So many of my decisions over my wedding planning “journey” have followed this pattern: decide on something, decide I then hate it or no longer want it, and then go in the opposite direction. And then sometimes go back to the original inspiration. I have so many examples – cake, wedding day jewelry, shoes, hair piece, veil. What can I say, I’m one of those indecisive bitches.

But the one thing that has never changed is my vision for my wedding day hair. I have always envisioned hair that is half up and half down, with long cascading curls. I’ll be honest – I’ve been growing my hair for about two and a half years in anticipation of my wedding day hair, one and a half years longer than I have been engaged. Yah. That was a topic up for discussion for a while, obvs.

There were really two things that made me want this specific look. One was that I truly believe that my head looks very tiny on top of my body and an updo only makes it look smaller. I realize that this is crazy and my head is in fact NOT pin sized. But I knew that I could never feel truly comfortable with an updo. Because of my ridiculously tiny head which only exists in my brain.

The second was our own Patron Saint here at Backwards Heels, The Duchess of Cambridge herself AKA Kate Middleton AKA K.Middy. Yah thats right. Her hair has made quite the impression on me. I realized it when I found myself pinning pictures of her out and about at charity events, instead of like….normal wedding hair pictures.


Both my Mom and Future-Mother-In-Law thought I should I have an updo, and I considered it for a while but no….I need cascading curls. And for my head not to look tiny. That part is very important!

Anyway, all that text to say that I had my hair trial last weekend and I LOVED it. It was pretty much exactly what I wanted. There are a few changes we will make, but otherwise it is good. Some height in the front and CURLS CURLS CURLS in the back.

First up, an inspiration picture from pinterest:

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We’re Back!

Oh, um, hey you guys. Did you think we forgot about you? Don’t be ridiculous. We could never forget you. We just needed a little time a part so we could remember how much we love you. Absence makes the heart grow fonder and all that.  But, now we’re totally back and committed to writing hilarious posts about fashion and pop culture and our lives. What’s happened since we last talked, hmm? Let’s see…

  • This season of the Bachelorette is the most painfully boring thing reality TV has ever offered us. Google says so. Seriously, no one (no one) loves a trashy reality show like us and we both quit watching. I mean, Emily didn’t even do the fantasy suite right.
  • Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge wore this. And this. And also this. They’re all, eh, fine, I guess. I must say I’ve been a little bored with her choices of late. I still love her though. Plus, I’m sure she’d be just gutted to know that I’m bored. She has literally nothing better to worry about. Also, photos of their honeymoon have surfaced. While I love to be a voyeur, this does seem a little weirdly invasive, so I won’t post the link. Let them have some frolic on the beach time, GEEZ.
  • Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes are getting divorced. And now there is an epic billion year battle to the death to save her soul from the Sea Org…Or something?
  • There’s a new Kardashian! And it’s a girl! And her name doesn’t start with a’ K’. (Really it’s a Disick, but whatever)

That’s um, pretty much it right?

Stay tuned for more on my 1970’s wedding. I made a choice. By myself. Like a grown up. Am still very concerned that it’s the wrong decision.

Things Are About to Change. For the Better. I Hope. We’ll See.

This blog was initially started as an outlet for our mutual love of fashion and pop culture. See – it says so up there in the banner. We planned to talk about, critique, and make light of movies, music, television, celebrity gossip, blah blah blah you get it. Somewhere along the line we seem to have gotten side tracked and ended up focusing almost exclusively on fashion. I love shopping as much as (more than) the next girl, and writting this blog has actually been a great out let for my shopping problem, but the insanity must stop. It’s time to start paying a little more attention to the whos and whats and holy shits of the celebrity world.

I started last week with a post about my disappointment in the current season of Mad Men – I did talk about Peggy’s clothes a little. In the future you can look forward to posts about The New Girl, HBO’s Girls, any number of Kardashians or Real Housewives, as well as whatever currently insane things Lindsay Lohan or the hot mess of the moment is up to with more of a focus on the people and stories. Maybe I’ll even post something about Kate Middleton where I don’t talk about her clothes (confession: No I won’t, that will never happen.)

Kate Middleton Didn’t Invent That – Lace Edition

Since the Royal wedding and the Canadian Tour a lot has been said of Kate’s love for lace and her trend setting ways. Of course everything the Duchess wears is an instant hit, flying off shelves and becoming almost instantly iconic. Her blue Erdem dress is now one of my favourite dresses of all time. This trend is something I embrace wholeheartedly. But, as we like to point out, all in good fun of course, this was a trend before Kate tossed it into the sartorial stratosphere. Lace was a trend in TeenVogue for autumn/winter 2010-2011. Glamour Magazine profiled it a full three weeks before Miss. Middleton stepped into Westminster Abbey.

Sure, you can’t wear lace everyday. I mean, you could wear it everyday, but it would get weird. People would talk, you’d become the weird lace lady. You’d be branded with some kind of doily themed nickname.

Lace is a unique and recognizable fabric which immediately conjures a lot of divergent images. Depending on how and where you wear it, you can really make a statement, conveying any number of ideas about yourself and your style. Red lace is sexy, white lace is innocent. Lace on a blouse or dress is feminine and demure, while lace in an unexpected place like a shoe or accessory is modern and fun. It can makes us think of mature women with high collars and young girls with lace trimmed socks.

Here’s a peek at some of my favourite ways to work this trend from all its angels.


The key to making lace work in the real world is to not over do it. This should go without saying, but one lace item is all you need.

As I said, a bold coloured lace is just that, bold and sexy even when it comes in the form of full coverage blouse. Lace in white and neutral tones is traditional and conjures ideas of purity, and modesty. I love lace in these unexpected places like jewelery and shoes; It is at once classic and modern. Lace can take you from caual weekends, to work and glamorous nights. Hopefully just not all at once.

A Fall outfit….and a special guest

Hello darlings! We must apologize for the lack of posts this week…I am feeling rather under the weather, and Irene is run off her feet with work. As you can imagine, our inspiration is running low.

Sooo…today is the perfect time to share a look with you. I actually had it hidden in my polyvore drafts for a few months. I found it, dusted it off, and loved it! I added a beautiful navy coat with ruffle detail (because we love a good coat) and a scarlet pashmina.

Fall Look V.1

The whole look says l’automne to me, with the warm yellows, golds, and reds. I could imagine wearing this to browse in a book store on a rainy day, after meeting a friend for a hot chocolate or pumpkin latte.

P.S. Doesn’t it totally remind you of Kate Middleton, watching Prince Wills bring that helicopter down on the lake in PEI on their Canadian visit this summer? I didn’t realize it at the time but looking at it now, I can see that I was subconciously influenced by Kate…she is everywhere!

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Kate Didn’t Invent That: Wearing Your Hair Down

This weekend I attended a lovely wedding. I wore a great blue dress and beautiful gold heels. I carried a super glittery (i.e. my favourite thing ever) gold clutch and a pearl bib necklace.

But my #@$#! hair! Seriously, you guys! Seriously! I had no idea what to do with it. I put straightening product in it, then I I blew it out. Then I straightened it. Then I tried to do an up-do. Then I tried the half up / half down thing. Then I teased it and put hairspray in. Then I re-did the up-dos a million times trying to make them look right, with lots of teasing in between each attempt.

Nothing looked right! Nothing worked! My arms were sore. I was all sweaty. Finally I just said ‘you know what? if it’s good enough for Kate Middleton, its’ good enough for me! That is right, I wore my hair down. If royalty can wear their hair down, then I can too! It is officially appropriate!

I don’t know when Kate Middleton became Duchess of wearing your hair down, but she has. I know WHY thought. Her hair is fantastic. It is all bouncy and shiny and pretty. Sometimes it has little curls at the end. So much prettiness.

I am not sure if anyone is as big a Kate watcher as I am but she went to a wedding on Saturday, too. And you’ll never guess this part but try! Guess how she wore her hair! Guess!

Courtesy Daily Mail / Ikon Pictures

Did you guess right? She wore her hair down! We’re style twinsies. That is correct. Me and Kate. Style twinsies.

She didn’t invent wearing your hair down, though! Lots of people wear their hair down all the time. Celebrities I can name off the top of my head: Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Aniston, Angelina Jolie (Brad Pitt likes hair, yes?), Jennifer Lopez, Kate Hudson, Salma Hayek, etc.

Anyway, it has really become her Thing though, and that is okay. She looks great, she’s happy, and if makes it officially okay for us peons to feel like we can wear our hair down and unadorned* to a special event, then I’m all for it!

* I’m sorry but in Canada, those giant fabulous hats are not a thing. People have been trying to make it happen, but generally if you wear one of those hats to a wedding, most people will look at you like you forgot your crazy pills that day. Unless you are the bride. Then its your day and you’re good.

Kate Middleton Didn’t Invent That: nude shoes edition

It seems that Kate Middleton, like the rest of us, has that one perfect pair of shoes. Shoes that she feels comfortable in, that fit just right, and that are just high enough to make her legs look great without essentially breaking her feet in the process. For Kate these shoes are the nude L.K. Bennett Sledge Platform Court Shoe. She has also been spotted in the nude version of the L.K. Bennett Silver Sandal, most memorably at the polo match in California. Just a tip,the company calls the colour taupe, in case you’re about to search ebay for them.


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That Simpson Woman

Not wanting to rip you away from Princess Week too abruptly (we wouldn’t want anyone getting emotionally scarred), we thought we would ween you with one more Royals post. This one will be full of scandal and disgrace and divorce and abdication! Which, if you ask me, is the stuff of the best kind of stories. Obviously, we’re talking about the one and only Wallis Simpson, Duchess of Windsor

This post is timely for more than the fact that we simply want to talk about the Royals some more, though that is part of it. Here’s why:

Have you heard the latest in the train wreck that is Madonna’s attempt at a successful film career? Her sympathetic Wallis and Edward bio-pic “W.E.” is getting widely panned at the Venice Film Festival. The best thing I’ve read about it so far is that it is “rather better than expected.” Not exactly glowing.

Wallis has appeared in the last year in two British TV mini-series “Upstairs Downstairs” and “Any Human Heart” and just happens to be the subject of a new biography, That Woman: The Life of Wallis Simpson, Duchess of Windsor.

Also, an auction of 20 pieces of jewelry owned by the Duchess, given to her by her adoring prince is set for sale. Sotheby’s estimates that these pieces could bring upwards of 3 million pounds.

Finally, fashion does seem to be trending in a certain ‘that Simpson woman’ way. She is regaining her status as serious and current fashion icon. There is no shortage of proof of this on other fashion blogs, Roland Mouret has even created an amazeballs gold silk cap sleeved dress in tribute to her style.

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If We Were Princesses

Princess Week at GoldenGals is drawing to a close, and we’ve enjoyed posting about our favourite princesses, Grace and Diana, and creating the perfect moods for your rebellious, glamorous, traditional, or fairytale wedding.

We want to leave you with our visions of what we could wear, if we were Princesses.


If I Were a Princess...

I won’t lie to you people: it took me a really long time get put this together! It was actually really hard. It’s easy, of course to pick stuff I like. What is tricky is figuring out what the very best, most visible and scrutinized version of yourself would like. Also, what would you like if literally every option was open? Plus, you know, when you’re a princess you have to be ‘appropriate’. Put all this together and you have a recipe for spending way too much time searching for just the right thing. In the end I’m happy with the choices I’ve made. I love everything here. Lots of colour, nothing shocking or overwhelmingly patterny, simple classic lines, slightly impractical, but entirely awesome shoes and just a little bit of sparkle – be it a sequin or a jewel. It turns out that me the princess would wear much the same things that regular me would like to wear, but doesn’t really have the need (or the funds) for.


If I Were A Princess

If I were a Princess, I would be all about the statement pieces – special and unique things that are well crafted and beautiful. I apparently would also be a bit of a bad ass! Look at those boots! I would be the black sheep member of the family, one of those royals who are never going to inherit the throne but who you just know are super fun to talk to. I would hang out weekends at my seaside cottage that is full of books, with my globe-trotting and glamorous pack of friends. During the week I would go to my publishing job in London and I would wear fantastic things, like that green dress and those gold and black wedge heels, and the Sonia Rykiel cardigan with skinny pants and those fantastic boots. When I had to go to a Royal event I would wear something like that purple dress – beautiful and elegant, with those saturated jewel tones I love so well. Saturday morning errands in my seaside town would be done in my Rag and Bone dress that I would toss on with some flats and a long gold necklace. And of course, my hair would always be fantastic! Think Kate Middleton, but the most beautiful shade of red-gold imaginable. AND I would always look cute in my glasses.

Oh yeah. I could do this Princess thing.

Head over to Polyvore to create your own princess looks.

As You Wish

How many times have you heard the words “I’m the princess and its my day”, or something like that, uttered? A lot, I’m betting. Maybe in the movies, maybe on a reality show, maybe in real life – maybe you were the one uttering them! I’m not judging.

The word Princess connotes a certain image, one that says Princesses are special. They’re beautiful. Elegant. Glamourous. And unique. They’re kind and warm hearted. Not to mention – they’re rich, and they live in luxury. Not everyone gets to be a princess. So it is no wonder that the Bridal industry has become intertwined with the Princess phenomenon. Who doesn’t want to be a prince or princess, deep down?

And, let’s face it – we live in a very casual-clothing society. There isn’t much call for suits, shined shoes, white gloves, hats, or even proper undergarments anymore. I mean…people wear yoga pants to work. Sometimes in an Office. But at a wedding, you are expected to be dolled up and fancy! It is a no yoga pant zone! It is a perfect reason to indulge that desire for luxury and glamour. It’s probably the only time most of us will have a reason to wear a gown. It is a special time in your life.

When we first talked about Princess Week here at GoldenGals weddings came up almost instantly. Between the princess-wedding connection and the fact that we eff-word LOVE weddings (maybe more precisely, wedding dresses) it was pretty much a given that we had to feature them in some way this week.

Here is some Irene and Stephanie trivia for you – we met at library school(yes, that’s a thing).That place of learning about classification, organization and storage of knowledge. So, its no wonder that we love to classify things (I bet our Golden Girl quiz makes a bit more sense for you now, right!?), things like weddings.

We’ll bet you can guess what’s coming.

Here are four looks we have envisioned for the traditional, the rebellious, the glamourous and the fairytale Princess Bride:









Also, please don’t let the stereotypes of our chosen profession fool you. Some librarians are tres fashionable. Are there a lot of cat sweaters and too short pants? Sure. But we promise that’s not us.

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