When it comes to shoes, I like to wear heels, but after a day hobbling round Plymouth’s cobbled streets yesterday I thought maybe I should embrace flats!
On my lunch break I popped into New Look to see what black ballet flats they had in store, that would be suitable for work. I love that the shoe section had its own separate area with a big ‘Shoe Heaven’ sign above it, and lo and behold, what a choice of shoes!
From their huge selection, these are my four top black flats for this autumn:
1. Black Patent Low Heel Ballet Pumps
These, for me, are the perfect work shoe. Classic, with a standard round toe and bow detail, but with a little twist – the patent toe and patent heel. Nice! And only £17.99
2. Black Ankle Strap Ballet Pumps
Love, love, love the ankle strap and that little flash of gold on the heels and toes. As it says on the website, perfect for day to night chic. Nice leopard print lining too.
3. Black Ethnic Embroidered Pumps
Keep up with the latest ethnic trend with these slip on fabric flats with embroidered detail on the toe and heel – not too much, so you can wear with black tights and skirt and not look like a total hippy. (Of course, if you want to look like a total hippy – go ahead, wear with a tribal print maxi dress and plaits!)
4. Steve Madden Black Stud Trim Pumps
These were not instore, but an online exclusive, and now in the sale, reduced from £38.99 to only £19. Nice combination of a classic round toe with more rock and roll stud work – edgy!
So, I think maybe swapping my heels for flats might not be such a bad thing after all. And my feet might thank me!Read More
It’s more exciting than the XFactor Final, it’s the winner of my amazing Aspire Style Giveaway!
You showed a lot of love for Aspire, and picked some wonderful items from their store that caught your fancy. Unfortunately there can only be one winner of the fantastic bundle of goodies worth £50 from Aspire, and to choose I turned to help from Random.Org:
The number picked was 14, which was that given to the comment by … Michelle Campbell. Congratulations Michelle! I will be in touch to arrange delivery of your fabulous prize. Commiserations to everyone else, and thank you so much for entering. Aspire are currently offering 20% off all shoes and boots if that takes the sting away a little bit?
Happy weekend all. Marcus for the win, he’s got such a lovely smile and eyes :)Read More
I had the most perfect Mother’s Day yesterday, beginning with my teenage son bringing me a cup of tea in bed – bliss! My daughter and her boyfriend then visited for the day and took me to Killerton House, a National Trust property, for a four-course Mother’s Day lunch. They stayed overnight so we had a fun-filled evening at home afterwards, and I went to bed a very happy (and over-stuffed, plus slightly tipsy) Mum.
Killerton House, Devon, Photograph © Copyright Derek Harper and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence
Killerton was built in 1778-9, and was home to generations of the Acland family. Architecturally the house is nothing very special – Pevsner called it a ‘plain 2-storey Georgian box’ – but it is set in 6,400 acres, and its wonderful garden, created by John Veitch, is a mecca for plant-lovers.
For me, the main attraction is its costume collection on the second floor. This had been closed on my previous visit, so I was delighted to see it yesterday. The current exhibition of historic dress is titled ‘Dressing up, Dressing Down’ and explores the numerous outfits that were required for different times of the day and occasions, from flower arranging at home in the morning, walking in the garden, afternoon visits, changing for dinner or a social event in the evening, and then again for bed.
Neither Pearl nor I thought we would have a problem with changing six or seven times a day, though I wasn’t too keen on the idea of being laced into this corset:
We happily tried on a number of replica costumes and hats available for visitors to dress up in, imagined the occasions we would wear them to, and picked handsome suitors from the eighteenth-century portraits of members of the Gentlemen’s Club that line the walls of the downstairs corridor. I must admit we were hard pressed to choose, and are happier with the men’s fashions of today and our current partners!
The women’s fashions were another story, and I would have loved to have worn this:
and to have walked in these shoes:
Downstairs we learnt all about beauty and medicine through the ages – including a very informative discussion about leeches! – and sampled hand-cream made from a historic recipe (hopefully not from the one that recommends collecting 50 snails and pounding them to a paste!).
Lunch was delicious, but the amount we ate put paid to any ideas of a long walk in the grounds afterwards – we were all ready to go home and lounge (if not snooze) on the sofas after puddings this size:
We soon perked up however and worked off some of the lunch by hula-hooping on the WiiFit, and then settled down to an evening of wine, snacks, Waking the Dead and dvds.
Thank you to my wonderful children for making my Mother’s day (and every day) so special. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, I am the luckiest mum in the world!Read More
Forgive me readers for I have neglected you – it’s been nearly a week since my last blog post …
My only excuse is that I have been so busy, and travelling a lot on trains. I arrived home from London at around 2am this morning, and woke to this sight beside my bed this morning:
I think this says it all – a change of shoes, washbag, notebook and train tickets seem to have been my constant companions the last couple of weeks, that and train food/snacks:
Thankfully, I will now be staying put for the next couple of weeks, so am looking forward to keeping more regular hours and cooking some proper meals. And, of course, to writing some blog posts. I have some great books and products to review, and some more fab giveaways coming up, so lots to write about.
Finally, a note to Cross Country Trains, please can you wash the train windows, I love looking at the sea on the Exeter to Plymouth route – but not through windows as dirty as this:
Normal blogging service will resume tomorrow :)Read More