Tuesday Shoes-Day

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J.Crew Navy Biella Tassel Loafer

The last day of the month, and therefore the last day of my Flat & Fabulous challenge. It seems an age ago that I got this idea from InStyle Mag.

I’m proud I managed to complete it actually, and also can’t wait to put some heels on tomorrow, especially since the weather is getter better. Summer sandals make me smile!

I LOVE today’s choice. I’ve become a little bit obsessed with J.Crew of late (veeeeeeeeeery dangerous that a store is opening imminently on Regent Street) and whilst I don’t shop there a lot, the style guides give me great outfit inspiration and there are a few pieces that I love, these being one. A 20% off code (Insider20) also helped!

My first pair of loafers were bought whilst I was at school. A black patent mock-croc pair from Next, I loved them to death. Since then, I’ve not really gone out to replace them, but these gorgeous specimens do a great job of that. I was always envious of an ex-boyfriends Oxblood Loafers but these are Navy which means they will go with most colours, and as demonstrated today, they look good with a dress/skirt as well as trousers. The trim is a lovely pink, not too bright but a nice pop, and the leather is so soft.

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I love the brands’ “Designed in New York, Made in Italy” ethos. There are some STUNNING shoes on the site at the moment. It really is shoe heaven.

Today, I’m wearing them with:

Navy Blue Ruffle Dress – H&M
Narrow Pink Belt – M&S

I definitely kept the best ’til last for my challenge. Next week I can promise you, I’ll be in heels! YIPEE!

Erin, Love from Cornfield… X

Flat & Fabulous Week Four

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Last full week of the challenge. I feel I failed a bit this week as I had a had some repetition due to not getting my shoes for the week ready in advance. Mostly though, my choices worked, and the warmth graced us with its presence. Sadly we are now back to the cold though.

Monday was a struggle as I could barely walk so needed comfort on a day out in Brighton. My favourite though has to be the sandals (post pedicure) as it was a hint of the summer to come.

The challenge has been great for me. Not only have I found a new love of flat shoes with a lot of outfits, its made me use my collection more efficiently. I shall be continuing on this vein with my heels. I’m looking forward to Wednesday!

Shoes worn were:

Monday – Jones the Bootmaker White Almond toe pumps
Tuesday – Gap Blue Tassel Loafers
Wednesday – Topshop Beige & Rose Gold Pointed Flats
Thursday – Zara Pale Pink Suede, Rose Gold Toecap pumps
Friday – Gap Neon Pink & Coral Slipper Shoes
Saturday – Sam Edelman Gigi Sandals in Rose Gold
Sunday – Sonia Rykiel for H&M Stripe Slippers

I shall be doing a round up on Wednesday for my last two flat pairs of the month. Roll on May. Hopefully I’ll remember how to walk in heels 🙂

Erin, Love from Cornfield… X

Tuesday Shoes-Day

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Gap Blue Suede Tassel Loafers

Today these shoes have given a pop of colour to a go-to outfit for me… Stripes. Last Monday, Rebecca over at Florence Finds posted about The Style Up. After reading her post, I signed myself up, as who doesn’t need some inspiration in the mornings when getting ready? I swear it was easier when I was at school, or working in a hotel, where a uniform was required. No thought needed!

My inspiration email arrived last night and it was very doable with clothes I knew I could access (I’m in the middle of a wardrobe transition). Below you’ll see my inspiration image, and my take on it

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I do get one of these emails every day, but I often just bank them. Yesterday’s was easy to recreate. I did have a trench on but I ditched it as today has been GLORIOUS! Whoop whoop, Spring is here!

Now back to the shoes. For those of you that follow me on Instagram you may recall that I also have these particular shoes in a different colourway. Both were bought in the Gap Sale but the blue ones were an amazing bargain at an extra reduction… £9.99! Under £10 for Suede! Yes please. Here they are in the Beige/Neon Yellow.

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I have my eye open for the Pink. They are so comfortable. I don’t think the green made it to UK shores.

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They seriously are so comfy. Slippers! That’s a good thing considering the condition my feet are in!

I’m wearing them with:

Navy & White Bretton Tunic – Uniqlo
Black Opaque Tights – M&S
Black Beaded Necklace – Phase Eight
Blue Patent Belt – ASOS

More sun = wider choice of shoes now. Can’t wait 🙂

Erin, Love from Cornfield… X

Flat & Fabulous Week Three

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Only one week left of the challenge! Where is time going?! I had to choose footwear carefully this week. Nothing that was going to give me blisters in the lead up to the big race!

My favourite were the Tan Kurt Geiger pumps from Wednesday. I love the brown and yellow detail with the Tan leather. It means they go with a lot of outfits!

Sunday’s pair however will always have a special place in my heart. The shoes I ran the London Marathon in. Never again… But more on that soon!

Shoes worn were:

Monday – Primark Black Quilted, Studded pumps
Tuesday – Carvela Grey Library flats
Wednesday – Tan Kurt Geiger Pumps
Thursday – Zara Pale Pink Suede, Rose Gold Toecap pumps
Friday – Gap Blue Suede Tassel loafers
Saturday – Tall Chestnut Uggs
Sunday – Nike Fitsole Trail Running shoes

I wore Uggs on Saturday despite the nice day as I was being kind to my feet. They were after all going to take me on a 26.2 mile run the next day!

Hopefully, some of my more summery pairs can come out this week!

Erin, Love from Cornfield… X

No Going Back

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The evening before! No going back now. As the quote above goes, at least I’m on my way to turning up.

As you know from my Marathon Diaries posts, this is my deferred run, as in 2012, when I had my first ballot place, I would have been 7 months pregnant.

Here we are therefore, 18 months later, and I’m going to do this. My husband made me cry with his post earlier today, and in so glad I’m able to do this for someone and something. It will make crossing that start, and finish line, that much easier.

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I’ve got my number, and place on the Hall of Fame. I’ve got my charity vest. Now all I’ve got to do is run it!

Good luck to all those taking part tomorrow. I take my hat off to each and every one of you. See you guys on the other side.

Erin, Love from Cornfield… X

Dadulthood: Pride

I am lucky enough to have had many moments in my life to be proud of – graduating from university, sporting successes and several awards for work.

However, my proudest moments have all involved the main author of this Blog. Our Wedding Day and our Son are the two big stand out moments of my life so far.

And tomorrow, she is going to make me very proud again when she takes on the Virgin London Marathon! Not only is she taking on this gruelling endeavour, but she is doing it for me!

Unfortunately, at the age of 21, I was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease, a horrible condition that affects far too many people and leaves far too many of them with physical and emotional scars.

For information please go to the Crohn’s and Colitis website.

So far (touch wood) I have been able to manage my disease with medication and huge support from my Mum & Dad and my loved ones. But at some point, I will need that Medical or Emotional support and thankfully the hard working people at Crohn’s and Colitis UK are there to help.

Having a charity that can support you through the rough times is a great resource and knowing they are only a phone call away always helps.

Since Erin chose to run for them they have given her lots of support and this has helped push her out the door, on those cold, dark and mostly wet mornings and evenings of training.

I am already proud of my Wife for taking on this endeavour. I know I wouldn’t. So the second she crosses that start line tomorrow she has already succeeded, and regardless of what happens over the 26.2 miles, our Little Man and I will always be so proud of her.

If you see her on the course, or TV, please cheer her on!

Dadulthood