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Monday, 25 August 2014

When I say tassels and fringes...

....you would be forgiven for thinking that I had perhaps lost my mind to the rain, cabin fever and children and had decided a blog on pole dancing outfits was on the agenda but no. 

I'm in shoe mode.  Partly shoes on the brain as I have yet to subject myself and my credit card to the horror that is School Shoe Shopping for all three kids (I genuinely feel slightly sick thinking about it.  There really is absolutely zero upside to that escapade is there?) 

Clearly I'm not talking sandals here.  Nope I am talking full on shoes - yup we are firmly cemented in all things Autumnal as I sit here typing listening to the rain lashing down.  Even the iPhone weather app has given up and just thrown in 100% chance of rain.  All Day.

And apparently it's going to do the same tomorrow.  Well - after nearly three weeks of 24/7 with my kids, as much as I adore them, with not even 10 mins on my own, I will admit I can't WAIT to send the two small boys off to football camp tomorrow morning.  One on their own is as much as I feel I can handle right now! 

In the meantime however, I am absurdly and unjustifiably smug with myself that I haven't bought anything.  However, I have itchy fingers to say the least and planning on my A/W wardrobe is a great distraction (from me screaming at a child as another nerf bullet/foam football/trashpack small creature smacks me on the head)

And I was looking back through my photos on my phone and hey presto, I had totally forgotten (fickle, moi?) about these shoes I had papped from a Grazia in the hairdressers yonks ago. 

Now I got a lot of wear last year out of my loafers and Oxford lace ups and it seems that flat shoes are THE shoes to be seen in this season - or at the very least ones with a demi heel (do you like my made up heel height?  I think it works...) 

I'm not entirely sure I can justify a pair - I can tick the tassels box (things you never thought you'd type) with my navy Chester loafers from Russell & Bromley and the bargain sales leopard print and black patent loafers from Zara (I would not have paid full price for plastic - no way jose). 

Anyway, these are what has got me all of a flutter and put the cat amongst the shoe pigeons.


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I've never heard of this brand before and no, they're not cheap but boy do they have some gorgeous shoes.  Here they are online.

Primo Amore White Studs from Portamento store £179




Primo Amore Taupe £179 from Portamento  Also love this colour.



Or another gorgeous option in white and gold £179.99




I had mentioned before that I like the idea of white shoes with darker Autumnal colours and if you're thinking of trying out the look then these from ASOS are perhaps a better bet than the more expensive Portamento ones.  No they're not nearly as nice in my opinion but they're an amazing buy for the money and certainly look a lot more expensive.  A real classic actually with a fringe and a tassel - two for the price of one.  When you see what the others cost, you realise what a great bargain these are.

ASOS Marathon Leather loafers in white £35


They also do them in a grey which may be slightly less out of our comfort zones....£35



Tasselled Moccasin loafers from Zara £49.99 in navy (although they're not leather.... Zara, come on... £50 for non leather shoes?)



We can however rely on Clarks to come up with a classic and love the twist here with the dark green. 

Busby Folly in Dark Green £69.99 (is it me or have Clarks put their prices up...?)


They also do a rather striking black patent leather, again £69.99


My favourite flat shoe from Clarks though, has to be the Hotel Chic which sold out last year - yup, totally sold out, so if you like it, nab it.  

Hotel Chic in Interest Leather (someone got bored of thinking up exotic names when it came to describing leather here...) £65




If you're looking for heels than there are some in the sale now at Portamento.  I absolutely love these.  Perfect for work and play (if you don't mind tottering around in heels for play - certainly great for a lunch or date night!) 

Portamento Camilla were £189 now £151.20





But the surprise of the season so far for me, is the from Clarks in Oxblood.  I honestly think if you said these were from Anthropologie or Plumo, or even my newly found Portamento - I'd believe you. 

Blues Melody in Oxblood leather £79.99



And they also do it in a Black Combi leather too.  Love the contrasting heel on these.  In fact, I prefer these to the oxblood ones. 





So how do we feel about manly shoes?  I know you're either a yay or a nay and never the twain shall meet, but they do seem to be more prolific every season.  The choice this A/W is endless - classic loafers and those with a slight twist above, to your traditional brogues and those that have just a nod to the original.  Pointed for example - ooh now pointed shoes.  Well that's a whole 'nother blog for another day.  Oh wait, I'll have to go and look at more shoes?  Gutted I tell you, gutted. 


For the time in forever (yes I have been listening to Frozen on loop.  Actually I will confess, this may be by choice now - even the kids have started saying - oh mum, no, not Let it Go again....) it was too wet to even contemplate trying to stand outside to take a photo so I resorted to bribing, this time the 6yr old to sit on a stool to take the photo.  Hence the blur.. bless him. 

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Bat sweatshirt - Zoe Karssen
Khaki linen cargo pants - Topshop
Chocolate leather jacket - All Saints
Black ponyskin skater shoes - Next 

I am now off to do bathtime and then retire with a large glass of red wine followed by a homemade curry (by homemade I mean courtesy of Patak's and Rachel's Coconut yog - honestly divine and offensively easy) and try to get my head around the fact that it truly does look like Autumn may have arrived.  

39 comments:

  1. I got some similar to the Primo Amore from Massimo Dutti last year and sent them back as the leather was different on each shoe...this year I have splashed out and bought the Gucci fringed loafers in black suede!

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    1. WHOA! You're on a roll! Ok I need to live vicariously through you and wallow in your sea of shoes, you lucky duck. I can go to bed dreaming of your tally - spill, spill, spill!! How many....?!

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  2. Black, navy or ox-blood for me. They would be on my wish list but I can't decide which colour. Love the idea of the heel, got a pair of brown ones from years ago which I intend to wear (I think they may even have a slightly furry lining - bizarre but wonderfully indulgent) x

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    1. I love my navy and black ones so I think I'm ok although I love the boots. Love them. They'd be perfect for today..... xx

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  3. Have two pairs of the heeled type (from Hobbs and Jigsaw) which I'm planning to rotate this autumn. Curry sounds great, but not sure I've fully understood. Is there a recipe for that somewhere please? (Sorry, do appreciate that this is a (very fine) style blog and definitely not a cooking blog! I am rather cold and hungry and therefore distracted..)

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    1. They sound gorgeous! Aha! Now the curry is one by Pampered Chef - it's ridiculously easy. Google Pampered Chef Chicken TIkka Massala. I use 2 packs of chicken breast chunks (I think the're about 450 g each?), one pack of coriander chopped up, one large tub of Rachel's Organic Coconut Yoghurt, half of that empty tub of water, 3 large tbps of Pataks TIkka Massala paste, two onion gloves and a massive glug of olive oil. THrow it all in, marinade for as long as you like and then put in oven for 20 mins. I leave out the cream and the onion (the onion doesn't cook in the time adn the kids hate it!). If i'm just doing it for adults I put in a red chilli chopped up. It's SO easy that's it!

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    2. Thank you, sounds delicious and will definitely try it!

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  4. I'm not quite there on these yet, too golf shoe for me I think. But... I know what I'm like and interested to see if I'll change my mind as I see them more!

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    1. HA ha ha ha! It's my inner Nick Faldo coming out....

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  5. Some lovely picks there. Drawn to the green clarks, but don't know how I'd wear them. I think you're right about the price hoiks, and they're all at it.. It's so that when they give us a measly percentage off they still get the full whack. Ha! I'm on to them...don't pay the loony prices...

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    1. You are so right - I wonder if it is because they do so many money off offers. The green would actually be a great neutral - perfect with navy, grey, black or tans/camels. x

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  6. I'm sure I will love them just as everyone else moves on to the next big thing, but I'm a bit slow, at the moment I can only think of my lovely old headmistress in these shoes, tweed twinsets being trailed by a trio Basset hounds.

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    1. HA, so true. And actually, you can't wear all of the shoes can you? xx

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  7. Yep flat manly shoes are on my list too & I've been lusting over the Clarks pale Hamble Oaks for a while but to be honest I really need a flat black shoe & the Hotel Chic do tick the boxes! It been an age since I tried anything like this & so a good trying on session is required! I can't wait to pack the kids off to school & have some time on my hands! I've been tortured by all the Shrek movies this holiday & that donkey gets well annoying after a while as do the clippy cloppy shoes!! ;) Ax

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    1. I know a couple of people who have the Hamble Oaks but I think in for a penny, in for a pound and I love the full on stud, fringe and tassel detail! I quite like Shrek.... And I may have been listening to Let it Go on my own when the kids aren't around.... xx

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  8. The Portomento tan Camillas are beautiful, never heard of the brand before! Clarks have got some amazing shoes & boots in but yes, I do think their prices are creeping up! X

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    1. They're gorgeous aren't they but rather on the spenney side. Although yes, having said that, the Clarks ones are deffo creeping up in price!

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  9. I think you can buy the tasselled loafers in the children's dept at Russell and Bromley for a fraction of the price and they go up to an 8. Apparently the colour range is quite small and they fly out as soon as they arrive instore.

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    1. No you definitely can, you're right! - I tried them on before I bought the Chester's but a) they're not that cheap and b) they're not nearly as substantial. I think the ASOS ones would be better for the money!

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  10. ... And Clarks are so comfy! AND go up to a 43. Fantastic!

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  11. I'm after some in tan or brown - mid heel with or without tassles! Love the colour of those boots but I'm not a totterer. Will have to get a move on too before I resign myself to socks for the winter! Nothing wrong with a bit of Pataks now and again! x

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    1. /We're only minutes awy from socks it seems. SOB! (Pataks Tikka massala paste is the bomb) x

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  12. Clark's prices have increased but then I think so have the design and fit of their shoes, will be scouting for codes!
    Love your dresser in your photo!

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    1. This is true I guess although I always thought they were good quality. But I think they're competing now in a slightly different market and just think htey can charge more! Yes they will have higher marketing costs but I'm not sure it's fair to pass that onto the customer. Definitely worth waiting for a code BUT this is what I tried to do last year and they sold out of the shoes!

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    2. Yes have also been caught out too :-(

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  13. Love the Clarks Hotel Chic - wanted them last year so must buy now! Love too the idea of an oxblood loafer or brogue. Not yet convinced about tasseled brogues with buckles instead of shoes laces - think they're called Monk shoes? Just cleared out my wardrobe & have decided no more tat....only good quality basics and fewer but better clothes. (I say this every time...) Your kitchen looks amazing. What is the flooring? We are planning on redoing ours but I am nervous about stone floors - we have slate in the bathrooms and it's freezing cold in winter (underfloor heating not an option). Am even considering keeping the lovely old wood floors that are in there currently and sealing them well - much warmer. Hope your wine & curry were yummy. Daughter now telling me off for being up late (what is wrong with that picture...?!)

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    1. YES if you want them now you must get them. If you want details of the floor, email me on doesmybumlook40@gmail.com and I can send you the link of where we got them from. They've got underfloor heating under them though. we've just had wood put in some of the bedrooms and the study and sitting room and I love love love it. Getting there, slowly but surely,.....

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  14. Noooo they're golf shoes! My Dad and Sevi Ballesteros wore those in the 80's! Can we have a girly shoe blog day please to make up for these, pretty please...

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    1. Ha ha ha! I will be doing a girly blog soon - I'm already on the look out for evening shoes..... xx

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  15. Shoes schmoes! Am super obsessed with Chloe Susannah boots.... however your kitchen looks AMAZEBALLS! Love. Audrey :-)

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    1. I'm with you sister, although you can have the Susannah boots, I'm after the Toga Pulla snakeskin ones in black. And thank you - we're getting there slowly but surely with the house - more sneak peaks on Instagram which I am obsessed with! @doesmybumlook40 x

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  16. It really does feel like autumn has arrived early. Sandals are gone and it's been skater shoes for days now. I keep thinking about a pair of tan tassle Clarks loafers I bought earlier this year and didn't get much wear out of. Looking forward to wearing them again now it's getting cooler. Lynne x

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    1. Definitely shoe time - I've got boots on today! x

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  17. Hi, just wondering if you're on Instagram and if so, what's your user name?

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    1. I am indeed - utterly obsessed with IG at the moment. Name is @doesmybumlook40 xxx

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  18. I'm a big fan of masculine style shoes, in fact I don't really own anything girly! Not my cup of tea at all. My footwear wardrobe is a mix of brogues, chelsea boots, biker boots and converse!

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    1. You must be in footwear heaven at the mo!

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  19. OMG - I have never read a post with so many pairs of gorgeous shoes - I need the very first pair but they are all gorgeous x

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