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October 2013



Tartan army {part two}


Remember this?

Well, as I unearthed my kilts the other day and wondered when I would be able to wear them, what with this warm October, I realised I would finally be able to fulfill a life long dream sartorial dream. A kilt with bare legs. Doesn’t it just make sense though? Opposites attract & all that shaboozle!!! To avoid my kilts being old & fusty & dated I teamed her with an, albeit very pale now, bare leg, a heel & a denim jacket. BOOM! I’m FINALLY getting to grips with this kilt lark.


{d.i.m.d.i denim jacket, ms selfridge shirt, vintage kilt, kg heels, orla kiely bag, m&s sunnies}


How do you all feel about the kilt? 

Too much? Too traditional? Too trendy?

DO let me know ~ please feel free to post on RSNK’s FB ~  if you find others wearing kilts and killing it.

Always want to be inspired.


Posted in Inspiration, Kilt kult, Outfit city



October 2013



Get that coat right

coat med1Dear Shoelets,

Firstly we all need to calm down. It’s not the end of the world…although, were you to have been in Southern UK on Sunday night it might have felt it at 3am. WHOOAAAA!!!! Everyone ok? I did go out to review the wreckage the next morning and only found a few branches down but still…We don’t need this shit WORLD!!!! Ok, I digress. Apologies. So, Why I’ve bombarded you with multiple images of me doing essentially the same pose {God, I’m dull} is not to show you that I can easily shift my weight from left leg to right leg or how great my hair can look when I make an effort but to talk about the winter coat.

All I am hearing these days from friends is

‘Talk to me about coats’

‘Where can I get my winter coat?’

‘Do these coats on Ebay suit me?’

I know it’s tough going into a season where you HAVE to have a particular item to be able to survive but we all need to calm down. While I can’t physically go coat shopping with each and everyone of you I can try and impart some words of wisdom here on the RSNK news page. Read on and don’t weep My Shoelets….

1. Go shopping ~ 

I know. Sounds so stupid but it’s the truth and it seems you CAN’T HANDLE THE TRUTH!!!!! Like most items of clothing, trying a coat on is so much better. Shopping online is not to be sniffed at but I would say with coats, underwear, swimwear and footwear ~ Go try that shit on! I know we don’t have a lot of time these days what with attempting to have it all, look the part and conquer the world but we need to schedule in a little trying on session. Even if it’s a couple of coats per lunch break. Find out what suits your shape, what’s right for your needs and what you’re going to get the most wear out of. Take your time and only buy when you’re sure.

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2. Suit you, sir ~ 

Petite peeps ~ Stay away from pieces that drown you. Life jackets are not available. A coat that’s too long in the body and sleeves will simply make you look like you’re wearing your Mum’s coat…..& you’re 7 years old. Also stay away from large prints, an excess of buckles/zips/buttons/lapels/ties ~ all will make you swim in your coat.

Longtime Lovers ~ You beautiful tall, larger, long legged women need a long, powerful statement coat. Make it good quality, make it speak for itself. Pea coats need not apply.

Curves are us ~ Stay away from anything double breasted. We don’t want to add bulk to your bossom. Try and make your coat finish either just above the knee or ~ if you’re brave ~ just above the ankle. Deep V’s & waist ties are your NBF’s.

Sports Directors ~ Head for the double breasted. Add bulk to that bossom. Make your coat finish on the hip. Embrace the embellishments.

3. Start classic ~ 

Yes. I have posted myself wearing 7 winter coats. But I have built up these coats over many years and the most important {read functional} ones are the plain, classic, ‘Go with everything’ ones. They need to start as your base. If all you can afford is one coat then start with grey, navy or black ~ You’ll get some much wear out of it and once you have that in place ~ then you can have fun ~ Colour, print, shape, fur….go wild!

4. Who got the money? ~ 

Buying coats can be an expensive hobby. Fear not My Shoelets ~ I’m here to help. Read on. 

A coat is for life not just for Christmas.

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And here in concludes the Coat lesson of 2013 as told to you by RSNK’s.

Should you have any more questions about what, where, why & how to buy….Feel free to ask….you know I love a discussion…

Posted in Wardrobe work, Woman in coat



October 2013



Inspire me

yasmIt’s not the skirt over the pants that inspires me here {although I wouldn’t rule that out} No…it’s that tiny bit of frayed jeans poking out sitting above a stonking high heel…MMmmmmm Me likey. A couple of summers ago I saw Ms De Bruyn with a chopped off ankle on her straight leg black jeans. Then I saw The Man Repeller inspired by Yasmin Sewell above and my mind started a thinking….

Necessary items ~ 1. A pair of straight leg jeans. 2. A pair of scissors.

{photo from here}

Posted in Inspire me, Little Ms. De Bruyn



October 2013





October 2013



Rise to the occasion ~ Cocktail week


It’s been a while since I’ve had to Rise to the Occasion ~ HA! Who am I kidding! Every Wednesday is dress up day for me!! No but seriously, I mean an actual occasion when other people might dress up with me. London cocktail week seemed like the perfect opportunity as we had a personally selected liquor  for our store and served Elderflower and Prosecco cocktails for a couple of days. In my head I merged cocktails and couture as I headed to my closet.


{grandma wyn’s burberry trench coat, hobbs cardi, #diditmyselfdidnti may dress, gifted belt and net skirt, m&s petticoat & sunnies, kg heels, reworked leather bag from rokit {remember her from here?}}


I’d been wanting to wear this Did It Myself, Didn’t I dress, by May, all summer but there just never seemed the right occasion. It’s racer back, tight and short. Had I taken her to old Sunny Spain she might have got an airing but alas she didn’t make the cut. Teaming her with not one but two skirts {you know I love a double skirt action HERE, HERE& HERE} I added a slip and a gifted net skirt to make my outfit wearable, comfortable and cocktail ready.


Posted in Comfy chic, Did It Myself, Didn't I, Inspiration, Outfit city, Rise to the occasion



October 2013



Maquillage pour moi


{gifted japanese make~up from bestie from africa}

When the lovely Rachel Hearle {see HERE} wanted to come and offer her services as a make~up artist and showcase exactly what she does when it come to a make~up MOT I told her I, sadly, was not her woman. I offered up my friend Justine who firstly LOVES make~up & secondly has way more than me.

While I’m all for changing my style & mixing and matching my clothes ~ when it comes to my boat race I am a little lady who knows what works and sticks to it. Boring some of you may say and…well…I would tend to agree but what can I say? I likes what I likes.


* Baseline ~ A good base can do wonders. An old friend of mine, who trained as a make~up artist, told me that once I started wearing foundation I’d never look back. Well, Elle ~ I love you but I can’t stand foundation. I just feel too caked in a layer make~up when I wear it & I like my skin to breath. In the deep dark depths of February, however, I do, sadly, need a little help so that I look one step away from male corpse.  A make~up artists favourite, I discovered Laura Mercier’s tinted moisturizer, which I only use in the winter, along with her bronzer & L’oreal magic touch cover up.

Add to that my signature Poupee cheeks in Mac’s Dollymix powder & Premeditated cream colour blusher.


*Eyeline ~ Maybelline’s classic great lash mascara has been a staple of mine ever since I saw a picture of Kate Moss using it when I was teenager. Sometimes I’ll mix up the colour {brown in the summer, black in the winter} but other than that she treats me just fine. My Mac pencil is for a tiny dab at the corner of my eyes come an evening whereas the Max factor liquid liner is a new addition and will be showcased real soon…watch this space.


*Lipservice ~ As has been documented {HERE & HERE} lipstick is a whole new experience in my beauty regime and one I can’t imagine not having now. It’s the ultimate pick~me up & I am only going to keep adding and adding….

Do you use any of the same products, My Shoelets?

I’d love some lipstick suggestions ~ I’m currently on the hunt for a rich raspberry, deep red colour for those wintery days…

Posted in Make up my face



October 2013



Make~up MOT


Rachel Hearle first got in contact with me a couple of years ago just for a little bit of advice about setting up her business of Make~up M.O.T’s. Essentially she does exactly the same thing as a Red Shoes No Knickers Wardrobe detox but for your make~up bag! How cool is that? Finding a gap in the market, as I did, she realised that a lot of women own a make~up bag/drawer full of items they don’t know how to use or, more importantly, that suit them & their skin tones.




Using my good friend Justine as an example, Rachel went through her make~up CHEST {make~up is Justine’s thing} & showed her what to get rid of, how to apply foundation properly, what lipsticks to look out for and how to perfect the ultimate black liquid liner winged eye. She made suggestions about what she should be buying and what she should be avoiding {those beautifully packaged ‘sets’ of lipsticks/eyeshadows that come our way at Christmas and look like they make great presents? NOooooooooo} & basically left Justine with half the make~up she originally owned but with all the tools needed to make the most of it….Sound familiar?

‘I loved it and have been inspired to wear less but more effectively. I’ve been wearing my new tinted moisturizer and my best friend commented on my makeup at the theatre last week. I think the service you offer is great’


Rachel’s MOT’s can be found HERE ~ Why not do a Wardrobe detox & a Make~up detox at the same time?

Posted in Make up my face



October 2013



Face {& body} time

DSC03110What with this week being named Saweeet body week I thought I’d start by showing all the products and secrets that I swear by when it comes to my beauty routine.

Tomorrow I’m going to introduce you properly to Rachel Hearle who is a professional make up artist. When I asked her what the best moisturizer was, what the best primer/cleanser/foundation was she gave some savvy, sage advice and said that it’s all individual to the person. What works for one person won’t for another. However, when I asked her about drinking 8 pints of water a day, getting 5 vegetables in you a day & spritzing your boat race with rose water she essentially said it’s all bollocks. I mean obviously it can’t hurt but when it comes to looking after the delicate skin that lines our face there is one beauty product that works on all skin types. That clears the pores, plumps the skin and makes you look alive. It’s free for everyone and it’s…..

8 hours of sleep a night

Now, I know that the mothers out there will be cursing the very words that I type but I can only relay what I’ve been told and what I believe to be true. After a long week of late night and early mornings I can always and I mean EVERY. SINGLE. TIME notice a difference in my skin when I head to bed on Saturday night and wake up 8 ~ 10 hours later. I look younger, less gaunt and, like I said before, actually alive. When faced {pun intended} with this information for the first time I told Rache that when I had to get up early those 8 hours of dreamlike lushness were out of my reach. She bluntly told me to go to bed earlier. She was of course right ~ at 10pm I could be crawling into the pit but instead I’m watching ‘Geordie Shore’. You know have a similar choice. {I, of course, still watch GS but now like to Sky plus it}

BESIDES the 8 hours of sleep I like to rely on the below ~ nothing fancy but they work for me ~

* Vaseline cocoa bodylotion ~ Some of you may find this hard to believe but I moisturize my ENTIRE body every day. Entire & Every. I once saw someone doing it on a TV program and wondered why she was moisturizing her boobs. I copied & have been doing it ever since. I’ve tried many a body lotion and while I do like a scented one I don’t like it to overpower my perfume ~ this one is thick even without being greasy & smells gorgeous.

*St.Ives facial scrub ~ While I don’t use this every day it is almost like a weekly treat when I need to plump up & really clean out those pores. With different skin types available there’s sure to be one to suit you.


*Dove soap ~ This is my one major beauty secret and would be my desert island take {if I couldn’t take Ryan Gosling or a chess board} It’s simple and plain and boring, I know! I’m sorry. There is nothing exciting about a bar of soap but Dove is my face wash AND my body wash. I swear by it. I can visibly see a difference in my skin when I’ve run out. Try it. She may just surprise you.


*Nivea visage Q10 day & night cream ~ A couple of years ago I started putting a few more extra pounds towards my moisturizing cream and invested in a night cream. Both say Q10 and both say anti wrinkle ~ I have no idea what Q10 actually is and I’m not sure whether I believe a cream is going to stop wrinkles but I do know that the night cream feels gorgeous and the day cream has an all important SPF. I’m sure I could do better ~ What do you use? All suggestions are welcome.

*Nivea daily essential face wipes ~ When the face wipe for something other than a babies bottom arrived I thought I’d won the lottery. I take my make up off in the evening with these beauties and don’t know where I’d be without them.


* Simple cleanser & toner ~ While I’ve pretty much always cleansed my face of make ~ up I skipped the toner stage due to lack of funds. Last year saw me go through a particularly bad outbreak of spots and I headed back to the trusty toner. Making sure not a miniscule of make~up was left on my face, by using both these products, I instantly saw a difference and now don’t go a morning without cleansing, toning & moisturizing.


*Lucas pawpaw & Elizabeth Arden 8 hour cream ~ Whenever I used to read articles with celebrities on their beauty regimes more often than not people would say they just simply couldn’t live without their 8 hour cream. They never said what they used it for or essentially what it actually is. In copying #sisterwithmassivelaugh {8 hour cream} & My Husband {Lucas pawpaw} I bought into these two balms and now, in the words of those forgetful actresses, ‘I couldn’t live without them’. I carry the paw paw cream around with me every day and smooth it on lips, cracked hands, eyelashes that have no mascara on them. At night time I smother on the, slightly heavier, 8 hour cream to my entire face if I’ve had a day in the sun or just my lips & under my eyes if otherwise. Again, like those celebs ~ I can’t tell you what they do or what they are but I do know that I love them and will use them forever.

* Dove ‘go fresh’ deodorant ~ Having tried a few brands and a few scents I settled on this fresh, light deodorant that doesn’t over power and simply does what it’s supposed to ~ Stop me from smelling of BO. Job done.

And that’s my daily {and nightly} body routine.

What’s yours?

Do you use any of the same?

Swear by others?

Know what the hell Elizabeth Arden’s 8 hour cream is?

Posted in Make up my face



October 2013



Inspire me

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As I popped over to bloglovin’ this week ~ Did you know you can also follow me there? It’s the same shiz as here but you know…more the merrier ~ I stumbled across Garance Dore‘s post on Skin Rehab. {see HERE}

I don’t know what happened but my skin has been so bad recently. Teenage hormone bad. I do realise that what you put into your body is just as important as what you slather on to it but for some reason nothing seemed to be helping & I had to take some time out & apply some face TLC. Sleep, steam, scrub & massage. I’m slowly getting back to looking like I own an adults face but reading Garance’s post & having been through a month of heavy duty concealer I realised I need to take more care of my boat race. Especially in these upcoming {read piss off} winter months.

I’m inspired by Garance’s post to make next week Saweet Body week ~ What we use, what we save our coins for, what we wish for & how we paint ourselves pretty…..See you on the other side for some pampering.

Posted in Inspire me, Make up my face



October 2013



Zelda Cave


“She quietly expected great things to happen to her, and no doubt that’s one of the reasons why they did.” 

~ Zelda Fitzgerald ~

As many of you know, besides detoxing and re~styling your wardrobes, I also work part time at the Laura Lee Jewellery shop in Covent Garden. I like to have a variety of strings to my bow so that life doesn’t get boring & predictable. One day I’m selling diamond necklaces the next I’m on the floor dusting the bottom of a wardrobe. It’s all about meeting new people and working with {mostly} woman to empower, encourage, celebrate and spoil them. Variety is the spiced Chai Latte of my life and no more so is their an ecelectic mix than in our workshop where each piece of LLJ is lovingly handmade by three jewellers ~ Kerry, Hannah & Zelda.

I’ve told you about Hannah De Bruyn before {see HERE} and with her new website up and running, aswell as her pieces being sold in Poste Mistress, her dreamy mix of delicate corals, turquoises, lapis lazuli and 9ct gold are slowly but surely seeping their way through London’s stylish senoritas.

Kerry Huff’s label, The Crop, is really in it’s infancy but with a strong collection of 9ct & 18ct gold pieces sporting her signature knot design & a collection of treats being sold in West London’s jewllery boutique, Sweetpea, she is definitely one to watch.



Last but by no means least is Zelda Cave ~ If my arm was twisted & I simply had to ~ I would say her designs are my favourite. I am almost certainly biased due to the fact that all three lovely ladies, plus equally lovely others, chipped in for my birthday & treated me to one of her necklaces.



With Zelda’s illustrations etched onto bone & as a truly unique, one of a kind piece I have rarely taken this beauty off since I got her. I’d been wanting to write about Zelda’s jewellery for a while and it seemed only fitting to do it now as she needs our help.

As with all three girls, and my good self!, I understand how difficult it is to start up &, more importantly, sustain a small business in this economy especially doing something creative. Wanting to make your day job something that you truly love doing is hard work & can almost seem like a constant up hill struggle. A large helping hand of cash is nothing to be taken lightly. With an opportunity to win £10,000 towards her business and with mentoring from Stylist magazine and Triumph Lingerie she needs our help!

Zelda has been accepted through the first stage of this amazing competition, but now needs to collect some votes.

It takes 2 minutes & only needs an email address

~ Head on over HERE ~

~ Look out for this image below ~


~ Register that vote ~

As with anything made from pure love, tirelessly hand crafted & highly unique ~ when you see these beauties in the flesh & up close they are even better. As if her jewellery wasn’t gorgeous enough as it is Zelda is possibly one of my favourite people in the world. Beautiful, kind, funny, talented & selfless she’s a frikkin’ corker.

Seeing good people do well is something I am queuing up to vote for….Are you?

Posted in Juicy jewels, Little Ms. De Bruyn, The Crop, Zelda Cave


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