Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Spotlight on Bailey 44 - An Appreciation Post featuring Hardwood and Moonlight dresses, with Abel heels by Jimmy Choo

Bailey 44
Black Dress Hardwood Mesh Illusion Faux Leather Front

This post is all about two outstanding dresses. The Hardwood style above is probably my personal favourite, a little edgier with a faux leather front and mesh panels, while the Moonlight dress has a more romantic shape and lashing of intricate black lace.

Bailey 44
Black Dress Moonlight in Vermont Sleeveless Lace Illusion Cutout

Both styles are available to purchase in the UK via Bloomingdales, and each costs between £150 and £200. I must admit, Bailey 44 is a new line to me, but one that I will be keeping an eye on in the future if these dresses are any indication of what's to come. If this is all new to you as well then see below for a bit more about the company:

Founded in 2006, Bailey 44 is a women's contemporary clothing line designed and manufactured in Los Angeles, California. Our clothing is made for the woman who is agelessly sexy, effortlessly cool, and who works at balancing an active, busy life.

Our designs are inspired by fabrics that feel luxurious against the skin and move with the body. Soft jersey knits, pontes, stretch silks and eco leathers are made into pieces that are meticulously tried on and adjusted to ensure a precision fit. With well-versed imaginations and a keen eye for the zeitgeist, our design team turns sleek, simple silhouettes into modern looks for the polished downtown-chic woman.

Bailey44 can be found in exclusive department stores and specialty boutiques in North America and Europe, including Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Nordstrom, and Bloomingdale's, Intermix, and ShopBop.com.

I have to say I would pick totally different footwear than the ones used in the promo shots, and funnily enough I straight away wanted to wear the same shoes with both dresses. The style? Classic 'Abel' in lipstick red patent by Jimmy Choo. Statement yet sleek, Jimmy Choo's patent red pumps will work from dusk until dawn, and with a myriad of different styles.

Jimmy Choo
Red Abel Patent Leather Pumps

Are you a fan of Bailey 44? Did everyone else know about this gorgeous range and it's just me that's apparently been hiding under a rock?

Monday, 18 August 2014

Samantha's Dream Monday Outfit featuring Alexander McQueen Pink Thistle Jacquard Skater Dress, Weekend Max Mara Brown Ragni Coat & Giuseppe Zanotti Olinda Black Suede Bootie

Alexander McQueen
Pink Thistle Jacquard Skater Dress

Of course, it's no surprise, with a long long history behind me of adoration for McQueen, that I love this little dress. The cut, the fabric, the line of the skirt, the muted colours and the easy to wear shape is simply perfect for me. It comes to a good short length - flattering but not knicker baring if you have happen to need to bend over after you drop your keys on the train - but short enough to be truly flattering.

And it just cries out for ankle boots. But rather than head-to-toe McQueen, this works equally delightfully with a dash of Zanotti.

Giuseppe Zanotti

Olinda Black Suede Bootie

The Olinda boots are far and away my favourite Zanotti style of the new season so far, and would work with tights and shorts, jeans, and just about anything else you can imagine. Simple and understated, they are a wardrobe staple that lets your clothes do the talking.

Finish off with this gorgeous funnel neck coat for easy, simple stylishness.

Weekend Max Mara
Brown Ragni Coat

What are you wearing this Monday?

Friday, 15 August 2014

Samantha's 'Everything's Better With a Bit of Black Leather' LookBook

Elizabeth And James // Black Dress Mayleigh Silk

Free People // Jeans High Rise Roller Crop in Black

Casadei // Black Leather Boots

Alexander McQueen // Studded Padlock Small Satchel Bag Black

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

The 'Samantha just started a new job, and is a bit pushed for time' so LOOK AT PRETTY THINGS post!

Saint Laurent // Khaki Sunglasses

I am super pressed for time this week due to starting a new job yesterday (Tuesday 12th) and so please forgive me as I throw pretty gorgeousness at you with LookBook style posts for the rest of the week. We will be back to normal next week - promise x

I love all of the pieces in this post. So good.

Alexander McQueen // Black Studded Leather Ankle Boots

Frye // Black Veronica Studded Biker Boot

Elizabeth And James // Black Maryse Embellishment Dress

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Alexander McQueen Black Swarovski Crystal Embellished Patent Leather Sandals

I accept, of course, that this may be wholly my own fault. You may recall last Friday's post where I fawned over the gorgeous silver Alexander McQueen heels, and somewhere in the back of my head I remember thinking "Well, they are not going to top those shoes for a while". How very wrong I was...

Just look at these... No really - look...

Alexander McQueen's elegant black sandals feature texture contrast between soft velvet and suede with patent-leather. The ankle ties are threaded through swarovski crystal encrusted loops that catch the light as you walk. They sport a pin thin towering 120mm/ 5 inch heel with a 10mm/ 0.5 inches platform.

I am not sure they can ever be improved upon. There is finally a better shoe that the classic Louboutin Vampanodo. There I said it!

And it had to be McQueen. Of course.

They can be yours for £650 at Net-a-Porter right now, available in both full and half sizes and they fit true to size. If you buy them just know that you are indeed a very lucky girl.

Go head to toe McQueen for a timeless evening look with this gorgeous little wool and velvet shift.

Alexander McQueen
Black Velvet Trimmed Wool Blend Dress

Monday, 11 August 2014

Shop My Style - ASOS WHITE WALK THE LINE Shoe Boots // The ASOS WHITE range

I could probably bore you all for days (yes, literally) about just how much I am in love with the ASOS WHITE range. It's clean and clever, mixing luxe fabrics and easy to wear cuts with soft acidic citrus shades and my all time favourite - grey. I could happily buy every single piece in the range and live in it day to day. I'm a little hooked! However, and somewhat curiously for a shoe blogger, I had somehow fallen in love with the clothing and overlooked the shoes.

The little Walk The Line shoe boots in tan finally gave me the need to redress that. They do come in black also if that's more your thing, however the gorgeous retro stack heel of the tan just won me over. They remind me of a pair of fur lined tan leather boots that my Mum had as a very young girl, back when I was still in the formative stages of learning to balance in someone else's heels!

These are just gorgeous, and come in at a very reasonable £85 price point too. You could probably get something similar at a lower price if you are on a really tight budget, however I'd suggest that the wearability would suffer - the key to heels this high is always going to be a good quality leather upper.

Directional, exciting and diverse, the ASOS WHITE Collection makes and breaks the fashion rules. Scouring the globe for inspiration, their London based Design Team is inspired by fashion’s most covetable trends; providing you with a cutting edge wardrobe season upon season.

The collection is so easy to use as your true go-to capsule wardrobe for an effortless chic working wardrobe. I especially love these pieces:


ASOS WHITE Silk Pull on Tapered Trouser

ASOS WHITE Silk Mix V-Neck T-Shirt

Friday, 8 August 2014

SHOE PORN ALERT - ALEXANDER MCQUEEN Silver Appliqu├ęd Metallic Textured Leather Sandals

It's my last day at my current job (woohoo - I am SO happy to leave!) and then I am off to pastures new next week which I am super excited about. I am almost as happy as I was when I first saw these silver beauties from Alexander McQueen. Sarah Burton has come up with a pair of almost ethereally beautiful heels, and the entire collection is fantastic. I may have squealed out loud and bounced up and down in my chair. Maybe.

"Wild Beauty" was Sarah Burton's inspiration for Alexander McQueen this season. These Italian-made silver textured leather sandals have straps crafted to look like leaves. I want to wear them with tailored capri pants and a boxy tuxedo jacket.

Black Tuxedo Jacket

Black Serged Front Zipcuff Capri Pants

They look even better when worn (see below) and are a thing of exquisite beauty for a beautiful day. Have a great Friday everyone and a wonderful weekend x

Thursday, 7 August 2014

Shopping the Debenhams Shoe Sale August 2014 - plus vote for your favourites!

Faith Tan leather chain strap sandals
Was £32.50 / Now £22.75 / Now £16.25
50% Off / Save a total of £16.25

My pick of the current online sale picks.... enjoy! Ooh, and don't forget to vote for the best of the five picks at the end of the post (or leave me a comment).

Mel Yellow scented peep toe sandals
Was £28.00 / Now £14.00 / Now £8.40
70% Off

Call It Spring Black 'Ybaevia' woven block heeled sandals
Was £45.00 / Now £22.50 / Now £13.50
70% Off / Save a total of £31.50

Carvela Gold 'lara' high heel court shoes
Was £100.00 / Now £49.00
51% Off

Jasper Conran Navy 'Jumana' asymmetric heeled sandals
Was £69.00 / Now £55.20
20% Off

Which of the shoes above do you like the best?
Faith Tan leather chain strap sandals
Mel Yellow scented peep toe sandals
Call It Spring Black 'Ybaevia' woven block heeled sandals
Carvela Gold 'lara' high heel court shoes
Jasper Conran Navy 'Jumana' asymmetric heeled sandals
Poll Maker