Fabulous Flats: It’s Almost Time for Shoes Without Socks

Beautiful, elegant and easy on your feet – what’s there not to love about flats! ‘Flats’ can mean a variety of shoe types but I am referring to close-fronted flat shoes that can be worn with or without footsies (those tiny invisible socks). My eyes are instantly drawn to a fabulous pair of flats. Personally, I find an outfit styled with statement flats the epitome of everyday sophistication. I always feel that there is refined confidence exuded by a woman who looks fabulous and does not need a pair of heels to lift the outfit. I do love heels as much as the next person but given a finite amount of money and asked to choose between a gorgeous pair of flats and a gorgeous pair of heels – I would put my money on the flats every time! I have written about my take on building a great ‘flats’ collection in an earlier blog post – The ‘Fabulous Flats’ Series: My Take on Building a Great ‘Flats’ Shoe Collection.

Flats exhibit great versatility in terms of looking great at work and on the weekend, and can actually be worn to and from work without ‘under the desk’ shoe changes. In colder countries such as England, there is a defined window of time that flats can be worn in perfect sync with the weather.  For me, ‘flats time’ is the period between spring and ‘proper summer’ (when we have one) paving the way for summer sandals. Therefore, while the weather outside may seem very cold to think sockless shoes, it will soon be time for flats.  So dust off your flats, plan some outfits around them and if you need some new ones  – Easter holidays would be a great time to shop! I have linked some great ones on sale below.

I hope you enjoyed this lookbook and as always, thank you so much for visiting my blog.

Clothes and Accessories:

Jumper – Warehouse (similar Whistles)

Trousers – Massimo Dutti (similar Zara)

Flat Shoes – Massimo Dutti (Other flats in the shops that I am loving at the moment – Massimo Dutti, Zara, Dune)

Coat – COS

Handbag – Doone and Bourke

 

Sunday Stripes and Florals: In a bold Striped Skirt and Wedges

Being the responsible adult that I am, I recently decided that it was time for a thorough spring clean of my closet (ok. fine. closets). I have been meaning to confront the contents of my closets for a while but truth be told I was a bit scared of the enormity of the task before me.

I have performed the task at hand for over 48 hours now and this is what I have discovered.  Yes, of course, it goes without saying that I own too many clothes but let us not lament the obvious. As I keep telling myself, I am in my forties and multiple decades of good taste has consequences. So I have decided to concentrate on trying to be more efficient in the way I store my clothes as well as my accessibility to the various items in my closet. In the spirit of finding new solutions, I went onto Amazon to see what novel storage items I could find. The top item that I have found so far is a multiple handbag holder (purse rack) that can be hung on the back of a door. The children have no idea what I have planned for their bedroom doors next week!

The good news is that I found many clothing items that I have not worn in a very long time.  I discovered this white top and denim jacket that worked perfectly with this bold striped skirt that I recently purchased.  I have never owned a high-waisted skirt like this before but I loved the idea of it and decided it was time for a fashion first this summer.  I have accessorized it with a floral clutch as I love the way florals and strips look together – it is a tried and tested styling formula that always works for me.

I hope you enjoy this ‘lookbook’ and have a great Sunday! As always, thank you so much for visiting my blog.

(Clothes and accessories: Skirt – Stradivarius, Top – Target, Wedge Sandals – Tory Burch, Clutch – Karen Millen, Denim Jacket – Target)

Easy, Breezy: In a Patterned and Striped Kurta Top

A few weeks ago, a friend came over and after a while when we contemplated eating lunch, I realized I had nothing substantial in the fridge to offer.  “No worries”, said my friend, “I will make a sandwich with this tub of hummus and cheese”. She proceeded to make both of us sandwiches with crusty bread, hummus, cheese and hot Sriracha sauce.  I am so glad that she made the sandwich (my hostess skills left much to be desired at this point) simply because I loved the way it tasted! Now I can’t stop eating that sandwich and I would be happy to eat it for breakfast, lunch and dinner (it is a pity that my husband is not as enamoured by it as I am).  It would seem that my tastebuds are having a torrid relationship with these ingredients but I have been here before and the love affair usually ends as quickly as it starts. One morning soon, I am going to wake up and want a pastry for breakfast and the Sainsbury’s hummus suppliers are going to see a dip in their profits!

I have had similarly intense love affairs with certain clothes – I find myself wearing them all the time and then one day I put them away and don’t want to see them again for a while. However, when I rediscover them, that love returns in droves as I marvel at my good fortune for buying that particular item of clothing. That is exactly what has happened with this kurta top!

I loved the bright stripes on this kurta and wore it all the time when I first purchased it.  Then, I was bedazzled by others that came after and unfortunately it was cast aside for a while.  Recently, when I pulled it out from the box under my bed (I desperately need one of those glamorous walk in closets I see in all the home magazines) I fell in love with its beautiful embroidery and vibrant pattern all over again. It is such an easy breezy kurta top to wear and despite wearing it so often, I always feel feminine and pretty when I wear it.  In my opinion, that is the hallmark of a successful purchase!

Have a great weekend and thank you for taking the time to visit my blog.

(Clothes and accessories: Kurta top – Ahilaya, Jeans – Zara, Clutch – Topshop, Ring – Isharya)