The Perfect Summer Shoes…

The sunshine has finally arrived (better late than never). So, it’s time to venture to the back of the closet once more and enter a scene akin to Narnia, except, instead of magical creatures it is a world filled with long forgotten summer clothing and accessories.

Like most people, I love kicking off winter boots and swapping them for a sleek pair of sandals or peep toe mules, but what to do when the weather isn’t conforming to your fashion needs? You know, those in between days when the weather isn’t quite warm enough to bare your new pedicure but you refuse to go back to your winter footwear.

Well, I may have found the most stylish answer to that dilemma…!!

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Vionic – Adeline (Caramel £85.00)

Recently, Vionic shoes very kindly sent me a pair of their beautiful Adeline slip on leather loafers. They are the ultimate transitional shoe and provide cool comfort with classic styling. These mule-style slides come in a number of classic shades (Navy, Black & Caramel) so all possible outfit options really are covered.

My favourite thing about the Adeline shoes (and there’s a lot to choose from) is that the leather uppers are accented by piping and a metallic horse-bit across the vamp. This detail adds dimension to the shoes and a timeless appeal. This style will never date or go out of style.

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Vionic – Adeline (Caramel £85.00)

When I say that they go with everything I am not exaggerating! I have worn my Adeline shoes with a variety of outfits; a crisp white shirt tucked into a pair of mom jeans, white wide-leg cropped jeans and dresses. The versatility of these shoes is priceless. Also, another great thing to note about the Vionic range is that style meets comfort with every pair thanks to their innovative podiatrist-designed FMT Technology.

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Vionic – Adeline (Caramel £85.00)

Last week, I styled my Adeline shoes with an ethereal, flower print dress for a warm, spring day in the countryside.

They were the perfect choice of footwear as they were so easy to kick on and off and ideal for a leisurely picnic with my family.

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Vionic – Adeline (Caramel £85.00)

I love how chic these slip-on mules made my outfit feel, yet they still allowed me the freedom to play and run with Daisy and Charlie.

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Vionic – Adeline (Caramel £85.00)

So, if you are looking to add a great pair of timeless shoes to your collection (and who isn’t?) then I highly recommend the Adeline shoes by Vionic. They are quality and will be your go to pair of shoes year after year.

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Vionic – Adeline (Caramel £85.00)

Visit: www.vionicshoes.com to view these and many more beautiful styles.

Comment below and let me know which style from the Vionic range you love most and how you would style them?

Cosy Toes this Christmas.

Some people want a white Christmas, some people want a Christmas filled with good food and even better booze but all I want for Christmas is to be cosy whilst surrounded by family.

As the Winter nights set in and the temperature drops there is nothing better than getting home, lighting a fire and slipping into warm nightwear. The most important part for me is always the slippers, after all there’s no point being all wrapped up but having blue tootsies!

This Christmas Morlands Glastonbury have gifted me the most beautiful sheepskin slippers which are sure to keep me toasty this winter.

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Morlands Glastonbury – Lea Ladies Sheepskin Slipper (Chestnut) £49.00

New for this season the Lea slipper revives a classic style, an open back mule which allows you to quickly slip them on for instant comfort and warmth. The slippers are traditionally lined with the finest sheepskin, featuring a plush-thick collar for extra luxury and indulgence. As the Lea features a rubber sole it allows flexibility and durability for all day wear and the classic suede in rich colours (Chestnut, Rose, Navy and Mocha) creates a refined look for long-lasting style.

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Morlands Glastonbury – Lea Ladies Sheepskin Slipper (Chestnut) £49.00

Since the first pair were created in 1825 from sheepskin off-cuts, Morlands Glastonbury have been creating beautiful products which have stood the test of time for over 150 years. The company is renowned for it’s Heritage and Contemporary Range of both male and female slippers, there really is a style to suit every taste.

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Morlands Glastonbury – Lea Ladies Sheepskin Slipper (Chestnut) £49.00

So, this Christmas whether you are looking for a great gift to show a loved one how much you care or you simply want to feel cosy by the fire then you need look no further than the stylish and beautifully crafted Morlands Glastonbury slippers.

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Morlands Glastonbury – Lea Ladies Sheepskin Slipper (Chestnut) £49.00

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‘Tuesday’ – The Amazing Personal Styling Service from Marks and Spencer…

With the changing of each season I think it’s natural to re-evaluate your personal style and give your wardrobe an overhaul. However, it can be easy to fall into a ‘style rut’! You know, when you throw out your favourite black jumper only to find yourself replacing it with yet another black jumper, we’ve all been there!

Sometimes we just need a little help in hand from the experts and that is why Marks and Spencer have created Tuesday . This free personal styling service offers you the chance to chat online with a professional stylist and talk about style inspiration whether its for your work or day-to-day wardrobe.

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Marks and Spencer – Ribbed Funnel Neck Jumper £35.00  Velvet Pleated A-Line Midi Skirt £35.00    Kitten Heel Ankle Boots £35.00

Signing up to this fantastic free service couldn’t be easier. Simply visit Tuesday where you will find the login page along with more information on the service that they provide. From there you answer some basic questions relating to height, age, sizing and style preferences…It truly is painless.

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Marks and Spencer – Ribbed Funnel Neck Jumper £35.00  Velvet Pleated A-Line Midi Skirt £35.00    Kitten Heel Ankle Boots £35.00

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Marks and Spencer – Ribbed Funnel Neck Jumper £35.00  Velvet Pleated A-Line Midi Skirt £35.00    Kitten Heel Ankle Boots £35.00

Within minutes you will be allocated your very own fashion stylist from the Tuesday team. The team have experience in all areas of fashion from fabric to fitting, to personal styling to editorial publications, these women are the real deal. My very own stylist was Jodie, a senior stylist with a wealth of experience.

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Marks and Spencer – Ribbed Funnel Neck Jumper £35.00  Velvet Pleated A-Line Midi Skirt £35.00    Kitten Heel Ankle Boots £35.00

Next comes the best part…your personal stylist sends you selections from the latest ranges and designs outfits just for you!

I was beyond excited when only a few days later I received my first selections from Tuesday. It was immediately clear that Jodie totally understood my style and what I was looking for, plus she had thrown in a few wild cards, all of which I adored.

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Marks and Spencer – Ribbed Funnel neck Jumper £35.00 High Waist Mom Jeans £25.00  Metallic Lace Up Trainers £19.50

In the first email there were four very varied outfits which all comprised of seperate items that together built a fabulous look inspired by street style images. The great thing about Tuesday is not only does your personal stylist save you having to run around the shops, they also build outfits that are tailored specifically to you and then show you how to style them…I told you it was awesome!

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Marks and Spencer – Ribbed Funnel neck Jumper £35.00 High Waist Mom Jeans £25.00  Metallic Lace Up Trainers £19.50

From my picks I chose a beautiful Ribbed Funnel Neck Jumper that comes in a variety of colours, each one perfect for Autumn. Everything from the cut to the soft knit of this Jumper makes it a delight to wear.

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Marks and Spencer – Ribbed Funnel neck Jumper £35.00 High Waist Mom Jeans £25.00  Metallic Lace Up Trainers £19.50

Of course I opted for a pair of High Waist Mom Jeans…Marks and Spencer make the most flattering jeans and they also offer such a wide variety of sizes and leg lengths, a dream come true for those of us with short legs! The Jeans look great with the Metallic Lace Up Trainers, which also come in white, this look is perfect for the school run.

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Marks and Spencer – Ribbed Funnel neck Jumper £35.00 High Waist Mom Jeans £25.00  Metallic Lace Up Trainers £19.50

Jodie clearly understood my style preferences but as I said she threw some wild cards in, one of which was a beautiful Velvet Pleated Midi Skirt. I wouldn’t have chosen this for myself but I am so glad that Jodie recommend it, the skirt is so versatile and looks as good with the Kitten Heel Ankle Boots as it does with a pair of heels or even pumps. I chose the Black but the skirt comes in Gold, Red and Navy…I want one in every colour, but don’t tell my Husband!

So, now you know how easy it is to join Tuesday  and begin your new style story. Let me know which picks your stylist sends you by commenting below and remember to tag Marks and Spencer in all of your fabulous looks!

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Introducing the Fairy-tale Fitters…Duo Boots.

What better way to spend your evening than with your true love, gazing at your hearts desire! I’m not talking about an evening with my husband but something much more exciting…an evening of beautiful footwear courtesy of Duo Boots. When I received an invitation to join the team at their gorgeous store in Bath I was beyond excited as a long time fan of their designs.

The charming Duo Boots boutique sits on Milsom Street in the heart of Bath city centre. Here you can find an array of beautifully crafted footwear and friendly, knowledgeable assistants who are expertly trained to find you your perfect boots.

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.Duo Boots – Ted & Muffy Store in Bath.

As soon as I entered the boutique my eyes were drawn to the exposed brick walls adorned with shelves displaying a variety of stunning knee high, over the knee and ankle boots.

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.Just a selection of the beautiful Duo Boots range.

I had been particularly excited to view the new season styles for autumn and winter and I was definitely not disappointed!

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.Autumn & Winter styles from Duo Boots.

All of the big trends were there including red, leopard print and metallic boots all crafted in buttery leather and luxurious suede, it is no exaggeration to say that I wanted to bring them all home with me!

(L-R) – .Dottie £160 . Marvel £250 . Amarillo £185 . Abstract £160 . Huntsman £275 . Texas £160.

Once I had chosen a number of styles to try it was onto the most unique part of the customer experience that Duo Boots offer, their famous Fitting Service. If you have ever purchased a pair of boots that you loved but were left disheartened to discover they didn’t quite fit then you are in for a real treat with this service.

It’s often a struggle getting boots that fit properly, a standard fit can feel a little snug and a generic ‘wide fit’ is often too large and looks baggy. So I was truly over the moon to hear that Duo Boots offer 21 different calf sizes!!! And it doesn’t stop there they also make 3 ankle cuts, 3 boot heights, 9 shoe sizes, 3 heel heights and 4 toe shapes…what more could we ask for?! In store there is a private area where you will be treated like Cinderella by the fully trained team who care only about your comfort. Alternatively if you are purchasing boots from www.duoboots.com you can simply request a tape measure which will be sent out to you free of charge along with instructions on how to successfully measure your calf.

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.Duo Boots Fitting Service.

I decided to try four different boots that varied greatly in style and design to thoroughly test the Fitting Service.  First I had the widest part of my calf measured and at no point did I feel uncomfortable or awkward as the team member was very professional and talked me through each step. Next came the best part…trying on the boots!! The first pair I tired were the knee high Huntsman boots in Black Mock Croc Leather, the asymmetric cut at the top of the boot flatters longer legs and the round toe is both elegant and classic. Then I gave the Empress over-the-knee boots a try,  these gorgeous boots are crafted from ultra-soft stretch suede and  are designed for a close fit and leg lengthening action. The soft pointed toe combined with the statuesque block heel makes these boots transitional for day and night. Next came the Dottie ankle boots in Red. These are the perfect boots for work or play, with a flattering V-shape at the ankle and simple lines to create a sleek silhouette and the vibrant shade is bang on trend.

I loved each and every single pair I tried…

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.Duo Boots – Balla Ankle Boots £170.

However, there was one pair that I loved that bit more, the Balla Ankle Boots. These classic brogue lace up ankle boots are made for those chilly autumn days when you want to look casual yet remain stylish. I could immediately envision myself doing the school run in them with jeans an over-sized knit and a plush coat. The Balla Ankle Boots comes in two shades, tan and conker-brown and the best part is you can adjust the laces to tailor the fit to your foot and ankle shape for ultimate comfort.

.Ready for Autumn with these beautful Balla Ankle Boots from Duo Boots.

So, if you are looking to find your forever boots and have a fairy tale shopping experience whilst you’re at it, then you need look no further than Duo Boots. From the level of service to the exceptional craftsmanship that goes into each pair of boots they really are the best. I know I will be back there soon to pick up a few more pairs!!

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The Perfect Secrets to Autumn Style…

Can you believe it is already Autumn? I feel as though I have only just vacuum packed my knitwear and thermals away and shoved them up into our overcrowded loft. This Summer was a bit of a wash out so I am rather excited to snuggle up in cosy knits and warm jackets having felt cold for 90% of the past three months. In fact I accidentally began shopping for Autumn back in July when I was caught in a downpour of rain wearing only a white T-Shirt and midi skirt, suffice to say I looked like the loser of a wet T Shirt competition! That day to preserve my modesty (and prevent terrifying other people) I had to give in and buy a Turtle Neck Jumper thus began my Autumn wardrobe planning.

As with every season we are introduced to numerous new trends and re-worked trends and this Autumn is no different. It can be a fashion mine-field trying to maneuver through which styles you actually like and how to work them into your current wardrobe. Once again I have scoured the high street (it’s a hard job) and picked six trends that are set to be everywhere over the next few months.

So, put the heating on and grab a hot chocolate as we delve into Autumn style…

Pop of Colour…

Next – Boucle Coat £68.00 . Mango – Yellow Knitted Jumper £20.00 . H&M – Cigarette Trousers £19.99 . ASOS – Shiraz White Shoes £30.00

It’s easy to fall into the trap of wearing darker shades throughout the chilly months but this Autumn bright colours are in. Colour was splashed all over the runways of the SS’17 shows and whether you are wearing block colours in seperate pieces ( just like I am above) or a multicoloured dress be sure to opt for primary colours such as red, yellow and green and don’t be afraid to mix and match them. The high street is full of great, eye catching pieces all at very reasonable prices so this is an easy trend to work into your wardrobe. If you don’t fancy working every shade all at once why not throw on a Bright Yellow Jumper with Dark Wash Jeans and Boots or choose a Red Plisse Skirt and simply add a Black Roll Neck Jumper.

Over Sized Tailoring…

Stradivarius – Double Breasted Blazer £29.99 . H&M – Wide Shirt £19.99 . ASOS – Tailored Culottes £25.00 Kurt Geiger – Black Loafers £69.00

I think tailoring is often confused with work-wear and deemed to ‘stuffy’ for nipping to the shops or doing the school run in. This Autumn/Winter will see a more casual take on classic tailoring allowing the wearer to look smart and stylish yet low key enough to run errands. The best thing about this trend is how versatile each item can be, why not wear the Oversized Blazer fastened with Leather Trousers and cinch it in at the waist with a Large Belt to change the silhouette from loose to fitted or why not give the Over-sized Shirt a go with a pair of Skinny Jeans. Plus this season if you choose a Houndstooth Over-sized Blazer to add to your closet you can kill two trendy birds with one stone….

It Ain’t Nothing but Houndstooth…

H&M – Fine Knit Jumper £17.99 . H&M – Houndstooth Fitted Skirt £24.99 . Office Hold Up Sweetheart Black Courts £69.00

To me Houndstooth and Herringbone will always remind me of my suave Grandfather and the suits he would wear to work, but once again those clever designers and high street stores have taken a classic style and re-worked it perfectly for A/W 2107. This print is all over the monthly glossy magazines, Instagram accounts and shop floors and why not it is a fabulous trend. Think ‘Mad Men’ and wear a Houndstooth Pencil Skirt with a cinched in waist for a true 1960’s vibe or over-size the trend and wear a Herringbone Double Breasted Coat (a size too big) over casual Trousers and Knitwear for a more casual take on this trend.

Playing the Right Cords…

Topshop – Fitted Denim Shirt £30.00 . ASOS – T Shirt in a Boxy Fit £18.00 . H&M – Ankle Length Corduroy Trousers £24.99 . Accessorize – Black Beret 12.00 . ASOS – Shiraz White Shoes £30.00

Many of us hear the word ‘Corduroy’ and are immediately transported back to our childhoods where we would be reluctantly dressed in cord dungarees and flared trousers. Well, what goes around comes around and all of those outfits that have haunted us in pictures will now be re-lived in adult sizes! Corduroy is back in style and it – is – every – where! You can take this trend as far as you want, whether you want to dip your toe in and simply add a Cord Baker Boy Hat to your outfit or go all out and wear a full Corduroy Trouser Suit the choice is yours. However you work this trend keep it simple and opt for autumnal and neutral colours.

All the Textures…

H&M – Knitted Jumper with Faux Fur £34.99 . Next – Leather Look Leggings £28.00 . Office – Hold Up Sweetheart Black Courts £69.00

Studs, fur, velvet and leather are just some of the fabrics that will be making your look 3D this season. This is a great trend to have fun and be playful with, whatever texture takes your fancy just go for it and add it to your look.  Go small with a Studded Belt or Velvet Ankle Boots or take this trend all the way with a Faux Fur Bomber Jacket, Velour Jumper and Leather Leggings. Yowzer…that’s a lot of textures!!

Dotty for Polka Dots – 

H&M – Tie Front Blouse £12.99 . Topshop – Midi Slip Dress £26.00 . Topshop – Juicy V Cut Mules £56.00

Go dotty and add Polka Dots to your look this Autumn. Prints are big news at the moment (think leopard, herringbone, floral) and of all them it is Polka Dots that are the most lighthearted and fun to wear. The blouse above is big and bold which is a great way to style out this trend but you can keep it subtle and vintage-esque with delicate dots on a Tea Dress or choose a brightly coloured Midi Skirt emblazoned with dots to work both this trend and some pop of colour into your closet.

Who else can’t wait to style out the Autumn trends??

Charlotte .x.

Seven Boot Lane

One of the best parts of being a fashion writer is discovering brands and introducing them to fellow shopping addicts like myself. Whilst writing my last blog post (Autumn Footwear Trends) I came across a fabulous array of shoes, boots and sneakers sitting pretty on the high-street but I also discovered some awesome independent brands which I am now obsessed with.

Seven Boot Lane is the perfect example of one of those brands which I have recently fallen in love with.

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The brand was established in 2012 and is a family-run company which creates women’s footwear which stands the test of time, both in quality and design. Seven Boot Lane has a loyal following who value the style, versatility and craftsmanship of their footwear and since receiving my first pair of boots from them I am most certainly one of their newest followers.

Of course the most important part of any footwear is how they look and feel but I think it is equally important that the packaging of the shoes is just as good quality. After all, this is the first thing you notice as a customer and gives a very strong indication of what your new shoes will be like. Seven Boot Lane make sure that every customer feels as though they are opening a special gift due to their immaculate and luxurious packaging which sets the tone for the the level of quality that they provide.

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Seven Boot Lane

So, after inspecting the wrapping it was time to introduce my feet to my new Karma Black Leather Chelsea Boots , an ankle boot with a twist. The Karma combines a low cut Chelsea Boot style with a classic running outer sole.

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Seven Boot Lane – Karma Leather Chelsea Boots £140.00

As most of you will know I am a Mummy to two busy and energetic little people so comfortable yet stylish footwear is a must. I have found the Karma Boots to be ideal for allowing me the flexibility to look good whilst dashing to the school gates at 8.59am! Since welcoming them into my wardrobe (and my life) I have saved myself plenty of time each morning due to not having to decide which footwear is suitable to throw on for ‘styling out the school run’. I have worn the Karma Boots with a variety of outfits from side stripe trousers to jeans to tailored trousers and I just adore how easy they make my morning routine.

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Seven Boot Lane – Karma Chelsea Boot £140.00

Seven Boot Lane have a vast selection of amazing footwear created in Elche -Spain, one of Europe’s longest established shoe-making towns. They are always true to current trends whilst treading their own path and every collection has a unique design. Here is just a small selection (and a few from my ‘wish-list’) of the fabulous current range:

L-R – Grace £150 . Kellie £120 . Kylie £160 . Kitty £165 . Idaho £165 . Himalaya £175 .

Kali £165 . Karla £165

So, ladies if you are looking for unique and quality footwear to keep you looking stylish this Autumn then head to www.sevenbootlane.com or visit their social media and check out their full range:

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Autumn Footwear Trends.

As I squelched back into my house from a trip to the park I realised that my go-to summer shoes were no longer cutting the mustard. My beloved Birkenstocks were now covered from the rain and mud the poor things had had to endure on our afternoon out.

It’s the middle of August, the children are only halfway through the six weeks holidays (the longest six weeks of any parent’s year) and my wardrobe is stacked high with shoes that were purchased in those hopeful months of spring when you are certain that this will be the summer of record breaking heatwaves. Thus far most of my sandals and open toe flats lie in their boxes sadly waiting for the day they will make their outfit debut. However, after today’s rather soggy walk home I fear they will remained boxed until next year (when I am sure the weather will be similar to that of Barbados)!

With this said it leads me to wonder if it’s time to begin looking ahead to AW styles and in particular what footwear trends are going to be big. Sadly I don’t think it will be too much longer until we need to chuck out the mules and throw on some fabulous ankle boots.

Ankle Boots

Topshop – Alec Studded Ankle Boots £79.00 . HM – Satin Ankle Boots £34.99 . Seven Boot Lane – Kitty Black Leather £160.00 . ASOS – Ryder Suede Buckle Ankle Boots £35.50 . Topshop – Hale Ankle Boots £59.00 . HM – Leopard Print Ankle Boots £34.99

The transition footwear of choice from summer to autumn is fast becoming the Ankle Boot. With a vast selection of styles and colours available, I find it the perfect shoe to wear with a number of outfits. The Ankle Boot is a wardrobe staple for this reason and can often be seen gracing the catwalks shows as designers showcase their A/W collections. This season we are going to see a lot of embellished boots (Topshop ALEC Studded Ankle Boot), metallic styles (New Look Silver Metallic Kitten Heels) and a low cut version which is perfect for elongating legs and my personal favourite. Remember not to shy away from colour and prints as this will add some personality to any look.

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Knee High Boots

Zara – Flat Over the Knee with Chain £49.99 . Zara – Blue Floral Print Boots £119.00 . Zara – Flat Multi-coloured Boots £49.99 . Mango – Red Over the Knee Boots £59.99 . Topshop – Boxer High Leg Silver Boots £99.00 . Topshop (Miss KG) – Venus Black Heel Boots £165.00

When I think of Over the Knee boots I immediately remember Julia Roberts sashaying down Hollywood Boulevard to the Pretty Woman music but this season this style of boot is hot, hot, hot (and certainly not in a ‘pay by the hour’ kind of way)! Many designers featured them on the runways of their AW17 shows back in January and the high street has certainly embraced the look. One of the most popular versions of this boot is the Sock Boot style (Zara Multi-coloured Boots) which, as you can imagine from its name, is a stretchy boot which you basically roll up the leg. This style looks perfect with a skinny pair of jeans and over-sized jumper or slightly hidden underneath a calf-length dress.

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Remember your Perfection Secrets Secret Soles which cushion your feet and allow you to concentrate on looking fabulous in your Over the Knee boots – £5.00.

Knee High Boots

New Look – Grey Suedette Boots £39.99 . Next – Buckle Detail Flat Boot . Dune – Scout Chunky Heeled Boot £170.00 . Clarks  – Caddy Belle Aubergine Boots £150.00 . Marks & Spencers – Leather Block Heel £125.00 . New Look – Black Buckle Strap Flat Boots £39.99 

If you are not a huge fan of the Over the Knee look then why not try the slightly more classic Knee High Boot. I always have at least five pairs of this style in rotation over the colder months and they look as good with a pair of well fitting jeans tucked inside as they do with a knee length dress. There are many versions of this timeless style available, suede, heeled, elasticated or flat boots but my recommendation is to choose a classic riding boot style (Next Buckle Detail Riding Boots). Which ever version you opt for this style is timeless and if you get your hands on (or should I say feet in) a great fitting, leather version they will last for years.

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Remember your Perfection Secrets Shoe Fillers to re-size your Knee High Boots and keep you comfortable all day long – £3.50.

Kitten Heels

Zara – Red Kitten Heel Boots £25.99 . Next – Blush Kitten Heel Sock Boot £38.00 . HM – Suede Kitten Heel Mules £34.99 . New Look – Silver Kitten Heel £27.99 . Topshop – Jump Slingback White Kitten Heels £59.00 . ASOS – Raid Leopard Print Kitten Heels £29.99

Many of us hear the words Kitten Heel and think of dull, unflattering shoes as seen on the angry school librarians we all dreaded, not a style most of us would rush out to buy. However, all that has changed thanks to amazing footwear designers who have worked tirelessly to create stylish, beautiful Kitten Heels which are changing the bad rep’ this style has held over the years. This shoe was in theory the answer to how you can rock an outfit that requires heels when, for whatever reason, you dread wearing sky-scrapers. Sadly there never seemed to be a version available that wasn’t designed for the 9-5 office look or occasion wear. This autumn will see all that change with the high street really pushing this style as one of the new big trends and many advertising campaigns in your monthly glossy showing off models frolicking in a stunning pair of Kitten Heels.

Many stores are selling a boot and a mule type version of the style which means you can stock up for numerous ensembles (great news for you but not so much for your bank account…Ah well)! Wear a Kitten Heel boot with an embroidered midi dress for a casual yet thought out look and why not wear a Mule version with your cut-off jeans and chunky knit instead of regular flats.

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Embellishment

Kurt Geiger – Ocean Black Flat Trainer £149.00 . Zara – Metallic Leather Purple Mules with Faux Fur £59.99 .  Zara – Black Studded Leather Loafers £59.99 . Zara – Leather Ankle Boots with Faux Pearls £79.99 . Zara – Gold High Heel Court Shoes £49.99 . HM – White Trainers with Glitter £24.99

This season the stores have produced beautiful and unique footwear thanks in part to embellishment. Be it feathers, pearls, diamante or fur your outfit can look fabulous by simply adding a pair to your wardrobe. Zara are really leading the charge with almost every style including some embellishment (Zara Pearl Embellished Boots). This particular variety of footwear is not to everyone’s taste but you don’t have to go to far with your embellishment and choose a slightly more modest version (Kurt Geiger——).

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Franchetti Bond.

I adore the anticipation of wandering the high street to find a fabulous dress or the perfect pair of jeans just as much as the next obsessive shopper. However, the thrill can sometimes be short lived when your new perfect purchases have also found their way into many other women’s closets and you begin to feel like a carbon copy. This, along with numerous other reasons, is why I really enjoy shopping at independent boutiques which provide individuality and unique designs.

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One of my favourite independent retailers is Franchetti Bond. The company was established in 1986 by Nicholas Bond and Mariangela Franchetti. Their vision from the outset was to create simple, elegant leather goods which are exquisitely made, classic in design yet have a sense of fun and, most importantly, are a pleasure to own. I can testify to all of the above being achieved!

 

As a big fan you can imagine my excitement when I received two elegant white boxes, labeled in chic gold and black writing that let me know I was now the proud owner of some rather exquisite items.

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Lucilla Cream Leather Tote Bag – £179.95 Now £110.00

 

I gently peeled open the lid of the first box to find layers of crisp tissue paper and nestled within was the Lucilla Cream Leather Tote Bag. The stylish Lucilla Tote  is described online as “a timeless addition to your handbag collection”, this it most certainly is. The leather bag is beautifully designed with minimal fuss and features gold hardware which gives the bag a luxurious feel.

A very clever aspect of the bag’s design is the internal pouchette which matches the chic red lining. It can be removed for easy access to your phone, keys and make up or to create more space within the bag. This is a god send for a busy parent!

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Lucilla Cream Leather Tote Bag – £179.95 Now £110.00

The Lucilla Cream Leather Tote Bag is the ultimate accessory as it adds a touch of class and style to any outfit. Whether you are heading out for lunch with friends wearing a classic blazer and tailored trousers or spending the day shopping in jeans and an over sized T Shirt this bag is sure to look perfect.

Lucilla Cream Leather Tote Bag – £179.95 Now £110.00

You may also notice the fabulous trainers that I am sporting in this look and that brings me nicely to box number two.

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Cira Navy Suede and Fabric Trainer Shoe – £99.95 Now £55.00

Once again I excitedly opened the box and peeled back the rich paper which surrounded another smaller shoe box. Inside lay a pair of Cira Navy Suede and Fabric Trainer Shoes and as soon as I saw them I was immediately flooded with outfit ideas that my new favourite shoes were going to look awesome with.

 

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Cira Navy Suede and Fabric Trainer Shoe – £99.95 Now £55.00

The navy suede contrasted with the fabric works perfectly to create a unique and stylish shoe that can be worn as part of a casual ensemble or with a loose trouser suit for a relaxed, androgynous look.

Cira Navy Suede and Fabric Trainer Shoe – £99.95 Now £55.00

As a busy Mum it is not very often that you find a pair of trainers that you can throw on with anything and dash out of the house whilst still looking polished. The Cira Navy Suede and Fabric Trainer Shoes allow you to do just that due to their practical yet stylish look.

If you haven’t already visited Franchetti Bond then I highly recommend that you do. Simply head over to their newly re-launched website which offers their entire range and shipping all over the world.  Check out the“Fashion Edits”, discover the“New In” items, reserve items that are so new they aren’t even in store yet and watch their fabulous videos and behind the scenes footage www.franchettibond.co.uk

Or why not visit one of their beautiful boutiques that can be found in London, Bath and Hampshire (more details at bottom of page). Each boutique is light, airy and spacious and you can be sure of a warm and friendly welcome.

Duke of York Square

50-51 Duke of York Square
London, SW3 4LY

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Opening Hours: Mon-Sat: 10:00 – 19:00
Sunday: 11:00 18:00

Contact Details: Tel: 020 7823 5550
Email: dy@franchettibond.com

 

Alresford

43 West Street
Alresford, SO24 9AB

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Opening Hours: Mon-Sat: 09:30 – 17:30
Sunday: CLOSED

Contact Details: Tel: 01962 732317
Email: al@franchettibond.com

Bath

5 Upper Borough Walls
Bath, BA1 1RG

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Opening Hours: Mon-Sat: 09:30 – 17:30
Sunday: CLOSED

Contact Details: Tel: 01225 517002
Email: bh@franchettibond.com

 

 

 

My Little Secret!

Pssst…I want to let you in on a little secret…

I have found the answer to droopy boobs and saggy bosoms and it’s something that all us gals can use! Perfection Secrets have produced a new range of incredible Stick – On Strapless/Backless Bras and ladies they are a complete fashion game changer.

I wear a size 32E bra and like most women I struggle to find a strapless bra that can hoist my boobs up and keep them where they should be. More often that not I am left looking  as though I’m smuggling watermelons around my waist. Trust me this is not the look I am after. However, since I started using the bras from the new range by Perfection Secrets I have been able to wear whatever I want and feel completely comfortable and confident doing it. I can honestly tell you that these bras lift, hold and support you like a traditional bra would minus the unattractive straps.

To show you just how versatile and easy the bras are to wear I have picked four outfits that are currently on the high street and teamed each look with one of the bras from the new range. Don’t forget that Perfection Secrets offer free delivery on all items purchased off their website to make looking flawless even easier.

Look 1 – Off the Shoulder…

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H&M – Off the Shoulder Top £29.99 . Marks & Spencers – Straight Leg Jeans £25.00 . Boohoo – Black Strap Heels £25.00

This super chic top from H&M will give every outfit a Parisian flare. Style it with Light Wash Jeans for the perfect day look or tuck it into a fitted Leather Pencil Skirt for an evening on the town. However you decide to wear it make sure you keep your look flawless with the Secret Breast Lift Tape. Off the Shoulder can be a difficult look to wear as it usually requires going bra-less but with this amazing Secret Breast Lift Tape you needn’t worry. It is so simple to use, gently lifting the breasts into the desired place with the tape and then cover the nipple with the fabric covers which are also provided. Each pack contains 3 pairs and they can be adjusted to your required size.

 

Perfection Secrets – Secret Breast Lift Tape (A-E cup size) £10.00

Look 2 – Low Cut Back…

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 H&M – Top with Low Back £4.99 . H&M – Calf Length Wrap Skirt £10.99 . Boohoo – Black Strap Heels £25.00

I am a huge fan of clothing that is versatile enough to wear with a variety of looks and this Low Cut Top from H&M can do just that. It feels casual due to the light cotton material and the grey marl colouring but the low cut back gives it a sexy edge. The fitted Wrap Skirt that I have worn it with immediately makes the look ‘grown up’ and the materials contrast beautifully.

Any item that is revealing should look sexy and feminine but that can quickly be ruined by large, unappealing bra straps which somewhat dampen the look! I used the Winged Bra from Perfection Secrets to avoid that happening. This fantastic bra comes in a variety of shades to suit all skin tones and simply attaches to your side (as seen below). The bra holds your breasts in place and allows you the support you require without spoiling your outfit.

Perfection Secrets – Winged Bra (A-E cup size) £17.00 

Look 3 – Plunging Neckline…

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H&M – V-Neck Dress £24.99 . Boohoo – Black Strap Heels £25.99 . Rayban – Classic Aviator £125.00

Boy oh boy, this V-Neck Dress from H&M is just the prettiest! What could be better on a glorious, warm day than throwing this little number on with sandals or heels and swishing the day away. The dress is cut low into a ‘V’ at the front and the back is utterly beautiful with a delicate tie detail which allows you to alter the fit as necessary. Remember to keep this look pretty by wearing the Secret U Plunge Bra underneath. The U shaped front with invisible side wings provides extra reassurance and support for the ultimate cleavage. It is the perfect choice when wearing anything low cut at the front or the back.

 

Perfection Secret – U Plunge Bra (A-E cup size) £20.00

Look 4 – Strapless…

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Next – Culotte Jumpsuit £28.00 . M&Co – Studded Belt £6.00 . Next – White Leather Mules £45.00

Did somebody say ‘Strapless’? The very word fills me with dread. I would have shied away from gorgeous items such as this Navy Culotte Jumpsuit from Next in the past but I no longer have to because I now know the secrets (and so do you)! This Jumpsuit is very versatile and looks just as good worn on the beach as a cover-up as it does dressed up with a pair of heels and gold accessories. The Secret Bra can be worn as two separate cups or simply attach the clasp at the front and wear as one single item. It is re-usable up to 20 times and washable.

Perfection Secrets – Secret Bra (A-E cup sizes) £15.00

So now that you know the secret to looking flawless in any outfit remember to share it with your friends and let us know how you wear your Secret Bras on Social Media by tagging @perfectionsecrets.

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The Perfect Secrets to Flawless Summer Style.

The sun is shining, the prosecco is flowing and so are the good times. Summer has arrived and whilst that brings long, sun filled days it also brings with it a rarely spoken about dilemma! I am of course referring to going bra-less *gasps*. Many outfits at this time of year include plunging necklines, off the shoulder dresses,  strapless tops and scoop backs, all of which pose a major dilemma if you want to remain ‘perky’ without showing off any straps.

Luckily for us gals Perfection Secrets have brought out a new range of Bra Solutions so that you can concentrate less on those pesky clothing dilemmas and focus more on catching some rays! Together we will show you four classic Summer trends and the must-have products that will keep you looking flawless whilst wearing them. Plus, the lovely team at Perfection Secrets have given me a discount code to share with you all so keep your eyes peeled…

The Strapless Top Dilemma..

L-R : Boohoo Libby Top £10.00 . Topshop Bardot Split Sleeve Top £22.00 . New Look Bardot Top £7.99 . Matalan Stripe Boob Tube £5.00 . Mango Off the Shoulder Top £12.99 . New Look Yellow Bardot Top £15.99 . ASOS (Missguided) Satin Ruffle Top £28.00  . Warehouse Pink Tie Bardot Top £29.00 .

A strapless top can often make your normally perky boobs quickly look like sad, deflated balloons which is not a great look. This style can squash and flatten your chest leaving you with the dilemma of searching for a product which gives great support yet doesn’t spoil your look. If you have this issue then call off the search party because I have the answer…

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Secret Breast Lift Tape £10.00

This amazing Secret Breast Lift Tape allows you to wear backless, strapless, or low plunge fashion with complete confidence. It naturally lifts the breasts in a discreet and low maintenance way giving you confidence in your outfit for hours. So, bring on the tube top!!

The Off the Shoulder Dress Dilemma…

L-R: River Island Bardot Dress £38.00 . ASOS Off Shoulder Maxi Dress £20.00 . Boohoo Printed Dress with Pom Trim £18.00 . Matalan Tencel Bardot Dress £20.00 . New Look Pink Vanilla Cream Floral Dress £25.00 . New Look Yellow Embroidered Dress £17.99 . Boden Hazel Ponte Dress £45.00 . La Redoute Tropical Print Jacquard Dress £69.99 .

Wearing anything off the shoulder can be a struggle, you want to give the illusion of support without ghastly straps ruining your summer vibes. Even if you wear a strapless bra this style often ends up revealing the back strap causing the ‘yank up’ dance to take place All . Day . Long!

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Secret Bra £15.00

The Secret Bra is a stick on bra solution which allows you to wear backless, strapless or low plunge fashions with complete confidence. Re-useable up to 20 times this adhesive bra is discreet and sticks directly to the breast meaning there is nothing that can ruin your outfit at the back or the front. The Secret Bra comes in a variety of skin tones and sizes (A-E cups).

The Plunging Neckline Dilemma…

L-R: New Look Cameo Rose Blue Stripe Top £17.99 . ASOS (Missguided) Plunge Jumpsuit £35.00 . Topshop Slouch Fit Pleated Jumpsuit £39.00 . Topshop Cross Strap Slip Dress £29.00 . ASOS Beach Plunge Pleated Rainbow Maxi £32.00 . Zara Blouse with Bow £25.99ASOS Slinky Plunge Dress £35.00 . Zara Strappy Knotted Dress £29.99 .

The plunging neckline always looks so feminine and pretty and is perfect for those long, summer days. Unfortunately it is a style most commonly worn by women with a smaller chest. This is due to the dilemma of going bra-free which is something that most of us can’t do without feeling very self conscious and if you’re anything like me possibly scaring passersby!!

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Secret U Plunge Bra £20.00

The awesome Secret U Plunge Bra is cut in a sweetheart shape allowing the wearer total support and reassurance plus the ultimate cleavage. The U shaped front means no matter what size your chest you can wear low cut tops and dresses with complete confidence and look flawless whilst doing so.

The Backless Outfit Dilemma…

L-R:  ASOS Sleeveless T Shirt Dress V back £15.00 . ASOS Scoop Back T Shirt £14.00 .  ASOS Salon Lace Dress in Green £85.00 . ASOS Cami with Scoop Back £10.00 . Boohoo Open Back Midi Dress £25.00 . HM Frilled Playsuit £19.99 . PrettyLittleThing Backless Jumpsuit £28.00 .   Zara Striped Polka Dot Top £19.99 .

In the Summer many beautiful items appear online or in the stores which feature a beautiful open or scoop back. Over the years I have fallen in love with many a backless outfit only to put it back because I daren’t go bra-less (no way, not after two children)! I am certain I can’t be the only one who has done this but fear not, our fashion prayers have been answered!

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Secret Winged Bra £17.00

Perfection Secrets have designed The Secret Winged Bra. It’s invisible side wings provide extra discreet support. The bra is washable, re-useable up to 20 times and it features seamless molded cups for a smooth finish. This is the perfect bra to wear with any open back top…On behalf of all the ladies out there we thank you Perfection Secrets!

To help you get Summer ready Perfection Secrets are offering 25% off when you use the discount code SECRETBRA