Retro Yet Modern Light Up Shoes


When it comes to fashion these days I’m quite content to fall out of the door for the school run looking symmetrical. That is my goal, symmetry. That and no children’s stickers stuck to the back of my legs as I walk down the road. I think as far as goals go this is fairly reasonable.

Clearly my expectations on the “being fashionable” front are fairly low. Honestly, I just don’t have the time, the patience or I suspect the figure for what passes for cool and trendy these days.

What I do have time for is fun. I like fun, love fun even. I think fun is important and I want as much of it in my life as possible. I want the boys to have a decent measure of fun in their daily lives too. I’m also keen on geekery. Geek is the new chic as far as I’m concerned, I’m nerdy, geeky and I’m proud.

How does my love of all things from dragons to unicorns and beyond have anything to do with my lack of fashion sense? They’re more closely aligned than you might think.

Is there one thing that you wanted as a child but never got? Was it Mr Frosty (with hindsight and as a parent myself I now see what a pain in the backside this would be), or something else? I wanted light up shoes but they were rare when I was growing up, and probably cost a small fortune. Fast forward to 2016 and I’m a big girl, able to make my own purchasing decision and dammit, I want light up shoes!

It doesn’t matter that the last dress I wore was my wedding dress in 2003, that I don’t wear labels and that I haven’t worn make-up since 1999. What matters is that I want light up shoes.


They’re great, they’re geeky and cool and the style of the trainers themselves go perfectly with my habitual jean wearing. What’s even better, if you visit you’ll find that light up shoes are not just for kids but us fun grown-ups too.

I love things like this, quirky things that make me smile or laugh but I’m not interested in compromising my comfort for them. Thankfully these are quality shoes and trainers with the novelty factor, not a cheap gimmick.

Will I be buying a pair? I might just if I don’t land on Santa’s good list this year! Retro but modern, these tick all of my fun and easy to wear boxes.

What about you? Could you see yourself lighting up the dark school run or parading around Tesco with a pair of LED light up shoes? Go for it, after all, we have to grow old but we don’t have to grow up! I for one I’m more than happy to unleash my inner child and let me tell you, she’ll be over the moon when she gets her hands on a pair of light up shoes!





Smiggle York

Last week I was asked if I would like to visit the new Smiggle stationery store in York (Coney Street) for a nose around and to report back on what I thought. Have any of you ever watched Mary Poppins? You know that song, “A few of my favourite things”? That sums up Smiggle for me. There’s stationery, cool and geeky gifts; there’s a furry diary for goodness sake. Needless to say, I was happy to accept the task.

The store itself is pretty easy to find, just a short walk from the Park & Ride stop near the museum gardens.


Lee, the unfortunate member of staff on duty the day I landed was very accommodating, not rolling his eyes once as I ran around the store screeching “Look at this” and “Oooh look at that” to the friend who had come along with me. Indeed he was really helpful, making great suggestions for Christmas gifts and finding me something I’d been looking for.


Thanks for your help Lee!

One thing that I have to address is the fact that Smiggle is not a store for girls, or at least not “just” for girls. There is a huge range suitable for lovers of pink, green, purple, blue and of course bright yellow. There’s also no maximum age limit on Smiggle items either which means it is perfectly acceptable to fill your own office with cola smelling erasers, chocolate scented pencils and pop art dogs in sunglasses.


Just a tiny selection of the fab items in store.

As a thank you for taking the time to go and visit the store I was given a £25 gift voucher to use on anything there I fancied (although to be fair I’d have gone purely for the pleasure of it). Taking advantage of the 5 for £5 range I bought some bits for the boys, a colour-changing  fiber optic thingy for Taylor and a light up book-looking secret safe for Kieran. Needless to say, I’m one cool Mum in their eyes right now.


I also spotted while I was there the Smiggle advent calendar. At £28 you might think that it’s a little steep however when you look at what’s inside (staff hide a picture of “typical” contents behind the till so no children can see in advance what they’ll get) you’d agree that actually, it’s brilliant value. I’ve not bought one yet but only because I’m pointing the husband in that general direction so he can treat me!


Psst… Roy, this one!

All in all the visit was a rip-roaring success and I can see now why Smiggle has such a big following. The staff seem great, there is a huge range of items for all ages, in a number of designs, some great bundles for presents and it’s DIFFERENT! It’s rare to find items that are quirky and bit special but Smiggle has pulled this off brilliantly.

Have a look on the website (sign up  to the newsletter to get money off in store or online) and get yourself along to the York store (or any store if York isn’t local to you). I’ll be visiting again before Christmas, for the boys and for me!

There’s more info on the new store here, which talks about not just the opening of the store but who and what Smiggle are all about. Don’t leave it too long before you visit!


I love how they display their pencils!

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