The Trend Continues: Cut Out Flats for Spring

I’ve picked out these Outfast Flats by Chinese Laundry to share with you today as I feel that they are actually quite chic for what they are, and deserve a bit of recognition. When I look at this pair, I don’t think the name “Chinese Laundry” at all- I think of Zara, H&M, or some other trendy European brand. How it is nice to be surprised!  I enjoy the simplicity of this shoe, the funky mirrored upper, and of course the skin baring structure of the design.

Chinese Laundry is a name you wouldn’t hear me say often- perhaps this is the first time I have brought it up on Talk to My Shoes. I honestly don’t remember. But regardless, sometimes it is nice to have our attention on a shoe that has a great price point.

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What do you think of cut out flats this Spring? Personally, I feel that it is much more approachable than the cut out boot trend that has been hovering around for the past while.

Travel Style: Bags

One of my favourite parts about travelling is actually packing. I enjoy pulling out clothes that I haven’t seen in a while and putting together fun outfits to wear on my great escape to my destination. But once our suitcase is packed, then what? Well, we obviously turn our heads to packing our carry-on and/or purse that we might be bringing with us.

For the longest time I never really thought a lot about what purse or bag I was going to bring with me, but as I became a more experienced traveller, I started to become quite picky about what I would bring. I used to stuff one of those giant jet set Michael Kors totes full of stuff which always worked great for the plane- but never enjoyed carrying it around for the rest of the trip. It became tiresome. So after years of tweaking and perfecting this travel dilemma, I started bringing a few bags without managing to overpack. Now, hear me out.

When considering the bag or bags to bring on your adventure when packing think of this: size and versatility and colour.

Gucci Mens Briefcase

Lets start with a larger bag. I love this Soho bag by Gucci pictured above for many many reasons; to start, the size, while it is a larger bag, it is actually smaller than most duffel bags. It is not oversized but fits EVERYTHING you need and more. In fact, it is labelled as a mens briefcase. I don’t see it like that, I see it as the perfect carryon for my laptop, scarf, pair of flats, magazines- you name it that fits perfectly underneath the seat infront of you. Sure I don’t bring it out and about with me when I go for dinner or shopping at my destination, but you don’t bring your laptop, cosmetic bag and an extra pair of socks with you either. Plus, for super short trips, this is serves as your main bag. Bamn.

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If the idea of slinging a duffel bag over your shoulder is just too much a great, soft, bag with a crossbody option is also great. Don’t worry, I don’t usually ever bring a duffel and oversized purse with me, it gets to be too much. The point of this is to make life easy, right? Unfortunately I couldn’t find a picture of this bag on the website so I am recycling one of my old OOTD pics so you can get an idea. This is a great travel bag for many reasons- once again it holds everything (or almost everything), is soft and malleable if needed. It also has lots of zippers and compartments to stay organized and keep things put. I like bringing this on trips and tucking the ends of the bag into itself to transform into a smaller tote-like purse. It is a light bag and I bring it out with me to run errands and shop all the time. Think of your favourite oversized bag, it might be a great option.

Jimmy Choo Milla

Finally the last bag I look at bringing along with me is a small crossbody or clutch that has a crossbody option. This serves as a great staple to take you from day to night and makes going out a heck of a lot easier (hands-free means you can carry bags of new shoes right?) My favourite thing to do? Put all my valuable papers, cards, whatever it is- basically set it up like your purse, and slip it into your duffel bag or oversized purse. There are a few great options out there so it should be easy to find something that works for you. I picked out this nude Milla clutch by Jimmy Choo because I know how flat it can lay and I like that it can be worn in three different ways (it is amazing what you can do with a crossbody chain!)

The other thing I want to mention quickly is to think about the colour of the bags that you choose to bring. Sure, a loud statement piece is fun, but is your neon green satchel really going to look great against those ketchup coloured skinny jeans you packed? One of the tips I always read about packing is to pick things that you can mix and match together. I feel like the same goes for your bag. Bring something that you can wear with everything you have packed.

So that being said, what are your favourite go to travel bags? Are you into a routine of what you do to pack when you travel or are you “up in the air” about it?

Thanks to everyone for stopping by! I always love hearing from you in the comments below!

Five Affordable Wedges for Spring

Like I’ve told you many times before, I love a good pair of heels. But, sometimes I want that added height with a bit of extra cushion and comfort. Wedges are such a great piece for the Spring and Summer. They’re hugely versatile, comfortable and make your stems go on for days if you have the right care.

I know that my personal collection of wedges has grown to be slightly outrageous. It all started with a brown pair from BCBG with an elastic strap and woven heel. Between the comfort my feet experienced and the glory I felt of being a good 5 inches taller than normal in a completely casual manner, I was hooked. From there my collection grew and grew to include all sorts- from champagne gold pairs, mirrored leather Jimmy Choos, to even the Stuart Weitzman Corkswoon wedges made popular by the Duchess of Cambridge (who are we kidding, Princess Kate and I really are twinsies).

Anyway, I understand that not all of us has a spare grand to just throw away on a pair of wedges- or a pair of anything for that matter. Actually let me rephrase: most of us don’t have a spare grand to just throw away on anything, nevermind shoes. Shoe shopping gets expensive, but lets not forget about all the trendy alternative places that we can check out to get the same look in a more wallet-friendly manner.

So, on that note, may I share with you, five wedges for Spring that won’t cost your soul.

Michael Kors denim and leather wedge

This denim and leather wedge by Michael Michael Kors is a pretty great spot to start for versatility. Imagine how killer these would be with your favourite sundress or a chambray romper for a denim on denim look.

Clear Stuart Weitzman Wedges

I love the idea of an invisible sandal with a glitter wedge. It must look like walking on magic when wearing these wedges by Stuart Weitzman.

Tory Burch Color Block WedgeI really like the mix of wood and colour in these colour block mules wedges by Tory Burch. I’ve seen them also available in a neutral leather as well but hey, the sun is shining, now is the time to wear white. Right?

Top Shop Wedge

This is probably one of the more casual pairs I picked out, but hey, a brown wedge goes a long long way. Also, the pitch on this pair isn’t too bad so we know that they’ll be extra comfy to run around in.

Zara Sandal Wedge

Sometimes a good pair of slide ons is all we really need. I like how simple this pair is by Zara, between the black leather and cork wedge they are bound to go with the majority of outfits. Plus, the wedge/flatform hybrid is just so comfy, you don’t need to worry about achey feet after a long day of patio hopping and shopping.

My Favourite Mani

I think it is safe to say that a double french manicure is my go to every time I get mine done. I thought that I’d share a couple of my favourites with you this evening.  I love the crisp clean look with a tiny pop of colour. They’re a bit more spruced up than regular polish but don’t completely take over an outfit. A perfect balance if you ask me.

What is your favourite go-to manicure?

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