Monday 30 July 2012

My Top 10 Knee High Boots

I've picked out my top 10 knee high boots for this season....

Office Biker Wellies £30 from Office

{a brief aside, I'm aware that many of you in hotter climes will barely be able to contain your disbelief at the though of wearing welly boots in summer but here, in England, they can be year round staples, trudging through muddy fields.}

Hushpuppies Marshfield £105 from Schuh

Why are these my favourites?

Where do I start, my poppetts, where do I start?
I love boots that are well-made and beautifully styled.
The evocative smell of new leather shoes....aaaah!
And I absolutely cannot resist buckle detailing!

Kurt Geiger £109 9reduced from £220) from Kurt Geiger

Those dang buckles call to me like the sirens called to Odysseus.....
Buuuuuuuy meeeeeeeee!

Pied a Terre Perssonite £225 from House of Fraser

It was Odysseus, wasn't it?...quick Pause for Google check..
Yes, Odysseus was the lucky man...phew!}

Red Or Dead Bounty £100 from Schuh

They add a visual flutter without being gaudy, and the buckles are firmly in the timeless camp when it comes to added extras. 

Doctor MArten Becca £75 reduced from £134.99) from Amazon

I'd bet my last Rolo that these knee highs
will look as good in ten years as they do now.

Clarks Licorice Candy £140 from Clarks

Fashionable, yet classic.

Clarks Majestic Style £130 from Clarks

Some of my day-in-day-out boots come from these shops,
so I can vouch for their quality. 

Clarks Mascapone £120 from Clarks

You can't go wrong with black or brown knee high boots.
there ANYTHING that doesn't look good with them?

Dune Blackjack £169 from Dune

If the boot fits, wear it!!
{Boom boom...}

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Saturday 28 July 2012

The Olympics Opening Ceremony!

Did you see the Olympics opening ceremony last night?
It was awesome.
Yes, fantastically British with a capital B.
Definitely worth watching!!

Huge images were projected onto the Houses of Parliament.

The combination of such vibrant MODERN images with a building steeped in centuries of our COUNTRY'S history had me riveted. Compared to the rest of the show, this was definitely low-key but...'s in moments like these that I feel oh-so-proud to be British. 

No one does pomp quite like we do.

Go Team GB!!

Images via photo name

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Thursday 26 July 2012

How To Pick The Perfect Knee High Boots

Today we're talking about what makes the perfect boot for YOU's one thing to look good on Gwyneth Paltrow but I want boots that make me happy every time I put them on. Are you with me?

First of all, when shopping for knee high boots, think about whether you'll want to wear jean tucked into your boots? Knee high boots should fit fairly snugly around the top so, you'll definitely want a more roomy fit to allow for the bulk of the fabric to be tucked into the boot. When I'm about to go shopping for boots, I wear an outfit that I'd typically choose to go with my dream pair so that I can see how well trousers, for example, tuck in. If knee high boots are too tight then tucked-in jeans will act as a rather fetching tourniquet, cutting off all circulation to your feet...not good! Plus the excess material will bag up around your knee. Double whammy no-no.

Secondly, choose sturdy material for boot-longevity. Butter-soft leather may look gorgeous for the first couple of months but the shape of your feet will soon press through to create bulges in all the wrong places. Likewise, I always, always, always steer clear of faux leather. It has no give so, unless the boots are divinely comfortable on first fitting, that's the way they're gonna stay. Blisters a go-go. 

Finally, good quality boots can last and last so choose classic styles that won't date. My absolute favourite boot-style is knee high with some kind of buckle details. Despite owning more than enough boots of this look, I cannot resist ogling more...such is the depths of my boot-yearnings. In fact, next up is my top ten booty-licious picks that I'll be sharing shortly...

What is it that makes your favourite pair of knee high boots perfect for you?

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Wednesday 18 July 2012

Boots: Gwyneth Paltrow's Style

Today we're breaking down aspects of
Gwyneth Paltrow's fashion sense...
Modern Country style:
traditional country basics given a gorgeous modern twist.

These gorgeous images all feature the same fashion item.
Can you guess what it is yet?
{Insert Rolf Harris' dulcet tones}

The perfect Modern Country Style footwear...

I present to you....

Gwyneth Paltrow's boots.

What makes this Modern Country?
The look stems from riding boots 
- traditional country garb -
 but has been perfectly updated by playing around with the details....embellishments, colour, style and height.

Through my intensive research in the field of boot-buying 
(all done out of kindness, you understand), 
I've built up a reliable check-list for sourcing the perfect boot.

I'll be revealing all shortly...

Images via: Bauer Griffin, Cowgirl Shoes, whosdatedwho, I Got Uggs, Eaglespress, 
Marie Claire, unknown, unknown, unknown, unknown, Hollywood Reporter

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Monday 16 July 2012

Gwyneth Paltrow's Modern Country Style

Ever wanted to know how to put a whole new look together?
You've come to the right place, pumpkin-pie.

I present to you:
Modern Country Style
a la Gwyneth Paltrow.


Over the next week or so,
you'll get to see exactly how
 to dress to perfection in
Modern Country Style
...the Gwyneth Paltrow way...
traditional country basics given a gorgeous modern twist.

Sounds good already, right?

So how does Gwynnie do it?
We'll be breaking it down into simple steps.... make this look work for you!

Because that's what this is all about...
drawing on lovely inspiration to create
a whole, new, delicious Modern Country look.

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Friday 13 July 2012

Gwyneth Paltrow's Modern Country New House

Gwyneth Paltrow's new house.

Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin 
have bought a new house
and it's the epitome of Modern Country?
Fancy a peek?
Me too....

Let's go, banjo.

The whitewashed front features a white paved driveway and low-key topiary.

The house, which must be one of the coolest in the entire world, 
cost a mere $10.45 million.

I love these floor tiles - a Modern take on a classic Country chequered floor.
...and the view from other end...

Located on the westside of Los Angeles, 
it was apparently first listed for $11.96 million.

Why did no one tell me?
I sooo would have bought this.
Yes, with the petty cash I carry round in my back pocket.

What you don't carry $12 mill as loose change too?

Look at that patchwork throw tossed oh-so-casually over the chair. So snuggly!

Would you believe this is a new-build?
It has so much character and charm,
which we saw here is possible but pretty darn hard to get right.

And now on to very probably one of the nicest kitchens 
you will ever have the pleasure of seeing....

Brace yourselves...

Black pendant  lights and cool grey paint updates this classic country kitchen.

Wooooah, right?

Gwynnie's pad is designed by architect Windsor Smith,

and is predominantly decorated in a classic Modern Country palette of white and charcoal, with plenty of natural materials.

There's plenty of space to sit down to eat...informally....

...or more formally...

Can you see how beautifully the shelves are arranged? No detail is left to chance.

Gwyneth Paltrow's new home has six bedrooms and eight bathrooms....
more than adequate for their two children: Apple and Moses.
{yes, you read me right...Apple and Moses...}

The views from every window are just lovely.

Windsor Smith has struck the balance perfectly between grand and homely.
A tricksome path to navigate.

Another seating area?
Nope, just a gorgeous Modern Country bathroom. 

The outdoor space is gorgeous too.

Can you imagine sitting out here watching the sun set over a glass of wine?

And look!
Recognise those curvy rattan chairs from here?
I love mine!!

So...what did you think of 
Gwyneth Paltrow's Modern Country house?

Is it gorgeous
or is it gorgeous?

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