.  I look forward to sharing it with you here when its found.

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Statement Sleeves that wont land in your cereal bowl..

I do love the statement sleeves but there are so many that really look like all they are good for is an Instagram pic.  Here Im bringing you the statement without the stress. You will get the wow sleeve factor, whether it’s full, frilled or bows, but you can still eat your lunch without the stress of wondering what your sleeves might be dipping into.

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Happy Weekend to you all

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Tuesday Talk…

Having skimmed through some of the AW17 NYC & London shows its clear to see that colour colour and more colour is everywhere.  There is no real trend happening just that different fabrics from velvet, tulle, silk and lace to metallics, embellishment and prints,  and styles from decades past are all on the horizon.  I think it would be pretty accurate to say just about anything goes really. And I think that’s wonderful as that is what fashion is all about, from that, individuals can create their own styles.

One trend I am talking about today is Gingham! I do love a bit of gingham but at the same time I feel one needs to tread carefully when choosing to dress in gingham, lets remember gingham has dressed many a tea table and jam jar for decades. If the incorrect garment is chosen and styled badly then you’re not going to be doing this trend or yourself justice.  My high street hits below.

Gingham blouse with tie sleeves here

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If you know the styles I go for as often as possible you will know this style ticks all boxes, floaty, full sleeves, great length and such a cute fabric to match although it’s not a cute dress, I feel the style of the dress really balances out the fabric ensuring its not too girly. Especially worn with a pair of converse 😉 Buy here

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This shirt is great for dress up a pair of high waisted jeans and a blazer, love the ruffles in all the right places. Shop here

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This is a favourite, tried and tested I loved it on, I also felt its is such a versatile top, from wearing it with a pair of shorts to a pair of leather trousers in the evening, this top can really be casual or smart.  Shop here

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This doesn’t come cheap but this embellishment!!! Shop here

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If you’ve got a long torso, finding the right jumpsuit can be tricky, usually the Tall department is where you need to shop.  This Jumpsuit looks super cool and again could go from the office with heels and a blazer, straight to the beach with slides.  LOVE – shop here

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Styling your gingham..

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Well Tuesday Talk started yesterday and ended it this evening so I guess it’s happy hump day from me.

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The Item every wardrobe needs

The utility or military if you like, jacket has become something of a staple, like the denim jacket. It goes over everything, from a t-shirt to a formal frock.  Its slightly more versatile than the denim jacket however, in that the longer length and softer fabric (in some) allows you to play around with the style a lot more.  Wearing a belt around the middle can dress it up over a cocktail dress, or if it’s more of a Shacket (shirt/jacket for those of you not up to speed with fashion jargon ;)) then the fabric is usually a softer tencel which allows you to even tuck it in as a shirt, wear it open loosely with sleeves rolled up or tied around your waist.

Here are some of the best ones out there.

This is your really good box standard Utility Jacket, it has an inner drawstring for creating a waistline, softer fabric, and all buttons covered. Super jacket to throw over anything, shop here

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A camo jacket has the same effect and does pretty much the same just a little bit more out there, great for mixing up prints and livening up staples. Shop here

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This one s referred to as a parka by the retailer however aside from the outer cord drawstring to me it’s more of a utility jacket than a parka.  The adjustable cord showing on the outside  gives it more of a casual feel and limits the styling of this jacket somewhat, only slightly though, but a great shape and I love the high neck and lapels. Shop here

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Topshop has been doing them for years and they are always a great fit, you can never go wrong here.

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A trusted brand when it comes to quality, this fit and fabric look perfect, the length is good too for those ladies with larger hip areas as you don’t want the jacket length ending at your widest part of your hips and thighs. Shop here

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ADORE this jacket giving it a trendier edge with the full sleeve making this one slightly more feminine. Shop here

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We can rely on Zara to give us a bunch of trends in one jacket, from embroidery, and studs to writing and colour on this slightly more parker-esque take on a utility jacket (you will see from the back shape online), This one’s got all the bells and whistles if your’e a trend junkie

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Im clearly a fan of the slightly more feminine styles as this military jacket with frills is right up my alley and could easily jump into my basket.. shop here

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And this ladies and gentlemen is how you style your utility/military jacket!

 

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Muted Garden Tones

I am loving my green hues at the moment but I have always loved muted greens, think eucalyptus, duck egg and those succulent green tones.  You will find it in everything from my coffee mugs and crockery to scatter cushions (actually now in storage) and guest room, which Im now wanting to paint green too!  Saying that I am also loving my blush pink tones just as much and it so happens that these two together are a wonderful combo.   The beautiful weekly planner from Blush Paper company (you may have spotted it on my Instagram feed) arrived this week and without me choosing it, I was sent the gorgeous florally looking covered one which is all tones of greens and pinks which I could frame! But its strange how when one is attracted to something you tend to surround yourself with whatever it is without realising you are doing it.

I have done the search and here I am going to share with you some wonderful pieces that you can purchase in these very shades.

Flared sleeves blouse 

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This item of knitwear may not look like much in this picture but the super soft blend contains cashmere and merino wool, so not only is it delightful to touch but it’s great shape is extremely flattering too. Shop here

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Bobbi Brown Uplifting nudes lip gloss here

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I love a globe and am always on the look out for a nice one, this is perfectly pretty for a desk or book shelf with its duck egg ocean and blush pink continents,  the Mango wood base and copper bolt ends finishes it off in the prettiest way possible , i think its a great buy for the home.

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Chanel Nail colour, a favourite for every day nails, always looks slick and neat

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Love a retro digital radio for a kitchen, the Roberts are a wonderful brand going for donkeys years, a great little investment for every kitchen that loves to have the radio station humming in the background.

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Pale pink sneakers don’t make a statement but they add a subtle pop of colour and coolness to an outfit, love the slightly chunkier sole giving the sneaker a trendy edge. Shop these Mother sneakers here

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A linen and cotton blend table cloth in this pastel succulent green shade is a lovely finish to any table indoor or out. Table Cloth

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A great pair of soft drawstring pants, best worn on Sundays when you feel like comfort is all you want but your’e lunching with friends and cant look too much like a sloth, pair these with sandals and a pretty boxy blouse to add interest. Shop them here

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Love this brand and their beautifully finished off simple but interesting garments. A tee is everything! Shop here

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As always I leave you with some visual insp 🙂

Happy Sunday X

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