I know, I know - this is long overdue (and this doesn't even include this month). I kept forgetting to post my "purchases" because truth be told I didn't do much shopping the past couple of months. Instead I received a lot of eco-friendly goodies in the mail that I wanted to do product reviews on instead. Nonetheless, better late than never.
Event photos by Maxine Bulloch
The last couple of months I have been in serious closet-purging mode for the blogger sale which has given me the opportunity to reevaluate the measure of how I deem something worth keeping in my wardrobe. What I was left with was a wardrobe that mostly consisted of preloved garments purchased at consignments or thrift stores.
In recent years my attitude towards pre-loved clothing has changed drastically. Growing up in a small city thrift stores were not really a "someones trash, someone elses treasure" situation but rather a bounty of outdated, poor condition, moth-ball smelling polyester clothes in a stuffy room. Maybe it was Macklemore that made it cool to go thrift shopping but I remember growing up in Lethbridge, AB and having other kids make fun of me and my family for being poor and buying used clothing. Fast forward to a few years later saying something was thrifted is a bragging point for many shoppers.
In prepration for spring I have set my shopping focus on fun prints and colours and picked up these to-die-for one of a kind pieces from The Main Exchange in the last two months.
I'm a sucker for things I pretend like I know how to take care of but really don't; plants, adult relationships and silk clothing. This Joie macaron silk tank left me looking like a heart-eyed emoji the instant I saw it. I didn't want to love it because at $59.99 CAD it was a bit pricy for a secondhand top however the combination of print, fit and quality won me over.
I'll be honest with you, I got a smoothie all over it the first time I wore it because I am a klutz and immediately proceeded to the washroom to take off my top and spot clean it with cold water and mild soap immediately.
This surprising a lot of my friends, but I actually hand-wash my silks. Part of this has to do with the fact that dry-cleaning produces a lot of harmful chemicals, the other part is that I'm not made out of money.
One time I was wearing my leopard print loafers on the bus and a guy informed me that men don't actually like animal print on women. Ever since then I've been skeptical to wear animal print. Just kidding! That guy was an asshat and I told him that I haven't dressed a certain way just for a man since my parents made me wearing a polyester nightmare for my first communion (here's a photo if you want to see how grumpy I was as a child).
Generally speaking the silhouette of this dress seems to be my go-to formula when I don't want to think about how to assemble an outfit since a flared skirt is always flattering and I wear leopard print as if it were a neutral.
Anyone else get major sticker shock when they go into Aritiza? It's not necessarily the price alone that stuns me every time I walk into the labyrinth that is Aritzia but rather the combination of their price point for mediocre quality. You gotta hand it to Aritzia though, they've perfected a retail model that revolves around regurgitating the same core pieces season after season with slight variations or different colour options that drives sales like no other.
I usually avoid Aritzia whenever possible due to their pushy sales associates and clusterfuck of merchandise and because of their over saturation in Vancouver it's easy to find Aritzia brands secondhand at a fraction of the cost. Some consignment stores, like Turnabout, even have racks dedicated to Aritzia brands. I've been trying to elevate my wardrobe with fun prints and was drawn to this striking floral illustrated skirt by Babaton. The retail price on this skirt is $110.00, bought second hand for about half that price.
Anyone thinking Clueless when they see this skirt? Because my childhood crush on Paul Rudd may have been the deciding factor on purchasing this wool skirt. The fact that I decided to purchase a wool skirt this close to spring/summer just speaks to how bad of a critical shopper I really am however I am trying to embrace more yellow in my wardrobe. Sun finally came out and I decided to take advantage and go bare-legged and show off this vintage beauty.
In case you can't tell, I am super awkward when it comes to getting my photo taken - generally speaking I tend to only like photos of me that I've taken myself (#shamelessselfie for life) - but more on that later.
I'd also love to hear your thoughts on the type of photos I share for purchase posts. Which do you prefer? The catalogue photo on a white background? The ones I take of it on the hanger with my iPhone? Or the photos of me wearing the piece?