Sunday, 26 October 2014

Charnos Footsies Review ♥

Charnos kindly offered me some of their 'Footsies' products to try out. I was very interested as someone who walks a lot, these are a god send in preventing smelly feet and keeping you comfortable! For anyone who is wondering what a 'footsie' is, it's a little sock liner that you wear with flats/ballerina pumps, and they're meant to be 'invisible' so it looks like you are not actually wearing any type of sock!

I've bought many brands of footsie socks over the years and I always found it annoying that they weren't actually invisible when my shoes were on. You'd get a huge band of flesh coloured fabric showing which kind of defeated the purpose of a footsie sock! Another bug bear was that they would ping off your heels when walking about and becoming a scrunched up ball at the end of your shoe!

Charnos footsies are probably the most secure, discreet and 'nearly invisble' socks I have tried! I received 5 different footsies from Charnos and was impressed with them all! They are all reasonably priced, at approx £3-£4 per pretty pastel coloured box. I have reviewed them all below, starting with my favourites first!

For Trainers - Full Foot Comfort - I didn't think these would turn out to be my favourites but I have worn them the most! Whenever I would wear trainer socks with my nikes or my 'vans-esque' plimsolls, I'd hate the big strip of white or black cotton that would show up around my ankle. These footsies sit just below the shoe, so it really looks like you're not wearing any! This is amazing as I'd never ever wear my trainers without socks as they'd rub and start to smell. They're super comfy too as made from 100% cotton and I'm definitely going to buy more!

For Ballerina Pumps - Low Cut with Heel Grip - These were my second favourites. The low-cut sock is perfectly invisble beneath your pumps, and there's a rubbery heel grip that grips on to your back heel to prevent them from pinging off! They also have an actifresh finish to keep your tootsies healthy!

For Court Shoes - Padded Ball Cushion - I don't regularly wear high heels but when I do I get horrible pain in the balls of my feet from the poor things trying to totter and balance all my weight on them. Especially at the end of the day or night, the balls of your feet can really ache and feel sore. When I received these I was a bit skeptical at first as the padded ball area looks quite large and like a mini cushion! I thought they'd be a bit cumbersome, but actually they are super comfortable! I even wore these with flat pumps one day as they can tend to not have much support and it was like walking around on little comfy cushions all day!

For Ballerina Pumps - Luxury Satin Design - These were very silky and felt lovely to wear! They also had a little heel grip, which was needed as the slippery material means they're more prone to ping off your feet! Because the material was silky I felt they were a bit less comfortable as the material was thinner and I did have a couple of instances where they fell off in my shoe! Maybe best for evening wear when you're not going to do lots of walking!

For Peep Toes - Cutaway Lace Detail -  These were my least favourite but I think this is down to personal preference when wearing peep toes. The socks are designed to be footsies but also show a hint of lace when wearing your shoes. All of my peep toes are either patterned/fussy already so I do not want to add more detail with lace, or plain and I felt they weren't benefiting from the lace which looked like an afterthought.  I couldn't wear these with my peep toes and have the sock not showing, as the bit that goes across the toe is quite wide and was always showing. I think if you like having little lacy details these would be great for you, however I like to keep my peep toes plain and simple!

I've tried many footsie socks and I feel Charnos do offer a higher quality, invisibility and staying power than other brands I have tried. I like how they offer a footsie solution for lots of different kinds of footwear. I'll definitely be going back for more trainer socks and low cut footsies!

Do you wear footsies/sock liners?


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Sunday, 27 July 2014

Lovely Lilac Nails ♥

Continuing my pastel obsession, I thought I'd share with you my latest manicure - Lilacism by Essie, a gorgeous soft lilac colour. It was a gift from a friend and I was excited to try it as I've never used Essie nail polish before! Application was really smooth and after 2 coats was a lovely even powdery purple dream!

Here are some of my other pretty pastel polishes, all Barry M. I really rate Barry M polishes as they go on easily, last ages, are great value and have the best selection of colours! I'm loving their 'Silk' range at the moment as they have a lovely soft pearl effect. The pink shade 'Blossom' is next on my shopping list!

What's your favourite nail colour?


Friday, 25 July 2014

Vivienne Westwood Shoes & Monty Python ♥

Last Friday I went to see Monty Python at the O2 with my husband. He gets free tickets through work to sit in a box, so we felt like proper VIPs! The show was brilliant and we laughed so much! The same day I had my new shoes delivered - Vivienne Westwood Lady Dragon shoes!!! <3 I've wanted a pair for absolutely ages so when I saw my favourite ones on sale for £60 on Allsole I snapped them up quick! They usually cost £150 which is too much for me, even though they are my all time favourite shoe!

I decided to wear them to Monty Python as it dressed up my outfit a bit and I just couldn't not wear them! I love them so much! They smell like sweets and are surprisingly comfortable. I wore them on a baking hot tube so it was a good 'sweat test'(!) and my feet didn't sweat or rub at all. Woot. I'm planning on wearing these to a wedding later this year with a nice navy blue dress.

Do you like Vivienne Westwood shoes?


Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Summer Work Outfit + Babylips Balm ♥

I'm pretty lucky in that I work for an industry that doesn't have a formal dress code. It means I can wear whatever I like, and in this scorching hot weather it's a god send! I do feel for the men and women commuting in to London wearing hot and sweaty suits!

I snapped a quick pick of an outfit I wore to work the other day. The top is from Primark and I absolutely love it! It has a cute wildflower print and is made of a nice lightweight jersey material. I wore it with my Topshop black Joni jeans and my yellow sandals. I also wore Babylips lip balm in Pink Punch. I have seen lots of bloggers raving about these and I wondered what the fuss was about as they just seemed like bog standard lip balms - how wrong I was! They are very pigmented so it's like wearing a lovely sheer lipstick. My one is a pretty pink colour which lasts for ages and tastes like sweeties! I'm definitely going to be buying the other colours in the collection!

Are you able to wear what you like for work? Have you ever tried Babylips?


Monday, 21 July 2014

Kimono Style - Lookbook Store ♥

The online fashion boutique 'LookBook Store' was founded in 2009 and has been growing ever since, providing the latest fashion trends to customers from all walks of life. They have a huge range of clothing at great prices, and you can always find something a little unusual, which I love. I was really excited when LookBook offered a couple of pieces of clothing to review as I had had my eye on a beautiful kimono for some time! It is mint (my current colour obsession!) with a gorgeous floral pattern, and perfect for summer. I also picked a glamorous white playsuit as a change as I don't usually wear them.

I decided to do a post on how to dress a kimono up for a night-out or event, and down for casual daytime wear. Kimonos are very on trend right now and there are lots of different kinds available on the high street, from plain and sheer to crocheted and tasselled! I love this kimono as it is very feminine, and the sheerness of the fabric makes it light and comfortable for sunny weather.

For my 'dressed up' kimono outfit I picked a chic white playsuit with a v-neck and 3/4 length sleeves. It also has a cute frilly trim on the short bottoms. I don't usually wear playsuits but I think they can look really good as an alternative for weddings or special occasions when you don't fancy wearing a dress. I really like the combination of the elegant white playsuit with the cool mint colour of the kimono. With the suede M&S wedge sandals it makes the outfit a little bit more dressed up and worthy of a special summer party or wedding! Some silver or gold jewellery would add the finishing touch and add a luxe feel!

For my 'dressed down' kimono outfit, I paired the kimono with a white £5 sundress from Primark and my mint Primark sandals. I really love this outfit as it's so comfy yet so pretty and perfect for warm weather! Again I have picked white to go with my mint kimono but any colour would look nice. Kimonos are an instant outfit pick-me-up, they make any ensemble look more put together!

Lookbook Store have some lovely kimonos for sale at the moment, and if you fancy buying one or anything else from their site, click here for a 5% discount off your purchases!


Saturday, 19 July 2014

My Wedding Table Plan DIY ♥

When I was planning our wedding I saw all sorts of lovely ideas for wedding table plans, from writing on mirrors, to luggage tags pinned up in old suitcases - the possibilities seemed endless! After going to a good friend's wedding I found the perfect style of table plan for us. My friend had used a multi-frame to place each table setting in and had set it upon a stand. I liked the simplicity but elegance of the finished effect and decided to pinch her fab idea for our wedding!

It ended up being an inexpensive DIY, as we picked the frame up from The Range for under £10! It had 11 frames which was perfect as we had 10 tables and we used the 11th centre frame as the 'Table Plan' sign. In each frame we placed the names for each table & designed pastel coloured backgrounds and borders for each. For the centre frame I found a vintage frame illustration on a free clip-art site and chose a vintage font to write 'Table Plan' in the centre. We then printed it all out and popped them in each frame - it was that simple!

The frame came with all of the sizes so it was easy to create the print-outs to go inside. The beauty of having a tableplan like this is that you can fill the frame with lots of lovely wedding photos afterwards, and keep it as a memento of your big day! I'd really recommend The Range for frames like these and lots of other inexpensive bits and bobs for weddings. This type of table plan can also be hung on a wall, or set upon an easel (like we did). It looks lovely and elegant, and is budget-friendly and very easy to create!

You can really play around with whatever colours or theme you like in each of the frames. As our wedding had an 'Afternoon Tea' type theme we decided to name each table after blends of tea. We had Assam, Darjeeling, Chamomile, Oolong, White Peony, Earl Grey, Jasmine, Sencha & Ceylon. You could name your tables after anything you like, from your favourite songs or books, to places you and your partner have visited on holiday!

What's your favourite kind of table plan?


Thursday, 17 July 2014

Pastel Pink & Mint OOTD ♥

I'm really into all things pastel at the moment, so when we went out for dinner the other night I decided to go all out pale pink and mint! Pale pink & mint are my favourite combinations of colours, but I'm often a little nervous about wearing such girly colours. I wear so many dark colours and black I decided to be brave and embrace my pastel dream!

Sorry about the soft & grainy pic, it was night time when I took the photo and the light wasn't great! I wore a new shirt from Primark which is a very pale peachy pink with white polka dots, my black skinny jeans, white sandals, and a gorgeous two-tone pale pink & mint clutch bag, also from Primark. I also wore Barry M Sugar Apple nail polish which matched my clutch really well. I wasn't sure what jewellery to go for so I wore some pretty pearl drop earrings.

 I love getting dressed up to go out and would like to do it more often as for work I just throw on whatever I can find and wear minimal make up. I spent time doing my make up for this outfit and chose a simple and fairly neutral look to go with the soft and girly clothing colours. I wore my favourite perfume & body lotion - Dahlia Noir by Givenchy. This perfume smells gorgeous, like talcum powder. I bought it for my wedding and I have been wearing it ever since! I think I will need to buy a new bottle by Christmas!

 Do you like pastel colours?