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Friday Faves: the one with BlogBooks & Kindness

I have felt a step behind everything this week and maybe that is because I'm still getting back to norm after time away from life here and also now that the weather is nice, there is so much to be done outside, so the to-do list seems to be exploding....too much going on. But it's good, all good.  Here are a couple of my fave things going on in my world this week with my Friday Faves.

1- Blog Book time of the year.  I normally publish with Blog2Print and from April-April..but somehow this year I posted a wackload and my book(s)- I have to divide it into two- are going to cost 150+$ EACH.  So I'm going to explore other options but I think that's crazy for the quality, which isn't the best.  I'm pretty sure I can make a better book through Shutterfly and pay a more reasonable price, but I know that it will take time as I would have to do it manually, whereas Blog2Print does it all for you.  I love having my blog in print each year and enjoy looking back on the goi…

Styling a plaid look

Last week of the Style Perspectives was my favourite week of all weeks. I may be biased because it was my prompt, but whatevs.

Now moving on to our plaid look.

You see, the problem with me being on the ball in March and taking the pictures for the prompts ahead of time is now I have to look at pictures with the remnants of snow. Yuck.  For the record the cursed snow has left, although it did try earlier this week to make an apparition, but I gave it the evil eye and so it left. Or something like that.

So a plaid look today.  I had a mild panic attack because apparently all my plaid is winter plaid and I had put it all away.  Then I remembered this top that I was slightly obsessed with last year, stemmed from seeing a Rails plaid shirt on Possessionista, but I didn't want to spend 80 billion on a top, so I found one on Simons for 20$. Win, win.  The outfit was perfect for a day of adventuring on the acreage and I felt neither schlubby nor too dressed up.  I even ventured into town…

What to Know Before Starting a Blog

I can remember the moment I decided to be a blogger so very clearly, even if it was already 7 years ago.  I was lying in my hotel room in a small town in Québec, travelling around with a group of high schoolers, showing them all the beauty the province has to offer (okay and all the shopping potential).  Not the ideal trip to take out east, sans la famille, but when given the opportunity to share something I love, I hop on it.
Which makes me equally grateful when Lisa  asked if I wanted to share in the blog loop series she was creating with some fantastic bloggers- I love sharing and I love collaborating, so thank you Lisa for giving me this opportunity.  I hope I can share something with you over the next 6 weeks that you can take away and apply to maybe starting a blog or a new venture in life.  Our first question, which will be answered by 6 bloggers in a loop is What to Know Before Starting a Blog.  Tough one for me to answer because I knew nothing prior to starting, aside from t…

The winner and some Mother's Day stuff

Congrats to Jill (Doused in Pink) who won my giveaway last week for a Simons giftcard, which makes me really happy because she had just found Simons (without me having to push her there) a couple weeks ago.  I hope you can find something fun.  I have not met Jill, but she comes across as a confidant woman, full of great ideas and very creative.  She also has a great fashion sense.  Is it weird that by following other fashion bloggers, you feel like you know their style?

So because I feel like it and because it was my plan all along, I decided that I would pick out what I would pick out for the winner. Thankfully, I knew all the entrants..that would have been tough otherwise.

I picture Jill as 5'10 and thin, so I think she could rock a billowy maxi dress this summer or one of those long t-shirt dresses that look awesome on tall skinny people (and not so awesome on the short like myself because they are suddenly full length on me and I look like I'm in a cardboard b…

Friday Faves: What I learned in Vegas

As you probably already know from the overwhelming amount of pictures and selfies and blog posts, I went to Las Vegas last weekend to meet, for the first time, some of my blogging friends. We scheduled the trip around the BAM conference so we could do some learning too. I thought today's post would be a good day to summarize everything I learned.

1. BAM- The Bloggers At Midlife conference.
While I'm more approaching Midlife, than at midlife, we decided we would give this conference a try because some of the sessions would still pertain to us and if they didn't we could get in some Blended Blog planning.  This was my first blogging conference, but definitely not the first conference I have ever attended.  I have been to some pretty incredible education conferences that left me inspired and motivated.  The BAM conference, notably on the second day, did just that for me.  I didn't know what I'd get out of it; I listened with open ears, with a willingness to learn and…

The blogger meetup in Las Vegas

[dropcap]T[/dropcap]here was a point in my life when I would have said that my life was full, that I didn't need any more friends.  That I was busy enough.

Funny how our crazy little life sometimes has other plans up it's sneaky sleeves, isn't it?

Enter these ladies, last weekend in Las Vegas and 9 other bloggers in our little blogging family who didn't make the trip.  You can see the complete list of Blended Bloggers on the main page of our collective blog here.  2 years in the making and finally we had a chance to meet in real life.  For Lana, Carrie and myself, this wasn't our first time meeting, but for the rest it was.  I have lots to say about this weekend, but for today, I want to just focus on the meetup with my blogging friends. Tomorrow I will cover everything else Vegas and the BAM conference.  And for the record, other TBBloggers not present at the meet-up, you were all thought of and talked about (in a good way) at some point during the weekend. You h…

Styling the graphic tee

Today is my day!!!!!! I picked the graphic tee prompt, so you should go over to The Blended Blog to see how I styled it and for a little fun.   But first let's talk about the wonderful people in my world.  I had this little idea about creating a meet up with all of my favourite people.  I was even going to invite some readers that I want to meet, but then I got nervous and didn't.  I even made an invitation.  Turns out Mother Nature didn't want us to get together anyway, because it snowed that day.  Not a day for a BBQ in the park.

In yesterday's post I talked about courage being a goal for my year.  I wish I hadn't backed down from inviting people, I will get over this self-doubt, I hope.  I was even nervous to email Laura to ask if I could co-host with her- but I'm glad I did because I feel a connection to her and really enjoy her voice and her style.  There are many other bloggers too that I hope to reach out to and connect with.  But not just bloggers, oth…

Tuesday fashion link-up

I do deClaire (Bloglovin) | Shoes to Shiraz (Bloglovin)

Today I turn 37 and I want this year to be a year of courage.  I want to do things that scare me, things I wouldn't normally do.  I want to push myself and work on becoming a better person.  So today let's start with one of my blog goals: get to know other bloggers.
I'm co-hosting with a blogger I have recently starting following and I feel honoured that she would let me take part in her link ups.  Normally, I would post my On Trend Tuesday post today but I'm having problems keeping abreast of all the stuff to do after getting home from a big trip and not sleeping and just wanting to cuddle my kids.  I'll have my last two trends covered in May (shoes and capes) so instead, why don't you head over to I do deClaire and check out my new blogging friend and link up your fashion posts!

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Amour: la Maison Simons

[dropcap]W[/dropcap]elcome to a wonderful week on Shoes to Shiraz.  I just got back from a trip to Las Vegas with 7 women I 'met' through blogging (I can't wait to tell you all about it near the end of the week.)  I have fantastic posts planned all week because my heart is full of gratitude.  Gratitude for blogging, for the opportunities it has granted me and the friendships I have made through it.  Also, it just so happens to be my 37th birthday tomorrow and so of course I will celebrate and then on top of all that, it was this blog's 7th birthday on the weekend.  So stay tuned for some giveaways and lots of fun!

The mall has always been a place to unwind for me.  I love browsing and checking out the new styles that grace the displays.  I love seeing the colours, feeling the textures and getting ideas of different outfits I'd like to wear. Even back in University during the Quebec year,  I would walk the 30 some minutes to the kingdom of Place Ste-Foy for some win…

5 basics to cover when visiting Québec

[dropcap]O[/dropcap]ne of my blogging goals this year is to repurpose old blog posts and to make them relevant again.  What better way than to start today?

Montreal 1995: Grade 11. No digital cameras, lots of money spent developing rolls and rolls of film chez Jean Coutu. No internet, instead a bucket of letters hand-written from friends. No cell phones for texts or daily calls. Once a week, if lucky, calls to friends, family and boyfriend back home. I was lucky to be with a fantastic family who introduced me to their belle province.  I'm still friends with exchange "sister", Annick.

This experience let me fall in love with a language, with my heritage and with another province and culture. OH ya, and poutine. And St. Hubert on Hockey Night in Canada night.

Fact: Did you know that the only reason I signed up to be a French teacher was because I wanted to go back to Quebec and studying at the University of Regina provided you with that experience? Tee hee, glad it worked ou…

Cardi + Tshirt + statement necklace and jeans.

Last week we styled the spring sweater- look at all that colour!  I have been doing a lot of rethinking about how I could have changed up that look and have come up with many more options, which makes me happy. Let's just say a yellow blazer was purchases. Bay Days for the win. Also inspiration from my blog friends!

This week we are styling my BFF's go-to look: the cardigan, tee, statement necklace and jeans.  Trust me, this is such a typical Christy look that Sara and Candace had no problem putting it together when I requested that they "dress like Christy" on one of our movie dates a couple weeks ago.

For the record, I hummed and haa-ed over this outfit and decided to wear this out with the girls- I have been getting tons of use out of my vests and definitely am working on ways to transition them into spring and summer.

I also wanted to try to style the crazy bib necklace I got on Baublebar last year and that I've only worn a couple times (and I don't know…

On Trend Tuesdays: the shoulders

On the Blended Blog last week, I talked about 4 trends I will be trying this spring.  You can read the posts here.  Last week I talked florals. 

[dropcap]T[/dropcap]here are two shoulder trends that I am wanting to try this season: the off the shoulder and the cut out shoulder.  Luckily, I found a beautiful flowy button up top that had cut out shoulders at Winners for only 30$.  Yes, I put my dollar signs at the end, I'm french.  I don't know about you, but I'm not usually willing to fork out a lot of money for something that I don't think will stick around.  I have this top packed in my bags for the Vegas trip this weekend.  This is how I am wearing it (but now how I'll be styling it for Vegas)

Black jeans, black top and a subtle cutout on the shoulder.  Now to be more ball-sy, you could get something like this insanely awesome top that Shaunacey picked up this past weekend at Bootlegger.  I know also want this top. It is a good mix between the shoulder cut out a…