Product Review: SugarPOP shoes

Note: I haven’t been paid, cajoled, bribed, or gifted anything for this post. I’m just in love.

If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram, you’ll have seen the same thing over and over again on my outfit of the day posts: “Shoes: Popping Candy from Kabella Baby”. There’s a reason for that.

I’ve always struggled with heels. When I was 14, I dislocated my knee skiing and made the extremely bright decision to strap it up and finish out the last six weeks or so of the football season. I do not recommend doing this. Needless to say, my knees have been dodgy ever since. I’d pretty much given up on being able to hear heels apart from sitting at my desk at work when the wonderful Kaye at Kabella Baby insisted that I try a pair on.

I swear these must be the most comfortable heels in the known universe. I have worn my SugarPOPs to Christmas in the Park, on multi-hour shopping trips, dancing, to Orana Park and Willowbank, and just all day around the house when I’m doing chores. The bows can be bought separately and can be switched out or removed entirely, for some very cool looks!

And… there’s a chance I’ve gotten slightly obsessed with them:

Image: My SugarPOP shoes, surrounded by petticoats. In order: Dragonglass (black), Redrum (red), Reign (purple with paisley on the heel), Salute (navy), High Tea (pink with white polka dots), Spotted (black with white polka dots and a solid white heel) and ChaCha (gold glitter with a solid non-glitter gold heel). With a bonus pair of Habana Chocolaticas at the bottom for those extremely rare occasions where flat shoes are required!

The sizing is reasonably roomy—I’m normally a 9.5-10, and the size 9 in these fits really nicely. One of my friends wears a 6 where she’s normally a 7, while another is an 8 in everything including these. So if you’re able to get to a stockist and try some on in person, I would definitely recommend it to save yourself potentially having to sort out a return! New Zealand stockists include: Kabella Baby in Christchurch (which is where I bought all of mine!), 19 Black in Hamilton, Vintage Honey’s Parlour in Dunedin, and Vintage Addiction in Auckland. Alternatively, you can find Popping Candy at their website or on Facebook.

But enough gushing—here’s just a sample of my amazing outfits that have been totally jazzed up by these incredible shoes! If you want to see more, you should definitely make sure you’re following me on Facebook or Instagram 🙂

Lydia (or Vienna) the Tattooed Lady

It says a lot about my upbringing that when I wrote that title, I wasn’t thinking of Groucho Marx… I was thinking of Kermit the Frog. My mum is a huge Muppets fan, okay?!

Anyway, it’s no secret that I have a few tattoos. Just one or two. Okay, maybe more than one or two… closer to two dozen. I love them to bits.

Which is why I got two new ones today! “Nevertheless, she persisted”, which was a fundraiser for Shakti Women’s Refuge, on one arm, and “Well-behaved women seldom make history” on the other. My angry feminist arms 🙂

Both tattoos were designed by Chelsea Brink and tattooed by Jake at The Gallery in Wellington, and they look amazing!

Rainbow Tresses

I travel a lot for work, and when I’m meeting people at the airport, or in a public place, or whatever, I have an easy way to meet up — “I’m the one with the [whatever colour it currently is] hair.”

I know a lot of people with crazy hair colours like to pick a colour and stick to it, but I’m far too fickle for that (says the girl with 17 tattoos…) Instead, I pick a new colour every time, which means my hair changes colour about every three months, as I get two rounds of dye out of one bottle.

My favourite brand is La Riche Directions. The colour stays on amazingly and it’s easy to mix colours up if they don’t quite have the shade you’re after. I buy mine from Glamore in Invercargill. They also sell the Directions Hair Lightening Kit, which I 100% prefer to supermarket blonding products (though those will do in a pinch).

My husband actually dyes my hair for me — he’s a handy man to have around! Changing hair colours is usually an all-weekend production, doing the bleaching one day and the actual colour the next. So I spend one Saturday evening in every six looking like Draco Malfoy. It’s very attractive. I try to leave the colour in for at least four hours, but basically the longer I can leave it in the better.

The colour lasts a good six weeks — in fact, my undercut usually grows out before the colour washes out. I wash my hair 3 times a week with a colour-protecting shampoo, but this is a semi-permanent dye, so colour does come out every time I wash it.A trick my friend taught me is to put a bit of dye on with your shampoo, which really locks the colour in! She adds hers to her shampoo, but sometimes guests use mine, so… I’d better not. 🙂