Mix n’ Match Monday: Insta Beach!

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Are you ready to enjoy your most colourful, envy inducing seaside snaps and selfies on social media yet?  Course you are! Just pack some up to the minute swimwear and accessories, Instagram likes guaranteed!

Sleek & polished with a touch of bohemian glamour, Chloe fringed sandals and a Haight coral one piece scream summer 2017! (Above)

Unleash some serious wanderlust on the beach and beyond wearing popping pinks and dreamy violets! A hot pink Forever Unique swimsuit with bang on trend lace detail paired with a sharp yet comfy wrap skirt will sizzle along the seafront.  A 3.1 Philip Lim mauve Pashli may induce envy amongst fellow holiday makers!  Brights are excellent at amplifying a golden tan, too!

Serene block colours & simple accessories never go out of date.  Look sleek yet mysterious in a deep ocean Diane Von Furstenburg one piece and Prada block sandals, while a pastel pink Kenzo tote will stylishly hold your essentials whilst adding a touch of feminine simplicity.

Spring through the palms in a D&G tropical bikini and accessorize with the coolest lime green sandals from Prada and a pair of aviators!

Chillax poolside in the dreamiest blues.  One piece swimsuits are big news, and are modest enough to be worn with this summer’s wrap skirts for some stunning summer evening looks.  Arcadia have some irresistible swimsuits and I just love this aquatic looking skirt from Fausto Puglisi!

Clean Lines & Monochrome stripes in the form of the ultimate Marc Jacobs maxi equals instant Beach to bar chic! Don’t forget to add a touch of sparkle, these Giuseppe Zanotti kitten heels are perfection!

Slip into this celestial River swimwear and a pair of mirrored Ray-Bans and unlock that inner mermaid!

Transition this sea foam shimmer swimsuit from River Island from sitting at the sea side to sipping cocktails outside! Add a tropical print wrap skirt like this Missoni beauty and a cross body bag in a cool hue like this one from Jimmy Choo.  And these designer look platforms are a steal from ASOS!

Summer brights & pastels inspired by sweetest, juiciest seaside treats! Ruffled dresses like this Anna October maxi are fresh off the catwalk! Amp it up with a juicy clutch from Commes Des Garçons and a pop of watermelon gloss on nails and lips!

Maxi up a midsummer’s night in a floor length Melissa Obadash dress that’s just peachy. Bling up a plain dress with a choker, the hottest boho glam jewellery trend of SS17.  Be daring, add an unexpected accessory like Judith Leiber’s crystal encrusted beach ball clutch.

Tuesday Shoesday… 

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June is here, which officially means it’s the start of the summer. Exciting. Festival fever will soon be upon us, which means dropping those dull winter warmers in favour of some sizzling hot trends which ooze boho glamour.  

Taste the rainbow and get summer party ready in these succulent multicolour Sophia Webster sandals. These beauties are so irresistible they should really come with an envy warning!

Fluorescent pom-poms and tassels are big news and will take the festival fashion scene by storm this summer, be they on wedges or flats. An unlikely comeback that’s cool, colourful and a little eccentric, this trend is a festival in itself.

Block heels meet block colour, with plenty of ditzy tassel detailing, pom-poms and laces to add an element of Coachella cool. Not only are these Aquazzura offerings easy to walk in they tick every 2017 style box. Eye catching and comfortable, you really can have the best of both worlds!

Rebecca Minkoff’s relaxed yet vivid vibe is going right in my beach bag this summer!

Tuesday Shoes-day…

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Mules are making a big comeback this summer, Fendi’s floral offerings tick all of the chic boxes with their bright candy colours, block heels and patent finishes… they look good enough to eat!

Fendi sure know how to incorporate florals into their accessories without them looking dated – with ditsy detailing on ultra modern shapes, there are no wardrobe de ja vus here!

Dolce & Gabbana’s use of flamboyant, multicoloured tassels and sequins will guarantee a turn of heads at that summer party!

Rainbow, eccentric, embellished, fringed…? Dolce & Gabbana know Summer 2017 will be all about the most vivid detailing!

Miu Miu’s crystals, sleek satin and feather detailing will make sure your feet do the talking this SS17!

The Big Dress Code Debacle…

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Dress codes for women in the workplace have recently hit headlines for some really wrong reasons.

What started as report of a female employee at London firm Portico getting sent home for not wearing high heels, escalated into much wider concern for the way society expects all women to look at the office.

If dress code is a swear word at your work place, chances are, you, along with many other women have come under fire at some point for turning up breaking your work’s policy, just by what you’re wearing. You’re being paid to be a professional, and to some degree rules are rules, but, there’s nothing professional about working in a client facing office and getting the wrong type of attention from a male customer, because your blouse is too undone, or you’re wearing that skirt, which is a little too above the knee.

You would think the recent dress code debacle was all about trying to stop such breaches… it seems not.

Employers expecting women to turn up sexily dressed may not always be aware they are putting their employees at risk. Now a parliamentary report has said women who face demands to work in revealing outfits, high heels and too much make-up and feel uncomfortable about it should have a legal framework in place to stop dress code discrimination.

Since I worked in people facing local authority offices just over a decade ago, attitudes to how women should look at work seem to have backflipped; When I was training at the local council we were told not to wear anything with a low neckline, to avoid skirts deemed as miniskirts or that were classed as short, and not to wear anything to the office that we would wear on a night out or to wear too much make-up. Some of us were sent to work in offices that commissioned care for children and vulnerable groups of people, so it was always paramount to wear something conservative.

Even though I was style conscious I always used to play it safe with my black bootcut trousers and a smart tank jumper with a blouse underneath. I didn’t always wear high heels. While a high shoe looks smarter, it’s down to comfort and practicality. I couldn’t have moved big boxes of files or walked to and from the photocopier hundreds of times in heels, for those heavier duty days I preferred flats and no one said anything about my footwear.

Unfortunately, the age of such practicality and sense seems to be over. Most employers care more about the company image than the comfort and preferences of individual employees, some of whom may prefer flats to heels, or prefer to come to work a bit more covered up. Sadly, the big dress code argument is often partly or wholly to blame for many women quitting considerably good jobs.

Most Instagrammed Shoes & Bags of 2016 & Get the Look for Less!

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When I stumbled upon the Facebook competition to win a pair of the most envy inducing shoes of recent times, I had to enter. SheerLuxe are running the competition until it closes on New Year’s Eve and you could win a pair of the Valentino Rockstud shoes, possibly the most photographed footwear on social media. It’s easy to see why they’re a much wanted shoe.

By the way, here’s the link to that splendid competition!


Good luck!

If you’re on the hunt for a pair, you don’t even have to have the heeled variety, as Valentino have rolled out plenty of flat Rockstud designs too, so you can stay comfy and practical without sacrificing the look.

An entirely new rock mood of the iconic Valentino accessories have been born this year too, some of the bags are adorned with antique silver studs and turquoise stones along with removeable guitar straps.

Rockstud has reached more bohemian levels if the colourful straps are anything to go by!

The Rockstud design, which comprises of lots of square studs, has been a hugely popular trend for shoes & bags. There’s good news, too, you don’t have to pay Valentino prices to get the look!

Detachable bag strap, $9.99, SheIn

Rockstud inspired bag from SheIn, $23.99

Web sites like SheIn, Gamiss and good old Amazon have plenty of dupes, all of which are super affordable and are the closest match to the real thing.

Plenty of Rockstud inspired shoes on Amazon, try sellers Kunsto or Minetom.  Alternatively I searched for “studded flat shoes” or “studded shoes for women.”

Another popular bag of 2016 has been the small, crossbody Chloe Drew bag, with its saddle shape and gold hasp. The best place to find amazing Drew dupes is SheIn. You can download SheIn from the App Store.

Chloe Drew leopard print bag

Chloe Drew inspired leopard print bag $27.99, SheIn

Rockstud inspired heels from SheIn, $37

Rockstud style flats, SheIn, $31

I can’t believe how popular the Rockstud shoes & bags and Drew bags have been recently and I’m sure they’ll continue to be big hits in 2017.  If you have one of the most Instagrammed pairs of shoes to date consider yourself very lucky!

The Best Of Guiseppe Zanotti… You’ll Want Them All!

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Pretty doesn’t always equal practical if you’re one of these people who are always buying shoes!  It’s easy to see why the stars love Guiseppe Zanotti!

Definitely my two favourites from Guiseppe’s SS15 collection!  Cobalt blue is a great summer hue! 

These star spangled beauts from a 2013 collection have lost none of their sparkle!

Looking for colour and cool accessories…? fringed bags and acid brights amp up the edge!

After a flatter, safer option? Don’t want to go sporty? These luxe sneakers will look great paired with your favourite skinny jeans; the all gold ones Gaga would love!


Gold detailing, large studs, straps aplenty and of course, vertiginous heels; if you’re hitting up the high-street for purse friendly copies, these are the designer details you’re looking for.  

Colour blocking, even with straps are also one of Zanotti’s signature features too!

Sandals adorned with turquoise nuggets and little shells pay the best homage to the summer.   Kim Kardashian loves…