Favourite safari dress again, this time grocery shopping – some things never change especially on an extended time away from home. I’m not the sort of person who likes to go away for short trips especially if it involves flying and with children. Even with my slightly reformed ways in better packing, there’s always a lot of forward planning. I used to wonder why people traveled to the same place year after year, surely you’d get bored? Well I’m that person now! There’s comfort in knowing what to expect, what there is for the kids to enjoy so there’s much less research needed. However, there’s still a lot of new things to discover and each year my kids approach similar activities in a different way as they grow up. Continue reading
Navy silk by Michael Kors looking like black in the sunshine. I love shirt dresses even if this one is a tad shorter than I’d normally wear it. Very easy and comfortable when going for a buffet lunch 🙂 with a simple brushed goldtone cuff by Kenneth Jay Lane. Continue reading
I went through a decade of not wearing black during the years my children were born as a detox from everything associated with corporations and London. When they were all school age, I resisted still and even had a little purge of black bags in my collection once I started my closet audit over 2 years ago. Along the way, I acquired some slightly different black things mainly jeans and trousers that were required for casual outfits. Also I found, surprisingly, that black dresses and shoes worked so well for me even during Spring and Summer. For the Autumn and Winter came knee boots to go with everything. And finally came the last few black accessories to complete the return of black to my closet. I’ve come full circle.Very scary how sophisticated teen Chloe Moretz looks in her all black outfit – I really like it except for the too high heels. Here are more favourite black looks and my own… Continue reading
I’ve just finished my footwear overhaul just in time for Winter. Starting with knee boots that I use the most at this time of year. I find them so easy to wear with dresses and skirts. In the Autumn and Spring I prefer either ankle boots or ballerina flats and in the Summer, strappy flats and heels. It was well worth the time looking for the right ones and waiting for sales. Sadly, I rarely get the chance to wear very pretty shoes anymore like I used to so instead of regrets, I will just have to make some ocassions happen! Anyway here goes:
Knee boots are most flattering on my legs (ie you don’t see them!) and give me the confidence to wear my hemlines a little higher than I usually dare.
I was looking for grey/taupe colour boots for the longest time then decided these wellington boots would be even better and more practical. They have a little shape which really helps to slim the legs.
Black leather boots are everywhere but it took me a long time to find these which have extra features that suit me much better: unfussy pull on style, slight shaping and a heel that is both flaterring and comfortable. The fact that these are Sergio Rossi at a bargain price were very luck bonuses!
You may have noticed I don’t really wear court shoes, preferring something different, more covered and as I love ankle boots so much, these were just perfect. Seen here.
Everyone needs something a little edgy, a little rock ‘n’ roll (by McQ)! Too good to hide under trousers so for tweedy pencil or flippy skirts and dresses.
Everyone needs basic metallic sandals (Sam Edelman again).
On the whole I don’t like to wear sandals that are flat, too open or casual. However, 3 pairs above I discovered by chance this year have changed my views in a big way. I expect them to last me for many Summers to come.
And lastly, my little collection of *pretty* shoes. Here is a pair (by Marni) that my Tween girl calls *knitted* lol! They are a pale yellow colour and I suppose as closest to *nude* as I’m willing to get. Seen here and here.
If I have reservations about acquiring a red bag, I jumped on these patent red sling backs by Via Spiga. The heel is low and comfortable so I plan to wear these with most things next Spring/Summer.
And last but not least, my shoe deal of the century! I almost fainted when I saw these on *bay for a buy it now price well below high end High Street brands. Yes, they are indeed alligator by Christian Dior – raspberry alligator! It’s my favourite pink in my favourite style with ankle straps.
The heels are my max height but so comfortable because of the angle. They are my numeric size but I knew CD shoes run big and thank the Shoe Gods I just about get away with it! For sure I will wear them to a Summer wedding next year.
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Navy lace dress again, this time for dinner but I didn’t want to wear high heels and these black gladiator sandals have more than earned their keep in my shoe collection!
The plain gold tone cuff is Kenneth Jay Lane. Navy and gold is one of my favourite combinations. The lace is really quite nice for high street Top Shop. I’ve always been obssessed with laces, crochets, embroiderie anglaise and the like. I feel like I have quite lot going on in this outfit so kept it monotone but really it’s just a fear of overloading myself – colours, textures, jewels and lipstick all at once!
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