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One Year Anniversary Of Blogging!! A Giveaway!

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Image courtesy of www.goodonesaregone.com
Image courtesy of www.goodonesaregone.com

So one year ago on the 24th of September, I posted for my first time on my blog.  I have really enjoyed blogging, far more than I expected and hope to be doing this for a long time to come.  I want to thank all the lovely people who have visited my blog, signed up or commented on my posts.  In honour of this milestone, I will be doing a giveaway that is open worldwide.

Rules of Giveaway:

The rules are very simple, just subscribe to my blog, leave a comment that you wish to be entered, and your name is entered, simple as that. If you are already subscribed, just send me a comment that you wish to be entered in the giveaway. On the 30th of September, I will randomly pick a name.  I will contact the winner and get some stats on that person which will remain private.  Then I will go and shop for them and find a complete outfit with accessories included based on their figure stats, shoe size and style preferences.  I will post what I found before sending the prize to the winner.  The entire outfit will be my gift to the lucky subscriber and it is open worldwide.
Hopefully the winner will be kind enough to send me a picture of them wearing the outfit and I really hope they like what I bought for them.  Help me celebrate my anniversary by signing up and entering the giveaway.  So I hope you will sign up for this giveaway and good luck to the participants.  Cheers, Michele

Handbags and Accessories!! 30% Off Thrift Haul!

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I found these new treasures on a recent thrift trip and am very happy with my new finds.  And all were 30% off cause goodness knows…I don’t go thrifting unless I can save even more than the original tag price if I can help it.

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This beautiful genuine leather handbag was only $3.50.  And it is beautifully made and vintage.

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This little black and brown faux crocodile bag is in perfect condition and was $7.00.  More than I usually pay, but I loved it at first glance.

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This is not a vintage bag, but has a vintage feel to it.  It is a Nine West bag in this beautiful teal colour and was only $5.60 with my coupon.

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This vintage white bead necklace was only $2.10 and I absolutely love it!

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The find of the trip is this souvenir vintage Paris scarf which will find its way into a refashion when I find another scarf for the back of a top.  I am going a little crazy with my vintage scarf refashions, but I love them, so I don’t intend stopping any time soon.  What do you think of my handbags and accessory finds?  Cheers, Michele

Getting All My Clothes In One Closet!! Almost!

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So my daughter Katie and I did a huge closet and general clothing purge about two weeks ago and donated 6 large garbage bags full of clothes.  I went through everything in my closet and tried them on if I was on the fence about keeping them.  The ones I knew I wanted to keep just got put back in the closet.  And now I can get all my clothes in one closet.  Almost.  I will never be a minimalist capsule wardrobe gal, but I want what I love all together in one place.

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My coats and outerwear are in a separate closet, but my regular day to day wear is now only in our main closet in our room.  I am pretty proud of myself.

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I have all my long sleeve tops, short sleeve tops, skirts and dresses on the top long rod.  And consistent with my OCD, they are colour organized.

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My pants, sweatshirts, cardigans and shorts are on the bottom shorter rod.

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My jeans are folded on a shelf.

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My Capri pants are also folded.

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Some sweaters.

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My boots and more sweaters.

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Some handbags that don’t fit on my vintage handbag shelf or are not vintage.

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My belts are hung on the side of the IKEA shoe cupboards.  Flat shoes are stacked in the IKEA shoe cupboards on the left, the top one is mine, the bottom is the hubby’s shoes.  Heeled shoes are at the bottom of the closet.

So now my closet is much more organized with all my seasonal clothing together in one place.  I figured out while sorting that over 95% of my closet is thrifted…crazy!! How do you organize your closet?  Cheers, Michele

Ottawa Vintage Clothing Show Part 2!! Clothing and Accessories!

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To continue my sharing of the wonderful time that my daughter Katie and I had at the Ottawa Vintage Clothing Show I will be showing you pictures of some of the beautiful clothing and accessories that caught my eye.

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imageSnake skin purses.  I love the rectangle one but out of my price range.

imageThis booth had nothing but Chanel bags and clothing.

imageVintage sunglasses and hats.

image imageVintage fut capelets and stoles.

imageI was drooling over this gorgeous handbag but at $69 it was just too pricy for me.  But the colours are to die for.  The jewelry in this booth was gorgeous too.

imageA beautiful Muu Muu.

image80s and 90s vintage.

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image Gorgeous tops and bags from the 70s.
imageThat’s me!!

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imageBeautiful scarves, but not one vintage souvenir travel scarf in my budget.

imageThis is a 70s Crimpelene jump suit.  Love the print but it was only a size 8….

imageGorgeous Chartreuse mini dress.

imageI drooled over these handbags with the matching pumps.  But again out of my price range.

imageMore vintage hats and bags.
As you can see, there were so many things to look at and ooh and aaah over.  What I bought will be coming up in a future post.  Cheers, Michele

Odds And Sods!! A Mixed Bag Thrift Haul!

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This thrift haul was an odd assortment of things, from accessories, to clothing, to housewares and sewing patterns.  But I am very pleased with my purchases and at 30% off, even more pleased with this mixed bag of things.

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These peach with white polka-dotted napkins were only $4.20 for eight.

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These lovely green napkins still had their original tags and have never been used.  They were only $4.20 for eight as well.

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These four blue stripped napkins were only $1.40 after discount.

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This black patent faux leather handbag was only $4.20 after discount and will join my collection.

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These red patent faux leather kitten heels were only $9. 50 after discount and are super comfortable.

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This black and taupe animal print wrap dress fits so perfect and it was only $9.50 with my coupon card.

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These sewing patterns added up to $7.00 after discount and will be the foundations of some new items in my closet.

What do you think of my odd assortment of finds?  Cheers, Michele

Polka Dots Are Back In Line!! Final Dress Refashion!

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I just want to take the time to thank all my lovely readers who took the time to suggest the way I should refashion this beloved yellow with black polka dot dress.  I finally bit the bullet and finished the refashion.  If you could remember the initial dress here.

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As I said in my previous post, I had removed the shoulder pads.

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Removed those bulky sleeves.

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Then taking my animal print dress’ sleeves as inspiration, I copied the sleeve shape onto the polka dot sleeves and cut the out.  Then I pinned them on, stitched the sleeves and zigzagged the raw edges.  I turned over the remaining arm hole.  And Ta da.  The dress is finished.  I think the small cap sleeves balance the bulk of the pockets on the bottom and yet are still in keeping with the style of the dress.  I still need to iron it, but I was so excited to share my finished refashion.  And I hate to iron, so I have to wait til I am in the mood and have a good movie to watch while I iron.

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I love it so much now, I don’t know why it took me so long to decide, but I dithered and dithered over this one.  This finally took me only about 30 minutes to cut and attach the sleeves.  I have included a handbag from my collection and my recently refashioned black flats to complete and outfit.  Not sure what necklace I would wear with this dress as it is pretty loud and busy and in your face as it is.  But I love it anyways.  And for the final outfit reveal!!

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Hope you like the final results.  Let me know what you think.  Cheers, Michele

Another 30% Off Thrift Haul!!

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So Wednesday was 30% off all Women’s clothing sale at Value Village, and I couldn’t just let that pass me by, and thank goodness I didn’t as I got some amazing pieces.

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The first is a beautiful handmade red with tiny white polka dot dress with a pleated skirt and beautiful pin tucking at the neck.  Unfortunately it is too tight across the chest and so doesn’t do up, but ah..the possibilities.  This dress will be featured in a future refashion.  And at only $6.99 before the discount, I just couldn’t leave it behind.

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This Old Navy shirt in red with white anchors also had to come home with me for only $6.99 before the discount.

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This gorgeous royal blue long formal dress was $14.99 before discount and fits like a glove.  I can never find formal pieces for those few times I really need to dress up, so when I find them, I have to snap them up.

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This beautiful Liz Claibourne dress with it’s wide stripes is a dream dress.  It even has a belt.  It was $12.99 pre discount.

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This little black handbag was not part of the sale as accessories and shoes weren’t on sale, but for only $3.99 it had to come home and join my collection.

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This patent briefcase wasn’t in the sale either, but at $5.99 it had to join my other 80s style bags.  What do you think of my finds?  I know a little spring and summery for the weather right now, but a girl can always dream of warmer days!  Cheers, Michele