This month has been quite the whirlwind of Halloween features (again) and I've enjoyed it. Alongside all the sweet treats and dressing up, cult boot maker Dr Martens invited me in to check out their Halloween collection and experience their latest instore offering: the Shoe Shiner. I was so intrigued, I had to head along.
Dr Martens had a special visitor from The Dungeons in form of the spooky Shoe Shiner on Tuesday, who was offering a very special shoe shining service! A cute, fun welcome and attempt to clean my shoes with a vial of 'blood' and and old rag, he also kindly offered to chop off any toes that might be stopping me from buying the boots of my dreams. I, along with any children who came in, left with a stick of rock. He's clearly a decent judge of character.
Skelly boots that Helen would just love, but I'm not really into spooky dressing on a day-to-day basis. I was very tempted by the ink blot boots but then I heard about these reflective ones and they were all I saw. During the day these boots are quite subtle, with a slight camouflage print effect from the dots. On these dark evenings is when they come to life- the print and laces light up like cat's eyes in flashes or headlights. As usual, I'm attracted to anything that is a grown up reminder of my childhood (psycho analyze as you wish) and these make me think of that national road safety campaign when I was in primary school. We were given reflective EVERYTHING. I personally had the super cool shoelace charms, and the stickers that everyone got for their school bags. I think I had some Lucky Book Club ones too (remember that?).
Pinafore | Primark
Coat | Urban Outfitters
Boots | c/o Dr Martens
Bag | Hannah Zakari
Pin | Clo's Line x Savage Pins
This outfit is one you won't have seen before. I've had the coat for years but I put it away in storag and only just retrieved it. I like to think of it as a Cruella De vil coat, although it's not even an animal print. It's oversized and fluffy and warm. Perfect. I thought I'd do some layering in neutral dark tones to complement the DMs, so I've got an on trend khaki polo neck under a simple grey denim pinafore. Accesssories are at a minimal for once. I just wasn't in the mood for jewellery. Ian took these photos for me on a lazy Sunday afternoon (I remember it like it was yesterday... because it was), when we walked around Princes Street gardens/ the Castle with a hot chocolate after surviving night one of Lucie's three day Halloween Seshstravaganza. That girl knows how to throw a party!
So there you have it- some easy on trend styling for winter that works even for a hangover. A dress and fluffy outer layer keeps the look girly enough for me, while the colour palette makes it a bit edgier, as DMs demand.