Trend focus – Coloured shoes

One of the easiest ways to get colour into your wardrobe is through accessories. Brightly coloured handbags and stylish scarfs are certainly one way to brighten up a simple outfit, but my favourite way to add colour to my wardrobe is through shoes. And it seems that this is a popular trend at present.

A whole host of stylish celebrities have shown how a bright shoe can transform an outfit into somthing special. Molly Sim and Nikki Reed have used reddish tones to add interest to black trousers, whilst America Ferrara and Cobie Smulders have opted for bubblegum pinks to contrast against their evening attire. I particularly love America wearing pink with animal print – I would’ve opted for red, but this is a great contrast of the sweet and the foxy.

My favourite example of adding a bright colourful shoe to change an outfit is that worn by Olivia Munn. Her green satin heels are simply gorgeous, and teamed with her unusual midi skirt and crop top combo, this creates a real eye-catching outfit.

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Molly Sims

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Nikki Reed

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America Ferrara

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Cobie Smulders

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Olivia Munn

Bright shoes from Spartoo

Charles-Jourdan OCTAVIE 3 Red  £ 305.99 click to visit Spartoo

Charles-Jourdan OCTAVIE 3
Red
£ 305.99 click to visit Spartoo

Carvela  GLACIER Pink  £ 99.99 click to visit Spartoo

Carvela GLACIER
Pink
£ 99.99
click to visit Spartoo

Nine West  ORLEGA Green / Blue  £ 113.99 click to visit Spartoo

Nine West ORLEGA
Green / Blue
£ 113.99
click to visit Spartoo

 Marco Tozzi BLAVHOU Blue £ 31.99 click to visit Spartoo

Marco Tozzi BLAVHOU
Blue £ 31.99 click to visit Spartoo

 Fornarina DEMY SALMON / Suede   £ 103.19 click to visit Spartoo

Fornarina DEMY
SALMON / Suede
£ 103.19 click to visit Spartoo

 

 

 

 

 

 

New season bags from Spartoo

I always think Spring is the perfect time to invest in a shiny new handbag. There are always lots of new styles available, in a range of new season colours that you almost become spoiled for choice.

I love handbags, having far more than I could ever wish to use. But some of them have seen better days. Having a little boy I often end up carrying the most unexpected of items in my bag – this week, I have taken out a tennis ball (a 50p purchase my son insisted on when we were looking around Sports Direct), stickers that are no longer sticky, a half eaten milky bar and numerous small bricks – what is it with boys and collecting bricks? Anyone with a young child will know exactly what I am talking about here, and are probably shuddering at the thought. Because All these weird and wonderful things are not kind to the lining and hardware of your bags, but are as good a reason as any to treat yourself to a new one.

Spartoo has long been one of my shoe vendors of choice and now they are also stocking a great range of bags too. Top of my list are the cool leather shoulder bags from Betty London, which are a fantastic bargain price. Benetton is fabulous for a real everyday bag, these are roomy and spacious and can carry everything you need. And if you are looking for a beautiful, designer, investment piece, I would recommend the fabulous French style of Sonia Rykiel, truly handbags that you will carry forever.

Fave picks

McQ by Alexander McQueen 330192 £371.99 click to visit Spartoo

McQ by Alexander McQueen
330192 £371.99 click to visit Spartoo

 59252244-56 Sonia Rykiel Black / White  £ 438.99 click to visit Spartoo

59252244-56
Sonia Rykiel Black / White
£ 438.99 click to visit Spartoo

Nat & Nin LUNA Green £141.59 click to visit Spartoo

Nat & Nin LUNA
Green £141.59 click to visit Spartoo

Betty London  AUDRIC CAMEL  now £ 83.99 click to visit Spartoo

Betty London AUDRIC
CAMEL
now £ 83.99 click to visit Spartoo

 ZENITH LEOPARD HOBO BEIGE / COGNac  now £77.59 click to visit Spartoo

ZENITH LEOPARD HOBO
BEIGE / COGNac now £77.59 click to visit Spartoo

 Desigual NEW AMAZONE White  £ 76.99 click to visit Spartoo

Desigual NEW AMAZONE
White
£ 76.99 click to visit Spartoo

 MINORCA COAST Clarks White / Blue  £ 39.99 click to visit Spartoo

MINORCA COAST
Clarks White / Blue
£ 39.99 click to visit Spartoo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All I want for Christmas is shoes

The title is no festive jest, as  a confirmed shoe-holic, whenever I’m asked what I would like for Christmas, another image of footwear immediately pops into my head.  Everything from Ash style wedge trainers, comfortable ankle boots for the school run, heeled boots for the weekend and something heeled and sexy for date night with hubby, I frankly find it hard to meet a pair of shoes or boots that I don’t like.

But at this time of year, it is shoes with added sparkle that catch the eye. Whether we are talking glittery shoes in the style of Dorothy from ‘The Wizard of Oz’, or metallic beauties, Christmas party shoes have to be something that would tempt Midas himself. Your party shoes can be a great way of adding glitz to your outfit if you are someone who shies away from disco-ball chic dresses. They can also add interest to a little black dress.  And, these days, flat, ballerina styles from sources such as French Sole and Pretty Ballerinas are just as acceptable for evening attire as skyscraper heels, meaning that your feet look pretty, but also feel great.

French Sole  India Gold / Black  now  £ 67.99 click to visit Spartoo

French Sole India
Gold / Black
now £ 67.99 click to visit Spartoo

 MAYTER Brown Metallic  now  £ 79.99 click to visit Spartoo

Ted Baker MAYTER
Brown Metallic
now £79.99 click to visit Spartoo

 CALLEEN GOLD GLITTER  now  £47.99 click to visit Spartoo

Moda in Pelle CALLEEN
GOLD GLITTER
now £47.99 click to visit Spartoo

 Jazzle Black  now £99.19 click to visit Spartoo

Moda in Pelle Jazzle
Black
now £99.19 click to visit Spartoo

French Connection  JEZABEL GOLD  now £ 91.00 click to visit Spartoo

French Connection JEZABEL
GOLD
now £ 91.00
click to visit Spartoo

Pretty Ballerinas  KYLIE Blue  £ 108.99 Click to visit Spartoo

Pretty Ballerinas KYLIE
Blue
£ 108.99
Click to visit Spartoo