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Baby Baby

July 16, 2014 — 31 Comments

Cotton dress // We So Thrifty

Cotton dress // We So Thrifty

Cotton dress // We So Thrifty

Bump-friendly cotton dress // We So Thrifty

There it is!

Here you guys were thinking “Oh look! There’s Julie being pretentious and perhaps taking a pee in some rose bushes” and then BLAMO – baby bump hits you in the face.

I actually tried to publish this post using the first three photos only, but then this WordPress pop-up came up:

Looks like you’re trying to publish a pregnancy announcement. Under the Official Blogger Code of Conduct, sector 673F, we cannot publish this post without at least one bump shot, ultrasound pic, or photo of your cat expressing her delight at being a “big sister.” Additionally, please make your opinions on home birth vs. hospital birth known immediately, in a sufficiently smug manner. Thank you.

So weird.

Anyways, I relented, and now the whole internet knows that Matt and I are, Lord willing, welcoming a tiny fella or lady this January! In the interest of keeping this short and sweet, I’ll just say that we’re really happy, I’ve been feeling fantastic, and it’s incredibly liberating to try on a dress like this one, then say “this dress makes it look like I’ve been slamming back burritos for every meal – I’ll take it!”.

I’ll also add that the comments coming in on Facebook and Instagram have felt like a continuous parade of warm hugs (but even better because you don’t have to actually hug anyone!), and I’ve never been so thankful for my wonderful family, supportive friends, and overall kick-ass community. This baby is already loved by so many. That’s pretty incredible.

(One last sidebar: Narrowing down the song to title this post was tricky. I landed on Amy Grant because look at her over-sized patchwork blazer. It’s spectacular.)

Dress: Kimberly’s Deja Vu Boutique | $32

Black is the New Green

April 23, 2014 — 6 Comments

Knotted maxi, leather jacket, ankle boots // We So Thrifty

Maxi dress, leather jacket // We So Thrifty

Knotted maxi, leather jacket // We So Thrifty

Knotted maxi, leather jacket, ankle boots // We So Thrifty

Guys! I’ve been sitting on this post for a few weeks (metaphorically….that probably didn’t need to be clarified). Anyhoo, I awaited the usual burst of pop cultural inspiration to hit, and the best I came up with was “I’m in all black, because I’m mourning the loss of [NOT SAYING HIS NAME BECAUSE YOU SHOULD WATCH THIS SHOW YOURSELF] from The Good Wife.” But if I tried to accurately describe the intense and painful feelings I suffered due to the loss of this fictional TV character, I’d sound “scary-crazy” instead of the usual “entertaining-crazy,” so I’ll save those feelings for my secret shipper Tumblr. It’s up to you to decide if having a secret shipper Tumblr is scary-crazy or entertaining-crazy.

Instead, I’m taking a cue from my pal Merl. Merl’s having an instagram contest right now, asking the populous to share their approach to eco-styling. Eco-styling sounds much scarier than it is. Merl herself spells it out plain and simple here: Don’t waste. Shop smart. Stop buying crap. I can honestly say I’ve managed to do just that with this look. Let’s break it down:

1) The bulk of this outfit is from the thrift store. Thrifting is eco-friendly because it extends the life of what we wear, and stops clothing from being disposable. It’s using tupperware instead of ziplock bags. (Are you now imagining hilarious outfits made from tupperware and ziplock bags? No? Just me?)

2) I thrifted these pieces with an eye on wearability and quality. I’ve had this leather jacket for, like, a month, and I’ve worn it nearly everyday. Make your clothing count. The black maxi is one of my favourite finds ever: A nice, heavy jersey Rachel Pally dress. Rachel Pally started designing precisely because she was exhausted with the cheap/trendy crap from everyone else, and her clothes, while at a higher price tag new, are a level up from anything you’d find in a department store (and they’re made in the USA). She’s one of those designers that I’d buy new clothing from too.

3) I’m supporting the little guys (and girls). I’ve heard from some people that if we all shopped second-hand or eco-conscious, the economy would go bye-bye (to use scientific terms). That’s just silly. I’m simply supporting a more creative economy. The necklace I’m wearing is from Merl herself – she builds new jewellery from salvaged materials.  The money I spent on it goes to Merl. Merl’s money goes to her adorable little shop in Chi-town. Merl’s little shop injects life into that particular neighbourhood. That’s a good chain of events. The same can be said for the boots I’m wearing from The Edit – just replace “Chi-town” with “Hamilton.” (Sidebar: “Chi-town” sounds like a thing only people who don’t live in Chicago say. Is that right, Chi-pals?)

4) I’m making the cheap stuff last. I’ve had the scarf I’m wearing for years. I bought it new, from Costa Blanca. Costa Blanca is certainly a perpetuator of fast-fashion, but as Elizabeth Cline says about these fast-fashion houses: “If you buy something cheap, that doesn’t mean that you have to have a disposable attitude to it … or a disposable relationship to it. I wore an H&M dress that I’ve had for eight years to a wedding this past summer and it’s not the greatest quality but I still like it, and I’m going to keep it in my closet and keep it going for as long as I can.”

Yesterday was Earth Day. As a child, that meant putting on plastic gloves and picking up garbage behind the treeline at school. As an adult, it means putting on clothing I like, and tackling the garbage inside my closet. Less stinky, just as rewarding. Go earth!

Dress: Salvation Army | $3.50
Jacket: Talize | $12
Scarf: Costa Blaca | Don’t recall!
Booties: The Edit | $40
Necklace: Clyde’s Rebirth | $40
Purse: Clothing Swap | $0.50

 

White Christmas

December 13, 2013 — 10 Comments

Just like that, it’s mid December. We’re all humming and hawing over whether it’s too early to watch the stop animation version of Rudolph and BAM, it might be TOO LATE. Well, luckily, I had my act together early this year, and my Christmas tree has already been up for a few weeks. That’s a good thing, too, because the craziness of Christmas kicks into high-gear this weekend, bringing in a steady stream of parties, potlucks, and pot roast. While I love that the rest of December is an eat-a-thon, I know I won’t have a whole lot of time to blog. That’s too bad, as December is the funnest time to thrift. It’s hard to thrift for practical things, it’s easy to thrift for pretty things. At Christmas, you finally get to wear the pretty things.  If you don’t believe me, I’ve pulled out a few of my favourite thrifted fancies, alongside hypothetical scenarios to wear them, to inspire you to thrift some holiday glamour of your own.

New Year's Eve dress // We So Thrifty

New Year's Eve dress // We So Thrifty

OK so I won’t be wearing this on NYE in real life (BECAUSE MY SISTER IS GETTING MARRIED!), but if I didn’t have other plans, I totally would. I found this perfectly pretty cupcake of a dress from the Salvation Army for, like $8, and I think it’d make anyone feel like the belle of the ball.

Office party dress // We So Thrifty

Office party dress // We So Thrifty

I won’t be wearing this to my work Christmas party, simply because we don’t have one. We have a potluck that my co-worker lovingly deems “The Feeding Trough.” But if you are lucky enough to work with somebody that at all resembles Harvey Specter, this is the kind of dress you need. Yen found this dress at Valu Village for $12, and she knew it was a steal of a deal given the Lida Baday label. She didn’t know, though, until after she’d given it to me (evil grin), that it originally retailed for $(%)! Whoops that’s what happens when I try to capslock $950! Yep, that’s right, almost $1000 FOR A DRESS. You actually need to be a fictional lawyer on a TV to afford this brand-new.

Winter lace // We So Thrifty

Winter lace // We So Thrifty

All you need for Christmas day is a little lace dress. That’s also all you need for summer, so maybe that’s all you need ever? And if you’re lucky like me, it’ll only cost you $7. While this LOFT by Anne Taylor dress could easily be styled for summer, I plan to wear it with black tights, booties, a blazer and some red lipstick.

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I told ya: ’tis the season to be thrifting. Falalalalalalalala BYE!

The Cable Girl

November 15, 2013 — 25 Comments

Mens' sweater + chunky knits // We So Thrifty

Mens' sweater + chunky knits // We So Thrifty

Mens' sweater + chunky knits // We So Thrifty

Omigosh that post title is SO LAME. I just didn’t want to call it “Sweater Weather” like every other blogger, and I only know like two other songs about sweaters, and they don’t really apply, and this is kind of a cable knit, and Matt likes that (terrible, terrible) movie The Cable Guy, so I just went with it OK?

If you’ll excuse the poor title, I actually like this outfit quite a bit. It’s the fruition of a specific thrift trip, and if this were a TV show, I’d start playing the “Thirft Triiiiiiiip” music right now, but it’s not. I do have a graphic though! *imagine theme music*

Behind the Seams // We So Thrifty

On this particular trip, I had a clearly defined objective. I don’t always recommend thrifting this way, as I find the best things when I’m not even looking for them, but it paid off this time around. I wanted a big, comfy, cozy, dude sweater. Y’know – something to unwrap christmas presents in, and wear leggings-as-pants with. So, I skipped over the lady sweaters and headed right to the man sweaters. They’re bigger, and for this particular purpose, better! Also, two of the three sweaters I pulled from the men’s section were clearly ladies sweaters anyways.

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Like this one. This was an old school United Colors of Benetton sweater. I loved the print, I loved the loose fit, and I love finding stuff from that label. BUT…it was itchy. I sort of tried to excuse away the itchiness “Ah, I’ll just wear a long sleeved shirt underneath!” but soon realized that if I have to create conditions for wearing it, it’s not the one.

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This sweater cracked me up. It is THE quintessential dude sweater from 2002. I can vividly recall boys from high school with this exact America Eagle sweater. Back then, high school Julie would have loved to have had a boyfriend, and a boyfriend sweater to borrow. But high school Julie was forever relegated to wearing her own Old Navy fleece vests and Campus Crew hoodies for warmth. Anyways, this would have looked even more terrible on bony ol’  highschool Julie than it does on adult Julie, so it all worked out for the best.

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Not much to say about this one, except that it was cute in a 50’s football star kind of way. But I’ve come to realize that the only cardigans I really love are the ones that sang this classic from the Romeo and Juliet soundtrack. Pass.

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And so we come to the winner! This sweater won out mainly because of the gloriously long sleeves, which I am handily pointing out to you in the photo above. Just so you don’t miss them. Thankfully, with the right scarf and pair of boots, this sweater is not only good for eggnog-infused TV binges, it’s even wearable outside of the house. If my satisfaction with this find weren’t apparent enough, this photo of me doing the jauntiest Leo Strut is the last piece of proof you need:

Leo Strut // We So Thrifty

Yeah Leo. We rule! I hereby grand all of you permission to meme me too. Go internet!

Mens' sweater + chunky knits // We So Thrifty

Sweater: Valu Village | $7.99
Scarf + purse | Gifts from Mom
Belt: Bibles for Mission | $0.99
Boots: $250.00 | Splurge of the season from The Boot Shop