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Thursday

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June 2014

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Espadrilles by Lika Mimika

image_manager__detail_katebellm9Europeans amongst you, let’s be honest. This summer the weather has been distinctly average to say the least. All those trendy pool slides I invested in have been renegaded to the back of my shoe closet where they are gathering cobwebs until I migrate further south.

In these transeasonal times it’s virtually impossible to appropriately style your feet. It’s too cold for sandals, but too depressing to be donning your winter boots in June, so what to do? Well, in good ol’ Espanha they have found the perfect solution to our twinkle-toe-woes – the espadrille. I’ve already gushed over Lika Mimika‘s organic leather and locally made ethos here, so I won’t repeat myself, but there is no espadrille producer (that I’ve found) creating such comfortable models in equally gorgeous colours and fabrics. I highly recommend you take a look at a selection of their metallic models, or some of the confectionary coloured pairs below – and here’s an insider’s tip for you, they’re having a mid-season sale as we speak!

 

HOW TO STYLE THEM

 

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From left to right: Espadrilles by Lika Mimika available here (£110.00), Rayban sunglasses available here (£125.00), Pamela Love ear cuff available here (£135), white ASOS bikini available here (£30.00), Kate Moss for Topshop suede shorts available here (£75.00), J. Crew denim shirt available here (£80.00), APC tee available here (£80.00).

Sunday

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May 2014

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The YMC Desert Boot

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I have a total aversion to cowboy boots. I know that Chanel has gone and made Dallas fashionable, and I’m all up for fringes and Navajo, but I draw the line at the Texan boot, sorry I just do. The desert boot however is a whole other ball game. Western stitching injects a touch of the John Wayne without going overboard, and the ankle skimming length makes them perfect for pairing with your summer shorts. This navy pair by YMC are high up on my lust list. I have sung the brand’s praises in the realms of menswear, but have yet to shop their women’s collection – this pair of boots might make my take the plunge.

You can shop them here for £245

Also available at YMC 

Monday

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May 2014

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Shall we Chanel?

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOh my days! Let’s take minute to window shop shall we? To whimsically eye up these espadrilles and visualise how they would look slipped onto our feet. To envisage all the ankle baring pants we could pair with them, and the glamorous outings we would embark on. Ah, just imagine it.

Now, let’s calculate how long it would take to save up for said shoes. I figure if I lived on a diet of runner beans and dry toast I could probably wear these next Spring. But, do you know what? You can smoothie those greens for me now, and start cutting off my crusts, coz I would do it. I would be miserable for a good few months, just to skip into summer wearing Chanel on my tippity-toes. And that my friends is why I will probably never have a pension, private health care or a four wheel drive…but Gawd my feet are going to look banging whilst I’m riding the bus.

Thursday

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May 2014

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Richard Braqo x & Other Stories

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Richard Braqo creates his first ever flat shoes for & Other Stories.

Today Swedish high street store, & Other Stories, unveiled a new collaboration with London-based footwear designer Richard Braqo. The shoemaker, know for his fierce stilettos has crafted an exclusive nine piece collection for the brand, that includes his first ever flat styles. Colours are neutral, refined to a palette of black, silver, white and nude, true to the & Other Stories’ minimalistic, Scandinavian aesthetic.

Braqo said,“This collection combines several different points of views. From the abstract to the whimsical and the sexy to the rebellious, all unifying feminine and masculine elements while keeping a tight palette.” 

The collection is available to purchase from stories.com now and prices start from £39.

Monday

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April 2014

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NIKE x Liberty

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I am seriously crushing on all things Liberty London at the moment. They’ve got an impressive back catalogue of collaborations, but their recent partnership with ACNE Studios and now Nike has put them firmly in my most coveted camp.

For the collaboration, Nike’s most popular sneaker styles have been reinvigorated with Liberty’s iconic floral prints and canvas panelling – I have a bit of a revulsion for trainers with platforms, but the Internationalists are A.M.A.Z.I.N.G.

For you sporty types you can also get some pretty cool running gear on the Liberty site at the moment, but unfortunately they’ve sold out of a lot of the sneaker styles already with only the dark blue Roshe run trainers and the light blue Roshes still available – surprising because these models are some of my favourites. If you can hold out a bit you will be able to buy them on the Nike site from May 7th…outfit post by yours truly coming soon!Nike_x_Liberty_SU14_Collection_original

Sunday

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April 2014

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My kinda lace(s)

whiteshoes copyI popped in to visit the WHYRED showroom on Friday and when my friend Sofia came to greet me at the door, the first thing I clocked were her feet. Everything about her shoes were right. A combination of my favourite leather brogue with this season’s sneaker shape, elevated on a barely there flatform, and in a spring relevant white – oh and let’s not forget the subtle tan leather trim to finish! Ah, these shoes are pure perfection, and what’s more they’ve just arrived online and in store – hooray!

The WHYRED Breeton shoe costs €220 and is available for purchase here.

 

Thursday

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March 2014

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Top 10 Sk8ter girl slip-ons

Giuseppe Zanotti calf skin slip ons, for £540 available hereASH Jungle Bis Medusa Canvas slip ons, for£85 available hereGIVENCHY skate shoes in floral print with black leather for £415 available hereH&M panel faux leather slip ones for £19.99 available hereVans unisex metallic flat slip-ons for £36 available hereNINE WEST metallic Brodie trainers for £95 available hereASOS Dialog metallic plimsolls for £25 available hereHOGAN rebel Aphrodite Japanese patent trainers for £235 available hereYMC floral slip ons for £70 available hereCOMMON PROJECTS suede blue slip-ons for £280 available here

 

Thursday

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March 2014

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Happy Birthday to me, and the Air Max 1

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Next week it’s my birthday (hooray!), but marginally more important, it’s also the 27 year anniversary of the NIKE Air Max 1 sneaker. With the sportswear movement in full swing, the sneaker brand has never been more fashionable, but of course the Air Max is more than just a trainer-trend, it’s also an incredibly innovative running shoe.

The concept of “air” was imagined by aerospace engineer Frank Rudy, who during a visit to Nike’s World Headquarters, presented a pair of running shoes fitted with a prototype Air-Sole unit. The “air” concept was reimagined and redesigned for over a decade before becoming the first Air Max 1. Of course the original sneaker has been updated on an annual basis to become the footwear accessory du jour (for sporty-types, or stylish-types (or both)) – I mean how many of you are currently rocking a pair? I know I am inseparable from my Theas.

To celebrate the anniversary of the iconic sneaker style, the included limited edition pair will be available at select Nike stores and online.Air_Max_3.26-02_large

Friday

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March 2014

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Minimarket’s cut out shoes

miniI have been a bit slack on introducing you to Scandinavian labels of late (my bad), but today’s post should more than make up for my absence – meet Minimarket. Minimarket was founded back in 2006 by three Swedish sisters, Sofie, Jennifer, and Pernilla Elvestedt, and since launching has won the Elle Sweden award for “Best New Designer” and more latterly “Best Designer”.

Floral bomber jackets, slouchy dresses and sleek trenches make up their SS14 womenswear collection, pieces that epitomise their easy-to-wear, feminine aesthetic. Although I love Minimarket’s clothing, what really draws me to the brand is their footwear, which has become somewhat iconic up here in the Nordics. Their signature cut-out shoe (above) is constructed from leather and is unisex (apparently because stylists and buyers kept requesting them in men’s sizing). You may have seen a similar style in Armani’s SS14 footwear range, but for £200 these are a far more affordable alternative. They’re the perfect footwear option for summer days spent in an urban setting, with the impact of a brogue and all the comfort of a sandal.

Minimarket cut out shoes in snake skin cost £200 and are available here.

Thursday

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March 2014

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Ciao Ragazzi!

Today, I’m off to Italy for the weekend to spend a few days exploring Milan, Verona and Venice. Despite having lived in Rome for several years, I’ve actually never ventured further north than Florence (that’s bad I know), so I am super excited to call into some of Italy’s most famous cities. I will be taking my gorgeous Britton tote by Kurt Geiger with me, which you will have seen me wearing at London Fashion Week last month. In light of my handbag choice and my imminent departure to the Mediterranean, it feels apt that I should share this evocative campaign video from Kurt Geiger with you, which documents the creation of the Britton shoe; “Designed in Britain, Made in Italy.”

Ciao!