Gumboot Glam – A Guest Post

As my final guest post for the week, I’m introducing you to the gorgeous Ally from Gumboot Glam! Ally’s style is trendy and feminine and her outfit posts are great for color inspiration! She is also the person to whom I give oh so much credit for introducing me to Makeup Forever HD primer, foundation, and powder. After reading her tutorial on her blog I ran out and tried it myself. I saw the difference in my blog pictures immediately – and when you see her makeup I am sure you will agree it is worth a try! 

I asked Ally to answer a few questions and also to share her go-to look for spring. Enjoy!

Outfit details:  Blouse is from a local Canadian store called Loft 82, the skirt is from the Walmart kids section, the shoes are Zara, and the Purse is LV, Lipstick is MAC ‘Candy Yum Yum’

1. Why did you start blogging? What has the experience been like?

I started blogging in June of 2012 – I work in Corporate Finance so I really really needed a creative outlet, I also always get asked about my outfits and makeup, so I decided a blog would be a great hobby! So far I have found the blog to be so much fun, I have learned so much! Its also something that my boyfriend Christian and I do together which is great. 

2. What are some of your likes/dislikes? (anything from food to hobbies – whatever you want)

My likes are my boyfriend Christian, my dog Binxie, shopping, sunny days and dry cappucino’s, my dislikes are rainy days (which make my hair frizzy) – but at least I get to wear my gumboots.

3. How would you describe your personal style? 

I would call my style feminine, fun, yet classic. I wear whatever makes me happy! Lately I am loving bright colors!

4. You obviously have great style – how did you get it? Where did you learn – or were you just born with it?

Aww you are so sweet! Thank you! I would definitely have to say from my parents, both of them have amazing classic style and taught me the importance of always looking your best regardless of your budget.

5. What are some of your favorite beauty products? 

I love MAC lipstick – My Favorite colors are ‘Ruby Woo’, ‘Kinda Sexy’ & “Candy Yum Yum’ 
I also love Bumble and Bumble Hair spray and Loreal mascara, and Nars ‘Super Orgasm’ Blush 
7. What advice would you give to someone who wants to start blogging, based on what you have learned so far?

I would say that its important to keep at it – even when you don’t really feel like it. 
Its also so much fun to work with other bloggers so network and be social 🙂 

8. Social Media links:

Twitter @GumbootGlam

8. Anything else you’d like to add!

Thank you so much Zahra!
I hope you have a fabulous time in Hawaii!

xo Ally 

Follow Me! @zahra_sandberg


Last week we took a quick trip to escape the snow for some sunshine in Key Largo, Florida☀️ We spent every moment possible outside, Tom and Adam got their Scuba Diver PADI certification (yay!) while Sophia and I spent our days either swimming or drawing marine life and landscapes. This was my first trip after my sister passed last November, and even though I look so happy here, there were so many moments I felt the grief and sadness, as if it happened just yesterday. I am still figuring out how I want to show up in this space, as I have changed so much as a person since the loss. I just don’t feel called to post some of the things I shared before. Maybe that will change someday, or maybe it will just naturally evolve into something new. I think I will take this year to just process it all. (Even the idea of taking an entire year to think through something is a huge shift for my usually hyperactive type A personality) My focus at the moment is just living in the moment with my family and friends, spending time doing things that make me happy and healthy. I hope to share some of that journey here with you ~ thanks for following along ❤️
I had planned to shoot this outfit in collaboration with @lenacoutureofficial right before my dear sister passed away. Saba, the designer, was more than understanding if I didn’t want to anymore - but after thinking on it for a while I decided I wanted to - in my sister’s honor 💗 She was always my biggest hype woman. When i would feel like I’m not good enough or that I should quit (which was often) she would tell me I was unique and great and to keep it up. When I think of my sister, beauty and love is all that she embodied in her being. She expressed that on the outside also - as she loved to wear everything glam, bright & colorful, and full of bling. Hair done, nails done, everything did - that was Nusrat. For this shoot I took the time to get glam after a long hiatus - and makeup and hair took so long because I think I forgot how to do it, but afterwards I was surprised how I felt transformed. When I wore this gorgeous outfit that I know was designed with such love and incredible attention to detail by @lenacoutureofficial, I felt all of that beauty - like a walking piece of art, and very much at peace. Thank you so much to @divmophoto for capturing the feeling so well 💕
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