Summer Sandals

With Summer holidays almost upon us, now is the time to get those tootsie’s pedi-ready and into a pair of stylish sandals. Warm days can lead to hot, swollen feet, especially when they are being pushed into full shoes, especially anything with a heel. Luckily, sandals can now be a smart and stylish option, as well as something that is perfect for casual weekends, and days on the beach.

Choosing the right type of sandal is not always the easiest of tasks. I love toe-post styles and find them easy and comfortable to wear. However, I know a lot of people who hate this style, finding the toe-post uncomfortable and irritating. I find that slip-on types of sandals don’t offer my feet enough support, and yet pool sliders and other one strap sandals are very popular this season. Heels are another consideration. Totally flat options leave my calf muscles aching, so I try to go for a sandal with a small square heel. or even a wedge heel.

Whatever you are looking for in a perfect sandal, you are sure to find it from Spartoo. With stock from Clarks, Melissa, Kickers, Birkenstock and many more famous names, it should be pretty easy to find at least one pair of sandals that addresses your foot’s every need. The only problem may be, that with more than 3,000 pairs to chose from, you may not be able to settle for just one – great news for your feet and wardrobe, not quite so good for you bank balance!

Moony MoonDRELEK Silver  £ 29.99 click to visit Spartoo

Moony Moon DRELEK
Silver
£ 29.99 click to buy

Kickers DJAPAN TAUPE / METALLIC  £ 51.99 click to visit Spartoo

Kickers DJAPAN
TAUPE / METALLIC
£ 51.99 click to buy

Clarks SAIL MAGIC Orange  £ 38.99 click to visit Spartoo

Clarks SAIL MAGIC
Orange
£ 38.99 click to buy

Eclipse SANDALE CHAINE Black click to visit Spartoo £ 21.99

Eclipse SANDALE CHAINE
Black click to buy
£ 21.99

Les-Tropeziennes-par-M-BelarbiMONACO TAN / Gold  £ 48.99 click to visit Spartoo

Les-Tropeziennes-par-M-Belarbi MONACO
TAN / Gold
£ 48.99 click to buy

BirkenstockMADRID Pink Patent  £ 34.99 click to visit Spartoo

Birkenstock MADRID
Pink Patent
£ 34.99 click to buy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reviewed – Jacques Vert Champagne Lace Dress

There are some dresses that you can wear everyday, for any occasion. But there are also dresses that are something a little bit special. The sort of dresses that make you feel a bit like Duchess Kate. These are the dresses that you wear for very special occasions – for weddings, the races, a garden party at Buckingham Palace, or afternoon tea at one of Birmingham’s swishest restaurants. This description perfectly fits the beautiful dress that Jacques Vert sent me to review – the Champagne lace embellished dress.

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Jacques Vert Champagne lace embellished dress £189 click to visit House of Fraser

The champagne lace effect embellished dress is truly exquisite. A shift style dress with layers of scalloped lace, covered with lots of tiny beads, this is a dress that is just perfect for special summer occasions. It fastens with a concealed back zip and has a satin cumberband style waist which also fastens at the back, this time with hook and eye fastenings.  The dress length sits just on the knee on me (I’m 5ft7inches), this is my preferred length for a dress, and has a v neckine, but one that is not too low or revealing.

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The dress feels beautiful to wear. It is quite heavy, due to being lined and also due to the hand stitched beading, but I think this helps the dress to hang properly. The neckline is perfect for me – I have a large bust so sometimes I can feel a little bit ‘serving wench’, but this feels elegant, not too revealing, but still flattering. The dress has a very vintage feels to it, I once had a coffee lace dress that was a 1950s original, and this feels very similar in cut and style. I love that the dress has a timeless elegance – this is not just a dress for one season , I know I will be able to call on this again and again. I kept the accessories to a minimum so as not to overpower the beading, and kept the neutral shade going with patent nude heels.

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With my mom at the Laurent Perrier Champagne Bar, Level 25 of The Cube.

DSCN7289I wore this dress for a very special occasion – afternoon tea at the Laurent Perrier Champagne Bar at MPW in The Cube, Birmingham. It felt right for the setting and the activity, and it garnered a lot of positive lovely comments from friends.

This dress is not cheap, it costs £179 and is only available at House of Fraser at the moment, being a sell out on the Jacques Vert site. But this is a dress that you will have and wear for years, and if you do have a special occasion coming up this Summer, I would definitely recommend this as a dress you will feel beautiful in.

Jacques Vert have some amazing dresses in this season. Here are a few more of my favourites.

Sequin Maxi Item No 010/033310/81 / Price £199.00 click to visit Jacques Vert

Sequin Maxi
Item No 010/033310/81 /
Price £199.00 click to visit Jacques Vert

Pleat Midi Dress Item No 010/033488/147 / Price £169.00 click to visit Jacques Vert

Pleat Midi Dress
Item No 010/033488/147 /
Price £169.00 click to visit Jacques Vert

Floral Detail Shift Dress Item No 010/031788/27 / Price £169.00 click to visit Jacques Vert

Floral Detail Shift Dress
Item No 010/031788/27 /
Price £169.00 click to visit Jacques Vert

To view all Jacques Vert dresses, click here.

 

 

 

 

 

Pink and blue floral pleated dress from Yours Clothing

I think it is true that most of us have comfort zones when it comes to clothing. There are just things that we gravitate to, we feel comfortable wearing certain things, and they become an easy option.But sometimes we see an item that we just fall in love with, even though it may not be something we would usually choose. That is how I felt about the Pink and Blue floral pleated dress from Yours Clothing.

Blue And Pink Floral Printed Pleated Dress With PU Panel £45 click to visit Yours Clothing

Blue And Pink Floral Printed Pleated Dress With PU Panel £45 click to visit Yours Clothing

It has to be said this is not the sort of dress that I would normally choose, mainly because it is strapless. I always worry about strapless dresses – I have a big bust and therefore fear that the support is not going to be sufficient. But this dress is just so beautiful, with a lovely knee-length, full pleated skirt and a glorious, summer ready print, that when I was offered the chance to review something from Yours Clothing, this is the dress I chose.

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Dress Yours
Shawl Debenhams
Shoes Wallis
Earrings Store 21

DSCN7249I was not disappointed with this dress, it is absolutely beautiful, truly something special. The back of the dress has an elasticized panel which makes it easy to get on, and ensures it stays in the right place. The bust is padded and has a lovely sweetheart style neckline that is not too low and revealing, making this a great choice for a summer wedding or garden party. The PU band around the waist helps give the dress definition, acting in the same way a sash belt would, but just adding a slight edge to the prettiness. Fully lined and with a stunning, pleated full skirt, this dress does make you feel very glamorous and princessy.

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denim jacket New Look
Shoes Matalan

I styled my dress two ways. As the perfect dress for a wedding, I added nude accessories to balance out the gorgeous colours. For a more casual look, I wore this with a denim jacket and flat pumps. I think it works both ways.

I’m looking forward to wearing this dress on my upcoming holidays with some jewelled sandals and a statement necklace. I just love this dress – I think it may now be the prettiest dress I own.

With thanks to Yours Clothing for the dress for review.

 

 


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