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


How to Ride Your Scooter in Style

August 18, 2012 - 2:19 pm

Scooters have been all the rage this summer and will surely stay on until fall. It’s obvious why they’re such a hit, they practically ooze nostalgia: summers in romantic cities like Rome and Paris—that European carefree-ness (think: Diane Lane in Under The Tuscan Sun). Almost anyone looks wonderfully mysterious on a scooter—especially Vespas, and my new brand favourite with the same vintage shape, Stella.

But the question I always ask myself when seeing these stylish scooter riders across town: how do you coordinate your outfits and avoid clashing with your favourite seasonal ride?

I chat with scooter and bike shop Motoretta to find out how to ride in style.

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Which scooter suits your style?

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Best handbags at Paris Fashion Week

March 18, 2012 - 3:43 pm

Choosing the wrong handbag can make or break your fashion week experience. Trust me! Carry a dressy clutch and you’ll be cocktail ready after evening shows, but you won’t have room for fashion week essentials: a camera, a mini notebook and pen, press kits, little gifts from the designers. Here are a few snaps of lovely lovelies showing off gorgeous purses outside of Chanel’s Fall-Winter 2012 show at the Grand Palais. See more pictures on

*photo: 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


YSL gets naked

January 25, 2010 - 4:39 am

Yves Saint Laurent is putting the spotlight back on male models this season–and just in time for Fall/Winter 2010-11 men’s fashion week in Paris. Bruce Weber, the fashion photographer best known for Calvin Klein‘s barely-there underwear adverts, the Pirelli calendar, and steamy Abercrombie & Fitch ad campaigns has directed a new film for the YSL brand. Check out British Columbia born model Simon Nessman in the “artful” video below: the latest installment in YSL’s growing new media cache. With a special appearance by vintage vixen Bunny Yeager and set to some of Marvin Gaye‘s greatest hits, I dare you to keep your eyes on the “clothing.”

VIVA LAS VEGAS: WeAr Buyer’s Guide Bonanza

September 4, 2009 - 3:59 pm

Because even the most discerning fashion eye needs a little direction.

I was in Las Vegas recently for PROJECT Las Vegas ( helping to create and edit the WeAr Buyer’s Guide, lovingly produced–and for the first time ever–by WeAr Global Magazine. Needless to say, my trip was a 48-hour fashion trade whirlwind, so this post will be a bit short.

The WeAr Buyer’s Guide is fashion’s best wrapped up in a free condensed handbook for international buyers. Think of it as a little black book on top world retailers, including the hundreds of labels being featured at the show this year–exclusive to PROJECT 2009. There were two versions of this, one pre-printed for the first day and then another produced on-site for the second day of the show with a special 16-page insert, for your reading pleasure.

But before you read on, think about this for a second fellow hired pens.

Producing 16 glorious pages in 12 hours isn’t easy (that includes reporting and editing folks). But lots of Pinot Grigio, Vitamin D (thank-you Las Vegas sunlight), my boisterous, brainy and beautiful German co-editors at WeAr and my very big YSL sunglasses sure helped the rehab process.

The guide was a success. As they say in Austria: Alles gut!


Lara Stone: Chameleon beauty

August 14, 2009 - 8:33 pm

It’s not an easy task to get the attention of Mme Carine Roitfeld, the editor-in-chief of Vogue France; but Dutch beauty Lara Stone has managed to become to the muse of some of the most noted fashion editorial names since her career kicked off in 2007.

The September 2009 issue of Vogue France will offer a brunette Stone.

The model is a favourite for her lusty and voluptuous Brigitte Bardot figure, full pout and trademark gap-toothed grin–all winners on runways, in print and with FashionTK.

Stone is taking her successful chameleon career in stride. She has also signed on with avante garde web purveyors Not Just A Label and its online store The Shop. She is set to step up as curator come September 2. Beauty and brains!