Walking into the spring with metallic shoes

Shoes are loved here in any finish: box leather, patent, snake, cow, goat, croc… but there is something indulgent about metallics that just keeps ticking the right boxes for me.

Luckily this season, a metallic pair is a great update to any outfit. Paris SS16 catwalks cemented the trend for this season and now it’s high time to shine, from our feet up.

Here are my picks:

Silver and fun, with its winkey eye, it’s ASOS Posey. I love classic court shoes, but when they come with a twist… oooh…. How pretty is this?

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On trend, tie-up, ASOS Lordship, in pretty rose gold. So delicate! asos-lordship

Topshop Juliette retro pumps with block heels are also very on trend. A staple!

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I can’t even tell how much Topshop Coconut tickles my fancy! Slingback, squarish rounded toes and a very warm gold. And oh yeah, this season’s sweetheart, he block heel in a super comfy height!

 

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ASOS moral brogues are fun in blue and made for walking.

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Dune gives the classic court Azzra that metallic twist: can’t decide between gold, silver or rose gold? No problems, you can have it all!

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All stars, no stripes. It’s the super quirky bootie from ASOS, Radio

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Pewter in this strappy, feminine and lovely Office number, Anchor.

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Nine West Tarragon is another classic shape in a muted gold, a discreet way of adding some shine to a going out number.

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Pretty caged sandals with a very manageable heel: ASOS Skyline.

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For trainers lovers, a very affordable number from H&M.

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Kurt Geiger Dolly’s comes with pretty ankle straps, block heels and a croc finish.

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Miss KG Audrina is a flat dream Mary Jane with pointy toes.

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These Next slingbacks are lovely and super in for spring in rose gold.

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Devious, these flatform brogues from Office ticks many boxes for me. Love the metallic and cork contrast.

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Another classic retro with block heels: Mia, from Office.

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Boyish with a block heel, Topshop’s Jean adds metallic to an outfit in more restrained way.

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And trust me, there are many more out there, waiting to be snapped. And let me tell you a secret: loads on sale!

What’s your favourite?

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Dani’s Little Book of Fashion: LFW, baby!

lfw_comb - 6This season was a weird one for me. With so much going on in my personal life, I decided to skip LFW AW16 altogether.

lfw_comb - 7I didn’t apply for accreditations, I didn’t request tickets, I didn’t RSVP to the ones I received. Life had been too crazy (and sad – which also justifies the lateness in posting this; I might or not write about it at some point) to fashion week.

I was just to ignore my FOMO and skip it altogether. Enter The Apartment and fabulous blogger Banké to change my mind.

lfw_comb - 3So I picked a day. Had the best time at The LFW Apartment, the brainchild of amazing Abisola (or AbiMarvel, as she is known online), the space if just fantastic. A haven for bloggers to hang out, rest, work and meet brands and other alike.

I can never thank them enough for having me – I got a wonderful blow dry by Mark Hill, stunning nails from Elegant Touch, discovered skincare brad Skin & Tonic London, the beautiful Caravelle NY watches, stationery wonderland kikki.K, got to know more of Urban Outfitter’s home products and was fed wonders from Aubaine, Sugartables London, Starbucks, Voss water, Zeo, Krispy Kreme and Take Eat Easy (which delivered amazing food!).

lfw_comb - 2And this time they have the great guys from Comb (a super cool photo search shopping app) taking lovely street style pictures of us – just book a session and, well, the result speaks for itself.

I took the cat theme (my beloved black Persian Thomas passed away recently, so that was my way of having him round) and ran with it.

The white cat collar shirt is from Miss Patina. I added a simple salopette dress from boohoo, tights from New Look, a cat-ear bowler hat from H&M, Christian Louboutin Pigalle shoes with a satin ribbon around the ankles and topped it off with my Chanel handbag.

Hair was worn down and blue “lipstick” is in fact GloRay eyeliner in Sky Breaker. Nails from Elegant Touch (Hall of Mirrors, the prettiest thing EVER).

lfw_comb - 1For walking around, I wore my trusty Zara boy-ish shoes. I dread the day they are no longer suitable to wear!

Next season I will put all the effort into it. I hope! Until September!

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Fall for Specsavers new addition: Love Moschino

I love my Specs. Many a times I said I grew into loving them, now I see tem as a fashion accessory.

My glasses choices vary every day. Some days, I pick a sharp cat-eye to look fierce. Other times, big thick black frames to look smarter or square frames to look more serious.

When I heard about the latest designer collection at Specsavers, my heart skipped a beat. That’s Moschino for a very affordable £125, and even better, on the 2-for-1.

The Love Moschino collection, exclusive for Specsavers, counts with 12 super wearable frames for prescription, for all occasions, and 3 prescription sunglasses, but with that cute and irreverent Moschino twist.

There are little heart prints, polka dots, tasteful jewels and lettering. They are just the right mix of cool and elegant.

My favourite has to be the cat-eye: black frames with a jewelled detail on the arms.

A close second is this gorgeous larger oval-shaped frames with adorable heart on the outside and polka dots on the inside of the legs. There you have it, my 2 for £125.

I could, however, also do with this gorgeous plum number and the fabulous white-framed prescription sunglasses.

Choosing is a hard task, especially when I tried them all at the amazing Light of Soho which, incidentally, had their art exhibition themed about love.

Impossible not to feel enamoured!

Best thing? You can get hold of yours now! Browse the oh-so-adorable Love Moschino collection on the Specsavers website and pop to a store for an eye test and quirky new specs! The hard party? Pick only 2!

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So Many Lovely Things style retrospective 2015

style_retrospective_somaylovelythingsOh, this year I went a bit crazy on the style front. I bought a few dream bags and shoes and also tried a few different things.

2015 also saw the birth of Dani’s Little Book of Fashion, a more structured approach to fashion on the blog.

It talks trends and style touches that are wearable and easy to incorporate. So which bits are my favourites? I am glad you asked…

Shoes

littlebookfashion_colour_dove (29 of 30)Stepping out of the black Louboutin world, I went for nude and won’t look back! The Christian Louboutin Pigalle 100 in nude patent is a wardrobe staple.

luxemme_party_dress - 15I always wanted some exotic leather shoes and when I saw the Christian Louboutin Pigalle Follies Mika Python, I just knew it had to be them; I’ve always had a think for snake skin… Although rather out there, they are quite neutral in a muted gold. Love.

outfit_quirky_somanylovelythings - 16Flats are a bit of a downer for me, usually more a necessity rather than taste, but these super quirky Office Retreat boy-ish brogues are just too cool for school in silver leather, cow’s hair and pointy toes.

Bags

chanel_handbag - 1After much deliberation, I decided to invest in a Chanel handbag. I went for the classic shape, in a smaller size, with some seasonal quirks. Could not be happier with my choice!

luluguinness_lips - 1The first time I saw a Lulu Guinness Lips clutch I knew I had to have it. And I chose the black one, which is the perfect clutch.

Outfits

So hard to choose… here’s a small sample.

Summer outfit

littlebookfashion_colour_dove (21 of 30)Will have to be colour me pretty, on which I collaborate with Dove. It is a co-ord, it has bright colours, it says summer all over!

Winter outfit

outfit_quirky_somanylovelythings - 19Quirky. I learnt to add a little bit more quirk to my wardrobe on a daily basis. This one has many ideas which can be used together or separately. All while warm!

Party outfit

That’s where it gets super hard. I’ve narrowed it down to three:

somanylovelythings - party outfitThe House of CB cut out pencil dress, ideal for clubbing or  sophisticated night out. Sexy, but not slutty. At least for me.

somanylovelythings - party outfitFor a red carpet vibe, the House of CB plunge evening dress. Plunging neckline, thigh high slit, tons of glamour. O be worn carefully. I was skilfully taped and nipple daisy-ed on this one.

luxemme_party_dress - 1For a family party, this Luxêmme white dress is perfect. Too pretty.

Trend outfit

70s trends - somanylovelythingsHas to be the 70s bohemian look. A tough one to pull off without looking fancy dress. The right elements in the right dose is the key for any era trend.

Casual outfit

somanylovelythings - casualOf course, my Sunday London Fashion Week outfit. Comfy and quirky, it had it all.

Work outfit

work outfit - somanylovelythingsAnother tough choice… I love this pinafore dress and bunny shirt, just too cute, and still dressy. Worn with courts in the office.

flowery suit - somanylovelythingsThis Matalan suit is great too. A suit, but not too serious and stiff.

Fancy dress outfit

Obviously, my freakishly scary clown for Halloween. Tons of makeup, white contacts and plenty of crimping action going on. Oh, and blood. Lots os it.

Chill outfit

Nothing says relax as a My Little Pony oversized fleece. This is two sizes too big and part of a pyjama set, but I just found the top at Primark, so bought it for £8 and couldn’t be happier.

Well, my Care Bear (grumpy, of course), is also a strong contender to this post! Both are so chilled the picture are crap!

What about you? What did you wear and fell in love with this year?

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Dani’s Little Book of Fashion: happy holidays

luxemme_party_dress - 1December is indeed the month of pretty dresses.

Although I take every opportunity to don a little dress, in December there are just too many: Christmas parties, celebrations, end of year get togethers plus Christmas and New Year’s eve.

Luxêmme sent me the gorgeous white Elodie crepe flared sleeve cape dress and I thought it would be perfect for New Year’s eve.

luxemme_party_dress - 10Why? In Brazil we have this tradition of wearing white, which symbolises peace, to welcome the new year.

I decided to shoot it in a festive setting, my sitting room. Ok, not much of a choice; it was miserable outside, and it has been for weeks.

I styled it with my adored Lulu Guinness black lips clutch, a gold and black belt, a delicate golden leaves tiara and go shoes.

Not only I thought this look is perfect for a party, it also has that snow fairy vibe to it. The sheer cape feels very comfortable, falls beautifully and I love it sticks to the back in a way it still shows your shape. Because it is sheer, you can also see my curves, which makes it more flattering.

This look will probably take me into 2016. I felt like a cross between a Grecian goddess and Princess Leia – a shorter, chic version of her white flare-y dress!

I have to say that immediately after choosing and placing my order, I felt a bit nervous. White dresses are anything but forgiving.

However, I was very surprised by how good the fit and overall quality are.luxemme_party_dress - 8

It is on the sheer side, but I wore with a nude thong and skin colour nipple daisies, and it was ok. A nude slip would be good too.

It arrived quickly with a personalised note, which was a lovely touch.

Luxêmme carries a great selection of garments for all occasions. The Elodie flared sleeve cape dress is part of their limited collection, so once it’s gone, it’s gone. It costs an affordable £39.

You can browse their selection, and order online on the Luxêmme website.

Happy holidays!

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My pick of Christmas jumpers

christmas_jumper_selectionOnly recently the air started smelling like Christmas. This is a weird time of the year for me. I love Christmas, but I grew up having tropical Christmas: super hot with thunderstorms. And I miss my family.

Thirteen years on, I find comfort in the smell that winter brings, that cold air that fills your lungs and announces that my favourite time of the year is coming.

It’s December and we are allowed. Grab your mulled wine, create a Christmas playlist on Spotify and cosy up with one of my picks of Christmas jumpers, also handy to dazzle at that Christmas lunch, Jumper Day at the office or just putting your tree up!

missguided_xmas_jumperShake your tinsel, Missguided, £22

My kind of Christmas jumper. Off the shoulder: check. Cheeky message: check. Worn as a dress: check.

What’s not to like? And of you are looking for cheeky, sexy jumper, Missguided is the place to find them – their selection is fab.

asos_xmas_jumperHappy Pug-Mas, ASOS, £20

This Missguided jumper is perfect for dog lovers. Cute.

boohoo_cat_xmas_jumperElla Meowy, Boohoo, £15

Now for cat lovers. with this one, you are guaranteed a happy Cat-mas (sorry!).

 

asos_vintage_xmas_jumperVintage ski pattern, ASOS, £38

I love the vintage pattern on this jumper. Discreet and rather elegant, is perfect for the more demure Xmas jumper wearer.

boohoo_reindeer_xmas_jumperReindeer, Boohoo, £15

More traditional with Rudolph and a bobble red nose. Also available in black and navy.

primark_robin_xmas_jumperRobin, Primark, £12

A cute seasonal robin with super fluffy wings. What’s not to love?

topshop_cracker_xmas_jumperCracker, Topshop, £38

I love this sparkly sequin explosive cracker.

peacocks_reindeer_xmas_jumperReindeer, Peacocks, £18 (now £14.40)

Another reindeer, but this one lights up! The Christmas lights tangled up on its antlers come on. And there is pattern on the back too, so there’s no mistake it’s a festive jumper!

hm_elfie_xmas_jumperElfie Selfie, H&M, £14.99

H&M went all out for Christmas, bringing no one less than Katy Perry to be their Christmas fairy. This lovely jumper is sold out online, but maybe you are lucky to find it in-store.

matalan_snowman_xmas_jumperSnowman, Matalan, £20

Became a snowgirl with this Matalan jumper. Complete with pink tie-up scarf, which is my favourite part of this one! Oh, it plays music too!

primark_gingerbread_xmas_jumperGingerbread man, Primark, £14

Very delicate, super wearable and only £14. Yes, Get it. Primark has a great affordable selection of festive jumpers, sweats and t-shirts.

matalan_elf_xmas_jumperElf, Matalan, £20

Your head becomes this lovely elf’s when you are wearing it. Plus, it is musical.

Christmas jumpers are bigger every year. There are so many around and there are lots of lovely ones I missed.

Have you find your for this season?

Happy Christmas!

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Stepping into another era in Camden, with Collectif Vintage Clothing

100 dresses. No, it is not number I go through every morning before deciding what to wear, silly. It is the number of Collectif dresses donned by lovely ladies at the Collectif Big Camden Party, which lived up to its “night of style, sass and swing” tagline wonderfully.

Choosing from seven beautiful Collectif vintage inspired dresses, we were treated to a fabulous retro hair do as well as a few glasses of prosecco and an unlimited amount of fun at the Collectif shop at Stables Market, in the heart of Camden Town.

I am a huge vintage inspired clothing fan. I don’t make it a lifestyle and don’t really stick to an era, but I pepper it around my own style; and the 50s are by far favourite time.

I love pencil skirts, cinched waists and I think that’s the best shape for my body; I feel comfortable and of course, pretty!

After squeezing myself into the gorgeous Yvonne Hanna Check Trim pencil dress and with my head suitably adorned with Victory rolls (by Lucy’s Vintage Hair) we moved on to Solomon’s Yard for the party.

And what a party it was. We were promised live bands, DJs, burlesque, magic, hoola hooping and Unicorns (yes, UNICORNS) ad boy, did they deliver that and more.

Welcomed by a vintage car and motorbikes, the stage was always filled with the most amazing acts: the Victory Sisters, an impeccable wartime vocal trio wearing pretty Collectif Maria Woodland Bloom Swing dresses.

There was beyond sassy burlesque from stunners The Folly Mixtures, with two cute and sexy acts, music spanning the eras between performances, courtesy of DJ Gem Precious and Diana Thompson.

Fabulous in orange drag queen Meth killed the comedy lip-syncing and got us all singing and laughing, and I even got some bonus spanking from the hilarious Levitating Elvis, with his boxing glove hair, an act so weird that is wonderful.

I do have to single out the not only gorgeous but super talented The Tootsie Rollers.

All five of them wore sultry siren Ingrid Fishtail evening dresses and left me smiling throughout the whole performance of pop sons with a swing twist. Extraordinary.

Finally, the unicorns. They came all the way from The Fabulus of Unicorns, a group of horn wearing, glitter-spreading people whose sole purpose is to disseminate love and happiness among humans. I mean, I just felt so happy around them that it’s not even funny.

I was of course, “kissed” by a unicorn and can still find glitter all over my house.

And there was dancing. Laughing. Such a fabulous atmosphere, fantastic happy people, all supporting a great brand with glamour that keeps giving.

My dress (and all the others I tried – sorry guys, you were fabulous and so kind trying to accommodate me) has an excellent finish and detailing, amazing cut, fits well and made me feel a million dollars.

All their clothes are amazing, the designs are obviously, vintage inspired, but very wearable. I have my eyes on a few little numbers, I tell you!

You can browse the beautiful Collectif Vintage Clothing collection on their website, I highly recommend it.

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Pam Hogg’s Lawless SS16 catwalk show

pam_hogg_ss16I am a huge fan of Pam Hogg. Everything about her designs scream that rebelliouness London fashion has been historically known for in the fashion week circles.

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Nominate So Many Lovely Things for the Cosmopolitan Blog Awards 2015

Those who know me will know I really blog for myself. It’s something I love. But I suppose getting an award wouldn’t be so bad…

I would be forever grateful if you could nominate So Many Lovely Things for the Cosmopolitan Blog Awards 2015 under the Best Beauty Blog (ambitious, I know).1441186218-cosmoblogawards-2015-nominatemebadge

Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love the followers, the comments, the interaction with people who share the same love as me, the fabulous brands that believe in me and in what I do.

 

And oh, the unique ability to inspire, even if one person out there, and to perhaps give them a little nudge to enhance their amazing selves… it is truly priceless.

But my blogging has a more selfish reason to be: me. My passion for beauty, style, fashion – and shoes – that is so huge that leaks out from my small person into these virtual pages.

Most importantly, it has given me comfort when I needed the most.

I never thought that, in claiming my little corner of the internet, I would be exposed to so many amazing things.

It has given me the chance to work with amazing brands, it has exposed me to a wealth of knowledge which is ever growing, backing up my love for the subjects.  And the people… I met amazing people.

I feel extremely lucky, privileged and humbled. Oh, and eternally grateful.

However, I take an award wouldn’t go amiss, right? So please (I say again, just in case) nominate me for the Cosmopolitan Blog Awards 2015 in the Best for Beauty category. It’s super quick, and you can do it by filling the form on their page.

You never know, I might even get shortlisted! Should I be, there will be a little post asking you (yes, I always ask too much) to vote for me.

And thank you. Not just for this, but for being here. There’s a lot of love going round.

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Dani’s Little Book of Fashion: Autumn in the countryside

lbf_countryside_autumn - 3If you know a little bit about me, you know I am not a country loving person. That is limited to not enjoying “long walks”, hiking and camping.

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