Wednesday, 23 December 2015

Hotter Shoes.

Belle Boots by Hotter Shoes Review
The 'Belle' Boots.

 Me and shoes have a complicated relationship. The words 'shoe shopping' usually send a cold chill down my spine. My mother can attest to the hundreds of hours we spent, when I was a child, desperately shoving my feet into any shoes that would fit. Sadly, as an adult, this only got worse and my shoe options have been limited, to say the least. This often leaves me having to wear something I hate and often pay a fortune for.

 There is a serious lack of brands out there that pay attention to the quality and comfort of their shoes. So, when one does come on my radar, I get pretty excited. Hotter is one of them.

Hotter Shoes Vanity Boots
The 'Vanity Boot'.
Recently, I was lucky enough to meet with the lovely folks at Hotter and take a look around their brand new Brighton location. I was also give the chance to take some of their shoes out for a test drive (well...walk?) and have been so happy with them! I have been looking for a staple pair of high black boots for a really long time now but had given up being able to find ones that would suit my specific requirements (Comfort, room for orthotics etc.)

 The shoes I chose were the 'Belle Boots' and at first I thought there was no way they would work with my awful feet but they fit beautifully and somehow manage to accommodate my orthotics really well. The zip goes right from the very top to the very bottom meaning they are super easy to get on. They also have quite a bit of stretch for different leg sizes, as well as a Standard and Wide Leg option, which I think is brilliant!

 They have also just been so comfortable. Usually a 'comfortable' shoe denotes a kind of frumpy, awkward style, so finding something that is actually pretty and comfortable makes my life so much easier! Hotter are known for their focus on quality and comfort but recently their attention to style and design has been amazing. I really noticed how well crafted each shoe was and they are just producing such great styles. I honestly cannot wait to try more!

The Hotter team are also just lovely, down to earth and it was great meeting people who were clearly passionate about what they do. Since 2010 Hotter have opened a new store every month (which is incredible) so if you haven't seen them near you, chances are, you will soon.

Have you tried Hotter shoes before?

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Tuesday, 8 December 2015

Wintery Favourites.

Eau Thermal Avene Clearance Expert, The First Bad Man by Miranda July, Pixi Glow Tonic, Ultrablast by Lush, Divers by Joanna Newsom
Clockwise: Eau Thermal Avene Clearance Expert, The First Bad Man by Miranda July, Pixi Glow Tonic, Ultrablast by Lush, Divers by Joanna Newsom.

I didn't manage a favourites last month as I was a bit underwhelmed with a lot of new things I had tried and simultaneously overwhelmed with uni stuff. I decided that instead of forcing myself to find things I would hang back and combine October and November to make a Wintery Favourites of stuff I have actually really loved.

In Lush, a few weeks back, I was cornered by a member of staff who rather gave me the hard sell on their new 'Teeth' range. Sadly, as I am an awkward person, I would rather buy something I didn't intend to than say "Thanks but no thanks". Thus, I am now the owner of Ultrablast! BUT I actually really like it! It is a tooth powder, designed to take the place of toothpaste and does a brilliant job. I use it about once a week for a really deep clean. Interestingly, it's Wasabi flavoured. Although a little weird actually quite nice and very subtle. For the slightly less adventurous their are also other, more usual, flavours like Tooth Fairy and I would really recommend the range as they're great or even just for curiosities sake!

Pixi Glow Tonic Blogger Review
Pixi Glow Tonic.

My skincare hasn't really changed too much recently apart from these two great products. I won't write too much about Pixi Glow Tonic as it has been reviewed more times than their are stars, but I will say that it really does live up to the hype. If you have congested or problem skin I would really recommend it. It is also now sold in Marks and Spencer making it infinitely more easy to get hold of! The other product I have been using is from Eau Thermal Avene and it's their Cleanance Expert for acne prone skin. I have been using it as a moisturiser and it has really helped balance my skin a bit more and keep it less oily but still hydrated and soft.

This month I wrote a "What I have been Reading Lately" post and The First Bad Man by Miranda July was featured. I really enjoyed this book, it is funny and insightful but also a little dark. I wouldn't say it's a book for the fainthearted but if you are looking for something (very) interesting, unusual and a bit of a challenge, this could be the book for you.

Divers by Joanna Newsom came out about a month ago and it instantly became the soundtrack for my life. I have it on repeat since it came out and have yet to get even slightly bored with it. As I am still not bored of Have One On Me, her last album released in 2010, I doubt I ever will. Her music is slightly divisive and I won't even attempt to sum it up here, I will just say go and decide for yourself and check out the beautiful video for Divers, the titular track, here.

Have you got any Winter Favourites?

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