Month: July 2013

What I Bought: June

I tried to be less spend-y this month, I really did. Whether I succeeded … well, I will leave that up to you to decide. I made over $75 from one of two consignment drop-offs, which covered my thrift shopping this month (seen here) and then some. Well, a little bit of the rest, anyway – as you can see, I was busy on eBay again this month.

Swarovski Lea Rings ($80, including shipping and customs, eBay)

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Swarovski Lea rings (made in China) – originally $80

I remember eyeing this duo when it was available on the Swarovski website, but never pulling the trigger … and then regretting it. I am crazy about Swarovski jewelry, especially their rings. I’ve been wanting an emerald coloured ring for a while now, and have considered different vintage options on Etsy and eBay, but none of the pieces I found had the timeless, simple elegance of my favourite Swarovski rings. So, in the end, I went and hunted the original. With shipping and customs, it cost about the same as retail; perhaps not the greatest deal, but I love them!

Ferragamo Vara/Lillaz flats ($87, including shipping, eBay)

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Vintage Ferragamo (made in Italy) – current style $450

Ok, I admit it: I am addicted. After trying on my first pair of Ferragamos (see last month’s update), I knew I had to have more – I don’t care if I wear nothing but! First up: a pair in dark brown, faux croc. To even out the score, I decided to purge (via consignment) not one but three pairs of shoes, including a Stuart Weitzman one – the old favourite making room for the new.

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Vara or Lillaz? Still not sure …

I have promised myself to stop buying more Varas – for the time being – but I am definitely keeping my eye out for good deals on the other colours I want (nude/beige, oxblood, cognac, navy … the list goes on and on!).

J. Crew merino wool cardigan ($62 including shipping, eBay)

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J. Crew cardigan (made in China) – originally $88

I’ve written before about how difficult it can be to find the perfect cardigan. Once I started shopping on eBay, I realized that the answer was in my closet all along: why not buy what you know works? One of my favourite cardigans (bought off Kijiji a couple of years ago) is a moss-green J. Crew cardigan that originally came out in 2010 or thereabouts. I have never come across it in consignment stores and, needless to say, doing so would be like finding a needle in a haystack – few people were buying J. Crew locally 2-3 years ago. On eBay, though, a quick search for “J. Crew ruffle cardigan” brought up a searchable list of examples (under 300), which included 3 versions of my cardigan. Problem solved!

The downside was cost. After shipping charges, the cardigan was (likely) more expensive than if bought locally second-hand; as a comparison, I paid something like $30 or $40 for my original one (the retail price tag was $88). Still, not a terrible price to pay for a cardigan that meets all of my nit-picky criteria and has been proven to stand the test of time in my own closet.

J. Crew Factory belt ($17)

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J. Crew Factory belt (made in Vietnam) – originally $30?

Impulse buy time! I don’t really have much use for belts right now, but I couldn’t resist the colour of this one. It will be a great accessory for next year, though – it’s a lovely accent colour.

J. Crew cotton top ($26)

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J. Crew stripes & florals top (made in China) – originally $58

Another sort-of impulse buy. Not something I absolutely need at the moment, but it will likely replace my beloved Anthropologie stripes-and-florals T-shirt.

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Anthropologie top

The latter is not super old, but hasn’t stood up to wear very well; there is a lot of colour transfer, especially around the arms. Consider it a brand lesson learned. Anyway, back to this J. Crew version – the pattern is cute and quirky, and the colours (blue and red) will work fabulously with pieces in my wardrobe.

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J. Crew top – close-up

J. Crew ruffle blouses ($18 each, Red Pony Consignment)

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J. Crew blouse #1 (made in China) – originally $88?

More closet staples for next year. I’m planning a bit of an overhaul of my office wardrobe in 2014, and one area that will see a bit of turnover is the shirt/blouse section.

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J. Crew blouse #2 (made in China) – originally $88

RACHEL Rachel Roy floral top ($20, Red Pony Consignment)

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RACHEL Rachel Roy blouse (made in China) – original price $128

Did I mention I’ve been craving florals? In my defence, this top (size XL) is actually a maternity wardrobe addition – I’m running out of tops that are long enough to cover my bump. I do really love the print, though, so we’ll see what happens to it come September.

And that’s a wrap!

Remix Challenge: week 41

Saturday, June 22, 2013: backyard BBQ

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Dress, Joe Fresh; trench, The Gap; shoes, Taryn Rose; bag, Longchamps

A couple of our close friends hosted a small BBQ, so we let Luka run amok after their poor unsuspecting puppy, and we kicked back with some yummy food. I figured I would give this Joe Fresh dress another wear before I outgrow it, but I didn’t anticipate an impromptu playground trip with the kids. Well, I’m more of an indoors person anyway.

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Manicure: coloured gel nails

Monday, June 24, 2013: work

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Pants, maternity; blouse, American Apparel (consignment); sweater, J. Crew Factory Outlet; necklace, J. Crew Factory Outlet; shoes, Ferragamo; bag, Louis Vuitton (consignment)

I decided to get “pants day” out of the way early this week. Plus, this outfit is a whole lotta black, so it’s appropriate for a Monday – or, more specifically, my typical mood on a Monday. It’s a little bit buttoned up, a little bit undone; overall, appropriate for a not super-conservative professional office. Turquoise accent punch things up a notch.

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Manicure: Dior St. Tropez

Tuesday, June 25, 2013: work

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Dress, BCBG (consignment); cardigan, J. Crew Factory Outlet; necklace, Swarovski; shoes, Stuart Weitzman; bag, Coach (vintage)

A second take on my BCBG leopard print muumuu. This time, I reversed the colour polarity in my accessories, with a blue cardigan and black shoes (versus a black blazer and blue shoes last time). Still loving this dress – and the comfort factor!

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Swarovski ring

Wednesday, June 26, 2013: work

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Dress, Calvin Klein; jacket, Tristan (consignment); shoes, Ellen Tracy; bag, Coach (vintage)

I wanted to wear this favourite Calvin Klein dress at least one more time, come hell or high water (or fast expanding waistline in this case). This makes for take #3 or 4 in the Remix Challenge, which might be a record. It’s also proof that prints can be versatile and lend themselves to being accessorized in a variety of ways. If you wondering about my weird posture, let’s just say that I was trying not to get caught “red-handed”, as it were … with evidence of a trip to Timmies. Ah, the siren call of timbits in the afternoon!

Thursday, June 27, 2013: work
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Dress, Diane von Furstenberg (borrowed); tank, J. Crew Factory; necklace, Swarovski; shoes, Ferragamo (vintage); bag, Louis Vuitton (consignment)
I borrowed this DvF wrap dress again from my mom, but underestimated my new circumferences – it was a tight fit! In case you still needed it, here is more proof of the versatility of wrap dresses. Below is an old photo of me wearing the same dress 3 years and a good 35 pounds ago.
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Dress, DvF; bag, Arcadia; shoes, Stuart Weitzman
Here is a close-up of my manicure, Chanel Distraction. Expect a review soon; I got a few compliments on it, including from one of my (male) bosses at work. And they say that men don’t notice these things!
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Manicure: Chanel Distraction
Friday, June 28, 2013: work
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Skirt, Joe Fresh (thrifted); tank, J. Crew Factory; jacket, Tommy Hilfiger Outlet; necklace, Banana Republic; shoes, Tory Burch (consignment); bag, Mulberry (second hand)
Instead of the usual jeans, I decided to switch things up and wear my jean jacket instead. You are probably getting heartily tired of seeing it, week in week out, but it’s such a useful staple. I’m definitely glad I invested the money in it – my summer wardrobe wouldn’t be the same without it. The skirt-necklace combo was my attempt at whimsy: the cream polka dots against the navy background finding their polarity in the navy round beads of the necklace against the cream tank top.
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Manicure: A England Tristam
Happy Canada Day!!