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Three, three, three!

Oh hello there lovelies!

I see that it has been awhile since I sat down and wrote a blog post. One year to be exact…oops!

Today I am celebrating Pretty Little Shoes’ third birthday! Say whaaat?! How has it been three years already?! Three years ago I had NO IDEA what I had gotten myself into and was a little, ok, a lot, over my head but with patience and perseverance, here I am three years later, running a successful ladies and little girls home and online based shoe company.

It has become a tradition for me to write a blog post on our birthday so this year I am going to be telling you the story of how exactly Pretty Little Shoes came to be.

All the way back in 2011, I was at a ladies night with my mom. To my surprise there was a lady there selling shoes. After further discussion I learned that her name was Kim Moss and her company name was Head Over Heels. That night I was like an annoying little fly that wouldn’t leave the table. I’m sure I tried on every single pair of shoes Kim had there. I fell in love with a pair of heels - they were zebra patterned but most importantly, they were PINK! Drool, right?! My mom ended up buying them for me as a Christmas gift. Thanks mom!

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That night, Kim had mentioned that she does shoe parties and much like many lady’s reactions I thought, “A shoe party is a thing?! Sign me up!”.

May 17th, 2012 was the date of my first shoe party. I just about had to cancel my party because I was so sick with pneumonia. I remember that night just feeling like garbage, watching all my friends shop while I stood back and just watched. I felt so bad! But my party was a success and I remember getting lots of fabulous shoes for free and 1/2 off!

My haul from my very first shoe party. Can you tell I had a thing for heels?! Are they all just gorgeous?!

My haul from my very first shoe party. Can you tell I had a thing for heels?! Are they all just gorgeous?!

That fall I decided to host another party, a boot party this time. Because it was November 1st, the weather was super crappy. It was snowing and freezing rain - such a terrible combination. That party wasn’t as big as success as my party six months prior but it was still fun and I still got some beautiful boots that are still in mint condition that I wear often!

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Between 2011 and 2016, I purchased most of my shoes from Kim whether it be shopping with her online or at other events and parties. I was hooked on supporting this wonderful company.

In January of 2016 Kim had posted on Facebook that Head Over Heels would be closing down but talked about a business opportunity that she was making available. I won’t go into the specifics but this opportunity intrigued me. At that time in my life I was studying from home and had been looking for an opportunity to make some extra money while studying. I tried traditional direct sales businesses but they just weren’t for me. So after corresponding with Kim for a few days, yes, only a few days, I decided that opening my own shoe company was something that I was wanting to move forward with and accepted the opportunity.

The days and weeks that followed were such a whirlwind. I had to get business licenses, get tax and legal stuff figured out, inventory my stock, book parties, build a website, and other things that make my head spin just reflecting on them. Those first months are still so fresh in my mind. I probably started getting on Kim’s nerves messaging her what seemed like daily with questions.

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Three years later, it is so fun to reflect and look back on how much things have changed from the early Pretty Little Shoes days to now. Back then, I was simply just a ladies shoe company that did shoe parties and shopping appointments. Now, we’re so much more! We sell other products on top of shoes; we not only sell ladies footwear but also sell little girl shoes; we have a wonderful rep Mandalyn; we sell on Amazon; and we travel out of province for events!

To those who have had a piece in Pretty Little Shoes’ first three years, whether it be big like hosting a party or small like ‘liking’ one of our Instagram or Facebook posts, please know what I wouldn’t be where I am today without your support. From the bottom of my heart, THANK-YOU!

To show my appreciation for your support and to celebrate three years in business, all ladies footwear is 25% off using discount code THREEYEARS at checkout. Sale ends January 15th. <3

Here’s to another year of Pretty Little Shoes!

xo Baillie

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My Favourite Blogs to Read Right Now

Hi friends! Happy Wednesday! I hope you've had an amazing week! I have! We've had lots going on at home (more of that some other time), but I have gotten a tonne of work done, got some studying in, and maybe best of all, The Bachelorette premiered on Monday!!! It's really the little things in life that bring joy to my heart. :)

Anyways, because blogging, whether writing or reading has brought so much joy and entertainment to my life I thought I would share my favourite blogs that I read on a regular basis.

PaleOMG | Juli Bauer

Juli is so darn entertaining! Her blog includes just about every topic possible. Paleo and gluten free recipes, fitness, fashion, beauty, and travel. Juli also has a PaleOMG podcast which is what I listen to whenever I go on a road trip - did I mention she is entertaining?! She is hilarious  but also completely authentic which she gets a lot of flack for. I highly recommend you check out her blog, podcast, and social media. She is awesome! Follow Juli on Facebook and Instagram.

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Photo Credit: www.paleomg.com

Jillian Harris

I'm sure many of you know Jillian Harris and quite possibly even read her blog. She was on The Bachelor, then cast as the lead in season five of The Bachelorette. On top of her many other projects, she also runs a lifestyle blog. Vegan recipes, home renovations, fashion, life, and so much more. She recently also had a little baby boy, Leo who is so stinkin cute! She is just a genuine person and that's why I love to follow her. Follow Jillian on Facebook and Instagram.

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Photo credit: www.jillianharris.com

Fed & Fit | Cassy Joy Garcia

I recently started checking out Miss Cassy Joy's blog and she is just the sweetest! Fed & Fit and PaleOMG have similar topics they cover but with two different women behind the blogs, the content is completely different. If you're ever in a bad mood, check Cassy Joy out on Instagram. Her peppy "GOOOOOOD MORNING" will definitely put a smile on your face. :) She also has a podcast which is next on my listen list. Follow Cassy Joy on Facebook and Instagram.

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Photo credit: www.fedandfit.com

Elle & Company | Lauren Hooker

This blog is my new love. Lauren shares so much valuable content for business owners. I have referenced her blog so many times over the last few months - she is amazing! Plus, she also does a webinar every two weeks where she discusses different business development topics. I have learned so much from her! If you're a business owner, I highly recommend checking her own. Follow Lauren on Facebook & Instagram.

Auj Poj | Audrey Roloff

This blog is run by Audrey Roloff, who is a star on the TLC show 'Little People Big World'. I swear, someday I'm going to find out she is my long-lost sister (or, maybe that is a wish, haha!). Other than the obvious (being red-heads), we both are avid runners and barre lovers, God-driven women, and own our own businesses. Audrey shares blog posts about her life, especially, marriage and faith, as well as fashion, beauty, travel, and much more. She is also expecting a little baby so it's so fun reading her updates. Follow Audrey on Facebook and Instagram.

Photo credit:  www.aujpoj.com

Photo credit: www.aujpoj.com

I highly recommend you check out these beauties, follow their blogs and social media. <3

Which blogger do you love to read and follow? Comment below! I could always use more reading and entertainment. ;) 

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Shoe Life Hacks You Must Know!

Happy Wednesday friends! The sun is shining, the weather is great, prepping for a business trip to Edmonton/ Red Deer...life is good!  

This week I'm sharing some life hacks related to shoes. What is a life hack? A life hack is a trick that makes your life easier or more efficient. Many life hacks will have you thinking, "That's so obvious - why haven't I been doing that?!"

1| Pool noodles in the shaft of a boot

If you're like me, you hate having the boots go all flip floppy. The purpose of this hack is to keep the boot standing straight up when you're not wearing them.  I get my noodles from Dollarama for $1.25 each and depending of the length of the boot, I can usually get 2 pairs covered with one noodle. Another bonus with this hack: when the boots are standing straight up with a noodle, you are saving on space compared to the boots being flip floppy and taking more space.

2| Silica packs to dry out your phone

We've all heard that rice dries out your phone if it gets wet, but have you ever tried using the silica packs that come in your boxes of shoes? 

3| Rough up the soles of your shoes

If your shoes are too slippery, find some concrete and scuff up the soles by dragging your foot on the ground. You could also use sandpaper instead of concrete. Joey could've used this hack at Chandler and Monica's wedding! ;)

4| Heel too high? No problem!

Most shoe repair shops can shorten the height of heels depending on the height of the heel and the platform. 

5| Cleaning the rubber sole

If you need to clean a rubber sole or sneaker, use either rubbing alcohol or nail polish remover. Your shoes will look good as new!

6| Stuff stuff in your shoes when travelling

We could always use more space in our suitcase when traveling, and if you're anything like me about 1/2 the suitcase is full of shoes. To recover some space, put items in your shoes! If you're transporting breakables, put those in the shaft of boots (wrapped up of course!); if you're taking flats, put socks inside; if you're taking running shoes, put jewelry and sunglasses inside; if you're only taking sandals, stuff one sandal in the other.

7| Stretch your shoes

If you're shoes are a tad bit tight, put on some thick socks along with the shoes and use a blow dryer to stretch them.

8| Hairspray your feet

If you're feet pop out of your fave pair of heels or flats, put some hairspray on your feet, then put your shoes on. The hairspray acts as an adhesive so your feet won't go anywhere!

9| Sore feet?

After being on your feet all day they are sure to be tired and sore. Grab a tennis ball and roll it under your foot to release those tight muscles and give your foot a good, deep, massage.

10| Cold feet?

If your feet have a tendency to get cold, put a layer of wool in your shoe. 

11| Teeny tiny calves in oversized boots

If you have small calves and have trouble finding boots that don't make it look like you're swimming, get a pair of our cute boot cuffs or socks and roll them over the opening of the boot at the top of the shaft. The fabric will make the boot tighter fitting and less sloppy.

Have you ever tried any of these life hacks before? Maybe you have another one to share. Share your life hacks in the comments below.

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I've got blogging on the brain!

I've been doing a lot of thinking of how we can serve you better (maybe entertain you at the same time!) and through my research, it always came back to one common denominator - BLOGGING! Our blog has always been a feature on our website but consistent blogging and relevant topics was something that I have always struggled with. I've watched webinars, listened to podcasts, and done my research so now I'm ready to rock this blogging business!

Check back each Wednesday where I will cover a new topic. If you have a topic you'd like me to cover or have a question you'd like answered, share it in the comments section below! I'd really love to hear from you!

In the meantime, follow us on Bloglovin'! There, you'll be able to see each time we post a new blog, plus you'll be able to discover other awesome blogs.

See you next Tuesday!

xo Baillie

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