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Ah, sprummer. It’s not quite spring… not quite summer. The weather is warm (but not hot), open toed shoes are back and layers are a must for a day-to-night wardrobe. Do you have a uniform? I’m all about casual dresses, comfy shoes and my beloved distressed jean jacket. Add a colourful tote and I’m good to go!
Aside from my trusty jean jacket, my head-to-toe look in the photo above is from Mark’s. Yes, Mark’s! If you haven’t checked out the brand in-store or online recently, you may be blown away. Stylish-yet-casual fashions, boardroom-to-bar work wear and on-trend accessories.
(Dress: Denver Hayes Smocked Waist Dress, $44.99. Shoes: Denver Hayes Women’s Brenda Braided Cork Slide Sandals, $59.99. Tote: Denver Hayes Daphne Floral Tote Bag, $29.99.)
As for me? I reconnected with the company in March. It began with a shoe campaign and blossomed into an all-out love affair. Here’s what went down.
You may remember me gushing about these Denver Hayes Women’s Brenda Braided Cork Slide Sandals from an Instagram photo earlier this season. What’s not to love? They’re super stylish with adjustable, braided diagonal straps in one of the season’s hottest colours, bronze. And because the contoured cork topsoles cradle the feet, I can wear them comfortably all day long with everything from capris to casual dresses. Honestly, they’re my go-to pair of casual shoes this spring! I’ve received a ton of compliments – women have even stopped me in line at the supermarket to ask about my gorgeous cork sandals.
So here’s the thing. Had I reviewed these shoes back in March, my post likely would have ended here – showcasing the shoes (which are an affordable $59.99! Go buy them – NOW!) and telling you how much I love them. But I may not have been inspired to venture into a Mark’s store, or discover the brand further.
However, I sat on my review. Truthfully, I procrastinated a bit. And while it stayed on my “to do” list, I began to notice all the cute outfits from Mark’s that my friends were posting online, in addition to seeing a few ads for incredible sales. I decided if I was going to re-introduce Mark’s to my readers, I had to do some research – so I went shopping, of course!
Admittedly, this was my first time in a Mark’s store since its rebrand. For a long time, I associated the company solely with work wear – safety shoes, nurses scrubs, etc. But I theorized that anyone who carried such cute sandals surely had more hidden treasures, and I was not disappointed! If you think you know Mark’s, think again.
The first thing that caught my eye? Dresses. Casual dresses galore! It’s perfectly my style and I was like a kid in a candy shop (or Lena in a dress shop, to be fair). I scooped up four dresses which were all on promo and have already worn two of them twice in the past week. Most of the styles are comfortable, breezy and perfect for summer.
They offer a ton of jeans and stretch khakis in a variety of fits (skinny, boot cut, relaxed, etc) but I didn’t linger for too long this time, mainly because I want to get away from long pants now that the warmer weather is finally here. But, I made a mental note to return in September. Loving the selection!
I popped into the shoe department where – you guessed it – I found my beloved sandals. Would you believe I bought ANOTHER PAIR? It’s true! Since they’re adjustable, they fit so well and I wanted an additional pair for wearing around the house. We don’t have carpet in our home, so indoor shoes are a must – bonus marks if they’re cute!
Finally, I checked out the accessories and was duly impressed with their colourful selection of bags and totes. It was between this Denver Hayes Janelle Floral Saddlebag and the Daphne Floral Tote Bag; as you know, I opted for the tote. I’l pick up this one next time!
When was the last time you checked out Mark’s? I’m thrilled that I took the time to truly discover their amazing selection and incredible prices. You can bet I’ll be back for more!
In the meantime, did I mention that my brand new Smocked Waist Dress has pockets? A girl always has to point that out!
To find spring and summer wardrobe staples you’ll love, visit marks.com.
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This post is sponsored by Mark’s. The opinions on this blog, as always, are my own.