Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Shoeniverse Shops the French Connection Dress Sale

As you are probably aware, I love some French Connection when it comes to finding high street dresses. I think that AllSaints edge them out about 10 to 1 in terms of my wardrobe real estate (and trust me, I own a LOT of dresses), but FCUK are definitely one of the brands that I trust, as much for comfort and quality as style and design.

So I spied an online dress sale and figured... it's rude not to. Here are my picks. Oh, and I may* have purchased two dresses from French Connection in the past week, so you can be assured that I'm practicing what I preach.

Original Price £45.00
On Sale £32.00 - £45.00

Simple and chic, the only thing this pretty pleated dress needs is a pair of stacked summer sandals and slicked-back hair.

£85.00 - now £60.00

Make for a bold entrance in Riviera-inspired stripes. Cut for a relaxed silhouette, this makes the Frieda Stripe Colour Block Dress perfect for vacationing by the seaside. Finish with cool espadrilles and bohemian sunnies for holiday glamour.

£140.00 now £70.00

Stand out from the crowd in this striking one-strap dress. With an eye-catching neckline and textured gathers at the waist, it looks oh-so-chic teamed with metallic pumps or chunky sliders and layered-up jewellery.


With a sporty high neckline and layered panel, the Polka Plains Dress makes for an ultra-modern new-season wardrobe addition. Wear with monochrome accessories for a chic sports luxe finish.


Shimmer into the new-season with this Sunbeamer Sequin dress. Add extra glitz factor with a slick pair of silver stilettos and don't forget to apply a mandatory smokey eye finish.

(* You can delete the 'may' :))

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

The Shoeniverse Summer Date Night - Shop the Look

I'm writing this from my sick desk** (it's like a sickbed but less restful) and I hope you enjoy the post and the what currently feels like a monumental effort to write. I've been put on constant painkillers now for my knees, and four days in I'm feeling sleepy and very very sick.

However, this is midsummer, and as such there are Summer date nights to be had. I wanted to create a look to feature as soon as I found this divine cornflower blue dress from BCBMAXAZRIA, and yes it's possibly a little out of budget for some readers of Shoeniverse, it's a look that I think could be created with some clever high street or vintage pieces if you like it.

I've paired it with shiny silver accessories. I love the clean lines of the mules, plus they are not too high as to be uncomfortable to wear. The stunning chrome finish Lulu Guinness purse is just to-die-for, in every possible way. The shape, the finish, it's probably my fave new purse from 2015 thus far, and if you can add it to your evening rotation is sure to always turn heads.

Finish it all off with rosy natural makeup, smokey eyes, and a monochrome manicure. There is no better way to boost your dating confidence than a look that is polished, natural, and doesn't look like you have had to try too hard. You can shop the individual items by clicking the links below:

BCBGMAXAZRIA Tunic Dress with Angel Sleeve and Drawstrings - £210.00
Whistles Tilla Silver Leather Mules - £160.00
Lulu Guinness Disco Ball Clutch Bag - £295.00
NARS Limited Edition NARSissist Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow Palette - £45.00
theBalm How About Them Apples - Lip & Cheek Palette - £28.00

**So I normally queue my posts for the week across the previous weekend, due to my general working day (of almost 13 hours end to end) making it hard to do this during the week. However, I find myself now sick on a Sunday and in need of posts to be written. So forgive me if this week is a little rushed. I had anticipated having more time.

Monday, 22 June 2015

Shoeniverse Is Speechless at the Christian Louboutin Limited Edition Scarabée Collection #swoon

I'm fairly certain that the thought of me with nothing to say is something that rarely happens in real life. Times like sleep. Or laryngitis. Failing that I'm not really a girl who is lost for words, and as such when something arrives that leaves me utterly and breathlessly SPEECHLESS, you can be assured that I've stumbled upon something special.

I opened an innocent looking Loubie email the other day and was presented with the image above. I might have moaned a little out loud (Lord only knows what my very much all male co-workers thought) and then I closed the email. Concentration is kind of needed in my day job and the last thing that I could actually so was explore this at work.

Plus I wanted to enjoy it in the privacy of my own home.  (Oh God, it sounds too much like porn...)

Shall we take a look? There are three styles online right now (I think the ones in the top image may have sold out or not be online yet).

Styles shown are:
Follies Spikes Patent Scarabe 100 mm
Degraspike Flat Patent Scarabe
Roller-Boat Flat Patent Scarabe

The heels should be my favourites, of course but surprisingly I find myself fawning heavily over the more wearable Roller-Boat deck shoes. I covet them in a very real 'truly, madly, deeply' kind of a way. I want to run away with them and see the world :)

The heels and flats are of course deliciously beautiful in their own right too. But if you want to add any of these to your collection then be quick - they are going to sell out. Guaranteed.