Steve Madden

Currently Craving: Fall 17 Shoes

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1) Steve Madden basic black velvet booties
2) Furry Top Shop flat mules
3) Brocade style booties from Kenneth Cole (on sale)
4) Fishnet inspired Zara booties
5) Fluffy lamb printed pumps from Sam Edleman
6) Aldo patent black booties
7) Leopard ankle strap heels from Qupid Shoes
8) Velvet crush in a gorgeous purple at a very affordable prcie from Spring

 Fall is around the corner (loud cry inside) and although I am a Summer baby, I have to come to truths that seasons change and I need a new pair of booties. There’s a few others on here that I’m craving once I was looking through “new arrivals” pages on brand’s sites, like the fluffy lamb flats and lamb printed pumps..theme? Any who, this season I need a good pair of black booties, looking at you Alexander Wang, and the rest is just dress-up!

Currently Craving: Metallic Shoes

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Metallics are a simple way to spice up your shoe game this summer. The sun is shining and bouncing off your feet, so make sure you get a fresh pedi because all eyes will be on your  matching sparkly toes. Rose gold is still heavy on trend which is great for every skin tone. Warming up lighter, pinky toned skin; and popping off darker skin tones. Shoes are one of my favourite ways to switch up any basic outfit. Sometimes I find myself outfit repeating for weeks on end (the same jeans with rotating tees) thus; a metallic pop can amp up any everyday outfit from day to night. Imagine wearing an old band tee with cut off Levis. Now that’s in your mind throw on the Steve Madden slides (#9) for a day of running errands. Then, uh oh I’m late for that date I have planned with a cute new boy or gal, pop on those metallic pink Gucci’s, hey girl hayyy! Now that that scenario is in your mind and you’ve been enticed to buy a pair of stand-out summer shoes follow these links below to purchase your new shoes, metallic mama.

1) Festival perfection-Platform, gold Tevas
2) Everyday comfort cool-Rose Gold Birkenstocks via Nordstrom
3)Night out must-have- Pink Gucci Crossover Mules
4) Errand show stoppers- Soludos gold weave smoking slippers
5)Stand-out beach babe contrast slides-  Zara
6)Sparkle and fluff Kate Spade flats
7)The perfect pointed toe Becky mules via Urban Outfitters
8)Frances Valentine silver pom pom flats, if you’re not a heel girl these are party perfect (I’d probably buy black)
9) Every girl needs a cool mule in basic black and a cute metallic- Steve Madden rose gold block heel slides
10)The ever crave-worthy Stella McCartney rose gold star platforms via Nordstrom

The Importance of Buying Vintage and Second Hand Clothing

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Public Butter U.S.A. flag vest, my dad’s old band tee, thrifted Levis, Philistine sunnies, Steve Madden heels (NOT VINTAGE! hah)

Vintage shopping and thrifting has been an important part of my life growing up with a clothing obsession. Not to mention purchasing clothing, name brand/brand new can be expensive, but the importance of supporting local vintage stores and thrift stores such as Value Village, Salvation Army and the sparsely located Goodwill that are making an impact in our community and how we express ourselves is something we owe our community as a citizen of fashion. The quality you can find, although worn in sometimes, in vintage clothing can be counted on. Though it’s a tough topic, our clothing wasn’t once made in third world countries for little to no money with the quality being anything but…spectacular.

Supporting the business’ of our local friends is also a huge responsibility we have. Tell me you walked into a vintage store and nothing screamed out at you that you NEEDED to have? Yeah, you’re lying. These people carefully curate their stores and it shows because you always somehow find what you have been searching for. I’ve listed some of my favourites in the city that are a must visit:

Public Butter        69 Vintage     Siberia Vintage (Super new!)     Life of Manek

Mama Loves You           Sub Rosa Vintage         Chosen Vintage     F as in Frank 

There’s also a fun new(ish) thing happening in the city where you can buy and sell/trade your clothing! Kind Exchange and Common Sort’s have popped up all over Toronto. Although when it first started they bought more of your stuff (which means more locations please!), it’s a great option if you can’t exactly part with your stuff and need some sort of incentive. Also, there’s always a good ol’ yardsale or friend organized clothing swap.

BE CLOTHING CONSCIOUS!

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Winter White

DSCF7277Forever 21 Coat (Similar) and Pants, Joe Fresh Sweater (Similar), Suzy Shier Button Up, H&M Bag, Urban Outfitters Hat, Steve Madden Booties (Similar)

There’s been a lot of talk around me about whether or not people will wear white jeans. I think they are a winter must. Why not match the outdoors? You match it in the spring with floral prints and seasonal colours, white is only fitting for Winter. Of course there’s the whole keeping them clean thing. I do find it a little harder to wear them, but in the right situation when you’re not out sloshing around the city I say break them out! Don’t be afraid. That whole white after Labour Day thing is way over-rated anyway.

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