Fashion

Country walks with my comfy shoes from Hotter

At the beginning of May, I headed to Manchester for the BlogOn conference. A wonderful day meeting up with friends and making new ones, but also to meet fabulous brands and see some their great products. This year was the 4th BlogOn I had attended, each time I had chatted with Hotter Shoes yet never got my hands on my own pair. Things changed this time when I entered a competition to have my photograph taken with Prince charming and share it on my social media…………….. woohoo I won a pair!

comfy-shoes-from-hotter

I have heard so many great things about Hotter shoes, lots of my blogging friends have them and recommend them. For the Royal wedding they even released a range especially for that. As with every shoe shop, not all of the styles are what I would look for in shoes but there was a few that caught my eye.

While at BlogOn I had my feet measured, to find my perfect fit. I am a size 5 in Hotter shoes, I think it helps because they are a wider fit shoe and often when buying a standard shoe I need to get a size 6 to fit my feet.

I chose a pair of the ‘Brooke’ in blue river, they come in four different colours and I really loved the salmon pink ones, however I felt that blue would be more wearable with my style of clothing. As much as I love pink I just do not wear it anywhere near enough.

Last week we headed away to Yorkshire to celebrate my sisters 30th birthday. There was 7 of us staying in a fabulous barn conversion in the middle of nowhere, along with our two dogs. For the week we hadn’t really planned too much other than going out for some long walks. I wasn’t quite prepared for how rocky and hilly the walks were going to be.

Luckily I had my new Brooke hotter shoes with me. I hadn’t even tried them on before packing them in my luggage, I thought I might have warn them a couple of times popping out to the shop. However they didn’t leave my feet for the whole holiday, they were perfect for the walks.

From the moment they went on my feet before setting out on our first hike, they were so comfortable. We must have covered 20 miles or more during our stay and I had no issues with them, no blisters, no areas of my feet that hurt a bit. My only disappointment was that when we walked down the stream, we had to use stepping stones to cross back and forth in a few places, and I managed to step into sludgy mud and cover the sued in it. When we returned to the barn, I was easily able to wipe then down and they have just about returned to their former glory.

I am now a Hotter shoe convert, for a pair of pumps I would highly recommend them, they look fashionable and are so comfy.

Thank you hotter shoes for my prize. I love them.

How to prep for a Summer wedding

Summer tends to be the most popular time for people to get married, because it’s warm, dry, and the sun makes everything look better. So you may find that you have an invitation or two this year. This can be a very exciting time because it means you get to go shopping to find something pretty, but having said that, if you’re not much of a fashion shopper and more of a grocery shopper, then you may find it a little bit difficult.

Summer Wedding

One of the hardest things to learn, is how to dress for your body, as it’s important to know that not everything will look good with your shape, and some things are a lot better suited.

Here are some of the best summer wedding tips.

Dresses are your go-to

No matter how old you are, or what shape you are, dresses are always in. There are so many different styles and designs and materials, that you are guaranteed to find something made for you. Depending on what part you play in the wedding, will determine what kind of dress you have. For example, if you’re Mother of the Bride, you will want something beautiful and classy that asserts some power. You can shop online with stores to check out the kind of ideas that are already out there, just make sure you do this in advance because a lot of dresses have a limited availability on them. If you’re stuck for colours and patterns, floral always works wonderfully.

Consider a hat

Getting a hat for the wedding essentially works as killing two birds with one stone. You not only have an air of class about you, but you are also able to shade yourself from the hot scorching sun. Remember, it’s the summer, and the last thing you want is for your makeup to sweat down your face and have to keep popping to the bathroom to powder up again. A hat will also supply you with instant cooling relief at the same time. The size you opt for entirely depends on how big of a statement you want to make – the bigger, the more attention you will draw to yourself. If you’re not sure, then think about how it will look in photos with others – is it going to be so big that it blocks people out from the picture? If so, maybe go down a size or two.

Walk the walk

Shoes are the piece that tend to finish off the entire look, and while you may be looking at the most stunning pair of stilettos that would go perfectly with your outfit, ask yourself one question – will you be able to walk in them? No matter how good a pair looks, if you’re walking like you’ve just had an accident, then you won’t do them justice. It’s very easy to underestimate how hard walking in heels is when you try them on in the shop – until you have to do it for hours on end. So make a good judgment call, and if you’re not sure about what to do, then drop an inch until you are sure.

Top 5 fashionable holiday destinations for 2018

I like to think of myself as a fashionable person, I’m probably not as quite as fashionable as I would like to be since becoming a Mummy. A few years ago you wouldn’t have found a pair of jeans in my wardrobe, now however I am normally seen in them. I do however like to keep my eyes on the cat walks around the world and their various fashion weeks. Sometimes I see items I love, others I just cannot imagine anywhere else other than a catwalk, or there are even items I think are awful, but thats fashion for you. What one person likes another might not, luckily we are in a time when whatever your style is you can find it on the catwalks.

Cities around the world have become more and more fashionable over the last 10 years or so. How they rank in the style stakes, for fashioneastas around the the world has also changed as they have become a shopper’s paradise. Today Zalando have been looking at this and have sent me their findings to share with my readers.

Zalando’s research

Zalando, an online fashion retailer, conducted their own research and created a list of the most elegant cities in the world. Together with Frank Wright, experts in male fashion and retailers of desert boots, we look at what makes them top destinations and how much it’ll cost you to visit.

1.Paris, France

Unsurprisingly, Zalando ranked Paris at the number one spot due to its high perception from fashion journalists and the number of events, expos and more that the city has been host to. Everyone who is anyone has heard of Paris fashion week, with the fashion elite flying in from all over the world. Paris is lined with trendy neighbourhoods, including Montmarte, with a rich history and culture tucked away on a hill in the north of the city.

Paris to be the city of love, with the lock bridge being the place to go while on a romantic trip. It’s impossible to believe that you’re in any old city when you’re strolling around Paris. If you’re looking for one-of-a-kind boutiques, head over to the famous Champs-Élysées which stretches from the place de la Concorde to the Arc de Triomphe. For the full Parisian experience, head to rue Saint-Honoré which boasts the perfect balance of classic designers and Parisian concept stores.

Return flight: £54

Mid-range accommodation: £115-220

2. London, England

The capital city of England and home to the British Royal family, plus some of the biggest designers in the world, it comes with little surprise that London has made the top cut.

London has it all, award winning resturants, attractions, bars and musicals you cannot go far wrong in London. With fabulous panoramic views of the city at The Shard or heading to smaller cocktail bars such as the award-winning Dirty Martini in Islington. London really does have something for everyone. 

London is also home to many of the finer things life, how could one forget Harrods? Seven floors and 330 departments dedicated to the only-the-best products in food, fashion, homeware and more. For outdoor browsing, head over to Bond Street for exclusive brands, designer fashion or Mayfair for luxurious goods and super exclusive restaurants.

Return flight: N/A

Mid-range accommodation: £100-200

3. Vienna, Austria

Vienna is the capital of Austria, it sits in the east of the country. Vienna is well-known for its elaborate palaces and historic buildings. According to Zalando,Vienna is the 3rd most elegant city in the world. However Vienna although a fashionable place to visits, it has a much lower number of fashion weeks, expos and much fewer designers who live within the city.

In Vienna as with all the other cities in this top 5, you can find all the international luxury brands in the centre of the city. For example at Tuchlauben, a very popular shopping area that is part of the Goldenes Quartier. For local designer garments, make your way towards Neubaugasse and Kirchengasse. Vienna is also home to the famous Lindengasse fashion mile, a street of small boutiques offering stylish fashion in the form of independent brands.

If you are wanting to find more local designer items then you need to be around Neubaugasse and Kirchengasse, to pick up the best items.

Return flight: From £53*

Mid-range accommodation: £57-93

4.Venice, Italy

Another of the fabulous Italian cities. Venice is famous for its picturesque waterways and scenic canals, Venice gives off vibes of luxury and class. Traditionally, the local craftsmen specialised in creating delicate masks that are worn for the Carnival of Venice and for their glass-blowing techniques. The Italian city of Venice is now becoming a location for fashion lovers all over the world, with its prestigious showrooms and ateliers of big designers.

If it’s the designer boutiques for you looking for, then you need head towards St Mark’s Square, known all over the world for it’s collection of designer stores. Look out for the streets Calle delle Mercerie or Calle Larga XXII Marzo and shop to your hearts content. Discover charming side streets where you can buy custom made Venetian slippers and other garments unique to the city.

However Venice ranked lesser than the other destinations according to Zalando due to its lower number of fashion schools in the city and their rankings.

Return flight: From £19*

Mid-range accommodation: £62-159

5. Florence, Italy

Florence is a beautiful city and over the last 10 years or so it has become a trendy city, with more people discovering the wonderful art museums, colourful architecture and quaint shopping streets. The Italian city is home to big names such as Gucci and Salvatore Ferragamo as well as other big-name boutiques which can be found at Via Tornabuoni.

Florence is home to many well as the established world-famous designers. But there is so much more to  discover, with many local markets and tanneries, many of which are from a family of traders who have been creating leather goods for centuries. Find yourself an accessory that’s truly unique. There’s also the unmissable Ponte Vecchio for jewellery lovers, discover pieces set with precious gemstones that you’d struggle to find anywhere else. Heaven!

The city has many rooftop bars like, The Grand Hotel Baglioni and the Torre Guelfa Hotel which give you some of the best views across the city. Allowing you to capture perfect shots of Florence from these spots whilst you enjoy a drink and soak up the atmosphere.

Return flight: From £67* 

Mid-range accommodation: £97-176

Do you have a favourite fashionable destination?

*Based on flights to and from the UK, the cheapest month and for the cheapest duration.

 

*This is a collaborative post.*