I have large, lovely lady feet. The problem with large lady feet is, despite there actually being serious demand for stylish women’s shoes in larger sizes, most mainstream-brands go up to an Aussie size 10 or 11 at a push. … Continue reading
Here in Ireland we’re almost into the winter woolies already. Which is just fine, because I love me a cardigan. A cardigan can be elegant and sophisticated while also being comfortable and practical. Drape one over your shoulders with your LBD for … Continue reading
Hello my sisters of style,
And welcome to SUMMER in the northern hemisphere! Hoorah! it’s the time of year when we all shed our cocoons and transform into fabulous, floaty, sandal-glad goddesses. In the past I’ve opted for the strappy-and-pretty-with-no-support-whatsoever-which-will-definitely-ruin-your-walking-holiday type of sandal. Unfortunately, I just can’t bring myself to wear what I would term the ‘Nanna sandal’ no matter how soft/practical/supportive they may be.
So I feel like I’ve struck gold with Clarks Shoes’ ‘Hotel Image’ sandal in honey leather as they’re the perfect trade off between stylish and practical. The shade ‘honey’ is so lovely and summery, however if it is too bright for you they are available in a few other colours including navy and white. I bought them in the last week or so and since then they’ve been reduced even further (my punishment for getting too excited) so grab yourself a bargain. I’m usually a size UK 9.5 however I bought the size 9 in a wide fitting so they are definitely a generous fit.
Being a hybrid between a shoe and a sandal they’re casual enough for a pretty summer dress however I can dress these babies up a bit more, like I’ve done below. I wore this outfit to work today (and got heaps of compliments for the shoes, might I add!). The skirt is Next (last season), the striped top I purcahsed from the Asos Tall range, the necklace from Accessorize and the wool jacket is vintage M&S which I picked up in an op-shop on Byres Road, Glasgow.
I would LOVE to hear from you with any recommendations that you have for snazzy sandals in larger sizes!
I love me a pair of cool runners. I wear my runners every day – working out (okay that doesn’t happen every day) and on my way to work and home again. So I need something that is comfortable, supportive … Continue reading
Us tall girls know how difficult it can be to find sleeves and trousers that are long enough for our lovely lady limbs. Living in Ireland, this is of particular importance to me (aint nobody got time for a cold gap between between your sleeve and gloves). I make the most of layering to stay warm, and while often mens basics black/white long sleeved tops will do the trick, it’s nicer to have feminine basics which are long enough, both in the body and the sleeve length. Enter new purchase from Asos Tall:
I love my stripes (this plus my croissant addiction means I must have french ancestry somewhere along the line) plus the lovely keyhole feature make this basic top stand out for me. But I was of course naturally cautious, I’ve made ‘tall’ purchases before only to discover that they must have been marketed for ‘tall’ people somewhere in the world with mostly tiny people because they were 3/4 length trousers on me. Did this top pass the tall test? See for yourself:
I’m a big fan of mixing patterns and textures – the striped top looks great under the large jigsaw style print on the cape. Now that I know Asos Tall basic tops actually measure up (pun intended) I have my eye on a few others:
So even on our ‘basic’ days we can be fabulous.
*With warm wrists.
I had a wedding to attend on the weekend which provided me with the wonderful opportunity to piece together a vintage-elegant ensemble. My favourite kind of dressing up is always vintage, any excuse will do!
I was looking for a 1940’s silhouette – think Rachel McAdams in The Notebook. That means figure hugging at the waist, an A-line flow-y skirt and a very smart hat. I found the Blush Skirt from Monsoon to be perfect for the occasion with it’s hip-flattering box-style pleats and heavy satin fabric perfect for swinging out on the dance floor!
The next item I spotted and had to have was THIS HAT in my favourite vintage and second hand shop in Dublin:
Originally this felt hat came with worn netting which had seen it’s heyday. I removed it and replaced it with new netting with small pearls dotted on it like dew drops. I also secured a single clip-on earring to the rear of the hat in the centre of the fascinator section. I regularly get creative with my pieces to add that touch of glam for the wow-effect. Tailoring your item can really draw the outfit together as you attain the exact look you’re after (and it will save you a lot of dosh, too!).
I attended a very educational vintage hair and make-up evening at The Cat’s Meow before the event, and here is the finished result;
To tie the black hat in with the light coloured skirt, I chose a dark light-weight knit top with a simple cross-over detail at the neck. Alternatively a long-sleeve body or a blouse with a pussy bow would look equally elegant. I kept my jewellery and accessories simple and vintage-themed.
Eoin here is also looking the dashing vintage gentleman. Remember; if a gentleman accompanies you, ensure he presents as sharply as your hat!
It’s coming in to winter in the northern hemisphere, which means two things;
1. It’s my BIRTHDAY
2. It’s that kind of in-between-weather when it’s not quite cool enough to crank out the winter coat but you certainly need a bit of something over the shoulders.
I’m sure you’ve seen these around and perhaps wondered about them, ‘How do you wear them?’ ‘Are they a blanket?’ ‘What are they called?’. I call them capes, not sure if that’s their official name, and in addition to making you feel like a super hero, they are the height of cuddly-elegance. They’re IDEAL for the tall curvy figure, as you need length to pull the cape off – they smother a smaller frame. Worn either draped over the shoulders, or fastened at the waist with a belt as I’ve done here, they’re ideal as an over-all. This one was a birthday present (yay!) and came from Dunnes Stores.
Isn’t this hat a stunning little number!? I love the two-toned upper and lower segments and the folded lip, a Marks & Spencer gem. Très chic. Do not be afraid of the hat, it is the perfect finishing touch for an outfit. A large hat won’t swamp our statuesque body type as they can a petite frame. I’m also loving this asymmetric bow hat from M&S. So many hats, so little time! Remember to choose something that fits your head well (so that you won’t lose it on those windy winter days) and if you are on a budget like me, one that is of neutral tones will go with a lot of outfits.