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December 14, 2015


The slew of Christmas and New Year’s parties you’ll have to attend this season will likely require you to do a little shopping. And of course, in addition to adding a few dresses and accessories to your wardrobe, you’re going to need a few new pairs of shoes for your collection. Here is a little guide to shoe buying over the festive season…

First, invest in a new pair of heels. Even if you’re not a fan of high heels, formal holiday parities deem them a season necessity. She Knows created a list of the top 10 heel styles that are expected to be the most popular this season. Among the collection is a stunning pair of peep-toe pumps, a pair of “shooties” (part boot, part shoe), and some classic Mary Janes. Not surprisingly, red was a popular color, but other hues and patterns, such as blue suede, leopard print, and glittery metallics presented equally attractive options. Thankfully, most pairs on the list are pretty budget friendly, so a second pair isn’t out of the question!


Secondly, you should find a pair of ballet flats because all of that dancing can take its toll on your toes. Festive colors like red and green make them perfect for the holidays, and they’re versatile enough to complete dozens of outfits during the season and long after it ends. Pair them with dresses, pants, or skirts, and they’ll always look great. Better still, they’re easy to fold up into a average-sized purse and pull out anytime you’ve had enough of your uncomfortable heels. Check out the compilation of flats from Vogue to see some of the season’s most popular styles.

Finally, find yourself a pair of over-the-knee boots. They might be a little out of place during a family dinner, but they’ll make an amazing addition to a hot New Year’s Eve outfit, or during a night out revisiting with old friends from school. If you take a look at the different designer shoe offerings on Lyst, you can how most of the top names in the industry are sticking to either brown suede, or different black fabrics. Brown might have been a good choice a few months ago, as it’s a popular color for Autumn. However, at this point in the season, you’ll probably get a lot more use out of a solid black pair.

After shopping for others all season, you deserve a few goodies for yourself. Plus, finding a few amazing party shoes is a surefire way to put yourself in the holiday spirit.

Happy shopping!

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How to Host Your Own Clothes Swap Party

February 15, 2014

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Hello! This is my very first blog post here on Led by Lucy and it is dedicated to the art of clothes swap parties.

Hosting parties is a bit of a hobby of mine, but clothes swap parties are an all time favourite. Who doesn’t want to party with friends and leave with a bundle of new threads, all the while knowing that you are doing your bit for good old Mother Earth!?

Keeping our carbon footprint dainty can be difficult in a world of disposable fashion. Swapping is a much greener and far more ethical way of updating your wardrobe, and its super fun too!

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Here are my top tips for hosting your own:

  1. Set the Date, Send the Invitation and Choose a Charity…

Top tip – When setting the date I always try to give guests at least two months notice, so that they have time to trawl through their wardrobes and select the items that they want to swap

  • Setting a limit of items people can bring helps to keep things manageable and means people will bring good quality pieces. I usually suggest five items per person at a small party and three at larger parties
  • If you’re short on hangers, ask that guests bring clothes already on one
  • Choose a charity close to your heart to donate any remaining items to, Ichose Wigan and Leigh Hospice at my latest party
  • If you want your invites to fit with the sustainable ethos of the event, send your invites over email

The Set Up…

If your hosting a large party and have the luxury of two rooms,  usher your guests into one room with music, drinks and nibbles. Take the clothes into the other room and keep it closed until the swapping commences.

  • Hang everything up onto rails, in three sections labeled small, medium and large (if you don’t have rails you could use a clothes horse or washing line)
  • Have an accessories table for shoes, handbags and jewelry

The Rules: If you brought Primark Don’t Take Prada!…

Once everyone has arrived and your goodies are all set up, its almost time to ‘swap till you drop’. 

  • If you don’t have enough mirrors, getting into pairs or ‘style buddies’ to advise each other can be fun
  • I usually set one golden rule: If you brought Primark don’t take Prada!
  • Go swap!

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