Spotty Girl

This contemporary outfit has a fun, vintage vibe to it. Every item has been sourced from a thirft store. I’m mixing prints here, but it works. The common theme is of course black and white, and the two different animal prints work just fine with classic polka dots.

I pretty much always wear accessories. I feel naked going out of the house without them. And frankly, this outfit would be quite dull otherwise. Hence this adorable wool and angora beret, originally from Atmosphere, and the cotton short-sleeve cardigan, from Jacob. The silk scarf is  Anne Klein, and it gets plenty of use. I’ve been wearing hats a lot lately, berets in particular. I guess I just really like the French thing, and obviously is great for days when I can’t be bothered to do anything with my hair.  The simplest, plainest outfit can be brought to life with some fun accessories.  I could easily see this same combo brightened up with a red hat and scarf, or some red shoes.

I love wide-legged trousers. They look so chic, and are oh-so 1930s Hollywood. These ones are rather high-waisted, with a flattering front panel, and a zip up the back. They are just an inexpensive mall brand, but I think they are pretty cute. Of course they look much better pressed!

The charm bracelet is a hoot. This is the real deal, an old lady charm bracelet, inherited from an (ahem) old lady. It even has a charm that says Granny; my favourite is by far the teapot, with a lid that actually opens. And it makes such a fun, musical sound when it is being worn. The tooled leather bag, absolutely becoming a staple of my wardrobe.  And finally, the trench coat. I sure have been wearing it a lot lately, but hey, I live in Raincouver, it goes with so many things, it’s classic, and I love it. I can look like a greasy punker another day. Because hey, I like to mix it up. Always keep folks guessing, I say.

 

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London Fog trench and vintage bag

 

 

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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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Baby, it’s still cold outside!

It’s still freezing out. and you want to be warm, stylish, and not wipe out on the ice. Where do you start to build your outfit? Sometimes it starts with the dress. Sometimes the coat, sometimes the accessories. In  this case, it started with my brand new $10 dress, purchased at a great little discount store in Victoria, B.C., called Dots.

A wrap dress is flattering on most body types, especially if you overdid it during the holidays. Not naming any names here. This knit dress is so great for what I paid for it (original price $80), and a great starting point for a winter outfit. The aubergine is perfect to pair with these bright, cold weather accessories, some of which I hadn’t had much opportunity to use. Pink angora gloves that were given to me several years ago, a closely matching beret, found in some thrift store, also long ago. But the real score here is the like-new Missoni scarf I found 2 winters ago, for which I paid only a few dollars! A real treasure.

I really have a thing for matching; it’s almost like a sickness, I just can’t help it. I recall one of my instructors in design school laughing at me every morning, when I would come stumbling into class at 8 a.m. The socks would match my T-shirt. My belt would match my shoes, or whatever it was that I was matching that day. Which brings me to another point- some “style experts” say that if you have’t worn something in a year, get rid of it. Well I call bullsh*t on that concept! Sometimes you love a particular piece, but for whatever reason, don’t use it. Sometimes it takes awhile to figure out how you’re going to wear it, or you’re waiting for inspiration. Other times, you just need to be in the mood; I find I go through phases. I’m so glad I didn’t get rid of those cute pink gloves, because I’ve been wearing them every day this week with the beret and scarf.

Lastly, the coat. This I found recently at Value Village. It was a bit more than I would normally spend there, but it is such a beautiful, classic coat, in perfect condition, that I would say that it qualifies as an investment piece. I’m fairly certain it is vintage- the label reads “Forecaster of Boston”; it is 100% wool, full length, menswear inspired with a black velvet collar. I will enjoy this coat for years to come.  And it’s so long, it hardly even matters what you’re wearing underneath!IMG_8654IMG_8628

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Beautiful Missoni scarf
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Purchased 10 (!!) years ago in Whistler while stranded there in a snow storm. Wedge heel, and great traction.
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50 cents at a yard sale
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Vintage panther brooch with pink rhinestones! Oh my!

Stay warm and safe out there folks! No wiping out on the ice allowed!

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