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Thursday 10 August 2023

Strive Sandals with Beige Dress - #Chicandstylish #LINKUP

Hi there everyone.
How are you all today?

Rather tired to say the least.  I went to the gym yesterday and came home to cut the grass.  Well I wanted to take advantage of the dry warm weather before the grass had a chance to get any longer!  I mean!  It's been the ideal conditions for it to grow, rain and a bit of sunshine makes the perfect conditions, but not only for the grass, for the weeds and the hedges!  Urgh, yes I'm knackered after working all afternoon yesterday!

On a brighter note, Tuesday evening I went, with David, to my daughters for dinner.  Her husband is a really good cook and produced a delicious & tasty dinner featuring scallops, fish cakes and king prawns with mash, pea puree and a delicious sauce that I couldn't even begin to tell you what was in it!  Suffice to say it all went down rather well as did the bottle of Prosecco and the red wine (drunk by hubby and SIL).  I can't wait to be invited again. X

If you follow me on Instagram you'll have seen I managed to find the pair of black sandals I've been searching for, will share them on the blog soon, but today I want to show off another stunning pair with you, they are from the Strive range and have been a joy to wear as they incorporate podiatrist designed 'Biochemical Footbed Technology' which re-designs the classic flat footbed to the natural contours of the feet.

Items marked with * have been gifted to me, however these are 100% my own honest comments.

I've been patiently waiting to wear these sandals out.  I've worn them indoors and quite honestly haven't wanted to take them off.  They are literally like putting on a glove, the fit and support they give is outstanding.
Let me explain just why they are so heavenly to wear.
Our feet aren't flat, so Strive designed footwear with a contoured footbed giving these four benefits:

  • Follows the natural shape of the foot to help prevent arch collapse.
  • Cradles the heel while helping absorb shock.
  • Maintains forefoot shape and disperses pressure evenly.
  • A lightweight, shock-absorbing foam containing many small air bubbles which offers a 'walking-on-air' sensation.

Strive footwear helps to improve posture and reduce harmful stresses in your feet and body - a contributing factor to many common aches and pains.

If I'd have been away somewhere warm this Summer they would have been on my feet all the time, however with the rain we've had here over the past couple of months I've not had the opportunity to pop them on.  Well that was remedied the other day when I slipped them on with my safari dress.

I'd been in my local supermarket getting a couple of essentials and some makeup so couldn't help but wander around the clothes section.  The sales are in full swing now, so I took full advantage of rifling through the rails and came across this beauty in my size.  Yep it accompanied me home and fits like a dream!

The beige shirt dress has one pocket on the bust, and a tie belt in matching fabric.  I switched this for my orange belt which matched my little bag.  It's a midi length and I think it'll take on another role layered over a dress or trousers as a long-line jacket for cooler days.

Who doesn't love a slip-on?  So easy to wear aren't they?  Well the Gavi II * are not only easy to wear but they are extremely comfortable AND look very stylish too!  They're offered in two additional colourways, and both would be perfect for Summer wear when, teamed with a pretty dress would take you to any number of events.  I'm a sucker for animal prints, so it was a no brainer to pick the snake print - I've got a whole host of dresses to wear with them. X

I received a UK6 which is sometimes a tad small for me, however these have an adjustable buckle fastening across the top which make them the perfect fit for me (I have slightly wider feet).  

I'm really impressed with the arch support I've experienced when wearing them, they really do give full support and although felt slightly strange when I first put them on, my feet soon got used to them and quite honestly almost ran to get them on after that.  In the past I've noticed my feet ache occasionally and I've not been able to pinpoint exactly why and when it happened, but with my feet surrounded by the contour of my new sandals I'm hoping these symptoms will subside. I'll let you know how it goes. 

Shop My Look!

Time for the #Chicandstylish #LINKUP party.

Favourite blogger from last week is Iris - La Moumous  who's looking stunning in a Summer white dress and is talking about the best colours to wear in Summer.

Now let's start linking up.
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Link up your fashion and beauty posts, other topics allowed.
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Strive are now offering you free postage on all orders please use code: FREESHIP at checkout!

Thanks for being here today, I do appreciate all your support.
See you again on Monday, until then have a wonderful rest of the week and brilliant weekend.
Bye bye. X



  1. Should be a lovely day so you can relax and enjoy the tidy garden! x

  2. Those sandals look great and even better they feel so good! Love this pretty summer look. Thanks for the link up!

  3. It's a pretty sandal and I love this summery outfit! I am rather tired to today! It's the first day of school and a few things need to be ironed out causing me some stress. It was also storming when we got up this morning.

  4. Sounds like a fantastic dinner! I love scalops! Great dress too, neutrals always look good on you, and fabulous sandals.

  5. Jacqui I've never understood why footwear brands make sandals totally flat - it makes no sense as your feet are arched as you say! So kudos to Strive for making them shaped to fit your feet :D

    I LOVE me a shirt dress and yours is so lovely, especially as you've paired it with orange, my favourite colour. Your whole look is fabulous <3

    Thank you so much for hosting, Catherine x

  6. These shoes look fabulous with your dress, Jacqui! And, they're comfortable, too? It's so hard to find cute and comfortable shoes, isn't it? Thanks so much for the link party!

  7. A comfy pair of shoes is so important, and bonus points when they're so cute like yours!
    Cheryl Shops |

  8. Looking very nice. Thanks for hosting and I hope that you have a wonderful week.

  9. What a stunning summer look. I love how effortlessly chic this is!


  10. Beautiful summer look Jacqui! I love how the orange belt and bag stand out. Strive footwear is superb, my sandals are so comfortable and supportive. Thanks for linking up!

    Emma xxx

  11. I love the pops of orange from the belt and the bag; that dress is quite a find and those shoes do look fabulous.

  12. Jacqui, these shoes look really comfortable and they are very cute, too! I love this neutral shirt dress on you and the orange accessories are so great with it. You look fabulous as always!

    Shelbee on the Edge

  13. Love your hat!



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