Tuesday Shoes-Day

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Zara Navy Blue Soft Leather Moccasin

Moccasin. Isn’t that a lovely word? It isn’t one is personally use to describe these Navy flats however, illustrated by the fact it took me ages to find a stock photo of them on google as I was searching for loafer/ flat/ slipper.

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Nevertheless these have been a good edition to my wardrobe over the last few months and I can see them being even more useful as we move into spring and the bare feet can come out.

I know suede isn’t the most practice of shoe fabrics, especially in the winter, but for today, where I’ll be inside most of the time, they work well with my navy & black ensemble.

Today I’m wearing:
Navy sweater – Uniqlo Men’s
Navy & Black lace skirt (one of my sale buys)
Art Deco style necklace – Lulu Frost for Whistles

It’s date night tonight and Hubbie and I are off to Sake No Hana on a Toptable deal, but not before a drink at the top of his office building (taking advantage before it’s turned into flats!). Another restaurant ticked off the London must eat at list. I do love a deal!

Enjoy your Tuesdays all! 🙂

Erin, Love from Cornfield… X

Sale Stars

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This season I was conscious to be more savvy in my sale shopping as I usually end up with things on a whim that are worn a couple of times and then never seen again.

I have taken to pinning the standout items I like and then revisiting the website, or actual store, during sale time in the hope that I find what I want, but cheaper.

This strategy worked a treat this year. I’m not sure if it was because the sales started mega-early (two weeks before Christmas in some cases) or if it was because some are still on and there have been returns of items bought in the first few days of the sale. Either way, I managed to get the key items that were on my list, HUGELY reduced.

You’ll see from the above that three skirts are now gracing my wardrobe… The Whistles Camo Jacquard Print mini, a J Crew navy and black lace mini, and a Topshop velvet & sequin pencil.

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The Whistles Camo I got a bit obsessed about, but a visit to my local store and a phone call to a store in London meant I managed to get the last one in my size for under £50. I was originally hankering after the trousers but the skirt is much more versatile.

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The J Crew skirt was £148 originally and last week in NYC I managed to pick it up for about £12.50! It was reduced to $39.99 in the sale and when I got to the till it was 50% off!

The Topshop skirt I was stalking on line but it sold out in my size. I was then looking at the dress in the same fabric but the comments on the site were that it was super short… And for me not as wearable. I then found it in store for £10 in my size! Nice surprise.

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As for the other items, The Gap slip on’s were shoes I’d looked at prior to the sale but a visit to a store meant I picked them up for £7.99. Gap’s store sales are much better value than the website BTW.

The Jumper and Shoes were a more high end sale purchase, the jumper being Chinti & Parker from The Outnet and the shoes being the Vixen from Russell & Bromley. Both pieces I was in love with so glad I got at a reduced price.

Did you have any sale steal stories this season? Would love to know.

Erin, Love from Cornfield… X

Confident in Colour

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For my blog posts in November, I’m going to taking a lead from Dean Street Society’s #EncourageBeauty Instagram challenge for the month.

As Hilary writes in her post about the challenge for the month, “we have the power to make people around us, friends or strangers, feel more beautiful for who they are both on the outside and the inside, with our words”.

Whilst today’s post is about my love of all things colourful, I appreciate others who don’t follow the “norms” as well. I find injecting colour into everyday not only makes me feel happy, but confident too.

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It’s rare that I will not wear any sort of colour, and if I have a pretty basic outfit on I like to pep it up with shoes or jewellery, or bright lipstick.

I have a pair of green jacquard “trophy” trousers which when I wore them provoked a gent to say “fantastic green trousers”. I’ll always remember that now when I wear them!

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Of course, the icon that is Jenna Lyons is the Queen of this and I’ve not been afraid of waxing lyrical about her style before. I’m hugely looking forward to the Regent Street store opening later this month and even though I may not be recreating exactly the looks that J Crew offer, a browse under the roof will most certainly provide inspiration.

How does colour make you feel? Even if its a bright lip today, try something new. Odds-on it will make you feel happy.

Erin, Love from Cornfield… X

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