Cute Designs From Sockshop

Socks. Absolute essentials in our wardrobe in all seasons and for all ages, but maybe sometimes a little neglected. We treat ourselves when it comes to our clothes and our shoes, but then opt for the cheapest socks, and then moan when they have a hole in the toe within a couple of weeks. Our socks should be appreciated more, after all, we need to treat our feet with a bit of respect. Sockshop enable us to do that, with the cutest of styles from a range of designer names.

Sockshop stock socks in bamboo, cashmere and cotton, in organic materials and by brands such as Elle, Falke and Pringle. They stock all sizes, from trainer socks to the softest and cosiest of bed socks, and they also cater for men, women and children. They have themed socks including Harry Potter, Disney and Friends, and have lots of great gift ideas ahead of Father’s Day. In short, Sockshop is a one stop shop for all things ‘sock’.

Today I’m featuring a couple of my fave designs from their current ranges. The 3 pair patterned cotton no show socks from ELLE are the perfect Summer trainer sock. They are cotton rich and machine washable, and come in a range of colours and patterns, including the elephant motif I opted for, and other Summery patterns like seashells and butterflies. I like the handlinked toes which are basically seamless, giving your feet extra comfort, as well as great style.

The 2 pair cable cosy anklet socks with pom poms from Elle may be the cutest, most adorable socks I have ever seen. They are certainly one of the fluffiest, making them perfect either for bedtime, or for lazy lockdown days when only loungewear will do. The socks have a low ankle fitting, and are fleeced inside and out for the ultimate in comfort. I love the blue and white colour ways as they remind me of my favourite football team even whilst I can’t actually watch them play. The socks have an elasticated cuff, but it is loose so they are as comfortable as can be, as well as looking so, so pretty.

Princess Margaret – The Royal Family’s Stylish Bad Girl

Long before there was Princess Diana, there was Princess Margaret. The daughter of a king, the sister of a queen, and the Royal Family’s original bad girl, with a liking for gin, cigarettes and the fast life. She was beautiful and often reckless, but put duty and her Royal lifestyle before love, although she may have lived to regret it. She died in 2001 at the age of 71, after suffering from a series of strokes and is somewhat forgotten now. There is a documentary series showing on Channel 5 this Sunday so I thought now was a good time to look back at the glorious style of the Princess who was adored by Dior and was maybe the second royal fashion icon (I’m taking Princess Marina as the first, and not counting the equally naughty Wallis.)

From the late 1940’s when the Princess reached adulthood and threw off the moniker Margaret-Rose and opted for just plain Margaret, to the 1960’s when she mingled with the likes of The Beatles, Peter Sellers and other icons of swinging London, Princess Margaret was a trend setter and a regular feature in glossy magazines. Like Princess Diana, she could sell papers with her royal glamour and beauty. Her real heyday was the 1950’s, her tiny yet curvy figure was perfect for the New Look style that Dior had created, and in her 21st birthday pictures by Cecil Beaton, she had the real look of a fairy tale Princess.

Like Princess Diana, and now the Duchess of Cambridge, Margaret knew what suited her, often wearing strapless styles for glossy nights out and formal evening occasions. She accentuated her tiny waist, and wore heels as she was tiny. She loved jewelled colours that suited her dark colouring, and had beautiful eyes that often saw her compared to Elizabeth Taylor. She was the jewel in the crown of the Royal family, but it did come at a price.

She chose not to marry Group Captain Peter Townsend, who was divorced and many years older than her. Her marriage to photographer Anthony Armstrong Jones made them the dream couple of the early 1960’s, but the marriage soured and they both drifted into affairs and separate lives, with Margaret facing most of the criticism for this at the time (Lord Snowdon later cheated on his second wife, siring a child, and was then revealed to be the father of another child, so certainly not blameless.) Margaret had a relationship with a much younger man, Roddy Llewellyn, but that also floundered, and she was alone at the end.

Her style lives on though, especially for lovers of The Crown, where first Vanessa Kirby, and then Helena Bonham Carter brought the naughtiest princess to live again.


How to open up yourself effectively to others?

Speaking out your minds can be really a great idea to vent out all the frustration and stress but, one must also be aware that not everyone standing opposite to them would be ready to listen to their stories. When the other person with whom you are sharing your emotions, opinions, and suggestions aren’t ready to pay complete attention and listen to you, then the entire idea of sharing your thoughts would all go in vain. A lot of people blabber out everything to everyone, and this can end up harming them later. Also, it becomes highly important to understand certain things when you are sharing things about yourself with others. Most of the time, this activity of opening up yourselves in front of others fail due to the following reasons.

  1. Lack of trust 
  2. Lack of self-confidence
  3. Ego issues
  4. Does not know what to speak 
  5. Lack of self-esteem

Well, these are the issues that one can identify within themselves but, there could be a lot of challenges that one might face because the opposite person’s response says experts who give tips to starting how to start an anonymous blog? However, we must understand that sharing information with people that are not interested isn’t going to be beneficial at all. The whole idea of you expressing your opinions would all go down the drain if you do not follow certain things. This article would give you complete information on knowing how to open yourself effectively to others and also help you to start writing on an anonymous blog.


  • Gather all your thoughts


The first and the foremost thing to do when you are planning to vent out effectively to others about yourself is to gather your thoughts completely. If you are apprehensive about the things that are running in your own mind, it becomes extremely difficult for you to convey the thoughts to the other people.


  • Be sure of what you want to share.


Even though you want to share all the details, do not be in a hurry. You must sit down and jot all the points that you want to share with them, as this would give you complete clarity about the information that you want to share truly. If you aren’t clear in your head, you would never be able to make the others understand completely, and you would not be able to make your own anonymous blog.


  • Make sure to find the right person.


The person who you choose to talk to also play an important role when you are sharing something about yourself with them. If the person comes with premonitions and has a judgment about you, it becomes extremely difficult for you to share the information without any limitations. You would be stuck in your own thoughts and might end up sharing half-hearted information, and this would do no good to you.


  • Ensure that your opposite party is a great listener 


Make sure that the opposite person to whom you are talking possess good listening skills. Anybody can do the hearing, but, for listening, it takes a lot of effort. Also, when you are sharing your deepest secrets and thoughts about yourselves, it is quite natural to expect the other person to listen to you with full attention and focus. Hence, this is also one of the most important criteria that would help you to open yourselves effectively to others.

  • Be assertive

Though you are speaking about yourselves, you must always possess a neutral tone, and you should be assertive. If you get submissive, people will start pacifying with you and stop listening, and on the other hand, if you get offended, the listener would immediately start losing interest in you. Hence, it is important to remain assertive all the time irrespective of the information that you are sharing.


  • Set the context right 


Even before you start speaking, you must make sure to set the context right. There could be something serious that you would want to speak about, and if the others fail to understand your emotions, the idea behind opening yourselves fail completely. Hence, setting the context will save you from facing all these things unnecessarily. Also, you must have clarity in your speech and ideas because that is when your intention of opening up to others would become successful.

Well, these are some of the points that can be considered when you are planning to open up about yourselves effectively. Well, we all know that human beings love to get involved because they are social beings. Also, there has to be someone with whom you can freely express your thoughts and ideas without any inhibitions. When you do so, you would feel completely free and relaxed, say experts from the anonymous blog post.