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June 2013



Sensible shoes


As I fill my Mother in on my plans for the next week ~ Berlin, Vienna, Paris ~ her parting words are

‘And I hope you’ve packed sensible shoes’

I desperately want to revert into a teenager telling her very loudly that 

‘I am quite capable of making my own shoe decisions, thank you very much, and should I choose to take ‘silly’ shoes to Europe then I will do just that! ‘

BUT…..I know she is right. Of course she is! These are the words that impart to all of my customers ~ Comfort is key ~ If I’m going to be hopping on and off trains with a wheelie case, traipsing round beautiful cities all day and expecting my feet to accompany me I need to house these plates of meat in the shoe equivalent of Lucozade. I found these flat, hardcore, rubber soled beauties in the sale at Topshop and am very excited about them being my travel companians across the continent.



I also bought these navy geek chic ‘school girl’ flatties but that’s another story for another day….


WEEeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee…I’m off My Shoelets. Not for long mind. I shall return to the shores of this tiny island of bad weather and great humour next Wednesday. My packing was exceptional so will return with tales of fun tailored times in Europe.

Auf wiedersahn and Au Revoir…parting is such sweet sorrow. I’m off for a Schnitzel.

Posted in Beautiful shoes, Comfy chic, Summer plans, Travel



June 2013



Take me to Africa


When the Zimbabwean’s are in town there is nothing I like better than cracking out my African print dresses and showing them how much I love their material.

When Bestie From Africa lived over in Zimbabwe {technically she should now be called Bestie From Streatham} I was very lucky to receive many beautiful gifts in the post. Often it was simply material that she knew I’d like and would make into something fabulous. Other times it was actual dresses. This beauty came to me one birthday with the note attached

‘Yes, it’s huge but it’s the smallest I could find. I know you’ll be able to do something with it’ 

Huge was an understatement. It was probably a size 26! You know I love a challenge. I took it up, I took it in, I chopped the sleeves and I hemmed the shit out of it. Paired with a floral belt it was perfect for these far eastern style wild summer days.


{reworked gifted african dress, belt from this dress, m&s suede wedges and sunnies, vintage bag from rokit}


For wild adventures in the actual Africa and not just a garden in South London check out here

Posted in Africa-ca-ca, Bestie From Africa, Did It Myself, Didn't I, Outfit city, Printastic, Rise to the occasion



June 2013





June 2013





June 2013



Wild weather wear


As demonstrated on Tuesday this weather is driving me crazy. One minute I’m wiping my sweaty top lip the next I’m reaching for my umbrella. Finding outfits to look good in when the weather seems to be having a major PMT strop is difficult to say the least and I don’t know what to tell you my Shoelets! There seem to be no wise words of sartorial advice I can depart from these sweet, cherry flavoured lips.

I myself plumped for a jumpsuit ~ light, comfortable and fresh.



{orla kiely jacket, vintage jumpsuit and belt, office flats}




{zelda cave engraved necklace, laura lee ‘tim’ necklace}

What are you throwing together to try and stay cool/dry/warm these days?

Spread the love and let us know.


Posted in Outfit city, PANTS!, Rainy days, Rise to the occasion



June 2013



Marant pour H&M

And we’re back here again.

The latest collaboration of top dog designer and high street label was announced last week:

Isabel Marant x H&M

I first heard about Marant about 6 years ago in Italy. I asked a friend where she’d got her t~shirt from and she asked me not to judge her

‘What? Why would I ….Oh… is it from Primarni?’ I asked

‘NO! It’s Isabel Marant.’ She replied ‘Cost me £65’

Say WHAT!?! £65 for a t~shirt. What was it made of? Gold thread? From then on her name locked into my head as a label I would NEVER be able to afford. NEVER. I admired her from a far though and then she bought out the wedge sneaker ~ a personal favourite of  Tim’s ~ and I lost interest. They reminded me of Reebok pumps that I longed for but sadly, at the time, never owned when I was 15. Having said that ~ Were I a customer of Marant today I wouldn’t be too pleased to know that what I worked hard to buy from her label will now be seen traipsing the streets of …well, everywhere. Her clothes are cutting edge and elegant, she has always been a fierce opponent to the high street copying high brand labels so why now is she associating yourself with a brand that has pretty much duplicated her designs, doesn’t have the greatest respect for quality over quantity and means she could very well loose her key customer who doesn’t want to see her clothes on a teenager?

Maybe it’s a case of if you can’t beat ’em join ’em?

What say you?

Will you be queuing in November to get your hands on a Marant x H&M piece?

Or couldn’t you care less what the label is it’s all about the cut and quality?

As always, a great discussion on the subject over here

Posted in Let's discuss



June 2013



Cray Cray Kookaburra



“Kookaburra sits on the old gum tree,
Merry merry king of the bush is he.
Laugh, Kookaburra, laugh, Kookaburra,
Gay your life must be!”


This weather is making me crazy! I don’t know whether I’m coming or going, jumpering or bare arming, legging or trewsing???? What I do know is that it has to be about the layers…layers, layer, layers.


{american apparel cardi & tee, dimdi waistcoat, vintage skirt from hk, hobbs leopard print flats, m&s sunnies}


Posted in Comfy chic, Did It Myself, Didn't I, Outfit city



June 2013



Inspire me


With my next adventure coming in just over a week I am heading off ~ by train ~ to Berlin for a few days to see a friend and indulge in naked saunas {see here} then I’m heading to Vienna to see my cousin and my brother and finally passing back through my dear, dear Paris on my way home. As I preached here, luggage is important. I shall be taking a small wheelie case for ease off and onto the trains but for my personal items I’m on the hunt for a nice rucksack ~ sporty ones need not apply

ruck rucksacks



fred 1

{all images via google}

Posted in Bag central, Inspire me



June 2013



Bobbi’s wedding


I loved my outfit for Bobbi’s wedding so much.

As I’ve said before {see here} the 60’s are not a decade in which I generally seek out it’s clothing and accessories but….times change my Shoelets, times change. With an ever~expanding~non~decreasing~30~something~ year~old~pot ~belly and a reading to do at the ceremony I headed straight for the gym. I side stepped the gym and jumped into the pool with both feet ~ YEAH!  I had 2 weeks and I worked hard on those legs. With a touch of sun on them from the beautiful weather we had last week I was ready to release these bad boys into the world in a sexy, sweet 60’s shift dress. As I explained here, I love getting my legs out when it’s warm and if I don’t do it now I’m certainly not going to be doing it in 5, 10 years time!


{vintage dress from blackout, barrett’s heels that are 15 years old,chazzer shazzer clutch} 


With big plans to make a fabulous floral head band I was sorely disappointed when I simply couldn’t get my hands on any decent black flowers. ANYWHERE! Everything looked too tacky and cheap so I went with a simple black ribbon around a high bun which in the end was better for the weather and the wild dancing. I was fine with my choice of bunnage until on the Friday night someone asked me what hat I would be wearing as ‘you always do a good hat’ GUTTED! I’m always up for an occasion when something on the top of your hat doesn’t make you look like a plum {see here and here}


What I learnt from this wedding:

1. Make sure what you wear is right for the temperatures of the day. I was really pleased with my dress as it had sheer sleeves ~ perfect for a warm/cool in the shade day. NO jacket required and DEFINITELY NO CARDI! No cardi’s at wedding’s please people! Always a jacket if you have to have a cover up.

2. A double lathering of moisturizer on the legs goes a long way. Slap it on. Slap it on again 20 minutes later. Legs as smooth as a babies bum!

3. WEAR AN SPF! Due to a very early arrival at the venue, an outside ceremony and then a long wait in the sun their were a lot of red faces come Sunday morning.

4. Your handbag needs to contain the following items:

* Make~up ~ Later on a top up or even a revamp is always needed.

*Deodrant ~ I failed on this account but Bestie From The TV came up trumps with a bottle of perfume that I sprayed directly onto my dress. problem solved.

* Tissues ~ didn’t take nearly enough for the amount of crying I did.

* Paracetamol ~ enough for at least 4 people who will undoubtedly ask you for something to kill a headache.

* Gum or a tooth brush ~ a lot of champagne/cigarettes/hog roast baps and 4 hours of dancing leads to bad times in the mouth.

5. Your shoes are the one big thing that you need to get right. Even if your hair is a disaster, your dress creases, you get sereve pits or your hat leaves a mark on your forehead ~ if your shoes are comfortable and can last you for 12 hours then nothing else matters. Up close my 15 year old heels are painful and battered, from a far and on a dance floor they’re priceless.


GO forth and enjoy your summer weddings my Shoelets ~ You’re armed with all you need to know.

Posted in Bobbi's wedding, Chazzer Shazzer chic, Outfit city, Rise to the occasion, Tricks of the trade



June 2013



Bobbi’s wedding: Travelling gal


{vintage leather handbag from bondi beach market, ancient overnight bag i’ve had for 19 years}

I learnt a few things this weekend my Shoelets and I thought there was nothing I needed to know about planning and packing for a 3 day weekend away.  This particular weekend away happened to be up in the Cotswolds for the much anticipated wedding of my good friend Bobbi.

Of course the wedding day outfit itself is thought of months beforehand. Shoes, hair and handbag for this occasion were pre~planned and discussed in length but the Friday and the Sunday outfits also needed just as much thought.  With the weather app for Bourton~on~the~water on my iphone saying sunshine mit a tiny bit of cloud I knew my outfits had to be summery, adaptable and comfortable.



{vintage jacket from nyc, white cotton top from singapore, self designed skirt, m&s wedges}



{laura lee star diamond stud, hexagonal silver ring and triple diamond ring, large silver earring from spain, triple silver band ring from india}


What I learnt from my 3 day jaunt was this:

1. Getting a wax/mani/pedi/haircut/hairdye and what ever else it is that makes you feel a little more pulled together is SO worth it. I had all of those things done and they made me feel great.

2. Make sure the luggage you take is easily transportable. I had to go from bus to tube to train to bus…my faithful weekend bag and over the shoulder handbag served me well and was easy to carry. NICE. Especially if you have a heel. Nothing worse than tottering along with too big luggage. Been there. Done that. Got the bad back.

3. Going to a three day affair normally means there’s going to be an evening do on the Friday night. Take another outfit. I wasn’t actually bothered that I didn’t have anything to get changed into as it meant I could just carry on drinking in the bar but it would have been nice to freshen up and pop on something a little warmer for the evening.

4. DEFINITELY take a different outfit for the morning of the wedding. I couldn’t believe I hadn’t even thought about it! The wedding wasn’t until 3pm so I had to go down to breakfast in my Sunday outfit…and with bare feet! GUTTED!

5……take some more shoes! I had my ever faithful m&s wedges but to put on a heel to go down to breakfast was a little ott!

6. Always pop in a warm layer. Even though the forecast said sunshine and high temps I took my new favourite {see here} and was so grateful I did for 5am on the Sunday morning and for a weary train journey home where we had to stand.


Lessons  learnt for the day of the wedding coming tomorrow……

Posted in Bag central, Bobbi's wedding, Outfit city, Rise to the occasion, Tricks of the trade


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