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

Friday, 14 January 2011

Shoe Of The Day: Sindy Suede Platforms by Topshop

These are going to be the first of many suede shoes that I'll show you this year - there's lots of it about. These are the first ones though to make me overlook the impracticalities of the material and instead think about how I can save up my pennies to buy them.

Topshop have, in my opinion, turned themselves round since last year and these lovely peep toe platforms are one bit of proof. They have it all - platform, peep toe and a huge bow. Plus the colour is lovely even if Topshop do describe them as grey, they look more nudey blush pink in the picture. If you want them, they're £75 from Topshop.

Thursday, 13 January 2011

Fancy A Trip To The Oscars? Design A Dress For Charity And You Could Go!

Ah, The Oscars. We know they're supposed to be about films and stuff but let's face it, all anyone cares about are the dresses. And James Franco being the host. Wouldn't you like to go? Well if you've got a creative bent then you could enter a competition to design a dress and get the chance to see it on a red carpet.

Red Carpet Green Dress is your chance to design a dress made from eco-friendly materials and support education for disadvantaged children.

The main things you need to know are:

The Red Carpet Green Dress Contest is an international fundraising competition. This aid provides many children from under-privileged situations an opportunity to receive an education, which might otherwise not be possible. Because it is a fundraising competition, there is a $75 (about £48) entry fee.

The closing date is 2nd February 2011. You need to be able to make the dress (or have it made) by 21st February 2011. (If you win, you get $2000 towards the cost of making the dress).

You get to choose your model so you can design for your mum or your best friend or Great Aunty Dot, whoever you want!

If you win, you and your model will get flown to Los Angeles on 21st February from wherever you are IN THE WORLD for 4 days and in this time get to meet the judge who picked your design Suzy Amis, who helped to found the MUSE school program and her husband, Actual Oscar Winning Director James Cameron.

Although you don't get to go to the Actual Oscars, you do get to go to the Global Green Pre Oscar Party and walk the red carpet with your model as the guests of Suzy Amis and James Cameron. That is pretty exciting. Don't forget to practice your walk though.

So, what are you waiting for? Get designing! Oh and let me know if you win!

Full T&C's are here. You can read further information on the MUSE Schools project here.

Friday, 7 January 2011

Sales Roundup: Schuh

It's a flats special from Schuh's sale. Mainly because I didn't especially like any of the heels that they had on offer - there was a lot of oddly shaped heels happening, none of which were just right. Anyway, there's nowt wrong with flats is there?

Floral Cameo Brooch - £14.95 down from £24.99
These are very pretty and very Spring/Summery. As far as I'm concerned, there's nothing wrong with using winter sales to add bits to your summer wardrobe. Money off is A Good Thing. These would be perfect with full circle skirts.

Keira strappy sandals - £14.95 down from £39.99
I'll be the first to admit that on first glance, there's nothing exceptional about these sandals but look at them. They'll go with everything you wear as soon as the sun comes out and the temperature goes above 18 degrees.

Shilo knot - £16.95 down from £29.99
My love for red shoes is no secret and these are just too cute not to want. Shiny, velvety, lovely!

Tuesday, 4 January 2011

Sales Roundup: Office

Office currently have up to 75% off online. Here's my pick of the crop....

Point and Square - £25 down from £75

On the face of it these are pretty inoffensive, unremarkable shoes. Which is why they are perfect. They can take you to work and out afterwards. Plus, the square toe is far sassier than a pointed or rounded toe.

Chained Up boot - £40 down from £108

Knee high boots are always useful. These ones offer something a little different to standard black. The chain detail isn't too much and so avoids looking cheap.

Eternal Love velvet boot - £20 down from £105

Sometimes you just need a shoe - or boot in this case - that you KNOW you'll NEVER wear but that you WANT and COVET all the same. For me, this is that boot. Ok, part of the appeal is the huge discount but knee high velvet boots?! NEED WANT.

Dream Dayz leopard print flat - £12 down from £36

I love me some leopard print and these are super sexy whilst being super practical. They'd work best with an ass hugging pencil skirt and pussy bow shirt. Miaow.

New Year, New Shoes.

So, I've been away for a while having a baby and whatnot hence the APPALLING lack of posts. Rather awful isn't it? I think having a baby is a good excuse though. Maybe.

I've also been secretly beavering away on a bit of a makeover as you can see. Pretty isn't it? I think so. It's still a bit of a work in progress so there'll be little changes here and there over the next month or so as I figure out techy things.

Most of all though, I absolutely promise to bring you (almost) daily doses of the pretty and the fugly that catches my eye.