Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Oh McQueen... featuring the Alexander McQueen Black Studded Metal Heel Ankle Boot



Just when I figure that here on Shoeniverse we've managed to feature just about every possible iteration of studded footwear, one of my favourite ever lines has to go ahead and prove me wrong. This studded metal block heel chelsea boot from McQueen is the perfect fusion of edgy chic and classic style. Ladylike booties that I can raise some hell in? Where do I sign up?



The boots themselves are irresistibly sleek and well designed. The studs just add that added edge to the overall look and make you stop and stare. The feature is almost, but only almost, at odds with the overall classic look of the upper and heel height. But the beautiful soft leather and slim ankle line contrasts beautifully with the deliberately 'look at me' heel feature. Even if the spikes themselves are practically hiding. I do love how from the front or back you can't even see them at all.



Sheer perfection. Do you love?

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

THE HIGH STREET HEROES - Topshop Womens Headline Act Over The Knee Boots by Cjg / The CJG collection AW14



Chloe Jade Green is on a bit of a roll with her latest styles for TopShop for AW14, but these gorgeous knee high boots are the pick of the bunch. Just check out the gorgeous turquoise sole!



They look incredible when worn too...



But there is more to see too...

Monday, 29 September 2014

FIVE GLORIOUS McQUEEN PIECES - The 'Self-Indulgent' Monday Edit


Black Eyelet Biker Bootie

This post is a very simple lookbook of the gorgeous new season McQueen pieces that are topping my personal wishlist. The eyelet boots are, well, simply amazing - right? But there's more to admire, especially the powder pink large wallet bag below. I'd love to own everything here though.


Pink Heroine Short Wallet

This bag is so delicate and girly. It's almost the antithesis of everything I normally look for in a McQueen item, yet it's deliciously irresistible. I want to own it. Now. And then pair it with my shiniest leathers and grungy messy hair.



Mini Heroine Black Spiked Cross-body Bag

Talking of leathers, the spikes make this an ideal daytime handbag for me. Plus it's sexy as hell worn with two of my most favourite things - a leather biker jacket and ripped charcoal denim. There's  only love for this bag and the item in general.


Flocked Skull Canvas Zipped Pouch

Big enough to store a tablet and carry your notes, this makes a stylish and colourful alternative to a boring attache case for business. This stylish little pouch is far and away better than any briefcase in the world, ever.


Mini Stud Heroine Travel Wallet

Travel in style with this beautiful large form wallet. It screams McQueen. Much love.

Sunday, 28 September 2014

Autumn/Winter 14 Blogger Style Challenge* #DebsAWStyle - Debenhams Style Me with Modern Military (yes please!)



I came up with the idea of the Modern Military look for myself - based on being a HUGE My Chemical Romance fan, and this makes me think of my favourite album. Military is never out of style, and the gorgeous faux leather skinnies and leather look nail colour brings the style bang up to date for AW14.
Shop modern military right here

Then for Jessica who writes over at the very gorgeous FireFlowers, I've come up with the weekend version of Autumn Luxe. This is a glamorous yet comfortable way to look stylish when Christmas shopping and meeting friends for coffee. Also really cute for a daytime date!
Shop autumn luxe right here



*Please note that this post is a competition entry - clicking the image for the style will take you through to the competition page on The Daily Debrief. The clothes I promoted in this post are of my own choice and personal style, and I genuinely wanted to feature them because I like them.

Saturday, 27 September 2014

Introducing the SARENZA 'Own Label' Collection #MADEBYSARENZA and grab £10 off* your order too!



I could not wait to share this with you, but being so busy during the week due to work commitments, it had to wait until the weekend. But now that I finally have some time, it's time to take a look at the fantastic new Sarenza own label shoe collection. Exciting? Just a tad... The only real questions here is why on earth did this not happen before. The collection is to-die-for (really, scroll down to check out my personal favourites) and is undoubtedly one of the most exciting launches in footwear this year.

PLUS - £10 off your order too* (scroll down for more details)

As the blurb says:
The hottest shoe collection made by Sarenza with love!

Who hasn’t dreamed of their ideal shoe closet? Well the search is over – Sarenza has created it! Everyone’s favourite shoe website has launched their own super fashionable and super wearable collection inspired by Paris and Parisian chic. Masculine-inspired flats, luxury leather, glamourous heels, bold styles, comfort, wearability – the collection has it all! Add some French chic to your wardrobe with Sarenza!

So, here's the deal. Sarenza know that we all have our own style. We might also have different styles or 'faces' that we wear between day to day, and work and play. So they've taken this idea and segmented the new brand into gorgeous (and very easy to browse) collections. Let me introduce you to the basics (just click on any image to see more)



BATACLAN
- full of zips, studs and high-shine black leather. Basically, this collection looks like I made it! GORGEOUSNESS #OMG



MONCEAU
- a feminine edit for easy clothing and the shoes that really make or break an outfit. This is essential weekend style.



RUE DES DAMES
- warm and cosy Parisian chic meets country classics. One for the days when your inner artist is ready to escape. Colour rules in this collection.



RUE DU CHERCHE MIDI
- effortless and flawless, flats for essential daywear.



BUTTES CHAMON (coming soon!)
- perfect city boots. I am personally VERY excited about this collection!



#MADEBYSARENZA
- obviously Sarenza is a site with a history and love of fine footwear. That passion really does shoe in all of the styles online.



So let's take a look at my personal favourites shall we? I'd love to see what styles you love too! Leave me a comment with your favourite heels and why you love them. My picks are right after the jump...

Friday, 26 September 2014

Shoeniverse recommends MALLZEE - the 'Tinder for fashionistas', browse & buy right from your iPhone!



If, like me, part of your working day revolves around a lengthy commute then you probably have some spare time on your hands. You've read the Metro end to end. You've scoured the social networks and seen the latest pictures of your sister's cat. You've even browsed Ebay for bargains and found THAT dress at a knockout price. But what about a fresh new app to easily browse, share and buy the latest fashions?

I think you might just like this... it is practically a personal shopper right in your pocket!


MallZee has been dubbed as the 'Tinder for fashionistas'. One of the nicest features is how easy it is to use and browse/find the sort of items that you want. Taking a quick browse through collections, items you've saved for later, or even by brand is seamless and simple to navigate. Then share the items you know your BFF would go crazy for, or buy that cute new jacket that would be perfect for your date this coming weekend.



You can even set price drop alerts and MallZee will let you know when your 'must have item' hits your available budget! Dangerous to the bank balance? Perhaps, but you will always one step ahead of the rest and never out of style.

The clean interface is a breeze to use.


Rate, buy, save and share the items served up to you - whether they are for you...


... or for someone you know! This app will definitely take the hassle out of Christmas shopping - you can actually use your travel time ot work in a productive manner rather than browsing for cupcakes on Pinterest!

Browse all of your favourite brands and never miss out on a deal. For busy fashionistas with high powered working lives, I'd highly recommend it.



THE SMALL PRINT

This post is part of a competition entry. The review is my own work and depicts accurately my lifestyle as a working fashion blogger and is not in any way altered as part of the competition entry. The competition in question can be found here. If I win the competition The prizes are as follows:


-An iPad air for blogging on the go

-A Canon wireless printer, to print all your beautiful images
-A blogging short course at the world-renowned London College of Fashion, where you’ll learn (from industry pros) about how to develop your blog’s effectiveness
-£250 to spend on your favourite brand through Mallzee- #OOTD post, much?

Prizes are sponsored and provided via MallZee and their competition partners ebuyer and London College of Fashion.


HALLOWEEN IS COMING!!!!! Let's all do some early prep...



There's something undeniably cheerful about Halloween. I think it's the over-use of the colour orange and the fact that it's basically a huge excuse to eat a LOT of candy. But these tights? I think they are pretty damned fabulous at any time of the year. So it got me thinking ahead of time about Halloween and I wanted to share a few bits and pieces to erm 'get you in the mood'...

There has to be a fashion-forward way of approaching Halloween, right? So take a look at my fashionably 'cute but gruesome' Halloween picks. Click any image for more info.



Black Halloween Cat Ears Headband



Red Halloween Lips Clutch Bag



White Halloween Socks with Pug Print



Orange Hello Kitty Halloween Tee



Black Halloween Bat Beanie



Black Halloween Fish Net Tights with Cob Web Detail

Thursday, 25 September 2014

BIKER BOOTS APPRECIATION POST - featuring Dune Black 'Peggy' Double Buckle Boots in Black and Burgundy



Crafted from premium leather these tough-but-uber-cute Peggy double buckle boots from the Dune 'black' collection are an investment in your footwear wardrobe.

They are simply ideal for the chilly months ahead, as this classic biker style features a luxe UGG-like shearling lining to keep your feet cosy and warm no matter how grotty the weather gets. The only tough decision with these gorgeous booties is which colour to get. The black is a classic, but the burgundy is perfect for the amount of charcoal grey in my winter wardrobe.

Which one is your favourite? They can be yours online now for £159.

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

JEWELLERY INSPIRATION and SKULLS SKULLS SKULLS! - featuring Alexander McQueen Silver Tone Skull Chain Bracelet


Just occasionally when browsing online, you come across a standalone piece of clothing or jewellery that simply stops you in your tracks. You stop clicking or swiping your way through the items on offer, gasp just a little, and your heart skips a beat or two. This is precisely what happened when I first saw this beautiful McQueen skull chain bracelet. I don't wear much by way of jewellery day to day apart from a DKNY silver watch and a Pandora bracelet, but I would have to say this would look beautiful worn with either...

Just take a look at the details up close.



The little skulls have crystal eyes. It might just be my favourite McQueen jewellery pieces ever. And we all know how deeply in love I am with the razor blade bracelets and cuffs.

But if you don't have a couple of hundred pounds spare to go out and buy this little gem, why not take a look at my skull emblazoned picks below - there's a little something for every budget!



Pixie Market
Silver Spike Crown and Skull Ring



Glamorous
Black Skull Print Jumper



Express
Graphic Burnout Sweatshirt Lace Skull



Helen Ficalora
Silver Skull Charm



Thomas Sabo
Rebel At Heart Silver Skull Ear Studs



Skull Cashmere
Black Luther Fingerless Glove



Alexander McQueen
Black Skull Print Vest



Skull Cashmere
Grey Luther Beanie



Alexander McQueen
Blue Punk Skull Ring


Tuesday, 23 September 2014

SIMPLE STYLE featuring Victoria, Victoria Beckham Polka Dot Silk Dress Black & off-White


I have so much love for this simple little dress. I saw it and immediately just knew how I'd wear it too - which is interesting as apart from being silk, I'm not otherwise a huge fan of the style. But the long sleeves and the cute little leather collar really work, and so long as it's styled with an edge, could make a fantastic daytime outfit.

Here's how I'd like to wear it:


Ted Baker
Black Ponyee Ponyskin Jacket

See By Chloé
Black Ricki Ankle Boots



Wolford
Fatal 80 Seamless Stayups Black

Bottega Veneta
Blue Roma Tote