Wednesday, September 17

Hotter Shoes-Being Spoilt in Comfort & Style for Autumn/Winter 2014

Hi everyone! As you all know from my previous post back in May I am a real fan of Hotter shoes. My mum has been wearing them for years before I even was converted and after getting a pair of leather desert ankle boots as a Christmas present a couple of years ago, I knew that pair of Hotter footwear wouldn't be the last in my wardrobe.

Hotter are a UK brand with over 50 years of history behind them- a world class factory in Lancashire makes their shoes and boots with over 1.6 million pairs being made every year, making them the biggest shoe manufacturer in the UK. Comfort and style are priority and it's not hard to see why they are continuing to expand in the UK and overseas when they consistently produce trend led, comfortable and durable footwear every new season.

Of course when I was invited to the Autumn/Winter presentation at Kettners in London how could I refuse?  Their Spring/Summer event was absolutely wonderful and I've virtually lived in my pewter Singapore wedges this summer, so I was looking forward to seeing what their new collection was going to be like:



There are some amazing styles to be had, gorgeous ankle boots with faux fur, full length boots in an array of delicious colours and styles


They also feature a lot of colour this season, with some amazingly pretty boots and shoes in rich Autumnal shades if you want to add that extra dimension to your new season outfit


We were split in two teams to do a treasure hunt around Soho, which not only was a lot of fun but proved our new footwear was amazingly comfortable and certainly up to the task in hand! Not only did we win but we all received a bottle of Champagne each too-yay!!


The shoes for this new season are not only pretty but have the classic Hotter comfort concept- shoes that have pillow soft underfoot cushioning, flexible soles, are lightweight and have flexi grooved heels, all as standard:


My choice? It had to be the Shawbury in black, a classic Chelsea boot with a brogue twist detail and just perfect for autumn and winter and for day or evening. It also comes in grey and tan, but I chose black as I knew I would want to be wearing them on a very regular basis: 


Their new collection really has so many different styles that having to choose the right pair purely based on style really is very hard indeed!! If you fancy indulging in a pair of boots or shoes this season, I have some £10 discount vouchers that I will happily forward on-send me an email with your details and I'll pop one in the post for you!!


 Dinner was absolutely fabulous- I thoroughly enjoyed my starter of gravadlax, the confit of duck main course and the chocolate & pear tart with sorbet for desert all were just perfection. The service was faultless as our drinks were constantly topped up and nothing was too much trouble.

A very big thank you to Melanie at Hotter and Michelle and Debbie of Wingfield PR- it was such a privilege and pleasure to be part of the Hotter event and my new Shawburys will be out and about on my feet for weeks and months to come!!

Monday, September 15

Thrift Inspiration....Autumn Classic Must Haves, The Brogue

Hi everyone! I hope you all had a great weekend and what a mix of weather we are having at the moment! The sun is out in spurts and it's really quite nice and warm- those extra layers have been held at bay for the foreseeable future. So when layers are not necessarily needed the next logical style step to think of is footwear. After indulging in some skate shoes and wearing these in between trainers and sandals, I was really pleased to find some long lusted after pair of  shoes last week which are ideal for all seasons- the classic black brogue. Here are my picks of the best this season:


Saint Laurent patent leather, £530



TODS, £270


ASOS Millionaire leather brogues, £35


ASOS brogues, £25

Here are my version- they are vintage Loakes, bought as new and unworn in my local Salvation Army charity shop for just £15. Brogues are such a versatile and stylish alternative to a trainer or skate shoe and can so easily smarten up a jeans and jacket combination too:


To what I wore one day last week for a day out in London- my newly thrifted Monsoon blouse in one of my recent posts, some Reiss skinny jeans which were thrifted last year from my local Sue Ryder charity shop for just £1 in their sale and my Primark skate shoes:


I can't believe how comfortable skate shoes can be, if I'd realised I definitely would have bought some in Spring, but better late than never, huh!


Wishing you all a fabulous week ahead and I do thank you for your continued reading, support and comments- they are so much appreciated and I look forward to visiting you as soon as I can! 

Wednesday, September 3

Transitional Season Dressing in Leather and Chambray Denim, Plus some Autumn Shoe Buys!!

Hi everyone!! As I sit here typing, the weather is really sunny out-not hot and just nice enough for the start of September. On Sunday, London was deliciously warm with cloudy spots here and there, which was why I decided to wear my leather biker jacket as a chance cover up:



Before I went to Worthing, I found this chambray denim sleeveless dress by Oasis from the British Heart Foundation charity shop for £7.50. It's been worn regularly during August and I'll keep it in the wardrobe to pair with a sweater, tights and boots for Autumn too:



When I last met my gorgeous blogger friend Michelle of MyFashionable40s, she asked me if I was going to dip into the skate shoe trend. I remember my answer which at the time was purely seasonally influenced-it was the heart of Summer, but a typical torrential rainy day and I had at that time said to her I doubt it very much-no, in other words!! Well, it's always the way when you say no, you mull it over until you think and say, well yes! So last week the hunt was on for some Autumn appropriate styled ones.

My first pair are these navy leopardprint ones which I picked from T K Maxx at the weekend, a real bargain for just £14.99:
 

These are the buys I love-the ones where you see something and think yes-that's exactly what I'm looking for-perfect style, colour and pattern and not only that, totally versatility with the rest of my wardrobe too. 

My next find was in Primark earlier today and again a total bargain-just £8 and ticking all the above said boxes again, so I think my entry into the skate shoe trend has now been fully fulfilled!


Many bloggers are compiling their Autumn wishlists and I'm thankful that I'm not really after many things- I really just want a black merino wool crew neck sweater, possibly a grey one too. Also a couple of fine wool scarves too, in leopardprint and tartan.

School term is already with us- my youngest is back tomorrow for his final year at secondary school before college!! So proud of him as he took his Science GCSE a year early and got an 'A'!! I'm hoping this is a sign of things to come for his last year, so despite his cast still not being off his broken wrist it's a good start to 'back to school'!! 

Thanks as always for your continued support, reading and commenting- unfortunately I don't blog that regularly but through bloglovin and my own feed I do regularly read what you are all up to!! 
Wishing you all a sunny week and a lovely weekend to come, whatever you are up to!!

Sunday, August 24

Easing into Autumn with some August Thrift Finds- It's all shirts, blouses and shirts!!

Hi everyone!! I hope you are all enjoying your bank holiday weekend and the summer holidays in general! The weather in the UK has definitely become cooler and more sporadic outbreaks of sun are now more regular than the summer heatwave we experienced only a couple of weeks back.

I'm slowly laundering and packing away my summer items, I've a drawer left of skirts, shorts and dresses that is staying put just a while longer in case we have an Indian summer over the next few weeks, you never know! In the meantime my latest thrift finds are for wearing now and the next season-shirts and blouses.

I have never really been a big shirt or blouse wearer over the years, but over the last few seasons I've noticed that carefully picking the right designs can mean longevity, versatility and ease of choice when picking pieces for casual or smart outfits.

I love wearing jeans and having a multiple choice of blouses or shirts that I can wear on rotation means having a nicely growing collection is perfect for all seasons for me, especially the in between ones. My most recent find of which I've been searching for a while is the perfect check shirt. I've seen many on thrifting trips and have come across many variations of little checks, big checks, monochrome and coloured but this one by legendary jeans manufacturer Lee (a real 70s favourite) was the 'one'. It is the perfect fit, colourway and has lovely detailing across the bust and for just £3.99 from the PDSA charity shop it's one I'm wearing already and is perfect for the milder weather:



 I love how it sits under a jacket too and a real requirement for me now the weather has turned cooler is to have a collar on at least one of the items I wear as I'm not a fan of an exposed neck whilst wearing a top and jacket:


This buy was a really perfect Autumnal find and the bird print and blue and brown colourway is just a real stylish classic that will be a permanent fixture in my wardrobe for years to come:


I've always been a fan of Liberty print and this was a must have for just £5.30 from the British Heart Foundation charity shop last week. In the same shop I found this Uniqlo flannel shirt for just £2.99, another perfect shirt for wearing come Autumn:


In the thrifting trip at the PDSA I also found this lovely London Fashion Week stalwart designer Paul Costelloe silky style blouse for just £2.99. I love the colours-again, perfect for a chic daytime look with jeans or dressed up with some smart black trousers for a stylish evening outfit:


Another item which I just had to have too was this cute fine gauzy boho style blouse by Monsoon- at £2.99 it was a real steal and is again a versatile piece ideal for day or evening wear:



I know a lot of bloggers have not been spending too much in August- I admit to indulging in quite a few items which were mainly summer wear at the start of the month when I was away in Worthing and in the last couple of weeks my spending has been mainly on the shirts and blouses for now and later seasons. I'm very pleased though as I've picked up five quality items for less than £19- I'd be hard pushed to even get one of the above for that in any of their original shops- all hail charity shopping I say!!!

What is on your Autumn style wish list? Have you started buying any clothes or accessories to update your wardrobe or are you saving for bigger items, such as coats or boots- I'd love to hear!!

As always, I value your continued support with reading and commenting-thanks so much for stopping by and I look forward to visiting you all as soon as I can-wishing you all a great week ahead!!


Saturday, August 9

Outfit Pics and Holiday Snaps!!

 Hi everyone!! I hope you are all having a fabulous holiday summer season! The weather in the UK recently has just been glorious and thankfully we didn't have any wet days out for our holiday breakaway this week to Worthing, West Sussex. As you can tell below, I've caught the sun and as today was also so hot and summery I wore an outfit today that didn't get worn whilst I was away. It's a coral Primark vest (£2), swap shopped Miss Selfridge summer skirt, Per Una thrifted yellow bag found on Wednesday in a Worthing charity shop for £2 and thrifted Marks and Spencer pewter slides which were £2.50 bought a couple of months ago from the Cancer Research charity shop:


It's been so nice venturing out without a jacket and I still have the holiday vibe going on!!


I've not stayed in Worthing before and was pleasantly surprised and pleased with what a lovely town it is. The beach is a pebble one but gorgeous all the same:



My youngest son observing the high sea:


My oldest son chillaxing:


Our time was spent playing mini golf:


Frequenting the local snooker and pool house:


Exploring the town:


Our view from the hotel front steps:


Having the beach across the road from the hotel was such a luxury and the Pier can be seen in the distance:


Blue skies and blue sea, we couldn't ask for more!!


Of course a trip away couldn't be without visiting the local charity shops where I picked up a lovely Indian made coral embroidered summer dress and this fabulous Limited Collection (Marks and Spencer) neon snakeskin print dress, both £5.99 each: 


My evening outfits consisted of summer dresses, the one on the left is a Marks and Spencer thrifted one which was £5 and the one on the right is a swap shopped Topshop one:


This outfit was what I wore yesterday but the photo is from a couple of weeks ago and features a grey marl Primark tee and thrifted Dorothy Perkins skirt from the Salvation Army charity shop bought a couple of months ago for £2.99:


 I'm linking up to the weekend blog hop with the lovely Claire Justine, I hope you get a chance to check out her fabulous blog and join in too!

Wishing you a great weekend and thanking you all as always for your continued reading, comments and support- it's so very much appreciated!! 

Monday, July 21

Outfit of the Day and Today's Buys

Hi everyone!! I hope you are all having a really good start to the week, I've had a great weekend as I met up with my good blogger friend Michelle over at MyFashionable40s. We had such an amazing time despite the weather being torrential rain during the start and middle of the day and from then onward's brilliant sunshine! The day consisted of shopping, eating and drinking- no photos which seems to be our usual ploy as we are normally so busy enjoying ourselves. We both managed to bag some bargains which I'll share in later outfit posts!

Today saw a visit to the hospital to get my younger son's wrist recast as he broke it last week in his sports day. We then went for a buffet lunch in town and a spot of shopping afterwards in Primark. Myself and Michelle had checked out her hometowns new Primark on Saturday but I didn't find anything I liked.
My youngest son managed to pick a few lovely pieces out for our forthcoming holiday and I picked up a sporty style tee in the sale for £1 and a summer parka for £9, which is thin and is in a silky material as opposed to traditional starchy cagoule style material:



My outfit today is a thrifted Gap black blouse which I got a couple of months ago in a neighbouring towns Sense charity shop for £2.99, I'm wearing it with my Gap boyfriend jeans from a couple of years ago from the Gap outlet store at Ashford and my silver Hotter sandals:


I'm trying to grow my fringe out-I'm really not sure if I want to or not-watch the next post to see if it's been chopped back in!!


Due to also running the Race for Life last week things have been so hectic so I've still not been able to get back to regular posting. I do still stop by to read your blogs even if I'm not leaving comments, so I do thank you for your continued reading and commenting too.

I do hope you have a good week ahead and here's to more sunshine ahead!!

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