Where I’ve Been…

Hey all! So, yesterday I relaunched Talk To My Shoes (who the hell relaunches a website on a Thursday morning is beyond me… No. It is me…) and said I’d give a little 2017 update to pull you back into my world. I know it is a little late in the month to be all reflective on the year past and stuff, but believe it or not, I did get up to some pretty exciting adventures and still want to share. In no particular order:

Last year I continued teaching at my school, performed in a ton of concerts, hit up a ton of concerts and surrounded myself with good music. Garth Brooks (third row!!!), Brett Kissel, George Canyon all fuelled my country music-heart while bands like Steel Panther gave me my fill of filthy glam-rock. I bought a new guitar and gear, played the piano- digging up a few Beethoven sonatas from the past, and learned nearly every song by The Rolling Stones on the ukulele.

I spent a ton of time with family and loved ones and became an aunt. Celebrated the holidays with the in-law side of the family and spent Thanksgiving in Alberta with my folks, packing up my house for a big move.

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In March and April I travelled the furthest from home I’ve been- to Australia for a whirlwind ten days. I am still obsessed with koalas, I fed kangaroos and wallabies, watched little penguins in the wild, sunburned my skin, and embraced every bloody moment of it. I am desperate to go back. Friendly people, great food, beautiful weather and only a 16 hour or so flight from Vancouver to Brisbane.

To nobody’s surprise I continued to dance my heart out. At one point in the year I was taking at least six Zumba classes a week on top of some other dance classes here and there, running and resistance training. I felt great and through Zumba especially, have made some life-long friends. Music and dancing really pulls people together and what is more motivating to come to class when you know some of your best friends are going to be there too?

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And finally, I continued to feed my shoe, fashion and beauty addictions. I continued designing shoes, playing with texture and accents of colour, became absolutely obsessed with ColourPop cosmetics along with a few other brands, and focused my energy to my daily style uniforms for each season. Above is the moment last Summer when I simply could not find my new brow gel and ended up making a mess in the process of it. I never did find that little pot by Anastasia.

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So, after all of that, a move to a new province and parting ways with my friends and work (not goodbye, just see ya later!), I am sitting here landlocked in the middle of the beautiful Canadian prairies in my new home. There is a lot to come on the horizon and tons to be excited about, but for now I think I should just go finish my lunch and continue on.

Thank you again to anyone who has stopped by. Don’t forget to say hello! I love hearing from my readers and would like to get a sense of anyone who is coming for a visit!


Talk To My Shoes



Sneakers are continuing to trend. I would like to say that I have been a fan for the last 20 some years. I love sports, I love comfort, I love being athletic, I love being casual, I love wearing sneakers. Sneakers have always been in rotation in my wardrobe. Everything from gold and black suede Air Jordans from the fourth grade, to light up high tops in the first, to classic Chuck Taylors in every colour, to a closet full of DC and Etnies and everything imaginable in between.

While Adidas superstars continue to reign over the blogosphere (funny to think E was trendy 20 years before everyone else) I want to point out that there is another style that is entirely popular and one of my favourite alternatives:


I could never say if I am more of a Nike girl or an Adidas girl the same way I couldn’t decide if I prefer Manolos over Choos, but while everyone can’t seem to get out of their Superstar rut, I have to say that Nike’s Air Max Thea is a definite go-to of mine. I’ve owned this shoe in a selection of shades, ruined a pair at the baseball diamond after not having a pair of cleats on me to change into, work out in these, work in these and scroll through peoples shoefies in these.

The shape is very classic sneaker as opposed to everyone’s favourite Adidas design that is really not meant for doing much other than strolling round the city. The shoe breathes, the design is simple, it is comfortable and I always feel like I am just “keeping it real” when I throw them on. I love wearing them with leggings and a hoodie as much as I do with a plaid flannel and a denim jacket. They’re that unexpected girl kinda cool. Sometimes it is nice to just say straight up “this is a good shoe”.

So what is your favourite style sneaker? Are you all over the Adidas bandwagon or do your eyes light up when you see some flyknits on the wall? Whatever it may be, share in the comment section below.



Travel Style: What to Wear

After some great feedback from a previous post on my personal travel style, I have decided to do a bit of a mini series on the topic. This afternoon I want to share how I plan my outfit so I can be as comfortable as possible while hanging out at airports, on the plane, and even ready for immediate adventure when arriving at my destination.

Rocket Skinny JeansStarting with bottoms, I mentioned in the previous post about travel style that I cannot stand it when I see people wearing yoga pants at the airport. I understand wanting to be comfortable, but seriously, you aren’t going to downward dog in the aisle so why even dress up like you might? Are you some sort of yoga guru instructor who just left their yoga class, booked it to the airport, and are going to teach another class immediately after landing? No. Highly unlikely, so just lose the idea now.

While comfortable, I don’t often opt to travel in denim unless I am going to be on a short flight. I often pick a pair of comfortable black leggings or riding pants. However, ever since I discovered the magic that is the Rocket skinny jean by Citizens of Humanity, I think it is safe to say that these are SUPER comfy for travel and think they look great even after a full day of traveling. Oh! Also, another great option is a fun wide legged pant. Wide pants are making a comeback so perhaps this is another good option for someone who feels the need to grab at the ultimate comfort.

jcrew-blue-crew-neck-cashmere-sweater-product-1-14703252-942870142_large_flexWhen I think about what I should wear on top I think of layering. Coming from Canada, chances are it is frigid outside so I need to think of both warm and cold temperatures. And even if it is nice out, I always find myself freezing somewhere around 39, 000 ft. I usually grab a slouchy knit to wear over a tank. This provides the mega comfort that everyone wants when up in the air, as well as a bit of warmth. Other great options are cardigans and blazers. I remember I opted for a linen blazer for my New York travels and didn’t regret it a single moment. I felt and looked put together after a long day- the same goes for a good cashmere sweater. Most of my favourite sweaters are from J.Crew.

I also try and bring a jacket for the trip. This is always tricky for me- do I bring something that I have to wear to the airport because it is some unreasonable temperature outside? Or something light to throw overtop an outfit if I chose to have dinner on a patio? This is a constant battle. Honestly, I bring both. Try to pack something that is easy to layer and easy to wear. Blazers and denim jackets are pretty stellar when it comes to this.

valentino rockstud flatsAs for my favourite part of any outfit, the shoes! Going through security can be a real pain in the ass. People don’t know what they are doing, it takes forever, and every airport security is different. Pick a shoe that is super easy to take on and off at security. Leave your strappy gladiators at home and pack your heels in a bag. If I can, I wear a pair of comfortable flats. Airport terminals can be super long to hike through and moving sidewalks aren’t the best place to test your runway walking skills. You have to carry luggage, and probably a much deserved Starbucks too. Keep your shoes flat and choose something that looks polished and put together. Valentino, Tory Burch, Lanvin, Michael Kors, they all design super fun flats.

Jewelry. Refer back to security dilemma: some metal detectors are more sensitive than others. Just keep it simple. Do you really want to be taking off a pile of statement necklaces in the security lineup? Probably not. I always just wear a watch with an easy clasp and a pair of stud earrings. If you are worried about losing valuables while you travel, put them a little pouch to keep on your carry-on bag.

s15_04_030_37776_10005_off_fThe last accessory I really like to bring with me is a great scarf. The emergence of blanket scarves this past Fall has been awesome for travel. I have this very light blue and white one from Aritzia that I love to wear. It turns into the perfect sized “blankie” on a plane, and it turns into a great over piece when it gets cold outside. They are super easy to roll up and pack into a bag. They’re just… great.

I hope that covers a few things as far as what I tend to wear when I travel. By no means am I an expert on the topic but I certainly have come into a pretty efficient travel routine over the years. While writing this I once again find myself with far too many thoughts and ideas about the topic so, if you have any questions don’t hesitate to ask.

What do you like to wear when you travel?

Charlotte Olympia’s Closet

For someone who has an ever changing wardrobe, I always love taking a peek inside other’s closets. I admit that my closets and drawers are completely spilling everywhere with its innards and I have to rotate my clothing and accessories by season. As the weather cools down, I swap my sun dresses for sweaters and sandals for an array of boots. What is not working for the season goes into *sniff* storage. In all honesty, it is quite the first world problem and I dare not complain.

This being said, I adore looking at other closets to peek at the contents and (sometimes more excitingly) the storage “techniques”. Last week the lovely Charlotte Olympia gave us a pass into her downright amazing closet. Here are my favourite pieces that she shared with us.

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