New Shoe Line | Why I Have Waited So Long to Talk About Shoes

Today, I am very proud to educate you about a fashionable new shoe line!

Upper Street by Nicole Smallwood

Stylish and sexy, this line just launched at the beginning of October and was deigned by Nicole Smallwood for Upper Street London. Here are a few major highlights:

  • They range from size 10 – 12.5, and you can also select the width.
  • They are CUSTOMIZABLE (you heard me). You can chose from two heel heights, if the style permits – mid OR high!
  • They are SUPER customizable (yeah, I know I just said that, but wait for it…) you can also customize other features, like colour and fabric. So cool!
  • The fabric quality is very high and the shoes have extra cushioning for comfort.
  • Nicole Smallwood is a celebrity stylist with over 12 years experience in the fashion industry, and co-founder of Upper Street, Katy Chandler, is  no stranger to the struggles of looking for fashionable footwear, being a size 11.5. Sounds like a match made in heaven!

Yes, they are priced on the higher end, but how great would it feel to be the gal on the receiving end of this sentiment: “Oh my god, I LOVE your shoes… where did you get them?”

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Time to Talk Shoes

You may have noticed that I have never broached the topic of footwear for tall ladies, who typically have larger feet. (Or it never occurred to you. Either or.)

Alas, I have been avoiding it. It’s because it’s a sensitive subject. I have worried that I might alienate my readers, but then I realized that of course I need to talk about shoes- it is in the interest of my readers! So, without further adieu, here it is:

I have abnormally small feet for someone who is my height. I’m an 8 – 8.5. I realize that other tall ladies consider me incredibly lucky. I’ve been called a freak and been on the receiving end of many a-hateful glares from fellow tall ladies.  Rest assured, I am sure my balance suffers a significant amount because of this. My friend, Michelle, maintains that I am a marvel of physics because I should just tip over. (Sometimes, I do.)

I recently realized, though, that not looking into larger footwear options is not helpful to my community. I hope you like the first instalment!

 

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A Peplum for the Long-Waisted Tall Lady

I just checked: Peplum’s will continue to be a staple in the Fall 2013 fashion sphere. They are flattering, they are versatile and can easily transition from day to evening…but every time I try one on, it looks ridiculous.

I wanted to wear a peplum top to go with a skirt I was going to wear to a party. I tried them on at several stores and ran into the same issue with each one: the point at which they flare out was just too high on my waist and barely passed my ribcage, if at all. The seam on a peplum should occur at the smallest part of your waist and then flare out. This was not happening. It was giving me double hips. (One set is enough, thanks!)

SO- I went shopping, and found a solution! A simple look that can create the illusion of a peplum without having to sew one together yourself. Unless you’re crafty like that.

1. Find a long blouse of a flowy fabric. Nothing too structured.

2. Find a stretchy belt, thick or thin (will depend on how much extra length you have in the blouse.

3. Snap that belt around your waist and VOILA! Tall Lady peplum with a belt at the natural waist!!!

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