A girl can never have too many shoes!

A girl can never have too many shoes!

Wednesday, 27 July 2011

Thinking ahead

I've taken advantage of the sales and bought these for the winter months.  At just under £20, they were a bargain and they'll give my Uggs a much-needed break.  After last winter with two months of snow and ice (felt like a mini ice age to me) I felt like I'd lived in my Uggs for a lifetime, so it will be great to have these to add to my winter collection just for a bit of a change.

Due our typical British summer, I actually wore the boots with jeans and a body-warmer and jumper just two weeks ago as it was that cold. And they are so comfortable. Now the sun is 'cracking flags' so the boots have been put away until, hopefully, November when I'll really need them.

harsh weather for the Uggs

Monday, 25 July 2011

Shoe of the week

Its now just over four months away from my 40th birthday and I've been promised a pair of shoes as a present, so naturally I'm over-excited and thought I should start a list of potential candidates.

Inspired by blogger Fashion Pearls of Wisdom who is a great ambassador for Vivienne Westwood, I decided to do a little online research into the shoes that Dame Westwood has to offer a shocaholic like me. Of course, there are some great contenders for my present selection. 

Like America's Next Top Model, I need to narrow down my list from hundreds down to a select few or else I would need more than four months to make my choice, so here is my favourite two.

So firstly I spotted the Anglomania x Melissa Lady Dragon Heart Shoe and then I feel in love with these Skyscraper heels.  Both available on the Triads website and they are definitely on my list.

Saturday, 23 July 2011

My Top Ten

I do like a good challenge and I've been chosen by Just Johnny...  to share 10 things I love. To meet the challenge, you have to use pictures to as well.

I also have to choose 10 other bloggers to do the same. The ones that are chosen, are asked to choose some other bloggers to do it as well... so its a challenge that keeps on sharing.

I thought this would be easy, that I'd just be able to knock up a list quickly and post but no! It's taken me a while to really think about what would be in my top ten and there has been a few revisions before I fine-tuned my list.  For some reason it took me AGES to sort my links and images, but finally I got it sorted.

So let me share with you, my personal top ten.

10. Cocktails
There is nothing like a well-made cocktail and its not just for the ladies of Sex and the City.  Finding a cool cocktail bar in a new city should be on anyone's Things to Do list.  We found a great bar in Krakow that claimed to do the best cocktails in the city and  Paparazzi definitely lived up to the claim. After starting with a mint mojito, then a apple martini we handed the bar menu back to the bartender and let him choose our cocktails for the rest of the night and they were amazing. It was a great way to spend our first wedding anniversary and a great way to try new cocktails.

9. Cupcakes
It's not just about something sweet, cupcakes are aesthetically pleasing too.  Just to receive one, would put a smile on anyone's face, receiving or baking a cupcake definitely cheers me up.  I just like them . . . a lot.

The name of my blog - I have too many shoes - really sums it up. I love shoes, they'd be the first thing in my shopping basket.  I don't buy shoes to complement an outfit . . . I buy the outfit to complement shoes. I could easily buy a pair a week and I would love a shoe budget to allow this. I hope that lottery win comes soon, then I can have a really, really big shoe closet.

7. My  Dogs
We've had dogs in our family since I was little and our favourites have always been Jack Russells (or Parson Terriers I think they're known as outside the UK).  Jack Russells sometimes get a bad 'rep' as yappy, scrappy little dogs, but honestly they are not.  They have this trait in their breed, its called the love leap where they can literally jump over four foot in the air to greet you. If you've had a bad day, then its the nicest way to be greeted on arriving home. 

I have two dogs - Jasper and Harvey - Jasper is the handsome one who likes to run like the wind, also likes to be chased around the house at about 20 miles an hour sometimes, not good on hard wood flooring! Harvey is the cute, scruffy one who likes socks, stashes biscuits in hiding places all over the house and to quote Top Gun is 'Goose' to Jasper's 'Maverick'.  I honestly don't know where we'd be without them.

6.Eighties movies
As a teenager growing up in the eighties, it wasn't just about the music, rollerboots and the fashion. It was about movies, especially John Hughes movies. Who didn't want to spend a Saturday detention with the Breakfast Club or cheer on Andie at prom - "What about prom Blaine? What about prom?". - . It was about rites of passage, achieving your dreams and beating the rich kids at their own game.

I'm a bit of a film geek and spent a lot of my teenage years visiting our local video shop and renting out the latest VHS releases (not betamax) to place in my top-loading video recorder. I think compared to the teen movies now, in the eighties teen movies life seemed so much simpler and with a better soundtrack.

5.Envy Restaurant Las Vegas
I got married in Las Vegas in 2008, we went there to get married and celebrate my husband's 40th birthday (the day we got married, so I definitely will never forget his birthday and he will never forget our wedding anniversary!). We've got a great holiday partnership, I wash, iron and get all the essentials for a trip while Chris is the finder of 'things' whether its a cheap flight, cool hotel or bar and a restaurant that we need to try. Obviously we wanted to go somewhere really nice for our double celebration after we got married and Chris 'came up trumps' with the Envy Restaurant at the Renaissance Hotel. From the ridiculously high Seafood Tower to fillet steaks with truffle-reggiano fries, it was an amazing dinner and so unforgettable. Over two years later, I still remember everything so clearly. Maybe for our tenth anniversary, we'll get to got back there and celebrate.

Envy Steakhouse, Vegas Baby

The Lush Envy cocktail

The Seafood Tower, big enough to share

4. hydrangeas
Probably considered an old-fashioned flower, I love hydrangeas.  I'd call them the John McClane of the flower world - no matter what weather is thrown at them, they just won't die. . I'm not in the least bit green-fingered, I even managed to kill off my yucca plant! So hydrangeas are really the only plant safe from my destructive, ahem, gardening.

When I was at college, I used to buy vintage brooches but stopped once I started early money to spend on the high street.  Fast forward over 20 years later and charity shops and car boot sales are the first places I visit as cheap way to get a retail therapy fix.  As a friend of mine says 'One person's trash is another person's treasure'.

my vintage wedding bouquet

2. Ginger
What can I say, other than you can always bet on red! I've always had a thing for gingernuts, not the biscuits but men with red hair.  From Eric Stoltz, Ewan McGregor to Damien Lewis, I've always had a little crush when I spot that glimpse of red, I just can't explain it.  My favourite spice girl was Ginger Spice too and I even had my hair done the same way as Geri, thank god I don't have an image to share!

It's my home town, its where my family is and I live just under ten minutes walk from the beach. You just can't argue with that.

It does get a bad reputation in the newspapers but things are starting to improve in Blackpool with regeneration in key tourist areas of the town including the Golden Mile, seven miles of sandy beaches. While we're never guaranteed sunny weather, its hard to explain how beautiful the beach can be even in the harshest of winters.

So that was my top ten, I hope you enjoyed it. Now its time to nominate 10 bloggers to spill the beans about their top ten and they are:

Creating pictures in my mind
Please may I?
World of Joy
Fashion Pearls of Wisdom
A Thrifty Mrs
Vintage Vixen
Grace's Nail Designs
Skinny Bitches - In the Making
Pop Champagne
The Diary of the Haribohats
Let me know if you post your top ten x

Wednesday, 20 July 2011

Shoe of the week

Now to complement the A/W 2011 season, I've visited the 'high street' to find a shoe that utilises the snakeskin trend.  This Love Label shoe would be a perfect accompaniment to the Autumn months and fits the bill don't you think?x

3d or not 3d, that is the question

My nephews Callum and Max recycle their 3d glasses
These past few weeks I've been lucky enough to indulge in some trips to the cinema to see the third Transformers movie in 3d and of course, Harry Potter:The Deathly Hallows part 2. I actually managed to see HP in both 2d and 3d within 24 hours; due to a friend having a spare ticket for the 3d showing, although I realise this does not make me any less of a geek than I really am.

I grew up in the eighties, when technology was still developing for 3d and it really wasn't a great success. Now over 20 years later, there seem to be many films being released in 3d and they can be an amazing experience, Quite literally, they can bring a film to life, I've now heard that they are looking into developing smell-ovision too, although whether this will be a great addition to the film experience will have be reviewed on the first release. The one thing I really enjoy is seeing my nephews and niece enjoy a great cinematic experience but what a difference a few decades makes to what I experienced at their age.

My childhood 3d cinema experience . . .

Today's 3d cinema experience . . .

Friday, 15 July 2011

Shoe of the week

If I'd won the £166 million lottery (I'd didn't but these lucky buggers did!), then these Jimmy Choos would be first on my list.  Back to the drawing board on finding that winner ticket for now :(

Wednesday, 13 July 2011

It could be you?

Could you be the winner of the Euro lottery, then hurry up that £161 million is waiting to be spent!  I'm assuming that the lucky bugger has either died of shock or is busy writing the ultimate shopping list ( I know what I'd be doing with it right now!)

I can imagine that finding out you've won the lottery would be like Charlie finding that golden ticket.

Normal business will resume

I have shown a distinct lack of blogging activity this week due to technical problems with my laptop which means I can't load up any new pictures I've taken, which is a bit of a pain.

I'm also struggling to submit comments on a couple of blogs that I follow and who follow me - does anyone have any tips on how to overcome this?

And I'm just starting to catch up on my blogs now and I've been nominated for a challenge by Just Johnny to list my 10 favourite things, so watch this space x

Monday, 4 July 2011

Shoe of the week

It's the fourth of July, so of course a shoe with stars and stripes had to be nominated for shoe of the week.

These limited edition shoes - American Chica - are available from Irregular Choice.

Happy 4th of July!

Sunday, 3 July 2011

Must try harder!

In my family, I'm not known for my adept skills with a digital camera.  In fact it was only when I started this blog, that I learnt how to take a picture using digital means rather than a fun camera!  I still have a batch of fun cameras to use but am slowly trying to take a better picture using my digital camera.  I know that a great picture that really can enhance a blog and I'd like to take better pictures of both shoes and my home town to really show you what I like and what my life is about.

Luckily my niece Olivia (who's only 13) seems to have a natural talent for photography.  The pictures for today's post are hers, using the much-loved converse trainer as the subject.  Converse has no age limit, is universally loved, incredibly cool and the perfect companion for a long, hazy summer. I think these pictures are the perfect fit for the shoe.  I think that I might have to make Liv my official blog photographer, so watch this space!