Tuesday, 25 November 2014

The Shoe Girl Styles It: Office Sophistication (Burgundy)

Oh looky over here, what's this? Hmm, that would be me getting my butt in gear! I don't know what happened to the tail end of last week, but I suspect it's tiredness from physio. After a session, I just lose all motivation for anything. Not good. I've not even been resting, I just chased my tail all weekend, trying to do bloggy things but not achieving anything. Then yesterday I burst out crying over makeup I wanted that sold out! It was part toddler tantrum ("my want it"), part frustration and part genuine disappointment that it had gone. I think I'm just realising how difficult it is to keep abreast of new releases and do Christmas shopping etc without ever being near a shop. Anyway, you'll note a new look to the blog, so my weekend wasn't completely wasted. Can't tell you how much I deliberated with losing the pink background...took several attempts over months before I finally had the courage to do it. The pink felt very me, the white is a bit stark and sleek, but I'll see if I get accustomed to it. New header and new font too, but still some things to sort, which I'll get to in time. Onto the shoes today and these are just glorious, can't believe I've never seen them before now. They are called 'Sophistication' by Office £68 and come in several shades, these are the burgundy. I used the side-view above, so you could really see the colour, though I prefer looking at the lovely detail across the toes. I wanted an outfit that lived up to the name of the shoes, so opted for this pencil skirt by Topshop, with sheer lace hem and floral top from Miss Selfridge. I kinda wanted an evening look, so added the little beaded clutch from Aldo. If you can stand the 4 1/4" stiletto heel, these would make perfect Christmas party shoes. I love the mix of deep colours and all the textures. What do you think? Oh and I forgot to mention, there is currently 20% off and free standard delivery on all full price items at Office (for a limited time) with the code SNOW.  The Shoe Girl Styles It: Office Sophistication (Burgundy)

Worn with:  Miss Selfridge satin floral top £35, Topshop soft lace pencil skirt £42 and ALDO beaded box clutch £45.   

Day 1004 - Shoesday Tuesday

Shoes: Silver 'Lucky Lady' Irregular Choice

With all the limited editions and 'character heel' releases these days, I rarely get to buy from the main Irregular Choice range (lack of money and space).  However, that doesn't mean I don't see anything I like, quite the opposite!  This season I had my eye on a few pairs of boots, which I always see as good investment pieces.  Winter feels like such a long period, that anything I wear during it will be well worn.  With IC not necessarily being 'trend' led pieces, I have boots from years ago that don't look out of place now, so whatever I buy will last a long time too.  I took advantage of a recent discount code then, to buy these Lucky Lady boots.  My first choice was the floral version, but they'd been sold out in my size size for weeks, so I went for the metallic pair instead.  The 'silver' are a lovely dark, crackled pewter shade (darker than they look above), with large, decorative, grey satin bows up the front and a side zip.  I found them really small, but eventually managed to get them on and zipped up.  The length was alright, but width was the issue.  They would perhaps stretch with wear, but they felt uncomfortable and there was such a struggle to zip them up that I'd personally opt for the bigger size.  Plus with them being winter boots, you'd hope to wear them with tights or socks and there was definitely no room for that.  As it turns out, I was lucky enough to win a brand new pair of the floral ones on eBay last week, in the bigger size, so I've returned these.  Had I not got the floral I'd have exchanged them for the size up, but it's too indulgent to get both just now.  I should probably admit to buying another pair of boots at the same time as these, so you'll see them very soon!  Do you like these?

Fit:  Just over 4" heel and inside zip.  Feel narrow and a little small.
Comfort:  I don't foresee any issues with the proper size.      

Thursday, 20 November 2014

The Shoe Girl Styles It: Privileged Applause

Sometimes I think it's good to try something outwith your usual style and while there are elements of these boots I like, I'm really not sure I'd wear them myself. I don't mind the uppers too much (though I'm not much of a white fan), the elasticated bit and zip, I could take or leave. The perspex heel though, I love. It looks like you're standing on your tip-toes, wearing flat shoes from a side angle. The winkle picker toe is the main component I dislike. I just think the whole boot would be more appealing with a shorter and softer toe shape. What do you think? They are Privileged 'Applause' £75, exclusive to Schuh and also come in black.  I wanted to try and style them anyway, to see if I could make them more tempting. So, I'd wear them with this Jaeger star printed dress, add some glitter tights and this quirky clock bag, which actually looks like it was made for these boots. I added this stunning coat, which I've been drooling over all week. It also comes in red (very Mrs Claus), I could just gobble up that lace trim collar! Like the lovely one yesterday, it's a whopper of a bargain with 60% off from £365 down to £149.50. Have I managed to make these boots more appealing or perhaps you liked them anyway?The Shoe Girl Styles It: Privileged Applause
Worn with:  Libelula 'Paris' green wool coat £149.50 (sale ends 23rd Nov), Boutique by Jaeger 'Starlight' dress £69 (sale 54% off, ends 23rd Nov) both BrandAlley, Topshop glitter tights £8.50 and Aldo 'Holiday Clock' bag £30.  

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Wednesday, 19 November 2014

The Shoe Girl Styles It: Schuh Carnival

Hello my lovelies.  Today I'm looking at these sassy leopard print courts, Carnival by Schuh £65.  I'm not a big one for pointed toes, unless it's done well (i.e. not too elongated), like my Carvela Attack for example.  These definitely remind me of them.  I started off with a totally different look (a plain dress), but I changed it because I wanted to show that you can work animal print with other prints, like this floral Great Plains dress.  The lovely coat by Libelula London is a steal at less than £100 when it retails for over £300, saving 68% and I finished the outfit with a little mustard bag.  I love the little fox on it.  The dress really ties the shoes, the bag and coat all together, but I don't find the floral and clashing leopard print overbearing.  What do you think, do you like this look?    The Shoe Girl Styles It: Schuh Carnival
Worn with:  Libelula 'Ruby' wool coat £99.50 (sale, ends 23rd Nov), Great Plains waterfall garden dress £24.50 (sale, 65% off) and Fiorelli 'Phoebe' fox bag £19.50 (sale, 50% off, ends 20th Nov) all BrandAlley.  

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Day 1003 - Shoesday Tuesday

Shoes: ASOS Homework 

Ahhhh, don't you miss the crazy old days, when you couldn't predict what weirdness would grace my feet next? I've had these shoes for a couple of months now, but they must've passed me by when they first came out (which is rare) or maybe I was going through a phase of not buying shoes because I had no room and/or money. Hmm, yes, that sounds more familiar. My only excuse is @Asos_Felicity made me do it! To rewind a little, ASOS have a stylist section on their site now, where you can get tailored advice from one or all of the lads and ladies. You can find their personal edits of what's just hit the site and can also follow them on Pinterest, Twitter or Instagram and watch their YouTube videos. Gorgeous Felicity is the 'curve' expert and after seeing her in the ASOS magazine, I decided to check out her Instagram (I'm not on Instagram (or Twitter or Pinterest) myself but can view public accounts). I am so glad I did, because she is just a breath of fresh air. Fashion is fun for her, regardless of size and she comes across as so vibrant and confident, which is pretty infectious. I'm confident enough in styling myself, that I'm not looking for advice, but I'm glad there's someone like her in the 'plus-size' corner fighting for sparkles, fake fur, leopard print and head to toe pink! I always laugh when I see her daily edit, because it usually features more than one item I've already added to my saved list. Then I go on her Instagram and see a pair of shoes or bag I just bought, so our taste can be very similar!

Anyway back to these shoes and once I saw Felicity wearing them, I just had to have them. They were sold out by then though, so I did my usual stalking routine until I found one pair of size 5's and here they are.  They have a giant platform and heel, which looks chunky from a side-view but is actually quite flat straight on. The front is embroidered, along with the heel which also has some beading. Then there's the adorable pom pom finish to the zip (my favourite bit). My worry was the ankle strap would be too tight (it isn't) and I'm so glad I didn't have the option of a size 6 because they are actually quite roomy (similar to my River Island 'Perine' that they can be difficult to get on, but once on, the length is ample).  I feel really naughty posting shoes you can no longer buy, but they also came in black, so between the two links you might get lucky at some point.  I just bought a belt at the weekend that I really didn't need but Felicity looked so great in it, I couldn't resist it!  Hmmm, this could become an issue!  What do you think of these shoes? Have you heard of the ASOS Stylists and do you follow any of them?

Wearing:  Striped, lace socks Meadham Kirchhoff for Topshop.
Fit:  5 3/4" heel with 2" platform.  Back zip opening and small elasticated section on ankle strap.  A little long, opt for usual size or size down if between sizes.  
Comfort:  The zip might rub at the back of the heel after a while and I'm not sure I'd run anywhere in them (!) Might be a little tentative at first!   

Sunday, 16 November 2014

The Shoe Girl Styles It: L.K. Bennett Faye

You know what really irks me about L.K.Bennett? When people say they're a "high street" brand (not a fault of the company itself). It usually goes hand in hand with a story about Kate Middleton and how "oh my God, she wears high street, she's keeping it real"!! Erm, yeah whatevs. I'm sure we'd all happily, "keep it real" in a £400 pair of 'high street' shoes given the chance! I just think from a price-point of view (and I'd be inclined to include places like Kurt Geiger too), that (consistently) three-figure priced shoes aren't "high street". You could most certainly find 'designer' shoes from the likes of Vivienne Westwood (and I'm not talking 'jellies'), Miu Miu and Sophia Webster for that price (or possibly a couple of pairs) and even a plain court from Christian Louboutin or Jimmy Choo would retail for a similar price. Anyway mini-rant over, that's why I'm including these crystal encrusted Faye courts £420.90 in my luxe edition of TSGSI. You can find the same court minus the sparkly bits for a more respectable £225...but that just leads back to my argument of, should a plain black suede and mesh court on the 'high street' really cost £225? I paired them with this bold Jaeger houndstooth coat (sale ends tonight) and for a splash of colour, a bright red dress. The bag was just sheer extravagance and 'because I can' on my weekend edition! Having pawed over it in real life, I can guarantee it's swoon-worthy. The red lining and those adorable shoe shaped clasps, just divine! How do you like this outfit and how do you class something as high-street or not?The Shoe Girl Styles It: L.K. Bennett Faye
Worn with:  Jaeger houndstooth wool coat £179 (sale ends tonight, save 56%), Hobbs London 'Matilda' dress £53.70 (sale, save 70%) both BrandAlley and Christian Louboutin 'Loubi Lula' clutch £550.  

Friday, 14 November 2014

The Shoe Girl Styles It: Shellys Umessi

Here's my final look this week using David Emanuel at Bonmarche items.  Today I chose a black faux fur jacket and the shoes are Shellys Umessi £95.  I wanted this look to be a fun, going-out outfit, quite relaxed and 'hey, I don't care, I'm wearing a t-shirt on a night out' type thing!  It's practical though, with the cosy coat and check out the big grip soles on those shoes, no slips with them!  BooHoo always seem to kill it with their slogan T's, so I knew exactly where to look for this 'Hot Mess' one from their Plus range and paired it with these Wallis Live Unlimited legging/trousers (don't make me say 'treggings').  I actually bought these a couple of weeks ago, but I'd advise sizing up if you're between (I didn't and they don't fit) as they pull-on but there's very little stretch to the small section of waistband that is elasticated (my bum was definitely saying "no way, Jose").  I finished the look with a sassy, dark lip from Dior, tassel earrings and this adorable unicorn clutch.  Remember you can still enter AW11 on Bonmarche for £5 off wys £25 or £10 off wys £50 or more. Do you like this look?     The Shoe Girl Styles It: Shellys Umessi
Worn with: David Emanuel short faux fur coat £55 Bonmarche,  BooHoo Plus 'Georgia' slogan T-shirt £12,  Live Unlimited animal detail trousers £22.50 (sale) Wallis, The WhitePepper unicorn clutch £40, ASOS filigree tassel earrings £8 and Dior Addict Fluid Stick in 995 Intrigue £23.40.  

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

The Shoe Girl Styles It: Privileged Glaze

Later than I would've liked with this post today due to a plumbing disaster! Why is it I'm always home alone when something goes wrong? Anyway, today I'm styling these metallic, peep toe shoe-boots called 'Glaze' by Privileged £76. The shaped wedge heel reminds me of The Fortress in Superman/Smallville, a black version obviously. Not sure I need to be reminded of that on shoes!  The uppers feature loads of bright colours so were very easy to style. I chose this David Emanuel pink floral dress and jacquard coat with a black muff and floral bunny brooch. I just found my muff that I had when I was a kid, it's probably about 30 years old and it's still in such good condition. I thought it had been lost years ago, but I just washed it and it came up great (it's pale blue fur).  I'm so excited to use it this winter!  Do you like this look today?  The Shoe Girl Styles It: Privileged Glaze
Worn with: David Emanuel jacquard dress coat £50 and pink floral sequin dress £30 both Bonmarche, ASOS faux fur muff £22 and One Button bunny brooch £15.  

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Day 1002 - Shoesday Tuesday

Shoes: Coral 'Trixy' Irregular Choice

I thought I'd photograph these for you before returning them, so you could see how they look on the foot (which by the way is GORGEOUS).  My original post on Pink Haired Princess has more info and images and I mentioned the sizing on there too, but I'll reiterate.  I sized up, like I always do with the character heels, but these feel a little big on me.  I think my regular size would've been a snug fit, but they'll likely stretch a bit with wear anyway.  I kept the black pair in the same style, so I'm hoping insoles will be enough to fix it and that they don't become really 'too big' with wear.  Schuh have just got the coral pair in (link above, in sizes 3-8 with free delivery) if you missed your size when they launched.  The biggest shocker with these shoes was the colour, which we were all thinking was a soft peach and turned out to be a bright, neon coral in the flesh.  I adore the glitter bow, it's super sparkly.  I think the unicorn suits being all gold, even more than the original heel.  What do you think, do you like these?

Fit:  4 3/4" heel and 3/4" concealed platform.  Regular size will be a snug fit, but likely stretch with wear.  
Comfort:  No issues with these.   

Monday, 10 November 2014

The Shoe Girl Styles It: Schuh Drive

To coincide with my latest Pink Haired Princess post, a review on a very cute teal dress, I will be styling David Emanuel at Bonmarche items all week.  I've spoken more about the collection in that post, but there are hidden gems in there, believe me.  So the shoes today are Drive by Schuh £45, not a drive-by Schuh because who would shoot at shoes?  A drive-through Schuh now that would be cool...imagine that.  Anyway they remind me of the Ted Baker stuff this season, same colourful floral print but half the price!  I teamed them with this lace sleeved dress, some seamed tights and a grey hat and big teal, fluffy stole.  Do you like this look?      The Shoe Girl Styles It: Schuh Drive
Worn with: David Emanuel lace sleeve dress £35 Bonmarche, grey fedora £22.50 (sale), teal fur collar £31.50 (sale) and gold geo brooch £3.50 (sale) all Miss Selfridge, Topshop black seam tights £8.

Sunday, 9 November 2014

The Shoe Girl Styles It: Nando Muzi Spike Court

A bit of a conundrum this week for my luxe The Shoe Girl Styles It.  I spied these trousers last week but in the end went for the cat pair, so I wanted to use the rhino print this time.  When I styled them, I realised the outfit was beginning to look very similar to last time and I thought that might be a bit repetitive.  So instead I've chosen two looks for you, using the same trench and trousers but switching up the tops and shoes.  On the right are the spiked courts by Nando Muzi £147 above (sale, they also come in a rose gold).  As the trousers are slightly cropped, it really shows off shoes like these and I think they are rather amazing.  I teamed the Orla Kiely camel coloured trousers and coat (for an extra 10% off both items use code 10EXTRA until 17th November) with this cute grey fox jumper.  While the outfit on the left has a nice contrast between the berry colours and navy rhinos.  This fine knit cardi by Manoush features a lovely frilled hem and the Paul & Betty courts £187 are the perfect match.  Eagle eyes will spot that they are the same style as the grey pair last week, thus why I felt I was cheating you a bit if I chose them again!  The elegant shape is just so pretty that I wouldn't be surprised if I pick them again and again (I shouldn't even mention they come in loads of colours and plain or patent leather too).  I finished that look with a large DSquared2 brooch.  I do love the spiked shoes, though I think the berry tones win me over in the other outfit.  Which is your fave?  The Shoe Girl Styles It: Nando Muzi Spike Court
Worn with:  Orla Kiely rhino trousers £99 (sale, see code above for an additional 10% off Coggles Outlet) and trench coat £179 (sale, see code above for an additional 10% off Coggles Outlet).  Manoush cardigan £118 (sale), Dsquared2 pearl brooch £108, Maison Kitsune fox jumper £291.  

Friday, 7 November 2014

The Shoe Girl Styles It: Leopard Glitter Courts

These shoes look totally different close-up from what I had in my mind when I looked at the smaller image.  I thought they were smooth glitter, not all that unlike my old Office pink pair.  However on the zoom, they've kinda got this meshy fabric overlay.  Still sparkly, so I like them regardless! You can find them here at Topshop £50 and they also come in an ankle boot if that's more your thing.  I teamed them with an entirely Topshop outfit; this cute faux fur trim lbd, black tights, a fluffy bag and a statement necklace.  What do you think of this look?    The Shoe Girl Styles It: Leopard Glitter Courts
Worn with: Feather hem bodycon dress £40, marabou feather box bag £45, 120 denier black tights £8 and navette stone collar £18.50 all Topshop.  

Thursday, 6 November 2014

The Shoe Girl Styles It: Topshop Rabbit (Cream)

Ooh I love this look today. I know I've been sticking to dark colours lately, but this gorgeous pastel outfit just came together and I adore each piece individually and together. The shoes are Topshop 'Rabbit' fur sandals £58. They also come in black here.  I'm liking the skinny double straps and the chunky (hello 'walkable') heel and of course the fluff is Clueless and Sophia Webster rolled into one.  Win, win!  I picked this beautiful gold and pink lace pencil skirt from Topshop and this stunning embellished cardigan from Miss Selfridge along with that amazing shaggy coat.  I couldn't resist adding the little chocolate coin clutch from New Look.  I actually updated my original post on the NL clutch bags, with a new version coming soon (it's right at the bottom of the post), before you click it, can you guess what it could be?  How do you like this look?
 The Shoe Girl Styles It: Topshop Rabbit (Cream)
Worn with:  Mongolian fur and suede coat £200 and embellished peach cardigan £39 both Miss Selfridge, Topshop limited edition lace pencil skirt £98 and New Look chocolate coin clutch bag £12.99.     

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

The Shoe Girl Styles It: Miss Selfridge Burmuda

Once again this outfit came together rather haphazardly, but in the end I'm rather pleased with it. I started with glitter boots, but changed to these Miss Selfridge 'Burmuda' furry ankle boots £59. They look a little brown to me here, but they are supposed to be black. I teamed them with this plus-size outfit; a gorgeous distressed metallic pencil skirt, plain black vest and a bird print kimono. I added a two-tone fur stole and this fun little clutch that just landed at ASOS today. Do you like this look?The Shoe Girl Styles It: Miss Selfridge Burmuda
Worn with: AX Paris Curve bird print kimono £35, 'Bunny' v-neck vest £10, 'Skye' cracked skirt £16 and 'Riley' faux fur scarf £12 all BooHoo, ASOS eyes box clutch £30.
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