These mules are made for walking

According to Wikipedia “the French word, Mule, is a style of shoe that is backless and often closed-toed. Mules can be any heel height – from flat to high.”

My main goal this spring, was to get my hands on the perfect neutral pair. Something that would go with any outfit, something comfortable that I can actually wear all day and not regret it as soon as I am in the car! Before we dig in further, let’s start with a little fashion history lesson. These are always my favourite.

OK, this description seems a little bit dramatic, although what history lesson isn’t. I can’t imagine a woman wearing these heels be considered a prostitute. Let me guess… I bet a man was involved in either writing that description and coming up with that garbage.

Anyway, before I get on my feminist horse, I wanted to show you what I’ll be wearing soon (but first, please cross your fingers for this April snow to melt away). So here they are folks my new Emu Australia mules, this is the “Burleigh” style in Mushroom colour.

I purposely went for something neutral in tone to not only elongate the leg, but to offer versatility. With the popularity of the boho style making a comeback this summer, I’m sure I’ll get lots of wear out of them!

At a cool $159, you can’t go wrong.

I won’t even even tell you the workout I got from taking this photo.. squats and all! 

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Winter Fashion Street Style Looks- Vintage Fur

I just can’t even… Every time I look at these bright photos, I forget that it’s winter and that we have 50+ cm of snow piled up on the streets.

Amy Symes and I planned this impromptu winter fashion street style session last weekend, at a few different spots in Ottawa. Something I have been meaning to tick off the old “to-do” list. I was so happy to work with her. I have known Amy for just over a year and love her bright, beautiful and crisp photography style. She was a trooper to do this in the cold and managed to stay friends with me, despite her frozen fingers. I, on the other hand was warm! That’s right, my friends… no suffering here! That was the goal of this winter fashion shoot. Some practical styling tips for a true Canadian fashionista, unlike what exists online.

In this photo, I am wearing my favourite pompom tuque from Shepherds, my vintage fur coat and Tory Burch fur boots from The Clothes Secret, black leather gloves from Simons, my bright blue Marc Jacobs back pack from Fashion United, and black leggings from Amazon!

Stay tuned for two more looks from the Winter Fashion Street Style Looks series!

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Barbie 2.016- She’s tall, small and curvy too!

You heard me, Barbie has a new body and she is not ashamed to show it off! We had to wait 57 years for it to happen, but late is better than never! The Barbie-obsessed little girl inside me is screaming of joy!!

Introducing… “Curvy Barbie”!

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Time magazine has released a great in-depth article about the entire history and new launch of this collection.

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The new Barbie isn’t only curvier, she is more diverse overall: she is darker, edgier, has curly hair, and ultimately more accessible. I mean, this hasn’t solved world peace, but it’s a start.

As I was curating these Barbie images, right away, I was assigning them to girls I knew. I would like to take you on a journey of my thought process… so here goes!

If an Ottawa bloggers were a Barbie

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Flic from www.loveagoodstripe.com
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This is Patricia from www.FashionCanadians.com
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This is Dom from www.styledomination.com

 

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Alexa from www.ThePolishedPretties.com
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Symone from www.ThePolishedPretties.com
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Katie from www.YowCityStyle.tumblr.com
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Erica from www.EricaonFashion.com
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This is Taryn from www.tarynmillermakeup.com
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This is Alyssa from blog.msbeltempo.com
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Katrina from www.ouicestchic.com
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Kay from www.countrymeetcity.wordpress.com
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This is Carolynn from www.jadorethis.ca
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This is Zara from xovelo.com
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Amy of www.Amyin613.com

 

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Jenn (with long hair!) from www.jenniferyvonne.com
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Rosie from www.secondhand-rose.ca
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Jennifer from www.jenniferbaguss.com

Barbie Ottawa Fashion Bloggers

This is Alexandra Gunn from www.alexandragunn.comCbw0EhqWIAIfiR7

This is Loukia from LouLou’s Vews

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ME!

 

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Movie Review: Iris

  

 I finally had a moment to myself last night to #netflixandchill. I love documentaries, particularly when they are fashion related. “Iris” was on my to-watch list for a while, including “The real cost” (a look at the somewhat depressing truth of fast fashion and the negative effects it has on our planet and society).

When I watch documentaries or read books about fashion I always feel compelled to write a review. Like a mini book report. 

Here are a few observations that really struck me from the movie “Iris”, more so Iris’ point of view and philosophy on fashion and life in general.

She was a very hard worker and truly gifted artist. She was fortunate enough to have been surrounded by the right people and take advantage of where she was brought up, New York! All the stars were aligned, and she took advantage of life!

Here are a few of my favourite lines:

– You shouldn’t give a damn about the party, what’s important is getting dressed for it!

– It’s the process of getting dressed that’s fun

– Style is a gut feeling, not math

– Someone once told me “You’re not pretty, but you have something much better: style”. 

One thing that really resonated with me, was the strong relationship with her husband. They both have an amazing sarcastic sense of humour and are still very much in love. 💕 Even at 90 (Iris) and 100 (Albert) their love for each other has not faded. I love how Iris pets his hair, and he calls her child, or something of that sort. Sadly, Albert has recently passed, which I’m sure has greatly affected Iris.

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“Iris” was a fun and quick documentary to watch. Lots of great lessons in life jam packed in only 1:17 minutes.

Have you seen it? Any recommendations of other documentaries I should watch? Leave me a comment below!

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