Thursday, 27 October 2011

NES Talks About Shoes!

Not a surprising thing I know but the lovely people at Javari asked if I'd mind chatting to them about some of my favourite shoes. Well not at all! You can see what I had to say here:

 And if you want to see what other shoe lovers they spoke to had to say, check their videos out here!

Wednesday, 14 September 2011

Shoe Of The Day: Patent Block Heels by New Look

Well aren't these a lovely thing to behold? I think they manage to feature nearly everything I love in a shoe - shiny patent, block heel, T-bar strap AND a bow - but stay the right side of Too Much. They are crying out to be worn with very thick mustard tights and chunky knitwear and then maybe taken dancing with a dapper gent.

They're £29.99 from New Look - stock's a bit low online so keep an eye out in your local store for them as well.

Wednesday, 24 August 2011

NES Picks.... 5 Winter Coats

As soon as I get the September Issues, I immediately start dreaming about layers of knitwear and tights and snuggly socks and scarves and coats and the sheer joy that is Autumn/Winter fashion. Seriously, A/W beats S/S down like a mofo.

One of the biggest purchases you'll make is the winter coat. Choose wisely and it can last you for a good few years, especially if you clean and store it properly in between seasons. These are the ones currently catching my eye and testing my self-control.

Navy Contrast Princess Coat, £85 by Miss Selfridge

This coat is pretty and practical. It has a touch of the 'back to school' about it which is preppily cute. A princess shape is a constant when it comes to winter coats purely for the fact they are feminine and flattering. I think the trim and colour combination toughens it up a bit.

Leatherette Trim Coat, £95 at Warehouse

If you like the contrast trim look but think the Miss Selfridge coat is too prissy, maybe this sleek grey number from Warehouse will tempt you. I love the simplicity of it. It means business.

Carolina Checked Fur Cape, £69 by Louche at Joy

Maybe you want something a bit more casual, in which case this cape from Joy will do the job. It satisfies my need to still have Angela Chase as my style hero [which I am far too old for but never mind] and it looks super cosy. It'd be ace for long walks on the beach or a short walk to a pub.

Minimalist Gold Button Coat, £100 at ASOS

Let's not forget the awesomeness that a pop of colour can provide on a bleak winter's day. I'm totally in love with the colour of this coat from ASOS. The simple, clean shape means that it's not too much and imagine how fab different coloured accessories would look with it. It comes in red too but that's a bit too 'military chic' for my liking.

70s Belted Camel Wool Mac, £95 at Oasis

A camel trench coat is timeless. This is why you see them year after year. This one from Oasis will look perfect with all the 70s inspired wide legged trousers that are around. It's a good investment piece.

Seen any other coats you like? Let me know!

Tuesday, 23 August 2011

Shoeper Shoe Challenge Save #2!

Oh lordy. I am SO rubbish at remembering to take photos of my outfits for Shoeperwoman's Shoeper Shoe Challenge. I'm either going to be getting rid of a lot of shoes or you'll suddenly have a glut of posts like this as I try to save as many as I can.

Anyway, I remembered to get a photo for my beloved Miss Selfridge purple bow peeptoes. Et voila:

The occasion was my very fabulous friend Vicky's 30th birthday party on 6th August which involved eating more meat than was humanly possible before dancing the night away to a selection of random 80s tunes.

The top's from Topshop and the skirt's from Zara. It's my absolute favourite going out outfit at the moment. How about a close up of the shoes though?

Yes they hurt a bit by the end of the night but they are totally worth it!

Wednesday, 27 July 2011

Shoe Of The Day: Glee by Topshop

I'm a little bit obsessed with colour at the moment. These suede courts from Topshop are nothing if not colourful and so, with a little predictability, I have fallen in love with them.

Pink and orange is an ace colour combination and one you shouldn't be scared of. The easiest way to wear these would be with some black skinny jeans and a contrasting top - maybe bright blue or green. Or how about adding them to a totally colour blocked outfit if you're feeling daring?

Like them? They're only £46 which is a bargain for Topshop.

Glee suede court, £46 at Topshop

Tuesday, 26 July 2011

Shoe Of The Day: Apple Pie by Poetic Licence

Although I'm getting excited about Autumn [I know we've barely had Summer but Autumn/Winter fashion is so much better and you know it], I love, love, love these Apple Pie Mary Janes from Poetic Licence. They live up to their name in that they are completely wholesome but very tasty indeed. Perfect for skipping. Or coyly flirting with nerdy boys. Who doesn't love that and want the right shoe for it?

Got a nerdy boy to flirt with? Get yourself over to Poetic Licence and buy them. They're only £39.99.

Tuesday, 21 June 2011

Sale Shoe Of The Day: Windy Wedge by Office

I know it's mid-summer and the weather isn't exactly holding up its end of the bargain but that shouldn't stop you from indulging in some summery shoes. Like these:
I wrote about why wedges are the shoe for the summer for Style It Light and these platform wedges from Office are the perfect example of why. Not so high that you'd get vertigo or risk damaged ankles and the perfect summery blue make them very lovely indeed. Imagine the nail polish colours that would go with them - corals, pinks, sorbet goodness! They're also now only £22.50 reduced from £45.

Right, I'm off to the shops...

Windy wedge, £22.50 reduced from £45, by Office

Monday, 20 June 2011

Sale Shoe Of The Day: Bethany by Carvela

A golden rule of sales shopping is to ask two questions before buying. The first question is "Do I need this?" as in an actual need rather than a needy want. And the second question is "Would I have paid full price for it?". I find the second question negotiable. There can be things I see that I need and want but would baulk at paying the full price for, mainly because I don't have much money. And surely if you would've bought it at full price AND you needed it then you'd have, y'know, bought it already.

Anyway, the point to all of that is sometimes you can buy things because you need them but you wouldn't have paid full price for them because you didn't have the money. Or you didn't think they were worth the money. Like I'd buy these sleekly stylish slingbacks by Carvela.
They were originally £95 but have been reduced to £32. £32 is much more affordable. I'd be tempted to buy them in this pretty coral colour too.

Though for some unknown reason they're now £35. Still you could buy both and they'd still cost less than one pair at the original price and that is why sales shopping should sometimes break the rules.

Bethany slingback by Carvela from Asos, reduced from £95 and £32 for the black and £35 for the coral

Wednesday, 18 May 2011

Shoe Of The Day: Sculpted wedges by Alexander McQueen

When I first saw these, it was love at first sight but I can well appreciate that they will be a love or hate thing. There can be no half measures with these shoes. Mainly because they are so fabulously over the top. Look.
Embodiment of a statement shoe, no? Check them out from the back.
 Love, love, love.

Of course, they're waaaaaaaay out of my price league but if you have a spare £2095 then they can be yours.

Sculpted wedges, £2095 by Alexander McQueen at Net-A-Porter

Tuesday, 17 May 2011

Shoe Of The Day: Deus by Dune

I went to a charity fashion show last night [my inner Miss J was DYING] and these caught my eye. Mainly because they're very twinkly. I like twinkly.

Despite the fact they are my Shoe Of The Day, I'm not entirely sure I'd buy them except to look at them and maybe twirl around my bedroom. But they're pretty. And twinkly, did I mention the twinkly? *sigh* I'm probably going to end up buying them...

Deus twinkly wedges, £79.20 down from £99 at Dune

Friday, 8 April 2011

Blooming Lovely: Meadow Dress by Monsoon

I spotted this in the window of Monsoon the other day and immediately wanted to be wearing it, wafting through some sunlit promenade on my way to quaff gin and Pimms'.

True, it is £95 but it's the kind of dress that can be brought out of the wardrobe summer after summer and can be worn everyday or for weddings, christenings, whatever. Think about it in terms of Cost Per Wear... I think it'll work out pretty cheap in the long run.

Meadow Dress £95 from Monsoon.

Monday, 4 April 2011

Shoe Of The Day: Galenka by Kurt Geiger

I've decided that I really need to vary the colours and textures that currently reside in my wardrobe. Thankfully, there's a lot of colour around at the moment. I saw this skirt in Zara the other week and completely fell in love with it. Trust me, it looks better in the flesh.

But what to wear with it? Why, these, of course.

While the skirt has a bit of a 60s feel to it, these platforms from Kurt Geiger would add a 70s twist which is apparently very a la mode right now. I just love the colours and the chunkiness.

Unfortunately, they're not cheap though at £180 but they serve as a good inspiration point for now!

Galenka, £180 by Kurt Geiger

Monday, 21 March 2011

Sale Watch: 20% Off Shoes at Dorothy Perkins

As a Monday pick me up, why not treat yourself to a pair of shoes from Dorothy Perkins. There's 20% off until midnight tomorrow (Tuesday 22nd March).

I'd buy these. They're £35 full price which'd mean only £28 with the discount:

Go, look and happy shopping!

Friday, 18 March 2011

Shoe Of The Day: Dvea by Versace

I have nothing but unconditional love for these.

On the face of it, they're the classiest stripper shoe you will ever see. But look closer. See the colours? Perfect summery sorbet. And the actual structure? Look.

It's like a feat of structural engineering.

There's nowhere you could wear them expect on your yacht moored on the French Riviera for the summer before hopping over to Miami for some end of summer partying. That's EXACTLY what I'm doing this summer.*

If you fancy doing that too, then they'll set you back £675 from Net-A-Porter

* It's exactly what I'm NOT doing this summer. Don't think you could wear them camping in Devon. More's the pity...

Wednesday, 16 March 2011

Shoe Of The Day: Rendezvous by Office

Well aren't these lovely? Sometimes you want a flat shoe that isn't a brogue but isn't all over plain either but you also want it to be classic and stylish. Which is where these would come in.

What would I wear them with? Definitely this skirt from Asos:

but maybe with a navy top of some sort.

Rendezvous flat, £45 from Office

Monday, 7 March 2011

Shoe Of The Day: Eve by Kate Kanzier

These are so cute, I can barely stand it. I love the colour combination, the shape and the dinky but substantial heel. They fit nicely into that Librarian Chic thing I've been coveting.

They come in different colours too so if you're not particularly keen on this, there's bound to be one you like. And only £35. Bargain.

Eve heel, £35 at Kate Kanzier

30% Off Shoes At Asos

Good news for a sunny Monday! Asos have got 30% off selected shoes at the moment!

There's a good range of styles and prices so there should be something there that you like and can afford, including the Picasso heels that were a former Shoe Of The Day (now £31.50 down from £45). I've also got my eye on these:

They're a bit pricier at £66.50 (down from £95) but I like them. Lots.

So, if you can afford it, go! Go buy shoes!

Monday, 28 February 2011

Shoeper Shoe Challenge #1 - Asos Heels

Saturday was a momentous occasion - The Hairy Drummer and I went out together for the first time since The Hairy Baby was born. True, it was literally only round the corner to a friend's house for a bit of a birthday party and a Just Dance-off but out is out. I took the opportunity to kick off my Shoeper Shoe Challenge and saved my first pair - these heels from Asos.

I got them last year in the sale and had never worn them. At the time when I bought them, I think I had a crazy pregnant lady bout of just needing to buy SOMETHING that I liked and looked a bit glamorous. I wore them like this.
Ignore the cheesy smile, I was a leeetle bit tipsy....
This is one of my favourite outfits at the moment because it's effortless but looks casually glam. The top is from Topshop, again in the sale. I'd had my eye on it from when it first came out though I could never justify the full price tag. When I hunted it down during the sales, they only had a size 16 left but it's the kind of top where bigger is better I think. The vest top underneath is from Primarni and the super skinny jeans are from New Look.

Oscars 2011: CRAZY WIN! Sharon Stone

I was disappointed with Helena Bonham Carter. She told us she was going to look a hot mess and she didn't. It was like the Baftas. It made me yearn for her mismatched shoes from the Golden Globes which seems so long ago now. I was mourning the lack of crazy.

Then Sharon Stone turned up. POW!

Steve Granitz/
I don't even know why she was there (is she a member of the Academy?) but boy, am I glad she was. Her hair was BOUFFANT. Her dress was tight then tied together and FEATHERY. The buttons down the side looked like a really bad seam.

And she STARED. In a FIERCE way.


Oscars 2011: WIN! Melissa Leo

To tell the truth I couldn't tell you an awful lot about Melissa Leo other than I know she ran her own 'For your consideration' campaign which I admire. She made it damn clear she wanted to win without simpering and hiding behind "Oh but I won't win because I'm in such ah-may-zing company" whilst secretly hoping all those bitches come down with a 24 hour bug so they can't be there and then you'd have to win because no one likes someone collecting an award on someone's behalf. And she swore in her acceptance speech which apparently NEVER happens which is surprising in itself. Or maybe I'm more potty mouthed than Oscar nominated actors.

Anyway, her dress.

Jason Merritt/Getty Images
Although it's by Marc Bouwer, it looks like Melissa made it herself at some arts and crafts day. I like it. The gold underlay is subliminal, all "Hey Academy dudes! You KNOW I want to win and I AM golden like an actual award. AWARD ME!". And I like her shoes - they are certainly not made from a doily.

Oscars 2011: WIN(ish)! Cate Blanchett

I'm erring on the side of WIN! for Cate Blanchett in Givenchy here but it's a close call.

Matt Sayles/AP
I thought the dress was white when I first saw it but it is in fact lilac. The detail at the hips is, unlike Nicole Kidman's, flattering although I'm not sure that Cate Blanchett needs to frame her boobs. And the shoulder cape type thing going on is.... I just don't know. But if anyone can carry it off, it's her, right?

Oscars 2011: FAIL! Scarlett Johansson

I'm afraid there's nothing about this that I like. NOTHING.

Matt Sayles/AP
The hair? Looks unwashed and undone. The make up? Way to make it look like you've not had any sleep for a week. The dress? Dolce and Gabbana raiding the bedspread cupboard of an old lady.

Oscars 2011: FAIL! Nicole Kidman

Matt Sayles/AP
Let's start with the positives. Her shoes are a pretty colour. And her hair is back to being red which suits her much better than blonde. And her necklace is nice.

That's it. Because we can't but help look at the dress and wonder what went wrong. On paper it seems perfect - Christian Dior, Nicole Kidman, the Oscars. But it doesn't. It's too long in a bad way and the weird sticky out bit at the waist looks unnecessary. It looks a bit like a table cloth that was hastily stapled together in some kind of Changing Rooms nightmare. Wait, did Laurence Llewellyn-Bowen dress her? Is that what the problem is here?

Oscars 2011: WIN! Natalie Portman

Ok, so it's no secret I totally love Natalie Portman anyway but seriously, just look at her!

Matt Sayles/AP
She stuck to Rodarte for the dress which has left many people struggling to say nice things apart from "Well, she has a lovely pregnancy glow". Look, she's quite pregnant. Frankly it's almost impossible to wear anything that doesn't make you feel like some kind of ginormo freak so what if it isn't as edgy as some of their other designs? She looks comfortable but glamorous which is exactly the kind of look you want when you stagger up to collect an award.

Tuesday, 22 February 2011

Shoe Of The Day: Keanah by Ted Baker

I love these. I've had my eye on them for a while in the pale/dark pink colour but it's the grey and yellow that really tugs at my heartstrings. They're cute but sassy, fashionable but classic. Yes, they're £80 but that'd be £80 well spent in my opinion.

Especially if you wore them with this dress from Awear.

'Keanah' by Ted Baker, £80 at Asos

Tuesday, 15 February 2011

Monday, 14 February 2011

NES Takes The Challenge: The Shoeper Shoe Challenge!

So I've already locked my bank card away in the name of Frugal February. It's going well, I haven't bought anything unnecessary. Mainly because I really don't have any money to spare at the moment.

I wanted something else to keep me occupied though so I signed up to Amber The Shoeperwoman's Shoeper Shoe Challenge. You can read the full set of rules here to see what I'm letting myself in for. Basically, from today until this time next year, I have to try and wear every single pair of shoes I currently own plus any others that I buy. At the end of the year, any shoes I haven't worn must be got rid of.

Sounds easy right?

These are my shoes. Well, some of them at least - I think I've got about 29 pairs altogether:

Shoes, shoes, pretty pretty shoes.
There's shoes in there that I have never worn. Ever. And I've had them for a while. There's also shoes I've had for years and not worn for years. It's a good way of shaking up my wardrobe. I'll admit that for convenience, jeans and a tee with some Cons slung on has kind of become my Mummy uniform. But that's boring. It doesn't give me much chance to wear any of my other very lovely clothes and shoes. I'm looking forward to it.

Monday, 7 February 2011

Swallow Coin Purse by New Look

How cute is this?

As part of Frugal February, I'm trying to only use cash if I have to buy stuff. It's a good way of keeping track of exactly what you're spending but you do end up with a lot of pennies. This coin purse from New Look is one of the cutest ways to store them.

And it's only £3.99. But wait until March to buy it...

Tuesday, 1 February 2011

Frugal February

As it's the first of a new month today, all my bills have gone out of my account. What's left made me cry. The knock on effect of Christmas and the long, long month of January doesn't seem to stop. Which is why February is now Frugal February.

The fabulous Gemma from Big Girls Browse came up with the idea to avoid all unnecessary spending during February. As she quite rightly points out, we're all guilty of buying those little things to make us feel better - a new lipstick, a magazine, a coffee on the way to work - but those little things add up. And we're also all guilty of having clothes that we never or hardly wear yet still buy more.

So, why not join in? Say no to all the unnecessary spending! Think about what you're going to do with the money you save! Allow yourself to indulge in a bit of smugness at your willpower!

You can read all the rules (not that they're very strict!) and see who else is taking part here

Thursday, 27 January 2011

Shoe Of The Day: Crochet Panel Boot by Matalan

I'll admit that sometimes I forget about Matalan. Mainly because my local one is just that tiny bit out of the way and when I do bother to go, it's always a mess. Then I remember they do online shopping and so I won't miss out on hidden gems like these boots.

The fake work boot thing has been done to death a bit and their ubiquity is almost as bad as fake Uggs. But they are, well, useful. They go with everything and that shouldn't stop just because the weather's supposed to get nicer at some point. The crochet panel on these means that they make a viable alternative to sandals or other warmer weather footwear.

And they're only £15 reduced from £20. See, even at full price, they're still a bargain.

Crochet Panel Boot, £15 from Matalan

Tuesday, 25 January 2011

Shoe Of The Day: Picasso Block Heels by Asos

I decided recently there's not enough librarian chic in my wardrobe. These shoes from Asos would be the perfect starting point, don't you think? I'm a big fan of block heels - they're so much comfier and easier to walk in than stilettos and the platform sole helps even further.

The mock croc pattern adds a bit of interest as opposed to a plain brown. I'm picturing them with this kind of outfit
Cardigain - The Outnet, Skirt - Topshop, Socks - Ruche

Picasso heels, £45 from Asos

What The Fug? Wilderness Ankle Boot by KG by Kurt Geiger

I don't even know what to tell you.

You know I love leopard print perhaps more than I should but this? This is Too Much. Never mind the pattern clash, what's with the tassle nonsense? And the chunky sole? And the ruching? And the price tag?

The price tag? Yeah. These will set you back.... £140. I need a cup of tea to recover from the shock.

Monday, 17 January 2011

Shoe Of The Day: Furry Ankle Boot by River Island

Although I'm still unsure about the majority of River Island's clothing output, I am impressed by their shoes and handbags. Like these faux fur lined ankle boots.

They look snuggly but delicate at the same time - like the best of an Ugg and an ankle boot. I'm picturing them with chunky tights and socks and a pretty dress or peeking from under a maxi skirt. 

Fur lined ankle boot, £44.99 from River Island