Monday, 30 December 2013

Debenhams Oxford Street

I recently was lucky enough to not only get a tour of an incredible new flagship store in London but also get to see the new press area and Todd Lynn women's wear collection! I am of course talking about the new Debenhams Oxford Street flagship refurbishment! The store has a brand new exterior as well as interior which means that this eye catching store jumps out as you walk up Oxford Street! The squares on the shop front move with the wind and catch the light so it's impossible to miss!

deb store

The first thing I noticed was how spacious the store feels now but how there is still so much to look at, this destination store is easy to spend hours in with 7 floors, it's biggest ever beauty hall and tasty restaurant for much needed re fuelling before more shopping! My favourite department is the shoe hall which houses a great range of brands and is perfect for finding this seasons trends as well as staple footwear.

The Todd Lynn collection at Debenhams is a great high end meets high street range. The leather pieces in the range are amazing quality and I fell a little bit in love with the leather jacket and leather pencil skirt! All the pieces are very versatile and you get the feeling that they could all become staple items in your wardrobe, if the purse strings allow! I can't wait to see whats next for this collection and hope that it is a permanent fixture.

todd lynn

This new store and new look for Debenhams make the shopping experience feel luxurious and unique, I will definitely be making a trip back there soon! Who ever said the high street was dead!

Thursday, 21 March 2013

She Likes ... Shoe Storage

How to sort your shoe collection

If you love shoes as much as I do, then you’d agree that it’s hard to resist adding the latest styles to your collection. But what do you do when your shoe habit starts to spiral out of control? If you start to lose track of just how many black patent heels you have, or catch yourself buying duplicates without realising – then it’s time to take control of your shoe collection. Organising might not sound like fun – but trust us, sorting out your shoes will double the pleasure you get from them.

Do you really need them?

Before you start organising your shoes, it’s worth going through them and deciding whether you really want to hang on to them or not. Do you really want those 80s era platform sandals you got for the school prom years ago? And just how many pairs of black ballet flats do you need to keep handy? While some old pairs may be beyond wearability, you could recycle others to earn some extra cash.

Be realistic – as much as it might hurt, review your shoe collection honestly and divide into three sections – those you definitely want to keep, those that are still in good wearable condition for someone else, and can be recycled, and those that are beyond all hope, and should head to the landfill.

Organise by event

If you’re living in a small space, then separating your shoes by occasion or event can help to organise your collection. Keep everyday practical shoes close at hand – a discreet shoe storage rack in the hallway is a good place to keep flats for driving, fitness shoes, wellies and work shoes.

Special occasion shoes, like your beloved collection of designer heels, party shoes and seasonal footwear can be stored safely away – close at hand for whenever you want to get them out, and easily accessible.

Shoe boxes – keep them or chuck them?

Shoe boxes always present a dilemma. Virtually every pair of shoes comes in a clunky cardboard box, complete with tissue paper and stuffing. While we’d like to hang on to every box in our shoe collection’s history, sometimes nostalgia has to be put second place to practicality.

It’s worth hanging on to original boxes for premium shoes – if you ever decide to part with them in future, having the original packaging can definitely increase their value. For other shoes, check out transparent shoe boxes. These can be easily stacked up inside your wardrobe, keeping shoes secure, clean and accessible – while letting you choose at a glance which pair you want to get out for each outfit. Another alternative to transparent shoe boxes is to take a quick snapshot of every pair, and sticking a picture on to your shoe box. While this might seem like a bit of a tedious chore – you’ll be glad you don’t have to wade through dozens of identical shoe boxes trying to find the right pair at the last minute, before your big night out!

Tuesday, 15 January 2013

She Likes ... Investment Shoes


Shoes to get you through the year...

So it’s the start of a new year and while the sales are very enticing, it’s my new year’s resolution to be less impulsive with my shopping and instead spend more of fewer things that I really love – investment shopping! And with a new year I feel that new shoes are the best way to kick the January blues (see what I did there!)  

As a lover of shoes its best to start from the feet up and invest in great footwear as this makes the outfit – staple footwear for every occasion that you can dress up and dress down!

I came across Macys when I went to New York a few years ago and recently stumbled across their website and can’t believe i have not been making the most of the choice available! If you don’t know who Macys are they are one of the biggest department stores in America.  After having a good browse I’ve put together my top 5 investment shoes for 2013!

Here are my top 5 investment shoes to get you through the year!

Everyday shoe

Alfani Women's Shoes, Allegra Step N Flex Flats

£38 down to £26.00

These are available in black and brown and are so wearable with a bit of animal print. The heel on this shoe is so fashionable right now as seen on Alexa Chung and other trend setting celebs.

Everyday boot

Steve Madden Women's Shoes, Twinkle Hi Top Studded Sneakers

 

£75 down to £52

Love these boots – very wearable shape and this colour will last all year with anything.

Occasion shoe (weddings)

Tahari Women's Shoes, Sabina Mary Jane Pumps




£83.64

With a splash of gold this is easy to accessorize for an event but would still look great with jeans and a top for drinks with the girls.  

Occasion boot (night out)

Caparros Booties, Dulce Evening Platform Booties

 

£60 down to £53

Perfect for partys and nights out and this shape will be on trend for a while. Minimize uncomfortable straps rubbing!

Sporty shoe – another resolution is to get fit and by limiting myself to just 5 pairs it will force me to make the most of the money spent and actually do the exercise! ... thats the idea!

Puma Women's Shoes, Glyde Lo Sneakers

 

£47

Love these shoes – trendy and practical!

To see the whole range visit http://www.macys.com/