FALL 2013 BOOT TRENDS

Donald Pliner, black sleek shoe boot, zippered back

Stunning Donald Pliner sleek shoe boot. Check out the zipper back.

Some of my favorite parts of fall are watching the leaves turn amazing warm colors, return of pumpkin spice latte and Boot Season.  This year top designers have used flat boots, combat boots, lace ups and unique printed patterned boots on the runways.  I’m very proud to be the distributor for fashionable trendy brands such as Desigual, Steve Madden, Guess, Donald Pliner, Santana, France Mode and many others.  Here are some teaser styles I’ll be carrying that will surely wet your appetite.

Steve Madden’s cutting-edge knee-high boot gains some serious style speed with its lustrous front, thin buckle around the ankle and calf and the best part, a grommet trimmed zipper down center of backside.

Steve Madden, Lynnx, tall leather boot

Steve Madden’s cutting-edge knee-high boot with its lustrous front, thin buckle around ankle and calf

Steve Madden's cutting-edge knee-high boot, red zipper at back,

Back side view of Steve Madden Lynxx and the best part, a grommet trimmed zipper down center of backside.

Steve Madden Toopa, blue zipper, inner lining

Stunning Steve Madden combat boot with lining and blue zipper at the back.

Another Steve Madden favourite is this Black Leather Combat Boot which exposes the knitted lining and has a stunning blue zipper at the back.  This trendy boot sold out within two weeks last year.

Steve Madden Charger, combat boot, blue zipper

Back view of the Charger combat boot exposing it’s blue zipper

Keeping with the ankle boot theme, here are a few more amazing boots which have arrived.  Steve Madden goes a little bit preppy thanks to lace-up styling and fold-down collar.   Also to the collection is this Steve Madden lace-up boot with its soft distressed suede treatment and sleek back zip closure that opens to reveal the colored lining.

Steve Madden Stingrei Boot. Steve Madden goes a little bit preppy thanks to lace-up styling and fold-down collar

Steve Madden Stingrei Boot. Steve Madden goes a little bit preppy thanks to lace-up styling and fold-down collar

Steve Madden Rawling lace-up boot with its soft distressed suede treatment and sleek back zip closure that opens to reveal the colored lining

Steve Madden Rawling lace-up boot with its soft distressed suede treatment and sleek back zip closure that opens to reveal the colored lining

Desigual:  For those who have been around Europe you know the line, it’s everywhere!  I’m so excited to be the Shoe and Assessory distributor for Desigual, a very exciting line.  Fall is often full of tights and sweaters in neutral colours, spice up your wardrobe with a punch of fun and color with these Desigual Rain Boots.

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Put some punch into your wardrobe with this vibrant Desigual Rain Boots heel boot.

Desigual Alile Rain Boot

Desigual mid heel wellington rain boot

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Desigual loves color. Check out 2013 best seller.

Desigual, ankle boot with a flash of Desigual color

Desigual ankle boot with give life a flash of color.

Hope you enjoyed these amazing boots.  Let me know what you think.

Till next time.

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FALL 2013 BACKPACK TREND

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Put this Pinkstix backpack in your travel plan and depart with style

Backpacks:  We have all seen them in the summer and this fall they’re showing up with a vengeance.  I’m not talking about the old school backpacks, I’m talking about the designer backpacks.  More and more designers are showing off their version.  Now much slimmer and more fashionable to wear with jeans and sneakers or dress and heels.   They’re perfect for hands-free toting whether going to work or running errands, you can carry all you need and still look chic.

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Not just for school, great option for hands free totes.

Not only did I see ladies and men wear them in Florence, Milan and Paris with style last year, but you’ll notice them all over the runways.  So ditch your usual purse and go posh with the backpack.

Here’s some pictures to provide you with some ideas:

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Runway takes a liking to the backpack

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Can Comfortable Shoes also be Stylish Shoes?

So many people are asking for advice this month (thanks to the long overdue warm weather) on finding stylish shoes for summer that are also comfortable.  As women, I think that’s one of the most common questions we ask throughout our whole lives, don’t you?

We all want to look our best – which often means shoes with a heel, especially for special occasions.  But at the same time, we know that we won’t truly look our best when our feet are killing us and preventing us from being as active as we want.  We’ve all been there right?  Sitting at our table near midnight at a friend’s wedding because if we get out on the dance floor one more time, our toes might fall off.  Or cutting a day at the theme park short because we just can’t walk another step without screaming.

With summer travel plans, sightseeing, weddings and BBQs on the agenda, we’re here to help you find some amazing shoe options that are, indeed, both comfortable AND stylish!

Our Top Pick for Summer Shoes has to be the WEDGE.

The wedge heel provides a comfort and stability that is almost on par with a flat shoe, but with the added benefits of height, leg-elongating visuals, and the formality of a high heel.  They’re perfect for a backyard barbecue (no heels sinking into the grass), a day of sightseeing (whether its Paris or Niagara Falls) and many are perfectly dressy enough for a wedding or special occasion.  Here are some of our favourite wedges of the season – all available at our boutique on Pearl Street.  Click on any image to launch the larger gallery:

Other great choices include embellished gladiator-style sandals in trendy colours like mint green or classic go-with-anything black or tan tones.  We have some excellent options from Steve Madden and Guess in stock this year.

One of our favourite lines, Sofft, also makes a great line of slip on heels that come very close to being as comfortable as your favourite running shoes.  They have to be tried-on to be believed!  We love the white option, as white is (as you likely know) so hard to find in a flattering heel.  This one is so comfortable and the gold accents make it even better!

Come on by and let us help you find a way to pick out gorgeous summer shoes that are as stylish as they are comfortable!

~ Pearl Street Fine Shoes: 401 Pearl Street, Burlington, Ontario.

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WHAT’S NEW IN SHOES FOR SPRING SUMMER 2013

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Ivanka Trump sexy summer sandal. Gorgeous metallic heel and just the right amount of color

All you ladies will soon get your feet ready to strut your stuff, as 2013 is all about gorgeous shoes!

Architectural influences proved to be a huge trend all over the runways. There are many bold styles including transparent detail, pointed toes (a must), prints and metallic finishes.

Here’s a preview of what’s to come:

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Guess glitter Neodany pump adds excitement to any outfit

Crushed crystals and metallic detail.

This Guess glittering pump is one of my favourite evening shoes.  Great for prom and other special events, these classic silhouettes have a pointed toe which visually elongates the leg.  The chunky glitter design is accented with a beautiful mirrored stiletto heel adding a chic finishing touch.

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Ivanka Trump pump is classic and versatile, yet sleek and stylish

Check  out this stunning low heel pump.

Not everyone is a 4″ heel fan and Ivanka Trump has made this everlasting elegant low heel pump.

It comes in beige or black and looks fantastic with a skirt or jeans.  It’s also great for work or travel because it’s so comfortable.

With the warm weather approaching it’s also time to ask: what about sandals?

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With multiple thin straps and oversized antique-gold hardware on the face, Steve Madden flat sandals are simple yet scream fantastic

This year look for straps and metal.

Steve Madden introduces the Sinamon. Nothing flatters the foot like a beautifully made sandal.  Gleaming gold-tone hardware adorns ankle straps of a modern sandal finished with an easy back zip.  Wear Steve Madden Sinamon for some floor-stomping, envy-inducing footwear!

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Donald Pliner lucite wedge heel + snakelike foot adds Wow! to your outfit

Eye catching chunky heels:  Donald Pliner has done it again.  Let the exotic beauty of snake set off the season. The edgy transparent wedge gives the DEBB sandal creative dimension.

The padded footbed ensures all day comfort.

So what else is happening?

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Fun suede short boots embellished with lace. Great comfortable summer boot which looks amazing with almost anything you’ll wear.

Summer Boots are an interesting trend and many have added lace and jewellery to extend their uniqueness.

They make a statement when worn with shorts, skirts or jeans.  Check out these Fugitive short boots.

With the sunshine heading back our way soon, don’t forget about the return of fun summer colors in footwear:

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Add color to your outfit by wearing stylish but fun sandals this summer. Fugitive Frison made in France

The Frison from Fugitive delivers a little bit of everything with its multi color look.   These sandal features amp up the modern effect of an ankle-wrap sandal.

Leave it to the French to come up with such gorgeous sandals to add flare and panache to all your summer outfits!

And finally………………Flats!!

If you love flats, you’ll notice the patent leather and bright color combinations for 2013 (by the way, orange is a must this year)!   The Isaac Mizrahi loafer offers a cushioned footbed.

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Isaac Mizrahi’s loafer: tons of comfort with it’s cushioned footbase + flexible sole

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Mamzelle colorful comfort patent leather in one of the hottest colour combinations of the season

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HARVEY’S PURSES COMING SOON

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Harvey’s Handbag Treecycle tote

So what happens to seatbelts which don’t meet automotive standards?  In 1997 a California couple Dana and Melanie Harvey had a great idea to make handbags. I fell in love with these amazing bags and so excited to be Burlington’s distributor.

They have such a wide variety of trendy, durable handbags and accessories.   They include totes, satchels, handbags, baby bags and laptop.  Each bag is made of 100% Authentic Seatbelt, the same stuff you trust your life with, and is held together by NASA grade Nylon thread!  They’re not only stylish but also enviro-friendly.

Color is happening this year so here’s just a few samples of what I’ll be bringing in the store and available for shipping.   Many colors or different styles available.

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And of course we’ve stocked up on everyone’s favorite the “Treecycle purses”

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My favourite is the Lola Ruffle Satchel.  This durabe dainty alternative to the classic Seatbeltbag. Vertically stitched seatbelts adorned with ruffles, braided handles, fully lined interior and sleek black nickel hardware.

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Here’s the Harvey’s story:

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husband & wife, Dana & Melanie. In March of 1997, while installing seatbelts into our 1950 Buick, we had the idea of making Melanie a matching handbag. Everyone loved hers so much, we decided to make more for you.

What started out as a one-car garage operation has since grown into 16,000 sq. ft. manufacturing facility in sunny Santa Ana, CA. Here, every Seatbeltbag is lovingly hand-crafted using the finest American Made materials.

On the First Friday of every month we launch new styles, colors, and prints… something for everyone! In addition, we’re constantly adding items back to stock. “

I’ll have stock starting March 1st.  So exciting!!!!!

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BEATING WINTER BLAHS

imagesCAY30KHDHappy New Year! You made it through the Christmas rush and New Year’s Eve.  For months you’ve put a lot of love and time pleasing family/friends and now it’s time to treat yourself.  If you’re like me you’re already tired of the cold, short days.

Let us understand what happens in the winter.  As the days get shorter and colder, we spend more time indoors and are become less active, according to Ashley Solomon, PsyD, a clinical psychologist who blogs at Nourishing the Soul. “We tend to be more sedentary, which we know impacts our level of energy and even interest in activities,” she said.  Our bodies produce more melatonin when the sun sets making us more sleepy.  Our eating habits also change in the winter.

Here are some tips to help you change your perception of winter and bring warmth and light into a chilly life:

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adding cinnamon to food also helps control blood sugar levels

1) Cinnamon: Simmer a pot of water, apples, and cinnamon sticks on the stove for a lift. The spicy scent eases stress, helps headaches, and increases alertness.

imagesCADLEREZ2) Flower Power: Grab a bunch of flowers, like gerbera daisies, for your desk or living room. A Harvard study showed that fresh flowers make you feel less anxious.

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pilates excercises help strengthen your inner core

3)  Pilates/Yoga:  Exercise is known as a mood enhancer, raising the brain’s levels of serotonin and endorphin. Some of us are bored with treadmills and Stairmasters that go nowhere. Change up your routine.. Try some new classes in Yoga, Pilates or weight loss boot camps. I personally go to Kinetic Physiotherapy in Burlington http://www.kineticphysiotherapy.ca/default.aspx.  The classes are  small and the instructors are able to provide personal attention and will modify exercises if needed.  Get a buddy to excercise with or make new  friends.

Dress warmly and go for a brisk fitness walk. If you can get to the shore, a walk on the beach is peaceful and inspiring.

imagesCAZEPCUE4) Treat your Feet:  Your feet take a beating this time of year. Show them some love with a relaxing pedicure.

5) Sales:  You know sooner or later I needed to plug my store, so here’s my help making you happy.  Winter just really started so get happy at Pearl Street Fine Shoes.  You’ll find excellent sales on your favorite brand named boots such as Guess, Steve Madden, Fugitive, Everybody and Tommy Hilfiger and Martineau at 50% off.  Other footwear and accessories from 30-70% off.

Sunny-day[1]6) Soak up the Sun: Lack of sunlight can trigger a drop in the feel-good brain chemical serotonin, leading to depression—and cravings. Drink your morning cup of coffee outside, work by a window (if you can), and take at least 15 minutes to walk on your lunch break. A well-lit home and office can help, too: Add cool fluorescent lights, the type used in therapeutic light boxes.

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scarves add to any outfit

7) Wrap yourself up:  You’ve seen our selection of scarves, so now that the weather outside is frightful or your house or office is drafty, wrap up with our cozy scarves, all at 30-50% off.

imagesCA85UNP08)  Winter Squash: You may have enjoyed luscious farm-stand tomatoes all summer, but now their grocery-store counterparts look pale and feel like mini–medicine balls. But the produce that’s naturally in season in winter is your secret weapon for keeping off the pounds: People who ate the most dark-green and orange fruits and veggies lost the most weight in six months, according to Brazilian researchers.

Hello, broccoli, carrots, kale, oranges, spinach, sweet potatoes, Swiss chard, winter squash! They’re all delicious this time of year—so toss them in your cart.

imagesCAU0C79X9) Be Social:  Many people socialize less throughout the winter months,” points out Pottier. But isolating yourself can only worsen those depressive symptoms. Pottier recommends finding reasons to get out of the house, like joining a hobby club or taking a class. Even planning a visit to out-of-town friends – if that luxury tropical vacation isn’t feasible – can help break up the winter.

I found this website quite fun and helpful: Six Green Ideas for Beating Winter Blahs.

http://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2009/01/21/six-green-ideas-for-beating-winter-blahs/

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Party Time!

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This Guess glitter pump will make any dress stand out

Christmas season provides us with the perfect excuse to dust off our party frocks, slip into a pair of killer heels and adorn ourselves with jewels that reflect our all-consuming and over-riding passion… you guessed it… trends!

Whether it’s your office party or new Years Eve, you can buy fantastic outfits, but the best way to make your outfit fashionable is the accessories you choose.  It’s all about heels, glitters, sparkles and metallics to shine on the dance floor! If the high heels is a big problem for you , no stress. We have very fashionable lower heel shoes too.

There a a few distinct accessory trends for this year’s holiday season.

GLITTER AND BLING:    This year you’ll see the extravagant and glamorous dazzling pieces embellished with gemstones, crystals, semi-precious stones.   Bling and glitter SONY DSCalways add a sense of sophistication and nostalgia.  Diamonds ARE a girls best friend.

VICTORIAN LOOK:  One of the great inspirations for 2013 is the Antique look.  Any magazine or runway show you see you’ll noticed that the Victorian era has been one of the most popular among many high-end designers.

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Gold Jewelled Evening Purse

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GOSE GOLD:  We all know that silver and gold jewelry are timeless classic metals, however from time to time we always see the Come Back of the Rose gold. This amazingly colored metal adds a touch of femininity to any jewelry piece and for 2013 Rose Gold Jewels will be exemplifying Glamour. Be sure to pick up some Rose Gold Jewellery this season.

GEOMETRIC SHAPES:  Geometric jewelry is definitely in and you’ll see more in 2013.  geometric necklace and bracelletThis look was in a number of years ago and now is back with a vengeance. Introduce an urban edge into your jewellery wardrobe this season with metallic mesh patterns and grid-like silhouettes.  If you have some pieces from yesteryear it will give you the opportunity to re-use what you already have or update with this spectacular necklace and bracelet from Macy Fair.

COLOR BLOCKING: Another vibrant trend that started in 2012 and will continue to carryGold Necklace, Blue, Pink on in the year of 2013 is color blocking jewelry. Earrings, necklaces, rings and bracelets are a great way to add color to a an outfit and this year you must invest in bright and vivid colors.  Colored metals, colored beads and neon rhinestones are also a super hit. In this picture we feature an amazing Pink Stix necklace in blue and also comes in a hot pink.

BANGELS: It’s all about wrist love rattling their way up the wrist in a stacked perfection.  Thin wired bangles are seen decorating wrists everywhere.  They range from the subtlest gold metal cuff to attention-grabbing jewels including geometric and two-toned sets clinked across the catwalk.

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There you have it.

Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a safe and Happy New Year 2013.

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