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Meeting Jillian Harris: Entrepreneurship, Boots & Vintage

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Jillian Harris Style - Jillian Harris wears Poppy Barley boots

A few months ago, Jillian Harris and I met for a coffee at Le Marché St. George, a quaint corner store selling artisanal products and delicious lattes in Vancouver. I knew I was going to like Jillian the moment I stepped inside the Provence-inspired shop filled with “It’s to Die for” banana bread, Salt Spring gelato and artisan cheeses. I love it when a person carefully selects a meeting place! Confession: I've never watched Jillian on The Bachelorette, and I haven’t seen an episode of Love it or List it. When we met, we didn’t chat about either. Instead, we talked about something we both know intimately: entrepreneurship. Less than 6-months apart, I started Poppy Barley and Jillian launched Charlie Ford, a beautiful online boutique of antique goods, including tabletop décor, rugs, art and jewelry. For both of us, our businesses are family affairs, me working with my sister Justine, and Jillian alongside her cousin Tori.

Charlie Ford - Jillian Harris

Given we’re both building e-commerce companies, we had such a good discussion. There is nothing better than a conversation with a smart, fellow entrepreneur. Naturally, we talked about Poppy Barley. I showed Jillian our flats and boots. She wanted a pair right away (you can read about her entire Poppy Barley experience here and see her wearing The Downtown Boot in Kaki at the top of this post).

Jillian Harris and Poppy Barley

Jillian Harris and Poppy Barley

Jillian Harris Style: Jillian Harris wears Poppy Barley boots

While I may have convinced Jillian to buy a pair of Poppy Barley boots, she really opened my mind to all things vintage. I love the uniqueness of vintage goods, but detest the shopping process. The best antiques shops are scattered alongside highways all over the country. I’ll never have the time to visit them all – and even when I do arrive, I’m not really sure what I’m looking at. I question if it’s worth the price tag or if the story is true. Charlie Ford makes it possible to confidently buy a beautiful chandelier, original painting or brass candlestick holder. The goods are beautifully photographed alongside the story of the product. Spending time on Charlie Ford is the ultimate treasure hunt; and I promise you’ll find something special and unique.

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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.