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Hurry Up Spring!

feb19finalWorking in a retail setting that doesn’t follow the mall’s idea of “seasons” where they bring in the summer stock in March and Christmas stock in August… we operate based on the weather so naturally mall shoppers will walk in and assume we are taking inventory for the next season. Our shoppers like to be able to wear the item today, not a few months from now. My greatest peeve all year round is how much people complain about the weather, maybe its just in Canada where our weather fluctuates high and low but that seems to be everyone’s favourite topic. Right now with 5 foot high snowbanks and a record 45″ snow fall this week people are saying things like “well Spring is nearly here!” … sorry to be a realist but if you think Spring is nearly here I would suggest you look outside!

What is tough is following women on Instagram that live in the lower United States, as their seasons seem to look like summer all year round its only their choice of clothing colours that seem to change to define the season. Seems odd to me, if it was sunny and mild all year round you can bet I’d be wearing bright colours all the time!

feb19final2I am however, loving the pastels right now even though its not a reflection of the season. This week has been horrendous with a snow day, pipes freezing in -30 degree weather and daily snow shoveling is beyond exhausting. I wanted to try out a new look that wasn’t planned using this new scarf I picked up at The Store. I won’t go into another rant about the size the arms are being made on blouses but basically two I picked up recently that were MEDIUM I couldn’t fit my arms into – so the original outfit was spoiled – TWICE. New plan was to use another favourite that does fit.

Now matching the colour in the scarf was tricky because I wanted to wear pants (-19 you know) but black was just too stark. I picked up these jeggings by Mossimo in a mini thrift haul last week that have already been a bit of a challenge. I decided last minute to bring a belt as I haven’t worn them before and not too sure how they will stretch. Sure enough I barely got to work before they were falling down. Funny you know, how you can struggle to get these tight pants on in the morning then twenty minutes later they’re falling off your bum. It seems I just cannot win when it comes to pants. These will be the next pair that need to be taken in at the bum!

 

Thrift Challenge January

Thrifting Purchases

Week of January 8, 2015 – Total: $20
Week of January 14, 2015 – Total: $5
Week of January 17, 2015 – Total: $6
Week of January 22, 2015 – Total: $20
Week of January 29, 2015 – Total: $31

January Month End Total: $82 | Goal: $80 | Overbudget: $2

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Black, White and Gold

Black, White & GoldI like to refer to this look as “edgy meets high fashion”! I will admit this outfit didn’t come all that easily as it was probably the tenth outfit I attempted to assemble that morning! Things don’t always fall into place but I am exceptionally thrilled with how this look turned out in the end. Due to my 5’2 stature I did need to do some hemming to this maxi skirt before I could wear it. Tall girls need things longer, short girls need things shorter. Sigh!


Gold Coin Necklace
I was unsure for probably two weeks about what would work with this skirt due to it’s black and white pinstripe. I originally thought a bright coloured blouse or shirt but none of those were quite right. I then decided to paw through my tops one by one and found this black one with gold dots. Although the dots are subtle I think it is a very cute mix of patterns.


American Eagle Low Heel Wedges I thrifted these fabulous American Eagle Outfitters low heel wedge pumps last week in the children’s section of Value Village – only $3.99! As depressing as it is for me to sift through the sparkles and Hannah Montana sandals, occasionally I do find the perfect gems such as these and of course my favourite gemstone toe flats by GAP Kids. Oh and yes I did notice that the sole of these shoes match the skirt perfectly but it certainly was not planned!

Happy Accidents

Le Chateau DressTo the untrained eye, this is just an adorable pleated skirt. Now let me fill you in with the story behind it.

I am guilty of not often bothering to try outfits on at the store, usually the reason I do spend the time is because I think the price might not be worth it. This particular dress by Le Chateau I did take the time to try on. I was instantly in love with the bottom of the dress with the three rows of adorable pleats.


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Well the dress fit just fine in the store but I wasn’t too crazy about how the sleeves felt. I get home try it on again and decide that the sleeves needed to be redesigned. I spent about an hour first thing in the morning adjusting the sleeves, essentially removing them altogether and adding the design elements back on afterward.

Once the sleeves were complete I tried it on ready to wear to work. It was like the top half had doubled in size. A thought occurred: I had tried it on wearing two tank tops and a thicker padded bra. If this was to fit I’d need a pair of DD’s which isn’t happening any time soon! But I was still infatuated with the bottom, so in typical Pam style, I grabbed the scissors and make a drastic design decision.

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Within moments I had created the beginning of a vest and skirt both cute but in a whole new way. At this point I was going to be late for work if I didn’t sort this out so my quick and easy solution for this new skirt was to pin the unfinished-freshly-cut top to a thick belt. Voila! Totally cute and one of a kind pleated skirt.

You’ll never guess how many compliments I received all day long. Now when anyone comments I have a great story to go along with it!

A Little Sea Green

Sea Green Top Originally this morning I was going for a more formal look with a high waist skirt and blouse. I tried two different skirts before deciding they were either too short & tight or completely the wrong style. As it’s such a specific item I have not successfully found the ideal high waist skirt. One day I shall find you!

Instead of a dressy day it’s a casual one with my beloved blue-hand-staining yoga jeans, nude flats and my super cheap Ardene blouse! Love the colour and how light the fabric is. Nothing too special about today’s setup except for my hairdo that is, put it all in miniature braids last night to give my hair some excitement. It’s interesting!

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.

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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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.

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!

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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!

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!