Category Archives: Boots

That’s A Whole Lotta Purple

I love color! My closet has always reflected this. Over time, I have owned (and rocked) blue, yellow, coral, red, green, purple, black, and checkered jeans. Although I tend to buy neutral outerwear, I have a rainbow in my closet… including my footwear.

So when I came upon these slouchy lilac boots at DSW by Penny Loves Kenny a few moons ago (B.K., meaning Before Kids), I brought them home without hesitation. Why not use footwear as the pop of color when the rest of my outfit is neutral? It’s a win-win.

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DSW (old): Steal

So why these boots yesterday? Because Emma grabbed them! Of course she did. It seems that my youngest daughter has taken to the color purple as I did when I was younger. As a teenager, my friends on the ski hill knew it was me from afar. I was the only one decked out in full purple attire, from my hat and goggles down to my ski boots!

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Dress: Akira (old); Sweater: Gap (old); Tights: HUE; Boots: Penny Loves Kenny via DSW (old)

I’m trying really hard to dress in new ways, at least new for myself. If I’m going to really adhere to my monthly shopping budget, I need to reinvent the clothes I already have. And as much as I love to layer, I usually like to work progressively from the under layers to the outer layers. However yesterday, I wore the long sleeve under the short sleeved dress. New. For me.

What I like about this hand-me-down dress I inherited from my mom, is the embellishment at the neck. It has enough bling to be worn with just earrings.

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Do you wear a t-shirt over a long sleeve? Do you share clothes with your mom?

SJK

Black, Red and Purrrrrr

It’s raining, it’s pouring, the old man is snoring.

What do you wear when you know you’ll have to don your animal print rainboots? 

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Why, red skinny jeans and a black top, of course!

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Shirt: Forever 21 (old); Pants: Joe Fresh (old); Boots: Wal-Mart (old)

I’ve pinned this color combination enough times to know that it works. Thanks Pinterest!

I personally like both color and texture in my closet. I was wandering around the store having to use up a store credit on the spot when I noticed this lonely sweater. Either someone had left it on the wrong rack or it really was the last in stock. Either way, it played out like this in the changing room: Hmmm, the sleeves are a bit short… I could push them up and make it a 3/4… I’ve never worn something like this… could be interesting… (try on other clothes. try this sweater on again) Ok. I think I’ll take it seeing as it’s only $10… My chance paid off because I now love love love it. It takes the ordinary and makes it a fun and interesting top.

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What do you do when the clouds break and the sun comes through half way through the day?

Why, you switch your animal print rainboots for your animal print flats, of course.

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Did you notice my polish? I used Essie’s No Place Like Chrome (I know I’m late to the party on this color!)

SJK

My Riding Boot

I don’t believe in Must-Have lists. Generally speaking, that is. I personally have a list of items I would love to have in my closet, whether it is footwear or clothing or jewelry. This list will change as the seasons change, as the trends evolve and as my own sense of style emerges. Last summer though, one item in particular was at the top of my list: The Riding Boot.

There is a riding boot for everyone. The Equestrian. The Classic Girl. The Rocker. The Embellisher.

These are mine. Which category do I fall into???

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Ted Baker: same but a splurge; similar/eBay; similar/Canada

I found them on-line, a shopping method I thoroughly enjoy. I try to stick to companies/websites that offer free shipping and either free returns or free in-store returns. See the trouble with on-line shopping is that a lot of the time, I end up having to return the item. It might be too small, too big, not the right color in person, or simply not exactly what I was looking for.

These boots far surpassed all expectations! I have worn them many times over the year, in many ways.

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Shirt: Old Navy similar; Belt: Kohl’s similar; Skirt: London Jeans via Victoria’s Secret similar; Tights: HUE

Yesterday I wore them with this mustard yellow, corduroy skirt and a chambray shirt. I tried to match the color of the tights with the skirt this time (alternatively color matching with shoes here).

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Do you own a riding boot? Full disclosure: I’m allergic to horses… but I can still pull the look off, right?!

Wrap Me Up and Slap on Some Studs While You’re at It!

I saw these boots one fateful day in Akira. Then I walked away. Then I came back and tried them on. Then I walked away. Then I came back and bought them.

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(boot cuff can go straight up or folded over)

Has that ever happened to you? Have you ever returned to a store so you could buy a shoe simply because you couldn’t get it out of your mind?!

Of course you have. You’re reading a blog about shoes which means you probably like to buy shoes too.

It’s only happen to me twice before. Once in the early 2000’s for a knee-high, square-toe, block heel, leather purple pair of boots. I wore those everywhere! Had to since I pulled a Carrie Bradshaw for those – bought shoes instead of groceries! Another time, in the mid 2000’s for a pair of cut-out boots. Note to self: wear boots in order to post about it later.

I know what attracted me to these puppies by Dollhouse: the straps and the studs. They were biker but babe and I wanted to own a bit of that persona. The hidden platform makes it a relatively easy boot to spend the day in (although truth be told, yesterday was the first day I wore them).

I tend not to buy boots that hit mid-calf, seeing as that height tends to cut the leg line, and I am only 5 foot 2. So I kept the color of the rest of the outfit uniform in order to avoid chopping my body up.

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The scrunching/ruching along with the straps and studs does make me feel a bit like a pirate. Maybe these will become my ‘don’t mess with me today’ boots. So watch out when I do!

SJK

Monday Mom-day

So yes, it’s now a thing.

Monday is now devoted to moms all over. Monday mornings for moms can be tough. Stay-at-home and Work-at-home and Work-outside-the-home moms are all confronted with the task to get the family organized and out the door for whatever the day beholds. We’re coming off two days of being more relaxed, less structured and having more fun. But Monday morning comes around and we are back into the swing of the weekday routine.

Today’s inspiration for my choice of footwear was yesterday’s weather. It turned chilly, gusty and well, autumn-ey. So after dressing the girls, eating breakfast and brushing their teeth (must be done by 7:50 am on weekdays), I went into my closet to dress myself and instinctively reached for these faux suede booties.

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Emma and I weren’t up to much this Monday. We dropped Gabi off, quick trip to Wal-Mart and then enjoyed the rest of the morning with her/my friends at the co-op playgroup we joined. Home for lunch and nap (Emma), writing (me), then playtime with Gabi and again ending the day with supper/bath/bed.

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I wore these jeans by Paige Denim (via eBay), tank from Old Navy (I have it in 3 colors but no longer sold on-line) and a boucle jacket by Sandro (via Winners, aka TJ Maxx). Side note: I have been searching for a boucle jacket for months and finally found this one. I love it!

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Sorry for the delay on this Monday post… last weekend took a lot of me and I’m still trying to recuperate. Thanks for understanding!

SJK

It’s off to the orchard we go!

Yesterday I got the awesome opportunity to join my 3 year old and her daycare class on their annual apple picking field trip. It was Gabi’s first time on a school bus (and my first time on one as a mommy!). For those in the Montreal area, we went to Verger Labonte and it is a wonderful orchard (apple picking, three corn mazes, a small restaurant and food boutique, farm animals and a pretty good playground for younger kids).

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Knowing well that orchards can get pretty muddy, Gabi and wore our rainboots. Gabi has about 4 pairs of rainboots, all hand me downs. Lucky girl!

I bought these animal print boots last year when I decided that my old, very colorful ones were not representing my current style as well. I found them at (whisper) Wal-Mart and thought the price was great! The cut and pattern are very cute and can be dressed up (read between the lines: fashionable!). The best part is… they are really very comfortable!

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Jacket: Gap (old); Scarf: Old Navy (old); Jeans: Rich and Skinny (eBay);                   Boots: Wal-Mart (old)

Have you gone apple picking yet? Two questions to those who have… What did you wear? and, What did you make with all the apples? We’re planning on making apple sauce and apple pie!

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Happy fall!

Am I still in lust?

I am like all other women. I have two lengths of hemmed jeans: ones to be worn with heels and ones to be worn with flats.

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And so getting dressed this past Sunday morning for a good friend’s 2 year old’s birthday party (what a mouth full!), I had to choose a pair of heels to go with my longer hemmed Paige jeans which I had paired with my teal Portofino shirt from Express (I have this shirt in 4 colors!). It was drizzling out and so I selected a faux leather pair I had bought at Payless a few years back.

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Trouble with some of the shoes I bought back then is that sometimes I bought from price-point and not so much from a quality and comfort standpoint. And these shoes fall in the former. My poor big right toe became numb after 20 minutes of wear (and I was sitting in the car too).

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So I am now faced with one of my most dreaded decisions: will I keep this pair of shoes or not?

I think my wisdom and maturity is leading me to donate these retro-inspired booties. Perhaps there is a woman out there who will love wearing these shoes… without the numb toes.

And in any case, as I was placing them back on its shelf (didn’t I just say I was going to donate them?!?!), I noticed this snag:

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Guess I won’t be wearing them for sure after all!

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