Mission: Iridescent Brogues at the Lazy Oaf x Miista Sample Sale

20140329-113826.jpgHow incredibly magical are these shoes? They’re the kind of thing that I imagine people wearing in a universe where unicorns roam purple mountains and pugs fly through the air with wings while we all live in floating houses shaped like saturn. These are not in fact from a fictional world though, but rather from the brand, ‘Miista’.

I’d first sighted these beauties on Tumblr (as with many of the clothes/shoes/jewellery I fall in love with). Holographic things seem to be everywhere at the moment and I love it. It’s so spacey and enchanting, like vintage sci fi movie sets, and literally anything made with holographic material becomes ten times more incredible. These shoes were just mesmerizing though, but alas, after tracking them down I discovered that they were most definitely out of my price range. There are some dreams that you just have to, with a heavy heart, close the tab on (and maybe bookmark for when you become a multi millionaire).

Fate

I was scrolling through Instagram last week and saw that the cute, quirky brand ‘Lazy Oaf’ were doing a sample sale in North London at the weekend. As if that wasn’t great enough, they were also teaming up with ‘Miista’! The very same ‘Miista’ that brought those spectacular holographic beautious brogues into existance. Everything was going to be up to 80% off and I was going. I was definitely, definitely going and returning with those glorious shoes.

The Sample Sale

I got up nice and early ready to embark on this pilgrimage. It started at 11am and wasn’t sure what to expect. I’d never been to a sample sale before, but I imagined it being a jungle of determined shoppers, grabbing everything in sight, scratching, pushing and sobbing into empty shoe boxes. Luckily it wasn’t quite so dramatic, though as I arrived there was still quite a queue and I felt a bit nervous. Timing has never been a forte of mine, though i’ve gotta say that on this occasion I arrived at the perfect moment – just as the doors opened and the first batch of people were let in.

I rushed past rails of pizza patterned shirts, Looney Toons jumpers and chocolate bar tops to catch the shimmer of rainbow that I could see at the far end of the room. And there they were. Amongst the hoards of lusty eyed shoe grabbers I could see the holographic brogues of my dreams.

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Now as wonderful as the ones pictured are, I originally was after the silver iridescent ones. Unfortunately there was only one pair of these left in a size 5, though after seeing both these and the rose iridescent together, I sort of preferred the rose iridescent a little more anyway. They have these really cute rainbow laces too and look pink in some lights and gold in others. This was also another time where having small feet worked in my favour, as the majority of the shoes were in a size 4-5, and these ones in particular had only two boxes left, both in a 4. I had struck gold, literally. Clutching them closely I went for a browse around everything else to see if I could grab any other bargains.

Although everything had huge discounts, because Miista shoes are so pricey in the first place, some of the shoes still costed up to £60. There were so many beautiful pairs, and I could have spent fortunes in there but tried to restrain myself. Just as I was about to walk away and pay I spotted another pair of brogues. These had a purpley blue material that seems to swim as you move the shoes in your hands. They were a little dirty on the soles, but nothing that couldn’t be cleaned. For this reason they were also only £10! £10! From about £140! they were in my size too. No hesitation, I went straight to the pay point and walked out into the sunshine feeling pretty chuffed. A good pair of shoes for a great price always feels like an accomplishment!

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So there you go, a quick little bit of shoe haulin’ on a Saturday. I think I’m going to be keeping an eye out for more sample sales in the future for sure, and in the mean time, if any of you happen to be in London then the Lazy Oaf x Miista sample sale is on until about 6pm today again!

Have a lovely weekend,

Amber

 

A Night at the Museum – with Tatty Devine

20140326-194035.jpgOn Tuesday the 25th March, I caught the train after work and headed for the Museum of London. It’s not easy to miss, with two giant emerald orb bodied lizards crawling around it. I anxiously went inside. Not because I was going to something terrifying, but rather because there were quite a few people hovering in the reception and I was on my own and didn’t know anyone and suddenly felt like this really strange, awkward human wearing unicorn jeans.

It was going to be ok though. I was here for the Tatty Devine jewellery making class, after all, which I’d been excited about (and even blogged about) since I’d booked it back in January. It was a work shop inspired by London’s Cheapside Hoard, which meant lots of colourful gem like perspex and bits of bling to add. As we got called to go downstairs to the workshop room I began to get really excited, flexing my fingers, ready to get creative!

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The room was quite large, with an enticing bar and in the corner, an even more enticing stall with some Tatty jewellery and a 20% off sign above. That officially made it criminal not to buy anything. (I got this cutie pie to the right.)

There were various rows of long tables with little boxes and cocktail sticks in front of each seat. We were asked to gather around the top of the table where a lovely lady (whose name I cannot remember because I am rubbish and never remember names) gave us a demonstration of the first step. At either end of the table some little shapes were revealed. We got to have a rummage and choose which we wanted. It wasn’t an easy task!

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All the charms were so pretty and shiny. There was a choice between a few different shapes, including hearts, teardrops, disco ball style things and the largest ones that reminded me of thought clouds. Colours included pink, purple, emerald, blue, silver, yellow and red.

I spent a lot of time changing my mind, re-arranging patterns until I finally went for a bit of an odd colour scheme: purple, pink, purple, clear, green, blue, green. Next: gem-ing!

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We were faced with lots and lots of sparkly stuff! Perhaps even more amazing though were, what I can best describe as tiny sticky cotton buds on the end of cocktail sticks. We used these to pick the gems up and place them in our boxes. Genius! (I should’ve got a picture of one).

I got glueing with the intention of just using a subtle bit of bling. Five minutes later and every perspex gem was covered! It’s easily done.

20140326-193736.jpg Next up was putting it all together. An authentic Tatty chain, 8 jump rings and finally It was complete! Staring down at my design I couldn’t work out if I was happy with it or not. There had been so many options, so many possibilities, and you couldn’t help but look around and see other people’s designs and think, “oh! I wish I’d done something like that!”

Once it had been put in an official Tatty Devine box though I started to feel proud, staring at it on the tube journey home lovingly. There’s something so satisfying about making something that is unique to you.

All in all the evening was really fun. The Tatty team are so friendly too, which makes their fandom feel like one big group of mates that really like weird and wonderful, cute and colourful jewellery. I think everyone should do stuff like this. It’s the most freeing thing to be creative, as it makes all the other stresses and frustrations drift out of your head for a while. That’s how I feel, at least. I will definitely be going to more of these, and in the mean time persevering with my own jewellery making endeavours!

Ta da! 
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