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Tuesday Shoesday ~ Maritime trend

With reports of an approaching heat wave, the UK is already gearing up for summer. The supermarkets are stocking up on BBQ goodies and I’ve seen plenty of garden products being pushed in stores. It’s as if we’ve all forgotten that we usually get frosty mornings, sub-zero temperatures and sometimes snowstorms at this time of year. The weather in 2014 has been surprisingly mild and despite buying loads of anti-freeze, windscreen scrapers and de-icer, I’ve not been defrosting the car each morning. Despite buying thermal tights, fluffy socks and insulated boots, I’ve not been stomping through drifts of snow. My woolly scarf, padded coat and chunky jumper has remained unworn. This winter has been weird and unseasonably mild. As a result, the we have decided to skip spring and are ready for summer right now – and it looks like the weather agrees!

Most fashion brands also agree and we’re all looking forward to the trends of the summer already. There are florals, metallic, pastels and – my favourite – maritime. This is what I’m looking at today because even though we’re ready for summer I’d like to hedge my bets and invest in new season footwear that can be worn in the colder weather with tights if needed! No sandals for me just yet – I’m sticking to deck shoes and I’m loving them! Check out these different looks:

spring summer 2014 shoe footwear nautical trends from chatham marine

Maritime trend c/o Chatham Marine Lookbook

As you can see, these cute little pumps are great for all kinds of fashion looks: on-trend and stylish for workwear, classy for special occasions and comfortable for casual looks. And of course a pair of leather or suede deck shoes are perfect for following the SS14 maritime fashion trend in a subtle way. You don’t have to wear a stripes or a full-on life jacket to get the nautical look – a pair of soft flat shoes will get the look without you needing to invest in a whole new wardrobe. Plus, as you can see above, they can be worn with a variety of looks all spring/summer long – they look equally cool with trousers, shorts, skirts or dresses. There are very few footwear choices that can achieve that kind of versatility and this ensures that you’ll get a decent amount of wear out of your deck shoes every year. Here are a few of my favourites from Chatham and (as I am quite greedy when it comes to shoes) I want them all!

spring summer 2014 shoe footwear nautical trend deck shoes from chatham

Tropez Moccasin ~ Rita White ~ Fern pumps

You can just imagine how comfortable these shoes would be when going on long summer walks and they would look equally fabulous on the beach as they would in the office. I especially love the tassel trim on the suede pumps above, plus the colours are so girly and cute, including Pantone’s colour of the year Radiant Orchid and summer colour Mykonos Blue. As deck shoes are such a design classic it’s the detail that counts – so keep an eye out for contrast stitching and embroidered stripes like those on the heel of the Rita shoes above. Although I am ‘vertically challenged’ I think I’d rather wear deck shoes (and be both comfortable and on-trend this summer) than exchange comfort for extra height from heels. What do you think of the maritime trend and this modern take on deck shoes? Will you be wearing comfy flats yourself this Summer? Let me know in the comments below :)

Get involved in a future Tuesday Shoesday blog post - Do you have a pair of shoes that you absolutely love? If you’d like to share your favourites – whether they’re your old reliable boots or your snazziest heels – please send a snap to me with a sentence about why they are your faves to cassie@cassiefairy.co.uk. I’ll posting them in an article later this month and will link back to your own blog or website, so get in touch!


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The ultimate beach accessory ~ cute summer nail-art

If you’re going to be sporting a swimsuit or bikini at the beach or the swimming pool this summer, really the only accessories you’ll be wearing are your nails! Okay, people might take a look at your towel or beach-bag, and you’ll probably pop on your flip-flops on the way to the water, but in terms of “wearing” something to go with your swimwear while you’re in the pool, you can rely on your nails to ‘make a splash’ haha!

cassiefairy lifestyle blog summer swimwear panache - yr nails and opi nautical nail art

I’ve gone for a matching manicure and pedicure to compliment my pool-side attire and have used some super-cute nautical nail art transfers to complete the coastal look! Using nail-art transfers is actually easier than you might think – they are as simple to use as children’s ‘tattoo’ transfers that used to come in bubble-gum packets when I was a child! Simply choose the right size for your nail, cut out the transfer and soak it in warm water for 30-60 seconds. The transfer floats away from the backing paper and then it’s just a case of carefully applying the design to your previously polished nail and adding a generous coating of clear top-coat to seal the decal onto your nail. I love this cute anchor design and feel a bit like pop-eye! I’m definitely ready for my seaside adventures anyway!

cassiefairy lifestyle blog summer swimwear panache and opi nail art

I was lucky enough to receive this fabulous O.P.I nail kit and transfers from YRnails.com when Panache sent me the ‘Veronica’ swimsuit from their new swimwear collection. I loved the pattern and colour of this ‘Veronica’ swimsuit when I saw it online and after I tried it on I couldn’t believe the difference between this swimming costume and all my old ones – this was so comfortable even though it was a ‘shapewear’ piece, and it even had underwired cups beneath the swimsuit, so it was the perfect fit for me! I will never go back to standard-sized swimwear and I’ve already bought another tankini from the Panache range for my summer holiday and can’t wait for it to arrive! I would definitely recommend that you give proper cup-sized swimwear a try, especially if you’ve not worn it before, because it makes such a difference to the comfort and style of a piece of swimwear.


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We’re all going on a summer holiday…

This weekend I’m off to the coast for a cheesy seaside weekend with my brother and sister-in-law! I’m really looking forward to strolling down the pier (2nd longest in the UK apparently!), collecting tokens in the arcades and licking Mr Whippy ice-cream whilst sitting in a deck-chair. 

At least, that’s what the holiday looks like in my mind! In reality we’ll probably be stuck inside a grubby caravan while the rain buckets-down outside, but I’m optimistic! And fingers-crossed I’ll be able to slip on my nautical canvas shoes that I showed you last Tuesday Shoesday and skip down a sandy beach in the sun… I’ll let you know how I get on!