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

 

Formal Winter Warmers

In my opinion formal dress code in winter is by far the most elegant.  I love a long sleeve and whilst I find covering an arm up definitely formalises an outfit, its a combination of the style and the fabrics that bring it together perfectly.  It is almost impossible not to look chic in all the dark jewelled winter colours, mixed with the luxurious fabrics of velvet, lace, suede and silk, its a sensory overload of texture.  Winter is the perfect time of year to send out your posh party invitations.

If you are attending a wedding or any event this winter that requires a higher level of formality and sophistication, that you just won’t hit with a pair of jeans, then be prepared for the onslaught of options.

Layer Up – get onto this trend and wear a skirt over a dress, I love this look and with the correct dress and skirt fabrics and styles you can easily keep this look formal and warm. Love how she brings her look together by matching her lipstick with her shoes(left).

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Incorporate your jacket into your outfit, so it’s not a throw on after thought. You can then happily wear it all day knowing it works.

Go Long – wear a statement maxi skirt with a cosy jumper tucked in.

Don’t be afraid to wear trousers. There are some great jumpsuits out there too which is a wonderful option and looks super chic.

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I’m a big fan of the monochromatic look for formal occasions. It’s smart and impactful.  Make sure you add some spunk to the outfit with a fun clutch bag, killer heels, bright lip or interesting accessories. Shop any of these looks below by clicking directly on the links.

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Dramatise this look with a nude lip, smokey eyes and black or burgundy nail varnish!
Lantern Sleeve Dress // Laser cut Sandals // Suede heels // Blurred Floral Clutch // Nails OPI // Lipstick Smashbox
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Go all out with navy nails. A marshmallow pink lipstick would look great picking out the pink in the bag. Keep this look simple and clean                                                                             Smart Jumpsuit // Navy suede courts Steve Madden // Clutch // Nails Morgan TaylorMorgan Taylor // Lipstick
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I love tones of grey especially for a sleek and chic outfit.  Add colour and warmth to this with a bright plum lipstick and dark nails.                                                                                                Peplum Blouse Mango // Grey Fringed Skirt // Suede Heels // Necklace // Earrings   // Lipstick Brocade Bobbi Brown

 

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Something about a satin slip says rock chic (think Kate Moss) Add arm candy to this outfit along with a purple or red lipstick for added impact.

Satin slip Dress // Faux Fur Jacket // Clutch bag // Earrings // Suede lace up heels // Lipstick Violetta MAC

Tip: Check out Zando online for loads of smart jackets!

I hope I’ve left you with some inspiration.  Happy shopping & keep warm

x

My favourite seasons

This is probably the last post I will do for a while that will benefit both my Southern and Northern Hemisphere friends.  We’re getting closer to similar temperatures (well probably still about 10 degrees difference) but a Northern Hem person pretends to feel warmer when they see the sun and a Southern Hem person gets chilly way too easily.

Spring and Autumn are my favourite seasons for dressing, the perfect temperature for all the things I love to wear.  Its cropped trouser weather (perfect 5ft3 leg length choice), Macs (another fave of mine) little cropped jackets (think boucle, denim, military style), fun shoes without sweaty feet or freezing feet (depending on where you live) pointed flats and best of all no bulky coats.  I really am NOT a fan of coats.

So how to wear all of the above.  The options are endless. Roll up the chino (hot trend) wear with anything from white sneakers to heels.  Add a collared shirt and earrings for a smarter look or a t-shirt and denim jacket for something more casual.  Wear shorts with a knitted jumper and military green jacket.  Pair an embroidered 3/4 dress with ankle boots and a Mac.  Need I say more.  Shop the season’s picks below!

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Wear a pair of ankle boots with this Embroidered Dress for those drizzly days and throw a Mac overtop.

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These Tassel Sandals will look super cute with rolled up chinos if weather permits.

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I adore this Ruffle Sleeve Top  worn with anything from skinny jeans, to chinos, smarter trousers or tucked into a skirt. Love the statement sleeves!

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Rolled up Chinos are such a hit this season and so versatile.  Wearing them with heels looks so chic as does a pair of sneakers for a dress down edge.

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Pop these ultra cool Comme des Garçons sneakers on with absolutely anything you fancy, they will work!

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The military trend that never dies, this vintage army jacket  is great for cool weather when there’s a chill in the air. Every closet needs one.

Hope you all have a super week and happy shopping! Remember you can click the blue links on this page to shop the items directly.

XXX

 

 

 

New Dress Code Round Up

To say I’ve been obsessing about purchases over the last few months would be an understatement.  I’ve thought, dreamt and physically tired myself out over finding what I think I’m going to want and need living a new lifestyle in a completely different climate to the past 11 years in London.

Two things I know is, it’s casual and it’s hot! Of course there are always going to be those very few (probably not that necessary but couldn’t resist) purchases that have egged their way into the basket (managing to get hold of the inner fashion goddess spirit and the head is nowhere to be seen or heard!) But overall I’ve been wise, pulled myself together, talked some sense to the wild free spirited side of the brain and managed to refrain from the fairly left-field decisions that I sometimes like to make when it comes to dressing.  On the occasions where I haven’t managed to hold back, generally upon arriving home and rethinking my decisions I have have managed to return these so called wild idea purchases, however, sometimes with great reluctance….

I have no problem advising others what to buy but when it comes to myself I deliberate forever.

I have curated a couple of pieces and whilst this is a very small selection of my super spree, it’s a little round up of what the future dress code will look like.  These I believe are all wardrobe staples and will hopefully be with me for many years to come.  You would think I was moving to the middle of the outback the way I am banging on as if I am never going to walk into a store again, which of course is NOT the case, however I do know that South Africa is not cheap and I am going to kick myself if I find I’m needing a white linen tee, searching for weeks on end for starters to find “the one” and when finding it spending half my family’s food budget on buying the simple item.  Whereas here, I know where to get it, I know it’s not going to break the bank and I know what the quality is going to be.

As you may have gathered I am rather meticulous about fit and fabric, and will scrutinise most of what I purchase, which my poor husband has had to succumb to and bear the brunt of my ongoing explanations and reason’s of why I don’t feel that a particular item is not right.  (rolling his eyes, crying inside because he’s desperately wanting the search to be over).  Not only have I been doing this for my wardrobe, but for the boys and our home interiors….needless to say I think he is completely and utterly over shopping.  I would like to add that he has been an absolute star and great resource for sourcing certain items for us, I hold his opinion in high regard and have so enjoyed having such a big input from him in all the decisions that we have made from rugs, crockery and lighting to boys toys, and my running shoes and goodness knows what else.

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Crochet Tank Top Rag & Bone, no longer available online, similar here // Paige Cropped jeans similar here or on US site here // Clare Vivier Clutch similar here (although double the price I paid)

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Striped BCBGeneration (now on sale) bikini // Bailey Nelson Sunglasses // Nightie/swimwear cover-up/tunic (whatever I want it to be top 😉 – also on sale!) Anthropologie

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Tassel boho blouse similar here // Black bikini Primark (!) // Denim short Levis similar here

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Grey Henley H&M // Green lace bra Bonds // Breath v-neck bra Gap // loungewear/running shorts similar here

It’s going to be a completely different way of dressing but I’m certainly looking forward to it; simple, comfortable and beachy with hopefully a need for a touch of elegance, cooler weather and (glamour) every now and then when I get to bring out the dusty rose faux fur, 4″ heels and crocodile leather evening bags ;-).  For now I’m so ready for sandals, shorts, and baskets.

XXX

PS excuse the dodgy iphone pictures

Pictures via Pinterest

 

Off the Shoulder Sexiness

If there is ANYTHING you should be buying right now, it is the Off The Shoulder top! Seriously! The shoulders on a woman are firstly, the most desirable part of the body. No matter what age you are your shoulders are (or should be) in dam good nick! You show off just the right amount of flesh, its pretty, it’s sexy, it’s great for getting a tan without straps.  There are so many reasons why this style works for everyone!  Here are a few I am desiring!  Make sure you pack one of these in your summer suitcase! Otherwise darling, you will be so sorry.

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ASOS

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Why yes, they are all white, but you know me, summer is white, white is simplicity, simplicity is beauty and all that jazz. Happy shoulders, happy lady!

x

Spring Transitions

Casual Comforts is how Im feeling right now.  The temps should be warming up later in the week, and gradually more so as April inconspicuously springs it’s pretty self upon us, but as we transition across to Spring it’s difficult to start breaking out into skirts without tights, short sleeves and god forbid we need to get those winter feet out into sandals! This outfit will keep you at the perfect temp, has the right amount of ventilation without showing any skin but still looking stylish and slightly sexy in a comfortable manner, no?! I love the flattering jeans with the wide weaved knit which has a lowish V-back. You will be hitting the ground running in the style steaks with these open sided shoes which are bang on trend, again feeling less wintery but without really putting the white feet on show completely! Grab your hand held clutch and a chunky ring and you’re looking ever so covetable.  Remember feeling comfortable is the key to looking confident and good.  It’s my pleasure!

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Does your watch define your style (the men’s edit)

I think subconsciously the watch a man choose’s to wear defines his style, not just the design but the brand too. A leather strap Omega is classic and subtle, a gold Rolex or Cartier watch is more formal and flashy which probably means if the man isn’t dressed in a suit most of the time he’s sporting a smart casual vibe on the weekend. The sporty Casio Rubber Chronograph style most probably means he spends most of his life in outdoor gear.  Or a Nixon or Marc Jacobs depicts a fashion forward trendsetter. I have picked three watches from the premier auction site, Invaluable and styled an outfit around each watch to show you just what I am talking about. Slide2

Watch: Girard Perregaux (1960) Invaluable // Grandad Pullover Scotch & Soda // Jeans D Squared at Selfridges // Converse ASOS // Esprit Ribbed Slouchy Beanie  at ASOS

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Watch: IWC Men’s Gold and Leather watch Invaluable // Blue Suit Hugo Boss at Selfridges // Classic White Twill shirt by Duchamp at Selfridges // Elliot Rhodes Classic brown belt at Selfridges // Classic Footwear at Church’s

Slide3Watch: Breitling Superocean Heritage 46 watch Invaluable // Mid Length Army Jacket Scotch & Soda // Faded colour Grey, Navy and Burgundy Scarf Missoni at Selfridges // T-Shirts ASOS // Slim fit Chino’s Scotch & Soda // Boots ASOS