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Last Minute Charity Shop Shopping! April 23, 2011

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Today was a lovely day. Gently hung over and oh-so-knackered, we lounged in the park for as log as time would allow, mooching and people watching, and generally enjoying the spectacular and totally unseasonal sunshine. Then it was time to go home, and I thought I would just pop into the Barnado’s on the way. You know, for a quick look around.

5 minutes later, I left with these. Astonishing vintage heels that I can’t walk in to save my life. Sheer, dramatic, eye catching. I simply couldn’t leave them behind. Aren’t they incredible?

Amazing Vintage Sheer Heels

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Mmm, Yummy – Valentino Patent Peep-Toes November 24, 2010

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Is it just me, or is there something just… well… wonderful about these Valentino heels? I suppose in part it is because of the classic and elegant shape, but generally I think the shade is the winner. Not quite pink, not quite purple, not quite really bright and not quite muted. It is one of those sweet and downright edible shades that is simple at the same time as being really unusual. For whatever reason, I love them. I don’t love the £164 price tag though, although when you think that it is down from a mighty £410 it almost becomes a bargain…

Valentino Peep Toe Patent Pumps

Valentino Peep Toe Patent Pumps

We all fall down November 8, 2010

Posted by Lauren Cooke in Life, Chatter & Politics, Rants.
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I have developed a problem recently. It has actually been a problem that has haunted me throughout my entire life, as a clumsy individual with very little in the way of spacial awareness. I have stumbled, wobbled and bumped my way through my many years, with many a bruise and graze as evidence of my physical incompetence. Now, however, the problem has got worse, as my ankles have become really really weak.

wearing heels effect

OK, so it may have something to do with wearing heels. And perhaps on nights out I should really invest in a pair of fold up flats to go in my handbags. However, before I always used to be able to walk places in heels, and now I go tumble at the merest mention of a bump in the pavement. The tiniest imperfection can set my poor ankles a-wobbling, and before I know it I am down on the floor.

This started happening when I was drunk. I became that irritating person who spends a lot of the journey home pulling herself out of ditches, drains and back up onto the pavement. I assumed that maybe I was drunker than I had thought, only one stage off paralytic. I couldn’t work out how it happened. Don’t get me wrong, I was genuinely pissed – but falling down like that is, to me, only one stage off falling unconscious!

Then I started falling in the real world, the sober world. The other day, when heading to Wetherspoons in the salubrious area of Solihull, I face planted myself neatly on the tarmac, splitting my lovely vintage dress in the process. This wasn’t just a wobble – I fully went down, and only a familiarity with the act of falling saved my for certain injury! That same day, I nearly fell 3 other times when my ankle just flopped neatly outwards, without the faintest provocation. Since then, although it doesn’t hurt, I have nearly gone face first in the dirt a number of times, most commonly when completely sober AND wearing flats. How can this be?!

Any suggestions people? How can I strengthen my ankles?

So, if you see me stumbling around town – don’t assume I’m drunk,just assume I’m incompetent!

Semi-Daily eBay | Stunning Charlotte Olympia Heels September 17, 2010

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charlotte olympia heels

Stunning Heels!

I love Charlotte Olympia heels. They may just be my favourite. The chunky platform, the funky heel. The Louboutin-esque shape. I dream of owning a pair, which is why I wish this particular example was in my size – they are only £50!! Please, someone with size UK5/EU38 feet, please buy them!

Semi-Daily eBay | Sam Edelman Balenciaga Wedges June 2, 2010

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sam edelman balenciaga zoe harness wedge boot

First off, apologies… Semi-daily eBay has become more Semi-Monthly. However, I am on a self imposed stop-spending binge at the moment, so shall no doubt be featuring many pretty things purely to try to force someone to buy them on my behalf.

Now, on with the subject of this post. These boots. These bold, daring and downright dangerous boots. They are, of course, utterly ridiculous, and it would be wrong if they were anything but. They also currently cost £100, which is painful, but to be fair not completely stratospheric – and they are in my size, which makes their presence all the more unbearable! These completely meet all my requirements for bold biker boots, sky-high wedges and attitude. I love them!

Semi-Daily eBay | Art Deco Inspired Heels May 11, 2010

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Art Deco Poste Mistress Heels, size 4

Art Deco Poste Mistress Heels, size 4

I haven’t done a Semi-Daily eBay post for a while – I have been a bit distracted with buying many things on the fabulous auction site for myself. However, today I decided to get back in the flow, and what a way to start! These beautiful Poste Mistress heels popped up in the vintage section, and they are definitely vintage inspired – the duck egg blue is so reminiscent of the early decades of last century, and that amazing copper ribbon design gives it that Art Deco edge. Alas, considering that they only cost a miniscule £4.99 currently, they are a UK Size 4, and far far too small for me. Anyone care to buy them instead?

Fashion Fetishes April 9, 2010

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Some cheeky people would say that I have a shoe fetish. Personally I believe that it is not so much a fetish as an obsession. A dangerous obsession bordering on addiction. However, what is undeniable is the fact that I wear and own a lot of different shoes, mainly heels, and that the sight of a beautiful pair of meticulously crafted Mary Janes or curved Louboutin stilettos can make me go weak at the knees. 

My Beloved Louboutins

If fetish is defined as an obsession bordering on lust – but which doesn’t have to have anything to do with sex, the context in which it is generally used, then of course, I also know that I am not the only person out there with a bit of a fetish. In fact, Dictionary.com defines it quite neatly –

1. an object regarded with awe as being the embodiment or habitation of a potent spirit or as having magical potency. 2. any object, idea, etc., eliciting unquestioning reverence, respect, or devotion: to make a fetish of high grades.

In that case, many of us will have a particular fetish! And the range is wide and varied!

However, how does a fetish begin?

I think that all too often a really all-encompassing love of a certain item of clothing happens following a negative experience. Almost like something bag makes us realised just how good something else is – and the ensuing waves of positive emotion soon turn themselves into a shameless and unapologetic fetish to beat all fetishes. For me it was that as a kid growing up, shoe never fit. I remember long haunting shopping trips every summer, around city after city, all as part of the hun for narrow shoes that fitted my school criteria. Then, as I (dare I say it) started to grow up, something miraculous happened. My feet shrunk a bit and got a little wider, and suddenly shoes from all over the shop were fitting my footish dimensions. It was a miracle. Suddenly, after years of hating shoe shopping, it was a pleasure – and so it began.

For other people it could be that they always had to wear a horrible style of skirt to school – and that the day they discovered a brilliantly flattering alternative was the day it all started. Or perhaps that handbag someone had used for years and years finally broke, and they had to switch to a new one. The replacement handbag was such a revolution that they looking at purses in a whole new light, and started collecting.

I don’t know many fetishes with specific items of clothing that haven’t come out of an experience like this – but I may be wrong.

Do you have a fashion fetish? How did yours start?

Semi-Daily eBay | Nicholas Kirkwood Black Heels March 30, 2010

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I love shoes.You all know that. It isn’t a facet of my personality that I can keep hidden for more than a few minutes of being in someone’s company. Part of this shoe-love is dreaming about beautiful shoe works of art that I couldn’t afford even if I tried, and these Nicholas Kirkwood heels really do fit the bill. Sure, they cost $650 – but they are damn pretty…

Nicholas Kirkwood Heels

Fabulous Website – Upper Street March 22, 2010

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A colleague at work pointed out this website to me the other day – and I am completely and utterly bowled over. The idea of Upper Street is that it is a shoe website with a difference – and that difference is that you design the shoes. From the shape to the extras and even the colours, you can put together your ideal shoe!

I had some fun earlier putting a few different ideas together, and then talking myself out of buying them. After all, you have to pay for the privilege of designing them – and that is a cost of £195!

My shoes are below. The ones I really want are the white black and red ones – but I decided to put the blue ones together to give you another example! It is such fun!

My Shoe Collection | Only 70 Pairs! March 17, 2010

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I just sat down and took a photograph of each and every pair of my shoes, with the exception of trainers and ballet pumps. In total, exceptions included, I only actually had 70 pairs of shoes, which is far far better than I thought! Read on to see all my pretty pretty heels and boots. From now on I will be taking part in Amber’s challenge, and attempting to wear ach and every pair (including any new pairs!) before the year is out. 

Shoes are probably my favourite items of clothing, along with dresses. I own far too many of both! 

What have I learnt from this? That I have a propensity for Topshop heels (I may not like their clothes, but I LOVE their shoes!), and Irregular Choice. And also that I don’t have as many as I thought, and so probably can add some more to the collection! 

So… here we go! 

Boots: Emilio Pucci, TK Maxx

 

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