Cool shoe trends making a comeback

Many of the styles made popular in past fashion trends are making a chic comeback. For example, the funky boat-shoes and Sperry’s of the 1980’s are one of the hottest looks in footwear currently, appealing to men and women of all ages. The question arise as to where to find these retro shoes, as some may not be interested in combing through thrift stores or vintage shops to find these clever, versatile items.

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Duchess Kate loves boat shoes

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Blake Lively in Sperry’s

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Online retailers appeal to buyers looking for hard-to-find items, and that want to comparison shop to save the most money. For instance, it is possible and quite easy to find new Sperry’s in a wide range of styles, colors, and sizes from SneakerKing.com and there is nothing that can compare to the convenience of door-to-door delivery! The prices of online boat-shoes and top-siders vary, but shoppers that find online merchants and compare pricing as well as shipping fees, will likely be able to save some money on their purchase.

 

Women's Bretton Striped Angelfish Boat Shoe

Women’s Bretton Striped Angelfish Boat Shoe

When buying boat-shoes, such as those made by Sperry, look for styles that will offer the same timeless wear that the older versions do. The two-eye, basic boat-shoe has remained popular,and the simplicity and slip-on style is alluring to many wearers. There are some new fur-lined variations that may provide added warmth and protection for feet that are exposed to inclement conditions or cold temperatures.

Women's Floral Perf Leather Angelfish Boat Shoe

Women’s Floral Perf Leather Angelfish Boat Shoe

It is also great to find some classic favorites, such as the Sperry Chukka boot for men, on these online sites at affordable prices. These boots were popular for good reason; they are weather-resilient and water-resistant footwear, while still being the most comfortable shoes around. Men love the simple styling and details, but also appreciate the durability and function. It is good to see that some companies and manufacturers don’t attempt to change a classic favorite with trendy or dated characteristics. The old saying, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” definitely applies to shoes, and in particular Sperry’s. They were loved for their quality craftsmanship and longevity, and these shoes continue to live up to the expectations of their consumer audience.

Men's Washable Bahama 2-Eye

Men’s Washable Bahama 2-Eye

Reviewing Old El Paso family friendly food

I love Mexican food. Enchiladas, fajitas, burritos, guacamole and nachos – these all rate amongst my favourite dishes. I adore a bit of spice in my flavours, but do sometimes find that these are hard to incorporate into family meals. My five year old is not really a fan of what he refers to as ‘spicer’, and so milder, classic options are called on time and time again at mealtimes.

When I was approached on behalf of Old El Paso to review some of their Mexican meal kits, I must admit I jumped at the chance. This was an excuse to have a Mexican tea for review purposes, I hoped that we would be sent something that we hadn’t tried before, and maybe even something milder that Joe would enjoy.

DSCN6735We were in luck, we were sent a new, extra mild one pan rice meal that was perfect for chicken. This was a great option for Joe, who loves both rice and chicken. We also decided to add mild peppers and a touch of onion to add further flavour to this dish. In addition, we were sent a quesadillas kit, again another mild dish, but one that could be spiced up with the addition of jalapeno and salsa sauce.

Ingredients for the mild rice dish.

Ingredients for the mild rice dish.

DSCN6738The rice was easy to prepare. The chicken was browned in a little oil and then peppers and onion was added to the mix. This was cooked together for a couple of minutes. The rice was then added in and stirred well, so that the rice was mixed in nicely with the other ingredients. Next we added the sauce, which is a creamy lime flavour, the spice mix and 350mls of water. This was brought to the boil and then allow to simmer. And that’s it. Easy enough for even the world’s worst cook to manage, and so, so tasty. It is mild enough for the whole family to enjoy, but tasty enough that there is nothing left on the plate. I think this would be great in salads, and accompanying cheese pie or even white fish. Definitely worth having in the cupboard as a quick meal idea.

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Adding the spice mix.

The quesadillas kit was also simple to cook and tasty to eat. Using another pan, we cooked some more chicken, and then added the spice mix and 100 ml of water. We then put the tortilla in a third pan, which had been coated with a little oil. We added a mixture of the spiced chicken and some peppers to the tortilla, grated cheese was then added to the mix, and the tortilla was then folded in half in the pan.

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The chicken and cheese mixture.

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DSCN6743You could add other things to the mixture – guacamole, or a mixture of salsa and sour cream for both heat and coolness. I loved the crispiness of these, there was (get ready for the cliche – sorry, not sorry) flavour in every single bite, although the spice, mild as it was, was still a little too strong for Joe. He did, however, love the tortillas – wanting to dip them in ketchup.

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Finished product.

For quick and easy meals with lots of flavour, I think the Old El Paso kits are just a really great, family option.

*I was sent the Old El Paso goodies for review purposes. The opinions are all my own.

Celebrity get the look featuring the Duchess of Cambridge, Reese Witherspoon and Lucy Watson

It’s Friday, which must mean it is time for another celebrity ‘get the look’ round up. Last week I was sitting on a Welsh beach so I had plenty of time to browse magazines looking at all the latest looks from a whole host of celebrity ladies (and one very cute royal baby.) So here are some of the looks that have been catching the eye during April.

This round-up wouldn’t be complete without a look at some of the amazing looks that Duchess Kate has been wearing during the very successful tour of Australia and New Zealand. In this post I’ve featured a few of my particular faves, designer looks from Roksanda Ilincic and Alexander McQueen, and a high-end high street look from LK Bennett. Of course, the LK Bennett look has long since sold out, even in the red poppy colourway, but I have added a link in case this happens to come back into stock. I have also added a couple of lovely dresses from Closet Clothing that also give a similar groomed look to Kate’s.

Made in Chelsea is back, and Lucy Watson is fast becoming my favourite lady from this guilty pleasure. Lucy wears High Street fashion so well, so I have featured some of her latest looks, which include pieces from Lipsy and French Connection. I have also featured a look that Lucy wore for a Match.com dog walk, with a great lookalike coat from New Look at ASOS.

Other looks I’ve loved this month include a zesty yellow jumper from Reese Witherspoon, Chloe Sims looking incredible carrying a metallic gold Zatchel, and US actress Caitlin DeChelle looks pretty and fun in affordable pieces from Boohoo. Claire Richards shows she is the best advocate of her collection for Fashion World in a cream lace sweatshirt that is perfect with skinny jeans.

And finally, we turn to the adorable Prince George. My 1st Years have recorded amazing sales of pale blue personalised jumpers after George appeared in a similar one, and have completely sold out after a second restock. They have a wide range of personalised goods available though, and have promised to let me know if the pale blue jumpers come back in stock any time soon!

Kate Middleton inspiration from Closet Clothing

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Also available at Dorothy Perkins now £43.20 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Also available at Dorothy Perkins now £43.20 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

 

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Pale Pink 3/4 Sleeve Dress     Was £45.00     Now £40.50 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Pale Pink 3/4 Sleeve Dress
Was £45.00
Now £40.50 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

 

Prince George – mini trendsetter at My 1st Years

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Personalised Girls Cardigan from £12 click to visit My 1st Years

Personalised Girls Cardigan from £12 click to visit My 1st Years

Personalised Knitted Hoodie £25 click to visit My Ist Years

Personalised Knitted Hoodie £25 click to visit My Ist Years

Lucy Watson get the look from ASOS

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New Look Pink Check Boyfriend Coat £54.99 click to visit ASOS

New Look Pink Check Boyfriend Coat
£54.99 click to visit ASOS

Caitlin DeChelle wears Boohoo

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Lily Floral Jacquard Cap Sleeve Woven Crop Top now £12 click to visit Boohoo

Lily Floral Jacquard Cap Sleeve Woven Crop Top now £12 click to visit Boohoo

Boutique Luisa Crochet and Sequin Pelmet Mini Skirt £15 click to visit Boohoo

Boutique Luisa Crochet and Sequin Pelmet Mini Skirt £15 click to visit Boohoo

Chloe Sims loves Zatchels

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Metallic Gold Leather Satchel from £109 click to visit Zatchels

Metallic Gold Leather Satchel from £109 click to visit Zatchels

Claire Richards wearing her own range from Fashion World

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Claire Richards Lace Sweat Jersey Top £45 click to visit Fashion World

Claire Richards Lace Sweat Jersey Top
£45 click to visit Fashion World

Reese Witherspoon in French Connection

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 Summer Mozart Ribbed Jumper £49.00 click to visit French Connection

Summer Mozart Ribbed Jumper
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click to visit French Connection

Lucy Watson wears a French Connection Selfie T-Shirt

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     #Selfie Cotton T-Shirt     #Selfie Cotton T-Shirt     #Selfie Cotton T-Shirt #Selfie Cotton T-Shirt £20.00 click to visit French Connection

#Selfie Cotton T-Shirt
£20.00
click to visit French Connection

Lucy Watson in Lipsy from Next

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Lipsy Pansy Print Skater Dress £50 click to visit Next

Lipsy Pansy Print Skater Dress £50 click to visit Next

Duchess of Cambridge wears LK Bennett

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Lasa Poppy Print Dress £245 click to visit LK Bennett

Lasa Poppy Print Dress £245 click to visit LK Bennett

Get the look

 

Blue floral neoprene pencil dress     Was £28.00     Now £25.20 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Blue floral neoprene pencil dress
Was £28.00
Now £25.20 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Let me know your fave look.