Tuesday, 24 May 2011

Nicola Roberts Solo Shoes

Nicola Roberts has decided to go solo, and from the sound of her new track, I'm not sure it was a great idea. However, for the cover of the single, she decided to team up with shoe designer Atlanta Weller with the result of a fairly mega pair of shoes. In my opinion the dark zig-zag and the threads of crystals look slightly out of place, however the neutral colours combined with the metallic up the heel are great and work well with her skin tone. Click here to have a look for yourself at the collaboration, and yes, the backing track is her new single.

Images taken from www.nicolarobertsmusic.com - still and video.

Monday, 23 May 2011

Jelly Chic

Tory Burch
Salvatore Ferragamo

Melissa for Vivienne Westwood
Hammock Jade Jelly Sandals, Topshop, £10

Jelly Sandal, Carvela, £19
Jelly Sling Backs, Office, £12
Vanilla Flats, Mel at Schuh, £20

Jelly shoes remind me of summer holidays on the beach when I was younger - running into the sea with both on my feet and coming back with just one. Slippery little f***ers. 

They are now back in fashion and although have been for a few years, I am not 100% sold on the idea. They do come in amazing colour ranges, great for summer hols or festivals, and if they only cost £3 from Primark or even £10 from Topshop, then why not? But anymore that £20, I wouldn't bother. These Melissa for Vivienne Westwood retail at about £80, the Salvatore Ferragamo for 105euros, and the Tory Burch for about $125 and are all far too expensive for what they are, even if they do have the designer tag. I have selected a few high street alternatives that will see you through the summer just as well as the designer options, if jellies are what you are after!

Monday, 16 May 2011

Cut Outs

Cut Out Open Toe Heel, YSL @ FashionBloodhound.com (£120)
Arabian Nights, Tan Suede, Office (£45)
Cut Out Design Court Shoe, Zara (£49.99)

Black Caged Jelly Sandals, River Island (£12.99)
Peep Toe Wedge, New Look, (£27)
Black Ballerina Shoes, River Island (£26.99)
Low Wedge Chop Out Sandals, New Look (£24.99)

As I was researching for this post, I went onto the Office website and their homepage was flashing "CUT IT OUT... Shop all the cut out styles". Great minds think alike.

It has to be one of the hottest trends for this Summer and I think my friend Kate has nailed it with her boots - their colour, their buttery leather and their originality, I love them. What a shame they're vintage. I have scoured the web though and although I haven't found any identical, the high streets are packed full of cut out styles and here are a few of my favourites.

Wednesday, 11 May 2011

MiuMiu @ FashionBloodhound.com

For those of you who haven't heard of the incredible newly launched second - hand designer website, Fashion Bloodhound, all I can say is you are missing out. If designer goods are your love but their prices are out of your reach, Fashion Bloodhound is your haven.

Fashion Bloodhound has been coined as a "Luxury Lover's Nirvana" by the Financial Times, "The place to buy and source second hand designer clothes" by Vogue.com, and has recently featured in glossy's such as Grazia, Fabric and Star.

Offering amazing second - hand designer items at steal prices (many of which are the current season's stock, for example, the Anya Hindmarch Small Studded Top Handle Bag at £325 [RRP £595]), their collection is huge and grows weekly.

I feel very lucky to have been asked to be a contributing blogger for this snowballing site, and here are few of my favourite items online at the moment... Embellishments, patents, metallics, peep - toes and flats... all Miu Miu and all priced between £80 and £135 a pair. Sweet Deal.

All pictures taken from www.fashionbloodhound.com

Click Here to see the full collection of clothes, shoes, bags and accessories online.

Tuesday, 10 May 2011

Jimmy vs Topshop

'Wheel' Suede Slippers in Leopard / Black, Jimmy Choo (£295) / (£235)

'Kosy' Suede Slippers in Leopard / Black, Topshop (£50)

Almost identical and less than a quarter of the price, you have to love a bit of high - street copying. I think I might even prefer the Topshop ones. I love this slipper style and it is a great alternative to the ballet pump.

After a lot of um - ing and arh - ing (too much maybe), I bought the leopard ones online about 5 weeks ago, only to receive an e-mail 3 days later to say that they had in fact sold out in my size. After what I have to say was awful customer service from Topshop, I was assured that they will be back in stock at some point, I check every day but STILL to no avail, e-bay hasn't come up trumps either ... it's getting tedious and I am getting impatient. Should I recoil ... ?

Images taken from Net-a-Porter.com and Topshop.com

Monday, 9 May 2011

Liberty & Nike Juxtaposition

Liberty and are renowned for their floral prints, and Nike for their Dunks, Blazer's and Hi Premiums. The collaboration of the two brands kicked off back in Spring 2008, and this season's is their largest so far. The collection consists of 12 pairs in five different models, contrasting the delicacy of the Liberty florals with the traditional Nike designs (also at a very reasonable price points of between £60 - 80).

The Nike designers had over 43,000 Liberty prints to choose from, thus offering an enormous colour palette, whether you are after yellow, green or black hues and prints, there is bound to be one for your taste.

It is no doubt that looking at the collaborative history of the two brands, they are going to be highly sought after and aren't going to be around for long. The collection was launched in April exclusive to Liberty and has already completely sold out, however they were launched into selected Office stores across the UK as of the 1st May, so I'd say that was your best bet for now...