November 28th, 2009

The lovely ladies from The Jobspot, Ryerson University’s Career Development and Employment Centre blog, asked me to help them with a segment about appropriate business attire for a student-friendly budget. We traveled to Value Village and I found some great outfits at affordable prices. I hope you can walk away with some good tips (I appear after a minute and a half). Please enjoy and excuse my many “umms” and “perfects” I’m very nervous in front of a camera!

The Jobspot TV episode 1: Appropriate Business Attire


the Jobspot TV Ep.01 from Ryerson CareerCentre on Vimeo.


I’ve featured Char Loro (the cutie on the right) on MyVintageSecret before. As well as the host of this segment she also put together the video. Check out her blog here


PS. Value Village offers 20% off to students every Wednesday!

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November 24th, 2009

It’s finished! As chosen by you, I conducted The Bow DIY. It was
a lot of fun and very simple to do. Please check out the verbal
instructions below, the corresponding gallery, and video!
I would like to thank everyone for participating in the DIY
vote last week and to stay tuned more DIYs from this book!

The Bow DIY: A Stop Motion How-To


MyVintageSecret Bow DIY from Kaitlin Simonsen on Vimeo.


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November 22nd, 2009

The Pleated Skirt

Buying the “basics” was one of the only rules that my mother
pushed on me while growing up. When I chose to take my
mother shopping with me, white shirts, black pants and a “good pair of jeans” were forever suggested as well as the question, “well what do you have that will go with that?” Practical? Yes. Annoying? When you’re a teenager, yes! Since then I have learned the value of basics and always have a good white shirt in my closet, in various sleeve lengths… and necklines… and fabrics (happy mom?)
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November 21st, 2009

As a result of street style sites like Chictopia, fashion inspiration is at your fingertips. This new form of fashion communication has established the everyday girl as a fashion icon, and allows everyone to peek into the latest trends around the world. For vintage addicts like me,  I love to see how people integrate vintage into their personal style. From New Zealand to Mexico to Los Angeles, the ladies below show us how to incorporate vintage into their modern wardrobe. Take note and be inspired!

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Marcella, New Zealand

Vintage Item: Top

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November 17th, 2009

The Inspiration

Last week one of my favourite Toronto bloggers, Karyn from
Makesomething.ca,  featured Cool Couture Remake Dresses,
a Japanese Dress book (one of many she features) that transforms
men’s sweatshirts and dress shirts into one-of-a-kind pieces. I was so inspired by her
post that I went to Etsy and bought a copy for myself! But a problem arose when I started
planning for this DIY…

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November 15th, 2009
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Friday evening my boyfriend dragged me into H&M to go shopping for him. We passed through the ladies section, Wes holding my hand making sure I didn’t get distracted by sequins or leopard (it’s all so cute!), until we arrived safely in his territory. Or at least he thought it was safe.

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November 11th, 2009

International streetstyle has a big influence on me. I often browse through blogs like The Sartorialist and streetstyle community sites like lookbook.nu and Chictopia to see the great style of real women. When I stumbled upon this Parisian beauty on Elle.com I KNEW I had to find a crocheted top!

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Crochet also made an appearance in many Spring 2010 collections:

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November 5th, 2009

Double Take is a thrift store I visit often and encourage you to!
It’s downtown, students receive a 50% off discount, and it is
one the cleanest thrift stores in Toronto. Unlike regular second-
hand shops, Double Take occasionally has sales, so you can walk in and skirts are 30% and jackets could be 50% the next week. This is also my go-to place for belts which are $1, unless behind the counter like the few featured, but as you can see the prices are not much higher.

The store supports Yonge Street Mission, founded in 1896, whose “…diverse programs make a positive difference in the lives of families, seniors, socially isolated adults, homeless street youth, and the many children growing up in our low-income community.” So go shopping! It’s for a good cause.

Location: 310 Gerrard St. E (Gerrard and Parliament)

Keep on Reading to see items I’ve purchased from Double Take!


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November 2nd, 2009
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I have been trying to participate in the growing leather jacket trend but I was determined to find a vintage version because:

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