I’m gearing up for a weekend up at a cottage with some good friends. I’m looking forward to lazy days spent on the dock as we catch up with each other. The only agenda we have is to sit and sun, cook meals together and make s’mores around a campfire.
I look forward to waking up early in the morning while everyone else sleeps, pull on last night’s camp-fire smoked hoodie, slip on some comfy shoes, grab a cup of black coffee and wander through dew-wet grass to watch the sun rise from the dock.
If you haven’t listened to Hozier yet, you absolutely must. He’ll be on our weekend playlist for sure.
It’s finally spring in Canada. Which means I should start running outdoors again.
I promise I’ll get to it soon. However, the first few warm days in the springtime make me want to skip and float through muddy forests.
Instead of running, I’m imagining myself frolicking though the Grand River trails wearing utterly fantastic sneakers.
It’s a polar vortex January… otherwise known as winter in Ontario.
I’m living in layers of flannel, cashmere and wool. This is the season to be warm – because frostbite ain’t sexy.
So yes, baby, it’s cold outside. Bundle out. Keep warm. Put the tunes on. And kiss someone cute. It’s guaranteed to get you through to the spring thaw.
To keep my always cold toes warm I vote for some Roots moccasins – trust me, they will keep you warm.
Winter shoes. Is it too much to ask for them to be gorgeous and protect me against frostbite?
I don’t think so.
And if I can find it in my favourite colour combo? Even better.
This winter I vow to add a bit of shine and sparkle to my wardrobe. I can’t make the season go any faster, but I can find ways to enjoy it.
I’m spending an extended weekend in Montreal.
I’m moving my brother into his first apartment.
It’s bittersweet to help him move his life across provinces, but I adore this city.
The people are well dressed and friendly. The city is cultured and edgy.
In honour of la belle ville, and its joyful energy, I’m dancing around my hotel room to one of my favourite songs by a Montreal native (in my dreams I’m wearing these gorgeous Giuseppe Zanotti stilettos).
Last weekend I saw Matt Dusk perform at the Uptown Waterloo Jazz Festival. One of my favourite artists at one of my favourite events? Win.
This week’s Shoes and Songs is inspired by Mr. Dusk. His version of “My Funny Valentine” makes me want to dress like a Hitchcock heroine, order a dry gin martini and meet a handsome stranger at a smoky bar.
Slick pointed heels by Saint Laurent will help me look and feel the part.
A boat. A river. The cottage life. Gets me every time.
Pontoon by Little Big Town has to be one of my most favourite summer songs. The video is fantastic – seriously, the styling makes me drool.
Sequins, kegs, golf and a boat? Count this girl in.
And although Sperry’s may be more practical for a boat – don’t count on me to make that choice. Why go smart when you can go for a platform with chains and beading instead?
This week my colleagues are in New York City. I’m at home following their adventure on twitter – #HDNYC if you’re interested.
However, if I was in the big apple this week I’d be wearing these shoes. They’re flats, so they are practical for the miles of pavement I’d be walking. But they’re edgy and fashion-forward.
And you can never go wrong with Valentino.
And I’d be listening to something energizing and fun. You need a bit of attitude in the city, right?
So there’s been a break on StyledWrite. A silence. A long pause.
I’ve been dealing with some crummy health issues. Between illness, hospital visits and recuperation time, I lost the desire to do anything other than sleep and drink tea.
So today I hope you welcome me back.
I’m feeling better, on the mend and craving some sunshine and new shoes. Since Mother Nature is not playing along (it’s currently snowing outside), I present you two videos that put me in a summery mood. Today I’m featuring shoes I’m craving and a bouncy tune.