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Tuesday Shoesday – Summer Holiday Fashion Essentials

I don’t know about you, but I’m getting rather excited about my summer holiday starting soon. For many of us our summer break means some much-needed time off and a chance to recharge our batteries with a spot of sunshine. Today I’m sharing some of my top thrifty fashion picks for summer 2016, I’m showing you where to find an amazing voucher code that’ll get you £20 off your new holiday wardrobe AND I’m giving you the chance to win 1 of 3 spa experience vouchers to really kick-start your holiday in style! Read on to find out more and how to enter this fabulous giveaway…tuesday shoesday shoes sandals flip flops espadrilles fashion summer 2016 holiday inspirationWhether you’re going to some luxurious far-flung destination or are enjoying a relaxing staycation here in the UK, it’s simply the chance to check-out and rest that makes summer holidays so appealing. And, of course, there’s no better time to treat yourself to a spot of holiday shopping too! Glancing through my wardrobe earlier this week I realised that, apart from a couple of floral t-shirts, I’m seriously lacking in any holiday attire. I have no flip flops, no beach cover-up and not one single pair of shorts. It was time to shop!fashion trend summer 2016 espadrilles denim white blue

I wrote about espadrilles as the ultimate summer shoe on Tuesday Shoesday last month

But, as you may have gathered, it’s rather unusual for me to go shopping for anything new. I’m a thrifty gal, and those money-saving habits die hard. I decided that shopping online for my holiday wardrobe was the way to go, as I could browse plenty of shops all at once and could do my favourite type of filtering: “order by lowest price”! I also knew that I wasn’t going to get sucked into paying all kinds of delivery costs, so my first stop (before I even began shopping for clothes!) was searching for money-saving vouchers and discount codes.tuesday shoesday shoes sandals flip flops espadrilles

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Tuesday Shoesday – ‘Soled’ out, vintage style

You know the story – you are looking for that perfect pair of shoes for that perfect outfit, but the high street stores just keep coming up short. Heels are too high, too chunky, and actually in general, colours are a little muted. So what’s the next step (pardon the pun) to finding that idyllic pair of shoes that combine both incredible individual style along with supreme comfort? Well the answer could very well lie in choosing vintage. Made in an era of assured quality with longevity of use in mind, the vintage shoe is far from being a cheaper option, but is more of a wise move for those who want incredible style with that unique touch.retro vintage 80s 1980s court shoes footwear heels tuesday shoesdayColour Pop wow!

The 1980’s were famous for bright colours that had no respect for matching, a look that has returned to the fashion world recently, making these shoes ahead of their time. The advantage of a vintage pair of shoes can often be the condition. Bought in an era where you often bought shoes with the sole purpose of matching a certain outfit, this means they can have minimal signs of wear, just as with these suede shoes in red and purple. With a lower heel that makes longer wearing a breeze, a coloured sole that screams designer and an overall look that is sure to make a positive style statement, they are pretty much shoe perfection. Yet, by buying vintage, these shoes come at a fraction of the cost you would expect from buying a new pair.colour block retro vintage 80s 1980s court shoes footwear tuesday shoesdayQuality wins out

There is no denying that leather shoes, as with many leather products, can improve with age. Not only does it provide a look that develops over time but in terms of comfort the shoe will start to adapt to your foot shape. With vintage, the advantage is that often you have cut out the middle-man as it were, meaning that the shoes are already supremely comfortable from day one. These iconic courts are a modern day office dream, exuding the professional working look. Dated to the 1960’s, the buckled look has not aged and reflects current trends perfectly. The burgundy/brown colour means they will match almost any outfit whilst still creating a bit of a shoe buzz.work heels buckle burgundy retro vintage 80s 1980s court shoes footwear tuesday shoesday

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Tuesday Shoesday – Those “other” accessories…

It may be Tuesday Shoesday but today I’m doing things a bit differently. Instead of focusing on beautiful shoes and fabulous bargains, I’ve decided to check out that ‘other’ all-important accessory instead: the handbag. It’s equally as important as shoes – you probably don’t ever leave the house without it – and it can have so many uses that it’s hard to know where to start when you’re shopping for a new one. That’s where I come in. Today’s blog post is a wishlist of handbags for every occasion and all purposes. Plus one of these bags is an absolute steal and I am definitely buying it! Can you guess which? Let’s get started…handbag satchel clutch bag school work wedding spring summer 2016 shoppingFirst up is satchels. I carry a satchel myself most days. They’re small enough to carry without putting too much of a strain on my arm or back (yes, I love a cross-body strap) and they’re big enough to hold everything I need day-to-day. They can look rather cool in a back-to-school kind of way too, and remind me of my college years. I posted a photo of my own satchel on Instagram recently for a ‘what’s in my bag’ tag, so you can have a nosy at my tiny little everyday satchel if you like. It’s embossed leather and deep blue so goes perfectly with most of my autumn/winter wardrobe. I’d quite like to have a brighter, summer version of my satchel to migrate over to during the warmer months.handbag satchel school work yellow spring summer 2016

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Tuesday Shoesday – Sun, sea & shoes

The school half term holidays are over and we’re finally entering the last term of the year. That means only one thing; the countdown to the summer holidays has begun! The last week has been rather grey and drizzly here but, as if by magic, today the sun is shining and it’s the warmest weather we’ve seen in weeks. It’s as if the world knows that summer is on its way and is making us all look forward to our impending holidays.2015 summer holiday beach essential beauty fashion products-29I’m really looking forward to the summer this year. I’m hoping for lazy walks along the coast, delicious fresh lunches and lots of excuses to wear floral dresses and pretty pumps! In fact, the new season has inspired my blog post today because I’ve been searching for the ideal summer shoes. I want just one pair that will go with everything. I don’t think I’m being unreasonable with that request – I simply want a pair of shoes that I can slip on every day and don’t have to think about what to wear so I can spend more time outdoors enjoying my summer. But is it possible? Let’s find out…2015 summer holiday beach essential beauty fashion productsSo the shoes need to be 1) comfortable 2) low cost and 3) on trend. They also need to look great with dresses on sunny days and look equally as good with a pair of jeans when the sun goes behind the clouds. The trouble with the Great British Summer is that I can’t guarantee that we’ll have any good days of weather, and it would be just typical if the time I’m taking off work would be one of those grey weeks! Having recently chatted with my friend about her sun-drenched honeymoon (and becoming more and more envious as I heard where she’d been and what she’d been up to!)lace espadrilles summer shoes sandals tuesday shoesday Continue reading “Tuesday Shoesday – Sun, sea & shoes” »


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Tuesday Shoesday – Bloggers’ shoes from the UK Blog Awards 2016

If you can cast your mind back to the last few times that I’ve been to a blog awards event, you might remember that I have a bit of a post-ceremony tradition. I love to share photos of the bloggers’ shoes in a Tuesday Shoesday post. Not only do I love chatting with all the fabulous writers and photographers that I meet at the event, but I’m also really interested in their outfit for the event and, in particular, their choice of shoes. Here are a few of my previous ‘Your Shoes’ blog posts after the Cosmopolitan blog awards and the very first UK Blog Awards back in 2014. Anyway, this year is no exception and no sooner had I arrived home from the event, I was tweeting my new pals to see if they wanted to get involved in my next Tuesday Shoesday post. Thankfully, all the bloggers I chatted to replied to my request and sent through photos of their own (rather fabulous!) shoes for me to share with you today. Oh and I’m thinking about compiling another ‘Your Shoes’ blog post for everyone to join in with so please email me cassie@cassiefairy.co.uk or tweet me @Cassiefairy if you’d like to show off your shoes in my next post!

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The first bloggers to send me a snap of their shoes were the couple behind award-winning blog Hey! Dip Your Toes In. This inspirational website is packed full of glorious photography, appetising recipes and I-want-to-be-there-now travel posts, so it comes as no surprise that Eulanda and Omo won the award for Best Food & Drink Blog in the UK. They totally deserve this accolade – you can tell just how passionate they are about their blog and the experiential lifestyle they live. And it didn’t stop there; this fabulous duo made it a double-whammy by winning Highly Commended in the Travel category too!

I asked them to talk me through their footwear choices for the event and I’m pleased to report that they (like me!) cited comfort on the dancefloor as one of the main reasons that they chose these particular shoes; “We typically like to coordinate when we go to big fancy events, however, we’d just gotten back the day prior to the event from a 15 day press trip. With his in mind, we really couldn’t be bothered with making a fuss at coordination attempts. We knew there would be dancing, and rather than risk a night of tender toes and tears of regret, we opted for the old faithful shoes. Omo wore his wedding shoes, and I wore my graduation shoes. Both pairs are super comfortable, and have seen hours of fire on the dance floor! Our shoes happened to be the same shade of caramel, which is really our version of ‘nude.’ Honestly, there were no other options. Comfort rained supreme on this day, and we were able to dance for hours on end after the ceremony was over. A night well done for us!” And trust me, they sure did tear up that dancefloor – I’ve seen the photos! Congratulations again to Hey! Dip Your Toes In – you deserve to dance the night away after scooping two awards!laura devine bride shoesNext up are Laura from Devine Bride and Maggie from Planes & Champagne, the lovely ladies who sat with me during the awards ceremony and actually had to persuade me out of my seat when my name was called. Thank goodness they were there! Laura told me all about her plans for her gorgeous wedding blog while we chatted at the event and I can’t wait to work with Devine Bride in the future on guest posts and more. While Maggie was already off on another plane straight after the ceremony, Laura stuck around in London and was able to zip a photo of her classy black shoes over to me straight away. She told me that she decided to wear her bargain shoes over and above some much more expensive shoes in her collection because they’re super-comfy.

“I wore these shoes to the UK Blog awards last Friday as I was nervous about going and meeting new people, and these shoes never let me down! They are one of the cheapest pairs I own (£14.99 from New Look via ASOS last summer), but one of the best.  I have lots of more expensive shoes that I have blagged through various jobs in the past (Russell & Bromley and Louboutin, no less), but I always revert back to these. I love the heel height and the comfortable suede.  They are a simple classic court shoe and go with just about anything – I’ve even worn them with jeans.  I actually planned on wearing sparkly sandals to the UK Blog Awards, as I was a little intimidated by the attendee information stating that the dress code was formal/cocktail dress, but I had already ruined my wedding pedicure from the week before and was coming to the event straight from work.  I had a brilliant night and have put it down to putting my best foot forward, in my favourite (comfortable) courts.”

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Tuesday Shoesday – Rather fabulous shoe quotes + prints

I wanted to share a quick blog post with you this Tuesday Shoesday after finding some rather cool prints on Etsy this week. I searched for “shoes + art” and I discovered a whole world of fabulous shoe-related quotes. I couldn’t NOT share these classy wall-art designs with you, and I hope you’ll like them as much as I do.

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Footwear poem from Bespoke Verseetsy shoe print art shoes high heels tuesday shoesday french quote little pleasures

Little pleasures from Lucy Bowes Designetsy shoe print art shoes high heels tuesday shoesday

 Bold font with gold foil touches from Coco & Dee Designetsy shoe print art shoes high heels tuesday shoesday inspiration

Downloadable print from The Olive Shoe

What do you think of these quotes and prints? Would you decorate your home with one of these? I think it would be great prop one up on my desk or to hang above beside my dressing table. Where would you put a shoe-related print? Leave me a comment below to let me know 🙂

 


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Tuesday Shoesday – Shoes fit for an awards ceremony

In case you didn’t already hear me bleating on about it on Twitter – I’m going to the UK Blog Awards! So basically, you’ll be treated to lots of preparation posts on the blog this week, showing you exactly what dress and accessories I’m going to wear, the make-up and skincare I’m using and, today, you’re going to see which shoes I’ve chosen to wear for the big event. I don’t know about you, but I LOVE to hear about other people’s preparations for special occasions (yes, I am a nosy gal) PLUS it’s handy to have an idea of what my favourite bloggers will be wearing so that I can spot them in a crowd at the awards ceremony! So I figured, if I’M interested in this, maybe you’ll be interested to hear about what I’ve been getting up to in preparation for the UK Blog Awards…comfortable classy stylish shoes fashion trend for blog awards ceremony from hotter-2 comfortable classy stylish shoes fashion trend for blog awards ceremony from hotter-14 comfortable classy stylish shoes fashion trend for blog awards ceremony from hotter-4So, lets start at the bottom and focus on the shoes. Well, it IS Tuesday Shoesday after all. When it comes to choosing heels for any occasion I always head straight to Hotter. It’s literally the only place I can find beautiful heels that don’t hurt my feet. So when all your friends are hobbling home shoe-less after a night of wearing too-high shoes and you’re skipping along without a pinch in your comfy heels, you’ll be pleased that you chose Hotter shoes too! I can wear them all day at weddings, I can dance lindy-hop all night, and I’ve even worn a pair while waltzing on the dancefloor of the Blackpool Tower Ballroom. Love them for all occasions and events so, of course I’ve chosen a new pair for the UK Blog Awards too. comfortable classy stylish shoes fashion trend for blog awards ceremony from hotter-7 Continue reading “Tuesday Shoesday – Shoes fit for an awards ceremony” »


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Tuesday Shoesday – Space saving shoe storage

Earlier this year I started to sort out my clutter. It was an absolute necessity, as I was moving house and I didn’t want to take all the accumulated clutter with me. Plus, I knew that I would have much less storage space so some of my belongs either had to go to the charity shop (which a lot did!) or be storage away safely so that I could get to them again at a later date. To cut a long story short, my shoe cupboard was one of the first casualties. Not only could I not fit all my shoes into my new wardrobe but I couldn’t even fit the cupboard itself into the house! What’s a girl to do??tuesday shoesday ultimate shoe storge cabinet g plan bookshelf unit-8A lot of my shoes were safely boxed up and have been in storage over the past couple of months, but the only trouble with this is that I have to plan ahead if I want to wear a particular pair of shoes. There’s nothing like rummaging through unlabelled boxes of shoes two days before you want to wear them to put you off the idea. Ahh, I’ll just wear my boots again…

Anyway, I’ve recently been researching ways to bring my shoe collection back into the home, and that means creating small space storage solutions. So I took to Pinterest a found a few ideas that I thought are well-worth sharing with you today. I’m not sure which I’ll use just yet, but it’s a step in the right direction! shoe storage for small spaces

1. Stacking triangle storage boxes from A Piece Of Rainbow

These boxes are simply one piece of cardboard folded into triangles and stacked up to make the most of the space at the bottom of the wardrobe. By making the triangle box the same depth as the cupboard you can store each pair of shoes in one triangle – one shoe behind the other. This allows you to find the shoes you want at a glance – time saving as well as money-saving! It also means you can grow your collection by simple making another box whenever you buy a new pair of shoes and adding it to the stack. And don’t forget that the spaces in between the boxes are storage space too!ladder shoe storage diy ideas

2. DIY shoe ladder from Design Sponge

Even if you’ve not got much space in your hallway or bedroom, you can probably still fit a narrow ladder against the wall. This DIY ladder has slightly deeper rungs so has the depth for a pair of shoes. If you’re storing shoes for the whole family, this ladder lends itself to having kids shoes at the top and bigger pairs of shoes can sit nearer the bottom of the ladder where there’s more space for them to overlap the rungs between the ladder and the wall. And don’t forget that space underneath the bottom rung of the ladder – that’s valuable floor storage space too!

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Tuesday Shoesday – How to make your footwear last forever..!

With wet weather comes muddy boots and just having tidemarks from tiptoeing through puddles is enough to make you feel like a right mess, even though the rest of your outfit is perfectly clean. So if you find yourself caught in an April shower, just take a moment to give your shoes a quick wipe with a damp cloth when you get home. This simple action could be enough to lift your spirits on a grey day – and it might make you feel better about the way you look – as looking after your garments when you get home guarantees you’ll look your best the next time you head out the door.polishing shoesLeaving mud to dry on leather is pretty bad, and can actually damage your boots, creating cracks and horrid stains. So whether you’ve spent a fortune on those leather boots or have even just picked them up from a car-boot sale it makes sense to prolong their life by giving them a quick polish.IMG_6334You don’t need any special equipment; just one pot of clear shoe polish will clean up every pair of shoes you own. You can buy a brush if you wish or just use a soft nail brush or even an old toothbrush to apply the polish. Spread it all over your footwear and pay attention to any faded or well-worn areas. Now here’s another money-saving tip…How to polish your new leather shoes to keep them protected and clean Continue reading “Tuesday Shoesday – How to make your footwear last forever..!” »


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Tuesday Shoesday – Knee-high v ankle boots

It’s the age-old question: knee-high or ankle? Which type of boots do you prefer? If you only had the money to buy one pair of boots to last you forever, which would you choose? Come on, no sitting on the fence: these boots were made for walking, so which pair will it be? To tell you the truth, I’m undecided. Which is precisely why I decided to compare the two today, and to hopefully find out which is the ‘ultimate’ length for a pair of classic black boots.tuesday shoesday knee high boots v ankle boots blog reviewTest 1 – Wearing with dresses

It really depends what kind of look you’re going for however I tend to lean towards knee-high boots in this test. They made legs look slimmer and make small feet look bigger, thereby balancing out your hips. They can be worn with or without tights and can either make casual dresses look dressier, or formal dresses look more relaxed. I just prefer having my calves covered when wearing a skirt with a pair of flat boots: I feel like I look less ‘stumpy’ with knee-highs compared to a flat pair of ankle boots. Even so, ankle boots will work with dresses too – 90s grunge and the look I call ‘blogger chic’ relies heavily on ankle boots with skirts. Remember Doc Martens, 40 denier tights and button-up floral dresses? And that was just me last year..! Hoho I jest of course – that was my favourite 90s look – but I still hanker after it even now at my age. Ankle boots and tights are a rebellious combo. In fact, thinking about it, knee-high boots are rather rebellious too. Argh, it’s a tough one to call.

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Knee-high boots from Online Avenue

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Of course, if we’re talking ‘normal’ width trousers, ankle boots will come out on top every time. You can go tucking a standard pair of trousers into knee-high boots: it’ll look like you’re wearing pantaloons. That is unless Puss-In-Boots is your style icon. In this case, ankle boots are a must for wearing beneath trousers, and are especially good with a heel that gives you extra height and allows your trouser leg to hang properly. However, if we’re talking skinny jeans, knee-high boots quickly gain the lead. Again, ‘blogger chic’ means that skinny jeans can be tucked into ankle boots (with a heel preferably), but I’m sure we can all agree that skinny jeans tucked into knee-high boots is a timeless look, can’t we? Again, they take your casual jeans and turn them into something that’s suitable for wearing on a night out. Which takes us nicely onto test 3…

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