Tag Archive: Shoes

May 02 2014

Shoe Lust: Charlotte Olympia AW14 ‘Shanghai Express’

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I adore Charlotte Olympia, not only does she produce exquisite designer heels and clutches, but she does so with such fun and creativity. Previously I have gushed over her whimsical fairy tale collection, I still have my eye on the ‘She Wolf’ heels, I will forever have the ‘Gemini’ flats and clutch on my wishlist, and how cute would any little girl look in the adorable Incy kitty flats, also it doesn’t hurt that my girl crush Diane Kruger is a huge fan of the brand.

For autumn/winter 2014, the British footwear brand is inspired by the Far East, filled with gorgeous colours, textures and traditions including the Chinese dragon, ‘Ming’ vases, takeout boxes, paper lanterns, masks, lotus flowers and panda bears, even the kitty flats have been given an all-gold makeover as well as ones with Chinese knots for the eyes and nose.

Everything is so striking, if you are a fan of colour, embellishments and patterns you will not be disappointed with this AW14 collection, there is so many pieces that really stand out – I love the fun of the dragons and the panda, that black and white panda clutch is so cute, but for me it is the elegance of the lotus flower kitten heel, the hand-painted ‘Ming’ vase pumps and the Geisha t-bar peep-toes that really makes this collection stunning.

Which design from the Shanghai Express collection stands out for you?

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[Pics: All taken by me, Fashionista Barbie, do not reproduce without permission/crediting]

Feb 04 2014

Shopping: Orla Kiely x Clarks Now Online

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The gorgeously retro Orla Kiely x Clarks collection is now available online and all you really need to decide is whether you are a Matilda, Milly, Maggie, Mary or a Marianne – as each pair from the spring/summer 2014 collection is amazing.

From closed-toe Mary Janes to wedges and vintage-inspired slingbacks, each pair of shoes from this fabulous collection will brighten up your wardrobe and you will be willing summer to come along. My favourites have to be the navy and cream version of the Marianne, which could be easily worn with tights until the weather gets better, and the red Milly slingback Mary Janes flats.

Prices range from £90 for the flats to £120 for the platforms – but seriously who can resist the glossiness of this collection.

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Jan 15 2014

Shoe Lust: Sarah Jessica Parker’s Footwear Line

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There couldn’t be a more perfect tie-up for Sarah Jessica Parker than shoes, her alter ego Carrie Bradshaw from Sex & The City was renowned for her wardrobe being packed with Manolo Blahnik and Christian Louboutin beauties – well from February 28 shoe fans will be able to wear designs from her very own, SJP Collection.

Unlike Carrie’s collection, which cost a month’s rent, her line is much more affordable starting at $195 and ranging to $485 – that means you can get two pairs right??? The collection is exclusive to US department store Nordstrom and also includes bags, which are priced $375 and under.

So far, we have seen this gorgeous red number, the Mary-Jane strap ‘Diana’ heels and now The Coveteur has an exclusive video ‘If the Shoe Fits’ of Sarah talking O Magazine’s Gayle King through the collection – I am loving that she has a style called the Carrie and how lovely does Anna look in “asparagus”.

Shoe fanatics get ready, after seeing this adorable video I think there will be a long queue for SJP’s debut collection. UK fans don’t worry Nordstrom do deliver to the UK, here’s hoping that if it is a success, which I am sure it will be, they will tie-up with a UK name – I think the SJP Collection would look at home in Selfridges incredible shoe hall.

Are you excited about SJP’s debut shoe line?

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Dec 09 2013

Shoe Lust: Orla Kiely x Clarks For SS14

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There is something about that Orla Kiely that instantly appeals to me, I just love the charming prints and the retro-tastic styles, and I am always a fan of the designers presentations at London Fashion Week. This spring/summer 2014 show was incredible, packed but amazing, and as well as loving all the clothes and accessories the shoes in collaboration with high street footwear retailer Clarks was one of the highlights.

Last month I got to have a closer look at the Orla Kiely x Clarks collection and I was blown away by the pieces that will be on sale from February for as little as £90. There are six styles in the capsule collection from vibrant block platforms to 70s-style wedges, feminine mid-heel shoes, and my favourite the slingback Mary Jane flats. As well as loving the bright yellow, red, blue and green hues, I adore that each pair features the designer’s signature Orla Kiely floral print.

What can be better than stylish, colourful and comfortable shoes – seriously lusting after the whole collection.

Are you excited about the Orla Kiely x Clarks collection?

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Nov 11 2013

SS14: Sophia Webster Is Supa Dupa Fly

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Last week I had the chance to see her collection up-close and it was everything I was expecting and more after falling in love with the pictures of her presentation. Granted it wasn’t the same as standing in the middle of the secret garden being serenaded by Katy B, and seeing the models frolicking with the flowers, but I did get to see the incredible attention to detail in each piece.

There is something about Sophia Webster that gets me a little excited – maybe it is the fun girlie vibe of the brand or the kitsch elements, but I can’t help but love her pieces. The SS14 collection is no different, filled with butterflies, ladybird polka dots, bumblebees, with a hint of hilarious 90s attitude on her signature speech bubble clutches – every-time I see the BugABoo clutch I can’t stop singing Destiny’s Child to myself.

My favourite pieces had to be the butterflies, I am slightly obsessed with the fluttering beauties, and her laser cut leather flats and sandals with butterfly wings on the heels are divine. I also adore the cloud perspex heels and the ‘Killer’ heels.

Oh how I would love to flutter into spring in a pair of her heels!!!

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Sep 07 2013

AW13 Preview: Primark Has The Trends Covered

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Each season Primark seems to be developing its offering, it is a high street store that is no longer just for picking up basics such as boyfriends tees, or a statement piece of jewellery for a night out – this is a shop that is has really upped its game to bring shoppers the latest trends at affordable prices.

For most, me included, trends can be a little scary, they are mostly out of people’s comfort zones and you are never sure how long they are going to last. What I love about Primark is that it is a place where you can test out a trend, save a few bob along the way, while still looking good.

For autumn/winter 2013 there are several key trends to look out for – from the pink invasion to 90′s grunge, sporty and minimal, as well as punk. Some are easier than others, for instant adding a touch of pink to your wardrobe is probably the easiest to wear, and I love that Primark has a lovely selection from sugary hues to vibrant bold pinks, so whether you want to make a statement in a pink coat, or add a touch of pink with a gorgeous jumper or a tailored pair of trousers – there will be a lot of options.

Minimal and sporty is also a trend that’s easy to master, you will probably already have a lot of options in your wardrobe as it is a continuation from a spring/summer trend. In Primark you will find pieces with an elegant edge – from block coloured dresses, to coats with contrasting panels, as well as some cute sparkly trainers.

One of my favourite trends for autumn/winter has to be the return of the 90′s grunge, think lots of tartan, crackled leather, lace up boots, and statement jewellery.

Whether you are updating your wardrobe with some key staples or adding a few statement pieces – trust me pop into Primark you may be surprised with what you come out with!!!

What are you thoughts on Primark’s autumn/winter 2013 collection? 

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For more pictures from the Primark autumn/winter 2013 preview head on over to my Facebook page.

Aug 23 2013

Shopping: Hobbs’ Impressive Autumn/Winter Collection

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One of the brands that surprised me during the autumn/winter 2013 press days had to be Hobbs, I’ve heard such good things from the retailer from my friends, but I have to be honest I don’t regularly shop there.

For AW13 the offering is really strong and directional – with incredible bold tailored coordinated pieces, gorgeous oversized, mannish coats, and super flattering full skirts and items with delicate detailing on such as cut-work lace and scalloped edged collars.

There is an elegance about the new collection, that you would expect from Hobbs, but also a more fashion-forward feel – it really has stepped up for autumn/winter to rival Jaeger for contemporary womenswear with an edge.

One of the highlights of the collection for me has to be the gorgeous ‘Persephone’ tapestry-inspired silk printed matching pieces, the green print really made an impact at the preview, and the model look incredible wearing the trousers, shirt, coat and bag together. For everyday life maybe this look is a tad too bold, but I think the trousers and coat could totally work together with a more neutral top.

There were a lot of other pieces that stood out from the oversized mannish windowpane checked coat to the dress worn over a shirt and trousers, and the gorgeous feminine details of the Hobbs N.W.3 collection.

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But what really caught my eye was the strength of its accessories collection, especially its Italian-made footwear from cute brogues from the traditional to the heeled to the boot variety, leopard-print ankle boots and wear all-day long stacked court shoes. This really is a great place to look for new classic shoes this season.

Are you a fan of Hobbs? Let me know in the comments below what you think of the autumn/winter 2013 collection.

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The collection has already started to drop online and in store – to help you get started on your autumn wardrobe I have picked out some of my favourite pieces below:

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