Oct 16, 2015

Transforming Day Shoes Into Evening Shoes

For many of us, having that perfect pair of shoes is the cherry on top of a fantastic outfit and can really boost confidence in your evening attire. What’s more, the very thought of leaving your house for work and forgetting those trusted evening shoes isn’t worth thinking about - especially when you had your whole outfit planned.

But, did you know there is a simpler way?

If you are struggling to see how your usual 9-5 footwear could be appropriate for the evening, you need look no further, because these top tips will tell you everything you need to know when it comes to transforming your day shoes into evening shoes.

So what are you waiting for? Get your checklist at the ready and explore the wonderful range of versatile shoes you could be missing out on.

What shoe works best for you?

It’s true that not everyone is a fan of wearing heels to the office, and depending what your job role is, you may be required to wear something a little more practical. With this in mind, below are a selection of some of the best and most versatile shoes to choose from that can easily carry you through to the evening:


Brogues and loafers are a brilliant way to achieve both comfort and style. They are extremely practical and can really shape an outfit. And, coming in a range of colours, textures and materials, there is certainly a pair of loafers and brogues out there for everyone. From slip-ons to laces, your needs will definitely be catered for when it comes to choosing the style that best suits you.

You can even opt for a patent pair if you wanted to go ultra classic. The patent material would look great with a pair of tights in the winter months or even a pair of cigarette trousers if you are more interested in the chic look. No matter what your taste, these shoes are perfect for any occasion and can instantly transform an outfit.

Ballet Pumps 

If you aren’t keen on wearing high heels, ballet pumps are the shoes for you. They are a delicate choice for an evening occasion without feeling underdressed. Many people favour the classic black option but ballet pumps can come in an array of colours and materials. You can even customise your ballet pumps with pom poms and jewels if you really want to stand out. Or, choose an option like the image below that come with dainty bows for a truly feminine feel.

Ankle Boots 
Never has a season for ankle boots been more inviting than autumn and winter. And as the weather starts to get cooler, a pair of ankle boots are a staple wardrobe item and must-have for creating a variety of looks that will provide both fashion and warmth in one. Perhaps you don’t quite want a pair of high heels but flats just will not do. The ankle boot, therefore, offers a great in-between alternative and they are comfy enough to wear in the day for work, too. It’s win, win all round!

They still offer a platform but are much more practical, so you can still dance the night away without having to worry about taking your shoes off during the night to ease that dreaded sore feet moment.

Chunky Heels
Don’t be swayed into thinking you can’t wear heels in the day and the night. Rather it’s about choosing the best type of heel for the day that will carry you through to the evening - whilst still offering you maximum support and remaining comfortable.

A chunky heel is always a great option because you still get the essence of what a heel can do for your outfit but you will be far more comfy in the long run. Chunky heels can come in the form of court shoes, laced boots or heeled sandals, so there is a pair out there to suit every taste.

Buckled Boots
Buckled boots are a wonderful addition to any outfit and perfect for those after work drinks with friends. Still a boot but with a smaller heel if heeled boots aren’t going to cut it for you.

A classic black pair is always a safe option but buckled boots can range from brown leather, to burgundy suede and everything in between. So you look trendy in both the office and in the evening with a pair of supreme comfy and bang-on-trend buckled boots.

How to customise your shoes to fit the occasion

We have all owned a pair of shoes in a classic neutral shade that seem to go with everything in our wardrobe. And whilst blacks and nudes are brilliant shades to opt for, who’s to say that a bit of customization won’t be an extra special treat?

You can personalise your shoes in a variety of ways from ribbons and bows to glitter and even nail polish. All you have to do is get creative and make your shoes stand out from the rest. This is also another great way to transform your day shoes into evening shoes because with the likes of poms poms and jewels, you can add them and remove them as you see fit. Just be careful with nail polish and glitter because once you have committed, you can’t go back.

When it comes to finding the perfect shoe, everyone is different. That’s why it goes without saying that a variety of choice is a perfect way to discover what works best for you.

From boots to ballet pumps, there are a great selection of shoes out there that are easily transferable from daytime to evening, whilst still remaining fashionable. So you need never worry about packing those extra pair of shoes in your bag when you leave for work in the morning.

If you are looking for a great pair of shoes for the daytime or indeed, any occasion, why not check out Foot Art? With a diverse range of shoes to explore, you’d be mad to miss out! 

Simply follow the link and walk into shoe heaven! 

Oct 9, 2015

How to Handle Wedding Disasters

There is so much going on at your wedding, and the last thing you want is a disaster waiting to happen. Your soon-to-be bride may feel the wedding jitters, or some of your closest friends may get into an argument that just brings down the vibe of the place. Everyone pictures and desires a beautiful wedding, but we can’t always have what we want can we?

There are some situations that are unavoidable, like bad weather, medical emergencies, and so on. However, most situations that may make your wedding a calamity can be avoided. Here is how you can have a trouble-free wedding that doesn’t end up being a disaster waiting to happen!


More often than not, today, marriage has become a spontaneous decision. This increases the likelihood of disasters as there are so many considerations that you have to address. Your wedding planning should be comprehensive and should start at least 8 weeks before the planned date.
Preplanning gives you an ample amount of time to send invites, book a nice venue, get clothing, appoint bridesmaid and groomsmen, and book the best musicians, caterers, and other servicers for the big day. While marriage can be an impulsive decision, it is best to book a date 2 to 4 months from the time you propose to your significant other.

Delegate the Responsibilities

The last thing you want at your wedding is the musicians arriving late, or the photographer not doing their job right, and other similar dilemmas. One good way to avoid such instances is to delegate the management to a close friend or family member. That way, you can communicate your needs and concerns with your friend who will make sure that all the arrangements at the wedding are made just the way you want.

Do make sure that whoever you delegate the responsibilities to is a natural contender for the job. You don’t want a lazy friend managing your wedding errands because that really won’t work. Having a good friend by your side that takes care of things is a blessing for your wedding. Once it’s all said and done, make sure to return the favor!

Keep the Stress in Check

It’s quite common for the bride and groom to stress out and lose their mind with each passing day. However, if you don’t manage your stress, it will soon show on your face, body, and expressions. Over time, the stress may give you second thoughts about marriage, and having cold feet is never really a good place to be for either the brood or the groom.

Make sure you and your soon to be lawfully wedded partner are enjoying this time as single individuals rather than making it miserable. Indulge in exercise, eat well, and make sure that your friends are around to give you the morale boost you need. Talk to the best friends of your significant others and tell them how much you love your partner. Assurance and peace of mind can go a long way in making your wedding disaster free!

Tips offered by Colin at www.sydneyprincesscruises.com.au

Oct 6, 2015

French Provincial Decorating 101

Whenever you think about the French countryside and the Provence, a picture of lavender fields and bright sunshine comes into your mind. While there are many other elements that add to its beauty, traditional French Country style casts off an elegant, rustic old-world look that is warm and welcoming.

Bright black and dull grays tend to punctuate and contrast other bright colors used. Rusted metal furniture and lighting fixtures are just what you need to create graceful French chateaux look. Here are a few ways how you can capture the suave French provincial display in all your interiors:

Natural Materials

Unlike the trendy and cosmopolitan lifestyle of Paris, southern France is known for its country-like aura. This necessitates the need to use natural materials to create the perfect French provincial look. Pained plaster or rough stained walls, delicately carved wood, hefty beaming ceilings and walls and rush-woven chair seats make up for the ideal countryside look and feel. Add natural stone floors with cotton or woolen rugs to give your home the perfect finishing touch.

Neutral Palette

While neutral palette looks plain and boring in modern homes, it does bring an air of calm in your dwelling. Add accents of other colors. Use high-quality matte finishes. To capture the essence of France, use beige color for interior walls (especially your living room).

Stone Fireplace

No real French Country home is considered complete if it does not have a stone fireplace. Use a heavy beam at the top of the opening to serve as a mantle. Stone or ceramic tiles should form the border of the fireplace. The hearth can either be brick, clay or herbs. To complete the fireplace, you need to buy copper pots and iron accessory pieces. Hang them on the sidewall and your French fireplace is complete!

Dining Tables

For the French countryside, simplicity is beauty. This means that you need not invest in really expensive dinner tables. A large, rectangular or round dining table with dull-wax or low-sheen finish will suffice. Carved and curved details grace your dining. Similarly, the chairs need to be either ladderback or must have vertical slats, with rush seatings.


The beautiful colors of lavender fields make up for the captivating French countryside look. Use traditional fabrics that combine well with stripes, checks and basic plaids. Traditional provincial prints are often a combination of primary colors, in varying shades of bright orange, greens and lavenders.


Some of the most common traditional country motifs and products include sunflowers, lavenders, beetles, olives, grapes and roosters. The designs should be arranged at regular intervals and bordered by a wide panel of all motifs in different scales. This design is typical for all textile products, such as curtain panels and tablecloths.


Another important traditional design in the French countryside involves the theme of farm animals and Chinese patterns. Toile refers to white, cream or yellow grounds with large motifs offered in single contrasting colors, such as red, blue, black or green, with a depiction of courting scenes from the 18th century. Most of the toile patterns are printed on cotton or linen. Adding these to your home will complete your French display.

Complement all of the above display features with lots of flowers and pots, and you have officially brought home the French countryside beauty!

Tips offered by JC @ChristopheLiving.