Easy breezy style

 

Welcome back to East Van Kiitten! Isn’t crazy how sometimes life gets totally in the way of doing fun things you love?! Here I am once again with an item that I have owned for a year or two, that I have worn perhaps once-this lovely, flowy cardigan, picked up at, you guessed it, a local thrift store.

I’ll often come across random pieces that for some reason or other I just love, even though they don’t really seem to be “me”. These things I guess take longer for me to figure out what to do with.

I ended up wearing this lovely cardigan with my favourite comfy, stretchy black pants. The seemingly dull t-shirt is made of linen, from J. Crew. Now I would not normally wear a t-shirt in taupe, but it is made of the most lovely linen, sheer and soft. It makes for a cool, sexy, summer top. And I love the look of a v-neck as opposed to a crew neck- I find it slimming.

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Buddha and owl necklaces

The long owl necklace I also find slimming, as does anything that draws the eye down. And because more is always better, I threw in the Buddha necklace on a leather thong. Buddha and the owl, together at last! I don’t generally wear much brown, but in the warmer months I find I gravitate to more natural, and earthy materials. Hence all the brown leather.

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Tooled leather and huaraches

This beautiful tooled leather bag I was lucky enough to acquire in Catalonia.  A few summers ago I got to join my husband and his band on tour in Europe. Once we got into Spain, I was pretty determined to get myself a leather bag. I really lucked out on this one, only 20 euros in a kiosk! I use this more than any other bag I own, and that’s saying something! Last winter I had the pleasure of going to Melaque, Mexico. Again, I was determined to purchase myself a local, quality product. I’d been wanting to get some traditional huaraches ever since I first learned about them, from a friend, probably 20 years ago. These are the most comfortable sandals, even from the very first wearing. I had wondered if all the straps would chafe, especially on a hot day, before being broken in. Not at all! These are just like walking barefoot, except the soles of your feet are protected. No wonder these shoes have been around since pre-Columbian times! The craftsmanship is amazing, and the price is right too- I think I paid around $20 CAD.

Now that I’ve finally gotten my head around this flowy cardigan, I’ve worn it many times. I think it will also do double-duty as a beach cover-up! Happy thrifting y’all! And never be afraid to try new things.

Don’t be afraid to wear that hat!

 

I’ve heard it said that hats are not for everyone. Or- “I can’t wear hats, they look terrible on me.” I need to disagree with that statement, I really think there’s a hat out there for everyone; it’s just a matter of finding the right one for you. Personally, I think most people don’t have the nerve to step out wearing a great hat. But isn’t that what fashion, and more importantly, style, is all about? Having the guts to go out, rocking your own look?

I’ve been collecting and wearing hats, probably since I discovered vintage way back in my teens. I used to have quite a large collection of vintage hats, but have gotten rid of lots of them, partly due to lack of space, and also because I wasn’t utilizing them as much as I should have. I remember having a really crappy white bolero that I found at some thrift store, and I wanted it to be black- so I spray painted it! It didn’t turn out so well, but I didn’t care, and I wore it lots, with my jodhpurs, or my 70’s suede jacket. It was pretty great with my Jean Harlow hair that I had at the time. When I returned from living in Finland for 2 years, the hat was gone. My mom hated it, and had thrown it out.

Somehow, after all these years, (around 25!) I got it into my head that I really wanted a bolero again. I’ve been looking for a few years, and even enlisted my husband to search for me, while he was on tour in Spain. Finally I spotted this hat at Del Monico Hatters online, and it’s exactly what I wanted!  It’s really well made, wool of course. Not thrifty by any means, but I love it, and I’m sure I’ll wear it for many years, and make a statement with it wherever I go.

The rest of the outfit:

  • cashmere dress from Club Monaco-thrift store find
  • bright fuchsia tights that I had kicking around for years
  • wing tip shoes that I picked up last week at the VGH thrift store for $8!!
  • boyfriend jacket that I found at Value Village a few years ago for $10
  • silly black and white plastic drop earrings that I’ve had forever

Sorry mom, you never really got rid of the hat! (By the way, my mom is one of those people who thinks she can’t wear hats!) And of course I’ve decided to make more of an effort to wear the hats that I do have, and go out in the world, doing my thing, and not caring what anybody thinks. Because why not? I’ll be 50 before you know it!

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Welcome to Spring

Spring has sprung quite nicely, at least in my little corner of the world. My daughter is off school for 2 weeks for spring break, and it’s lovely out today. We’re off doing errands in the neighbourhood, and I’m feeling bright!

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Dress from Dots Discount Designer Wear, Victoria, BC.

I start my Spring outfit with a dress from Dots in Victoria. This cute little dress cost me all of $5, new! I love the splashes of colour, and the cut is very forgiving. Though it’s sunny out, it’s still not warm, maybe 10 degrees Celsius, and I’m not ready for bare legs. I’m feeling that bright tights are the way to go. So I dig through the various colours, and teal feels right. I’m not sure why exactly I have so many different colour tights; I guess I just collected them when I was working at a thrift store . They’re not really something that I would go out and buy new, unless it was for a very specific outfit. I guess that’s how I end up with most of my funky, random things. The next step (ha ha!) was shoes, and my 10-year old thought that blue suede loafers were the right choice. I wouldn’t necessarily have chosen them, but I am now in love with this shoe and tights combo. These shoes I purchased  at Spring many years ago while working as an assistant costume designer. I love them, they are comfortable; why do I wear them so rarely? It must be the subconscious Vancouver rain thing- I don’t want to ruin these shoes by getting caught in a downpour. But I think I’m over it now, finally!

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London Fog trench and vintage bag, both from Value Village.

 

The dress is sleeveless, so I topped it with a long black cardigan to keep warm, and my wonderful $25 London Fog trench. I have already gotten so much use out of it, it’s absolutely the perfect spring topper for Vancouver. Then I finished it off with the cutest pale blue Angora beret, and this black tooled leather bag. When I spotted the bag at Value Village for $12, I grabbed it and paid for it as quick as I could, before someone realized they had made a mistake! It cracks me up to think how long it took me to figure out that I could pair the beret with the shoes- I’ve had both items for several years. Not a perfect colour match, but close enough for me.

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Vintage tooled leather.
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My daughter took this photo. Thanks lassie!

Later in the day, my daughter wanted to go out for a bike ride, so I kept the dress, put on some grey leggings, and these adorable Keds, another great Value Village find at $3. I don’t generally like mixing prints, but the colours matched the dress so perfectly, and I thought it was a very fun look. Add my jean jacket, and it’s off to the park we go! If you are shopping for the perfect jean jacket, I swear this is it. I have two; one old and faded and covered with patches, and this newer one. The original one I purchased new at the Gap a few years ago. I’m sure you have surmised by now that I don’t generally frequent establishments like the Gap, but sometimes you just gotta. It has 2 breast pockets, two roomy pockets for your hands, and two very spacious inside pockets-virtually unheard of in a women’s garment, which makes this the perfect traveling jacket, or for those days you can’t be bothered with a purse. The fit is very nice too, tailored to a woman’s shape, not boxy at all. This jacket is pretty much my uniform in the summer- it just seems to go with everything! Happy Spring and happy thrifting!

 

 

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