The sun is finally out and that means a chance to wear new sandals! I picked these beauties up at the Dr. Martens store in Newcastle the other day. The Adaya sandals are part of the Boxy collection and have a massive wedge sole, ideal for going from daytime to evening.
Dress: River Island Handbag: Vintage Shoes: Adaya by Dr. Martens
The bag I’ve had since I was 16 and it matched perfectly with the shoes!
The shoes though they look heavy and high are actually quite light and comfortable. It’s probably to do with the fact that the wedges are air-cushioned and that the cross-strap holds your feet in place with its pretty 1970s-inspired closed back.
Dr. Martens have also cleverly designed it so that the feature height does not create an uncomfortable pinch on the toes. That’s what I love about their shoes, it’s not just stylish but well-made.
If you want to get your hands on a pair, well it’s your lucky day as it’s also now on sale! Pop in to their Newcastle store to grab a bargain in their current summer sale or check out the website. Direct link to the stunning Adaya sandals here.
After the craziness that was NE1′s Newcastle Fashion Week, I felt like a well deserved break so I treated myself to a trip to Ascot with some friends.
Pre Ladies Day, we journeyed down (6 hour car ride!) and hit the hotel with our hats and a few early bottles of fizz!
I was dying to see the hats that we were going to wear and once we were all there in the hotel room, we had a big reveal – here’s mine!
The hats were created from scratch with an art theme by The Libertarian and were showstoppers!
Here’s the close up of my gorgeous hat:
The next day we headed down to see the Queen, place a few bets and wear our beautiful hats! Here we all are before heading into Ascot. Check out all our amazing matching hats!
Soon as we even neared the place, the photographers went mad! It honestly took us about an hour to walk in, as we had to keep stopping for photos, being posed, asked to walk etc or being interviewed. I managed to get a few snaps of what it was like!
The Libertarian has designed some amazing hats over the years, never failing to get in the national papers each year for Ascot and this year was no exception.
It was amazing to see all the coverage almost immediately with people texting, tweeting or coming up to us to say we’d been seen in the Mirror, Mail or Metro etc. Here’s my selfie with some of the photographers!
I adored my hat, the illustration was my personal favourite. As it was so extravagant, I wore it with a plain but bright green Zara dress, a pink floral necklace from New Look and heels from H&M.
On the way past the photographers, we encountered a scene plucked straight out of a movie – my friend was serenaded by the Diamond Boys, who were performing at Ascot that day. And the Daily Mail caught it on camera!
After being snapped we headed in for a glass or two of Pimms, though look who I spotted on the way to the bar – why, it’s only Gok Wan!
It’s not Ascot without Pimms!
Following a walk around the area, we then caught the Queen’s procession.
Then of course, it was all about the races!
Alas, all my bets lost and I had to drown my sorrows through my zoom lens spying on Prince Harry & the Royal family in their viewing box!
Finally we called it a day, however, not without heading to the bandstand for a big sing song!
One last photo before home - here we all are again by the Grandstand!
I’ll be blogging soon with more street style snaps I took of the day but in the meantime, here’s a few more shots that I took of this magical day out!
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I’m Sandra Tang and I enjoy the baking of cakes, fashion, food and festivities. I may have a slight addiction to shoes, and a slight allergy to Michael Buble (there’s something about him that freaks me out), but apart from that I’m a pretty normal girl about town.