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Laid Back

There are days when a woman wants to wear heels.

There are days when a woman wants to wear her Converse. Yesterday was one of those days.


Converse: $35 at Winners (Canadian TJ Maxx) similar

For some reason these shoes make me want to call them ‘kicks’. I hear this term in songs and by the cool people I pass on the street. Not entirely sure if using ‘kicks’ to describe my Converse is right or not… I may have just flashed my geek card. Actually, I’ll wave it high and proudly!

I was channelling a muted version of grunge when I got dressed.  Grunge, including plaid, is back with a vengeance and for those of us who wore grunge in the 90’s because we were old enough to shop for ourselves might find it a bit hard to re-play the part in 2013. But maybe that’s just me. Truth is, I like plaid. I might not be able to wear a red plaid mini skirt anymore, but I can certainly figure out how to incorporate the look. So I’m interpreting the trend in my own way, subtly via my shoes (unless I go back to Jacob and buy their plaid dress pants! In which case I will proudly display my attraction to plaid).

The rest of my outfit was monochromatic… in one shade: black. Black skinnies and a black light sweater. Grunge-y, right?! I know, not really. Just remember it’s interpreted 🙂 I certainly felt relaxed with a slight ‘I-don’t-care’ attitude. A slight one.


Shirt: DKNY Jeans (old); Jeans: Rich and Skinny via eBay; Shoes: Converse via Winners

The point of interest up top is the crochet-like inlay on the shoulders and down the back. Love the details! Subtle but interesting.


And since fall is in full swing in Montreal, I want to also include how I dressed to leave the house.


Jacket: Gap (old); Scarf: H&M (no longer on-line)

How did you dress for Hump Day? Did you sport heels or flats? Do you Grunge or not?



The Sneaker Wedge

I like to mix styles. I enjoy the conflict that an outfit using masculine and feminine pieces creates. I love combining flowy and structured in the same outfit. And so of course this interest helps explain why I purchased this Steve Madden shoe.


“Have you seen this shoe trend where they put a hidden heel inside a running shoe?,” my dear friend Hannah said to me this past July. “Sure.” “I just don’t get it. Why would anyone want a hidden wedge inside a sneaker?” “Ummm, me. I actually have a pair and I really love them.” “Oh.” (Followed by an uncomfortable silence… until we laughed at each other. Which is what all good friends do in situations like this!)

I personally love the combination of a wedge and an athletic shoe. It doesn’t bother me. I suppose for me this shoe is for the days when I am wearing something a bit more dressy up top and I want to balance it out by casual footwear.


(Dress: Gap – old; Shoes: Steve Madden)

Today’s outfit self-photographs terribly!!! I have about 15 shots that are either out of focus or are just plain boring. A 100% cotton, maxi black dress without texture and details is just boring. Comfortable but boring. That’s why the unexpected wedge sneaker helps. I under-accessorized purposefully, pulling my hair back into a ponytail and using big tear-drop wooden earrings. I was going for clean and fresh… but it photographed as boring and uninspired. Ugh. Oh well.



You can tell me… do you have a sneaker wedge? I promise not to tell Hannah..I

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