Monday, April 30, 2012

Autumn/Winter Boot Review

Ok so now that things are cooling down forget about longing wistfully for mornings at Bondi, it's time to get excited about slipping on some beautifully crafted boots with your jeans/skirts, leather skirts/pants/tights and shorts.

Think Caroline Bessette in knee high flats (if you're blessed with long slim pins), maybe something sexy around the ankle with a bit of attitude. Perhaps you feel like rocking a blokey biker boot for something a little less ladylike or if you'd rather pull a Blair Waldorf you're about to see some terribly sexy yet refined lady-boots.

I got 'em all here ladies. Have a look at the Autumn Boot Review and head to Net A Porter if you fancy getting yourself a pair.

Biker, boy-style boots...

Jimmy Choo Textured leather biker boots.
Burberry Buckled leather biker boots.
Belstaff. Barkmaster leather boots.

ACNE pistol suede boots.
ACNE Clover brushed-leather ankle boots.
ACNE pistol leather boots.

 Knee high hot stuff..

YSL. New Chyc calf hair knee high boots.

Lanvin crinkle leather knee high boots.

Sleek ankle huggers...

Rick Owens metallic leather wedge ankle boots.

Rag and Bone Harrow brushed-leather ankle boots. 

LD Tuttle The Vent wrapped leather ankle boots.

 Something for the ladies amongst us...

YSL Tribute leather lace-up ankle boots.

Miu Miu stitch trimmed leather ankle boots.
Maison Martin Margiela leather ankle boots.

Maison Martin Margiela Perspex and mesh leather-trimmed boots.

Gucci leather platform ankle boots.
Christian Louboutin. 20th Anniversary Daf 160 python boots
Need something for the puddles? How about some classic wellies...
Hunter tall classic wellies in navy.

Hunter tall wellies in Vintage Union Jack print

Thursday, April 26, 2012

So have we caught up about Pinterest yet? I'm fairly certain I haven't blogged about it yet but it's my newest (ok, second newest) social media addiction. The newest being Path but we'll cover that off another time.

So Pinterest for the uninitiated allows you to pin all your favourites images onto boards. Online. So say you're about to renovate, you can start boards about interiors, colours, chairs anything else. Or in my case, I have boards about Style, Food, Art, Interiors, Gardens and Animals.

It's kind of addictive and I can't put my finger on exactly why its so addictive. I don't really know what's to come of all these boards that people are developing and creating and pouring their spare time into. I guess they could come in handy to show the hairdresser when you need a new cut... or to show your bridesmaids the sorts of dresses you want them to wear to your wedding. Or to show your builder the types of skirting boards you like. Anyhoo, worth a look if you haven't already.

Look me up if you want to check out my boards.

Sophie Hicks Lloyd x

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Autumn Shoe Showcase

Having a peek at my old buddy Net a Porter today, I found a few pairs of shoes worthy of further mention.  Check out these babies.. Perfect to sling on for crisp Autumn weather. Here's my pick from Louboutin and YSL. Stay tuned for my boot review this weekend. 

Louboutin: Snorkeling 100 neoprene and leather ankle boots.
Louboutin: Rollergirl leather and velvet loafers.

Louboutin: Rollergirl tartan canvas loafers.

Louboutin: Balindono printed canvas and leather ballet flats.

Louboutin: Sex 120 patent leather pumps.

Louboutin: Ron Ron 85 patent leather pumps.

Louboutin: Belle zeppe 100 suede ankle boots.

Louboutin: Asteroid suede and patent leather pumps.

Giuseppe Zanotti: embellished suede and leather slingbacks.

Giuseppe Zanotti: patent leather peep toe pumps.

Louboutin: 20th Anniversary Unzip sandals in suede.

Louboutin: Decoupata 120 colour-blocked leather ankle boots.

Louboutin: Pigalle patent leather pumps.

YSL: Tribtoo glitter finish suede pumps.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Brooke Cundiff and Michael Haney

One of my favourite ways to spend some quiet time with my laptop, is perusing The Selby. If you've not already been swept off your e-feet by this sharp, fun and endlessly creative site, get there.

I love the profiles of stylish people. Here's a pic from a recent fave. It's a peek inside the home of uber cool couple Brooke Cundiff and Michael Haney in NYC.

I just love this apartment. It's incredibly sophisticated but still retains a really soft, welcoming and accessible feel. There's nothing cold or stark about it but it has a modern edge. Full of fabulous books, pieces of furniture and art. And a really groovy couple doesn't hurt either.

Check out how Brooke stores her shoe collection in an antique side chest.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Give Us This Day our Daily Wine

Massale pinot Noir. My current pinot of choice.
I make an attempt to veer away from alcoholism every week by not drinking Sunday nights through to Tuesday night inclusive. The absence of alcohol for 3 nights is enough, I tell myself, to ensure that even with a binge on the following Friday or Saturday, I am retaining some level of sound health and wellbeing.

Am I alone in really hanging out for that nightly glass of wine? It’s really important to me most nights. It’s definitely something I look forward to and certainly something of a prize or reward. A reward for what? Well just for getting through the day really. I can’t claim to have a terribly difficult existence so I blame the hectic 21st century world I live in for making me such a slave to the pinot.

And now that the weather is shifting it’s most certainly a noir over a gris which suits me just fine. The other evening opportunity I quite relish is the combination of a spot of chocolate with said pinot. Absolutely zilch in nutritional value but jam packed with rich soul-lifting properties. Boo to all those people who talk about sugar highs and blood sugar levels raging out of control, I really do feel great after chocolate and red wine, providing of course I stop at a bit of chocolate and a glass (maybe 2 depending on the stress levels of the day).

Anyway, so this week I couldn’t actually face my Sunday night without the customary mid week glass so I had one didn’t I. And it was bloody good. And now of course it’s Monday and I’ve already contemplated one tonight.

So here it is folks, I’m going to call it early. A week with nightly wine. And no, I’m not going to feel guilty. Not just yet anyway, ask me on Saturday but for now, I’m guilt free and very excited about the first sip.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Coachella Style

Coachella. So hot right now. People at work are even talking about organizing a trip next year. It seems it's fast becoming the coolest music festival around. Deep in the Californian desert, Coachella seems to attract not just the coolest musicians right now but it does pretty well in grabbing A list hotties too. Check out my best of gallery. X
Alexander Wang
Dree Hemingway
Harley Viera-Newton in Charlotte Olympia shoes, Marc Jacobs  jeans and Chanel bag.
Rumi Neeley in Alice Temperley parka.
Raquel Zimmerman in vintage leather and Acne jeans.
Josh Duchamel & Fergie.