Tuesday Shoes-day

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Oasis Purple Patent Mary Janes

I’ve had these shoes since 2007. October to be precise. The reason I know that is I bought them for an ex-colleague and now good friends’ Wedding in Jersey. However, as is my fickle nature with shoes I didn’t end up wearing them!

I don’t often buy shoes, or clothes for that matter, in Oasis. I find the sizing odd. However these were bought as I’d seen them in the window and thought they’d go nicely with the dress I had for said wedding. Turns out they were too matchy-matchy (not a bad thing but it was in this case).

Since I’ve got Spring on the brain and am sick to death of this weather I thought I’d break them out, with tights for this week (I loathe tights under trousers but needs must!) The plan back-fired when I spent a lot of the day trotting round London, meaning cold feet and ankles.

I do like their heel height though and the rich purple colour. I’m a big fan of how Patent shoes (leather or otherwise) can smarten an outfit.

I’m wearing them with:

Sequin boxy top – Cos
Floral cropped trousers – M&S

What are your thoughts on Patent shoes? Yay or Nay?

Erin, Love from Cornfield… X

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Topshop Toe Cap Pointed Courts

Or Topshop Gabbi Metal Toecap Points to be precise. Bought in the Topshop sale in the Summer with thoughts of the Autumn/Winter in mind (who in their right mind buys Black Suede Courts in the Summer?!), for £15 they were a bargain. These are some of the most comfortable courts I own, despite being pointy-toed and narrow-heeled. I’ve worn them all day today, walked to and from the station (a good mile) and my feet are still fine.

The main reason I bought them was because I was after a pair of black work shoes, that didn’t look too much like work shoes, and could take me from day to evening, should the need arise, pretty easily. These fit the bill very well!

Today I am wearing them with:

  • Blue and Green Leopard print top (old) – Next
  • Black Coated Lace Skirt – Cos
  • Black Satin Opaque Tights – Wolford
  • Rose Gold Chronograph – Michael Kors

I’ve got the jewellery a bit wrong – probably should have worn a silver watch with the silver in the shoes, but never mind. My make up also seems to have fallen off (the result of a trip to the docs for a son who has now been confirmed with Chicken Pox). The top is also a nice nod to SS13 with a good mix of Emerald Green and Cobalt blue. It’s an old buy from Next but still works, however, post baby, my shape seems to have changed and it’s now too big across the shoulders and neck. I may have to get my Mum involved…

I’m glad i bought these shoes in the Suede and not the leather as somehow Suede looks better with Opaque tights. I would love it if Topshop brought out some summer shades, with perhaps some Rose Gold toecap detailing for the summer. Are you listening Mr Green?! I’m thinking something like these Jeffrey Campbell beauts – except a plain grey suede. Nice combo no?

Erin, Love from Cornfield… X

 

 

 

Sale Highs and Bargain Buys

It seems only fitting that on the last day of January I do a round up of my sales buys from AW12. I’m very much looking forward to the new season and have been excited by the preliminary drops there have been so far (like this Monochrome dress) but let me just share my sale highs from December and this month before we move on.

Firstly, actual sale shopping with a baby is a complete no-no. There was absolutely no way I was going to be negotiating narrow rails and flailing arms with an Uppababy (containing baby) in front of me, although granted, the Buggy may have been useful as a trolley cum blockage device!

This year, I was very online savvy, knowing when each retailer was going into sale, and bookmarking the things I was actually after. This isn’t my usual approach, but after my experiences this year, might be the way I now go. Who doesn’t mind shopping from their own home?!

Some sales started before Christmas (Whistles), whilst others started on Christmas Day (M&S). I would say I have been 80% successful in getting what I was looking for.

The two items I wanted in M&S were sold out pre-sale in my size, and even those sizes that went into the sale weren’t a great reduction (a military coat and a combination trench).

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I did however get a great Sweatshirt (which will see me through the colder part of SS13) reduced to just £9 and a pair of Floral Trousers (£11 from £55) again, great for this coming season.

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Zara, a perennial favourite, was a little disappointing as the reductions were not great initially (but the selection was good on Boxing Day). The things I bought were actually all returned, but on returning to a store mid-Jan, the second wave of items that enter the sale caught my eye, and I found a longed-for Jacket for £17 and some faux-leather leggings for just £9. Brilliant.

My online successes have materialised in the form of Aubin &Wills, Cos, H&M and J.Crew. Aubin & Wills is a sad story as the brand is closing, however it meant I got some silk t-shirts at £70 off the original price. Great colours and great for summer or under jackets the rest of the time. The first stalk of the Cos sale resulted in nothing eventually, but a visit online only last week saw the dress I’d been coveting at less than half price! Hurrah! H&M was successful as I managed to replace the burgandy leather gloves I lost one of for £3.99 and J.Crew was simply brilliant as I now own a lusted-after cashmere jumper, some shorts for the summer, a couple of jersey basics and a ring all for under £100 with their amazing 40% off sale items deal. Very pleased indeed.

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Two last highs have been my Topshop Parka (incredibly warm) and River Island Blazer (bargain for the detailing alone).

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I haven’t gone mad, and that’s in keeping with one of my resolutions, but my new mentality to sales shopping has really worked. I think if you don’t get the chance to go to the actual shops, you aren’t tempted by all the crud which has been on the shop floor for at every sale since 2001. Online shopping promotes a bit of sane thinking, and although annoying for returns in some cases (I’m still waiting on a Cos refund from over three weeks ago, however Reiss was refunded the next day), has changed my sale habits.

My Mum is also like a little devil on my shoulder, constantly telling me she could make it for cheaper. I know its a good deal when that devil starts to say “You couldn’t buy the fabric for that let alone make it as well!”

Long gone are the days when I’ll be queuing up outside a store at 5am for the first taste of a bargain… She says! I might be talking differently in 18 months time when getting up early could mean bagging the furniture deal of the century. We’ll see…

Erin, Love from Cornfield… X

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Patrick Cox Brown Knee Boots

It’s not just me is it? It feels unseasonably mild outside. I hear that the cold snap is coming though, so today I thought it would be nice to wear some knee boots with a skirt. As I’m now back to work, I tend to get so hot commuting on the train, and carrying the ridiculous amount of bags I always seem to, so I didn’t really want to wear tights.

I bought these Patrick Cox boots on 15 Jan 2008 at the Sloane Square store. I know this because I still have the receipt in my wallet! The boots (Jaipur) were originally £395 but I picked them up for £51. I think that’s why I have the receipt still – such a great bargain (or I’m a hoarder).

I have a few pairs of knee high boots, but these are my most classic meaning I can pair them with skirts or trousers. The brown leather also makes them less dressy than black boots which I love.

My love affair with Patrick Cox actually started whilst I was at Uni , thanks to my friend Gini who had a couple of pairs. Being a student, I could only look and adore (as I didn’t work as Gini did) but upon leaving Leeds, I bought a couple of pairs. I’m not a fan of all his styles, as I do find them quite masculine, but these were too good to miss.

Today, I’m wearing them with:

  • Navy and White Stripe Pleated Collar T-Shirt – Cos
  • Navy “Hitched up” Skirt – Maison Martin Margiela for H&M
  • Grace Wish Bracelet – Estella Bartlett
  • Statement Ring – J.Crew

I’m always unsure about pearing brown with navy as it could resemble a bruise, but I think I’ve gotten away with it today. A great winter, but not too hot, office outfit.

I’ve not really seen anything similar to these boots out there. There are lots of brown knee high boots of course, but the soft leather, heel detail, and the cosy lining all make these unique.

Are you a wearer of boots no tights in the winter? Would you wear Navy with brown? Would love to hear from you!

Erin, Love from Cornfield… X

Worn: Sequins

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It is the Festive Season after all, so what better way to channel the party spirit than to don a few sequins.

There are plenty around at the moment, not just given the season, and whether you want something subtle for the day or some all-out glamour, there is something for everyone.

I’m a huge advocate of sequin wearing in the day. I like to think my style motto is ‘Never Knowingly Underdressed’ and I’m pretty sure I live by this well. Wearing sequins during the day is therefore a given. There’s something about that sparkle that gets me every time – yup, I’m a magpie.

Here’s my take on the trend with a couple of outfits I’ve worn during the last week.

Left:

  • Oxblood Sequin Bolero – Darling
  • Burgundy Silk Vest – American Vintage from SecretSales
  • Black Coated Lace Skirt – Cos (from Gracies)
  • Studded heel Ankle Boots – Zara

Right:

  • Black Tweed Zip Jacket – Zara
  • Antique Gold Sequin T-Shirt – M&S Autograph
  • Black Pleather Pencil Skirt – Next
  • Studded Heel Ankle Boots – Zara

I’m going to finish up with a roundup of the other Sequins I’m coveting at the moment.

I ADORE the Navy J.Crew sweater with the Red Heart!

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Gold T-Shirt – Michael Kors; Navy Sweater, J.Crew; Gold Skirt, Oasis; Silver Jacket, New Look; Black Jacket, Zara

Do you brighten up your days with sequins, or are they reserved for after-dark?

Erin, Love from Cornfield… X