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The Shoe Nightmare – and other diary items!

In the studio:

Things are starting to happen. Some decisions have been made about the new accessories – looking forward to the bits and pieces arriving so we can get cracking on painting and finishing those.

I’m on the verge of ordering some of the fabrics for the new pieces. Excited about the rich colours I’m going for and it’s lovely receiving new fabrics in the post!

In November I have a show booked which is almost immediately after my wedding so everything has to be done prior to the wedding. A little stressful!! All prep such as the show layout, packaging and admin needs to be completed before I get married. I don’t want anything playing on my mind.instagram latest

I’m doing regular updates as and when things happen in the studio on instagram. Some fashion, some flowers and anything else that takes my fancy. But mostly it seems to theme as, fashion, flowers and food!!

Head over follow me on instagram if you want to see sketches, colours and studio happenings!

 

Update on the wedding:

Planning the wedding has been going ok. We had a slow start with me doing most of the major research. But more recently things have got on a roll.

One minor thing which has turned into one giant pain in the ******, is my shoes. Yes yes there are bridal shoes out there. But seriously, even with all the lovely new designers out there, nothing is right. Everything has gone super vintage – not right for my dress. High end and high street designers all have heels that are crazy high. I need a classic heel that is wearable all day.

I’m also determined not to have a pair of Ivory/white satin shoes that I know I will never wear again or ever dye (dying shoes or anything in fashion is not very acurate and sometimes highly unsuccessful).

So I’ve tried a lot of shoes on with the dress. Some lovely gold ones, some great beige ones and various others. Nothing is quite right.

Ahhh!! My dress is too white-ivory for cream, beige, or gold. The length is going to be long but the shoes will peak out the front. I’m thinking of going with black, sparkley silvery or red/pink tones.

Is it just me!!?

Side note…. If you are looking for some nice party shoes there are a lot around at the moment….. I’m loving all the gold sparkley ones.

The shoe solution? (hopefully)

So in the end I decided to get some made. I booked an appointment at the Upper Street shoe lounge. On Monday last week mum and I went with my wedding dress to my appointment.

The shoe lounge is a lovely space to try shoes on in. First you have a chat about what you’re thinking style wise and the heel height. Then they get some samples out to try on for size and heel height and shape. They offer different shoe size options. My feet are a size 4 in length but a size 5 in width at the front. It is always tricky finding shoes for my feet.

Once you have decided the shoe style you want, then they get all the colour samples out. Because there are so many options, it is helpful to have some vague notion of what you want i.e. green tones or red tones.

I made a decision and then we looked at different details which really made the shoes even more special.

So I ordered the shoes and now I’m waiting, eagerly waiting…. COME ON SHOESSSSSS! It’s a 3-4 week wait.

I’m down to 3 weeks…….

The shoes are not cheap, but if you want shoes that fit and you can’t find what you want in the shops, this is a great alternative. (you can order them online aswell) I will let you know how they turn out!

 


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Buying and Wearing Shoes in Summer

What to keep in mind when buying or choosing work footwear for the hotter days:

  • Natural materials are the best for letting your feet breath (Even when you have to wear closed footwear). Select leather, suede, cotton canvas and raffia.
  • Choose shoes with as many gaps as possible! This could be strappy, openwork leather, laser cut holes, sling back, open/peep toe, Broderie Anglaise or lace.
  • Avoid patent leather as the top layer has a coating that prevents the natural breathable quality of leather.
  • Don’t wear shoes that are tight to start with – the heat can make feet swell up and then your shoes will be very tight!
  • Always try on summer shoes in the middle of  the afternoon – your feet will be at their hottest and when you make the purchase you can be sure they will fit your feet when they are at there hottest.
  • If you can bare it then a small pop sock or pair of tights could help with feet becoming too sweaty and slipping in the shoes.

How to make sure your feet are sandal and summer shoe ready:

  • Use a pumice stone around your heels to get rid of dry and hard skin
  • Moisturise your feet and pop on some cotton socks before bed
  • Give your feet a nice soak – this will soften the skin and sooth them after a long day. Pop in a couple of drops of some tea tree oil and this will get rid of any potential infection on your feet – sweaty feet are a breeding ground for infections
  • Trim your toe-nails and polish them in a lovely summer colour
    Cobalt blue Dior polish Summer 2014

    Cobalt blue Dior polish Summer 2014

    Chanel Pink Summer 2014 polish


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Shopping for Summer Work Shoes

Summer is here in Britain, possibly, well, sometimes!

So you’re stuck in an office, at your desk or spending your day on your feet. What do you wear on your feet when its hot and you need to look smart?

I’ve worked in a wide variety of offices, all of which had their own rules and thoughts on summer office attire.

There are various scenarios regarding office shoe regulations! Two of the key ones often are no open toe or no sling backs.

Here are some options for either scenario.

No Sling backs:

Foot wear for Summer in the Office

 No Open Toe

Wear a sling back if you can

 

 


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Start 2014 on a high

Start 2014 on a high

2013 is gone – lets get 2014 started on a high. There is nothing like a high heel to make your legs look amazing and to make you feel confident. If you want to make an entrance into a meeting or new job – grab yourself one of the new court shoe arrivals in store!

These high wedge L.K.Bennett Shoes might be the perfect balance of height and easy to walk in and smart look!

Maybe choose a different pattern, print or colour to freshen up a simple suit or outfit.

Charlotte Olympia print shoes


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You better be in the middle

Stay in the middle

A great pair of mid-height heels can see you through many a long day at work – keep up the smart leg lengthening appeal of a heel with a greater level of comfort. I’m always on the look out for a great fitting pair of stylish mid-height heels. When you go straight from work to a networking evening or work meal they are a must!

Try a pair of gorgeous leather court shoes that combine two different colours or textures like these Nine West Pumps or these Nicholas Kirkwood pumps.

Even in the mid-height heel you can find a range of black court shoes in different styles – do you prefer a chunkier heel, a pointy toe, a round toe or a patent finish? Here are some ideas and options for you:

Ferragamo Pumps

Hobbs Elizabeth Court

Hobbs Elizabeth Court

Hobbs Invitation Arianne Court

Can’t go wrong with a leopard print court shoe – adds a bit of glamor to an outfit

 

And this nude Hobbs Elizabeth Court is a spring summer wardrobe essential

 


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Stay Low in 2014

Low Heeled shoes for 2014

If you’ve been through the sales and found nothing that takes your fancy perhaps it’s time to spend out on some new season arrivals coming into stores now. There is nothing like a new pair of shoes to refresh your enthusiasm at the start to the working week!

Wedges are a great option for wearing all day at work as they provide more support for feet and some people find them easier to walk in. If you like a mini-wedge and pointy toe shape – try these from L.K. Bennett (Pumps). This teal colour would make a nice change!

A small heel like this smart Flat pair at L.K.Bennett should last you a long time as you work up the career ladder!

If you fancy adding some colour to an outfit these are a nice pair of red Fendi flat shoes.

If you prefer to stick to classics try these MaxMara black shoes.

Nude low heels to go with any outfit during the summer try these fashionable chunky heeled FERRAGAMO Vara leather courts

Add colour to a grey dress

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Add colour to a grey dress

Adding colourful accessories could work just as easily with a grey trouser suit.
The colour you wear has an instant impact in a first impression, a meeting and a presentation.
It doesn’t need to be a full coloured outfit – accessories work just as well. Choose one colour, for instance, purple.

You can add purple in a variety of areas of your outfit:

nail varnish, purse, handbag, cardigan, shoes, scarf, belt or jewellery!