Tuesday, 11 August 2015

Birthday Shoes and Burgers!

I celebrated a BIG birthday earlier this year (the big 3-0!) and I asked for a special pair of shoes to celebrated the momentous occasion. I have wanted a pair of Christian Louboutins since I saw Sarah Jessica Parker wear them for her wedding, who doesn't want to be like 'Carrie' from Sex in the City! That shiny red lacquered sole is just amazing and so synonymous with style, I knew that they were shoes for me.

Even for a big birthday there is no way I could ever afford some myself, but I was very lucky that my wonderful friends gave me vouchers for Selfridges and my very kind Dad offered to make up the difference as long as he could come with me to buy them. Alas due to busy schedules and timing we have not been able to make the all important trip to Selfridges, until now!!

We decided to make a little day of it and have lunch out as well, just to make it a bit more special! So off we trouped Dad, Karl and myself - Manchester was the destination of choice and Selfridges was the first stop upon arrival. I practically ran up the escalator I was that excited. I knew that I wanted a plain, black court shoe. Something simple and classic that I could wear with most outfits and that would stay in style for years to come.

The little Louboutin corner was absolutely stunning, very luxurious with very friendly staff. I was like a kid in a sweet shop! I could have tried every pair on (and probably would have given half a chance) but I refrained and looked for a classic style.

After much prancing up and down the luxurious red carpet of the Louboutin concession in a few different styles, feeling every inch a Park Avenue Princess, I chose the 'Sophia Regina' pumps in patent black. I didn't want suede as it can easily get water damaged and I thought the patent looked a bit more glamorous than the matte black. The 'Sophia Regina' pumps have an 85mm apostrophe heel with a round toe featuring a subtle cut out in on the front, which makes them just a little bit different and updates the classic pump, while still retaining the classic style. I LOVE them!

I have worn them, only once and I can tell you hitting the pavement with those shiny red soles was one of the scariest moments ever, but these shoes were made for wearing and I'll be damned if I'm going to leave them sat in a box! I can report that they were (surprisingly) comfortable, they fit superbly and did not rub one bit! I had sore feet by the end of the evening but I think that was more because I rarely wear heels (I live in crocs at work) and the balls of my feet always hurt whenever I wear heels for a long period. I was very impressed with the comfort and style and will cherish them for the rest of my life. Thankfully when you buy a pair they give you the contact information about a cobblers in London who specialise in hand re-painting the soles to revive them once they have been worn a few times.

To celebrate the momentous occasion we went for dinner. I'd just like to mention the little burger bar we went to as it was Fab! It is called Filthy Cow, and is on Tibb Lane in Manchester, which is just stones throw from the Arndale centre. I don't know Manchester very well and we stumbled across this in our post purchase hungry haze. It has a great hip feel to it, with exposed brick and woodwork and the food was AMAZING! I had the 'Filthy Bird' which was a buttermilk southern fried chicken, homemade slaw and chipotle mayo, along with the tastiest onion rings i've ever eaten. I washed it all down with a salted caramel milkshake, which was heaven in a cup. Karl and Dad had burgers and fries and both reported that they were super tasty. I would highly recommend if your out shopping in Manchester or fancy a pre-drinks meal. It is tasty and fresh fast food that will definitely tingle your tastebuds! Check ti out at www.filthyfood.co.uk

That was my amazing birthday treat day and one I will never forget, after all its not ever day a girl gets shiny new Louboutins! I am one very happy and very lucky lady :-)

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