A girl can never have too many shoes!

A girl can never have too many shoes!

Wednesday, 28 April 2010

When shopping can get personal

I can't believe that we are over a third of the way through 2010! I've been married for over a year now and I've been reminiscing about that time recently.

I didn't go down the traditional white wedding dress route - ever since I was a young girl, I'd never had that dream that I'd walk down the aisle in beautiful gown (this doesn't mean I'm anti-wedding gown, it just isn't me). The thing is, less than six months before our trip to Vegas, I really had no idea what I was going to wear.

Blackpool has an ongoing regeneration project and a key part of this was a brand new shopping centre* with Debenhams the centrepiece. I decided to take advantage of their free personal shopper service and with my limited budget thought there was a slight chance of finding something suitable. I took my Marc Jacob shoes along to the appointment to see if I could find a dress to match my favourite shoes.

I'd never done this before so didn't know what to expect, but my expectations were surpassed. Helen, the personal shopper, had previously discussed what I wanted. Initially, I specified pale gold dresses to try on, despite the fact that this colour totally washed me out. Helen truly knew her business, meeting my request as a customer despite the fact that gold does nothing for me! While subtly telling me that the colour wasn't ideal, she was great at getting me to try on dresses that I wouldn't consider normally. She also had a good eye for choosing colours that really complemented me. Best of all, she actually got me into dresses that were a size smaller than i thought I could fit in!
I spent two hours trying on long gowns, assorted prom dresses, tiaras and fascinators before finally agreeing on the first dress she recommended (pictured is me in the final choice on the monorail in Vegas just after I got married).
I'd love to undertake a personal shopping session again and definitely would recommend it to anyone who's struggling to buy a special outfit or just needs advice on a capsule wardrobe. Sometimes you just need a little help. I just have to start saving and plan my next session!

*Don't get me wrong, Blackpool is a long, long way from competing with city shopping centres such as the Trafford Centre, Oxford Street or Westfield - if you do live near these, then you are extremely lucky and I am extremely jealous!

Thursday, 22 April 2010

Let me introduce myself

Here's some random facts about me . . .
  1. My shoe size is a UK size 6
  2. I've been on a couple of television shows, not totally by choice. I managed to get in the background of filming or accidentally sat in front of Peter Kay's mum on Gordon Ramseys Kitchen Nightmares and Peter Kay's Live at the Tower.
  3. I've met Prince Charles.
  4. Due to the fabulous editing of GMTV and street interview with me and a friend regarding binge drinking at Christmas, a number of colleagues and my future in-laws saw the report on the morning telly with me stating 'that everyone should just go for it' rather than discussing how people really go for it and drink too much when they are off for a couple of weeks during the Christmas.  The editing made it look like I gave a battlecry for everyone to get completely loaded,
  5. I totally lost my street cred when I met David Thewlis at a Travis gig and got really excited about his role in Harry Potter and couldn't stop talking about it!  I blame it on over-excitement or too many pre-gig drinks.
  6. I still haven't to this day decided what my favourite colour is.
  7. My favourite flower is the hydrangea.

Wednesday, 21 April 2010

Here comes the sun

Finally the warm weather has arrived. Apparently we are going to have a mini-heatwave this weekend, so I dug out one of my favourite pictures that really sums up what the spring and summers seasons mean to me. 

This was taken a couple of summers ago. It's my dog Jasper enjoying the sunshine in our front garden, I love the hazy look of the picture and it sums up what summer is all about - chilling out.

Here's to lots of sunny days!

Tuesday, 20 April 2010

I knew I was right!

There's a great article online at the Daily Mail today, to dispense health myths, health experts were asked to provide tips to healthier living.

This was, of course, my favourite part of the article!   I always knew there was a perfectly good reason why I like my stilettos.


‘I practise what I preach and wear a small, wide heel whenever possible,’ says Simon Costain, of the Gait & Posture Centre in London.

‘Many people’s foot, leg and back problems are caused by wearing flat or no shoes at all.

‘A ½in to ¾in heel lifts, softens and takes the stress out of your knees and tendons, encouraging you to stand with straighter legs. Flip flops and flats induce a knock-kneed gait and transfer. 

There is also a great tip for working on the deep core muscles in your abdomen by standing on one leg whilst brushing your teeth - this is one mini-workout that i have to try!

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-1267334/Shattering-health-myths-The-expert-advice-turning-received-wisdom-head.html#ixzz0lflU5HNu

Thursday, 15 April 2010

I left my heart in San Francisco but brought back some Marc Jacobs

I'm a bit fed-up in the moment, had some rubbish news about an existing health condition . . .which is making my weight problems increase :( So I am taking comfort in my shoe collection!

My most expensive and treasured shoes are a pair of Marc Jacobs that I bought in San Francisco in November 2004.  As I've said before, I'm not materialistic at all, I just love shoes!

It was our first visit to America and San Fran was our first choice to get a taste of the American Dream.  I have so much to say about this city, it is such an amazing place to visit that I will have to write a separate post about it.  Now back to the Marc Jacobs.

As you know, if you go to America then you definitely have to set aside some time for a little bit of shopping.  I indulged my GAP obsession, browsed the Macy's aisles and visited the Levis flagship store but planned prior to the visit to also treat myself to some designer shoes.  I'm not a experience fashionista so can't provide a serious and thorough explanation on why I chose Marc Jacobs over Jimmy Choo or Manolos.  I just simply like his designs and style.

So, on one of the shopping days planned into our week's itinerary, I visited Saks Fifth Avenue to chose my first pair of designer heels.  The Shoe Salon was in the basement and what I really like about this store was that whether you were wearing designer clothes or combats and flip flops (like me) you were treated as a valued customer.  It didn't take me long until I chose some gorgeous blue suede heels with gold crossover strap detail to take home with me.  They are a pleasure to walk in or just perfect to take out of the box to look at. Whilst they really can 'dress up' a pair of skinny jeans, the only problem I have is that I have yet to find the perfect dress or suit to wear with them.  Any suggestions?

Monday, 5 April 2010

Making a statement

As a curvy girl (not quite a pear shape and not quite an apple shape) I struggle to find the perfect outfit for a night out. I rely a lot on finding a perfect Little Black Dress (LBD) that I can use as a blank canvas. Then, with just a change of accessories - statement jewellery, a hot pair of heels or a gorgeous clutch - a fabulous outfit can be created, time and time again.

One of the latest acquisitions to my shoe collection is a pair of hot pink suede heels from the Luxe Collection by Dorothy Perkins (another Christmas present from my husband - aren't I a lucky girl). The LBD is a perfect compliment to these shoes; they really finish a classic outfit.