Red shoes, No knickers

Kaspia Calypso Archive



July 2013



Hidden gems


{gifted & then reworked zimbabwean dress from bestie from africa, vintage pink dress from sydney, vintage birds of paradise dress from san francisco}

I’ve done my homework that I set myself yesterday and have been hunting and discovering and loving finding my summer specials. They’re out, they’re going to be worn and their accompaniment will be a big fat smile on my face.


{black and beige flip flops from gap, only hearts cotton vest top}


{gifted supre dress from ms. kass, orla kiely clutch}


{£1 hat from cyprus}


{dimdi dress}


{dimdi grey shorts, self designed playsuit, vintage leather visor, ancient cut off jeans, gifted accesorise sunhat}


{vintage top from nyc}

What have you been unearthing my Shoelets?

Any hidden gems that you’d forgotten about?

Tell all…

Posted in Africa-ca-ca, Bestie From Africa, Did It Myself, Didn't I, Kaspia Calypso, Outfit city, Printastic, Summer plans, Wardrobe work



March 2013



Look at me

As a little over a month of fashion weeks around the globe ~ NYC, London, Milan, Paris ~ come to an end in a few days my interest in what has been going on down the runway, as well as out on the streets, has been…well, let’s just say my mind was working over time.  With New York fashion week kicking the whole shebacle off I become addicted to what was going on over the pond. I checked my Instagram constantly and read numerous blogs to keep up to date with what was going on.  As I’ve said before {see here} I am always more interested with what’s going on outside of the shows, the street styling and how everyone is rising to the occasion.

One afternoon I was skimming through twitter and came across this article ‘The circus of fashion’ by Suzy Menkes. While the piece goes on to talk about the relationship that brands have with bloggers the initial emphasis was on the ‘freak’ show outside of the catwalk shows. She talks about the ever increasing peacocking that occurs these days and how people seem to be dressing, not for style sake or perhaps because they believe in what they’re wearing, but simply to get noticed by the mob like papperazzi that loiter outside.

I love street styling and have always said that my inspiration comes from people on the street and not from what’s in the shops but I couldn’t decide whether or not I saw this ‘LOOK AT ME’ tidal wave that is engulfing us as a good or bad thing. As an avid reader and follower of the extremely well written {and very funny} Leandra Medine of The Man Repeller I particularly enjoyed her response to Menkes’ piece. {see here and I really think you should as it is a great piece of journalism}

At the time of reading all this I was getting ready to head off to London Fashion week myself and of course ~ ER! HALLO! It’s ME! ~ was deciding what to wear. Both pieces made me stop and think and wonder whether I was dressing to try and get papped myself. Everyone likes to get noticed but did I need a photograph on the internet to tell me that my outfit was great? Did I need the attention of  a crowd of people I didn’t know to look at my clothes, to comment, to photograph and to judge?

I’ve said before that I like to dress for other people but I dress for MY people. I wear headgear Kass, good knitwear for Tim, stacked jewellery for Bestie from Africa, PANTS for My Husband & Katsy, printed dresses for my Mother.  And while I dress for the occasion, I ultimately dress to feel good, amuse and wow myself in the occasion.

 {m&s sunnies, coat from paris, gifted scarf, vintage bag, d.i.m.d.i leather skirt, tights, beau coops boots}

My outfit for LFW was perfect and so me ~ comfortable & cool. As I strode past the peacoking at Somerset house ~ The backless sequinned dresses {‘where’s your coat love? It’s 2 degrees!!’}, the terry towelling knickers {TRUE STORY} and the unwalkable shoes ~ I felt safe in the knowledge that I was dressing for all the right people. My people.

Posted in Bestie From Africa, Comfy chic, Did It Myself, Didn't I, Fashion week, Kaspia Calypso, Outfit city, Rise to the occasion, Woman in coat



September 2012



Travel chic: Yours truly

{byron bay, australia}

Since January 1st 2012 myself and Flattie have been looking forward to tomorrow so much as we are heading off to the wee island of Kos for some sun, swimming, sunbathing and sleeping.  Seeing as I have, in the past, asked my sassy, sartorailly minded buddies about their summer holiday must haves {see here and here} I thought I’d ask myself those same God damn questions….Hey why not? I love a good questionning by me!

What’s your feel good staple?

:Fabulous outfits.  I like to take on holiday all the pieces in my wardrobe that get such little wear, due to our poor climate, but that are fabulous. Short shortness, fantastical prints, floaty fabulous dresses, kimonos, flip flops, ALL my bikini’s.  Knowing all my clothes will get worn makes me feel good.

Any tips on light travelling?

:Surprisingly for me I have trained myself to become a light packer {10kg limit has forced me rather} and the trick is to plan your outfits before you go.  Get everything you want to take out on the bed.  See what you can mix and match and then start cutting back.  If you can wear an item twice it’s going in.  Dresses take up less space and are easy to wear.  Never bother with a towel. Come on.  A cotton sarong can act as a towel and takes up some much less space…space for swimwear that is.

Who makes the best luggage?

:In an ideal world I would have Globetrotter suitcases but I’m still renting so that’s never gonna happen. For hardcore travelling and backpacking I love my side opening Berghaus rucksack {see a similar one here} it makes such a difference.  For fashionable and printastic I have a small and a large Orla Kiely wheelie case.  These never get lost at the airport.

How do you tackle airport security in style?

:I like to have a bag that lets me have my hands free, I {begrudingly} take all my bangles off before I get to the security and have comfy layers and scarves for sleeping, leaning on and cuddling up in. Bestie From Africa used to always bring me back a sweet treat from her travels and I have some gorgeous pashminas and scarves from India, South Africa, Burma.  She’s in Thailand at the moment…{hint hint}

What are your inflight essentials?

:Like I said soft scarves, loose clothing and warm socks if I’m wearing sandals.  I like to have on me something to read, a bottle of water, my lense case and glasses, Nivea facial wipes, toothbrush and toothpaste, a little MAC cream blusher for when I land and the holy grail – Elizabeth Arden 8 hour cream. I smother it all over my face as soon as I get on the plane to prevent looking like Magda from There’s something about Mary

{above four photos zimbabwe, africa}

Whose swimwear makes a splash?

:Australian brand Zimmerman make great bikini’s but I also got some super cute super cheap separates from ASOS out of season a couple of years ago.

And accessories?

:My holiday jewels consist of mainly gifted treats from my travels – shell beads from Sydney, paper beads from Zimbabwe, seed beads from Alice Springs, Morrocan silver earrings, beer can earrings from Africa. I’m obsessed with taking hats {we need to protect our faces, Ladies!} – again pur-chased from my travels – large straw hat £1 bargain from the floor of a shop in Cyprus, reworked cotton sunhat with Zimbabwean print material wrapped round it, a gifted leather visor…

{above two: south of  france}

What is your holiday must-have?

:A guide book with a map of where I’m heading, my camera, at least two hats and two pairs of sunglasses, knowledge of where to head for a little vintage/local shopping trip and a companion who has the same sense of adventure.

What is your summer beauty secret?

:I get a pedicure and a wax before I go. I wear suncream religiously – everywhere – and in the evenings moisturize like my life depended on it. No make up, no perfume just me and my saweeet holiday glow.

{a nudist beach near the gold coast of australia}

See you in a week my Shoelets…..

Posted in Bestie From Africa, Kaspia Calypso, Outfit city, Travel



August 2012



Pretty Paris

What? What do you want from me?

Yes, my dear Otis, those were my thoughts exactly when I had to decide what to wear when visiting my lover across the seas aka Gai Pareeeeeeee. My mind was filled with bretton stripes, Parisian chic and a comfortable flat to traipse around the sizzling city in.

{gifted shirt from tim, topshop denim skirt, rae jones shoes, m&s sunnies, kimchi bag}

{otis, matt and lisa taylor. lisa wears antropologie jumpsuit, funkis clogs}

My city companions for my two day jolly in France’s capital where the fabulous Taylors all the way from Australia.  I’ve known Lisa {see the little beauty here} since 2003 when her sister Kass {see another little beauty here} lived in London and Lili lived across the pond in Paris.

Taking a 5 month sabbatical and a world trip with her family I couldn’t resist hopping on the Eurostar for a catch up, a class or 12 of wine and a wander around the beautiful, cobbled, graffeti ladened streets of Paris.

{reworked denim jacket, orla kiely blouse and skirt, rae jones shoes, m&s sunnies, kimchi bag}

{lili wears skirt made in india, nyc sandals. my ginka bag}

For more adventures in Pareeee see here

Posted in Kaspia Calypso, Lisa Taylor, Outfit city, Pareeeee, Travel



May 2012



Sequinned treat

After yesterdays hailstones – YES!! People who don’t live in the UK ~ we had hailstones in London!! – a little colour, mixology and general brightening up was needed.  My beautiful, sequinned, gifted skirt from Ms. Kaspia did just the trick.

{grandma wyn’s burberry trench, bretton top from south of france, gifted belt and skirt, vintage sunnies, m&s wedges}

Have you had a think about what your plans are for this summer?  Head on over here to see mine and let me know what yours are ~ Are you searching for the perfect summer dress? Will you be looking to nab a bargain in the Liberty sale? Wanting to eat outdoors at least once a week?  Tell us My Shoelets…We wanna know….

Posted in Kaspia Calypso, Mixology, Outfit city, Summer plans



May 2012



For me, for you….part two

Lucky for us the inspiring Ms. Kass, from Tuesday’s post, just so happens to have a sister.  Well, she has two actually but we have photographic evidence of just one of them. The other one is just as fabulous…believe me, this trio of sisters are a fashion force to be reckoned with.

This is middle sister is Lisa – Not only is she a successful business woman {see here} but she is also the owner of many a wicked crop, is always a winner winner chicken dinner in an awesome print and is an excellent quirky shoe chooser.  She’s hanging here with my first proper boyfriend…the all too cool Otis.

Another sassy gal to definitely get dressed up for….and of course my boyfriend.  I’ll always put a flower in my hair for this cutie papootie!

Kass and Lisa were both photographed by the fabulous Hailey from You can’t be serious and you can see more of Lisa and Otis’ shoot here and here.

Posted in Inspiration, Kaspia Calypso, Lisa Taylor



May 2012



For me, for you, for someone else…

When I was in Zimbabwe {see here} every morning, Bestie From Africa, would come into my room to show me her outfit.  I’d squeal at her fabulous choices of mixing  African prints and edgy accesories.  She was dressing for me and I loved it.

On Thursdays I think a little more carefully about my outfit as I head to work to show Tim what I’ve thought up and to see what she’s come up with – it’s always a sweet treat. An ankle boot here, a playsuit there, high waisted trousers, silken blouses and a never ending array of coats.

Dressing for other people – especially sartorially minded ladies – and rising to the occasion is one of my favourite things to do.  I, of course, always want to feel happy with what I’m wearing for myself but as far as seeing someone’s face light up when you walk into a room….nothing beats it.  Rachel’s organic coconut yoghurt comes close but stays in second.

As I have mentioned before {see here} I have been dressing for this lady ever since I met her many moons ago.

You can not help but get excited about dressing up and having fun with clothes when you’re around Ms. Kass and I think this gorgeous shoot of her and her sassy daughter, Paloma, proves it.  There’s always a story from a far off land {check out her travel blog here} and her home and attire are filled with colour, print, accesories, matching outfits, hats, jewellery….So much to look at and so much to get inspired by.

The next time you go and have a night out with the girls, meet your lover for a date, head off on an adventure or simply take your little one to the park think about what would make your friends squeal with delight….it’s a  great feeling…trust me.

For more ridiculously gorgeous pictures of the fabulous Ms. Kass and Paloma pie head on over here for a gander.

Who are you getting dressed for today?

Posted in Inspiration, Kaspia Calypso, My love my life, Rise to the occasion



September 2011



Happy in my Hawaiian

Ohhhhh…I do seem to be having a hawaiian moment!  Well, I mean I have on a hawaiian skirt here and I wore a hawaiian dress here so if that’s a moment then so be it!

I am a very lucky gal in this world becasue, as I have mentioned quite a few times, I happen to know the beautiful Ms. Kaspia Calpso.  If you are not familliar with her fabulousness then I strongly urge you to check out my post  about her here and her travel scribbles here.  For her honeymoon her, and her petite famille, jetted off to Hawaii for a month and I was very privelleged to recieve a package in the post all the way from far across the waters housing this amazing skirt.

It came in it’s own cotton bag! How cool is that?  I hung it on my wardrobe door though and all summer long it’s been looking at me saying

‘I need to be worn Mother F***er!!!’

WHOA THERE HAWAIIAN!!!  Language…She’s so rude!  But she gets away with it because she’s so bootiful!!  Wouldn’t you agree?

{m&s shirt, sunnies and shoes, gifted skirt from hawaii}

What with it being late September I couldn’t go balls out summer summer with her ass so teamed her with an oversized autumnal shirt, a closed toe shoe and a bad ass arm party…Eh Voila!! Me be very happy in my hawaiian.

Posted in Brown shirt in the ring, Hawaiian Island fun, Kaspia Calypso, Outfit city



September 2011



An eyefull

As the pile of ‘pure summer summer clothes’ on my bed dwindles down I am left with items that really should have had a showing when it was warm!  When my legs were a little browner and noone looked at me like a plum for having them out in the centre of town.

{reworked white t, gifted supre dress, addidas socks, m&s speccs, lacoste brogues}

What did I care!!!

When I left the house it was beautiful sunshine and I wanted to get some wear out of this gorgeous gifted dress from my friend Kass.

{oh moody! Cheer up love!}

Trouble is it’s tres court….

As I bent down to tie my shoelaces I gave my neighbour across the road an ass eyefull through my bedroom window…Mmmmm…What to do?

My tootsies were covered as were my shoulders…Dem be de rules and I was following them!  I didn’t want to give up on wearing my dress because it was a little short so I  decided to threw caution to the wind….

….I turned round and gave my neighbours a boobfull as well!! Hee hee…What can I say?  The sun makes us all a little crazy!

Remember your sweet discount my darlings – check that reduced price out here!

Posted in Kaspia Calypso, Outfit city



September 2011



Higher with the Hawaiian

{vintage NYC dress}

I bought this beauty when I was in New York at the beginning of this year. I was attracted to it because of two things

a) The colours and print – totally my colours and I have trouble resisting a floral print as you’ll see here, here and here!

b) My friend Kass – She was on her honeymoon in Hawaii at the time and she must have been on my mind.  I was thinking of her swimming in the sea, with lei’s around her neck and dressing up a storm.  Check her travels here.

I knew that I wanted to take it up when I bought it, it came to just above my ankle, but what with a pleat at the back it sat in my mending pile all summer.  Not wanting to leave it till next summer before her big showcase I took her to Sommerset so that Jude – seamstress, cook, gardeneer, artist extrodinaire – could help me with the hem.  She cut it and then pinned it to the right length for me….

Showed me how to hem it with an invisible stitch….

Eh Voila!  Fab new length for me to wear!

All I needed to do was add some socks and boots….

Wrap myself in my cashmere….

…add a wool scarf and I was ready to go blackberry picking!

Have you booked yourself a discounted Wardrobe detox yet?  If not jump to it!  Drop me a line here.

– 2 weeks to get your 20% off –

Posted in Did It Myself, Didn't I, Hawaiian Island fun, Kaspia Calypso, Outfit city


Get every new post on this blog delivered to your Inbox.

Join other followers: