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Good Reads: 7 Motivational Books to Add To Your Reading List

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Inspired by our bookshop lookbook, which took place at Edmonton's charming Old Strathcona Books--a favourite haunt for our photographer, Carmyn Joy--we've decided to share some reading lists from the Poppy Barley team.
We know there's a ton of you out there (us included) who vow to read more each year (and by "read", we mean the act of reading full books--in their entirety--not just snippets from one online article to the next), and so to ensure you're kicking off your reading resolutions right (and to help motivate you in keeping the rest of your resolutions), here are seven inspiring and motivational books to add to your list: From the Poppy Barley Team: 7 Motivational Books to Add to Your Reading List
  1. Stumbling on Happiness by Daniel Gilbert

    Why You Should Read It: It’s insightful and hilarious. Gilbert takes a complicated matter (the brain!) and simply explains why our imagination plays tricks on us when we think into the future – and how this leads to mistakes. You’ll see yourself in this book and every person you love. - Kendall, Co-founder
  2. Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg

    Why You Should Read It: This book resonated with me because I found it incredibly relatable, and a brilliantly eye opening experience that I reference on a daily basis. - Breanne, Customer Insights Associate
  3. Born Standing Up by Steve Martin

    Why You Should Read It: It's a great behind-the-scenes look into the early career of Steve Martin. Inspiring and hilarious. - Daelan, Developer
  4. Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson

    Why You Should Read It: Yes, one conclusion of the book is that Steve Jobs was sometimes a jerk, but I found his drive for perfection in products and value driven, down to earth, and really inspiring. Plus, he's one of the most seminal men of the 20th century, so it's interesting to learn about someone who helped shape our current world. - Justine, Co-founder
  5. The Right to Write by Julia Cameron

    Why You Should Read It: It's a look at the creative process and how to tap into it. And if you didn't consider yourself a writer before, you will after you read this book: "Why should we write? ...because it is human nature to write... because writing brings clarity and passion to the act of living. Writing is sensual, experiential, grounding... it is good for the soul... We should write above all because we are writers, whether we call ourselves that or not." - Caroline, Community Manager
  6. If You Have To Cry, Go Outside: And Other Things Your Mother Never Told You by Kelly Cutrone

    Why You Should Read It: Cutrone tells a really honest account of the events in her life that have lead her to a successful career as the founder and CEO of People's Revolution, a PR firm in Manhattan. This book is as spiritual of a genre as it is business as she explains the importance of following and listening to one's "inner voice". - Danielle, Customer Care Intern
  7. Making Ideas Happen: Overcoming the Obstacles Between Vision and Reality by Scott Belsky

    Why You Should Read It: It's a great read that will motivate you to prioritize, organize and act on your ideas. - Monica, Brand Design Manager

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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.