A girl can never have too many shoes!

A girl can never have too many shoes!

Thursday, 30 June 2011

Shoe of the week

These shoes from Miss Selfridge would bring a touch of old-school glamour to any outfit. The perfect excuse to create a red carpet event to show these lovelies off.

Wednesday, 29 June 2011

Shoes in the news

How fabulous are these 8 inch Louboutin shoes created to raise funds for the English National Ballet. I wonder who's bought them in the silent auction and whether they are going to wear them! I bet Mrs Beckham might have put a cheeky bid in.

Weekend in a post

I've had a long weekend, no work except my domestic goddess duties and its been a bit weird. I've purposely not written any lists to achieve or planned any activities so that anything that happens is spontaneous but it is hard to get out of the thinking that I need to be doing something structured and not leisurely.  With hindsight, I realise that I need to get a life!

So this weekend, I've managed to do all my washing and take advantage of the two days of sunshine we've actually had. So I have a batch of fresh-dryed washing to sort.  What is it about fresh bedsheets that's just so perfect? I found this great site with tips of creating those fresh summery scents all year round, so rather than use up the earth's natural resources to keep things fresh, I can create some natural scents to pep up my laundry.

I also 'camped out' in front of the TV and watched Glastonbury, and was blown away by Beyonce. Despite 'the contraversy' of Beyonce being the headline act at the festival by a number of stalwart critics, she performed a fantastic set to around 170,000 people who looked like they wouldn't be asking for their money back. Although, I have to say that my favourite performance was Biffy Clyro Mountains.

I managed to read half of Her fearful symmetry by Audrey Niffengegger, who also wrote the Time Travelers Wife. I'd definitely recommend it.  I'm not a massive fan of her first book but this book based around Highgate Cemetery is really good. I have two more books to read before I can fill up my kindle with new reads, so any recommendations are gratefully received.

My Sky Plus planner has also been greatly reduced and I've caught up on The Game of Thrones, repeatedly watched the final, ever episode of Brothers and Sisters

I'd also not been out for a few months so when I finally went out on Saturday night with a couple of friends for some early evening drinks, I managed to get easily tipsy. Hence I wrote a drunken post! Not sure how I managed to write something while under the influence and not incur spelling mistakes.

I've also been a bit behind with my blogging so am busy taking some pictures and normal posting will resume shortly.

Saturday, 25 June 2011

Brassed Off (1996)- Danny's speech

Not much I can say but after watching the film 'Brassed Off' for the numerous time, I cried at the fact that although this film was produced in the nineties, our country hasn't improved in terms of employment but there is still hope.

RIP Pete Postlethwaite x

Friday, 24 June 2011

New sandals on the block

I've invested in some new sandals as my current pair were looking a bit tired or should I say 'well-loved'.

So I bought these sandals from Deichmann.  At £14.99, I didn't think they were a bad price and with the metallic detail, they can be a bit dressy for a flat sandal or just as easily suit a casual outfit planned.
Deichmann has around 2,500 stores across Europe and the US, so you're bound to bump into a store on your travels.  There's one in Blackpool and what I liked about it, was that it has an old-school look to how they display and hold stock in-store.  Remember years ago, when you bought shoes and they were boxes and boxes stacked up on shelves just waiting for an assistant to climb up steps to find your size.  It makes me a bit nostalgic about the build up to a shop purchase.

Tuesday, 21 June 2011

Shoe of the week

For this week's shoe, I've looked to designers rather than high street.  These stunning heels are from Carven and available at Net-A-Porter.  Without sounding too over-dramatic, I need these shoes in my life! 

Priced at £320, I'm now off to buy lottery tickets and these shoes are going to be top of my shopping list if I win.  Speaking of lottery wins, I had a funny conversation with friends at work about what would be the first thing we'd buy if we won.  One would buy a Ferrari, one would buy a house in the Maldives, mine would be a pair of Louboutin Bibi shoes.  Now maybe I've haven't thought 'big' enough, so I've re-thought my first purchase, subject to a lottery win - I want a closet full of Louboutins!

Friday, 17 June 2011

Working 9 to 5

Let me introduce you to my new work shoes. They're from New Look and currently now at a bargain price of £19.99.  I've gone for something completely different that my usual court shoes and these are a bit fun, a bit cute and have a bit of a heel on them.  The pictures don't really do them justice, they do look better in the 'flesh'. 

They are kind of retro, so it might help me re-invent my work wardrobe that's got a bit stale.  I'm thinking they might inspire me to add a bit of glamour to the daily grind and get me through the working day. 

How high!

I couldn't resist a bit of Dolly to really help kick start a good working day!

I had to include a picture of Harvey, our permanent lodger. Every time I wanted to take a picture of the shoes, he wanted to get in on the shot.  Here he is, looking less than impressed with the hair cut we've recently given him.

My photography assistant

Wednesday, 15 June 2011

How do you take a stand against bad service?

I thought that the economy was 'going to the dogs' and the high street was suffering as a result but last week when I wanted to purchase a pair of shoes for work, I just couldn't spend my money in one shop. 

Blackpool has a long way to go before it matches nearby cities to become a shopping mecca but I honestly think that some shops need to think big and be improving their customer service and most importantly, ensure their tills are ringing with sales. 

We have very few shoe shops, so you'd think that any opportunities to sell shoes would be grasped but when I walked into one high street shops, this wasn't the case.  I received no greeting when I entered the shop, no offer of help when I was browsing the displays and no acknowledgement that I was actually on their premises.  Instead I heard them discuss a night out and recommending restaurants for each other to try, but no mention of shoes, getting a sale or 'wow, we have a customer loose in the shop!'

Now, I'm not being precious but surely a sales assistant should have at least come over and asked if I needed help or offer to get a pair of shoes in my size.  I was livid and thought sod it, if they don't want my custom then I'm not going to spend my money here and walked out.  This was despite the fact that I'd found a great pair of shoes. 

I walked over to a rival high street store and found a pair of shoes that were about £10 cheaper and bought them.  I did have that fleeting thought of going back to the store with my purchases, a bit like Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman and say 'big mistake, huge' but didn't think it was worth it. But what would you have done? 

How should you deal with bad customer service, should you complain in store, write a letter to the Head Office or just simply forget about it?

Any suggestions, gratefully received . . .


A disgruntled customer

Tuesday, 14 June 2011

Shoe of the Week

This week's shoe is from Missguided, I've got a slight obsession with finding a pair of shoe boots. I've not found a pair that I've like yet (except some lace Jimmy Choos that I saw Sarah Parrish wear in an Easy Living photo shoot).

As a quick fix, this boots priced under £30 are ideal and I want to wear some little boots with a cute dress for a summer night out.  Even though its June, it's still not summer weather yet so some boots would come in handy.

Sunday, 12 June 2011

8 Things

I've been tagged by one of my new readers, the Lovely Hazel from World of Joy.  This is what I really love about the blogging community; the new people you 'meet', the information you share and finding out new things about people that could be in the next town to you or in a completely differently time zone. 

So here's some information about me in little groups of eight things . . .

Eight songs that would be on the soundtrack of my life:
1. Livin' Joy  - Dreamer
2. Elvis - Burning Love
3. Oasis - The Masterplan
4. Deacon Blue - Fergus sings the blues
5. Fleetwood Mac - You can go your own way
6. The Verve - Lucky Man
7. Nik Kershaw - Wouldn't it be good
8. Journey - Don't stop believing

Eight things on my wishlist . . .
1. A pale green and chrome VW Beetle
2. A closet
3. A communications degree
4. A pair of Louboutin Bibi's
5.A mulberry Alexa bag
6. The entire box set of Harry Potter books and films
7. The gold shell clutch from Accessorize
8.A bigger house with a gorgeous garden

My eight favourite TV programmes . . .
1. True Blood
2. Luther
3. Supernatural
4. Greys Anatomy
5. Private Practice
6. Being Human
7. Glee
8. Sex and the City

My eight favourite films . . .
1) The Departed
2) The Breakfast Club
3) Con Air (guilty pleasure)
4) Jaws
5) It's a wonderful life
6) Jane Eyre (1943)
7) Sex and the City
8) The Outsiders

My eight favourite memories . . .
1) My wedding in Vegas
2) Friday teatime drinks with my dad
3) my best friends wedding weekend in Avila, Spain
4)Shopping in San Francisco
5) cocktails at Paparazzi bar in Krakow on our first wedding anniversary
6) Buying our first puppy Jasper
7) New Year in Prague
8) Seeing Oasis at Heaton Park 2008

Eight things that are always in my shopping basket . . .
1) shoes
2) benefit makeup
3) scarves
4) jackets
5) lip glosses (I have a ridiculous amount)
6) treats for my dogs
7) wine
8) jewellery

My eight guilty pleasures are . . .
1) shoes, of course
2) chocolate nuts treats when my husband is on the night shifts (nut allergy avoidance)
3) repeats of Sex and the City
4) listening to easy listening music while ironing
5) taking over the Sky+ to record anything and everything
6) Idris Elba
7) fun cameras (my friends take the p*** out of me but I'm always using them!)
8) cupcakes

And lastly, eight words that are key in my life right now . . .
1) family
2) endometriosis
3) work/life/balance
4) hope
5) friendship
6) frustration
7) toothache
8) creativity

I'm not sure if you've found this enlightening or boring but at least hope its helped you know me a bit better. xx

Now I'd like to nominate all my fellow bloggers to share their eight things, it's a great way to get to know you and be completely nosy too.

Wednesday, 8 June 2011

Shoe of the week

I'm become a bit boring with my work wardrobe and need some fresh items to revitalise my looks.

This shoe available at Dorothy Perkins fits the bill. So what if they might be a tad unpractical; they are just perfect so I can look smart but have a fashion edge.  They might be the perfect remedy to kick start some new outfits.

Monday, 6 June 2011

Bad shoe day

Harvey takes care of business

These past few weeks, I've been in a bit of a rush: lack of sleep, lots of work, domestic goddess duties and total dis-organisation caused a temporary lack of fashion focus last week.  I had dug out a pair of summer shoes without thinking (yes, we actually had a sunny day last week!). By the time I got to work, it was too late to realise that I had on a pair of dated but most importantly uncomfortable pair of shoes I own.  And somehow, due to a packing mishap these heels had become scuffed, so not only were they painful, they were also battered.  What was I thinking?  As soon as I got home, they were heading straight for the bin. Luckily at home I have Harvey, the Jack Russell equivalent of a CIA Cleaner who disposed on the offending shoes.  The situation with decent work shoes has yet to be resolved . . .

By the way, Harvey was having some problems with his hair growing too long over his eyes so we gave him an emergency haircut. He looks years younger, so a great new haircut wonders wonders for dogs as well has humans!

Haircut still needs some work but at least he can see his food!

Shoes in the News

M & S have launched their own brand of 'fit flops' called StepTone. Priced around £25 - £35 they are cheaper than their rivals but will people opt for something cheaper to become 'fit' rather than a 'flop'?

Thursday, 2 June 2011

Taking comfort with cupcakes

It's official, I am only six months away from my fortieth birthday milestone.  To take comfort during this upsetting time I bought some cupcakes from my local shop Cupcake.

Deciding whether or not to celebrate this milestone is an easy decision, you can't beat Father Time, you just have to join him and party.  So I'm busy planning a couple of events to mark the occasion and embrace my fourth decade! God, that sounds horrid. 

I think the ageing process is relative, no one really looks their age or needs to act their age these days.  People leave their childhood homes later, marriage is no longer something to be achieved before you're thirty and with the fabulous facial serums, you can keep ageing at bay.  To be honest I think forty is the new thirty!

I'm no longer setting myself timescales to achieve things by a certain time.  In the past few years I've realised that life just sometimes throws you a curve ball and you never follow a truly straight path through life.  Its funny, I was thinking the other day about what I wanted to achieve in life.  Over twenty years ago, I said that I would be married with two children by the time I was 25. Well that didn't happen, I married at 37 and don't have kids, I was definitely not master of my own destiny.  So I'm not setting any milestones to meet for my 40th other than I'd better get a bloody good pair of shoes!

top of my birthday list

Cupcakes the best medicine to take away the bitter taste of aging

Why have one cupcake when you can have two (I shared them, honest!)