Step into Spring, with style!

The way we shop has changed. Online shopping is growing at a rate that makes Usain Bolt look somewhat slow!

Some very clever people at NAB projected that in Australia, we will spend a whopping $11.1 billion on online shopping in 2012.

There are so many online stores wanting to help you part with your money, just buying shoes can send your head into a spin! At Ruby Slipper’s we want to make life simple so follow our guide to our favourite online shoe shops and get yourself some fancy footwear for Spring.


The Iconic: They deliver super quick and returns are free. We love these smoking hot sandals, $169.95:

Style tread: A huge range, free delivery and returns. We love these Robert Robert wedges for $199.95:

Shopbop: A wider designer range. Loads of beautiful shoes to fall in love with. Free delivery and returns. We love these hot sandals, $294.98:

Asos: Great prices, lots of choice. We love these little spring cuties for $27.77:

Charles and Keith : Very reasonably priced and a really good selection. Wrong season for Australia but don’t let that put you off !!! How hot are these sandals, $93USD

Toms. Great casual summer shoes for guys, girls and kids. You also get the added bonus of knowing that every pair you purchase a new pair is donated to a child in need. Shoes with soul. Everyone should own a pair! $44 for the plain coloured ladies shoes, $54 for mens.

Happy shopping and remember the golden rules….

Check the price of returns.

Check the delivery costs, some sites only do free delivery when you spend over a certain amount.

Measure the heel height before you order.

Don’t keep them if they don’t fit!!!

Pimp my handbag….

Do you remember that part in the Sex in the City Movie, where Jennifer Hudson’s character Louise, tells Carrie that her Louis Vuitton handbag is hired?  If you do, and remember thinking what an awesome idea it was, then we’ve found something for you!

Something borrowed’ is an Australian company hiring out designer handbags. They carry a range of different designers, shapes and sizes, so something for all needs and tastes. All are guaranteed to be genuine, no fakes here!   We love the idea of hiring a designer clutch when you need something special for a swanky do, the totes and day bags are brilliant if you want to impress or just want to treat yourself to some hot arm candy!

You can hire for 2 weeks or longer if required. Prices start at $20 for a fortnight hire, but vary depending on the size and make of the bag.  This lush Alexander McQueen is $120 for a fortnight, it would set you back over $2000 to buy new.

I borrowed a bag for a couple of weeks (purely for research purposes!), the process is really simple, the bag arrived quickly all nicely packaged and I got to carry a lovely Marc Jacob’s bag around for 2 weeks.   The downside is definitely having to give it back!

Something borrowed are offering all Ruby Slippers clients 20% off bag hire. Simply put ‘rubyslippers20’ as the discount code when you check out (offer for Australian residents only).


Dare to bare….

If Fifty Shades of Grey has added a little sparkle to your sex life, but your lingerie isn’t quite cutting it, then take a look at our recommendations for some hot new undies.  I am sure these would get Christian Grey’s seal of approval!

Stella McCartney has designed an everyday, more affordable range called Stella, which is currently on sale at David Jones. They’re very pretty, with gorgeous detail and beautiful finishes. The range uses advanced shapewear technology combined with  ‘eco-conscious’ fabrics and recycled metal. Our recommendation is that Stella is better suited to those with more petite figures.

Sass and Bide, have a very cool range on sale at Myer.  Sexy lace and really funky bold, geometric prints. Sizes from B to D cup.

Dita Von Teese’s Von Follies range can be found at Target;   Sexy designs, reasonable prices and a huge range. With sizes going up to 20E, ticks all the boxes!

If you’re looking for something a little more risqué then we give these two web sites the thumbs up…enjoy:

Remember the department stores and lingerie shops should do a fitting for free – take full advantage as around 75% of girls are wearing the wrong size bra. So why not put the book down for a couple of hours and treat yourself to something that’ll make you feel super sexy!!

Sydney Fashion Festival

If you fancy sitting front row and watching the latest Spring/Summer collections hit the runway, then get tickets to the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival.

It’s a great way to see the best from Australia’s leading brands and retailers – Ginger and Smart, Lisa Ho, Oroton, Myer, Sportscraft…and loads more.

There’s also hair and make-up consultations, style workshops (yay) and lots of opportunities to sip champagne in the bars!

There are plenty of different tickets on offer, prices starting at $35. The event is on at Sydney’s Town from 21-25 August.

See you there 🙂