Cinderella was crazy to leave her shoe.

I love shoes, I am sure you love shoes too, so I thought I would share some of my favourite shoes with you all, and some advice on the retailers that I buy most of my shoes from.  Sometimes it is easier to get good shoe deals online so it is handy to know what to expect in regards to sizes, and it is always nice to look at pretty shoes. 
  • Office Shoes
  • Gold and black flock print wedges.  Wedges support the feet and make walking very comfortable.  If you work in retail you should wear shoes with a wedge to support your feet, rather than flat shoes that offer no support. 
  • £10 in the sale. The Office Christmas sale is always amazing, you should subscribe to the website.
  • 5/5 for comfort
  • 5/5 for walk-ability
  • I managed to walk about London after a good couple of drinks in these shoes, navigate the  underground, and go the whole night without swapping to flats or falling flat on my face.

  • Primark.
  • Multi-glitter peeptoe courts, in general I am not a fan of peeptoe shoes because I always wear tights but I couldn’t resist the glitter.  Primark shoes aren’t the best and tend to be hard on the feet, but I don’t see me wearing them all that often.
  • £8 in the sale – they were £8 and a size 3 so I had to have them.
  • 2/5 for comfort.
  • 3/5 for walk-ability.
  • Not the most comfortable of shoes but were easier to walk in after a couple of drinks. The kind of shoe that needs broken in, and they look a lot less cheap once on your feet.

  • New Look.
  • I have never had any issue with New Look heels, I find they tend to be good value and moderately comfortable if you get the right size.  These are a little bit too big for me so I need to wear a insole with them to stop my feet from slipping. 
  • Cant recall but under £30.
  • 4/5 for comfort.
  • 5/5 for walk-ability.
  • I’ve had these shoes for a couple of year now and they are amazing to jazz up a black outfit with, the medium heel makes them fairly easy to walk in – I’ve managed to walk up to Stirling Castle and back after a night out in them, including cobble stones.  It is always good to have a jazzy pair of medium height heels on standby. 

  • Office Shoes.
  • I have such lust for these shoes, they are black velvet and stiletto – two of my favourite things.  However, they are the most difficult shoes to walk in.  I can’t fault Office for this though, I just don’t have strong enough ankles.  The shoes themselves are beautifully made and designed though.  Would be great to wear somewhere that you didn’t need to walk very much – like in a restaurant with no stairs. 
  • Another bargain from the Office sale – around £50.  Well, maybe not a bargain. 
  • Comfort – 2/5
  • Walk-ability – 0/5
  • I simply cannot walk in these shoes, I adore them but I cannot walk in them.  They are deceptively high, I thought they were the same height as the leopard print shown below but they are a lot higher.  Unless you have extremely strong ankles you are going to fall over – I did. 

  • Custom shoes by my best-friend Susan.
  • Susan decorated these shoes for my birthday.  I have been lusting after a pair of green glitter shoes for years but was never completely sold on bordello’s due to the price of them and I have been told they are not very comfortable . They are so beautiful, and I am greatly to my talented friend for making them for me.
  • I haven’t wore them outside but they seem fairly comfy but I’m not going to be able to hike up to a castle in them for sure. 

  • Office Shoes. 
  • Unlike the black velvet pair these are very comfy and easier to walk in as they are just slightly less high. These are my going out shoes and they have seen quite a few nights outs and the bottom of my handbag many a time, they are still in great condition and I see them lasting me a long time.  Thankfully, because these are signature shoes. 
  • From the Office sale again – around £30.
  • Comfort 4/5.
  • Walk- ability – 4/5.
  • For stilettos these are actually really comfy and quite easy to walk in because the strap holds your feet in place. If you are someone who struggles to walk in heels you should try getting a shoe with a strap, it makes things a little easier, and it is good if you are someone who is between sizes.  I do tend to just wear them inside the club rather than outside though, because I don’t wish to fall from that height. 

  • Iron Fist – Sugar Hiccup Shoes.
  • Pink suede with sequinned sugar skull design, girly yet gothic shoes. Iron Fist shoes are tiny made and really quite narrow.  I am a size 3 but usually need an insole and these shoes are tight on me. I recommend going up a size in Iron Fist shoes.  I would also recommend wearing tights with them until you have broken them in.
  • A gift.
  • Comfort – 3/5.
  • Walk-ability – 3/5.
  •   I think once these have been broken in more they will be comfier but because of the squeeze at the moment they’re a bit ouchy. 

Now I would like to see some of your shoe porn – what are you favourite pair of shoes and why?  Stiletto girl or do you prefer some fabulous flats? I’d also like to say before I go that I adore my converse and my bear paw boots – they get wore a lot more than any of the shoes above.  I wish I had the kind of lifestyle that permitted me to wear stilettos every day and not fear for my life crossing a busy road – a chauffeur driven lifestyle is what I need.

I Think I Read a Little Too Much

I got a Kindle for Christmas and I have been unemployed since Christmas Eve,that has resulted in me reading a lot, perhaps too much.  Writing this post I said to myself  -‘get a life’, but I like the escape from life that books provide and I could sure do a lot worse than read too much.  When I am employed I really miss being able to read all day, so I am taking advantage of the unemployment and reading while I can. Here is a run down of Januaries books, all which are available on Amazon.

1. Mya, Beyond Saddleworth by Jean Rafferty.

I was introduced to this book at Wigtown Book Festival when I went to hear the author Jean Rafferty discuss the controversial book.  The book is fiction based on the conspiracy of Hindley being let out of Saddleworth with a new identity but what makes the book even more interesting is that Rafferty has been in correspondence with Brady.  I am very interested in serial killers from a psychological point of view, so that news did not startle me as much as it will some people.  You need to read this book with an open mind and without too much judgement, parts of the book are hard to read but the book brings new questions about Hindley and Brady to the forefront.

2. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald.

A classic book, which I am sad took me so long to get round to reading.  It would be a great book to study which I am sure anyone who has will agree with.  I look forward to the film this summer. It is a good introduction to Fitzgerald’s writing style.

3. Peter Pan and Wendy by J.M Barrie.

I have loved the story of Peter Pan for many a year and never got round to reading the book, if you love the Disney film then definitely read the book.  Psychologically you get to understand Peter a lot more.

4.  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

I love mysteries and crime novels, and yet I had never read any Holmes which in itself is a crime really.  I absolutely adored this book, so much so that I visited Baker Street on my recent visit to London.  This is a great book to start on a Sherlock Holmes adventure and because it is made up of short stories it will suit those that are not heavy readers.  I would happily go back and read this book again.  My favourite short story is The Adventure of the Speckled Band.

5.  A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle.

I didn’t enjoy this novel as much as The Adventure’s of… I found it a little hard to follow at times but it is still a decent book and my difficulty in following the story might have been because I read it on the train to London.

6.  Public Enemies: Al Capone, John Dillinger, Bonnie & Clyde, and Baby Face Nelson by Charles Rivers Editors.

After watching Boardwalk Empire I was drawn to this book. When I was younger I read a book about Capone and I’ve been interested ever since.  This gives a good overview of the prominent gangsters without droning on too much about uninteresting facts.

7.  King Henry’s Wives – History in an Hour by Julie Wheeler.

I cannot wait to read more of the ‘History in an Hour’ series, I love history but there is nothing worse than a boring history book.  Sometimes you just want to know the vital facts, these books provide this.  I knew a little about Henry VIII’s Wives but if you were to ask me in a quiz I probably wouldn’t have known the answer.  I now feel more knowledgeable on this topic, and in an hour – can’t complain.

8.  Flappers and Philosophers by F. Scott Fitzgerald.

I actually preferred this series of short stories to The Great Gatsby, it gives more of an insight into Fitzgerald’s personality through the eight short stories. My favourite is Bernice Bobs Her Hair but the most memorable is The Offshore Pirate.

9.  The Sign of the Four by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

This is the second Sherlock Holmes novel and as great as it is it is very complex, so I am shouting out to Wiki for some help: “The Sign of the Four has a complex plot involving service in East India Company, India, the Indian Rebellion of 1857, a stolentreasure, and a secret pact among four convicts (“the Four” of the title) and two corrupt prison guards. It presents the detective’s drug habit and humanizes him in a way that had not been done in A Study in Scarlet. It also introduces Doctor Watson‘s future wife, Mary Morstan.

10.  I Heart London by Lindsey Kelk.

When it comes to reading I like a good mix of books, and every so often I like a bit of good old girly fiction. Lindsey Kelk books are my girly fiction, I’ve read the others in this series too: I Heart Hollywood, I Heart LA, I Heart Paris, and I Heart Vegas.  The stories follow Angela a ditzy journalist who fled the country after she found her fiancée cheating on her.  As a journalism graduate it gives me some hope that even us flakes can be successful, even if we fall over a lot in the process.

11. The Canterville Ghost by Oscar Wilde.

This is such an amazing short story where Wilde takes a whole new take on the traditional ghost story. It doesn’t take too long to read either, so even more reason to pick it up.
12. Shoot the Damn Dog by Sally Brampton.
Anyone who has suffered at the hands of depression or knows someone who is battling with it should read this book. Brampton’s account is realistic and portrays the ridiculousness thought patterns that come with depression and the inability to cope with them.  I have read other memoirs of depression such as Prozac Nation and Girl Interrupted but the Britishness of Shoot the Damn Dog makes it easier to relate to. It cuts no corners in its approach and brings inspiration to a dark place. 

13.  The Psychopath Test by Jon Ronson.

I went to hear Jon Ronson speak at Wigtown Book Festival and I have been wanting to read his books ever since, very interesting man. His work is a little like Louis Theroux’s but more down to earth.  At Wigtown he said that he does not look down on his subjects but instead finds common ground with them so that they open up.  I enjoy this style of journalism, as it does not bully the people at hand but shows all their interesting points in a way that does not mock them.  The Psychopath Test follows Ronson’s investigation into what exactly constitutes being a psychopath, and is a must read for anyone with an interest in mental health.

Lemon and Lime – Models Own Polishes

My birthday was in January and I was gifted these two lovely polishes by my friend Fiona over at The Beauty Fiend.  They are both quite out there and although I adore them I probably would not have picked them off the shelf, I would have probably went for something pink and glittery.  That’s one of the best things about gifts – getting something you love that would not normally have picked for yourself.
I have been trying to wear yellow nail polish unsuccessfully for the last couple of years.  I tried normal yellow when The Dark Knight came out and I’ve tried Lemon Ice Cream by Barry M, due my pale skin tone I looked somewhat diseased.  But, at last I have found a yellow that works for me.  The gold tones in Sunkissed by Models Own doesn’t look too bad against my skin tone and it is such a fabulous colour.  I loved my nails when I had this polish on, it works as an accessory.  It might be too in your face for some people but I would suggest giving it a try – you never know.

Green is my colour, and I own a lot of green nail polish but this is one shade I didn’t have.  In the photo it looks lime but it a little lighter than traditional lime but not a mint green either.  As the name suggests it is the colour of Endame beans, a lovely smooth green.  Bright but not neon.  This will be my staple colour come spring, if Scotland ever get spring.

As always Models Own polishes have great holding power.  I haven’t come across a bad one yet.

What will your spring nail colour be?