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Feminine Details

American Eagle Crochet DressI had tickets to see Royal Wood in concert in Belleville Friday night. I took my mother as my date and as the thrifty woman she is, suggested we pop into Value Village since we were early anyway. I found two pairs of vibrant flats by H&M that I hmm’d and haaa’d over but couldn’t bring myself to pay $6.99 a pair when I wasn’t 100% sure I would wear those particular colours. I did luck out however in this beautiful crochet style dress by American Eagle Outfitters. I was even more impressed when I tried it on the next day for work and I can honestly say it is now one of the most comfortable, feminine and all around beautiful dresses I own. Continue Reading

ALDO Cyphers Tassel Flats

Who could leave these behind?! In a brief stop in to donate some items, I caught a glimpse of a rich dark turquoise pair of flats with an adorable gold buckle and tassle detail! These bad boys were in mint condition and only $5! I looked them up online and their actual title is “ALDO Cyphers Tassel Ballet Flats” and run in the vicinity of $80 new! Talk about a great find!

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Laundry by Shelli Segal

Laundry by Shelli Segal Laundry by Shelli Segal

It’s not often I thrift only one item, but who could pass up a gem like this?! There was a dress consigned at the Store a month ago that had a unique chain print on it, although I wasn’t a fan of the dress I was interested in the print that was on it. As I was doing a quick pass through the dresses at Value Village I happened to notice a unique print that completely grabbed my eye.

Although it isn’t actually a chain design, it gives the illusion but with added gold and peach colouring. Once again I wanted to make it slightly longer so using the same cream coloured lace as I used in my H&M Bow Print Skirt, I added a very sweet trim to the bottom that seemed to continue the mixed print flow.

Now to wear the dress to work for the first time I wanted to tone it down and make it easier to do all the up-down lifting and walking around. I’ve never actually had the opportunity to wear this 3/4 sleeve navy blue knit top from the GAP until now! It has a very cute shoulder button detail too which is a nice touch.

I added a belt with gold buckle to create more shape and of course, added some gold necklaces for bling!

Bohemian Chic

Boho Chic Today’s look is a little more boho-casual than my usual but man is it comfy! I have been aching to wear my spring and summer dresses but with the chilly weather still hanging on I’m forced to layer up. My boss mentioned that I hardly ever wear my hair up these days so I thought a little more casual look with a hint of girly meets cowboy was in order with this messy updo.

The over sized sweater top from Forever 21 is one of my favourite thrift finds this year as it is so comfortable and such a nice look. The dress underneath is by Absolutely & Faith, one of my favourites from The Revolving Door. The top half is lovely ivory lace and the bottom skirt section is a lovely sheer peach. To complete the layered look I added another gem I picked up in Medicine Hat on one of my first thrifting excursions after my move, a super cute and dainty ivory scarf. The belt I swiped from an H&M dress I bought last summer, it just goes with everything!

Ottawa Thrifting – Round 2!

I spent my Sunday up in Ottawa once again checking out what a few Value Village stores had to offer before heading to a concert in Burnstown. It was rather successful if I do say so! I found a super cute vintage dress I plan to alter and a few vibrant skirts!

H&M SkirtOrange Splatter Dress

1. Purple and pink floral skirt by H&M
2. Orange and blue splatter print top, no label

Vintage Dress Urban Behaviour

3. Vintage dress by Quintieri
4. Brown and gold sparkle knit sweater by Urban Behaviour

George Beechers Brook Skirt

5. Orange blouse by George
6. Floral pencil skirt by Beecher’s Brook

Stripes, Sequins and Gold!

Gold Stripes and Sequins As mentioned in my previous post about my thrifting adventure this week, I discovered this super fabulous tank by Bebe for $7.99 at Value Village in mint condition. Beautifully soft and flowy with two tone gold mini sequins in stripes around the whole thing. One of my pet peeves is companies making a design only on one side of a top or dress. I’m talking something really obvious too such as sequins, it looks really strange to see a top full of sparkle on the front and flat matte on the back. Just seems really lazy to me and unprofessional!

It occurred to me today that I am lacking a white cardigan to go with outfits like this. I have had several in the past, but as we all know, white doesn’t last. The cost of smelling good? Damaged, soiled underarms… boo! The lifespan of white thrift cardigans is extremely short sadly, but luckily the cost makes it worth while to simply buy another one when that sad day comes. In lieu of my non-existent white cardigan I pulled out the khaki blazer as it seemed like a softer choice than my black leather jacket.

I’d like to take this opportunity to point out the fact that this blazer does not do up. Too often do I hear women fussing over jackets, cardigans and blazers because of the zipper or the buttons. The standard response to these customers is: “When are you going to wear it done up?” To which they always respond: “Well it needs to be able to do up!” Honestly, when have I ever worn a cardigan or blazer done up? It’s usually the top underneath it thats most exciting so I like it to show but have my arms covered! That’s its purpose… for me anyway.

Because its go gold or go home, I pumped up the sparkle with my custom designed “military ball” necklace, bracelet and earring set which I altered a second time about 6 months ago into this very long, luxurious piece of jewellery. I even paired the ensemble with the white flats that tore up my poor toes the other day for no good reason! All in all not a bad casual setup for the office!


As mentioned in my previous post about my thrifting adventure this week, I discovered this super fabulous tank by Bebe for $7.99 at Value Village in mint condition. Beautifully soft and flowy with two tone gold mini sequins in stripes around the whole thing. One of my pet peeves is companies making a design only on one side of a top or dress. I’m talking something really obvious too such as sequins, it looks really strange to see a top full of sparkle on the front and flat matte on the back. Just seems really lazy to me and unprofessional!

It occurred to me today that I am lacking a white cardigan to go with outfits like this. I have had several in the past, but as we all know, white doesn’t last. The cost of smelling good? Damaged, soiled underarms… boo! The lifespan of white thrift cardigans is extremely short sadly, but luckily the cost makes it worth while to simply buy another one when that sad day comes. In lieu of my non-existent white cardigan I pulled out the khaki blazer as it seemed like a softer choice than my black leather jacket.

I’d like to take this opportunity to point out the fact that this blazer does not do up. Too often do I hear women fussing over jackets, cardigans and blazers because of the zipper or the buttons. The standard response to these customers is: “When are you going to wear it done up?” To which they always respond: “Well it needs to be able to do up!” Honestly, when have I ever worn a cardigan or blazer done up? It’s usually the top underneath it thats most exciting so I like it to show but have my arms covered! That’s its purpose… for me anyway.

Because its go gold or go home, I pumped up the sparkle with my custom designed “military ball” necklace, bracelet and earring set which I altered a second time about 6 months ago into this very long, luxurious piece of jewellery. I even paired the ensemble with the white flats that tore up my poor toes the other day for no good reason! All in all not a bad casual setup for the office!

Refinished Headboard

I’ve been watching Kijiji for some time collecting pieces to form a real bed. I started with the expensive mattress purchase which was a house-warming gift from the bank of Mom & Dad. I’m not exactly fond of living a student lifestyle with a mattress on the floor so after about a month I started searching for the rest of the pieces. I was looking for a double bed frame first which I found quite easily within a week or so of beginning my classifieds monitoring for $10.

Unfortunately that day it decided to snow and like most Prairie provinces the wind was not kind. But being the trooper that I am, I found my way into the scariest suburb of Medicine Hat, mounted the bedframe onto the top of the Tuscon and tied with the cheapest rope known to mankind… All while the woman and her family stood in the window and watched. I did have a man approach me and offer to drive it to my house in his truck but at this point I was still on my independent woman high.

DIY Headboard DIY Headboard
I got that off the car, up the stairs into the bedroom and adjusted to a double size, only to realize that slats are required or a boxspring – which I did not have. Funny how you don’t process the structure of something when you’ve always just arrived and it has been pre-constructed for you. As resourceful as I am, I searched in my minimalist apartment for a makeshift way of elevating the mattress until I obtained a boxspring. Success! Two unused wood shoe racks (that I use as regular shelving) laid on their side would do the trick. They were taller than the frame mind you so it was a good few weeks of teater-tottering. Another week passes and I find a double boxspring for $15 from a gentleman trying to get rid of some of his parent’s retro furniture he had been left with. Gawd awful 60’s floral? No problem. Luckily I had a friend (aka Superman) bring his truck and assist (by assist I mean do all the work for me because I’m useless)… in the end the poor guy wrecked his back for a good two weeks being all the muscle to get the thing up those stairs on his own. My bad!

So with the bed established I was pretty content with it but I kept my eye open for a head board as I had always admired them, the iron style that you really only find in a twin size and extremely pricey. Early this week I found a posting for a $25 black and gold metal headboard. Compared the prices I had seen recently this was a steal! Luckily I can look past the outdated style of the black metal with cheap gold accents and look at the overall shape and style. All it needed was a coat of paint! I went to Rona, got myself a small can of flat white Tremclad, a sponge and the bolts required to install it. Sadly my measuring and overall understanding of the bolt construct was very off – so tonight I’ll be going back and hopefully finding some that are half the size! There is about an inch of space after it has gone through both holes, followed by an inch of actual grooves where you twist the nut onto. So the headboard is currently attached but not well.

DIY Headboard DIY Headboard
The painting process has taken a few days as it takes a long time to dry, not to mention covering a black metal bar with white paint is never an easy job. I still feel after 5 coats it could use another one or two, seems even when you think it’s dry – you can still move the underlying paint around with your new coat. Ugh. Being the impatient girl that I am I was dying to see what the finished product would look like – so with half painted white hands and the strength of my knees to lift the bedframe up to the proper height for the bolt – I attached it to the frame minutes before I expected to sleep.

Always a healthy idea to use very strong paint that probably should only be used outdoors – in your living room so you can get high on paint fumes while watching tv. Then like the genius you are, move the object you’re painting into the room where you are sleeping so that you can kill the maximum amount of brain cells you can in a day. I did leave the bedroom door open so there was a bit of ventilation and I slept with my feet against the head board so I wasn’t as close to it and didn’t paint my hair in my sleep!

It is by no means finished as I had bigger ideas for a more fun look for it aside from flat white. My grand scheme involves ribbons but I have been unimpressed with the price of such things!

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!

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!

Repurpose, Redesign, Restyle!

Last night I decided because it was such a nice afternoon (thank you Daylight Savings!) that I would go thrifting before heading home. Normally I avoid Value Village at all costs on Tuesdays as its seniors day… I’m still waiting for a 20 something’s day… hasn’t happened yet. Anywho I went anyway luckily all the seniors were at Humpty’s for dinner and the place was quite vacant.

At first I was just looking for the usual list – but as always I got side tracked thinking about Amanda’s request for thrift styling and decided to paw through the dresses looking for something in her vintage/Audrey Hepburn style. A few pieces looked decent, but never in the right size! I did find one that I think is going to be perfect – not to mention reversible! Hopefully she will delightfully surprised when it arrives!

RRR RRR

I snagged three things for myself on this adventure: A white and gold sequin top by Bebe; wild print dress by Kismet and finally a broken necklace that was packed full of my favourite colour green wood beads. What you’re seeing today is two hours of restringing work thanks to yours truly. But! I now have a set of six elastic bracelets and a super long (outrageously awesome if the truth be told) necklace with many strands. I only dropped entire strands of beads in my lap twice!

The dress I picked out yesterday is tagged as a 13-14, if you read yesterday’s post it’ll save me a good chunk of time explaining my beef with sizing in general. There was no way a size 14 woman is going to fit into this – at the store they would use the old staple: “What’s this for? My arm?” I’ve never enjoyed people insulting clothing because its not their size – would it not be enough to simply say something to the effect of “Shucks, I wish this was my size!” The end. Instead from here it goes on to them looking at me saying “It’d fit you, must be nice to be so tiny you’d look good in anything.”

Green Necklace

As much as I’m sure that’s supposed to be a compliment from your perspective its actually a snarky, not to mention inappropriate remark. What was it Thumper’s mom taught us? Oh yes I remember: “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all.” Translated into the new english language: “Don’t say nothin’ at all.” Forgive me I just couldn’t help myself! Bottom line is ladies: it’s an insult – don’t say it!

Back to the outfit and all social stereotypes aside, this size “13/14” dress just needed to have two inches taken off the straps to be a perfect fit. Not tight anywhere, no bulges hanging out in unwanted ways – a very flattering piece in the end! Truth be told I was not about to stitch the straps correctly at 6:30am this morning so I simply made a loop at the front and tied a knot, which conveniently fell quite nicely behind the top of the dress. No sewing required!

Over top I chose my seagreen ¾ sleeve cardigan, paired with my new “restylized” bracelets and necklace, my beloved green flats and a mini belt in a similar green. I’m very matchy-matchy today in a fun kind of way. My coworkers mentioned the green trend today as two other women had green as well but a different shade and style of course!

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