A girl can never have too many shoes!

A girl can never have too many shoes!

Friday, 29 April 2011

Just seven little things

Me on a pre-Christmas day trip to Manchester, wrapped up because it was blooming cold up North in 2010!

I've recently been given a Versatile Blogger Award by Crystal from the Twenty eight and a half  blog.

Now, there are some rules to receiving this award:

1. Thank and link back to the blogger that awarded you the badge.
2. Share 7 things about you.
3. Award 5 – 15 other bloggers.
4. Contact these bloggers to let them know about the award.

So first of all, thank you Crystal for nominating me!

Now, seven interesting facts about me . . . shouldn't be too hard, should it?  Well, at first I panicked and thought, have I really got anything interesting to say about myself.  So I've dug deep and hopefully produced a couple of facts that might help you find out a little more about me. So let's get started!

  1. My obsession with shoes - this stems from when I was around two or three up to the age of eleven. Due to some development issues with my feet I had to wear special shoes from Clarks with built-up arches.  So my early years were spent in big ugly shoes while my peers sported lovely pretty shoes.  I did have some respite with a pair of yellow sandals that I practically lived in when I was about five or six!
  2. Valentine - is my maiden name which I love! Someone did some research on our family tree quite a few years ago and apparently the Valentine ancestry started with an Italian guy visiting Scotland (Glasgow) and marrying a Scottish lassie. While my sisters inherited lovely olive skin and hair from my dad, I unfortunately am as pale as anything!  I miss my surname so much that I'm considering having it as a tattoo.
  3. Films trilogies or should I say quad-rilogies - I am a total film geek (just wish the cinema was a bit cheaper) if more than one film has been released in a series then I have to watch them regardless of whether the sequel is good or not.  It just feels like unfinished business to not watch all the films in a trilogy or a fourth film as now more are being released (like the Pirates of the Caribbean and Indiana Jones series).  This does mean I've had to endure some poor films just to get closure and have been disappointed - Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull for example! Why can't filmmakers let some things lie and get original! 
  4. Allergies - Ever since I was very young I'd always wanted to be a vet, unfortunately I developed severe allergies when I was about six which included allergies to animal fur and feathers.  I still continued with my dream to become a vet and planned my future to do so but years of illness meant that half my school years was spent in bed than in class.  Finally my doctor said I should consider changing my career plans and think of becoming a doctor instead of a vet.  I then realised I was never going to be able to achieve my dream without being constantly ill.  But the one thing I haven't given in to, is my love of dogs. After a two-year course of injections and a case of mind over matter,  I've managed to have dogs all my life and will continue to do so.  It takes a little while to get used to the fur and little allergy niggles but its worth it.  My house is also home to two Jack Russells - Jasper and Harvey - and it wouldn't be the same without them.
  5. City breaks - I love city breaks and exploring new places. I've spent New Year's Eve in Prague, married in Vegas, honeymooned in San Francisco, people-watched in Dublin, enjoyed a Spanish wedding in Avila (an hour's train journey from Madrid), got drunk in Amsterdam and visited Harrods and only bought a doughnut! Future trips that I've love to take include: a train across Canada stopping overnight in places like Jasper, visit Seattle and take the ferry and go to Hawaii where I can get a beach holiday and city break at the same time.
  6. Redheads - what can I say? I've always had a thing for redheads from Robert Redford (well I suppose some would say he's strawberry blond), Eric Stolz, Damien Lewis to name a few. Obviously top of my list my husband.  I even have a soft spot for Ron Weasley!
  7. Royal connections - as I'm posting on the day of the Royal Wedding, I thought my last point should be about any 'Royal' experiences I've had. Due to my job, I've been lucky enough to attend a garden party at Buckingham Palace that is run every year by an ex-Service charity The Not Forgotten Association. I also met Prince Charles at the 60th commemorations held in London to mark the end of the Second World War during which I briefly saw Prince Andrew and Camilla!
So there is it, seven facts about me. Hope I haven't bored you too much.

Now it is my turn to nominate but to ensure I can find out more about my fellow bloggers I nominate you all x
My dad in the seventies, with his Italian genes evident in his rock star hair

My dog Jasper has unfeasibly large ears but still his cuteness remains

My unofficial lodger Harvey at a younger age with less hair

Fit for a princess

Like the rest of the nation, I was glued to the TV this morning to watch the Royal Wedding.  While I had planned to do something else instead, I just could not resist temptation to watch the proceedings!

I can bet any money that a number of ladies were watching the bride and guests for some outfit ideas for their weddings or Summer events.  Obviously there was a lot of speculation and discussion over Mrs Beckham's outfit for the big event. But my, those specially customised Christian Louboutin, while glorious, must still be an endurance test for a mum-to-be to wear all-day!

Now, to celebrate the Royal occasion, Redfoot have released the limited edition Princess shoe.

As with all Redfoot shoes, the Princess is made with a patented split-sole. It is hardwearing and durable, yet folds completely in half, making it the perfect accessory for any bride who doesn’t want aching feet to ruin her big day - or anyone simply wanting to celebrate the wedding of the century in style.
The design includes a gold crown and princess embroidery and a flash of Royal blue on the insole, so you can feel like a Princess for your special day too!
Share your wedding photo and win some Redfoot shoes! Redfoot want you to share your wedding memories and have a chance on winning some shoes, so take a look at their facebook page and find out more.

Thursday, 28 April 2011

Spotted on the street

Like the majority of the UK, I spent the weekend catching up with family at a couple of outdoor parties, making the most of the sun while it's here!)

Everyone seems to be embracing maxi dresses and sandals ( Note to self: I really do need to try on a maxi dress.)

My fabulous Aunty Debbie is an Avon lady who really believes in her products and is a great spokeswoman for the Brand.  At an Easter Sunday party, she was wearing these cute Ammi sandals from Avon and they were only £8! Teamed up with a pretty black and white maxi dress, she definitely has got the perfect summer outfit.

The shoes are provided with two ribbons to use; either floral or black, so you are getting two for price of one and we all know how we like our bargains!

Monday, 25 April 2011

Shoes in the news or should I say our new flexible friends

Someone really does have the technology!

Spotted this article online. Shoe Designer Raphael Young has created a high heel that will help you maintain your fashion status without the 'killer' heels.

His R-Flex range has been created using his own patented technology as explained in a presentation on his website . . . 'dramatically improving the comfort and flexibility of the shoe while keeping an external look similar to any other « standard » shoe, it brings maximum softness and sets a new standard of comfort for high-heeled shoes.'

Comfortable fashion 24/7
As I've got older, I've noticed that my feet are less tolerant of spending hours in high heels, so any shoes developed to ease our 'suffering' has definitely got my vote!

To purchase these 'feet-savers' will set you back a few hundred pounds and one Daily Mail reader has suggested saving yourself the money by putting a pair of your existing shoes in the microwave to soften them! Is this really safe? Sounds completely bonkers to me.

Shoe of the week

Fit for a Fashion Queen

It seem apt to find a UK designer for this week's shoe and perfect that in a week leading up to a Royal Wedding, that this shoe is by Alexander McQueen.

While the price could only be afforded by Leaders of small countries, the design and beauty of the shoe means that it could easily fit into a regal parlour as a work of art alongside portraits of former Kings and Queens. 

The Gold painted resin make the Iris platform shoe, 'the crown jewels' of any shoe collection!

Wednesday, 20 April 2011

Spotted on the street

Now the sunny weather is finally here, everyone is ditching the sensible shoes and tights and re-discovering their toes and embracing sandals.

I spotted Kerry in these cute wedges bought from New Look last year.  I usually see Kerry in pretty flat pumps and despite the high heel, the shoes surprisingly comfortable and look brand new.  Teamed up with a cute floral dress, the shoes were perfect for working in the office and would be just as perfect for popping to a bar after work for a nice glass of  Rose.

Now these shoes aren't available now but New Look does have a wide range of wedges to suit different styles, so definitely worth a look.

So there are these . . .

And these . . .

And finally these (my personal favourites)

Tuesday, 19 April 2011

Shoe of the week

Let's go retro!

I'm loving the seventies vibe I'm getting from these heels at Aldo.  Do you know what else I love? . . .  That they're reduced in price! Perfect for the seventies trends we all need to embrace this summer, so did out those flares and vintage maxi dresses.

Found in Aldo's endless summer range, here's hoping we get a 'endless summer' too.

Monday, 18 April 2011

Keeping your festival chic

 come rain or shine
Redfoot have created the perfect accessory for your summer outdoor events; whether its a festival or a camping trip. They've just launched their  Folding Rain Boot – so you need never be caught out in the rain again!

Created using Redfoot’s patented folding technology [foldology - what a great word!] and state of the art material, they are tough and durable, yet fold down into a tiny, compact package that is perfect for popping into a handbag or glovebox.  So they'll easily fit in your rucksack and ensuring that there is a bit of extra room in your bag to take another pair of shoes and who can argue with that!
Do you know what I really like about the boots? It's the fact that if the sun stays out and you're not fighting a mudslide to see your favourite band, then you can fold up your wellies, put them in your bag and dig out those gladiators sandals you packed away, ensuring your festival capsule wardrobe is ready for any opportunity. 

perfect size for the rucksack
They're great for all year round, so these would also be perfect for the winter months too.  I can't tell you how many times I got caught out last year when the snow suddenly arrived and I was tottering around in a pair of high heels.  I'd be quite happy to have these folded away in my bag ready for what ever weather conditions might arise, with the Great British Summer and Winter you just never now what's around the corner!

The boots are available to buy online now.

The boots have been made using a new and unique material that has the water-resistance of rubber whilst keeping a chic and stylish textiled finish. A snug black fleece lining has been added to give extra comfort and warmth for winter toes and means there is no need for thick socks. Each pair also comes complete with it’s own keep-clean pouch for easy storage.

Saturday, 16 April 2011

Where were you in 1981?

With the build up to Wills and Kate's (I just can't call her Katherine) wedding next week, I just can't help thinking about past Royal Weddings. While all of the Queen's children have now married (or re-married), Charles and Diana's has always stood out as one of the most important Royal Weddings of our time.

Obviously there has been comparisons today with Charles and Diana's wedding in 1981 but I don't quite think that the 2011 wedding will quite have the 1980's excesses that really defined the era from Diana's dress with the 25 foot train and the glass carriage that took her to her royal destiny.  The whole country stopped still to watch them kiss on the balcony.  So I wondered, where were you in 1981?

I was 9 1/2 in 1981 and that summer me and my family were at Butlins in Skegness with a coachload of family and friends.  On the day of the wedding, every function room, bar and lounge had television screens showing the wedding.  It was a beautiful long, hot summer day, just perfect for a wedding.

Monday, 11 April 2011

Shoe of the week

So, we are just over two weeks away from the Royal Wedding, Kate and Wills have performed their last public engagement before they say 'I do' in front of a world-wide audience of millions, and I'm assuming that people are making plans to celebrate the wedding and the public holiday.

These shoes are the closest I could get  to red, white and blue shoes for the royal occasion. Currently featured on the M&S Spring advert and modelled by Lisa Snowden, this are the perfect shoes for the celebrations, whether you're attending the church or a street party, you'll definitely be in style!

All change for the new season

I'm still being a bad bad blogger, haven't had much time to write or read posts! However, I am making plans to revamp my blog in the next couple of weeks when I finally have a week off! I am so disorganised that I haven't sorted any leave arrangements so I am putting this at the top of my list of Things To Do.

I'm also planning to revamp myself with a new haircut next week and I'm going short! Will post later xx

Wednesday, 6 April 2011

New shoes, nude shoes

I needed some new shoes for work, my shoe collection is split into two camps - the premiership which are my shoes that I save 'for best' and the reserve side which are my work shoes. My work shoes are either bought specifically for work or are shoes relegated from the premiership due to poor performance or my love for them has waned but I still need to get my value for money. 

Its not that I don't wish to wear some of my 'premiership' shoes for work but either driving in them or walking the 40 minute trek to work (with my dog in tow for half the journey) would be impractical.

I needed some new shoes for work and rather than stick to the usual black court shoes, I've decided to dip into nude for Spring. I bought this about a month ago from Additions Direct (unfortunately I can't find a link to them on the site). I quite like the retro look about them and its still got a heel but I'll not cripple myself  while marching to work on the beat of my ipod.

I've been saving them for the warmer weather and accordingly to the weather forecast we should be experiencing a lot of sun over the next few days, so I might finally get chance to wear them!  Have you dug out your sandals yet?

PS I'm trying to improve my photos for the blog, my current studio is the top step of my hallway stairs. I hoping to do up my blog and give it a spring clean too.

Tuesday, 5 April 2011

Shoe of the week

These shoes available at Dorothy Perkins are perfect for Spring and the lady-like chic trend.  They're available in black, mint, coral, cream and grey. 

It's an ideal shoe to complement any nod to Mad Men you might be planning this spring.  I can just imagine Betty Draper wearing these with some capri pants, a crisp shirt and obligatory scarf and sunnies.

Monday, 4 April 2011

I am a bad bad blogger!

So much to do, so little time! I'm really busy at the moment: working, spring cleaning, etc. I haven't had much time to blog or catch up on all those lovely blogs I follow. I've got some posts I need to do about recent purchases, birthday plans, I just need to get organised.

I'm also finding that 'all work and no play' is making me boring so I cannot wait until Easter is a couple of weeks to have a couple of drinks and a relaxing time.

I'm dreaming of a nice cold beer
Its now 236 days until my 40th birthday so I'm starting to make plans for celebrating my birthday. I've just realised that I am 'nearly' only ten years younger than SuBo, I honestly thought she was older than that! Not sure if I feel traumatised by the fact that there is only a decade between us. I'm also dreaming of a pair of Louboutin Bibi shoes which are top of my birthday present wish list too. I am off to get organised and get back to my blogging duties.

I have 'Bibi' fever!