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Tuesday, 28 October 2014

The Shoe Girl Styles It: Office On Top (Red)


I'm really excited for TSGSI this week because I've gone for full-on fancy dress. Last week, I had Halloween themed items, but this time I thought I'd provide a little costume inspiration for the weekend. You have so many options with fancy-dress these days; there's a plethora of ready to wear 'bought' costumes, you can go down the crafty route and make your own or you can find perfectly suitable dress-ups from items you already own and/or can buy a few pieces of ordinary clothing and accessories that can be worn throughout the year, but when combined make the perfect Halloween outfit. I've gone for the latter, as I like a bit of a challenge and my first look is Cruella DeVille from 101 Dalmatians. I have to admit as much as I'm against animal cruelty, real fur and killing cute puppies for coats, that woman is one of my fashion icons! She always looks so chic with the furs and LBD's and animal prints. I'll have you know I won a prize for my Cruella costume at the school Halloween disco, some 17 years ago!

So I've created two different sets (one being plus size) and the shoes, have to be pointed for Cruella. It's all about sleek and powerful, so these Office 'On Tops' courts £65 are perfect (use code TREAT for 20% off full price, until Friday). The plus-size outfit features the red pair (more of a bright cherry red), while the other set is the winter red (a darker wine-ish shade). You need a bodycon black dress, preferably with a low cut neckline, like both of these have and then you need to be dripping in fur. "You can never have too much fur" is the look you're going for. I chose cream fluffy coats for both my outfits (cosy for 'trick or treating' too), but there's literally hundreds of styles on the high-street just now. I added long furry stoles to both for the 'more is more' idea (again there's loads of different ones out there) and I'd keep the main outfit to black and neutral colours, with the only acceptable 'colour splash' being red (blood red for added 'evil' don't you know). I chose red gloves to match the shoes and also red lipstick. On the plus size outfit, I added some fluffy pom pom keyrings to this already furry bag and on the other I chose this chic muff (which also comes in black). Obviously I needed to add a little plush dalmatian to each too...just be kind to it. Do you like these looks?The Shoe Girl Styles It: Office On Top Winter Red
Worn with: BooHoo 'Kate' plunge bodycon dress £8, Anita and Green faux fur jacket £64.99, New Look faux fur stole £17.99, ASOS faux fur muff £22, Dents classic fleece lined gloves £20 (sale), Jellycat Merryday puppy £17 and Max Factor Colour Elixir Lipstick £4.99.The Shoe Girl Styles It: Office On Top Red
Worn with: BooHoo Plus 'Ellen' plunge fitted dress £12, New Look Inspire cream textured oversized coat £54.99, BooHoo 'Megan' long scarf £16, New Look faux fur bowler bag £24.99, ASOS faux fur keyring £10 (each), Dents gloves £28 (sale), Hamleys dalmatian soft toy £9 (sale) and Calvin Klein Delicious Luxury Creme Lipstick £1.99.

Sunday, 26 October 2014

The Shoe Girl Styles It: Giuseppe Zanotti Fur/Spike Sandal


My luxe outfit this weekend, sees another pair of fluffy shoes, these amazing Giuseppe Zanotti spiked satin sandals £255 (sale).  The marabou trim looks so luxurious and those spikes, wowzers!  I paired them with this pretty little lace Manoush dress, some sparkly earrings and a little Viktor & Rolf box clutch.  The Dolce & Gabbana hairband not only has a lovely Autumnal feel but also ties in the gold touches from the shoes.  Luxury goth!  Question is, do you prefer this high end look to the high-street fluffy sandals look earlier?  The Shoe Girl Styles It: Giuseppe Zanotti Fur Spike Sandal
Worn with:  Manoush black lace dress £182 (sale), Viktor & Rolf box clutch £454 (sale), Dolce & Gabbana jewelled hairband £529 and Vickisarge clip on earrings £388.

The Shoe Girl Styles It: New Look Fur Strap Sandals


I'm a little late with this (would help if I'd pressed 'publish' yesterday), but my high-end outfit will be following later today. Whenever I saw these New Look fur strap sandals £24.99, I knew I was going down the cat route! The shoes also come in a lovely nude shade, but the black best fits my Halloween theme. I've teamed them with a dress that's been in my saved list for some time, it's by Kill Star and features these amazing fringed sleeves (they look stunning when on the model). I think I'd feel the need to walk around with my arms straight out, swooshing the fringes around! I've added an ASOS cat belt, kitty iPhone case and sparkling cat mask from the Katy Perry range at Claire's. The Topshop 'webbed' tights look like they've been laddered and shredded by a cat, so I thought they worked well too.  Do you like this look?The Shoe Girl Styles It: New Look Fur Strap Sandal
Worn with: Kill Star 'Huntress' fringe dress £44.99 (sale), Topshop black webbed tights £8.50, Claire's Katy Perry jewelled cat mask £8, cat belt £12 (also available in ASOS Curve here) and iPhone 5 cat case £8 both ASOS.

Thursday, 23 October 2014

The Shoe Girl Styles It: New Look (Wide) Multi Buckle Shoe


Hello lovelies, here's my next Halloween inspired outfit and it's also plus-size this time. The shoes are wide fit multi-strap shoes £39.99 from New Look (come in lovely tan too). I've styled them with this black Boohoo dress with pumpkin detail (it also comes in orange) and a long black cardigan and beautiful lace cat mask (optional!). I added some pumpkin socks for fun and imagine the puzzling looks when you go guising (trick or treating) and stash your sweeties in this chocolate bar clutch bag! Do you like this outfit?The Shoe Girl Styles It: New Look Wide Multi Buckle Shoe
Worn with: Pumpkin print 'Maria' dress £18 and 'Lexi' oversized knitted cardigan £20 both BooHoo, Topshop pumpkin ankle socks £3.50, Claire's black cat mask £12 and New Look chocolate bar clutch £12.99.

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Day 1000 - Shoesday Tuesday


Shoes: Embellished 'Lana' Sophia Webster 

Yes, the day has finally come, I've reached Day 1000! I will be writing another post on the momentous occasion later in the week, but for now "yay"! I've been keeping these shoes for a special moment, as they were my very first pair of Sophia Webster (if you don't count the River Island pairs she designed). They were an online exclusive at Net-a-Porter (so quite rare) and it was love at first sight, so I saved and saved until I could afford them. The clear pvc is embellished with differing sizes and colours of sequins and glitter, finished with a huge layered bow across the toe. There's two ankle straps and a t-bar both at the front and back with completely open back and sides and a peep toe.  If I'm totally honest, I think they look better off the foot than on.  I feel they kinda get a bit lost on your feet and aren't as noticeable as they should be.  I ordered a half size larger than normal and I'm glad I did, because they are very narrow (something I've found with all SW).  Thankfully with the open feel of these, your foot isn't forced into a too-small space, but I'd still recommend a half size larger.  Do you like these?  

Fit: 4 3/4" heel and two adjustable buckle fastenings on the straps.  Narrow, comfier with a 1/2 size larger.  
Comfort:  Despite the narrow heel, they appear easy enough to walk in.  Your toes may feel crushed after a while because of the narrowness.  

Monday, 20 October 2014

The Shoe Girl Styles It: New Look Embellished Heel Boots


Sorry I didn't have time for The Shoe Girl Styles It last week. I had a physio appointment and was pooper-scoopered for the rest of the week. This week, I thought it would be fun to have spooky inspired outfits in the run-up to Halloween. Not 'fancy-dress', but Halloween inspired. Is it just me or has everywhere gone crazy for Halloween this year? I haven't been near any shops, but certainly online there's loads of accessories and clothes that aren't intended as costumes but to get into the spirit (no pun intended). Is it becoming quite Americanised here then or do you think we just like the novelty? Anyway onto the shoes and they are New Look embellished heel ankle boots £39.99. I thought at first glance they had a glitter heel, but when I clicked the close-up, I could see it's actually tiny beads and stones stuck on. Pretty cool. I've teamed them with this rather creepy bandaged bodycon dress from Topshop and this beautiful belted M&Co coat (use code AUTUMN20 for 20% off until 28th October, on all full price items). Add some ghostly earrings, a 'bag of tricks' clutch and glow in the dark bat tights. Yes you heard correctly-watch me light up!  Do you like this?The Shoe Girl Styles It: New Look Embellished Boots

Worn with: M&Co Boutique fit and flare coat £99, monster bandage bodycon dress £29 and glow in the dark tights £10 both Topshop, BooHoo 'Katie' bag of tricks clutch bag £16 and Claire's ghost clip-on earrings £4.50.  

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Day 999 - Shoesday Tuesday


Shoes: Black 'Marble Moose' Irregular Choice 

Wassup peeps? I had to resort to using an old photo for these shoes today, but I haven't blogged them here before, so that's alright. I bought them last year and they fitted fine, until I tried to put them on yesterday and I couldn't get the buckle done up. I don't know if my feet have gotten fatter, I just couldn't find the hole, my boobs are too big for me to reach down to my feet or what! So I knew I had an old photo that would suffice. If I can't get the buckle fastened next time, I'm cutting another hole in the strap because these shoes are stunning and there's no way I'm parting with them! I thought they were pretty cute before I bought them, but once they were in my hands (and on my feet), it was love. I love the crazy...I mean the silly googly eyes and curled, gold eyelashes along with a mouth and nose sewn onto the platform won't be for everyone, but I think it's great!  I've sworn off shoe-buying for now, but I want the other two colours these come in too.  Do you like these?

Fit:  6 1/2 heel and 2 1/4" platform, adjustable buckle fastening. True to size.
Comfort:  The chunky heel feels very stable and you don't realise they are as high as they are.  

Sunday, 12 October 2014

The Shoe Girl Styles It: Marc by Marc Jacobs Shoe Boot


Better late than never they say, so here I am with a much later than planned Sunday TSGSI. I've got one of those headaches that makes you wonder if you'll even wake-up in the morning, so thought resting and sleeping would help, but it didn't.  So, if in doubt, blog! I watched Alvin & the Chipmunks (seen it before), fleeting moments of Stand By Me (seen it before) and Monster In Paris (never seen it) and cried at Tarzan (seen it once before). Fun times! Onto 'work' now and I was feeling a tad Halloween inspired and decided to just run with it ('tis the season afterall). They are kinda modern witchy aren't they? I think they are rather lovely, with a fab print and cut-out detail, weird sticky out adornment and black suede trim. They are Marc by Marc Jacobs £194 and available in sizes 2-6. I teamed them with this Manoush dress, which has a gothic dolly feel. The collar close-up, is actually cross-stitch and there's the flower brooch detail below that.  I'm most definitely getting an Ulyana Sergeenko vibe from this outfit! So it seemed appropriate to add the black lace veiled hairband and these little lace gloves.  Do you like this look?The Shoe Girl Styles It: Marc by Marc Jacobs Shoe Boots
Worn with:  Manoush short dress £212, Maison Michel hair accessory £86 and Too Chic lace gloves £43.   

Friday, 10 October 2014

The Shoe Girl Styles It: ASOS Party All Night (Black)


Ooh look at these pretties! A black court in a suede-like finish, with gems and studs and embroidery (which deserved their own close-up image). They're called Party All Night from ASOS £60 and also come in a pretty deep pink velvet. I chose to style them with an embellished black jumper, which I thought perfectly accented the details on the shoes.  Alongside this wonderful midi length, full floral skirt which looks remarkably similar to another high-street one that's several times the price (*cough*Coast 'Rita'*cough*).  Both the jumper and skirt are currently reduced in the sale too, so you could get this complete outfit for more or less the same price as that other skirt!  I accessorised with this fluffy black cat clutch bag.  I bought the pink one last week (and will be buying the black one too) and it's so ridiculously fun and HUGE!  I got the black purse for my sister and now need one myself because the black is super silky (much softer than the pink)...I could stroke it all day!  Do you like this look?
  The Shoe Girl Styles It: ASOS Party All Night
Worn with:  Embellished jumper £29 (sale) and floral prom skirt £24 (sale) both M&Co Boutique and New Look furry cat clutch bag £20.  

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

The Shoe Girl Styles It: ASOS Encore (Glitter)


Hello chickies, hope this week is going well for you. You really need to see the close-up or image on the foot of these boots to see how sparkly they are. I feel it doesn't come across so well in the image above. The boots are called Encore from ASOS £48 and also come in black with textured panel.  I like that they aren't too fancy or sparkly for daywear.  I've teamed them with a plain black peter-pan collar dress and these fun leggings from Pulp.  They have loads of other designs (Frozen, Cinderella, Adventure Time, Marvel etc) and they're all currently on 2 for £30 with the code 2LEGS.  Do you like this look?  The Shoe Girl Styles It: ASOS Encore
Worn with: M&Co Petite peter-pan collar dress £32,  Pulp 'Alice In Wonderland' leggings £17.99 (sale), black furry cat purse £5.99 and panda i-phone 5 cover £4.99 both New Look, Urban Decay Lip Junkie lipgloss £13, ArtDeco Camouflage Stick £8.50.

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Day 998 - Shoesday Tuesday


Shoes: Cream 'One Who Charms' Irregular Choice 

Day 998 and I'm almost running out of new shoes to show.  Or at least those I can access.  I've been photographing in bulk, when I've been feeling up to it but ran out of photos.  So this weekend went in search of other pairs I haven't blogged about here.  I found a couple, caused a mini landslide of shoe boxes and was so out of puff I had to give up.  I really hate my current shoe storage, it's no fun and all my fault for buying so many shoes.  We're almost at the point of emptying what will become my shoe-room, so then we need to organise a painter, order bookcases (still weighing up the doors or no doors thing) and get some flooring down.  It's much smaller than I expected and my collection is possibly much bigger than I realised, so don't be expecting great things!  It's not going to be the 4-walls of shoes I wanted (door, window and light switch take up space and cabinets don't fit the gaps left), so I can't see all my shoes fitting in there, which is a disappointment.  However anything will be better than avalanche alley! Plus I'll get some extra room back in my bedroom, instead of the wee pathway between shoe box piles that it is right now.  Anyway, I'm sure you'll recall me buying these...I probably wouldn't have bought this colourway had I known the black pair were coming out months later.  I don't really need both, but preferred the black and it had the matching bag that these didn't.  I sized up and as you can see below, the Velcro strap doesn't fully cross-over (though my feet are quite swollen just now) and the shoe itself is just right, so it was the correct choice.  They are out of stock now, but I've linked to the black pair which are still available.    

Fit: 4 3/4" heel and 3/4" concealed platform. Velcro fastening on strap. Small fitting, I took a whole size up.
Comfort: Don't see any issues with these.

Monday, 6 October 2014

The Shoe Girl Styles It: ASOS Excite Me (Nude)


I know these boots are plain, but I think they've got a nice shape and I kinda like the 'nude' colour that will go with everything.  They are called 'Excite Me' from ASOS £38 (and also come in black).  I wanted to pair them with a skirt and fell in love with this lace one, especially with that irregular, ragged hem detail.  I tried something a bit different pairing it with a jumper, plain cape (was a bit too plain, so I added a brooch) and this lovely furry bag.  I feel it should be a disaster, it certainly sounds it, but actually it's turned out rather chic!  What do you think?  The Shoe Girl Styles It: ASOS Excite Me
Worn with: Yumi navy daisy stripe jumper £20 (sale), M&Co Boutique lace pencil skirt £42, Ted Baker minimalist cape £199, Mood luxe deco brooch £12 and New Look faux fur tote bag £34.99.

Sunday, 5 October 2014

The Shoe Girl Styles It: DSquared2 Satin Sandals


Ok, hopefully this has worked, it's my first time scheduling a blog post. I'm currently babysitting three rowdy, nephews after their first sleepover at our house, so I know it's unlikely I'll have time to write this post (or even keep my eyes open). Prepared and organised for once, go me! So the shoes today are DSquared2 satin sandals £260 (they also come in a lovely dark green). They've got those heels that look chunky from a side view but are actually very slim when you see them face-on. Cheaters! The dress I picked to go with them is incredible. I just fall in love with Paul & Joe things, they're super cute. I also love that most of the time you can match their limited edition makeup cases (lipstick, blusher etc) to their clothing. We all need that matchy-ness in our lives! Plus it's got pockets.  Pockets! So kitty galore on the dress (worn with black tights) and then these adorable earrings from Nach. I think they are ferrets, though something is telling me they're supposed to be cats. Maybe not. Anyway, I picked them for the colours and cuteness rather than wanting to match cat prints...sure they are ferrets. Do you like this look?The Shoe Girl Styles It: DSquared2 Satin Sandals
Worn with: Paul & Joe Sister cat dress £240, Calvin Klein ultra fit tights £16 and Nach earrings £40.

Friday, 3 October 2014

The Shoe Girl Styles It: ASOS Read My Lips


It's funny how these posts work sometimes. I wasn't really feeling a particular style or theme and chopped and changed the individual items so many times. Sometimes, it's like that and you end up building an outfit but something isn't quite right, you're at the point of scrapping it altogether, then you just tweak one or two pieces and it all falls into place. I've ended up really loving this look. Before I get ahead of myself, the shoes are Read My Lips from ASOS £45. Lower than I'd personally wear, yet something is drawing me in (probably the glitter). I have a feeling they'd be very versatile...I mean I'm sure many didn't expect this outfit to work with them, yet it does. I think they'd look adorable with ankle socks or longer socks and would work with tights as well.  I like the deep wine colour too. So the first thing to make the outfit, was the skirt. A little floral number by Coast and despite pairing it with neutral tops such as soft peach or beige, I picked out the pastel blue. Not a colour I'd usually think to wear with wine, but the skirt is the item that brings both colours together. The little clutch is super cute in duck-egg blue and then I felt a darker accessory was required too and this Johnny Loves Rosie hairband fits the bill. Do you like it?The Shoe Girl Styles It: ASOS Read My Lips
Worn with: Harlow fluffy top £55 and Sheena floral skirt £55 both Coast, ASOS clutch bag with pom pom £25 and Johnny Loves Rosie 'Carmen' floral headband £24.
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