Saturday, 11 June 2016

New clothing, a graduation and a lippy purse (now with text :)

My apologies to those of you that viewed this blog before I could add the text.  Judging from the images I posted, you probably got the jist of what this blog was about.

And now for your reading pleasure (or displeasure), I present a blog with pictures AND text.  

You're welcome :)

Since starting my new job, I've spent half a paycheck on new clothes.  Partly due to a recent weightgain, and partly because I'm working in a new environment that I like to term "casual/eccentric/nerdy/fashionable office-chic".

I tend to favour capris in the spring/summer.  After fruitlessly scouring the thrift stores I broke down and shopped retail. But I did manage to pickup a few things secondhand.

Armed with a 50% off coupon, I scooped up three pairs of capri pants.

I'll post my retail buys on another post...but here is some non-office clothing that I scooped up.

A nice pair of Ann Taylor green shorts, and a Laura Petites black t-shirt.  I was thrilled to pay $3 for each of these items.

Zowie! I cleaned up and found a bounty of dresses.  I think I bought about 7 dresses.  This Rouie dress is vintage, it probably retailed for $200 back in the eighties. It was in MINT probably languished unworn in someone's closet for years.

Some baubles.

Because it's so close to Canada Day, the Salvation Army stores are displaying all manner of red and white outfits.  I liked the lippy purse. I hope someone buys it and rocks it with a fabulous outfit.

I found a fluttery patchwork skirt made of saree scraps.  It has a cute rainbow strip situated right over my bum :)

Twirl like no one is watching!

My eldest daughter graduated from high school with exceptionally high honours.  I'm so very proud of her!!

She may not know it, but I'm getting her that bedroom suite she's been hinting at (shhhhh, don't tell her!).


Finally, more outfit pictures!!  This is what I wore to the graduation ceremony.

A mix of thrifted and retail.
Jessica McClintock blazer, thrifted $10
Old Navy dress, $25
Shoes with glittery straps, $40
Vintage eel clutch, thrifted $5
J Crew bangle, gift

What did I carry inside my clutch?  My iPhone, a lippie, and a vintage mirror.

Here's a pic of my poor swollen feet the next day.  My feet aren't ready to be in strappy sandals just yet.  

I rather like this ring.  I bought it for a very reasonable price at an antiques store.  Sometimes ya gotta treat yourself, am I right?

A little rant follows.

People, please dress up more.  When I attended this ceremony, it was to celebrate the hard work and diligence of a group of high school students.  If these kids can work hard for four years, the least you can do is put effort into what you're wearing.  Please don't wear track pants, stained running shoes, or sloppy t-shirts.  

And for those of you that did dress to the nines, thank you.

happy thrifting ;)


  1. Congratulations to your daughter on her graduation.

    People don't dress anywhere. I've seen flip-flops at the opera. Loved the parking lot photos.

  2. Congratulations to your daughter on her graduation.

    People don't dress anywhere. I've seen flip-flops at the opera. Loved the parking lot photos.

  3. Well done to your daughter! I can't believe other parents dressed so slovenly, I bet she was thrilled at how great you looked.
    Love your skirt! xxx

  4. Congratulations to your daughter! It's a real pity that people don't seem to dress up anymore. xxx