Shoes, Style, Travel

A Woman’s Right to Shoes

Some of you might be familiar with that episode of Sex & the City but for those of you who are not, let me summarize for you:

The incredibly stylish protagonist Carrie Bradshaw is invited to her friend Kyra’s baby shower where she was asked to remove her heels when arriving so the house remains germ free for the young children. As she leaves the baby shower Carrie discovers her brand new silver Manolo Blahniks were stolen. When Kyra discovers it will cost her $485 to replace them she quickly balks back on her offer and Carrie is left shoeless and “shoe shamed” by her friend and wondering if she had mistakenly chosen a life filled with shoes and pretty clothes less traditional than the norm.

When she fails to resolve things with her friend or replace her new heels, Carrie comes up with an ingenious plan to turn the tables around and Ms. Bradshaw registers herself at Manolo Blahnik. All in recognition of her announcing marriage to her-shoes-self and registering only those beautiful heels that were stolen.

… Of course the episode ends well with Carrie confidently walking through the streets of New York wearing her newly gifted silver Manolos. 

“Sometimes it’s hard to walk in a single woman’s shoes. That’s why we need really special ones now and then to make the walk a little more fun.”

I like to think that last sentiment from Carrie really influenced me and my life choices early on in my move to Paris. Now as you all may know I am no longer a single lady, but for quite a long number of years I was. I didn’t mind though, I was never really looking for love; I was just looking for confidence. And much like Carrie I feel those statement outfits and growing collection of special shoes gave me the confidence I needed to tackle the streets of Paris with my head held high.

Fast forward 9 years later and although I am still living in that tiny Parisian apartment I first moved into all those years ago (yes, I am a creature of habit!) certain things have changed. As a fashion designer & blogger, I now live surrounded by a growing collection of the most beautiful clothes, hats, accessories and of course, an abundance of very very special shoes/heels, not to forget a huge boxed wedding dress, which leads me to the most important change of all: I am now happily married and living here with Matt, who although left all his belongings behind on the other side of the world and only moved to Europe with one tiny suitcase, he has also been quick to add to our collection of things, and well we do live in Paris in a typically impossibly small apartment.

So by the end of 2016 we decided it was time to make space in our tiny home and make more room for our grand future together. We did so by relocating our most important keepsake possessions back to our much larger home-away-from-home in Scotland. It was also perfect timing as well over Christmas as we had quite a few things to photograph for our site. To ensure my abundance of shoes, wedding dress, books, magazines, Sex & the City DVDs made it back home safely, we sent them the cheapest and most efficient way possible with Send My Bag. A worldwide 5-star delivery service, with SMS updates along the way and with all our belongings arriving 3 days earlier than expected, it’s a service I just had to recommend to you here on the blog. Since most of our 2017 dreams will be taking us to new adventurous places in the world, I will be using their shipping whenever we need the extra service.

Safe to say I had some fun with the contents of the boxes when we arrived home to celebrate this Christmas, and I thought a shoebox tree was the most fitting to represent that move in our journey, and perhaps if I’m honest there was no room for the real tree this time round.

I’ve been thinking about following in fashion blogger “5 Inch and Up” footsteps with a Shoe of the Month article to share my very best with you, who is keen?

Post Details

Shoes – Celine, Prada, Givenchy
Necklace – Celine
Dress – Celine

Box Delivery – Send My Bag