Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Sky High Luxury featuring DSquared2 Black Leather Stiletto Ankle Boots

I would apologise for showing these beauties off from every available angle, but the truth is that I'm not even mildly sorry. Not even a bit. These are a stunning example of why I've long been obsessed with high heeled black ankle boots. What's more they would look perfect when teamed with one of the AllSaints dresses from yesterday too.

Amp up the edge of any outfit with these statement-making stiletto ankle boots from DSquared2 in sleek black leather, featuring a round cap toe, and matching leather covered stiletto high heel. They are, quite simply, perfect.

The heel is so slim and sexy, is there a better way to wear evening footwear? I do love my Louboutins and my pumps and sandals, but there's something undeniably edgy and confident in wearing a boot like this instead and it fits in so much better with both my wardrobe and my attitude.

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

The Shoeniverse AllSaints Party Dress Edit

Naturally when I think of dressing up I rely on my staple from the high street to glam me up. I have a lot (too many? No, I didn't think so either) of the high end AllSaints dresses and eveningwear. The weight of fabrics, the glorious silks and hand embellishments always make me feel special and properly dressed for evening. So naturally with party season coming up I thought that I'd take a look at the dresses of the season for inspiration.

Each of these three gowns are flawless in their own way. Simple and elegant, yet far from plain or boring, each one manages to bring the edgy styling that I love from AllSaints so successfully to eveningwear.

Firstly, a dress that debuted in NYFW, there's Cecile:

The new season embellished dresses are sleek pieces highlighted by hand-sourced components. First featured in NYFW, the AllSaints Cecile dress is a fully hand-embellished style, constructed using a unique technique altering between deep ink sequins and rectangular shaped glass pipes. Wear it with biker boots for a deliberate contrast.
Model is 5'11" and wears a UK size 10.

Next up is my favourite, called Aglow.

For the new season, this is am embellished dresses use hand-sourced components found in India. The Aglow dress is a stand-out evening style. A combination of beads and sequins are mixed and applied in stripes, degrading in width from wide at the hem to thin at the neckline. Again would look amazing with sky high biker boots or trainers.
Model is 5'11"" and wears a uk size 8.

Lastly, if you prefer to wear sleeves, there's Kika.

The AllSaints Kika dress was been cut on the bias (a direction of the woven that causes the garment to accentuate body lines and drape softly) with glass pipes, shiny sequins and metallic thread-work creating a grid design. Wear it on its own with bright pumps and a plain clutch.
Model is 5'11" and wears a uk size 8.

These are my dresses of the season so far.

Monday, 20 October 2014

The Halloween Costume Edit featuring me as Sailor Mars

If you follow me on Twitter - not as Shoeniverse but as my uber-geek self @Dinkyprincessa - then you may have seen this post which shows me in this gorgeous little Sailor Mars outfit. And yes, I had to buy a brand new long black wig with a fringe just for this outfit. The funny thing is, it's closer to my natural hair colour but my own hair never does a fringe (bangs) well so it's not a style I'd ever have. But I do kind of like it, especially with the headband!

"The Guardian of Fire and Passion Sailor Mars! You will refrain from underestimating women! And with Mars Power, you will burn! These high-heeled legs will deliver your punishment!"
— Sailor Mars's speech in Act 5.

I am a wee bit obsessed with Sailor Mars right now...

The costume is not of my own design, but was a gift from the gorgeous people who run Fancy Dress Queen, and you can buy it here for £23.99. If you're unsure who Sailor Mars is by the way, you can read more here (and see below).

Sailor Mars is the second Senshi discovered in the original series. She has the power to create and control fire so that it can be used as a weapon against her enemies. In addition, she can throw magic scrolls and dispel evil spirits by using chants, which she can also do in everyday life. She eventually receives the ability to perform new attacks with the Mars Arrow and the Mars Crystal, which also represent the source of her powers. Sailor Mars also possesses psychic abilities, including premonitions. She is sometimes called by another title, “the Soldier of War”.
The civilian alter ego of Sailor Mars is Rei Hino, a teenaged Shinto priestess who lives with her grandfather. Her training as a priestess gives her a heightened spiritual ability. Like the other girls in the series, she is a teenaged student, but she attends a different school. Her Senshi uniform matches the colour of her priestess robes.

The Sailor Mars costume features a white body with a bright red skirt and sailor collar. A navy blue bow is fixed to the front. Matching gloves and a jewelled headband are included. The costume is excellent quality, super stretchy for a sexy smooth fit, and is actually really comfortable. Available in sizes S (UK 8/10), Medium (UK 10/12), Large (UK 12/14), XL (UK 14) and XXL (UK 16).

If you are looking to show a bit of Anime / Manga goodness this year, then give this one a try. Plus they have LOADS of other awesome and affordable costumes.

More product images below:

Saturday, 18 October 2014

The Huge Weekend Super-Boots Edit

Due to the last of posts this week (sorry again about that) I decided to put together a weekend mega shopping post with the very best winter boots. This covers everything you could possibly need to see you through!

Shop everything right after the jump...

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Missing posts!

Just to let you know I've not disappeared, just a busy weekend and week has made for a lack of posts (boooo!). I will be back at the weekend, until then why not check out the Lyst for some of my latest picks?


Monday, 13 October 2014

Motel Rocks - get £10* off your order (plus my picks)

It's a horrid, rainy and VERY dull Monday morning here today in the UK, so what better way than to kick off the week with a discount code for a gorgeous fashion site. Nothing makes you feel quite so fuzzy and warm on a cold morning as the glow of an online shopping spree safely shielded from the elements in your home or office. Ok maybe a tall skinny latté with a sugar free caramel shot does the trick also. What's even better though - why not combine them both?

So coffee aside I took at look at Motel Rocks over the weekend, being a regular haunt for Bloggers everywhere and have made some fashion picks which I think you will love. Click on any image for a better look, or just browse the whole site and still use the same discount code (at the bottom of the post). Simple.

So hit behind the jump to see my choices and to grab your £10 off code...

Friday, 10 October 2014

What will you wear these holidays? The Christmas Lunch / Thanksgiving edit featuring Erdem Anja Embellished Cloqué Dress

I do love planning options for what to wear at Christmas. In particular for me, being from the UK, it's all about Christmas Day. However as we have a lot of American readers on Shoeniverse, I thought I'd get some of these posts in a little early as it might be something that you wish to consider for Thanksgiving at the end of November.

The details of this gown are just exquisite. It's befitting of a true Haute Couture runway gown, and the colour is perfect for winter.

So if I could pick any dress for Christmas Day this would be the one. However this then starts to make me think, naturally, about what shoes to wear. So many options! So here are the ones that immediately came to mind when I first tried to think about what I'd pair with this pretty little dress.

Here we go, my picks are as follows:

Thursday, 9 October 2014

The Free People Edit - my three favourite pieces

Black Everyday Distressed Boot

I've never actually really invested too much time admiring The Free People's offering when sourcing new items to feature here on Shoeniverse, but after finding these three gorgeous pieces, I feel that I might just be missing a trick. The boots are ridiculously cute and wearable every day (yes, yes - hence the name, I get it) and the top and soft jacket below would work perfectly together too. Just add leather pants or a skirt, or just a pair of charcoal grey jeans, and you are good to go.

Cute hat too.

Red Delta Date Layering Top

Black Fp One Christine Soft Jacket

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

The Autumn Luxe Edit - featuring Paco Rabanne Black Womens Low Leather High Heel Ankle Shoes

Well, these are a surprise! In particular I'm rather fond of the side profile. Gloriously over the top style with an unabashed luxury finish, these heels are genuinely one of the most beautiful pairs of ankle skimmers that I've seen in some time.

Please, someone buy them for me?

They deserve to be worn alongside beautiful simple pieces and glorious natural materials. I've added splashed of wool, leather and fuchsia silk to incorporate them into a fantastically fashionable and utterly wearable outfit for AW14.

Shop the look below...

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

The NEW BALANCE Fitness Edit

Grey 910 Trail Running Sneaker
Abzorb® cushioning enhances the comfort of a rugged trail shoe crafted with a breathable mesh upper and waterproof gore-tex® lining. A gusseted tongue seals debris out, while rock stop® technology offers added foot protection on rough terrain. Trail.

I decided to add a New Balance post to Shoeniverse after road testing a host of running and fitness training shoes over the years. I am, and in a lot of ways will always be, a Nike girl. The Chap meanwhile has always favoured Adidas trainers or sneakers. But when we started running and training a lot more frequently, we started to realise that our favourite brands just were not cutting the mustard for us. Not even close.

So we started to experiment with what else was out there. I tried Adidas and they gave me blisters, and when The Chap tried Nike they just fell apart in no time. Both of us had fit issues with Reebok, again much chafing and rubbing was in evidence, and it was only by luck that we started to try New Balance.

I love a competition, and I was lucky enough to win cash to spend at their online store a few months back. Unsure of the trainers, I bought a reduced pair and spent the rest of the online store credit on some new compression gear. Then I waited for the inevitable. Bearing in mind I've also had two knee surgeries to rehab this year, surely they were going to rub, not fit well, be lacking in support or something would be wrong, right? As it happens, they are perfect. For me New Balance trainers are an absolute dream. They've really shown me the value in separating out fashion trainers from fitness shoes.

The Chap has since swapped over too and found the same result. We have different walking and running gaits, yet he too has found them amazingly comfortable and exceptional quality for the money.

We're honestly converted. So I thought I'd pick out a few pairs, and if you are in the market for some new fitness, running or walking trainers, then why not give one of them a try? I've added them after the jump to stop this basically being the longest post in history. Just click any image to get more details.

Monday, 6 October 2014

Samantha's Easy Breezy Monday Edit - featuring the divine Karl Lagerfeld Black Kreepers Suede Chelsea Boots

I found the Karl Lagerfeld 'Kreepers' in the discount haven that is The Outnet this morning, and because I have long harboured a secret crush on the style, felt it was only right that I created an easy to wear Monday outfit post based around them. For when your feet well and truly need a break from towering heels and sky high wedges, these are the perfect style antidote to flat UGG boots and trainers. I am utterly devoted to this style, having had a huge style crush on a suite of 80's and 90's 'yoof' TV mavens. They tick my inner punk girl button. They make me want to go cosplay as Tank Girl.

How can something to simple be so very sexy?

Here's how I'd dress these beauties to make them scream AW14...

Friday, 3 October 2014

Samantha's 'OH GOD I SHOULD LOVE THESE, BUT... NOT SURE' McQueen Biker Boots Edit

OK so anyone who's spent even a week or two following Shoeniverse has probably figured it out. The cat's well and truly out of the bag, right? 'Samantha has a bit of a thing for Alexander McQueen'. This is of course very true. I am a huge advocate of the brand in general, from shoes to tailoring, and scarves to jewellery. However, occasionally something a little odd happens and I can't quite place why, but I see an item and think it all looks a little... off. Such is the case with these boots.

On the surface they should be something that I adore and dearly covet. Black high heeled biker boots? CHECK. Silver hardware? CHECK. Touch of fur? CHECK. Cleated sole? CHECK.

I don't know why but something about the look of these boots is just not right. The back view provides a little solace and few answers. The sole is perhaps a tad too thick, but that's not enough on its own to throw off the whole shoe. The back is sleek, showcasing the gorgeous towering heel and silver tone eyelets.

But the disconnect happens somewhere between here and the front. I think it might be the fur? It's maybe just ruining the line of the vamp? Or maybe the cleated platform is too wide? I'm just not sure. But somehow these just do not cut it for me.

**Looks again at the front view and makes a sad face**

Am I being too harsh? Are these actually fabulous but I am just missing the point?

Thursday, 2 October 2014

HOW TO WEAR featuring Saint Laurent Mesh-detail Skater Dress Black

This dress is super cute, I know.... there's always something so very glorious about a YSL LBD. This one will suit and flatter almost any shape as well, and could easily be paired with leather pants and a denim jacket for daytime too. Throw over a red crossbody bag and some taupe suede slouch boots and you are away.

Want to see exactly what to pair with it? Then take a look below:

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?