Reviewed – Carousel Ride from Clarks

As regular readers to Fashion-Mommy know, I am a real fan of Clarks. This is a classic British brand that is always a byword for great quality shoes. Clarks shoes appeal to me for three main reasons, they offer style but also promise comfort, they do half sizes (a godsend when your feet are bigger than a 5, but not quite a 6 grrrr) and they cater for those who need a wider fit shoe.

Carousel Ride £34.99 click to visit Clarks

Clarks sent me a gorgeous pair of Carousel Ride flat ballerina shoes after I asked them for something that would be comfy and glam for the upcoming school run. The Carousel Ride is firmly in the style of classic Pretty Ballerinas, and come in a soft animal print leather, with just a small heel that helps you to avoid painful soles.

These shoes look and feel truly fabulous. They are super comfortable, with cushionsoft comfort which make the soles really soft underfoot. The shoe is also very flexible, bending and stretching with your foot rather than working against it. The choice of D and E fitting means that people with wider feet, or those who suffer from foot swelling, are catered for. The shoe is also a real style classic, with the animal print a design that celebrities from Kate Moss to Alexa Chung embrace. Teamed with jeans you have a perfect daytime look, but these are versatile enough to look very Audrey Hepburn with a little black dress.

I also think the Carousel Ride are perfect with a maxi skirt or dress, another option in the current warm weather, but they will also last well into the Autumn/Winter with the addition of thick tights.

The Carousel Ride come in a few more colours, I personally think the black would make the perfect back to school shoe for any fashion conscious teenager.

Carousel Ride Black patent £29.99 click to visit Clarks

Carousel Ride Teal £29.99 click to visit Clarks

 

 

 

Evans Celebrate the new season with a competition

I want to start this post with a simple, but truthful, statement. The new collection from Evans is just amazing. There, I’ve said it, and will not be taking it back anytime soon. There are just so many things that I have added to my mental shopping list, items that make you want to go shopping RIGHT NOW.

The luxurious lace edit is simply exquisite, showing that lace can be a daytime or evening option, and also proving that whilst black lace is a classic, gothic option, coloured varieties are not to be ignored.  I love the idea of a lace blazer being teamed with peg leg trousers and a block colour top as a super cool work option. And as for the violet lace cross back top – the shade alone is enough to make you dream of the day this top takes up residence in your wardrobe.

Evans Black Notch Detail Lace Jacket Price: £45.00 click to visit Evans

Evans Violet Lace Cross Back Top Price: £37.00 click to visit Evans

Live Unlimited Black Lace Biker Jacket Price: £75.00 click to visit Evans

The theme of gorgeous brights continues in the latest range of statement tops. Whatever your preference when it comes to tops, Evans has something to suit all tastes. There are buttoned blouses, floaty style tunics, sleek fitted vest styles and embellished efforts from Scarlett and Jo. These are tops to take you to every occasion this late Summer, and then well into Autumn, making the transition across the seasons as easy as 1,2,3.

Evans Blue Crew Neck Jersey Vest Price: £16.00 click to visit Evans

Evans Ivory Jewel Placket Blouse Price: £35.00 click to visit Evans

Scarlett & Jo Purple Stud Detail Tunic Price: £35.00 click to visit Evans

Evans Red Mesh Bubble Hem Top Price: £32.00 click to visit Evans

 

Competition Time

 

Evans have got together with Fashion-Mommy to give one lucky reader the opportunity to win a £50 online voucher to spend at Evans.

 

To enter is very simple.

 

Follow Fashion-Mommy on Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/fashionmommywm

 

Follow Evans on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Evans

 

Leave me a comment below to say you have done both, you will then be entered into the draw.

The competition will close at 11.59pm on Thursday 22nd August and the winner will be chosen at random and contacted by email.

 

 

New season trends ‘Boy meets Lady’

As August starts, and the glorious weather inevitably reverts to form, it is also inevitable that I start to look to the new season trends. August is, after all, the month when magazines pull out the big guns in the form of ‘The September Issue’, and we all start to think about what we will be wearing in Autumn, whether we want to or not.

One of the trends I really love is the one that John Lewis have cleverly titled ‘Boy meets Lady’. This season there is a definite feminine feel to our wardrobes, but one that has a masculine edge to it. Ladylike skirts are de-prettified with the addition of plain sweatshirt style tops a la Bella Freud mid 1990s. Tailored, mannish shirts are given a girlish tone by adding shoes with the sort of mid heel that The Queen favours. It’s a mixed up, slightly schizophrenic collection and I love it. And whilst our wardrobe will also embrace unisex favourites, with some seriously stylish cuts from Barbour, pieces that have a clear masculine or feminine identity will be meshing very nicely thank you, in the same outfit.

A little bit like this…

Take one leather skater skirt,

Whistles Circle Skater Leather Skirt, Black £95 click to visit John Lewis

Add one slouchy, sports luxe style sweatshirt,

French Connection New Ditton Sweatshirt, Grey Melange/Black £45 click to visit John Lewis

Add an amazing grey, square heeled shoe from Kurt Geiger,

KG by Kurt Geiger Anna Mid Heel Court Shoes , Grey £110 click to visit John Lewis

Add a colour pop clutch bag…every outfit needs a touch of colour after all.

John Lewis Sarah Oversized Envelope Clutch Bag , Yellow £39 click to visit John Lewis

So, what do you think. I love this outfit and think all the pieces could be mixed and matched to create so many other outfits.