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chet patel

Chillies and Cloves

Hi, my name is Chet, I'm an ex-marketer, mum of two girls and the founder of Chillies and Cloves - a Fashion, Food and Lifestyle blog. From simple style tips that will help to elevate your everyday look to original food recipes using the spices I love, I share what inspires me, what I love to wear and a little of my lifestyle. I juggle this whilst running around after my two daughters, whether it's supporting them at sports matches or piano recitals.

what do you love about the whitney boot?

“The WHITNEY ankle boot is is not only super stylish but also incredibly comfortable. I love the combination of the suede with the neoprene and the gorgeous gold zip detail which gives this boot extra 'luxe appeal'. The heel height is perfect for elevating everyday outfits and making them look more stylish.”

how do you like to style it?

“Oh my goodness The WHITNEY is so versatile and easy to style. There are so many ways in which you could wear these gorgeous ankle boots from midi and mini dresses through to boyfriend jeans or leather leggings these boots work and make an ordinary outfit look a lot less ordinary.”

how important is it to you to remain stylish, as a busy mum on the go?

“My day starts at 6.30am and I will often not get a chance to relax until the evening. As a busy mum it is often too easy to fall into a style rut and to think 'it's only the school run' or 'it's only a sports match'. Often as mum on the go we will opt for comfort over style, however style and comfort can go hand in hand."

For me personally, my style is my creative outlet. It helps me feel confident and ready for the day ahead. It reminds me that I am an individual with goals and aspirations. Being on my feet for a large part of the day does mean that I need to balance my love of style with comfort and that goes for my shoes too, I need them to look fabulous but not cause any pain."

Lifestyle shot of zia in jolene
Lifestyle shot of zia in jolene

what does the vionic secret mean to you?

“It means super stylish shoes (that often others will comment on) that allow me to walk or run around the whole day without being in any discomfort. I will often pick my VIONIC shoes if I know I’m going to have an unusually long ‘step filled’ day.”

what’s your secret to looking and feeling your very best?

“Good quality sleep, lots of water and healthy, nutritious food are key to a good foundation together with exercise. In addition to these my clothes and shoes need to look and feel great on. I am a big believer that our wardrobe is our visual non-verbal communication tool. Our clothes and shoes communicate to others the message we want to convey – so lets make it count.”

what do you love about vionic?

“I love the fact that VIONIC have a range of shoes to suit so many different styles and taste. Whether you are a 20 something or 60 something VIONIC will have a shoe that you will love. Also at the risk of sounding like a parrot I love the fact that this great style is coupled with incredible comfort."

anything else you want to tell us about your style?

“My style varies day by day depending on my mood and what I am up to. No two days are ever the same. I try to break out of my everyday norm by mixing things up and experimenting with trends and clothes. My need for style however has to go hand in hand with ease and comfort as I need the looks I go for to be practical for the day ahead."