Tuesday, 31 July 2012

Thrifting for Scarves

Due to the recent heat wave, my office has cranked the air-conditioning, which means I’m sweating during my commute and freezing at my desk. I have therefore resorted to keeping shawls at the office to keep warm.  In search of variety, I jetted to my local thrift store where I hit the jackpot. Here are some of my lucky finds:

I’ve been looking for this style of scarf for a really long time. I’ve seen them more frequently in Europe but I haven’t been able to find any stores that carry them here. Luckily I found two at my local thrift store, one in deep blue and the other in light blue.

I love the rose pattern on this one. It’s so unique and I haven’t seen anything like it. The best part? It’s reversible! I’m going to take this one out for a spin this weekend. I have the perfect summer dress to pair with it.

This scarf reminds me of something that an elderly woman would wear but I think this would look really cute with a black jumper or a maxi dress. You could even tie it around your waist as a sarong for the summer.

Here are two scarves I picked up that are similar in size and style. I usually wear these scarves loosely hanging over my neck or around one my purse straps. The one on the top was my very first thrift purchase from a second hand store in Tokyo, the other was a recent find from here.

Lastly, here are my absolute two favourite scarves that I was really lucky to find last year. A leopard print in both blue and brown. It’s not very common to find multiples of the same item in a second hand store, and even more unlikely, is finding two different colours of the same item. At such a great price, I picked up both!

Each of these scarves cost $7 to dry clean which is more than what I paid for most of them individually but I think the initial investment is worth it. Of course you could also wash these scarves at home, but since they are thrift, I wanted to make sure they received a thorough scrubbing and I didn’t want to damage the material by doing it myself. Even including the dry cleaning cost, the price of each would still be way less than what I would normally pay for them at any other store found in my local mall.

I would love to know which one is your favourite, so please don’t forget to comment below.

Thanks for following and happy shopping!

Friday, 27 July 2012

Blue Jeans

I’m currently obsessed with the Born to Die album by Lana Del Rey. The track Blue Jeans is on repeat from the time I enter the office to the time I leave.  Inspired, I thought I would jazz up a simple pair of blue jeans and white shirt. These are staples that practically everyone has in their wardrobe. Since it's 40 degrees, I decided to forego the jeans and opt for jean shorts instead.

A denim trend that I really love is this chambray shirt. It’s a casual tom-boyish alternative to a cardigan and can be worn in so many different ways. After months of looking for one in a very light colour, I finally found one at Zara.

This is more than I would typically spend on a buttoned down shirt, but since this particular colour and fit was so hard to find, I decided that it was a good purchase. I decided to pair my new chambray with my jean shorts to showcase a denim-on-denim ensemble.

Another great find from Zara was this neon pink necklace. After bouncing back and forth between the hot pink and hot yellow option, I decided to go with the pink version since I already own a necklace in a similar yellow colour. I think they look awesome layered like this, almost as if it were one large statement necklace.

Blue jeans, white shirt
Walked into the room you know you made my eyes burn
It was like, James Dean, for sure
You're so fresh to death & sick as cancer
You were sorta punk rock, I grew up on hip hop
But you fit me better than my favourite sweater and I know
That love is mean, and love hurts
But I still remember that day we met in December, oh baby!

- Blue Jeans, Lana Del Rey

Thanks for following and happy shopping!

T-shirt: Zara - $15, Top: Zara - $60, Shorts: H&M - $20, Necklaces: Zara - $25, H&M - $16, Sunglasses: Urban Outfitters - $10, Sandals: Lui Chiny - $22.

Location: Hometown
Photo Credit: Emma Kapetanovic

Wednesday, 25 July 2012

Deal of the Week: 67% off Zara

The clouds have parted and a beam of light is currently shining on one of my favourite stores – ZARA. Do your duty as an informed individual and get yourself to the closest store PRONTO! And then go to the next three.

I had a dentist appointment on Sunday and since the hygienist was running late, I decided to stop by Zara to browse and waste some time. Ok, fine, we both know why I went in there.  To my surprise I was met with my favourite word S-A-L-E  and even bigger surprise, it was a GOOD S-A-L-E. Don't you hate it when a sale sign lures you in and not only is the sale ridiculously small, allocated to a stack of clothes in the back but every single item is a size 12+? Not the case here my friends, almost all summer inventory was as low as a 67% off.

So three days, three locations and three swipes of my credit card later, I came home with seven new babies. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find the jackets I bought on the website but here are the four dresses I purchased:

The sale has been going on for the last three weeks, but I’ve been told the discounts get better as the weeks go buy so if you dropped by at the beginning of the sale, I would definitely recommend going again. Now, to someone I know, please get married so I can justify buying these dresses.

Thanks for following and happy shopping!

Tuesday, 24 July 2012

I Scream, You Scream

Rummaging through my mom’s closet the other day (desperately trying to avoid the malls), I found this fantastic skirt. I fell in love with it immediately. The down side? Since this is a vintage piece, the skirt comes down to my midcalf which was quite common back then but not ideal for a girl of my height. SIGH. Curse these stubby legs!

After falling in love with the skirt, I was determined to make it work. I decided to wear it with a blouse that I could knot at my midriff to shorten the length of my torso. So instead of my legs starting at my hips, they look like they start above my belly button.

This necklace was chosen for a dual purpose: first and foremost, because it is glorious. Second, to take some focus off of my bottom half. Distracting people with sparkles tends to do the trick... well, at least for me it does.

In order to elongate my legs even more, I grabbed my platform nude heels. Ok, that was a lot of work! I hope my outfit doesn’t look too meticulously thought-out but effortlessly chic and thrown together instead. Now go away, I'm trying to enjoy my ice cream!

Just Kidding!

Thanks for following and happy shopping!

Top: Japan, Skirt: Mom's - Vintage, Necklace: Stella & Dot - $225 (now on sale for $198), Heels: Nine West - $25.

Location: Hometown
Photo Credit: Emma Kapetanovic

Friday, 20 July 2012

Wake-up for Make-up

MAC Travel Brushes (came with two make up bags)  $35.00

Last month a close friend kindly invited me to an Estée Lauder Companies warehouse sale. It is an industry run sale that is “invite only” so if you are fortunate enough to know someone who works in the beauty or fashion industry, it is definitely worth begging politely asking them to take you along – there are great bargains to be found!

MAC In the Abstract Highlighter  $15.00

At 8:45am on a Saturday morning, after a 45 minute drive to the middle of nowhere, we arrived at a farm building (you read that right, farm) to find that a long line of coffee bearing women had already formed outside, all jittering with excitement (or caffeine) to start their shopping.
EL Double Wear Creme Shadow in Buttercreme, $10.00

Luckily the line moved fast and I quickly embarked on my shopping adventure! Estée Lauder owns brands such as M.A.C., Origins, Clinique, Ojon, Bobbi Brown and a plethora of others.

MAC Solar Riche Bronzing Powder, $15.00

Amongst my favourite purchases was this Bobbi Brown concealer. It is one of the best concealers I have tried for dark circles because it is super creamy but doesn't settle into fine lines. The powder in the bottom compartment is lightweight so it's great as a setting powder for this delicate area. Plus, don't you just love the little puff!?
Bobbi Brown Concealer in Beige, $12.00

Below is my favourite lip combo for the summer. The colours are saturated without being overpowering and compliment summery bronzed skin beautifully. The lipstick has a lovely satin finish and looks great alone or vamped up with this shiny (yet un-sticky) gloss.

Estée Lauder Lipstick in Melon, M.A.C. Creme Sheen Glass in Richer Lusher, $10.00 each

In total I spent $247 on 19 items. Although that may seem excessive for one shopping spree, I saved 64% of the total retail value by purchasing these cosmetics and acessories at a warehouse sale.

Since these are are high quality products (and therefore very pigmented), I expect I will not need to go make-up shopping for at least six months (longer for some items). A little goes a long way and I find I haven't even made a dent in my supply even though I use these products daily. If you would like me to do a review on any of the mentioned products please leave a note in the comments. 
Thanks for following and Happy Shopping!

Guest Post: Emma Kapetanovic

Thursday, 19 July 2012

Deal of the Week: Steve Madden for $20

Helllllooooo shoe lovers. For those of you are as obsessed with Steve Madden, like yours truly, a little FYI... some of his shoes are on sale for as low as $20! God love a clearance sale!! Hurry hurry before some stranger steals one of your favourites.

Side Note:
If you sign up for SM's email mailing list, you can receive additional discounts. Some of the ones I’ve personally gotten are 20% off on my birthday month, 25% off friends and family sales and 10% off for reviewing past purchases.
...Back to the sale at hand....

Although some of the $20 shoes are really cute, I’m lusting after ones in the $45 category. Here are my favourites:

OBSTICLE Champagne Multi - $44.99

DYNEMITE Coral Suede - $44.99

 MONROEE Cognac leather - $44.99

For those lucky enough to live in the states, shipping costs are only $7, BUT if you spend over $75, you can get free shipping by using the promo code SMFREESHIP. Go in with some friends if you are spending less than $75. 

For those in Canada, the cost of shipping is $24.95 for each item in the order, but be weary of custom fees which can range greatly. Also, try checking in-store for some of your favorite sandals and wedges since all have been reduced 20% and ask a sales associate to order from elsewhere if you can't find your size - it's a lesser discount but no shipping costs required!

 I would love to know if any readers picked up anything, so please let me know in the comments section below.

Thanks for following and happy shopping!

Sunday, 15 July 2012

Between the Vines

This dress was something that I picked up years ago in Manhattan. It was one of those lucky finds in the garment chaos that is Forever 21. This is pretty much my go-to outfit when I visit vineyards because it’s easy, breezy, comfortable and chic.

I always wear this dress the same way, cinched with this belt and paired with my gold sandals. I think I need to start mixing things up but I find that all these items blend so perfectly together that I haven’t been ready to separate them just yet.

These pictures were taken at our fourth vineyard stop of the day of our Niagara vineyard tour. At this point I had grown tired of wine tasting and decided to go run through the vineyard instead. Logical? No. Fun? Yes! Here I am strutting through the vines. As you can see, model walk is fully "on"!

After a day of wine tasting, the majority of pictures were not suitable to post, but I did manage to get several outstanding photos (if I do say so myself). I guess my cure to awkward posing is a couple of glasses of wine. I'll keep that in mind for my next photo shoot.

After this winery we headed to Niagara-on-the-Lake for a little dinner and ice cream. Since we were all so tired from the day, we decided to forgo our next stop to Niagara Falls to watch the fireworks and headed home to watch them instead. I hope everyone had a great weekend!

Thanks for following and happy shopping!

Dress: Forever 21 - $20, Belt: Anthropologie - $45, Sunglasses: Urban Outfitters - $10, Earrings: Japan, Bag: J.Crew - $14, Sandals: Steve Madden - $25.

Location: Niagara
Photo Credit: Mandi Taylor

Monday, 9 July 2012

Niagara Vineyards

I took advantage of the Canada Day long weekend and stopped by a couple of vineyards in the Niagara escarpment with some friends. Luckily it was a beautiful day so we spent plenty of time outside enjoying the sunshine, the scenery and of course, the wine.

This picture sums up how I feel about wine country and wine tasting for that matter. Weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee. *spins and twirls*

This was the first visit of the year so I was really excited. Visiting the Niagara vineyards is an annual summer trek for me. I like to stock up on enough wine to last me through to December. I’m not the kind of person who can randomly pick up a bottle off the shelf. I always end up picking the bottles that I’ve had before or the ones with the prettiest labels.  Not very scientific I know, so wine tasting and purchasing straight from the winery makes sense.

If you haven’t been to the Niagara vineyards, I would definitely recommend it. Although Canada is most known for our ice wine, we have some great Rieslings and other white wines that can hold their own internationally.

I always make it a point to visit some of my favourite wineries and check out a couple of new ones. This trip included two favourites, Malivoire and Vineland and two new ones, Megalomaniac and Tawse.

So what made me this happy?

Good weather + good wine + good friends = good day.

Thanks for following and happy shopping!

Dress: FCUK - $45, Top: Esprit - $5, Sunglasses: H&M - $12, Necklace: Forever 21 - $7 each, Ring: Forever 21 - $7, Shoes: Japan.

Location: Niagara 
Photo Credit: Emma Kapetanovic

Wednesday, 4 July 2012

Barnyard Blues

Today’s looks wasn’t planned to be “themed” but after I put this outfit together I thought, what the hell, go big or go home. So here I am at the barn, a perfect back drop to my country chic ensemble. All that’s missing is the pitchfork.

I picked up this checkered top up in preparation for my upcoming Calgary trip. It’s a nice light weight cotton in contrast to the thick flannel that these shirts typically come in which is ideal for summer. It came in a variety of colours and the bonus? It was on sale! So obviously I picked up two. 

This jean skirt is sooo old. I think the last time I wore this was when I was 15. I’m ashamed to admit that I have a matching jean jacket stored somewhere in the back of my closet. I’m not exactly sure why I kept these items around for so long, but I’m glad this skirt gets to see the light of day again. 

I think the reason this skirt has lasted the test of time is because of its classic pencil skirt shape. I find articles of vintage clothing that really work well today are the ones that have a modern silhouette even if the print and fabric are out of date.  

Right now it seems that everywhere I look, everyone is wearing jean from skirts, shirts to jackets. Although I will get some use out this jean skirt during the summer, I’m not sure the jean jacket will be as lucky. Even though it's in mint condition, I just can't see past the fact that the shape overwhelms my petite frame. I think it might be time to part ways. 

Look! A goat! Most of them ignored me but this little guy approached me to say hello. I leave for Calgary tonight but I have some outfit blogs that are scheduled to post while I'm away so make sure you continue to stop by and visit.

Thanks for following and happy shopping!

Sunglasses: H&M - $2, Shirt: H&M - $15, Jean Skirt: Dynamite - $40, Necklaces: H&M - $20, Bracelet: Thrift - $9, Heels: Japan.

Location: Hometown
Photo Credit: Mom