Winter Boots – Bringing the Sexy Back

I have been searching for a pair of black over the knee winter boots for a couple of seasons now but nothing was really tickling my fancy in terms of the price I was going to have to pay for no real point of difference. I am certainly not shy when it comes to shelling out the cash for a good pair of shoes, however I like them to be a little bit special.

Yet again I’m a little disappointed with what is out there so I’m thinking flag the over the knee flat variety and go for a sexy, stiletto heeled black ankle boot. I plan on wearing these to do the groceries as well as out for a night on the town (these days whipping to the supermarket for another box of nappies is a far more frequent occurrence than sipping cocktails in a classy bar!) so they will still need to be (somewhat) comfortable.

We head to Australia in a couple of weeks so I’m going to refrain from purchasing online until I’ve had a good look through David Jones (and many other stores!), but here is what is catching my eye on the internet so far, as well as some images to show you the look I’m channeling.

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1. Ginger & Smart Obsession Ankle Boots

2. Siren Bronni

3. Witchery Poppy Ankle Boot

4. Pulp Hollie

5. Sam Edelman Sandy Suede and Calf Hair Ankle Boots

all images via my Fashion Pinterest board

Branching Out

I have worn converse for years but have always worn white. I am thinking Winter might be a good time to branch out and try a different colour – forest green and navy blue are tickling my fancy at the moment but maybe I might be bold enough to try a shade of red!

Here are some pics that have me inspired via my Shoes Pinterest board

Have a wonderful weekend everyone – we are off to Hanmer Springs with my family for the weekend. Im looking forward to lots of relaxation time, good food and wine, and lots of laughs!

Xx

Top Ten {August}

My favourite pieces for August – oh how I wish my bank balance could keep up with my day dreaming!

Have a wonderful weekend everyone x

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1. Darkness Lace Pencil Skirt – Dotti (team with a simple crop top or a striped long-sleeved tee to dress it down)

2. Francine Dress by Sam & Lavi – Revolve (with ankle boots and fedora; a bohemian style dress is high on my wish list )

3. One x One henley long sleeve – Cotton On (everyday basic)

4. Deluxe Sporty Jean – Cotton On (a great lightweight option for summer denim)

5. Boxy t.shirt dress with tail – Bassike (such a versatile shape – this is HIGH on my gotta get list)

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6. I. Madeline Parrot-Print Fringe Kimono – Urban Outfitters (I’m loving a kimono with denim cut-offs)

7. Asos Jacket with Statement Floral Embroidery – Asos (how to make a simple outfit pop – currently on sale!)

8. Lace Shoulder Stripe Top – French Connection (lace and stripes – need I say more?!)

9. BCBGMAXAZRIA Polaris Heel in Parfait – Revolve (I’m in love with the colour and buckle of this sexy heel)

10. Cameo Broken Strings Dress – Fashion Bunker (great summer frock that could be worn to the beach, a party or dinner)

Summer Slides

Slides were definitely a fashion bloggers first choice of summer footwear in the Northern hemisphere and I have no doubt that this comfortable (yay!) trend will prove popular down here in the Southern hemisphere, as soon as it gets warm enough to show the toes to the world.

Nicknamed the ‘ugly sandal trend’ by many fashion writers, Birkenstocks in particular made a comeback in a major way, as well as the sporty style slide favoured by many athletes.

When I worked as a swimming instructor while studying at University I used to live in a pair of Reef, sport-styled sandals as they were perfect for weathering the mini tidal waves that often slopped over the pool side. Who would have thought that if I had of kept these white slides I could have whipped them out 10 years later!

Here are some images to inspire your summer slide look, as well as a round up of some potential purchases.

images via TheyAllHateUs

1. Soles Coachella Sandal – Surfstitch6467WHI-SOLES-1_180X225

2. Birkenstock Gizeh Sandal – Surfstitch

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3. Charlotte Stone Luke Cross Strap Sandals – Shopbop

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4. Jeffrey Campbell Caprese Cross Band Sandal – Shopbop

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5. Kate Spade New York Attitude Two Band Sandals – Shopbop

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6. Birkenstock Arizona Black Flat Sandal – Shopbop

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Request Line: Online Shoppers Anonymous (for Jemma x)

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I wonder if there is a group for online shopping addicts? If so I’m not quite at the point of needing to attend meetings, but I must admit I have the bug pretty bad!!!

As I am currently not working, (ha! not working!!! I am up earlier than ever before and I totally consider the role of being a mum a serious full time job – it is hard work!) I have the internet at my fingertips all day and when Axel is napping I search the web far and wide looking for things that are at single salary worthy prices.

I am a big believer in mixing and matching different price points – shoes and handbags last a life time if you buy quality pieces and look after them, anything that is a little ‘trendy’ and won’t need to go the distance (i.e. past the current season) then go for a more budget friendly option.

So Jemma, I can definitely help you by listing a few of my favourite online shopping destinations that offer funky threads at a reasonable price. The following retailers are saved in my bookmarks and get plenty of hits!

Revolve Clothing – I always shop their sale section as being a Northern Hemisphere retailer their end of season sales are perfect for our up and coming season. Plus they do free shipping over $100 (USD).

Asos – You would just about have to have been living under a rock to not know about mega online retailer Asos. Free shipping no matter how little your purchase – Ah-MAzing!!!

Seed Heritage – Always on trend, LOVE their shoes, and they also have fab kids wear.

Urban Outfitters – The perfect place for finding what is ‘trendy’ at a reasonable price.

Onceit – Sign up to get on trend pieces at insider prices.

Cotton On / Glassons / Dotti – The places to go to get basic staples.

SurfStitch – I’ve only recently re-discovered how good shopping at a ‘surf’ store can be! Their sale section is definitely worth checking out, they regularly have online discount codes to give you further reductions, and they ship super fast; my purchases normally arrive from Australia within two working days.

Witchery – Anyone who has followed my blog for a while now will know that I am a fan of Witchery – especially their shoes. Sign up for their customer loyalty programme to receive fantastic rewards (it helps if your lovely mum buys there too and puts her purchases on your customer loyalty card! Thanks mum! x)

Tomorrow I’ll bring you a new monthly feature with my top ten picks for your wardrobe from around the web. These are the pieces that I would be getting (if I could!) to add to my wardrobe that would not only look great for that month, but would be on-going for the season (and seasons) ahead. I’ll be making sure I include options that reiterate price point mixing, definitely the way forward people!