"Chelsea Chelsea I believe...."

that I finally need a pair of Chelsea boots in my life.  As a complete aside, that song by The Fratellis just reminds me of when we went to see the wrestling a couple of years ago.   Yes, the wrestling... as you do.  The boys were 8 and 6 and thought it was the most brilliant things they'd ever seen.  In to The Fratellis' song, marches the final wrestler of the night.. Little Legs.  "Little Legs, Little legs, little legs" the crowd (including my massively over enthusiastic boys were screaming - not including the husband who looked like he was sucking a wasp and had consumed horse piss instead of beer).  And who is Little Legs I hear you ask?  Well, I was as interested to see.  And yet... what is your reaction supposed to be when in strolls.. a dwarf.  Yes, dwarf wrestling... Not entirely sure on a scale of one to ten where that sits on the not so PC scale but hey, he seemed to be having an absolute blast and it was only me and another friend who were ever so slightly taken aback.  And now of course I can't hear the Fratellis without hearing an alternative background melody of "LITTLE LEGS, LITTLE LEGS"

But speaking of legs, these are the perfect addition at the foot end. 

I have toyed with chelsea boots for years.  It's not been quite as much as a saga as the over the knee boots (which, whilst I do love them, I have to say I am very pleased I didn't purchase as I'm really not sure how much wear I would have got out of them) but they have certainly occupied the odd blog or two. 

Now however, a little escapade into Pinterest (this is a Bad Idea by the way) confirms that my first purchase of the year is going to be a pair of these.  Just look... how have we lived without a pair of these in our lives?

I think they go with everything.  Dresses, skirts both midi and short, skinnies, cropped flares, these are going to be a complete winner. 



And thanks to this pic below, I also need khaki peg leg leather trousers, dang it.






They are all pictures of the Acne Jensen.  And admittedly these pics are all (well mostly) of skinnies which doesn't entirely prove my point.  These are scarily expensive for a pair of boots.  But they are simply perfect.  I have spent the last two days (whilst not drinking) looking for flat (but not completely flat...) pointed Chelsea boots.  And there are very very few around  If you want pointed.  Which I do.  These are the Ultimate in Chelsea Boots.  Take my word for it.

Jensen in black suede £400  EXCEPT oh my lord, if you are a size 36 there's a half price pair in the sale.  You jammy so and so.





If you would perhaps like a burgundy pair.. and I have toyed with the idea but personally I am in the market for a black pair.

Jensen Bordeaux now £227 was £390



However... - you didn't think I'd let you down, did you?  Having not come up trumps on a good alternative to the Stewart Weitzman Lowland boots, I think this time I may have come up with a cunning alternative...which are now in the sale and are almost a quarter of the price of the full price Jensens.

Ash Mira Slip on low heel boot was £185 now £111




Or in the textured leather now £120


So Jensens compared to the Miras?  I think I'm going to order both to compare and contrast (hoping that the Miras are better, clearly) 

Other options.  A pink pair.. now this is a good idea actually... Although perhaps not the most versatile compared to a black pair.

ASOS Ava Suede Pointed ankle boots in pink £55



Absolutely seething that these aren't available in my size although lots of others are still available.  Love these and what an amazing price. 

ASOS Run Away Leather Mix Pointed Chelsea Ankle Boots were £40 now £28 



These aren't leather but as I always say, a great starter for err £22.50 if you're not sure you're going to get loads of wear out of them. 

ASOS Right About Now Pointed Chelsea Ankle Boots were £38 now £22.50



These I did manage to try yesterday - they were pretty darn ace actually but.. not pointy enough for me. 

Basing Chelsea Boots from Topshop £42 but an amazing price for a pair of leather shoes.  I didn't realise they were that cheap and would have guessed at them being the £65/£70 mark in Topshop.  Definitely worth a look. 




Great sale on at Seven Boot Lane and these are another Chelsea boot option.  Alas, not pointy enough for me.  I want to be able to pop balloons in mine.

Evita Flat Ankle Boots in charcoal snake suede were £150 now £85



ASOS Riddles Chelsea Boots £55  These are a slightly higher version and not as pointed which might work better for some people.



Another higher pair in the sale at Monsoon and off piste in the tan colour.

Baird Pointed Chelsea Boots were £69 now £34.50



So that's the plan.  

And with regards to purchases for the New Year, I shall be back with some ideas in January about how we can make our wardrobes work harder for us.

In the meantime, here I am in my outfit from yesterday and my new coat which I love.  Absolutely love.  And... there were some left instore at Whistles at Bluewater if anyone is interested.  Mine is the Medium which, as I think I said the other day, I would say is a 12.

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Grey star jumper - hush
Grey Baxter jeans - Topshop
Grey reversible coat - Whistles
Superstar sneakers - Golden Goose
Red Soho Disco bag - Gucci

And last night for our New Year's Eve party which was fantastic.

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Sequin turtle neck top - H&M
Leather leggings - hush
Black asymmetric court shoes - Zara

Now I didn't post yesterday as I had planned, so firstly apologies.  And secondly, I'd like to say a huge huge thank you to everyone for reading and for commenting.  I hope you continue to enjoy the blog throughout the coming year. 

I don't intend to reinvent the wheel at all with regards to the blog content, yes I've got a couple of ideas up my sleeve to add to what I've done in the past, but I was thinking about changing the look of the blog and wondered what people thought of it.  No adverts on the side or anything like that, but I was thinking about changing the bags...  Is a change as good as a rest or should I leave them?  And no, I don't know what I was planning on replacing them with....

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  1. I think the pointy chelsea boots would really suit you.
    When I read the end of your post I thought 'Bags? What bags?' - shows how observant I am!!

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    1. Thank you, you lovely enabler... ha ha ha! I'm SO over them..

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  2. Happy new year! Yes, I think a refresh of your blog look would be good. The bags look cheap and don't do you justice!

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    1. Oh I'm so pleased! Yup, they make me itch now.. I'm on it. (although as I'm a technical cretin, it may take some time...!)

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    2. Yes, the bags should go!
      Keep up the things you do, its a great read!
      Tx

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    3. They are on their way out... once I manage to find someone to help..!

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    4. I love your blog and it's all in the content. I don't think you need to change anything! X

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  3. Happy new year to you and your family. Must say I had to scroll up to re look at the "bags" I say go for a change they don' t really sum up your blog.......which I love, thank you :)

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    1. Phew! They're going! (and thank youxx)

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  4. I love your blog as I'm sure you know.... Am glad you're not planning side ads as its much classier without. I read another couple of fashion related blogs and one of them has side ads which I find off putting. Looking forward to seeing what you replace the bags with though.

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    1. Each to their own and it would be so boring if all blogs were the same! I have no idea what I"m going to replace the bags with but I'm hoping to keep the content bit central (as you can see - my technical know how knows no bounds...!!) and thank you my love for all your support xxxxx

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  5. Happy New Year!!! Glad you're not going with ads - never convinced by blogs singing praises of a brand when it's got a flashing ad in the margin.... Agree with the others - the bags maybe could be replaced but I have to say I never noticed them till you just pointed them out now xx

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    1. Happy New Year! Well at least the bags aren't causing offence..! Lots of brands do support blogs and I think if you are an ambassador for a certain brand then having them advertised is fine but It's when you have no control over what the ads are and they just pop up regardless..! I prefer to link to a specific item which I hope is more helpful than just recommending a brand per se. But most people do both. I just like the clean (if not very classy looking...!!) look of no extra detail on the page but then everyone is different x

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  6. I have these ones and they've barely been off my feet since I got them! They go with everything and are so damn comfortable! Not leather unfortunately but great for the price. (Oh and ignore the 'wide fit'...they definitely don't seem wide to me! http://m.newlook.com/shop/shoe-gallery/wide-fit-shoes-and-boots/wide-fit-black-chelsea-boots-_359094801?productFind=search

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    1. Oh wow they look lovely. Thanks so much for the pointer love! xxx

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  7. I think you should replace the bags with a picture of your dog!
    Estelle x

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    1. Ha ha ha! I have been asked so many times to do an instagram account for the dog! But to be honest with you - she's not "that" good at being photographed (read - I'm not remotely good enough a photographer...!) and I'd only have about one photo a week!

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  8. I vote for a revamp too Kat but good luck trying to work out how to do it! It's taken me ages to work out how to add stuff to mine (with varying levels of success.....) x

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    1. To say I"m dreading it, is an understatement.. I may have (ie will definitely have to) outsource...!

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  9. I really enjoy your blog. If you want to revamp then go for it. Happy 2016. Justine x

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    1. Thank you and hopefully you enjoy it into 2016. I'll be changing very little about the content or the main layout, believe me! xx

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  10. I feel I have seen this style boot in good old M&S in the sale...I could be completely wrong of course!!!
    Happy new year...and just keep writing...please!!! :) xx

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    1. No you are absolutely right. And I totally missed them! All sold out. I even trailed round M&S Bluey and nada. Always the last to the party, me. Duh.

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  11. While you are having a revamp I would love for past posts to be categorised if possible-would really help my searching through past blogs for bits I think I've seen but can't remember when!

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    1. Oh lord, this may be well about my paygrade, but let me have a think... the search is CRAP on here, isn't it? I can't even make it work myself. I tend to find that actually just going to google and searching Does my bum look 40 and the item, is much quicker. Go figure. x

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    2. You can just tag each blog, say with 'boots' 'skinny trousers' 'dresses' etc. It's easy, bloglovin gives you the option to tag and you can make up your own. Then you have to make sure readers can see the tags on the homepage. Also easy and in the template options.

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    3. AHA... well you learn something new every day. On Blogger can you do this? I know you can on Wordpress but I haven't noticed it (but I haven't looked..) on blogger.. This sounds genius! (and I'm assuming it then comes up in the search function?!)

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    4. I recently requested this as I often try to find things in pasts postings but can't. Fingers crossed!

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    5. Hopefully I've managed to do in the next blog... if it works I'll go back and do some from the last month!

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    6. You've tagged your latest blog post (well done) but you need to set up the page so people can see the tags and click on them. If I want to see all posts mentioning jumpers, I just click on that. You see?! Look at my blog if this doesn't make sense.

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    7. oh dear god. I knew this would be complicated! I'll try later, thank you xxxxx

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  12. By all means revamp the layout but your blog content is oh so brilliant I barely notice!! You have that perfect mix of style / finger on pulse / styleinspo going on!! Also total hats off for the elegant classy way you wrote about your mothers passing and remained unequivocally yourself through it all!!
    Now. The boots....yes buy Chelsea boots - I buy a new pair every year in Topshop (I have the basing ones you featured) and wear them into the ground. They are unbeatable value and quality!!
    I have a pair of acne pistol boots which I have had reheeled about four times I wear them so much and they still look perfect two years later!. So in that basis I would but the jensens as you'll have them forever!! I also love the Scandi thing and the idea they laugh in the face of our winter weather ☺️ Happy new year and looking forward to another year of your Amazing blog, Kat!!

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    1. Oh thank you thank you thank you for your lovely comments. I have ordered the Chelea boots! And hopefully you will continue to enjoy the blog xxxx

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  13. Happy New Year Kat and thank you for your fantastic blogging - I love reading your honest and often very funny thoughts - it's so nice to hear another mum being honest - thank you for that and all of your top tips. Wishing you every happiness for 2016.
    P.S. It feels a bit strange writing to someone I haven't met but just felt I should say thank you as I've really enjoyed your blog this year! x

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    1. Well thank you very very much. It means an awful lot that people take the time to comment. MAkes it all worthwhile! xxxx

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  14. Hi Kat, happy new year! I bought the Acne Jensen in a size 6 as I'm typically a size 6.5. These were so tight on my foot so I returned them,the only issue I think if you've a bigger foot they can look rather long but perhaps that's just the way they appear when first looking down at them. I might consider repurchasing in a size 7. Do you think you will purchase them or the ASH ones?

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    1. Well thank goodness I read this as I would probably have ordered the 39 but have ordered the 40 this morning instead (free postage so it costs me nothing!) Yes and there is the issue with penguin feet... So I've also ordered the Ash Miras to try. Will pap so you can compare and contrast. xxx (I ordered a 6 and a 7 in the Ash ones... )

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    2. Glad to have helped, can't wait to see them both on you. Keep up the great work Kat, your blog rocks!

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    3. I ordered the Ash from Very and apparently they'll deliver within TEN days. WTAF??!

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  15. Firstly Kat, Happy New Year. I am looking forward to your blogs for 2016. yes to changing the bags. I brought my first ever pair of Chelsea boots a couple of months ago at the grand age of 51, Just had a scary thought that i am 52 this year, not a thought i like, but back to the Chelsea boots, I am really happy with them and surprised how much wear i am getting out of them. To be honest i thought they would be an itch i had to scratch but now wondering how i managed without them in my wardrobe. Hope you find a pair you love. Mine were Clarks of all places in the sale having trawled the internet for hours looking for the "right" pair. x

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    1. Well this is what i'm hoping. It may be my sneaker revelation of 2016! I am just so so over wearing heels *stares at rows of heeled boots in wardrobe and sobs*!

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  16. I have just been pinning Chelsea boots! I only have a pair of "welly" Chelsea boots, but they are really versatile and suit trousers and skirts. Love them.

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    1. ooh now they sound interesting!

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  17. I was so so pleased to see this blog on Chelsea boots as I have just purchased some from a fab shop in Winchester called the Hambledon which had it's sake on Monday, everything half price. I got these Hudson ones https://www.hudsonshoes.com/compound-black-boot.html.
    I love them but I suspect they are not pointy enough for you Kat.

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    1. Oh they are lovely and Hudson boots are such great quality and always have that lovely slightly vintage look to them. But you're right, this time I am looking for super pointy (she says not having tried any on yet and loving the pics of people who have tried them who are probably a size 4 and not a boat sized 7.....)

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  18. I have a pair of Chelsea boots but have gone off them - could not work out why till I read your blog! Now I know - they are not pointy enough! The Acne ones are gorg but sadly too expensive for me. The Ash ones are not as nice - too high on the ankle. I am going to trawl the internet now to find an alternative!!! Yes to a revamp - but please don't change too much!!! Btw Kat - I need new jeans desperately - what jeans are we looking at for 2016??? Please not flared...too tricky shoes-wise (I only do flats!)

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    1. Well I've ordered both pairs so we'll see. If you google images of the Ash ones, they don't actually look too high on most people at all.. and being tall (sorry - selfish cow moment..!) I'm wondering (hoping as they're a quarter of the price) that they may be better?

      Jeans.. ho hum. Jeans... Well... cropped definitely seems to the shape de jour but to be honest with you, I'm not sure denim is as prevalent as it once was. I think the shape is very important but again, pretty much anything goes these days....

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  19. I've had my Chelsea boots for a couple of years and I have to say I hardly wear them, but I did get the grey over knee carvella boots a couple of months ago and they have hardly been off my legs...I love love love them!

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    1. Now isn't that funny. Sometimes (often..) it is really so hard to predict what you will and won't wear loads!

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  20. I bought a pair of burgundy Chelsea boots a couple of months back & have pretty much worn them every day. They're rounded, not pointed though - I struggle to walk properly in really pointy shoes, they make me trip up!!
    With regards to your (brilliant!) blog, I 99% read on my iPad so don't see the bags at all but they could maybe be replaced with something else now. Actually, no background at all would be good, just white! And the idea to tag your posts is great, it'd make searching for particular ones much easier if they haven't already been saved. Sorry, blethering now........! X

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    1. Thank you so much. And, yes, maybe I'll go no background and just a more interesting header (that sounds less complicated tech wise...!!) Tagging is the way forward! Suggestions are brilliant, thank you xxxxx

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  21. FWIW - Stuart Weitzman website has a sale on the Loden Lowlands right now £390 (40% off). I just took a massively big gulp and bought them. Still expensive, but I think this price is as good as it's going to get, and, like you, I've been obsessed with them for the better part of a year!

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    1. That is definitely as good as it's going to get. In my head I have worn these so often, I've now managed to talk myself over them. Does that make sense?! I have worn them so so often that I need something different now! Duh. They are still though (and I tried pretty much every pair out there on) the best ones, full stop. Enjoy xxxx

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    2. I think that my husband is going to wish that I had just worn them in my head too. Even with the discount. :-P

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  22. Happy New Year! I love reading your blog so am really pleased to hear you won't be changing the content. I bought a pair of 'Bertie' black suede Chelsea boots which are very pointed with a medium block heel last winter - best footwear buy ever! They seem to go with pretty much everything and make even my quite stumpy short legs look more elegant....always a good thing!

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    1. They sound amazing. You are clearly way ahead of the curve (or I'm super far behind - that, probably!)

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  23. Don't change too much Kat, your blog is fine as is. I'm a French expat in Canada so reading about British style and shopping carries some kind of an exotic flavour (and nostalgia as I lived in Britain for a bit in my youth). But above all, I really enjoy your humour, wit, honesty and of course pulse on what's new and worth checking, even though I am not as fashion obsessed as you! Plus it's a great read for us mums in the over 40 category. Thanks for sharing it with us and happy new year! - Nathalie

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    1. Thank you and I hope you continue to enjoy it xxx

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  24. And now I want a pair of Chelsea boots! Damn you. PS happy new year, from one Kat to another xx

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    1. These definitely come under the Classic category so are easily justifiable. And happy new year my love xxx

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  25. I have a few pairs of chelsea boots and I like a bit of a pointy toe. Faves are probably Opening Ceremony in a mink colour with a zip trim just where the leather meets the sole. Also just bought some black ones in the sale from office - leather and £26!

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    1. I'm starting with just the one pair....!! Yours sound gorgeous x

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  26. I keep a spreadsheet on monthly purchases to keep myself in check - a bit. Think it may have gone up since I started reading your blog but have some super things would not otherwise have found or thought of - including red metallic mesh golden goose trainers. Just arrived, gorgeous - but think I will have to change the laces so they are not quite so grubby. Or would that be sacrilege?

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    1. Spreadsheet.. now that's a good idea. I haven't actually bought that much this season (admittedly I have been given quite a lot) and lots that I have bought, I've sent back. Pretty much have worn everything a lot bar a couple of things - which were cheap and crap from, yes, you've guessed it. bloody Zara. Apart from my long grey cardigan which I have lived in at home!

      Now the laces - interestingly the ones I ordered from Net a Porter which I sent back, had randomly clean laces as well which made them look odd. I think the laces also need to be bashed up and grey dirty. As weird as that sounds - when I got them out of the box, I thought they didn't look right.. compared to my white ones and it was the laces that were different (I think someone must have changed them...). They also need to be grubby for the effect to work (the proper New Emperor's Clothes effect, that is!!!) I LOVE mine!

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  27. I finally bought the Born Chelsea boot this fall after wanting them forever and buying two other pairs of black ankle boots instead... Now I don't wear anything else! Love them with my Everlane black double knit dress, so think about wearing them with a dress or skirt too. I wanted FLAT FLAT FLAT and not pointy, since my other ankle boots have heels and pointy toes. Couldn't be happier. I also tried the Clarks, which I thought were too wide in the ankle. Definitely recommend the Born pair, which were about $120 US.

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    1. Sound gorgeous! ANd yes - too wide on the ankle is definitely definitely not a good look. I will check out the Born ones, thank you x

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  28. Hi Kat, I've been reading your blog for ages but never commented until now... You will LOVE the Jensens. I drooled over them for months and caved before Christmas and, honestly, they are the best thing in my wardrobe! So comfortable (I'm a 5.5 and find the 6 fit perfectly) and the perfect mini heel height (I'm 5ft 11) and go with everything. I love your blog as a fellow giant so please don't change too much. Happy New Year! x

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    1. NNOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO. I'm really hoping I don't! I'm hoping I LOVE the Miras...!! As an aside, you have titchy tiny feet for someone so tall! I thought mine were small at 6.5 and "only" 5ft10! I'm slightly worried about the boat effect.... And no, I plan to change very very little xxx

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  29. Love your blog Kat, don't change it too much. Were you going to do something on your house renovation at one stage??
    These boots are also nice I think. They don't have the Chelsea tab thing at the back but are nice. Selected boots

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    1. They look lovely but I think I'm after the back tab (random I know!) And elastic obviously...! Now house renovation. ..hmm I was thinking about a house blog but really it's not an area where I have any other expertise bar having done my own and that's quite a specific style.. I did have a look at other housey blogs and oh my lord, they knew everything about everything, so I did feel mine would have had a very narrow field of appeal (and I wouldn't have anything to say after a couple of blogs!!)

      I do post pics and will continue to do so as I finally get round to putting the finishing touches to all the room (will I ever be finished...?!) and post pics on Insta. Am always happy to answer any questions about anything interiors related over there! Or via email. xxxx

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  30. I had exactly the same thoughts as you about the Jensens and spent days searching for a cheaper alternative. I thought I was lucky to find some Aldo Korin boots on eBay which are similar, but the first time I wore them I noticed that the left boot unzips itself. I'm still trying to find a way to fix them, otherwise I'm going to look at the Topshop ones. Warehouse have a similar pair too, but the heel is higher.
    Claire x

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    1. What a bummer. The Topshop ones aren't as pointed as I wanted.. compared to the Jensens anyway.. I will let you know what the Ash ones are like (although 10 day delivery from Very Exclusive apparently - for real?!)

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  31. Finally got a pair of chelseas this year. They are almond toe, as I am of the wide foot variety, and are not fancy, but it is snowy in Vermont and slippery sometimes and my sturdy leather Bog boots are doing the job nicely. Only challenge is finding them, as often they are on daughter's feet and not in my closet.

    Never really notice the bags. I come here for the writing.

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    1. That's a great compliment if ever there was one, that your daughter likes wearing them! And thank you xxxx

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  32. How timely. Just worked out my signature look, and pointed Chelsea boots are a big part. New Look also have some nice non-leather ones. And I'm also back on the peg trew train...

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    1. Ooh someone else highly recommended those non leather New Look ones. She loved them and has worn them loads. And I am totally with you on the peg trew train. All aboard.... I have cut out from a mag last month, the most divine pic with a leather jacket... Inspiration city x

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  33. I love the Jensen boot as it is one of the coolest looking, in my humble opinion. I always seem to wear mine with skinnies, it just works. I like the simplicity of your' blog format. It is the content that matters and you write so well. H xx

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    1. Right, mine arrived today and are baggy on my ankle... is this right??!! (and thank you darling xX)

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  34. Point chelsea boots in the Massimo Dutti sale Kat@ back and £80.

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    1. OOH off to have a look thank you xx

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  35. Finally bought some Chelsea boots last year in the sales, and they've hardly been off my feet. So comfy!
    Happy New Year Kat, love your blog x

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  36. Just a heads up about the New Look Chelsea pointy boots- they are now £17.99 in the sale. Have ordered some to try. At that price it would be rude not to.love reading your blog it has given me loads of inspiration to step out of my comfort zone. Don't know whether I should admit this but I honestly thought they were chillis at the top of your page!! Must wear my glasses!!

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