Archives For August 2013


August 28, 2013 — 14 Comments

Bright lace over bold florals // We So Thrifty

90s Kelly Kapowski dress // We So Thrifty

Bright lace over bold florals // We So Thrifty

The other day, a co-worker of mine suggested that it’s much too early for 90s nostalgia. I wasn’t even a part of the conversation, but very nearly spit cold afternoon coffee all over my desk in my rush to promptly correct him.  l informed him, on behalf of millennials everywhere (and, well, the Internet) that he’s dead wrong. All he’d need to do is spend ten minutes on Buzzfeed or Hello Giggles, and he’d see the appetite for the 90s (and early 2000s, even) is stronger than ever. Stronger than yesterday. Now it’s nothing but my way. My lonliness ain’t….WHOOPS I’M BRITNEY-ING AGAIN. See? The force is strong. Just ask Terri or this chick.

Anyways, If I were to offer an objective suggestion for the rule that would allow one to wax nostalgic about a certain decade, I’d say that once clothing from that decade starts selling in vintage shops, wax away. I picked up this 90s mini from the lovely Girl on the Wing in Hamilton a few months ago, and it’s a straight-up Zack n’ Kelly Dress. What is a Zack n’ Kelly dress? It’s what my sister Laura and I would call our Barbie dresses that were particularly snazzy, worthy of being worn by Kelly and adored by Zack. I have very vivid memories of demanding “MY TURN WITH THE ZACK ‘N KELLY DRESS!”

My own Zack n’ Kelly dress is floral, bright, and, thankfully, not quite short enough to send me to Mr. Belding’s office. But even so, I can say with some certainty that Kelly Kapowski would’ve rocked dress all the way into the college years. I’ve already offered my personal favourite Saved by the Bell moments on this blog back in 2012, so I think I’ll just leave it at that.

Sigh, remember 2012? Good times.


90s Kelly Kapowski dress // We So Thrifty

Bright lace over bold florals // We So Thrifty

Bright lace over bold florals // We So Thrifty

Dress: Girl on the Wing | $40
Lace Shirt: Salvation Army | $5.99
Shoes: Talize | $9.99
Purse: Clothing Swap | $0.50

Into the Woods

August 16, 2013 — 9 Comments



Friends, a few weeks ago, Yen and I had some fun in the woods, and I like the pictures too much to confine them to the 580 pixel limit of this blog. So, I posted a full spread over on my design blog (in all their 710-pixel-glory!), as well as a few thoughts on work, play and striking that delicate balance. Have a look, and have yourself a splendid weekend.


Break the Rules

August 13, 2013 — 13 Comments

Bejewelled 60s Vintage // We So Thrifty

Bejewelled 60s Vintage // We So Thrifty

Coral and turquoise // We So Thrifty

When I thrift, I have rules. These rules are essentially in place to slow my transition into one of the Junk People from the Labyrinth. Shopping second hand can easily get out of hand, because when items are $5-15, every purchase seems harmless. So, I try to keep a few key things in mind:

– Don’t buy it if it doesn’t fit. You can’t sew, and you won’t fix it
– Don’t buy it if you don’t have specific occasion to wear it. Your life isn’t as fancy as you might think, and you are not a Gossip Girl.
– Don’t buy it if it’s not in season. By the time it’s in season, you’ll want something else. You’re fickle.

Most of the time, I stick to the rules. For this dress, though? I broke every single one. This incredible coral 60s number dress from Netty Vintage made a hypocrite out of me, but I have no regrets.

Background: Jentine had been talking up Netty Vintage for some time, so way back in March, we devoted a Saturday to it. I tried on his dress because of the colour, fell in love with it because of the collar, and committed to it because of the price (on sale for $10!). However, the sleeves were way too big at the time, and the length went right past my knees. It didn’t fit, I had nowhere to wear it, and it was a wholly impractical purchase given the dreary March weather, but I was smitten.

A few months later, I received an invitation to my cousin Kayla’s wedding. There was my occasion. A few weeks ago, Yen offered her sewing skills in exchange for my camera skills. There was my seamstress. And at last Saturday’s wedding, the weather was cool, sunny, and absolutely ideal for a thin dress with sleeves.

Since I already broke so many of my own rules just by buying this dress back in March, I broke a few more while wearing it. Are you supposed to match your dress with your bag? I don’t think so. Are you supposed to match your bag with your nails and your lipstick, too? Definitely not. But I did. I also drank beer before liquor, used my dessert fork for my salad, and even broke my “no dancing to country music” rule by letting Taylor Swift tell me all about her doomed dalliance with a man named Trouble.

If that’s how the the Junk People party, you can count me in.

Bejewelled 60s Vintage // We So Thrifty

Vintage jewelled neckline // We So Thrifty

Dress: Netty Vintage | $10
Banana Republic Purse: Clothing Swap | $0.50
Earrings: Ten Thousand Villages
Sandals: c/o My Edit 😉