Tuesday, 23 March 2010

Twinkle Toes


The shame of it all. One morning last week I was caught short. I had just woken from a deep and satisfying sleep and was stumbling around for my favourite mug when the doorbell rang. This was very early and I was slightly alarmed as I could not think who would be on my doorstep at such an uncivilised hour. Handsome husband was not here to protect me (gone the previous night for meetings in London), so I grabbed the still slumbering dog (not the puppy) to accompany me to the door. I slowly unlocked the many bars and chains and peeked out while telling the dog to "STAY BACK", trying to make it appear that I was holding back a vicious beast, and there before me was Margaret our post lady holding a package. The dog bounded out pushing the door wide open and gave her a huge lick. "Special Delivery" she announced. Gosh this early, Margaret proceeded to explain that they had been running a bit behind due some industrial issues and they were therefore starting earlier to get up-to-date. It was then that I noticed her gazing down at my footwear and I suddenly felt very exposed and was reminded of the time Cherie Blair was photographed looking horrendous whilst opening the door to take a delivery also early in the morning. Naturally, I thanked her for being so super efficient and dashed back indoors, dragging the dog with me.
It isn't that I am concerned with the appearance of my body or hair, which I know all holds up quite well in the morning, or my silk nightwear and gown which coming from Carine Gilson will never let me down, it is my footwear, my slippers which really are something that I should be quite ashamed of, and I have been meaning for sometime to deal with, but have overlooked. I have been wearing what once were a perfectly decent pair of Cash-ca slippers but have been worn down to a thread and were looking quite unsightly, not very me at all.
The only slippers I have seen locally just have not been to my taste and I think they have mostly been aimed at ladies with very wide feet. I had become concerned that this matter would have to be remedied on my next return to London, nevertheless being determined in my quest for comfort and elegance I will never give up, and it is due to this steely desire for my needs to be met that I found exactly what I had been looking for in a most unexpected place.

I had been enlisted to accompany middle child on a school trip to a small town with an enormous Abbey, I have visited the town many times as it has attractive ancient buildings and a friendly and easy atmosphere, it also has a couple of boutiques where I have made the odd purchase. We had completed our tour of the beautiful Abbey and made our way through the obligatory attached shop when my eyes were drawn to something twinkling at me from a shelf of accessories. I have a weakness for things that sparkle and I walked over for a close-up inspection and was overjoyed and astounded to find a small selection of treasure from my favourite accessory designer, William Sharp , I have several of his scarves, hats and gloves, and amongst the booty were a pair of ruby red cashmere slippers emblazoned with a shining crystal star pattern. After my initial shock of finding these delights in such an odd place, I asked the volunteer working in the shop why and how they were able to stock these beautiful pieces. Apparently Mr Sharp spent quite a bit of his youth in this town and had been inspired by the twinkling prism of light from the old stain glass windows. How heavenly.

Now I am happy to answer the door whenever the bell rings, as I am assured in the knowledge that I will never ever have another embarassing morning episode and will always put my best twinkling foot forward.

30 comments:

Sarcastic Bastard said...

Great looking slippers. Love them.

Author in the making: said...

wow how fab that u found the perfect slippers xxx

Vintage Vixen said...

Fabulous slippers and I swear that nobody could make a slipper-buying mission as riveting as you do.
Vix
xxx

Tights Lover said...

What a great story. I love the slippers!

daisychain said...

I <3 this post.

Berlin said...

Aha, they look so soft =)

http://berlin-fashionunplugged.blogspot.com/

Semi Expat said...

These little ruby red slippers are so sweet... just gorgeous. I have to admit that the times when I have been caught out early (or not quite so early ) at the front door I have pretended that I was still in my nightwear as I was feeling ill! Ha! Probably looked it though!!! x

Jen said...

I too have the most hideous slippers... they were also very respectful at a time (from Accessorize don't you know!) but are now threadbare and ripped. I must replace them with a similar pair of delightful slippers! :)

Metropolitan Mum said...

I need delightful slippers, too! Do they have a rubber sole? Otherwise I'll be slipping down our stairs on my bum, not very elegant...

sexylegsandbody said...

Good for you, now you just have to still work on those legs... haha... only if hubby is happy, then I will not complain if you post a pic to show them off...

Thanks for your note on my last post, looking forward to seeing posts of you flaunting your legs...lol...

Have a lovely day.
Colin.

LENORENEVERMORE said...

so warm & cozy...the glitter helps too! ps: thanks for sharing your story~ hope your kids are well & healthy now!
xo* as always~

Duchess of Tea said...

Lovely slippers my darling. I had to read your post twice, hilarious.

Love & Hugs
Duchess

Tights Lover said...

Thanks for the sweet comment...so nice of you to think of me!

I hope the trip to Harrods went well!

Julia, the Thanksgiving Girl said...

Hehe, okay, let me then wish you to have another early morning encounter like that - just so that you can really enjoy this little moment of twinkling triumph and really appreciate all the prettiness of your new slippers ;-)

Frog in the Field said...

Stunning slippers!
Our visitors tend to walk into our house so getting dressed before going downstairs is essential (and less scary for the visitor).

Amy said...

Thanks for visiting me.

Love those slippers! Super cute :)

Melissa B. said...

I started wearing slippers around the house about a year ago and I tell you, they make all the difference! I really like the pair you selected. SITS sent me by, and I'm glad they did...

Afternoon Delight

Jeanne said...

I loved this post..I could relate as I have often done the same, holding back the dog who is bouncing eagerly to have someone pat her. I saw the photo of these darling red slippers over at Sarah's blog..Semi Expat in Oz..she has superb taste so I was not surprised to see her following you. Having just moved to London from New Zealand she has been educating me on all the places to visit and shop in the area. My love for cashmere knows no bounds at the moment which is why I quickly clicked on your blog. I look forward to spending time reading your posts. It all looks so enchanting!
Jeanne:)

Mummy Bear said...

Ah a slipper should be so lovely. what could be better than curling up on a sofa under cashmere with a lovely pair peeping out...got to make your evening ;)

Cafe Fashionista said...

Your mission in slipper buying is just phenomenal - love it! And I adore those slippers...I want a pair!! :)

Berlin said...

Hello again =)

Just want to thank you for bothering to stop by and commenting on my blog. Appreciate it very much that you actually looked through my whole blog. Stop by on Monday for a fashion post and tell me what you think. Keep in touch.

Sincerely,
Berlin

Eternally Distracted said...

oooo I think I'd have just missed the special delivery. Me opening the door first thing in the morning is a very scary sight... I wouldn't put anyone through that.

Thanks for the post twinkle toes ;)

Wildernesschic said...

They are fabulous, I love the colour xx

Lookie Lou TPPC.tv said...

Hello and stopping by from Sits! Love your blog. We have a Pet related Web TV show but "Mommy peep" is a secret fashionista who loves those slippers and would love to dance around the house in them. Have a fab day. Love your horse. We are horse people as well. :) Glad we found and followed you. Please stop by when you have a moment.

Betty Manousos:cutand-dry.blogspot.com said...

I love those slippers!
Great looking ones.
Hope you're having a nice Sunday!
Betty xxx

Christina Lindsay said...

Great slippers I love the red too. I haven't come across William Sharp before but will check them out as they are based literally one minute round the corner from my house! Thanks for introducing me. Hope all's good with you xx

Blicious said...

LOVE these pink jeweled slippers! so cute!

lovely blog!

xoxo

Brit Gal Sarah said...

I'm deeply envious, those are stunning!

sanjeet said...

how fab that u found the perfect slippers xxx
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DISCOUNT DIAMOND GIRL said...

THOSE SLIPPERS ARE ADORABLE. I LOVE THE COLOR AND SPARKLE THEY LOOK COMFY TO

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