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7 types of shoes that every woman should own

29th September, 2018

When I’m sometimes helping friends do a wardrobe revamp they always ask me about which shoes they need to cull and which shoes they need to add to their collection. I’m the first to admit that I’ve managed to accumulate a number of shoes in my time, all of which I love for various reasons, however there are certain shoes in my closet that I know I definitely couldn’t live without. These are the shoes that have got me through many occasions and I turn to time and time again. This is why I inevitably always give my girlfriends the same list of  shoes — this is the footwear that I guarantee will be used often and will serve you season after season.

So, what’s on the list? These 7 shoes will get you through all kinds of occasions and will make putting a stylish outfit together just that little bit easier.

Black slimline heels

I’ve worn these heels to black tie functions, to work events, to weddings, to social occasions… the list goes on. This is why I think every woman should own a pair of simple black slimline heels as they will become a go-to on more than one occasion.

A black and nude pump

This is the workhorse shoe of my wardrobe. I find I’ll wear a black pump with everything from a cocktail dress to work attire. I love a pointy toed black pump in suede or leather. (Just be sure to waterproof them to help with their longevity.)

Sometimes a black pump will look too harsh with certain clothing so a shoe in a nude colour is a great alternative. You’ll find this shoe is just as versatile as a black pump and will work back with so many different items from your wardrobe.

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Black high heeled boots

Now that winter is on its way make it your mission to find a good pair of black high heeled boots. The right pair of black boots will last you season after season and you’ll wonder how you ever survived winter without them.

A comfy pair of flat shoes

For those days when you’re running around and just need to be comfortable, a pair of ballet flats is an essential (if you prefer a loafer they also fall into the same category). I have a pair of black ballet flats that I’ve had for years and a pair of Gucci loafers that are still in high rotation. They’re my go-to shoes when comfort is key. You don’t necessarily have to go for a neutral either, you can have some fun with flats and experiment with different prints or colours.

A statement shoe

Every girl should have a pair of show-stopping heels that make an outfit. I love an animal print myself (leopard especially) however you could also go for a metallic colour or something with really interesting detail. The only aim should be is that they’re bold and definitely stand out from the crowd.

Sneakers

These have become almost as crucial to my wardrobe as my heels as I spend so much of my time running around, comfort is key. Plus sneakers as just so versatile. From my off duty wardrobe to spending a day at the office, my sneakers are front and centre. I definitely think a pair of classic white sneakers is a must.

What’s one pair of shoes that you simply can’t live without?

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6 ways with sunglasses

23rd September, 2018

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One of the quickest ways to update your look is with a pair of sunglasses. I never leave the house without a pair and have built up quite the collection simply because they’re one of my favourite accessories to finish off a look. My style goes from classic to retro cat-eye to an on-trend small frame style and I love mixing it up according to the outfit I’m wearing each day.

If you’re as enamoured with good eyewear as I am then never fear because this spring/summer we’re definitely spoilt for choice as far as sunnies go. There’s a style to suit every face shape, every style and every fashion whim. Don’t be afraid to experiment with colour, shapes and over the top finishes as I think a pair of standout frames can really act as the full stop to any look. So whatever the outfit or occasion there’s definitely a pair of sunglasses that’s guaranteed to match perfectly.

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Round sunglasses have definitely cemented their comeback. If you want frames that are on trend yet can still easily work back with myriad outfits then try this shape. It’s worth trying on a few different round styles as some face shapes tend to suit a chunkier frame whereas some require a slightly more slimline style.

embellished cat eye sunglasses

Want to make a statement? Try a pair of embellished sunglasses. This jewelled pair is a great way to make your eyewear the focal point of an outfit. It’s the ideal style for those who love to be a little more adventurous with their accessories.

mirrored sunglasses

Mirrored glasses are popping up on every ‘it’ girl to fashion blogger this season and there’s a reason why —they work no matter what your style is. They give an outfit an edgy touch, but they’re also quite versatile, you can wear them with a slightly dressier blouse or worked back with a bikini at the beach.

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Poppy Delevingne wore these classic cat eye sunglasses at Paris Fashion Week and immediately sent them at the top of many women’s shopping lists! Every girl needs a pair of classic black sunglasses but a cat eye gives it a slightly retro feel. If black isn’t for you, this shape would also work in tortoiseshell or coloured frames.

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Semi-rimless glasses a la this classic pair by Ray Ban are a great alternative to Wayfarers. They’re modern, work with virtually every face shape and are the ideal style for those who want something that’s right on trend.

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Who better to steal some style inspiration from than Vogue’s uber stylish fashion director Christine Centenera? These flat top sunglasses by Celine are a great way to update oversized sunnies. These frames are clean, simple and elegant and are the perfect style to take you through summer and beyond. There are plenty of brands doing this particular style so if you want a pair minus the designer price tag keep an eye out in your local chain stores are they’re guaranteed to be doing their own interpretations this season.

 

 

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The belt bag is here and it’s officially way cooler than you remember

19th August, 2018

The belt bag has officially shed its slightly (okay very) daggy 80s roots and re-imagined itself as a bonafide style strend. I’ve spoken about this trend before but now it has really gathered momentum and is being seen everywhere from Paris Fashion Week to fashion blogger feeds everywhere. There’s something quite Carrie Bradshaw-esque about the way the trend is being worn now and if it hasn’t yet, I’m betting it will grow on you. Consider the belt bag the easy way to carry all your essentials while still remaining hands-free and simultaneously belting up a look all at the same time. If you want, you could even worn it thrown over your shoulder like I’ve seen a few street style regulars wear. Big, small, dainty or sporty, this is one bag that can definitely cater to all sorts of tastes and budgets. Feel free to get inspired by a few looks below before jumping into this trend and checking out a few of my fave belt bag picks below.

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In the mood to belt it up? Shop a few of my picks below…
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New trend to try: Woven mules

17th August, 2018

Mules as a shoe trend have been kicking around for awhile but it’s always great when a favourite gets a fancy new incarnation that’s oh-so wearable and chic. Woven mules are the spring/summer trend you’ll definitely want to get behind. Their woven feature make them feel relaxed and perfect for the warmer months, and available in either a flat or a block heel version, they’re ideal for work or play. Also they now come in so many different colours so you’re bound to find something that will work back with your wardrobe perfectly. From muted shades that are ideal for a dressier look to fun vibrant colours that are just made for days spent out in the sun this is one style of footwear you’ll most certainly want to consider giving a home.

The great thing about woven mules is that they add a textural element to any look, giving any outfit another layer of depth. Also they’re extremely versatile. You could wear them with a summer dress, pair them with cropped straight leg denim or a skirt and they will feel equally as home making them a buy that will definitely earn its keep from a cost per wear perspective. From designer retailers to your favourite chain store, this is one shoe that you’ll definitely be seeing everywhere over the coming months so be prepared to jump aboard the woven mule bandwagon.

Shop my edit of woven mules below.
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Animal print accessories are an easy way to change up a look

10th August, 2018

I’ve had my fair share of animal print moments (see below for proof). I love it simply because it’s such a fun and lively print that can elevate an outfit and give it a bit of edge. I’ve incorporated it into my looks both clothes and accessories-wise and have found it to be equally as effective. However if you’re after a subtle nod to it then a great bag or a beautiful scarf is the best way to incorporate it into a look as it acts as an accent piece that won’t overwhelm. It’s also the kind of print that is surprisingly versatile. Whether you’re going for a polished neutral feel, embracing bold and vibrant or something understated and casual I can guarantee animal print will work with all of them. To help you dip your toe into this trend I’ve rounded up a few animal print buys below that will surely allow you to take any ensemble for a bit of a walk on the wild side.

A few animal print style rules to remember
  • Don’t wear it from head to toe. It can look chaotic and just a bit overwhelming.
  • Use it as a highlight piece. You can keep the rest of your look quite pared back and just add a touch of boldness with an animal print accessory.
  • Stick to one animal print at a time. It can be a little tricky to work two animal prints in a single look and have it look cohesive so best to choose one and run with it.
  • Consider it a way to add a bit of interest to an outfit. If you’re feeling that what you’re wearing is lacking a little something don’t be afraid to introduce a little animal print.

Now, here are a few ways to add it to your next look…

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Shell jewellery is majorly trending at the moment and it’s time to add it to your wardrobe

5th August, 2018

Want to add a seaside vibe to your next look? You’re in luck because shell jewellery is well and truly having a moment. The beach-inspired pieces have been spotted on many a blogger’s Instagram account and is trending across major retailers, with brands such as Isabel Marant and Rebecca de Ravenel all doing their own version of shell accessories. Whether you dip your toe into this trend with an understated pendant or want to make a statement with bold hoop earrings, the vibe is resort meets bohemian and is one great way to add a relaxed touch to any ensemble. Prepare to be inspired with a few Insta-outfits featuring shell pieces and get ready to shop my top picks below.

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Shop my shell jewellery picks below…

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The mini crossbody bag is the accessory you never knew you always needed

29th July, 2018

I’m all for a bag that leaves my hands free. In fact I’ve made this a criteria for most of my bags since having kids as I need all the free hands I can get! Whilst I’ve got a few satchel bags in my collection that are great for casual everyday use, I’ve taken to extending the style into my dressier looks, which is why I’m a huge fan of the mini crossbody bag. It’s the perfect alternative to a clutch for evenings out or for a dressy day time event and is ideal for functions such as the races for example when I need to leave my hands free to shake hands or hold a canape or glass of champagne. That said it’s also the ideal lightweight option for those days when you’re running around and don’t want to have to deal with a huge, heavy bag. There are a range of different styles to suit any occasion, whether it’s a structured look for work or one with a statement detail perfectly suited for event dressing. Good things come in small packages after all…

Shop my edit of mini crossbody bags below.

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Found! Designer buys that won’t break the bank

20th July, 2018

There’s nothing quite like a designer buy—the beautiful packaging, the thrill of unwrapping it, the fun of taking it out on its first outing however it can also be quite the financial outlay. Whilst I am a fan of saving up for a quality designer purchase which I’ve covered on the blog in the past, it’s also possible to nab yourself a little Gucci or Valentino of your every own without dropping a four figure sum on it. In fact, there are some great buys out there that are not only a great, practical addition to your wardrobe but also of the high quality that you’d expect from snapping up something from one of the world’s best luxury brands. So if you’ve got your heart set on a splurge item I’ve done an edit of the best luxe purchases worth considering. Whether it’s a beautiful card holder or a gorgeous scarf, my edit of designer buys under $500 will help satisfy your need for a little elevated retail therapy.

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Small sunglasses are the accessories update your wardrobe needs

22nd June, 2018

Back in the 90s small frames were huge. Then along came oversized sunnies and we’ve been all about them ever since. However it seems the tide is starting to turn and we’re seeing more and more the resurgence of this eyewear trend. Everyone from Bella Hadid to Kim Kardashian (whose husband Kanye West apparently sent her an email telling her to switch to smaller frames) to Rihanna have been spotted wearing small sunglasses.

Admittedly after so many years of wearing big sunnies it takes a bit of getting used to as the silhouette is such a departure from our usual go-to glasses however I’ve definitely become a fan. Despite their diminutive size they’re big on impact. The dimensions on tiny sunglasses make them a definite statement piece and add an edgy, almost futuristic vibe to a look. I’ve been wearing them of late whether in a cat eye style or oval shape and gave them a definite workout during Fashion Week (where I have to say, I saw this trend out in force). Whilst classic black always works I’ve also been trying them in different colours which definitely adds a fun element to any outfit. I’ve always embraced sunglasses as a finishing touch to an ensemble and this season, it seems it’s all about downsizing.

Want to wear this trend? I’ve rounded up a few of my favourite picks below plus I’m sharing my tops tips on how to style them

Embrace colour

Adopt small frames in a rainbow of colours. I love this Adam Selman for Le Specs pair as the colour works beautifully against both bright vibrant tones or muted shades. If you’re also worried about this style making you look like you walked off the set of The Matrix then never fear as the colour helps soften the silhouette and make them look quirky and playful.

Dress them up or down

Can you wear small sunglasses with a suit equally as well as you can with jeans and a tee? Yes! In fact, due to their minimalist style and shape, these sunnies can be paired with virtually anything in your wardrobe. Rihanna wore them on the red carpet with a ball gown so you can bet these frames can accompany you on a coffee run, out to lunch or to a big event.

Go bold with your outfit

What I like about small sunglasses is they are a statement piece. I think the shape and silhouette really make them quite a bold accessory and it might sound counterintuitive but this makes them the perfect item to work back with striking pieces in your wardrobe. Case in point: I wore them with a feathered denim jacket and a PVC skirt without my entire look seeming too over the top.

 

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My favourite finishing touch to an outfit—and it’s so easy to change it up

6th June, 2018

Whether it’s a bejewelled cat eye or classic aviators, there’s no doubt that sunglasses are one of the easiest ways to update an outfit. I’ve built up quite the collection over the years as I have a bit of a weakness for amazing frames! That said, it really as an accessory that can easily change any look. By switching up my eyewear I can change the whole vibe of my outfit in seconds. They’re definitely a key consideration when I’m planning my street style outfits. And I put as much thought into them when I’m pulling together a look for an event as I do my shoes and jewellery.

Here are a few of my current faves.

Small frames

Small frame sunglasses are right on trend at the moment and given their modern silhouette I find they add a little edge to an outfit.

Coloured frames

I love to have fun with vibrant colours when it comes to my sunglasses. The bold pink pair above can really add a playful touch to a look and are one way to make a strong statement.

Classic frames

Gold metal frames have been around for eons and for this reason they’re a reliable go-to. They also work back with almost everything in my wardrobe so they often get a workout.

Cat eye frames

I’ve always loved cat eye sunglasses as they have an old Hollywood feel about them. These days they’ve been updated with embellishments, come in a rainbow of colours and are an ideal way to transform any look.

Sleek black frames

 A pair of classic black frames never goes astray. Whatever the shape, black eyewear it always gives an outfit a sleek, modern vibe.

Round frames

The shape is a little old school and I love that they’re a little bit different to your standard sunglasses. Round frames are quite fun and can work with everything from a dressy ensemble to an off duty outfit for the weekend.

Embellished frames

I adore statement sunglasses. Show me anything with embellishment and I’m sold. This pair with its jewelled rim is one such example when the right frames can really take an outfit next-level.

What are your favourite sunglass styles?