Another 30% Off Thrift Haul!! Some More Vacation Wear!

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If you have been following this blog for a while, you know I love to thrift, and I love to thrift the most when I have a discount coupon. This is a little 30% off thrift haul of some pieces which will make their debut in Jamaica in the spring for our anniversary vacation.

This dress still had it’s original tag on it for $90.00 but I got it for $6.66 after my discount.  I love the colours and I seem to be drawn to greens, blues and turquoise so I guess my vacation wardrobe will be heavy on these colours.

This beautiful white embroidered top will look great with a pair of shorts on those warm evenings.  It was originally $8.99.

This purple flowered dress may not make it into the suit case, but it will be a great piece for the spring and summer next year.  It is originally from Old Navy and was only $6.00 with my coupon.

This white with blue stripes top is also great with white shorts for a slightly nautical feel.  It was only $4.49 before my discount.

What do you think of my mini haul of possible vacation wear?  Have a great day, Cheers, Michele

Shopping For My Holidays Mini Thrift Haul!!

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My husband and I are once again going to the wonderful island of Jamaica for our 29th wedding anniversary in the new year and I have already started looking for some new pieces to wear on my holiday.  I know it is a little early to start looking, but when you thrift, you have to always think ahead and plan for things in the next season or next big event well in advance.  And I find that the prices in thrift stores have shot up so high that I have to be more picky about buying a lot of the clothes, so I am not as lucky as I used to be.


This first strapless maxi dress in this beautiful blue and white Aztec inspired print is originally from the Gap and cost a little more as a result, coming in at $14.99…but this is where my 30% off coupons come into play.  I got it for $10.50 after my discount.  And as a bonus, there are pockets!!!


This beautiful sleeveless black and taupe printed jumpsuit is just perfection; it fits perfectly, is effortless and comfortable and just like the previous piece, it has pockets.  It was in the ethnic clothing section and was priced at only $7.00 with my 30% off card.

Two great outfits; not a big haul; but they are pieces I feel good in; I feel like “me” in them, they fit perfectly and are very comfortable to wear.  A perfect combination in my opinion.  And I look much cooler than I really am!!  Cheers, Michele

Happy Holidays To All!!

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Whether you are spending this holiday season with just a few close family, friends and loved ones or a huge festive gathering is in your future, I just want to wish you a very happy holiday season.  May it be filled with all the best things in life; love, the closeness of family and friends, good food and drink and all your holiday wishes coming true.  From my family to yours; Happy Holidays!!  Cheers, Michele

Thai Beef Salad!! A Delicious Light Gluten-Free Meal!

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During this time of holiday food over-indulgence, a light fresh meal is always appreciated.  This Thai beef salad is a huge hit with my family.  It is a delicious light supper that is salty, sour, sweet and spicy.  It is healthy and makes a great pack able lunch with the left overs if there are any.  Just make sure to drain off the excess dressing before packing into your lunch container and use one that is water tight. I hope you try it out.

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Thai Beef Salad


zest of one lime grated

juice of four limes

3 Tablespoons of fish sauce

1 Tablespoon soya sauce

3 Tablespoons dark brown sugar

1 Tablespoon of sesame oil

3 cloves of garlic finely minced

4 green onions sliced thin

2 Tablespoons finely minced fresh ginger

1 cup loosely packed fresh chopped cilantro leaves

1/2 cup loosely packed fresh chopped fresh mint

1/2 cup loosely packed fresh chopped fresh Thai basil

3 hot red Thai or regular hot chilli peppers finely minced

1/4 red onion cut into thin matchsticks

1/2 tsp black pepper


10 ounce rump steak 1 inch thick

2 English cucumbers cut into thin half circles

5 tomatoes chopped into chunks

Mix all ingredients of dressing and set aside for half an hour to soften onions and allow ingredients to meld.  Grill steak on BBQ or in a hot sauté pan medium rare.  Allow steak to cool.  While steak is cooling, place vegetables in the dressing.  Once steak has cooled to room temperature, slice thinly across the grain and place in salad.  Toss all ingredients and allow to sit for 15 minutes.  Serve.  This is excellent over fresh greens and some steamed rice or cooked rice noodles on the side as a main course, or makes an excellent side salad as well.  It is a wonderful salad to use up left over cooked steak as well.  I hope you enjoy this delicious dish.  Cheers, Michele

My Favourite Perfumes!!

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I don’t buy myself many perfumes, mostly because I am allergic to many of them and because I work in a scent free environment.  But I do have some real favourites that I have been wearing for a while.  All of them are gifts from my wonderful daughters, Kate and Madeline.


I love both of the original Elizabeth and James Nirvana perfumes.  These were a gift from Madeline.  I love them alone or mixed together.  They smell delicious and mysterious.


I have loved Kabuki by Tokyo Milk for many years now and my daughter Katie keeps me supplied with this perfume as a gift.  It is a long time favourite and I love it.


This fragrance is one that I am hoping will appear for me under the Christmas tree.  It is Vent du Sue by Lise Watters.
These fragrances are the ones I wear when ever I am in the mood or right situation to wear perfume.  I hope that you have a chance to enjoy these scents.  What are your favourite perfumes?  Cheers, Michele

Some Of My Best Thrift Finds Of All Times!! So Far!

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A true thrifter will tell you that the best part of the fun of thrifting is the challenge and the hunt for the great finds.  But also, it is finding that find…that perfect piece at a fantastic price.  The brag worthy piece that will have pride of place in your wardrobe.  These are just a few of my best and favourite finds so far.


This white Danier leather motorcycle jacket was mistakenly priced at $9.99 and I got it for $4.50 on a 50% off day…score one for the thrifting team!!


This dress I made from the thrifted bed skirt.


This dress that I made from a thrifted table cloth.




These scarves tops made from thrifted vintage scarves.






These vintage handbags are just a few of my favourites.



These thrifted dresses.  Most are vintage.


These leopard print shoes which are some of my most worn pairs.
So there are just a few of my favourite and most loved and best thrift finds.  What are your favourite finds from the thrift store?  Cheers, Michele

My Husband’s Shrimp and Pork Stirfry!!

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My husband makes this dish quite often and it is a family favourite.  Serve with steamed rice.  You can mix the Stirfry and rice and place it in a fresh lettuce leaf to eat it…delicious.


Shrimp and Pork Stirfry

2 tbsp vegetable oil

1 pound ground pork

1 onion chopped fine

4 cloves garlic chopped fine

thumb sized piece of fresh ginger peeled and minced fine

1 red pepper chopped

1 hot red pepper minced fine

3 cups snow peas cleaned and cut in half

1 pound cooked shrimp, peeled and cut in half

2 tbsp sherry or Chinese cooking wine

2 tbsp oyster sauce

2 tbsp soya sauce

1 tsp sesame oil

1 tsp black pepper

salt to taste

2 tbsp sesame seeds (optional)

1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro

1 cup fresh bean sprouts

In a deep sauté pan or wok, heat the oil over medium high heat.  Add the pork, onions, and ginger and cook til no more pink is showing in the meat.  Turn the heat under the pan down to medium and add the garlic, hot red pepper, sherry, oyster sauce, soya sauce and sesame oil.  Cook and stir to coat the meat with the sauce for 3-5 minutes.  Add the sweet red pepper, snow peas and shrimp and cook for 5 more minutes.  Top with the fresh cilantro and bean sprouts and cook 1 minute more. Serve in lettuce leaves with steamed rice.  You can add a little extra oyster sauce in the lettuce leaf package if you like.  Enjoy.  Cheers, Michele