Friday, 27 March 2015

Shopping the new arrivals online at UGG Australia



The new arrivals are live on the UGG website and there are some delicious new styles. I've picked my top three below, but there are more too - including wedge sandals and cosy looking moccasins. I've opted to highlight the site flat sandals, the amazing heeled boots, and my fave new twist on the classic sheepskin boots. No matter what your style is, if you are a fan of UGG boots then you know the quality and comfort that's guaranteed with every pair.


IZABEL MAR - £105.00



This ladylike flat manages to be simultaneously sophisticated and sweet. Exotic scale-embossed suede forms a delicate almond toe, complemented by the veg tan leather heel and straps. With a whisper of a wedge, the Izabel Mar pairs well with all of your chic spring ensembles.



THAMES SEAWEED PERF - £180.00



Don’t be afraid to show a little ankle. Rendered in burnished, full-grain leather, this versatile style can be worn up or cuffed down for two distinctly different looks. Decorative pinking and seasonal, seaweed-inspired perforation put a feminine finish on the upper, complemented by a leather-wrapped stacked heel.



KARISA - £160.00



Tasseled fringe puts a little swing in the Karisa’s boldly buckled step, serving as a fun accent to the leather ankle boot’s laser-cut reptilian pattern. Equal parts fashionable and functional, the feminine silhouette is made in Italy and boasts an Italian sheepskin lining and lightweight EVA outsole with exclusive UGG® Collection design.

Thursday, 26 March 2015

The Perfect Ladies Chelsea Boots - from ShoePassion.com No. 201


I have a long past history love affair with classic chelsea boots. I've normally gone with black or oxblood, but the major traits have always been the same. They must be high quality soft leather, boast a thick all-leather sole, and be stunning to look at. I think therefore, upon browsing ShoePassion.com this morning, I may just have found the Holy Grail of chelsea boots.

No. 201 features a shaft that reaches just above the ankle, a flat heel, and cross straps that rise from the bottom of the shoe, wrap diagonally around the ankle, and ensure overall shoe fit. This women’s Jodhpur boot has a youthful charm that’s underscored by the cognac-coloured leather upper, made of the finest French calf.

This so-called »fixed-strap Jodhpur« has its roots in British India. Even at such a far remove from their homeland, the British guard stationed in India couldn’t resist indulging in their favourite equestrian sport, polo. The tropical Indian climate was too warm for traditional riding boots, which led these soldiers to create boots with a shorter shaft. And thus the Jodhpur was born—it was most likely named for the Maharaja of Jodhpur.


Although the Jodhpur boot was originally conceived as a men’s shoe, No. 210 has been made using a feminine last form—namely, the classic last. The rounded toe cap is sleek and elegant, and also makes for comfortable wear. While the matte, gleaming upper is made entirely of fully-dyed cognac calf leather, the lining and insole are made of vegetable-tanned cowhide. Its high proportion of leather and Goodyear-welted construction make this women’s Jodhpur boot breathable, comfortable and extremely long-lasting. The crowning touch: a Rendenbach leather sole, widely considered the best in the world, as well as a Rendenbach heel.

No. 201 is an excellent choice for leisure activities—it’s a great match for skinny jeans, which highlight the cross straps and buckle closure. This women’s Jodhpur boot can also be worn to offices that don’t have particularly strict dress codes. When worn with wide-leg trousers, this boot looks just like a typical flat shoe.

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Shoeniverse Style (things I own) featuring the Superdry 'Saints' hoodie



I wanted to share with you the softest, cosiest and squishiest new thing that I own. Normally I spend my time in leather, silk, funky leggings and heels. But when it comes to comfort I am all about slipping into an 'All in One Company' onesie, or great quality comfortable clothing. The Superdry 'Saints' hoodie, that features a ton of gorgeous sparkling applique embroidery, is a Mother's Day gift I got this year and I'm sad to say that the pictures don't do it justice.

It looks bright here, but it's actually practically neon. The colour in real life is almost identical to the pink iPhone 5C. The hood is oversized, and the whole thing is really cosy and puffy. I'd recommend grabbing this if you love comfy clothes for evenings, and want a soft hoodie to take you through Spring. This hasn't hit my local Southampton store (yet) so it had to be ordered in, but you can buy it online for £59.99.



Superdry women's Saints Applique Hoodie. A classic zip up hoodie, featuring a drawstring hood, two front pockets and an embroidered chest logo. The hoodie is finished with a large embroidered Superdry logo down one sleeve and a logo patch on the front pocket.

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

SPRING HAS SPRUNG - Shopping the Dress Edit at Miss Selfridge



Welcome to the Dress Edit from Miss Selfridge (quite possibly our favourite section in the wardrobe)!

Your one stop destination for special going out frocks, evening dresses, everyday shift dresses, cool retro silhouettes, Friday night bodycon styles and skater, flippy and trumpet hem styles. After something really wow? One of the exquisite Premium Collection fish tail maxis or hand-beaded embellished numbers should do the trick...

You can shop the entire Dress Edit by clicking the top banner, or see below for my own personal picks.



Burgundy Double Layer Dress
Price: £35.00





Harlequin Shift Dress
Price: £150.00





Fleur Flapper Dress
Price: £150.00

Monday, 23 March 2015

Shoeniverse shops the Urban Outfitters UK 'up to 50% off sale'


As you probably know unless you are new (and if you are new then well hello - you are looking fabulous today - and welcome!) I love a bit of Urban Outfitters fashion. They have a 50% off sale online right now and I spotted a few must have items for spring. Take a look below to see what I picked out or else just click the top image to see the entire on sale selection for women.





Staring at Stars Soft Brushed Playsuit in Grey
£42 now £25

This playsuit by Urban Outfitters exclusive label Staring at Stars is built with a relaxed slouch fit and open-back detailing for laid-back style with a raw edge.





Light Before Dark Woven Mix Raglan Top
£22 now £18

This top by Urban Outfitters exclusive label Light Before Dark is a clean minimalist style featuring a ribbed fabric to the front body with contrast raglan sleeve detailing.





Light Before Dark Surplice Kimono Top in Black
£42 now £25

The Surplice Kimono top by Urban Outfitters exclusive label Light Before Dark draws inspiration from classic Japanese sources with floaty sleeves and a single button fastening to the front.

Friday, 20 March 2015

Shoeniverse is now 1300 posts old - woohoo! (and thank you)



Hi Everyone! I just wanted to take a few minutes to thank you (yes, you!) for everything since the start of Shoeniverse, and as I came to write the first of the posts this week I realised that we were to end the blog on something of a landmark. 1300 posts as of today and counting. In that time I've shared with you my likes, my dislikes, my style queries and questions, and even a few 'WTF' moments...

.... Cataclou, anyone?

Anyway the point is that I'm extremely happy, lucky and grateful to everyone for being so supportive in the time since Shoeniverse started and I wanted to just write a note of appreciation. I never cease to be amazed when looking at how many countries read my little fashion witterings every day, and without you I'd just be a lady with some puppies, talking to herself via a computer. That's not much fun, and it's great to have you join me for the ride.

If you could take five minutes for a super quick survey into what you'd like to see on Shoeniverse moving forwards I'd love to hear from you!

TAKE THE SHOENIVERSE SURVEY

And if you don't have the time then no worries - still love you anyway! Onwards and upwards to the next milestone - have a great weekend everyone!

Thursday, 19 March 2015

Checking all the pretty new things @FrenchConnection



Here at Shoeniverse we love new things. So I wanted to spend all week looking at some of my favourite retailers and websites to find the top picks and must have items for SS15. One of the most celebrity friendly high street brands is French Connection, whose dresses are often worn both as street wear and for events in the celeb and fash pack worlds.

Below are my own personal faves, but if you'd like to see everything that's new in, click the top banner above and you'll be able to browse the lot on their website. I'd love to see what you guys are coveting from the new season styles and if you agree with my picks.

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

New in @ASOS - Senso Rhiannon White Leather Croc Heeled Sandals and Karen Millen Mesh & Suede Court Shoes



I love fresh and pretty new shoes for Spring. So with SS15 well under way it's time to do a spot of shopping and check out the latest new styles this week in order to get some much needed retail therapy underway.

I love both of these styles which are new over at ASOS.



The white sandals with the block heel and ghillie lace front are so retro and Italian looking. They would look so chic paired with slim black crop pants and a free flowing vest. Easy yet irrisistably fashion forward dressing. I love how they have black leather laces too. The contrast is delightful.



The pumps feature a part mesh upper and an accentuated pointed toe. I love these paired with boyfriend jeans and a fitted shirt, worn open over a vest. The art of casual dressing - not trying too hard yet still looking every inch a fashionista and a lady.



Take a look below for both styles when worn and price details.



Senso Rhiannon White Leather Croc Heeled Sandals
£160.00

Directional Sydney-based footwear label Senso brings forth a collection of beautifully crafted and distinctively chic shoes. Look to this cutting-edge Australian label for one-of-a-kind designs, from statement-making flatforms to towering wedges, as the label seeks to update classic styles with eye-catching shapes, treatments and silhouettes. As wearable as they are beautiful, Senso shoes are made from the finest materials, for the ultimate in stylish comfort.



Karen Millen Mesh & Suede Court Shoes
£140.00

Renowned for creating timeless eveningwear with a fashion-forward edge; Karen Millen are the go-to brand for sculpted dresses and statement bags. Combining flattering feminine shapes with luxurious fabrics; their signature style transfers seamlessly to a range of shoes, bags and intricately detailed jewellery.

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

New in @Sarenza - MYSUELLY Lola2 in Lezard Vert or Noir



I was browsing the 'new in' section over at Sarenza when I saw these gorgeous little shoe boots. I immediately loved the green lizard skin finish, but then I saw they also come in black lace... That's a tough call. I Naturally love them both. The green epitomises the freshness of spring, but the black lace is actually a lot more in keeping with my style. I also love the fact that they brought the style out in just two hugely different colours and finishes. I could easily own and love both pairs.

I'm not sure about matching bags for these yet, but I will post a follow up if I come across them. I would think that the black lace on a large envelope clutch would be a statement piece all in its own right. If this doesn't exist already then the French designers at MySuelly need to get onto that.

Which ones are your favourite? I think the green would look fresh and contemporary with a pale lemon tea dress, while the black lace basically would look fantastic with my entire wardrobe.

Monday, 16 March 2015

New in @AllSole - VIVIENNE WESTWOOD ANGLOMANIA WOMEN'S MAGGIE II ASTERISK PRINTED COURT SHOES


As you will probably already know (as Shoeniverse is now almost 1300 posts old!) I have a long standing love affair with a few designers. British designers in particular. My college thesis was written about John Richmond. The other two major British design loves of mine are the late (Lee) Alexander McQueen and the incomparably fierce Vivienne Westwood.

Westwood never fails to delight and surprise me. I feel it's extremely important with fashion that you are unashamed of who you are and why you wear what you choose. It's like wearing a little part of your heart for everyone to see. I love her designs, and the shoes in particular are always quirky and delightful.


The Maggie II heels in printed 'asterisks' are new in at AllSole so I wanted to showcase them in a single post of their own. I adore these shoes. They are *almost* enough to make me want to buy a grey skirt suit for meetings, just so I can tear things up with these heels and a fuchsia silk blouse.


They also remind me of two other things... The Red Hot Chili Peppers logo (although that has eight spokes I guess), and the American ambulance logo.



Anyway, I digress. As you can see these heels do not have a 'bad' side. They feature VW signature printed canvas upper and four and a half inch stiletto heel. Cut with an almond toe, the heels are adorned with the brand's contrast asterisk print and embellished with an Orb engraved rivet. If you can afford the £263 price tag then I would strongly suggest buying these gorgeous shoes.

Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Mother's Day 2015 - The Designer Bag Edit (aka the 'I Don't Want to Buy the Wrong Size' Idiot-proof Guide)



This gift guide is twofold. It's also a gift to you. You might not really know what shoe size your Mum wears, maybe wouldn't like to guess a dress size, but know that your ultra-fashionable Mum would love a fashion gift rather than flowers and chocolates. In that case Shoeniverse has the answer - take a look at my personal picks from the very hottest handbags. Brand new in and ready to ship, why say it with flowers when you can say it with leather?



Armani Jeans Saffiano Leather Logo Tote Bag
£165.00

Upgrade your everyday style with this chic Armani Jeans tote bag. This spacious bag is designed in saffiano leather and features embossed logo detailing, a detachable branded charm and fully lined interior.



Ted Baker Mariza Satchel Bag
£109.00

Offering timeless city-chic appeal, this Ted Baker Mariza bag is designed in a grained faux leather. This compact bag is accented with multiple interior compartments, logo detailing and gold toned hardware. Style with the detachable shoulder strap for versatile wear.



Guess Delaney Logo Tote
£108.00

Casual Guess Delaney tote has logo embossed winged side panels and features the silver tone logo and charm. The interior of the bag features a zip compartment and slit pockets. Carry with two carry handles.



Vivienne Westwood Large Chelsea Shoulder Bag
£340.00

Finish your outfit for day or night with this Vivienne Westwood Chelsea bag. This bag is designed in a grained leather and features the brand's signature orb logo embossed to the front and double chain carry handles.



Michael Michael Kors Cynthia Satchel Bag
£310.00

Textured leather Michael Michael Kors satchel bag with two tortoise shell chain and leather carry handles, press stud closure, interior zip compartment and two further interior compoartments and a detachable statement chain shoulder strap. This classic tote with the signature logo charm also features metal feet across the base and embossed hardware. The interior of this bag has printed logo lining, one internal zip pocket and four technology pouches.