• Thrifty Thursday – Spring Shopping*

    Thursdays are so much more exciting than they ever used to be. I look forward to writing this post all week–I just hope you enjoy reading them as much as I enjoy writing them! :)

    Today is an especially fabulous Thursday as it’s my mom’s birthday! (HAPPY BIRTHDAY MOM!!) For some reason I thought that I had missed it… I spent all day yesterday thinking that it was the 31st. I tried calling my mom three times last night but I couldn’t get through, and I went to bed feeling like the worst daughter ever as I hadn’t wished my mother a happy birthday.

    So, I called this morning in utter shame… only to have my dad laugh at me and tell me that her birthday was today. Moral of the story: I’m still a good daughter. haha

    Anyway.

    I actually had time to get out and go shopping this week! It was so nice… I just browsed and took my time, and I found two things that I absolutely love.

    I have had the same light black dress coat for 10 years, and it was Peeah’s before it was mine. I’ve always liked it–it’s very simple and looks great with work clothes.

    Sadly, as the jacket is approaching it’s 15th birtrhday, it’s looking a little worse for the wear. I’ve already repaired holes on almost every seam, and the lining has been absolutely destroyed. It’s ripped and just doesn’t look very nice. I’ve been shopping for a replacement for the past little while, and this week I found it! I give you my new black spring coat!

    Voila! I really like it. It’s in fabulous shape, and I love that it’s belted.

    And that it only cost me $8. WIN!

    I also saw some really cute shoes that I just had to have. Confession: I love polka dots. Love them. So when I saw these navy polka dotted wedges, they practically leapt into my card.

    Aren’t they cute? I have a cute navy button up dress that I think they will be perfect with! They are incredibly comfortable, and they were only $6 at Value Village.

    So, those were my big finds this week! Next week I’ll debut Dress #2… I’m excited!!

  • Thrifty Thursday – The Red Purse*

    This was a very exciting thrifting week for me, and I only went out once! I finally found something that I have been looking for for a very long time: The Red Purse.

    I’m not talking about any old red purse–I’m talking about a red purse in the right shade of red, in the right size, in the right design–one that I can wear with multiple outfits when I want to add a punch of colour. I did find a really cute red Radley Handbag when I did my accessories challenge a few weeks ago, but it’s more of an “outfit purse”. It needs to be worn with a specific look, and isn’t really every day material.

    So. I’ve been shopping for The Red Purse for almost a year. I wanted something that was a darker red–more like a brick red with some black undertones to it. I also wanted a purse that could hold everything I carry around with me on a daily basis, and something that didn’t have a crazy pattern or adornment on it.

    When I went to Value Village earlier this week, I decided to take a peek through the purses. I don’t always do this as I’m really not a purse collector. I like to have a staple in the major colour groups and that’s about it. As I perused through the racks, I noticed a flash of red stuffed behind a hideous black mommy purse. It looked like it had been deliberately hidden behind a few things, and it took me a minute to fish it out. When I did, it was love at first sight.

    Behold: The Red Purse.

    It’s a red leather Nine West bag in exactly the shade of red I wanted. It’s red, but not too red, and the flaps on the front give it just the right amount of detail without being too much.

    I seriously clutched the bag to my chest and began sprinting for the counter.

    As I made my way to the front, I noticed some other cool features. It has an adorable black and white polka dot pattern inside, and the bottom of the purse is bunched and looks like this:

    I like.

    …and then I noticed the absence of a price tag.

    This is can be a bad sign. If you take an item to the front without a tag, they have to call a manager and price it on the spot. I always feel like if you look like you reeeeeeeeally want something they jack up the price as they know you’ll pay it. And because Nine West is sort of a well known brand, that could also make the bag cost more. It was time to get my game face on.

    When I got to the counter, I nonchalantly placed the bag on the counter.

    Me: (speaking slowly, looking bored) “Oh, hey. I found this bag lying around and noticed it didn’t have a tag on it.  I was going to leave it, but I thought I’d just bring it up and let you know.”

    Cashier: “Oh, just a moment. Let me call my manager.”

    (I casually look at everything in the room except The Red Purse. The manager makes his way over.)

    Cashier: “Hi. This customer found this bag, and the price tag has been ripped off. (looking at me) Would you like to know how much it is?”

    Me: “Yeah, I guess. Why not.”

    Manager: (picks up the bag and looks it over) “Just put a $4.99 tag on it.”

    Me: “I’LL TAKE IT.”

    …and that’s the story of The Red Purse. I heart it greatly, and it’s big enough to hold all my stuff without overflowing. Also–very important–the zipper at the top opens all the way across which makes it very easy to see everything inside.

    And I tend to put a lot of stuff inside.

    See my cute red leather gloves? I found them last month during the Winners Clearance days for $9. WIN!

    And yes, it is necessary to have at least 5 types of lip gloss in my purse at all times. I am an addict. I can’t help it.

    (Current fav: Sally Hanson Lip Inflation – $2 @ Dollarama. It’s a bit like Lip Venom. WIN!)

    So, my closet feels just that much more complete now that I have The Red Purse. Now I just need to find red shoes…

  • Thrifty Thursday – Shrug Sweaters*

    So, I didn’t get the job.

    …but let’s not talk about that. It’s Thursday! Hooray!

    I’ve barely had any time to go out thrift shopping in the last few weeks, and it makes me very sad. The roller coaster that is my life keeps hurtling forward at a breakneck speeds and it’s all I can do to hang on and not fall off.

    But at least I can look good while doing it. ;)

    My lovelies, I’ve developed a love for “shrug sweaters”. I’m not even sure if that’s the correct name for them, but when I think of them that’s what I think (and that’s also what google tells me). As it’s been a rather chilly winter, I found myself reaching for the same sweaters again and again as I braved sub zero temperatures inside the classroom. I quickly got bored of the same outfits and decided it was time to expand beyond the beloved cardigans that have always hung in my closet.

    During one thrift store adventure I decided to browse through the sweater section and see what I could find. I spotted this and while it took me a minute to figure out how to put it on, I loved it immediately:

    Paired with a white long-sleeved shirt and a long brown beaded necklace, it keeps me cozy and doesn’t make me look like an old lady teacher. I love.

    Once I figured out how to wear the dang thing it quickly became a staple in my wardrobe. So, I went out and found another.

    …and another.

    …and then maybe one more.

     

    I KNOW. I can’t help it. I love the way they look, AND I’m adding some color to my neutral wardrobe! Magic!

    Now here’s the best part:

    Brown – $4 @ Value Village
    Green – $2.50 @ Goodwill
    Red – $5 @ Value Village
    Pink – $3 @ Value Village

    Four sweaters for less than $15?? Yes please!

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    Now then: I’ve had a few friends leave me little messages on Facebook about cool thrifted deals they’ve found recently, and I am loving this. If you’ve bought something recently, let me know!! Or better yet, take a photo and send it my way. Thanks dears!

  • Six Months + Six Dresses (#1)

    Hi lovelies!

    I’ve been waiting allllll week to write today’s post!

    (And then I went out with Dee tonight and left myself no time to write it. ha)

    Confession: I don’t own very many dresses. If I had an occasion where I needed to dress up or look extra nice, I currently have about two dress options to choose from.

    Seriously.

    For some reason I’ve always been afraid to wear dresses. I think that part of it comes from the fact that there are certain things I avoid when wearing dresses… for example, I prefer dresses that have capped or long sleeves, and my ideal length reaches just above my knee. I’m also not into anything that’s really tight.

    Finding dresses that meet all these requirements is often next to impossible.

    However, I am determined.

    And so, today I begin my journey to find six dresses in six months, and I have my first one to debut for you! When I first saw it in the store, it immediately caught my eye, but I was almost afraid to try it on. It’s very… different. The pattern is bold, and while most of the skirts and dresses I own are an a-line design, this one is straight and fitted all the way down. I get a bit of a 1960s vibe from it.

    And so, without any further ado… I give you Dress #1 (March):

    (You can click on photos to enlarge them.)

    (Also, I took these last weekend. Please ignore my face and focus on the dress. haha)

    H&M Dress – $10 @ Salvation Army
    Cardigan – $16 @ Winners
    Belt – $1 @ Salvation Army
    Shoes – $20 @ Goodwill

    …and without the sweater:

    I like it better with the sweater, but I wanted to show you what the top looked like.

    When I first tried it on, I felt like it needed something–like the pattern was too much on it’s own. I strolled over to the accessories department at Salvation Army and found a black skinny belt for $1 dollar. I knew I had a black three-quarter length cardigan at home, and all together I kinda like the outfit. It’s casual enough that I could wear it to work, but I think I could also dress it up a bit if I need to!

    So, there you have it. One down, five to go! :)

  • Thrifty Thursday – Pink Pumps*

    Last weekend the Hubster and I went north to see my family and meet my beautiful new nephew, Hugh.

    After a long visit with Peeah at her house, we all left so that she and her husband could get the kids to bed. It was roughly 8pm, and my dad (who is a pro thrifter–he finds amazing deals) asked me if I had made it to Goodwill yet that day. When I answered that I hadn’t had time, he reminded me that it was a 50% off day and asked me if I wanted to go.

    We dropped the Hubster off at their house, then my mom, dad and I headed out for a mini late-night thrift store adventure.

    I did what I always do: I bee-lined for the shoes. (It’s a compulsion. I can’t help it.) I saw a wicked pair of 3.5″ brown Aldo pumps, but the toes were a little more scuffed than I like. I also spied a beautiful pair of black Nine West flats, but they were a bit too big for me.

    Then, in the sea of black and beige shoes, I saw a flash of pink. Hiding beneath a hideous grandma shoe was a pair of pink Steve Madden pumps. I knew in that moment that I absolutely needed pink shoes. I mean, really–doesn’t everyone?

    I grabbed them off the shelf and slid one on my foot, praying that it would fit.

    …it was a Cinderella moment. (Well, minus the prince. He was at home, letting me shop in thrift story glory. Isn’t that prince-like?)

    They fit perfectly! I was so excited to throw them in my cart, and they ended up being the only thing I bought that night. The best part? They cost me a whopping $3.50. *swoon*

    They have a bit of a scuffed, worn look to them that I actually really like. It makes the pink not so pink and looks kind of cool.

    Seriously–how fun are these? I cannot wait to wear them.

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    In other news, I’m about to start my new Thrifty Adventure! After seeing the results from my poll, I’ll be beginning Six Months + Six Dresses next week! On the first Thursday of each month I’ll post my dress for the month. I am so excited to take on this challenge–I love dresses, but I am always afraid to buy them and wear them. This will force me out of my comfort zone and I hope to add some cute dresses to my closet.

    So tune in next week to see my first thrifted dress!

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