TBF Shoes of the Day: ALDO Black Leather Ankle Boots

ALDO Ankle Boots
I instantly fell in love with these ankle boots because they are basically like a motorcycle jacket on your feet. The hardcore black leather, metal zipper and buckle details as well as the thicker yet pointy heels just make these shoes so dangerously hot. They are like the bad boys in my closet who should stay away from but are so magnetically drawn to its opposite look: the more "girly" and "innocent" looking pieces in my closet (ex. floral dresses, lacy tops).

What are you "kick ass" shoes? What would you wear if you went on a hunt with Buffy the Vampire Slayer?

VANCOUVER STREETSTYLE: Details of a Coat from behind, Granville


VANCOUVER STREETSTYLE: Friends stay true to their style, Granville

You have either noticed this or you are guilty of this fashion crime: dressing like your friend(s) while being out with them. Now, while we all appreciate sharing the same love for fashion trends or classics, it doesn't necessarily mean that we need to wear the same items at the same time. I've seen friends wear almost the exact same thing (example: black boots, leather bomber jackets, army green jackets, scarves and so much more!) which is so disappointing considering how many options there are to choose from.
The friends photographed above have the right idea and set a great example of what it's like to stick to their own styles: hair down vs. hair up, cozy vs. sporty, slip-on shoes vs. tie-up high tops. Even their bags fall on opposite sides. What's the one thing they have in common? The direction they're taking to their next shopping destination.


Vancouver Fashion Week (VFW) April 12 - 17, 2011

I met with Vancouver Fashion Week's (VFW) producer, Jamal Abdourahman earlier today at the new VFW office in Downtown today to discuss my involvement as a guest blogger for the VFW BLOG 2011, as well as being a contributor for their photographs in The Province's VFW LOOKBOOK and lastly, as a photographer and casual reporter for the actual shows during fashion week.

I am super excited about this opportunity and am already starting to plan my outfits (this is one event where I can't afford to decide what to wear last minute!). Tickets are already on sale for the VFW so if you're a local fashionista, hopefully you'll have already purchased yours or are about to, as this is one affair not to be missed!

More info can be found through the following sites:

VFW's Official Website: http://www.vanfashionweek.com/
Ticket Sale through ClubZone > http://www.clubzone.com/events/344482/vancouver/empire-landmark-hotel/vancouver-fashion-week-established-local-designers
VFW BLOG > http://vanfashionweek.com/blog/
The Province LOOKBOOK > http://communities.canada.com/theprovince/blogs/lookbook/default.aspx
Facebook Page > http://www.facebook.com/vanfashionweek

The Broke Fashionista's Shoe Collection

I’m not really sure what it is that leads women to buy an endless amount of shoes but whatever the disease is called, I’m pretty certain that I have it

In my twenty-something years of being on this earth, I’ve purchased, given away, worn out and kept (without exaggeration) hundreds of shoes but at this current moment, I am the proud (yet at the same time, slightly embarrassed) owner of over 250 pairs of shoes. For my readers who own less than a hundred pairs and think I am need of an intervention, I’m sorry to say, I can’t even explain how it got so out of hand. 

What I can explain is how I keep them all in one space without having to store pairs in my kitchen cupboards. I’ve managed to keep all of them in one closet, either stuffed into one of those IKEA shoe storage organizers that hang in a closet or in clear plastic boxes (probably the better choice as they keep the shoes dust free and intact). 

I should also explain a few of the Rules I Live by when Buying Shoes (or any type of accessory or clothing for that matter): 
1)   If the shoe fits, buy it... IN EVERY COLOR, PATTERN and MATERIAL: If it elongates your legs, allows you to walk long distances without resulting in calluses or sore feet or “fits your budget” ever so perfectly, BUY IT IN AT LEAST THE BASIC COLORS/PATTERNS/MATERIAL (including: black, gray, beige, brown, red, blue, leopard, snakeskin, suede, leather etc.). This especially applies to boots due to my “above average” calves.

2)   Shop at the end of the season and wear items 2 seasons later: I usually wait until the end of fashion week to see what’s in store for the next season. Once I choose what trends or classics I’d like to incorporate into my wardrobe, I head to the back of the stores to sift through the SALE/CLEARANCE section to find shoes from last season that match the choices I’ve made. For example, I’ll purchase winter boots that are on sale at the beginning of spring/summer and bring them back out as soon as fall/winter returns.

3)      Buy SALE or CLEARANCE: Most shoes are NOT worth buying at regular prices, especially those that are following a trend. As per rule #2, shoes WILL eventually lose its appropriateness for a specific season so the shoes you are lusting for will most likely go on sale. Buying shoes at regular price or as soon as they hit the shelves will also inevitably lead you to look like someone’s twin as consumers only have so many stores to choose from. I’m not guaranteeing that you won’t have shoe doppelgangers, but if you do end up owning the same pair, at least you didn’t pay full price for it.

4)     Stock up on the classics: Trends will come and go, but classics are here to stay. Just like relationships, you’ve got the trendy shoes that are like acquaintances: you go out a few times but there’s no real commitment involved. You may or may not see them again but either way works. You then have the favorite shoes that are like your BFF’s: they can go with you anywhere, anytime and you’d probably die if you ever lost them. Lastly, you’ve got the shoes that are like bad dates: they look good upon first glance but after a short while, you’re ready to call it a night and never see them again. 

So you’re probably wondering ‘what’s with this sudden talk about shoes?’ Well, I thought it would be nice to share my collection of shoes with my readers through a new segment called “TBF Shoes of the Day”. I hope you enjoy each post and are inspired to shop, down-size or be more daring with your footwear. 

So I guess the question is: can this disease be treated? Sure it can. All you need to do is cut off our feet.  

Wishing I was Imelda Marcos,

VANCOUVER STREETSTYLE: Spring Floral Patterns and Bright Scarf, Granville


TBF LOOK OF THE DAY: Camouflage (Surplus) Jacket

Glasses borrowed from brother, Camo Jacket from Old Navy, Boots from Joe Fresh


Break from fashion. Time for some eye candy.

Derrick Rose
Paul Walker
Paul Walker
Colin Farrell
Ethan Hawke Ewan McGregor
Ignore Jimbo... I like Ethan Hawke Ewan McGregor (yes, even his messed up teeth)
LL Cool J
Piolo Pascual
Last but not least, my real-life and biggest crush of all, my husband <3
I thought it would be a good idea to take a breather from posting another entry about fashion or shopping and give you readers some eye candy.

Do you remember that episode of Friends a while back when Ross had a list of 5 celebrities he was allowed to sleep with without it being considered “cheating”? Well, ever since, I’ve always made a mental note of my “list” and kept it up to date on a yearly basis (taste changes with age, yes?). The guys shown above are on my current 2011 list (I feel so superficial for even admitting this).

Now I know everyone does this... so who’s on your list?

By the way: after looking for a presentable photo for each of these guys, I started to cringe a little and feel ashamed for even thinking they were attractive. If you decide to try this, I’m sure you’ll agree that it’s a really bad idea to Google your crushes because for some reason, Google images has the worst photos of people. (Oh and you need to watch out for which pictures you click on... I almost downloaded a virus after clicking a photo of LL :p)

By the way Part II: 
> Can you believe Derrick Rose was born in 1988? I first saw him in that Adidas commercial and he did not look 23. He looked more like he was... well... old enough for me NOT to feel like I'm robbing the cradle.
> I hate that one of the only photos Ethan Hawke Ewan McGregor looked half decent in has Jim Carrey in it. PLEASE KNOW that I am NOT in any way attracted him lol. Though the image of him with asparagus in his mouth will forever be embedded in my head.

Sweet Dreams,


TBF SHOPS: Window Shopping on Style.com's SPRING 2011 Accessories Index

Alexander Wang
Alexander Wang
Alexandre Birman
Alexandre Birman
Aurelie Biddermann
Diane von Furstenberg
Diego Dolcini
Dries Van Noten
Jerome Dreyfuss
Jerome Dreyfuss
Jenni Kayne
Jil Sander
Jil Sander

I am never too broke to dream. 
What's sad is that I only made it to page 79 out of 147.
Still, I feel spent!
All photos were taken from style.com


VANCOUVER STREETSTYLE: Black accessories to toughen up a romantic crochet dress, Gastown

TBF FASHION INSPIRATION: Christine Centenera in Baggy Jeans

"CAN I GET A WHAT WHAT?" (Jay-Z feat. Amil and Ja Rule) is the line that popped into my head when I first saw this photo. How hot and gangster are these jeans that she's wearing? I can't get over them. All I have to say to end this post is: "Now can you bounce wit me, uhh... Bounce wit me, bounce wit me... Can ya can ya can ya bounce with me, bounce with me..."

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