To buy or not to buy: the light shoe bootie

January 28, 2013 - 11:06 pm

Sundays—for me—spell out shoe shopping. And that’s exactly what I did this past Sunday.

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I’ve been on the hunt for a nice nude-beige-grey pair of shoe booties for a while. Every time I see a pair I like, I freeze and the world goes into slow motion. Here’s how it usually goes down:

I pick them up, I hold them tightly to me (hugging them) as I circle the rest of the store in search of a darker, less damageable doppelganger—something exactly the same, but black, or an almost-black hue. If I find no kin kickers, I give in to my light shoe lust: I try them on. I invariably love them. Then I take them off and stare at them. Then my feet, almost of their own free will, start moving in the direction of the cash register, but before I do that, I do something incredibly nonsensical.

Zara Shoe Booties

After spending a minimum of 30 minutes fondling these light shoes, I put them back.


This in-store game of musical shoes is likely hilarious to an onlooking salesperson, I’m sure. The truth is, I never buy them! Why? Well, light-coloured shoes—especially suede ones—are hard to keep clean. The trendsetter in me wants these booties almost as much as I want a hot fudge sunday most of the time, but the Practical Patty in me thinks I should stick to a dark-coloured, wear-everyday-pair. Harumph. What to do?

Well, dear readers, this weekend I did the unthinkable—the almost undoable: I just bought them. They’re right here! Zara is having a mega sale of all mega sales and I snapped up these cute ones without thinking twice this time. They are soft suede, comfy and look great with army greens, browns, jewel tones, other neutrals and greys. A true steal at just $59. My nude booties have found a home at last. Now all I have to do is keep them away from the February slush and muck. I’ll be wearing these babies indoors for months to come.

Zara Shoe Booties

(c) Glynnis Mapp, FashionTK


Ann Taylor opens downtown location

October 10, 2012 - 3:57 am

Animal prints, skinny belts in bright colours, tops, separates that are perfect for work and play. Ann Taylor has finally opened in downtown Toronto and its fall cache is a thrilling sartorial mix of office and apres-five.

See below for some of my favorites (many of them spotty, you’ll notice!)

Photos: Glynnis Mapp, FashionTK

Osheaga 2012: Streetstyle edition

August 11, 2012 - 1:11 pm

Last weekend, throngs of music lovers descended on Montreal for the annual summer music celebration: Osheaga. At Parc Jean-Drapeau audiophiles were dressed to impress for a music lineup that included international artists like Little Dragon, Florence and the Machine, Aloe Blacc, MGMT, Passion Pit and the newly named Snoop Lion (Snoop Dogg). Our favourite Canadian crooners were all there too: Feist, Metric and City and Colour.

Check out the fashionable femmes I found at this year’s festival.

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Groovy Girl
Blogger and photographer Jaclyn Locke’s mullet dress is a fashion fest A+. This one gets extra points thanks to its emerald green and white tie-dye pattern.

Yellow Card
When in doubt grab a colour as hot as the sun: yellow. A perfect base for this warm and fun pattern. Pair it with shorts and your’re ready to rock.

Fringe Fest
Fringe needs no intro: it has automatic cool factor and that hippy-dippy vibe that all festival goers subscribe to. Get your fringe in suede for an extra soft feel and look.

Maximize Your Maxi
Nothing says summer festival like an easy breezy maxi dress. This one is a winner in black cotton, giving you a light yet edgy look.

Do Denim
What makes us happier than watching our favourite bands perform live? The denim trend. Wear your favourite faded blues and wear them proudly.

Bright White
We applaud any trendsetter who wears white, let alone at a jam-packed music festival. Pair it with pastels and it’s a soft statement.

*photos: (c) Glynnis Mapp, FashionTK

Book chic: Mendo Amsterdam

July 19, 2012 - 10:18 pm

This bookstore meets fashion library is a treat to browse through. A Mecca for your most coveted style coffee table books and a perfect spot for gift buying if clogs and caramel stroopwafels aren’t what you’re looking for. Mendo houses special collections of extra-large books like Muhammad Ali (GOAT), Vivienne Westwood, David LaChapelle (Artists & Prostitutes), Valentino, Inez van Lamsweerde, Helmut Newton (SUMO) and more.

The store’s walls aren’t bricks, but thousands of black Mendo styled books. You’ll walk out feeling inspired to write your own fancy read and have it sit on this shop’s pretty, minimalistic stacks.

Read about more fashionable shopping spots in my monthly column on New York-based fashion website: 

photos: (c) courtesy of Mendo

Roger Vivier shoe collection at The Bata Shoe Museum

May 21, 2012 - 3:06 pm

It’s the shoe that our fashion heroine and Gossip Girl star Leighton Meester (Blair Waldorf ) gave to her French Prince Louis: “It’s Vivier, it’s worth a helluva lot more than a glass slipper.” We couldn’t have said it better ourselves, Miss Waldorf. And we all know how that ended (*Spoiler Alert!)

It’s a romantic (and cheesy) Cinderella gesture but we get the point—that’s one special shoe. So it’s not without immense excitement (read: tear-inducing joy) that shoe fanatics welcomed the Roger Vivier collection to the Bata Shoe Museum in Toronto weeks ago. Roger Vivier  gained notoriety as a designer for Christian Dior in the 1950s and worked for the design house long after Dior’s death. The Vivier exhibit entitled, Process to Perfection ( May 9, 2012-April 7, 2013) highlights never-before-seen sketches and drawings of Vivier’s shoe design process and the creations that were a result of his painstaking art. Vivier died at age 90 in 1998 and continues to be an iconic and inspirational shoe designer to many fashion greats from Lanvin to Louboutin. Famous shoe profiles and wearers include the pilgrim buckle shoe—a favourite of Catherine Deneuve, and the thigh-high boot that Bridget Bardot loved to wear.

“To wear dreams on one’s feet is to begin to give a reality to one’s dreams.” —Roger Vivier


*photos: Glynnis Mapp,

Sneaker Chic: Alexander McQueen for Puma

March 24, 2012 - 10:01 pm

Sneakers have always been fashionable (read: the ’80s and let’s not forget the ’90s) but since fashion houses started making their own versions of  haute high and low tops, designer sneaker collaborations are now completely chic: Yves Saint Laurent, Chanel, Adidas by collections with Stella McCartney, Jeremy Scott, the luxe list goes on.

After Hussein Chalayan and Mihara, Puma adds a brand name to its list of designer collabs: Alexander McQueen.

Take a look at this awesome pink pair I was gifted by the brand last week at a recent brand look-see party in Toronto.

Talk about kick-ass.

photo: (c) Glynnis Mapp,


What I wore in Paris: Nighttime

March 17, 2012 - 9:27 am

Contrary to popular belief, Parisians don’t dress to the nines when going out. Even though The City of Lights is the proverbial fashion capital of the world, the French sport great preppy basics with a few trendy fashion items: comfy but stylish statement heels, a good pair of jeans. Yes, they sometimes they wear horizontal stripes, but not more than anyone else in the world. Overall, streetstyle a nuit is polished but comfortable. Rarely do girls sport a Kardashian-style bodycon dress or short skirt, and if they do attend a fancy soiree, cuts are way more modest. Classy and always chic. Bare legs are a bit taboo in Paris: sheer, sexy black or off-black nylons in spring and summer are a French girls modus. This makes dressing especially easy for me actually! I have several LBDs but sometimes I just don’t want to wear them! Don’t get me wrong, I love going out and showing  a little leg, but more often than not, I love feeling comfortably stylish rather than overdone.

Take a peek at one of my favourite evening ensembles: I wore this (and variations of this outfit) to nighttime fashion shows, low key dinners in The Marais and out for drinks at Paris bars near Champs-Élysées. A maxi skirt, tissue-thin sweatshirt, vintage leather belt and patent pleather clutch, wedge heels and a bib necklace.

Forever21 grey sweatshirt, black vintage maxi skirt, ASOS wedge heels, vintage black patent pleather clutch, Rachel Roy mixed chain bib necklace, vintage black leather belt


Well-heeled: Charlotte Olympia

November 16, 2010 - 3:33 am

British socialite Charlotte Dellal has made her style reputation at major fashion and industry parties in New York and the UK, and is taking her style experience and turning it into a line that the industry is in love with. For Charlotte Olympia’s spring-summer 2011 collection entitled “Blame It on Rio,” Dellal looks to the ever-colourful 1950s Brazilian pin-up model, Carmen Miranda. Using her own signature prints with crepe de chine and textured fabrics like cotton canvas, raffia and gold lame, her stylized heels have been featured in runway shows for Emilio de la Morena and Henry Holland. Charlotte Olympia is stocked at Harvey Nichols, Dover Street Market, Matches, Isetan, Podium, On Peddar and Symphony Style. She has also recently formed partnerships with Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus, Harrods, Selfridges and Colette. Even more exciting, Charlotte Olympia is creating identical stockings for each style! Finally!

* images provided by: Charlotte Olympia

Jeffrey Campbell Does Espionage

August 19, 2010 - 3:21 pm
On The Run Jeffrey Campbell F/W 2010 from andrea cruz on Vimeo.


November 6, 2009 - 6:08 am
 *photos courtesy of H&M

Cupid just struck me in the heart–and he’s coming for you too, fashion lovers.

Forget about February 14th, it’s time to circle another date on your calendar: footwear impresario Jimmy Choo is set to sweep us off our feet yet again.

His long awaited collaboration with beloved global Swedish retail phenom H&M, kicks off on November 14th (and undoubtedly will help bide some publicity time until the release of Sex and the City 2  in May 2010). What can we look forward to on that fateful day? A gorgeous Choo-inspired collection of shoe-booties, over-the-knee hip waders (also seen at Chloé and Isabel Marant), peep-toe and cuffed ankle sandals and (gasp!) dresses, sheer and shimmery tops and a bevy of jewelry, clutches and bags, too.

I’m already cyber stalking coveting the one-shoulder leather dress (!)

Only the first 160 eager customers in queue will get special wristbands, keep a spot closest to the doors and be given a “specific time for shopping in a special designated area” (before the eventual wild stampede). After that, it’s gloves off in-store! Claws will definitely be out.