I’m a girl of comfort these days and realised late in the spring I was missing something in my life, my trusty converse trainers!  I hunted high and low for my favourite pair of comfy casual converse, the ones I had for years, perfect for the school run and weekends, but to no avail. I knew they were pretty tatty and old, all dusty from the beach and scuffed from walks, so Thought I’d treat myself to a new pair! I couldn’t go all summer without a pair after all!

So I started trawling the Internet for ‘Converse trainers’ to see what came up in the search engine.  Lots of places sell Converse I soon realised and I was faced with plenty of choice and varying prices. I even looked on EBay but the prices were still a bit more than I wanted to pay.

I had been planning to buy a pair of Sketchers originally, as I’d visited a store with my mum recently and felt in ore of all the bright gorgeous styles. But I couldn’t quite step away from the idea of my trusty Converse and I knew I couldn’t afford both. Stick to what you know as they say!

The budget I had in mind was about £30, but the styles of Converse I liked were all around the £50-£60 mark, nearly double my budget! Typical! I wanted something a bit different, with a summery pattern. I added the word ‘sale’ to my internet search and lots of clothing and shoe companies came up as having Converse trainers in their sales. I spent ages trawling through to find the perfect style as they just had to be right. Then I came across these lovely beauties via Office, which specialise in shoes.


Perfect! Just the type of style I wanted for summer, available in my size and half price too! I couldn’t have been more pleased. So I placed my order there and then! For some reason I hadnt thought of going to the Office  site direct to look for Converse trainers, so it was worth shopping around a bit.

The trainers arrived really quickly, within just a couple of days. I was very excited as I tried them on and discovered they fit like a glove! They were even more gorgeous in the flesh and I’ve basically worn them since! I love them because they’re a bit different. I didn’t want all white, but was looking for a design that was quite light and summery. The tiny roses dotted all over the white canvas trainer were just perfect, so delicate and pretty.

I’ve been getting a lot of positive comments about my new converse. ‘Where did you get those?’ ‘Really, is that all you paid?’ ‘Wow, love your converse’ etc. And guess what? I found my old faithful converse in the end, in the boot of my car! So Ive got a spare pair now! The great thing about Converse is they never go out of fashion and they go perfectly with jeans and a t-shirt or equally a floaty dress in the summer.

It was worth the hard work to get the perfect converse trainers for me, but what if you could have some of that hard work done for you? Not a personal shopper, but pretty close! A website where you could see all sales and offers in one place? A one stop shop taking you straight to all the current sales? Sounds useful huh?! is a website which finds all UK sales and puts them all in one place for you to browse at your leisure, without flicking from one brand website to another. Check out their website here: the link to the Office sale on their website is right here: you never know you might find something lovely just like I did!

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I’ve been wanting to write some fashion reviews for a while, particularly in relation to my work style as I’m always thinking about how I can change things and mix things up a bit.  So here I go!!

To kick start things I’m featuring these gorgeous pink pumps that I bought from Next last week, on a bit of a whim, but a good whim!

My Fashion Pick  

Gorgeous Pink Ballet Pumps from Next.


As is usual for me, I wasn’t out to buy new shoes, but when I saw these I just couldn’t resist! (oops!) I actually went shopping for a christening outfit for my nephews christening and bought a gorgeous trouser and blouse combo. But whilst I was browsing I came across these beauts! Oh dear, the danger of browsing…! The colour caught my eye straight away and I thought what a beautiful colour they were and I started rummaging for my size. Before I found my size I noticed they had the same shoes in black and started looking at these.  But I couldn’t help but be drawn back to the bright pink! Be brave, be different, I thought! So I tried a pair of the bright pink ones (Thankfully they had my size!) and they just looked so cute I had to get them!

I normally wear heels every day for work and I’d been thinking about purchasing some smart flats as an alternative for a while.  I wasn’t out to get pink (or shoes at all for that matter!) but these are such a gorgeous colour and black would have been so boring!  I think wearing flats instead of heels is a good way to change things.  I also have a couple of pairs of smart trousers that are too short to wear with any of my heels, so I was so pleased to dig them out again now I have my new flats that go perfectly with their length!




The striking colour actually goes with more than you think.  The first day I wore them to work I wore them with navy blue and the day after black and they looked great with both.  This colour would also go well with grey (as my nice rug demonstrates nicely in the photos!).  So these are actually more versatile than you would expect.  And a great change from black!  I wore them with trousers one day and a skirt the next and they looked great with both.

For the couple of days I wore them to work, I was perfectly comfortable.  They have not rubbed my feet at all and have been comfortable throughout my days – including the long commute in the car and lots of walking around at work.  I’ve been doing 12 hour days and these have been very kind to my feet.  I quite often take a pair of flip flops in the car so I have something  comfy to drive in after a long day in heels, but didn’t need to the days I wore these.

Ive had so many people commenting on my new pink shoes!

‘Love your pink shoes Jess’

‘aren’t your shoes gorgeous?!’

‘Lovely, a touch of decadence’

They have been drawing lots of attention to my feet!  In fact, people missed them and noticed when I switched back to one of my usual pairs of shoes!

I love my new pair of pink ballet shoes!  One of those unplanned purchases, which end up being the best!

Cost: £22

Brand: Next

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