Friday, 22 May 2015

Getting Festival Ready? Then grab the PERFECT sandals - Sail Festival Metallic Womens Smart Sandals by Clarks


It's no surprise that I like these. The shock about these is that they are made by Clarks. They are absolutely your go-to silver strappy sandals that are comfy enough to wear all day. They look equally fantastic when paired with jeans, fluted floral dresses or short shorts, and they might just be the best value you will get in return for £40 all year. My only small personal gripe is that they are not genuine leather, as I love the style and would have been happy to pay £60 and have them in real leather uppers instead.

They are super flat and feminine, wear with a maxi dress on holidays for easy to wear evening glamour. If you can wear non-leather shoes, then I'd highly recommend them.

These women's T-bar sandals combine a high shine silver meallic non-leather upper with an unbelievably lightweight Cushionsoft sole resulting in a sandal that mixes style and comfort. An adjustable strap keeps feet secure while a classic silhouette and studded detailing means that these sandals can be styled up or down this season depending on the occasion.

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

BAG PORN ALERT! - Featuring Pieces Large Worn Leather Bag



I'm currently on the look out for a huge leather carry all bag. One that is smart enough for work, durable enough for my daily commute, large enough to safely carry an array of fantastical things that I have upon my person at all times (a-herm!), AND looks bloody good to boot. This gorgeous leather holdall seems to fit the bill on all counts, and how I wish that ASOS had stores sometimes so that I could do meet it in person rather than buying it for £120 and hoping that it's amazing. I do love it, but I would love to be able to see it and feel the softness of the leather first.

If anyone knows where I can view this in a store ahead of ordering it then PLEASE let me know.



I think it's rather lovely, and just LOOK below at how roomy it is too!



Bag by Pieces
  • Supple matte leather
  • Twin carry handles
  • Zip top opening
  • Outer pocket
  • Spacious interior
  • Do not wash
  • 100% Real Leather
  • H: 31cm/12" W: 51cm/20"

Monday, 18 May 2015

Shopping the gorgeous new heels @ASOS - featuring HATCHED Heeled Sandals in black or pale pink (nude)



I was browsing the new in section over @ASOS, and then saw these gorgeous new heeled sandals which are unbelievably not only INCREDIBLY sexy, but also less than £50. For that price you might just want to pick up a pair of each colour.

The cross strap front reminds me of a flirty little halterneck dress, and they come in the very best two colour options that I can think of. Although, if ASOS were to bring out a third then a liquid shine silver metallic would also become something of an eveningwear shoe staple for me.

As seen in the pictures above and below, they also look fantastic with a light natural tan and a white pedicure. That is a look I shall openly steal for SS15. Tech details below if you want to know more!



Heels by ASOS Collection
  • Suede-look upper
  • Crossed ankle strap
  • Pin buckle fastening
  • Peep toe
  • Tapered high heel
  • Wipe with a soft cloth
  • Upper: 100% Textile.
  • Heel height: 11.5cm/4.5"



Sunday, 17 May 2015

Small site notice - slightly reduced posts this week!

Just a quick note to say there will be 3 posts rather than the regular 5. I may add to that if I get time (and subsequently remove this post) however due to prepping and planning for adding an extension to the downstairs of my home, I've not had as much time as I normally have at the weekend.

But there are gorgeous posts planned for Monday, Wednesday and Friday as it stands. Update to follow later if I manage to get more time to write, but right now I've walked over 10 miles today and I need a well-earned shower and pamper session!!!


Saturday, 16 May 2015

We have a winner!!! (is it you?)



Big congratulations to the lovely Heather Crowe for leaving a comment on the blog post about the Your Dreamcatcher range. This was the action that caused you to become the winner of our gorgeous pink YD vest top, as reviewed on Shoeniverse. I hope that you love your new top, and that this is the first of many items of YD to be added to your wardrobe. I love their gorgeous designer loungewear, and hopefully you will too!

We received more than 700 entries (phew!), so many thanks to everyone who took part. You can view the official random drawing of the winner on the Gleam app right here...
I will be sending Heather an email to grab address details and the prize will be sent out next week.

Friday, 15 May 2015

Shoeniverse is not so sure.... the Giuseppe Zanotti Signature Styles for SS15




Let's start with the positives, shall we? In spite of the gold tone hardware, I do love the bag. The four side buckles and oversized logo are SO Italian that I cannot fail to adore this. Arm candy as it's very best.

G#17 Tote Bag
£1,220.00

The monogram G#17 tote is the house's iconic bag. It bears the statement Giuseppe Zanotti Design signature logo and multiple side buckles. This version, in textured leather, is a mix of timeless simplicity and tactile glamour.

The shoes? I 'get it' in terms of what GZ was going for, and while the quality of the shoes is undoubtedly incomparable, I'm uncertain whether these shoes would have been better as a catwalk concept shoe, rather than produced for wider sale. The t-strap is a little thick and clumsy for me (although perhaps necessary for the height of the wedge. I'm not sure that the 'G' signature shape really adds anything to the styles that are better than the original heel-less wedges.



G#15 Wedge Sandals
£765.00

The 'G#15' wedges are Giuseppe Zanotti's new iconic shoe for the season with the gold plated cut-out 'G' on the wedge mimicking his signature. Giving wedges the kind of attention they deserve, we'll be wearing these stacked high soles in a classic tone with a clutch bag and loose oversized top.



I'd love to hear in the comments if you love these shoes as to why and also how you'd style them.

Thursday, 14 May 2015

Oh! Christian Louboutin... you are forgiven! Ladies, meet Dictata!


I think it's fair to say that these sexy little heels mean that I can fully forgive Monsieur Louboutin for this...

These are gorgeous! A little bit 'sexy secretary' or 'off duty dominatrix' - who wouldn't love to wear them? They are just gorgeously conceived, truly beautiful heels.

"Dictata" possesses that special something that keeps you coming back for more. Its pointed toe is accentuated by a v-shaped vamp that rises over the arch of the foot, creating sexy cutouts at the sides and on top. Drawn together with a fine ankle strap and delicate buckle this chic 100mm black kid leather style brings a feminine and ultra modern update to your Spring/Summer looks.



They can be yours for £ 665.00. If you can make them yours, let it be known that I am VERY jealous.

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Shoeniverse Loves the Gym - get your fitness hit with these gorgeous new Nikes at Office #trainerporn (Nike // Free Viritous)


As regular Shoeniverse fans will know, I love fitness and I adore buying new trainers (or sneakers, if you will). I have found that there are only two brands of off-the-shelf sneaks that really fit me, being New Balance and Nike. Not all Nikes are great on me, but when they are they are supremely comfortable and cushioning. I am currently almost living in my new New Balance neon pink trainers, but if you are in the market for a new pair of shoes for the gym, you could do worse than grabbing a pair of these from Office.

Free Viritous by Nike
The Nike Free Viritous is a lightweight women's training shoe made from a breathable mesh upper and features a sock-like construction for a snug and supportive fit. This style also has Nike Free technology with a natural motion outsole with flex grooves which allows a barefoot-like feel whilst promoting flexibility.

- Breathable mesh upper
- Lightweight cushioning
- Rope style lacing
- Wolf grey and fuchsia colourway
- Women's style

Wolf Grey // Fuchsia
Style number 1989593484

They can be yours for just £84.99. Pretty great for a barefoot feel shoe. I would be a little cautious of purchasing them without trying them on ONLY because I am a little concerned that the top of the pink section might irritate my ankle bone. Let me know if you own or purchase a pair, as I'm intrigued to see how they fare.

Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Shoeniverse Loves Spartoo Exclusives - featuring Casual Attitude 'Patrika' ankle boots in brown (plus they are 20% off too)


With a real leather upper, and available in sizes (UK) 3-8, it's hard to not see the appeal of these glossy, rich brown heeled ankle booties. Oh and that's before I even mention that they are only just a smidge over £50 right now too. I know, right? An absolute STEAL.

PATRIKA
Brown
Was £ 70.87 Now £ 56.70

Give in to these lovely brown ankle boots! So feminine, they feature a leather upper and a synthetic outer sole. Gain inches of beauty with its perfect heel. With the Patrika from Casual Attitude, success is guaranteed!

Monday, 11 May 2015

Shopping the new in styles at Allsole.com - Easy to Wear Summer Shoes


This post is ALL about the comfort. Had a hard day? Did your run take it out of you this morning? Then check out these easy to wear, supremely comfortable styles that are all new in over at AllSole. Which one is your favourite?

(top image)
TIMBERLAND WOMEN'S EARTHKEEPERS BARNSTEAD DOUBLE BUCKLE SANDALS - BLACK DRY GULCH
£95.00

Timberland presents the women’s Earthkeepers® ‘Barnstead’ sandals with a brown leather double buckle closure that curves around the ankle and a single dark grey leather front strap over the toes. Set on a durable rubber lug outsole for grip, the sandals are complete with an OrthoLite® footbed for cushioning and support, synthetic suede lining and a leather covered footbed for comfort.

LACOSTE WOMEN'S MARTHE LIN CHAMBRAY PUMPS - DARK BLUE
£45.00

Women's slip on pumps from Lacoste with pink canvas upper and contrast rubber sole. With a simple silhouette, the 'Marthe Lin' flats feature a rounded toe and tonal stitching for a clean finish. Complete with signature crocodile logo to the side.

HAVAIANAS WOMEN'S SLIM CRYSTAL POEM FLIP FLOPS - BLACK/DARK GREY
£40.00

Women's lightweight and authentic flip flops by Brazilian brand, Havaianas. Crafted from soft and durable rubber, the flip flops boast thinner, more delicate straps than the original design. The rice grain textured footbed provides optimum comfort and the non-slip rubber sole enhances the grip. Finished with hardware and tonal branding to the thong straps.

Wednesday, 6 May 2015

Shopping the Summer Brights at @ASOS featuring Horizon, Hampton & (the slightly tacky) Prompt



I love bright colours and think that even the most colour-phobic of us can get behind the notion of a great pair of bright summer heels. It's a trend that works well from street style to red carpet, and can really make a statement with a little black dress. Asos have a bunch of super brights in their new in section and I wanted to break them down and say a few words about each one. The first are bright yellow twin-strap mules called Horizon.

ASOS HORIZON Heeled Sandals £38.00



They look fantastic with 7/8 length skinny jeans, but would also work with a dip hem dress for evenings. Gorgeous just-shy-of-neon colour and elastic on the upper strap for comfort. Really great if you find strapless shoes easy to wear as these are extremely flattering to the ankle.



ASOS HAMPTON Heeled Sandals £42.00



My personal faves. Pure bubblegum suede finished goodness, with a flat square cut heel for comfort and a chunky ankle strap. They will look beautiful with everything this Summer. If you only wear one colourful item in SS15, make it these heels.



ASOS PROMPT Pointed High Heels £38.00



You know my struggles with leopard print - and I can't say that I would ever wear these. I do appreciate that the bright colour trend will force through some items that I consider to be a little, shall we say, tacky... but hey, you might love them! The actual style and silhouette of the heels are beautiful, and if we could just get them out for me in a high shine crimson red then I would definitely be behind purchasing a pair.

Tuesday, 5 May 2015

Shoeniverse Loves 'KABBY' by Carvela - new for SS15 at Spartoo


One of the most important staples of any Summertime is a great nude sandal. The wear anywhere, comfy but sexy, looks great with everything sandal isn't always easy to find, but Kabby from KG Carvela seem to very much fit the bill. They come in the palest of beige colours are both simple and feminine! I adore the gorgeous thick straps and cute cork wedge. Reach new heights with these fashionable high heels for SS15!

Summer wedges are one of my favourite things, looking equally great when teamed with a maxi dress, jeans or dresses. The only downside of these for me personally is the synthetic upper. If they were real leather I'd have bought them already but I'm a little afraid that they might rub. I realise of course that's just a personal preference, and despite not being able to add them to my own shoe collection, they are still very much a stunning SS15 shoe, and worthy of a 'Shoeniverse Loves' feature.

See below for more details and images...

Monday, 4 May 2015

Shoeniverse Shops - the best new online picks at Superdry



As you will no doubt know by now, I do love Superdry casual wear just for evenings and weekends. It's such an important thing to me to have cosy comfy scrubs to change into when I get home from work. Here are my top five picks that are all currently 'new in' on the online store. So if you are in the mood for a little retail therapy this Bank Holiday Monday, take a look at these little beauties which will have you feeling all nostalgic for the Summer days ahead...

Daisy Lace Tank Top (top image)
£29.99

Superdry women's Daisy Lace Tank top. This feminine crochet knit top features floral style embroidered designs throughout and has a dip dye effect on the lower half. The Daisy Lace Tank top is finished with a metal Superdry logo badge above the hem.



50's Seersucker Dress
£49.99

Superdry women's 50's Seersucker dress. Inspired by the 1950's, this lightweight cotton dress features a striped design and has a flared skirt with a cotton lining. The dress also features a fitted bodice with silicone gripper band and has an elasticated back panel. The 50’s Seersucker dress is finished with an embroidered Superdry logo above the hem.



Core Toe Post Sandal
£29.99

Superdry women's Core Toe Post sandals. Classic leather sandals featuring multi-colour beading and a metal Superdry logo badge on the upper strap and an embossed Superdry logo on the sole.



Embellished Hot Shorts
£44.99

Superdry women's Embellished Hot Shorts. A pair of classic denim hotpants featuring a five pocket design, delicate embellishment across the front and unfinished hems. The shorts are finished with an embroidered version of the Superdry logo on the coin pocket and an embossed logo patch on the back waistline.



Burn Out Beach Tank Top
£24.99

Superdry women's Burn Out Beach Tank Top. A loose fit tank top featuring a printed picture with sequin embellished logo print over the top. The top also features dropped armholes and a ribbed crew neck and is finished with a By Superdry logo patch above the hem.

Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Shoeniverse Style Challenge - Shopping the @ASOS Sale Bargains



I had a long look at the @ASOS sale at the weekend and wanted to write a post incorporating an item from each section of the womenswear, just typing together my top picks as a style challenge - this makes for a fantastic capsule wardrobe for SS15. See below for more information on each of the pieces (and happy shopping)!

Only Sleeveless Cami With Ruffle Front

Danish high street brand Only brings forth a casual, feminine collection of classic denim, bold print tees and vests in true Scandinavian style. Expect skinny jeans and jeggings in classic indigo and on-trend coloured washes, jersey separates and lightweight knitwear with a cool, urban aesthetic.

Warehouse Sequin Jogger

Delivering seasonal trends for the high street, Warehouse offer a collection of directional pieces, with vibrant prints and clean cut tailoring channelling the brand's signature style. Statement party dresses sit alongside classic wardrobe staples, all complemented by a key range of jewellery and accessories, including an exclusive edit of three satchel bags.

Ganni Leather Mini Skirt

Danish label Ganni work with an aim to create wardrobe classics for the independent woman. Working as a creative hub, no one designer is behind the label, with the concept being driven by a talented team of designers and artists. Not dictated by trends; simple shapes are deconstructed creating a powerful combination of classic and contemporary with a unique twist. An online exclusive to ASOS sees Ganni adding a directional footwear collection to complement their main range; expect ankle boots, contemporary flats and block heels.

Forever Unique Natalie Dress with Sheer Sleeves

Obsessed with glitzy embellishment and standout silhouettes, Forever Unique offers the ultimate in evening wear with their collection of dresses. Sampling luxurious fabrics, with a focus on intricate handwork, look to elegant pencil and prom dresses. Their classic bandage dress remains a firm favourite, available in eye-popping brights, soft sherbets and sleek monochrome.

Miista Lily Leather Ankle Strap Block Heeled Sandals

Bringing something a little different to our feet, hot London footwear label Miista was founded by London College of Fashion alumni Laura Villasenin. Directional and with its roots firmly set in East London's taste-making district Hackney, the label channels an independent yet carefully considered aesthetic. Look to an offbeat collection of crafted leather ankle boots, mesh heeled sandals and Perspex heeled court shoes.

Doma Moto Leather Jacket with Detachable Hood


  • Mid-weight supple leather
  • Removable thick jersey hood
  • Zip through front
  • Slant zip pockets
  • Zipped cuffs
  • Regular fit - true to size
  • Dry clean
  • 100% Real Leather