Springing Ahead in these Boots

Apparently it is officially Spring. Looking out the window, I know that springtime in Canada also looks a lot like Winter, Fall, and one very freaky day in July years ago (Does anyone else remember when it snowed at the Calgary Stampede?!). So, in celebration of the new season, I’ve chosen this pair of beautiful ankle boots from Nine West that seems to be inclusive of all the seasons here in the Great White North.

floral booties nine west

Like I mention, these gems are designed by Nine West; what I didn’t get a chance to tell you is that I actually scored them at the end of last Summer, when all the Autumn designs were coming out. Pretty great right? Now I know that these pictures do the booties absolutely no justice but you have to believe me when I use the word stunning.

The velvet upper is extremely soft, the shoe fits true to size (I find that most Nine West shoes are true to size) and they are very comfortable to wear. Not to mention that with the colours of the velvet they are surprisingly durable, and really hide any grit and dirt you might pick up off the ground throughout the day.

floral booties nine west

Yup, these ankle boots are becoming a favourite pair of mine, more and more. And what is best, that an Autumnal boot has carried me through the tail end of Winter (I couldn’t wear these until I moved into my new place because they had to be packed up with the rest of my shoe collection) and into the Spring.

I really truly would recommend Nine West footwear to anyone who is looking for a pair of good quality, long lasting shoes but doesn’t want to break the bank too, too much. I’ve owned a ton of pairs and different styles over the years: boots to some of my favourite pairs of pumps, and even a couple pairs of flats. They just make good shoes and use good quality material. These floral booties are no exception.

What does Spring look like in your corner of the world? It seems that all across the globe, chillier weather has been making its rounds. How are you battling this with your footwear? I am on Winter boot strike now. I will just have to walk along the powdery sidewalk and across the ice in far less sensible footwear. Let me know in the comments below!


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TopShop Style: Natalie Cut Out Heeled Sandal

Everywhere I look online, everyone is beyond excited about Spring. It is just around the corner and only days away, yet as I write this I look out onto a blustery white prairie with more snowflakes coming down. Spring may be “around the corner” for you but I feel like Spring weather is at least another month and a half away for me… *sigh*

Now, crap weather aside this won’t stop me from my habit of wearing and searching for cute shoes. I don’t often look at TopShop shoes but know lots of UK bloggers who swear by them, so perusing the site this morning, this pair of sandals really caught my eye.

TopShop Natalie

Meet “Natalie”. She is an example of a perfect block heel sandal design. Made with real leather (Thanks TopShop!) and embellished with brass buckles I think she’d be pretty cute on my feet. I really like that a good stacked block heel is still in style and this trend is merely being carried over from one season to the next. It is comfortable. It is casual. It will pair perfectly with all my dresses that I can’t wear outside yet.

What do you think? What Spring trends are you excited to try this year?

Beauty Review: Tom Ford Soleil- Afterglow

I feel like I go in these ridiculous cycles with my makeup collection, going from crazy excessive to wanting to be as minimal as possible. I’m currently on the upturn from one of my mass declutters to wanting just shy of a trillion new palettes. It is so silly because really, how much make up can a girl actually wear at once without looking too Niki Minaj? Yet, my Sephora wishlist is like a chameleon- constantly changing.


Out of all make up I have to say my favourite products are always palettes. Eyes or face, either will do. There is something about holding multiple pans full of colour and shimmer in my hand at once; the accessibility of having everything at my finger tips and the convenience of condensing everything I need in to one spot for travel.

Last month I took a deep breath and delved into the ultra-bougie world of Tom Ford cosmetics. The packaging, the price, the quality, it is all over the top and I have to say, I love it. This face palette from his Soleil collection is everything. It really offers the perfect highlight, bronze and blush for my skin tone. The product is lightweight, blend-able, has great pick up on the brushes I’ve used, and will last all. flippin’. day. I’ve been wearing it almost daily ever since I picked it up in Arizona weeks ago. Whether each colour is brushed on individually or blended together with my new Tom Ford kabuki brush and then swept on for a quick glowing look, I am all about this palette. It just works so well and shockingly, yeah, worth the price tag.

And yes, you can be sure that it’s sister palette is on my wishlist on the Sephora website. Y’know, for the next time I have a spare $140 for buying make up and not shoes.

So let me know in the comment section below- What’s your favourite beauty product? This might just be my current ride-or-die.


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Bengal Love

The name Gucci is one that I’m pretty sure I’ve known since I was a little kid. Not because I grew up swept in fashion labels or heard the name in movies or even in bad 90’s rap music; but because my mom wore a tiny watch with a black leather strap made by the design house, and she wore it for years and years. In fact, although the strap is no longer wearable, I’m quite sure she still has the watch.

Anyway, because of this I have always understood the Gucci label to be somethingĀ very special. Which it is, obviously. Somewhere along the way when I was growing up I decided that “Gucci was mom’s store” because of her watch. But now, I decided (at random as I do nearly all things) “Gucci isĀ our store”, because I walk in to a boutique and see shit like the Bengal collection and go nuts.


So there we were puttering around Brisbane one weekday morning on holiday, just the two of us, when we went in to the boutique just “to look”. Now we both know that “just looking” can lead to all types disasters such as leaving with matching purses, shoes, and sometimes the words, “Don’t tell dad” (funny because we always tell dad). It started with trying on the bengal slides, that I went ape-crazy for, and then found the matching silk scarf- one of the most beautiful I own. The salesgirl slowly led me round the boutique showing me the entire collection and before I knew it, as predictably as ever, I lost all control.

Later that trip on a weekday morning whilst puttering around Melbourne we stumbled across another Gucci boutique. No need to not tell dad because he was with us and he can make magic happen. Long story short, matching bags were produced from the deep unknown of the backroom.

I love moments like this because while yeah, we’re just shopping, they actually are really special memories that I’ll have forever, or until I have dementia at least. It isn’t necessarily about the product itself (though I will do a quick review of the slides from the collection later on) but just having fun with one of my best friends and making each other smile and laugh along the way. I like that these memories just so happen to be not only carried in my brain or in my heart, but on my shoulder, the crook of my arm, on my feet, around my neck and so on.

Do you have any pieces in your closet that hold special memories? I know that lots of people keep sentimental clothing around but I suppose that I’m more of a sentimental accessories girl instead. Anyway, let me know in the comment section below!


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