Maintain Your Shoes Quality With These Great Tips!

You know how sometimes you buy a pair of shoes and almost immediately (after you break them in), they become practically the only shoes you put on? And you wonder how you survived without them; however, there will come a time that they will start to look shabby and worn.

The key is to prolong that from happening as much as possible. Your feet are precious and they can get sore easily especially if you are standing a lot or walking a lot for work or travel. That’s why if you find a pair of shoes that you love in terms of comfort and fashion, it really is a find. I think we all at some stage in our lives, have experienced pain in a foot or on a toe and it can really hinder your movement! Shoe quality does vary but it is possible to get a good and comfortable pair of shoes at a lower price, it’s all about knowing what suits the size of your foot. Get measured and establish if you should, for example, be looking for wider fitting options or if half sizes are your friend. Ask your local store assistant to measure you!

This infographic from the guys at Walsh Brothers Shoes is a handy guide on how to keep your shoes in top-tip condition. It details how best to store your shoes, what not to do, how to polish them so that they are gleaming and lots more, check it out!

Guest Post: Reinvent Your Style with These Trendy Pieces

Note from Lana | Lifestyle Queen Bee: One of the favourite parts of a new season is when you can switch up your wardrobe and your look in general. When I moved to Toronto last year, I decided to implement more of the styles and trends that I have always loved but never dared to try in Ottawa. While I love my hometown, being too trendy or ‘dressed up’ always garnered a raised eyebrow. Now that I am living in a more fashion forward city where people embrace style and uniqueness, I feel I can truly be myself. My guest today is Amy Mia Goldsmith from High Style Life, who is sharing some great tricks on how to reinvent your style.

True, we should not fall prey to trends and purchase every trendy item we see on the pages of fashion magazines or items filling your Instagram feed. However, once your sense of personal style is established and solidified, there is no reason why a gal shouldn’t indulge in a few trendy pieces. They keep you current and fresh, plus, they make a great addition to your wardrobe arsenal, and we all know we need this kind of refreshment every now and then. As long as you rock them in your own unique way and don’t allow for the item to take over and outshine your existing sense of style, there is every reason to splurge on an ‘it’ item; just make sure you wear it like nobody else – it is all about staying true to yourself, and every true fashionista knows how to wear her clothes, not let them wear her, so ready, set, here we go.

Preppy with a Twist

Sure, blazers can be cool and give the look a polished yet casual look at the same time, and that is why we love them. However, they do have a reputation of being a tad preppy, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing; if you love your blazers, but feel that they are turning a corner towards Dullsville Street, perhaps it is time to shake things up with a pop of color? In terms of color, the runways have shown us that the eighties are back and brighter than ever, so, why not go with an eclectic, electric blue fitted blazer? It will turn heads, give you a confidence boost and make you look absolutely fierce, and have people believing that there is not a dull moment in your life.

Bare Those Shoulders

When it comes to trends, the combination of ruffles and off the shoulder blouses and dresses has taken over not only the runways and streets, but social media as well. Reminiscent of Club Tropicana, these pieces are here to bring a whole lot of fun into your style, not to mention that they are just revealing enough to tease (nothing sexier than bare shoulders), but still decent enough to be worn even by the more conservative gals. The pattern that has been dominant this year is hands down the baby blue and white stripes, but if you aren’t a fan of this color palette, there is still a whole range of colors to explore.

A Breath of Fresh Air

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Sure, we all love breezy sundresses, but as this is a wardrobe refreshment session, why not mix it up a bit and go for cute playsuits for a change? They are equally breezy, and they sure have that magic touch at making your legs look amazingly long and slender. Plus, when in a playsuit, you are bound to feel cheeky and well, playful. On top of that, unlike with skirts, you have nothing to fear when the wind decides to blow.

Crisp Whiteness

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For a long time, white shirts have had the reputation of looking a bit too sharp and even too corporate. Well, the time has come for the shirt to be reinvented in a whole new way. The trendy white shirts of today have a looser fit and are significantly longer. This leaves room for a whole lot of fun when mixing and matching. You can dress it up with a colorful scarf or belt, or dress it down by unbuttoning a few buttons and rolling the sleeves in a slightly haphazard manner for that effortless looking impression.

Small, Minimal, Effective

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As minimalism is definitely a trend holding the reigns this season, and clean geometric lines are as dominant as they’ll ever be, your perfect statement bag should most definitely be a geometric black and white clutch. It oozes sophistication with a touch of whimsy, and since it’s black and white, you can combine it with everything you have. This kind of clutch is definitely a glue to hold and elevate the entire outfit, and it will certainly not go unnoticed.

Shoes on Point 

We thought that pointy-toed shoes were out for good, but they are definitely back, and ready for your feet to rock them. The reason: well, there is nothing that is more flattering or does the legs more justice in terms of elongating them, enhancing elegance (especially when paired up with a sleek pencil skirt). While you could go with a nude option, to truly make an impact, take a risk and go for patent leather ones in red or yellow, for that true va-va-voom effect.

Thanks, Amy for such a fantastic piece! I’m definitely going to be using all these tips into my own fashion!

If you’re interested in being a guest on the blog, head over to the Collabs Page & submit your idea!

 

 

 

 


Guest Blogger: Amy Mia Goldsmith is a lifestyle blogger living in Melbourne. Her passion is fashion and healthy lifestyle. She loves to spend her free time traveling, reading and of course – shopping!

 

 

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Guest Post: 5 Mens Fashion Tips to Dress Like an Elegant Entrepreneur

Note from Lana | Lifestyle Queen Bee: Being an Entrepreneur is one thing but looking the part really helps ‘seal the deal’ by giving you a more professional look. No matter how you want to look at it, the way you present yourself really does matter, especially when it comes down to first impressions. Today’s guest post from one of my regulars, Claire Ashley from Mens Suit Habit, is aimed at helping men look the part of the elegant entrepreneur. Continue reading “Guest Post: 5 Mens Fashion Tips to Dress Like an Elegant Entrepreneur”

Guest Post: Bougie on a Budget – Under $50 Fashion Challenge

Note from Lana | Lifestyle Queen BeeBack when I was a teenager (we don’t have to discuss how far back that is exactly), I was OBSESSED with magazines. I loved looking at all the pictures of how celebrities put their outfits together. One particular segment I loved was when they would put together an outfit from head to toe under a certain dollar amount. That’s definitely where my love of putting together great outfits on a dime came together. Today’s guest post, written by Vanessa Wood from Green Acres from Paris, is all about that – putting together an outfit for under Continue reading “Guest Post: Bougie on a Budget – Under $50 Fashion Challenge”

Guest Post: Addicted to Black (Fashion)

Note from Lana | Lifestyle Queen Bee: I think we’ve all had a time in our fashion lives where we were drawn to black everything – shoes, clothes, accessories – we just couldn’t get enough. For myself, it got so bad that friends & family would only buy me colourful articles of clothing for birthdays, Christmas and would slap my hand if I even touched a black article of clothing while out shopping. Flash forward many years later, the dark side of my closet is now minimal as I have embraced colour with open arms (but still catch myself obsessing over those black pieces). If you are someone who loves every shade of black there is, then today’s guest post from Shruti over at Strike A Chord blog is for you (Shruti was my featured blogger on Tuesday so if you missed her awesome interview, check it out here).

Spring is finally here and temperatures are above Zero degrees!!! Yayyy!!! But if you are like me, Continue reading “Guest Post: Addicted to Black (Fashion)”

LQB Blogger Interview: Shruti Tewari | Strike A Chord

I was 11 years old when I realized my love for fashion. Growing up with 3 older sisters (youngest of 6 kids in total!), it wasn’t a surprise I came to discover this love after playing in all their closets. I found myself wanting to go shopping with them, asking for clothes for Christmas instead of toys and buying magazines like Teen People and Glamour, with my allowance. I chose to go with a Lifestyle blog so that I while I could write about beauty, DIY and all the other things I’m passionate about, I could still write about my love for fashion. I have been making more of an effort to feature more fashion in my social media posts and am slowly but surely, bringing fashion to the blog. Today, I’m featuring Lifestyle Blogger, Shruti Tewari from Strike A Chord, who taps right into my love of fashion – and I’m sure you’re going to love her too! She’s Continue reading “LQB Blogger Interview: Shruti Tewari | Strike A Chord”

Guest Post: The Ryan Gosling Style Look Book: 5 Best Outfits

Note from Lana | Lifestyle Queen Bee: Anyone who knows me is aware of my love for Ryan Gosling . I have been a fan since his days on The Mickey Mouse Club, following him to Breaker High, Young Hercules and into some of my fave movies, like Drive. If Ryan isn’t your cup of tea, one thing you’ll agree on is his effortless style. Whether he’s dressed up for the Red Carpet or dressed down to walk his dog, George, you can’t help but appreciate how well he wears a good outfit. Well today, I am happy to have an excuse to talk about Ryan AND have a post that’s just for the boys. My guest, Claire Ashley from Mens Suit Habit, is highlighting 5 of his best outfits that you can recreate in your own life.

[ The Ryan Gosling Look Book: 5 Best Outfits ]

Without any doubt, Ryan Gosling is one of the best-dressed actors in Hollywood. Be it styling or good looks, he can give a strong competition to anyone around the globe and can win it with ease. These are because of his killer looks and stylish dressing sense that makes everyone drool over him. Every girl falls in love with his looks and every man wants to copy his style to win over girls. He looks cool in whatever outfit he chooses; be it a suit, shorts, jeans or a bomber jacket.

Here are 5 best outfits from Ryan Gosling’s style lookbook:

  1. Striped Look and Rolled-up Sleeves
    He has proven himself to be a man that can make an ordinary outfit look the best. He can wear anything and look trendy. He pulls off the ‘striped T-shirt with jeans’ look really well. He once wore vertical stripes and on another occasion, horizontal stripes. Both looked equally trendy and classy. He wore a black leather jacket over it. Striped shirts can look good on anybody and are always in trend. You can try this outfit to look trendy and sharp.

    Ryan Gosling gives major inspiration to go for rolled-up shirt sleeves. He shows off his fair arms and tattoo with quite a style and this gives him a bad ass look. Whenever you look at a man, your eyes rest on his shirt after his face. So, the shirt should be simple and casual yet trendy.

  1. Hairstyle
    Ryan Gosling’s hairstyles are always a topic of discussion in Hollywood news circles.

    If you are looking for a well-cut hairstyle, you definitely need to follow Ryan. You can make a statement with each blonde hairstyle. Go for a side parting like Ryan Gosling always does. For a classy, gentleman look, go for a groomed beard.

  2. Glasses
    Glasses are the new trend these days. Even in the past, glasses portrayed geekiness, intellect and sexiness.

    Be it shades or spectacles, Ryan Gosling wears them with style. Ryan’s prescription glasses are by Barton Perreira. He also opts for Persol and Ray Ban shades to give him a cool look. You can easily pull off these Ray Ban shades.

  3. Well-Tailored Suits
    Ryan Gosling’s taste and style in wearing suits is a major inspiration for everyone. He always experiments with new colors and cuts and does not stick to the same old boring colors. Instead of boring navy, he opts for electric blue color and pulls it off really well.

    When looking for a suit, make sure it is well-tailored and well fitted.

  4. Boots
    Ryan Gosling has a wide collection of leather boots, which he loves to wear. If you look a paparazzi pictures of him, Ryan tends to wear boots often, whether he is going to the airport, heading to the gym or going for a walk. His black boots are his obsession.

    You can try these boots to get rugged, cool look.

 Thanks for sharing the key pieces to pull off a great Ryan Gosling look, Claire!

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Guest Author Bio:

Claire Ashley is a Fashion Designer and Blogger at https://www.menssuithabit.com/ & loves to share her professional views on the latest styling trends for men.

She is a creative dynamite who believes that the world should honor two things limitlessly: Ideas and beauty!

 

 

 

 

Image Sources:

  1. Main Blog Image via StyleBistro
  2. Striped Shirt Image via Lookastic
  3. Hairstyle Image via Daily Mail
  4. Glasses Image via Ryan Gosling Wikipedia Page
  5. Suits Image via JBSuits.com
  6. Boots Image via DesignHandbook.net