I'm a pretty ballerina…..

I have always been a ‘flat’ shoe person really out of necessity, having been told off for towering over my friends (I’m not really that tall – 5"7/8, but I just happen to have a lot of petite friends!).  Ballet flats have really come into their own in the past couple of years.  Some people might see them as a bit of a ‘trend’ led item but to me, they should be a staunch staple in any person’s wardrobe.  The fact that they come in so many styles, patterns, finishes and even shapes (yes, there are in fact varying degrees of the roundness of the toe), that really, it would be impossible for any girl NOT to find a pair they like.   

Here are a selection of ones that I am coveting at the moment:

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These lovely cream and black satin ones from Mango (£40) are so elegant, you could easily wear them as evening shoes – with a long white lace gown!  They’re rather Lanvin-esque as well which is excellent if like me, the real thing is a zillion pounds away!   

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From left to right – Dark Green and Yellow flat bow pump (Dorothy Perkins £25), Patent ballet flats (KG Kurt Geiger £59 (not available anymore!), Navy felt with a red bow ballet flats (Office £24.99), Red patent ballet pumps (Topshop £28 – these are flying off the racks!)

The British high street has really come up trumps this season with all the primary colours and patent finishes!  If you’re like me, and you buy your ballet shoes by season, then get yourself a pair in primary shades with some kind of bow detail – you’ll feel like you’re 6 again (ah…that was a good age for me….good times!).

I’ve only recently seen Maloles shoes around in Liberty and Matches in London but I think Satine Boutique sell some too.  I love ooh-ing and ahh-ing over their shoes – here are a few of their flats:

Maloles  The embroidery on these ones is just so cool!  They remind me of Mary Poppins carpet bags which is a good connotation to have when you’re skipping along the street humming ‘Just a spoonful of sugar’! 

Maloles1 I used to hate square toes because they reminded me too much of that bad Miu Miu period when all they ever made were ugly square toed shoes.  But these ones look lovely and have a cool grosgrain ribbon detail (I’m big into grosgrain!). 

If you’re a risk taker, then try bidding on these Alaia straw ones with cute red grosgrain ribbon on Ebay.

There’s about a day left and it’s currently at $60!!  Sadly, they’re half a size too small for me but I have them on watch just in case in the last minute, I kid myself into thinking that I can squeeze my feet into them because they’re so lush!

Whilst I ponder what cute ballet flats I’ll be buying for spring/summer, I’ll just have to make do with the ones I have.  Currently, I’m wearing these ones quite a bit:

Ballet Silver ballet flats with a pearl ankle strap from Singapore.

Comme des Garcons x Repetto gold ballet shoes with back ruching.

Blue shiny leather ballet flats with leather toe cap from Hong Kong.

Dorothy Perkins bronze crackled leather ballet flats.

Amelia Amelia, my love for Amelia!

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I’m a complete fashion magazine FREAK and always feel compelled to buy a ton of them, most of them being either exhorbitantly priced or in languages that I don’t even read and most are just another  downright mediocre.  Well a while back, my lovely arty sister introduced me to one of the BEST and most refreshing magazines I’ve ever encountered. 

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This magazine ticks all the boxes of great fashion, music, art and best of all – the free gift.  Magazine freebies are never all that great – Elle for instance is offering a particuarly delactable faux PVC tote in gold, silver or bronze which smells like wet fish.  Hmmmm! 

Amelia’s however gave out Tatty Devine necklaces and removable art covers.  The latest issue has Amelia3 been a complete joy for me – a scratch n’ sniff cover and a pack of perfumed felt tip pens to do some colouring in with!  Bus journeys are no longer boring as hell. 

Amelia1 Fashion wise, it covers REALLY underground designers – spikjers and spikjers, Yuko Yoshitake, Basso and Brooke.  Music wise, well – Art Brut, British Sea Power, Shout Out Louds…….. as I said, definitely gets my vote in the indie stakes! 

Best of all, Amelia collaborates with some of the cutest illustrators and more innovative stylists and every issue just looks very carefully and lovingly crafted together.   

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Yes, it is pricey, but honestly, it’s more like a book than a magazine.  There have only been 4 issues and so they have become rather like collectors items – but their website is selling issues no. 3 and 4 if you want to lay your hands on them.  Alternatively, check out the stockists to see where you can get some Amelia love! 

Let the music guide you

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To say that I love music would be an understatement.  I love music so much so that every weekend, popping on my iPod in the morning can definitely dictate how my outfit is going to go.  Inspired by an article that I read in Jane magazine, I set about constructing outfits that matched a playlist.  Who cares about matching shoes and bags?  It’s all about outfits flowing with music! 

White Shadows

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Muji white shirt

Vintage lace bolero with chiffon neck ties from Prague.

Vintage white slip dress with navy lace detailing.

Vintage sheer white layered petticoat skirt

White round toe shoes (not pictured)

1. The Like – (So I’ll sit here) Waiting Like

2. Leona Naess – Lazy Days Leona

3. Rilo Kiley – A Man me then JimRilo

4. Jose Gonzalez – CrossesJose

5. The Shins – Girl Inform MeShins

Crazy English

Rockme Margaret Howell tartan checked shirt with front ruffle

H&M burgandy backless top worn the wrong way round

Vintage green and blue tartan wrap over skirt

Lace footless tights

Buddhahood olive green stiletto ankle boots

1. Kaiser Chiefs – I Predict a RiotKaiser

2. The Kills – At the back of the ShellKills

3. Editors – BloodEditors

4. Hard-Fi – Cash MachineHardfi

5. Pulp – Common PeoplePulp

Neon Haze

Neonme_1 Vintage YSL Rive Gauche red ruffle shirt

Adidas black swimming costume

Vintage blue ruffle skirt with sequin waistband (made from an old prom dress)

Silver thread leggings

Gina black patent shoes

Sunglasses

Vintage red plaited belt

1. Lali Puna – Faking the BooksLali

2. The Knife – HeartbeatsKnife

3. Roisin Murphy – Ruby BlueRoisin

4. Electrocute – Kleiner Dicker JungeElectrocute

5. Royksopp – What else is thereRoyksopp