Mondays, Maggie Muses: Colorful Finds at re-souL

It’s been awhile since I have done a Maggie Muses post. But I thought I’d¬†share a few of our small maker’s goods in the shop right now. Besides shoes, we carry a variety of little cheery accessories and gifts in the shop.

Spring is here and it has me craving springtime color! Here are a few of my re-souL favorites that make me happy.

Bonne Maison SocksBonne Maison (meaning good home) socks are a new favorite in the shop. The patterns, designs, and colors are spot on. The cotton knit is so soft to the touch. This could become a new addiction. Made in France and Portugal.

Esska ShoesEsska shoes are a perineal favorite at re-souL. Nobody does color combinations as well in the footwear world as designer Souraya Karami. We love the pops of yellow in these sandals and sneakers. Now, which pair is my favorite? All of them.

Write Sketch & NotebooksWhen you need to do it the old school way, nothing beats the patterns and design of these WriteSketch& notebooks. Made in Italy, the colors are bright and cheerful and the quality of the paper is top notch. I have no excuse not sketch or even jot down notes on a daily basis.

 

I. Ronni Kappos JewelryWe have carried Ronni’s jewelry in our shop for years. I love the way she keeps reinventing her collection season after season. Perhaps it’s the vintage beads she finds in her travels that keep it fresh? Her design aesthetic is perfection. Sigh.

Moth and Crow WalletsMoth&Crow is designed and crafted in Vashon, Washington. Dawn Smithson has an extensive background in fashion design and teaches at Seattle Central College. I love the bright primary colors of each piece, making it hard to decide which is my favorite. Each piece is handmade by Dawn. Even better.

So what do you think? Are you ready for some color too? Come see all these fun goodies in the shop. We’d love to help you pick the perfect one for you.

Have a great week! ~ Maggie

Photo Credits: Bonne Maison, Legh Burns, WriteSketch&, I.Ronni Kappos, Dawn Smithson

 

 

 

 

Celebrating Nova

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Anyone who’s been in the shop – over the last 9 years – has probably encountered Nova, she’s the heart and soul of our shop, the very definition of re-souL. Nova came to us right out of college with serious ambition and a mid-west mindset. Turns out, that was the very thing re-souL needed. Nova, for nearly a decade, has set the pace, defined the company and won the hearts of our customers, too many to count.

With a heavy heart, today we announce that Nova is moving on. She and her fiancé Nick are taking their talents to Lopez Island (Washington) to pursue their dream. They are opening a restaurant on Lopez called Ursa Minor! They are on track to open next month.

Many of you have talked with Nova on the phone, met with her in the shop, or know her from other experiences – but let’s just say that no one has ever experienced personal¬†service the way that only Nova can deliver. We ask, have you ever received better honest service from a retailer – ever- than Nova? We didn’t think so.

What you may not know is that Nova has also been the driving force behind our website, our marketing, our social media and everywhere you experience re-souL. Not a single image gets to you without Nova’s approval. So if you’re a fan of our website, our blog, our Facebook, our Instagram, google+, or whatever…. you can thank her for making it happen.

Please know that while the staff at re-souL will miss Nova dearly, we will strive to provide the superior service that makes re-souL famous. Legh, Maggie, Margaret, and Katie have everything it takes. We are fortunate that Nova will still be helping out behind the scenes from time to time while we go through this transition.

Nova’s last day in the shop is Thursday, March 30th. Please consider taking a moment to stop by and wish Nova the best in her new venture.

We love you, Nova! Your hard work and dedication¬†were an integral¬†part of our team and the growth of re-souL. As you turn the page in your life’s story,¬†we join together in wishing you every success¬†in your new endeavor, Ursa Minor!

If you would like to learn more about Ursa Minor on Lopez Island, click here.¬†Follow Ursa Minor’s Instagram¬†account¬†to see the progress they are making for the opening.

 

 

 

WTWW: How to Wear a Peep-Toe Bootie

Today we are looking at ways to wear a peep-toe ankle boot. When the weather is warming¬†up, but it’s not quite warm enough to ditch your boots, may we suggest this little number from Coclico? Part sandal, part boot, let us show you how we would wear this versatile style.

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We would wear this bootie with a long chemise. If you like to wear simple shapes, this black bootie would complement your skirts and frocks nicely. The modern lines anchor the drape of this dress and give the overall look a more modern flair.

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Pant silhouettes have been changing a bit as of late. We have been talking about culottes for several seasons, and it looks like the fuller pant leg is here to stay. We would wear these booties with loose fit trousers and casual linen pants.

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Want to update your sweater+jeans routine? Sometimes just a new pair of shoes can bring new life to your personal daily uniform. We like the way these would look with skinny black jeans and a simple pull-over knit top.

So how would you wear these spring peep-toe¬†booties? We’d love to hear from you!

Thanks for stopping by and if you would like to see more ankle boots or other great styles for women, visit our shop here. 

Three Spring Fashion Trends That Never Go Out of Style

Ah, the promise of Spring. Warmer days, lighter layers, softer colors. These new key styles that we just have received into the shop have us wishing for balmier, weather now! We picked three top clothing trends that we would consider our “uniform” for spring and summer. Colors and materials that never go out of style are paired up with our favorite P.Monjo sandals.

Spring Trends All White

You wear all black in the winter so, why not wear all white in the Spring? This peep-toe slide in creamy shades of white would be perfect with wide leg pants and fuller skirts and cotton dresses. Easy and breezy all season long.

Spring Trend Chambray and Fisherman Sandals

We love wearing our jeans, right? Chambray is the spring kissing cousin to fall and winter denim. This updated fisherman in a mid-tone brown, will add the finishing touch to these lighter hues of indigo. Wear these sandals with shorts, skirts or dresses. They make a good counterpoint to the feminine details of the ruffles in skirts and tops.

Spring Trend Classic Khaki

Khaki has been a staple for Spring for as long as we can remember. Who doesn’t love a classic trench coat or the comfort of cotton twill pants? These sandals would be the finishing touch to your casual work day attire. But also feminine enough to wear with tailored skirts and dresses too.

So, what do you think? Time to add a fresh new shoe to your own spring uniform?

If you love these P. Monjo sandals, check out more styles on our webshop at resoul.com.
Links to images of color stories can be found on our Pinterest page here.

WTWW: How to Wear Shoe Boots

Hi there! Spring is not even here yet and we can’t help ourselves, we’re dreaming of warmer days, and of lighter layers of clothing. For today’s “what to wear Wednesday”, we are going to style a shoe boot or “shootie”. It’s the perfect transition footwear to go with almost anything in your closet. You’ll see what we mean, keep reading.

What to Wear with Shoe Boots

We love the idea of wearing shoe boots with cropped and tailored trousers. Now that pant silhouettes are starting to widen out a bit, we think a fresh way to accessorize them is with our re-souL “Shelley” shootie. The weight balances out the look and the heels give you just a little bit of height to visually lengthen the leg.

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Feel like wearing these with a dress? Not a problem. These will be fantastic with a loose fitting shirt dress or a midi-length skirt. You can wear these with or without tights. Just think of it as an alternative to the dress pump in your closet.

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But can you dress these down, you say? Yes, you can! They will look super chic with your favorite pair of skinny jeans or leggings. Add a long cardigan or oversized pullover and you are set to go.

So how would you style our Shelley shoe boot? We’d love to hear from you!

Thanks for stopping by and if you would like to see some other shoe styles for women, visit our shop here. 

Behind The Scenes of Our “Shelley” Shootie

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Original Sketch and Prototype of Our Shootie

Ever wonder how a shoe comes to be? It’s not as simple as it seems. A lot of thought and development go into making a shoe. After all, it’s a 3-dimensional object that needs to fit well as well as look good! Other than designing and developing a shoe into a prototype, actual manufacturing¬†of a shoe is really interesting.

Below are photos that were taken at one of the factories we use to make re-souL shoes. We will try and navigate you through the pictures taken at this factory in Peru. This particular style we¬†named the “Shelley”. It’s not quite a shoe and yet not quite an ankle boot, it’s what we¬†like to call a “shootie”.

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In these photos above, the pattern of this style, the lining, and the upper materials are sewn together for each size and color. The outside welt that goes around the shoe between the upper and the sole is having glue applied before the lasting of the shoe takes place.

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Here we can see the shoes that have been put on the last. The “last” is the form used to give a shoe its shape. You can see the welt and the sole from a side view before the heel block will be attached.

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After the shoes come off the last, and the heels have been attached, they await the final stages before boxing them up for shipment. They are cleaned up, waxed, buffed and stuffed with tissue.

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Lefts and rights are matched up¬†and the final inspection is done. They are boxed up and ready to be sent to us. We can’t wait!

If you’d like to shop the Shelley shootie go to our website.

All photos courtesy of Jessica Gomez.

WINTER SALE!

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It’s SALE time!

Our Fall/Winter sale is going on now! Almost all of our footwear has been marked down to make room for new Spring arrivals. Snatch up that pair you’ve had your eye on! Plus a¬†few accessories are also on sale too, including: See Concept Readers & Sunglasses¬†and Il Bussetto Wallets. Don’t delay, sizes are going fast! Hope to see you soon!

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