Shoeper Shoe Challenge # 12: Queen of the Castle

What: Gold wedge sandals
When: Easter Sunday, April 24, 2011
Where: Day out to Glamis Castle
With: Green dress (George, via eBay), cardigan (H&M), belt (no idea)

I’ve always wanted to live in a castle. Especially a big old haunted one, with secret rooms and stuff. Glamis Castle definitely fits the bill on that score: as well as being the childhood home of the Queen Mother (and the fictional setting of MacBeth), it’s also crammed full of myths and legends, and has a couple of friendly ghosts, too. Shoeperman and I have visited before, but we liked it so much that on Easter Sunday, we decided to take a trip back, this time with my parents in tow.

Naturally, I wore a green dress:

This dress originally came from George at Asda, but I picked up mine on eBay, having seen it in store and waited weeks for it to be available in my size, only for it never to happen. I loved the colour, though, and when Caroline of Second Hand Shopper managed to snag one, and started occasionally posting photos of it, I decided to embark on an eBay hunt. The dress finally popped up in my size last winter, and after a few alterations, courtesy of ShoeperMum, here it is!

(I hadn’t actually intended to wear the cardigan: I just threw it in the car in case it got chilly, but ended up wearing it all day because… well, it was chilly.)

Oh, I also wore wedges. Again.

I got these at TK Maxx a few years ago, and the label inside says “Atticus”, if that means anything to anyone. I decided to wear them purely because the grounds at Glamis are extensive, and I knew stilettos would sink into the grass. I didn’t want to wear flats, but I took an emergency pair just in case, which ShoeperDad volunteered to carry for me:

And yes, he walked around most of the day like that. Sometimes I wonder why my parents haven’t disowned me yet. The worst of it is,Β my wedges are comfortable enough that I didn’t even need the emergency flats. Sorry, Shoeperdad!

Isn’t it the most beautiful setting?

This was taken in the Italian Garden. I don’t know anything about gardening, as some of you may know, but I do know this one is gorgeous.

I took this one myself: I liked the way the flowers looked like little hearts.

“Could you maybe just stand up on top of that branch?” asked Shoeperman.
Er, no. My powers don’t quite extend to that, I’m afraid…


(Funnily enough, the last time I wore these shoes it was with another George-via-eBay dress. I do like my little traditions…)


  • These are my favourite shoe challenge pictures ever! Not only do you look stunning, but the location is gorgeous as well…the castle looks like it came from a fairytale!

  • Can you please tell me how you manage to be always so beautiful? And I’m a bit envious for the places around you as well, why can’t I have a castle too? πŸ™ Booo

  • I’ve just found this blog and spent nearly an hour procrastinating from work looking around! What a wonderful site, and the colour of your hair is absolutely gorgeous!

  • You’re so flawless. I love the dress!

    It looks like I might be going to Scotland for a week later in the year. Fingers crossed πŸ™‚

  • What beautiful pictures! I am seriously jealous that you have castles to visit. The only thing within driving distance to me that comes close is Biltmore House and it is always PACKED wih tourists. Your whole ensemble is flawless, as always.

  • Amazing location, amazing wedges and amazing pictures! The color of the dress is amazing as well! I totally understand what you mean by chilly. The whole weekend it was sunny and then yesterday I had to come back and it was sooo cold! (By the way, you asked me about my last exam – it was this morning and I passed! Need some shoes to celebrate!)

  • There’s something about your look. I never was a fan of redheads… but thanks to you, I am a convert. You are BEAUTIFUL and your shoes and clothes rock!

  • It looks like a beautiful venue, and you look so pretty. Sometimes I think you look very like Nicole Kidman in your photographs… I hope you take that as the compliment it’s meant to be.

  • Hi Amber. gorgeous photos as always, i’d recommend Culzean castle for your next castle bagging, my sister used to take me there as a kid, it has lovely gardens and is right by the sea x

  • Those flowers are actually called bleeding hearts. We had a bunch of them in the garden when I was a kid, and they were always my favourite.

  • I really want to go to Scotland again it all looks so beautiful in your photos, I love the green dress with the red hair stunning!

  • You look so pretty, and your dress is lovely (it’s great to have a mum who can alter your clothes for you, isn’t it? My mum has saved many of my dresses from being unwearable – I just wish I was a bit better at sewing too!). This is a great colour for you πŸ™‚ It seems like you get to visit so many beautiful places. You’re really making me want to go to Scotland!

    • Oh, totally – I always feel sorry for my mum, almost every time I see her I seem to turn up with an armful of clothes to be altered! (She says she doesn’t mind, but I really need to try to learn to sew properly – sadly I’m really, really bad at anything remotely “crafty”!)

  • lovely shoe challenge! the pictures of the castle and flowers are perfect:) and I love how your family joins in:) me & my family are close but don’t really get to spend that much time together since there’s always something isn’t there.. anyways, this summer me & my boyfriend are going on a holiday with HIS parents and I’ve been quite nervous about that but these images sure help. Happy rest of the week!

  • You and your pictures always look so gorgeous and well done. Every time I see yours, I fell embarrassed by mine. I’m not photogenic and I can’t take good pictures. I saw another time that you mention TK Maxx and I was wondering if they are the british version of TJ Maxx that we have here in USA. I never can find anything as nice as you shoe in the TJ Maxx. At least not in the one that I had close to my home in Colorado. The one here in Gainesville, Florida is way bigger so I need to check to see if I find anything interesting.

    • Oh, thank you, and don’t feel embarrassed – I think your photos are great, and I always get “homesick” for Florida when I look at them. (I’m not from there but have been visiting for years so it feels a bit like a second home!)

      Yes, TK Maxx is TJ Maxx in the States. It’s a bit hit or miss: sometimes I’ll go in there and find loads of things I like (although only shoes: I rarely ever find clothes I like or that fit there), other times I’ll find absolutely nothing. Always worth checking out, though πŸ™‚

  • The photoshoot, locale, dress and wedges are all brilliant! You are so effing gorgeous! Seriously! I’ve been looking at these pics for ages now! Three cheers for your dad and Shoeperman for the lovely pics!

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