Can Crocs Be Comfy and Stylish?

Over the years I’ve bought gladiator sandals which are practical and stylish but tough on my hypermobile ankle and knee joints as the soles are so uncushioned and as such, they don’t have any arch support, which I really need. I’ve tried Birkenstock type sandals but the soles are so heavy (not great for chronic-fatigue) and they fly off as soon as I pick up any speed. Then there’s mules and sliders, which stay on but seem to be designed for people with really flat, tiny feet and I struggle to actually slide my feet in all the way.

So Crocs it is!

Crocs have galaxy prints, iridescent, graphic 90’s prints and animal print which are pretty alternative but my brain would melt-down trying to team those with, well anything else in my wardrobe really.

So what’s an urban-goth girl to do? I bought a black pair to go out in and a cheap(er) bright pair for around the house as slippers.

The classic style came with six free Jibbitz so I chose that offer for my main one’s. I was surprised to see silver punky studs, a gold bee charm, pretty jewel charms, sparkly rainbow Pride charms and a collaboration with Liberty X London.

Surprisingly bad-ass for a pair of plastic sandals!

The Good

  • Really comfy even when my feet are have loads of water retention (pictured)
  • They stay on my feet, when walking at full speed (thanks to the bar at the back)
  • The bar can swing over to the front so they slip on easily and they still don’t feel loose
  • Great arch support
  • The insole is textured so that it grips
  • Seven vents around the front for air flow
  • They are so light I actually forgot I was wearing them
  • The Bad

    The website is so busy, it’s easy to miss styles that you might have liked.

    Crocs have moved on from just selling expensive, brightly coloured shoes with plastic cartoon badges on, although that is incredibly kawaii! 😊

    🖤✨Chrissie✨🖤

    Lightning Bolt Earrings by Sour Cherry

    Around four years ago I lost one of a pair of sparkly, lightning bolt earrings. I was gutted. I’ve been looking for affordable and funky replacements since. Ive just found these £12 at Sour Cherry!

    They dangle around and constantly catch the light so they are really difficult to photograph when being worn, but you can get an idea of the length and size here. They are quite sturdy but so light because they are made of resin. They are available in eight other colours with two mini versions.

    Check out the Frida Kahlo earrings I bought from Sour Cherry earlier.

    🖤⚡️Chrissie⚡️🖤

    Pyjama-style Fashion

    As seen on catwalks and in glossy magazines over the past several years, pyjama-style fashion is sticking around. It’s cool how items which look like PJ’s separately, can also look surprisingly smart when you put them together right.

    I should have rolled the sleeves up for the first one though.

    Shirt – Missguided

    Cami – Boohoo

    Palazzo Pants – Matalan

    Sandals – Newlook

    Earrings – Forage

    Hair Clips – Claire’s

    Scrunchy – Claire’s

    I’d love to know, in these strange times have you managed to pull off wearing actual PJ’s outside and how did that go?

    🖤✨Chrissie ✨🖤

    Your Fave STYLE Photo’s from the Last 6 Months

    Here’s another part of this little series and today it’s my style posts and photo’s which got the most likes on my Instagram and on this blog. The previous one was Food and the one before that was Lifestyle.

    (Clockwise)

    Outfit – EMP

    Bag – Lumiliu

    Top – charity shop, originally Boohoo; skirt and sandals – Newlook

    Boots – Koi

    Camo tee – my blokes, originally Army and Navy; trousers – Newlook

    Biker Jacket – vintage

    Boots – Newlook; Batwings – Koi; Tie dye tee – Brave Girl Official on Ebay Moomin tee – EMP; cardigan my Mams.

    Which are your faves and what would you pair with some of these? I’m always up for suggestions!

    🖤✨Chrissie✨🖤

    How I’ve Brought More Colour Into My Wardrobe – Part 2, Styling Tips, Tops & Jewellery

    As I mentioned in part one of this post, since the start of the year, I’ve been on a mish to slowly replace darker coloured items with more upbeat and vibrant one’s. I’m mixing and matching so not chucking owt out, unless it’s seen (much) better days.

    What if you tend to stick to basics though?

    Well, from the start I decided that all of my colourful clothes would be basics! I build the outfit around them by adding neutral colours. A camisole/vest top can dress up anything (like jeans and trainers) and a tee can dress things down (like maxi skirts or fitted pants). Then you have that band tee, maxi skirt and trainers combo, which I love on others but haven’t tried yet.

    The Accessories Rules

    I was finding that including bright accessories too was a bit confusing so decided on these rules.

    1. Pick a bright accessory, either the same colour as your outfit or a flattering, contrasting colour that subtly ties in somewhere else (like blue dress and yellow bag with gold jewellery).
    2. Wear several bright accessories but only with a neutral coloured outfit (greys and neons look awesome together)
    3. Have bags, belts and shoes in metallic silver, gold and rose gold, which are fancy neutrals.

    Here’s the original top that inspired the idea. I’d love to know what this pattern stitch is called?

    Ideally Summer is like….

    But honestly, it’s more like this…

    But when this Covid craziness is mostly over, I’ll be going out more, as well as wanting to look more cheerful indoors.

    (From top – bottom)

    1st Column

    Stay Wild Moon Child tee – Bellelily (an Insta add which reeled me in!)

    Nirvana tee – EMP

    Sakura unicorn tee – Tokidoki

    Tiger racer back vest – Brave Soul London

    2nd Column

    Butterfly tunic (cropped into vest) – Joe Browns

    Orange camisole – Boohoo

    Grungy tie dye tee – Veronica Fever (Ebay)

    Tie dye racer-back camisole – Persephone Apparel (Etsy)

    3rd Column

    Lime green vest – Not a clue!? Either I was drunk or half asleep when I ordered this, ha! (Edit) Really versatile day-night item as it turns out, yay!

    Neon tie dye tee – Brave Girl Official (Ebay)

    Teal green tee (cut into tank) – EMP

    Most of these earrings are from Claire’s Accessories apart from the owls which were a gift, the blue and silver raindrop ones were from EMP, the pink drop earrings I made from guitar plectrums and the peace sign earrings I got from Moss-side Caribbean Carnival.

    Being able to pick a colourful item of clothing and accessory each morning is making such a difference to my moods, especially on dull days. I look forward to getting up and getting dressed now, rather than it being a chore.

    As always, I hope this has given you some ideas and inspiration or you’ve simply enjoyed having a nosey at my stuff. ✌🏽🤘🏽

    🖤✨Chrissie✨🖤

    Black Owned Brands & Bands inc. Rock, Hip-hop, Alternative Apparel & Cruelty-free beauty

    🖤 Black Rock/Metal Playlist by Nova Twins

    🖤 I personally recommend the whole back-catalogue of Skunk Anansie

    🖤 2020 – 2021 Black Rap and Hiphop Playlist by Red Music

    🖤 General Black Owned Business Directory

    🖤 Cruelty-free, Vegan Beauty and Lifestyle List by Vegan Beauty

    🖤 Cruelty-free Beauty and Lifestyle List by Logical Harmony

    🖤 Hair and wellness family owned brand. Cruelty-free and vegan,

    🖤 Alternative Style and Makeup

    • Glam Goth Beauty
    • We Are Unapologetic
    • Gothic Lamb
    • Coloured Raine Cosmetics
    • Jada Le Bour
    • Pocky’s Shoppe
    • Hooked On Ariel
    • Via Shea
    • A Whole New Witch
    • 6t9
    • Candles With Purpose

    🖤 Kawaii and Alternative Styles

    (compiled by @foxxtailz on Instagram)

    • Otaq Apparel
    • Polka dot Cute Shop
    • Magical Boys Club
    • Dragon Dandy
    • Teal Teacup
    • Moshi Melon
    • Plushii Kawaii
    • Hard Decora
    • I Puke Kawaii

    (compiled by @yasminesumman on Instagram)

    • That’s So Kitschy
    • Default Club
    • Charmin Darlin
    • Hissyfit Clothing
    • Maurio Kart (death metal shirts especially)
    • House Of Bats

    Happy shopping and listening!

    🖤✨Chrissie✨🖤

    How I’ve Brought More Colour into My Wardrobe – Part 1, Reasons and Replacements

    I’ll always be a mixture of hippy chick and urban Emo at heart but at the start of the year I noticed that somehow, the Emo part of my wardrobe had totally taken over. Black, grey, black, and more black. Lots of awesome items but hardly a cheerful boost to my mental health on overcast days (meaning the weather and/or my mood).

    I’ve tried to match new items for old items in a general sort of way. I’ve kept most things but given some items to charity that weren’t working for me anymore, mostly due to my changing sensory issues: Too hot, too tight, too sloppy, too short etc.

    On the left is the brighter item and on the right is the original.

    Velour top from Cotton Traders (very Stifflers Mum or the Mum with the dog in Mean Girls I know, ha!).

    I bought this from an Insta add I was bombarded with from Coralinlin.com and it’s the perfect length and has adjustable straps.

    I bought this boxy (but still long enough) jumper in a light green as well, from Peacocks.

    I found this pre-loved jumper on Ebay. I call it my Fraggle jumper.

    This gorgeous cream shirt is from Missguided and has bat wing sleeves that magically disappear when you lower your arms, thanks to clever pleats.

    In summer I live in soft Palazzo pants and wide PJ bottoms, which are almost the same item anyway, right? These are from Matalan and are a great length but not crazily high-waisted (like a lot of pants these days).

    Another basic item from Matalan, I’ll be wearing this with all of my black band tees.

    Colourful tops and jewellery, along with some useful tips are here in part 2

    I know this is a very light and basic post but I wanted to share my cheerful lifestyle idea (you could replace/add colourful homeware or stationary, rather than clothes etc.) for anyone who’s feeling down at the moment. *hugs* 🤗

    I’ve just heard about a page on Insta @mymonthincolour where you tag any photos of your home or colourful items you’ve bought and they feature their favourites.

    🌈Chrissie🌈

    Styling Spring & Summer Outfits for Day and Night by Mixing and Matching

    Go For It!

    I’ve tackled something I find surprisingly stressful and usually ignore until the last minute…Creating ‘Summer’ and ‘Evening’ outfits which are appropriate and actually express my personality.

    Old Stuff

    I tried everything on to find out what fitted me and what-went-with-what and found there was a surprising cross-over. Amazing the difference a fancy handbag bag, statement jewellery and some strappy shoes make to an everyday outfit!

    New Stuff

    To fill some gaps left from worn-out or I’ll-fitting items, I’ve bought a silky hot pink camisole a silky paisley pink and blue camisole, a leopard print swing vest; two pair of strappy sandals, one black and one metallic rose gold and three long floaty, chiffon skirts, one leopard print, one cream and one black.

    Both

    The trusty GBD (gothy, black, dress) and black knee high boots are still there, the neutral wide leg pants and band tees are still there but now I have some cheerful and rather girly basics to throw into the mix!

    What are your wardrobe woes and how will you fix them?

    🖤✨Chrissie✨🖤

    What’s your ‘Core Aesthetic’ on Pinterest?

    I got this term ‘core aesthetic’ stuck in my head and couldn’t remember why or where I’d gotten it from. Then I remembered it had something to do with letting Pinterest find your specific look. I typed ‘Chrissie core aesthetic’.

    Here’s what it came up with for me…

    Alternative and urban things like neon signs, a skull, tough but feminine style, a little bit of bling and even a bee – the symbol of Manchester.

    Pinterest has well got me sussed!

    I’d love to know what you get and if you agree?

    🖤✨Chrissie✨🖤

    My Year in Style 2019

    Here are all of my style related posts from 2019. I hope they serve as inspiration if you are a little stuck for ideas or where to buy something.

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    80’s Alternative Urban Hoops – Claire’s; jumper EMP; Skirt EMP; Boots – Clark’s

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    Chillin Love Your Bones Tee – EMP.co.uk; Bootcut jeans – charity shop (originally Topshop); Dusky pink trainers (not shown) Nike custom Air Force 1’s

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    Pirate Wench Earrings – EMP; Blouse – Hell Bunny; Skirt – EMP; Leggings – Matalan; Boots – Ebay

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    Modern Vintage Blouse – Hell Bunny; Shrug – Joe Browns; Skirt – EMP; Boots – Joe BrownsSwing vests can create a more flattering shape than tucking in your tops, if you have narrow hips and/or a podge.

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    Urban Casual Vest – Boohoo; Utility pants – ASOS; Trainers – Zara

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    Tee Bloody Nora Pam

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    Autumn Smart Casual Shawl – Matalan; Leggings – Matalan; Boots – Lands End

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    Winter Smart Casual Jumper – Matalan; Jeans – ASOS; Over knee ridding boots (not shown) Shuh.

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    Alternative-Casual  Tee – The Mountain; Arm warmers (worn under stripy top) – Forage; Boot cut jeans – Charity shop (previously Topshop); Chunky PVC ankle boots (not shown) Shuh

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    Pins Old English Company; Jenni Fairy W on Etsy; Punky Pins

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    Penguin Pin Kate Elford on Etsy

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    Christmas Tree Earrings Marks and Spencer

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    Tote Bag Tikea on Amazon

     

    🖤✨Chrissie✨🖤