Oh Etsy: 26.09.12

There’s nothing like a music festival to get people excited and now that Summer is finally here, so is festival season! This time of year the weather is pretty perfect for a day of music in the park. It’s lovely and warm during the day and still pleasantly cool in the evening. Every year my friends and I head to the Parklife music festival to enjoy the sights, sounds, hilarious drunk people… Yeah,  nothing beats a festival. To enjoy the day you need to make sure you have everything you need; so here are the top five things I have on my Festival shopping list…

A bag to hold all your essentials (water, lip balm, sunscreen, camera). Sunglasses to keep you lookin fresh. Always bring a big Hat to keep that nasty sunburn at bay. Comfy shoes are a MUST. And last but not least - a Blanket for relaxing on later in the day! What do you take out with you for a day at a music festival?

THREE / Panama Sun HatFanny and June / $150

Fashion Friday: Footwear

(via UrbanOG: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)
The existance of the shopping site UrbanOG has somehow escaped my knowledge up until now. I’m not sure how I have never come across the site before, but the vibrant colours and prints featured in many of their products are like candy for the eyes. As with most shopping sites, the international shipping puts a big dent in my pocket, but considering how affordable their products are; its a price I’m willing to pay. Especially for some adorable footwear like the styles shown above.
Ummm… one of each please!

Adventures in Online Shopping: Shoes

It is abundantly clear in these photos that my latest obsession is brown leather shoes. In all honesty, I didn’t even know this until I started to edit these photos. With winter all but here I have been on the lookout for pretty enclosed shoes and one of the benefits of shopping online is the ridiculous sales that are around from mainly US stores trying to clear out for their summer.

It’s safe to say that I have been doing a little too much shoe shopping online over the last few weeks.  I thought it was about time to share my successes ( and failures) and some of the lessons I have learned:

1. Product Photos can be misleading!
These Deena & Ozzy oxfords and dark brown ankle boots both came from Urban Outfitters. They both fit perfectly and are super comfy. The oxfords turned out to be a little longer in real life than the product photo displayed. I have decided that I still love them, but when I first opened them up I was so disappointed. It took me a few wears around the house and constant reassurance from my housemates that it didn’t look like I was wearing clown shoes before I warmed to them.
Lesson Learned: Don’t rely on the product to be exactly as the promotional photos, things always look a little different in the ‘flesh’.

2. Sizes can differ depending on the brand

You may remember these Macau Suede Slippers from this post a few weeks ago. I had really wanted them in the grey, but they didn’t have them in my size. I settled for this lovely brown and eagarly waited for their arrival only to find they are too small! Nooooo! They are apparently my size, but even though I can actually fit my feet in them it’s physically painful for me. They are lovely in every other way so I’m going to see if I can get them stretched at the cobbler. Fingers crossed!

On the flip side I have these Yellow Cap Toe Canvas Ballet Flats that I posted about back in February I agonized over whether or not to get them as the international postage was INSANE. Turns out they are actually a touch too big which means they rub on my heel and give me blisters whenever I wear them.  It was disappointing, inserts didn’t help me either, but love is about compromise. I wear them all the time, along with many, many bandaids….
Lesson Learned: If available, always cross check your measurements with those listed on your size. Brands can differ in their sizing, do not assume that because you have purchased your ‘normal size’ it will fit!

3. You can’t test for comfort

My most recent purchase are these ASOS ankle boots which are probably my new favourites. The only problem with these beauties is that they have a little built in pad inside on the heel that I’m assuming is for comfort and support. It sticks into the arch of my foot when I walk making it difficult to wear them for extended periods. It’s one of those things that could only have been picked up by trying on before purchasing.
Lesson Learned: Nothing can replace actually trying something on in a store.

Online shopping is so hit and miss, I’m really impressed with my success rate so far, especially for items as difficult to shop for as shoes. Do you shop online for shoes? How do you find a pair that fits just right?

Clothes for your feets

Lets be honest. I never liked those slipper style, loafer, boat shoe type things people have been so uppity about the last couple of years. I was all ‘Psshhh. Please. Those shoes are soooo not flattering. Who in their right mind would wear them?!”

Well… I would, apparently… I don’t know when exactly I warmed to this style of shoe, but now all I can think about is rocking a pair of these rich suburban white-folk footwear. I want some of my very own, I don’t even care which particular style it is!  Top shop is only fueling my desires with a whole range of different variations. Can’t you just imagine yourself wearing these around on the weekend?Running errands, going to barbeques, boating with the Henderson’s and generally being all stylish and comfy as hell. (Excuse my language, I’m just very passionate about comfortable footwear!)
ONE/ Manor Scalloped Edge Loafers / Topshop / $60
TWO/ Kansas Eva Sole Loafers / Topshop / $96
THREE/ Vectra3 Studded Slippers / Topshop / $56
FOUR/ Trapeze Canvas Boat Shoes / Topshop / $44
FIVE/ Kapsize Moccasin Boat Shoes / Topshop / $90
SIX/ Macau Suede Slippers / Topshop / $60

Sunday Sessions 26.02.12

LINE ONE: My Goodness! Could He She it They I’s Burger Zines BE any cuter?! Each page is an ingredient cut out individually by hand and is no larger than a 10¢ piece! Adorable!
LINE TWO: Loving the photos by Kirf Bolotin in Liebling’s Summer 2011 catalog. They make me feel like life would be so fun and whimsical if only I had a pair of these lovely shoes!
LINE THREE: The quirky and clever A Face a Day tell a whole story in just a portrait and a single line.  
LINE FOUR: According to the website, Maddie the Coonhound is ‘A super serious projects about dogs and physics’. I have never had a pet as well balanced as Maddie and she obviously is the most patient and obedient puppy ever.

A Sunday Stroll….

It was a lazy Sunday afternoon and I had nothing to do, but rather than stick to my usual boredom buster (read: pinterest and trawling for new blogs) I decided to get out and about and go for a walk around the neighborhood. Something that I don’t do enough is go exploring.  I took my camera with me and snapped a few photos so you could see where my feet had been…

There’s something nice about aimlessly wandering around with no other goal than to simply see what I could see. Do you ever go exploring around your urban jungle?