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Mother's Day Gift Guide

It's time to celebrate mom! Normally I'm a procrastinator when it comes to gift giving but this year I'm on top of it. Ok, I just got my mom's gift yesterday but that's still five whole days before Mother's Day - pretty impressive for me! ;)

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If you're still struggling with what to give your mom, I've put together a Mother's Day Gift Guide that may just help. I love every one of these items and I know your mom would too!

1| All Natural Candle

This all natural soy candle from Pretty Clean is clean burning & has a wonderful subtle scent of lavender, pine, & spearmint. The woodwick crackles as it burns & it will last for about 40 hours! Pretty Clean also has amazing all natural cleaners that not only smell amazing but work really well! Follow Pretty Clean on Facebook and Instagram!

2| Pop Top Tumbler & Tea

The Pop Top tumbler from Steeped Tea is the best to-go cup that was ever created! It keeps your tea hot for 8 hours or, on the flip side, keeps ice frozen in the cup for 8 hours! It comes with an infuser to place loose leaf tea leaves in and the lid has a lock so you don't have to worry about spilling. Get your mom a yummy bag a tea to go along with the Pop Top and you are good to go! Follow Colleen Janex, Independent Steeped Tea Consultant on Facebook.

3| Customizable Locket

Honour the special Mom in your life with a customized locket from Annibelle Lockets!
The Family Tree Locket is a modern twist to a traditional family ring & the lockets have magnetic closure so new birthstones can be added at anytime! Complete designs range in price from $30-$60, and you'll receive a preview prior to order finalization so you can ensure the locket is perfect! Follow Annibelle Lockets on Facebook and Instagram.

4| Heels

Pretty Little Shoes always make a great gift! We have lots of styles to choose from but are currently loving the Shaky-S heel in hot pink for Mother's Day. The color is stunning (everything is better in pink!), the lay of fabric on the foot is pretty, and they are practical as the heel is thicker and not too high. If your mom doesn't wear heels, we have lots of other shoes she will surely love. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram.


Finally, happy Mother's Day to all the moms out there! Your sacrifice, patience, and most of all, love doesn't go without notice. Celebrate you today - because you deserve it!

Me & my mom <3

Me & my mom <3

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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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Top 5 Most Popular Items this Season!

Our spring/ summer collection has been out for a week now, and ladies, you are loving it! This week, I'm highlighting our top 5 most popular items this season!

1| Nero-07 Bootie

I had no doubt when I brought these in they would be a hit! The soft suede, cute cut outs, gold accent toe, and gorgeous taupe color - simply stunning! Also available in black.

2| Reba-127D Sneaker

My current obsession. <3 These shoes are cute, comfy, and go with everything! Plus, they have the prettiest pattern on the inside. Also available in white.

3| Jim-S Heel

Everything is better in pink, am-I-right or am-I-right?? The way that the strap on this shoe accents the foot is so pretty - I can't wait to share with you some real life photos! These shoes are also made for optimal comfort, so you may just be able to run a marathon in them. :)

4| Tundra-39S Sandal

If you haven't tried these on, you need to! They have loads of padding for optimal comfort. They will be your summer go-to sandal!

5| Knot-1K Little Girls Sandal

The little ones love the bling too, that's what's making these cuties so popular. 

Do you have a current fave? Comment below! Can't wait to hear from you!

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It's Here...Spring/ Summer Collection!

Well hello there beautiful friends! I know I mentioned in last week's blog that this week's post will be tips and tricks to walk in heels but that's just going to have to wait - we have NEW shoes to talk about!

I really believe this collection is our best shipment yet! There is something for every woman out there - we've got some sandals, heels, loafers, sneakers, and of course, little girl items! 

This collection is also a reflection of my personal style, which is fashionable and feminine. I am obsessed with the Reba-127D sneakers in black but also Amie-2 in mint, which features lots of dainty cut outs.

I did a Facebook Live showcasing all of our new items - have a watch! I'd love it if you'd comment below with your thoughts on this collection and what your favourite items are.

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What's In a Name

One common question I get asked is how did I come up with the name Pretty Little Shoes for my business. I'd like to say it was an easy decision but boy oh boy, it was not! 

One of the first things you have to do when starting up a business is to create a name. Not only because it is the basis of your brand but in order to complete any paperwork that progresses the legal process of setting up your business, a name needs to be listed.

I felt a lot of pressure to have a really great business name but only had three days to think of one. Three very short days. Those days my family's supper conversation consisted of them throwing names at me. Either I thought it was decent and jot it down or I tossed it right out the window. We came up with SO many ideas, but nothing seemed just right. 

During this period in my life I had a slight obsession with the television show Pretty Little Liars. It was the first show that I actually binge watched so I'm sure you can understand my deep emotional connection to it. :) Anyways, on that third day I was flipping through my Instagram feed hoping to gain some inspiration when I came across a post on Pretty Little Liars page. As you can see, it's not an incredible, inspirational, or motivating post, but as soon as I saw the name Pretty Little Liars, the name Pretty Little Shoes just popped into my mind and it stuck.

I didn't want a name that was similar to another business, that people would forget, or may get confused about what our product was. It had to be clear and concise. Likeable and memorable. Cute and feminine. I think Pretty Little Shoes encompasses all those qualities.

So there you go! That's how Pretty Little Shoes came to be. Next week I'll be giving you tips and tricks on how to walk in heels. Stay tuned for that!

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11 Reasons Why You Should Shop with Us

I am beyond grateful for those who choose to support Pretty Little Shoes, whether it be following us on Facebook or Instagram, shopping with us, or hosting a party. In this week's blog, I'm sharing 11 reasons why you should shop with us (and the impact of your support).

1| You are supporting a small business

You're not paying a CEO's wage; you're helping me pay my bills, buy food, and enable me to further my education. 

2| You're supporting our local economy

Supporting our local economy allows for job growth, development, and innovation. Think about this - when you pay sales tax on our items, the money goes back to the community, repairing our roads, supporting our schools, police, and other services.  

4| You're giving back to the community

We currently have three organizations that we support. Locally, we donate shoes to The Princess Shop and internationally we support Water For Good and Angel House

5| You're getting some of the cutest & fashion forward products

Every item we carry is carefully selected to ensure they meet my standards as well as your standards. If they're not cute, comfy, and practical, they just won't do.

6| We're a one stop shop

Shop for you and you're little girl all at one place. Plus, we carry accessories - bracelets, boot cuffs, and boot socks! And don't forget about our gift certificates, which are available in many different increments.

7| You won't break the bank

We keep our products affordable so if you have a tight budget or want to purchase one of everything, we can accommodate you!

8| You can shop in the comfort of your living room (or a girlfriends)

The beauty of a shoe party is we bring the shoe store to you!

9| You can earn shoes for FREE and 1/2 off

Who doesn't love free stuff?!

10| Our products are unique

You likely won't find our brands in stores or on many other ladies feet. We only order a small amount of each style to keep our product line fresh. 

11| We support small business too

The accessories we sell come from small businesses, so when you purchase them from us, you are helping those businesses grow as well.

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Welcome to Baillie's Blog!

Photo credit: Heather Fritz Photography ( www.heatherfritz.com )

Photo credit: Heather Fritz Photography (www.heatherfritz.com)

Hi all!

As silly as this sounds, I cannot figure out how to start this blog!  I've never blogged before so this is completely foreign to me!  I'm sure eventually I'll get the hang of it, but in the meantime, you have to stumble through my "awkwardness". :)  Side note: you will quickly notice that I use smiley and winky faces A LOT!  ;)

Maybe I should start by introducing myself.  For those of you don't know me, my name is Baillie Janex and I am the owner of Pretty Little Shoes.  I am also currently in the process of obtaining my doula certification, however my goal is to become a Midwife.  I love all things girl (shoes, fashion, nails), reality TV, and am health and fitness freak.  

My hope is that by reading my blog, you will get to know me a little bit better; so you don't just look at me as your "shoe girl".

I'm sure you may be wondering why I've incorporated a blog into www.prettylittleshoesonline.com and what I'll be writing about.  First off, I decided to write a blog for a couple reasons - I've been told by friends that I should (I finally gave into peer pressure!) and I also frequently go to other blogs searching for recipes, DIY projects, etc.  

What will I be blogging about?  Well, anything and everything!  Shoes, events Pretty Little Shoes will be attending, recipes, and my fave topic...THE BACHELOR/ETTE! :)

I anticipated my first post be short and sweet and that is exactly what it is! :)

Make sure to check back in next week!  Until then...keep well and stay smiling!

xo

Baillie 

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