Mismatched socks Setting a Trend in Teenage Fashion

As a parent going through the laundry basket to sort out the clean washing, inevitably we come across the pile of socks, and no matter how often you try, there is always one or two socks missing to make a pair.  These normally end up in a pile somewhere waiting in vain for the missing one to come along during the next washing cycle!  Incredibly it never seems to happen, and we are left with a mounting pile of mismatched socks.

As we walk through the school yards or places where children hang out we can see a surprising trend with them wearing odd socks!  It seems this is a new fashion trend being created by the ingenious fashion conscious teenage population.  To parents and grandparents, it may seem a rather bizarre thing to witness, but it is happening more and more.

Fine cotton socks finally being put to use, no longer the need to put the socks in pairs and in a drawer, we can now simply put them in a pile and trust our children to find the right time and occasion to wear them out.  In fact, some manufacturers are even selling socks in three’s, to cater for the growing trend in the market place.

There is a growing trend in the premium socks stores to offer a variety of color and lengths of socks, to cater for the fashion conscious teenagers of the world, who tend to shop for their own clothes and fashion accessories these days.  Bonne Maison, who include made in France socks at their online store, have an exciting range of premium cotton socks to satisfy the most curious of teenager or even parent for that matter.

Now there is no need to worry about where the odd socks are, we can be sure our teenagers are wearing them in a new way that is imaginative and thoughtful…no more discussions or debates about the lost sock monster!


6 tips on how to accessorize a shift dress

If you’re wondering what the hottest summer trend this year is, the Shift Dress is definitely it. Clean lines, simple design and the refreshing way in which it doesn’t stick to your body makes it an easy-going pick. On their own, they can appear a bit plain, so unleash a little of that creativity to turn your dress into a masterpiece.


Many shift dresses have a high neckline, so wearing a necklace isn’t necessary. Stack some bangle bracelets with a pair of drop earrings in bold colours if your dress is one coloured. If your dress is printed, it’s a good idea to tone it down with a simple braid and chandelier earrings. You can’t go wrong with a Michelle Obama or Jaqueline Kennedy inspired pearl necklace or a chunky gold watch. Have a jewel encrusted statement necklace you’ve been dying to show off? Pairing it with a simple shift dress is the perfect opportunity!


From clear strappy heels to bright coloured cut outs, choosing shoes to pair with a Shift Dress can be fun. Try colour blocking a turquoise coloured dress with coral coloured heels – they go oh-so-great together! Closed pumps will never fail to impress, but for a more casual look, choose flats or nude heels. Espadrilles with a wedge heel will give you a high fashion lift and a vivacious sequin or rhinestone studded pair for a party is the way to go!


A shift dress doesn’t hug your body and show off your silhouette, so if you crave some shape, a skinny belt at your waist will do the trick. Wearing a belt that is the same colour as your dress is work appropriate but for a night out, add a bright coloured one to add a pop of colour to your ensemble.


Cool weather shouldn’t stop you from wearing this flaunt-me-all-year-long dress. Pair one with a light cardigan to solve a weather dilemma. Choose a cardigan in a colour that matches one of the colours on your dress. For a cocktail night with friends, wear a swingy jacket and for a day around town or vacation, grab that faded denim jacket out of your closet to juxtapose the girlishness away from your dress.


Keep your look modern by wearing opaque tights as opposed to solid ones. Lace inspired legwear in an offbeat colour is sexy. You can also try animal printed ones with a black shift dress.


A structured bag is appropriate for a formal setting and a studded clutch or blingy box is perfect for a glam night out. A cross body will heighten your cool attitude. Remember to pick one in contrasting shades.

Are you style-inspired yet? We have a range of Shift Dresses at, just waiting to be accessorized!


Summer Fashion 2016: The Best Summer Designer Collections

The fashion world is always looking ahead, and right now it’s all about Spring/Summer 2016.

When the sun comes out, you’ll want to stay cool and add a dash of summer style to your look. Whether you’re heading to the beach or simply want to make a summery expression in the office, here are some of the best designer collections to check out for the season ahead…

Summer Fashion 2016: Bambah

Bambah is a growing fashion house that has found favour amongst the likes of Amal Clooney, Emilia Fox and KayleyCouco – and we think you’ll just love their Spring/Summer 2016 collection. Featuring emerald taffeta, big bows, feminine lace and bold, bright materials in abundance, the new collection from Bambah is just absolutely perfect for summer.

Read a review of the Bambah SS16 collection

Summer Fashion 2016: Raoul

The SS16 collection from Raoul aims to draw you into a peaceful fruit garden, with a sea of color and shapes that instantly make you feel in touch with nature. If summer is all about being inspired by the beauty of the outdoors, this is the perfect collection for the season ahead. We think you’ll love the beautiful summery colors and elegant shapes that are sure to make this a popular collection around the world.

Read a review of the Raoul SS16 collection

Summer Fashion 2016: Diane Von Furstenberg Fortuna Collection

A celebration of life, fashion and all things beautiful: that’s what the SS16 Fortuna collection from renowned designer Diane Von Furstenberg is all about. With designs featuring bright colors, exciting mixed prints and relaxed cuts, we think this is a collection that’s just a perfect fit for the free-spirited nature of summer.

Read a review of the Diane Von Furstenberg SS16 collection

Summer Fashion 2016: Rag&Bone

If you’re into urban cool, the SS16 collection from Rag & Bone is just made for you. Featuring relaxed cuts and contrasting colors, this is a collection that’s a little different to what many other houses are offering and somehow manages to blur the lines between feminine and masculine styles. Airfare-inspired bombers, cargo pants and jumpsuits are some of the key pieces here.

Read a review of the Rag & Bone SS16 collection

More styles for Spring/Summer 2016

Thinking ahead to the new season is always an exciting time – and the good news is that there are tons of absolutely stunning Spring/Summer 2016 collections out there for you to choose from. No matter what tastes or style preferences you have, you’re sure to find something to your liking…

If none of the above collections hit the spot – or if you just want to explore other ideas, keep a close eye on the Shoestova Style and Inspiration category for regular updates from the world of fashion. You’re sure to find something that floats your boat and gets you in that summery mood… Bring on the sunshine!


Mascara to make you party ready

Makeup is the most important accessory for enhancing the beauty of a woman. Every woman applies makeup in the desired amount according to the event so that she looks beautiful all the time. There are many beauty products which are included in the makeup kit. Eye makeup is an important part of the overall makeup; it is believed that your eyes perfectly represent your personality. If you want to make your eyes look beautiful, there are many eye makeup products like eyeliner, eye shadow, eye pencil and eye mascara. There are various eye styles; it can be from the cat eyes or the smoky eyes.

Water proof mascara is the first choice of women as these are smudge free and can last long. They are absolutely perfect for the working ladies and if you are going for the party for long hours. If you are searching for the mascara in the market then you will find hundreds of brands of eye mascara. Before buying you should check the ingredients of the mascara so that your eyes remain safe and beautiful. You can also read the trending youniquemascara reviews for buying the best one.

Ingredients of the natural mascara

 The ingredients of the natural mascara include:

  • Natural fibers: Including carbon black, aloevera gel, Vitamin E, essential oil extracts
  • Bee wax: It is used in main mascara due to its anti bacterial and anti inflammatory properties
  • Iron oxide: It is used to give the intense black color to the mascara
  • Carnauba: It is used as the preservative in mascara
  • Stearic acid: It is the binder which makes the  mascara voluminous
  • Acrylates copolymers: It is used for making the delicate eye skin softer and smoother after applying mascara
  • Water: It hydrates skin and is used to make the solution of the other ingredients put in making mascara.

The chemical based mascara can harm your eyes while the mascara containing natural ingredients are safe to use.


Hollywood Style at Low Prices at Titine’s Wardrobe

Spring is coming. Most of us will be wanting to hit the shops to figure out what type of evening dresses we can have in our wardrobe for that evening spring date, Summer events, or the prom. Well if you are a little short for time or can’t what you want in the shops then take a look at Titine’s wardrobe for the best value occasion dresses in the UK. Their online store has a beautiful array of new dresses that will dazzle you. This online Hollywood inspired occasion dresses each with a special design of its own for you to choose from.

One of our personal favourites is the ‘Pleated Oscar Dress’ in the style of Lupita Nyongo. This is a beautiful dress is available in green or blue. Both are guaranteed to make you look glamourous enough to go to the Oscars. With it’s deep drop v-neck front and back design complemented by a pleated fabric gown. Titine’s wardrobe does an excellent job of adding a variety of styles for you to choose from.

If you want a more sensual and form fitting look, you can go for the ‘Plunge Glitter Maxi Dress’ which has a gorgeous low drop V neck line that shows just enough but not too much, and its slit on the front side of one side of the dress which nicely highlights you legs making them look long and slim. If you are looking for a more unique and elegant look you can select the patterned sequined maxi dress which is sequined in silver on black. This look is elegant and when coupled with the right jewelry, it can look regal.

For a little bit of flare and adventure, choose the ‘Asymmetric Textured Midi Dress’ with 3 colour selections (black, white, and dark blue). As far as evening gowns go, the ‘Fishtail Lurex Maxi Dress’ can steal the show with its clean lines and showing off of sensual curves. Think romance and young and the restless when you see this dress. This dress comes also in three different colours (wine, teal, and purple).

If you are looking for something classy with a clutch purse, think the ‘Peplum Strapless Dress’ in the style of Jennifer Lawrence. This dress gives a classical Audrey Hepburn kind of look and you have just got to add the long gloves to complete the look. This dress comes in black and teal colours. The glitter backless long sleeved dress is great for those warm spring and summer nights where you just want to go out for a drink with your friends. It just looks very sexy and will be sure to bring you some attention.

A more conservative but still sensual looking dress is the ‘Laced Sleeve Bandage Mini Dress’. The lace on this design makes you look feminine but the mini makes you look sexy! It is the perfect combination. This design comes in both black and white. The ‘Lurex Midi Dress’ is a great cocktail dress for a spring garden party or summers brunch. With the warm weather coming through it is going to be important to be prepared for all those parties out there just around the corner.

Finally, the ‘Off The Shoulder Bodycon Bandage Dress’ shows shape and slenderness in the front, while showing a bit of a wild and dangerous edge from the back with its top to bottom zipper design. The great selection of unique designs at Titine’s Wardrobe makes it a perfect place to shop for your spring season events this year!