Hello Jaguar



Wearing Cleo Ferin Mercury Jaguar scarf*, Terry de Havilland Stella shoes, Lulu Guinness lips clutch, vintage t-shirt and necklace , TK Maxx skirt

Oh my gosh a blog post with actual photos, I know its been a while but I am finally getting settled in my new job and home. Not having a trusty team of photographers on hand means you will have to put up with the iPhone snaps too but I will do my best. Those of you on Instagram (@SuperElevated) will have seen my new friend already, the lovely gold Jaguar scarf by Cleo Ferin Mercury. Isn’t he lovely! I have had him draped over my shoulder for the past few weeks. Cleo’s scarves are utterly beautiful hand made from silk in the most striking of prints. What I really like about this scarf is that it’s an easy way to dress up a simple outfit, or vice versa if worn over a LBD you can tone down your outfit easily just by removing the scarf, useful if you have to adjust your style to your work place. Worn here with ┬átwo of my summer staples this vintage tshirt and pink skirt I’ve had for ages now. The purple bejewelled Terry de Havilland wedges usually live in my ‘fancy shoes case’ but I do break them ┬áout for special occasions they are so comfy for such a high shoe. They look amazing with turquoise nail polish, this sunny day caught me off guard though I’m afraid to say. I think I’m still in February can it really be spring already!


Old BookCase Shoe Storage Display


I am still midway with the renovations and awaiting a few more shelves for my walk-in – yep I do have more shoes than I thought. In my bedroom I decided to swap my old chest of draws for a taller styles so was left with a space. I debated having another Billy bookcase but didn’t want to make the room cramped. Instead I decided to evict all the books from this bookcase we had in the hall and bring it in to my bedroom. Since it has glass doors I thought it would be great to display more more ornate shoes whilst keeping them safe from dust. The bookcase was inherited from my Granddad, it still has his cigarette┬á burn on the top. I remember as a child my mum telling him off as he would often leave his cigarette balanced on the top whilst he went off doing things. It doesn’t really match the otherwise white room but I really quite like how it looks, or perhaps that’s just because I like the bookcase, either way I’m happy with it. I am still putting off re-varnishing the wood floors, it wasn’t a fun job the first time I did it.



The ‘before’ shot


Cigarette burn and a cup mark


I also picked up these fun storage boxes from Dunelm, I use my Lush hatboxes to hide away bits and bobs but had filled them up so these will be great for hiding messy make-up and toiletries. I know it will be worth it in the end, but I’d just like to be able to find a pair of socks without having to rummage through ten bin bags first! Hopefully by next week it should be finished, just one last trip to Ikea.

1970’s Shoes

A selection of 70’s shoes on display at the Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool. I have to say it was the Terry De Havilland pair which first caught my eye, you can’t have a 70’s exhibition without a pair of his disco fabulous shoes! Terry also known as the ‘Rock and Roll cobbler’ is still making fabulous shoes, something which┬á keep telling myself I should save up for, the Mimi design is really true to the 70’s original style, swoon. The tall black boots light it my eyes when I saw the design was called the ‘Pearly Queen’! They are by Mary Quant and the pearlised leather popular at the time, perfect for pairing with your mini-skirts. As platofrm shoes could be so heavy and precarious to walk in light weight cork soles became popular. The exhibit note shares a quote from Vogue “1972: The first woman falls off her cork sandals. Millions follow“. That is one trend we never seem to tire of!!

Trends: Something Old, Something New

I wasn’t really sure where I was going with this post, at first I was trying to decide if to write about Terry de Havilland (yep I was drooling over shoes on the internet again) or the the Queen’s black cape. As usual my desktop had become a mess of images but as I started to sort them out a pattern emerged. Of course ‘vintage’ clothing is not a new concept, I bet most of us have either a love of shopping vintage boutiques or a well worn hand me down in their closets. But what I was thinking about is how trends come back around, sometimes we adapt them to look more modern but other times the trend remains timeless.

The Queen’s black cape is the perfect example of this, when I saw her (on the telly) at the Jubilee concert snuggled in her sweeping black cloak with its characteristic gilt detailing, I immediately remembered her wearing it in the portrait of her by Cecil Beaton in 1968. The same cape worn 40 years apart looks perfect in each occasion and certainly not dated. A similar look was donned by Lana del Rey at the recent Met Ball wearing Joseph Altuzarra. She looked like a real Hollywood starlet from times gone by, the look wasn’t favoured by everyone but I think it was a real classic touch of glamour.

Whilst I was looking at the beautiful Terry de Havilland wedges and platform court shoes I was picturing wearing them as Bianca Jagger would have in the 70’s, long draped maxi dresses or a sharp wide leg trouser suit. Kate Moss encaptures this look perfectly in her white gown. But then Sienna working them with jeans and Caroline wearing them with a thoroughly 00’s mini dress turns the trend right on it’s head. Isn’t fashion fun!

(Images: Top clockwise: Bianca Jagger via handbag.com, The Queen by Cecil Beaton, The Queen by Annie Lebovitz, Lana del Rey via digitalspy.com. Lower clockwise: Caroline Flack via coolspotter.com, Sienna Miller via Instyle.com, Kate Moss via Katemossonline.net, all shoe images Terry de Havilland from Spartoo.com clockwise from top Luna court, Carina court, red Lola wedge, purple Stella wedge, Zia sandal, Margaux snakeskin wedge)

Shoe Saturday: Terry De Havilland

Mimi, Lois B

One thing I have always dreamed of owning is a pair of Terry De Havilland shoes. He is the king of the disco shoe with wedges, platforms and glitz a plenty. Terry was born into a family of shoe makers and has been hand making shoes for rock royalty for years. Now he had a ready to wear line crammed fully of his trademark rock and roll appeal. With suede and leathers in glitter and metallics these are shoes for partying.

Nisha, Sadie

Tammy, Lois A

The chunky platform lace ups would look fabulous with a 70s style white tux, whilst the platform courts will give a rock edge to a party dress. The pointed courts would dress up a simple trouser suit whilst the patent boots scream sexy.

Which pair would you love to rock?


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Images: Spartoo Shoes