May 27th, 2012

Lace inserts are a popular denim DIY this summer. Usually done with white lace and light denim I wanted to mix it up and try it with black!

Sources: (Top Left – Right) 1. Clones ‘N’ Clowns 2. Refinery29 3. If you know the original link please let me know

What you Need:

  • Shorts/Jeans – I got mine from Value Village
  • Lace – Mine is the edging of fabric
  • Scissors
  • Thread
  • Hand Sewing Needle
  • Pins
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Categories: Blog, Do It Yourself, Shorts of the summer series

May 25th, 2012

One of my favourite parts about thrifting is finding that amazing item that is great quality but CHEAP. Shoes are my favourite find because, as a footwear designer, I really value construction and materials but, as a poor person (planning a wedding), I can’t afford to spend $300+ on shoes that are up to those standards. Therefore right now my shoes are normally middle of the road $150 and I get them fixed up every season. For this reason the shoe section is always my first visit. The problem with thrifting and shopping vintage that even if you find a great pair of shoes chances are they’re not your size. My favourite past finds are riding boots from a garage sale and leather combat boots from Browns both blogged about here. This past weekend I did it again. I went to the Value Village at Queen East and began my normal routine of browsing through the shoes first. I didn’t have much hope because this location is generally picked over by the trendy people that live in the neighbourhood but then I saw them. They were on the top shelf- boots, leather, and seemed very like the Frye ones I like but can’t afford. The price tag said $14.99… I was skeptical. Am I insane or are these boots probably worth +$200? Real leather: check. Good quality thick leather: CHECK. Solid outsole: check. Brand: La Botte Guardian…French and unknown to me…must look up. Size: 7.5… PERFECT. I clutched onto them as I walked around all the other trendy customers… how did they miss these? Am I sure about how amazing they are?

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Categories: Blog, Thrifted Outfits, Toronto Vintage

May 4th, 2012

 

I think everyone who thrifts has those few items that you look for each time you go. Each time I go I have list in my head of what I’m looking for, but try to keep an open mind so I don’t miss anything awesome. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve gone back to look through an entire department because I forgot to just browse. My top go-to spots are 1) shoes 2) dresses and 3) jackets/blazers because I feel, in Canada, you can never have enough outerwear.  I’ve become a bit of a jacket addict so if I find a jacket I love at a second hand store it’s a bonus. For a while now I’ve been looking for that classic tweed jacket. The problem I usually face is the fit. When you go to the women’s section size small, most items have shoulder pads or are too big. This normally causes me to shop in the boy’s department. But when I was at my regular Value Village, sifting through the women’s size small rack with little hope, I found it! Meet my very own cute little black tweed jacket.

A Little History

Coco Chanel is credited for making the tweed suit fashionable in the 1960′s. 

source: Coco Chanel

 

A lot of Inspiration

Today the tweed suit is still popular but in separates. Here’s some stylish ladies who show how to modernize the tweed jacket. How inspirational!

source: Aime La Mode

source: Wendy’s Lookbook (great blog!)

source: Clemence Posey via Fab Sugar

 

source: La Mode

Classics: 

Tweed Jacket 

Leather Jacket (in my dreams)

Tuxedo blazer

Sequin shorts (that’s classic right? I’ve been searching for these for a while. I may end up making them)

……

That’s one classic checked off. Yaay!

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Categories: Thrifted Outfits, Toronto Vintage, Uncategorized

May 2nd, 2012

The newest addition to the Shorts of the Summer series is: Scallop shorts! Scallop hems have been around for a while and you see this detail on a lot of clothes in stores right now. If you want this look on the cheap make it yourself! Honestly this was such an easy DIY and it yielded great results! I’m all ready for the summer. Now if only the appropriate weather would show up!

Materials
  • Jeans
  • Scissors
  • paper
  • ruler
  • marking pencil
Instructions

1. Find shorts or jeans you like! I got mine from Value Village!

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Categories: Blog, Do It Yourself, Shorts of the summer series