Seasonal Suede

Regina suede knee bootOver this last Autumn season suede seems to be everything. Suede bags, suede jackets, pants and skirts, flats and naturally suede boots. There is a lot to be said about the material itself- it is soft and chic and really just looks exquisite. Personally I prefer a nice suede article over anything patent but of course upkeep comes at a cost. Suede is one of those materials that you need to tend to, and tend to well, or else it gets pretty raggy looking pretty darn fast. When I found these chocolate brown suede boots (oh how luxe!) I knew that I was easily committed to the care and upkeep needed to pull these off on a regular basis. And I have. These boots are so current- yet versatile (it seems like every blog post lately has had these two elements combined) that I honestly have been styling them with everything from skinny jeans to giraffe print jersey knits. They rock.

There is a Metallic Shoe for Every Time of Year

Happy Black Friday to one and all! Not that BF in Canada is anything like it is in the States. If you count my outing today as celebrating- purchasing some full-priced piano books, then I guess I have done my job. The truth is, I have been in Christmas mode since the end of August and have been full fledged out of control with decorating and planning the moment Remembrance Day was over. With this comes all sorts of joy for me- and I especially love to see any form of Christmas cheer and anticipation spill over into the blogosphere. I was recently reading an article about holiday dressing for the up and coming party season. Naturally, it is the season of glitz and glamour, and the only time of the year where you can truly get away with those sequin pants and be serious about it (ie: Not a Hallowe’en costume or some 80’s rager).

J.Crew metallic d'orsayAnyway, the entire article about wearing lame as an alternative to sequins and sparkle appropriate office wear just had me completely reminiscing about these J.Crew pumps. Remember them? I think that it is cool to have found a design that is so out there and over the top, so on trend for the season, yet is versatile enough to transfer to the odd office Christmas party- or to compliment your ugly sweater and glass of full-fat egg nog…

So now I want to know, what do you look forward to wearing each holiday season as far as Christmas party dress goes? I’m naturally all over anything glitzy as I am part magpie, but am also hoping to bring some velvet into my looks. Thank you to all of my readers for stopping by on one of the busiest shopping days of the year. I know we all have places to go, people to see, and of course shoes to buy, so know I truly appreciate it.

Foxy Flats

Fox Flats

There is absolutely no denying that ever since that ridiculous “What does the fox say?” video came out, foxes themselves have been trending non-stop. It is totally ridiculous in a sense, yet totally amazing what pop culture can do- think about it. This really is just a little animal that funnily enough, steals any shoes left on the porch at my family’s cabin. I think it was more this background story from my childhood- rather than the need to know what kind of sound the animal makes, that made me feel even more inclined to get my hands (or feet) on these cute flats. Now hopefully nobody (or sly and furry creature) steals these shoes.

Kate Spade, I have to say, you did it again. Comfortable shoes with a perfect shape. Appropriate colour scheme for the season and adorned with the most ridiculous (and oddly chic and adorable) fox face. I love this style. I love these flats. Animal flats for adults again, for the win.

Cozying Up with Alexander McQueen

McQueen folded detail ankle boot

There is something about wearing the perfect shearling bootie during this time of year that takes the idea of comfort and coziness over the top. I’ve always been a big fan of shearling, ever since I was a little kid. Growing up my parents had a shearling rug at the side of their bed that I’d sneak ¬†onto and wrap myself up in more often than not. Now, I find myself wrapping up in shearling in other ways- wearing snuggly boots and warm vests or trimmed sweaters.

When I saw these boots by Alexander McQueen I immediately was sold on them. They are that perfect type of impractical practical bootie for the autumn months; a stiletto so high you need super powers to walk in them, balanced by a brilliant sole with a great tread. Add on a buckle across the arch of the foot and some durable leather and this boot is really no less than ideal for this time of year.

What is your take on shearling? Every once in a while it emerges (with the exception of a good pair of Uggs) from the shadows of its good friend faux fur (or real fur!) and makes a perfect statement. Personally, I can’t resist.