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How to Choose the Right Shoes for Every Occasion

When money is tight, a woman may find she cannot purchase multiple pairs of shoes at one time. She must choose only one or two styles and make do with them until the budget frees up. Fortunately, there are certain types of shoes that are very versatile and can be worn for different types of events. What types of shoes should a woman choose for every occasion? 

Flats

A good pair of flats is ideal for those days when a woman doesn’t have time to change between the office and her evening plans. By selecting a pair of flats, she can ensure her feet don’t hurt from the shoes and she can do more throughout the day. Some women choose to invest in pumps for this purpose, but others find they prefer a pair of oxfords. As there are so many styles to choose from, every woman should be able to find at least one pair of flats she loves at fillyflair.com

Casual Shoes

Every woman, even those who don’t regularly take part in sports, needs a good pair of casual shoes. While many of these shoes are designed for a specific sport, others are offered that can be used for multiple purposes. Pull these shoes out for a day at the mall when a great deal of walking will be done or for those times when the kids have an outdoor activity and mom wants to ensure she can keep up. This doesn’t mean a woman must go with a pair of athletic shoes, however. Select a pair of canvas tennis shoes or those that can be slipped on and off with ease. These are typically more than enough for outings such as these. 

Weather-Appropriate Footwear

Ladies often overlook weather-appropriate footwear when they go to purchase new shoes. Doing so is a mistake, as footwear manufacturers now understand a woman wants to be fashionable regardless of what the weather is like. Rain boots, snow boots, and more are now more stylish than ever before, and every female should have at least one pair of rain or snow boots in her closet. 

Sliders

For those times when convenience is the top priority, sliders are great to have. Simply slide the foot into the shoe and head out the door. Just because these shoes are comfortable and easy to wear doesn’t mean they can’t be stylish as well. Be sure to try on a number of pairs to find the shoe that is most comfortable and can be worn with a wide variety of outfits. Women who take the time to do so find they get more use out of the sliders and enjoy them more. 

Sandals With Heels

Every woman should own at least one pair of sandals with heels, preferably more. This type of shoe is perfect for formal occasions and can be worn to work with ease. A black pair is ideal for either situation, and a white pair can be obtained for weddings and other events during the summer months. The same is true of a nude pair of sandals with heels. The key is to choose a pair with a small heel, approximately one or two inches, as this makes the shoe more versatile. 

Invest in high-quality shoes and feel the difference. Women tend to spend a great deal of time on their feet and need to ensure the right shoes are selected for the occasion. Make use of the above suggestions and you’ll find you always have the right footwear regardless of what is on your schedule. 

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Dressing for Success: What Are 5 Essential Components of a Women’s Business Outfit?

I know; morphing from a beauty diva whose closet has dozens and dozens of casual attire to a smart and decent business lady isn’t easy. You possibly can’t even fathom the prospect of looking stylish on an official outfit, different from your usual casual, attire!

Looking chic on a business outfit

You only have to discern which clothes match with which other one and the mojo to navigate vaguer social rules and dress to kill. And you don’t even have to do a complete overhaul of your current collection or even spend a fortune, shopping for an entirely new set.

Just a little new set of selected types of official women’s attire and you are fully ready to start “slaying” again on your new outfit. There are over five main components that make up an ideal women’s business attire.

1. Start with a well-knitted blazer

Out of all women’s official wear, you will need, a blazer shouldn’t miss. And whether you are new to the world of office wear or not, spotting a nice, cute and quality blazer isn’t hard. Go for something that’s nicely cut and knitted to perfection, slim and fitting, especially on your arms.
The good thing with a blazer – bold colours are cool, is that it goes with pretty much any other attire. It goes well with your dress, that skirt or even that only black pant you love wearing to official gatherings.

2. Accessorize well

Nothing completes a killer look of a smart, focused professional businesswoman more than a nice watch, a beautiful necklace, and a matching earring. Coordinating jewelry with your office attire isn’t hard, provided you learn more about which fashionable brands are good for you. The same is true for a watch.

But for someone who probably has never shopped for a timepiece before, I’d suggest that you don’t splurge on one of those super-expensive brands. Just go for something that will look nice on your wrist and still match with a majority of what’s in your wardrobe.

3. A Beautiful To-The-Knee Dress

Once in a while, you will need to remind everyone that the chic, fashionista in you isn’t dead yet. While doing this, however, choose a well-cut dress that’s thick and flattering, but comfortable when put on.

Naturally, dresses are fantastic for business meetings for they ooze elegance and sheer sophistication. But it’s also an instant choice that doesn’t disappoint during one of those days when you can’t decide what to wear. Just make sure you go for solid coloured dresses – sleeveless or not.

4. IMPORTANT: roomy, high-quality handbag

Don’t forget to tag along with a cute handbag. Work bags that are a little bit of everything; professional, but not too roomy, and not too bulky, will accentuate the calm and organized business woman in you. Ideally, your handbag should be able to comfortably carry all your essentials and still feel comfortable to walk with.

5. Cute, comfortable heels

I’ll not talk about flats and ankle strap (or sneakers) official shoes for women because they are part of everyone’s staples. When it comes to heels, however, it’s okay to have at least a pair – just in case. Pointy or not; super-high or not, your choice should, however, feel comfortable to put on and trendy with your overall office wear.

Going through this list, you should feel confident investing in them, especially if you are considering buying a couple for a start. Other outfits to consider are a beautiful, bold-coloured blouse and a beautiful pencil skirt. The best thing is to have a perfect blend of them so that, choosing what to pair with which another one becomes a breeze!

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Last Minute Gift Ideas for Tween and Teen Boys

We’re at a point now where the majority of the Christmas shopping is done, bar the big food shop which will probably happen on Sunday. It’s been a funny year of gift buying; Sausage is at an age where toys aren’t really her thing and she has a phone, laptop, TV, tablet, camera etc already, so we’ve had to really wrack our brains to think of a main gift for her. BB is still easy enough to buy for, as she’s only got to sit in front of Nickleodeon for half an hour and she’s found 20 new things she wants from the adverts.

Husband and I have two nephews, one who is the same age as Sausage and one who is 14 and I have to say, they’re two of the hardest family members to buy for. They both love their labels, so they’d be happy with a boys Hugo Boss t-shirt but beyond that we always feel stumped. They’re the same as our girls in the respect that they have everything a tween or teen could want, but they’re also both amazing at saving money from Christmasses and birthdays, so they rarely have to wait for people to buy them stuff if there’s something they want, mid-year.

One thing that we’ve found works quite well is clubbing together with other family members to buy them larger items which would be out of budget if we bought them by ourselves. The family did this last year when BB wanted a trampoline for her birthday; it meant that BB got exactly what she wanted and it saved several people from having to come up with ideas for individual presents.

If we wanted to opt for something a bit more pricey, a boys Hugo Boss coat would be a great gift to club together and get them. What kid doesn’t love going back to school after Christmas and showing off the stuff they got, especially if that stuff is designer!

Are there people in your family who you struggle to buy gifts for each year? Have you found it harder as the kids have got older? Would you resort to simply sticking money in a card and letting them buy something for themselves in the sale? Please leave me a comment below, I’d love to hear your thoughts on this.

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Finding a Winter Coat

I’m in a bit of a pickle at the moment. I’ve got three winter coats, but none of them is quite doing the job for me at the moment. The first is a black wool coat that I bought when I worked in an office. It’s decent quality and warm but is a bit too formal to go with my usual mum uniform of jumper, jeans and Converse! The second is a proper Berghaus hiking jacket which is super warm and weatherproof, but a bit too out-doorsy for every day. The last is a gilet, which I absolutely love, and it would be perfect…if only it had arms! I decided to take a look at women’s jackets from Superdry to see if I could find something which covers all of the bases and this is what I found:

Classic Rookie Fishtail Parka Coat

You can’t go wrong with a classic parka and this one looks lovely and cosy, with the fur trim around the hood. . The parka features a hood with detachable faux fur trim, zip and popper fastening, popper cuffs and four external pockets. Inside the coat is fleece lined and has a drawstring adjustable waist

Luxe Super Fuji Mix Jacket

I definitely like the thought of a longer coat – some of the shorter winter coats are what my lovely mother in law would call “bum freezers” and I have to agree. This jacket offers great protection from the elements while looking really neat and stylish.

Kiki Leather Biker Jacket

I’ve been coveting a leather jacket for absolutely ages and this one is a great shape and style. Leather is great for keeping the wind out, and when you spend a lot of time standing in windy playgrounds, that’s a definite bonus. There’s something a bit egdey about a leather biker jacket and I love the fact that you can dress is up or down, depending on your outfit.

SD Girlfriend Sherpa Jacket

I’ve always had a thing for Sherpa jackets and this Superdry one is so cute, with the patches and little details. Obviously, I won’t be copying the model and going bare-midriff underneath it, but I think it could make a really nice, fashionable alternative to a stuffy winter coat.

Which coat do you think you’d choose from Superdry? Leave me a comment below.

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How to Make Any Dress Work in Winter

I don’t know about you, but I hate the fact that when the weather changes, half of my wardrobe gets consigned to the archives. I’ve got items of clothing that I love and am super comfortable in, so I love to find ways to make them work all year round. I’ve recently been looking at the Esprit website, given the fact that my favourite maternity jeans of all time were made by the brand. I love the fact that the company makes clothes which aren’t seen everywhere, and are both comfortable and stylish.

Anyway, after spending time lusting after a whole bunch of stylish winter dresses from Esprit I thought I’d share with you some tips on how to style dresses so that they last all year.

Shirt Dress

Esprit makes some stunning shirt dresses which are perfect in the summer as they’re made from a lovely crepe material. However, if you want to make them a part of your all-season wardrobe, pairing them with thick tights (exrta points if you opt for bottle green or mustard, which are SO in style this winter!), leather ankles boots and a buttery-soft leather biker jacket will look amazing and keep you warm, too.

Maxi Dresses

Maxi dresses are actually perfect for wearing the the colder weather because you can hide a whole bunch of stuff underneath them! Wear over leggings and a long sleeved t-shirt and then top with a poncho and your boho-chic look goes from summer to winter solstice!

Sequin Dresses

I mean, come on, this one isn’t even difficult. Winter equals Christmas and what’s more festive than sequins?! Sequin dresses are perfect for Christmas parties, and all you need to do is wear flesh coloured tights and a gorgeous pair of platforms to keep your legs warm in the chilly air.

Bodycon

Not gonna lie, I’ve never worn a bodycon dress in my life. Plenty of plus sized women do, and ROCK THEM might I add, but I don’t have the body confidence to do it. I have, however, seen other women wearing bodycon dresses but wearing a different skirt over the top, utilising just the top part. Floaty, metallic pleated skirts are all the rage this season and would look fab over a bodycon dress, also helping to keep you a little warmer!

Evening Dresses

When it comes to formal evening wear, the best thing to do is to think about your layers. You’re not going to want to wear a thermal vest or long johns underneath a beautiful Esprit evening dress, but you can layer OVER one. Faux fur stoles, short jackets and wraps all add an air of luxury to any formal outfit and allow you to stay warm without sacrificing any element of your look.

Do you love wearing your items all year long? Have you got any great tips on making dresses last all year? Please leave me a comment below, I’d love to hear from you.