Month: February 2013

I’m Loving…Cut-Out Boots


Cut-out Boots are set to be a BIG trend for spring/summer 2013 as inspired by Balenciaga.  ( think of how big creepers were at the end of last year) And I for one will be looking to rustle up some monies to purchase myself a pair of these beauties!

As demonstrated by the likes of Rihanna, 90210’s Shenae Grimes and Mary-Kate Olsen these boots can bring a sense of the effortlessly cool to any outfit whether they are grunging down a floral summer dress or adding a sexy flash of ankle to a pair of black ripped skinny jeans.

Mary Kate Olsen wear Balenciaga cut-out boots$1275

Mary Kate Olsen wear Balenciaga cut-out boots

However, if like me, the designer boots are a bit beyond your price range, fear not! there are plenty of excellent high street alternatives

to purchase now :

topshop boots

Aftershock Cutout Lace-up Boots- £85

Topshop already have a great range of Cutout Boots available on their website.

I first came across these Aftershock Cutout Lace-up Boots when a girl in my media class walked in with them on, combining them with blue skinnies and a knitted jumper for a casual and understated look. These shoes are slightly more elegant, it could be argued than the Balenciaga boots and the contrasting sole makes them even more on-trend. Could be easily paired with a summer dress for a quick and easy chic style.

ARISTOTLE Chunky Tassle Boots - £98

ARISTOTLE Chunky Tassle Boots – £98





Complete with tassles, gold buckles and brogue-detailing, these chunky Aristotle boots have somewhat more of a grunge-feel about them. Might be styled with black skinny jeans, a black top and leather jacket with a messy fish tail plait for that ultimate dressed-down grunge look or simply a pair of acid-washed high waisted shorts and a band t-shirt, ready to hit the festivals.

To avoid being too Topshop-centric [although they do have the best range as far as Cutout boots are concerned!]

Here are some other brands:

Brown Cut Out Back Biker Boots -£60

Brown Cut Out Back Biker Boots -£60



These River Island Brown Biker Boots are slightly different with their cut-out heel. The brown faux leather, pointed toe and buckles give these boots more of the resemblance of  a cowboy boot, meaning they are likely to be spot-on trend for summer as wild west/cowboy inspired style always appears to be a strong trend come the summer.

Peonny Cut Out Buckle Ankle Boots - £34.99

Peonny Cut Out Buckle Ankle Boots – £34.99






For girls on a budget these Misguided Peonny Cut Out Buckle Ankle Boots are ideal for keeping up with the trends without breaking the bank, and these contrasting soles work perfectly. If there are a particular pair that you like on the Topshop website, keep an eye out on Misguided as they tend to make good copies.


So there you go, there are a wide variety of cut-out boots available and the ones shown here are only a few. However, if you do like any of these pairs you’d better get to those online checkouts quick as the large majority of pairs are running out of stock. Enjoy!

Harriette xx


Aubin + Wills shutdown


Well it seems to have been confirmed that Aubin + Wills, sister company to English label Jack Wills, has finally ceased trading, after it was announced it would do so back in October last year.

As described in the Telegraph :”the label offer[ed]  well-made, grown-up take on preppy style through elegant coats and knitwear for men and women, with a quintessentially British red fox as its logo”

I for one will be rather sad to see this company go with it’s quaint little shops, tucked away in the middle of nowhere,  and the Aubin + Wills almanac’s with celebrity models such as yummy cookery-mummy Sophie Dahl, ex-Blur musician Alex James, and stunning Snow White and the Huntsman actress Liberty Ross [ I mean Kristen Stewart? What was he really thinking? Look at his wife!]  Once I even purchased a wonderful pair of blue denim jeans from the sweetest little shop hidden away in Covent Garden. On purchase they were wrapped and sealed in company tissue paper, put into a small paper bag and passed to me across the counter as if they were something  truly precious.

liberty ross

Liberty Ross modelled for Aubin + Wills as part of there Christmas swansong

But far from this just being a British clothing brand, the Aubin and Wills in East London even has it’s own cinema, complete with all the luxuries of velvet sofas and chairs, plumped up with Aubin & Wills cushions and blankets, and a bar serving cocktails and wines. The cinema itself offers “a broad range of quality mainstream and art house films and features popular titles that are critically acclaimed and eagerly anticipated by filmgoers”, playing a selection of indie films and classics such as “Some Like It Hot” featuring Marilyn Monroe. Although you might have a stump up a few pounds if you were thinking of paying a visit, as the box office charges per sofa.

cinema cinema 2

It has not yet been confirmed what the plans are for this cinema, however all of Aubin + Wills shops spread across the nation are now closing down, with Jack Wills planning to fill as many as possible.

In a way it seems almost surreal to see all of these well- known brands leaving our British highstreets, with the likes of Woolworths and more recently HMV already going. What remains is the relief that you never bought a gift card that you would no longer be able to redeem and the old Aubin + Wills almanacs and paper shopping bags, which have now merely become relics of the past.