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  • Dare We Mention Spring/Summer Ankle Boots?

    Looking at the Catwalks around the world at the minute, it seems that ankle boots are still hitting all the right notes – which is perfect for us in NI. Our weather very much dictates that boots are an absolute staple, must-have on hand basically all year round thanks to our ‘four seasons in one day’ style climate! Boots are now not just a ‘winter style, wear with our jeans’ kind of thing – you now team them with dresses, skirts, shorts and not just during festival season. This is a trend that isn’t just reserved for supermodels and the uber trendy; we can all get in on the action! Continue reading

  • Jump into Spring Summer 2017

    Okay so it seems the Spring/Summer season has crept up on us super quick this year thanks to the mild winter we had. Looking at the new product, it is definitely no surprise why!

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  • Oh what to wear!

    Oh what to wear!

    I love getting dressed up for a special occasion, but it can be a little stressful sometimes. It's the season of weddings & I have two this summer! Obviously I need two new outfits!

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  • The Wedge is back!

    The Wedge is back!

    Want fabulous heels? Want comfort? However, the two don't always go together that well. We all know it can be a hard task, to find a fab high heel that's also comfortable.

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  • Colour Pop!

    Colour Pop!

    Spring is coming! It may still be a little cold & dull outside, but spring is on its way. The snowdrops & daffodils are in bloom, so its time to put a bit of spring colour into your wardrobe. Whether you're after heels or flats, there are plenty of styles to choose from. Colour & flowery prints are huge trends this season, but you don't have to go for head to toe colour just yet. I ten to wear a lot of neutral tones this time of year, but like to inject a little colour into my outfits. So a good way to stay on trend & liven up an outfit is to add colour & prints with some fab accessories.

    Now flower prints were a major trend, seen on the spring catwalks, & a great way to tap into that trend is flower print shoes. If you're after a heel to lift a simple dress, print is the way to go.

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    Take the beautiful "Billie" from our S.Oliver range. This gorgeous high heel pump will go with everything, with its colourful flower print. Add a pop of colour & style to a simple little dress, or just throw them on with jeans. With its vibrant flower print, & pointed toe, "Billie" will keep you right on trend. If you want that punchy flower print with a slightly lower heel, then "Casey" will be your go to shoe, this spring. With its comfortable stack heel, this is a great everyday shoe.

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    Now, for those of you who like a flat pump, you can really make your outfit pop with a colourful pump.

    If you like a print, go for the fun tropical printed "Rose" from Refresh. It comes in a choice of 3 coloured backgrounds. Black print, white print, & turquoise print.

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    This is such a soft, comfortable little pump, you won't want to take it off.

    Now, if you don't want flowers, you can still add a pop of colour with this chic little pump.

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    "Lamen" from our Escape range is a classic pump, with a twist. It features classic silver piping, & bow detail, while staying bang on trend with its bright colour, & subtle stripe pattern.

    So ladies, whether it's a special occasion, or a gloomy Tuesday, add a pop of colour to your spring look.

  • Hot off the Catwalk!

    Hot off the Catwalk!

    The spring/summer fashion shows were packed to the brim, with fresh new looks. There are plenty of trends to choose from, to perk up your spring wardrobe.

    Fashion is constantly evolving, but always takes inspiration from past decades. This season many fashion houses have been taking their inspiration from the 70's. We've seen lots of mustard yellow, browns, & creams on the runways. While we've seen Pucci bringing back flares, for that hippie chic look.

    Denim has been seen on most of the catwalks, with flared jeans & denim skirts making a comeback. But don't worry, you don't need to go full on 70's with your look! If you want to update your look, just pick a simple short denim skirt or a pair of slightly flared jeans, & pair them with a simple t-shirt & a classic brogue shoe. Mustang "Polly" would look great with any 70's inspired look, with its block high heel, platform sole, & retro styling. I know I'll be wearing this with everything!


    Another trend still going strong is black & white. This was a key theme of the Balenciaga show this season. You can't really go wrong with the monochrome look, but coming into the summer months you may not want to wear so much black. If you want to tap into this trend why not go for monochrome accents. Just add a chic little black & white clutch, or a pair of black & white loafers. "Coral Reef" from Clarks will keep you right on trend with its pointed toe & black & white detailing. This little loafer is so versatile, you can dress it up or keep it casual. Perfect for work & play.

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    Full printed skirts have made a major comeback in recent years, & are still big for 2015. Michael Kors kept things classic with bright floral print. What better way to keep your spring look fresh, than a pretty floral skirt. To dress up your printed full skirt, team it with a pointed high heel pump. The point is big this season and looks great against the soft nature of a full skirt.

    If you want a splash of colour, with a bit of edge, then "Dalhart Sorbet" from Clarks is the shoe for you this spring. It comes in a beautiful deep coral suede, with contrasting black stiletto heel, to give your look a little edginess. With a sharp pointed toe, this pump will look great teamed with a full floral skirt.

    For a slightly softer point, why not try "Billie" from S.Oliver. This high heel pump comes in a soft shimmering cream & gold print, so it will go with everything.

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    Now these are just a few of the trends hitting the high street this spring. There are plenty more still to come for spring 2015. So whether you are a hippie chick or a floral beauty, have fun freshening up your wardrobe with some runway style this spring!

  • Those Boots were made for walking!

    Those Boots were made for walking!

    Boot season is well & truly upon us. When it's cold & wet outside you just want to stay indoors & curl up by the fire. However, out you must go, & you're going to want some boots to keep you warm & dry. Whether you like long leg boots or ankle boots, there are plenty of styles to choose from out there. So many, it can become a chore finding the one you love! So I've selected a few of my favourite boots here at McConnells to help you out. Yeah, I'm nice like that.

    First of my top picks is "Anthea" from S.Oliver. This long leg boot is great for the cold winter weather. With its cosy faux fur lining it will keep you toasty warm when you're out & about. Made of rich chocolate leather, it will become a wardrobe staple. This boot is bang on trend, with its gold trim details, giving you the style you want, & the comfort you need. Now in the sale, this boot was £99.99 now only £89.99.

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    Another firm favourite is "Lavender" from our Tamaris range. This soft ankle boot is great for everyday wear in the cold winter months. It comes in classic Muscat coloured suede, with a "Duo Tex" lining to keep you dry in the wet weather. With a soft faux fur trim & cosy fleece lining, it will keep you warm all day long. This boot is also in the sale, down from £89.99 to £79.99.

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    Another "Duo­Tex" boot from Tamaris is "Danielle". This 3/4 length leg boot has a nice chunky sole for comfort & grip. With an upper made of both suede & waxed leather this boot will see you through the winter months in style. Now on sale at £89.99, down from £110.

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    If you're looking for style & warmth, look no further than "Delta" from Rieker. This long leg black boot is finished of with some great gold detailing to catch the eye. With a delicate gold heel trim & gold zip at the back, this boot is right up there in the style stakes. This lightweight boot has a warm fleece lining & flexible sole, giving you warmth & comfort in one. Down from £77 to £64.99.

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    "Jimba Mid" from Sheepfeet is a great little winter warmer. Incorporating a luxurious suede outer with a 100% Australian wool lining & EVA sole, this boot is made for winter! Coming in black or chestnut, this little Australian export will definitely be on my Christmas wish list! At the moment there is a 10% saving on this boot, so you get it for £72, originally £80.

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    Finally, & possibly my favourite, is the funky & furry "Fold Down Hi" from our range of Converse. Converse take cosiness & style to the next level with this little number. Featuring a faux­shearling lining, it will keep you toasty warm. Made of premium leather, this ox blood coloured boot will go with everything. With its funky fold down feature you can style this boot whichever way you like. With our 10% offer off all full priced adult footwear, you can snap it up for only £67.50, down from £75.

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    So ladies, don't be afraid to venture out into the cold outdoors this season. With our fab range of boots you can go out in style & still stay cosy & warm.


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