You may have seen my "Secondhand First" button on my sidebar.
In January 2013, inspired by The Citizen Rosebud's pledge*, I committed to shopping secondhand first, followed by locally-made and/or designed and ethically-made. If you've ever check out my "clothes credits," you'll notice that a lot of my clothing is secondhand. And of course, I yak about my shopping a fair bit.
Anyway, I'm participating in her first link-up: go here and check out all the other awesome and fabulous bloggers who eschew new!
Oh my gosh, am I glad it is the weekend; it has been a crazy few days. I moved 18 people to a new office on Thursday night, and worked a lot of extra hours (11, to be precise).
But I did it in style! And it went off without a hitch. Ta-dah!
I've had this skull-licious cardigan for about 3-4 years and it's getting a little worn. It is an item I bought new prior to my decision to shop ethically, but it's such a fun piece that every time I wear it, it earns a reprieve from being tossed in the donate pile. I even bought the matching pullover and sent it as a gift to Sal at Already Pretty*. I last wore it here (way down at the bottom) over Christmas 2013 with polka-dotted tights.
I've seen metallic fabrics popping up here and there, and so when I saw this sweet steel grey skirt on the clearance rack at My Sister's Closet for $14.98 (here, last weekend), I snatched it up. With all the longer midi-length skirts proliferating, I'm feeling like I want some contrast with this mini (for me) length.
here (2nd outfit) for a casual outfit on a November 2013 weekend. They were awesome for stomping around authoritatively, although around 7:30 pm when I was unpacking the new office's kitchen and supply room, I had taken them off.
A shout-out to Fluevog, for being ISO certified for ethical production! Check it out in their FAQ here*.
- All of our factories are ISO 9002 certified, which is primarily an international quality certification, that relates to consistency and standards of production and quality. In addition to that, from an ethical standard, our factories fully comply with the Labour Law of the PRC act of 2007 (also know as the Worker's Rights Act of 2008). This brings all of our factories in line with "Western" labour standards, and is checked regularly.
Sweater (Kersh), skirt (Pink Tartan, consignment), boots (Prepare Guide, Fluevog), earrings (local), red/silver ring (Oscar & Libby's), spinner ring (Twang & Pearl, consignment).
After putting in a 14-hour day on Thursday, I came home and crashed - hence the lack of a post. Back to work a mere 6 hours later, I saved my favourite pre-planned outfit for last.
|One of my favourite outfits ever!|
Whew, life is busy. And so are my patterns! Both my blouse and pants were purchased last weekend on consignment here.
Starting with this amazing blouse, which is a glorious paisley. Although the "black" is actually a very dark green, it perceives as black or dark grey, so let's go with that. I own a couple of other CAbi pieces (this wondrously ruffled blouse and this fitted brown leather vest, both purchased secondhand), and I like the quality. This blouse fits me perfectly.
I wore the collar buttoned right to the top, and the ruffles down the front and at the cuffs are actually pleats. I have a thrifted vintage cream camisole underneath.
For my outerwear, I have been digging into some of my winter-spring transitional items, like my leathers and my mid-weight coats. This long velvet and plaid wool and satin coat is a favourite.
here for a couple of hours in January when I was sick. For the amount of walking I did in these (barefoot!), they held up really well. My feet were very tired by the time I got home!
Blouse (CAbi, consignment), pants (Tara Jarmon, consignment), shoes (Town Shoes, thrifted), earrings (the Cobbler).
I was a little disappointed in the Vintage Fair this time around - a lot of the same vendors, and even some of the same stock that I've seen 3-4 times or more.
However, I did have a little luck at Zenkat Vintage's* booth, as I did last May (here, purchases from her shown, way down). Her booth and pieces are well-presented, and she has very good prices. I saw a lot of comparable items at other tables/booths for a lot more money!
Enough blathering, here's what I got:
I can't resist rhinestones, but I'm really picky about them. I prefer them to be stamped, and in really good condition. I like an unusual colour and shape, which these curved champagne-coloured beauties have.
Today, I slept in and then L and I went to Floyd's for brunch with Nick. I dressed for utter and complete comfort. I ended up looking like Robin Hood. Sure, let's go with a light cosplay look - it's the weekend, so why not?
This caramel sweater is soft and loose. I last wore it here in December 2013 for a casual Book Club look. It was thrifted for $13.50 and I've worn it four times, so I'm at just over $3 a wear.
|Realizing I've forgotten to put my lips on. Vizzini's up to no good.|
here (2nd outfit) in December 2013, also for Saturday brunch. I do like maxi skirts for weekends!
When I did the stair shot, I didn't think it was that cold out, so I wore a jean jacket and no scarf or gloves out.
here last weekend. They were pretty comfy, but admittedly, I only wore them for a couple of hours, and I was sitting most of the time. I'll do another outfit with them soon.
Both cuffs are locally-made. Those earrings are home-grown vintage - I bought them in 1994 when I worked at LA Express (a former division of Suzy Shier in Canada).
Sweater (Coldwater Creek, thrifted), skirt (Danier Leather, thrifted), belt (Plum), shoes (Fly Girl, consignment), airplane cuff (Catalyst Leather), gear cuff (SkinZnHydez), earrings (LA Express, 90s).
And now, off to make chili for the Oscars tomorrow! L and I have our friend Elaine over. We do our own ballots, eat, drink wine and Elaine and I check out what everyone's wearing. Tonight, L and I are going to be chillin' with Vizzini and playing board games (there may be more wine involved), and detoxing from our long work-week.
Wishing all of you an awesome weekend! I'll be back on Monday.