Gandys Flip Flops

Gandys Flip Flops

There sometimes comes along a company with both beautiful products and a beautiful story. Gandy’s is one of these companies – although the story doesn’t have such lovely beginnings.

Rob and Paul’s parents were killed in the 2004 Tsunami amidst terrifying circumstances. Having been to Sri Lanka and seen the devastation the Tsunami left in its wake I can only imagine how awful the situation must have been.

Rob and Paul were determined to try to find a positive end to the tragedy they experienced in 2004. They wanted to do something that would honour the spirit of their parents that would give themselves peace of mind in the process.

They came up with the goal of helping people in the developing countries they had visited whilst travelling. Specifically, they wanted to focus on children less fortunate than themselves.

The brothers decided that they would use a percentage of the profits from Gandys flip flops to build orphanages in honour of their parents. The mission of Orphans for Orphans was born.

Gandys Flip Flops

Do you need much more of a reason to purchase a pair of these staple pieces?

Coming in a range of colours and sizes there is something for everyone! Plus the flip flops have recently been spotted on celebrities, including MIC stars. They are great quality and comfortable too, the base is thick but soft and the bold “Gandys” logo stands out.

Gandys Flip Flops 2Gandys Flip Flops 3Treat yourself and help those less fortunate at the same time, you can find out more and purchase at Gandys flip flops.

Clarks Liberty 3

Clarks Liberty Range

When I heard that Clarks were collaborating with Liberty I couldn’t wait to see the outcome! With such a luxurious name working alongside a high street favourite the results were always going to be great weren’t they?

Clarks Liberty

The print was chosen after looking through the Liberty Art Fabrics design archives and was first designed in 1902, although not printed by Liberty until 1967. It is quite easy to tell that the print is inspired by peacock feathers and although it has a vintage feel there is definitely a modern twist, mostly provided by the style of both the shoes and bags by Clarks.

The range consists of 6 pairs of shoes/sandals and 4 bags/purses, with the print continuing throughout the range – whether it be repeated all over one of the bags or on the wedged heel of a pair of shoes.

Clarks Liberty 3

I love this “Minorca Bay” bag; it is much larger than I expected from the website photograph, which is a big plus. My handbags normally contain everything except the kitchen sink, so this bag will definitely fit my needs!

Clarks Liberty 2The quality is great; it looks and feels really luxurious and I love the bright, bold print that appears on both the front and the back.

The bag also comes with a Clarks dust bag, what a nice touch! Retailing at £59.99 I think this bag is really reasonable and an opportunity to own a part of both Liberty and Clarks heritage!

What’s your favourite from the Liberty range?

Charity Shopping

Charity Shop Tips

Also featured over on the etailPR blog

It’s become much more “socially acceptable” for fashionistas to frequent charity shops recently. Previously being something you wouldn’t admit to your best friend, let alone through your blog and with the internet, being thrifty is now totally on trend and something to be proud of! Every penny counts right?!

Despite the cheap prices of many of these shops, you need to ensure that you aren’t just getting sucked in because something is cheap. One dress might only cost £3, but if you buy 5 that you didn’t really want that soon adds up!

Here are my top tips for charity shop shopping:

1. Found a total bargain? It is only a bargain if you get wear out of it! Ensure that you can picture it working with at least 2 other outfits, this way you know it will get worn.

2. If you’re looking for vintage clothing look through everything! Vintage sizing is often much smaller than that of high street stores, something labelled a size 14 may be more a modern day 8 for example! So don’t ignore the size 18 rack just because you are a size 12!

3. The best bargains will be found at charity shops which aren’t part of a chain, your local hospital or any other local good cause might have one set up. You’ll find bargains here because they just want to raise whatever money they can as quickly as possible; the larger stores that can afford to hold on to items until they sell for the highest price and sometimes sell online too.

4. Look out for designer labels; they might not be your size but if they are good quality they will sell well on eBay or at a vintage fair, alternatively you can always have them altered to fit your size.

5. Take your time! Charity shops aren’t a place to visit in a rush. Spend as long as you can looking at each rail, shelf and corner. You never quite know what might be hidden away!

6. Winter or Summer coming to an end? This is the best time to visit and stock up for next year! People tend to have a big clear out at the end of a season to stock up for the next, this will work in your favour and you will get some great bargains!

7. Change! Try and always use small change in charity shops, it makes it less embarrassing when you want to buy a 20p necklace and only have a £20 note! Plus, charity shops don’t always carry huge amounts of change.

8. Remember you can always alter clothing. Found some designer jeans for a bargain price, but they are just a few inches too long? It isn’t difficult to take these up, equally a long top can easily be made in to a crop top if you prefer! Picture whether you can do anything to improve an item, but make sure you have the time/equipment/mum to do it!

I hope these tips help in some way! Charity shopping is often akin to a military operation, especially when a similar sized girl is browsing at the same time as you!

What are your top tips for Charity shop shopping?

London Fashion Week 2013

Mary Katranzou LFW

Last night I attended the Mary Katranzou show, organised by Vodafone. It was hosted by the stunning Angela Scanlon and Zoe Hardman (Take Me Out – The Gossip host) who both looked fabulous in pieces from the collection.

To be honest, except from the Topshop collection, I had not heard Mary’s name before. But from a little research it would seem she has become a major hit in a short space of time – and from the collection debuted last night I can see why.

Not only does she seamlessly blend digital prints in to fashionably gorgeous items of clothing, but she takes something like a pencil, garden or typewriter and the results are incredible. I can’t believe that a pencil could look so great on a top, but it really works!

The collection is bright and colourful, with dresses full of “swoosh” and trouser suits full of power but with their feminine detail intact. Their is great structure in some of the dresses and other feature embellishment that can do no more than leave you in awe of the skill and hard work involved!