I came across some great stuff this week, friends! Shall we start with silk from conscious-fashion Canadian company Ursa Minor out of Montreal? This designer is ticking all my boxes with this salmon coloured silk top:
I didn't know Ursa Minor when when I reached for this top, but I knew I had found something unique just from the tag:
The Corey Lynn Calter dress in the cover picture for this week has pockets! Remember when they didn't put pockets in dresses? Those were dark times in fashion.
This awesome blue suede bow belt was the first thing I picked up this week! It totally made me think of something Rebecca from A Clothes Horse would love (she would probably have a matching bow-bag and bows on her dress too!)
Here's the thing about this belt: it was way too big for the mannequin....I had to pin it in the back with clothes-pins for the picture. So don't be fooled by our mannequin, this belt can fit many sizes!
This blue dress was such an exciting discovery! It's hand made, and I think it's silk! The pleats and stitching are amazing, and it's even lined! I just love items that were made with love and attention!
If you like pretending that you are a mermaid pretending to be a human, here is your dress:
I discovered another cool designer from Montreal with this Creations Encore top:
This top does just not stop, check out the back!
Checking the tags on this one, I knew they would have an interesting approach to design and production, and their thorough fashion philosophy did not disappoint!
And here is another blue top that is partying in the back:
Now, doesn't this vintage skirt totally remind you of the dress that Rachel wore on the one where they all go to Jamaica?
This Floreat dress also has pockets....and a removable sash....AND stretchy rusching in the back for comfort!
Here is a super cute necklace to add some edge to your vintage dresses :
And these super-cool front-back black swan earrings!
For those times when you just want to relax...
Before we check out the back room this week, let's have a moment of shopping theory. Lately it seems that I keep hearing that it's hard to shop second-hand because the sizes are too small. So I just wanted to remind everyone of the golden rule of second-hand shopping: try everything on! Sizes vary so much by brand, you will never know unless you try it on.
Here is a true story about size to illustrate my point. Last week I had to go to a ribbon-cutting ceremony, where I knew I would likely have to be in photos and schmooze with MLAs to try to get more funding for some very important community-development programmes. I would have to dress like an adult (I even considered wearing high heels! But I didn't). I had narrowed down my choices to two silk wrap dresses from Banana Republic (via Red Pony, for real!), one green and one blue. I tried them on for Rod and asked what he thought. Helpfully, he responded "I don't know, they both look the same, what's difference?". Um? I explained to him that the blue dress was a size 8, and the green one was a size 0. After an intense moment in the hockey game he suddenly said "WHAT? How can you be an 8 in one dress and a 0 in another?!". So you see, don't try to apply your math degree to wrap dresses or to any of the other great things at Red Pony. Shoe sizes: yes. Other clothes and unique finds: you just never know until you try them on.
Now, the back room was once again busting with items I was dying to explore! But, I followed the rules (mostly!) and keep everything organized the way I found it. Get ready to pee your pants, friends....