Reviewed – The Charlaine Leopard Print Sandals from K Jacques

I have a pair of sandals that I have been wearing to death lately. With a wooden heel and a glorious animal print leather design, they are both glamorous, elegant, and not only can I work in them, I can dance the night away. The shoes in question are the Charlaine Leopard Print sandals from the Saint Tropez company K Jacques, who have been producing hand made, bespoke shoes and sandals since 1933.

K Jacques often have an association with the most stylish of sandals, with their designs beiing worn by the likes of Kate Moss, Emma Watson, Diane Kruger and Cheryl Cole. Their leather and suede designs, and the fact that they can be totally customised to your own taste, makes them a popular choice for stylish trendsetters. But K Jacques are not just about beach ready designs, their heeled sandals are also perfect for weddings, cocktail hour and formal evenings, as I think my designs prove.

I totally love animal prints, so a brushed leather print was always a must for me. I think they can be worn with so many different colours and even worn with print for a stylish clash. The Charlaine, which retails at 390euros is a classic design, with a slight retro 1970s feel. I did size up to a 6 and these are really comfortable and a great fit.

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I have been wearing my sandals a lot, I think they look great for parties and formal occasions, and yet they work well with casual dress too. I also think they rock with a red toenail (Gitane from Chanel for information) and because they are comfortable, they allow for more than just a walk in and out of a restaurant. I’ve ran for a train in these sandals, and danced the night away at a party – which is pretty impressive considering they have a heel.

Wearing the Charlaine for a party

Wearing the Charlaine for a party

Wearing the Charlaine for a Theatre Press Night

Wearing the Charlaine for a Theatre Press Night

They work just as well for a more casual occasion too

They work just as well for a more casual occasion too

K Jacques sandals have style and quality in abundance, along with that certain something that is unmistakably French.

The Glamour and Glitz of the Debenhams Press Day

DSCN7356Out of all the press days I attend, the Debenhams Press event is always one of my absolute faves, and one I try hard not to miss. It is always a glamorous occasion, held in a sumptuous, beautiful venue, and the clothes on display are full of pieces that you instantly fall in love with. With some of these pieces due to start hitting the stores and online very soon, now is the perfect time to look ahead to what we will be wearing this Autumn/Winter.

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The influences are a really mixed bag from the Designers at Debenhams. There are 1950s full midi length skirts and dresses with beautiful brocade prints and patterns. the 1970s is well represented by a hexagonal lurex style maxi dress that I believe was from the Ben De Lisi range for Principles. An exquisite green beaded dress was clearly influenced by flapper style from the 1920s, whilst I loved the beaded evening gowns that resembled something grabbed directly from the red carpet.

At the other end of the spectrum from glamorous beaded gowns, there was an explosion of pink in the form of some very lovely Winter coats, including a fun fluffy pale pink design. And I totally adored the orange wool coat that was worn draped over a mannish suit and a Breton t-shirt. This look was very stylish, very French, Very Ines De La Fressange, and I just loved it.

A few more looks…

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Debenhams is currently in the midst of its ‘Blue Cross Sale’ with up to 70% off dresses, tops and knitwear, and an half price swimwear offer. Click here to view the sale.

Style Crush – Clemence Poesy

Whatever did we do before the days of digital and satellite television? It is hard to believe that even in my lifetime, there were once just three channels that could be watched through terrestrial TV. And with the lack of choice, it is true to say we watched a whole load of rubbish, as well as the, admittedly, classic television we choose to remember. But these days we have choice, fast broadband allows us to watch great programmes before they hit our screens, and play catch-up on those we have missed, and packages that allow us to join our telephone, tv and broadband mean that we never have to miss must-see television like The Tunnel, currently showing on Sky Atlantic, and my current television obsession.

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The Tunnel

Now before anyone shouts it out, I know The Tunnel is a virtually identical remake of The Bridge, with just the countries changed. But I never saw The Bridge, only discovering a love of subtitled programmes this summer, when I became addicted to The Returned. And so, whilst I will definitely be checking out the original sometime in the future, at the moment I’m happy to be enthralled in ‘The Tunnel.’

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I think one of the main reasons I’m loving ‘The Tunnel’ is that it’s leading lady is one of my current fave style crushes, the very chic Clemence Poesy. I can’t claim to be a fan since the Harry Potter days as I’m not a fan of those movies, but I loved her in ‘In Bruges’ and thought she was both beautiful and heartbreaking opposite Eddie Redmayne in Birdsong. As Elise Wasserman, she shows wonderful control of character, playing the emotionally challenged Elise as highly intelligent, unable to ever completely switch off, and devoid of most conventions of social niceties. In the words of the legendary Roy Walker, she ‘says what she sees’, and what she thinks, even if it is the totally wrong thing to say.

The-Tunnel-Intro-02-16x9-1In real life, Clemence is the epitome of a chic Frenchwoman, combining all the style and sass of Julie Delpy, Juliette Binoche, and a whole host of effortless chic women who litter French cinema. Her wardrobe is minimalist in terms of decoration – she chooses elegant separates, often using a scarf as a sole accessory. Shirts are an important part of her look, worn with peg trousers and mannish tailoring, or cute skater skirts for a dash of feminine styling. An attractive addition to fashion week front rows, her style evokes memories of Jane Birkin, Lauren Hutton and Katherine Hepburn, strong characters with even stronger looks.

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