Be Bold!

Be bold! A great piece of advice I was given yesterday by a complete stranger, one who turned out to be absolutely lovely might I add.

It’s always a great day when you can wake up feeling a little down about life, doubting the choices you have made and questioning whether you have it in you to achieve everything you want to. But then you end up stumbling across a new blog- http://preppyandfunny.wordpress.com/– which makes you see that you’re on the right path, you can achieve everything you want and there is no stopping you.

So, in my newly refreshed search for shoes, something that can keep up with my ‘Be Bold’ attitude, I came across these little beauties. yes, I love a classic stiletto heel, the razor sharpness and clean lines always puts me in a good mood, but I think having a heel with an element of fun is my new calling. So, who else could give us such a thing??? Miss Charlotte Olympia of course..

Charlotte Olympia, Cheeky Sandal £1,125

Charlotte Olympia, Cheeky Sandal £1,125

Now, once you’ve gotten over the initial shock of the price, yes they’re a little on the expensive side, you can begin so see the absolute beauty in these shoes! There are so many elements and details that i’m actually surprised the price isn’t a little more! You’ve got lace, patent leather (which is getting popular again) cut out detailing, gold embellishment and the the absolute cherry on top- the heel. A pair of stunning-envy-inducing pins; a gold band at the base of the heel gives the arch of the foot more detail and the larger band at the top of the heel makes it look like she’s a bit racy in a pair of stockings. Really, what’s not to like about these?!

While still on my hunt for crazy heeled shoes, I found this adorable Disney inspired pair…

REDValentino, Snow White Disney Pumps. £360

REDValentino, Snow White Disney Pumps. £360

Now, I can only apologize for the bad quality of this picture, but what you are seeing is a pair of court shoes with the heel being inspired by Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs- this is a gold Grumpy!! Not exactly a practical shoe, but definitely something to wear when you want to add a little fun element into your outfit. The neutral colour allows you to wear these with any combination outfit that you chose; dark/ light, anything and the gold heel add the touch of class and elegance they every pair of shoes should give you!

 

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Upper Hand

The title really has nothing to do with what i’m writing about; truth be told, i’m not entirely sure what the design of these shoes are, other than pretty of course! All I can really describe is the sleek stiletto heel, the leather upper with strap details, perhaps this is the new twist on the classic t-bar??

While doing my usual round of what’s new on the shoe design front, I came across these beauties by Nicholas Kirkwood…

Ncholas kirkwood + Peter Pilotto Leatehr and Suede Pumps £790

Nicholas Kirkwood + Peter Pilotto Leather and Suede Pumps £790

Do you see what I mean? Not entirely sure how to describe these shoes, there is the leather upper that sits on the top of your foot and connected with straps of material… it’s odd. Don’t get me wrong, I think they’re fantastic, I just want a way to describe them!! These are almost armor like, with the snap fastening, perhaps making for a quick escape when you want to run to the dance floor and dance the night away?! And the colour, absolutely right on trend, looking through my instagram of the past few weeks of fashion (New York, London, Milan and now Paris) there did seem to be a rise in purple and rich red being used. Net-A-porter suggests they be teamed with a sleek black dress, I actually couldn’t agree more; I was hesitant at first thinking there would be too much of a clash between the classic black dress and the modern design of the shoes, but it actually works amazingly! The shoes stand out and become the focus of your attention because of the pops of colour.

Kurt Geiger, Miss KG, Honest £80

Kurt Geiger, Miss KG, Honest £80

And continuing with our pop of colour, we have the equally incredible Honest by Miss KG. I think it may be time to admit here that I have a serious obsessions when it comes to Kurt Geiger, then again, this isn’t anything new!
Again we have the modern take on the t-bar; the suede combined with the snake print is not a combination I would have thought would work together but they actually compliment each other amazingly! The pop of neon orange brings everything together in a way that I never would have imagined; it’s almost like every combination you thought wouldn’t fit together, KG has thought no chance, we’ll make it work!! They’re classy, elegant and even better they’re currently teamed up with Benefit to give you incredible eyes as well as incredible foot wear!

Rupert Sanderson, Wilson Feather Sandal, £675

Rupert Sanderson, Wilson Feather Sandal, £675

And last, but by no means least, we have this beautiful contribution by Rupert Sanderson. My knowledge of him is pretty basic, well that’s a lie, other than these shoes I can’t say I recognize the name what so ever, but if these are anything to go by I love him! There is something a little vampy about these sandals, the patent leather combined with the pyramid textured upper is amazing! The stiletto heel will make your legs look super long and super sexy, the feathers add a touch of boudoir elegance and the flash of gold inside the heel is truly elegant. Perhaps it’s just me, but i can see these fitting in well with a 1920s style; high class, alluring elegance and the vamp style that every woman has inside just waiting to be unleashed!

Bow-tiful

My mother always tried to put a bow in my hair to make me look dainty and feminine; I was a tomboy until I was 18, so needless to say it didn’t work! But my mum did have a point, bows really are a feminine touch; they’re dainty and remind you of just how beautiful and delicate you really can be.

I think after the almost masculine chunky platform shoes that have been about this summer, i’m sorry but i really don’t like them, big chunky sandals with jagged edges, they don’t say classy and elegant to me. I think there is almost now a complete reversal on this and footwear has taken on a much more feminine and delicate direction.

Kurt Geiger , Miss KG, Gabriella, £85

Kurt Geiger , Miss KG, Gabriella, £85

These are my absolute need-to-have-in-my-life-right-this-second shoes; they are absolutely stunning! From the this stiletto, 105mm, not too high, the sweeping back section and bow detail at the front combined with the red accents, truly incredible! Kurt Geiger has decided that ‘Red is the New Black’ and with these shoes, it’s very difficult to argue against it. The colours work perfectly together; you’ll get just a hint of the red around the peep toe section adding a bit of a modern twist to a classic shoe.

Paul Andrew Fume Bow Slippers, £425

Paul Andrew Fume Bow Slippers, £425

And continuing with our love of all fabulous flats, we have this crackin’ pair of velvet slippers from Paul Andrew. It’s not secret that I love a good pair of slippers (they remind me of the Queen) especially if they are velvet, there’s just something so regal and royal about the shape but with the added touch of the bow, the’re just outstanding! Teamed with sharp tailoring, and as the picture here suggests, roll up those trousers so you have have some exposed ankle, it’s kind of sexy, and also makes your shoes the centre of attention. There’s a gap between the hem of your trousers and your shoes so they don;t all blend into one and someone could miss the opportunity of giving you a compliment!!

Alexander McQueen, Velvet Bow Sandal, £660

Alexander McQueen, Velvet Bow Sandal, £660

And last, but certainly by no means least, we have this simple yet highly effective sandal from Alexander Mcqueen. A sky scraper stiletto heel, patent leather and velvet bow gives you almost a vamp style of shoe; there really isn’t much to this sandal, and ankle strap, bow and thin material over your toes but crickey are they stunning! It’s almost a clash between the harsh patent leather and the soft relaxed style of the bow. And what you can’t quite see here is the crystal element to the shoes; where the velvet tie attaches to the ankle strap we have a rather large circle detail of crystals, hello bling!!

Embrace your feminine side with a pair of bow-tastic shoes, you know you want to!

Fringe Benefits!

Okay, so i’ve started to notice that the whole fringe detailing has started to pick up in popularity…

It started, well it started for me when I saw the Louboutin sandals…

Vhristian Louboutin Costa Nada Flat Sansals

Christian Louboutin Costa Nada Flat Sandals

These are incredible! The simple design and the fringe detail are just stunning! But yea, back to the main point, fringe. This is where I first began to notice that the fashion for footwear fringe began. Perhaps because of the revolution in wearing flat shoes? Could this be a way to add something special to a flat shoe???

Moving on, there is more than one way to add some fringe to your footwear; how about this special little number from Guiseppe Zanotti…

Guiseppe Zanotti, Fringe Leather Stud Trainers £715

Guiseppe Zanotti, Fringe Leather Stud Trainers £715

I give you, the fringe platform trainer! Think grunge pocahontas; the movement in the fringe as you walk will be incredible, and the stud detailing with the buckles is right on trend for this season. A concealed wedge is also your best friend; you can give off the impression that you’re wearing just a normal pair of high top trainers, but you’ve somehow managed to get incredible legs at the same time?!! Magic!

Michael Kors, Daphne Fringe Sandals, £395

Michael Kors, Daphne Fringe Sandals, £395

Now these look good; it’s no secret that I have more than a little soft spot for Mr Kors, and these re-affirm my love. The simple barely there sandal shape has been given an uplift with the multi-strand ankle strap and the side fringe detailing is beautiful. There is something so simple about these shoes; the camel colour is perfect for the autumn season, the sandal shape allows you to continue the summer vibes and the suede is a classic material! What’s not to love?!

Bertie Lako, Tassel Flat Shoes £69.00

Bertie Lako, Tassel Flat Shoes £69.00

And for something more retro, the classic flat loafers with the tassel detailing. I can remember these being popular when I was in nursery; the shape and tassel detailing is something that is trustworthy and classic, it’s not surprising that that has made a resurgence in popularity. These shoes allow you to have the comfort of flat shoes combined with the fringe/ tassel detailing that is right on trend, particularly is combined with sharp tailoring. Outstanding!!

Welcome to the Jungle!

So, I’ll admit I’ve never really paid that much attention to fashion week; perhaps because i’ve not really known when they happened, but now because of the rise in media outlets, and myself actually paying attention, I’ve seen some absolute jems during London Fashion Week.

I’m relatively new to instagram, other than taking pictures of my dog or the odd culinary fail, I haven’t had that much to do with it. But now I’ve been able to see first hand the new creations of my favourite designers, in this circumstance, Sophia Webster.

I’ve had a pair of shoes on here previously about crazy cut outs, they had a black leather base and some amazing neon details that made them just incredible! And now she’s back with a SS15 collection that is just as amazing!

Patterns, bold colours, intricate detailing. Just three words to describe the new collection from such an incredible designer.

As it says on her website, feminine designs with a sophisticated and modern approach. I literally can not agree any more! She attended the incredible Cordwainers college in London, the same place of miss Charlotte Olympia!

 

Pictures will be put up later so you can see for yourself just how talented this person is!

Display of SS15 'Jungle is Massive' Collection

Display of SS15 ‘Jungle is Massive’ Collection

So here we go, the pictures!! What is the first thing you notice? The colour right? The pattern? The incredible brightness and bold print? Which ever one it is, just from this picture, which I’ll admit isn’t that great (the quality is all my fault), you can already begin to see the incredible collection that we are about to behold!

Lilico Jungle Platform

Lilico Jungle Platform

Yeah, I love these! I love the colours, I love the patterns and the flower details on the front are just adorable! There is the classic design with the t-bar ankle strap but they have been given such a modern twist and brought right into the here and now! The clashing patterns and monochrome mixed with the colourful flowers is stunning!

The Junglistas!

The Junglistas!

The incredible models showcasing the brilliant collection! I seriously need a pair of these shoes to brighten up my day.

If you haven’t already, go and check out the Sophia Webster website or, where i got these images from, follow her on instagram!!