Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Irregular Choice: Rosie With Love

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Last week I showed you Irregular Choice Rosie Cheeks that I bought from the recent re-collaboration (if there's such a word!) with Rosanna Gault. Today I have the other pair I bought, red Rosie With Love (they also came in white). RWL are a variation of the Rosanna boot I loved so dearly from the first collection. I'll be totally honest and say the floral still makes my heart flutter more than these, but this new variation is still pretty awesome and definitely eye-catching.

Saturday, 4 February 2017

M.E. On: Being Ill On Top Of Being Ill

I haven't updated you with a M.E. On post since last year and there's many reasons for that. I have a half written post regarding the outcome of the scary meeting, which I can't quite finish and honestly have had so much on, I haven't had time. It's hard to write and my feelings regarding it, still aren't straight in my head, so it's difficult to explain to you, when I'm still unsure about the whole thing myself. Instead today I wanted to talk about being ill when you're already ill. I could make it short by saying "it sucks" because that sums it up frankly!

Over Christmas everyone in my house had a cold of some sort. It was most definitely "going about" and I was hoping I wouldn't catch it. I did and actually mine turned out to be the flu, which was even worse. Obviously with M.E. I have symptoms every single day, which are actually quite flu-like (the aches and weakness and tiredness), so when you get another dose on top of that, it's hell. I had to totally take time-out (and actually enjoyed doing absolutely nothing) and it took a good 2-3 to recover fully. I had the shivering body while boiling hot, absolutely aching, coughing and I slept a lot. I had to go 12 days without showering, because my body wasn't up to doing it. None of it was pleasant, so I was glad to be rid. On top of this though (because y'know I need something else to go wrong), I've been taking funny turns. I spoke about the first one a while back, you may remember. It happened in November last year. My parents had been away for a few days and Mum brought me back the most adorable unicorn cupcakes from Selfridges. I ate one that evening, then a short while later was in agony. Stomach pain like nothing I've felt before. We joked it was the cake! It moved up towards my chest, I was struggling for breath because it felt like someone was pressing down on my chest and I was crying out in pain, which is major considering the pain I go through on a daily basis. I came over hot, thought I was going to be sick and could not get comfortable or ease the pain no matter how I sat, lay or stood. It's the most uncomfortable thing to watch, as I'm flailing about all over the place and groaning and nobody can do anything to help. My family made the decision to call an ambulance and I didn't stop them. I knew it wasn't normal for me to feel like this and I felt like something was about to rupture inside, it just escalated to the point I thought I might explode. MYALGIC ENCEPHALOMYELITIS banner

Thursday, 2 February 2017

Irregular Choice: Rosie Cheeks

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Last Friday a very exciting collection launched at Irregular Choice. You may remember back in 2010, IC teamed up with London College Of Fashion and the winners, So Yeon Sarah and Rosanna Gault, had their designs made into shoes that were sold in very limited numbers. I bought the So Yeon Sarah pair with all the attachments and had to decide between Rosy, a court shoe with removable cuff or Rosanna, a floral ankle boot. I bought the former and the latter have haunted me ever since! No joke, I've been desperately seeking these for the past 7 years and have come close, but not close enough!  Which brings us to last week, when it was announced that Rosanna had worked on some more colours and styles and we were treated to 6 new pieces. The Rosanna boot was reworked in two colours (now called Rosie With Love), which I bought in red (you can see me wearing them here for Shoesday Tuesday). The Rosy cuffed shoe was newly titled Rosie and there were three more court shoes (without cuffs), Rosie Posy, Ring O'Rosie and Rosie Cheeks, which I'm showing you today. They are my absolute favourite of the collection, I've been pawing them like crazy, they are just so pretty.

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

#Febshoeary

For as long as I can remember I've always hated February! Nothing good or exciting ever happens in February. People appear to die more often in February than any other month*. Valentine's Day, my most disliked celebration, takes place in February. It's a dark and gloomy month, I hate it and dread it's arrival every year. Febshoeary shoe banner

Friday, 27 January 2017

Irregular Choice Cinderella: Faith In Dreams

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Today I have Faith In Dreams, another pair of Cinderella shoes from the Irregular Choice collection to review. I do have one more after this, though I didn't keep those and then I took the opportunity when I had all five to photograph them together and compare. I took these photos last year after the collection launched, so it was quite nice to familiarise myself with them this week. Faith In Dreams (FID) along with Call Me Cinders (which I reviewed here) and Believe In Magic all came in the same fabric, which was also used as the lining for all styles in this range, along with a small portion of the sole repeating the print. It almost turns the shoes into optical illusions with the outside blending with the inside! FID are a court shoe in the typical IC cortesan shape with wide toe box and bulbous, upturned toe which comes to a point.  It perhaps sounds like an oxymoron, but is a shape synonymous with IC now.  

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