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Kick Off the Holidays with a Pair (or Two, Nay, Three!) of New Shoes

Published December 22, 2014 by The Feminist

All the fabulous shoes on this even more fabulous list were most definitely not made for walking (except maybe for one lonely pair of flats, but even those are way too fancy and hence I wouldn’t dare to walk in out of fear of getting them dirty)

However, who cares if these shoes were not made for long hikes or an afternoon of frantic Christmas shopping (i.e. my forte)? After all, isn’t the only walking activity you will be doing on Christmas simply wobbling from the kitchen to the dinner table? Surely you will be able to manage that in these high-heeled beauties? So what are you waiting for? Go ahead and buy them!

If my words for some odd reason haven’t convinced you to buy a pair of awesome shoes, maybe these pictures will be able to persuade you. (Btw, for once I tried to remain realistic and listed only those shoes that are actually affordable. So no designer shoes this time, but splendid beauties from Asos and Topshop that will only set you back for a maximum of 100 euros! What a bargain!)

These are from Asos:

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river iland shoe

These are from Topshop:

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And for those women who get soar feet merely from looking at these pictures, there is always this option:

topshop brogues

Splendid Summer, Splendid Shoes: Preparing for Cannes

Published July 8, 2014 by The Feminist

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I am leaving for the glitz and glam of Cannes in a couple of days – *feel free to insert an envious grunt*– and since Cannes is famous for being all classy and glamourous, it is essential that I look great. (Obviously.) So no white socks in crocs for me. (Not that I would ever wear white socks… or crocs… or wear both of them together… I would rather die… but you get my drift)

Instead I’m spending a lot of time these days selecting the most fashionable of holiday wardrobes. Not just funky dresses and chic jumpsuits, but fab day outfits as well that will turn hiking into an ultra-posh event.

And with the right outfit go the right shoes. From comfy but bold to sky high and fabulous, there is one suitable pair for every occasion! Here is a list of all the types of shoes I would ideally like to take with me to Cannes. But since I am neither rich nor famous, I will always suggest a more affordable alternative as well. 😉

1) The thrill of the espadrille

A couple of years ago, these type of flats would have been “not done” in fashionable Cannes, but nowadays the classic espadrille has become so immensely popular that even the rich folk on la Croisette can no longer ban so much cooldom in one shoe.

For the rich and famous:

espadrille stella mccartney

(by Stella McCartney)

For mere mortals:

espadrille lace

espadrille leo

(both from Asos)

2) Extravagant pumps or sandals…

… preferably with some transparent detail.
If you want to ooze confidence, glam and an I-don’t-need-a-sugar-daddy-to-make-me-happy spirit, these are the shoes you need to wear!

For the rich and famous:

louboutin

(by Christian Louboutin, sigh.)

For mere mortals:

asos shoes

(by Asos, hip hip hurray!)

3) As brogue as can be

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past year or so, you will have noticed that women suits or hotter than hot. What used to be a solely male garment has now entered a woman’s closet as well and is regarded as the best thing since  the push up bra (or is that just me?) . The same thing can be said for the shoes that usually go with the male suit, because the so-called brogues are my favourite It-shoes. Not only does it look fab under a suit, but it is also a cool option for your summer holiday, because it is comfy and way more original than those boring ballerinas. (yawn!)

For the rich and famous:

brogues louboutin

(Louboutin, again.)

For mere mortals:

brogue

(Asos, again. Thank God for Asos!)

Fur Sure: Have a Fuzzy Fall, y’all!

Published November 10, 2013 by The Feminist

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No matter where you stand on the moral issues of wearing fur, you simply can no longer deny that fur is the biggest trend of this season. Whether it was dyed, striped, turned into entire coats or even Mohawk hair pieces, the omnipresence of fur on this season’s runway was sometimes overwhelming. Although I have to admit that I absolutely love the fuzzy looks the designers showed in their collections, I do strongly want to emphasize that real animal fur is a big no-no for me. I do not want to look fashionable on the back of innocent animals, and neither should you!

Fur-thermore (sorry, I couldn’t help throwing in some lame word play), faux fur alternatives are as caressingly beautiful and uniquely textured as the horrible real deal. Richness and luxury isn’t just exclusively reserved for devilish real fur-loving men and women; with the right amount of faux fur you can feel as regal as all the Cruella De Vils put together!

Just look at the faux fur pieces below and I hope you will agree that faux fur is fur ever. (I’m not biased, I’m just delightfully observant. 😉 )

Stay classic and chic during the cold winter months with this light pink faux fur cropped coat from River Island.

fur river island

If you want fluffy without the murder- aspect, opt for Mongolian wool! Super warm and cozy and yet very animal friendly.

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A combo of faux fur and leopard print? This coat from Zara shows it can still be classy!

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This very cute pom beanie from Asos is very faux as well!

fur asos beanie

Catchy Cobalt: Feeling blue was never so fashionable

Published September 4, 2013 by The Feminist

First of all, I would like to say that I truly hate the term “the new black”. Fashionistas and fancy magazines all over the world use it to emphasize and give merit to a certain colour trend, not realizing that they –by using such a cliché- completely destroy the possibility of said colour to conquer the world of fashion. “Green is the new Black!”, “Nude is the new Black!”, “Red is the new Black!” or “Metallic is the new Black!”: no matter how unique the newest fashionable colour may be, we always want to compare it with the all-time classic, sophisticated black; a comparison that is both incredibly cliché and incredibly inaccurate.

Why do we keep using that phrase? Why do we keep measuring a colour trend’s popularity by referring to its conservative, timeless alternative, which technically isn’t even a colour to begin with?

I understand that magazines first introduced the term to accentuate the classic elegance of a ‘new’ colour. They want us to believe that this ‘new’ colour has all the qualities of becoming a wardrobe staple, like black, all the while not realizing that this colour actually wants to be bold and stand out in its uniqueness, rather than just sit in your closet as a safe alternative. Black was, is and will always be the new black. Nothing will ever change that, and nor should we want to.

Colours are supposed to be bold, bright and beautiful. “Classic elegance” doesn’t come in the form of a colour, the shape of a dress, or the hemline of a skirt. Elegance isn’t a type of fabric. Elegance is an attitude. It is a quality that a woman brings to her clothes. Only she can make something look elegant, whether that’s a new shape of trousers or a new bold type of colour.

So having said that, I do not believe cobalt blue is the new black. Cobalt blue is cobalt blue. Nothing more. Nothing less. Should that make it any less beautiful? Of course not! Cobalt blue has the ability to turn your dark winter wardrobe into a feast for the eyes. It is bold, vibrant and incredibly cool in its own unique way.

It is by far the most perfect combination of trendy swag and sophisticated chic. A combination that is so unique even ‘Kaiser’ Karl Lagerfeld felt obliged to use it in his fall collection.

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Apart from Chanel, designers like Victoria Beckham and Valentino decided to jump on the cobalt blue band wagon as well!

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cobalt blue valentino

However, we all know that if a colour trend is to be truly successful, it needs be available in shops everywhere, and not just shown by haughty designers. Luckily for all of us, there are more affordable alternatives out there than those pricy designer clothes! Clothes that won’t make you feel like you might need a triple bypass because your heart (and bank account) has just suffered a major cardiac arrest after seeing the bill. Here’s a selection of my favourite –and affordable!- cobalt blue items.

This cobalt blue dress with Peter Pan colour from Asos is incredibly cute and suitable for many different occasions.

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Cobalt blue works really well in print patterns: try this stunning skirt from River Island!

cobalt river island

Alternatively, buy cobalt blue accessories! Shoes, handbags, necklaces,…the electric blue will turn your outfit into a real eye catcher!

cobalt river shoe

 

cobalt river clutch