Tag Archive: Converse

Aug 22 2012

Shoes: I Got Inked With Converse And Schuh

A few weeks ago I was invited down to the Oxford Street Schuh store to customise my very own pair of Converse, which might I add are my very first pair ever, crazy right I have so been missing out as they are so comfortable.

As part of the Converse Represents campaign, Schuh’s windows were transformed into a pop-up creative studio, which allowed customers that had bought a pair of Converse to either get them studded, inked or laced up.

I was invited to test out the service and oh my what choice there was, so much so that they had to have iPads on hand to showcase all the crazy designs you could have inked on your Converse – everything from Union Jack flags to iconic London Routemasters, to animals, floral patterns and basically everything in between.

I went for the classic black high tops as I really wanted to stick to a classic minimal look. There were some people who were going crazy and studding the whole shoe, but I decided to keep mine simple and went for small round silver studs that mirrored the lace holes, a star stud in the Converse logo and of course I had to get statement laces, more purple than pink but they sadly didn’t have neon pink. One last touch that I couldn’t resist was getting my blog name inked on my heels. So as well as having my own personalised nail varnish I also now have my very own Fashionista Barbie Converse and I love them.

The Converse customisation lab is all packed up, which is a shame as honestly it was so much fun designing my own, but don’t worry if you missed out as there are so many YouTube videos out there to inspired you and help you do your own DIY customisation. I am actually thinking of buying a white pair and having a go myself,  all I need to do is pick up studs, funky laces and a fabric pen!!!

Jul 30 2012

Shopping: The Superheroes Edition

Batman and Spider-Man have not only taken blockbuster success this summer at the cinema, but it seems that fashion has taken note and been inspired, as comic book and pop art-inspired pieces have started hitting the shops.

For me it all began with 3.1 Phillip Lim’s stunning pre-fall 2012 collection filled with graphic prints, including that incredible Break Up PVC pouch that has caught ever fashion editor’s attention. From there Lazy Oaf designed a batman collection, Zoe Karssen added some bat-appeal to her t-shirts, and even the king of fun jumpers Markus Lupfer added comic book lingo to his uber-cool signature sparkles, and it seems everyone has produced a cat ear headband in honour of our favourite female superhero/villian, Catwoman.

There are so many cool comic book pieces that it was hard to choose just 15, but I have brought you my favourites below:

1. Lazy Oaf x Batman – Crop Shirt In Bat Print, £60 at ASOS

2. Zoe Karssen – Heavenly Pink Bat Tee, £60 at Donna Ida

3. 3.1 Phillip Lim – The Break Up PVC and Leather pouch, £345 at Net-a-Porter.com

4. Lulu Guinness – Black Kooky Cat Lily Tote, £50

5. 3.1 Phillip Lim – Ka-Pow T-Shirt, £160 at Matches

6. ASOS Cat Ears Lace Headband, £8

7. Markus Lupfer – Ka-Pow! Sequin Jumper, £300 at My-Wardrobe.com

8. Maison Michel – Yoko Embellished Cat Ears Headband, £660 at Net-a-Porter.com

9. Model’s Own WAH Nail Wraps Pow, £7

10. ASOS – Cat Face Jumper, £32

11. Markus Lupfer – Black Cat Sequin Jumper, £299 at My-Wardrobe.com

12. Lazy Oaf Batman Backpack, £55 at ASOS

13. ASOS Premium Spider Jewel & Spike Necklace, was £50 now £37.50

14. Wonder Woman Converse, £50 exclusive to Schuh

15. ZAP Embroidered Comic Headband, £15 at Etsy.com

What do you think of the Superhero trend – will you be working any of the pieces above? I think the ASOS cat jumper might have to be my first purchase – so cute and very similar to the Markus Lupfer one.

[Main pic: Lazy Oaf]

Jan 11 2012

Trend Alert: Sneakers Hot Property For 2012

Sneakers, hi-tops or trainers, whatever you want to call these casual flats you are going to see a lot more of them this year. Designers including Isabel Marant, Alexander Wang, Chloe and Miu Miu have introduced them into their sports luxe inspired collections with sparkling results that have led to very long waiting lists. Don’t get me wrong I love a statement heel but sometimes a comfortable flat is just what you’re after, if you are fed up with brogues and ballet pumps then I suggest you try out an old-school sneaker!!

1. Miu Miu, Patent-leather high-top sneakers, £325, Net-a-Porter.com

2. Converse, Rainbow print hi trainers, £43, Schuh

3. adidas, Midiru court mid ii trainers, £60, Schuh

4. Ash, Cool wedge coral suede trainer, £139, Ashfootwear.co.uk

5. Chloé, Suede, leather and ayers high-top sneakers, £365, Net-a-Porter.com

6. Lanvin, Diamond-print canvas and leather high-top sneakers, £430, Net-a-Porter.com

7. Michael Michael Kors, Black MK City High Top, £110, My-Wardrobe.com

8. Isabel Marant, Willow High-Top Sneakers come in Beige Noir and Black Blue, they are currently out of stock everywhere, but I hear that they are hitting stores again in February.

9. Be&D, Big City Sneaker, £85, Beandd.com

What to wear with your sneakers with? Well why not team with a chunky sweater dress or with your skinny jeans and a statement blouse, or why not add a sport-luxe vibe to your maxi skirt or dress. Seriously there are so many possibilities.

Still unsure, well it seems that hi-tops are the latest celebrity ‘It’ shoe with the likes of Alicia Keys, Emma Watson and Anne Hathaway spotted in the covetable Isabel Marant styles. For the more affordable price I love the Ash copies – they come in a number of colourways but these red ones really stand out – also the hidden wedge means that you still get the height!!!

Aug 08 2011

All Star Bags: Converse Launch Debut Bags Collection

I don’t know about you but I just assumed that Converse did bags, I think it is just because the footwear and apparel has such a great heritage, well now the sports brand do as they have launched its first dedicated bags and accessories collection.

The debut line, which launches nationwide this month, features canvas duffels, backpacks and leather messenger bags, all adorned with the iconic Chuck Taylor All Star logo.

My favourite has to be this white and red duffel, I love its retro feel and detailing, and this is a perfect weekend bag or to take to the gym.

Also how cool are these messenger airline-style shoulder bags in bold primary colours? Looking for something a little different these are definitely for you.

After traditional look though this athletic backpacks will be more your styling, I am loving that cobalt blue one.

The new line is available from this month at stockists including Schuh and JD Sports, with prices range from £19 – £54.95.

Aug 06 2011

Shopping: Weekend Wishlist – Stars and Sparkle

Inspired by the gorgeous Dolce & Gabbana star print dress from the autumn/winter 2011 collection, seen recently on the September Marie Claire cover and Glamour’s August issue, I have put together my fav star and sparkle items.

1. ASOS Belted Dress with Star Print, £45 – I love this all-over star print with its flirty flare silhouette and the elbow-length sleeves will see you through to autumn.

2. Rebecca Minkoff M.A.C. Bombe, $345 – I am a big RM fan, I carry my MAB with pride, but this cutie is a perfect sparkly clutch and it even comes with exclusive leopard print inside.

3. Oasis Scatter Star Scarf, £18 – you don’t have to go for black and white, this coral scarf is a great way to dip into the trend, team with jeans and a simple tee for great effect.

4. Maggie Angus Rock Star Necklace, £18.99 – couldn’t be a wishlist without jewellery and I adore this rock star necklace featuring a bold charm of a guitar and star.

5. Converse Garden Sequin Hi Trainers from Schuh, £49 – sequins and hi-tops is a great combination, team with your skinny jeans or maxi dress. I just love the way these beauties shimmer!!

6. New Look Starry Canvas Cross Body Bag, £8.99 – this is a cute casual bag, and at that price everyone can enjoy the star trend.

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