HtCC: Maria Cristina Bellucci

Pencils as jewellery. Not something I would ever have thought of looking in my pencil case at school, but this is why I am not a jewellery designer.

More information is available at – doesn’t it make you think about how other simple objects can be put together to make something unusual?

Shoe Porn: Charlotte Olympia

I have to admit, I’d love to have all of these shoes. Can you imagine, a rainbow of shoes on a shelf? Charlotte Olympia is the designer of these shoes, and whilst I’ve only picked out the more colourful designs here, she also creates some gorgeous shoes that are a bit more outrageous than I would normally wear!

These are from the Spring/Summer 2011 range, and despite looking really high, I’d probably be OK to walk in these because of the fat heel.

These Minerva laser-cut suede boots (£820) are so cute with their hidden platform, but at 6 inches high, perhaps not one for the cobbled streets that seem to be around the bars I like. I’m not very good with stilettos either!

I love these Paloma satin platform shoes (£590), but again, stilettos. I’m being tormented by beautiful shoes I know that I’ll wobble about on if I try to take even a few steps!

The website is still under construction, but theres lots of pictures over on the Facebook Page to drool over

Never Gonna Give Them Up

“Inspired” by Charlottes post about her hairbrush thats so battered but she just can’t get rid of it, I thought about bits of clothing that I’ve not been able to bin. That skirt that’s got a button missing and a split up the back thats gone so far its a tad indecent. The blouse that gapes across my chest. The tights that have a hole in the toe, but I always forget to throw away until when I put them on and curse.

I looked down at my feet and saw these.

They’re a pair of New Look heels that I bought years ago – in fact, I think my sister bought them and then offloaded them onto me because they were too uncomfortable for her. They probably only cost £15, but have managed to last a ridiculously long time!

I know I had them in 2007, because I used to wear them around the office in Crest. On the left instep, instead of red paint, I have an autograph from my lovely friend Jo. On the right instep. there was an eye but it seems to have turned into a smudge.

The right foot’s heel has come off, which is why I have to throw them out. It would be silly to get these repaired, because the leather is collapsing at the back of the heel and is misshapen around the toes, and there are so many scuff marks on the heels, its worn down to the plastic. But I love them!

(This might sound like a bit of a crazy post, but I hate having to chuck away shoes, since I’m still supposed to not be buying any more…sigh…)

So, what bits of clothing do you still wear, even though you know they should have been chucked out a long time ago?

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