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Sunday, 21 September 2014

The Shoe Girl Styles It: Vivienne Westwood Gillie


Hello sweets, hope you're enjoying the weekend. Today I'm styling these Vivienne Westwood Red Label 'Gillie' lace-ups £374 (free next day delivery (over £75) with code TMRW or 15% off for new customers with NEWCOG). You can't really see in this picture so well, but the laces are long enough to be wrapped up the leg or around the ankle several times (they've just tied them under the shoe here). Whenever I saw that metallic panel I just knew of the perfect dress to pair them with. It's from Monsoon and I've been patiently waiting to use it after seeing it in an email. It's an absolute stunner and a little more pricey than regular high-street prices (hence why I've included it in my 'luxe' edition), though it could pass for being twice or three times the price.  That structured shape is just so beautiful and the brocade fabric the perfect choice for such a dress.  I wouldn't over-accessorise (for once!) with jewellery, instead keeping that statement neckline simple, just adding a big pair of earrings and/or some rings.  Some might think the shoes aren't 'formal' or 'dressy' enough for this, but I wanted something a little 'heavier' that wouldn't be overshadowed by the bold dress.  Does this get the thumbs up from you?  The Shoe Girl Styles It: Vivienne Westwood Gillie
Worn with: Monsoon' Omari' jacquard dress £129, Lulu Guinness red perspex lips clutch £245 and Matthew Williamson jewel shard clip earrings £95.

Thursday, 18 September 2014

The Shoe Girl Styles It: Irregular Choice Cherry Deer (Brown)


I thought I'd have a go at styling the new brown version of Irregular Choice 'Cherry Deer' £140 after writing about them yesterday.  I'd definitely keep things tonal with rich wine, dark green or even a splash of navy like I've added here.  I'm not usually a tartan fan but this dress has been awaiting a suitable pair of shoes for some time on my Polyvore!  I added a brooch on the 'wrap' section up on the front shoulder as you would sometimes see in traditional Scottish dress with shoulder sashes, yet the shape of the dress is so modern it keeps it very current.  I just love it.  I hummed and hawed over a green coat as I wasn't keen to make things 'too much the same' colour-wise but this wine one just fitted in perfectly.  It's currently half price too!  I've added navy tights here, dark green or oxblood would work just as well.  I suppose it's rather appropriate that I choose a tartan outfit on such an historic day (Scottish Referendum), honestly it's kinda scary that your country and life is in the hands of others.  I sent my postal vote last week, but they think it's going to be close, today I get the feeling (certainly among my friends) that the 'yes' camp will win.  The practicalities of a new currency, changes to postal prices (er hello, I buy everything online from English companies), my blog I guess would change to '.sc' or whatever the Scottish would be (along with a separate eBay etc like Ireland) plus a lot of unsubstantiated promises with no evidence of working, make me want to stay as we are.  However the 'Braveheart element' of doing something really life-changing, standing on our own two feet and going it alone, not to mention what a waste the last few years getting to this point would be if we said 'no', are a huge draw.  In the end my decision wasn't made by listening to the media and debates, as there was so much uncertainty on both sides and you just wouldn't know what would or could happen until it did, instead I'd say I listened to my head more than my heart and we'll just have to see how it turns out.   The Shoe Girl Styles It: Irregular Choice Cherry Deer (Brown)
Worn with:  Dickins & Jones check wrap dress £70 and British Kensington wool coat £125 (sale), Topshop navy tights £6 and Red Herring pearl and stone brooch £10.

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Day 995 - Shoesday Tuesday


Shoes: Lilac glitter 'Toffee Splatter' Irregular Choice 

Hello my lovelies, how are you all this week? I decided pastel colours, cutesy bunnies and sparkle overload were needed this week, so meet Toffee Splatter by Irregular Choice (I can only find the black version in stock from letsbuyshoes). Yeah, not for the faint hearted! I was so desperate for these last year that I bought a size larger than usual because it was the only pair left. I think I probably would have been alright with the size down, though there's certainly not masses of extra length. The straps feel a little big (though don't look it in the photos), but as they are covered in so much glitter, I'm not sure I'd have wanted them all that tight. The glitter is rough to the touch ("but sharper than the gleam in your eye", sorry 5ive Battlestar lyric!), so I'd imagine it could easily snag tights and I'm not sure if it would irritate the skin with continued movement. Obviously the underside is soft, but the glitter edges worry me a bit. Even getting the strap into the buckle is a struggle because it's so thick and padded with all the fabrics/glitter (and the buckle is actually a good, non-fiddly one) though it will get easier with wear as more of the glitter falls off! I'm not sure if I'll ever wear these because of these points, they don't seem the most practical, but with their beautiful mint and lilac colours and large applique bunny on the heel, I'm sure you'll agree they will make stunning display shoes!

Fit: 6 1/2" heel and 2 1/2" platform. True to size, adjustable buckle fastening.
Comfort: See above.

Monday, 15 September 2014

The Shoe Girl Styles It: Irregular Choice Uh Huh


I'm not very organised this week, because I had to give in to the overwhelming tiredness and take the weekend off. I basically did very little besides watching dvd's, it was fun while it lasted! Back to work today and I thought I'd have a go at styling these Elvis-like heels, 'Uh Huh' by Irregular Choice £159. I actually spied the leggings and the shoes immediately popped into my mind and I wondered if I could make them work together. I originally had a shorter length dress with it, but it was a pity to cover up most of the print with a straight skirt. I'm not a fan of leggings as trousers though, so came up with the idea of a maxi dress with splits to show off the legs rather than a long top or short dress. BooHoo had tonnes (fyi use FROCKON for 24% off dresses only until midnight tonight), but when I saw this sheer maxi, it just all fell into place. The lining underneath is actually much shorter when on the body (like just covering the models bum, rather than almost knee length it looks here)...I'm not saying you'll see the entire faces, but you could howk the lining up to where you feel comfortable (good Scottish word for you there). I added the 'camera' bag because both Elvis and Marilyn seemed to crave the spotlight yet found fame and the paparazzi hard to handle, so it seemed apt. Again with the black, told you I was feeling it! Do you like this outfit? The Shoe Girl Styles It: Irregular Choice Uh Huh
Worn with: BooHoo 'Una' maxi chiffon shirt dress £20, Too Fast Marilyn & Elvis 'Lexi' leggings £29.99 and Accessorize 'Cara' camera bag £29.

Friday, 12 September 2014

The Shoe Girl Styles It: Boden Mary Jane (Leopard)


Today sees the turn of these gorgeous leopard print Mary Jane by Boden £129. My favourite of all the colours I've featured this week (see yellow here and metallic here). I mean leopard AND mary-janes, what more could a girl ask for?  I also saved the best outfit for last, I adore this! I'm not usually one for velvet but would happily make an exception for this little dress. It's gorgeous and so obviously Wednesday Addams inspired, that I couldn't resist styling it similarly. Black over the knee socks are a must, add a hard glossy bag, pile on the rings and that collar is screaming out for a statement brooch in the centre. The leopard shoes are a nice twist on the whole look and I just love it. I'm feeling like I could easily go back into a 'black phase' and just wear it head to toe, all the time! Do you like this outfit? Remember you can still save 10% at Boden and get free delivery and returns using code J9W3, until September 14th. Plus, if you really fancy this dress (and something else or indeed anything) from Attitude Clothing (just click the link below), then you qualify for free Sunday delivery (order before 12 noon Saturday) and use code SUN50 (when spending £50, UK mainland only, not valid with any other code or sale items) or FREE50 (when spending over £50) for free standard delivery.The Shoe Girl Styles It: Boden Mary Jane (Leopard)
Worn with: Kill Star 'Addams' velvet dress £49.99, Boohoo Khloe knee high socks £4, Therapy 'Fiona' handbag £35, Miss Selfridge blue stone ring pack £14.50 and Mood statement navette stone brooch £12.

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

The Shoe Girl Styles It: Boden Mary Jane (Pewter)


Sorry for the late post, I had computer problems which forced me to abandon all work. Hey I managed to read and recycle 4 magazines though, so that's alright. Today I'm looking at the metallic pewter Mary Jane from Boden (£119), you can click to see how I styled the yellow ones on Monday. You can still enter J9W3, for free returns and delivery at Boden and 15% off. It's a diminishing discount, so it changes to 10% on the 12th. These shoes come in half sizes, which is always handy and the heel height is 3 1/2". I've teamed them with this gorgeous birdy tapestry skirt, then my sweet tooth led me to the cupcake cardigan and cutesy doughnut bag, yum! The pin dot nude tights just bring the whole look together. Do you like this outfit?The Shoe Girl Styles It: Boden Mary Jane (Pewter)
Worn with:  Banned cupcake cardigan £18.99 (sale), Uttam Boutique tapestry bird skirt £45, New Look pink doughnut clutch £12.99 and Wolford rice dot tights £15.50 (sale)

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Day 994 - Shoesday Tuesday


Shoes: Sapphire 'Lady Dragon Globe' Vivienne Westwood Anglomania & Melissa 

These shoes were my most recent buy, though I've been hankering after them for years!  Every time I wear or see my amethyst pair, I'm reminded of the other colourway (sapphire) that came out at the same time.  I've worn that pair tonnes, so told myself if I ever saw the blue in my size for a decent price, to buy them.  I'd all but forgotten about them until I saw them on ASOS the other week; one pair, my size, great price, so I got them.  I've found them on Yoox here (in all sizes) if you're still searching for them.  This colour is not as see-through as the purple pair, so the glitter finish is a little more subtle but it is there.  The globe is the same colour on both pairs and in this case almost matches with the shoe.  Yet another fab addition to my ever growing Lady Dragons and my third pair of globes!  Do you like these?

Fit:  4 1/4" heel, adjustable slingback.  True to size, though narrow in the toe.
Comfort:  Usually these crush the toes after a while, but other than that are fine. 

Monday, 8 September 2014

The Shoe Girl Styles It: Boden Mary Jane (Citrine)


This week I've got three fabulous outfits for you with these Boden 'Mary Jane' shoes (£119, enter J9W3 for 20% off, free returns and shipping until Wednesday). Today I'm looking at the 'Citrine' yellow colour. The shape is pretty basic, yet elegant and sleek and I never get tired of mary-jane styles as they are so versatile (great for wearing with socks or tights too). This dress I originally thought was calling out for a clashing bag, in bright pink. However the more I played around with it, the more I liked the yellow and teal with it. It also looks great with plum, light blue, lilac, turquoise or lime. The print is just stunning and I couldn't resist the unicorn earrings because you can almost feel the magic oozing out of that tree print. Do you like this look?The Shoe Girl Styles It: Boden Mary Jane Citrine
Worn with: Uttam Boutique trees and bluebell dress £75, La Fille des Fleurs studded clutch £49, Me & Zena unicorn earrings £20 (sale).

Sunday, 7 September 2014

The Shoe Girl Styles It: Markus Lupfer


Hot on the heels of TSGSI: Luxe last week is another corker of an outfit. Ever since I first saw these Markus Lupfer cat print shoes (£340), I've quite literally been dreaming about them. Are they not just utterly fantastic? You would think they were fabric uppers, but it's actually leather. They have a giant 6" heel and 2 1/4" platform. I've also seen them in black, but for once like the powder blue better. I proper need these in my life! Anyway, I kept the rest of the outfit relatively simple (unusual for me), the sequin 'bunnybird' jumper is adorable, could you imagine if you actually got bunny-ladybirds? I think bunny sized ones would be too fat to fly, so they'd have to be ladybird sized bunnies. Oh wow, that would be sooo cute! The satchel, er hello perfect colour match! I could totally see this outfit working with grey tights, long socks or even ankle socks.  Do you like this look? Can you lend* me £340? *In this case 'lend' means 'give'.The Shoe Girl Styles It: Markus Lupfer Cat Platforms
Worn with: Markus Lupfer sequin bunnybird 'Emma' jumper £295, Carven grey wool skater skirt £240 and The Cambridge Satchel Company 'Classic 14" in Bellflower Blue' £90.

Friday, 5 September 2014

The Shoe Girl Styles It: Boohoo Florence (Black)


Hello and happy Friday! I'll be glad to see the back of this week for some reason. Anyway I picked another plus size outfit for The Shoe Girl Styles It today. The shoes are called Florence from Boohoo £25 and remind me slightly of my Bertie 'Superstar' wedges. I have a thing about multi straps and buckles like this, I just love it (don't worry they have an inside zip, so you don't have to undo the buckles each time). They also come in nude and the black have just been restocked after almost selling out earlier in the week. At that price, they aren't going to stick around for long. The dress features a beautiful floral print and comes in sizes 16-24. I'm not sure if it's available in their main range too, I've certainly not seen it when browsing. The bag I originally chose, sold out almost as soon as it came in, no wonder it was rather Moschino-esque! However the alternative is pretty cute. The statement necklace is a fab find I reckon. Do you like this look?The Shoe Girl Styles It: Boohoo Florence (Black)
Worn with: 'Naomi' floral shift dress £18 and 'Heidi' bird necklace £5 both Boohoo, ASOS studded cat ears bag £18, Cocoa Powder Foundation £28 and Melted Liquified Lipstick £19 both Too Faced.

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

The Shoe Girl Styles It: Boohoo Lauren


Hola chickies! Today I'm styling these black Lauren by Boohoo sandals £30, with 4 1/2" perspex heel. I wanted a monochrome look but with a little splash of colour. All the clothes featured in this post are plus-size, no idea why I haven't done this before, but thought it was time I did!  I'm in love with the slogan t-shirt (it's also available in the main range here). I'm also really loving these fun foody clutches from New Look. Ok, so they are pretty flat and won't fit much inside them, but they are kitschy cool.  At the moment they have a doughnut, burger and this milkshake one but look out for unicorn heads (in two colours, obviously I'm getting both) and some festive themes in time for Christmas. Do you like this outfit today?The Shoe Girl Styles It: Boohoo Lauren
Worn with:  Inspire oriental blazer £24.99, 'Lyla' slogan tee £14, 'Samia' midi pencil skirt £10, both Boohoo, Jeepers Peepers 'Isabella' 50s style pearl sunglasses £16.99 and New Look milkshake clutch £12.99 (online exclusive).

Monday, 1 September 2014

The Shoe Girl Styles It: Privileged Prose


After the sophistication yesterday, I wanted a fun and slightly silly outfit. Not that I would ever call my beloved Ariel 'silly'! For this, I chose the leggings first, then worked it from there. A longer length top, which has a dip hem at the back as I'm not keen on wearing leggings as trousers (you could always slip on a micro mini over the top of the leggings for added coverage). Then I spotted these crazy shoes, Prose by Privileged (70) and well the shimmering, textured, mermaidy blue uppers and fabulous perspex prism heel were just begging to be worn with those leggings. Add to that an iridescent (but more green than blue) clutch, some fun Rimmel products (sha-la-la-la-la-la-kiss-the-girl) and you may as well go all out with the little mermaid pendant too. Kitschy mermaid worthy? I reckon. Do you like?The Shoe Girl Styles It: Privileged Prose

Worn with:  Boohoo 'Daisy' curved hem tunic £14,  Truffle Shuffle 'Little Mermaid' leggings £26.99, Disney Couture 'Ariel' cameo necklace £44.99, New Look metallic portfolio clutch £15.99, Sweetie Crush nail polish in Violet Swizzle £2.50 (sale) and I Love My Lips lipbalm in Pink Blush £2.99 both Rimmel.  

Day 993 - Shoesday Tuesday


Shoes: Buns N' Roses wedge Iron Fist

Another pair of Iron Fist for you this week, this time with bunicorns (that's bunnies with horns if you were wondering).  Another print that I was just head over heels for (no pun intended).  Again, I had some sizing issues though and generally speaking wasn't very successful ordering direct from IF (had two separate orders and both ended up with items being refunded as there wasn't sufficient stock, plus a damaged item).  I ordered these in my usual size and they are rather small.  You can see and I feel a slight bulging over the front vamp and it's tight around the back of the heel with the ankle strap.  I think punching another hole into the strap should help this problem as length wise they don't feel too bad, until the strap is closed.  The tightness will hopefully ease with wear.  I think a full size up would be quite roomy, a half size would be ideal.  Do you like these?    

Fit:  6" heel and 1 3/4" platform.  Narrow and slightly small.
Comfort:  They don't feel very high despite the heel height, so appear to be easy enough to walk in.   

Sunday, 31 August 2014

The Shoe Girl Styles It: L'Autre Chose


It's been a few weeks since I've picked a luxe edition of The Shoe Girl Styles It, but ermahgerd, this one is amazing! As I added each item to the set it just got better and better and was already great to begin with. Starting with the shoes, by L'Autre Chose (£169) which have this cool 70's vibe and would just go with anything. I would buy every single part of this outfit, especially the jewellery. Nach jewellery is probably my best/worst discovery yet, because I literally want everything they make and can't afford it all! I decided against 'matching' my animals and went for a fox, squirrel and bunny, plus the dress has a cat print (I know, it's just too perfect).  I love this outfit, what do you think?
The Shoe Girl Styles It: L'Autre Chose

Worn with:  Orla Kiely cat print dress £299,  Hobbs chocolate tights £10, squirrel necklace £48, brown rabbit ring £75 and fox ring £55 (sale) all Nach.  
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