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Saturday

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November 2018

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They’re back y’all!

  

{Pandora SykesYours TrulyImani Randolph}

When I heard the whispers back in February I couldn’t quite believe it.

No way could they be making a comeback? Surely they can’t be cool again?

Oh how wrong I was. When the Autumn/Winter ’18 fashions started rolling in I saw them everywhere. Yes folks. They’re back. The cowboy boot has returned to our trotters and has been pounding the streets as if she’s never been away.

I say boot, I, of course, mean boots. The trend that has been hibernating for the best part of fourteen years didn’t return as simply one boot on one foot and an Adidas shell top on the other. I still can’t quite believe it. I never thought they’d recover from 2004.

Having always been a staple ~ with actual cowboys ~ in Southern America they entered our sartorial consciousness in the late 80’s & early 90’s. Princess Diana wore them to a polo match and everyone complained. Standard. Then Thelma & Louise arrived & these beautiful, kick ass women wore them with high waisted jeans, sleeveless t-shirts and Brad Pitt as an accessory.

The boots dipped in and out of fashion but took off again at the turn of the century. On a trip to see my Nashville family, in 2002, I purchased my very own pair. Oh Boy, was I chuffed. At the time they were the most expensive thing I had ever bought. They were made from the softest pigs leather & I went for a slouchy, pirate boot style. Along with every other twenty year old who loved to jump on a trend I couldn’t wait to show them off. We wore them with denim mini skirts, low slung enormously wide, incredibly unnecessary, leather belts. We paired them with low rise boot cut jeans, halter tops and A line skirts. I think I even wore them once with a felt cowboy hat that I owned. They were comfy. They were cool and I loved them.

Towards the mid noughties though they began to resemble a costume. They were hi-jacked by the Southern women of pop who glue gunned them to death with rhinestones and butterflies and wore them in garish colours. Britney Spears single handed managed to start the decline of the cowboy boot.DAMN IT! What’s a girl to do? I loved my boots so much and having spent a fortune on them was reluctant to give them away. I couldn’t imagine they would ever make a comeback but they were such a sturdy boot. I have now had them for sixteen years and have never once had them resoled. The leather got even softer and they can be worn all day without the faintest whiff of a blister. They reluctantly went into storage and have only made one brief appearance in Nashville for Thanksgiving circa 2011. Of course no one there battered an eyelid. I was wearing their state uniform.

Fast forward to 2016 and the whispers had started, turn the corner into Fall fashion 2018 and BOOM! Would you Adam & Eve it? The cowboy boot is BACK! Danish brand Ganni & Raf Simmons at Calvin Klein have managed to breathe new life into this seemingly dead &, let’s face it, tacky trend.

But do we actually like the return of this trend? Or are we just jumping on the fash band wag?

If you are thinking of heading back in for Cowboy Boot revival 2.0 you have to stick to the rules. They’re there for a reason and were written after Jessica Simpson shoved the boot so far down our throats we gagged. 

  1. Do not wear them with short denim shorts. Guys, I’m sorry but you just can’t. Simpson ruined it for all of us.
  2. No Little house of the Praire//Old school Laura Ashley style dresses. Too literal.
  3. While jeans can be tucked in they can’t be skinny jeans. A straight leg is as tight as we’ll allow. And by we, I mean me.
  4. Rack your brains for the complete opposite of Western and wear them with that ~ T~shirts, cotton workwear, blazers, sweaters, sportswear, ball gowns.
  5. White cowboy boots look the bomb.
  6. Never pair with check//plaid//tartan. We’re not in Texas.

And there you have it. How to wear your cowboy boots and not look like you’ve made any effort at all when really you’ve had to think about it loads so you don’t look like you’re off to the rodeo.

As for me I don’t really know what I think yet. All I know is my boots are out of storage and we’re off to Brixton market. Who’s coming with me?

…..Not you Britney. You’re not invited this time.

Posted in Beautiful shoes, Inspiration

Saturday

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October 2018

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Can’t afford ~ Made my own

I grew up with nothing. Literally nothing.

Totally untrue of course but that’s what my ‘deprived’ teenage brain told me. It told me that I was at a disadvantage in the, seemingly, third world country I was living in as I didn’t have access to the things I so desperately needed. By third world I now mean developing, by things I mean the coolest clothes and accessories and by needed I mean wanted. SO BADLY.

Luckily for me the internet was merely a newborn baby foul just learning to stand on it’s own four bandy legs and so hadn’t made it to our conscious yet let alone our homes. If it had I would have been in a permanent state of wanderlust and withdrawel, walking my neighbourhood heavyhearted in the knowledge that I didn’t have all the great things other people did. Oh wait?! Isn’t that my current state now as a nearly 40 year old?

In the early 90’s, on a tiny island in the middle of the Mediterranean ocean, my want came solely from the Saturday morning magazine I saved my pocket money for and pawed over for hours. Just Seventeen {and sometimes More if I wanted to look at the position of the week and wonder when I’d be able to try that shit out} was what constantly gave me FOMO. Everything inside it was something I wanted. Everything was just so cool and so God Damn English. And England was the promised land. It had shops and adverts and concerts and rain and McDonalds and Monster Munch. These were things that I dreamt of and things I was dying to experience.

Lucky for me I went to England twice a year with my family. They were the highlights of my year and I would save those Cyprus cents {that my Father would exchange for us at a ratio of 1:1} so that I could head straight to Topshop, Miss Selfridge, New Look or Bay Trading Co {remember that old chestnut?}  and obtain the navy skinny rib scoop neck top I had coveted for months or the constantly asked for pair of black DM boots. My holidays in the UK where only Christmas and Summer though so if I wanted something in February I either had a very long and extremely painful wait or I had to do it myself, wouldn’t I?.

YES! I had to get creative and find a way to produce whatever it was that I wanted. One of my favourite examples of Did It Myself Didn’t I was when white Adidas shelltops became all the rage. Along with satin babydoll slips and pastel coloured mohair cardigans these pristine white trainers were the thing to have. Unless you took a flight out of the country to go and purchase these much sort after trainers they were not available to you. Well I REALLY wanted them so I found a way. I did have an old pair of Adidas trainers. Sadly they didn’t have the iconic shelltop but they did have the custom triple stripes on the side. In purple, green and yellow. No problem! I bought myself some black fabric paint and coloured those stripes in. I swapped out the laces for black ones {not sure why as shelltops had white laces?!} and voila! A new pair of trainers.

Another great example is when Take That burst onto our screens and into our pants. There was not a magazine going that Sister With Massive Laugh and her best friend didn’t buy that they were in. At the height of Relight my Fire one magazine photo shoot saw Mark doning an Antoni and Alison t-shirt. Antoni and Alison’s signature tops were {and still are} slogan t-shirts. We all wanted one. They were so frikkin’ cool. They were also so frikkin’ expensive and so frikkin’ far out of our reach. HEY! That didn’t stop us. No way, Josephine. I made three of my own Antoni and Alison style tops. I altered the necklines of old polonecks, chopped off their length, painted my own slogans and still to this day ~ 26 years later ~ wear one of them to bed. When I facetime Sister With Massive Laugh and Tiny Niece with one of my boobs hanging out the side of it she tells me I need to get rid of it and I ignore her. My Sister tells me, not Tiny. Tiny just points at my boob and says ‘Milk’

I am forever grateful for those lean clothing times of my life. Firstly I don’t believe that you should get everything you want because then we’d all be spoilt and it’s a known fact that spoilt people are bad in bed. Secondly it sparked my imagination. It made me creative and that Did It Myself Didn’t Istreak has never left me. I am still cutting up clothes and reworking them. I will not let a pair of shoes die on my watch unless I have exhausted all it’s potential possibilities. I have recently started wearing my Grandmother’s original Burberry trenchcoat {that I shortened years ago so that I would wear it more often} inside out. Ms.B Trench has a new lease of life and I have a new coat. Everyone’s a winner.

Don’t worry if you’re not an average to sometimes downright awful seamstress like my good self. You can always ask for help. If it’s too big a job for me I head to my local dry cleaners where I was lucky enough to find Moggi who is a seamstress superstar. When I needed to revive a pair of plain white open toe mules from Marks and Spencer my standard ‘superglue a pompom onto them’ wasn’t quite right. I turned to my friend Sophie Boustred of SGB Goods. She took my ideas and my screen shot collection of furry shoes. She cut up her varying colours of sample sheepskins and glued on strips to gave me my very own version of Rachel Comey style mules. Rachel’s cost over $300. Mine where the price of a two year old pair of faux leather M&S heels and £25 cash. BOOM. Mr. Tumnus eat your heart out! I’ve got a new pair of hooves.

  

The teenage days of longing and envy have sadly managed to stay with me just on a much larger, lifestyle stage as shown {off} to us on Instagram. I’m ok with that though because the Do It Yourself attitude has also stayed with me. The Make Do and Mend. The I’m Not Missing Out Just Because I Can’t Afford It.

I’ve recently bought a hot glue gun and the world is my stitched-together-from-an-old-pair-of-jeans oyster. I’m off to make an outfit for my 40th birthday party.

Posted in Beautiful shoes, Comfy chic, Did It Myself, Didn't I, Inspiration

Tuesday

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November 2013

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Longer legs

It has been said that a nude shoe elongates the legs and makes them appear longer. It’s been said and it’s true. I 100% agree. Trouble is I’m not a fan of a nude shoe and think they’re incredibly boring. With all the fabulous and colorful footwear on offer out there why would I choose a shoe that blends into my skin? I’m not ruling it out forever but it’s just not for me now.

The leg lengthening aspect, however, is for me now and is something I’m very much in favour of. Double trouble is when it comes to  winter and the dreaded tight comes into action it’s hard. Especially if ~ like me ~ you have an abundance of  coloured tights. I used to be all about the coloured tights but in later years, and last year in particular, I tended to head for the more muted colours ~ Black, navy, grey. I felt there was always too much going on with my outfit when a coloured tight was involved and ultimately, when putting a shoe on, always ended up cutting off my legs and making me look dumpy.

My solution? Match your tights to your shoes. Easy. I’ve got enough shoes to be able to match my tights and that way I’m making the most of what I already own. Waste not want not my Shoelets….simply shopping my own wardrobe. Try it. Feels so good.photo 1 (2)

{from L to R ~ vintage brogues, mytights.com tights. vintage patent heels, m&s tights. m&s heeled brouges, mytights.com tights}

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{from L to R ~ vintage peeptoe heels, mytights.com tights. anthropologie shoeboots}

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{from L to R ~ all tights from tabio. beau coup flat shoe boots. hobbs leopard print mary janes. belstaff heeled shoeboots}

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{from L to R ~ tabio tights, melissa plastic heels. falke tights, chie mihara heeled brogues. tabio tights, vintage heeled brogues}

Posted in Beautiful shoes, Tricks of the trade, Wardrobe work

Monday

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November 2013

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Waiting and Winning

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As I posted last week {see HERE} I bought myself some new boots.

Now, I’m not going to lie to you all. These cost an arm and a leg AND I was given a discount. Had I really lost my arm and leg these boots would be pointless because I would only have the opportunity to wear one of them and then ~ per wear ~ they would have turned out to be even more expensive. BUT I am a big believer in waiting. patiently. until. you. find. what you want. Black boots were not a necessity. I had a gifted pair from Tim {see HERE} and plenty of other fab boots to tide me over {see HERE & HERE} so I simply waited, researched, tried on, tried on some more….& then tried on even more and finally found these beauties from Officine Creative via Poste Mistress on Monmouth street.

A heel, an edge, good quality leather ~ I’m in love.

Expect to see A LOT of them this coming winter. If it HAS to be cold then we might as well look good while we’re shivering.

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Wednesday

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November 2013

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Kilt krazy

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Plaid ass.

That’s what I’ve named this picture. Plaid ass & plaid pits.

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{grandma wyn’s burberry trench, j crew denim shirt, vintage kilt from nyc, officine creative boots, orla kiely bag}

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I don’t know whether it was the kilt, the denim or the NEW {WOWZERSSSS!!!} Officine Creative boots, that I spurgled out on and per~chased from Poste Mistress, but something made me a little cray here. I loved this outfit so much. It was comfortable, warm and felt exciting…does that make sense? I felt like me but with an edge. Interstingly it is an oufit that is pretty much made up entirely of classic staples ~ killer boots, plaid print & denim. I walked all over London in my costume de jour meeting friends, running errands, heading to work and feeling fab ~ there’s not much more to ask for from an outfit.

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Posted in Beautiful shoes, Comfy chic, Kilt kult, Outfit city, Uncategorized

Friday

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September 2013

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Inspire me

mmmm

As discussed here this winter is going to be all about making the masculine feminine and seeing this photo from The Satorialist made me want to wear my brogues more. I’ve long been a brogue lover but last year there was a lot of excitement about the new boots and I didn’t get much wear out of my gentlemen’s footwear. Granted, when it’s 2 degrees outside, a brogue is not going to cut the mustard but I’m excited to head back to my little brogue beauties and breathe some new life into them.

Posted in Beautiful shoes, Inspire me

Wednesday

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September 2013

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So long….Farewell

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I’m culling.

Having moved two new flatmates into my place  this past week {therefore moving two out} things have been up in the air and, as if carried on the wind, the changes they are acoming. Due to this turn around of flatties I have taken it upon myself to have a deep clean of my own stuff, a move around and a chuck out. That’s what comes with the shifting of seasons but also I think the presence of Fashion week has spurred on this need to cleanse too. I’m looking at my wardrobe and my accessories thinking ‘BOOOORREEEE~RINNNGGG’ and that can only mean one thing ~ some things have to go.

I’m actually sad to see all these shoes go but I had to be ruthless. I HAD TO!

It’s what I say to my clients when I root around in their closets and start getting personal:

‘Do you still wear it/them?’

‘When did you last wear it/them?’

‘This look shabby as held!’l gurl ~ get rid’

My zebra mules ~ which you might remember from HERE ~ had to go due to the fact that they were so old and falling apart that I was actually keeping them together on the inside with plasters! Not a classy look when you remove said shoe at, say, a rooftop cinema.

It was a very tough decision to bin my red flats {last seen HERE} as they have been a constant, classic staple for many a year now but, they too, have seen better days & basically made me look like a scruffy student when I turned up in them. Not a good look in your 30’s….well, late 20’s 😉

My maroon wedges from m&s were just not worn enough and I feel like I’ve grown away from a wedge {THESE badboys will never leave me though} so the same goes for the Hobbs one’s too. You’re getting rid of a shoe with a leopard print cow hide on the side??????? Yeah I know but whenever I looked down all I saw was a round toe, black, suede pump ~ Ebay time.

It’s hard to let go of pieces that often have sentimental value or you know you can wear well with certain pieces but don’t really know why you don’t wear them more often. We all need to move on and I promise you that something just as fabulous, if not even better, will come along and fill it’s place sooner or later. No shoe is irreplaceable. Trust me.

Posted in Beautiful shoes, Wardrobe work

Friday

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August 2013

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Friday

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August 2013

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Thursday

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June 2013

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Sensible shoes

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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.

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

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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

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