I bought these patent charcoal Block Pump United Nudes thinking they’d be versatile: good for rainy school-run days when you need to look smart (when wellies just won’t do), and also when even elegant boots don’t go with what you’re wearing.
I tried the Block Pump out with this outfit, and I liked how they slightly jarred because of the awkward heel. It made me think that they’d make any plain outfit unusual. A good subversive shoe for the office, perhaps?
The charcoal colour of the shoe also softens the severity of a black dress, and the patent shine which emphasises the charcoal makes this footwear really quite beautiful – albeit in an attractive off-kilter way. Quirky!
On one of those sunny but cool days that heralds the end of summer and the coming of autumn, there’s nothing more appropriate than a dress with three-quarter length sleeves.
This is me in my teal coloured Dorothy Perkins ensemble, with an unusual tan leather belt from the Zara sale and my extremely comfortable United Nude Fold Peep-toe heels. The La Bagagerie orange patent envelope clutch – which I love – was a present from France. Unfortunately the gorgeous vividness of the orange doesn’t come across well in this picture – ditto the shoes with their bright neon stripes – and even the belt has lost its tan-orange tone in photo translation.
Anyway, I’m now looking forward to coat season so that I can do some serious colour-clashing!
Since for various reasons my hair has now changed from a peroxided white-blonde mid-length bob, to a short Manic Panic Candy Cotton Pink bob (more of that later), I’ve been looking for ways to accessorise with my new hair. After all, the last time I had pink hair was in my twenties, and those years are now long gone!
So here I am with my patent nude Kurt Geiger heels, teal Dorothy Perkins dress, yellow and white-cream Karen Millen coat, and bright pink patent H&M for Versace Belt. Not forgetting the aviator shades and Rimmel’s ‘Pin-up’ pink lip-gloss, of course!
I have a real thing for acid brights, and this fluoro yellow top-dress is no exception. It may be a couple of years old, and have cost about £4 from the Primark sale rail (yes, Primark has a sale rail!), but it still hits this season’s neon and sportlux looks, and was such a steal back in 2009/10 that I had to get it in cobalt blue too.
I’m not sure whether this loose and loud yellow garment is a long tunic top or a short dress, but it was extremely accommodating during my second pregnancy, and now continues to look great with bare legs during the summer, and tights or leggings in the Spring.
Here I am wearing it with snakeskin leggings (python? Boa constrictor? Adder?!) which I bought on EBay for a fancy-dress party, and have worn ever since…oops! It just goes to show that money probably can buy good taste!
The hot pink coat is from Karen Millen, and the patent heels are from Hobbes (and are a far more coral pink than they appear in this picture).
All in all, a versatile outfit for a sunny Spring day!
Today’s school-run shoes are a departure from my usual brightly coloured footwear, being as they are a pair of nude Carvela heels from the Kurt Geiger store in Brighton.
They incorporate hidden platforms under the balls of the feet, which make walking more pleasant. But I’d be kidding if I said they were my most comfortable shoes, as their rounded fronts make them serious toe squeezers!
I’ve also noticed that being both nude and patent they mark extremely easily.
So all in all, these are neither my most practical or comfortable heels, but they’re rather pretty none the less – although perhaps a bit too safe and inoffensive for my liking, which is why I like to pair them with my usual bright and questionable clothes, just to shake it up a bit!
And since nude heels make my legs look endless, wearing tasteful and unadventurous footwear is a sacrifice I’m willing to make – for once!
Today I am wearing my red wool Monsoon coat cinched with a wide black patent black belt, and a stripy Primark wool dress – which frankly was a real find: so cheap, yet so simple and chic with a pair of heels, or perfect dressed down with a pair of flat boots.
The yellow stripe is my favourite colour splash in this oufit, but it’s just out of shot!
Today’s pointed red patent school-run shoes are by Bandolino, and I bought them second hand for £10 from an eclectic Saturday market in Brighton. They don’t show any cheeky toe-cleavage (a style I prefer), but still: Bargain!