TOMS – One for one

I can’t remember where or when I first heard of TOMS but they are one of my ultimate shoe loves. They aren’t massively popular where I live and unfortunately I only ever see people walking around in cheap high street versions. However, after a trip to Huntington Beach aka ‘Surf City USA’ in May, I noticed that nearly everyone owns a pair there – they’re like the new Converse – but better because they give back.
If you haven’t heard the TOMS story then you should definitely take some time to look at their site – it will be the best discovery you make all year. To cut a long story short, every time you buy a pair, they give a pair to a child in need.

They have recently given away their millionth pair which is fantastic and were featured in Marie Claire for it.

I purchased my first pair of TOMS in May and cannot describe how much I love them! They are so comfortable and versatile – and considering I’ve worn them nearly every day since buying them, they are holding out pretty well!

To be honest though, I think my favourite thing about TOMS is the sense of community that they have built – if you head over to their facebook page and take a look at all the photos uploaded by their ‘fans’, it’s just really lovely. I love looking at all the different ways that people have decorated their TOMS and made them their own.

Heroes of jeans

Personally, I think that if you can look good in a plain old jeans and t-shirt combo then you’ve pretty much cracked it. Anyone can smarten themselves up in a suit or go glitzy for a posh party but I think it takes something special if you can look effortlessly hot in jeans and a t-shirt. To me, it is the epitome of classic cool. My obsession with laid back fashion was only further fuelled by a recent trip to California where I completely fell in love with everything about the place. It really is as good as it looks in the movies! As I travelled around the state I realised that the ‘California Cool’ look that gets so heavily pushed in the shops in the UK isn’t a work of fiction.

As food for thought, some of my casual heroes are below:

Who do you look to for casual inspiration?

Have you ever been fortunate enough to find the perfect pair of jeans?