Trans seasonal footwear

Good day my Autumnal artisans, 

As summer has officially finished in London (much to my dismay – I love the warm weather) I thought I would dedicate this entry to the most appropriate footwear to wear in this unpredictable weather period.

The weekend just gone, I attended my last festival of the season, SW4. Although rain was forecast I remained optimistic and wore my black retro Nike high top trainers. The sunshine fought valiantly to stay out but the rain hit in the early afternoon. After mud skating for most of the day, you can imagine the state of my shoes when I checked out the damage in the morning. They were not even machine washable, they just went straight in the bin. Needless to say, if in doubt always go with your trusty wellies. My Hunter pair have kept me dry footed on many occasions and are so easy to wipe clean. 

  

With the intermittent showers and ever changeable weather at the moment I really dislike when I am wearing pumps and my feet get wet whilst trying to avoid the mammoth puddles. My solution is the trusty ankle boot, they are cooler than the knee high version but also protect your tootsies when that sudden downpour hits. I have several pairs in various shades and fabrics. My current favourites are my black brogue pair from Russell and Bromley and my chocolate brown snakeskin pair from my trip to Spain over the winter. 

  
Another shoe style which is perfect for Autumn is the trusty loafer. The leather and closed in style protects your feet better than the more summer appropriate espadrille or sandal and you can be really adventurous with the colours especially if the weather is chilly but blue skied. I recently bought the below pair which I love. The rich burgandy hue is warming and can be worn with skinny chinos for work or paired with a little black dress if you are hitting the town at the weekend. 

   

For nights out, in the autumn I do not feel comfortable wearing strappy stillettos. That is really one of my pet peeves when you see women walking around on a cold evening in a small dress and shoes which are like torture devices of straps and buckles. Wearing a chic coat will not ruin your outfit and you can do the big reveal when you reach your desired destination. Surely that is much more appealing than uncontrollably shivering! 

   
The key to autumnal dressing is layering. It is much easier to take off a cardigan or light knit sweater then it is to be cold in the office. Ankle boots or closed in heels are the perfect transition from day to evening. Lastly imagine how chic you will look rocking that amazing pair of sunnies in the crisp September afternoon! After all the world looks better when you are hidden behind your latest glamorous eyewear 😀

  
Until next week, take care 

Keya x

 

Festival Fever

Good evening my music mavericks, 

As those close to me know, I am a huge music fan. My ITunes collection displays an eclectic variety of so many different genres from deep house, to rap, to R&B. Music has the power to transport me to my happy place whatever I am doing and can really push me to my limits when I’m out running or on my bike. 

I am lucky enough to have already been to some amazing concerts and festivals this year with more planned in the next few months. A few week ago I attended Wireless festival with Drake headlining. The weather was blissfully bright and  warm so I decided on the below outfit. My shorts are customised Levi’s with a sequin detail on the back pocket by myself, belt by Ted Baker, my striped Breton top is from a local shop, my sunglasses are Ray ban and my shoes are diamanté adorned Converse lovingly made by one of my best friends. 

 
In 2010 I went to see Calvin Harris at the O2. As it was New Year we decided to dress up for the occasion, I wore the below outfit. The dress is a vintage designer one and my shoes were from Nine West.  

 Whilst I was working overseas in South Africa where I have family luckily, my cousins and I went to see Swedish House Mafia. The day was perfect and whilst sat in a dusty field I wore the below. My sunglasses are by Rayban, my vest by Mango and shorts are from French connection.

    I also went to the Holi one festival whilst there, which was an unforgettable experience. Every hour on the hour thousands of people would throw coloured powder into the air whilst dancing to deep house music. As the colours were so vibrant everyone wore white clothing which ended up looking simply spectacular. This was me after a few rounds of the powder throwing with the beautiful Table Mountain as our backdrop😊
  

Every year I attend SW4 festival in Clapham Common which is always so much fun and has me dancing all day and night to the killer anthems. Whether it is raining (where my fail safe clothing will be Hunter wellies and my Mac) or stunningly sunny (where I usually wear my trusty sunglasses and funky shorts) it is my favourite London festival and I cannot wait to attend it this year again in August. 

  

My main advice for musical events is just always have fun and do not take yourself too seriously – music can bring up so many different emotions in every individual but for me as long as I am surrounded by my amazing friends and I feel cool and collected in my outfit of choice then I know I will have an awesome day. Just look at the smiles on these lovely faces from the Ed Sheeran concert this past weekend – you cannot fake that elation 😀  

Until next week, take care 

Keya x