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Silkscreen Feathers

Silkscreen Feathers Grey Silkscreen Feathers


Today’s outfit is a first for me and I can’t even describe in words how much I love it. I feel like a million bucks. There is not a thing that didn’t work when I threw it on this morning – it was actually the second outfit of the morning!

I found this top at Value Village about a year ago – the sales girls were gushing over it when I brought it to the counter… luckily I was the Cinderella that it fit! I was never sure how to wear it, so this is actually the first time in how many months that I’ve worn it! I’m a huge activist for not keeping things you don’t wear, but unique pieces like this, I was going to hang onto until that glorious day (today!) that I figured it out.

Paired with skinny jeans from the half price sale on Sunday – a little grey cardigan, purple pointed toe pumps and jazzed up with my handmade jewellery in purple. I made the set to go with a purple dress I was wearing to my cousin’s wedding in September, but with the unique combination of beads it works well with a variety of other outfits too!

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!

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!

An Old Favourite

Sheer Floral Tunic I tell you what, I have had this dress for so long I have no idea where I got it, what the label is or which way is the back or front! A one of a kind number that’s sheer but a touch short with the slip that I have presently but it works quite well with just a pair of leggings. The leggings however are probably a form of what the girls call “jeggings” these days, a thin stretchy pant with a faux denim print. Quite comfy I’m not going to lie! To make the look a little more feminine and flattering I paired it with a thick warm brown belt and light peach tank top underneath to give it some pop.

Fun Fashion Finds!

1. Banana Republic – I have been eyeing this for weeks, just love the colour and style. Its ridiculously light weight too, but sadly, not worth $29.99!

2. This black dress has also been catching my eye but its a matter of not knowing where I would wear such a short dress! But I love the unique details a la Lady Gaga. Very cool piece.

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3. Charlotte Russe – Super sweet little sheer top with ruffle detail. This extremely bright coral colour is my favourite thing right now!

4. H&M – I was browsing quickly through the skirts and noticed this very flowy navy blue skirt (much darker than the picture shows) and instantly thought… “Hey! I can make this into a high waisted skirt!” Then I looked at the tag and realized it wasn’t vintage. Oh well!
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5. Lululemon – For the Lulu fans out there, a brand new, immaculate even, Lululemon dress in the same bright coral colour. If you’re a lulu-lover this is a steal at $24.99!

6. Kenzie – Such a classic piece! I love this beautiful sleeveless print dress with ruffle detail. Its a dark slate and ivory print.

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7. YA – I was first attracted to the colour and silky feel, but upon pulling it out of the rack I notice its a very unique style top too! Only $5.99… can’t go wrong!

8. Naked Zebra – Aside from the fact that I adore the name of this label, this top is such a beautiful style. The rich purple with sheer layering and minimalist shoulder straps… beauty!

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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.”

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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!

My Style

Lately I have been trying to put a label on the wardrobes of those around me and deciding what their “style” would be. It occurred to me I don’t have a name for mine or taken the time to even sit down to think about my closet in such a way. I’ve never been one to divide my closet and colour palette based on the season or the weather outside. I love my dresses, I’ll wear them in hot sunshine or in blistering winter winds. The difference is typically the footwear and how many layers an outfit requires.

With spring teasing us with its 15 degree sunny afternoons one day, snow flurries the next and nights of minus ten degrees – I find layering the best choice. Cardigans are a staple, as are dark denim jeans. I have both straight leg, boot cut and skinny styles depending on my mood or how the top fits. I still think yoga jeans with no zipper or button are the most ingenious invention!

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Fleshtone Blouse

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I may have forgotten my Daily Digs post this morning so I took two snapshots at work because of this blouse. Its very unique, as per the usual – found at Value Village on one of my first trips here in Medicine Hat. It’s a miserable snowy-slushy day today so I’ve gone more casual with a simple brown cardigan, jeans and tall brown boots. The blouse however is a lovely fleshtone tan with ruffles around the arm holes, gathered at the waist and beautiful sparkled embroidery around the neckline.

Half Price Day!

Thrift FindsI was super stoked to find out that Value Village was offering a pre-sale on Sunday for card holders instead of waiting for Monday’s public 50% off sale. I ended up parking illegally alongside several others as they still have not removed the mounds of ice and snow from weeks ago when it was actually winter in Medicine Hat. So a few parking spots were not available for use and their parking lot is way too small for the amount of shoppers!

I wasn’t there that long, I simply weaved through the areas I was most interested in such as the footwear, furniture, home decor and this time bedding. I only have one set of sheets for this new bed so I wanted to find some additional soft sheets as a backup so I could do laundry! I managed to find two of the fabric I was looking for (that stretchy soft tshirt fabric!) which ended up being about $6 for the two. Score!

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In the shoe section I scored two pairs of super sweet low heel/wedge black shoes! Will post pics of those soon! Only $6 for two pairs of shoes… can’t beat that, especially in my size!

On the way to this Value Village adventure I realized my wallet was disintegrating, a not so surprising result with buying already heavily used wallets via thrift – but I got a good 6 months or so out of this one. I picked out a really neat robin’s egg blue wallet, flat with nice shape for only $3.99 – so I paid less than $2! I realized when I got home it was genuine leather too! Alongside this wallet I snagged a brand new Lug travel purse in bright orange for only $9.99! I only paid $5!

I picked up two dresses I had been eye-balling for a while as they were less than $5 by the end, and one top that I thought was super cute!

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.

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