When I Grow Up

May 15, 2013 — 17 Comments

Vintage rainbow skirt and a strappy tank // We So Thrifty

Vintage rainbow skirt and a strappy tank // We So Thrifty

Vintage rainbow skirt and a strappy tank // We So Thrifty

Ha! How sultry am I in that first pic? I’m all “yeah, wall, I like the way your brick is layed.” Blogging and taking photos is hilariously dumb sometimes. Then again, I can truthfully say that about most of my favourite things. The best things in life are sometimes free, sometimes not, but they are always hilarious and dumb. That should be on a motivational Pinterest poster.

Anyways, let’s rein in this entry. If I look like I’m romantically into that wall, it’s because I’m romantically into this outfit. Well, not romantically, but I am pretty into it. I bought this vintage skirt at the Salvation Army last year (worn also here), and I don’t wear it nearly as often as I should. It makes me feel like a bouquet of flowers. I also feel a little like a ballerina, and a little like a gymnast. The bun accounts for the ballerina vibes, and the gymnast within comes from the double-strapped Lululemon tank top I scored at Talize a few weeks ago.

Oddly enough, Ballerina and Gymnast were the #2 and #3 future professions on my “When I Grow Up” list from age 5-7. Back then, my career aspirations were determined by the attire associated with that career. Obviously, Figure Skater handily secured the #1 spot for all of Kindergarten and most of Grade 1. Flouncy skirts! Shiny leggings! Sparkles!…Sadly, those dreams were dashed the moment I realized that skating is very cold, and I suck at it. I would forever be relegated to the penalty box, silently weeping as all my crushes skated pass me during the painful coming-of-age ritual known as “Couple Skate”. All the funny-tasting hot chocolate from the instant hot chocolate machine in Georgetown couldn’t warm my sad, sad soul.

If I could have offered young Julie a few words of sage advice, I would have told her that eventually she will get to wear all the sparkles and ballerina buns in the world, without ever having to set foot in an arena again. It’s true. They let anyone wear sequins these days! The same goes for all my forgotten gymnast dreams. When I bought this Lululemon tank at the thrift store, I didn’t even have to pretend I was stretchy enough for yoga. I can wear it just because it’s comfy and the straps are groovy.

Eventually, I stopped picking careers based on the cute outfits, and instead picked them based on whatever unit we were studying in school. At one point, I sincerely thought I wanted to be an astronomer (this was before I realized I suck at math and science even more than I suck at skating), and during the Ancient Egypt unit, I thought Future Archeologist sounded pretty rad.

Obviously, I did not become an astronomer (although a few summers ago my friends and I were pretty confident we discovered a new constellation in the shape of a K, and called it Special K), but in my own small way, I practice a bit of archeology every time I enter the thrift store. Archeology is the study of human activity in the past, and my favourite thrifted finds always reveal a little more of that. I didn’t grow up to be a ballerina, a skater, or an archeologist. I grew up to be a thrifter. That means I can steal a little from all of those professions, and do it all in a climate that’s more temperate than an arena or the pyramids of Egypt. I’m definitely into that.

Vintage rainbow skirt and a strappy tank // We So Thrifty

Vintage rainbow skirt and a strappy tank // We So Thrifty

Vintage skirt: Salvation Army | $3.00
Lululemon tank: Talize | $17.00
Sandals: Talize | $3.50
Photos: Yen

17 responses to When I Grow Up


    You are always gorgeous! Love the outfit and the background!


      Julie Van Huizen May 24, 2013 at 8:37 am

      Thank you Zhenya! Isn’t it a beautiful wall? That won’t be the last time I take pictures there 😉



    Lovely, really lovely. The skirt, the outfit and you. It is a wonderful look, fresh, elegant and sophisticated. Too many adjectives for simplicity so successful. The pattern of the skirt is cute and also top design. Your hair is very pretty. A really successful post, a great proposal. Congratulations.



    HAHAHA!! Oh Couples Skate…. Why indeed did teachers think that was a good idea! Awesome post as per usual Julie!


    Salvaged Strawberry May 16, 2013 at 8:56 am

    I am officially obsessed with this skirt – it’s perfect – the shape, the color, the print. It looks just darling on you. You have the most amazing thrift luck. Can I borrow some of that magic dust? xo


      Julie Van Huizen May 24, 2013 at 8:39 am

      Dust for everyone! That actually sounds like a great idea for a scam: Send me $5, and I’ll send you $25 worth of magical thrift dust.



    HaHa, a dutch girl…not good at ice skating? Gasp?! Love the look and those were all my top career aspirations, too…but, I don’t think I really crossed any of them off my list until I was about 16!



    This is either good or bad – I recognized that skirt immediately from an earlier post. It’s bad in – I must not have a life if I can remember what you were wearing many moons ago!



    that’s such a great skirt, i love the colors!
    in my last post i styled my bright midi skirt with a leotard and a bun too 🙂




    “yeah, wall, I like the way your brick is layed.”
    Can’t. stop. laughing.
    Julie, you are golden. This post made me laugh, hard.


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