With pleasure comes pain...

The pleasure

I think it was Tali that planted the seed when she posted about some lovely new flats from Zara on her fashion blog.

I made a mental note to have a look for these on my next visit to the store.

Well I did in fact find them - but not in my size. I didn't give up there though. No sir! I wandered around the store admiring some of the amazing stock they have in there at the moment and then my eyes spotted this pair in the TRF section.

A pointed toe and a pink, mauve-under-toned glittery flat at a good price? Yes please.

*Sold*

I loved how these looked under the store lights. It was sort of mesmerizing. In indoor light they come out a true pink - outdoors they take on an icy/mauve and slightly surreal look.



I wore them today and constantly admired how they looked in the sunlight. The sparkle factor was obnoxiously high.
I paired them with a standard combo that you have seen before - an ASOS dress I got this summer and an ASOS blazer (now reduced...ugh hate that. I paid full price - Link!).


The pain

The only bad part of this story is that they were not feet-friendly. It's fair to say that the back of my heel was crying by the end of the day. It was so bad that at one point I concocted a sort of flat footed walk that would avoid shoe-heel aggravation. Not chic but very, very necessary.

Of course, like any normal woman, I accept the pain and I forgive the shoe. In fact I can't wait to wear them again - although perhaps next time I will prepare the heels in advance :)

Link to the shoes here - Link! - and they are £19.99.

Before I go...

Hope you all had a great Friday! It was National Day in the UAE today with the country turning 40.  This means lots of public events and lots of patriotism emblazoned on everything from buildings to cars. I have never seen anything like it.

The cars are the stars of the show. Emiratis go to extraordinary lengths to show their allegiance. Think crystals on BMWs and Range Rovers, giant flags and laminates of the various UAE Sheikh's on the windows and windscreens.

Here are some photos of what's going on down the road from me right now :)







xxx

110 comments:

  1. Love those shoes!! And you can never go wrong with a lambo! ;) X

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  2. @Katie - haha I know! That's some serious national dedication right there.

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  3. Very pretty shoes! Christmassy....yet...summery! :)

    My goodness there's some wealth in Dubai isn't there?! Seems funny to have a countries' birthday, doesn't it! How old is the UK?? Tut! I'll have to google that now, because I'm curious! ;D xx

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  4. nice flats! what a pity they are painful, but i find that almost any flat shoes from 'cheap' places like h&m or zara are like that! what a shame!



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  5. @The Pampered Sparrow - that's what surprised me. I know the country is young but only 40! They have achieved a lot in that time.

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  6. @Mila Rock Baby - my Tory Burch have never done that but then a pair of Marc Jacobs flats absolutely cut me up when i got them. I blame my feet ;)

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  7. I love the shoes, I'd stare at them all day too. Hopefully they get more comfortable as time goes on. I have a pair of black flats that I love but the first 5 times I wore them they made me cuss up a storm. I love your pictures of the UAE, makes me feel like I've been somewhere:)

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  8. I feel your heel pain. Been there too many times myself!

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  9. Beautiful shoes and outfit overall!!

    You do make me laugh though regarding the pain they cause, I know that specialised walk only to well. Heaven forbid if I'm with my partner as I never hear the end of the ill-fitting shoes I've obtained, didn't you try them on in the shop first, you know the kinda conversation...

    Esther xxox

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  10. Woooow they're gorgeous! The celebrations in Dubai look lovelyy, I hope they have them here in Doha! Middle East ftw :')

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  11. Love the sparkly shoes, you could argue they're an even bigger bargain as they have an indoor look and an outdoor look, or am I taking justifying shoe purchases slightly too far?

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  12. Sometimes the prettiest shoes are the most painful, but we endure because it is worth it ;) Get the blister block out!

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  13. wah it's like someone painted these flats with mad as a hatter by opi, looove!

    P.S. i smelled voyage d'hermes today and it's bleeding amazing, omg it's like gin tonic in perfume form, i need it!

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  14. I LOVE THEM! I prefer the flat sparkly shoes over the ones with the heel since you will probably get more wear out of the due to the fact that they are flat.xx:)

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  15. Love these flats! I've bee looking foursome sparkly non-offensive flats for Christmas party, perfect! xxx

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  16. Those shoes are so lovely. Compeed do some GREAT see through plasters that I find really help me with blisters. They are also very useful to have on hand for shoes that rub. Completely take the pain out of any rubbed skin :) I will be checking those shoes out :)xx

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  17. Your outfit and the shoes are beautiful! :)

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  18. Ooo those are pretty!! Great find!

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  19. They are so beautiful! That happens to me with my favorite MK flats...My heels hate them but I love them <3

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  20. Those shoes are so pretty! Worth the pain

    - Allie x


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  21. I think I would put up with the pain too for shoes that gorgeous, and the price is really good too. Especially for Zara!

    Sorcha x
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  22. l love those flats- and your taste in clothing, accessories, and make-up really!

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    Have a great weekend.

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  23. 40? just 40? omg, they truly deserve so much respect on how much they achieved in such short time, and i think they are already getting it...weird but i love the way they 'show off' :)

    shoes are gorgeous, imo as gorgeous as the one Tali has...you are wearing pretty summer dresses and i am trying stay alive in my fair isle jumpers.how i envy you! xxx

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  24. I love those shoes, my favourite shoes completely demolish my heels every time I wear them but they're so pretty that it's worth the pain. Damn that Lambo looks insane.

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  25. love your hair! what do you put in it to make it so shiny in the photo :)))

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  26. Lol those flats are fabulous!
    Bella xo
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  27. I'd take a bullet for some sparkle.

    Gorgeous flats

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  28. I love that ASOS dress - so pretty and a gorgeous colour!

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  29. Those shoes are really pretty. For some reason I hate pointed toes on me though :(

    Frances x
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  30. Those glittery flats are perfect.

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  31. Ouch but they are so pretty. You don't see that many pointy flats around. These are gorgeous. As for your Asos jacket and dress, what a combo! They work so well together Hope you enjoyed National Day!

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  32. Even the most amazing flats require a decent torture session to wear them. On the plus side, the colour of these almost perfectly complements your Vitello ;)

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  33. Ahhh! Gorgeous + sparkly + fun! Although, as you described your shoe pain, I quite nearly had sympathy shoe-pain right with you. I find that pain hard to forget, and I must admit I'm not as "forgiving" as you are to the said shoe culprit when I must endure it! Maybe I should take a lesson from you and be a little softer on them... ;)
    Great pics as usual! Love your photographic eye!

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  34. It's so interesting to see what's going on where you live, which is the other side of the world from me :)

    I love your simple yet chic outfit, the shoes definitely add fun and girlyness to it! How are you going to make them more comfortable? I'm curious to see what you do. Usually I add bandaids to areas where it hurts, but sometimes it doesn't look that nice 'cause it's peeking out.

    <3

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  35. Those shoes are incredible! I'm such a sucker for anything sparkly.

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  36. I love your style..simple but stylish!


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  37. love those shoes they are so pretty! im attracted to all things sparkaly :P

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  38. Those shoes are so gorgeous! I would say they are definitely worth the pain!! X

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  39. They are my perfect festive shoe, you don't understand how devastated I am to hear that they are viscous...or perhaps you do. I love the ASOS blazer!!

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  40. i've seen some really similar shoes in h and m. and i've been eyeing that asos blazer for a while now- just wish they had a petite version.

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  41. I love those shoes, especially the colour, so so pretty!

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  42. I've always wanted to visit Dubai, looking for an excuse to go! Narrowly missed an opportunity when the business school I attend sent some students over there to work in the air show.
    How are your nails keeping, do they still look so shiny and polished? Seriously thinking of trying gel xx

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  43. Hello !
    I loveee yourr sunglasses ! May I ask what model they are ????
    Lovee yourr blogg too !
    Thank you xxx

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  44. hahaha when you said you'd developed that special walk i laughed! i HATE it when that happens and shoes are mean to your feet :(



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  45. The colour of them outside is wonderful. Ahh if only my look could be as put together as yours, I'm a little green eyed monster.

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  46. I bought a pair similar the other day! I was drawn in by the shiny sparkles. They are probably the most uncomfortable pair of flats that I own..but they're just so cute!

    Ps, the color of that dress is gorgeous! Looks great on you! :)

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  48. this outfit is stunning laura! you look so cool and chic in it, i'm jealous! also adore the shoes! they look so lovely and they're such a good price! may have to get these for the upcoming christmas season. thanks for the warning about the pain they bring though! X

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  49. love the shoes!!

    i wish i was somewhere in the world where i need sunglasses ! jealous!

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  50. The kid's section of Zara has some fabulous sparkly ballet pumps - those are softer and more 'foot friendly'. Looking good thought Laura!!!

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  51. these are sooooo cute^^!! but honestly I can't stand the pain, now I only go for comfy shoes, they get more wears ~~~~
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  52. love ur green dress ! the color is eye catching

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  53. Love the shoes although I can't do completely flat shoes because I have flat feet and look like a clown in them.There's that green dress again...so glad I bought that.I wear it a lot! x

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  54. Love that blazer - getting it now!

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