February 27th, 2010

Shopping is the only way I’m going to get out on a day like this so I thought I would share this map to let you know about this great area for vintage clothing. The amazing map was made by artist Keith Jones and can be found at any of the locations. (Thanks Silver Falls for the artist info!) It’s a great way to show the vintage shops in the area as I’m sure some of them get missed (like Penny Arcade – had no idea it was there, and it’s definitely worth visiting!) I rediscovered this map again in my messy room and wanted to scan it in for you guys. Just click each picture to make it bigger.


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A tidbit about each store:

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Categories: Toronto Vintage

February 24th, 2010
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As promised here is my DIY! I tried to prepare this project two days ago and thought I could do it without the proper tools but turns out you can’t! I get my ideas for DIYs through various websites and blogs. I subscribe to over one hundred blogs (through handy Google Reader) and whenever I think I (and YOU) can do something I see I tag it with a “DIY”.  I probably have hundreds (well over a hundred at least) posts that I scroll through for inspiration for each new project.  I have had a pack of grommets since November after I saw the picture below from 10th Muse. I love this peek-a-boo style and waited until I found a suitable dress to apply it to. BUT I still haven’t found one so I decided to apply grommets to a plain men’s t-shirt. I hope you like it!
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Categories: Blog, Do It Yourself

February 23rd, 2010

A How-To Quickie!


I am little Ms. Procrastinator and I waited until last night to do my original Do-it-yourself project which unfortunately failed because of the wrong tools. But I have this quick and dirty project for you now and there will also be a DIY Wednesday!


One of my favourite sites, Refinery 29, featured an awesome post on the bow-tie as a spring trend for girls! I instantly loved this idea so I made one out of an old hair clip and a pin.


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February 21st, 2010
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I broke a rule. It’s a girl rule AND a fashion rule so it’s pretty important. I bought the same thing as a friend. Before you gasp and point your fingers yelling, “shame” let me explain. I work with this cute, stylish girl who loves vintage shopping so whenever we work together we talk about our latest finds, stores we plan to visit, etc. She owns these amazing brown lace-up boots and I have been obsessed with them forever. On Friday, I was in the Queen East Area (Riverdale) and I had to visit Common Sort, a great consignment/thrift store that I never get the chance to visit as often as I would like. I have found some great boots before and was hoping to score again. I saw these suede beauties and instantly fell in love! Keep on Reading »

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February 19th, 2010

It was my boyfriend, Wes’s birthday yesterday but we are celebrating it tonight where I’m giving him his gifts and where we plan to drink a meter of beer. Being the DIY/Thrift-obsessed person that I am I decided to make him a gift as well as find something spectacular at a thrift store. Wes is obsessed with bikes (he has four) and doesn’t have any decorations on his wall. (Yes two unrelated things but I’m coming to that.) He also loves t-shirts, weird right? He has over sixty t-shirts, plain shirts, patterned shirts, wolf shirts, and band shirts. So for his birthday I decided to hand embroider a picture of a bike so he can hang it on the wall AND find him a hilarious vintage t-shirt.


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Bike Picture:


I used a backstitch for the frame and a chain stitch for the wheels. Check out the videos below on how to perform these stitches. Keep on Reading »

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February 19th, 2010

Yet another 24 hours later


The smell isn’t out of the leather jacket. Yes quite sad, I think I need something stronger. My lace cardigan is coming along nicely and I think it will smell perfectly in a day or so. My next attempt will be locking the items in a room with a vinegar bath as suggested by FinnFlair. But I will have to do this when my roommates aren’t home as they will surely hate me for the smell.

Tried and Tested Solutions


I’ll leave you with some suggestions from various sites on how to get the funk out:

    About Vintage Clothing : leathers

    Livin’ Vintage

    How To Get Rid of Stuff

    Vintage Vanities Clothing

    FinnFlair

    Shop Well With You: A guide on washing different fabrics

    Vodka! via Ehow: Thanks for the link Becca!

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February 19th, 2010

The Problem


A common problem people face who shop at thrift stores and something that prevents people from purchasing thrift store items is odour. That mothball smell that reminds us of our grandmother’s attics is not attractive and makes or breaks a purchase especially if the items are not washable. Enter my green leather jacket, and lace cardigan. This jacket is amazing but smelly and after letting it “air out” for a few days it remained smelly. This lace cardigan has been washed but still smells like an attic. I love these two garments so to save them and to help you shop thrift(!) I went looking for a (cheap) home solution.


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February 16th, 2010

In the beginning of January I asked people to vote on which Men’s
Dress Shirt DIY
I should do from one of my favourite books, Cool
Couture Remake Dresses
. One of the runners up was Tie-Me-Up
so I did it today!

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February 15th, 2010

I started My Vintage Secret well into my thrifting days so there are a lot of great items that you haven’t seen. So today is a catch-up day! I love vintage purses because they are almost always greater quality then what you can find in mainstream stores. I love the idea of paying $5 for a bag that will last longer than a $50 one manufactured today. Without further ado, here are some of my favourite purses.

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February 13th, 2010
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I’m sure most of you have heard the news about Alexander McQueen’s death. He was an amazing designer and innovator, and his absence will cause a huge impact.  I didn’t realize how much I would be affected, but I think everyone in fashion or who knew of his amazing talent are feeling like they lost a part of themselves. I’ve decided to dedicate a do-it-yourself project to him. My prayers go out to his family.


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