If you are on a budget like I am you may search for many weeks to find the right item at a price that you can justify.
Recently I found some new pieces at Value Village or as we commonly refer to it here as "The "VV Boutique."
If you have been following my weight loss journey for awhile you'll recall that I have had to rebuild my wardrobe almost entirely from scratch.
I have pretty much finished replacing the basics for fall and winter and am thinking ahead now to spring and summer.
I have rebuilt my wardrobe for under $1,000.00 which is no small sum when one considers that I am retired but
this includes dressy evening and special occasion wear, everyday casuals, tops, sweaters, lingerie and outerwear.
I opted for quality cashmere's and name brand basics that would mix and match with each other so that I could get the most bang for my buck.
It took me over an hour to scour the racks at VV and like Sheila taught me I looked at all the size ranges.
Sunday is a great day to explore VV at your leisure because there is free parking on the street.
Two new sweaters were found and at such a budget friendly price they were great value for the money...
the first one retails for $100-120 in our local shops.
It is made of cotton in black and has a lovely shawl collar detail.
I'll wear this as a light layer over a tank top or tee.
Or a jacket in the warmer weather.
Are you familiar with the Pure Hand Knit brand?
They make fun sweaters in a variety of styles and bright colours in 100% cotton.
The sweaters are hand knit by women in Thailand...4500 women are behind this company busy knitting.
I can almost hear the collective click of their needles....it is music to my ears.
Lands' End deep V neck cardigan in an angora and wool blend.
Soft and cozy.
I can wear this with my dressy black pants or skirt for evening.
Pop it on with a tank top or tee and my favourite jeans.
I have a white pair of Club Monaco pants (also thrifted for $6.00) which when paired with this cardigan and several strands of pearls like Coco Chanel will be on the dressy side of casual.
White Jeans are a new and exciting discovery!
I love them.
I know many women love bright coloured and pastel jeans but I have never hopped on that bandwagon.
Club Monaco garments are well made and neatly finished.
I blanch a wee bit at the regular price of their garments but I do love to go into their stores and browse.
I get some great ideas of how to mix and match simple pieces and accessorize them to create a polished outfit.
Never underestimate the power of an accessory.
They are easy to find at reasonable prices and it is the best way to personalize your signature look.
If you are loathe to go into thrift or consignment shops try art gallery gift shops, local ethnic stores or antique markets...ebay and Etsy have thousands of great pieces just waiting for the right buyer.
Pearls are wonderful and these days I think the larger gum ball sizes are more fun than the smaller ones...
a little bit of whimsy can make me feel younger!
Massed in a grouping of several strands like Coco Chanel I get more mileage out of them.
I wear fragrance most days now that I am not at school.
(the cats don't seem to mind)
Mitsouko makes me feel very grown up and sophisticated.
NEVER spray it on your pearls or the nacre will dissolve and your pearls will be ruined.
I wish that I had a large mirror with great lighting here in The Humble Bungalow so that I wouldn't need to sneak around taking pictures in the fitting rooms!
It is freezing cold here in Victoria.
I am bundled up wearing cashmere sox and several cashmere sweaters hunkered down indoors.
I walked to the Yoga Studio this morning for a gentle Hatha class instead of walking 5K in minus 4 degree temperatures.
Thank goodness that we have heat and power so that we can keep the freeze at bay and make pots of tea.
The resident hummingbirds are sipping iced sugar water today and they are not straying too far from the feeder.
I think they must be storing up their energy for the cold night ahead.
Snow flurries are in the forecast!