I'll let you in on a secret - I shop as therapy. Okay, maybe not such a secret! But I did a lot of shopping this weekend, and oh, it was bliss...mostly.
This is my entry for "Visible Monday" over at Patti's Not Dead Yet Style. Still the best link-up party in town! Go, go!
- Dress - Coldwater Creek, thrifted; last worn here (3rd outfit) in June 2016 with turquoise
- Shoes - Born, consignment; last seen here (3rd outfit) in September 2016 for shopping with Jodi
- Jacket (below) - Danier Leather, consignment
It's a simple matter to put a dress over my sports bra, slip on long shorts under it, then pop the dress off and put on my t-shirt. I don't care if my fellow players see me in a sports bra.
Outerwear. We had a gloomy game with some wind, but it felt awesome to be out running around on the field again!
L, Nick and I walked from the field to town for brunch after the game (my team lost, boo). I did a small shopping expedition post-brunch, and I got soaked from rain. By the time I was home, I needed a hot cup of tea and a shower to soothe my sore muscles.
I've decided to retire this non-stretchy silk dress. It's had a good run but I'm a bit tired of it, and I have new-to-me things in my closet that I need to make room for, so let's say farewell. In addition to today's outfit, here's how I've worn it.
As noted above, here (3rd outfit) in June 2016 for a day shopping with L for his birthday last year.
- A year before that, here (3rd outfit) in September 2015.
- In August 2015 here for a weekend grocery shop.
- In May 2015 here for the Ulti field again.
- In September 2014 here with a denim jacket over it, the last time I wore it to work.
- In July 2014, here (3rd outfit) for a weekend dinner out.
- In May 2014, here, with denim over it again.
- In September 2013, here for a brunch and weekend shopping.
- In June 2013 here, with white accents, and brunch again.
- Again in June 2013 here, with a red cardigan and my old orangey Tsubos.
- And it was purchased here in May 2013 for $18.00.
So, I've had it for 4 years, and have worn it (only in spring summer) a total of 11 times. That's $1.64 per wear! I am completely happy letting this go now. Off you go to a good home!
Easy bits for not getting in the way while one shops.
- Belt - thrifted in Powell River, gift from mother-in-law
- Earrings - vintage fair
It was only $6.00, so what the heck. Even if I only wear it once, I pay more for a package of raspberries!
I'm on the lookout for camisoles and tanks for layering under all the sheer/low blouses I have.
I went through a rocker-chic(k) phase years ago. I wonder if I'm about to go through another one? This off-the-shoulder t-shirt was only $4.00. It's a cheapie modern shirt, but I don't really care.
*linking 'cause I love.
Flush with my exciting purchases, I quickly walking in the spitting rain over to the WIN Warehouse Store.
It's a lovely blood red colour.
However, it's a solid colour, modern-looking boho style. And it was only $7.95!
|"The only interesting thing about it is this tasty fringe."|
While I was in WIN, they experienced an absolute storm, both in the weather (which got very wet and windy) and in customers. A slew of kids came in with their mom(s) and started running up and down the aisles, screaming and yelling. They ended up breaking at least two things in the store (by the sounds of breaking glass/china) before they finally left.
It really shattered my Zen time, and I felt horrible for the over-run clerks in the store (who are volunteers!). I understand that moms need to take kids out with them - I totally get that - but jeez, teach your kids some respect for other customers (both in not running into them - I was knocked twice - and in being quiet) and for the store (both its stock and its staff). I worked in a fussy gift store for many years, and seriously, some of the kids were just awful.
I debated for a while over this purse, because I don't use half the purses I buy. I tend to use the same one over and over and over until I find a new one, only rarely switching it up for a dressy occasion.
It's by Club Monaco and was only $19.95!
here, linking 'cause I love)! It's called the Freja bag and it's regular $159.00 on sale for $99.00 - woo hoo, I scored!
Home I walked (good for soon-to-be-very-sore-legs), and napped with Vizzini for a while. Life is exhausting! After dinner, L and I played boardgames all evening, and drank wine, and chilled with the Vizz-meister. That is my favourite time ever!
Today, I got up early-ish - I didn't want to be up too early, as the local massive 10K race was underway this morning, and I wanted to avoid any crowds.
- Sweater - J. Crew, thrifted; last seen here (2nd outfit) in February with painty plaid
- Skirt - Episode, thrifted; last worn here with ski bunny stripes in February
- Boots - Ash; last seen here in December 2016 (with the same sweater and tights!) for weekend brunch
- Coat (below) - Paparazzi, thrifted; last worn here in December 2016 with floral sparkle
Outerwear. The coat is rather spectacular.
- Earrings - Lazy Susan's
My shopping cohort and coworker, Simona, told me that My Sister's Closet had a sale on - I had to go! It was 50% off everything (except the clearance rack, Lululemon, ugh, and already marked designer shoes and bags). I may have bought a few things...Prices noted are the sale prices (already halved).
I found three pairs of shoes!
Look at those awesome side cutouts!
And not a lick of wear on the soles!
These flat fringed sandals called to me.
They have a bit of wear, but not too bad. Someone wore them for one summer, looks like.
The last pair of shoes I found were these Pumas. My white floral leather Doc Martens are great for walking to and from work right now, but once it gets hotter, they will be too warm. These will be my summer work-walking shoes.
And look, no wear at all! These were $19.50.
I then cruised the accessories. MSC doesn't carry a lot, but the ones they do are displayed around the shop. I'll be replacing my worn out red leather belt with this lovely pony hair Gap leather belt.
I also found two necklaces on displays that I fell for.
The back of the black "stone" is open-work.
I don't see many copper pieces that are chains.
The "turquoise" is fake.
But it's marked with a stamp, and says "solid copper".
One of the things I like about MSC is that they always have a clearance rack outside. I wish more second-hand stores did this - they rotate through their stock quickly.
I found this lovely wool cardigan on the clearance rack for $6.50 (no further markdowns on clearance).
This was also on the clearance rack. It's red, white, black and baby blue stripes.
Check out the back.
I also took a shine to these groovy pants on the clearance rack.
Look at the "waste" in making the plaid line up on the back.
I was hemming and hawing about this skirt. Yes, it's another full skirt (I am having a big puffy, full skirt girly moment). Yes, it has pockets. Yes, it's a pretty colour with a lovely pattern.
But look at that cool pattern!
Did I mention I'm having a thing with full, pouffy skirts? Well, here's another.
And there's a double hem! Look at those pretty little loops sewn into the hem! Eeee!
It's by See By Chloe. Oh...ULP...this is designer. THAT Chloe!
I really liked the colour of this blouse.
I really liked this black mesh Banana Republic top as well.
This little polyester shell was only $2.50.
I really do not need a wool coat at all. I have tons of coats. But this one...I touched it...so soft! Then when I put it on, my heart sang!
|"My heart only sings when I get fed."|
Even the buttons are classy.
Again, though - what is up with people? As I was browsing in the store - and remember, there is a HUGE SALE on, the store was full of shoppers, with only one person working (it's a Sunday!) - and a customer kicked up a total stink for not getting personalized service. She was putting her "save to try" clothes on the put-back rack, and when the clerk told her that they might get mixed up and put away, the woman got all snotty about "no one even asking me if I need help" and stormed out of the store.
Holy smokes. It's a consignment store! It's not a high-end boutique with full-service! I waited until the stupid lady left then noted as much out loud, then thanked the saleswoman for her work. I worked in retail for 17 years, and I'm still stunned at how people expect to be waited on hand and foot, and have no concept of how much work goes into running a busy store!
Last rant over!
The last time I went to MSC with Yvonne, we checked out Lazy Susan's, a locally-owned and operated boutique located in the same strip mall. They make a lot of their stuff, and it's mostly odds and ends of giftware, housewares, crafty things and a few really cool pieces of clothes and accessories (I've bought a few fascinators and bits of jewelry there over the years). They had a rack of satin embroidered bomber jackets out front last time, and I've been kicking myself for not getting one. So when I saw they still had a few left, I snatched one up.
I think it might be locally made - there are no content tags or labels in it. It's beautifully made, with no exposed seams or nasty edges.
I'm not sure what kind of flowers they are...? Orchids?
Whew! All that retail therapy has left me feeling soothed and calm again. I think I'll go play in my closet now! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend - what piece are you most excited to see me style?