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Well here goes…Welcome to our first blog here at Houston’s Footwear.

Each month we will aim to bring you all things fashion and lifestyle from here in Derry hi and beyond. We hope you’ll find our ramblings entertaining and if you would like to get in touch with any questions please leave a comment below.

So its May, Spring is supposed to be sprung, our toes freshly manicured and itching to get into those fab new sandals you treated yourself to, but instead we are still clinging to the warmth of our Autumn/Winter wardrobe essentials.
Online stores have been bombarding you with clothes, shoes and accessories all wore best with the side of sunshine but I think we can all agree Irish Spring/Summer weather is as capricious as they come!

It maybe cold and wet but the call of outside wining and dining is loud and clear. It will mean in these early outings after lockdown you’ll need to be prepared to dress for all the elements while still looking Summer ready. We’ve got some fashion and lifestyle tips for outside entertaining whatever the weather.

Bright accessories add layers and warmth the any outfit…

So lets face it we aren’t going al Fresco in the Med anytime soon but you can still bring a pop of vibrant colour into your wardrobe with our fab Powder Design Ltd scarves. Perfect for accompanying your favourite bright blazer and jeans combo. These scarves come is a variety of bright colours and patterns and add that much needed extra layer. Pass the pina colada please!

Trans-seasonal trainers will keep you cosy…

Trainers are a year-round staple in any fashionistas wardrobe and are perfect for outdoor wining dining. You can ditch the heels but still get the extra height you want from our wedge trainers! They are still dressy enough to feel like you’ve glammed up for the day/night but give you the comfort you crave. Check out this pair with subtle black sparkle from Spanish brand Xti, only £45.

Switch to summer boots…

The beauty of wearing Summer boots mean you can wear these laced up lovelies but still hide your favourite cosy socks inside and look stylish at the same time. This classic Doc Martin look isn’t going anywhere this season, just brighten up your current wardrobe with lighter colours of your favourite biker boot style. Check out these from our Una Healy Collection. The Khaki Canvas Boots are £53 and the Off White Boots are £75.

Ultimate Arm Candy…

You can still cling to your Winter wool coat or cosy puffer as you brave the elements for a Gin and Tonic this May but an easy way to inject that Spring/Summer vibe is a practical and bright cross over bag like our Ellie Beaumont bags priced at £89. These leather lovelies come in a range of gorgeous colours, all with interchangeable straps so your bag can be as individual as you are. Check out are full collection in store or online.

Warm your belly with fiery Dark & Stormy cocktail…

Why not give this gut warming cocktail a try this May. I know we probably feel like going for a hot toddy instead of a Mai Thai at the minute but give this this fiery ginger cocktail a try instead. It will be sure to warm you up whilst enjoying outdoor socialising.

• pineapple 150g, chopped into bite-sized pieces, plus extra to serve
• dark rum 100ml
• limes 2, 1 juiced, 1 wedged to serve
In a jug, mix the pineapple with the rum, lime juice and spices, and use the end of a clean rolling pin to gentle muddle (crush) the pineapple and release some juices.
• grated nutmeg a pinch
• ground cinnamon a pinch
• ground ginger a pinch
• fiery ginger beer to serve
Fill two copa de balon or highball glasses with ice and divide the pineapple mixture between them. Top up with ginger beer and mix gently. Garnish with lime wedges and a slice of pineapple.

Fired up for Summer yet?

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