Thursday 8 January 2015

Curvety Party Dresses

Hey Guys!

Today I want to share with you a dress that I was recently sent from Curvety to try out and show you a few different ways that I would style it and my general overall thoughts.

The dress that I got is the gorgeous Malika dress from IGIGI with a lovely animal print chiffon and stretchy black top with animal print accents. The dress is elasticated at the waist so is really comfortable and nips you in for a flattering silhouette. The sizing is in a dual format and I got the size 22/24 which I felt was true to size and spot on. The length is also really nice on me as I'm quite tall coming in at 5ft 7ish and it was just above the knee which for me is perfect. I'd wear this dress for something like a date or an evening get together, something nice and swish like a special occasion.
I like how the model has styled the dress, with a metallic clutch and black strappy heels, but I thought I'd share a couple more ideas I had in mind.

First of all, I like the idea of belting the dress at the waist to enhance that nipped in look. I'd choose something like the Isabelle Skinny Belt which has the gold hardware to add a little something but the slim design means it doesn't detract from the focus on the dress.

I also like the idea of mixing up the textures/fabrics and accessorising with a satin clutch in a contrasting cream colour with a cute bow detail like this Vintage Satin Bow Purse.

Lastly, I'd like to add a necklace to the outfit as the scooped neckline allows for a shorter necklace to sit nicely without merging with the colours in the dress. I'd pick something nice and fancy like the Multi Drop Necklace which combines silver and gold metals with the smokey rhinestones at the end. 

What do you guys think of my choices? For more pretty dresses and accessories you can head over to who also have a sale on at the moment with some great discounts.

Thanks for reading.

Love Sally X


Sunday 4 January 2015

Simply Be Party Shoes

Hey Guys!

I hope you're all having a fab weekend. 

Today I'm going to be talking about one of my favourite topics, shoes, in collaboration with the Simply Be party shoes campaign. Simply Be have kindly gone and created a Party Shoes Guide to help us all pick some great party shoes and keep us as pain free and comfortable as possible in the process, so pop on over to the site to see the full guide which has some really helpful advice. 

Speaking from my own experience I have a very love/hate relationship with heels, I have so many memories of being around 18-20 and coming back from nights out in so much agony and just throwing off my shoes and promising myself to "never wear heels again" and that "the pain is just not worth it". I think I can attribute this to a few key factors:

 First of all my inability to wear the correct size. When I was that age I just wasn't into internet shopping and would get all my clothes and shoes from the shops near me that would only ever stock up to a size 8, I was an 8 and a half so really needed to be wearing a 9 to be comfortable, especially as your feet can swell in heels during the night so an extra half size can really matter. The width fitting was also never right as I needed an "E"/ wide fitting but was wearing just the standard quite narrow fitting which I can hold responsible for a lot of rubbing and discomfort at the sides. 

Secondly, I can admit now that a lot of the styles I used to pick out were completely impractical. A couple of years ago my doctor confirmed that I have a medical condition that affects my balance and is responsible for feeling quite dizzy and uneasy on my feet, so realistically the skyscraper heels that I used to wear just weren't practical, hence me falling over or twisting my ankle on a regular basis. 

Nowadays I'm way more savvy when shoe shopping. 

Below I've gone for these beauties with a mid height heel with a nice chunky platform, platforms are amazing as they give you the height but without the exaggerated arch in your foot. These are in a size 9 and wide fit, Simply Be offer both an E/wide and EEE/extra wide fitting which I think is excellent. 

 I've popped on a pair of socks to help "wear in" the shoes and also I wont get any rubbing at the back of the heel, another good way to stop this is by using gel cushions which are great if you're wearing tight or going bare legged. 

I also really like the chunky ankle strap on these to stop my feet moving around which is also something that can cause rubbing from the friction. I wore these shoes out on New Years and didn't have any issues at all and I was wearing them for a good few hours out and about with my friends so definitely a pair I can recommend (they also come in black fyi)

 So tell me, what do you guys think about high heels, do you love them or hate them? Also do you have any more tips to share that weren't in the Simply Be guide, if so pop them below in the comments.  

Thanks for reading! Love Sally X
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