I remember seeing this sweater at Simons last year, and being immediately drawn by its Ted Baker-esque floral print. Alas, at $70+ for a poly blend, I couldn’t justify the purchase. But then! A few weeks ago, I found the very same sweater at a local consignment store — for under $20. Score. It’s one of my fave things about shopping secondhand: getting second chances at clothes I might not otherwise get to take home.
This is a super basic outfit, but it felt chic nonetheless. Wearing so much black meant that I could take a risk, and pick pretty much any colour of accessories. Baby blue shoes? Don’t mind if I do.
I will confess that I didn’t have as much time to plan my annual clothes swap this year as in years past. Proof? I didn’t realize until about a week beforehand that it’s actually my tenth annual swap. Talk about a milestone … and a missed opportunity to go REALLY big. As it was, the theme this time around was on the vague and pulled-together-at-the-last-minute side: Springtime. Well, duh. Still, I would like to think that everything came together nicely in the end.
My decorations consisted of some IKEA party supplies and flowers from Costco — not exactly the stuff of Pinterest dreams. I did put my growing collection of hobnail/milk glass pieces to good use, which was nice. However, the reality is that a clothing swap is not really about the decor or food … it’s about the clothes, of course. For my part, I traded two extra large bags …
… for a bunch of neat new-to-me pieces. Check it:
One of the things I swapped was my navy Talula blazer, and as fate would have it, managed to replace it with an awesome peplum version which fits like a dream.
I also got this Milly for BR dress, which had me really excited; I don’t have any plain black dresses (that fit) and this one looked promising. Afterwards, I realized that it’s actually navy, not black. But! It’s still a super cute dress that I’m sure will see a lot of wear.
This was a dress I thrifted over a year ago, when it was far too small for me. I liked it too much to leave it behind in the store, and ended up passing it on to my friend, Cassie. Well, it came back to me! And now it fits! There’s an old adage about that, I think …
I also got two pairs of shoes. I’m excited to see how these cut-out Nine West pumps will work out — they’re a still I wouldn’t have tried on my own. Cassie decided to pass on her thrifted Ferragamos (!!!) and while they sadly don’t fit me (I tried, repeatedly), they are perfect for my mom. Spread the love, I say.
Last but not least, I picked up a vintage wool cape (with matching skirt that’s impossibly small, sadly) which is quite outside my style comfort zone, but too amazing to pass up. I’ll be wearing it to see the Sherlock Holmes exhibit at the Telus World of Science in a few weeks, and I can’t think of a better occasion to take it out for a spin. Stay tuned for pics.
The title says it all: I wore this to run errands on the weekend. Mommy glamour at its finest, folks. I took advantage of a spell of warm weather to bust out this summer-weight skirt. Alas, it snowed (again) the next day. As much as I appreciate the occasional warm temperatures, I for one am heartily sick of the constant back-and-forth, snow-melt-grossness-repeat cycle we’ve been having lately. I just want it to be spring, dammit!
Whew! Sorry, apparently I had to get a toddler temper tantrum out of my system. Though, to be fair, we’re fresh out of those around here. Toddlers, that is. It hit me the other day that the kids will be 5 (!) and 3 (!!) this year, which means … they are definitely not babies anymore. Excuse me while I go and have a lie down — this weather must be messing with my tear ducts.