Shoe Diaries: Floral Mules

The mule is definitely the shoe of the season and I couldn’t be happier.  Why?  Because I hate my toes – even when they are perfectly pedicured.  And of course the obvious, there is nothing better than slip on shoes.

I just found these floral embroidered mules at Aldo for only $80.   As per my criteria for building my new, more practical shoe wardrobe, they are super comfortable and can be dressed up or down.

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As per usual all items are linked so you can shop and with the exception of H&M shipping/returns are free with a minimum spend. And all items are under $50, with the exception of the shoes.

Look #1: Summer Night Out

I would totally wear this out on date night.  The shirt is cropped and a little more revealing so I would wear it with a high waisted pant to cover up a little on the bottom.   I love pairing feminine colours and prints with khaki.

shoe diaries floral mules summer night out

1. Khaki Paper Bag Ankle Pants.  H&M

2. Pink  Ruffled Top.  Zara

3. Floral Earrings. Zara.

4. Straw Round Handle Bag.  Zara

5. Floral Mules. Aldo


Look #2: Stripes on Stripes

At first I thought this look might be a littly matchy matchy with the shoes, but it  totally works.  I chose a long sleeve tee and would do a partial tuck in the front to show off the super cure waist band on these shorts.    There is something about shorts and sweaters/long sleeves that I love.  And I kept the bag super neutral because there is alot going on already.

shoe diaries floral mules stripes on stripes

1.Striped Jersey Top with Embroidery.  H&M

2. Paper Bag Waist Bermuda Shorts.  Zara.

3.Tortoise Shell Sunglasses. Aldo

4.Raffia Basket Bag. Zara.

5. Floral Mules. Aldo


Look #3: Feminine Detailing

One of the criteria for my new, more practical shoe wardrobe, is that a new pair must look great with denim because I wear alot of denim.  And mules definately work with a pair of jeans.  I like to show a little ankle with mules so I wear a cropped pair or cuff my denim.   it helps show off your shoe but I find it also helps make your legs look longer.

I went for a pretty white embroidered top in this look.  Its hard to see the details in the pic below but this shirt is so feminine with the embroidery and ruffle detailing.  And I love this bag but beware, its small.  But perfect for a day out.  The smaller the bag means the less shit you can stuff in it which ultimately means the lighter it will be.  And who doesn’t like a nice light bag.

shoe diaries floral mules feminine details


1.High Waisted Distressed Denim.  American Eagle Outfitters.

2. Sleeveless Embroidered Blouse. Zara.

3. Floral Embellished Sunglasses. Aldo

4. Pink Mini Tote. Zara

5. Floral Mules. Aldo



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Shoe Diaries: Red Flats

I have never been a big fan of flats but as my feet age and my kids become faster I have started to seek out some comfortable, yet stylish, flats.  And when I saw these red flats at Winners I knew they would be a perfect addition to my new, more practical shoe wardrobe.  Sure they were only $49, but thats not what sold me.  They are super comfortable, I love the pointed toe and they are that perfect shade of candy apple red.

I got these at Winners and you all know what that means – sorry.  But I found a similar pair at TopShop (only $58).

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transparent topshop red flat

As I add to my shoe collection, my goal is to pick shoes that will work with the majority of my daily wardrobe. And the red flats do not disappoint, they are super versatile, not to mention a classic.  I have included a few styling options below to show how versatile they really are.

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Spring Trend: Black and White

I know Spring is often all about colour and florals, but there is something about a classic black and white look that is so Spring to me.


I love a head to toe black and white look, especially when you pair it with a pop of colour – maybe a coral lip or yellow shoe.  But black and white pieces are so versatile that they look great with colour as well.  I tend to stick to pale colours and neutrals when looking for something to pair with a statement black and white piece with.

A few of my favourite black and white pieces are below.  All under $100.  And all from Zara.

Houndstooth Jacket

This I love.  Its a classic print and this fit will never go out of style..  And it’s only $100. This would look great with a head to toe black and white look – perhaps with a pearl embellished tee and a pair of skinny cropped ankle pants for the office.  But it would also look cute dressed down with a little colour – maybe a pair of distressed denim and a pale pink tee.

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zara black and white houndstooth jacket


Embroidered blouse

I would wear this with a more casual look, maybe a pair of distressed black denim shorts and black buckled ankle boots (something like this).

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zara black and white blouse with embroidery


Back and White Ruffled Blouse

The piping on this blouse is so classic. It’s pretty structured on top but the ruffle on the bottom is a fun and flirty detail, making it one of those pieces that you can wear into the office or with denim on the weened.

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zara black and white blouse


Side Stripe Pencil Skirt

I haven’t ordered this skirt yet but it is taking all of my willpower not to order it.  By the time I am done this blog post I am sure it will be in my cart.

Not only do I love black and white, but I love a midi pencil skirt – so classic.  This would look cool with the houndstooth jacket above or to make it a little more casual wear it with a knotted denim shirt.

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side strip black and white pencil skirt


Side Stripe Pants

These pants would also look great with the houndstooth jacket or a white or grey tee and a longline black vest.  OR to dress them down, a graphic tee would look cool with a distressed denim jacket.  Also they would look so cute with a pair of white ankle boots.

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side stripe black and white pants


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Shoe Diaries: Pearly Flat Mules

I love shoes.  Like really love them.  Before babies I wore heels all the time.  I would suffer for a great pair of heels.  My poor feet.  Now that I am carrying a baby on my hip and chasing a two year old round, I have come to terms with the fact that I need something more sensible.  So its been fun, albeit challenging,  to find a new shoe wardrobe that marries comfort (or at least more comfortable than a 4 inch pair of heels) and fashion.

And I know I am not alone in this challenge so every week I am going to share a pair of shoes that are both fashionable and functional and a few ways to style them.  This first week I am going to share a pair that I ordered from Zara last week.  And they were only $40.

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zara pearly slides

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Spring Trend: Florals

Okay so I am in full on Spring mode – I’ve started my Spring cleaning, Spring clothes have come out of storage and most importantly I have started my Spring shopping.  For me, shopping for florals, bright colours and lighter fabrics is my way of keeping those Winter blues at bay for these last few long weeks.  And I thought I might as well share.  So over the next few weeks I am going to share different spring trends and my top picks for each trend.  Many of which will likely be either in my closet already or in the mail.

Week 1:  Florals

I mean its Spring, so of course florals are a trend.  But this season I am loving the bright colours  and large graphic prints.  And you really don’t need to wait for Spring to start wearing florals, they totally work layered with your warm winter knits (read more about Winter to Spring transition pieces).


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My Fav Postpartum Denim

Finding the perfect pair of jeans is hard, especially after you’ve had a baby or two.  A few months after I had my second and had lost most of the baby weight I decided it was time to wear something other than leggings.  I was going to buy new jeans.  While I had  lost alot of the baby weight, my body was just different; specifically it was rounder in the middle (still working on that).  So I was on the hunt for jeans that would help slim my tummy.  And I didn’t want to spend alot because I knew my body would continue to change over the new few months.  So my budget was <$100.

I took me alot of try ons but I finally found a few pairs that I love.

BTW -the  best way to try on denim is to order online in a few sizes and try them on in the comfort of your own home.  Same applies to bathing suits.

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Three Styling Options for Day 2, or Day 5, Hair

half up top knot

Lets be real, who wants to wash their hair everyday, or every other day for that matter.  My hair is thick and curly (not the nice curls, the frizzy ones) so washing and styling takes at least an hour. The wash is easy enough, but then there’s the brushing, oh how I hate to brush out all the tangles.  Even with my @thewetbrush it’s still an ordeal.  And then comes the blow dry which takes forever because I have to smooth it out in such small sections.  Finally,  if time permits,  I flat iron the ends and use a curling wand for loose beachy waves.

Needless to say I hate washing and styling my hair so I try to do it every 4-5 days, or longer if it’s not too uncomfortable.  And I hate the way dry shampoo feels so I need to get a little creative with my styling to hide my greasy roots. And as much as we all love a top knot, I am just not feeling it these days, so here are a few alternatives.

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Say Goodbye to Dull Winter Skin

The Winter has wreaked havoc on my skin.  It feels dry no matter how much moisturizer I apply (yes, I know I need to drink more water) and it just feels dull.  So I went on a mission to track down some products that will help give my skin that well rested, youthful, dewy glow.  And since I have been hoarding my Shoppers Optimum Points, I decided I would start at where I knew I could redeem my points.

What I love about shopping at is that I can take my time researching products instead of feeling pressured in store to buy what the sales associate has recommended.  And if I am unsure on something I can always go into a Shoppers Drugmart to sample out the product before I buy online.

Here are a few of the items I bought that I love.

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Ideas to Restyle Your Winter Wardrobe


Come end of January I always get a little, actually REALLY, tired of my Winter wardrobe. Most likely because in August I am so excited about my new Fall purchases that I start wearing sweaters and boots way too early.  No wonder I am bored of oversized knits already.

So to combat the Winter blahs, both in terms of wardrobe and mood, I try to restyle items I already have in my closet.  I like to get my Spring wardrobe from storage and so I can start mixing Spring pieces with my Winter wardrobe to create new looks.  Plus it adds a little colour to my very grey Winter wardobe which makes me happy in these last few dark, cold and oh so long Winter months.

Below I have included some ideas on how you can start to mix and match your Spring and Winter wardrobes.  So get creative and have fun.

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