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.

Saturday, 9 July 2011

Jazzy




LOVE these for Autumn. Mmmm. Awesome with a full maxi skirt in any colour of the rainbow, skinny jeans, or if you are blessed with long killer legs, some denim hotpants.

Adorn Black and Gold Block Heel Boot, £60 Topshop. Also available in Tan Here

Friday, 8 July 2011

What to wear if you haven't been blessed with 6 foot pins

Unfortunately I have not been blessed with 6 foot long, skinny, leggy pins. And as my lovely sisters often tell me I also have cankles, so I quickly learnt what to wear to avoid this confusion problem.

Instead of gracing you all with my leggy presence, I am going to use Cheryl Cole as my example. I do love her but she just doesn't always do herself much justice in the shoe department. She definitely has better legs than I, but also has cankles and needs to learn what to wear to stop attracting attention to them (Not the following....).

 

Round toed, square toed, T - Bars and Mary Janes, ankle boots with bare legs, are just not what you wear if you haven't been blessed with lengthy pins, or in fact just haven't been blessed with defined ankles. They all cut off your legs.

I have complied a little list of what I think you should wear to elongate your legs...
  • Nude shoes are perfect, they draw the eye straight down the leg to the floor, and are also very on trend at the mo.
  • Pointy shoes- similar to nudes, the eye is drawn straight down the leg to the end of the point. Stilettos really do make anyone's legs look killer.
  • If you can't bear the full on stiletto point and height then go for a slightly platformed shoe which isn't a completely round point. These Dolly's by Charlotte Olympia are a great example of the shape of the toe, and the front platform allows the actual heel height to be decreased.
  • Peep Toes, same reasons as above, eyes are drawn through the leg to the floor.
  • Avoid chunky platforms, they often just accentuate the size of the leg if that is what you are worried about. It's all about getting the right balance.
  • And last but not least, if you really do just love that ankle strap, make sure they are nude and therefore less visible.

And just to prove my point, here is Chezza wearing the styles I have suggested, the eye is drawn right down the leg therefore getting rid of the cankle and making her legs look so much more leggyyy!

 

Alll of this advice though does not mean you have to avoid flats and colour. 


These Zara flats are some of  my fave on the market at the moment. AND they have an ankle strap (in green) - completely contradicting what I have just said, however, the point of the toe out does the strap ... as I said, it's all about the balance.

Wednesday, 6 July 2011

The Trousers @ MFW, Paris

So I still have a couple of days worth of pics left from MensFashionWeek ... here are a few more and this time it is all about the trousers. Skinny, tapered, chequered, cropped, hareem, flares, roll ups or tie dye... be experimental.