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The Return of the Gladiator

Thursday, April 16th, 2009

Miu Miu Gladiator SandalsGladiator sandals are set to be hot property yet again this summer. the romanesque footwear is already creeping into the high street, with a few subtle changes from last year’s versions. The studs and detailing is gone, and we’re seeing more and more metallic rather than brown and tan colours.

These ones by Miu Miu are great if you’re feeling flush. Combining this summer’s new nude tones trend with gold, these are simple but effective. the combination of the two colours gives them that expensive looking edge, and they’d set off bronzed legs perfectly. the multiple buckle detail keeps them interesting, but luckily you don’t need to fasten and undo them all to get them on and off!

They’d work well with beach wear, or just casual weekend clothes. They cost £303 and are available from Net A Porter now.

Snakeskin Gladiator

Tuesday, March 31st, 2009

Topshop Pegasus GladiatorThe footwear staple for this season has to be some sort of gladiator… flat, stacked or otherwise it doesn’t matter, but judging by Louis Vuitton’s popular feathered, tasselled and snakeskined Spicy heels (which everyone from Heidi Klum to Victoria Beckham have been rocking recently) the key to for them to be overly adorned and have an air of exoticism about them.

This pair is a pretty good high street alternative, and features lots of fussy details from snakeskin to leather strapping and buckles and at £100 they are a snip of the designer versions.

They come in tan only and are available from Topshop for £100.

Preppy Returns!

Thursday, March 12th, 2009

Preppy ReturnsWith the return of the blazer there’s been a comeback of all things preppy, and it’s a great look to go from winter to spring, as you can layer up with shirts, jumpers, and of course, a blazer.

This trend hasn’t really hit the high street properly yet, but here’s a few items already on the shelves. If you really want to embrace the preppy look, a pair of loafers are key, and these Karla Penny Loafers have got all the key features – brown leather, tassels, and the classic shape. They cost £45.

A shirt is also key – wear it tucked in for ultra preppy, or loose for a more casual feel. This Neutral Stripe Shirt, £22, from Dorothy Perkins, is a great mix for casual and smart, with a soft collar and roll up sleeves.

Finally, the ultimate preppy accessory, a satchel, and sadly these don’t come cheap if you’re looking for a full size, 100% leather one. However, on a smaller, cheaper scale, ASOS come to the rescue with this cute Painted Leather Satchel for £28. You might not be able to carry your entire life around in it, but it’s definitely big enough for the essentials.

So if preppy’s your thing, then hunt out those old episodes of The OC and get ready for the come back!

Hero Boots

Monday, March 9th, 2009

Oasis Alisha Laser Cut BootHailed as an ‘Elle Hero’ by Elle Magazine these are some seriously fabulous boots. The cut-away trend will remain big next season and look fabulous in footwear.

I love the peep toes, the heel zip fastening and the two tone colours, and as the magazine states, they will go with absolutely everything.

Use to toughen up a pretty dress, add interest by peeping out the hem of a skinny jean or team with a plain shift dress and belted cardy – just for starters!

Available in tan or black they cost £65 and are available from Oasis, several sizes are already out of stock on-line in both colours, so make like supermarket sweep if you want to bag a pair!

Free Designer Bags & Shoes!

Monday, March 9th, 2009

Free Bags & ShoesImagine strolling down the street with the latest Mulberry bag on your shoulder and a gorgeous pair of Christian Louboutins… imagine no more with!

Free gifts are everywhere with mobile phone contracts, mostly aimed at boys with gifts including Nintendo Wii’s, Playstation 3’s & Laptops. What about something for us girls?

Mobilesplease have come to the rescue with the launch of a new site which gives Free designer shoes & bags away with every contract! With bags from Mulberry, Marc By Marc Jacobs & Miu Miu and shoes from Jimmy Choo, Christian Louboutin & Alexander Mcqueen it is the best gift ever!

Simply choose from the latest pick of handsets, pick your tariff then select which gorgeous designer gift you would like to receive. You could have your dream bag or shoes for just £29 per month… and a fab phone of course.

Visit tightsplease.mobilesplease to buy today…you will be strolling down the street in no time.

Goodbye Snow Boots, Hello Flats!

Tuesday, February 17th, 2009

Miu Miu Jewel Embellished FlatsNow that (fingers crossed) we’ve seen the last of the snow, we can all pack away the Ugg boots and wellies and start wearing slightly more flattering shoes again. These Miu Miu Jewel Embellished Flats are perfect for seeing your feet into Spring, and will work with any outfit.

Patent black leather is a timeless classic for flats, and the green and gold jewel detail add a bit of class and elegance to a staple shoe. They have a sturdy but low block heel so they shouldn’t wear out or bend out of shape like cheap flats can.

Wear them for the office with a smart dress, at the weekend for a casual look with jeans, or even for a sensible-shoed night out teamed with your best LBD.

They cost £294 and are available from Net A Porter now.

Vintage Without The Rummaging

Tuesday, February 10th, 2009

Lotus Peep Toe Snake Insert Court ShoesIf you’re looking for some quirky, vintage looking shoes without having to hunt through shops and markets, then have a look at the Lotus brand at ASOS.

Their vintage inspired patterns and designs are perfect for making your shoes the talking point of your outfit, and you can get ahead on the S/S 09 trends with the Peep Toe Snake Insert Court Shoes. They incorporate many of the key trends already seen going down the catwalk – coral and metallic colours and tall and narrow heels.

Team these with a coral or metallic dress to highlight the colours, or the soon to be everywhere stone-washed skinny jeans. The cute vintage feel means they can be worn for a day or night look, and even with black tights until it’s warm enough to brave bare legs.

The shoes are also available in a more traditional black colour if coral isn’t quite your scene. They cost £125 for either colour and are on sale at ASOS now.

I ‘heart’ these shoes

Thursday, February 5th, 2009

Alexander McQueen Heart Peep-Toe PumpsWith heart shaped peep-toes and a hot pink sole these Alexander McQueen pumps are a much sought after valentine’s gift this February 14th.

Their sky high 5’’ heels will ensure a good view is to be had of the slick of pink underfoot, and their patent leather and classic pump style make these perfect for work or play.

The little heart shaped peep-toes are incredibly sweet and discreet, and a fun little detail.

You, or your sweetheart can pick these up for £387 from Net-a-porter here.

Essential Wardrobe Staple? The Wellington Boot!

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2009

Top Six Wellie PicksAfter a second day of making snowmen and trudging through the snow I have to admit to a little wellie-envy in the midst of all the fun.

Although I couldn’t do with out mine (trusty Hunters in a sweet pink rose pattern) I did spot a few others that I had to track down.

Here’s a run down of my Top Six Wellie Picks:

#1 The Ilse Jacobsen Black Wellie for £65. This is my absolute favourite. The lace up oozes sophistication and neatness. I almost want them just to style my hallway.

#2 The Cath Kidson Mini Dot Wellington for £38. Bright and cheery but not too garish for a patterned boot.

#3 Burberry’s Exploded Check Wellington for £113. Understated and neutral – a good choice for the corporate wellington boot wearer who wants dry toes but without the raised eyebrows around the office.

#4 Hunter’s Festival Tall Wellington Boots in yellow. A bargain as currently on sale with 50% off! Grab these hunter’s in the colour of sunshine yellow for £37.50.

#5 The American Sweetheart Wellie for £35. Featuring an American Sweetheart and a fleece lining, this boot offers both style and comfort!

#6 Moncler Padded Boots for £370. Pricey but seriously cosy and can be worn when it’s just plain cold – no snow required.

If you’ve not got yourself some wellies yet, with more snow forecast for the end of this week get ordering now!

The New Sensible Shoe

Thursday, January 29th, 2009

Deck ShoesSensible shoes are back, and this spring, instead of ballet pumps, the shoe of choice to slip on is a moccasin or deck shoe.

These sensible but sylish flats are already making their way into the high street, and here’s a couple favourites. First up are these Black Patent Tassel Moccasins from Dorothy Perkins, at a bargain £18. These are perfect for embracing the trend subtely, and are perfect for the office or casual.

If you want to go all out and pretend you really do own a boat, then look no further than ASOS’s Leather Suede Deck Shoe, costing £27.50. Available in three colours, they have a chunky white sole and cute eyelet and lace detail. Team them with jeans and a nautical style top for a weekend look.

Snap up a pair of these now and you’ll be all set come the spring!