This past January, I broke my New Year resolution routine … and actually made some resolutions for once. One of them was to only buy second-hand clothing, and accessories under $40 an item, in 2013. Maybe coincidentally (maybe not), my shopping has slowed down considerably since then. Just imagine – I bought nary a single piece of clothing on my trip to Vancouver last month. [Though I may have, ahem, splurged on some jewelry.] In fact, February was something of a milestone for me: I bought no clothes at all that month. Yep, none. Zero. Nada. Are you proud of me yet? At this rate, BCRL will be defunct again in no time. Just kidding.

I did have time this month to pick up a few things, and if you’re as curious as me about other people’s shopping habits (and bags), this post’s for you.

What I Bought This Month
Diane von Furstenberg wrap dress

This purchase officially marks the breaking of my NY resolution. It lasted a whopping 2.5 months. The dress was new, and over $40. [I fudged things in January, buying some new clothes but staying under the $40 mark.] In my defence, it was only slightly over – $46 after applying a gift card, and after a masive sale discount (it was originally $400, if you were curious), and it’s one of my favourite items of clothing. I have 3 DVF dresses, and I love them all to bits. I’ve said it before, and I’ll repeat myself (ad nauseam): you won’t find a comfier, more accommodating garment anywhere. Slip on a camisole if you’re worried about cleavage spillage, but do give the wrap dress a try.

What I Bought This Month
J. Crew Factory sweater

From one wardrobe classic to another: this J. Crew Factory crew-neck sweater ($24) is nothing special, but it’s great for layering over collared shirts (one of my favourite looks for winter spring 7 months out of the year in Alberta). The sleeves are bracelet-length, so there is no need to constantly push them up (a pet peeve). The material is light-weight, perfect for layering … or wait, I said that already.

What I Bought This Month
Vintage clip-on earrings

I have been getting back into antique-ing (and collecting china and vintage jewelry) hard-core lately. I like the variety and the novelty factor – I know I won’t be seeing the same pieces on half a dozen people downtown. [Those J. Crew bubble necklaces might be great, but after you’ve seen them in every colour of the rainbow, they start to lose their appeal.] I haven’t had much luck finding good vintage pieces in local thrift stores, so I’ve relied on the antique malls and shops around town, where the prices are higher. Still, at $16, these earrings were a pretty good deal.

What I Bought This Month
Vintage clip-on earrings, part deux

Speaking of vintage jewelry, I also fell for these sparklers ($20). I love the colour combo of the rhinestones, as well as the star-burst/flower design. They are a little bit too flashy for daytime use as earrings, so I pin them (with safety pins) as brooches. Dual purpose jewelry – love it.

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