Tuesday, 3 February 2015
Irregular Choice: Lammie & Lil Lamb
Hello my lovelies! As promised here are my new buys from Irregular Choice. They arrived yesterday morning, but it's taken all day to sort through and edit the pics and man is there plenty of 'em! So grab a biccie and settle in : )
The first thing to introduce is the new season box, tissue paper and soles. Absolutely glorious, brightly coloured, tropical theme. Definitely gets you in the mood for summer. The soles coordinate with the box, showing a fancy schmancy bird (I won't insult anyone by naming and likely getting the breed wrong), while the tissue features large turquoise spots.
The first thing that struck me with the Lammie shoes out of the box, was the size of the bows. I wasn't expecting them to be so large, they are awesome! The snake like material (that I nicknamed 'mermaid bit' in my original post) is absolutely beautiful, it changes colour in the light and glows really brightly and is much more colourful than it looks from stock images online. Turquoise, green, yellow, purple, pink, lime, teal, a whole spectrum of colours. Thankfully my camera picked it up well. Plus there's the other shimmery bit, which again had much more of a sheen than I expected.
As you can see the toe tapers, without being pointy. The shoe is quite wide before the toe, so you'd expect a really rounded toe shape, but instead it narrows. There are nice touches, like the scalloped edge to the inner side of the strap (flat on the side that uses the buckle for ease of use) and speaking of the buckle, I love it. All too often shoes feature fiddly little buckles and this one is substantial without overpowering the rest of the shoe and there's even a loop to keep the strap in place.
Size wise, I've got the strap in the widest hole, which is pretty normal for me in Irregular Choice. Inside is more of that holographic snakeskin fabric, alongside floral velvet with gold highlights. Hello beautiful! The fabric is thankfully soft against the skin and doesn't irritate.
Like I said originally, the lamb heel takes on an almost wedge like shape. It is shorter than previous models at 3 1/4", but actually doesn't feel unnaturally low for me. It feels and looks less bulky than some of the others (bunny, unicorn, fawn, maybe even the cat) and is lighter, more on a par with the gnome/Santa, despite them being a 'heel' and this a wedge. The lamb is 'bubbly' all over, white with pink shading (like the cat) and has a slightly glossed appearance (again, like the cat). You'll note he's not perfectly symmetrical, the way he is sitting (when you see each side), which is natural.
As you'll have seen in the close-ups, the beaded look uppers are precisely that and exactly how I imagined them and yes, it looks exactly like nail caviar!
I think it would be easy to miss the little lamb actually because of all the lovely materials and big bows on the shoe. There's just so much to look at and for once the shoe itself is just as show-stopping and eye-catching as the statement heel. As I said, I ordered two sizes 38 (my usual size) and the 39 (a size up). To quote One Direction, "story of my life", a half size would be the perfect fit. The 38 were very snug, but I persevered and shoved my foot in (uncomfortable, but it went in). I could feel it would rub the top of my little toes with wear. The 39 though isn't such a neat fit. It gapes slightly at the sides (even when fastened) and I thought the strap would be enough to keep my feet in, but my heel is lifting out a little bit whilst walking. Nothing that wouldn't be fixed with an insole and/or heel grips I suppose. Though I think I'm going to keep trying with the 38 as I've had similar experiences with previous styles (mostly the perspex heel ones like I'm Bossy and Can't Touch This) where with wear and stretching a little with thick socks, they've indeed stretched and become more comfortable. I just suspect if I kept the 39, they'd end up too big over time. It doesn't end with the shoes though, because I got the Lil Lamb bag too!
My Mum thinks it's beautiful but was a bit "hmmm, it doesn't totally match"! You have to remember there were only two bags but four different shoes and I actually rather like that it's not too matchy-matchy, sometimes, it's ok not to match entirely. There I said it!
It's made from a floral fabric with a distressed slub every now and then, not unlike old pyjamas to be honest! I mentioned all this in my original post, but the 'beaded' fabric is mirrored in the lamb face and scalloped trim along the top. There's embroidered flowers and the pink sections are the same type of material as the shimmery bits on my shoes, but in pink this time, with cut out hearts at the corners. It's got a beautiful sheen just like the shoes, which again, my camera picked up.
The bag has a gold frame and large 'knobble' clasp closure. Inside is the same floral velvet that's inside the shoes. It's a dream to open and look at.
The lamb is made from sequins in an array of pastel shades. The detachable strap is shimmering pink on the underside and floral on top, with embroidered flowers at the ends to match the detail on the main bag.
Isn't it gorgeous? Plus they are just so totally cute together. Warmer days and Spring-time here I come! Well probably not y'know, but I can dream...!
If the lamb heel isn't totally your thing, then I'd seriously recommend the Schuh exclusive Fancy This Party People (which I styled here). The entire uppers are made from the same material as the 'mermaid bits', so in the flesh are much more colourful than they look in the promo images. They have a glitter heel and bow on them too : ) Do you love these as much as I do?
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