I know: this blog might as well be called “A Dress A Day, Everyday” because that’s what it seems to have turned into, but bear with me. I got some new pretties in the mail this week:
Yes, I went a little nuts with the J. Crew shoe sale a few weeks ago — but it was *such* a good sale, you guys. (50% off final sale, can I get a “whoop whoop”!) Each of these pairs came to about $80 including shipping which, while not cheap, is a great deal for the quality they offer. I love my old J. Crew pumps, and these look to be just as good (and comfy too). So, of course, I couldn’t wait to wear them.
Speaking of fab new things, I love this dress so much. It’s lined and has pockets, and it’s sleek and cute and comfortable all at the same time. There’s an interesting contrast panel around the back, which I will have to show you next time because … blazer, duh. Still in a hearing. This particular blazer is pretty good too — there is a good percentage of elastane in it, so it has some stretch that makes it comfortable for long days of sitting and typing. I can’t emphasize how much of a difference that 2-4% elastane can make — and I say that as someone who used to hate blazers and eschew them in favour of cardigans. Check the fabric content, my friends!
Is gold, floral brocade minimalist? Well, it’s all relative. In this case, I made a conscious effort to keep things very neutral to compensate for the eye-catching bottom half of this Moulinette Souers dress, and I think the result is understated chic. Is it presumptuous to declare myself chic? Probably. At any rate, I loved wearing this outfit.
This cropped Tabitha blazer was a recent thrift find, and I have a feeling it’s going to be a keeper. It’s hard to find cropped blazers that don’t look twee or “junior department”-esque, but I think this one manages to pass the test. Which is a good thing, because cropped blazers looked great with sheath dresses as well as high waisted skirts. This greige-y colour is versatile too, so I’ve got lots of remixing ideas. Stay tuned!
On an unrelated note, this month’s book club post (coming up this Friday) is an Ask Me Anything edition so don’t forget to send me your questions, or leave them in the comments.
It’s been a hectic month, which means lotsa thrifting-as-stress-relief … but I actually haven’t bought a lot. Most of what’s recapped here was actually bought in June, when I went a little a lot overboard. The deals, they are just too good, you guys.
But first, a few things I didn’t get.
I totally squee-ed a little when I found this Lucian Matis skirt. Does anyone else remember his season of Project Runway Canada? It was the only one I watched, I think, back in the days I still had time for TV (sigh) and I loved Lucian … not least because he’s also from the Old Country. Anyway, I think he’s still a pretty big name in Canadian fashion these days. This skirt was way too tiny for me to even try on (maybe a runway sample?) and a little too 90s-vibed, but it was an exciting thriftspot nonetheless.
Talk about a walk down memory lane! I think this was a vintage Kors blazer, from MK’s pre-diffusion line days. It was too comically large on me, but I think it’s a vintage piece that could definitely work on the right woman today.
These were not thrifted (but, rather, purchased at the Strathcona Antique Mall) but they were pretty and I wanted to include them in the round-up anyway. They were each $15 or less.
This teeny bee brooch, on the other hand, was thrifted, and a bargain at that. I didn’t realize it was a signed D’Orlan piece until later. Fun fact: back when we first started dating, my husband used to call me “Bee” — apparently, because I was always buzzing with energy. Things change a lot in 8 years (and two kids later) is all I’m gonna say about that. [In fact, I could use a nap right about now.]
I already have two of these little vases, but I figured I could use two more — they will make perfect table decorations at some future dinner party.
I could not NOT get this, you guys. And I am NOT sharing it with my daughter.
I did not set out to buy turqouise boho necklaces but here we are. I found these on separate occasions, and while the style is not right in my wheelhouse, I think these are fun additions to my casual summer wardrobe.
Two Italian-made leather bags in perfect condition? For under $10 together? Yes, please. I bought these as gifts (for my mom and for a friend) and I think they were hits.
Not entirely in my current style wheelhouse, but too cute to pass up nonetheless. [Damn you, Anthro!] Also, it was $4 (at VV’s 50% off sale). How could I not buy it, you guys? No, really: how could I not? Tell me how to resist the lure of cute dresses that cost less than a latte. Made in China, 100% cotton (with cotton lining).
The label on this dress confounded me, but the details were cute (and read as very Anthro-esque to my eagle eyes) so I took a chance because I was in a rush, and didn’t feel like dithering in the aisle at Goodwill for another 10 minutes.
And what do you know? It IS an Anthro dress. I have a sixth sense for Anthro, I’m telling you. Made in China, 100% silk (with poly lining).
I’m a sucker for butterflies. This one replaced a solid yellow/chartreuse top that had ruffles on it. The care label was cut out so I don’t have deets on this top, but I’m guessing it’s 100% poly.
The fit of this blazer was really good, and I thought it might be nice to have a pinstripe version. No gonna lie, I haven’t purged any of my older blazers to make room for this one. Made in China, poly-viscose-elastane blend (the extra stretch is nice).
I’m also a sucker for tweed. This “English tweed” cloth was too gorgeous for me to resist. It was a size 10, which meant that I had to take a leap of faith and trust that alterations were possible and economically feasible. Made in China, 88% wool, 12% polyamide (with poly lining).
Yes, that is the THIRD new blazer I bought (having purged zero). I fail so badly at following rules. Anyway, how could I resist new-with-tags Ted Baker? Just look at that gorgeous lining! Made in Malta, 55% wool, 44% acetate, 1% elastane (with poly blend lining).
I have a lot of casual pants, but here I am — adding a new pair. Citizens of Humanity (in the Ava style) for under $5 though. That’s all I’m gonna say. Made in the US, cotton-modal-lycra blend.
I spent an entire summer looking for a pair of yellow sandals. Two years later, I finally found one. The heel is quite a bit higher than I would have hoped for casual wear, but I will take new Stuart Weitzmans any day of the week. Made in Spain, 100% leather.
Impulse buy I will probably regret, but it was only $4. Bought this before the rules came into effect (lololol!), but I have been downsizing my dress collection so I feel like I’m even on this score. Made in China, 98% polyester, 2% elastane.
I’m tentatively thinking of replacing my worn-out chambray shirt with this grey (non-chambray) James Perse one, but I want to wait and see how versatile this version is first. One thing I was disappointed to see was that this shirt was not made in the US, as I had assumed from the fact that it’s JP. I didn’t check until I got home, and lesson learned. I probably would have passed on it had I realized that in the store, to be honest. Made in Vietnam, 100% cotton.
Too cute to pass up for $4. Story of my life, eh? Made in , 97% wool, 3% elastane (with acetate-rayon-elastane blend lining).
Here’s another one. Made in China, 98% poly, 2% elastane (with 100% poly lining).
What’s that, another Anthropologie dress? Sigh. Ok, fine. Toss the rule book out of the window. Made in China, 55% silk, 45% cotton (with poly lining).
Wait! Bring the rule book back. This retro-style dress definitely qualifies as a “special piece” — and it was new with $375 price tag still attached. Made in China, 100% silk (with acetate lining).
You guys, this was probably a $1,500-$2,000 dress originally. I want me a piece of that, even if I’ll need two pairs of Spanx to fit into it comfortably (fingers crossed). Definitely a “special” piece. Made in Switzerland, 100% silk (with 100% silk lining!).
All in all, I … mostly failed miserably at following any sort of thrifting rules. But I had fun and bought a bunch of cool things, for not a lot of money, and that’s a pretty good score at the end of the day. How was your (thrifting) month?