….and you won’t fall over wearing them.

 

Yes, this week I’m bringing you a little shoe porn.  And the return of the kitten heel has everyone meowing.

 

 

Don’t these M&S shoes have the most delightful heel?  I absolutely adore this shade of gold/beige and don’t get me started on the glittering heel.  Any weddings or parties to go to where you don’t want to stand in four inch heels all day long, then these are for you.

 

Not the shade you’re looking for? Don’t stop here, head over to the M&S website and you’ll find a large number of kitten slingback in lots of colourways.  They also have kitten heel mules, which are très chic, but I’m afraid I would slip out of them and look less than classy, so I’m sticking with slingbacks.

 

Zara also has a bunch of gorgeous kitten heels as has Next.  In fact, I’m pretty sure we’ll see them everywhere as spring gets into its stride.

 

Talking slingbacks, they aren’t just cat-like this season, they come in many guises.  I’m pretty sure there is a slingback to suit everyone’s tastes on the high street this spring.

 

Want to move on from the classic ballerina pump then go for slingback flats, or if you do want a heel, go for low block heel styles that will give you a lovely ankle shape, worn with skirts or jeans.

 

Lastly, and possibly my favourite is the white flatform.  I already have one pair that I bought in Dune at the end of the last summer and will be wearing everywhere again this year, but I’ve also got my eye on a white pair of leather flatform brogues in M&S.  These will look ace with white straight leg linen trousers, wide-leg denim and boot cut trousers this spring.  And don’t get me started on how I would wear them with midi skirts….fab-u-lous!

 

And what about the loafers below?  There is nothing rude about nude.  It can be the most flattering colour, but like finding the right nude lipstick, try many on before you buy.  We all have different skin tones, my ankles and feet are whiter than white, so I have to careful that I pick a flattering shade.  Check that you are adding colour and complimenting your skin tone.  Too light and you’ll drain the life right out of you.

 

The thick white platform sole itself is simply heaven to walk in (giving you more support) and looks dead smart.  The added height looks good if you’re tall or small and as I said before, it’s a lovely shoe style with skirts, and more interesting than classic flats.

Sadly, this weekend I will be unable to wear any of these.  Yes, it’s the highly anticipated trip to Iceland, where I’ll be in waterproof boots all weekend.  I am excited, of course, even though it will be freezing, but it does mean that I won’t get chance to write next week’s blog, so Not Givin In will be returning in two weeks.
Til then, have a great weekend!
Gail xxx
What do you think of these spring 2018 shoe styles?  Are you going to try them?  Let me know in the comments below…

 

Hi!  How is everyone feeling about the start of a new month?  I’m feeling quite uplifted.  January was long and tortuous and March is on the horizon, so although it is still raining while I type this, I have hope.  I have just done a 5k run and the smell of bacon cooking is wafting up the stairs.  Things can only get better.

 

Clothes-wise, I’m finding myself looking at all the new styles coming through for spring, but still reaching for old favourites in the wardrobe.  Who wants to buy stuff that’s still going to sit in the wardrobe for another 6-7 weeks.  Flying by the seat of my pants or holding on to my hard-earned money, you decide!

 

So, what can we do for the next few weeks, while the last of the dreary days go by?  Well, I’ve been trying to plan what I’m wearing a bit more and making sure the wardrobe is fully in use and not just mine, SP’s wardrobe too.

 

Last weekend I borrowed Steve’s pea coat (admittedly slightly on the large side) to finish a black and white outfit.

 

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Prompted by a desire to wear my white boots and a skirt (found at the back of the wardrobe) I didn’t have a coat that would complete the look and let’s face it, there’s a permanent downpour waiting to happen at the moment, so I grabbed SP’s coat.

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Also on repeat is this striped jumper from French Connection (apologies for the wind swept mop).  Yonks old, I’m on the look out for a replacement at the moment and I think long sleeve T.shirt options are the ones to go for rather than wool, as they offer a lighter layer for wearing under blazers in the spring and solo with shorts come summer.  I’ve put a few options in the reel below if you’re interested.

 

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Finishing off the look I teamed thick opaque tights with an A-line pleather skirt that again is years old from Zara, but it was quite nice to wear something above-the-knee for a change and the opaques cover up and keep us warm.

 

If you like the look I’ve popped similar pieces in the reel below.

Have a great weekend.
Gail xx
What are you wearing in this transitional period?  Are you waiting for the weather to change before making spring purchases?  Let me know in the comments below…

 

What’s a girl to do when she is desperate to freshen up her look, but either has no time to roam the shops or is light on spending money?  Head straight to the make-up counter, that’s what!  It’s how I came to up my pout action this winter.

 

The quickest, easiest way to make you feel a bit perkier, more confident and a whole heap better when you have zero time is to slather on a new lippy.  It can be a total game changer, not just to your face, but your whole appearance.

 

It started when I was working at an event one evening in Bath last Autumn.  Greeting guests I wanted to look smart, welcoming and professional, but I didn’t have lots of time, so I dressed in my usual ‘smart PR uniform’ and ran out the door.

 

Getting closer to the venue, I realised I had 10 mins spare, so I quickly nipped in to the nearest store that I knew had a MAC counter (luckily opposite where I was working) and caught the attention of the nearest assistant.

 

Here’s the tip if you’re going to make a purchase with confidence and not dally around, ask for help.  I briefed the assistant on the look I wanted to achieve (I want people to ‘see’ me) and voila, within three minutes I was wearing Tropic Tonic, a matte finish high power coral.

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Thrilled that I was finally out of nudes and not wearing Rimmel Heather on loop I ventured back to MAC, this time in Bristol, and asked the assistant to help me identify which shade of red would suit me.  We should always have at least one good red in our armoury, don’t you think?

 

I have a range of red lipsticks in my make-up kit, none of which I’m entirely confident with and I really wanted a look that had stand-out and add some brightness to the amount of dark winter colours I would be wearing.  Boom.  This is Mangrove, a bright, matte finish, red.

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Both colours get me through Christmas and now I’m on a roll, so I go through my make-up drawer and find that I’ve empty make-up containers of MAC cosmetics.  A quick look online confirms that MAC still run a fantastic recycling campaign – take six empties back and you can pick up a brand new lipstick for FREE.  Off I go to John Lewis at Cribbs Causeway on the lookout for a new pink.

 

Looking for a hot pink I’m disappointed when the assistant advises against anything that has a ‘blue’ tone (it won’t suit my skin tone, which needs more warmth), but once the assistant pops Twig on my lips I quickly change my mind.

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I love this pink and I can dial up or down the depth of shade it is by layering, blotting and re-layering it on my lips.  This brownish-pink lipstick has satin finish and is more creamy than the other two.

 

Three new looks and I feel really happy with them.  So much so that I am throwing out a number of lipsticks that I purchased a few years which don’t really do that much for me.  You know, the ones that you keep for when you get some colour?  I have a bunch of them!

 

One nude that is staying the course is Velvet Teddy (in Matte).  It is quite a rich deep-toned beige in the stick, but I was surprised how light it looked in this picture.

 

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A great everyday lipstick, Velvet Teddy is my kind of nude.  I would love to wear baby pinks and creams, but they absolutely drain my face, so I think sticking to brighter colours is the way forward for me, particularly as I’m getting older. I want colour to lift and brighten face that make me feel good, inside and out.

 

Perhaps try this trick next time you need a little lift.

 

Have a fun weekend.

 

Gail xx

 

Do you like to wear brighter lipsticks?  What brands do you love/hate?  Please share your thoughts below…

 

What’s a girl to wear when the weather drops and ice creeps across the window screen?  It’s a tough one, cause no-one wants to wear trousers for the next three months, do they?

 

I always get cross with myself for dropping dresses as soon as the clocks go back, but I can’t be the only one who struggles with 120 Mrs Doubtfire denier tights!

 

So this year, I’m going to brave fishnets.  Wait.  Hear me out.  I know there are days when you absolutely need to be cosseted in layers, but this is the UK and today, for example, I was expecting to spend a good 15 minutes deicing the car before heading to work and I merely unlocked the door and drove off.  Fab!

 

I bought my pair of fishnets from H&M when I was in New York and have been trying them out with different outfits.  See what you think?

 

The classic

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Under Jeans

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Particularly good for extending wear of three quarter or cut off jeans

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A new look for old distressed jeans

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Perfect for Christmas parties, I for one, am loving the resurrection of fishnet tights.  They would also look really good with midi and maxi dresses and ankle boots, heels or chunky boots.

 

I’ll be honest, when I was younger I wouldn’t have gone near fishnets for fear of trying to appear sexy, now I’m all for it and it feels sassy!

 

You can get the ones I’m wearing from H&M for £8.99.

 

Have a fab weekend.

 

 

Gail xx

 

 

 

I’m back on the hunt for animal print.  This time in the shape of a handbag.

 

I just feel that I need accessories to brighten my outfits.  I’m inherently lazy when it comes to getting dressed, always reaching for plain colours, because I’m in a rush and don’t want to think about it.  However, handbags are a different matter, I switch up my handbag daily and the addition of a funky animal print version would make my overall appearance a tad more stylish (I hope).

 

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See what I mean…

 

So I would really like a new bag, possibly a large clutch with a strap that I can use if I want to.  It has to be a decent to carry purse, phone, glasses case, etc.  Why do brands make bags so small nowadays?!

 

The trouble is, there’s not much around.  Isn’t it always the case.  When you have the money to buy something nice you can never find what you want and when you’re skint, you see EVERYTHING you ever needed!

 

I have seen one that I like in Dune that is definitely a contender and I mentioned it to SP and he’s going to tell you Santa, but I’m putting it out to the universe (read. you), have you seen any nice animal print bags out there?  If you have please add a link in the comments below for me.  I would really appreciate it.

 

Here’s a couple of idea that I’ve found online, but again if you see more around, please let me know.

 

Thanks and have a fab weekend.

Gail xx