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February 2013



Princess Andrea

I feel like I look like a small woodland creature caught unawares in the foliage of it’s habitat in this photo.

And I think this one shows me to be the true knobhead that I so lovingly and happily am.

{found liberty’s scarf, vintage coat & trews, m&s socks, kurt geiger heels, lulu guiness bag}

Ok. Here we go:

So, I saw Mira do it here and I thought, YES! I am going to do that. New Flattie was off work ill {read: so hanging that when she had to call in sick the glare of her iphone made her throw up} and when I trotted into the living in the above get up I was faced with a barrage of guffawing followed by a pushing out of the way while she ran to the loo.

‘But I REALLY want to wear it’ I thought to myself as I looked at my face squashed into my scarf like a biscuit being pushed back into it’s packet. Fashion is supposed to be fun and if we can’t laugh at ourselves then, besides Micky Flanagan, who can we laugh at eh? Well me, my dear Shoelets, me. I am here to be laughed at. With strength and a giggle in my step I headed out of my front door and went to work resembling somebody who looked like they owned acres of land. I was LOVING THIS SHIT! Firstly, wearing a headscarf  keeps my ears warm and my ears stick out so when it’s cold they hurt. Secondly, once you’re out of the house and away from a mirror you kind of forget that you look borderline cray and you just get on with it.

While I personally thought I was channeling a Grey Gardens style I received an email later in the week from New Flattie entitled ‘Princess Andrea?’ with the following picture attached:

Posted in Inspiration, Miroslava Duma, Outfit city, PANTS!



February 2013



Keeping it real {warm}

Do we all remember my new crush Ms. Miroslava Duma yeah? Pop on over here if not. Well in carrying on the theme of the week, which I’m not actually sure I told you what it was? it’s ‘Warm yet werking it girlfriend’ btw, I found some perfect examples of Mira & some other ladies werking and warming to demonstrate my wise words. Now each outfit that Ms. Duma is wearing is just pure perfection for me but no doubt, very much like me, you do not have her budget of £freeclothesgiventomebecauseimsomone. Therefore we are merely looking at examples here and shall hence forth go to our own wardrobes and recreate each look with what we already own. Far more satisfying I say.

~ The first five pictures are to do with the {no so} humble hat. NEVER underestimate the power of a hat people. 40 – 45% {just googled it} of body heat is lost through the head and so by simply popping on a fur, fedora, fez hat you’re already a winner ~

~ No hat around? Try a headscarf. Remember when I liked this little beauty all those months ago? Well little did I know it was Ms. Mira my {soon to be} muse. Remember the opposites though. To avoid looking like Babuska Kopkava when wearing a headscarf keep the rest of your outfit sharp, simple & edgy {and/or with a big fur button under your chin} ~

~Next: Cover all surfaces. Yes she’s essentially wearing a short sleeved crop top with no coat but I can not see any skin exposed. Besides her leather slee~gloves and long boots she’s got shit loads of M&s thermals on underneath. Guaranteed ~

~Do it like a brother, do it like a dude…Why should the boys always get all the warmth? Steal a boys identity & make it your own {a little m into fm} ~

~Warm socks and sensible shoes. Yo Mama was always right ~

~ Make a puffa cool. While I’m not the biggest fan of them I do admit that they’re toasty. Instead of wearing with no make~up, white reebok classics and with poobags hanging out of the pockets {you know who you are!!} why not layer, style, stick on a red lip and rock~

~If in doubt pile on a blanket. Best to de~dog hair first ~

~At last but by no means least, do as Grandma Wyn would have done in the war. A chunky woollen poloneck {were they around then?}, a classic wool coat, a hat to protect the hair, a slick of lippy and a sensible boot. If she’d done her bag up properly and everything inside was OCD ordered I might have thought this was me ~

GO forth my Shoelets and shop your wardrobes. Take inspiration from these ladies that I found over here or from my own winter warming wares but whatever you do, stay warm. Blue hues around one’s lips are never a good look.

Ps. …while I, of course, don’t recommend these ladies oufits below {Er..did someone forget their pants?!} I do recommend that your own personal glass of wine on the street is another great winter warmer.

Stay safe and dry sisters {and you stray brother}

Posted in Inspiration, Miroslava Duma, Rise to the occasion, Snowchic, Tricks of the trade, Wardrobe work, Woman in coat



January 2013



Mira my muse

January is the start of a brand new year. A new beginning, a change of ones ways. Resolutions are made ~ admittedly resolutions are quickly broken but it’s the thought that counts ~ plans are set and most importantly holidays are booked! Skiing in Spain, a weekend treat to Vienna and a trip somewhere hot, hot, hot is on my agenda. What will I wear?

Besides holidays and a long list of books I want to buy I’ve been thinking about the new changes I want to make to my wardrobe. I think, like I started last year, I want a simpler shape, a sleeker look and a younger face  I certainly want to take more risks. I want to surprise people with my outfits, try new styles and as always feel comfortable in my everyday clothes. Google allowed me to spend a good couple of hours searching for inspiration and then I came across Ms. Miroslava Duma:

{images via}

Dang this girl looks good! She used to be the editor of Russian Harpers Bazaar but now is a freelance writer and set up Buro24/7 {sadly all in Russian} and is a regular on many a street style blog. Now, I’m sure the first thing you’re thinking when you look at mini Mira is that she and I do not share the same body type. I am well aware of our differences {height, shape, colouring, bank balance} but I simply take from her what I know will work for me:

* Denim shorts need not just be for the beach. Remember though, the shorter the short the looser they should be

*NEVER underestimate the power of a heel and REMEMBER that a wedge heel can take you from 8am til sometime in the early hours of the next day.

* A pointy white heel ~ of which I managed to per~chase a pair before Christmas ~ look amazing and will be worn by yours truly A LOT!

* Statement necklace! Statement necklace! Statement necklace!

* No effort, simple hair looks mighty fine.

* A good coat can go a long way {of course I’ve always known this my Shoelets} but a blush coloured, just below the knee coat with a white fur collar and a brooch blows everything else out of the water.

* A little bag, compact bag can carry all we need.

I think she’s my new muse and that I am seriously in love. I love the risks she’s taking, the lengths and different shapes she’s playing with and if I were her friend I would definitely trying and steal that coat….and those black wedges…oh and the matching leopard print heels and clutch and…..

Do you have a 2013 muse? Or a new years clothes resolution? What are your sartorial plans peeps?

Posted in Inspiration, Miroslava Duma


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