Tag: ankle boots

January sales round up

I don’t know about you, but for me the January sales have lost a lot of the appeal they once held, because it seems like High Street stores always have some kind of offer, discount or sale and so you don’t feel like you have to hold out until after Christmas to pick up a bargain.

In fact even the term January sales is now a misnomer, because most sales start before Christmas, or at least on Boxing Day, which is still firmly December on my calendar.

Not that I’m complaining…!

In years gone by I’d have stocked up on dresses, jackets and funky shoes for my office wear wardrobe, but now I work at a company with a casual dress code there’s no need for that kind of attire in my wardrobe. So now I probably shop less buy fewer things than before.

Here’s what I’ve acquired in this year’s sales.

New Look

Je T’aime t-shirt – £3

Red Je Taime tshirt

Teal velvet t-shirt – £6

New Look teal velvet tshirt

Burgundy floral flare sleeve dress – £7

New Look floral flare sleeve dress

H&M

Orange chiffon dress – £6.99

Orange chiffon dress

Jersey leopard print trousers – £4.89

Leopard print jersey trousers

Khaki lightening strike top – £8.99

Lightening khaki top

Dorothy Perkins

Floral velvet platform boots – £12

Dorothy Perkins floral velvet boots

Black floral boots – £10

Dorothy Perkins floral boots

Of course I have been buying other stuff too, but technically purchases from Everything 5 Pounds barely count, right?

What have you been buying? Let me know in the comments!

Thanks, as always, for reading. x

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Tuesday Shoesday

Despite not having unpacked all of my shoes from when we moved back in…ahem…May (don’t judge me, we’re having building work done and repurposing rooms, and haven’t sorted all our storage yet), I have been buying them. Because shoes. Shoes are my “thing”. For some people it’s bags, or make up. Mine is shoes.

With no further ado, let me introduce my latest acquisitions!

Black & silver star trainers

Black and silver star trainers

A veritable bargain from Everything 5 Pounds, these cuties have silver metallic laces and are so mega comfortable, I can’t even tell you. I walked miles in them during our weekend in Whitby, climbing hills and steps and slopes galore. Much love for them, and even more for the price.

Pink suede studded buckle boots

Pink suede studded boots

These are from ebay, and again mega comfy. They’re lined in a soft, fluffy, almost fur like fabric for extra cosiness, which will be lovely in winter.

Turquoise pointed deep V heels

Turquoise suede shoes

Via ebay, they’ve had a lotta love over on instagram and in my house (the latter is just me cooing over them, though!) They’re so vibrant and look great with denim and yellow. Totally going to buy them in red, too.

Burgundy biker boots

Burgundy short biker boots

I wear this style of boots all year round, to toughen up girly dresses or with leggings and a big jumper, so they’ll get plenty of wear. I love this colour, I have a lot of stuff in this kind of hue in my wardrobe, so they’ll be most versatile.

Grey western buckle boots

Grey western buckle boots

Love the detail on the buckles on these boots. They’re a lovely warm grey colour, and will probably be easy to trash, so I’ll need to be a bit careful how and where I wear them.

Wine suede buckle boots

Wine studded suede boots

A contender for my favourites, I think. The colour! The buckles! The shininess! All the love.

Zebra ponyskin Chelsea boots

Next zebra print ankle boots

These had a lot of stroking at work, because they’re made of hairy ponyskin and therefore very tactile (also because anyone who complimented me on them got instructed to feel them, whether they liked it or not!)  The husband expressed deep and sincere jealousy that these were for me and not for him (he likes a statement shoe). Mega bargain – £75 reduced to £19 in Next!

What’s your thing? Are you a shoe lover? Bag lover? Everything lover? Let me know!

Thanks, as always, for reading. x

 

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She wore bluuuuuuuue velvet…

I’m currently mad on velvet, hence the title of this blog post (it’s a reference to the 1960s Bobby Vinton song of the same name, in case you were wondering. Extra blog points if you “got it” without me explaining).

Velvet is so sumptuous and soft and wintery. It’s comforting and cosy, classy but hippy and it seems to be everywhere this year.

It started with these Jeffrey Campbell rip off inspired boots which I bought from ebay. Check out the colour!

plum-crushed-velvet-lace-up-boots

Then, I decided I couldn’t live without a pair of velvet flares. So 70s! So rock n roll! So cool! Luckily Forever 21 came up trumps, and I bagged these black beauties.

Not content with a triangular silhouette, I went in the opposite direction and started looking at velvet skinny trousers. I didn’t want anything too structured, but also didn’t want leggings. These ones from Boohoo are a perfect compromise – pull on style with no zips or buttons, but not too skin tight.

 

Then I turned my attention back to boots. Primark satisfied my hunger on a budget, with these plush grey ankle boots for just £15.

grey-primark-velvet-boots

Finally, for Christmas, my sister bought me these from River Island – velvet and leopard print. What could be better? They’re so incredibly comfortable and anyone who comments on how great they are has to stroke them (I insist!)

river-island-leaopard-print-velvet-ankle-boots

I ordered a load of velvet tops in the sale (not to wear with the trousers and boots, I hasten to add!) but unfortunately they were all pretty naff and belonged in the sale (or the trash).

Just in case you’re disappointed at the lack of actual blue velvet, here is the aforementioned Bobby Darin song to please your ears!

Thanks, as always, for reading! x

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Daisy Street at ASOS

Daisy Street wasn’t a brand I was aware of until a lovely lady I follow on Instagram posted a picture of some fantabulous boots she’d bought from ASOS in the Black Friday sale and I scooted over to have a look.

On the back of that I bought these starry beauties, with 20% off, making them a very palatable £27.99. I haven’t worn them yet, but even if I only ever keep them as ornaments, they’re worth it!

daisy-street-star-print-ankle-boots

Then, what with it being January and me needing more stuff (guffaw!) I had a little browse of the sale and purchased these lovelies! I won’t be wearing them until the weather improves, as to me they scream for denim and bare ankles, but at just £16 they were too good a bargain to miss.

daisy-street-star-print-silver-courts

Their clothing is less appealing to me, but on the footwear front I could go wild in the aisles. There are so many pairs I covet. It’s worth checking them out yourself, but here are my pick of the pops (a mix of sale and non sale, all on the ASOS website).

Green and black snakeskin – swoon!

daisy-street-green-snakeskin-boots

Western buckle sandals – not suitable for my lifestyle these days!

daisy-street-western-ankle-strap-sandals

Macaroon heels – I actually lay in bed thinking about these last night!

daisy-street-macaroon-heel-pointy-shoes

Sparkly flowery heels – so pretty for a wedding.

daisy-street-flower-detail-heel-shoes

Pom pom heels – ditto above.

daisy-street-pom-pom-heeled-sandals

Red and black snakeskin platform Mary Janes

daisy-street-red-snakeskin-platform-mary-janes

Burgundy velvet over the knee / over the top boots

daisy-street-burgundy-velvet-otk-boots

Are you familiar with Daisy Street? Have you got any of their footwear?

Thanks, as always, for reading! x

 

 

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Silver boots of joy

I’ve been wanting a pair of silver boots for quite a while, but something quite subtle that I can wear on an everyday basis (as subtle and every day as a pair of silver boots can be). By that I mean not too high a heel, no extreme pointy toes or platform soles and not too shiny.

I had my eye on these from ASOS, and then spotted they went into the sale and there was an extra 10% off, making them a stupendously cheap £18.45.

These are actually one step beyond silver – they’re iridescent! Yup, they have a beautiful holographic rainbow sheen that changes from green to yellow to pink depending on the angle. They have a block heel, a square toe and inside zip, they’re super soft and squishy and I’m a little bit in love with them.

Now you may think that rainbow silver boots don’t transcend into daywear. And you may be right. But I like quirky footwear and I’m not afraid to go a bit left of centre, so I’m going to give it a ruddy good go. I’m thinking baggy black jumper, black skinnies and minimal accessories. Or, in nicer weather (big sigh) baggy white tee and rolled up blue skinny jeans with pared down make up and straight hair. After all, metallics are a neutral, in wardrobe terms.

On the flip side, they’ll also look great for a night out; especially to a gig where I want to glam up a bit but can’t bear the thought of standing in high heels for hours.

The final reason I had to have them is that I can imagine them adorning the feet of the inimitable David Bowie during the Ziggy Stardust days. Super sparkly pretty rainbow 70s rock star boots for less than twenty English pounds? Yes indeedy; welcome to my wardrobe!

Buoyed by my first purchase I was thrilled to spot another, definitely more daywear friendly, pair in Primark. At a purse pleasing £10 there was no way these weren’t coming home with me. They’re pull on, chunky and very comfortable. And the perfect foil to a rainy day like today. The skies may be grey, but my feet most definitely aren’t!

Are you a funky footwear fan? Loving metallic? Let me know!

Thanks, as always, for reading! x

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My new favourite website – Everything Five Pounds!

**WARNING** – this site can become addictive!

So, now I’ve done my bit in terms of protecting your spending wellbeing, let me tell you about Everything Five Pounds. Or, more specifically, what I’ve bought from there!

I’ve read about the website before on various blogs but always been put off by the fact that you have to pay for postage and there are no free returns. But then a colleague at work told me about some boots she ordered from there, and how reasonable the postage was, and that one of the tops she ordered was originally from ASOS and I thought I’d have a look.

Footwear is always a safe bet because sizing tends to be pretty consistent (as opposed to clothing) so that’s where I started.

Stompy clumpy boots

everything-5-pounds-chunky-boots

If you follow me on instagram you may have already seen them. God I love them! They’re so chunky and fierce, mega comfy, very roomy (plenty of space for thick socks on cold days!) and I’ll be wearing them a lot this winter.

Then I got sidetracked by sandals. Yes I know it’s bit daft buying sandals now the temperatures are dropping to single digits but I love, love, love them plus they’re such a bargain and it means I’ll have nice new stuff to wear when next Spring comes around.

L>R Red ankle strap sandals, beige fringed buckle sandals, black fringed chain sandals, beige Aztec embroidered clogs

And I’m going to Fuerteventura for a few days next month so I’ll get a sneaky wear out of at least 2 of the pairs I think. Hurrah!

The order was dispatched really quickly by Royal Mail signed for delivery – all good! And I was so pleased with everything I received, I thought I’d sneak another look and cast my net wider.

I took a risk on some clothes – it was a good risk!

Eagle shoulder short sleeve jumper

everything-5-pounds-eagle-print-mini-2

Retro print blouse

everything-5-pounds-zig-zag-top

Suede platform boots (how I love these)

everything-5-pound-tassel-back-platforms

I’ve been really impressed with the choice and quality so far and can see myself ordering regularly. More deliveries, the husband will be so excited!

Have you ever ordered from Everything Five Pounds? Let me know in the comments!

Thanks, as always, for reading.x

 

 

 

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A girl can never have too many pairs of shoes…

…so what’s a girl to do when H&M puts sale temptation in her way?

Buy, of course!

A girl can never have too many pairs of shoes

Starting with these boots, which aren’t exactly seasonal right now, but are:
a) a veritable bargain (real suede, for just £15!)
b) neutral
c) timeless

H&M tan suede platform boots

And then, their non identical twin, in the black, which are also:
a) a veritable bargain (real suede, for just £15!)
b) neutral
c) timeless

H&M black suede platform boots

And finally, leopard print ankle strap platforms, which need no explanation, but are:
a) a very veritable bargain (only £12!)
b) neutral (you can wear leopard with anything, honest!)
c) my favourite colour (what do you mean leopard print isn’t a colour?)

H&M leopard print ankle strap platform heels

All still available on the H&M website, if anyone fancies new foot furniture.

You are welcome.

Thanks, as always, for reading! x

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The return of opaque tights

I have some strange fashion rules that I have made up in my head that I can’t bring myself to break.

One of them is wearing (or, more specifically, not wearing) opaque tights before November. It’s just a thing.

But now we’re firmly in November and the tights can come out. Hurrah! It also opens up lots of wardrobe possibilities that are closed during the cooler days of October, like skirts and boots (I tend to get in a jeans rut during the change of seasons). And some that are only possible in autumn winter, like mini dresses that would be on the verge of explicit without tights to hide ones modesty! And shorts. I’m a big fan of shorts and tights in winter.

Today I have gone for a black and cream spotty jersey dress from F&F (2 years ago), with my trusty ASOS stompy boots (these were such a good buy, I’ve worn them loads already).

Me in spotty dress and leather jacket

Spotty dress opaque tights ASOS ankle boots

My legs feel cosy and protected, it’s nice!

My favourite opaques are from Primark; they’re good quality, wash well and come in a variety of deniers up to 150 (I think). I need to stock up as I do at the beginning of each tight wearing season. Even though I’m only 5’6″ I always buy tall, because there’s nothing worse than a saggy crotch that you have to keep hoisting up!

Here’s some of the outfits I’ll be wearing now that the tights are back in town.

Beanie leather jacket nude tulle skirt opaque tights ankle boots

Fine kinit jumper tweed shorts black opaque tights black ankle boots

Grey jumper berry leather skirt opaque tights ankle boots

Leather jacket grey top tartan mini skirt opaque tights ankle boots

Nude boho dress opaque tights

Leather jacket chunky scarf burgundy mini skirt opaque tights ankle boots

Mini skirt black opaque tights

Printed tee red mini skirt opaque tights

(images from pinterest)

Thanks, as always, for reading!

 

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Big black boots

With October has come a definite autumn feel – rain, wind, leaves falling off the trees and general non-summerness.

I don’t approve.

It does, however, galvanise the need for new boots, which can only be a good thing. Footwear purchases are always a good thing!

I’ve decided that my go to ankle boots for autumn winter are to be chunky black stompy ones; with a thick rubber sole and block heel.

Boots

They’ll look great with black skinnies (an A/W stalwart), give height under my patterned flares, and also work with girly dresses and thick tights for a touch of 90s grunge.

I ordered these London Rebel ones from the ASOS sale – £22.50ASOS black boots

But I wasn’t entirely sure if they’re quite high enough.

So I had a scoot around.

Deichmann have some of contenders – I’ve had a few pairs of boots from there in the past and it’s definitely a site worth checking out.

Deichmann chunky boots

Deichmann chunky buckle boots

These from New Look fit the bill.

New Look black boots

New Look leather

New Look suede

Boohoo have these

Boohoo ankle boots

Boohoo suede boots

Boohoo thick sole boots

So, just to be on the safe side, I ordered some more, to compare to the ASOS ones. All in the interest of doing the right thing. Because it would be awful for all involved (mainly the husband) if I didn’t get it absolutely right. After all, it’s a long time ’til spring and sandals time…

Turns out that, 4 parcels later, the ASOS ones were my preferred choice after all!

Here’s some inspo.

Black chunky boots

Chunky boots inspiration

90s grunge

Chunky black boots

What will be your footwear of choice this A/W?

 

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