Clothing Object: Maddy Lace zip-back shirt
I was actually seriously considering putting this shirt in the donation bin. I’ll be honest, I’m not a huge lace person. This shirt I got at Winners 3 summers ago and have maybe only worn once since. It’s a heavier soft lace which is what drew me to purchasing this top to begin with. I like the raw edges and longer sleeves, however it is a bit big on me fit-wise and can get warm when wearing in the sun and then cold if there’s a breeze. I layered a white bralette underneath and paired it with my VERY beloved medium-wash ripped jeggings from AE to balance the girly with a bit of edge. I was ecstatic about the warmer weather (which in Toronto means there’s no such thing as an intermediate season) and decided to break in my new Steve Madden sandals. I’m still not 100% sold on keeping the top but I do like how it looks here and I feel like there will come a point when my lace shirt will be missed.
Maybe… keep Keep
Note: Most of my posts are pre-scheduled so date or time of events don’t necessarily match up with when the post was published.
UPDATE: The 3-way Challenge
When I find myself particularly conflicted about whether to keep or toss a clothing item, I challenge myself to match it in 3 different ways. It doesn’t have to be season appropriate, but all 3 have to be outfits I can see myself comfortably walking out of my home in. Since sheer lace is more summer appropriate I went with summer pairings with shorts and overalls. I will admit that I like these outfits and I’ll be keeping my lace shirt for another season of wear.
Also, you may have noticed I am now sporting a finger “cast”. The event itself was summarized in my personal blog (link here) but you’ll be seeing it in the next few posts as it heals. Boo-erns.
This year’s spring/summer is all about strapped sandals. Since I have tiny size 5 feet it’s almost impossible for me to find sandals outside of the children’s section. However determined to grow up from my TOMS and flip-flops this year, I went on the hunt for “grown-up”, comfortable sandals.
Here are my 3 personal favourites:
1. Talbots Peggy Gold-Heeled Sandal
I recently managed to snag this shoe in Macadamia on an online sale at Talbots. I got it for just under $80 + tax and shipping. Unfortunately I got dinged hard by customs (boo Canada shipping) to make it even out to about the price that it was originally retailing for. Talbots after this sale managed to bring in more sizes of all of their colours but they brought up the price with it. They’re super comfortable and the heel is almost negligible, giving it that little boost my petite height greatly appreciates. I wanted to get another pair in the darker Pecan but I wasn’t willing to spend the customs fee again at full price. In Canadian stores you can pick up sizes of this wonderful sandal starting at 6.5, much to my dismay.
2. Steve Madden Dence Sandal
I picked up this sandal last week at the mall. I got lucky and managed to walk into the ONE Steve Madden in Toronto that still carried size 5.5 in the Cognac brown and black (it’s their display model). I tried on both and was honestly tempted to bring them both home. I opted for the Cognac brown though to complete my sandal collection (Nude, brown, black). It’s definitely not as comfortable as the Talbots sandal (no cushioning) but it’s more on point with the recent sandal trend. It’s also cheaper retailing at $70CA.
3. M. Gemi The Poetica
This one is for all you US readers (sorry my beloved fellow Canadians). I was crushed when I found out that this newly launched authentic italian shoe company M. Gemi doesn’t ship to Canada. They have amazing quality shoes at fractions of the cost. It’s still a little pricey at $178USD but I’ve heard rave reviews on the comfort and quality that make it worth the extra penny. This one I was drooling over when it was first released. It’s currently sold out in the brown and nude colours but you can sign up for the waiting lists. Or you can try your luck at the black and hopefully they have your size.
4. M. Gemi The Vero
Again for my US readers. This sandal was recently released so you’re more likely to grab your size. It has a much higher heel than the beloved Poetica but it’s still a great alternative for the semi-casual nights out. Not so much my kind of shoe because my boyfriend and I are known to traverse the city on foot from border to border during the summer, but good if you’re not a huge walker to begin with.
What’s your favourite? If you ordered yourself a pair let me know how they fit!