Glamorous Eyewear that helps to give sight – Toms launch at Selfridges

Fashion is often described as frothy. frivolous and fun, but sometimes it also shows its serious, caring side. A great example of this is Toms. The company behind the ‘One for One’ movement that has provided thousands of new pairs of shoes for children around the world, are now expanding their operations to provide further essential help for those in need. This time, CEO Brett Mycoskie, has focused on another key issue, that of sight.

Toms have launched a fabulous new collection of eyewear exclusively at Selfridges. This is a fashion forward collection that includes all the classic styles of sunglasses, wayfarers, aviators and stylish oversized designs. I particularly love the retro look of the tortoiseshell wayfarers. But these glasses do more than protect the eyes of the person wearing them, they help to give sight to a person in need. In the tradition of  ‘One for One’, each pair of glasses purchased will give sight to a person in need.

TOMS Classic 102 Wayfarer tortoise sunglasses 

As Brett MyCoskie explains ‘In 2007 during my travels, I realised the One for One model could do more than give shoes – it could address other needs around the world. Sight is a fundamental need. The loss of sight has a dramatic impact on a person’s life – on his or her family and community. ‘

So this year, as you choose your Summer shades, check out the new Toms range. You will look great and will be helping someone else to simply look.

TOMS Classic 302 rectangular brown sunglasses £125.00 click to visit Selfridges

TOMS Classic 201 oversized turquoise sunglasses click to visit Selfridges

To view the complete range of Toms sunglasses, click here to visit Selfridges



Shoe classics your wardrobe needs

We always talk about the things that every woman should have in her wardrobe, the classic white shirt, skinny jeans, little black dress etc. But what should every woman have in her shoe wardrobe? If you think about it, one type of shoe definitely doesn’t fit all occasions, or all outfits. The right kind of shoe can make an outfit, whilst the wrong shoes can kill it stone dead.

I thought about this whilst I was browsing through one of my favourite shoe sites, Spartoo, looking for some summer sandals for my Easter break (hoping this glorious weather lasts just that bit longer…). Spartoo does have shoes for all occasions, here are some that caught my eye.

The loafer – for casual days and weekends

Loafers are the perfect shoes to wear at the weekend. Comfortable for wearing to give the shops a pounding, casual with jeans, these are the perfect shoes for days when you don’t need to try so hard. I love the glossy patent orange of the Meline Cori loafer, a gorgeous shade perfect for Spring.

CORI Orange £ 66.00 

The Flip -Flop –  for the beach and beyond

If you are choosing a pair of flip-flops, do you ever look further than Havaianas? The Queen of all flip-flops, these are practical, comfortable and cool. I bought my first pair in Majorca in 2006 and never looked back.

Top Marine £ 16.00 

 Mary Janes – a smart and stylish work shoe

Your feet need to show they mean business when they enter the workplace. I really like these patent Mary Jane styled shoes by Belmondo that were apparently inspired by an Argentinian tango shoe. The heel is not too high and the red soles will have your workmates whispering ‘are they Lou…?’

SIDART Black / Patent £ 88.00 

Nude heels – for those Middleton moments

Going to a wedding, day at the races, summer christening? The nude heel was invented for these sorts of events, and their popularity has soared since they were shown by patronage by Her Royal Highness, Duchess Kate.

VISTAZ Nude £ 40.00 

The showstopper – for those special evening occasions

Every girl needs a special pair of shoes in her wardrobe, the sort of shoes that just looking at can make you smile. These may be shoes you have lusted over forever, saved up for months to buy. I’m currently lusting over the Laina’s from House of Harlow 1960 – pure shoe porn!

LAINA Black £ 209.00 

Idealo Spring Dress challenge

A few weeks ago an interesting email popped into the fashion-mommy inbox. It  came from online comparison site Idealo and it asked the question would I be interested in taking part in the Idealo Spring Dress Challenge?  As I live in dresses, rarely wearing anything else, I wanted to find out more.

The premise was simple, selected bloggers were asked to search the net for a dress under £100 that they really liked, and then test drive the dress in order to produce a review, producing  a comprehensive list of the best Spring dresses around. Idealo would supply the dress of your choice – the blogger had the really difficult task of wearing it! Obviously, this was a challenge I was happy to take on.

I decided that I wanted to find a really wearable dress that could take me from daytime to evening. It needed to be both flattering and comfortable, something that I could add heels to and wear for a smart occasion, but would also allow me to chase after a rather active three-year old who is often faster than Usain Bolt over the laminated floor dash.

The dress I chose came from Designer at Debenhams collection, and more specifically, from Betty Jackson Black. I’m a huge fan of Betty Jackson, and find her collection for Debenhams often taking up space in my wardrobe. This particular dress seemed to match all my criteria.

Betty Jackson.Black £60.00 Purple chrysanthemum print jersey dress click to visit Debenhams

The dress in question is the Purple Chrysanthemum  printed jersey dress. The first thing I love about this dress is that it is jersey, which means it is ultra flattering, it moves when you move rather than against you, and it stretches – allowing you to have that  yummy pudding after a rather big lunch. I loved the elastication at the waistband which gave this dress real shape, whilst the pockets added a 1950s feel to the dress. And then there is the print. This dress is just so pretty in real life, the flowers add a real springlike edge to the dress that contrasts neatly against the deep purple.

I absolutely love this dress and find it really easy to wear. The jersey is slightly thicker than I expected which made it more flattering – it didn’t cling to ‘lumps and bumps’. This is a dress I would definitely recommend. I’ve dressed it up with heeled Mary Janes, but tomorrow I will be wearing it with loose hair, sandals and a straw basket to give it a more dressed down, daytime look.

With thanks to the Idealo team for inviting me to be part of the Spring dress challenge.

Some more fab Spring dresses

Oriental Print Midi Dress Price: £55.00 

Pink Floral and Stripe Dress Price: £42.00 

50s Dahlia Dress £85.00 

silk paradise palm print dress £100 click to visit Oasis


Evans Animal Print Dress Price: £45.00 

NEPA – Lace detail dress