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Finding a Spark in the Darkness of Winter

4-minute read

*Midnight photo by Anna Jacobs
January is sort-of awesome. After over-indulging and socializing for a month, it presents the opportunity to reflect on the previous year and to reset your focus on making the next year your best yet. I believe strongly in having a vision for your life and every year working towards "living the life you imagine." January, with resolutions, is the only month where we all collectively reflect and set goals towards that objective. Whether they are achieved or not, striving towards them will bring you closer to your goal, and hopefully happier with your life and yourself. If you are looking to make a big life change in 2016, you’ll find inspiration in this Magazine's The Read, focused on four stories about how to transition from a "Before" to a more rewarding "After": a plumber becomes a full-time adventure photographer (whose Instagram gives me wander-jealousy); an over-worked politico embraces fitness and balance by becoming an owner of a fitness company; a leader and author who shifts from viewing her career as a ladder to a true calling. Our four contributors all took the plunge in a way few ever do. Founder's Letter - Volume 4 - Justine Barber, co-founder of Poppy Barley A less lofty, but very pragmatic goal for 2016, is to organize your life. There is a reason a movement around simplifying our "stuff" and embracing the "fewer, better" mentality in our disposal consumer culture. (One reason why we embrace slow fashion at Poppy Barley). This month we are bringing in the expert, Lee Vosburgh, for a tutorial on 5 Steps to a Successful Closet Edit. (Another method I can currently vouch for: get pregnant and every month have fewer and fewer clothes that actually fit, until you are down to leggings and "the pregnancy sweater." :)) A staple that should survive most closet edits (and the rare pair of shoes I can still get on my feet) is a great pair of oxfords. At Poppy Barley, our oxfords are unisex so they are not just menswear inspired -- they are menswear. In Borrowed From the Boys: How to Wear Brogues and Oxfords, stylist Conni Jespersen explores the history of how women went from corsets to men’s brogues and shows two ways to style your oxfords. January can also be a great month to get away with the darkness of our long Canadian winters. On my destination list is beautiful Oregon, and this month, local Anna Jacobs shares with us Six Must-Stop-Stare-and-Awe Spots in Bend, Oregon. (She's also, of course, the creator of the most amazing starry night photos - as seen above!) There is beauty in the season though, and this month’s limited edition collection was inspired by the winter solstice, the shortest day of the year, when the sun barely peaks out and the skies are dark and lit only by the stars and Northern lights. Launching January 18th, the Midnight Collection pairs the wonderful combo of black and navy in 5 styles of "15 to 30" of-a-kind luxury shoes. (Go behind the scenes at our campaign shoot!) We have two fascinating people featured in our In Her/His Shoes series this volume - Joseph Doucet, the Dean of the University of Alberta’s School of Business and Jennifer Wilson, the CEO and founder of the children’s clothing line VonBon. (Check it out -- it’s adorable and all ethically made.) Both Jennifer and my sister and co-founder, Kendall, get personal. Finally, jet-setting businessman Chris Hamill shares with us how his small feet finally found a home with Poppy Barley's custom dress shoes collection, after years of being directed to the kid’s section. Now one man’s resolution to find better shoes has been achieved. My 2016 resolutions are mostly about navigating + becoming mom -- and it could be any day now, as it's my last week in the office. (But as you know, I'll be back in no time.) Best of luck in 2016 and may it be your best year yet!

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The Harley Heeled Sandal Ankle Size Guide

How To Measure:
The Harley Heeled Sandal: Take a tape measure and wrap it around your foot, right below your ankle bone as that is where the strap will sit (see product imagery and fit video for a visual demonstration). This measurement is based on the last adjustment point on the strap.

Size Strap length will accommodate an ankle measurement up to the size below
5 26 cm
5.5 26.5 cm
6 27 cm
6.5 27 cm
7 27.5 cm
7.5 27.5 cm
8 28 cm
8.5 28 cm
9 28 cm
9.5 28.5 cm
10 28.5 cm
10.5 29 cm
11 29 cm
11.5 30 cm
12 30 cm

The Esther Heeled Sandal Ankle Size Guide

How to Measure:
The Esther Heeled Sandal: take a tape measure and wrap it around your ankle, above the ankle bone, as that is where the strap will sit (see product imagery and fit video for a visual demonstration). This measurement is based on the last adjustment point on the strap.

Size Strap length will accommodate an ankle measurement up to the size below
5 23 cm
5.5 23 cm
6 23 cm
6.5 23 cm
7 24 cm
7.5 24 cm
8 24.5 cm
8.5 24.5 cm
9 24.5 cm
9.5 25 cm
10 25 cm
10.5 25.5 cm
11 26 cm
11.5 26 cm
12 26 cm

Belt Sizes

Natural Waist Measurement Typical Jean Size Belt Size for High‑rise Pant Belt Size for Mid‑rise Pant Infinite Belt Size
23-25" 23/24 26" 28" 1
25-26" 25 28" 30" 1
26-27" 26 30" 32" 1
27-28" 27 30" 32" 1
28-29" 28 32" 34" 2
29-30" 29 32" 34" 2
30-31" 30 34" 36" 2
31-32" 31 34" 36" 2
32-33" 32 36" 38" 3
33-34" 33 36" 38" 3
34-35" 34 38” 40" 3
36-37" 36 38" 40" 3
38-39" 38 40" 42" 4
40-41" 40 40" 42" 4
42-43" 42 44" 46" 4
43-44" 43 44" 46" 5
44-45" 44 46" - 5

Sizing Note: For the most accurate fit, measure around your body where you plan to wear the belt. Choose the closest belt size to that measurement.

Belt Diagram Accent Belt and Complement BeltThe Accent Belt, The Polished Belt and The Complement Belt size measurements start from the beginning of the leather to the middle hole.

Belt Diagram Infinite BeltThe Infinite Belt size measurements cover the entire length of the leather.

Belt Measuring Guide

Belt Measuring Guide

A - High-rise style:

If you plan to wear your belt around your natural waistline, wrap a measuring tape around the narrowest part of your midsection. Then, add 3” to determine your high-rise belt size.

B - Mid-rise style:

If you plan to wear your belt lower than your natural waistline, you will require a dierent size. If you have a particular pair of bottoms you intend to wear your belt with, wrap a measuring tape through the belt loops while in a relaxed position.

When wearing your belt in your preferred style, it should fasten in the middle hole. The belt will relax with wear allowing you to cinch it tighter, as needed.

If you plan to wear the belt in both the high and mid-rise styles, you have two options:

  1. Select your high-rise style and fasten it more loosely when worn in the mid-rise style.
  2. Select your mid-rise style and fasten it more tightly when worn in the high-rise style.