Archive for the ‘Fashion’ Category

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As you may have noticed, I’m a bit of a Crocs fan – I just love how comfy the cute ballet-style pumps are.  But, alas, my search for comfortable heels has been long and fraught with blisters and nights out that end with a bare-footed walk to the taxi!  So powerful is the internet, though, that I was directed towards Melissa Shoes and after a few weeks of testing, I’m happy to report back my findings… 

Firstly, a little about the company – Melissa Shoes are a Brazilian company who developed a composition called ‘Melflex’ that allows the shoe to be injection moulded, recycled and creates no waste (ie any waste can be recycled).  This clever material also moulds to the shape of the wearer’s foot over time (a bit like Crocs) and to prevent them smelling of plastic, the shoes are scented with a bubblegum smell! 

I have tried out two pairs, firstly the Hello III model in flock purple: 

Hello Flock III Purple Melissa Shoes

Compared to most heels, I found these pretty comfortable.  First I tried with tights, which made them a little hard to walk in, but I got used to it after a while.  They had a few comments and I felt great strutting about in them!  The second time I wore them was a little less successful as I wore them without tights – I walked for about half an hour on my lunch break and to start they were fine, but by the time I was back in the office I had a huge blister where the strap meets the inside of the shoe :O(  I’ve since put a blister pad over the offending area inside the shoe and now they’re okay worn with tights. 

The second pair I tried were the Neon model in bright yellow: 

Neon Melissa Shoes

These, I’m very happy to say, were much more successful!  The first couple of wears squeezed my toes a little, but the material now seems to have moulded to my feet and they’re very comfortable indeed.  I think the trick of these shoes is in the ‘wearing in’ phase – push through that and you’ve got yourself a pair of comfortable heels – at LAST! 

If you want to read more about Melissa Shoes, check out their website here.


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I uploaded this photo to Flickr on Sunday evening and it’s had a huge number of views so I thought you guys might like it too…

This was my first pair of Crocs and probably the ones I wear least often.  I always felt there was something missing and Jibbitz aren’t really appropriate for wearing to the office…so I customised them with some hand-tied ribbon.  I LOVE them this way, don’t you?  I’m already planning which colours to try next…

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I’m guessing if you’re reading this you either like my posts about shoes and Trollbeads, or you like my photography…so to make it easier for you to find what you want you can ‘Click to view only posts about…’ in the right side panel. 

To make it even easier when you’re viewing my photos on Flickr, I’ve created two collections – one for Fashion (mostly Trollbeads, Crocs and other shoes) and one for Photography…

Click to see the Fashion Collection here
Click to see the Photography Collection here

If you’re also on Flickr let’s link up – just send me a connection request!

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I’ve always been into alternative dressing, from back in the hippie days at school, through a good five years of wearing only black in the ‘goth’ days and nowadays just wearing whatever makes me smile!  I like anything bright, vintage or anything that’s just a bit unusual…so last year I was delighted to find the fabulous www.whatkatiewore.com blog.  Blogged by boyfriend Joe, Katie wears a different outfit every day and is pictured on the site in all her brightly coloured fabulousness!!

Last month I was delighted to be featured in the ‘What You Wore’ section – check it out here.  Want to know where I got the outfit from?  Check it out…

Storm umbrella from TKMaxx, gold leather jacket from Oasis, mushroom dress from New Look, Pretty Polly tights from TKMaxx, purple ‘Bayswater’ shoes from Mulberry.

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Once a week on a lunch break I wander into the village where I work and check out the local charity shops looking for vintage bargains.  Last Friday, on one such trip I stumbled upon these bad boys – Nike high top trainers – or if you’re reading this in the States, I’m talking about sneakers! 

Being a child of the 80s I distinctly remember all the older ‘cool’ kids wearing these, usually in bright neon colours, but never had the pleasure of owning a pair…in fact by the time I was a teenager ‘Red Levels’ were all the rage! 

The Debra charity shop had marked these up at a size 9, but on closer inspection I realised they are a UK size 8 – my size!  Barely worn and pretty clean, I reckon these were a bargain at £5!!

These look to me like an original 80s pair but I know Nike still sell high tops today so I’d be interested to know if they’re from the 80s, 90s or 00s – if anyone knows please do comment here to share :O)

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No not that kind of Crocs, I’m talking about these bad boys:


Having found myself on the Crocs blog yesterday (here), I decided I would share some pics of my others!

Having purchased some Prima Crocs (far right) on a whim last summer I fell in love with how comfy they are…so much more supportive than regular pumps and the structure of the insole promotes circulation so your feet miraculously don’t get cold!  Plus, when it rains, you can dry them off and pop them straight back on, genius!!

If you only wanted one pair (which you won’t by the time you’ve tried your first pair), I’d recommend Olivia (left) – they’re all comfy but these are the best as they’re slightly more ‘squishy.’

Left to right: Olivia in Ultraviolet, Malindi in Black, Alice in Grape, Prima in Silver.

Oh and if you’re looking for some comfy, warm, waterproof boots, I can definitely recommend Nadias, pictured below ;o)

 I ordered these on Valentines day and they sent me a free little red heart Jibbitz charm – cute!  Thanks Crocs!

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