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Aussie Short Shorts

Short Shorts!I’m sure you’ve heard my rants before about people wearing things that are unflattering, too tight, too short, etc. I was presented with a unique situation where I did not have much option. Occasionally in Kingston I see girls with sizable thighs wearing micro mini shorts, a la “Daisy Dukes” which I am not overly fond of. After arriving in Cairns, Australia I received a very unexpected shock of temperature change. Clearly I did look into the weather in advance, but when you see 29, 30 degrees you think “Oh that sounds lovely” but when you step on a plane in jeans and a coat, but step off into palm trees you end up with this overwhelming realization you may not have packed appropriately!

Essentially all of my summer dresses (Ontario summer that is) were too warm! It had not occurred to me that my dresses had linings or fabrics such as lace that would make them not breathe. Not that I was complaining, but it was a great excuse to hunt down the thrift shops. I did pop into several “real” stores but the prices were that of the high end shops here in Kingston, and really did not appeal in the slightest.

The first wardrobe issue I encountered was the denim shorts I had altered three times prior to this trip were considerably not to mention uncomfortably big on my hips now. The issue being a combination of weight loss and stretch denim. I had brought only one pair of shorts for this trip thinking I would simply wear them over and over. Sadly they lasted one day before I was completely fed up with pulling them up!

I decided to go searching for shorts only to discover one vital problem, girls in Australia wear cropped shorts! Its easy to judge and say other girls are too big to wear those, but I am judging myself too! I rummaged through Vinnie’s looking for a cheap pair of shorts that would get me through our upcoming excursions (which would have been awkward in a dress!) Only to discover there were no shorts with actual legs!

In the summer my shorts of choice are board shorts that end just above the knee. This look is very slimming on a body like mine composed of wide hips, bum and thicker thighs. Unfortunately it had not occurred to me to bring a pair with me. I managed to find one pair of light denim cut off, high waisted shorts for $4. At that price I could tolerate having a less than ideal look. As uncomfortable as I was at the start, it quickly wore off when I realized I didn’t know anyone here that was going to tell me I shouldn’t wear these! I was hot, I needed less clothing!

 

Discovering Endeavour

Navy Lace DressAs you may have noticed I have been away for most of October this year, an exciting adventure fell into my lap and it was simply an opportunity I couldn’t pass up. I spent two weeks touring Cairns, Australia! Now for those of you in Ontario like myself, you can imagine its a long haul – 4 full days of flying and transfers as you can imagine.

Once settled I realized on day one that my summer dresses suitable for Ontario were not going to cut it here due to the powerful 30+ degree sunshine as their season changes to spring. It was something I did not even consider, the fact that our temperatures (although Ontario does get up to that warm in the summer) would be a completely different type of heat. I spent a fair amount of solo exploring time on the trip, excited to see if there were any nearby local markets or thrift shops I could check out.

On my first venture out I found Vinnie’s which in Kingston is known as St. Vincent de Paul Society. Although a very small shop with the expected thrift shop scent, I did find some neat items that were priced under $6.00 with no tax. On that note, one of my favourite things about being in Cairns was not having to calculate tax on every purchase!

EndeavourI popped into a local travel shop to ask about other possible shops in the area to which they responded with two. One block down was a boutique supporting individuals with disabilities called Endeavour and another a few more blocks down the street called Lifeline. I instantly fell in love with Endeavour, not only the size of the store, but the modern signage making it easy to find.

I spent most of my spending cash in this store I will admit. The prices were excellent, the clothing was unique and it was clean! Although the staff informed me that most of their product is purchased from last season’s stock from stores in Europe, the US and Canada, I was still thoroughly impressed at the variety. They had a couple racks dedicated to brand new Zara stock, priced at about a third of the retail tag.

On my first trip I picked up this navy blue lace dress. In typical Pam-fashion, I didn’t try it on in the store but man is it comfortable! What I didn’t realize about the dress, due to the lack of full length mirror in our hotel room, how short it was! But fear not, I’m on holiday and I don’t care! I wore it to one of our excursions called the Ultimate Party Bus – and no we only made it half way through before decided 10:00pm was bedtime!

Zara BlouseThe shimmery gold clutch I picked up from a cute shop named Red Ginger (and yes I wanted to buy something from them based on the name!) went perfectly with my outfit for the evening. On my last available shopping day in Cairns I popped back in to thank the ladies for having such a great shop and how I will certainly miss it when I leave. They had just put out new stock including this blue silky print top by Zara that I couldn’t pass up. It was an extra large, but I never pay attention to labels or sizes, and could wear it easily as a dress. It instantly became my favourite find of the trip. Sadly now that I’m heading into winter in Canada I won’t see much of it until the warm weather returns.