Hats off to MOPS

My Darling Shoe Princesses

Every now and then SP Emma Bowd needs to remind me (with a subtle jab of her stiletto!) that her gorgeous little novel The Shoe Princess’s Guide to the Galaxy is not just about shoes!

Indeed, shoes provide quite a lovely window-dressing for her tale of transition from career-girl to first-time-mum… and all the fun and games that follow.

Heartfelt thanks to the utterly divine Brighton MOPS for having SP Emma Bowd talk about her novel.  She was truly overwhelmed by the warm welcome and absolutely enjoyed the questions and discussions that evolved.

Hats off to MOPS…a glittering gem of a lifeline for mums and their children and families.  Bravo! xx

Practical Parenting, May 2009

‘…a good read. Be entertained and enlightened’

Practical Parenting Magazine

(Aust, May 2009)

Step Out in Style

My Darling Shoe Princesses,

Christmas arrived early this week with the delivery of my gorgeous shoe-emblazoned luggage from the divine Robyn and Paul of Luggage with Looks….yes, another of my discoveries from the Australian Shoe Fair!

Am now the proud owner of the funky, aeroplane cabin-friendly, wheeled duffel bag (above) featuring vibrant and pretty shoe-prints taken from hand-painted designs. 

The perfect travelling companion for a Shoe Princess! xx

Shoe Love

Jane Debster ShoesJane Debster and The Shoe Princess

Congratulations to the 10 divine Shoe Princesses who won a copy of SP Emma Bowd’s perfect summer holiday beach-read, The Shoe Princess’s Guide to the Galaxy (AUST; UK) from Jane Debster shoes. 

For more special treats exclusive to Jane Debster see Club JD.   

Happy reading my darlings!

Pontiac by Jane DebsterPS.  Before you pack the sparkly sandals and beach tote, may I suggest a quick peek at the black, patent leather ‘Pontiac’ peep toe stiletto.  A timeless addition to any shoe collection with a clever (and comfortable) platform, and ultra-flattering dip-sided silhouette. xx

Shoe Show

Craft victoria Shoe Show
Shoes by Phong Chi Lai (photo Richard Brockett)


Indulge your senses Melbourne Shoe Princesses and hot foot it down to Flinders Lane and Craft Victoria for their Shoe Show  a visual feast of contemporary shoes and boots from up-and-coming bespoke shoemakers.  

Be inspired! 

No excuses – until November 28. xx

Top Tips

shoe princess cover With the Spring Racing Carnival well underway in Australia, and Derby Day and Melbourne Cup soon upon us, I feel it my Shoe Princessly duty to pass on some tried and tested Fashions in the Field advice for Shoes:

Shoe Bling1. Bling it On – Another wonderful discovery from the Australian Shoe Fair – the divine and oh so clever Shoe Bling. Delectable little hand-crafted accessories that clip onto your shoes.  The perfect way to reinvent a favourite pair of shoes or coordinate with your hat and race day outfit.  My personal favourite is the leather black and white flower (pictured).

2.  Dress to Impress – If, unlike myself, you won’t be ensconced in the VIP marquees all day and need to traverse grass, I strongly suggest a wedge heel ahead of a stiletto to avoid that sinking feelingA closed-toe platform-wedge is ideal to halt mud-encrusted grass creeping into toes…eeuch.

fabz folding leather shoes3.  Style and Stamina – Do NOT wear new shoes to the races.  Ever.  A race day is a marathon not to be run in towering spikes fresh out of their box – especially if you’re used to flats. 

Equally, I beg my SPs NOT to wear flip-flops at the end of a long day’s frolicking at the races.  Opt for something a little more glam but comfortable like the adorable fabz (pictured) – which not only look absolutely fabulous, but are heavenly on tired feet (with lovely padded leather soles) AND fold-up neatly into a handbag-friendly pack! 

Have fun my darlings! xx


Foot Note

Lime Green Christian Louboutin
Christian Louboutin Stiletto

Bonjour My Darlings

Some words of wisdom from the utterly divine SP Catherine Logue, who I recently met at a gorgeous girlie soiree (along with her stunning satin lime green Louboutins):

“If you can’t run in heels you don’t deserve them!” 

A wise woman indeed!  In honour of my kindred spirit I’ve found a fun little video, on the Neiman Marcus website, of an interview with Monsieur Louboutin in his Paris workshop. 

Enjoy! xx

Princess Sparkle

Nine West SP Shoe at Angus & RobertsonMy darling Shoe Princesses, Oh how I do love a sparkly glittery stiletto!  Imagine my excitement upon discovering the Nine West delicacy (left) for The Shoe Princess’s Guide to the Galaxy book display at Angus & Robertson Camberwell.

Oceans of thanks to the lovely Juanita (who also brought in her own fab heels) and her team for letting me take over their store! xx


Indulge. Shop. Shine.

Borders - Westfield Doncaster

My thanks to the lovely Kate and her gorgeous team at Borders Westfield Doncaster for looking after SP Emma Bowd so well at her book-signing today! 

Glorious spring sunshine added an extra shimmer to a sparkling afternoon amongst shoe- and book-lovers. 

Thank you! xx

 borders logo 2


Kindle Dazzles

The AmazonKindle...the perfect way for a Shoe Princess to surf the galaxy!
AmazonKindle...the perfect way for a Shoe Princess to surf the galaxy!

SP Kindle editionMy Darlings

I’m so very proud to announce that, as of yesterday, SP Emma Bowd and moi officially became part of modern 21st Century history.  All thanks to the international launch of The Shoe Princess’s Guide to the Galaxy on the absolutely amazing and stunningly beautiful wireless Kindle by

With a book download taking less than 60 seconds, Shoe Princesses with a Kindle can now delight in The Shoe Princess’s Guide to the Galaxy anytime and anyplace on the planet (…with wireless access!). Oh, and you can also read newspapers, magazines and blogs.

Savour the moment SPs…this is the future!

Happy e-reading! xx

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