Wednesday, 17 December 2008

This Has NOTHING To Do With Me!

*sigh* While there are a great many good and decent people out there, there's an equal number of bad people.

If you've reached this site via http://mumproof.com/shoe/index.php or http://mumproof.com/shoes or any variation thereof, please be aware that this blog is NOTHING TO DO WITH THAT SITE!!!

Please don't go and look at it if you haven't already. There is something rather suspect about it and I would hate for you to be a potential victim of a virus or phishing scam.

And if you're the owner of that site, be aware that I am in the process of finding out who you are and if you don't amend your content immediately then you'll be facing some pretty heavy action.

Tuesday, 16 December 2008

The Dark Side Of Our Primark Obsession - An End To Blind Buying?

I've been sorting through my wardrobes (yes, plural) lately to sort the wheat from the chaff. I've been fairly ruthless and culled everything I can no longer fit into or no longer wear. There's a lot that can be sold on eBay but an equal sized pile of charity shop donations.

Then I read this article in The Times and wondered what good my charity would actually do? Although my clothes are cared for, will they actually be able to be resold or be used? It's a sobering thought that our frivolity when it comes to fashion does have significant consequences. I, for one, am fairly oblivious to what actually happens to the bags of clothes I drop off at charity shops. Perhaps if there was a greater understanding of what charities do with our donations then we'd be more careful in our buying?

Maybe it's time to think about a new challenge, one where making informed choices and decisions on what to buy influences future clothes purchases. We're all guilty of it - quickly nipping into town to buy a cheap top for a night out because we feel we have nothing to wear. It's not that we have nothing to wear, we just don't want to wear what we've got. You don't get the same buzz from wearing something you've worn a thousand times before. Maybe if existing clothes were more carefully chosen and invested in then we could get the love back. After all, fashion magazines extol the virtues of investing in classic pieces but shouldn't we adopt the same approach to all our clothes? This doesn't mean buying only designer pieces - goodness knows that some of them use horrendous fabrics that nowhere near reflect the price - but taking more time to think about the fabric and the quality of the garment. Something that's well made will last for years no matter how much it cost initially.

I'm not saying abandon Primark at the like completely, just that maybe we should be a little more rational and thoughtful about what we spend our money on and open our eyes to the bigger impact of our fashion habits.

Thursday, 11 December 2008

Where The Love Began....

I've finally pinpointed where my love for shoes began.

Clarks Magic Steps.

I remember seeing this advert and hassling my mum for a pair and, as I only wore Clarks when I was little, a shiny patent t-bar pair is what I got. First girl in my class to get them too!

You know you'd have a pair now if they made them in adult sizes...

Monday, 1 December 2008

Was I So Out Of Fashion That I'm Back In Again?!

I have NEVER liked the skinny jeans trend. It looks good on no one except girls (and I mean girls, not women) who's skinniness could cause some concern and even then it's not quite right. Don't even get me started on men in skinny jeans.

The sheep mentality of the sadly vast majority of the public meant that unfortunately they became all pervasive - from size 6 to 16, the notion of dressing to flatter your shape flying out of the window and muffin tops apparently de rigeur. Me? I carried on wearing my super comfy baggy jeans, briefly tried by Marc Jacobs in 2006 as the 'Boyfriend' jean. Sure, I have 'smart' jeans - simple straight leg dark denim, straight NOT skinny, surprisingly from Mum store du jour M&S (at £12, I wasn't going to complain when they were the most flattering pair I could find!).

But now? Now apparently Katie Holmes, Stepford Wife Spectacular, has ushered in a new trend... the 'Boyfriend' jean.

Seriously? Katie Holmes? In her rolled up jeans? If you believe this article by Laura Cochrane in The Guardian then yes, yes this is true. Never has an article infuriated me so much. I'm not sure why. I think it's the patronising way we're being told to wear our jeans and how apparently we're incapable of working out for ourselves what we should and shouldn't wear unless a celebrity or Shoreditch (I lived there. It's nowhere near as cool and edgy and forward as it thinks it is.) does it first.

Well I'll just wait for the bandwagon to roll round and for everyone to hop on. It'll make it a bit easier for me to stock up on what has always been my look. I don't need bloody Katie Holmes or Victoria Beckham to tell me that.