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Skechers Spring Summer 2015 Collection


Last week, I did something I normally loathe doing – I woke up and was out the door before 8am. I have never been, and quite likely never will be, a morning person.

Normally, you’d be hard pressed to find me awake at that hour unless it’s for something specifically related to a job, but this time it was for the sake of shoes. Spa treatments and shoes.

Skechers knows how to create a morning worth waking up extra early for.

The spring summer 2015 preview of the new line of Skechers took place at Elmwood Spa – the definition of a high end, luxury spa that is worth paying a premium for.

Upon arriving, I was asked if I would like a foot massage and then treated to a delicious breakfast spread – is there any better way to start a morning than this? I think the world would be filled with happy people if everyone got to start their day with happy feet.

After my toes were exfoliated and relaxed, I entered the showroom where we all got a good look at the massive variety of shoes Skechers currently produces.

Admittedly, the last time I owned Skechers was probably grade 8, but back in those days I absolutely adored this brand.

You were the cool kid at school if you were lucky enough to have a pair.

I specifically remember my beloved baby blue chunky foam wedges, my first pair of heeled shoes – I had lusted after them for a while before my parents agreed to buy them for me. I wore them so much that summer that they were grey once fall came around and it was time to start wearing boring shoes again.

While it has been over a decade since I last owned a pair, that is because I had always associated them with running shoes once I outgrew the girls style shoes I had once adored – and sneakers aren’t a type of shoe I wear unless I’m in a gym – AKA never.

But I quickly found out just how expansive the brand has become. While comfortable sneakers for women are obviously their main appeal, they have boot styles that I would happily purchase, and shoes suitable for work – but much more comfortable than the typical dress shoe. AKA I want all of these.

I was lucky enough to take home a pair of their rainbow Skech-Knit Mesh Flex Appeal Memory Foam sneakers as seen above, and man, if I knew running shoes could look this cool and feel this comfortable I might not have had an aversion to wearing them on my walks and while running errands.

The knit idea allows them to be incredibly comfortable – you know how typical athletic shoes don’t really allow your feet to move, and then the leather ends up cracking where your foot bends when you actually do run in them? These will never give you that problem. It also allows them to come in amazing colours and patterns that you would otherwise never see on a shoe.

And can we talk about the idea of built-in memory foam insoles? YES please. I don’t know why this concept doesn’t exist with every shoe that is ever made. It’s essentially a custom insole for your foot – and if you struggle with foot pain as much as I do you’ll understand just how valuable that is.

The knit shoes (and most of their other styles) are also sleeker than most running shoes, they fit closer to your foot, weigh very little, and don’t look bulky on. They’re the perfect shoe to wear to yoga and pilates class – I’ve always struggled with what to wear with my lulus on the way to classes because regular running shoes make you look like bigfoot when you’re wearing tights, and nice shoes look odd with athletic wear.

These are the perfect solution.

It’s safe to say I am happily back on the Skechers train after a 15 year hiatus.


Giveaway – Back To School With Sapporo, Herschel and SOL REPUBLIC Headphones

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I’ve been sitting on this sweet giveaway for a while, as it seemed to make the most sense as a way to get you all excited for back to school. Or at the very least, for those of you who are past the college years, a nice way to cheer up about the cold weather that’s about to return.

Courtesy of Sapporo, I have a giveaway I’m super pumped for (I wish I could have the headphones for myself!) that includes the following:

  • a black Herschel backpack
  • a pair of SOL REPUBLIC track on ear headphones
  • and of course, Sapporo (gluten free!) beer for you to drink

The total value is around $200, and to enter you just have to be a subscriber to my newsletter (be sure to hit the confirmation email you receive or you won’t be entered). If you are already a subscriber, comment below with the email you used to subscribe so I know you want to be included.

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You’ll have until September 8th at midnight to enter, and the winner will be contacted via the email address they used to subscribe, the following day.


Giveaway – Smartphone Gelaskin from Spinzo

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Hey guys! I want to tell you a little about Spinzo, a new company that has re-imagined the ‘group deal’ phenomenon that hit its saturation point some time ago.

CEO Emmanuel Elmajian caught my interest for this reason:

 The point of Spinzo is not to be just another group buying company. We have a bold vision where prices for products/services/tickets are based on demand. What a shame it would be for a small music venue with 100 seats to only be half full with a price point of $20. Perhaps, it would have been full at a $12 price point. 

Spinzo allows businesses to do just that without lowering the price outright, and instead only doing so when certain volume is reached. Everyone pays the same final price. Consumers in theory get better and more affordable access to great experiences and the ability to choose their price.

And that for me, is the big reason why I’m happy to partner up with them and offer you guys giveaways via Spinzo on an ongoing basis.

I completely agree that ticket prices are sometimes out of reach for the average consumer, especially those like me, who like to go to shows regularly. We are young, in the midst of unparalleled youth unemployment, and the money just isn’t there. It goes back to that post about Black Francis lowering ticket prices for those under 30. If you want to go to Postal Service, but spending $50 means eating ramen noodles for a week, you’re probably gonna decide to make eating real food the priority. You can always see Postal Service when they reunite again in 10 years, right?

BUT, if promoters and venues get on board with Spinzo, it’s a win win for everyone. Postal Service could have been full instead of half empty, and everyone who wanted to see the show would have been able to set their price and go, if enough people also bought a ticket. Such a cool idea that could really empower music fans.


With all that said, we are starting with a giveaway for a free phone Gelaskin, which I had the chance to try first. I was super impressed with the ability to custom design my phone’s skin, and that chalk drawing you see above of my dog, Mr Bojangles, is now on my phone #brandingeverywhereftw. Musicians, get your bands logo on your phone so you can fulfill music biz 101: Always Be Promotin.

Don’t worry if you don’t have an iPhone (I sure don’t), you can get the non hardcase skins for almost any smartphone on the market, and if you don’t want to design your own, they have a plethora of beautiful designs already available.

To win, just subscribe to the blog via that little sidebar widget where it asks for your email. You must click the confirmation link you will receive in your email in order to actually be entered.  If you are already on the list you are awesome, and are already entered to win this and all future Spinzo giveaways.

Facebook fans can also get an extra entry by liking or sharing my status about this giveaway.

Contest closes on June 27th and the winner will be contacted via the email address they used to subscribe.


Bowie’s Style Through The Decades

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How awesome is this?! To celebrate the return of David Bowie, Castle Cover made this incredible interactive timeline which you activate on their website by literally dropping the needle on the record, and it takes you through each period of his career both style wise (as seen above) as well as musically – but only if you are somewhere that has access to Spotify – AKA NOT CANADA! Boo.

But still, it’s awesome to go through even without the music sync. It is a detailed and fascinating look into one of the most creative and diverse music careers in human history. Just looking at the way he changed his personas over time and influenced fashion is mind blowing enough on its own.

What was your favourite Bowie period? I have to be boring and go with Ziggy, but Berlin also ruled.



Today’s Quote – They Just Got By

If you can’t be pretty, you have to learn to make yourself attractive. I found that all the pretty girls I went to high school with came to middle age as frumps, because they just got by with their pretty

If you can’t be pretty, you have to learn to make yourself attractive. I found that all the pretty girls I went to high school with came to middle age as frumps, because they just got by with their pretty faces, so they never developed anything. They never learned how to be interesting. But if you are bereft of certain things, you have to make up for them in certain ways.