An Anniversary Date

Nick and I started dating one year ago on Saturday, so we commemorated by spending the day in Port Stanley, ON - a little beach community about 40 minutes from our hometown. It was spectacular. The weather was perfect (blue skies, humidity free temperatures, the whole nine yards). The beach smelled wonderful, and we even took a short touristy train-ride! 

The afternoon was packed with a diner-lunch, hobby shops in Sparta, ON - Sparta Country Candles and Winter Wheat -- TRY THEM!! - where we bought fudge, garden accessories, and an adorable picture frame in distressed seafoam green. I can't wait to put the photo in it! 

There was also this very cool bridge in Port Stanley that raised every time a sailboat had to go down the river, and a pelican who paused long enough for Nick to snap half a zillion photos while the train pulled back into the station. 

It's such a gift to have someone to spend a day and (hopefully!!) a lifetime with. That is worth celebrating. 

Not pictured: We went for dinner at a lovely inn/pub/restaurant, where the waiter brought us a platter of elegantly wrapped steak knives and told us to "choose our weapon." Classic.

Also not pictured: a spectacular sunset over the pier. 

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Thrift Style Thursday: Basically, Belle

How much does that blurry photo of me frollicking and twirling about remind you of the opening scene of The Sound of Music?! Isn't it great? It's everything I could ever want in a skirt. It's a touch of Julie Andrews. It's a touch of Anne Shirley. It's a touch of Audrey Hepburn. It's Belle coming over the mountain as she longs for adventure in the great wide somewhere. Oh baby, this skirt is love.

Today's TST theme is wardrobe basics. I thought a long time about this one. Originally, I wanted to sport a little black dress or a simple pair of skinnies with a white flowy tank; however, besides not finding either of those on my thrifting adventures, I realized that when it comes to wardrobe basics, a flowy skirt, fun pumps, and a plain tank top is more basic to my own closet than either a black dress or jeans. 

I fell in love with this skirt the second I found it, and I knew exactly how I wanted to style it. Right now, it's missing some statement jewelry because, well, who wants to twirl in bulky necklaces, really...? I also found those amazing blue Liz Claiborne pumps that I know will get some spectacular use for summertime weddings (tis the season, right?)

Thrifting basics is easy. All you need to know is what you are most likely to wear. While thrifting can be fun to embellish your closet with all the things you want to wear but can't justify buying new (just in case you don't actually wear it), it's also a great way to stock up on those items you wear most. For me, that means skirts and fun shoes. For you, it might mean jeans and a flowy blouse. 

The best thing to do is this: Go in to the store with an idea of what you're looking for. Evidently, I was looking for something that would make me feel like Belle, or Anne, or Maria. Success was mine. 

And it can be yours too, if you just look. 

**Also: Friends, I am wearing a sock in my hair. Nick thought it was the funniest thing that I had actually used a sock (you're supposed to, right?) for a sock bun. It was clean, and grey, and made my hair look 20x thicker than it actually is. Win. 

shirt // Smart Set
skirt // French Collection, thrifted
shoes // Liz Claiborne, thrifted

As always, you can connect with me by leaving a comment or following along on any of the social media venues. And go check out the other TSTers to see what they've done for this week's wardrobe basics theme! Cheers!

-  Thrift Style Thursday(er)s  -

Being Zhenya // Spoolish // Buttons and Birdcages
Sandpaper Kisses // Sincerely Miss J. // Alligator Toe
The Two Cent Chick // Rachel's Lookbook // Snippets with Alex
Eclecticity // Confessions of a Refashionista // Sistas From Cali
Erica's Style Diary // Bethie the Boo // Nuttier Than Nutella 

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The Shorts on Liquidation Depots

If you've been reading my blog for a while, you know that I am all about the thrifting. I love the thrill of the find - that wonderful, giddy feeling you get when you know you have come across something amazing, be it shoes, a lamp, or a piece of furniture. The moment when you pay for it, and that lovely treasure is your very own is ecstatic. Thrifting can be an addiction, or it can be a lifestyle. Often, for me, it teeters between the two so delicately that some days I sincerely wonder if I have a problem. 

Maybe we thrifters should have a group. Thrifters anonymous, anyone? Oh wait, that's why blogs like mine exist. Silly me.

Anyways, I wanted to share insight into my newly discovered trove of awesome finds: liquidation depots. I'm not talking about outlet malls, or tent sale type places. I am talking about those great stores with the word 'liquidation' in their title. We recently had one open up in my hometown. Guess what they are liquidating... Target and Zellers leftovers.

And not only are they liquidating them, but they are selling clothing items at 3/$10! Granted, they have no change rooms, and you essentially spend an hour rooting through a pile of strewn around clothing, but really, that's not so different from a thrift store. 

Plus, knowing that the brands being sold are just leftovers from the Zellers stores which recently closed in Canada, and some post-season Target, I can be sure that the better-than-Walmart quality is there. Not only that, but they are not pre-worn, and they are as cheap as my good ole thrift store. 

So, yellow shorts anyone? 

Yep. I thought so! 

shirt // Olsen; thrifted, Talize
shorts // Mossimo, Liquidation King
belt // Smart Set
cardigan // Smart Set
purse // American Living; thrifted, Talize
sandals // Payless Shoes
earrings // Suzy Shier

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