Shoe heaven – colour customisation by Rainbow Club

Rainbow Club heels

As a footwear fanatic, you can imagine my excitement when Rainbow Club reached out to me to tell me about their bespoke colour matching service!! I’m really excited to share this blog post with you all.

Have you ever found the most perfect pair of shoes but the colour of them wasn’t exactly what you were looking for? It can be so annoying when you have an outfit that you want to wear for an event or a night out and you can’t seem to find the ultimate matching pair of heels to go with it. Customisation or bespoke services are not something that you’ll find easily on the high street, unless it comes with a premium price attached, and so whatever is available in the store at the time is kind of your only option. That is, until I discovered Rainbow Club and what they offer.

Rainbow Club customisation..

Rainbow Club heels

Rainbow Club have a selection of different heel silhouettes to choose from and they offer a dyeing service in a variety of colours. If you have a specific shade in mind, you can send them a swatch for them to colour match or you could even send them a Pantone colour reference and they can dye your chosen heels to that exact shade. Footwear magic.

This would be a perfect idea for weddings if you have a particular colour theme planned, or you would like all of your Bridesmaids to have heels to match the colour of their dresses.

Your chosen shade is hand mixed by one of their colour experts and they work on getting the exact match for you. They then apply the dye by hand and then leave them to dry naturally before they are inspected and packed up ready to be sent back to you. They also apply a protection spray before they are sent to you to make sure the heels are kept in beautiful condition.

Choosing my heels

I couldn’t wait to get started and to choose my pair of heels and there are 41 options available in a variety of heel heights. There are open toed strappy styles, courts, peep toes, Mary Jane heels and even a couple of flat pump options. Some styles have sparkly trims or embellishments and there is also a pretty lace pair available. Rainbow Club also cater for wider fits so they literally have everyone covered. After looking through all of the options, I chose a Mary Jane style called Hana – well I just had to go for this pair really didn’t I! Priced at £79, this is how Rainbow Club describes the heels that I chose:

Crafted from beautiful ivory satin, these retro-inspired bridal shoes feature a softly-pointed toe, a sexy stiletto heel and are finished with a delicate strap and stylish silver buckle. Vintage inspired but with a contemporary touch, brides looking for height and glamour will love these simple but chic wedding shoes.

I really liked the classic style of these and knew that they would go perfectly with dresses just as much as a pair of jeans or with some smart trousers. Plus they reminded me of that Sex in the City episode when Carrie finds her perfect pair of Mary Jane Manolos.

After choosing the style, Rainbow Club very kindly sent me a pair to try on before they dyed them just to check that I was happy with the fit. The next part of the process was to choose the colour of my new heels. As they are satin, I didn’t want anything too pale in colour. I think satin always looks so gorgeous in bright, bold colours.

Rainbow Club heels

I had a look through my wardrobe to see what shoes I already have – which took a while I have to admit! I was tempted to ask for the Pantone colour of 2019 which is a gorgeous coral colour but I finally decided on an acid yellow shade. The exact colour reference is 600 if you love them as much as I do and want to order yourself a pair too!

The verdict

A few days later, my newly dyed heels arrived in the post and I couldn’t wait to see how they turned out – and they are absolutely BEAUTIFUL! You can’t tell that they had been dyed since the last time that I tried them on when they were a blank canvas ivory satin. There were no dye marks or any imperfections and I’m seriously impressed with the zesty acid yellow shade. It was the exact colour that I wanted. The heels are lined with padding to make them more comfortable to wear which is great, especially if you are wearing them to an event where you will be on your feet for a long period of time.

Rainbow Club heels

Before…the blank canvas

Rainbow Club heels

After…the final dyed pair

Rainbow Club heels

Another really sweet little touch to mention about these heels is that on the sole, there is a little blue crystal within the Rainbow Club logo. This is just perfect for brides looking for ‘something blue’ to add to their wedding.

Rainbow Club heels

Additional Items

Rainbow Club also offer a selection of evening bags which can be colour customised to match your heels, as well as some stunning embellishment clips that you can add to your heels, to make them even more bespoke and individual to you.

For the quality and service, I have to say this is excellent value for money and a really exciting treat to be able to create your own bespoke footwear. I will definitely be ordering more pairs and I’ll be adding some of these pretty additional details as they can really add a little something extra. I just LOVE this. 

Head over to the Rainbow Club website HERE to view their full collection and enjoy customising the perfect pair of heels for yourself! Let me know what you choose, I would love to see your heels!

Here is how I have styled my new heels with an acid wash pair of mom jeans. Dressed down denim paired with these heels are just the perfect combination:

Rainbow Club heels

Rainbow Club heels

Rainbow Club heels

Although these heels were kindly gifted to me by Rainbow Club, all thoughts and opinions are as always completely my own.

What Rainbow Club style do you like the most?

What colour would you choose and why?

Let’s talk shoes! Leave me a comment below xx

The return of Tie Dye for Spring/Summer 19

Tie dye has been in fashion hiding for years. That was until it started popping up again on celebs such as Beyoncé and Justin Bieber wearing the colourful print. Prada, Proenza Schouler and Stella McCartney took it under their wing and brought it back to the catwalk and now everyone is getting in on the trend. It’s official – Tie dye is back!

California cool, t shirts are the easiest way to wear this trend but it’s evolved for the modern day and we are now seeing it in new ways such as on denim at Proenza Schouler or used on mini dresses or Aline skirts at Prada.

What is Tie Dye..

Tie Dye has always historically been associated with hippies, and the flower power era of the 60s and 70s. It’s best known for it’s use of bright colours and bold patterns such as the spiral, mandala and peace sign.

The process typically consists of folding, twisting, pleating, or crumpling fabric or a garment and binding with string or rubber bands, followed by the application of brightly coloured dies. The manipulations of the fabric prior to application of dye are called resists as they partially or completely prevent the dye from colouring the fabric. So each piece that is made in this way is unique and different and you will not have two pieces that are exactly the same.

Fast forward to today and tie dye has been given a modern twist and there’s a fresh take on the trend.

How to wear it..

You can go as bold as you dare with this trend. If you are not feeling as confident to wear a splash of bright colours in a garment then you can still enjoy it with accessories instead. Try a scarf or a handbag – I’m really loving the Prada tie dye bags at the moment.

Tie Dye trend Edit

Here are my top picks that are in the stores at the moment. 

Boohoo.com Tie Die denim jacket
New Look tie dye twist front beach cover up in blue
Polo Ralph Lauren tie dye t-shirt
Pretty little thing – Orange Tie Dye joggers
Ralph Lauren Tie-Dye French Terry Hoodie
House of Holland Frayed ombré denim midi skirt
Boohoo.com Tie Dye Oversized T-Shirt Dress
Prada Tie-dyed duchesse-silk skirt
Boohoo.com Tie Die denim jacket
New Look tie dye twist front beach cover up in blue
Polo Ralph Lauren tie dye t-shirt
Pretty little thing – Orange Tie Dye joggers
Ralph Lauren Tie-Dye French Terry Hoodie
House of Holland Frayed ombré denim midi skirt
Boohoo.com Tie Dye Oversized T-Shirt Dress
Prada Tie-dyed duchesse-silk skirt

What are your thoughts on this trend for the Summer?

Will you be wearing it? 

Leave a comment below and thanks so much for reading! xx

How to de-clutter your wardrobe for the new Winter season

Now that we are officially in Autumn/Winter and the weather is getting colder, it’s the perfect time to de-clutter your wardrobe! Not all of us are blessed with a dressing room or rows and rows of wardrobe space. Some of us even have to share wardrobe space with our partner. So a good tip to manage the space that you have affectively is to do a seasonal clear out. Here are my top tips on how to do this.

Get started

Ok lets get going girl! You are going to feel so organised when this has been sorted. First things first, get everything out of the wardrobe and group it into sections. All knitwear into one pile, all jeans into another etc – this will make it easier to see everything that you have to go through.

Evaluate what you have

You need to be ruthless and really look at each piece with a level head. Ask yourself if you still love each item and if you will wear it again. Anything you’re not sure about, try it on. Does it still fit? If it doesn’t, there is no point hanging on to it. Does it still look as good as new or are the threads getting loose or starting to bobble? If it is, you know the drill – move it into the pile of things to be removed.

Have a look at your accessories too when making the decisions on whether to keep or remove each item. You might get inspired for a fresh new way to accessorise an outfit.

Any items that are going to be too warm or too cold to wear in the current season but you want to keep it, put these into storage bags, neatly folding everything. You can get these out next season and see if you still want to keep them or not.

If anything still has the tags on it (we are all guilty of this) then it’s likely you don’t really want the item anymore. Keep the tags on as this always helps when selling clothes online.

Organise

Now that you have decided what you are going to keep, its time to put them back into the wardrobe. A good tip is to either group the items in categories, so all of the tops together, sweaters all together etc. Alternatively hang up the clothes grouped together in outfits. This is a good idea if you have to wake up early for work and don’t want to have to think too much about what to wear – the hard work has already been done for you!
Another good tip is to hang all of your clothes with the hangers facing the same way. When you have worn something, hang it back up with the hanger facing the opposite way. This will really show you what items you have been wearing. If something is still unworn for a long period of time, ask yourself if you really still need it. It’s said that we only wear 20% of our clothes which is such a crazy figure compared to what most of us have in our wardrobe!

image: Pinterest

Keep, Sell & Donate

Work out from the pile that you don’t want, which items you can potentially sell and make some money back on. There are lots of places you can sell items, such as Ebay, Depop and Facebook local selling pages. Price them fairly – no one is going to pay full price for second hand clothes, even if they are unworn. Also, make sure anything you sell is in a decent condition and isn’t stained.
Anything else can be donated to local charity shops or to friends. Perhaps you could even organise a clothes swapping party where everyone takes a couple of items that they no longer want and you can get the chance to swap with others!

Make a list of what you need to buy

This is my favourite part! As you have now organised everything that you want to keep you can start planning new items to buy that you will need for the season. Do you need more basics to pair together the pieces you have?
Do you need a new pair of boots to replace the old ones that you removed? Write a list of the bits you can see you need and then you can get shopping!
I hope you enjoyed reading my tips on how to organise and de-clutter your wardrobe. I would love to see a photo of your wardrobe spaces and how fab they are now looking!

7 simple tips to instantly make an outfit look more expensive

Making a few little adjustments to your wardrobe, and knowing what to look for when shopping, there are a few little tricks you can use to instantly look more expensive and chic. Here are my top 7 tips that you need to know on how to achieve this.

Invest in classic timeless pieces rather than trend led styles

I have come to realise that not all trends work for everyone. I love the look of mom jeans but they simply don’t suit me and they make me feel like I’m walking like the tin man and don’t flatter my figure at all! But I am realising that it’s ok and I don’t have to wear something just because it’s currently in fashion.
Trends also come and go and trying to keep up with each one that comes along can be exhausting. The “ugly” trainer is one of the fashion pieces that most girls are wearing at the moment. However, this isn’t going to be a long lasting trend and next year it will be something completely different. Save your money for the attention grabbing items that will become the main focus of your outfit instead and something that will always be a stylish piece in your collection.
A classic and simple outfit will never go out of style and choosing staple items for your wardrobe will mean that you always have a go to look without having to try! The French are the best at this type of styling and do this so well.

Dress: Zara Belt: Gucci

Shirt dress: Zara, Belt: Moschino

Choose a classic style coat

A quality jacket or coat can really make a whole outfit pop. Stick to neutral shades that go with everything and aim for high quality fabrics. Although you want a coat to look good you want it to actually keep you warm so look for lined coats with quality pockets. Zips and buttons are also an important factor and these always add that little something extra, so again, make sure they are smart and sturdy as you don’t want them to fall off after wearing it only a couple of times! Tailored or structured jackets look elegant and especially if they are a slightly longer length.

Cream waterfall jacket: Boohoo.com

Sunglasses

I have a bit of an addiction to sunglasses and they instantly make any outfit look chic. You don’t just have to save these for the summer months as they look just as great in the Autumn/Winter with a fabulous coat and boots. Look after your sunglasses by keeping the cases and storing them carefully. This will extend the life of them and keep them in the best condition possible.

Keep it simple

Now, I’m no stranger to a bright outfit and I love neon highlighter shades and bright, bold clothing. These colours look great but for that ultimate chic, stylish look, try an outfit that is all one colour or a mixture of similar shades as this always looks so expensive. You can add a touch of colour into the outfit with accessories. Also, by keeping jewellery and accessories to a minimum will add to that luxury look. There’s a reason that Coco Chanel said to take off the last accessory that you put on – this makes such a difference to your finished outfit.
I like to style up my outfits with a designer belt or scarf too which make a statement, or wear either bold earrings or a necklace – just not at the same time.

From left to right: Zara, Yves Saint Laurent, Chanel, Vivienne Westwood and H&M

Invest more money in better quality footwear and handbags

I tend to avoid buying cheaper footwear or handbags. They never last very long and the quality is always so disappointing. You don’t have to spend a fortune, but choose items that are made from decent materials with quality hardware. Check out my previous guide HERE which lists all of the key items to look out for when investing in a new handbag.

Boots: Jimmy Choo

Replace the buttons

Buttons are always a give away that something was purchased on the high street. An easy tip to instantly transform any piece is by changing these. Adding new shiny buttons to a coat or jumper can make such a huge difference. You can pick up some great buttons in haberdasheries (John Lewis has a great section for this) and this is a cheap way to update an outfit. You can often find Chanel buttons online or in vintage stores too which would be fabulous added to an item but without the £2000+ price tag.

Maintenance

It sounds obvious but looking after your clothes is one of the most important tips. Wash them correctly, check there are no loose threads and make sure they are properly pressed. It’s a good idea to invest in a steamer as they are quick and easy to use and get rid of all creases which cheapen the look of an outfit. Hang clothes neatly on fabric coated hangers rather than wire ones as these tend to ruin the shape of them and can ruin the fit. If you look after your clothes they will last longer and look so much better on.

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