The Sunshine Will Blow My Mind

Perhaps a little bit of an obscure title; this post really has nothing to do with sunshine. The title is actually a lyric from the song ‘She’s in Fashion’ by the British group Suede.

Ta Dah. Yes, this is all about Suede!

Now I don’t know about you. but I seem to notice suede becoming more and more popular in the autumn months; this really confuses me! Surely such a delicate material needs to be worn at a time when the weather is not to crazy and confused! I would be absolutely gutted to buy a really nice pair of suede boots or shoes, wear them for the day and for them to get rained on and basically destroyed!

So my question to you is-
When is the best time to wear suede?
Is there a season when it’s more popular than another?
Would you risk your new shoesies to look fabulous?

But instead of confusing myself about when is the best time to wear these little beauties; I think i’ll stick to picking out my favourites and then just stare at them so they don’t get dirty.

Seven Boot Lane. Suede Alice Boots. £150

Seven Boot Lane. Suede Alice Boots. £150

So, I had never actually heard of Seven Boot Lane until Pippa Middleton wore a pair really similar to these but in black; this put the brand on the map as a place to go for absolutely stunning suede boots. Really, what is there not to like about these? The design really is very simple: a low yet chunky heel, a delicate rounded almond toe and a new feature of the inside zip. The colour is quite perfect for the changing seasons, not bright and in your face for summer but on the flip side not drab and dreary like most winter items turn out; it’s the perfect combination. Teamed with skinny jeans or even, as the website itself suggests, boyfriend jeans, for a stylish off duty look.

‘A good example of how simple designs are always the best’ Seven Boot Lane

Isabel Marant, bekett Suede Concealed Wedge Trainers. £385

Isabel Marant, Bekett Suede Concealed Wedge Trainers. £385

Sports Luxe was a bit trend this summer and what is the most iconic footwear of the sports trend, the trainer obviously! But it’s not very easy to look stylish and feminine in a pair of trainers, except when you have a concealed wedge! It is perhaps the answer to many people’s desires; to have a pair of trainers that elongate the legs like a pair of heels and give you the same confidence boost. From the outside we have a pair of basic hi-top trainers, velcro fastenings and in a particular colour that will match any outfit of choice. I’m not entirely sure these would have the same effect if they were made of leather, there is something about the suede that gives off a more luxury feel to the shoes, makes them more feminine almost.

‘Parisian designer Isabel Marant’s super covetable ‘Bekett’ sneakers have gained cult status’ Net-A-Porter

Tabitha Smmons, Hai Suede Pump. £745

Tabitha Smmons, Hai Suede Pump. £745

To shoe us that suede comes in all different colours, we have another incredible offering from the talented Tabitha Simmons. I can see some similarities with her designs, particularly the pointed toe; there is something almost vintage about her designs that make them stand out. Here we have the simple yet classic pump with a medium heel, not too high yet not too low, a triple buckle fastening in a t-bar shape and Swarovski embellishment on the toe which makes this shoe right on trend. These shoes need to be worn with a simple outfit to make the delicate details of the shoe really stand out.

‘take you from boardroom to bar in style.’ Harrods

What’s your opinion of suede then? Do you think it’s only for a particular season or can it be worn all year round?

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Money Makes The World Go Round

It occurs to me that every time I search for some new shoes or styles, I head straight to the high end shops that I can’t actually afford to shop in; this does make me a little sad. I’m staring for hours at the most incredible shoes that I have no chance in hell of actually being able to afford, but instead of this making me blue and down, it makes me want to stare at them for longer, it makes me want to go and spend hours walking around Harrods or Selfridges finally being able to see these beautiful things up close.

So, it made me think about how the high street stores are able to create shoes that are so similar to the high end luxury styles that it takes a close inspection to tell the difference. Perhaps this is wrong, but the first question that pops into my head is, how exactly do the shops get away with it? how are they not sued for some kind of copyright infringement or most basically stealing of designs and ideas? Surely it must be a little down heartening to be a luxury designer and find that your designs, the things that you have spend such a long time perfecting and meticulously putting together, have been copied by a high street store? But then on the flip side it means that an average joe like me kind afford something that resembles something of a luxury piece of clothing. I actually did this with the Michael Kors Hamilton bag; I spent weeks trying to convince my boyfriend to buy me the real thing, but obviously he had sense and said no. To no be defeated, I searched around the high street stores for a design that was basically the Hamilton, but ever so slightly different and a hell of a lot less expensive!

Our first point of call is to Givenchy; they have given us the most incredible slip on shoes with some stunning details but unless you give up food and having a social life, who can afford them?

Givenchy Slip On Bambi £455and Laura Chain Biker Boots £!,110

Givenchy Slip On Bambi £455 and Laura Chain Biker Boots £1,110

I need these Bambi shoes, like I can’t describe to you just how beautiful I think they are adorable! But there is no chance that I can spend that much on a pair of shoes; believe me, I wish I could. And the biker boots are so edgy they are fantastic! They are so simple in design, with the rounded toe and small heel that the large chain detail takes the main focus and turns them from a basic boot to outstanding.

And the High street version…..

H & M Sneakers. £19.99

H & M Sneakers. £19.99

It cant be just me that can see that the Givenchy shoes have been a massive influence in the design of these slip on shoes; the white barrier along the side, the black leather and bold chain detail. You’t got yourself a pair of shoes that look like a luxury product but are available on your high street at under £20.

The high heel section is given to us by the stunning Marni…

Marni Embellished Leather Sandals. £500

Marni Embellished Leather Sandals. £500

Although the summer is over, it doesn’t mean that the time for sandals is over. These heels are a stunning transition from summer shoes into autumn ones; black leather with the matching embellishment gives them an understated feel of luxury, the chunky heel is balanced with the slight platform and wide straps giving a beautiful look but also comfort (hello who doesn’t want to have comfortable heels?!) But then again we have the terrible thing of falling in love with a stunning pair of shoes and then we see the price tag and our hearts sink and we reach for the tub of ice cream.
Hold, off on the sugar over load; there is an alternative….

Topshop Legra Gem platform Sandals. £60

Topshop Legra Gem platform Sandals. £60

Yes that is right, you can buy something similar to the stunners from Marni with these little things from Topshop. There are so many similar parts to these shoes: the chunky heel, the platform, the jewel details and the chunky straps. Yes, you do have to compromise with the understated embellishment on the Topshop offering, is it not as understated as the luxe pair of shoes but because of the colour choice is it still fairly minimalist; how can you go wrong with red, black and white?!

And for those that are looking for a fabulous pair of flats

Tabith Simmons Alexa Leather Flats. £425

Tabitha Simmons Alexa Leather Flats. £425

I am fairly new to Tabitha Simmons, though I do believe that she is also new onto the fashion scene, from what I have seen so far, i’m loving everything that she is giving to the world. I’m not sure what word to give these other than chic, does that makes sense? These are something I imagine I’d wear in France, strolling through Paris stopping at little cafe’s and bakeries and then walking along the Seine. There is an almost androgynous element to these that almost begs to be worn with some sharp tailoring. And then once we have completely fallen in love with these shoes, we look at the price tag and realize that the only way we can afford these is to sell the entire contents of your wardrobe on ebay and then walk around naked, but have incredible shoes!

Miss Selfridge. Emile Flat Shoes. £22

Miss Selfridge. Emile Flat Shoes. £22

There is no combination that is more classic than black and white. For what ever reason this is a colour combination that works for any occasion and for someone that has any style. But when you can’t justify spending almost a months rent on a pair of shoes, let’s face it we all want to do it but know that we shouldn’t, you head to the high street and find these. Flat pumps, yes. Point toe, yes. Monochrome, yes. You don’t have the leather the whole way round, but the mesh sides here really add something different.

So, the final point has to be which one would you choose? Would you prefer to have the high end or high street? Tell me what you think. = )

These Boots Are Made For Walking

So, it has officially turned to winter and in all honesty I love it! There is something about the crunchy leaves, the chilly mornings and the early arrival of festivity!

Really, what is there not to love about being able to wear chunky knit jumpers, mixing up your daily wardrobe and layering different things and this season I am currently loving the blanket cape. But, back to the main thing, the shoes.

It can be absolutely awful piking out your outfit for the day when you have no idea if the way it starts is going to be the way the day ends, there are so many things to plan for and be prepared for; but then again, this is England, we should be pros at this now right?!

So, what is the answer? Knee high boots. You can still wear your light layers: leggings, tights or if you’re really brave go bare legs, but because of the long length you have an extra bit of warmth, for when the chilly weather becomes a little too chilly.

Gianvito Rossi, leather Knee boots. £1130

Gianvito Rossi, leather Knee boots. £1130

Oh hello there! There are outstanding, they are such a classic design that you can’t do anything but just admire the beauty and elegance. Black butter soft leather adding a classic elegance to your outfit; the pointed toes and stiletto heel can give a sharp edge to any look, Teamed with some black leggings, and a blazer, you’ve got a fantastic combination, don’t think, just buy!

KG Kurt Geiger. Warrior Knee High Boots. £230

KG Kurt Geiger. Warrior Knee High Boots. £230

And for those of you that are looking for something with a biker/ grunge feel to their new boots, we have been given the Warrior boot from one of my all time favourites, KG Kurt Geiger. The rounded toe and lower heel is perfect to be teamed with a par of jeans and check shirt, which is in my opinion a perfect look for autumn days. They are fantastic for those that want to stay on trend but still be able to feel their toes at the end of the days wearing these beauties; practical, pretty and right now perfect.

Last, but by no means least….

Alexander McQueen Cut Out Suede Knee Boots. £1350

Alexander McQueen Cut Out Suede Knee Boots. £1350

Alexander McQueen, Slouch Knee Boots. £905

  Alexander McQueen, Slouch Knee Boots. £905

 

I couldn’t decide which one of these that I liked the most, so I picked out both! I’ve recently discovered a new love for Alexander McQueen, especially with this collection combining the playful black bow details. These are perhaps not a style that you would wear all day, more something you’d pick out for a special occasion. I love how the suede gives an almost vamp style, they are very feminine but with an edge, if that makes sense. The boots on the left have so much detail in them, the cut out design is highlighted by the silver studs giving a luxe feel and then this is all brought together by the signature black ribbon.
Then we have the more understated boots on the right, simple yet understated. The heel is literally sky scraper heel and becomes a point of focus because of the simplicity of the design. But of course we have the beautiful bow detail at the top of the boot, this is something that can not be hidden by a long coat; you need to be pairing these with a blazer or cropped coat to show off the beautiful detail.

I need all of these in my life, every single pair, get in my life now.

Shoe Heaven

shoe heaven

 

It’s finally happened, I went to visit Harrods Shoe Heaven and oh my days literally Heaven!!! I love Harrods on the best of days, it’s such a magical place with so many different rooms to explore you can literally spend the whole day there and still not get bored. It makes me feel like a little kid going back there where everything is possible and there is nothing that is impossible!

So, the shoe department is on the 5th floor, as you go up the escalator there are all these little displays of shoes that entice you to go and visit, they’re little the little naughty voice in your head saying ‘go on, just go up one more level, you’re almost there, keep going.’
And then you reach the 5th floor and are greeted by the most exquisite sign that welcomes you with open arms to one of the best places ever.

I was able to see some of the most exquisite shoes I have ever seen; it’s so incredible to be able to see the shoes I’ve stared at for so many hours through a screen, but then to be literally feet away from them is seriously amazing! It makes you understand that pictures can never fully do justice to a pair of shoes; you have to go an see them, have to go and see the beautiful details and not to mention the feeling that washes over you when you’re surrounded by so many pairs of incredible shoes. I think i just experienced what it;s like to be star struck, but with shoes!

Charlotte Olympia

Charlotte Olympia

I may have fan-girled just a little and taken some pictures of these stunning shoes; the intricate details, the incredible material and the sheer amount of talent that is need to produce something like this is seriously amazing, there’s no other word for it!

And then I was able to come up-close-and-personal with some Sophia Webster shoes!!

Sophia Webster

Sophia Webster

Now, the quality of the picture is not very good because i couldn’t stop shaking with excitement at being in Heaven!! There is something so magnificent about being able to see the true beauty of shoes; to be able to see each of the details involved and take in the collection as a whole.

If you haven’t been already, you need to go and visit this place, it seriously is Shoe Heaven!!

Feeling Lucky???

Well, do ya? Punk? Don’t you just love Clint Eastwood?

Anyways, down to the point; I was searching through the new up-and-coming designers that were involved n London Fashion Week and came across this absolutely incredible person

….drum roll….

Camilla Elphick!

Have you heard of her? Or seen any of her designs? They are seriously incredible!

Camilla Elphick

Camilla Elphick Designs

So, here we have some stunning shoes; red patent heel contrasted with the vintage look of the fanned out cards is just beautiful. There is something just so delicate and dainty about these, something that demands they be worn with a little tea dress and a set of pearly whilst enjoying afternoon tea. Not only do these shoes give you the ability to make people jealous from the front, but you give them the finger when you walk away and they see the details on the back!

Camilla Elphick Designs

Camilla Elphick Designs

Wish me luck!! Then again with a pair of heel like this, I’m not going to need luck. I love the fun element in these shoes; how you have the initially classic design of the court shoes but then you notice the green shamrock pattern and you can;t help but smile. Make you own luck with these beauties!!

And now for the ultimate in Fun and Fabulous…

Camilla Elphick Designs

Camilla Elphick Designs

Yeah that’s right, these are Bugs Bunny Pez dispenser shoes!! Have you ever seen anything like it? Seriously? These are so cool. You’ve got the best of both worlds; form the front you have a perfectly normal pair of heels in a cute shade of baby pink, but then the fun element is at the heel with Bugs just peeking out the back and the Pez dispenser chunky heel.

Go and check her out, she is seriously talented!

 

all images taken from Camilla Elphick Instagram.