Are designer clothes really better quality than high street ones?

"I'd NEVER spend that much money on shoes/a bag/ a dress/ delete as appropriate!" If I had a pound for every time I've heard that line, I'd be able to buy all the designer clothes my heart desires - well, SOME of them, anyway. The comment, when it comes, is normally followed-up by some variation of the question, "What's the point? [ 593 more words ]

6 Items of Clothing That Will Take You Anywhere

The standard capsule wardrobe normally consists of around 37 items. I've been thinking about it, though, and I reckon I could get by on just 6 - assuming I didn't have to deal with any extremes of weather, or unexpected excursions requiring specialist clothing, obviously! Here are my six essentials - and bear in mind that this is a purely personal list, so the usual caveats apply: these won't work for everyone, and your own list might be totally different! [ 405 more words ]

6 Things Fashion Bloggers Can Teach Us About Style

When you’re a fashion blogger, you end up having to look at a whole lot of photos yourself, and let’s be honest, you’re not always going to like what you see. These fashion blogger fails – for want of a better expression – might make you cringe at the time, though, but there are important style lessons to be learnt from them, if you’re willing to pay attention. [ 1,029 more word ]

4 Bras Every Woman Should Own

The title of this post is probably just a little bit optimistic: just as there's no such thing as a "one size/style fits all" solution for clothing, different women will obviously have different requirements for their lingerie, too. Rather than this being a guide to the bras EVERY women should own, then, let's just think of it as a guide to the bras that are useful to have in your collection, OK? [ 342 more words ]

Why self-employment might not be for you

If you read my post on 5 reasons to start your own business, you might be wondering what the downside is to self-employment: or if there even IS one. Well, yes: there IS a downside to being your own boss. In fact, there are quite a few of them. So, if you're still deciding whether or not to to quit the day job (and just to redress the balance after my last post), here are some reasons self-employment might NOT be the right decision for you... [ 643 more words ]

7 Instagram Mistakes to Avoid

A while back, I wrote about how we're over-thinking Instagram, by obsessing over "themes" and follower numbers, at the expense of simply using the platform the way it was designed - to record little "instant" moments of our daily lives. Now, I stand by that opinion, and I just want to preface this post by saying there are no "rules" to using Instagram (Well, other than the ACTUAL rules they lay down, like no nudity, etc), and everyone has the right to use their account however they like. [ 920 more words ]

ShoeperWoman’s eBay Shopping Guide: How to Shop on eBay without the risk

I have a love-hate relationship with eBay. I'm a big fan of ebay shopping, which is a great way to track down that elusive item that sold out as soon as I decided to buy it, but I stopped trying to sell there long ago - back when I realised that people on eBay are all after something for (close to) nothing, and it was almost impossible to get a fair price for the items I tried to sell. [ 1,566 more word ]

3 Hair Products You Didn’t Know You Needed

It's rare that press release manages to pique my interest, but I received one recently from hair brand Carmen, which basically made me want to run out and buy everything mentioned in it. No, I'm not joking. I'll stick to just three, for the purposes of this post, though, and they are... 01. THE HANDS-FREE HAIRDRYER At first I thought this would come in handy for those times when I'm trying to blow-dry my hair and style it at the same time, but let's be honest: it would be MOST handy for those times when I want to dry my hair and use my… [ 248 more words ]

How to Sleep Better

I know I'm far from the only one out there who'd like to know how to sleep better, so here are some of my favourite tips... // LIMIT SCREEN TIME BEFORE BED I have a really bad habit of getting into bed and then lying there scrolling through Instagram/Bloglovin'/whatever else takes my fancy for a good twenty minutes or so before turning off the light. [ 713 more words ]

A nail polish that lasts two weeks, but is still easy to remove? Bring it on…

I've never been the kind of woman who spends a lot of time on her nails. Mine are short and brittle, with super-dry cuticles, and a nice little selection of hangnails, into the bargain. I can't stand the feeling of long nails on my keyboard, and I have a job which requires me to type thousands of words every day, so although my nails grow quickly, I'm forever filing them down... [ 528 more words ]

The Best Brand for Bretons

I'M A LITTLE BIT ADDICTED TO STRIPES - AND IF YOU'VE BEEN READING THIS BLOG FOR A WHILE NOW, YOU'RE PROBABLY READING THIS AND THINKING, "YEAH, YEAH - TELL US SOMETHING WE DON'T KNOW, SHOEPERWOMAN!" Of all of the stripe tops I own, though (and trust me, there are a LOT of them), there's one brand that stands out, and one brand I keep coming back to. [ 256 more words ]

4 Places to Sell Your Old Clothes Online (That Aren’t eBay)

I've gone through several huge clear-outs this year, and while it's really helped me refine my style (and clear out my closet!), it has left me with the issue of what to do with the unwanted clothes, many of which are still in pristine condition. Of course, some of those clothes get donated: let's just say the local charity stores have done very well out of my closet this year! [ 821 more words ]

How to Make More Time in Your Day

Time: there just never seems to be enough of it, does there? In fact, I don't think I know anyone - like, anyone AT ALL - who doesn't regularly complain about the lack of time in their day for all of the things they have to accomplish: sometimes it feels like everyone I know is just rushing from task-to-task, constantly struggling to catch up with themselves. [ 881 more words ]

Why I Don’t Care About Fashion Week

Every year around this time, the requests start to come rolling in: Could I write a post about my favourite trends for fashion week? What about one on what to wear to fashion week? OK, well, if I had to pick a car to take to fashion week, which car would I pick? Could I maybe write about THAT? On and on it goes, with brands coming up with ever-more tenuous ways to try to jump on board the fashion week bandwagon, and get themselves some coverage associated with it. [ 457 more words ]

Five Brands I Wish Would Move to the UK

Here in the UK, we're pretty lucky with our shopping choices, all things considered. Our high street is one of the best in the world (or I think so, at least!), and over the last decade or so, we've also started to see a steady stream of American or European stores opening UK websites, allowing us to shop without the added shipping fees and import duty. [ 478 more words ]

When Fitting Rooms Go Wrong

Did I ever tell you about the time I got stuck inside my clothes? Guys, I got stuck inside my clothes. Well, I say I got stuck inside MY clothes: that’s not quite accurate. They were actually Zara’s clothes, and that’s Zara as in the store, not some friend of mine, who might have at least have been able to help me out of my predicament. [ 980 more words ]

5 Places to Find Petite Clothing on a Budget

Any petite people out there? At 5'4", I'm technically NOT petite: I still, however, find many clothes almost comically long on me (particularly things like jeans and trousers), which means I'm no stranger to the petite clothing sections of my favourite high street retailers. Here are five of my favourites... Miss Selfridge Not only does Miss Selfridge's regular section go down to a UK size 4, making it suitable for the smaller shopper, the petites section is a particularly good one: in fact, I frequently spot items in the petites section that aren't available in regular sizes. [ 279 more words ]

Five Reasons to Start Your Own Business

One of the first questions people tend to ask me when they find out I'm self-employed is whether I'd ever consider going back to "traditional" employment. The answer? HELL, NO! I've been self-employed now for over a decade, and I STILL regularly have nightmares in which I inexplicably decide to go back to one of my previous office jobs. It really IS a nightmare, too, because while I'm the first to admit that self-employment isn't for everyone, I've never regretted it for a moment: in fact, my only real regret is that I didn't do it sooner. [ 694 more words ]

The Shy Girl’s Guide to Socialising (without the awkwardness)

When you're shy, socialising can seem more like a trial than a pleasure: but it doesn't have to be that way. Here are some ways to survive social occasions - even when you're super-shy... 01. SMILE! I'd always assumed my shyness was obvious to other people - until one day a colleague confided that, until she'd really gotten to know me, she'd assumed I was "snobby" and unapproachable. [ 822 more words ]

A 5-Piece Outerwear Capsule

Confession time: this time last year, in addition to having an entire room for my clothes, I also had an entire closet (and a double-one) at that, full of outerwear. Just to make matters even worse, that closet was always crammed to bursting point, and eventually it got to the stage where enough was enough, and it was time for a clear-out. [ 591 more words ]

Why You Should Dress Like You’re Already Famous

Dress: ZARA You know that sage piece of career advice which says you should dress for the job you want, rather than the one you have? Lately I've been trying my best to apply that philosophy to all parts of my wardrobe. Because why should work be the only time we dress the part? I'm a firm believer in the idea that when you look your best, you FEEL your best, and I'd like to apply that to ALL aspects of my life, rather than only to the things I need to "dress up" for. [ 401 more words ]

Which coat should you wear with each outfit?

I WAS going to call this post "how to wear a coat", but I changed my mind at the last minute, because, seriously, how obvious is THAT? I mean, everyone knows how to wear a coat, don't they? It's not rocket science, after all: you just pick a coat you like, put it on, and bingo - you're wearing a coat! [ 315 more words ]

Building a Multi-Seasonal Wardrobe

After an entire lifetime of shopping seasonally (So, shorts for summer, sweaters for winter, and so on and so forth), and even switching my closet around twice a year to give me better access to each season's clothes, I've finally come to the conclusion that what I REALLY need is a multi-seasonal wardrobe instead. The thing is, we don't really get "seasons" here in the UK, do we? [ 690 more words ]

4 Ways to Make Your Winter Coat More Interesting

I don't know about you, but I sometimes wonder why I even bother to buy new winter clothes every year - after all, my coat is normally the only thing people see. When you live in a cold climate, a winter coat is not only a sound investment, it can also be more or less an outfit in itself - especially if your lifestyle requires you to spend time outdoors every day. [ 476 more words ]

Merry Christmas, and a Happy Shoe Year!

So, it's going to be a particularly hectic holiday season in the Shoeper household this year, so I'm going to be downing tools a little earlier than usual, and, rather than continuing to post over the holiday, I'm going to be taking a short blogging break. Before I go, though, I just wanted to give you a quick heads-up about some changes coming to in the new year. [ 238 more words ]

Topshop ‘Babette’ high leg boots

Topshop 'Babette' high leg boots Could these be the perfect boots? I think so. I also think I've probably said that before, mind you, but oh well: they're this year's 'perfect' boots, anyway! I'll be honest: while I really like the shape of these (If you're a regular reader, you probably know all about my abiding love of over-the-knee boots by now: they're just so much better with skirts and dresses than knee high boots, in my humble opinion), I mostly love them for the colour. [ 204 more words ]

H&M green satin platform sandals

H&M green satin platform sandals I just can't seem to stay away from the H&M website right now. I really wish I could - I mean, I've been seriously considering getting ShoeperMan to just put some kind of parental lock on the site or something, so I'm not being constantly led into temptation - but there's just SO much stuff I want to buy right now. [ 141 more words ]

The New Style of Sneakers

OK, so "new" is probably the wrong word, here. This style of sneaker has actually been around for a while now (and sneakers themselves have been around forever, obviously...), but there's no denying that they're going through a bit of a "moment", fashion-wise - and that means I want to know what you think of them. So, this "new" style I'm referring to is basically the same old sneakers you're used to seeing, but, instead of regular laces, the current look involves wide ribbon-style ones instead. [ 127 more words ]

Boden sequin ‘Albertina’ flats

Boden sequin Albertina flats Every Christmas, Boden release a pair of sequined or bejewelled flats which, without fail, make me want to spend far too much money on shoes I know I probably won't wear all that often: because, sure, flats are practical, but sequins? Not so much, really, more's the pity. This year, the flats in question are the 'Albertina' - a pointed, tassled loafer, which is just a little bit different from the traditional ballet flats I usually go for, but no less gorgeous for that. [ 90 more words ]

ASOS SACRED Wide Fit Bow Mid Heels

ASOS SACRED Wide Fit Bow Mid Heels I'm sure you can probably guess what I'm going to say about these shoes, which is that I love the bow, but I don't like the heel. Well, you're absolutely right on both counts: I DO love the bow. A lot, actually. And no, I DON'T like the heel: not even a little bit, as a matter of fact. [ 144 more words ]

Shopbop December Wish List

I'm getting in early with my Shopbop wish list this month: here are just a few of the items I'm hoping to find under the Christmas tree this year! Schutz 'Mislane' point-toe ankle boots My sock boot obsession continues, and while I know the black version of these boots would be about 100X more practical than this silver glittery version, the black version just so happens to be sold out at the time of writing, which means I'd just HAVE to get the silver, wouldn't I? [ 242 more words ]

Pink button peep toe boots

Pink button peep toe boots It's taken me a very long time to come around to the idea of peep toe boots. Years, in fact. I think I've finally got there, though - and while boots with an open toe will probably never be my first choice when it comes to footwear, these ones have definitely helped sway me. I love ALMOST everything about these: the buttons are absolutely adorable, for instance, and look to me like they belong on a much more expensive pair of shoes; the shape is divine, with that curved upper and thin heel; the colour is about as eye-catching as it gets. [ 211 more words ]

Beautiful green ankle boots by Ted Baker

Ted Baker bow detail ankle boots I usually associate Ted Baker with (beautiful, beautiful) evening shoes, but today I'm bypassing the shoe section altogether, and heading straight for the boots. Well, it IS almost December, after all, and a girl has to be practical at least SOME of the time, doesn't she? Luckily, though, Ted Baker are every bit as good as making boots as they are at making shoes (Which is very, very good, just in case you were wondering...), and my eyes went straight to these gorgeous khaki-coloured ankle boots, which are also available in black and grey. [ 231 more words ]

Christian Louboutin Maripopump Butterfly Red Sole Pumps

Christian Louboutin Maripopump Butterfly Red Sole Pumps If there's one thing I love seeing on shoes even more than I love hearts, that thing would be butterflies. Or bows, maybe. OK, it's a toss-up between the two, but it's butterflies we're presented with today, so butterflies it is! These shoes are Christian Louboutin's 'Maripopump', and oh my goodness, but they're absolutely beautiful, aren't they? [ 196 more words ]

Heart Details at Dune shoes

It's not even close to Valentine's day yet (or not unless I slept WAY later than I thought I had this morning, anyway), but already Dune is stocking up on heart-print shoes - which I, naturally, feel it's my duty to show you, starting off with these: Glitter Heart Pointed Toe Court Shoe Now, if you're a longtime reader, you'll already know that I never could resist a heart-fronted shoe, so, naturally, I find these all kinds of adorable. [ 230 more words ]

ASOS KITTY Purple Stretch Over The Knee Boots

ASOS KITTY Purple Stretch Over The Knee Boots Along with the rising popularity of sock boots comes the possibility for tons of different colour options. I think I've seen over the knee boots in just about every colour imaginable lately, but these bright purple ones by ASOS have to be the brightest, most in-your-face ones yet. I mean, have YOU ever seen boots this colour before? [ 242 more words ]

Aquazzura Temptation embellished Perspex and leather slingback pumps

Aquazzura Temptation embellished Perspex and leather slingback pumps It's time to put on your Cinderella shoes, folks: yes, you SHALL go to the ball... although, in this case you're going to need a cool £545, rather than a Fairy Godmother. Not much of a fairytale, is it? (Aside: did anyone else ever find themselves wishing Cinderella had gotten something a little better than glass slippers to wear to the ball? [ 235 more words ]

Shopbop November Wish List

We're exactly halfway through November already, so it's time to take a quick look at what's on my Shopbop wish list right now, starting off with... James Perse low back jersey dress This dress may not seem like the most exciting thing you'll ever buy, but as the proud owner of two dresses from this brand, I can promise you will not regret it. [ 243 more words ]

My most-worn shoes of the year…

... have been my trusty white Converse sneakers. I know! I mean, who even am I any more, right? Don't worry, I haven't forsaken my beloved heels entirely, but my style has become a lot more casual this year - especially during the summer, when I got particularly lazy, and just didn't want to have to think too hard about what I was wearing. [ 280 more words ]

Zara patent bow court shoes

Zara patent bow court shoes Guys, I'm gutted. When I found these shoes on the Zara website, the first image I saw was a close up of the toe, and I kid you not, I had my credit card out almost before I could click the link to view the full product listing. I didn't even know what the price was, but I honestly didn't care, either - I just knew that bow had to be in my life: or on my shoe shelves rather. [ 224 more words ]

Would you buy removable ankle straps?

River Island removable ankle straps When I first stumbled upon these gold ankle straps, I was a little bit confused: in my mind, I couldn't help but compare them (er, even although they look nothing like them) to the slim gold ankle chains people used to wear in the 80s, and which were always considered a little bit tacky. Once I'd had a chance to take a second look, though, I realised that's a pretty unfair bias, and that this is actually a pretty cool idea - and no different, really, from the clip-on brooches and bows you can buy to change the look of your shoes on a budget. [ 209 more words ]

Tosphop ‘Glamorous’ bow court shoes

Tosphop 'Glamorous' bow court shoes I feel like I've featured these shoes - or ones very like them, in any case - on this site at least a hundred times now, maybe more. And who knows, maybe I have? I mean, let's face it, there's really nothing revolutionary - or even particularly unusual - about the style, is there? No, it's your standard court shoe, complete with embellishment on the toe (This time it's a brooch AND a bow, which is really pretty special, but, again, nothing we haven't seen before), and it has a standard, goes-with-anything black upper, which is nice, but not exactly imaginative. [ 235 more words ]

Shoe Review: Truffle Collection Stiletto Sock Boots

Truffle Collection Stiletto Sock Boots Well, I finally did it, folks: after months of talking about how much I like sock boots, I actually bought a pair - and, honestly, I might never go back. I mean, why would I? These are the first boots I've ever owned that actually fit my calf perfectly, and because of that, they're ALSO the first pair of boots I've ever owned that I really AM going to be able to wear with dresses and skirts without secretly wishing I was wearing shoes instead, because they'd just look so much more elegant. [ 204 more words ]

Gianvito Rossi red bow satin pumps

Gianvito Rossi red bow satin pumps Um, WOW. There's not really much else that needs to be said about these Gianvito Rossi pumps, is there? Maybe I'll just give you all a few minutes to admire them, shall I? As a longtime fan of Gianvito Rossi, these shoes come as no surprise: they're very much in keeping with the often extravagant style we've come to associate with the brand, and are a true statement shoe, if ever I saw one. [ 235 more words ]

Penny Loves Kenny red ‘Manner’ pumps with pom pom

Penny Loves Kenny red 'Manner' pumps with pom pom Penny Loves Kenny is a brand I haven't been paying a whole lot of attention to lately, which is a shame, because their shoes are just so much fun. This isn't a brand that's sold in the UK, as far as I'm aware (Happy to be corrected on this, but if I'm right, then apologies to any UK readers who've always wanted a pair of bright red shoes with a black pom pom, and opened this post thinking their time had finally come!), so I have no idea what the quality of the shoes will be like, but I… [ 198 more words ]

Office Fairy Floss Bow Loafers

Office Fairy Floss Bow Loafers Yeah, yeah, I know I said I'd knock it off with all the pink suede, but these shoes are totally different from the usual run of stilettos I normally feature here (and for once, I have absolutely no intention of buying them either - wonders will never cease!), so this one totally doesn't count, OK? [ 262 more words ]

Primark pink feather sandals

It's been a while since I last visited Primark. That's partly due to location - since moving house a few years ago, there's no longer a store near us - but it's also because I know to my cost (literally) that I'll go in there thinking, "Oh, I'll just pop in and pick up a cheap t-shirt/pair of tights/whatever", and then, the next thing I know, I'm filling up my basket like a contestant on Supermarket Sweep (Remember that? [ 261 more words ]

Carvela Kurt Geiger red patent ‘Glimmer’ sandals

Carvela Kurt Geiger red patent 'Glimmer' sandals These shoes come in red patent, gold leather, and soft pink suede. My favourites are actually the pink suede version, but I'm choosing to show you the red patent here, partly because they're the most "show-stopping" of the three, but mostly because I think I've featured more than enough pink suede shoes here lately - and given that I can't actually seem to look at a pair of the things without immediately wanting to buy them (and occasionally succumbing to that impulse), I think it's best for all of us if I just stick to the other colours. [ 206 more words ]

Jimmy Choo Crystal Suede Point Toe Pumps

Jimmy Choo Crystal Suede Point Toe Pumps You could tell just by looking that these shoes were NOT going to be cheap, couldn't you? Well, you were right about that: these will set you back no less than £3,700, which is a figure that makes me feel a little bit faint, actually: I think I might have to go and lie down... [ 189 more words ]

Yay or Nay? Tory Burch Clara Floral d’Orsay Bow Pump

Tory Burch Clara Floral d'Orsay Bow Pump Anyone watch Outlander? (Er, if you answered "no" to that question, you might want to just skip the rest of this post, by the way - it's not going to make much sense!) Terry and I just finished watching some of the episodes set in Paris, and if you haven't seen them, trust me when I tell you they're worth watching for the fashion alone. [ 240 more words ]

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