Monthly Archives: September 2016

How To Be A Better Listener

There are days that I can look at someone and see those lips move and not process what they are saying. Those are the days that I take a step back and focus on being a better listener instead of thinking about what I will say next in the conversation. Here are 5 tips on how to be a better listener:

how to be a better listener

  1. Be empathetic. Focus on what they have to say, try to see things from that persons perspective and don’t focus on fixing it. Just listen and understand.

  2. Be an active listener. Don’t finish sentences, let them speak and then summarize what they said in your own words. Ask appropriate questions once they have finished talking.

  3. Don’t jump in with suggestions or advice. I always tell Dino Boy I just need you to respond with “That sucks” not try to fix it. The second you start thinking about how to solve the problem you stop listening to the speaker.

  4. Don’t listen to reply listen to understand. Show them you are listening by empathizing with their feelings. Tell them how much you understand the anxiety over speaking to a group of people.

  5. Make eye contact, physically engage in the conversation by making eye contact and appropriately nodding your head.

Exciting Ankle Boots for 2016

It is hard to believe that the summer is nearly over. It had just gone so quickly, but it is happening. Now is the time to start preparing your autumn/winter wardrobe, which is why I have started my search for the perfect ankle boots. There are already plenty available in the shops, and even more online. Here is my roundup of some of the best.

 There is no one look for 2016

It is clear from what I have seen so far that there is no single boot trend for this autumn or winter. Footwear designers appear to have drawn inspiration from every era to produce an eclectic mix of styles. This is great news for someone like me because I like to try out different looks throughout the season. It is also nice to have a mix of boots available from a practical point of view. There is nothing worse than joining the family on a day out that involves a lot of walking, and having to wear a pair of fashion boots. Having the option to put on a more practical, low heel pair is a big relief. 

Kristin Cavallari - Lavish (New Nude Kid Suede) High Heels

Square toe boots

This year, most designers have moved away from pointy styles. Instead, the majority have decided to offer wearers the comfort of square toes. However, they clearly realise that some women will still want a more elegant look, so many of the higher heel models feature a rounded, or pointed, toe.

Kate Spade New York - Tal (Gold Glitter) Women's Zip Boots


Flat boots

There are also a lot of very flat ankle boots available this year. These are extremely comfortable, and are perfect for wearing at the weekends with jeans.

Many designers have started to incorporate cushion heels and soles into their boots. This is also good news for comfort and foot health. The fact they are so flexible helps to ensure that the foot is not squashed out of shape. 

Paul Green - Danni BT (Piombo Suede) Women's Boots

Cowboy style boots

It is clear that many footwear designers have been inspired by the classics. For example, the shops are full of cowboy style boots. However, most have chosen to mix things up a bit by offering this style of boot in a range of unusual finishes, such as patent leather. It sounds a little odd, I know, but the combination of the two styles actually works really well.

Frye - Isa Whipstitch (Black Buffalo Nubuck) Cowboy Boots

High gloss finishes

Shiny finishes are set to be very popular for 2016. Most of the boots you will come across, this year, feature a high gloss finish. They look smart, and the high heel versions look especially good when worn with a skirt or dress.

An emphasis on comfort

It is also nice to see that there is an emphasis on comfort, this year. Soles are slightly thicker than normal, which provides good insulation between the cold ground and your feet. I have also noticed that there is a better choice of styles for those who need a wide fit.

Jessica Simpson - Shawley (Slater Taupe Lux Kid Suede) High Heels


As you can see, this year there really is something for everyone. This will make it easy for you to find ankle boots that are suitable for any occasion.