Tuesday, 3 January 2017

Don't Call It A Comeback

So it's been a while since I actually put pen to paper... well, fingers to keyboard to write something that wasn't work or life admin.

Honestly, I felt I had nothing to say.

It took me a while to unpick it but that's because it was tangled in how I felt about my job, my relationships, and how I was comparing myself to everyone else. And everyone else was saying it all but, to my mind, better and there's so much clutter around anyway so why throw my opinion into the ether.

It took quitting my job and getting a new one to realise how unhappy I'd been at work. It may sound like that would be the exact thing that would make me want to write reams and reams of words. Creativity loves misery, right? Not always and certainly not in my case. The problem was I hadn't realised how unhappy I was until I found myself complaining (again) to friends about how I was being paid a reasonable salary but wasn't allowed to choose plates for the staff kitchen even though that was my job. There was more than that but goddamn, those plates! They were the straw that broke me.

Then it got to the point where I hadn't written or created anything for so long that surely I couldn't do it any more. I was scared that the one thing that I knew I was reasonably ok at would have disappeared and then what would I be left with?

So I looked to quit my job and get a new one. Which is easier said than done but after several rejections, and starting to lose heart, I got a phone call from an agency I'd never heard of to say they had a job they thought I'd be perfect for. And a week later, I was able to hand my notice in and it felt like a weight I didn't even know I'd had was lifted.

Then I had a few conversations with people and here we are and I guess I'm back but you'll be reading slightly different things. Don't worry, I'll still be chatting about shoes that I like but the scope of my mind dumping isn't going to be as narrow. Sorry. Actually, not sorry.

Wednesday, 15 January 2014

What I Wore Today...

I never normally do posts like this because, quite frankly, most of the time I look a mess. It's either totally dull office wear or jeans and a tshirt. I am the laziest of dressers and go for whatever's clean and easy to wear. When I say easy to wear, I mean comfortable. I have too much to do in a day to be worrying about whether I'm comfortable or not.

So that's why I made a small deal with myself to have at least one day a week where I Make An Effort. Sure, it involves getting up at least half an hour earlier which I'm not a fan of but it was nice today to feel that little bit special. Even though I was going to work where fashion isn't really an option (and trust me, I may do marketing and PR for a job but it is in one of the least glamorous industries ever).

And today, I wore this....

Simple, huh? Who knew it was that easy! The skirt is by Emily And Fin, which I got from the lovely ladies at Aspire Style in their sale and the blouse (which I LOVE) is by good old Dorothy Perkins.

The shoes?

The Term Time loafer by Office. I'm a little surprised I didn't have any loafers - it seems like such an oversight on my part but these were in the sale so I struck gold. They do need a lot of softening up but I'm happy to put the effort into that.

There we have it! Minimal effort for what I thought was a nice impact!

Wednesday, 8 January 2014

Shoe Of The Day: Dosh by Aldo

I know we've only just dusted away the last debris of Christmas and the New Year but the sales mean the perfect opportunity to pick up festive footwear ready for the next round (you know it will be here before you know it. Sorry!)

It doesn't get much more festive than red and sparkly which makes these heels from Aldo pretty spot on.

The high back and thick ankle strap means that these will be that little more stable once you hit the dancefloor after a few gins while the 4" heel isn't too ludicrous for comfort.

And that sparkle?

Cleverly placed metallic spikes to create a subtle jewelled effect whilst not tipping into the realm of a Disney Princess.

Like to plan ahead? Grab them in the ASOS sale for £32.50 reduced from £65.

Sizes 3-8 available at time of writing

Wednesday, 19 June 2013

Shoe Of The Day: Asymmetric Flat Sandals by Zara

Zara have won again this summer with some ridiculously simple but fabulous sandals at a brilliant price. What I want most from a summer sandal is for it not to kill my feet and to be a fab colour. And because we can't predict how many days of summer we'll have, they can't break the bank.
These sandals are £22.99.



Of course at that price they're not leather but what matter. They come in this gorgeous bright green, coral and what Zara call Lime Green but is clearly yellow.

All sizes are available online and well worth a look. At that price, you could even have all three!

Wednesday, 12 June 2013

Shoe Of The Day: 'Itsy Bitsy' by Office

It is very rare that I will share a shoe with you that's nearly sold out online BUT if you have a branch of Office near you, I implore you to go in and see if they have your size because these are great. From the deep coral colour to the butterfly-esque cutout detail to the fact that flats are far kinder to your feet when it's warm than heels, well dear reader, Itsy Bitsy has stolen a huge chunk of my shoe loving heart.

Oh and they're only £35. Which when you consider we may only get 3.5 days of sunshine this year, is quite ok.

Itsy Bitsy, £35 at Office

Tuesday, 28 May 2013

Shoe Of The Day: 'Angie P' by Lola Ramona

Pretend for a moment that British Summer Time exists like it would in a Richard Curtis film. Everything is green and lush, the sky is a deep cerulean cloudless expanse, the Pimm's is ever flowing and cricket whites stay startlingly white. Then imagine that you have the most perfect dress that's just the right length and cut - perhaps with pleating that never drops, definitely a vague 50s Grace Kelly vibe - and that you have these shoes on your feet. Of course you bump into a charming Colin Firth type at your second cousin's wedding where you've had to go on your own and of course you go on a date that's a bit awkward but utterly charming and leads to a series of misunderstandings which in turn lead to a Happy Ever After.

Essentially, I'm saying that I love these shoes for the colours, the dots, the scalloped edging, the bow and the peep-toe and if I don't have them on my feet soon, I will cry.

'Angie P' by Lola Ramona at Office, £125

Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Shoe Of The Day: Floral Trainer by Anna Field

A bit of casual summer florals for you today courtesy of German fashion label Anna Field. I'd never heard of them before but when I spotted these pretties on Zalando, I was rather taken. I cannot be without at least three pairs of light plimsoll type trainers for the summer and these floral ones will look great with lots of things in my wardrobe.

If you want a splash of pattern but don't want to be overwhelmed, these are the perfect way to inject a bit of variety into a plain outfit. I'm thinking some denim shorts and a plain white vest top, maybe accessorised with a nice cold Pimm's. Lovely.

Floral trainer, £25, Anna Field at Zalando