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Wedding Wednesday: The Engagement Party

Engagement Tea Party – Saturday 19th September 2015 Last Saturday we held our engagement party at our house, we spent the day with around ...


First Impressions: Alice in Wonderland by Irregular Choice - Tick Tock Shoes

The Tick Tock Low shoes are a part of the second Alice in Wonderland collaboration with Irregular Choice and were released on Friday 26th August. There are a selection of new Alice in Wonderland inspired shoes for sale, some low heels and flats and other more extravagant high heel varieties.

First up, let's talk about the amazing box that these beauties were delivered in. It looks like a book! I particularly like the reviews on the back. A great small detail that justifies the price of these shoes. 

The Tick Tock Black and Silver feature a holographic black glitter upper adorned with a still from the Alice in Wonderland film on the front of each shoe in either a Spade or Heart shaped frame. The edges are piped in silver with a scalloped black glitter edge. The heel is a 6cm block heel and is covered in chunky black glitter. The shoe is a slip-on style and the button does not open, instead it is on a piece of elastic meaning it's easy to get on and off. The back of each shoe is a metallic black and features embroidered words reading 'Curiouser and Curiouser'. The shoes are lined with a pale blue Alice in Wonderland printed fabric. The sole of the shoes feature more stills from the Disney Alice in Wonderland film.


I sized up one size in these shoes as I do find Irregular Choice shoes to come up small. I ordered a 41 (7.5) and am normally a 6.5. The shoes are a little roomy but I wouldn't have been able to get my foot in my actual size. 

The shoes are comfy and easy to walk in and I'm sure once they are fully broken in they will become one of my most worn shoes. I love the glittery look to them and as they are black they will go with lots of different outfits.

I'm not sure if these are still available on the Irregular Choice website but Schuh has some sizes still available.

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Living Life Through a Screen

A bit of a sociology moment here, but lately I’ve been thinking about this more and more and it has really started to concern me.

Do we spend too much time taking photos and recording things rather than living in the moment?
I’m definitely guilty of this myself even though I try not to. Yesterday when I was at the Warner Bros. Studio Tour I found myself framing perfect photographs of the sets and props but not actually looking at them with my eyes. I didn’t take in all of that detail that was put into those objects; all I cared about was getting a good photo. I wasn’t making a memory; I was just recording it to prove I’d been there.

I notice this mostly when I go to gigs, if you look into the crowd I’d say 90% of them are holding up their phone or camera recording the band. This completely baffles me, maybe because I’m one of those people that likes to push to the front and really take in the atmosphere, but how can you fully enjoy the experience if you’re holding up your phone the whole time?
Is it because of social media?

Probably, before social media photographs were personal and only really shared with close friends and family. Now, everything that we do is shared and we have to have the photos to prove it. You may well have the photos but do you have the memories to go with them? Can you remember the small details, the smells, the sounds, the emotions when you look at them? Are you living your life without actually living it – just recording the things you do to post them online and ultimately in order to gain more likes, followers, hits etc. That’s not what it’s all about is it? When we’re old and remembering our lives we’re not going to remember the times we took a great picture of Harry Potter’s bed are we? And we’re certainly not going to remember how many likes it got on Instagram.

So this is me, vowing to actually start experiencing the things I do rather than looking at them through a ‘tiny, glowing screen’. I’m going to switch off my phone and actually use my senses to capture the atmosphere around me. One or two photos to help remember the day is ok but that’s all; nobody needs 300 photos of the back of someone’s head in a dark, dingy gig venue even if you can see your favourite rockstar’s left arm in the background.

Let’s start living in the moment.