Isn’t this *such* a fall outfit? Blame it on the autumnal palette, plus the fact that I’m wearing a wool coat. A beautiful wool coat (thanks again, Nicole!), but a coat nonetheless. Our erratic weather patterns continue, but the mornings have remained decidedly cool. And getting darker by the day, which means that I will have to bid adieu to the garage door, and say bonjour to the basement dungeon soon. For those of you who are newer readers … well, you will find out what I mean by that shortly.
But enough lamenting from me, how did the rest of the outfit look?
Pretty good, if I say so myself. The skirt is ancient — and, in truth, infrequently worn (speaking of “quintessentially fall” pieces) — but I still enjoy it. I know the Queen of Spain is a big Hugo Boss fan, and I believe she once wore a dress of the same pattern; it always makes me feel extra fancy when I do wear this skirt. The blazer and top are thrift finds from earlier this year, both of which are quickly becoming wardrobe staples. I highly recommend the blazer, by the way — it’s comfortable and has a decent weight (for anyone else living in a cold climate), and I find it elevates my black/monochrome pieces in a way that a plain, black blazer doesn’t. The brand is Cartonnier, and I believe this style was called “Dashes”, for those who are interested in some eBay/Poshmark stalking.
Note: BCRL was recently awarded the first runner up spot for Best Fashion Blog in Vue Weekly’s Best Of Edmonton 2016, based on votes cast by Edmontonians. I am extremely happy and humbled, and would like to thank all of you (local and overseas peeps) for reading and sharing your love of fashion with me.
It feels like a while since I did one of these posts, and the photos have been piling up in my “Thrift” folder … I was almost afraid to look. I haven’t thrifted a LOT in September, but I seem to find a LOT whenever I do go. So, in the interest of not putting you to sleep, I decided to split this recap into two posts. First up, things I spotted but not thrifted recently.
Isn’t this beautiful? And only $8. I love the Goodwill coat section, sigh. Sadly, this beauty was too big on me.
Joseph Ribkoff is a brand I always watch for these days, because it’s made in Canada and a friend of mine loves it. Some pieces are not my style, but I occasionally come across things I really like. This faux wrap dress was one example of the latter, but it was too similar to a dress I already own (and a bit on the short side for me) so I passed.
I’m not familiar with this brand, but I think it’s German. This was a cool dress … for someone younger, with more exciting, fun places to go than yours truly.
I call these the “heartbreaker pumps”. Gorgeous red patent leather, pristine condition. I wanted these so badly. Sadly, they were a size 7.5 not 9. See, heartbreaker.
These Kate Spade pumps looked so 90s to me. Chunky heel, velvet, square toe, oh my. I know the 90s revival trend is going strong, but I just can’t. I lived the 90s, and I’m not ready for that particular trip down memory lane.
I was tempted by these because they reminded me of my Clarks ankle booties. I didn’t get them for the same reason — trying to be better about avoiding the “splitting my wears” scenario.
I get excited whenever I find Miz Mooz at the thrift store, but these were kinda blah, and a little big. Pass.
Super cute (and new) flats, but I’ve come to realize that I rarely wear round-toe flats. I have a bunch at home I can’t quite bear to part with, but I’m trying not to add more to that collection.
I found — and passed — on a bunch of designer pieces. The lesson? Don’t buy things only for the label. Don’t worry: something better (that fits, and you love) is just around the corner.
I would love to have a D&G piece in my closet, but this jacket wasn’t going to be it. Ixnay on the sleeves … and that price.
I love Milly (made in USA!) but I don’t do green, ruffly, or sheer. Pass.
I liked the watercolour polka dot print, but I didn’t see myself wearing this top. Hope it found a good home.
I hemmed and hawed over this BCBG blazer, but ultimately passed. I have a terrible weakness for blazers with architectural details, but I decided this wasn’t going to be sufficiently versatile to find room in my overflowing closet.
I used to have this dress! Same size … which makes me wonder if this is my old dress. Wouldn’t that be funny? I actually considered buying it because I love the colour palette, but then reminded myself there was a reason I gave it up in the first place (too short and the neckline too plunging for my everyday needs).
Speaking of hard decisions, I also passed on this Ted Baker dress. Loved the hem detail, but the overall aesthetic was “old Adina” and I am resolved to resist the lure of the past.
This dress was cute (and the orchid colour is one of my wardrobe “accent colours”) but I just wasn’t feeling the vibe. I think it would be a stunning dress on the right woman, so I left it behind for her to discover it.
I was soooo tempted by this. It would go so well with my husband’s “Koala-fied to Party” baseball tee, which he likes to bust out on special occasions. I ultimately passed, because I’m probably not cool enough for ironic t-shirts, but I do have a smidge of regret.
Speaking of which, I broke my #noAnthroLeftBehind rule more than once — but without any regret. Sometimes, there are valid reasons to, in fact, leave some Anthro pieces behind.
Take this Maeve top. What the hell? I assure you, it did NOT look better on.
This dress was cute enough, but not my style. I didn’t even try it on.
In defence of this dress, it was a size XL so I’m not doing it any favours. But, also, it’s kinda meh. I’m sure someone one there would love it, but that person is definitely not me.
I don’t do peep-toes, but these Toms were cute. I texted a pic to my (spirited) thrifting pal, Nicole, but she pleaded foot surgery and passed as well.
I got SO excited for a second there, you guys! And then I had a closer look, and touched the material and “noped” the heck out. Someday, a REAL Lanvin will find me. Well, a girl can dream, right?
A final word: Nicole and I have been having a lot of fun on our recent Tuesday evening thrift outings … so much so, that we’ve started kicking around the idea of making it a recurring, monthly event and inviting fellow Edmonton thrift-lovers to join us. We haven’t quite hashed out the details (or our schedules, hah!) but we’re thinking about making it official in October. Stay tuned for more details!
I took a couple of days off this week, and spent them recharging my batteries at home. It was all very low key — the highlight of my day was doing kindergarten drop-off and pick-up — but I did manage to squeeze in a pedicure and run some errands that required me to step out of my “around the house” leggings into something … um, less comfortable. Hah, just kidding — this outfit was pretty comfortable. A soft, knit blazer is usually a good bet for that.
This skirt was a favourite of mine a couple of summers ago, but I haven’t worn it much (or at all, yikes!) this year. I’ve come to realize that I just don’t gravitate towards skirts on my days off anymore, which is why I’ve been slowly winnowing down my casual skirts selection. I’m currently down to three, but I’m too attached to this one to let it go. I’m getting extra sentimental in my old age …
For those reading along at home, chapter 6 of A Temporary Engagement is up on my other blog today. Read it here.