Archives For March 2013

The Bright Side

March 25, 2013 — 21 Comments

Vintage pleats and a boucle jacket // We So Thrifty

Vintage pleats and a boucle jacket // We So Thrifty

I don’t even check the weather anymore. I just assume spring is never coming and it will be cold and miserable forever. I’m starting to suspect that this eternal winter is actually an elaborate promotional ploy by HBO to get us all super pumped for the premiere of Game of Thrones. WE GET IT, HBO. WINTER IS SCARY.

…In case you hadn’t noticed, I’m feeling a little exhausted by winter. We’ve just had enough here in Canada. We’re over snow, we’re over wind chill, and we’re over our winter wardrobes. My friend Leanne also introduced me to the term “winter uglies” last week, and it about sums up what I’m feeling. What are the winter uglies? They are an overall feeling of “ugh”, resulting from the culmination of several factors:

1) Skin so pale, it’s nearly translucent.
2) Skin so dry, it’s cracked beyond rescue by even the most intense moisturizer.
3) Boots so salt-stained, they look like maps. Salty maps.
4) Sweaters so worn, they’re pilling and saggy.
5) Basically, it all sucks and everything is the worst.

This particular syndrome arrives mid-February. The uglies can continue well into late March unless treated with sunshine and frequent visits to any sort of patio. Since we’ve been denied any of that up here in the True North Strong and Free, the winter uglies are taking new victims everything day.

Vintage pleats and a boucle jacket // We So Thrifty

Vintage pleats and a boucle jacket // We So Thrifty

But there is hope. I’ve quit hoping for spring, and have instead found relief from the winter uglies under this newly thrifted Olsen Europe boucle jacket. I scored it at the Salvation Army last week for $3.50 (take away the decimal in that price and you get an idea of what these jackets usually retail for). This jacket has allowed me to break out my favourite pink shift from the White Elephant vintage dress sale last spring. If winter were a Dementor, this outfit would be my patronus.

If we were living with the warm, balmy temperatures of March 2012, I never would have bought this jacket, I never would have paired it with this dress, and I never would have worn it with this dickey (I also never would have written “dickey” on my blog, snicker about it, and prove to all of you that I’m an eight year old). This is the bright side to a dark winter.

If winter is intent on hanging around for a while, I have no choice but to slip on my salt-stained boots, and do all I can stave off the uglies for a few more weeks. At least I’ll be in my prettiest pink.

Expecto patronum!

Vintage pleats and a boucle jacket // We So Thrifty

Olsen Jacket: Salvation Army / $3.50
Vintage Dress: Love in the Afternoon via White Elephant / $40
Leather gloves: Danier / $25
Dickey: Cut from an old blouse from Salvation Army / $2

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Alright guys. I had a hard time writing this post. Or, rather, I had a hard time not writing this post. There is much to like about my latest head to toe thrift-ensemble. I like that I got this Liz Claiborne 100% silk emerald blouse for $4. I like that I got a chance to wear my silver pleated skirt again. I even like that cheap little $0.99 belt that pulls it all together. I like the colourful wall where Yen and I took these photos. I like the crispy chocolate cookies we had later. But can I write a whole post on crispy chocolate cookies? Well, I probably could, seeing as I wrote a whole post on icecream once, but the world isn’t ready for Cookie: The Sequel.

Truth be told, all I really want to write about is Veronica Mars. Since the Kickstarter/movie news blew up on Twitter last week, I decided it was finally time to hop on that bandwagon, and ride it all the way to the fictional town of Neptune. I’m now ten episodes into season one, and all I want to talk about how GREAT it is: How bad-ass Veronica is. How clever and sharp and sassy she is. How awesome her dad is. How “2004” a Paris Hilton cameo is. How annoying Logan is and how lovable and tortured he’ll someday be. But tying that in to my new green blouse? A bit of a stretch.

I mean, if I were to try to and write some parallels between me and Veronica, I might point out that we’re both blonde, that we both like big cameras, and that we both hang around graffiti-filled walls talking pictures. Sure, she’s talking them for sleuthing purposes, and I’m talking them for a blog, but same diff, really. We also both dressed the same in high school and were big into the Postal Service, but…

…Yep. It’s definitely bit of a stretch. Instead, I’m going to keep this nice and tidy and save my Veronica Mars essay for another day, and maybe another blog. I wore this shirt on St. Patrick’s Day. It’s green like a leprechaun. I like dressing for holidays. Case closed.

I’ll see you creeps after episodes 10-22!

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Blouse: Salvation Army | $3.99
Skirt: Talize | $9.99
Necklace: Salvation Army | $3.99
Belt: Bibles For Missions | $0.99

Easy Does It

March 6, 2013 — 19 Comments

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Two weeks ago, I decided I needed a new winter coat. Like, “new” new. As in, not from the thrift store (yes, that still happens sometimes). I have suede coats and vintage trenches galore, but I still lacked something 100% suited for Canadian winters at their worst. While I am fully aware winter is on its way out, March can be pretty crummy. So by purchasing a parka now, I’d still get some use out of it, and I’d get it at least 50% off. Because my limbs are about 25% longer than the average person (I guess I’m doing a percentage thing in this post?), I knew I’d have to do a far amount of scoping to find something that works. Not too long into my search, I ended up at the Long Tall Sally website. This store was formerly a Tall Girl, and Tall Girl pretty much got me through high school, because ankle pants just weren’t in style back then.

Guys, I was on that website for hours. HOURS. Days changes to nights. Food expired in my fridge. G.R. R. Martin finished the last two Game of Thrones books. It was that long. While normal people speak of the ease of online shopping, I find it to be one of the more difficult and insane activities human beings have taken to. There are too many options, too many colours, too many sizes, and too many styles. How do you choose between charcoal or slate? Textured or non? Size 8? 10? 12? IT’S TOO HARD.

This overwhelming experience stood in stark contrast to how I usually shop. You know when I found that navy Ralph Lauren blazer? On my lunch break. You know what it costs me? $2. You know what size it is? I have no idea. I just bought it ’cause I liked it. Same story goes for that colourful scarf, and the belt, and the purse. While some people might find the limitations of thrifting frustrating, I find them positively freeing, because there are only three questions I have to ask myself:

1) Do I like it?
2) Does it fit?
3) Does it smell?

And that’s it. So simple!

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While I eventually did eventually order a coat off of the Long Tall Sally site, I’m still terribly anxious over its impending arrival. Should I have listened to customer reviewer 104 who said it might fit funny at the hips? Or should I have gotten the one with the down filling, even though reviewer 3762 said the down clumps at the bottom? I chose the coat with toggles, do I like toggles? What IS a toggle, anyway? I thought that was something people did to their emails?

Even after I’ve made my purchase, the options not chosen are still nagging at me. But have I ever had a single regret about the $2 spent on this Ralph Lauren blazer? Nope. Online shopping has opened up a glorious new world of infinite possibilities, and if that thing floats you’re boat, live it up like you’re on a boat. I, on the other hand, would basically drown in the sea of too many choices. Like this! Thus, I think I’ll stick to the thrift stores. 90% of the time, anyway.

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Blazer: Salvation Army | $2
Belt: Talize | $0.99
Bag: Salvation Army | $5.99
Boots: Me Shoe | $50 (from $250!)
Photos by the lovely Yen!