New Year, new you – make 2014 your best year yet!

Every January sees thousands of us making our New Year resolutions, whether it is to lose weight, hit the gym or quit smoking; we all start with the best of intentions and yet for many of us our plans get abandoned along the way, usually before the end of January!

So, to help you achieve your 2014 goals, we have thought of ways we can help you to realise some of the more popular resolutions, so if you have resolved to….

New Year New You Meet someone special:
If you are looking to meet Mr or Mrs Right in 2014, you need to be date night ready! Whether it is a date at the cinema, at a restaurant or hitting the dance floor you want to be sure you look and feel great. We’d recommend our Lillley Women’s Nude Patent Round toe Fashion Wedge, £12.99, not only does the neutral colour look great with pretty much everything, the high-shine patent finish is bang on trend. For something a little edgier, check out our Lilley Red Velvet Effect Ballerina Shoe, £7.99, wear with jeans or a short skirt for a fresh look.

Of course, men want to dress to impress too! Perfect for dates is the Red Tape range, smart yet not overly formal, they are perfect with jeans or casual trousers and prices start at just £16.99!

Move forward in your career: Whether it is more responsibility in your current role or a new job you are looking for, it is essential you look the part. When we feel we look good, we feel more confident and ready to take on new challenges so give your work wear an overhaul by adding a few new staples. For a job interview, looking smart is the key but that need not be a suit, a smart, structured dress in muted tones can be very professional and when teamed with Lilley Women’s Buckle Strap Court Shoe, £14.99, in black, the look is confident and professional. Alternatively, check out our Women’s Plain Court Shoes in black, £12.99, simple and elegant they will add understated appeal to any outfit.

For men a shirt, tie and jacket is always the best bet for a job interview and to keep the smart look all the way to your toes, try Beckett Smart Pepper Pot Shoe, £17.99, to look the part whatever the interview.

Stay Healthy

Live a healthier lifestyle: Possibly one of the most popular resolutions (perhaps made after eating all that Christmas food!), is committing to living a healthier lifestyle. If you are looking to become more active, whether it is taking regular fitness classes, going for a jog or talking a daily walk, our range of active footwear might just help. The range includes Ascot Women’s Black & Pink Trainers £16.99, perfect for a workout, as well as Ascot Women’s Grey Lace up Hiking Shoe £12.99, ideal for country walks or even just popping to the shops.  In our men’s range check out the Ascot Men’s Grey Lace up Sports Trainer, £14.99, with breathable mesh panels it is perfect for hitting the gym.  For something suitable for a more rugged terrain there is Hi-Tec Men’s Brown Suede Lace up Hiking Shoe at £24.99.

Get your finances in order: January is a lean month for many families and if you resolve to get your finances in order this year then there are plenty of resources available. For specific advice on your circumstances, you could try the Money Advice Service or Citizen’s Advice Bureau. If you are generally looking to cut back and get the most value from your cash then there are a few money-stretching tips you can try. Firstly, always make a shopping list before hitting the supermarket; you will be sure to get everything you need and it will help stop those impulse purchases that soon add up. If you buy lunch at work every day, swop to a packed lunch, you will be surprised at how much you could save.Get your finances in order

Shopping smart is another way to help save £££’s, use comparison and deal websites to get the latest deals and discounts. Also, be organised and shop off-season to get the biggest discounts, for example scour the January sales for last-season summer wear at a fraction of the price.

Check out for the latest Shoe Zone offers including girls coated leather school shoes for just £12.99 and our women’s tan studded tote handbag with its on trend stud detailing reduced to just £9.99.

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