A Hint of Plaid

PlaidI think a number of my ex-boyfriends would die laughing if they saw this post… the girl that hates plaid is wearing two outfits featuring plaid! Like I often say, my style and interest changes constantly. What I love one year, I’ll hate the next. Today I like pink tomorrow it’s green.

Although it isn’t my favourite thing on this planet, I do enjoy a more casual look with a simple plaid shirt that I can style up with big jewellery. If I hadn’t of been sick on St. Patrick’s Day this year I would have had the greatest outfit lined up! Emerald green and royal blue plaid… there’s always next year I suppose if I still have the shirt!

plaid2The key for wearing plaid shirts (based on my body type) is picking a size larger than my other shirts. This style needs to be more loose fitting with sleeves that can be easily rolled up. My original plan for these was to wear a light knit cardigan or sweater over top through the winter but the look hasn’t been quite right.

Budgeting | Part 1 | “Start A Budget”


Often people wonder how I am able to change my wardrobe and furniture as much as I do without a huge salary. For me its quite simple: the thrift lifestyle! but a more accurate response is a little more complicated: I budget. My parents developed a way to track their budget more wisely after years of just having a loose idea in their minds of what goes where. They began watching “Til Debt Do Us Part” where they started learning even more tips and tricks.

Personally having never watched the show (hurray for no tv!) I find this basic excel sheet budget the absolute best tool one can have for their personal savings and spending. I have taken some time to write out a complete step by step tutorial on how to create and begin your budget over two very extensive blog posts. If you’re ready to start saving, click the link to begin the tutorial!

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Orange Sherbet & Florals

orangesherbet Who doesn’t love a splash of colour to brighten up a dull week?! I was told wearing this outfit that I would “stop traffic” but I take that as a compliment. This lovely rich sherbet orange blouse by Joe Fresh is instantly uplifting and soft to the touch. The blazer is a recent thrift find by Forever 21, so unique I couldn’t pass it up!

Love Forever 21

FOREVER21 There are two brands that always seem to capture my eye, Forever 21 and H&M. There is something about their colours and prints that are so captivating and unique. More often than not if I’m searching through racks and engaged by a floral top, its always one of these two brands! This look is one of my new favourites. My coworker had brought in this blazer by Forever 21 for consignment, it was love at first sight. The colours, the print the intricate little bead details… just beautiful.

March Thrifting Trip

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The beauty of being just a two hour drive from a major city is a lot more options for a half price day shopping excursion! This time I was accompanied by my mother (and assistant photographer!) Value Village’s half price sale was this past Monday and what a gorgeous day for it! Sunshine, clear dry roads and not too many traffic complaints. Save for the occasional: “What the hell is this guy doing?!” remark.

This trip was more focused on finding new spring product for the Store rather than my own interests but I did find a couple real gems including these amazing ankle boots! I am not able to read the label on them but you’d be surprised how comfortable they are. I think my smile doubled in size when I saw that they were a 6! Can you believe these were only $5?!

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All they needed was a little TLC, easily achieved by painting up the toes to make them crisp and new! Now I’m very excited for warmer weather so I can wear them around!

February Faves

februaryfaves2015 February is a difficult month in Canada, hence the nickname: the winter blues. Freezing temperatures, high utility bills and dark dreary days. Fortunately there is no law against dressing in such a way that it combats the grey blah’s that winter brings.

This month’s favourite looks were a very similar setup with decorative scarves, bold jewellery and lots of layering. Little jackets or cardigans combined with my Cougar boots and wrapping my neck with a scarf I was able to keep warm yet stylish.

Cute Cubby

scarfcubby The furniture section of Value Village is a deadly place for me some days. I love to rotate my home furnishings almost as much as my closet. I walked by this little white cubby unit for $6 and thought it was definitely “me”. Lately anything “me” just means it’s white!

I set it on top of my sewing cabinet in my dressing room and had originally visualized it for holding my summer flats. I had recently installed a hanging canvas organizer on my closet door for these but I thought perhaps this would be more appealing. When I finally got it installed I actually didn’t find it all that nice for footwear but it might be perfect for my ever-growing scarf collection!

I have tried many scarf holders, from the crochet style to metal hangers and nothing really shows them nicely. I find myself more frustrated with the hanger than anything else. This cubby is absolutely perfect in the space and I can easily see all the scarves!

Refinished Coffee Table

coffeetable I purchased two wood framed coffee tables when I first arrived in Medicine Hat two years ago from a couple on Kijiji. They have been a great fit for all of my apartments out west but lately I’ve been finding they just aren’t needed in my current decor. I decided to try selling them on Facebook classifieds groups as well as Kijiji. All I ended up with is a ton of no-shows and wasted time.

Today I got out the white paint to do some touch ups around the house and got the crazy idea of painting one of them to make it blend into my decor a little better. I was amazed at the result, its really quite a cool looking table now. I may switch up the furniture in the living room now to make better use of this cool table.

coffeetable1I haven’t touched the second table yet, I think I’ll just leaving it in the basement until its needed one day.

Recovered Wingback Chair

wingbackchaircomplete It has been decided that my home is a source of work to my family, not often do they come by for a nice visit with a cup of tea and relaxation. It seems to always been that there is a task I need assistance with. While most people have bigger eyes than their stomachs, I have bigger ideas than my hands can create… every now and again.

My latest source of thrifty enjoyment is reupholstering furniture. This most recent project, or series of projects was actually inspired by my sister, who had been inspired by my altering clothing… a lovely creative cycle! She recovered her desk chair with a lovely black and white damask fabric to cover up all the “art” her cat had made with her claws into the original fabric. In her own way she came up with a plan for the pattern, purchased the fabric she wanted to use and completed the recovering using a method of elastic that would hug the fabric to the seat underneath.

When I was sifting through the fabric at Value Village recently with my parents, intending to find some fabric my mother could use to make yoga bags – I found this beautiful celery green fabric – and a lot of it! It dawned on me that maybe I could use this to recover my wingback chair in my living room that I had thrifted for $20 last summer. It seemed as though the more it was used the worst it looked, including the fact that it cannot be cleaned – soap simply makes it an ungodly disaster.

There appeared to be an endless amount of this fabric for $10, first pitching the idea to my mother to see what she thought. It was an instant hit with her as well! Little did I know, this project was a massive 3 day undertaking. I am not sure exactly what I had thought (aside from the giddy childlike oggling of my favourite colour) but seemed to think it would be a one evening stapling type of job. My mother in her own way, a perfectionist and master of the hand stitch. Her plan was a little more realistic.

Chair, Before & After We planned for a full Saturday of sewing beginning at 9:30am. We decided to do the smart thing and create a pattern out of quilt batting… Followed by laying it out on our fabric a few different ways until finally all the pieces fit, save for the back panel. This is why it is usually better to buy 10 metres of fabric rather than piece together using what you’ve randomly found!

By noon my sister had arrived only to ask if we had just started…! I suppose the chair didn’t look like much after 3 hours but we had done plenty of preparatory work! By the end of the day we had about 2 thirds of the chair completed, my assistance ending roughly around the 1 third mark when my mother switched to her hand sewing art. By day 3 all that remained were a few hand stitched details (her perfectionist ways!) and putting a back on it. Fabricland was having a three day sale conveniently so we picked out a similar fabric that we would do the back panel in seeing as we ran out of fabric!

I must say the chair looks far better than I could have ever imagined. We removed the dust ruffle from the base to expose the wood structure, removed the arm rest openings and gave the whole chair a new modern look!