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The White Aztec Dress

White Aztec Dress White Aztec Dress

My newest addition to the dress section of my wardrobe! Let me introduce to you this size large (haha!) sleeveless white dress with high neckline and bold black/gold Aztec print. It blew my mind when I saw the label was Seduction (?!) Not often does that brand make such a cool dress but here’s a great example of how a dress print should be done: completely around the entire dress – none of this front only print nonsense. I was very surprised at this factor alone, normally all the sequin tops and vibrant print pieces I find are made in the lazy fashion only visible on one side. Of course that’s great if you only expect to face the public dead on at all times.

White was never my favourite colour but as I discussed in this post it is now one of my favourite colours or lack of colour… Now I’m drawn to it because of its crisp, clean appearance. White is not a colour you can often find in good condition when you thrift however this gem was brand new with the original tags on it! Not that it was an expensive dress to begin with, but still I got it for half of the retail store’s original price tag! I suspect the reason it appeared at Value Village this weekend was because of the size, which as you know I’m not a strong believer in. Sure enough I eye-balled it perfectly, any smaller and it would not go over these hips! It does however need a slight adjustment under the arms as it gives extra fabric to having a larger chest than I do. All in all a minor adjustment to make for such a cool number!

To make it a little more put-together for the office I paired it with a new cardigan and the white flats I was intending to butcher some day soon. My glue gun has not yet arrived so until then I’ll wear them as is! Jewellery for this is quite simple just a hint of gold bangles and silver earrings. Nice and sweet!

Singles Awareness Day

Valentine's Day

SAD aka Singles Awareness Day aka Valentines Day.

At the office today was a special contest to win prizes if you wear pink or red. I realized I had worn most of my vibrant pinks and corals earlier in the week so I stared blankly at my closet wondering what to wear. After pawing through I realized I had a lot of vintage pastel pink I could wear.

The top is a very unique spaghetti strap blouse with ruffles. Such a unique piece that I go months without wearing because I conveniently forget how sweet it is! Not to mention I obtained the same colour leather jacket late last year! It is certainly a lot easier to style now!

For jewellery I wore my fancy glass and antique brass set as it really pulled out the pink accents.

Beautiful Bangles

Bright Bangles Some days you don’t find much in the way of jewellery and accessories in thrift stores… But every now and again you hit some real gems! I found two sets of matching beaded bangles for $2.99

I have the uncommon problem of really small wrists, working retail for so long I am always hearing the opposite – “These rings are so tiny!” “Bracelets are always made so small!” Well ladies, bangles are usually a standard size in my experience. There are two sides to the coin so best not whine about it, it wasn’t meant to be.

Long story short, the bangles fit perfectly!

Biker Chic

Biker Chic Biker Chic


I have this fascination with leather-esque jackets, especially this high neck, cropped waistline style. It’s the new age biker look that gives this edge, I almost want to say “badass” contrast to anything you’re wearing. Amanda asked me the other night what would work as a jacket for a black sequined dress – my first thought was something like this. Not so easy to find if you’re on a time crunch and you want it that night, but if you’ve got it in the back of your mind to look for you’re bound to find something sooner or later.

Lately Value Village has been tormenting me… in a good way. I have been trying to arrive at a confident place with my “outerwear” wardrobe which would include coats and jackets. It makes my life easier when I can open the closet and just grab the exact coat I need for the outfit – such as having a jacket in each neutral colour. I have successfully found a black and light pink leather jacket which I find goes with so much. I recently found a brown pleather jacket to go with them and last night I found this super cool cropped biker style jacket.

I basically wear a jacket all day long at work as my office is cold most of the time – so I can’t really have too many! Lately at VV I have seen these jackets in all kinds of colours! From hot pink to black to brown to a bizarre almost Easter-like purple! They don’t always fit, sometimes they are in rough shape and more often than not I just don’t want to spend the cash. But this little number I thought was really unique, not to mention comfortable and for only $7?!

The “Wow” Factor

St. Patrick's DayMy not-so-impressive outfit today scored me a prize for St. Patrick’s Day at the office! Who knew! Honestly on my drive to work this morning I seriously debated even posting today’s attire as its so unimpressive. Just going for a lot of green and simple. I picked up this emerald green top at Value Village last night so I’d have something casual to wear (I had contemplated wearing my emerald green dress from H&M but its a bit formal). It’s quite big on me but I have every intention on stitching it up into a more exciting top one of these evenings! Can’t get passed the colour – I just love it!

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The White Butterfly Dress

Zemanta Related Posts Thumbnail White was never a popular choice for me, in fact, I avoided it like the plague. Like most women, black was the go-to colour almost to the point of having 90% of my closet of this absence of colour. Its funny how your preferences change over time. White is now a staple in my wardrobe especially in the summer months. It just seems to add cheer to my day being in such a fresh, clean, crisp colour. Say this to me a year ago I would have shook my head and walked away in my black dress pants and black blazer.

The dress I’m wearing today is perhaps a little soon, but looking at the 17 degree weather tomorrow (middle of March?!) was the push I needed to wear a lighter fabric and bare the legs. I find this dress really pops when you have a tan so I try to keep the pasty legs a more healthy colour with shimmery tanning lotion. Works wonders!

I picked this up many moons ago in Value Village during my black phase – but there was something truly unique and exciting about the style. Not that I’m particularly a huge fan of butterflies the design is rather interesting as it is not exactly a true butterfly when you look closely. I love the silk screen look but this dress takes it to the next level combining the aesthetic of silk screen with digital vector graphics. Each “wing” as it were, is a combination of circles, dots, patterns and textures. Some of the butterflies aren’t even butterflies, just wings loose in the design. Very cool!

The shoes were actually the first decision of the day, as I haven’t worn these yet – the dress was an after thought! Simple black wedges, Bravo Browns. Again a label I’ve never heard of… Only $3.50 on a half price day. Nothing like generic black shoes to wear with anything and everything!

Banana Republic Cardigan

Zemanta Related Posts Thumbnail On Wednesday this week Value Village was offering an exclusive member-only 50% off sale on select merchandise which in this case was winter wear. I was not looking for anything in particular, in fact I only stopped in to kill time before a dinner date. I tried on a few coats as they had some really bright coloured leather jackets on the rack today – most notably a hot pink one! I found another that was a dark brown both were cropped, or as I would call it the “biker” style.

Sadly both were very small, no way my arms would fit down those sleeves! Not to mention the insides were badly marked up with marker, pen and shredding in the lining. Really wasn’t impressed with the interior quality, the outer was not too bad, definitely wearable. But the next thing that brought it down was the price tag – I’ve spent $20 on leather jackets before, but they were practically mint. These were shredding and marked up and they were asking $39.99. For this sale that would have brought them down to $20. Still… not worth it.

I did however find a sweet little cardigan to go with my growing collection (for $3 how can you go wrong?!) – I’ll soon have enough useable colours! A light peach Banana Republic with a sheer silky trim. Very cute! I’ve started wearing this sort of palette recently so it would be an excellent fit to the wardrobe.

Today’s Daily Digs features this new cardigan – paired with a grey/dark purple paisley dress (I would never wear it as one!), grey leggings and finished with a thin woven belt. Because of the somewhat shocking -16 degree weather this morning I elected for something a little more layered that I could wear with boots. I am not 100% sold on this dress/top thing of mine – picked it up on a half price day but it really has no wow factor. It has a nice ruffle detail down the front, an elastic waistline and its exceptionally short. Not to mention I very rarely wear such dark colours… suppose I could bring it out more with the purple pumps!

Me and Costa Blanca

Costa Blanca Dress Costa Blanca Dress


As you know, I am not one for labels or being a slave to a specific store. Typically I would be more likely to go a tangent about the overpricing of labels and designers rather than what I’m about to say. I will admit I was very disheartened to hear that Costa Blanca had closed at the mall in Kingston, not that I ever shopped there physically.

There is a trend, or coincidence in my thrifting adventures when it comes to this brand. I find the most unique pieces in a rack and check the tags – how frequent it has been recently for to be attracted to a Costa Blanca top or dress. I love the fabrics, the styles and the prints… what else can I say? I can’t discuss price because I’ve never purchased anything in store – but thrifting? Lots!

Take today’s dress for instance, a real gem of a thrift find in my opinion. I do not recall where I picked it up as it was several years ago now, but I can only assume it was Value Village or The Revolving Door. At any rate this dress is unlike any I’ve seen – and to my surprise, I’ve never seen anyone wear anything remotely similar dispite it being a popular name brand.

In fact, I now own two dresses of different styles that are this same fabric, purchased at opposite ends of the country and many years apart. That’s how much I like it. The one I wear today has beautiful flow, pulled in at the neckline with adjustable thin straps and wrap around tie belt. The other which I have yet to wear as its that recent an addition – is a bubble style dress gathered at the bottom with elastic to create the billough effect, high neckline again with a side tie at the shoulder. With that dress I would likely pair it with a mini belt so that it has more shape. We shall see!

Such a nice dress, lovely lines and so comfortable. Today’s outfit consists of a bright seagreen cardigan (thrift), my beloved nude Nine West peep toe pumps (also thrift!) and my own jewellery set. Today’s cute detail is in the pantyhose – a pair of sheer, fleshtone tights with gemstones up the backs. Very cute addition to a beautiful outfit.

Fleshtone Blouse

Fleshtone Blouse Fleshtone Blouse


I may have forgotten my Daily Digs post this morning so I took two snapshots at work because of this blouse. Its very unique, as per the usual – found at Value Village on one of my first trips here in Medicine Hat. It’s a miserable snowy-slushy day today so I’ve gone more casual with a simple brown cardigan, jeans and tall brown boots. The blouse however is a lovely fleshtone tan with ruffles around the arm holes, gathered at the waist and beautiful sparkled embroidery around the neckline.

I ♥ Spoof

Spoof Sweater This is such a unique top that is actually NOT thrift, but a serious deal in the sale department. There is a store in Toronto, downtown on Queen Street West called Spoof. A little hole in the wall with two racks and nothing but sales off their already super cheap clothing. Now you don’t go in here looking for a super fine quality – the fabrics are thin and usually not about quality but rather price.

Having said that, this particular top is a knit off the shoulder sweater with lace strips in the front. I fell in love with the colour instantly, not to mention I’m a sucker for off the shoulder tops. It was $5. Pamela was very quickly sold on the idea. Also it reminds me of Toronto and my favourite memories of living there. Its a great accent piece to go with my antique brass necklace, bracelet and earring set I made with beads from my last bead store trip. Not often to do I keep jewellery for myself but these I made specifically for me. Love!

And no, as a final note, the rolled cuff was not a fashion forward thought but rather the fact that these pants are too long.

The Wild Green Necklace

Lime Necklace It’s finally Friday and once again not trying to do anything too crazy with my outfit… except for wanting to wear this awesome lime green necklace for the first time! I picked it up a couple months ago from The Revolving Door along with a few others of equal vibrancy! Its made of all tiny (not to mention irritating) seed beads! And no, I definitely did not make this piece – I don’t have the tolerance for that!

I wanted to wear something rich in colour, potentially blue. I have a couple royal blue dresses that I often wear as tops, as well as this sheer bright blue irregular one I got for $5 at Spoof the last time I was downtown Toronto. The dresses were a failure, one is too big (I have since thrown it in the donate pile) and the other I need more time to sort out the styling of. So I elected to go with the tried and true: sheer blue with basic black tights, cardigan and tank top underneath paired with a thin black sparkle belt.

School Teacher

School Teacher Aldo Purse

When I first put this outfit together I instantly thought kindergarten teacher or a mail order bride. There’s something both intriguing and sexy about the length of the skirt and the high rise waistline. I have since been informed there’s no way one could wear this outfit teaching young children! Fair enough.

I picked up this little tshirt at a Value Village half price sale one day that can only be worn with a high waisted skirt due to its huge lack of length! Unlike my typical style there is something unique and cheerful about it that draws me in. The knee length skirt is from the Revolving Door. Again paired up with the fantastic emerald green flats!