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Mad for Magenta

orangemagentamix I saw this top at Value Village once when shopping with my mother and a friend (whom I ran into while I was there go figure!) and as I recall its by Reitmans, a large. Unfortunately it was quite a big large in the shoulders but I began tinkering with it in the mirror at the end of an isle as my mother walks by and nods “Yup its do-able” … she knew what was going through my head.

I still find it amusing and somewhat rewarding that after 29 years I was able to teach my mother something instead of the reverse. In being gutsy and bold, I feel no risk in cutting into an item of clothing, no remorse if I start stitching this and that. Without knowing the official “rules” of sewing and alterations, I am able to do things like this. Now more and more my mother is excited to tell me she altered something thinking like I would!

Just the other day she was fussing with a dress, one of these fabulous multi print – mixed fabric numbers by Desigual – unfortunately with our 5’2 height they can be very hard to pull off without looking even shorter. I came over and started analyzing it after she gave me the few thoughts she had. I grabbed it on both sides below the waist and hemmed it with pins temporarily. “Just needs to go up here so you don’t lose all the bottom details”… “Ha!” she says, “I knew you’d know how to fix it.”

This top wasn’t all that complicated to alter. Yes its a knit, and we don’t “alter” sweaters… this girl does.

Based on having very narrow shoulders and a small frame, I simply put somewhat of a dart down the back of the shoulder equally on both sides. When I wore it to work no one even realized that changes had been made. Yes looking at this photo you can see that the original seams don’t line up the way a normal shoulder does, but its something that only I would notice. Paired with this fun infinity scarf and my favourite bright orange GAP skirt – couldn’t help but wear my magenta pumps to be super matchy-matchy!

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!

Orange and Blue

orangeblueThis is the year I have finally started enjoying sweaters and winter clothing. Normally I find winter to be rather frustrating, all those dark greys and blacks, things that completely depress me. As per my philosophy, thrift is the way to go to find vibrant colours to wear all year round.

These three pieces featured in this vibrant look, are all product of The Revolving Door, a women’s consignment store in Kingston, Ontario. I was instantly attracted to this rich royal blue sweater because of the colour, but it is actually a very nicely designed top, with 3/4 sleeves too! I find that length of sleeve so much more flattering and easy to work with.

Although I’m not the biggest fan of Style & Co, TanJay, Cleo – lately I’ve been noticing their line has shifted to a much younger, more modern style – that I completely love! Now this isn’t to say all their items have a younger feel, but this knit top is one of the few great ones I’ve recently discovered. Naturally I had a scarf to match the blue, but I also have been excited about orange lately, so I opted for this short GAP skirt instead of my typical jeans.

Such an easy look to throw together using contrasting colours that really pop. Did you know orange and blue are the most frequently used colours in movies due to the vibrant contrast between them? Check out an action movie poster next time you’re at the theatre, there’s typically fire and sky because they vibrate and intrigue the eye.


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To finish off the look I redesigned a recently thrifted orange and gold chain necklace, from a shorter multi strand to a long triple strand – and my refashioned bracelet. A great DIY tip: snatch up “broken” bracelets at the thrift store and pop off some of the stones for a unique design. This one pictured was missing two beads, but for only .99 cents, I took it home and popped off a few more to make it a pattern! Very cool and easy idea I’ve done several times!

Orange Sherbet

Zara BlazerI am known for my love of scarves and pashminas, rarely am I seen without them! Lately I have been loving this pale sherbet orange colour, it keeps popping up during my thrifting adventures! Last week this beautiful scarf came into the store – it didn’t get far!

I picked up an Old Navy shift dress for less than $10 at Value Village last week, but even at a size medium, my curves were just too much for it. I loved the print regardless and decided to shorten it into a top. That was easy enough to alter, but something was still wrong in the chest area. It was pulling, but not in a way that would suggest it was too small – but in the shoulder and arm area. I cannot understand why but more and more tops are being made with exceptionally small sleeves!
Old Navy Alteration
The easy fix to this conundrum was simply to chop the sleeves off! No problem at all and now I have a really cute cami to wear under cardigans and blazers!

Another great find is this sequined jacket by Zara! I spent more than I typically do on this sort of thing, but knowing how expensive the brand is, I decided it was unique enough to be worth the whopping $15 🙂 I paired it today with a super soft denim shirt by GAP, my sherbet orange pashmina and new thrifted GAP jeans! Wouldn’t you know it, the new Nine West flats were an excellent match to the blue in the jacket!

Easy Preppy Looks

orangestripesIt seems lately I have been looking for a more simple, easy to throw together look that mixes prints or fabrics. In my early high school days I always thought GAP was the cream of the crop. If I had found anything with that label thrifting it was a dream come true. Much like Abercrombie models, I seemed to have this idea that the girls that wore GAP were successful and had their lives sorted out. Its what I idolized. To this day, I still think women who wear GAP clothing put themselves together nicely. Maybe its because their clothing is simple, subtle patterns if any and have nice lines.

As you know from reading my blog, I’m not longer envious of those in GAP clothing but rather the suggested style that these women had. Every now and again I like a look that is a little more casual but clean cut. Here are two examples of fun preppy meets casual looks! The first look is a cozy long sleeved (rolled up naturally!) white and orange knit top by GAP, vintage acrylic beads, denim capris by Jones New York and ACo flats. I was debating whether this outfit would be too warm for the summer but once I arrived at the store the air conditioning reminded me!

greywhitestripes The second outfit came together quite randomly as I had been given these Martin Richards board shorts last week and found them to be super comfortable – unfortunately as per the usual – way too big at the top. So sitting on the floor in my wardrobe room I had to sew a 1 inch deep dart down the back after removing all the labeling which always seems to be where I need to stitch. Trimming the excess it is a much more flattering pair of shorts! The top is a 3/4 sleeved white and grey striped top by Joe Fresh and a very soft denim overshirt by GAP.

Country Style

Country StyleLately I’ve been favouring soft peach, ivory and cream tones in my wardrobe. Perhaps its just a result of how my thrifting adventures go! My most recent find is this orange blouse. I have had similar ones in the past but they haven’t fit quite right or maybe the colour was wrong. I knew at some point I would find the perfect one and I do believe this is it! No altering required!

In this first look I was given a cream coloured maxi skirt which I know I would never have picked out for myself. But seeing as it was free I thought I would see if I could style it up. I thoroughly enjoyed the label on the inside: XL. Yeah right. One of my many shopping philosophies is “just because it stretches, doesn’t mean it fits as sizes”. Nothing worse than seeing a large girl stretch out a top and brag about how a medium fits; or for instance the plus size woman that purchased this skirt thinking it was a true extra large fit, clearly it is not if a size 6 girl finds it “just” tight enough on the waist not to be bothersome…

The key to styling this skirt was quite simply a blouse I could tuck in and a thick belt to hide the very large elastic top on it. Yes I did try the fold down option but it just doesn’t suit the style of skirt, nor was that comfortable. For a layered look I paired my matching three piece jewellery set and a soft peach shimmer scarf (tied at the bottom to create the infinity look!) I received a lot of compliments on the look, probably mostly because we hardly see women wearing long skirts these days.

Country Girl Style In this second look I had finally decided to fight with this orange sherbet blouse by George. Now I normally avoid Walmart and other cookie cutter brands like the plague, however this blouse was so unique I couldn’t pass it up. However this blouse doesn’t fit. In this image you are not seeing the four safety pins holding everything in place. Take note gentlemen – sometimes this is why it takes a long time to get ready – things don’t fit!

The blouse has a wide set shoulder design, which wouldn’t fly with me so I safety pinned my bra straps to the gathered shoulders and saved myself a day’s worth of pulling up my straps. The base of this blouse is smaller than the rest, going inward in a very awkward way which doesn’t cooperate with my figure. To rectify this issue I simply tucked it into the skirt and pinned the thick brown belt to both the blouse and the skirt so none of it would move.

Although it does take some fiddling and awkward adjustments it did turn out very cute. I felt the lace details and brown boots added a very welcoming country girl vibe.

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

Lug Skipper Shoulder Pouch

Lug Skipper Shoulder PouchEvery now and again I find something that stands out, not because it appeals to me but because its either in mint condition, has new price tags still on it or the price is outrageous. This particular find on Value Village’s half price day really threw me for a loop. First it was the colour, bright orange. Second, the original Lug price tag is still hanging on it. Third, we receive a huge collection of this same item (along with the tote bag, wallet, passport organizer, yoga bag, etc) into The Revolving Door one day.

 

This bag is actually found in stores right now as the “Lug Skipper Shoulder Pouch”, retailing for a minimum of $30 Canadian. Their price tag on it was $9.99 at VV. Only $5 on half price day. Talk about a steal of a deal. Walking to the cashier, I notice a wall of other purses and decide to peruse before I check out. I didn’t understand why these were separated from the rest. As it would happen, I learned very quickly these pieces had a very high price tag.

I pawed through a few that looked nice, a few that looked strange even ugly in fact. All above $20 and I couldn’t understand why as I didn’t recognize half of the labels. Maybe that’s partially because labels mean absolutely nothing to me at all but I came across one that I could see being both cute and ugly at the same time. It was not a label I had ever heard of, brown trim and a robin’s egg blue – could have accessorized it nicely. My jaw dropped when I flipped over the price tag, $79.99. Value Village’s price was basically $80 for a second hand bag that I couldn’t decide if it was ugly or not.

Needless to say I have never looked at anything on that wall again.

Reconstruction

Dress ReconstructionI often sift through the dress rack from large to small, no particular reason for starting at one end over the other it’s just an interesting observation. I live to reconstruct dresses to it me so I suppose it comes from the simple fact of not being able to adjust dresses that are too small to begin with.

I found this dress at a half price sale as I was digging through the racks. I was completely intrigued by the print, so vibrant and unlike any I’d seen before. The Value Village tag guessed that it was a size 14… Let me just say there’s no way that dress was that big. It was a terrible style, boxy and shapeless. It appeared to be handmade based on the finish of the lining and no label.

I paid about $5 for it with the intent to redesign it. The project was relatively simple, I cut the sleeves off and repurposed them as a flare down the sides of the dress around the hip. The neckline was truly unique and I made light of it by folding the rough cut edge and creating a nice finish.

The dress is not finished to professional standards but no one (except you!) has any idea that it was once a gawdy dress from the 80′s. It is now one of my most appreciated pieces, paired with bronze strappy sandals and gold accessories for that extra pop.