Style | Trainers not for training

For anyone who knows me, I’m not cool. I’m actually the furthest thing from cool. I know a few people who are cool, hipsters who are so unself aware it puts me on edge. Honestly I’m happy not being hipster, identifying the latest trends and trying to be the first to spot it. I often use the hipsters as a cool gauge.

I’ve been thinking for a while about a pair of trainers. Gucci inspired with there beautiful white with red and green stripe and I’m always partial to a honey bee as well. The sensible streak in me thinks, they are comfortable, perfect for a long day on your feet. The problem was, other than Gucci, I didn’t see trainers as stylish, they are for running or the gym not to be worn outside these parameters.

Trainers are super cool and often city chic, with me heading out to New York this is week I knew I need comfort and style. Last January when I went away I wore my Dubarry’s the entire time and although super comfortable maybe a little warm for March. I had to go with a classic trainer. With so much choice and the social acceptance to wear them just about anyway now there really was no reason why I couldn’t get involved. I wanted the old school Vans, I’ve seen them everywhere and they seemed like exactly what I was looking for. I seen a few style inspirations and thought I could make them work. The trick is I want to make them feminine, not like I mistakenly dressed for the gym. We were shopping in town and I made my way to pick up my Vans, it was cold and I’d had a few cocktails so stopped at the nearest place, JD Sports. I went in to find lux sports wear everywhere, don’t get me wrong, I’d love the abs to pull off some of those crop tops but it’s just not me, I was losing my nerve. I journeyed upstairs to try on the Vans. No stock. That’s right. And to add insult to injury he told me nowhere in Belfast had them as they were so popular. This immediately put me off. I needed {wanted} something slightly different and I needed {wanted} them for New York. I seen the black Nike Janoskis which looked similar and asked for them in my size, ironically I’m a 5, but I picked them up from the kids section {insert 28 y/o woman trying to be cool}. The guy laughed as I hadn’t noticed but said he would get them for me. I tried them on and loved them. The best part was when I asked Chris if I looked cool {not that he’s any gauge for that or anything} and tripped and feel over the chair. Collect my things, go to the pay and leave immediately, not how I imagined it would all end.

I’ve been wearing them for a week now, had to wear them in before my trip {obvs}, and they are super comfortable. Someone even remarked on them, cool status much! Whatever the sole is made of however makes an almighty squeak on a clean floor, maybe I’m just dragging my feet around Tesco, but you can hear me before you see me now.

Life’s short, buy the trainers and pretend to be cool. I think this is my initiation into the street style gang…or maybe not.

Lashings of Love,

K xo

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Style | Joining the Gucci Gang

I’ve been toying with the idea of the Gucci Marmont Belt for quiet some time now and had I have done a Christmas list it would have been on it *regrets. At over £200, is a belt a good investment, is it enough of an accessory to purchase and what would I wear it with. Ok that doesn’t take too much time to think about but all the girls I have seen wearing it are a size 6 with a thigh gap and enviable long legs, could I pull it off.

Call me old fashioned but online shopping isn’t my thing and one of my key things was, I wanted a belt that I could wear around my waist and my hips, two very different dimensions. Online shopping just won’t work I needed to try it on. With no Gucci store in Northern Ireland I would have to wait until I could head to a shop. Insert next work trip. Luckily I travel with my job and this time I made a stop in Heathrow Terminal 5, my favourite airport to shop in. I almost know all the shops there so I knew Gucci would have been my first stop. As soon as I cleared security I skipped down the escalator to make my way there.

The loveliest sales assistant came to help me and got me a few sizes to try one. I’ve got a 90cm belt and I’m a size 8/10, although a little loose around my waist they have told me that the stores, outside of the airports, have whole punching facilities as lots of people get an extra two holes added so they can wear it with different outfits.

Initially I thought I would go for tan as it would match blue denim better but once I had seen the black I couldn’t resist, it’s classic. I also decided on the smaller buckle, the medium size buckle, although gorgeous, was too much for me, it looked much too big for around my waist so I ruled it out. It is the most popular I was told in the store so they rarely have them in stock.

Duty free is definitely the best place to pick it up, this belt retails at £235 but in the airport I got it for £195, so if you are thinking of investing and are heading away, wait, you will save the duty on the item.

This has been my first Gucci purchase and I have to say I’m impressed, it has never really been on my radar. I loved the service and the new design of the bags are beautiful. I’m thinking of investing in the nude Marmont bag next.

Wish me luck convincing Chris of that investment.

Lashings of Love,

K xo

Change of a name?

While I’m still pondering the thought of whether I’ll change my name when I get married I thought it was time for a new name for something else. My blog (!)

It’s official, I’ve gone full Taylor Swift and I’ve decided to take the plunge and change the name of my blog, Instagram and anywhere else you will find me. It’s taken a while but I just don’t feel that The Little Lash Room really encompasses everything I do now. By no means am I a high flying blogger, in fact I don’t even like calling myself a blogger, I’m only just trying it on for size. If you’re lucky you’ll get 1 blog a week and lots of Instagram pictures of my home, flowers and Piper the pup. Rarely will you find a picture of my eyelash work, pictures from Pinterest of Beyonce crying because she can’t get an eyelash appointment or why I think you have to come to me because you’ll look fabuLASH when you leave. The reason for the change is exactly that, I’m a fraud, when you visit the little lash rooms social media pages you won’t have a reference point, you girls are fab at putting your trust in me. And as most of you girls know, if you’ve been to me, we talk way more about life and love than eyelashes themselves.

Don’t get me wrong I love lashing and I absolutely love all my clients who have supported me over the last 2 and a bit years. This is by no means a sob story that I’m no longer doing lashes, I’m definitely still going to be working every night and weekend. If anything I’m just much more than lashing now, eyelash extensions do not define me, I’m sharing things about my life as they happen, no different to anyone else I guess.

So the new name Strand & Stripes, where did it come from. I’m still keeping a bit of eyelash love there as many of you know each extension will be added to an individual eyelash hair strand. This is the only technique I use as it’s the safest and allows for nature fall out and growth with no damage to your natural lashes. And of course for anyone who has followed me for a while you will know that I’m fond of a breton or two or three or four…. It’s as simple as that.

So there you have it. A change is as good as a rest so there seems to be no better time than the present to take the plunge.

As always, lashings of love

K xo

Change of a name?

While I’m still pondering the thought of whether I’ll change my name when I get married I thought it was time for a new name for something else. My blog (!)

It’s official, I’ve gone full Taylor Swift and I’ve decided to take the plunge and change the name of my blog, Instagram and anywhere else you will find me. It’s taken a while but I just don’t feel that The Little Lash Room really encompasses everything I do now. By no means am I a high flying blogger, in fact I don’t even like calling myself a blogger, I’m only just trying it on for size. If you’re lucky you’ll get 1 blog a week and lots of Instagram pictures of my home, flowers and Piper the pup. Rarely will you find a picture of my eyelash work, pictures from Pinterest of Beyonce crying because she can’t get an eyelash appointment or why I think you have to come to me because you’ll look fabuLASH when you leave. The reason for the change is exactly that, I’m a fraud, when you visit the little lash rooms social media pages you won’t have a reference point, you girls are fab at putting your trust in me. And as most of you girls know, if you’ve been to me, we talk way more about life and love than eyelashes themselves.

Don’t get me wrong I love lashing and I absolutely love all my clients who have supported me over the last 2 and a bit years. This is by no means a sob story that I’m no longer doing lashes, I’m definitely still going to be working every night and weekend. If anything I’m just much more than lashing now, eyelash extensions do not define me, I’m sharing things about my life as they happen, no different to anyone else I guess.

So the new name Strand & Stripes, where did it come from. I’m still keeping a bit of eyelash love there as many of you know each extension will be added to an individual eyelash hair strand. This is the only technique I use as it’s the safest and allows for nature fall out and growth with no damage to your natural lashes. And of course for anyone who has followed me for a while you will know that I’m fond of a breton or two or three or four…. It’s as simple as that.

So there you have it. A change is as good as a rest so there seems to be no better time than the present to take the plunge.

As always, lashings of love

K xo

The latest investment : Chanel

For many the word Chanel brings many different thoughts, classic, timeless, quilted, and even Karl Largerfeld. It was not so long ago that I used to believe that I was too young for a Chanel, my mum and aunt were more likely to be seen with with one, obviously this is not the case. Perhaps I thought it was way too out of reach for me, a much higher price point than any other bag I had ever bought before. From a young age my mum and aunt have been been my fashion influencers if you like. I remember the first Louis Vuitton which entered our house is one which I will never forget and the packaging opening and the dust bag uncovering the screams of excitement. Once I began going shopping with mum and seeing the service and packaging…my addiction started. Making a luxury purchase is just that, luxury. It’s not one that is done everyday and when I do it, it’s really special. Believe it or not I once started with a Burberry pochette when I was 16, more than 10 years ago. The collection has grown from there. I’ve discovered new designers along the way like Louis Vuitton, Mulberry, Gucci, YSL but Chanel had always remained the pinnacle. 

Nothing haunts you like the things you didn’t buy, when I was in Heathrow Terminal 3 earlier in the year and spotted a Chanel, I had a quick browse but made no purchases. Afterwards mum spouted some sh*t about how it wasn’t the right time, I was changing the kitchen…blah blah blah….but it played on my mind. She talked me down that time but I couldn’t be talked out of it this time. 

A couple of weeks ago, I made the longing decision and took the plunge to buy a Chanel. I have been thinking about this for a while, as many of you know I travel with work, and when a trip to the states flying from Heathrow Terminal 5 popped up, I began to think of my next purchase. Terminal 5 doesn’t stock core Chanel stock so I knew the 2.55 was out of the question. To make the first step I would have to start smaller. I wanted something small and classic. TaaDaa…the Classic Quilted Wallet on Chain was the perfect choice to start, well classic was in the title, how could I say no. It is a versatile bag, that is surprisingly deceptive, it can be worn as a clutch, cross body bag or the chain doubled up for an evening bag. It’s much bigger than I first thought. It fits in all your everyday essentials, I can easily fit my phone, lipstick, concealer & sunglasses as well as money and cards. There are 6 credit card slots with a zip pouch for coins. Not to mention the secret long compartment in the opening flap! There is also a small pocket on the back of the bag. Albeit, I’m not able to keep my 6 lipsticks and diary that I have in my normal day to day bag but for this I am willing to make that sacrifice.

Now what colour. Lots of people choose black but I have a number of black bags so I needed something that would do with navy, I really wanted nude but was happy to settle for navy. Hardware, if nude it had to be gold by if navy it had to be silver. 

In the end, as you can see, the nude wasn’t available and as I have learnt from Chanel, taking what’s available is a good choice. Lamb skin and calfskin is a decision to be made before you arrive. Lamb skin is the classic soft Chanel leather, but it does mark very easily. The calf skin is a much more durable leather but it is grainy. I could live with grainy leather, as I know I need a tough bag to deal with my clumsy ways. From first sight, I was in love, but really I was rushing for my flight so I was trying to act cool, despite the fact I was sweating with both excitement and nerves that I may miss my flight. 

Now on to pricing, some of you may be wondering why I keep mentioning Heathrow Terminal 5, that’s because you get the bag duty free there…my own justification to buy it. Brag my Bag is the best place to find out prices about Chanel items, whatever it is you intend to buy and it’s spot on. Chanel website leaves much to be desired but then that is the allure, the desire. 

No matter what, like all my bags, they are an investment…or so I keep telling Chris. Even I’ve surprised myself just how much use I’ve got from it, dinners out, runs to Tesco, even a walk in the park with Stormont (no poo bags were added to the harm the Chanel in this walk!). It has been worth the saving for the short lived splurge. The price of these bags are only going to continue to increase so choose life and go and buy the Chanel. 

Lashings of Love, 

K xo

Stars & Stripes (well more stripes)

A couple of weeks ago when I was in Orlando, for work not pleasure, I just happened to be staying a short distance from a premium outlet (YAY!). Of course after a long day, I just had to journey over. Premium Outlets in the US are ideal for people who love a bargain from a premium brand, like the idea of TK Maxx but who don’t like going through the rails. These shops are in pristine condition, very tidy, organised and there are lots of everything in each size. Some of the shops are huge and the entire outlet will definitely have you making your step count for the day. There are so many sales people in each shop, the cut throat world of sales in America is one which us Brits can feel a little intimidated by, if you have never experienced it, upon entry you’ll be greeted with “how are you today”, “that’s a really cute outfit” or “can I help you with anything” and these questions flow constantly throughout your time there. Some people love this, I am not one of those people. I enjoy isolated shopping, thinking on my own and when I need help I’ll ask, this culture is very different. The bargains make it all seem a little more tolerable.

Now with a limited amount of time, I had to be strategic, I first found a map at the information booth and marked out all the places I had to go to then others I wouldn’t mind visiting if I had time. This should be everyone’s first point of call, here you will receive a discount book, some outlets there will be a small charge for this, but it’s worth it.

Basically I went to all the shops that mum and I had enjoyed when we first went to a premium outlet in New York a few months ago. This one was slightly different but all the core shops I needed were there. I first went to Tommy Hilfiger. Nothing haunts you like the things you didn’t buy right? When in New York, I seen a pair of espadrilles and for some unknown reason I didn’t buy them, maybe I’d already spent too much money or maybe I wasn’t thinking about summer when I was freezing in New York, whatever the reason, I have thought about them ever since so I knew I had to try. I made a dart for the shoes and thankfully there they were, I couldn’t have been happier and despite it being 11pm at night in the UK, I called mum to confirm they were in my possession. I looked around and picked up a few things for others and moved on. No time to waste.

Next stop Ralph Lauren, I wasn’t here for myself as I think I have every colour shirt that you could find or I will ever need. I picked up a few things for Chris, mum and my brothers and went on my way. When I’m here I like to make use of gathering up some items for what I refer to as ‘The Buffer’, these are items which I gather throughout the year for Christmas and birthdays so I won’t feel the pinch, especially at Christmas.

Kate Spade was next on the list and what I needed was a light grey bag (I use the term ‘needed’ loosely). I love the leather of these bags which make them perfect for a night out. No spill is a problem. I found a cross body bag which had both a long and short strap and could be used as a clutch for only $60…now that’s a bargain no one can turn down. It isn’t as grey as I would like but for that price I almost ran out of the shop with it.

I made a few other stops, Nike, Adidas, Converse but nothing there that really interested me.

I finally stopped in J Crew and I never have been into this shop before (!) but it’s lovely, quiet a few things caught my eye. I ended up with two stripped tops. Yes you got it, I’ve added more to my breton collection. I’m a breton addict and I admit it. By this time it was 10pm and ready for me to head home and settle with all the shopping I had obtained.

Lashings of Love,

K xo

Stars & Stripes (well more stripes)

A couple of weeks ago when I was in Orlando, for work not pleasure, I just happened to be staying a short distance from a premium outlet (YAY!). Of course after a long day, I just had to journey over. Premium Outlets in the US are ideal for people who love a bargain from a premium brand, like the idea of TK Maxx but who don’t like going through the rails. These shops are in pristine condition, very tidy, organised and there are lots of everything in each size. Some of the shops are huge and the entire outlet will definitely have you making your step count for the day. There are so many sales people in each shop, the cut throat world of sales in America is one which us Brits can feel a little intimidated by, if you have never experienced it, upon entry you’ll be greeted with “how are you today”, “that’s a really cute outfit” or “can I help you with anything” and these questions flow constantly throughout your time there. Some people love this, I am not one of those people. I enjoy isolated shopping, thinking on my own and when I need help I’ll ask, this culture is very different. The bargains make it all seem a little more tolerable.

Now with a limited amount of time, I had to be strategic, I first found a map at the information booth and marked out all the places I had to go to then others I wouldn’t mind visiting if I had time. This should be everyone’s first point of call, here you will receive a discount book, some outlets there will be a small charge for this, but it’s worth it.

Basically I went to all the shops that mum and I had enjoyed when we first went to a premium outlet in New York a few months ago. This one was slightly different but all the core shops I needed were there. I first went to Tommy Hilfiger. Nothing haunts you like the things you didn’t buy right? When in New York, I seen a pair of espadrilles and for some unknown reason I didn’t buy them, maybe I’d already spent too much money or maybe I wasn’t thinking about summer when I was freezing in New York, whatever the reason, I have thought about them ever since so I knew I had to try. I made a dart for the shoes and thankfully there they were, I couldn’t have been happier and despite it being 11pm at night in the UK, I called mum to confirm they were in my possession. I looked around and picked up a few things for others and moved on. No time to waste.

Next stop Ralph Lauren, I wasn’t here for myself as I think I have every colour shirt that you could find or I will ever need. I picked up a few things for Chris, mum and my brothers and went on my way. When I’m here I like to make use of gathering up some items for what I refer to as ‘The Buffer’, these are items which I gather throughout the year for Christmas and birthdays so I won’t feel the pinch, especially at Christmas.

Kate Spade was next on the list and what I needed was a light grey bag (I use the term ‘needed’ loosely). I love the leather of these bags which make them perfect for a night out. No spill is a problem. I found a cross body bag which had both a long and short strap and could be used as a clutch for only $60…now that’s a bargain no one can turn down. It isn’t as grey as I would like but for that price I almost ran out of the shop with it.

I made a few other stops, Nike, Adidas, Converse but nothing there that really interested me.

I finally stopped in J Crew and I never have been into this shop before (!) but it’s lovely, quiet a few things caught my eye. I ended up with two stripped tops. Yes you got it, I’ve added more to my breton collection. I’m a breton addict and I admit it. By this time it was 10pm and ready for me to head home and settle with all the shopping I had obtained.

Lashings of Love,

K xo

Louboutins…worth the hype?

Last night I journeyed out in my Christian Louboutins, nothing special I know but last week someone was asking my advice for buying their first pair of Christian Louboutins. I initially wondered why, everyone’s style is completely different, and then I thought, this isn’t a new handbag, this is a pair of shoes which need to be worn there are more factors than does it look nice, can I afford it and is it practical. So are they worth the hype?

When I decided to buy my first pair of Louboutins there was no question of what I would get, the Prigalle 100, Christian Louboutins most classic high heeled pump. I decided on the nude Prigalle 100 as they are the most classic colour in my opinion and can be worn with just about any colour, black, navy, red, white the works. If this is your first pair, I can not recommend the nude colour enough as they really do go with just about everything and I can’t think of one outfit that I wouldn’t pair them with. I didn’t even consider the 120 heel height because frankly I’m not crazy and know they would not have been on my feet for a second without complaining.

No doubt they are beautiful, the stunning fine heel, shiny patent leather, the extreme pointed toe and of course the scarlet red sole, I was sold. On first inspection these are the perfect shoes, perfectly made, not a stitch out of place, and of course you would like to hope not with the cost of these.

All this being said they are sore, easily the most painful shoe I have ever had on. From the moment I put them on they pinched my feet. I would highly recommend going a half size bigger, the shoes are small fitting and narrow so that extra bit of room will definitely come in handy when you’re crippled walking. In other shoes when I go a half size bigger I notice my heel is falling out of the back but not with these, they are a snug fit, even a perfect cinderella fit if you will.

Worth the money?

At £425, its pricey and it’s where you wear them that is so important. If you fancy a night out were you dance the night away, have one too many glasses of prosecco and struggle to get a taxi home at the end of the night then loubs aren’t for you. Firstly I commend you if you can make it to the end of a night like this with loubs on. Secondly if you have bought shiny shoes then they will be get scuff marks, the high heel is so fine like a needle that the cap will come off if you walk over cobbled streets at all. If you intend to get a taxi from your home to your venue and you will have the opportunity to sit down most of the night, these are perfect. If you are buying a classic pair of shoes like these they NEVER go in the sale so don’t wait, only seasonal shoes go in the sale. I bought mine from Harper Belfast, they are fabulous, if a seasonal pair does take your fancy, they have a sale twice a year, around the first week of June and just after Christmas, although you have to be quick they have limited sizes and can only be bought in store, the sale is not included online.

The red sole – yes it gets scuffed which is heart breaking the first time you take them off however in Belfast (and I’m sure all of the UK) there are people who can add a red rubber sole. This rubber sole not only protects the sole of the shoe but also they are extremely slippery. The heel is also very delicate, I wear mine for a limited period of time and within 6 months I needed it replaced, again I have found the perfect cobbler who can fix them for me. It’s important to note that these shoes are not a life time investment, they are certainly an amazing quality but will need some TLC every time you wear them if you want them to stand the test of time.

Toe box and toe cleavage…say what!?!

Maybe I’m secretly an old women (not even a secret) but I didn’t know what toe cleavage was until someone mentioned it, I thought it was some kind of foot fetish, maybe it is but now I know its the area of the toes you can see when you are wearing your Prigalles. This is caused by the toe box, as it is very small. This small toe box is exactly what makes the shoes painful, you will feel a nipping from the toe box and really I am still waiting for this to be alleviated *prays*.

Would I buy again?

Of course I would. When I first got them, on the first night, I could barely take them off my feet were in so much pain. Does this pain deter me from putting them on at every available opportunity, of course not! A friend of mine has told me that she would like a pair for her wedding…now that is were I draw the line – more then 12 hours in these shoes, I can just about last 4 hours and thats with minimal walking around. The beauty of these shoes are sitting in a cocktail bar slowly sipping away the pain, I’m in a dream world, but honestly they are beautiful and take some time to get used too but once you do they are well worth it, well for an few hours anyway.

Lashing of Louboutin Love,

K xo

Goodbye 2016…Hello 2017

 

Today on Instagram I have seen lots of amazing posts to highlight how special 2016 was for some people. New Years Eve is the day that we all look back on the year past and look forward to the year ahead. Today I will spend time looking through my jar of happiness to review 2016 in all its glory.

When I think of all the amazing things that happened this year, Chris and I got engaged, I was bridesmaid for my best friend and my cousin, Piper the pup arriving at our house and the havoc she has caused since, continued house improvements, new shoes and handbags, trips with work, the success of the Little Lash Room has grown from strength to strength and a sneaky promotion in work at the end of the year, so yes, 2016 has been pretty flipping great!

But today I can’t help but think about all the people who aren’t posting about their fantastic year. As great as this year has been, its been tough for us and ours very close to us with lose, separation, serious life changing illness and a lost career for some at the end of the year they may themselves feel lost and happy to see the end of this year and most certainly am humbled and grateful that we have made it to the end of this year and overcome these challenges.

For me, New Years is the start of a new chapter, not the end of an era, thats why my jar of happiness is so important to me, to remember the silly things that really did put a smile on my face. I have just about anything in it, from cinema tickets, boarding passes, wedding order of service, receipts and any other artefacts with a memory. I hate new years resolutions but this year one thing I really want to improve upon is time spent and refocus. Each of us are given the same amount of time, and at the moment I don’t use mine to the full of its ability. I want to make a real effect to spend time with friends and family, just grabbing a coffee, taking the dogs out for a walk and go for runs more. I need to refocus. I’ve created a project list of things I would like to complete in 2017, mostly things around the house but the odd new shoes and handbag wish list too, this steams from my mum who sets goals for each year and she always smashes them, no wonder she is my inspiration. So no resolutions per se.

So do yourself a favour, go out and get a big jar and fill it full of memories for 2017, trust me you will not regret it.

Louboutins…worth the hype?

Last night I journeyed out in my Christian Louboutins, nothing special I know but last week someone was asking my advice for buying their first pair of Christian Louboutins. I initially wondered why, everyone’s style is completely different, and then I thought, this isn’t a new handbag, this is a pair of shoes which need to be worn there are more factors than does it look nice, can I afford it and is it practical. So are they worth the hype?


When I decided to buy my first pair of Louboutins there was no question of what I would get, the Prigalle 100, Christian Louboutins most classic high heeled pump. I decided on the nude Prigalle 100 as they are the most classic colour in my opinion and can be worn with just about any colour, black, navy, red, white the works. If this is your first pair, I can not recommend the nude colour enough as they really do go with just about everything and I can’t think of one outfit that I wouldn’t pair them with. I didn’t even consider the 120 heel height because frankly I’m not crazy and know they would not have been on my feet for a second without complaining.

No doubt they are beautiful, the stunning fine heel, shiny patent leather, the extreme pointed toe and of course the scarlet red sole, I was sold. On first inspection these are the perfect shoes, perfectly made, not a stitch out of place, and of course you would like to hope not with the cost of these.

All this being said they are sore, easily the most painful shoe I have ever had on. From the moment I put them on they pinched my feet. I would highly recommend going a half size bigger, the shoes are small fitting and narrow so that extra bit of room will definitely come in handy when you’re crippled walking. In other shoes when I go a half size bigger I notice my heel is falling out of the back but not with these, they are a snug fit, even a perfect cinderella fit if you will.

Worth the money?

At £425, its pricey and it’s where you wear them that is so important. If you fancy a night out were you dance the night away, have one too many glasses of prosecco and struggle to get a taxi home at the end of the night then loubs aren’t for you. Firstly I commend you if you can make it to the end of a night like this with loubs on. Secondly if you have bought shiny shoes then they will be get scuff marks, the high heel is so fine like a needle that the cap will come off if you walk over cobbled streets at all. If you intend to get a taxi from your home to your venue and you will have the opportunity to sit down most of the night, these are perfect. If you are buying a classic pair of shoes like these they NEVER go in the sale so don’t wait, only seasonal shoes go in the sale. I bought mine from Harper Belfast, they are fabulous, if a seasonal pair does take your fancy, they have a sale twice a year, around the first week of June and just after Christmas, although you have to be quick they have limited sizes and can only be bought in store, the sale is not included online.

The red sole – yes it gets scuffed which is heart breaking the first time you take them off however in Belfast (and I’m sure all of the UK) there are people who can add a red rubber sole. This rubber sole not only protects the sole of the shoe but also they are extremely slippery. The heel is also very delicate, I wear mine for a limited period of time and within 6 months I needed it replaced, again I have found the perfect cobbler who can fix them for me. It’s important to note that these shoes are not a life time investment, they are certainly an amazing quality but will need some TLC every time you wear them if you want them to stand the test of time.

Toe box and toe cleavage…say what!?!

Maybe I’m secretly an old women (not even a secret) but I didn’t know what toe cleavage was until someone mentioned it, I thought it was some kind of foot fetish, maybe it is but now I know its the area of the toes you can see when you are wearing your Prigalles. This is caused by the toe box, as it is very small. This small toe box is exactly what makes the shoes painful, you will feel a nipping from the toe box and really I am still waiting for this to be alleviated *prays*.

Would I buy again?

Of course I would. When I first got them, on the first night, I could barely take them off my feet were in so much pain. Does this pain deter me from putting them on at every available opportunity, of course not! A friend of mine has told me that she would like a pair for her wedding…now that is were I draw the line – more then 12 hours in these shoes, I can just about last 4 hours and thats with minimal walking around. The beauty of these shoes are sitting in a cocktail bar slowly sipping away the pain, I’m in a dream world, but honestly they are beautiful and take some time to get used too but once you do they are well worth it, well for an few hours anyway.

Lashing of Louboutin Love,
K xo

Hand Luggage Only  

The Little Lash Room - Hand Luggage Only

Holiday packing tips for girls heading away for a long weekend

Last weekend I headed away for my friends hen party to Portugal and it was great. Lots of the girls brought check in suitcases and couldn’t understand how I had packed so much in such a small case. With a check in bag I always over pack – I don’t wear all of the things I have packed but I still bring them, just in case. However when packing with hand luggage only the tactics change. More versatile outfits are required to make the most out of my limited space.

  1. Think Strategically

Write down every day that you are going to be there and an idea of what you will be doing.

For me I will either be by the pool, going for a walk or heading out for a night. Here’s how I do it:

Friday

Day – Pool – bikini, floral shorts, white cami

Night – Dinner & Drinks – White Lace Dress

Saturday

Day – Walk – Denim shorts, white tee, tan sandals

Night – Hen Party – Dress Up

 

  1. Only pack what’s on this list

Its tempting to want to bring more things with you, just in case, but just in case often never happens and for girls who are travelling on a budget, adding a few extra things can cost you a few extra pounds!

  1. Mix & Match

By packing shorts, skirts and tops this way you can co-ordinate these pieces to make the most of your space. Your white cami will go with denim shorts and your skirt, which means your outfits can go from day to night very easily.

  1. Only pack the essential toiletries

When I go away the only thing I really need is my make-up, moisturiser and perfume. Other than that I can buy everything else in the airport or when I get there. I highly recommend if you are heading away with friends why not all pool together and buy the necessary shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, toothpaste and sun creams once you are through security. Travel size toiletries are a rip off, this way you will all be sharing them over the weekend and very little goes to waste because everyone is using them.

  1. Handbags & Hand Luggage

It has happened to me more often than not, especially on a particular orange airline that the air stewards refuse to let you on the plane if you have hand luggage and a handbag. For me I’m always tight on space and the bag just definitely isn’t going in. Following from my last point of buying something in the airport, be sure to get a plastic bag, this way you can pop your handbag in there when you’re boarding the plane, I know it’s a bit sneaking but even if it was in my case I would have to take it out when I got on the plane anyway so really it saves time for everyone!

 

Lashings of Love

Kerrie xo

Are You A Stationary Addict?


I picked myself off the sofa today and decided to do a spot of Christmas shopping, all despite the terrible weather. I hadn’t been out all weekend and although I trawled the Internet for Black Friday bargains I thought I would be best for me to immerse myself in the madness.

When Christmas shopping I got side tracked in the stationary aisle and I have to say TK Maxx is winning at the moment. They have the most gorgeous range of note books and diaries for 2016.

Plus for all of my organised girls out there, I got a gorgeous FiloFax for my appointments next year and I’m just in love with it. It was half the price of what I would have paid from FiloFax, and at only £12.99 I think it was the best bargain I got today.