Picks of Pinterest

Thanks for stopping in! These are some of my favourite pins from this past week:

                                This fabulous reminder that kindness doesn't cost anything...

This beautiful photo of summer roses...

Vintage shoes (which need no other explanation)...


                                                        This amazing painting.....

These totally rad crocheted pillow covers...
I refuse to call this Friday Fives or Friday Favs, and essentially I spent the entire day cleaning and baking and didn't have the time to look cute or take outfit posts, so instead you get my Picks of Pinterest today. Cop out? Absolutely. Do I care? Probably less than I should. 

Essentially, I just wanted to share these wonderful photos and words with you. Pinterest is truly a great place to find inspiration. 

Don't forget to follow me on Pinterest (by clicking on that little 'P' below) to see all the other random [read so totally awesome!!!] things I find.

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Thrift Week (Day 4): Boho Beauty

This adorable little shirt-dress is a boho-beauty's dream. The embroidery and lace detailing around the neck and on the bottom are a perfect touch to this soft, black piece.

I should be clear. I bought this from Talize with the intention of using it as a bathing-suit cover in the summertime, knowing full well that the length would be too short to pull off as a dress, and too long to wear with shorts without awkward butt bulk. By the looks of it, if I desire to wear this with anything besides my swimwear, I am going to have to find some 3/4 length coloured jeggings/leggings. Bloomers just won't do. 

Today, however, I styled it with a headband, unstyled hair (because that is the epitome of boho, amiright?), and greyish leggings, and my favourite waist-worthy leather vintage belt. I feel as though I should be relaxing on the California coastline, hanging out with the gang on the OC (okay, really only Seth and/or Summer, every other character was just angsty and whiney), sipping a daquari from my beach chair... Ah, the life. I can taste the salty air.

Oh wait, that's just my landlords cooking...

The dress was made by LovelyGirl - a Vancouver based indie designer. Their clothing is sold in select boutiques across Canada (sorry, USA), and not available online unless you have a customer login (reserved, from what I've gathered, for wholesalers and shop owners). This actually means that, if I ever decided to purchase anything by this company again - and I definitely would! - I would have to find one of these obscure boutiques and hope I find something splendid.

Or.... I can thrift. 

Boho attitude suits me a little. All I need is a guitar and I can start rockin' out to my new theme song.


Dress // LovelyGirl, thrifted
Leggings // Suzy 
Boots // Le Chateau
Belt // Vintage, thrifted

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Thrift Week (Day 3): My "Crack in the Wall" Print Gap Dress

Continuing on with my week of thrift (made possible solely by the fact that I am currently on reading break), I present to you my upcycled "crack in the wall" slouchy Gap dress. I have very little to say about this dress because I feel that it speaks for itself. This dress is classy, flowy, and will transfer really well into spring and summer. It has the capacity to be dressed up, or down, worn over a bathing suit, and matched with shoes that wouldn't normally match. 

Onto the term "crack in the wall." I actually have no idea what this type of print is called, so I have thus coined my own term for it. I call it "crack in the wall", because it reminds me of the opening episode of Series 5 of Doctor Who. This is the episode where The Doctor meets Amy. This is the episode where they come across the crack in the wall. This is the print of that crack. 


I put this dress on and I feel like I am wearing the universe as it fractures apart. And I hope that maybe, maybe, Twelve will realize the problem wasn't solved, leave Clara in England, and come to take me for an adventure across space and time in his blue box. This dress would become my signature, I'd have a Doctor Who inspired cocktail named after me, and I'd be the first Canadian girl to be a companion. Not only that, but I'd get to help save the galaxies AND look amazing doing it! 

Hear that BBC? I've got it all figured out. I will be expecting your agent to contact my agent.... 

Okay, a girl can dream. That being the case, those dreams might as well involve a madman with a box to match her "crack in the wall" dress. 

Dress // Gap, thrifted (Talize)
Cardigan // Smart Set (from my closet)
Tights // Suzy Shier
Shoes // AE, thrifted (Talize)
Belt // n/a (from my closet)

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Thrift Week (Day 2): Why You Should Thrift Shoes (and wear them, too).


I'm about to devote an entire post to why thrifting shoes is a great idea. 

That's right: an entire post convincing you that buying shoes other people once wore and that subsequently sticking your feet in them is something you, as a sane person, should do. Not only that, but I am going to do this by showcasing four pairs of fabulous shoes in several key styles and price points (unfortunately, none of them are Louboutin or Michael Kors, but we'll get to that later). 

This past week, Talize had one of their 50% off everything sales. Basically, that means you're getting an even better deal on stuff that's already cheap. So, I walked out with 4 pairs of great shoes for about $3.50 CAD/pair. 

I have a policy when I thrift: avoid Walmart, H&M, Suzy, Smart Set, Reitmans etc. tags - basically anything you would be able to get for the same price on a sale rack, you should probably not thrift. Shoes are always a hard one, because there are so many random brand names that are available chains like Payless that, if you're not careful, you may go home with and regret several weeks later as they have probably fallen apart.

That aside, 70% of the shoes I own are thrifted. About 90% of those are from Talize. The first pair of thrifted shoes I purchased were a pair of real black leather vintage boots that were originally Hudson's Bay Company, and still smelled like the original leather. I had a hard time with that purchase because the prospect of sticking my feet in boots someone else stuck their probably disgusting feet in consistently before me. Like, gross, right? 

Here is the rule of thrifting shoes: You have to get over your fear of other people's feet. I guarantee you that the shoes you buy off a store rack have had just as many people stick their feet in them, you just don't realize it. And yes, I know they haven't had someone else's feet in them for long periods of time... but when thrifting shoes, it's probably nothing a good amount of Lysol (or appropriate shoe cleaner) can't fix. 

So, first up on the shoes. The cheapest retail style: American Eagle peep-toe kitten wedges. 
These usually retail for between $39.99-54.99 CAD depending on where you buy them, and what part of the season it is.

Second up: Spring's purple and black platform heels. These generally retail for between $50.00-60.00 in store. 

These are gorgeous shoes. To buy Spring new is typically quite cost efficient. Their shoes are cute, and they do tend to stay together. The company also does fabulous end-of-season sales, so I usually keep an eye on their website, just to see what's in. 

Third: these Carlos Santana peep toe, high heeled sandals. Retail on these is anywhere between $90.00-120.00. As far as my budget is concerned - if I can't buy the Spring heels new, I definitely can't afford to fork out $100.00 for these. 

But, this is why places like Talize exist. It's a haven for those of us who can't (or won't) buy well made clothing right off the retail racks. Second-hand stores provide a great outlet to get that quality, while adding gently used (or, as Pinterest would call it, "upcycled") items to your closet. 

Fourth: the wonderful Nine West black leather flats. Retailing for around $120.00-130.00 new, these were one of the best finds of the trip. They are so practical, and so comfortable.

Nine West is one of those stores located in the expensive end of the mall, where broke college girls like me only dream of shopping. I can't even step into Nine West because there are so many pretty shoes that my heart hurts a little even to look. So, when I noticed that these Nine West flats were in fabulous shape (with not even a scuff on the bottom of the shoe, where one can usually see evidence of how often they were worn, if at all)! So, at $3.50 CAD after the 50% off, I was quite impressed with myself. That's a lot of percentage in savings. 

So. Let's review. Shop shoes secondhand. Why? Because, once cleaned properly, your closet will thank you. Also, scroll up. See those four pairs of pretty? Those are the reason to thrift shoes. 

Not persuaded? It's okay. More shoes for me. 

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