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

 

Summer Sandals

I stumbled upon the most magnificent mismatched pair of sandals this week (featured image) and after hunting them down (they live in Australia…)  I have come to the realisation that I may not be able to own a pair, down to tricky sizing, getting them here, risking them not fitting after getting them here, not being able to return them and having a lovely pair of incredibly expensive sandals sitting in my closet. And on second thoughts, maybe all that would be worth it in the event that they do actually fit, in which case the mission and cost would totally be worth it.

Whilst I feel none of the below even slightly compare to these beauties (in my eyes) here are some pretty cool easy going summer sandals that can be found on the high streets of SA.  I personally love a tan coloured sandal, I think it complements “a tan” and goes with the entire wardrobe, style permitting.

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Sandals with Tassels H&M
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Leather slides here

These knotted slides below are extremely comfortable and look way better on than off, I LOVE them! Link to UK site but can be found in SA stores.

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Twist Sandals Topshop

Good for wearing with Tea dresses, floaty skirts, feminine clothing and jeans alike.

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Leather Sandals Superbalist
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Suede Sandals Woolworths
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Leather Crossover Sandals Country Road
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Embellished Leather Slides Woolworths

Winners for comfort – Solillas. They come in a massive range of colours I do love these sparkly ones.  I haven’t come across this brand in SA yet but I have seen replicas in other stores (can’t guarantee the comfort of the non- Solillas however)

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Looking forward to perfectly pedicured tanned feet again 🙂

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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.

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5 Icons to update your closet now

Update your wardrobe instantly with a few minor tweaks!

Cropped kick flare jeans // Pointed flats // Silk shirt // Leather backpack // Cat-eye framed glasses 

How to style some of these items to get the best out of them, or wear the exact look above for super chic and on trend understated style. These pieces will be with you for as long as they last, total icons!

The Silk Shirt

The Cropped Flair

The Leather Backpack

The Pointed Flat

The Cat-eye sunny

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Are you afraid of trendy shops? Become a Convert!

So many people say to me, Topshop? Isn’t that for teenagers? Everytime I disagree, there is something in there for everyone! If you looking at the way that Topshop are styling their garments then dont! It can be quite overwhelming and if you don’t know what you are looking for before you enter the store then be prepared to get completely confused and either walk out with all the wrong purchases or perhaps nothing at all.  I find that they definitely do style the clothes in a slightly more alternative manner which probably does appeal to the younger generation, but if you look past that and scan the three story flagship store, there is so much in there and absolutely something for everyone! No matter what your age.

Some tips:

1) Have an idea of what you need for when finalising your purchases

2) Walk around with a basket and just grab everything that you like (you can go through it again later and ditch whatever you change your mind about

3) When trying on, decide firstly if the garment fits well and suits you

4) What will you wear it with, you should be able to think of 3 ways to wear it

4) Don’t worry if it’s a trend piece, Topshop is generally good value for money so if the item is out of date next year then you haven’t lost all your savings.

5) If you think it’s too bold or too trendy (but you love it) then think of how you can dress it down. A very sparkly skirt with a tee. A floaty skirt with some plimsolls… etc

Need more convincing? Read this article on Wardrobe Icons about super cool, sickly stylish, 51 year old Kate Phelan who was Fashion Director at British Vogue, was lured by Topshop to become their Creative Director, only to be asked by Vogue again to continue on working for them “part time” as Contributing Editor, holding these two positions, she must know a thing or two about style and fashion, no!

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The store makes me so excited and I am converting clients all the time, young and old(er).  I have been so surprised at how many girls have said to me they never shop there because they never know what to buy or they felt that it was too trendy! Here are some of my favourite picks from the store right now. In fact there is so much that I love, that picking a few pieces was actually a ridiculous task for me but as I scanned the website these are the few that I know I do adore, having just seen them in the flesh on Saturday (plus so much more)….

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High Waisted Wide Leg Trouser
Silk Panelled Dress
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            Silk Formal Jogger
Suede Button Down Skirt
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Lace Skirt
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    Sequin Pencil Skirt
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Tassel Beach Dress
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 Utility Jacket
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                      Tailored Sleeveless Jacket
Stone Wash Baxter
Stone Wash Baxter

If you were always sold, great. If not this should surely get you visiting soon?

Happy Shopping 😉

X

PS remember you can shop directly from this site by clicking on the pics!

Shades of Pink

I don’t think about it all year around and then spring arrives and I see it all over and reminds me that even though I never wear it and think I don’t really like pink, I actually do. I love pink. Who doesn’t like pink!?! So this was reiterated again when this last week I spent quite a bit of time with a client who really loves pink. She’s one of those true pink fans, you know the ones that need to be told that they don’t need another pink tee, and their response is “but it’s not the same” 💕💗 I mean it in the best way possible. She loves every shade of pink. I want to thank her for reminding me how gorgeous pink is and how some shades really do compliment my skin tone! If you think you cannot wear pink, think again. Everyone can wear pink you just need to pick the right tone for your skin, so whether it’s rose, blush, fuscia, cerise, salmon, coral, magenta (the list goes on) there’s one out there for you.

Last year I spotted a gorgeous dress, I loved it for the style and not the colour (so I thought) then I tried it on and fell in love with the pale rose colour. However I did not make the purchase, I couldn’t think of an occasion that I was going to use it for so very sensibly put it back (doesn’t sound like me at all) and I kind of regret it! I have picked out some pretty pink items that I love and hopefully you do too.

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Screen Shot 2015-04-13 at 11.13.22Chair Loaf

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Bag Bottega Veneta at Matches

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Linen Tee J.Crew

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Cushions Villa de Luxe Boutique at Etsy

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Gemstone Bangle & other stories

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Pink Jeans Topshop

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If you follow me on Instagram on my new account @nikkicarloni_stylist you may have seen the pic of me in my coral pink jeans yesterday 😉

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And if you are still not convinced go out and buy yourself some pink flowers and see how much you love it!

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Have a good week x

Clocks vs Cold

I was looking up the date of the clocks going forward when I came across all these suggestions of what do do with the extra hour of light (as if we need help but anyway), they were pretty lame suggestions such as go to the park, have a bbq, go for an evening walk, sit in the garden, hang your washing outside..etc etc. however, clearly when jotting down these suggestions down no consideration went into the fact that the clocks will change but the weather won’t!

So we thinking, It’s nearly April, the Clocks have changed, lets wear Spring/Summer clothes and pretend it’s all ok.  Unfortunately the temp is what we are really feeling and the fact that it’s averaged about 10 degrees over the last two weeks hardly has me reaching for my spring dresses. So if you feeling so over that winter coat but like me are ridiculously sensitive to the chilly temps, then layer up to conceal the fact that you still in winter mode. Put that padded coat in the loft (if you dare), bring out your light weight jacket, but under that layer up. Starting with a thermal camisole, then your shirt or long sleeve top of choice, then the thicker jumper (sleeves pulled up) or a cosy long cardi or a jacket which is roomy enough for all those layers then chuck on the Trench/light weigh Mac. Make sure the layers are all different lengths and visible, otherwise you may just look puffy…

Slide1Trousers Topshop // Chunky Knit Jumper Misguided // Boyfriend Shirt Levi’s // Black Padded Cross Body Bag Rebecca Minkoff Shopbop // Snake Skin Slip Ons Question-air

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White wrap blouse Atterley Road // Black Loose fit trousers Cos // Structured Coat Massimo Dutti // Blazer Zara // High heeled court shoe Dune
And if you weren’t aware, the clocks go forward on Sunday morning, 1am  – Whoop Whoop!!!!
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