21 In Style

Spring Planning

This is going to be the last post full of all the things I keep bookmarking in my mind to tell you about. Next week, I’ll be back to my usual programming of outfit posts.

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First, thank you, thank you, thank you, to all of you who voted for me in the UK blog awards at the end of last year. Your votes were enough to get my blog in front of the judges, who after a few months of observation and scoring, eventually voted it the best UK Fashion Blog for 2019. I’m so grateful for every click, every share, every comment, and every visit to these pages; I couldn’t have won this without you. It is not easy to change career in your mid 40s and put yourself  ‘out there’ online.  As I said on Instagram, in every blog post I attempt to strike a balance between being opinionated without being judgemental, knowledgable without being a know it all, and sharing without oversharing (or worse, undersharing). Some posts are better than others; unfortunately that’s the nature of writing so frequently. I really appreciate you sticking with me into what has definitely been unknown and exciting territory for me. Thank you, thank you.

Now, let’s move on to sequins! I have bought a magical pair of shoes.

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sequin-babouchesSee the rainbow effect of the holographic sequins in this photo?

I made sure to get them early, in case they sold out. Luckily, they even went on sale. Now that I have them I am thinking about getting a second pair because I know I’ll wear them to death. So why are these shoes so great in my book? They have sequins…  holographic sequins. They incorporate both silver and gold. They can be worn with a dress or jeans. Most importantly, they are flat, and I almost NEVER find flat shoes that have my required level of wow factor. I’ve worn these for a few days now and they’re very comfortable. Sparkly, versatile, and comfortable– they’d only be more perfect if they came with a side of guacamole. Also tempting are these metallic rainbow babouches that my son spotted for me in the store. He insisted, but I resisted. If you need a good statement flat, Kurt Geiger has some excellent ones at the moment. It took all of my willpower to resist these sparkly ones; I’m trying my best to avoid black after my Red Leopardification. I got this pair instead. I wasn’t tempted by them online, but they are much better in person. (This isn’t sponsored, just a PSA for good spring flats, and there is an Easter sale currently on).

Another PSA– moth season starts next month, in case you need reminding. While moths aren’t a glamorous topic, what is even less glamorous is a beloved cashmere sweater with holes in it. Now, I’ve never had any cashmere eaten by moths, but I found a wool sweater last year with lots of moth holes in it.  Since then I’ve brought out the big guns. Total Wardrobe Care’s moth repellent range is the best I’ve found, so I wanted tell you about it without devoting an entire post to the topic. I meant to tell you about their range last year when it was gifted to me, but I wanted to test drive it first. Except for that one wool sweater, I’ve never had any moth issues in my house, so I wasn’t worried.  I did want to make sure I was doing SOMETHING though, just in case.  Better safe than sorry. Then (cue horror film music) this happened.

Moth-box-total-wardrobe-careMale moths, seduced and stuck

In Total Wardrobe Care’s moth proofing set, you get this open paper box with a sticky pheromone-filled liner. You’re supposed to place it in a quiet dark corner of your closet. The male moths are attracted to the pheromones, come to investigate, and then stick permanently to the  paper. In two months, this is how many moths I attracted and trapped IN MY CLOSET ABOVE MY CASHMERE SWEATERS. I used this paper trap in conjunction with a moth decoy. Read the quick blurb about the decoy and how it works here; it is quite fascinating (fascinating in the way that plotting the demise of insects bent on ruining my clothes can be). I also use Total Wardrobe Care’s spray, made from sustainable chrysanthemum and other essential oils. The final weapon in my anti-moth arsenal is a wooden cylinder velcroed to the entrance of my closet. Every week or so, I try to remember to refresh the wooden stick by dipping it into the essential oil which acts as moth kryptonite.

Total-Wardrobe-Care-Moth-ProofMoth Spray, Essential oil, wooden vial and dipstick

You can buy the whole set like I have from the Total Wardrobe Care website, or a few items from Amazon.  Read about Julia Dee, the woman who founded the company here; you KNOW how much I love supporting woman-owned businesses… especially when the products work so well. I like the slightly lemon-clove scent of the essential oils, and I especially like knowing there are no nasty pesticides in my closet since my bed is so close by.

Another item I’ve been test driving in the name of blog science is It Cosmetics Superhero Mascara. I tried a sample, fell madly in love, and went out to purchase it. The saleswoman told me I am not alone in my love; the product is sold out globally.  For years, I’ve been loyal to Too Faced Better than Sex mascara and Mac False Lashes mascara, but I’ll  definitely be adding Superhero to my lineup when it becomes available again. The formula is superb; minimal clumping, extremely volumising, slightly lengthening, and it holds the lashes curl. I use a volumising mascara on my top lashes, but I’ve always used Blinc tubing mascara on my lower lashes. This allows me to load up on moisturiser under my eyes with no smearing or flaking. I don’t really need volume on my lower lashes anyway; I’m old enough to remember Tammy Faye Baker, mascara’s cautionary tale.

While we’re on all things spring, I have a treat to share with you. You get £50 off if you spend £250 at Winser London.

I find it very hard to get excited about spring and summer clothes in general, so £50 off makes it a little easier. Because we’re having a few warm days right now, I am already thinking ahead to hot summer weather. I’ll be in the U.S. for three weeks in July and August, and I know it will be scorching, so I need clothes that work for East Coast high heat and humidity. Nothing is cooler than a dress, so I’m looking to buy some of these washable knit/jersey ones. Either style works with flat sandals or heels, and these colours are perfect for me.  If you need to invest in some silks, cashmere, or work clothes, the £50 works for those too.  Again, not sponsored, just a PSA, because whose wardrobe doesn’t need a bit of a refresh in the spring?

Winser-London-Summer-DressesWinser London knit dress
Winser London jersey sleeveless dress

Happy Easter, and thank you again, dear readers. xx

 

 

 

 

 

 

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21 Comments

  • Reply
    Michelle Tyler
    April 21, 2019 at 1:59 PM

    Love the shoes lady! They remind me of the Balenciaga jewel encrusted mules. This pointed toe flat shape is super versatile, looks great with everything as you say.
    Hmm moths nope not great with anything. Hate hate hate. I’ve written about these killers of joy too. Actually I was just about to safely store my cashmere jumpers for Summer when it got cool again. I think I’ll get some of your traps since I can’t risk another loss.

    • Reply
      Lisa
      April 21, 2019 at 2:13 PM

      Thank you, lady! I am so thrilled with these flats; they’re wondrous.

      The traps work a treat. Traps and decoys to prevent reproducing, spray to kill any that might be lurking, and the oil to keep them out in the first place. I remember when your jumpers were eaten; such a waste. 🙁 xx

  • Reply
    Vanity And Me Style
    April 21, 2019 at 3:35 PM

    First. Huge congratulations Lisa! Well done and very deserved. I’m loving so many sandals and shoes on the Kurt Geiger site at the moment. The sequin shoes were made with you in mind. I had a problem with moths last year and find that kit very interesting. xx

    • Reply
      Lisa
      April 22, 2019 at 8:50 AM

      Thank you so much, Laurie. I really appreciate it.
      KG is really good at the moment. I also felt like those sequin shoes were just for me 🙂
      I can’t recommend the moth proof kit higher; it smells lovely, it REALLY works, and once you use the spray to get them OUT, it is so easy to maintain. xx

  • Reply
    Nancy
    April 22, 2019 at 7:29 AM

    Congretulations! Kurt Geiger always have these magnificent items that are quirky and amazing!

    • Reply
      Lisa
      April 22, 2019 at 8:48 AM

      Thank you, lovely Nancy! Yes, they do indeed… and this year the flats are particularly good for some reason. xx

  • Reply
    Gail
    April 22, 2019 at 1:57 PM

    Very timely moth tips as one of my most prized cashmere jumpers has a little moth hole in it! Never had a problem before. I will be ordering the products immediately! Flat sequinned shoes to die for: I am always seeking flat shoes that are suitably glamorous.

    • Reply
      Lisa
      April 23, 2019 at 10:42 AM

      Definitely give this brand a try; it is so much more thorough than just hanging a handful of sachets in your closet and hoping for the best (which I used to do)!

      You’ll love everything at Kurt Geiger this season then; everything is sparkly and fun. xx

  • Reply
    No Fear of Fashion
    April 23, 2019 at 7:23 PM

    OHHH YOU WON!!!! How utterly nice, how exciting. I am so pleased for you. Congratulations. The slippers are a dream, although I never wear such shoes as I am afraid to lose them. They look awesome though. With this award, you were really alowed to buy three pairs. Just saying.
    Greetje
    PS the moth stuff is something I want, but I don’t think they have it here.

    • Reply
      Lisa
      April 29, 2019 at 7:46 AM

      Thank you so much, Greetje!

      These shoes go quite far onto the foot, so they’re more practical than they appear… so far anyway!

      I’ll ask if they ship the moth stuff internationally. There are all sorts of regulations around perfumes and essential oils. xx

  • Reply
    whatlizzyloves
    April 24, 2019 at 12:03 PM

    Well I think you’ll know that I’d steal those mules off you in a heartbeat!!! They’re absolutely beautiful Lisa. very you and I think you’ll get lots of wear out of them. And congratulations once again on winning the blog award. It is so very well-deserved. Much love darling xxx

    • Reply
      Lisa
      April 29, 2019 at 8:12 AM

      Ha, you should get a pair too, Liz! Thank you so much for your congrats, my gorgeous friend. xx

  • Reply
    Abby
    April 24, 2019 at 6:43 PM

    BIG GIANT Congratulations Lisa for winning Blog of the Year! I mean, that’s huge! You so deserve it! If I could I would definitely toast to that with a glass of Champagne. Lots of love to you! xx Abby

    • Reply
      Lisa
      April 29, 2019 at 8:13 AM

      THANK YOU Abby!! You are a very big part of my blog ‘journey’, back to the Stylopedia days, even 🙂 Love to you ma belle. xx

  • Reply
    LA CONTESSA
    April 26, 2019 at 3:39 AM

    SEQUINS, MOTHS and CLOTHES!!!!!!
    INTERESTING POST MY DEAR!!!!!!!!!!
    BUY THE SECOND PAIR!!!!!
    XX

    • Reply
      Lisa
      April 29, 2019 at 8:16 AM

      It is a bit of an odd one, that’s for sure! There is a practical side to owning so much cashmere in this part of the world, and you can’t be too careful with those moths. You should see the state of my garden after the box hedge moths (Chinese) made their way to London. There’s not a box hedge left in West London!

      I SHALL buy the second pair, I mean, they’re on SALE and everything. xx

  • Reply
    Suzy Turner
    April 28, 2019 at 12:26 PM

    Thos shoes are SO YOU, Lisa!! They remind me on Cinderella (in the best possible way of course). And Congrats on winning Best Fashion Blog – you totally deserve it, gorgeous!
    Suzy xxx

    • Reply
      Lisa
      April 29, 2019 at 8:17 AM

      They do have a Cinderella vibe! Thank you so much Suzy, that’s so kind of you xxx

  • Reply
    Ann in Missouri
    May 5, 2019 at 7:54 PM

    I’m so tickled for you, Lisa! Your award is much deserved. I think you and your blog are … FABULOUS!

    And those sequined shoes are pretty fabulous, too.

    I hope you’re having a great 2019 spring, soon to be summer. 🙂

    • Reply
      Lisa
      May 11, 2019 at 6:23 PM

      Thank you so much, Ann. I always love reading your comments 🙂 I wish you a fabulous spring as well. xxx

  • Reply
    Catherine, Not Dressed As Lamb
    May 24, 2019 at 11:11 AM

    Oh my goodness I can’t begin to tell you how proud I am of you winning the fashion award!!!!! It couldn’t have gone to a more deserving winner – your writing is exquisite. You’ve built a great, really engaged community. Your photos are beautiful and your branding is pot on. In other words, an award is the least you deserve… you’re a superstar in my eyes ♥

    Also, thank you for the moth update. It’s something I never think about, and I’m lucky (so far!) in that I’ve never had a moth problem – but that doesn’t mean I won’t in the future. I went straight to Amazon and bought some wooden cedar thingies when I first read this post – I’ll be seriously considering the moth spray too!

    Catherine x

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