Designing Gal

May 31, 2016

There is something so easy, clean and fresh about white shoes in the summer. White practically goes with everything in my wardrobe and they show off a tan perfectly (preferable a fake tan - gotta protect your skin!). Now that Memorial Day has passed we can break out our favourite white pieces (if you subscribe to that old fashion rule). When I am heading out the door or packing for a getaway I always seem to gravitate towards to my white summer shoe collection. Here are five white shoes that have become staples in my wardrobe:

The Fringed Sandal 
This sandal is a newbie to my collection and a hot carry over trend from summer 2015. The fringed leather makes them fun & flirty and great for a day at the beach.

The T-Strap Sandal
Whether you prefer it plain or spiced up with studs, the T-strap sandal is a comfortable and stylish choice. They are perfect for walking longer distances - whether you are running weekend errands or walking along the boardwalk. I purchased these Michael Kors studded sandals a few years ago and they are still going strong today. I find the studs really dress-up even my simplest summer dresses; they are like jewelry for the feet. Unfortunately the Michael Kors style is long since sold out but I've found a very similar pair here. If studs aren't your style I've found a couple pairs of classic plain white t-straps too.

The Thong Sandal 
The thong sandal (otherwise know as the flip flop) is a great beach and bbq casual sandal. Because they don't have ankle straps to do up they are so easy to slide on and off (but I don't need to tell you that). A quality leather pair will last you for a number of summers but there's always the ever affordable foam Old Navy flip flops when the occasion calls for it.
The Espadrille
A white espadrille (especially a style with a black toe cap) is a chic summer shoe. They will look stylish with anything in your summer wardrobe and are especially chic with white capris or white linen pants. Chanel's version is a gorgeous classic but out of reach for many of us. I found a pair here and here that have a similar look & feel without the hefty price tag.  
The Canvas Sneaker
On those super causal days when I'm on the go and need comfort as well as style I reach for my white canvas Converse sneakers. I hate to overuse the word "classic" but that is what these sneakers are. They have been around forever but the athleisure trend has made the canvas sneaker (especially Converse sneakers) an important part of a fashionista's wardrobe. If the Converse style is not for you I've found a few other brands that may appeal.

Deanna xo

May 27, 2016

POLKA DOT SPORTS BRA (Lululemon - no longer available; another dot style) | RUNNING SHOES

Happy Friday! Summer weather has arrived and I've been taking the majority of my workouts outdoors. Being surrounded by sunshine, fresh air, and nature makes my jogs so much more enjoyable. It is the perfect way to recharge and reflect. If you are following me on my daily fitness Instagram account here then you already know I am in the final weeks of my #100DaysToSummer fitness challenge. I can't believe how quickly the time has passed and how much daily workouts have become an important part of my life. I'm building muscle, losing weight (so far one jeans size) and gaining an appreciation of what the body can really do when you stay consistent with exercise. I hope that I have inspired others to do the same. Have a wonderful healthy weekend!

Deanna xo


May 25, 2016

My summery Victoria Day outfit... off shoulder top & straw floppy hat

Peony season is here! I'm in love with these pale pink peonies. {Book}

The freshest blackberries and blueberries snapped at the St Lawrence Market.

Enjoying the pretty spring blooms in my favourite super comfy neutral ballet flats and Louis Vuitton Neverfull tote bag (find one pre-loved here).

Above is a little taste of my life lately on Instagram. Follow along on my Instagram account here and have a wonderful day!

Deanna xo

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May 23, 2016

Wedding season is upon us and if you find yourself wondering what to wear to that upcoming summer wedding look no further. I've pulled together a selection of dresses for all budgets that would stun at formal and casual events this season. With colourful prints, bold solids, pretty lace, classic stripes and playful polka dots, each dress will make a beautiful statement.

Deanna xo


May 18, 2016


I'm a sucker for stripes and this multi-coloured striped top from Zara totally caught my eye. It's the perfect loose, slightly off-the-shoulder style that works so well in the summer season. Paired with my Gap straw fedora hat and J.Crew leather crossbody bag, this look will take me from brunch to backyard BBQ's to drinks on the patio all summer long! 

Deanna xo


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