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Vintage touches // We So Thrifty // photo © Jenna Bos

Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue.

Without realizing it, my sister Adele‘s wedding perfectly executed this age-mantra. Navy bridesmaid dresses took care of the “blue,” and her perfect wedding dress was all “new”. But in keeping with the second-hand theme that gives this blog it’s bearings, I thought it might be fun to share the “borrowed” and “old” details from her big day. Consigned capes, thrifted shoes, vintage bags – all of them came together to create a mood that was timeless and festive.

Vintage stole // We So Thrifty // photo © Jenna Bos

-15 weather meant vintage furs all around. Adele found this beauty of a stole from The Way We Were, and wore a bracelet passed down from my Mom’s side of the family.

Vintage beaded bridal bag // We So Thrifty // photo © Jenna Bos

I scored this beaded handbag  Out of the Past in Hamilton for, like, $10 or something crazy like that.

Thrifted bridal flats // We So Thrifty // photo © Jenna Bos

I also thrifted the bridal shoes from Talize. Yes, I can be hired out as a personal wedding thrifter.

Lacy winter wedding // We So Thrifty // photo © Jenna Bos

Adele’s earrings are from Etsy, mine are from Valu Village – thrifted in haste the day before the wedding!

Vintage furs, bridal party // We So Thrifty // photo © Jenna Bos

OK, it was too cold to actually wear any of the vintage furs we sourced outside, but hotdamn, we worked them inside. From left to right: borrowed from Yen; bought from Valu Village; bought from The Way We Were; rented from Revolving Closet in Hamilton; borrowed from Terri.

Wedding chalkboard // We So Thrifty // photo © Jenna Bos

My Mom-in-law let us borrow this beautiful repurposed chalkboard frame for the guestbook table. She sells all sorts of refinished vintage over over at About Time Vintage.

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While scouring the region for product for their used book store (White Rabbit Books), my parents came across piles of the cheesiest, prettiest retro romance novels you’ve ever seen. Guests got the couple to kiss by finding a steamy passage, and replacing the characters’ names with the bride and groom. Hilarity ensued!


Want more of this wedding? I also blogged about it (with even more photos) on my design blog. Yes, I know what you’re thinking: It’s a good thing I wasn’t a blogger when I got married, because I would have driven you all crazy.  One more very important factoid: All these photos are by the fabulous Jenna Bos! Who should really just add an extra “s” to her name, because she’s a total boss.

Sunny & Sheer

May 3, 2013 — 18 Comments

Sheer vintage // We So Thrifty

Sheer vintage // We So Thrifty

Sheer vintage // We So Thrifty

Sheer vintage // We So Thrifty

Sheer vintage // We So Thrifty

Just over a week ago, Yen and I spent some time sifting through frocks of tulle, silk, and cotton over at White Elephant. This activity in it self was a dream come true: we were like kids in a candy store. You know what? We don’t even need that metaphor: we were like fashion bloggers in a vintage dress store. That alone should indicate our level of glee.

The lovely ladies of White Elephant are the curators of an amazing collection of vintage from the 40s, 50s, and 60s, and they’re putting it ALL up for sale next weekend. While they put the final touches on their selection, they invited us to take a few of these beauties home and show them a good time.

Narrowing our selection wasn’t easy. It’s like choosing a favourite child! Or cat! But as soon as I stepped into this full skirted lemon yellow number, it was love. Not long after, Yen slipped on a similarly-sheer minty green beauty, and we knew we had our girls.

These dresses look like they belong together. They look like they belong to debutants going to prom; to sisters in a wedding party; to friends meeting up for a night on the town. Simply put, the girls in these dresses look like they are going places.

That idea of a special destination is just what we aimed to capture in the photo shoot that followed. Wearing vintage brings a sense of story and whimsy, and we wanted to play up all of that (we also wanted to make sure we used balloons, because there’s a helium shortage and we’ll need something to show our grand kids when balloons go the way of the 45 record player).

With our dresses in tow, Yen and I let ourselves dream for the next few days. Our vision finally came together when Yen secured the use of her brother Henk’s FABULOUS 1977 Cougar. Look at this car! We weren’t just going places now, we were going places in style. In additional to lending us this sweet ride, Henk also took many of the photos you see here, and didn’t say a word as we primped and preened well into the evening. Thanks Henk!

I won’t say too much more, as I’m hoping the photos will speak for themselves, but I will remind you that these very dresses, and hundreds more, are available at the White Elephant To The Nines dress sale next weekend. This sale has become one of my favourite events in this city. It’s an incredible collection from ladies who love and live vintage, and it doesn’t get much better than that. They are joining forces with Ottawa’s Victoire, so get thee to James Street North on May 10 and 11, and you too can live the dream.

For a closer look at Yen’s dreamy dress, head over My Edit for her side of the story.

Sheer vintage // We So Thrifty

Sheer vintage // We So Thrifty

Sheer vintage // We So Thrifty

Sheer vintage // We So Thrifty

Sunny & Sheer // We So Thrifty

If you follow me on any other medium (Twitter, Facebook, traditional stalking), you’ll know that last Saturday, the ever-wonderful Jentine and I spent the day with several other pretty ladies: these UHMAZING vintage beauties from the loveliest shop in Hamilton, White Elephant. The girls over at White Elephant are gearing up for one of my favourite events of the year, the “To the Nines” vintage dress sale. In order to spread the word, and get all of you a little more aquatinted with the incredible selection that will be on display (and for sale!) next weekend, Yen and I got to live the dream in these dresses for a few short hours, and fall in love with vintage all over again. We’ll both be posting full spreads tomorrow, but in here’s a little sneak peak while you wait!

The Wedding Guest

June 26, 2012 — 18 Comments

You know how many bad rom-coms have a title like this post? And how many of them are on the W Network all summer long? A billion. That’s how many. While my life hasn’t had a lot of Dermot Mulroney in it lately, I did just recover from a weekend chocked full of wedding-y stuff. Thus, I lack the motivation and enzymes for a proper post. Instead, I’m sifting through my summer 2011 photo archives, and sharing a few thrifted wedding guest outfits. And, as a bonus, Matt’s gonna show up a few times in these photos. Believe it our not, I used to only take pictures at weddings, with Matt, around real people, as opposed to the gratuitous solo outfit photos I now take in back alley ways, with only my confused neighbors as witnesses. Oh, the good ol’ days.

First up, I wore this Nicole Miller dress to the wedding of our friends Tim and Esther last summer:

This little metallic number was instrumental in my conversion to the thrifting life. I bought it three years ago at Talize for $7, or something. It fits perfectly, it’s a brand I love, and it’s unique. It’s even got little fake rocky jewels sewn along the bottom hem. It’s everything I love about thrifting, and I’m sure I’ll wear it again.

For this next wedding look, I knew that I didn’t need to fuss with anything too stuffy, but that I should stick to something easy and true to myself. When my friend Michelle married her man Jared, it was one of the most creative, comfortable, and colourful weddings I’d ever attended, and the perfect chance to rock one of my favourite thrifts: this Ralph Lauren skirt (previously worn here). We were trucking it all over Toronto that day, and I felt free as can be.

One of the more amazing things about Michelle and Jared’s day was their use of reusable and second-hand materials, so a thrifted outfit only made sense. You can check out all the clever ways they second-hand-styled their big day on Michelle’s blog.

This next look is a thrifter “splurge”. Translation? It’s consigned. I spent $35 on this  chiffon Nine West dress for my sister-in-law’s wedding last summer. It was $35 well spent. I loved the colours, the light, airy shape and the bold patterns. And they gave me big sideways hair that day, which is always a bonus.

And, finally, we return to summer 2012. I wore the Kitsch dress below just a few days ago, to the nuptials of our friends Rob and Carly. It was hot that day,  so I needed something light and fresh (although I ruined any chance at comfort by opting for torturous spanks underneath, and very nearly pulled a Jess Day in the washroom).

I thrifted this dress somewhere around Christmas, and hadn’t yet worn it anywhere. It was a touch too frilly for my day-to-day, so I was pleased to finally have a reason to wear it. Ditto for my leather ballet flats.

So there you have it: a nice little album of some thrifting wedding fashion. I’ll now return my attentions to  My Best Friend’s Wedding, as I need to reserve the rest of my energy for curiously pondering Julia Robert’s choice to wear sunglasses on her face, and on her head, simultaneously. I’m not knocking it – chick is working it like a boss.