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#SimplyBeReal – The Real Moments in Fashion

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Simple Be Real agenda – Remember the story I shared on the blog about my broken heel (link at the end of post if you want to read it)? Well, that was one of my ‘real moments’ which was the first story that came to mind when I heard about the Simple Be Real Agenda. Basically, it’s all about the ‘real moments’ women experience in everyday life;  it could be a funny story, provoking memories and fashion mishaps…the campaign isn’t about the clothes, but more about the Simply Be’s values- fun, fearless and real fashion.

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Here is an illustration by  Katherine Tromans commissioned by SimplyBe.

You can also read the story of my moment here.

The ongoing campaign is named #SimplyBeReal, where up and coming illustrators have been contributing their depictions of the ‘real moments’ women experience in everyday life (feel free to search the hashtag on twitter! Or even on instagram).

I hope you have enjoyed reading this, a bit of fun eh?

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Giveaway: The Monica B Self Indulgence T-shirt

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As it is the festive season, what better time than now for a giveaway?! For those following Monica B on Instagram, you would have seen this giveaway already, but I’ve decided to run it on the blog as well for those who are not on Instagram.Monica B. T-shirt. Slogan t-shirt. statement-tshirt

So, here’s the opportunity, you can enter for a chance to win the luxe ‘Self Indulgence’ t-shirt by simply following the steps below.

Only open to EU, US, UK entrants. Giveaway closes at midnight 19th December 2104. Winner will be announced and contacted by 21st Dec. You have to be 16+. If contacted winners do not respond within a 5 days, another winner will be selected in their place. Postage may be delayed depending on postal services from and to destination country. All criteria must be fulfilled to be eligible. Competition may be subject to changes e.g extended time or withdrawal. 

2 x WINNERS

1. Chosen winner on Instagram (If no entrants, both selections will be from rafflecopter)
2. Another chosen at random by entering below

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Wearing Heels

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I get questioned a lot on how I survive all day in a massive pair of heels. I also hear a lot of these ” I can’t survive in heels”, “heels are so uncomfortable”, “my feet start to hurt after 2 secs”…etc. I’m a self professed serial heel wearer, wearing heels has become a part of me over the years. There is a debate on why women choose to wear heels regardless of the pain they cause, but there is no one true reason or answer, it varies with every one. I am able to survive a maximum of 12 hours in a pair of high heels. Yes, I do expire, sometimes earlier, could be within 4 hours, after then I need to kick my shoes the F off!.

I buy shoes to wear them and not tuck them away for rainy days or special occasions, so, over the years, I’ve learnt to understand how wearing heels work and how not to get caught bare footed on the street after a night out. It’s ok if wearing heels is not your thing but if need be, here are a few tips from me that could help.

1. Know Your Heels

I find platform shoes are easier to wear for a longer period of time, less pressure on the balls of the feet. Even if they are slightly raised, it makes a lot of difference especially if I’m going to be standing or walking around for a long period of time. Example below, two very similar sandals that I really like, but I’ll choose A over B simply because the balls of my feet would not be majorly affected if I have to walk on rough surfaces. So know what you are comfortable in, pointy heels, round front, sandals, stilettos, chunky heels, wedges etc, you can instantly tell by tying them on in the store.

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2. Know your activities

One of my worst experiences in heels was going shopping in a pair of not very moderate heels. Shopping is exhausting even in flat shoes. I would not recommend going shopping in heels no matter how pro you are in them, especially if you would be walking around for longer than 4 hours. So, know your activities before you decide on the height of heels to wear. Know how long you would be standing & walking in them. It’s always a good idea to take a pair of flat shoes with you if you know you have to walk around in heels for a long period of time while. I own a pair of ballerinas solely for this purpose.

3. Do not be afraid of heights

So, many people have had one or two bad experiences with heels. I’ve twisted my ankles one too many times, my ankles actually no longer feel the pain. One thing I’ve never been scared of was tripping in my heels, the fear would stop you from wearing them, and when you do, your feet instantly get uncomfortable. It’s almost like your feet has a mind of it’s own and they never forget that one bad experience.

4. Don’t buy a pair of shoes because they are pretty or trendy

There is a pair of trendy shoes I really like, I’ve gone and tried them on, they look amazing on the feet. I could stand but I could barely walk in them. I would be spending more than usual on them and they would potentially sit under my bed most of the time, is it really worth it to buy these trendy shoes? It’s ok to be sensible when buying shoes especially high heels. I’ve learnt that if a pair of shoes pinch or hurt before you buy them, they would potentially take much longer to give, by then, you might have already given up.

5. Have a ‘fail safe’ pair

At the beginning of a season, I buy one main pair of heels that I’m willing to wear till it’s death all through the season. My ‘fail safe’ pair that I can wear dressed up or down, so when other heels fail, I know where to look for comfort. As you know, shoes mould to the feet, the more you wear one pair of shoes, the quicker your feet gets accustomed to them.  Start by wearing them out and about for a few hours, in no time, you’ll find that you are wearing the shoes for a longer period of time. 

I am aware of the risks of wearing high heels, please do not ignore them. I’ve heard stories of what wearing heels could cause in the long run (even in a short run). I’m only responsible for my own actions.

I would love to hear your thoughts on wearing heels and why women choose to wear them regardless of the risks. Please leave your comments below.

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