Steak and Stilettos at NAO Steakhouse

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It’s not often I get to write about food on The Souls of My Shoes, after all this is a fashion and footwear blog. However, every now and then an opportunity presents itself which allows me to step out of the box and in this case combine two major F words, fashion and food, because you definitely can’t have one without the other.  Continue reading

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Mother’s Day Giveaway: Win a Diamond & Silver Necklace from Peoples Jewellers

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Have you thought of what you’re going to buy your mom for Mother’s Day? Of course not! Like me you’ll probably wait until the last minute to run to the mall and find something, anything, to gift her. Bad, yes it is. However, what do you buy someone who has everything? And unless you’re willing to drop a wad of cash like a rapper then a budget friendly buy it is. Until now…  Continue reading

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Shoe of the Moment: Geometic Print Sneaker by Keds x PARTSKIRTS

Sneakers are everywhere! With the warmer weather upon us and the purveyance of fashionable kicks, from the runway to the street, it’s time to forgo buying a new pair of heels (for the time being) and slide your feet into chic and comfortable shoes that you can party in for hours.

One such sneaker that may catch your fetish for footwear is Keds’ newest collaboration with Canadian fashion brand PARTYSKIRTS. The partnership between the iconic American sneaker brand and sisters Lauren and Marial Armstrong, the duo behind PARTYSKIRTS, all started with a tweet on Twitter. The ladies were doing a tennis themed photoshoot for their own brand, which happened to include Keds; the images turned out so well they shared it online with the company and the rest, as they say, is history.

The Keds x PARTYSKIRTS collection consists of three styles, but my favourite is this black and white geometric print. It’s made from breathable canvas and outfitted with a rubber sole, both signature materials of Keds’ well-known and loved shoes. And if you like this striped print so much you can purchase the matching skirt from the Armstrong sisters too. Buy online.

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Yogi Style for The Style Guide

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Besides shoes and shopping one of the other great loves in my life is yoga. I started yoga on a complete whim; my sister told me Lululemon was opening a store in a nearby mall and that they offered free yoga classes. We went and loved it so much that attending these classes became a weekly Sunday morning ritual. More than six years later I’m still practicing, but now it’s in a yoga studio several times a week which I call my second home.  Continue reading

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Shoe of the Moment: Embellished Sandal from 424 FIFTH

I cannot tell a lie, I have a new footwear obsession and it’s the athletic sandal. I tried for a VERY long time to resist liking it, because it wasn’t meant to be a stylish shoe but strictly functional footwear.

That all changed when big name designers such as Phoebe Philo created her version of the sport sandal for Celine’s spring 2013 collection; she reinterpreted the Birkenstock sandal, a 60s and 90s throwback mainly reserved for tacky tourists and hippies. And the rest, as they say, is history; celebrities are now wearing the sport sandal loud and proud, and fast fashion retailers such as Zara are churning out stylish sport sandals faster than you can order a Big Mac at McDonalds.

And still I resisted. Anytime I was in a shoe store I would turn up my nose and make a funny face, as if I smelled mouldy cheese in disgust. This facial reaction quickly became an instinctual reflex anytime I would come across the sport sandal, especially when I saw someone wearing it out in public. However, like the Berlin Wall, my resolve crumbled and I recently purchased a pair. Gasp!

What shoe made me succumb this trend? It was the Charlette sandal from Lord & Taylor’s 424 FIFTH spring 2015 collection. This embellished number is simple with a capital S, thanks to its nude colouring and cross front design. The oversized crystals on the front are what did me in, because who doesn’t want to be wearing sophisticated bling 24/7? Plus, once I slipped my foot into said sandal the smooth and comfortable leather design felt like heaven. Buy online.

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Karl Lagerfeld Visits Toronto to Launch Art Shoppe Lofts + Condos

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He came, he saw and he conquered Toronto. Who am I referring to? Why none other than the famous and fabulous Karl Lagerfeld. Uncle Karl, as he is affectionately known, came to the city recently to celebrate the launch of Art Shoppe Lofts + Condos. It’s one of the city’s latest upscale condo properties going up in the Yonge and Eglinton area, and the celebrity designer is commissioned to create the interior of the properties’ lobbies. Continue reading

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Shoe of the Moment: Ballerina Flat by Miu Miu

Any time see the colour baby blue I’m immediately transported to the 1990s; to a time when pastel colours were first in vogue and everyone was dressing in shades of head to toe pink, green, yellow and baby blue. Ahh… those were the days!

I’ve always had a fondness for baby blue; in the 90s I painted my room this colour, as well as my nails, and once owned the most stylish baby blue ensemble, a pair of flared low-rise pants with a button down top. So, you can imagine, seeing this ballerina flat by Miu Miu made me nostalgic. I love the smoothness of the leather, soft blue shade and transparent trim, which gives this elegant shoe a modern-retro feel. Buy online.

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Sport Sandals for Spring? Yes, It’s Time To Slip Them On

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I’ve always viewed sports sandals as a necessary evil; on the practical side, they’re great for athletes and for putting on in a moment’s notice when you have to run and errand. On the other hand, these pair of shoes was reluctantly adopted by mankind after all the other stylish shoes hijacked the fashion gene from the footwear game.  Continue reading

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Shoe of the Moment: High-Top Floral Sneaker by Ted Baker

I’ve always been the type of person who adheres to the wise saying “Never judge a book by its cover,” because you don’t know what’s inside, literally and metaphorically. However, when it comes to shopping things go into different territory; I always rely on my eyes and intuition whenever I’m on the hunt for new clothes or shoes. Call it a keen fashion sense or just plain instinct, but I know within 10 to 20 seconds whether a pair of shoes and I are destined to be together. However, there are the odd and rare moments when my instincts are off and I experienced just that very recently.

Last weekend I partnered with Town Shoes for a post-fashion week contest and celebration; my winners (Pamela and Meghan) and I attended the retailer’s Step Into Town event at The Toronto Eaton Centre. There we enjoyed a spring trend presentation by the amazing Peter Papapetrou and afterward, headed to the Town Shoes store to partake in some much needed retail therapy. Pamela gravitated to a pair of Ted Baker sneakers that I wasn’t initially fond of, but when she tried them on I changed my mind. These are the type of shoes you have to slip your feet into to appreciate; the graphic floral print, leather trim and high top design is outstanding giving it a feminine look yet remaining edgy and street. Wondering if she bought them? Of course she did! And I might too. Buy online.

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