fashion blog 80s
Earlier this week I decided to embrace my natural curl and finger-wrap my damp hair before bed in the evening. The following morning I woke up looking like Shirley Temple. Forgoing my daily uniform of dresses (crazy curls + dresses + pale skin = every person I meet calling me a ‘doll’ or ‘Lolita’), I decided to balance it out by colour-blocking some peg trousers to my heels and throwing on some serious spikes.

What I Wore:
White ASOS premium slim peg trousers (similar here)
White heels from Christian Louboutin (similar here)
Boxy spiked denim shirt (similar here)

fashion blog 80s
fashion blog 80s

Christmas Gifts 2012
I rarely make lists, I never check them twice, but I have felt rather inclined to compile a Christmas list this year. I can only assume Santa is a little too busy to worry about giving me thousands and thousands of pounds worth of gifts, but – if anything – a Christmas list is a great way to prioritize the things you would like to work for (and things that you would never have the balls to buy yourself, ahem-Vitamix-ahem).

The Christmas List:
Macbook Air (and a thin case, so I don’t destroy it immediately)
A white leather chaise lounge
50mm lens
Camcorder
Bow Bow sandals by Christian Louboutin
Tri zip Jealous satchel by Rebecca Minkoff
Garment steamer (for easier styling!)
Macadamia Repair Mask
The Vitamix Total Nutrition Center
Agathe Chandelier by Occa Maison

What is on your list?

shoes
Pixie shoes, towering stilettos, slimline boots – haute couture footwear wasn’t made to be comfortable, but it can be particularly agonizing  if you have wide feet. Many women simply squeeze their feet into inappropriate shoes and bear the blisters, but consistently stepping out in ill-fitting footwear can have a long-term impact. Celebrities like Victoria Beckham have frequently complained of the ‘stiletto effect’ which has left them with damaged foot bones and painful bunions. So what’s the solution? Check below for some Lela-approved suggestions on how to cosset wide-fit feet without turning your back on fashion.

The Web is your friend: The internet has made it much easier to find stylish shoes that actually fit – provided you know your exact size. Get yourself measured at a specialist shoe store and take your measurements to a site like Designershoes.com which has a section specifically for wide feet. There are also sites that cater purely for women with wide feet, but if you’re addicted to fashion (hand raise!) then they might not meet your exacting standards.

wide shoes
Hit the high street: Don’t dismiss high street stores when searching for stylish, wide-fit shoes. Some high street shops offer great catwalk-inspired collections for wider feet – these Wide Fit Red Heeled Shoe Boots (pictured) come from New Look’s wide shoes range, and channel the season’s wedges trend to perfection.

Give your feet a break: Everyone’s favourite shoe designer, Christian Louboutin, once said that he didn’t create shoes that were comfortable – his interest was purely in creating an attractive aesthetic. There is nothing wrong with owning one of two pairs of ultra-stylish but devastatingly uncomfortable shoes, provided you spend the majority of your time in suitable footwear. You can now buy roll-up ballet slippers that will pack into your handbag for a night out and are perfect for the long walk home. For any serious walking, always wear a pair of well-fitting shoes under 2-inches of heel.

Shop vintage: Chiropodists often recommend their wide-fit patients try men’s shoes – and here the boyfriend trend is your friend. Look out for unisex-style men’s brogues in vintage shops as they should fit your wide feet to perfection. Team with leggings and a floaty skirt, and voila – a super stylish look without the pain.

For more suggestions on finding comfortable designer shoes, check out my shoe blog.
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red white louboutins
I’m having a bit of a moment with Firetrap. I previewed their (very amazing) A/W 2012 collection last week, and have – reactively – spent the last few days in these red jeans. I’m not typically a denim girl, but found the “Evelyn” perfect for a high-low outfit mix.

What I Wore: Firetrap Evelyn in red, Primark lace cardigan, dipped white t-shirt, white Christian Louboutin platforms (similar here), and a Lulu Guinness Birdcage umbrella (below). Because London simply can’t go a day without crying on us.

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jeremy scott sneakers

  • The first look at Jeremy Scott for Adidas Spring/Summer 2012 has arrived! As these are the only non-heels I get really excited about (which my shoe blog can confirm), I am in instant animal sneaker love. Thank you, Pablo Olea.

  • Alexa Chung has been talking to Teen Vogue about her “It-Girl Problems“, ie. she spent her entire wardrobe budget for “24-Hour Catwalk” (her upcoming TV show) on a single Balenciaga leather jacket. She joked that she will have “10 episodes to do and nothing to wear”. I wish my problems were this Balenciaga-related.

  • I don’t think Jean Paul Gaultier will be looking forward to any coverage in Vogue any time soon. In a recent interview, the designer decided to bare all in when the topic of fashion films and The Devil Wears Prada came up. Ever wondered what industry insider’s thought of the rumoured Editor in Chief ice queen? In his own words?

    Anna Wintour is a lot more monstrous than she is described!

  • The New York Times put up quite a brilliant article regarding Sex and The City, Christian Louboutin, and how Manolo Blahnik got stiletto status. Check it out here