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Flash sale just started! Vivienne Westwood X Melissa

We love Melissa Shoes here at The Beauty Cloud – So when I seen this post by Fashion for Lunch this morning, I had to share it with you!

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5 Reasons Why We Love Birkenstocks

The sun is shining and summer is on its way! Summer sandals come and go, but one style of summer shoe which has been extremely popular all over the world since the 1960’s is the reliable Birkenstock sandal.

In celebration of this great summer staple, we’ve put together 5 reasons why we love Birkenstocks:birkenstocks

Comfort

Any shoe that contours to the unique shape of your foot over time, gets a thumbs up from us. The unique construction of Birkenstocks means they are designed to allow your feet to stretch, flex and move naturally, resulting in long lasting comfort and better health!

Celebrities

From supermodel Heidi Klum, Keira Knightley, Jamie Oliver and Paul McCartney, Birkenstocks are a firm favourite with a host of celebrities. The stylish shoes have been embraced all over the world by an array of celebs, and are an affordable accessory to re-create their look.

Price

Birkenstocks range in price depending on their style, but on average they can be purchased for around £30. Retailer TJ Hughes now has great discounts on a wide range of Birkenstocks, available from only £19.99.

Colour

Birkenstocks are available in an extremely wide range of colours, from multi-coloured patterns to traditional browns , bright yellow and even silver and gold, essentially, there’s a colour of Birkenstocks to match every outfit.

Better with Age

The beauty of Birkenstocks is their long long lasting value. The sandals construction means that they brilliantly get better with age, and therefore can last over a number of summers, getting increasingly more comfortable each time they are worn.

 

Shoes, Glorious Shoes!

Like any girlie girl I am addicted to shoes! I adore a beautiful pair and have a slightly disgraceful amount of shoes that I’m too afraid to wear as I’m terrified of damaging them. I have them stacked up to the ceiling in clear boxes so that I can look at them – I almost treat them like ornaments! However, there is something extra special about an evening or a bridal shoe, maybe it’s something to do with the Cinderella story, but there is definitely a kind of magic associated with a pretty shoe!

So it suits me perfectly to be in the kind of job where I get to admire the gorgeous shoes on display and to help a bride pick out her wedding shoes! Just like your wedding gown, your wedding shoes should be the most important pair you ever buy, so don’t be afraid to really consider what you want them to be.

imageYou need to take several things into consideration such as the location and time of year that your wedding will take place. For example if you are having a beach wedding you need to consider what kind of shoes will be practical for walking through sand, a flat sandal or a wedge are really your only options. If your wedding is in the depths of winter then a pair of sandals isn’t going to be appropriate unless you stay indoors all day long, but a pair of closed toes will be perfect to keep your tootsies toasty.
It’s also important to consider if your venue has any restrictions on heels being worn – for example many National Trust properties will not let you wear heels on their tiled floors.

imageYou need to make sure you chose a heel height that you know you can manage for 12 or more hours of wear. It’s a good idea to go for a height of heel that you normally wear for a day at work or traipsing around the shops. I find that most girls can comfortably manage heels between 5cm and 7cm, but a platform can really help add height without a sharp incline, and also has the bonus of being a little bit more shock-absorbent and easier on your soles.

imageSpecialist bridal shoes are designed to be well balanced, structured and supportive on your feet, but it’s still a good idea to try to wear them in during the weeks before your big day. Slip them on while you’re watching TV in the evenings, and be sure to keep the red wine far away! But just in case it’s a good idea to pack some gel inserts in your wedding day clutch, to put into your shoes in the evening if your feet start to hurt.

imageIt’s also very important that your shoes work well with your dress, as certain types of gowns will restrict your footwear options. For example if your dress has a scalloped lace hem, you should definitely avoid anything round toed or chunky as it can look clumsy against the daintiness of your hem. Opt for a classic pointy toe or a peep toe instead as they will look elegant and be in keeping with the look of your dress. Whereas if your gown has a Grecian look, a flat gladiator style sandal will look amazing, but a pair of closed in pumps will look too prim and possibly even mumsy.

If your gown is made of a delicate fabric such as chiffon you need to be careful that your shoes have appropriate embellishment. Specialist bridal shoes are designed with delicate fabrics in mind, so any beaded details are usually very well encased and won’t snag on the fabric at your hem, but I find high street shoes (especially the cheaper ones) can have beads with really sharp edges that can tear your dress. It’s a good idea to run the inside of your forearm along any embellished detail to feel if it’s smooth enough not to damage your dress.

imageIf your dress is short I encourage you to go for some real statement shoes! I love to see a really glamorous glittery shoe like the Astor shoe by Benjamin Adams with a high glamour shorter dress, or a classic peeptoe, like their Winslet shoe, with a fifties style gown.

imageOne of my favourite bridal shoe looks is the coloured shoe! It’s always been an idea that girls have enjoyed, but since the first Sex and the City movie and Carries blue Manolo’s lots more girls have been opting for a colourful bridal shoe. They can be your ‘Something blue’ or you can have them dyed to be the same colour as your bridesmaid dresses.

imageThis leads me onto one of my other shoe loves – the high end designer shoe! I often feel mega pangs of jealousy when my brides call into the shop to show me their Louboutins! Your wedding day may be your only opportunity to splash out a few hundred pounds on a pair. Don’t be apologetic for spending money on your wedding shoes especially if you chose a pair that are dyeable, as after your wedding you can reinvigorate them and cover any stains or scuffs by having them dyed a dark colour.

imageBut don’t think that traditional pretty satin shoes are the only options! If a girlie shoe just isn’t your thing and you’re much happier in trainers then why not embrace them on your wedding day? I love to see brides wear something more alternative or even punky. We’ve had lots of girls over the years wear Converse trainers or even a Doc Marten boot.image

Lots of girls comment to me that it doesn’t really matter what shoes they wear but I couldn’t disagree more! You’ll be surprised by quite how many girls will ask to see your shoes on your wedding day, plus lots of photographers like to take detail shots of them, so the pressure is on not to disappoint!

imageMy best advice is to choose a shoe style that represents you! Whether you are a classic girl, super glamourous, quirky or a comfort seeker you should easily find a gorgeous bridal shoe style that represents your style and makes you feel fantastic!image

Nor Lisa’s Christmas Wish List

Every year I wish and wish for that something special, I suppose every girl does. If you are anything  like me and you would like to leave a few hints this Christmas then you may want to check out some of  my favourite Christmas gift ideas.

RiverIsland.com
Black skull print Devore scarf
£25.00

When my eye caught a glimpse of this gorgeous Black skull printed Devore scarf, I immediately fell in love with Devore again. This scarf is soft, silky and quite warm. I know this because I’ve already tested this luxurious scarf out in store! This is a bargain buy and would make anyone very happy this Christmas!

Asos.com
Disney Couture Exclusive To ASOS ‘Have Faith In Your Dreams’ Black Enamel Bangle
£35.00

This little piece is beautiful and very charming. It is Disney Couture Exclusive to Asos.com and reads ‘Have faith in your dreams’ in black enamel. This Disney bangle adds a little magic into your life and reminds you to believe in yourself every time you look at it!

Vivienne Westwood.com
Mouth Pendant
£110.00

What can I say – this is lovely! It has to be Vivienne Westwood of course, who else would create something so delicate and edgy at the same time? This Mouth pendant is part of the new collection which is based upon a mouth pendant design from 1993, Vivienne Westwood has produced this playful love token. Accompanied with a heart-shaped medal with the slogan ‘don’t you ever kiss me once, kiss me twice’ an ode to the famous Elvis Presley song, give the new love in your life a daring and unique gift with this decadent enameled Valentine Pendant. Vivienne Westwood is a genius and has included one of the most amazing rock and roll legends of all time into her piece, this will definitely be under the tree for me this year, one can only hope I suppose.

UrbanOutfitters.co.uk
Melissa Black Ultra Girl Peep Toe Flats
£50.00

Melissa plastic shoes always makes my feet all comfy and sweet, so when I saw these new Melissa shoes I just couldn’t resist! I love these flat Ultra Girl peep toe pumps featuring an almond toe with a shimmering glitter effect throughout for added sparkle! These flats are subtle with an explosion of glitter and are just divine. I hope that Santa will hear me when I beg for these bad boys this Christmas!

Zara.com
BAG WITH METALLIC CLASP
£29.99

This Deep red handbag from Zara is just so lovable with its black handle and its long black strap with a metal clasp at the front. This handbag is compact and would look great with a little black dress and a pair of wedges! At a very affordable price why wait till Christmas?  Treat yourself now to this cutie!

Goth it up this Winter!

Everyone’s gone Vamp crazy this year and if you want to work that very stylish Gothic trend this Winter but you’re stuck on a small budget, then you’ll love these very affordable pieces chosen by Nor Lisa.

Asos.com
Gothic Prom Dress
£95.00

 

This evening dress by ASOS Collection has been made from chiffon fabric so it’s sheer and flowey with a tonal lining for that little extra .This beautiful dress has an embroided design with cutwork through the bodice and a fitted high waist for that feminine look. This dress is perfect for winter because it looks classy and has a full skirt attached to keep those gorgeous legs warm. Wear this elegant piece with some nude tights and a pair of stilettos.

Asos.com
Hanging Crosses Arm Cuff
Was £ 10.00 Now £ 5.00

This silver plated arm cuff with hanging cross detail is just so attractive. Wear this cuff with almost anything and you will definitely look super-hot!  This will add a little edge to any basic dress and at a very affordable price how can you resist.

Asos.com
Liquorish Bag with Embossed Skull and Scarf
Was £68.00
Now £38.00

I’m loving this leather look bag by Liquorish at Asos this bag has been made with a skull embossed leather-effect finish and is very trendy. This bag is very spacious and has a twin chain handle strap and an adjustable shoulder strap and to add to this stunning bag there’s a soft black and white skull printed scarf tied onto the side.

New Look.com
Iron Fist Monochrome Lace Print T-Bar Platform Heels
£69.99

To set of that Gothic ensemble why not treat yourself to a pair of these Iron Fist T-bar platforms with a monochrome lace print. Make sure that you’re working that gothic trend in style this winter with these fabulous shoes at an affordable price.

River Island.com
Black peplum waist belt
£20.00

This Black peplum waist belt from River Island has that luxurious look and would look fantastic with a suggestive knee length body con dress with a pair of platforms to add a little extra Va-Va-Voom to your Gothic look.

RiverIsland.com
Grey lace trim over the knee socks
£8.00

These black over the knee socks with a grey lace detail are darling. I would team them up with a black kilt, a white chiffon blouse and a pair of patent stilettos. Make sure that your looking your very best this winter.

Heels, Heels and some more Heels!

Every girl loves Heels and that’s a simple fact! From kitten heels to sky scrapers there are shoes to suit everyone’s taste. Myself personally, I find it pointless unless they are crazy, life-riskingly high! This season has shown so far, to be a great one for shoes and at the moment I am very much in love with colour blocking and find it a key hit all year long.

The first pair of shoes I chose are these stunning pair of suede wedges. Wedges are always great for summer and so much easier to wear than a stiletto, which make them essential for the summer holiday suitcase! The colours are very on trend for the nautical look and personally I would wear these with a short cute white dress to give it a romantic beach look. At only £45 these heels are a complete steal and available right now at asos.com

Asos.com – Pandora wedge with colour block £45.00

Next on the list for fab time shoes are these metallic beauties! Metallic is a great style and these shoes could instantly glam up any look in seconds. As they have the straps and the front wedge this will make them easier to wear also which is always a plus. The green colour is right on track also for A/W 2012 so they will bring you right into the new season also! At a bargain price of £32.00 reduced from £40.00, these little stunners wont be around for long to make sure you take a sec to pop over to office.com or go in store.

Office.com – tumble weed greaan crack £32

 

Two of the biggest trends for S/S 2012 were pastels and metal toes. These next heels hit both on the nail. They are so stunning my heart skipped a beat when I seen them. In a pale yellow these are sure to win the hearts of a lot of women. I can’t decide what I like the most about them? The season hitting metal toe? The elegant slim heel? Or even the delicate shade of yellow. In whole, these are an inspiration pair of heels which are very unique, so highly recommended to purchase as these are a true investment. Better again they are on sale! At only £39.99 reduced from £69.99 pure bargain. Visit Zara.com to view metal toe.

zara.com - Metal Toe - £39.99

Pretty in pink? I think so! Bright, big and bold, these block heels are simply beautiful. Take the opportunity to colour block like mad with these or play in safe with a smart black or white shift dress, either way you are bound to draw attention strutting your stuff in these. Again, the Zara.com sale is the reason my attention was drawn to these heels, so don’t forget to browse these whole collection as there are so many I want, I could go on for days. These are called suede sling back and I was shocked to see they are only £19.99 from £49.99 , add to shopping basket I think.

Zara.com – suede sling back £19.99

 

Killer wedges are so hot this season; add a bit of punk rock by wearing these edgy pair. Team with a leather jacket and lots of gold jewellery for that classic rocker look. The thick platform and high wedge means you will get the height but also with the comfort. They are on sale at Boohoo.com for a mere £35.00 can be worn day or night so i’m sure they well get well worn.

 

Boohoo.com – Black studded front wedge £35.00

That concludes my current favourite high heels. So happy shopping, until next time!

Put your best foot forward…

I love shoes! Shoes and bags are my biggest drug (not including chocolate). From boots to flip flops, stilettos to pumps, I love them all and I believe that a simple change of shoes can transform any summer look!

Anyone that knows me will know that I am completely and madly obsessed with Melissa shoes. I have so many pairs its crazy I especially love Melissa’s collaboration with fashion icon Vivienne Westwood. Recently I have been looking for a new pair that I could wear on a daily basis and have come across a pretty pair on the website asos.com AND they are on sale too! Only £25.00 reduced from £50.00, with free delivery you have no reason not to order. I am really into my colour blocking at the moment, so these ballet style pumps are perfect for me in bright blue. The shoes are called Melissa ultragirl ballet flat shoes and also come in a cute pink colour. A little about Melissa shoes, One of the biggest reasons I buy from the brand is because it is a completely sustainable footwear label and are 100% recycled rubber. All her shoes have a different scent that from experience never wear off, not even after a year of regular use, this blue pair have an infused scent of bubble-gum. I have just placed my order and cannot wait for them to arrive!

The next pair I have come across are a pair of lace up brogue type shoes in orange called Merrily, they are open lace-up shoes only from Topshop. I like that they are a more summery alternative to the original brogue type shoes, with cut out details and in such a summery colour too. They have recently been released, so not on sale, but they are still very affordable at only £28.00. They also come in cream and mint colours, but I much prefer the orange pair and would personally go for a boohoo style by pairing these with a floaty white dress, daisy chain hair garland and a nice long strapped brown bag.

Beach time fun I hear you say? You will definitely need a pair of trendy flip flops to keep your feet cool and happy! Im not a fan myself of showing off my feet but if you are, then these are a holiday suitcase must have. These Steven Madden Tropic flip flops in a nude colour are simple yet effective! I just love the feminine girly bow detail, plus the colour and style will go with everything! I recently bought a pair myself and can’t wait to bring them on holidays. They are also half price from houseoffraser.com at only £12.00 reduced from £25.00.

Already have a favourite pair of flip flops? Why not jazz them up with a clip or accessory? Lindsay Phillips have really cute sparkly sandal clip-ons in lots of different styles and colours for only £6.99 from Houseoffraser.com. I am a pink girl so my favourite design is the pink one with lots of shiny pink stones.

Next I need to include a pair of rock chick pumps. I am a bit of a rock chick at heart and style myself that way no matter what season, so a pair of edgy flats are a must for me all year round. Currently on the market are this beautifully studded black pumps, which are also available in cream from Zara. These could be worn with almost anything, but a more summery and on trend look would be with a nice pair of coloured trousers (Green would be perfect) matched with a fitted white top.

Lastly who loves preppy style? I do! So my final pair of shoes had to be a pair that could add that essential preppy look to any outfit! My favourite pair which are currently stocked in Office (currently on sale!) are these really lovely black leather/suede pair with an elegant badge style embroidered crest on the toes. Now only £45.00 with £10.00 off original price. But the stock is low and selling quickly so get down to Office asap to avoid disappointment!

Hope you guys enjoyed my Summery fashion foot wear walk through! Happy summer trekking!