Body Positivity

Let’s talk body positivity for a moment. Every day I’m subjected to body shaming remarks, customers exchanging “I don’t like it” remarks to one another, unwarranted opinions that deeply effect people. For me every day at work, I can vouch that skinny-shaming (or fat-shaming for that matter) is 100% an everyday occurrence. “Everything would look great on you, you’re small!” That’s not a compliment, that makes a person feel bad because they know they have a hard time finding things to fit too. No one has it “so easy” no matter the size.

Your breasts are too big, your breasts are too small, your hips are too big, you have no hips at all, you have a big bum, you have no bum at all, you’re too tall, you’re too short…

“There is nothing more rare, nor more beautiful, than a woman being unapologetically herself; comfortable in her perfect imperfection. To me, that is the true essence of beauty.”
― Steve Maraboli

I don’t ask for an opinion, I don’t appreciate fake compliments and do not ask for a compliment at all. I am dressing for me. The passive aggressive statements such as “I like those other jeans better you don’t look as big” I’m a size 6-8. These are my thighs, my hips, my bum. Why does it effect you which pair of jeans I’m wearing?

We should be free to dress for ourselves without the unwarranted remarks. I feel great in my clothing that I have styled, in one opinionated remark about a previous outfit makes me feel bad about myself and like most women, not likely to wear it again. When this happens I unknowingly dress based on this persons opinion when it’s clear we have completely opposite tastes.

At my place of work I choose not to give any opinion when a customer asks my opinion because I tend to disagree with my coworkers opinions. This is the nature of people. One says it’s too big, one says it’s too small. One says it washes you out, one says its a great colour on you. We are all different and our opinions will always be.

Go with your gut and dress in such a way that makes you happy. This is the shape of my body, this is who I am. Don’t tell me otherwise.

Estate Sale Finds

Last Saturday I noticed a neighbour was having a garage/estate sale so my Dad and I popped in to see what they had for sale. As it would happen the woman that lived there was the “mom” of the house I currently live in. Her husband had built it in the 1950’s and had it moved to this patch of land next to the creek. All seven children lived there, the 5 girls in one of the bedrooms. Two of them were present at this estate sale and laughed about how small the kitchen was. How their mom knew to evacuate the kitchen before the bus arrived or she would be overwhelmed and cornered! I agree 100% That’s why I’d like to open up the space so it isn’t so claustrophobic.

The woman collected everything you can imagine from spoons to fine china, Avon bottles to Garfield toys, VHS cassettes galore… I picked up a few things I thought were neat such as these two vintage phone Avon bottles (no I haven’t smelled them!), a decorative mirror and two matching night stands that need some love. I seem to be on a vintage phone kick lately, I don’t know what I like so much about them but they’re so pretty and unique! I also was drawn to this decorative mirror too much like previous ones I have thrifted, once painted they become modern pieces.
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My Style

I was once a girl that always felt awkward and uncomfortable, trying so hard to follow these fashion trends but never actually went to the mall or paid close attention to what the magazines were showing. I just liked clothing piece by piece, not how they fit into any sort of style or trend at the time. To this day my feelings about it remain the same, each item I find is unique and it doesn’t matter if its not from this season’s collection.

This is an outfit I could never in a million years imagine putting together, but I did. This light pink furry vest came into the store and I was captivated by it. I’d never liked anything furry up until this particular day and what can I say, I had to have it. Its a soft light rosey pink which is one of my favourite colours lately so that may have everything to do with it – its not black.

“I stay true to myself and my style, and I am always pushing myself to be aware of that and be original.” – Aaliyah

The dress is one of two matching spandex numbers I thrifted together, I believe an H&M or similar brand, one dark purple the other dark green. Now they both required alteration so that I could walk freely so I put a slit in the side of each on one side. The scarf was consigned not long after and it has just the right hint of plum and pink to work with this whole look and tie it all together in a not overwhelming sort of way. I mix the look up with a different dress or jewellery sometimes to keep it interesting, but its still a favourite.

I think I enjoy it so much because of exactly how unique it is, it follows no trends, no magazine clippings and no celebrity style. Its comfortable but edgy. It makes me feel super stylish and with that, I glow when I wear it to work. Its a statement for sure, a conversation starter at the very least. I don’t feel that I have any particular look, any signature style but everything I wear has a “me” look to it because of how its styled with other pieces, with the jewellery accents or the footwear. It all sort of works together in a Pamela-sort of way.

I follow no rules, I blend colours based on my accessories and I try out all kinds of ideas. Sometimes they work, sometimes they don’t. The bottom line is thoroughly enjoying everything I wear.

Fun with Fashion


A regular customer came into the store last week and paused, she was trying to find the right words. “You’re dressing very… ” then she skipped finding a word to fill in and went to “…lately” yes I agree I have been dressing very “…” lately! I told her I was enjoying styling new outfits lately and she agreed it was really nice to see.

Yes it is nice to see when people dress up and look put together. I enjoy being complete with accessories and matching elements. I like to look like I thought about it when I chose my look. I care about these things.

I’m most sad when women bring in their clothing for consignment and say “I’m retired now so I don’t need any of this” which would make sense if it was clearly business attire, but its their every day nice casual wear. They get rid of all their dresses, all their jewellery, their “nicer” pieces. So what that tells me is women who retire resort to wearing sweat pants? Wearing athletic wear even though you haven’t seen a gym in ten years?


Clothing is an exciting thing we can wear over our bodies, why not love and enjoy every day with something that says wow! I like to feel my best, which comes from looking my best. I rarely leave the house dressed down, even when I am people still think I’m dressed up. There’s nothing better to me than styling a new outfit and have people say “that outfit looks amazing on you!”

I like to look at my clothing and say, this is such a nice top… I wonder if this will go with this… and it does! So many women hate to shop, and I get that. I hate to sit around watching Netflix. We all have things we do that we enjoy and no one else has to understand. It just makes me feel great to leave the house looking my best. It makes me sad however when our culture is looking more and more like we rolled out of bed and didn’t bother to change out of our pajamas. There’s a time and a place and that’s at home at bedtime.

Flipping a 100 Year Old Desk

For a few months my sewing and jewellery studio has been in shambles as I wanted to repurpose the hutch I had refinished into two separate pieces. The base was far better suited for me as a computer desk now located downstairs in my bedroom. The top half of the hutch stores my bead containers so I needed a surface for that to sit on. Its rather large but I managed to find a simple base table for it.

Then came the issue of needing a table or desk for my sewing machine and newly added serger (a gift from my mother’s friend Margaret). I had been distracted with other things for a few months and would pass by the room, look at all the bags of things on the floor and immediately walk back out.

One day it came up in conversation that I was still waiting for the right piece of furniture for the space that wasn’t too big that could work for a sewing desk. My dad mentioned a piece of furniture that was pulled out of an old Masonic Lodge building that had closed that he was using out in the barn for woodworking materials.

We went out to look at it and I thought, hmm that could work! Naturally he said I could change it any way that I wanted, you had to know that would be my first question. The surface was very scratched and rough from 100 years of use in the main foyer of the lodge. I’m always attracted to the unique shape of older furniture so I could see definite potential!

I grabbed the only can of white paint left in the house and began to work away at it. The tricky part about painting a dark stained piece of furniture stark white is that it bleeds through. About three coats were done, to be honest a fourth couldn’t hurt. The drawer is still a mystery to me as in two places it is leaking through the white bright blue.

Its honestly the strangest thing no matter how many layers of white paint it still leaking through blue! Oh well, adds character right?


Mix ‘n Match, Street Meets Office!

With every single post lately being about Valentine’s Day, romance and mush gush that all us single gals dread this time of year – I have been springing for looks that are more “anti” rather than lovey-dovey. Check out today’s mix’n match look featuring a blend of casual street fashion with a hint of office formal. Its very different to any looks I’ve done in the past but I really wanted to pair this black and white lace print skirt by Seventy with something but its just too cold to go without sleeves!




Wearing skirts with my Fly London booties gives a less formal look to any outfit, I like to think a more “edgy” style. Yesterday we were dumped on with nearly a foot of snow as much as our shoppers thought we were into “spring”… haha February is hardly spring in Ontario! I am not someone that has a winter wardrobe exclusively or a summer wardrobe exclusively I like to mix and match and blend the seasons together. Lately my outfits have been darker so that I can wear a few of the statement jewellery pieces I have that only work with dark palettes.

Consignment Flips

To follow up all the goodies I found on my Value Village half price day in Ottawa that I show in this video I wanted to show you the reality of flipping second hand goods. Its a gamble… like I’ve said a million times. Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose.

Rieker Shoes:
Retails for $145 – I paid $5 – Consigned for $40
I received $24 for a total of $19 profit.

Grey furry dress by Orange:
Retails for $120 – I paid $7.50 – Consigned for $40
I received $24 for a total of $16.50 profit.

Black & White Cardigan by TopShop:
Retails for $65 – I paid $6.50 – Consigned for $30
I received $18 for a total of $11.50 profit.

Magenta Cardigan by 89th & Madison:
Retails for $60 – I paid $4 – Consigned for $25
I received $15 for a total of $11 profit.
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