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Fall’s best foot forward

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Even though I know that fall precedes winter, it’s still my favourite fashion season. The colours are rich and luxurious, with golds, rusts, wines and browns flooding our closets. We are also able to dig into new footwear styles, leaving open toes behind for another year.

With fall/winter, so many footwear styles come into play. Pumps, of course. Booties, naturellement. Knee-high boots, de rigueur. And trending this year, over the knee styles. For formal evenings, delicate strappy heels add bling to formalwear. Sigh. It’s shoe heaven!

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I stopped by Poppy Barley‘s new flagship store in Edmonton this past weekend. I’ve always ordered their footwear online, but I must say it’s delightful to be able to slip on new styles before you buy.

I love the rich colours and lux leathers that Poppy Barley is using for its F/W18 collection. The craftsmanship is superb.

If your size or colour is not currently in stock, you can order a pair in store or online.

I couldn’t resist these new soft oxford flats in matte black (left)… and the heeled loafter in black were begging to join my wardrobe!

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The soft oxfords are just that – incredibly soft and easy to wear with a solid subber sole. They’re like wearing slippers! I highly recommend them if flats are your thing. These are versatile enough to be worn with jeans and casual looks, or with smart casual attire.

The heeled loafer will be my 2017-18 go-to to pair with business trousers and suits. Again, soft memory foam insole means incredible comfort, while the styling is on point with this year’s trends.

Poppy Barley has set the highest standards for ethical and sustainable operations. This means paying a good wage to workers, properly handling chemicals, and reducing the impact on the environment. Read more.

It’s the whole package. Artfully designed, on-trend footwear, made in sustainable factories by employees paid a fair wage.

And, comfy too!

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It’s an online world

There’s something magical about shopping online. I spend hours each week combing through my favourite sites. Saks Fifth Avenue is probably where I spend most of my time. Even if I don’t buy something, I love looking at the designer fashions and seeing the new arrivals.

When I do order something, I’m like a kid at Christmas! I anxiously anticipate the package delivery and tear through the outer wrapping like birthday and Christmas rolled into one.

The best part of online shopping is the access you have to anything and everything. For years, shopping in Canada was limited to bricks-and-mortar establishments. But, with online shopping, the world is at your fingertips (literally).

I’ve ordered from department stores like Saks and Nordstrom, and directly from brands like Burberry and Kate Spade. (I’m waiting on the arrival of this Kate Spade scarf as we speak!)

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I’ve never had to return anything due to sizing concerns, and that partially due to the ease with which retailer websites make assessing the correct sizes. I also know how certain brands fit (Eileen Fisher – very large, Burberry – quite small) and I compensate accordingly.

Waiting for my packages reminds me of when I was a kid and all manner of things arrived by post. Bills. Letters. Gifts from distant relatives. Catalogues.  Today you can get your bills delivered via email… but the delicious online orders still have to arrive by delivery. Sounds perfect to me.