Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Shoesday Tuesday - some things I've learned through my shoe fiendery - quality vs quantity/comfort vs pain.

If they're not right - send them right back.
I purchased 2 pairs of platform heels online and they were WAAAY too high!
These red beaded heels were beyond lovely - but once again the platform made me a giant
and the under sole was so slippery you WOULD fall over - even on carpet!

These wedges however, from Roc boots Australia were an online purchase I really agonized over that really paid off. They have the platform for comfort but they're not ridiculously high.

These Kathryn Wilson's - I purchased in store. I'm a total sucker for zebra!
They're SUPER comfortable and I get so many compliments on them.
We even spotted them in the Auckland Museum (right pic)

I like wedges with a bit of a platform - They're comfortable and the arch isnt too high, so you can wear them all day without getting sore balls... of your feet that is.
These above are from Kinki Gerlinki
I saw them in the shop and walked away, only to return later that day to snap them up!
I walked around Melbourne all day and not even one issue - super comfortable - and rose gold 😊

My parrot is also from Kinki Gerlinki - Nailed this pose

Cheap ballet flats will hurt you and fall apart - Very quickly! They may look cute - but the more you can invest in higher quality the more you feet will thank you.
My pop-art ballet flats in the first image don't carry any branding - I bought them from an online sale store, but they're amazingly comfy, I've had to glue them back together!

 I'm not a stiletto person, I just don't feel stable in them. I probably have 3 pairs now. Stilettos are super sexy and so nice on some, but they're just not me.

♥ But the ultimate thing I've learned as a seasoned shoe fiend...  your most 'boring' shoes will most likely end up your most worn. Fun shoes are all good... but you still need the comfy basics.

Aahhh, so much shoe heaven in one collage.

What do you guys think?
Do you suffer in your Louboutins or revel in your Birkenstock's?

Happy Shoesday Everyone!

♥ Paula Shoe Fiend.

Friday, 16 June 2017

If the Internet was my closet - so-bad-they're-good-shoes - Dolce&Gabbana, Miu Miu, Simone Rocha

I was perusing the Matches fashion sale (as you do) and I couldn't help but notice the trend for super ugly but strangely compelling footwear...
Mongolian sherling covered vamp anyone?
Look at these glittery - Miu Miu - BEAUTIES
Well these look comfortable at least...
These I actually want pretty bad.... DOLCE & GABBANA

And my own contribution to the so-ugly-they're-awesome shoe trend
My ASOS silver pointy heels with pastel pink pom poms :-)

This post wasn't sponsored by matches, I just happened to be scrolling through their sale and had to share with you! I think I'll save my money.

What about you guys? Anything grab your fancy?

♥ Paula Shoe Fiend.

Thursday, 15 June 2017

Throwback Thursday - Floral Afternoon tea at One Aldwych in Covent Garden London

Don't mind if I do... High tea at One Aldwych

The whole tea had a floral theme for the UK spring...

Our table setting

Salmon on lavender brioche

Scones with preserves and clotted cream

The Menu:

 Chicken and Wild Garlic Flower Mayo.
Jasmine smoked salmon.
Egg mayo and Watercress
and a goats curd and chive quiche.

Vanilla Panacotta with violet leaves
Rosewater Jelly
Lemon Drizzle Cake 
Lavendar Brioche served with gorse flower

Homemade scones served with plum, elderflower
jams and clotted cream.

What do you think of floral themed afternoon tea? My stomach said YESSS.
I love looking back at all my old travel snaps (especially FOOD)

Have a great day everyone!

♥ Paula Shoe Fiend.

Monday, 12 June 2017

Travel - Wellington Jazz Festival 2017 - Interior Decor, Street art, Fooood... taxidermy?

Flight in - Flight Out.
Wellington is hilly!

First Day we walked around the Waterfront
Oriental Parade, passed the boat sheds.

Had some delicious Spicy Popcorn Chicken from Kangsta
Korean Street food Vendor in Capital Market

Caught a ridiculously funky experimental Jazz band - Love Love - at Caroline

Caroline's Interior Decoration was different...

Sunset - No filter!

On the last day we went to the Market along the harbour.
  • There was this cute marionette lady painting a young girls portrait - so talented!
  • I bought some lolly cake (kiwi classic) and we had a coffee at the Mac's Bar - I love the upside down lampshades they use as lighting fixtures.

We had a fantastic action-packed 4 nights in our nations capital!

Let us end on some street art!

♥ Paula Shoe Fiend.

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Headed to Wellington - Jazz Festival, Eats, shopping.

So we're headed to the Capital City (of New Zealand) for the Wellington Jazz Festival

We were there 2 years ago for it and it was a BLAST!

Street Buskers

The Weather was BEAUTIFUL (Wellington is notoriously windy and cold)

Caught Carnivorous Plant Society for a second time (they're AWESOME)

Had High tea at the Copthorn Hotel with my BESTIE!

Visited the houses of Parliament* 
*nick-named 'The Beehive' because of it's interesting architectural shape.

Visited the National Museum - Te Papa - 
Peter Jackson's - Gallipoli the scale of our war - exhibit.

Rode the cable car up to the top to see the city

All too soon it was time to come home.
This is a real sculpture of Golem in the Wellington airport!

So if you're keen to keep up with my exploits this time around follow me on Instagram

And check back here later for an update!

♥ Paula Shoe Fiend.

Monday, 20 February 2017

Sisters Weekend Away - Brunch, celebrity spotting, gelato and Shoes!

First - Brunch!
We didn't think it necessary to eat an actual BREAKFAST food for our brunch.
so I had fried chicken and Ange had pulled pork and poutine.

We stumbled across Oliver Driver directing a TV show! On a Sunday Morning?

This is a street art installation on Queen St in Auckland.
Rachel Walters - Hau Te Kapakapa - The Flapping Wind 2011

Boysenberry Frozen Yogurt - And choc brownie gelato

Kathryn Wilson

No sh*t, I was wearing these shoes that day when we stumbled across this display!

Thai for dinner!
I had the fried Tofu red curry, Angela had Pork belly in a ginger Sauce.

We had a BLAST!

Is there anything better than sister/girl time?

♥ Paula Shoe Fiend.

Monday, 13 February 2017

Sunday Baking - Melting Moment Cookies - zesty Lemon with curd buttercream icing

Sorry about the photo guys
the only pic I took... of my MANI!

Ingredients - Cookie:

200g Butter, softened
73g Icing sugar
210g Flour, sifted
1t lemon zest

Ingredients - Icing:

120g butter, softened
200g icing sugar, sifted
25g lemon curd

Beat butter and sugar together until light and creamy. Sift flour several times to aerate, add to butter mix with zest. Stir till a smooth dough forms.
put into a piping bag with a star nozzle and pipe small rosettes onto lined baking trays.

Bake low and slow - 140 centigrade for 20-25 mins. 
Cookies should be smelling delicious but not yet coloring up.

Cool on trays for 5 mins then transfer to wire racks to cool completely.

To make Icing: Beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Stir through curd.
Sandwich cookies together with icing


Ginger melting moments with raspberry buttercream

♥ Paula Shoe Fiend.