Back Up Back Down


As soon as the weather is in high plus and we hit June, Brighton starts looking like a totally different city. All the tables outside the cafes are busy and my favourite type of coffee dates take place.

You know the kind of a date that usually involves more cake than coffee, sitting with my sister in the sun, discussing so many different things and jumping from topic to topic. Recently we made this “no social media” rule when spending time together, which is making these coffee dates even more enjoyable.

We try to try a new place every time, even though we do have two or three favourites that we go to when the craving is real.

Besides the “no social media” rule, we also agreed to always look chic and feel comfortable, that usually means something casual but cute. We try to avoid the heels as we often go for a walk after the insane consumption of cake, and a potential sugar coma.

In this post you can see me test driving my new Bally “Back up, back down” babouche. These classic yet trendy babouche come in various colours and styles. I probably picked the funkiest of all. Even though I am a classic girl, I still like my fashion pieces and I think these gorgeous Janelle babouche are definitely a statement piece.


What I most love about them (besides the obvious playful motifs) is the fact that the back of the babouche is made of super smooth leather which can be worn up or down. This is very promising even for the most delicate feet. I am someone who easily gets blisters in new shoes, but these babies passed with flying colours.

I decided to style them with my go to boyfriend ripped jeans as I think slip ons are just so easy to wear and always look amazing with any style of jeans. To stick with my style and add a bit of grisliness of course I had to put on a white off shoulder linen top, something with at least one frill – come on, you know it was necessary.

I quickly grabbed a bag and pair of sunglasses, as my sister was shouting at me from the bottom of the stairs. Apparently, I was running late, probably because I spent way too long playing with the fact that my new Janelle babouche have bendable back. I only took my phone, card and keys and I was out the door. I told you this was all about being casual and comfortable, and the cake made it very very enjoyable (up until the moment I really had to open one button on my jeans), oh well, at least my shoes were very comfortable.

My favourite Janelles

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  1. Adele
    Jun 22, 2017 / 7:40 pm

    How fab & playful are your shoes!! Love the rest of the look too – just the sort of thing I like to wear! Gorgeous photos, Brighton looking glorious in the sunshine.
    Hugs Adele xoxo

  2. Jun 22, 2017 / 11:57 pm

    Sounds so fun, and I love the look! I really need to go to Brighton sometime I’ve never been and I’m in London so so close!

  3. Jun 23, 2017 / 10:17 am

    Hi Tamara! I love this casual look, because it’s so normal and down to earth. But you mix it up with some glamourous designer pieces, which is the perfect combo.
    I really love your Brighton posts the most, because I used to live in Brighton when I was a student. So your Brighton pictures always bring these great memories I have from that golden time.

  4. Jun 23, 2017 / 11:00 am

    Ahh I haven’t seen or heard of these shoes/brand before but they are SO nice!

    Love the look
    Kirsty x |

  5. Anette
    Jun 23, 2017 / 12:05 pm

    I love Bally shoes, they are so comfortable and on trend lately

  6. Pippa
    Jun 23, 2017 / 12:05 pm

    Your posts always have so much fashion but also a lot of lifestyle and that is why I love them

  7. Alina
    Jun 23, 2017 / 12:06 pm

    So jealous you always eat all the sweets and have the best figure. Your blog is my favourite in the UK

  8. Jo
    Jun 23, 2017 / 12:08 pm

    This look is so perfect. Everything you style looks amazing

  9. Annabelle
    Jun 23, 2017 / 12:08 pm

    When I saw these shoes on your instagram it made me wanna buy them. I will try pop in the boutique this weekend

  10. Philippa
    Jun 23, 2017 / 12:09 pm

    You have such a good style tamara, jeans and white top look like million dollars on you. Also I love those loafers

  11. Lina
    Jun 23, 2017 / 12:10 pm

    I am so happy you are posting more frequently again, its so refreshing

  12. Anna Marie
    Jun 23, 2017 / 12:10 pm

    I am a bit late to the game, but I love your new blog tamara

  13. Lucy
    Jun 23, 2017 / 12:10 pm

    Ohhh you picked the best pair, I love those shoes so much

  14. Red
    Jun 23, 2017 / 12:11 pm

    You know those sunglasses suit you so good. You look cool and effortless, also love the natural hair

  15. Kelly
    Jun 23, 2017 / 12:12 pm

    Oh how much I want the Chloe Nile bag, it looks amazing on you

  16. Anna
    Jun 23, 2017 / 12:12 pm

    Tamara, I saw similar shoes on another blogger and then saw you style them incredibly well. This is why I love your blog, you always look so classy

  17. Lily
    Jun 23, 2017 / 12:13 pm

    Love the ripped jeans with those loafers, such a great combo

  18. Beth
    Jun 23, 2017 / 12:15 pm

    Oh I love the fact that you can wear them up or down, specially as my feet tend to blister so easily

  19. Jane
    Jun 23, 2017 / 12:15 pm

    You look so cool in this outfit. Love it and love the no social media rule of you and your sister

  20. Bee
    Jun 23, 2017 / 12:16 pm

    The little bee is my favourite, special since my name is Bianca and they call me Bee :)

  21. Louisa
    Jun 23, 2017 / 12:16 pm

    Nothing beats your Cartier jewellery, I am so envious

  22. Mendoza
    Jun 23, 2017 / 12:17 pm

    You also do casual so well Tamara, this is why I love your blog, I always get inspired

  23. Jasna Sasic
    Jun 23, 2017 / 12:17 pm

    Your style is the best

  24. Judith
    Jun 23, 2017 / 12:18 pm

    Tam, would you also wear them with a dress? Cant wait to see how you style them more

  25. polly
    Jun 23, 2017 / 12:18 pm

    Perfect summer shoe, specially because back up – back down thing

  26. Jun 23, 2017 / 3:20 pm

    You look stunning!! I’m so in love with those shoes!! They look so comfy, chic and playful!


    Seize your Style

  27. Jun 24, 2017 / 8:08 am

    The photos look AMAZING! Girl, you are stunning! I think I’ve binge watched all your videos over the past 3 days!!

    Keep up with your awesome work!

    xxx, Kris

  28. Keri Elaine
    Jun 24, 2017 / 11:00 pm

    Love your reason for running late hahaha gotta enjoy the little things :)
    Keri Elaine

  29. Jun 25, 2017 / 1:13 pm

    So casual chic is my thing and I absolutely love the look, not to mention the shoes! I happen to love Bally hand bags too the leather is so plush soft and luxurious.
    you blog post near fail to inspire Tamara, Keep up the good work a big congratulations on the Cosmo cover true inspiration my dear, just goes to show as you always say you can achieve anything you want just work hard and believe in the law of attraction.

    Esnath @

  30. jen
    Jun 27, 2017 / 6:06 pm

    dude, you can see goosebumps on your arms

  31. Jun 28, 2017 / 3:16 pm

    Seriously I am obsessed with your photography Tamara! You still manage to get better and better even though your standard is already so high! INSPIRING!

    xx Lisa |

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