Saturday, 10 December 2011

Bah Oui

So I think it’s fair to say that I have been sparse, to say the least, at blogging over the last 4 months… I also want to say that I never usually blog about myself, my opinions yes, but never about actually me. But this time I feel like being selfish.

Until September 2010, Paris was a place that I had been to twice, once for my cousin’s christening, and once for my French exchange where I was painfully homesick and hated every second of it.  That was until I walked through the doors of Sephora on the Champs Elysees and momentarily, loved it. However, that moment came and went pretty quickly when Ombeline, my French exchange, spoke at me in words I couldn’t understand and the Sephora dream and French exchange reality was brought shatteringly fast down to earth. 

As a result, the idea of moving to France after my degree, let alone back to a PARIS filled me with what I can only describe as complete terror. However, the idea of building a super duper career in the fashion world without a language, to me, just sounded silly.

I made myself remember that spark I felt when I wandered into the cosmetic haven aged 14, and thought there must be something still there. SO, to Paris it was. Not knowing a soul, not speaking a word of French and all the memories of the city I had were, well, completely awful.

Fast Forward a year, and I SURVIVED, it was awesome, completely magical and amazing -I could go on but you might want to vom- but most of all, it banished all my initial horrors of the city. 

4 months ago, London, in my eyes, did not have an ounce on Paris, (a city that, in case it hasn’t come across, I fell completely and utterly, head over heels in love with and someone only has to mention the name of it and my stomach clenches with desire to go back), yet it was where I was to end up. Back from a year in the City of Love one day and 2 days later starting a job in the Big Smoke… my life had been turned upside down in 48 hours and I had been chucked into the “real world” like a smack in the face. 20 days holiday a year, a commute that is putting me on the verge of becoming very claustrophobic and wrinkles in the making.

Despite all this, I am finally coming round to the idea of this massive city. It doesn’t rob you of money every time you open your wallet, you don’t get strange looks when you ask for a dash of milk in your coffee, and most of all, I can understand everything.

So getting to actual point of this post, I am going to bypass my usual trend analysis, street style and general opinions on what people are wearing on their feet, and show you a sneaky peek into my shoe wardrobe… something I haven’t done before, and may never do again. Here are a few of the shoes I have picked up since being back in the UK and working at Kurt Geiger … all of which are still in store…  (Nothing like a bit of advertising for your own brand)!

Kurt Geiger 'Elliot'
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Let me introduce the Kurt Geiger 'Elliots'. They really speak for themselves. I feel in love with these as soon as I saw them. Everything from the luscious red suede, to the pointed toe, to the gold cigarette heel I just thought was so sexy. The 'cigarette' heel has been copyrighted by Geiger so you won't be seeing it anywhere else, and that kind of exclusivity in shoes is something I love. A signature that everyone 'in the know' will recognise and no one else can copy. A massive seller and a great investment. Also available in pink snake and black patent.


Kurt Geiger 'Gen'
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The Geiger Gen's.... hands down the most comfortable heels I have and will ever own. Amazing. Bought forward from last season and I am sure we will see them again. Come in an array of colours and fabrics. I could honestly walk around in them all day, can be worn summer with dresses and skirts, winter with skinny jeans or tights.

KG 'Love'
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My KG 'Love' Brogues. Like marmite, you will either love or hate these. However if you follow my blog you will know how much of a fan of brogues I am and with a touch of glitter, I dont think you can go wrong. This is a great way to add a bit of glitz to masculine styling. They've been called my Michael Jackson shoes and I kind of agree.... I always wear with either a tunic and opaque tights or some black skinny jeans and a denim shirt. This particular pair is quite a wintery style, but I also love brogues with summer, floaty dresses.



Kurt Geiger 'Leap'
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My Geiger 'Leap' ballet pumps. I have to say before working in the shoe industry, I never spent more than £30 on a pair of ballet pumps. So this was a little extravagant, to say the least. However, they are worth it. Italian made, faux snakeskin and the most supple leather, seriously comfortable and worth every penny. Snakeskin is massive this season and it's a great way to add a bit of it to an outfit if you aren't completely sold with the trend.

So, if you made it to the bottom of this essay, I hope you enjoyed reading it. Or if, like me, you prefer just flicking through the pictures, I hope you enjoyed an insight into my growing shoe addiction!  

Monday, 1 August 2011

Those Nude Shoes

On Saturday, rugby player Mike Tindall married Princess Zara Phillips. With royals and celebrities galore in attendance, I was as ever, drawn to their footwear... and OHMYGOODNESS HOW BORING it was. Every picture I have come across so far has seen them all wearing nude patent heels, whether it was Olympist skier Amy Williams, Princess Beatrice, the Duchess of Cornwall, the Duchess of Cambridge or Una Heeley from the Saturdays... allll of them were wearing them.

Kate, Duchess of Cambridge
Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall
Amy Williams, Olympic Skier
Natalie Pinkham
Kirsty Gallacher
Katherine Kelly
Sophie, Countess of Wessex
Princess Beatrice
Princess Eugenie
Mother of the Bride, Princess Anne
And even Queeny...

So it does show the range of things you can wear nude shoes with - almost anything, but it also shows that if you want to be a little different and stand out from the crowd, don't wear these or these, wear these or these. Get a little individualityyyyyy.

Shoes - LK Bennett- Sledge and Shilo
Topshop - Swagger Zebra Print and Glam in Purple

Images taken from Dailymail.co.uk

Wednesday, 27 July 2011

Confirmed...

And it has been confirmed by Charlotte Olympia ... I did indeed name the shoes 'Martha'. Awesome.

Martha

SO way back in February my complete and utter favourite shoe designer, Charlotte Olympia, was asking on Twitter for a final name for a pair of shoes for their A/W 2011 collection, and after optimistically saying 'Iona', I also suggested 'Martha'. This morning I was casually browsing through Facebook and photos of Charlotte Olympia's 'To Die For' A/W 2011 collection pop up.... and guess what, there are a pair of Martha's. And whether or not they got the name from me (which, maybe arrogantly, I reckon they did - if not it is one bigggg coincidence), here they are and they are pretttyyyy damnn beautttiful.


And just to prove it....

Is asking for a pair a bit cheeky if I did name them?! 

And then it was confirmed.. I did indeed name them. I feel this warrants a free pair, no?


Sunday, 24 July 2011

Lusting

So I signed up to the net-a-porter.com mailing list a while ago, I love a lot of the clothes on there- particularly The Row, and obviously lots of the shoes. However this mailing list e-mails me weekly with mouth wateringly amazing products that I am unfortunately yet to be able afford, 'yet' being the dominant word, so I often take to just putting the e-mails straight into the trash without opening. However, this weeks caught my eye, 'Modern Match, Boots and Dresses make the perfect match', and it was a photo of Olivia Palermo in this gorgeous patterned draped mini dress paired with a pair of grey lace up heeled shoe boots and then a link to lots of their dresses paired with some more of their yummy shoes... see here.

Before I go any further I just want to add that I am not remotely a fan of Olivia Palmero (after her appearance on The City) and it grates on me slightly that I am endorsing her on my blog, but she does have a sickeningly amazing wardrobe, and amongst it all basically every pair of shoes that Charlotte Olympia has designed, so I am just going to put my jealousy dislike aside for the moment to give you some examples, cos she does kind of rock this trend.





As Net-a-Porter is out of my reach for the moment, and whether you want to smarten up a floral day dress with calf length heel boots or make a black draped dress more casual with tassled flats, I have scoured the internet for my favourite (mostly affordable) ankle / shoe boots on the market at the moment. Also loving the variations of Chelsea Boots which are in stores at the moment, which would also work well with the dress combo.

Momentum, Kurt Geiger, £180
Yellow Fringed Boots, River Island, £34.99
Annex Chocolate High Leg Platform Heeled Boots, Topshop, £70
Brogue Ankle Boot, New Look, £24.99
Aim Black Suede Cut Out Ankle Boots, Topshop, £80
Valerie, KG by Kurt Geiger, £140

George Black Suede Lace Up Shoe Boots, Topshop, £60 (Also available in Leopard) Although I actually think these would look better with thinner, round cord or black shoe laces. Don't like these thick ones.

Thursday, 21 July 2011

Square

This is something I just cannot make my mind up about. OK so it's better than the kitten heel (which in my opinion is for the 35+ bracket), but it is still that odd height, not remotely killer and yet not flat, it's the in-between height that I feel is suited for the 60+ bracket, and my mother.

Jive Red Patent Toe Stack Heel Pump, Topshop, £55

Block Ballerina Shoes, River Island, £35

Topshop do them, River Island do them, ASOS do them... but then so do Hobbs, M&S and BHS. Square in all sense. Enough Said.

Wednesday, 20 July 2011

Magic Carpet




Native Ankle Boot, Office, £60

This kind of embroidery reminds me of  two things - the first, wandering through the Aladdin-esque souqs of Marrakesh, Israel and Oman; and the second, carpets. Although this style isn't me, looking at next season's "in" trends and colours, I can see it's going to be a fairly big; mixing a bit of the indian trend with the colour palette from heritage. 

Click Here to see more of Office's "Hey Ho Navaho" Trend.

Bahhh research for my blog just makes me shop. This. must. STOP.

Wednesday, 13 July 2011

Gothic Snapzzz

A little more of my street style that I have come across over the past couple of weeks in Paris. Tous en noir.












Tuesday, 12 July 2011

Murder She Wrote

I was introduced to Hanneli's blog over the weekend via another blog, Eight and after Hanneli was described as "dreamworthy", I thought I should take a further gander to see for myself. It didn't take long before I too was captured into this dreamy world of beautiful styling, clothes and photography. One of her photos (below) stood out the most though, not only because of the unique and fresh contrasting of the navy and the burgundy, but of course because of her shoes!

Image courtesy of Hanneli.com

They are the 'Murder She Wrote' style from Office and I have had my eye on them since they appeared on the shelves. They hit this season's 70s trend perfectly and I love everything from the tower block heel, to the platform, to the intertwined suede and all in this amazing dark cobalt blue.

Quickly selling out, I would get your hands on them fast... they are £78 and available in this blue and also black Here. They would be perfect for the rest of the Summer as well as taking you well into Winter with a pair of thick tights.

Check out Eight Blog Here and Hanneli's Here.