Jake Shoes Review

I’d love to begin this blog post with a happy birthday shoutout to Jake Shoes, an independent shoe retailer based in the North West, with bases in Stockport and Manchester City Centre. they celebrate 40 years of business this year, staying strong when many small independents have been closing down. I support small businesses however I can as a blogger, and in the run up to Christmas, shopping small and local is more important than ever!

I’m rather sheepish to say that I didn’t get them a gift for their birthday, but instead they sent me a very generous gift which I’m sharing with you today.

These amazing Vagabond Chelsea boots!

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Chelsea boots are a wardrobe staple, and I have to admit I’ve been hankering after a pair for a while. I’m rather fussy with boots – high street copies of real leather styles just don’t cut it, both visually and in terms of how they feel on your feet.

These Chelsea boots are real leather, and after wearing them in with extra thick socks I can envisage them being comfortable for years to come.

the elastic around the ankle is robust yet gives enough for me to tuck in my jeans. I love the rich tan colour of the leather, they are perfect for autumn days, and will carry me well into winter and spring with the durable heels and soles. They are available in various other colours and styles, too.

I found them pleasantly neat on my feet – as a size 7 chunky boots make me feel rather stomp-y.

I styled them with my skinny jeans from Next and my zip grey tee from M&S.

I made my selection by using their new website, which is easy to navigate and filter down to style or brand of my choosing.

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Jake Shoes do their own designs as well, which you can browse on their website – I must admit I’ve got my eye on a few pairs of shoes at the moment!

Thank you so much to Jake Shoes for the opportunity to write for them. It’s always great to support Manchester Businesses, and see the Northern powerhouse growing.

The boots were selected by me and sent as a gift from Jake Shoes, however all opinions are my own!

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Dolly and Dotty Dress Review

Hello!

Well, I feel absolved of my negativity after yesterday’s ranty post, and would like to bring you a beautiful dress review today instead!

I got this dress from Lucy Loves at Didi’s Boutique in Altrincham, which I’ve blogged about here and here. I have always loved bright Yellow, and am attracted to items of clothing or accessories that are yellow in a magpie-like manner! it’s harder to rock in such a block colour manner when it’s coming into autumn, but a yellow satchel paired with a dark toned outfit, or a yellow pair of shoes brighten up any dull day!

The Wendy dress is from the Dolly & Dotty range on the Lovedidis.co.uk website, made from 95% cotton and is very soft and versatile. I love how well it fits (this is a size 10) around my waist without being too tight. It has a nice length, coming to just the level of my knee (i’m 5ft7), and has enough flare to the skirt to wear with a peticoat. It comes with a matching belt as well, but I chose not to wear it for the photos, as the dress required no cinching.

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I paired the dress with my red Lotta clogs.

You can order direct from the website in other designs by clicking the links in the top of this post- hope you like it!

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Boden Clearance Pick – Scallop Sweater

I’m absolutely in love with Boden, but not necessarily with it’s price tag. It’s obvious that a lot of time and effort goes into the design of their seasonal collections, the fabrics are beautiful, the garments are well-made. But I just can’t commit to buying FULL price items…

The clearance of their Summer items has been on now for a few weeks at least, and I had a bit of a raid online. I couldn’t resist this Scallop embroidered sweater that I found, which would be absolutely perfect to wear through Autumn and Winter, reduced from £79.00 to £39.50. Much more affordable, for something a little bit special.

My size (10) wasn’t available, so I ordered a 12 figuring that extra fabric in Winter is never a bad thing!! To be honest, it would have fit me best in a 10, but I still love it! I styled it with my favourite Mango Jeans, and my new shoes from Clarks. Who doesn’t love a pair of brogues? The suede of these shoes is so soft! I can’t wait to be stomping through the autumn leaves in these!

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SHOP MY OUTFIT

Jeans – Mango Uptown Jeans / Sweater – Boden Scallop Embroidered Sweater /  Shoes – Clarks Griffin Mabel Navy Suede / Handbag – Past Season at Clarks

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OOTD – Hydrangeas in the church yard!

Good afternoon!

It looked a little cool and breezy outside today so I opted for my long sleeve top from Primark –  when the sun is out its actually quite hot! I bought this huge purple-blue hydrangea bloom from an amazing florist in my local shopping centre for £3! It was so beautiful I demanded to have my husband take photographs!

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Where’s it from?
Shoes: Sainsburys
Top & Necklace: both Primark
Handbag: Clarks
Sunglasses: River Island
Lipstick: Raspberry velvet matte rouge edition by Bourjois

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Etsy Spotlight : Rosewood Sunglasses from IXcymru

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Hey everyone! Wow has it heated up this week!   When it gets hot like this fashion and beauty sometimes goes to pot.  We Brits aren’t used to this weather! Our wardrobes aren’t equipped for sweltering heat, and our makeup bags become forgotten!

Well, I thought I’d share my summer essentials with you starting with these gorgeous upcycled  and 100% recycled wood sunglasses from IXcymru , a small Welsh Etsy shop! Aren’t they fab?! Daniel was sweet enough to send these to me,  choosing the Cat eye Rosewood frames.

They’re super light,  comfortable and come in a beautiful bamboo box. I also got send a quirky free gift of a bamboo “speaker“! Now free with orders for a limited time.

Aren’t they the coolest?! Priced at £29.99, they’re guilt free! One thing I should point out –  I don’t believe the lenses are UAV/UV protective. So fashionista only!

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My New Joy Louche Dress!

Hi Everyone!

I wanted to share my outfit with you today because I am super in love with my new Joy Louche dress! The sale in there at the moment is amazing! This dress cost me £24.00. I’ve been a fan of Joy for ages, and when the opened in Manchester recently I was really excited!

I chose this dress because it flatters my shape and gives me confidence. I really wanted to wear more dresses with summer being here. What do you think?

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You can shop the sale here – I couldn’t find this particular dress though!

This style of dress (fit and flare) is flattering for all body shapes, and I like the way it’s not too short. I can’t stand too short dresses. Calf length is king!

I paired the dress with my new New Look ballet pumps – an absolute steal at £7.99! I opted for Nude pink for maximum co-ords with my current wardrobe, but they have some other lovely colours – at that price you can afford to get a few!

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To accessorise I wore my Aubergine Fox cloud brooch, and my Oh Kuol Druzy necklace. I’m so happy that brooches are making a real come back as an accessory! Aubergine fox are one of my favourite Etsy shops, and their Instagram feed is an absolute dream.

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Oh Kuol Druzy Necklace and Aubergine Fox brooch. The lipstick in Clinique

My Clarks leather handbag also made an appearance!

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It may be raining outside but I am dressing for the weather I want not the weather I have! Thank fully my bag is big enough to hold my brolly!!

Salt Clothing Company : Cotton Nautical T-shirts

I was super happy to receive some of these kick ass tee’s to show off to you this week. Salt Clothing Company is a hand printed apparel company born in a seaside surf town in Tyne and Wear, UK.

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Who doesn’t love a good nautical logo?!

The brand has been influenced by travels through surf towns, cities, villages, communities and destinations across the world – but it is from the North East of England that Salt takes it’s true essence: From the beaches and rugged coastline; from the rolling hills and harsh borders to the north; from the traditional mining and fishing villages that are dotted throughout the region; from the ‘salt of the earth’ folk that strive to survive; from the salty city slickers drawn to the region’s cultural centres; the famed cities and beautiful world renowned architecture. 
Salt connects all these influences in one way or another: be it the earth; the food; the sweat; the tears; or especially the sea.

Poetic, huh?

They were kind enough to send me two t-shirts to show to you today. They arrived in a beautiful box and folded so prettily in tissue paper. The first thing that struck me was the quality. So soft!! The printing isn’t rigid like it can be on some t-shirts you get cheaply elsewhere.

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I took photos instantly when I got them home, but I wanted to wait til I had a good way of styling them to share on my blog.

I can instantly see these appealing to festival goers, especically the black sleeveless number. So easy to wear, so soft and so versatile.

Here I am styling my Logo Boxy Tee priced at £10.00 (WOW). I am wearing it with my new favourite lipstick from the Clinique Colour pop collection, in Cola and my binky’s trinkets ship necklace. My collection of nautical necklaces from her Etsy shop make several appearances in fact!! I’m also wearing my red Zatchels Satchel. What a dreamy colour!

I also styled this Flèches Sleeveless Vest Tee in black.


I absolutely love their tee’s and highly recommend them to anyone – super soft, high quality and so easy to style.

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Thank you Salt Clothing Company!