Beautiful occasion shoes from Lace and Favour

I love shoes, I have so many pairs. Honestly I have more shoes than I know what to do with, that, however does not stop me wanting more. I have found that over more recent years I wear flat shoes or boots. Gone are the days when I would go on a shopping trip wearing stiletto boots, oh how I loved those boots.

Now however I save my heeled shoes for evenings out with my Hubby or with friends. I might not been out every weekend like I once was, but it doesn’t stop me planning out my outfit when it comes to going out. I so often find I over dress for a meal out with the girls, well that or they just don’t make much effort…. haha!

Occasion shoes from Lace and Favour

Lace and Favour are one of my favourite online bridal boutiques, they have all the accessories you could possibly need for your wedding day, including a lovely collection of bridesmaid dresses. They got in touch recently to see if I would like a pair of their occasion shoes, why would I say no to this?

As my regular readers know, I am very indecisive, I probably spent 3 hours over a couple of nights looking at all of the beautiful shoes. I knew quite quickly I loved the Perfect Bridal Company Esme, velvet and t-bar shoes. Of course it wasn’t quite so simple as they come in a collection of different colours, 8 different options to choose from. Velvet or suede, one colour or two, glittery heal or not. For someone like me it wasn’t easy to choose between them all.

Beautiful occasion shoes

I opted in the end of the berry velvet and gold glitter t-bar shoes, something a bit different. The gold glittery heal and the berry velvet of the toe and base, such a lovely contrast. The t-bar and pattern is made of of a non glittery plain gold leather. The soul is a cushioned leather, as soon as you pop your feet into them, you can feel that they are well cushioned.


I have not worn them out of the house yet, however they have been used in the house. I like to bed in all of my new shoes at home before taking them out, these are very comfy, I think they will be great for a whole day. Although they have a heel hight of 8.2cm they are easy to walk in.

One thing about Lace and Favour that I love is the way your items arrive packed to you. Ivory tissue paper is wrapped around box, with their own sticker and always a small note, which I love. It’s the little touches that really make a company stand out for me and the whole shopping experience with Lace and Favour really is wonderful. My Perfect Bridal Company shoes, arrived in a box, a beautiful boxed covered in pretty flowers, it’s a box I would happily keep to store other items in. I’m a packaging lover, which might seem odd to some but to me it makes all the difference.

As soon as I spotted these shoes, I know they would be a bit different. Not only would they make for lovely bridal or bridesmaid shoes, I knew I would be able to wear them to a ball or attending as wedding as a guest. I also think I would be happy to wear them with a trouser suit or possibly even a pair of jeans, heading out for dinner. My 5 year old daughter said ‘Oh Mummy they are so gorgeous’ she wasn’t wrong!

What do you think to my choice of shoes? Would you wear them?


*This is a collaborative post. I was sent these shoes in exchange for this blog post.*


Country walks and comfy boots from Simply Hike

We love a country walk with the dogs on a Sunday afternoon, we don’t really do the hill walks like we have in previous years now we have the children. Plus we don’t always have the time to head over to the Peak District so much anymore. This year however is have spoken about getting out there a bit more. The UK is such a beautiful place and there are so many fabulous walks and trails we can do as a family with the dogs.

Country walks and comfy boots from Simply Hike

We have lots of financial commitments this year, so finding places to go and enjoy that isn’t heavy on the bank balance, is priority. So picnics and nice long walks with the dogs it is, the children will be able to take their bikes sometimes depending on where we go. It will be great to increase our activity, get out and enjoy the beautiful UK.

Comfy walking boots from Simply Hike

I have therefore been looking at walking boots for us all. It’s a bit of a minefield as there are lots of great outdoor brands out there. However, I found a company called Simply Hike online, and they have an amazing collection of outdoor brands. I was drawn to them not just for their collection of walking books but also their collection of ski wear is brilliant. We went to Finland last year and have big plans for another trip next year.

Looking through Simply Hike’s collection I was drawn to the Meindl range. I have friends who have recommended Meindl so I thought I would give them a try. They has a history of producing high quality walking and hiking boots. Meindl pride themselves on being one of only a few footwear brands that hand make their boots. Which ensures the attention to detail is in all of their boots. Each of their styles are specially designed for walking and hiking enthusiasts in mind.

Meindl have a memory foam system for all of their boots to make sure they are the perfect fit just for you. As the boot is worn and the memory foam arms up it changes shape to match the shape of your foot. Say good bye to pinching, rubbing or pressure. It also ensures a high level of comfort for every step you take!

Country walks and comfy boots from Simply Hike

Simply Hike also stock Meindl laces and wet proof spray, so should you ever need to replace your laces you can easily get them replaced.

I really like Meindk Womens Bhutan Lady MFS hiking boot, I really like the traditional style of these. I also really like The Meindl Mens Bhutan MFS hiking boot for my Hubby. The more traditional brown style is very us, they will be great to get us started out on our healthier and more active 2019.


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Importance of having winter tyres this year!

Just before Christmas I was involved in a car accident. A man basically pulled out of a junction and went straight into the side of my lovely car. Although there was no cuts and bruises I’ve been suffering with my neck and back since. The accident happened on a dry day, but it’s really got me thinking about what would have happened if it had a snowy, icy day.

winter tyres When we visited Finland a year ago, everyone had snow tyres on their cars, and they just drove. It was like there was no snow on the ground, driving at normal speed. My Hubby then pointed out that the Finnish are very well equipped for the winter months. They have winter tyres put onto their cars, amazing really.

Last winter we saw a lot of snow and ice, throughout most of February and March. My Son’s school was closed for 3 or 4 days, the first time in almost 100 years the village school closed. It’s made me think more about the performance of my car during the winter months.

I have read that you should have winter tyres fitted to your car during the winter months, October to late March seem to be the recommended months. During the winter months it much colder with snow and ice on the roads. Winter tyres are designed for temperatures below 7°C with improved stopping distances. Winter tyres are not just for use in the snow and ice, which is what a lot of people believe.

winter tyres

What makes winter tyres different?

Winter tyres are make from different materials to the summer tyres, winter tyres have more natural rubber in their make up. This is because natural rubber is less affected by the winter temperatures. The tyre tread is also different with more groves, which means it helps to stick to the snow improving the grip you have on the road. Winter tyres also have more little channels all over therefore increasing the amount of edges that help to lock you to the icy roads, meaning you can brake and accelerate more easily. Clever really!

Why get winter tyres?

Well winter tyres are clearly safer than the summer tyres during the colder months. But they also help to improve your braking distance on icy, wet and snowy roads. So they help to improve your traction, which is just what I need during the winter months. I hate driving in the bad weather.

Cold weather driving

Make sure that you are winter ready when out driving. Start with your winter tyres which are available at Jet Wheel Tyres in Essex, ensure you can see clearly, by clearing all the snow and ice from your windscreen and windows before you set off. I also make sure I clear the snow from the lights and the cars roof.

Allow some extra time to get to your destination, so drive more slowly. Don’t forget the the stopping distance takes longer on wet, icy roads so make sure you go carefully and leave a good distance between you are the car ahead of you.

One thing my Hubby ensures that both of our cars are packed with extra blankets, de-icer, ice scrapers, the warning triangle. He will also make sure we have extra water, a spade and food if we are heading a long way from home.

Not forgetting, do not drive if it is severe weather conditions! Stay safe this winter while on the roads.


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