Category Archives: Fashion, Beauty & Wellness

Green |
The Perfect Spring Sandals

 
I have not joined the Gallery for ages and when I looked at the prompt, I mentally went through the numerous photos of parks, trees and plants that I have taken.

Then I thought about these ZARA sandals. I bought them a couple of years ago and I find they make a pretty good job at impersonating spring.

The weather is getting more gorgeous every day here and fingers crossed, I will soon be able to wear my green wedges again.
 
 
Zara Spring Green Wedge Sandals
 
 
 
 

 


 
 
 
 

Autumn Essentials |
Joules Mood Board

 
As we are currently alternating between balmy Indian summer days and cold, blustery ones it can be quite difficult to dress appropriately. Transitional pieces are therefore the key to ease us gently into autumnal temperatures.

In the mood for a feminine look I clicked on the “Dresses” link on the Joules website and found some gorgeous tunic dresses. I set my heart on this one:
 
 
Autumn Essentials - Tunic Dress - Joules Mood Board
 
I love the striking turquoise colour and the lovely flower pattern. As you can see on the mood board, I would style it with a large belt, my beloved brown wedge boots, this dark ruby chunky bracelet and this beautiful pink and brown leather satchel. And let’s not forget these cool tortoiseshell sunglasses, ready for the sun to make an appearance!

What do you think of this combination? If you own a tunic dress or are thinking of getting one, how would you style it?
 
 
 
 
Disclosure: This is a post in collaboration with Joules. The mood board, words and opinions are my own.
 
 
 
 

London |
Hummingbird Cupcake, Leather Dress And Skeletons

 

After the BritMums Live tales, cocktails at the OXO Tower and London By Night, I thought I would write a last post about my peregrinations in this busy city.

On Thursday, my friend and I were walking around South Kensington when she exclaimed: “Oh, we HAVE to pop in there! Cake?” I was a bit taken aback until I realised that we had come across a Hummingbird Bakery… I must admit, it was as much a feast for the eyes as it was for the palate. Look at that rainbow cake! The choice was a difficult one; my friend eventually bought a carrot cupcake and I settled for a lemon one. Delicious.

Our next stop was the V&A for some Italian glamour… What a gorgeous display of dresses, outfits and shoes, ranging from 1945 to 2014. Pucci, Valentino, Miu Miu, Giambattista Valli, Dolce & Gabbana, all the famous Italian designers are represented. I loved the Roberto Cavalli leopard print sexy, floaty dress – how could I not? – but my absolute favourite was the Nicola Trussardi leather dress… The main sponsor of the exhibition being Bulgari, Elizabeth Taylor’s jaw-dropping emerald and diamond necklace also shines behind its glass case in all its glory; the actress received it as a present from Richard Burton while filming Cleopatra in Rome. If you are interested in fashion, I totally recommend it. The Glamour of Italian Fashion runs until July 27th.

An impromptu visit to the Natural History Museum saw us coming face to face – if I can put it that way – with a pair of friendly skeletons! And then of course more walking along the Thames. I offered my congratulations to the couple about to do a wedding photo session, her long veil gently fluttering in the breeze. The shiny VW bus almost made me want to go on a camping adventure. And the light. That golden light was just so beautiful.
 
 

London - South Kensington Hummingbird Bakery - Rainbow CakeLondon - Katia Funkywellies eating a lemon cupcake at the Hummingbird Bakery South KensingtonLondon - V&A Museum EntranceLondon - The Glamour of Italian Fashion - V&A - Nicola Trussardi DressLondon - Skeletons Natural History MuseumLondon - Street Art with Branches and PhotosLondon - Wedding Photo Session On BridgeLondon - VW BusLondon - Thames at sunset with St. Paul's cathedralLondon - OXO Tower


 
 
Photo of the Nicola Trussardi leather dress courtesy of The Secret

 
 
 
 

The Wedding Boutique |
Bridal Shoe Dyeing Service

 
A selection of red-based outfits is present in my wardrobe, but up to now they were always paired with black shoes. Why? Because it is quite difficult to find the right pair of red shoes. The ones I have spotted were too sparkly, too lacy, too shiny or the colour was not deep enough. I had pretty much given up, until The Wedding Boutique asked me if I wanted to review their shoe dyeing service!

I had a browse on The Wedding Boutique easy to navigate website, featuring a really wide range of wedding shoes. I finally made up my mind and went for the “Lucy” model in satin. The heel height was just right and the curved detailing to the heel very much appealed to me. Once your choice is made, the process is very simple. First, you have the possibility to try the shoes before they are coloured to be certain they fit perfectly. All you need to do then is to send a swatch for the colour match, such as a garment, a piece of material or a handbag. I wanted my shoes to primarily go with a corset dress that I own, so I sent the ribbon used to tie the corset. The swatch will be returned with your shoes. There is also a free shipping option if you are not in a hurry; your brand new shoes will then be delivered within five to ten working days.

When my shoes arrived, I was first impressed with the care that had gone into protecting them: Lots of padding in the box, then shoes wrapped separately. I unpacked them and was truly delighted with the result. The colour is absolutely stunning and the shoes are very comfortable to wear. They will make a big difference to my corset dress, adding even more of a “wow” factor to it.

I had never used a shoe dyeing service before but would definitely do it again should the need arise. For me, it beats spending hours in shops in the hope of finding that perfect match. The Wedding Boutique also offers evening, bridesmaid, prom and children shoes, as well as dresses and a great selection of accessories, at reasonable prices.

After taking photos with the corset, I had a look at my other outfits; none has only one shade of red in it, so my new shoes go with all of them. Can you see the smile on my face?
 
 
Bridal Shoe Dyeing Service - Packaging
Dyed Wedding Shoes
Wedding Shoe Dyeing Service
Wedding Shoes in red
 
 
 
 
Disclosure: The Wedding Boutique sent me a pair of shoes free of charge for the purpose of this review. Words, photos and opinions are my own.