Have you discovered the Joy of……..Tidying?!

10 Feb
2015 WebSummit Day 2 - Society Stage

4 November 2015; Marie Kondo, on the Society Stage during Day 2 of the 2015 Web Summit in the RDS, Dublin, Ireland. Picture credit: Diarmuid Greene / SPORTSFILE / Web Summit

Up until very recently, ShoesieQ reckoned there were just 3 types of people in the world. Those who are good at maths, and those who aren’t………….

But it seems that there is now a new way of dividing the sheep from the lambs. Just ask your friends if they’ve come across Marie Kondo? You’ll either get:

  •  A very quizzical look, possibly accompanied by a question along the lines of “Isn’t she the latest big Shoe Designer/Supermodel/Member of the Sugababes?”

Or

  • He or she (though it’s usually the latter) will instantly develop a rather maniacal look in eyes, and start to babble on  the Magic of Tidying, Sparks of Joy and the absolute bliss of having a neatly folded drawer of knickers!

Those of you who know ShoesieQ at least a little bit would have put her very firmly in the quizzical-looking brigade (!). Well, they would have done until recently. For, dear reader, since then she has been well and truly K’O(ndo)’d!

Up until that point ShoesieQ was pretty much the opposite of a tidy person. And she’d been reading reports of this book that promised to transform people’s lives with the (so-called) “Art” of tidying with eyebrows raised so high that they could have disrupted the flightpath to Stansted airport. But then a friend with a similarly  lax attitude to all things domestic told  ShoesieQ that she really should give this little book a go. So she did. And my word, that really was one of her better decisions, it really was.

It boils down to a few simple principles. Go through everything you own, item by item, and just keep things that make you happy sums up a lot of it. Then find a place for the stuff you’re going to keep, somewhere easy to see, easy to access, and easy to put away again. She’s really keen on folding things and storing them vertically, so they rest against rather than on top each other: making drawers work like a filing cabinet! And it might sound odd,but that works ridiculously well. Here’s ShoesieQ’s trouser drawer just so you can see what she means!

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And it has to be said that Ms Kondo is as mad as a box of frogs. For instance every day Marie thanks her handbag for the hard work of carrying her purse and lipstick about and her home for keeping her dry and warm. She also believes that her possessions have feelings of their own. Bonkers, yes. But even such madness isn’t completely without merit. Just re-frame it slightly as a desire to value your possessions and being grateful for them, and that’s really not such a bad lesson eh? And what better time of year to start?

Anyway, as a result of said tidy ShoesieQ chucked out at least 6 bin bags of clothes that did anything but “Inspire Joy”, when she’d thought about it (possibly because at good 50% of them were at least a size too small for her these days). And it really did feel good! Mind you ShoesieQ has not tackled her shoe collection yet………. 😉

 

 

 

Quite Great? More like Blimmin’ Marvellous!

9 Feb

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Today ShoesieQ brings glad tidings: her shop Modish has been chosen to be featured as part of Quite Great’s Guide for tourists and shoppers coming to Cambridge – Cambridge Unwrapped!

The lovely people at Quite Great have taken it upon themselves to give visitors to our beautiful city a few inside tips on THE best places in Cambridge for a bit of shopping or a bite to eat. Pete Bassett, the boss of Quite Great, very kindly explained that all the shops and outlets chosen are examples of must go to Cambridge retailers who truly understand both the heartbeat of the city and the way to give shoppers a great experience.

The very slight downside is that this guide is via the medium of You Tube, and if you are indeed ShoesieQ that makes it a teensey weensey bit excruciating to watch.

But she has bitten the bullet (!) and added a link so you can see for yourself. In fact it’s such a great idea here’s the link to the whole thing!

Cambridge Unwrapped: Modish

Cambridge Unwrapped: All

 

Ladies and gentlemen, we present to you The Sliced Loaf!

4 Oct

If you are, in the immortal words of Ray Davies,  a dedicated follower of fashion, you won’t fail to have noticed a slightly surprising new trend that the likes of Alexa et al have been sporting over the last few weeks, namely the “Sliced Loaf”.

Now in case you were wondering about the sanity of said fashionistas, ShoesieQ needs to point out that women are NOT rushing down to Lidl (or even Waitrose) en masse, grabbing a large Mothers Pride White Toaster Loaf and strapping two slices onto their tootsies.

What they are doing instead is popping down to their local shoe shop and walking out with a pair of backless loafers. Now obviously “backless loafers” doesn’t sound anywhere fashion-y enough for the style cognoscenti , so some wag decided to sex things up by coming up with an alternative moniker for said shoes. But sadly they coined the frankly ludicrous Sliced Loaf. And even more sadly a load of credulous fashion journalists have adopted this ridiculous name!

Which is a pity as the shoe itself can actually be rather great. Obviously not the furry version that makes it look as though, with every step, you’re massacring a small family of chipmunks. The less said about those, the better! But hey, at least the women wearing them aren’t torturing themselves with every step, which makes a pleasant change from most fashion footwear eh? And worn with trousers of just about any length they look pretty cool.

What’s more, said shoes make ShoesieQ feel remarkably smug, as her shop Modish is somewhat (unusually!) ahead of the game as it has sold backless loafers by Geox for the past few years now. And indeed has them in stock as she types in case you wanted to give them a go 🙂

 

New shoes (and boots!) for Autumn

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Well, as ShoesieQ writes, it seems that the summer is still hanging on. Which bearing in mind that its now pretty much the end of September (!) means just one thing: Strictly Come Dancing is back! Plus, perhaps more pertinently (at least as far as this blog is concerned) it’s time to think about buying some new shoes or, even better, BOOTS!

So, on the off chance that you, dear shoelover, are wondering what you need to look out for in the shops this season, here’s ShoesieQ’s Top 5 trends for AW16:

 

 1) Toes are having a bit of what fashionistas like to term a “moment” – so you’ll continue to see a few pointy shoes and boots, such as these gorgeous suede courts by Hogl and K&S. But if you look hard you may also spot there’s also a sub-trend of  squared off toes, particularly on biker boots.


2) Chelsea boots. Yes we know, not exactly high fashion, but as always oh so useful, so definitely worth a mention. As you can see from these fin examples by Fly London and Vagabond, this season’s Chelseas they’re a bit more grungy, with a platform and or a bit of a heel rather than the ladylike version we saw so much of last year.

 

3) Loafers and Lace Ups. These fab shoes by Vagabond, Tamaris and Lilimill respectively are proof, if proof were needed, that Androgeny rules!And as you can see from these pics the most fashionable Oxfords, brogues and lace ups are on a bit of a platform. Which leads us nicely on to……

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4) Platforms. Elegant wedges have all but disappeared to be replaced by the resurgence of the Platforms of all depths and sizes, from barely there to full-on 1970s in your face (though there are still plenty of wedge platforms about too – phew!). FYI these utterly gorgeous boots are by Fly London

and then last, but very much NOT least…………

 

5) Pewter. This is the main trend you’ll see everywhere! Hip Hip Hooray – pewter is very much a Modish favourite! Mainly because it incorporate two things we love more than anything – a bit of subtle shiny-shiny, along with the chameleon-like ability to go with just about any colour under the sun. What’s not to love! NB It’s only fair ro warn you that the Black and Pewter boots above by Fly London are selling like hotcakes, so if you fancy a pair you’ll need to get your skates on!

So, ladies and gentlemen, the great news about Autumn 2016, at least in terms of what we’ll be wearing on our feet, is that there’s something for pretty much everyone. And as doubtless this lovely warm weather will be buggering off shortly, ShoesieQ suggests that you head off and treat yourself to a lovely new pair of shoes or boots ASAP!

Geox Nebula sneakers: So what’s the biggie?!

21 Apr

You’ll have to be blind to have missed the publicity surrounding Geox’s latest shoe launch: for the Nebula sneaker. But ShoesieQ must admit to some trepidation when she first heard about them. After all trainers are everywhere these days. Just what could Geox do that’s so special?

Well once ShoesieQ tried on some of the early samples about 6 months ago she thought she’d give them a go at her shop Modish, as they really are fabulous.

Incredibly lightweight, flexible, ultra-cushioned and supportive and fully breathable, plus, crucially, they look really neat on the feet. ShoesieQ has had shoe shops for over 8 years now and she’s never come across anything quite like it. Sure other brands can come up trumps with one of two of these benefits: but she’s never come across anything that does all of them!

Geox describe it like walking on clouds, and they’re not far wrong.

In fact she was so impressed she bought them in 6 colours! Which bearing in mind she’s only ever stock 3 colours in any one shoe max shows how good they are!

If you’re sceptical (and ShoesieQ can understand if you are, she was too!), just pop into Modish and try a pair to see for yourself! Or if you’d rather just take a look online here’s a pic of one not moving around at, followed by a link to all the colours we’re selling at Modish

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http://www.modishonline.co.uk/?searchStr=nebula&x=0&y=0

 

Cambridge Style Week 2016 has arrived!

19 Mar

ShoesieQ won’t blather on too much today, doubtless to the relief of many 😉 But she did just want to quickly mention that the rather wonderful Cambridge Style Week is upon us once more. And her shop Modish was delighted to be invited to pair up with our Green Street neighbours OSKA. We hit the catwalk last night and here’s how it went!

PS If you’re quick and at a loose end tonight it looks like there may be one or two tickets left. Here’s the link you need if you fancy going: cambridgestyleweek.com/events

#CSWStyle

 

 

Spring Shoes – the 3 trends that will last!

13 Feb These ankle boots by Manas fit the bill beautifully. £125

Now ShoesieQ is sure the more shoe-obsessed amongst you will have doubtless noticed that the shops are starting to fill up with gorgeous spring shoes and sandals. But what to buy? Fret not my lovelies, as ShoesieQ is in the fortunate position of being in the middle of buying her collection for Autumn Winter 16, and she’s spotted 3 trends that will take you through the rest of the year in style 🙂

The 1970s

This is probably making some of you wince, but the 1970s trend is surprisingly wearable! All it really means is you’ll be seeing plenty of:

  • Blocky heels and platforms
  • The colour tan (in suede and leather)
  • Cowboy boots (especially the ankle version)

and

  • Lots and lots of fringing!
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These ankle boots by Manas fit the bill beautifully. £125

Sneakers

Not entirely sure this counts as a trend tbh, but the growth of activewear in clothing is more than matched by the number of trainers and sneakers in the shops. If you’re not entirely sure this is for you but want to dip your toe in, give these low wedge trainers by Geox a go.

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Persephone by Geox, £90

Pewter

Well, strictly speaking it’s the colour silver that’s making the Fash Pack go weak at the knees. But ShoesieQ rekons you’d be much better off giving pewter a go. It’s a little softer, a little darker and much less bacofoil-y than silver 😉 Plus the fact that they’ve got a reflective surface means that, chameleon-like, pewter shoes tend to pick up the colours from the rest of your outfit, so they literally go with everything. Clever huh?!

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Ok, so you’ll not be wearing these in December, but they’re too pretty not to include! Tamaris £39.99