1/25/15

T H R I F T: BLACKHAT

i don't really have a great anecdote to go along with my most recently thrifted item.  i was early for a doctor's appointment so i popped into my second favorite thrift store and bee-lined it to this baby.  it fit my head, i do hats well, and i bought it.  (although i will admit to getting a bit of a warm fuzzy feeling when i saw photos of beyonce wearing the same hat when visiting a museum in new york in a magazine in the waiting room.)
although i didn't exactly have hate for this bow, i did feel it was a bit big for the casual look i wanted.  an easy fix - just two stitches to remove with scissors.  snip, snip, done.  so now i feel like it really fits in perfectly with my CAPSULE COLLECTION.  i love it when things come together.

i was unable to find anything on the internet about this particular label so i pose the question to you - what do you think?  eighties?  seventies or sixties?  it makes me think of department store junior miss lines.  i'd love your thoughts on this.

and, plus, also, there is a clear marking on the inside that reads "genuine furfelt".  in researching that i found THIS INFORMATION to be absolutely fascinating.  who knew felt was so interesting?

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1/20/15

I N S T A L I F E

clockwise from left:
so much fashion inspiration in one little catalogue :: i have kept myself from freezing this winter with a ginormous hat and scarf :: a little tease at a recent thrift find (spoiler: it was THIS little beauty) :: everyone needs a rabbit wearing glasses on a scarf, right?
my parents' attempt at a selfie, old skool style :: so i never have to call brian at home from the drug store to ask "what does that bottle read?" :: a belated but much loved christmas surprise from my friend hilary :: the most successful housework days include a great playlist

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1/19/15

CAPSULE COLLECTION> IT'S COMING ALONG! AND OTHER RANDOM THOUGHTS


 a few thoughts on the art of the capsule collection after the great purge of january...


>having made thoughtful purchasing decisions through fall and winter made things much simplier when paring down and planning for spring purchasing plans.  neutral palettes in classic solids and stripes mean that adding brighter pieces like THIS will actually work across the board and make mixing and matching easier.

>i actually started hanging pieces already layered on hangers to save closet space but i have found that it has saved a ton of time as well.  having pre-planned "outfits" doesn't mean that i cannot wear the sparkly dog with the sherpa vest if i want to but should i not feel creative and experimental that particular day i know that the black blazer is a safe bet.
>i currently have 39 hangers in use in my closet.  39!  if i were to use each hanger with a layered outfit that would mean 78 items of clothing.  78!  on the plus side that would mean no laundry for eleven weeks.  11 weeks! or nearly 3 months.  that's almost an entire season.  and that is WAY TOO MANY CLOTHES for one person.  i challenge myself to narrow it down to fifteen hangers.  that sounds much more reasonable.

>i am going to continue to do laundry only once a week because i have noticed it really helps to see what is left hanging unworn at the end of the week.  plus, laundry once a week leaves so much more time for things like netflix and... more netflix.  don't judge me, it's january.

any tips or tricks you can share?  i will be tackling bottoms next - so much denim, you guys.  so much denim.

1/16/15

F I V E T H I N G S

i don't set out to compile these FIVE THINGS lists with any sort of "theme" in mind but sometimes it just works out that way.  this list is representing how i am feeling this week, mid-january, in need of the good things that winter can bring - lots of comfort food, cozy woolen things, and probably too much binge watching of netflix and cable.  but who am i to say what is too much of a good thing?
^THIS documentary, "Bill Cunningham New York" gave me all the feels.  Such an incredible life story about a man who continues to follow his passion and remain humble and grounded despite having lived a life filled with experiences fit for a fictional mini-series.  i five starred it on netflix.

>this winter i am all about the giant hats with giant poms and giant-er cozy scarves.  canadian winters are cold but i feel well-dressed and warm.  (side note: my obsession with distressed denim continues.  so good.)
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^there is definitely a huge difference between hand lotion and THIS hand repair balm.  it has worked wonders for my winter ravaged hands and elbows and the smell is oh so yummy.

>these ladies.  do i need to say more?
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^more netflix?  yes!  i absolutely adored every second of the BBC's ENDEAVOUR, the prequel story of Inspector Morse.  the setting, the costumes, the intelligence of the characters (and that face makes for easy viewing as well).  any recommendations for what i should snuggle in for and watch next?

1/11/15

THRIFT> L I T T L E G R E Y B O W L

hullo!  so who else is participating in international clean out your closet month?  not an actual thing, i know, but it seems so many of us have the urge right now to really pare down, simplify and make room to appreciate what we have.  with those goals in mind i have been tackling my home and filling bags to donate like a woman on mission.  
which i am.  
a woman.  
on a mission.  
to declutter.
*theme music*
but with my successful drop off of five bags at the thrift (FIVE BAGS!) i also came home with this little beauty.  a small grey bowl whose sole purpose is to be beautiful and make me happy.  the above photo is just to show the size of the gem.  not too big and not too small.  just right for vignetting.  (and so it seems that according to my spellcheck "vignetting" is an actual word.  also, point of interest, "spellcheck" is not.  who knew?)
he appears to be handmade but i am having a difficult time trying to make out the signature on the bottom.  timmie?  tamie?  i am certain he is of no great pedigree but i still like to "know" the story behind my little pre-loved pieces.  any info or guesses welcome.

sidenote: i want to apologize for the quality of the photos in this post.  my actual camera has dead batteries and being so cold i was not at all inclined to go outside to get any fresh ones.  some things i will go out in the cold for.  fajitas, new 'marvel' movies, thrift store drop offs... but not batteries.  those can wait.

what are your january goals?  are you planning on cleaning out or cleaning up at the thrifts with all the pre-loved goodness coming through the doors this month?

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