A girl can never have too many shoes!

A girl can never have too many shoes!

Friday, 30 July 2010

Twitter - Shoe of the week

I decided on doing a weekly tweet nominating a shoe I've spotted online or in a magazine whilst window-shopping.  The shoe I pick might not be value for money, practical for work or even match any outfits, it just simply has caught my eye.  I'm going to use the power of Twitter to nominate the shoe of the week.

You can check out my tweets via my blog, is anyone else using Twitter?

Wednesday, 28 July 2010

Crazy feet

When I read this article it reminded me of the original Grimm fairytale of Cinderella, when the horrid ugly stepsisters forced or cut off their toes to fit that perfect glass slipper.

The trend for cosmetic surgery to feet is popular in the US and now reaching the UK. Treatments from toe shortening to injecting fat into the balls of your feet (so those killer heels aren't so 'killer' by the end of a long day) are being requested to ensure that women can continue to be fashion forward in their shoe choices.

It sounds too extreme to me, maybe we take our feet for granted and adapt them to fit our needs rather than take care of them. We should put our feet first and take care of them. After all they get us from A to B right?

Tuesday, 27 July 2010

Man versus woman

Have you ever had one of the conversations with your husband or boyfriend, when you arrived back from a shopping trip with bags of lovely new things. Then he says the immortal line  "Not more shoes!"

Whether its your money or his money that's been spent, it still manages to make you feel guilty and that you are beating Amelda Marcos at her own game.  That your shoes are taking over the house, spilling from every shelf or cupboard, that there is barely room to swing a pair of Louboutins, let alone a cat because of your addiction to heels. 

But have you ever considered the man's addiction to footwear?  I've had the opportunity to establish the true number of my husband's footwear collection while doing up our house.  His trainers now housed in some great wicker baskets, his shoes (expensive and good quality I must add) stored like precious cargo on the shelves of his wardrobe, their numbers could rival my shoe collection easily.  Trainers are on par with designer heels, the adidas ones pictured are rare with only 390 made in the world.  The research into buying them just as intense as searching for that perfect holiday.  

I think men could give us girls a good run for our money in the purchase of footwear, though they'd never admit it!  Have you checked out your man's shoe collection lately, I'd be interested to know the results.

Monday, 26 July 2010

Cosmos, killer heels and car boots

Ever had one of those busy weeks, followed by a fab weekend but you will actually be glad to do nothing for the next few weekends just to recover?

It's been hectic at work, working late and I had a full weekend of events to attend. First was a girls night out to celebrate my friend Laura's birthday and of course it had to start with cocktails. My sister Lady Tara and I brought the cosmo ingredients along and I think we cracked the recipe!  My friend Kath, who's been working in a luxury boutique hotel in Antigua showed us how to make some fabulous mojitos that perfectly complemented the Spotify playlist produced for the night - plenty of 80's tunes and of course Kylie's new single.  The night was the opportunity to try out my killer heels, I'm not sure if the print is leopard, but with the red heels, the shoes really stood out and received a number of complements.  They certainly lived up to their 'killer heel' tag as by 2am, those babies were in my hands rather than on my feet for the drive home after a night in Blackpool town centre. 

The next night, I celebrate my friend's Sylvia's 60th birthday, after nearly a year of planning it was finally the weekend of her retirement and landmark birthday. An amazing party which even the English weather couldn't spoil. Due to feeling delicate from the cosmo night, I volunteered to be designated driver for the night. This did mean that I finally had to drive my husband's Honda Civic, a task I've avoided all year as its too new and shiny for me to drive. I prefer my dad's car (I like to call the Valentine Limo as only I and my husband can drive in my family). God, that drive home felt like it took an age, it honestly felt like I'd just passed my driving test I was soo nervous! To drive a car with power steering was so strange, like I hardly turned the wheel.

Then Sunday, my friend Kath and I did a car boot sale.  My niece Liv joined us to sell some of her things as well as help set up our stalls as Kath is nearly eight months pregnant! After a 6.30 am start and despite the overcast day we got lots of visitors to our stalls and managed to make a bit of money, while having a great laugh.  Kath made a better profit than me by dressing up her clothes like adding scarves to jackets and it really worked a treat. I think for my next car boot, I'll do the same. The people who attend car boots fascinate me, they can go from one extreme to another - you get the people who appreciate the bargains that they are getting to others that basically want something for nothing.  You really have to haggle to agree a price that suits your needs. But I had a couple of successes and  I even managed to sell a bathroom toiletry rack to be used as a vegetable rack! 

By Sunday evening I was exhausted!  You would think that my dog had a more hectic life than me judging by this picture below of him relaxing on Sunday evening.

It was also a week of firsts, this is the first pair of print shoes I've owned and the first hot pink nail varnish I've worn according to Steff, my fabulous nail technician. Its called Cherry Melon which gave me a giggle, sounds like it could make a great name for a stripper!

Wednesday, 21 July 2010

A great excuse for baking cupcakes

A night with the girls with cocktails and cupcakes, I can't think of a better way to spend time with great friends and raise money for charity.   If you read my blog then you definitely know I love cupcakes, so the Ovarian Cancer Action's Cupcake Break sounds right up my street.

They're encouraging people to bake cupcakes, arrange events and share their stories on raising funds for this important cause. As well as ideas on how to host an event, there are also posters and invitations that you can download and send out to your chosen guests.  I really like the suggestion to have a chick-flick night, with cupcakes and cosmos it might be a fab way to raise funds and great fun too!

To get involved visit their site.

Monday, 19 July 2010

Sometimes being average ain't so good . . .

. . . Or is it?

According to WikiAnswers the average women's UK shoe size is 5 and getting bigger.  So it makes sense that shoes in size 5 and 6 are the most likely to go first when the sales hit the shops.  That is why I, being in the average shoe size of the UK, struggle to pick up bargains unless I'm first through the door. 

Next launched their sale last week, so I took a casual browse in my local store to see what possible shoe bargains I might find.  These lizard-look blue shoes, reduced to £15, took my fancy. Unfortunately only size 3 and 4 were left on the shelf, so no purchase could be made.  I'm not even going to look at the online site, I'd honestly be tempted to buy the shoes and other items I don't really need just to justify the added delivery charge.

Perhaps that's not a bad thing, having limited choices on what I can buy, does mean that I spend less and that can't be all that bad can it?

Sunday, 18 July 2010

Walk a mile in their shoes

I spotted this article in the Daily Mail (apologies but I find their online news pages a bit addictive!).  If you want a small taste of the celebrity life, you now have chance while helping raise funds for charity at the same time.

A number of celebrities from Pink to Shirley Bassey have donated their footwear for an online charity auction.  Give Landmines the Boot is a campaign being run by Mag - Mines Advisory Group.  The shoes are from high street to designer and its not all for the girls, celebrities like David Walliams and Alan Shearer has made donations too!

Bids can be made on ebay from 22nd July. For more information visit the Mag website

Thursday, 15 July 2010

Why everyone should celebrate like the queen

My good friend Sylvia is hitting two milestones in life in the next couple of weeks - retirement and her 60th birthday.  Rather than quietly slipping into retirement, Syl is going out with a bang with a big birthday party and also an afternoon drinks with all her work colleagues, just as our HRH The Queen - why have one birthday celebration when you can have two!  The first celebration is tomorrow with afternoon drinks in Poulton le Fylde, a cute village not too far from Blackpool with lots of nice bars and restaurants all with walking distance of each other.  So the afternoon is booked off work and jugs of Pimms all part of the plan.

I'm just pulling together a potential out for the event, what do you think?

Your help is needed

I had my wedding dress dry-cleaned and its now hanging up in my spare wardrobe.  With all the netting the dress does take up a lot of room and I don't think it's the best way to store it to prevent damage or the dreaded moths!  My friend also has a beautiful wedding dress that needs to be stored away too.

Can anyone give me some tips on how to store the dresses, I've heard there is some special tissue paper I should be using but haven't got a clue!  Any suggestions are gratefully received. xx

Tuesday, 13 July 2010

Sole survivors

Spotted this online, a great way to extend the life of your shoes from your LK Bennetts to your favourite pair of Ferragamo's.  The Save Your Sole online store sells coloured soles to match your designer shoe choices.  Its also building a database of cobblers to recommend for your shoe repairs.

The sole stories section is worth a look at, with links to local shoemakers and all things shoe-related that you can buy. 

You can also buy a shoe hotel to store your beloved shoe collection and emulate Carrie Bradshaws fabulous closet.  Hmmm, now I'm off to decide where I can house my shoe hotel . . .

Sunday, 11 July 2010

Back in the land of the living

I've been in self-exile while recovering from a lovely chest infection and I'm finally on the mend. 

During my exile, I've realised a number of things.
1) I need to work, despite Sky+ recordings, magazines and DVDs I was still bored
2) I actually dislike the majority of daytime television
3) I have a slight addiction to Homes Under the Hammer. I love it when a neglected run-down property gives a complete makeover.
4) That Mary Portas is my new style icon, I'm hitting my forties next year and Mary has proved that older woman can still lead the way in fashion.  I've been watching her current series Mary Queen of Shops on BBC2 and its really good, both how she is helping small businesses and wears some fab clothes too!  There are a couple of items in my wardrobe that could emulate her style.
5) The need to declutter - with our house renovations, we've visited other friend's houses to get ideas for the flooring in our hallway.  They're at that stage where their houses are complete and their rooms could easily fit the pages of Ideal Homes.  Its just highlighted to me about how much clutter we have gradually built up for the past eight years.  So this week, I am going to sort out my trash from treasure and raise a little money doing a car boot sale.  Perhaps, I'll make enough money to add another pair of shoes to my collection . . .

6) I love free stuff! The latest issue of Glamour magazine arrived in the post with a free book - I heart New York. The story's about a girl, with a love of shoes, who runs away from her problems to NYC.  This will be a great book to read while relaxing in the garden, hopefully the great British summer will not let me down!

7) A little of what you fancy does you good.  I'm also trying to be good and limiting myself to window-shopping.  This month I've made a couple of purchases: a recycled bag from Next (£5), a pair of earrings (£2) and a pink ring (£1) from Dorothy Perkins. Very small purchases that satisfied my need for retail therapy.

8) Extending your wardrobe life. I found this article on the Guardian online really interesting. its about how the concept of fashion is changing, its no longer fast where you might buy a top that is completely out of date a few months down the line.  Its all about classic clothes that can last the distance and still look chic.

Monday, 5 July 2010

where do I start?

I've been neglecting my blog for the past few weeks while I've been suffering from a horrible chest infection.  I've just not had the energy to research shoes and window shop the latest that the high street has to offer. So now I'm dosing up on medicine and determined to get myself back on track.

To help kick start my research, I've treated myself to some magazines, including the latest InStyle magazine, with the fabulous Dannii Minogue gracing the front cover. She is one of my favourite style crushes, especially after last year's X Factor.  In my humble opinion, she definitely won the X-Factor fashion crown!

In the Style Candy section, they've listed a lovely pair of shoes available at asos.com that meet the nude trend while tickling your fancy with a feather embellishment. These would be lovely for a summer wedding or perhaps a day at the races.  Although I would be quite happy wearing them while doing my ironing!

I've learnt  this week that I've developed a liking for shoes with buckles, nothing wrong with that but I've found that shoes these days are designed so that the wearer struggles to fasten their shoes up as there is little room provided to actually place the strap through the buckle part - has anyone else had this problem? 

So when going out for tea with friends, I had to resort to my childhood and ask for help in fastening up my Fearne Cotton heels!

I've had no energy to be the domestic goddess that I need to be so although my house can pass for being reasonably tidy, I know that it needs a good spring clean. The first job on my list is sort my wardrobe, its got in a bit of a mess so I will consulting the tips provided by Make Do Style and giving it a complete overhaul.

This will also give me the chance to finally establish the true number of my shoe collection, I'll keep you posted on the results.