Monday, 7 April 2014

Red and Black - A Classic Combination



Inspired by Louboutins, this is a simple little collection of clothing, footwear and accessories celebrating one of the all-time classic colour combinations - red and black.

Sorry for the sporadic posts, I've been crazy busy with work and also with getting over a horrific cold that turned into an infection requiring antibiotics. Not great. I will be back again later in the week and normal posts will resume as soon as possible. In the meantime, let me know what you think of the red and black collection in the comments or suggest pieces you think i should add.

Friday, 28 March 2014

Evening Luxe - The 'Less Is More' Date Night Edit



The 'Less Is More' Date Night Edit is all about making sure that for a night out with a handsome young thing (or ondeed for painting the town crimson with your best girls) that you manage to look classy and not trashy.

The key to looking fabulous on a non-formal evening out is to not try too hard. Instead of squeezing yourself into the very tightest of bandage dresses and tottering in the heels that you know will pinch your toes, you will feel better and look infinitely more relaxed and confident by choosing simple pieces with statement accessories and a splash of colour. The predominant one in the collection is cherry red, but you can easily swap this out for emerald, sunshine yellow, cobalt blue or any other hue that flatters your skintone and makes you feel fabulous.

I've chosen a mix of black, silver and gold jewellery as well as a range of footwear pieces and everything from dresses to tees and funky jeans. Have fun. Life is way too short to have your best night out spoiled by wearing the wrong outfit. Oh and those McQueen red frame shades are to-die-for...

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Effortless Style - The "Cool as a Cucumber" Edit



Today's post is dedicated to those days when you want the comfort of trackpants and trainers without compromising on style. Got a cold and can't handle the heels? Not a problem. The Shoeniverse Effortless Style Collection (aka the Cool as a Cucumber edit) has the very best slouch clothing featuring luxurious soft fabrics, easy to wear cuts and the ultimate selection of flat boots and shoes.

The collection features pieces from Topshop, ASOS, Michael Stars, Mango, Superdry, J Brand, Oak, Michael Kors, Alexander Wang, Current Elliott, Steve Madden, Lacoste, Toast, Dune, Markus Lupfer, Frye, Office, Alexander McQueen, Toms, Carvela and Valentino to name but a few. This is no ordinary style collection though. Whilst all of the pieces are comfortable, most could also be worn as workwear, and if you throw over a blazer or leather crop jacket you also have perfect weekend date night chic.

Take a look and see what takes your fancy...

Monday, 24 March 2014

LOOKING FORWARD TO SUMMER 2014 - Simple Classic Pieces for Your Wardrobe



We are being a little bit spoiled for choice with the latest McQueen pieces, including bright tailored classics like the red cropped pants and cobalt blue blazer as seen above. They form a part of the Shoenivers Capsule Collection for Summer 2014 which you can find here.

As well as a fair bit of McQueen, there are also bargains to be found too. I've included some extremely pretty little summer dresses, jewellery and other essentials, all of which are bright, breezy and utterly perfect for Summer 2014.

I'd love to know also, what's your go-to summer shoe style? I will be adding some collections for essential Summer footwear and wondered what the general consensus is. Do you live in flip flops or go crazy for wedges? Let me know in the comments please!

Thursday, 20 March 2014

THE CLASSY EDIT - The Look Good Anywhere Collection



Today's post collection is a simple idea. It's all about classy, classic 'wear anywhere' pieces that will always flatter and make you feel fabulous. It's all about simple black dresses, funky black jewellery and either tan or cream leather accessories.

I really hope you'll enjoy the collection which you can find here or by clicking on the image above. Both of the featured heels are by the perennial favourite Giuseppe Zanotti, while the Coco dress comes via Torn by Ronny Kobo. The tan bag is from Katherine Pogson. The cream tote is from River Island. Finally the jewellery pieces come from Origami jewellery (horse necklace) and Hermes (leather bracelet).

I'd love to hear your feedback on the entire collection and what you think I could have added to make it better. In the meantime have fun window shopping the pieces.

Monday, 17 March 2014

BOW CRAZY - Super Cute Bow Embellished Pieces (and Happy St Patrick's Day)



Happy St Patrick's Day to the Irish readers of Shoeniverse - may your day be filled with leprechauns, Guinness, meat & potatoes, and every other kind of Irish cliché that I can think of!

I've created a super sweet collection called Bow Crazy which I'd like to share with you. Either click the image above or view the entire collection right here. I realised yesterday that it's been an absolute age since I've featured bows on Shoeniverse, and in between the gym and topping up my hair colour I put together the most adorable bow-embellished pieces I could find - just for you.

Hopefully this will spark some life into planning your Spring wardrobe. I love it when we get the first long sunny days, and it makes me yearn for soft feminine colours, floaty light fabrics, and girlie-girl style.

There's a little bit of something for everyone. The collection features pieces from just £12, right up to super swanky designer luxury items from the likes of Valentino, Mulberry and Alexander McQueen.

Let me know in the comments what your favourite Spring embellishment is and if you have any future collection requests. I'd love to hear your ideas on what you'd like to see next!

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

INSPIRED BY THE CARVEN CATWALK - A Collection



I've been a huge fan of the latest Carven Catwalk looks and so decided to put together a collection not only featuring the pieces themselves (because let's be honest - that pink coat is to die for) but also a selection of accessories and 'inspired by' looks for a range of different budgets.

I know that fur - or even faux fur - can be a contentious fashion choice, but I personally love the look. I am not going to get into ethics or a political style debate on the issue, but I do think there is nothing wrong with wearing vintage fur however much I wouldn't support the fur trade as it is.

The Carven catwalk looks could still be worn now while we are waiting on Spring to finally bloom, and also at the end of the summer before it's time to cover up completely. Short coats and hemlines teamed with glossy black footwear and cute clutch bags will always be a winner in my eyes.

VIEW THE WHOLE COLLECTION HERE >>>

Wednesday, 5 March 2014

PRETTY IN PINK - The 'Let's Cheer Up With Colour Because The Weather's Still Cold' Edit



Today is a virtual fiesta of the blush, the plus, the salmon and the roseate. I've create a stunning collection which has all manner of shoes for the girlie-girl featuring everything from rubber flats to boots, sandals to sparkles and block heels to flats. This is the definitive Shoeniverse list of 'the' best pink shoes.

Whether you are looking for comfy weekend shoes or something for a special occasion, you will find something to suit right here.



Tuesday, 4 March 2014

TUESDAY CHOOSE-DAY - The Dress-ed To Impress Collection



This collection is all about stylish statement dresses and super cool nude shoes in all kinds of styles. Whether you are a fan of leather shifts or embellished tunics, wedges or pumps, this collection features some of my favourite current dresses to wear plus lots of shoes.

What's not to love?

The featured dresses in the image (please click to browse the entire collection) are the pink embellished tank from Little Mistress and the red wrap from ASOS. So easy and simple to throw on and achieve effortless style. Looking amazing really doesn't get any easier than that.

Top to bottom the featured footwear above comes from Sam Edelman, Kurt Geiger, TopShop and Chinese Laundry.

The entire Dress-ed to Impress collection is online here so you to browse through my personal style picks!

Monday, 3 March 2014

THE BLACK AND GOLD EDIT Featuring Lashings of McQueen-esque Inspiration



I've created a gorgeous little collection which you can shop via clicking the image above - if you'd rather go straight to the individual items featured above then see the links below. The inspiration for the collection stemmed from the Gold & Black McQueen skull cuff which I thought was amazing. The collection also features some other items not shown above, including jeans, more shoe options and more.

I normally find black and gold to be a difficult combination as it can look so very tacky. In my mind it's often bested only by leopard prints. But this collection features subtle gold tones, classy usage and opulent finishes. I really love all of the pieces, but especially the gorgeous stripe tunic jumper.

I'd love to know what you think of this format for posting as I am planning to trial more of these posts to minimise the number of individual product links. I'm also really open to suggestions of what to feature, so if you'd like me to write a post and create a collection of products for a specific purpose (eg budget eveningwear, perfect shift dresses, opulent flat shoes, etc) then please let me know in the comments.

DAVID YURMAN // Oval Extra Large Link Necklace in Gold
CHARLOTTE OLYMPIA // Charlottes Web Flat in Black Gold
MINK PINK // Golly Gosh Knitted Sweater in Metallic Gold
SIGERSON MORRISON // Belle Sadie 4 Gold and Black Leather Loafer
BIBA // Gold and Black Diamond Butterfly Pendant
ALEXANDER MCQUEEN // Green Skull Leather Cuff
ALEXANDER MCQUEEN // Gold Evening Book Clutch with Chain

Wednesday, 26 February 2014

THE WORKWEAR EDIT (and also an explanation)



So, firstly I want or rather need to say a huge SORRY for not being about since last week with no explanation. Work has been super busy and I simply haven't had the time to post, but after this week things should normalise a little bit again and posts will resume as usual.

Now for the outfit...

I was thinking about women in the workplace and the fact that so many women seem to feel they have to dress a certain way, and that in some circles this seems to involve losing some sense of femininity. This is something I feel passionately about, and as a full time working Mum, I do understand the pressures of working in various types of environments.

I am all for whatever anyone wishes to wear to make them feel both comfortable and confident. Personally, I abhor trouser suits. They make me feel dumpy, and uncomfortable, and my smart go-to will always be a well fitted shift dress. I know there are probably many of you out there that feel the exact opposite way (again, totally fine) but I find it sad if a woman is taken less seriously because of wearing a feminine line or a fabulous pair of heels. If we are earning good money then of course there will be shoes (be they huge platforms, fabulous flats or kinky little kitten heels) and it saddens me to think that any woman at work will be judged based on her choice of clothing.

So, this is my take on the ultimate workwear outfit.

A simple boat neck shift from Lafayette, a short sleeved McQueen jumper, a large bag (big enough to transport lunch, keys, mp3 player, books, gum and any other assorted necessities), some fab little Charlotte Olympia heels, and a set of beautiful Marni brooches. The look is so simple and stylish, it looks effortless. If you don't love jumpers then swap it out for a fitted blazer or a bright scarf. The brooch pins are fantastic as they can be attached to different parts of the dress (shoulders, waist, lapel) to create very different looks.

What's your ultimate look for work?

SHOP THE STYLE pieces by clicking the main image (above) or the smaller images below:

Thursday, 20 February 2014

SHOENIVERSE LOVES SPRING BLOOMS (Well, We Can Wish....) - The Best of the Pastels and Prints



Thursday's post is more of a moodboard than a look. The past few days (post floods here in the South) have actually had some gloriously sunny spells, and this started me thinking about Springtime...

(I realise I may well be getting ahead of myself here)

So here's a place to get started. I wouldn't for a moment suggest that you combine many of these pieces, but the Iro leather jacket would work with these or any other print dress. Also a chic simple tee and capris would look amazing paired with the jacket, bubblegum pink scarf and Charlotte Olympia Sweet Dolly shoes. I am so adoring of the 'candy necklace' strap. Super cute!

SHOP THE STYLE by clicking the product images below

Wednesday, 19 February 2014

IT'S A BIT GREY OUT THERE But Your Clothes Needn't Feel Blue... aka The Cosy Warm Stylish Weekender



There is something so very comforting on a cold day to wear cosy clothes, but you still want to look good, right? So in an effort to address this, I thought I'd share my own personal style tips for keeping warm on cold commutes and weekend trips out.

Unless you are new to Shoeniverse, you will probably have picked up on my love affair with shades of grey. So my winter wardrobe is very much tones of black and grey with flashes of colour and lots of leather. I travel for my job and as such need to keep warm on the delights of public transport, but also want to not look like a polar bear wearing a million layers. My answer to this is simple layering and well fitted pieces with interesting draping. This was my inspiration for picking the pieces above. If you want to see all of my grey style picks then if you click the main image above you can browse them right now.

Everything from the Ash trainers to the goldsign leggings look cosy and comfortable, but without any great hassle to wear. There's stretch and movement, shoes are comfy to wear yet stylish, and then layer over a simple draped tank and a fluffy cashmere knit. Then throw on your choice of stylish bag. If it's really cold then add hat, gloves and scarf, preferably in something bright like cherry red or fuchsia, just to break up the colour a little.

I love this look and would happily wear it for work or to dress down at weekends. Infinitely more stylish that going grocery shopping in trackpants and a hoodie, yet no less comfortable and warm. You don't have to suffer for your style, but you will look a hundred times better than those who just throw on anything warm when the temperatures drop,

SHOP THE STYLE by clicking on the product images below:

Tuesday, 18 February 2014

RED TUESDAY - My Pick of the Best Ruby and Scarlet Pieces for SS14



If Valentine's Day last week has left you all loved up with your heart a-flutter, then you might want to take a nod from the catwalks and invest in some red hot action this SS14.

Both dresses are on sale and are high street via ASOS - best of all this is a trend that you can wear to the office too and stand out from the 'suits and boots' brigade.

The bag is, of course, McQueen, and the heels are Saint Laurent. The little studs are from Mikey. Hopefully this will give you an indication of what's out there for the coming season and entice you to add a splash of red into your wardrobe. Also try bright hats, scarves, gloves and coats for additional ways to add a touch of 'scarlet woman' into your look.

SHOP THE STYLE by clicking on the product images below: