Birkenstocks – The sandals of 2014

When people look back at the summer of 2014 they will see it was the year that the humble Birkenstock made a grand return to the fashion fore. The sandal that has always been known for the levels of comfort and support it provided for the wearer has this year been a bonafide fashion item, as the ‘fugly’ pool slider styles became beloved wardrobe foot fodder of a whole host of fashionable celebs. Style and comfort is a delectable combination, and I have to admit, one that I have succumbed to.

Celebs love their Birkies

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Naomi Watts

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Billie Piper

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The Olsen’s love their birkies

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Jessica Alba

When online shoe brand Shoetique asked if I would like to review something from their Summer collection, I was drawn to the Birkenstocks, even though, in the past, I have had mixed feelings about them. I got my first pair of Birkenstocks in 1999, but had a torrid relationship with them. I went for a single strapped Madrid style in a very pretty pink, but they just weren’t pretty enough for my younger self, and so I rarely wore them.

But fast forward 15 years, and as a mom of an active five year old, constantly on my feet and with the a busy six weeks holiday to look forward to, Birkenstocks now look a far more attractive proposition. And the different celebrities wearing them have shown that they are surprisingly versatile, looking cool with a whole range of outfits. I was more than happy to give them a try.

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I once again went for a Madrid, single strap design, just a personal choice as there are also double strap and toe post versions. I was always a fan of 70s Scholl designs, and I think there is some resemblance. I chose a gorgeous red patent colour way. This is now out of stock at Shoetique, but you can still get black patent and a lovely Ice Pearl Onyx design in the current sale. (These are a total bargain now, £31.95!).

With Birkenstocks I would say stick to your usual size, and don’t worry that they appear to be bigger than you would expect. Your feet shouldn’t reach the edges of the shoe, but should instead sit in the foot-bed,  which is leather coated and anatomically formed of cork-latex. This provides support in all the right places. In addition, the sole is built of shock absorbing, textured EVA which means added grip and comfort for your foot.

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T-shirt M&S (click here to view, and for more colours
Harem Trousers Peacocks (similar here)
Necklace Peacocks
Bag Holiday Purchase (click here for more)
Birkenstocks Shoetique

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A country walk in the Birkenstocks

The key to Birkenstocks is to wear them in, they may feel a little strange at first and not instantly comfortable, but once they have moulded to your feet they feel like bliss! Just so comfortable, the sort of thing you can wear, and walk in for hours. I have worn these for the school run, playing football with the little boy and long country walks and am totally sold on them. They are, quite simply, the most comfortable sandals I have ever worn, and will now be a summer staple in my wardrobe.

To view the current range of Birkenstocks on offer at Shoetique, click here.

*I was sent a pair of Birkenstocks from Shoetique to review. All thoughts are my own, I was not paid for this review.


Reviewed – Lacey Burnout Kaftan from Boux Avenue

My second review from Boux Avenue moves away from the lounge wear and sleepwear of the last review, and instead looks towards my summer holidays. This review is concerned with a piece I fell in love with the minute I saw it online, and then loved even more when I saw it in the flesh. The only problem was choosing which colour I liked best!

The Lacey Burnout Kaftan from Boux Avenue is a beautiful holiday cover-up. It comes in white and black, and a glorious raspberry shade of pink.  I totally loved the pink, and am still really tempted to get it, but I opted for classic white, a colour I love to wear in Summer, and a choice that would go well with all my swimwear.

Lacey burn out kaftan £28.00 click to visit Boux Avenue

Lacey burn out kaftan
£28.00 click to visit Boux Avenue

Lacey burn out kaftan £28.00 click to visit Boux Avenue

Lacey burn out kaftan
£28.00 click to visit Boux Avenue

The first thing I want to say about this item is just how soft the fabric is, it feels delicious. It has a semi circle pattern on it which means it isn’t as see-through as some cover-ups can be. The sleeves are a flattering length, and there is a drawstring which sits just under the bust to give an empire line to the kaftan.

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Kaftan Boux Avenue
Necklace Wallis (past season)
swimsuit George at Asda (similar here)
Sandals Matalan

DSCN7594[1]The bat-wing sleeves and the length of this kaftan mean that this is an item I would happily wear when having a beachside lunch without feeling seriously undressed. It is a lovely, feminine piece and will be easy to pack, the fabric (72% polyester 28% polyamide) is the sort that doesn’t crease, so it will come out of your case fresh and ready to wear. It is also machine washable, so when you return from hols, and this is covered in sand, you can simply through it in the washing machine.

DSCN7595[1]Boux Avenue would not have been my first port of call when I was shopping for beach wear and cover-ups, but I have been really impressed with the quality and style of this product.

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Pick of the beach bags from Spartoo

It’s almost June, and, as far as I’m concerned, that means holiday season will soon be upon us. I’m getting ready to jet off myself at the end of the month, and am already sorting out my holiday  wardrobe, shoes and sandals, and accessories. And one of the most important accessories is the beach bag.

Think about it. Whilst on holiday, you use your beach bag almost every single day, whether you are heading off to the beach, or planning to lounge around the pool. It needs to be big enough to carry a towel, suntan lotion, book, sunglasses, purse, and all manner of other things we carry around with us when we are on  our hols. But it also needs to be light, those straps that cut into the bare skin of our shoulders are a real no-no. Washable is also good, suntan lotions often leak and damp towels leave chlorine and sea water all over the bags.

Spartoo are well known for their fabulous range of shoes, but they have also branched out into bags, and have some really great beach bags from names like Rip Curl, Clarks and Tosca Blu. Well worth a look this season.

KAPAA BEACH BAG Red £ 39.99 click to visit Spartoo

BRIGHTER DAYS BEACH BAG White / Multicoloured £ 34.99 click to visit Spartoo

MOLDOVA BEACH White / COGNAC £ 48.99 click to visit Spartoo

BEACH Blue / White / Red £ 88.99 click to visit Spartoo

AC BEACH LOVER SHOPPER BEIGE £ 43.99 click to visit Spartoo