We’ve Been Hibernating!!

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My limbs are stiff, my skin is dry, but by golly, there’s a light at the end of the tunnel! Sorry, we’ve been successfully hibernating all winter, and haven’t popped our heads far enough out of our chunky turtlenecks, to really take a good look around. It seems at this time of year, that the days drag, the nights are too short, and that the world will never defrost from this terrible Popsicle, that we deem winter. Isn’t it a bitch? Anywho, K and I have been trying to work our way out of the funk, by looking at…drum roll…SPRING SHOES!! Ta daaaahhh!! The colors are so brilliant, the lines are delicate, and our thoughts of wearing no socks soon, make our hearts warm with excitement. 

ZSEY137_OUT_LGK just sent me this link from our wonderful friends at Modcloth.com, and I fell in love instantly. Looks like the thick half wedged heel, will be the new silhouette this year, hopefully clearing out those god forsaken chunky wedges, that somehow made a comeback from the trash that was 90’s fashion. Terrible. My mom actually handed me a pair, that my 50 year old aunt wore in the 90’s, with the original Le Chateau box, and I almost blew chunks. It made me sick that this was being recycled into today’s much more informed society:
originalI literally googled “Terrible 90’s wedges”. Let’s not go back here people. Last summer, this made me weep. How far would it go? Are we going to bring back snap bracelets, that are weapons btw, butterfly hair clips, and…gag…Lisa Frank? Heavens to Betsy, did people even shower or brush their teeth back then?! No…no they did not. I think I witnessed more armpit hair, than one small child should. The memory haunts me still.

Back to what I was actually talking about! Shoes! Look at all the great ones that we’ve stumbled upon!

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Chelsea Crew nik nak heels in green

Long story short, classic lady like lines are coming back, and clunky hooves are out. Modcloth.com is chock full of beautiful styles for spring, so we highly suggest you get your bad-retro self together, and invest in some timeless pieces. Isn’t it also wonderful that risk of injury and spinal issues goes down, with the height of the heel? Cheers to being able to walk around in comfort, without sacrificing style this season! And cheers to K and I for showing our faces after some long winter months!

P.s. I know that I am now obsessed with my new discovery, of the very talented Chelsea Crew. Thank you for restoring my faith in humanity!

Inspired #OOTD’s

Grey oxford brogues from Aldo

Moon/Lapis Lazuli Earrings from Urban Outfitters

Thrifted denim dress from Bungalow, Kensington Market

Inspiration: Baby Blue Pontiac Firebird 🙂

Felucca Lace deck shoes from Sebago

T-shirt c/o Dan Griffin

Lace/Denim Cut-offs from American Eagle Outfitters

Inspiration: Dan Griffin

Brown Messenger Bag from Urban Outfitters

Thrifted Guess High-waisted Jeans

Thrifted Blue Pussybow Blouse from Flattery

Venetian Glass Ring gift from Mom 😉

xo K 

Weekend “Hipsy” Threads

Both V and I are feeling oh-so-uninspired to write today. A good time to do an outfit post. Weekend threads! But I have a confession… the last outfit I wore today… at work. It’s probably not entirely office appropriate but maybe I just felt like continuing the weekend in some small infinitesimal way. SUE ME.

V said I went from “Hippy to Gypsy” this weekend, so “Hipsy” is the theme here. In honor of my gypsy-ness today – I channeled my girl Stevie Nicks and sang this tune at the top of my lungs on repeat all the way to work. If I had to listen to one song on repeat until the day I die, this would be a big contender.

Gypsy – Fleetwood Mac

Stevie Nicks is an effing fashion icon and music legend. I have a strange obsession with her, and on more than one occasion have found myself doing a google image search of her for no particular reason. Creepy? Maybe.

Long flowing skirts and sleeves, boots, vests, chiffon scarves and a ton of lacey, sheer layers characterize Stevie’s look. Watch for some thread posts in the future inspired by Stevie. Without further adieu, here are the things that are making me happy today, aside from one large mug of coffee.

Thrifted DIY Levi’s Shorts, Geode Slice Necklace ByMisty, Chunky Drape Collar Vest from The Gap, Cotton Spandex Jersey Tank Thong from American Apparel, Thrifted Scarf

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Ecote Embellished Strappy Silky Dress from Urban Outfitters, Necklace from Urban Outfitters, Chunky Knit Vest from Old Navy, Bracelets were a gift from Nepal and thrifted from Nana 🙂

Yes, we work for a footwear company.

Coye Nokes feather embellished T-straps, H&M dress

I’m tempted to open with “Autumn is just around the corner” – but let’s be honest, we still have a bit of July, and all of August, and I’m really not ready to admit that cold weather could be anywhere near us. At all. What I am ready to do is start shopping for Autumn atire – because I’m an online shopping whore. That I can admit. 

If you’re like V and I (Me and V? …Mom!?), you’ve already figured out that the  lovely pastels that you rocked this summer won’t work too well come the fall – not without a bit of styling. I present you with some fall colour trends for 2012 and a little inspiration to help you while you build your autumn wardrobe.  

Source: Pantone Fashion Color Report

Yes, V and I work at a footwear company. With all of the inside industry information I get on a daily basis, I thought it might be nice to focus this post on footwear trends for the upcoming fall season.

Swedish Hasbeens – Boot

Mustard is a popular hue for the fall, especially for your feet. Pair these with a rich brown skirt or pants and a smart, fitted blazer for work.

I can’t spare the love for the men out there. Yea, I know you’re reading this – probably because I demanded it and I’m standing behind you breathing over your shoulder. But that’s neither here nor there. Rich english pub browns, navys, hermes orange, and urban greys light up the fall footwear palette this fall. The penny loafer doesn’t seem like it will go out of style ever, so just get yourself a pair, alright man? please?

Another classic: the Mary Jane. Old school charm and a fresh autumn color palette will dominate the market this fall for ladies…

Braided and woven details on leather boots will look great with a pair of skinny jeans or a cute floral dress.

ALDO ‘Fastrost’ Boot Ecote Tall Braid Boot from UO

Keep in mind glitter and sparkle on your footwear is still totally rad this season dude. Not to mention metallic hardware details and embellishments. Dark shades of blue and navy deepen the “neutral” category as well.

Van Dal Toledo Leather Loafers / Joan High-top Sneakers

I could go on and on, but then you might never come back. Have fun with your footwear this fall. Try out some of these new colours and embellishments in a classic style. Relish in the details. Now is not the time to play it safe.

K

Images c/o Footwear Plus

My Spare Time Goes Into Figuring Out How To Be Taller.

Are you short? Yeah me too. My only saving grace is the fact that I have mile long gams. I sometimes throw on a full skirt, and get completely engulfed in it, but I never realize it because, well, I don’t own a full length mirror. So I tromp off to work thinking I look like a supermodel, only to get there, and catch a glimpse of a 6 year old wearing makeup. Like, come on! This has fueled me into doing copious amounts of research..ahem 2 hours..and figuring out how to dress taller! Yay! I cracked the case…or all women stalk did. I just had the nifty skills to look through it and figure out what would work for me.

Look how long your legs would look! And how tiny the waist looks!

High waisted pants. They’re all over the place right now, and they’ll be in full force this fall. I know, I know. Mom jeans come to mind, but this is not the case! Pleated fronts and giant bums are totally 90’s, and instead we are met with a chic, flat front skinny or cigarette pant, that flatters the figure and makes your legs look a mile long! Pair these bad boys with some schmexy heels, and bazinga! You’re an amazonian goddess! Do watch yourself with the wide legged pants though. They look spectacular on tall women, but us shorties get lost in all that fabric.

Tall and sexy? Coulda fooled me!

Heels! I love them. They make me feel like I’m on the catwalk, and don’t lie, we all pretend to be. The only reason K and I don’t wear them at work is because they make too much noise, and I for one, like to sneak around like a ninja. But this must change! When picking out a pair of heels, stay away from ankle straps. They cut the leg at a funny place, and make you look stumpy, really vetoing the whole reason behind wearing them in the first place. Not into heels? S’ok! Get some pointed flats. They draw the leg line out, and if you need to kick a burglar, it’ll pack more of a punch.

Don’t Do this. Never ever do this. Where did her body even go? Narnia?

Sigh, this is the worst part for me. Know those flowy tops that are everywhere? Yeah…they don’t work. Too much fabric, not enough person. Billowy tops make us look like we’re wearing a moomoo. My bf has been telling me this since day one, but I always told myself “Pffft he has a beard. What the hell does he know about fashion?” Turns out, even though he has a beard, he has eyes, and he was right. (Please don’t tell him. I’ll never hear the end of it) Those shirts make short thin girls look like they’re hiding something. A gun? A baby bump? A baguette? Who knows. Instead opt for fitted shirts, and don’t be afraid of tucking! These aren’t your mom’s clothes, and tucking makes you look skinny and tall! Pair with a skinny belt and voila! Bonjour miss Hepburn! (Stay away from large belts, unless your name is Xena, or Hercules)

She may not have been that short, but doesn’t she look super tall? Take after her ladies, she knew what was what.

Lesson learned? Please ditch the garments that don’t fit you…I beg! I’m currently clearing out my wardrobe, which is painful, but guess what? I have no clothes left so I have to go shopping! I’m so sad about that. Have fun! And remember, I’m always right…about everything. I knew all along that those shirts made me look big, I swear.

V xo

P.s Thanks All Women Stalk! You are fantastic!

Where My Moon Goddesses At!?

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This is my mom! Hi Mom!
Isn’t she totally gorgeous / mystic-looking?

My latest obsession is all Mom’s fault. We have started this little hobby together – learning about gemstones and minerals and searching out vintage or hand-made gemstone / mineral jewellery. It all started in a little place called Kensington Market in Toronto, Ontario.

Lovely Vendor Lady in Kensingston.

Not only do gemstones and minerals make great, unique pieces of jewellery, they allegedly can be used for the betterment of one’s life or for holistic healing practices. A particular stone absorbs all kind of solar and cosmic energy in it’s creation – which the body then absorbs. Many people believe that gemstones and minerals possess the power to balance one’s life and restore energy.

If you haven’t stopped reading at this point because you think I’m some flakey, hippy head-case, I’ll explain myself a little better. I’m not saying I completely believe this stuff is fact, but it’s not unlike my interest in Astrology (very closely related). It’s sort of fun to play along with these myths. There’s something about it that feels mysterious and ancient and awesome – divinely feminine.

Like Priestesses and Witches and Healers before me, I carry around these little chunks of energy on my neck and it makes me feel empowered! ok!? So who cares if it isn’t real, i’ll take a little placebo in my life any day.

Some of my favourite pieces that Mom and I have collected so far:

Rose Quartz and Carnelian

Rose Quartz and Carnelian purchased from an Indian gentlemen in Kensington.

Pink Quartz is known as the ‘love stone’ as the message it emits is the strong vibration of unconditional love, joy, warmth and healing. Wearing this should enable you to heal old negative emotions such as anger, resentment, fear and jealousy that may result from past experiences. Enhances feelings of love and romance.

Carnelian is a stone of individuality and courage. It is associated with motivation and is used to stimulate career growth. Used to instill confidence and a sense of self, as well as clear and focus the mind.

Rainbow MoonstoneColorless Labradorite, commonly called Rainbow Moonstone (not true moonstone) intensifies Feminine Goddess energy. This stone is said to have a “vibration” that will assist women to recognize and embrace their innate personal power. Now thats my kinda stone!

Larimar

Larimar – named after the discoverer’s daughter, Larissa, and the sea (mar). Brings tranquility of the sea to your mind, helping you view events from a different perspective than what you have already formed.

Below are three new hand-made pieces I am expecting in the mail this afternoon!

Please go check out ByMisty on Etsy – she really has some beautiful, unique pieces of jewellery.

The moral(s) of this story? Have fun with what you wear. Learn as much as you can. Natural is always best. Decorate yourself, you goddess you. 

K

My Toes Each Have Their Own Little House To Workout In! Do Yours?

I slug my ass out of bed at 5:30 every morning to fit a workout into my busy day. It sucks, however, it is really refreshing and wakes me right up. Last year I had the misfortune to be basically crippled for a month due to a back injury. So, being the amazing guy that my bf is, he bought me a pair of these fancy biscuits, and voila! No more pain, and super flexy toes! They are the most comfortable sports shoe I have ever worn in my life, and although they don’t look it, they have incredible support on the inside. Like a bra for the feet! I have the Bikila, which is basically their version of a cross trainer. I run in them, do squats, weights, saunter…anything! They come in so many fun colors, and make sure that you identify your needs and match it up with the best style. I shall never return to the land of overstuffed gym shoes that make false claims. These babies have helped realign my spine, improved my balance, and have given me some amazing leg muscle.

So next time you see a ridiculous add about a regular gym shoe that can give you a butt like Kim Kardashian, just know it’s bs (she probably got an implant or has a midget living in there anyway). Just do copious amounts of squats and lunges, and you’ll have a firm tushy. So firm, you can bounce quarters off of it! Did I just make up a party game?

follow the link to order!  Vibram Five Fingers

As always, this is my final say.

V xo