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Four Shoeper Challenge Saves! - (archived)

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Forgive me for a bit of a boring post, but I’m really beginning to realise that we’re halfway through the year as far as the Shoeper Challenge goes, and I still have the majority of my footwear collection to wear and photograph if I don’t want to be chucking it all out come February. So I’ve been powering through and getting rid of a few ‘easy’ saves, mostly flats and practical shoes. I know, Zzzzz. I promise the next post will be more fun – it’s my birthday so there’s lots of excuses to dress up! But as I’m saving my gladrags for the next few days, this does mean you’ve seen most of these outfits before – they’re old faithful dresses I’ve worn a gazillion times – so feel free to move on and give this post a miss. I just need to be sure to record these shoe saves so I’m not forced to bin them unnecessarily!

First up, some pattern mixing with a pair of striped Primark espadrille trim flats, worn with a Pearl Lowe for Peacocks dress, Topshop leggings, and a Primark cardi, belt and bag. The sunglasses are Red or Dead. This is the outfit I wore to see Take That at Wembley a few weeks ago, the photo’s been sat on my phone for ages. I spent most of the night with a rain poncho shoved over the top – it poured down with rain throughout the gig, but luckily Chiltern Railways were giving out freebies at the station. Nice marketing, folks!

You might recognise this dress, from my fitting room adventures at Pepperberry. I have another Pepperberry post in the works, so stay tuned for that. In the meantime, this dress is very well-loved. Every time I put it on, someone comments on it. This time, I teamed it with a ballerina bun (bad hair day) and a pretty pair of blue metallic flats. The chunky enamel necklace was a birthday gift from a fashionista friend. I love it!

Another Pearl Lowe dress – I did warn you this was dull! I’ve swapped out the white slip it came with for a black one, and added H&M black brogue style patent heels, Accessorize tights and Primark necklace and belt. You know, before I started this challenge, I didn’t realise how much I relied on Primark for cheap accessories!

And finally, what is probably the worst photo in the history of my shoe saves, not to mention the worst outfit. This is what happens when all you have is a boyfriend and a cameraphone! But needs must, I’m afraid. It was a boiling hot day and I was out on a 6 mile walk (we’re doing The Capital Ring). I’m wearing a Primark cardi with lacy trim, H&M vest and shorts (my ‘Lara Croft’ shorts) and shoes that were a gift years ago from Nanny State. I’ve worn these to death, they’re kind of a combination of a trainer and a leather brogue so they’re great as an alternative if you need something comfy and practical but really can’t bring yourself to wear your gym shoes out and about. The necklace is from Camden and sunglasses are Betsey Johnson.

And that’s four more strikes on my list of shoe saves. Yay!

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  • Reply Sharonhatt August 2, 2011 at 7:37 pm

    Oooh, I have the blue spotty dress but wouldn’t have thought of wearing a black slip underneath it-it really works. I love it but find it hard to wear as it’s a hazard if there’s even a sniff of a breeze!!

    • Reply Gemma August 2, 2011 at 7:40 pm

      I found with the white underneath that it almost made it look to small, like it was being stretched, especially across the bust. I much prefer it with the black. I use my spanx slip, which is fitted, so if the skirt flies up, I still maintain a bit of modesty!

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