Friday, January 18, 2013

Show and Tell: odds n ends you haven't seen


Aside from showing you what I look like with a goofy grin and a tree spouting out of my head, I've dedicated this post to all the thrifty stuff I haven't shown you - and that I had better feature before the pics get really out-of-date or before I can't wear certain pieces anymore. Like this long black wool-cashmere French-made double-breasted coat I thrifted at the one thrift shop in Annecy - I can hardly do up the buttons now so I will soon be moving onto my vintage swing coats, yay!

The lush teal and sparkly handmade mohair sweater I have underneath is one of the few pieces I've owned since my teens - my Mom bought it for me in the tiny and lovely town of Perth, Ontario, Canada, and I haul it out every year for Christmas. Bag, boots, and maternity skirt: all thrifted, while new hat and gloves were purchased for less than $5 at dollar store or end-of-the-line places.


In fact, the thrift shop in Annecy where those boots, French designer handbag and coat were bought is becoming my own personal haven for leather accessories. Check out these hardly-worn patent leather lace-ups by Benetton, snatched up for 8 Euros!


Or this super cute 1970s brownish-rust leather clutch with long chain handle, 3 Euros.


It went perfectly with this 1970s rust knit dress, thrifted in Toronto before I moved away and snapped on me over a month ago, when my bump was only just emerging. Worn with my thrifted Kenneth Cole Reaction booties, a cheapie cashmere-blend cardi from the local market and a cheapie boho scarf from the "Fete" day in Annecy in December. I feel semi-guilty about these new, cheapie purchases as the sweater will fall apart in no time, but I loved the scarf so much I bought the same one in a different colour - the excess!


I know: this bag thing is getting out of control. But could you resist this classic style brown leather purse, only slightly beat up, by Swiss maker Bally, 8 Euros?


This pretty 1990s velvet and silk scarf priced at 3 Euros was actually given to me by the ladies at the shop. While shopping there one rainy day in the fall, a customer stole my brand new and very large umbrella I had left by the door in the umbrella pot (they're in every shop in France). I told the lady at the cash and she gave me an old umbrella dug out of the back room so I could get home. When I returned the umbrella with thanks, I bought croissants and other goodies from the boulangerie near us. So they gave me this scarf, which I was going to buy anyway. Swell, huh?


This tapestry change purse, bought earlier in the fall, has a slight granny-feel to it, but its inner bohemian-ness shone out too much for me to resist, especially for a couple Euros.



At the monthly antique market in Annecy a few months ago, I found this gorg brass ring with humungous pink glass centre (which, come to think of it, is similar in colour to the Edwardian-style piece I showed you in my last post). I thought it was pretty unique, semi-rustic yet sculptural, and I'm drawn to contradictions like that.

I think that's it for my bibs and bobs! Jeepers it's too late for this preggo - I started a French class today and I am super pumped, so maybe being a student again has kept me going today! Nightie night!

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    1. It cut of the glass reminds me of those cheapie rings you used to get as a kid, so I'm sentimental about it. Back in the 70s, instead of toothbrushes, the dentist used to give us these rings after a checkup (only in the 70s!) - my sis and I used to come home and say we were engaged to the dentist, lol!

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  2. Oh man, that silk scarf is heavenly!!!! And so is that cute knit dress and the way you put it all together. Love your taste in purses, as always.
    I think they say that being a student keeps us young. And surprisingly so does having kids!

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    1. Joni, the scarf is very YOU. I do feel young in that French class - because I feel that I know nothing! Bet it's the same for kids!

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  3. Loving the clutch! Speaking of your mom, will your family be able to visit preggo you?! They must love seeing the bump photos!

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    1. Our summer and fall is pretty much booked with fam and friends coming to see us! Yay!

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  4. Those are some fabulous and timeless pieces! I'm especially fond of those creamy boots. I wouldn't have thought of that color, but now I want a pair like that!

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    1. I hear you on the color - probably wouldn't have looked at them twice at full retail price, Val, but I. Good Ole Value Village, they made a statement! I have worn them so much I've had to have part of the wedge heel replaced!

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  5. Thank you for your kind and wonderful comment.
    You are marvellous.
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  6. Hi there! Such lovely pretty finds, the ring, black lace ups and tapestry purse are just gorgeous! Hope you are keeping well and have a good weekend xx

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    1. Nice to have you pop,in and I hope you're well too! I I just had a peep at your gorg Gucci vintage bag - so lovely! Xo

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  7. that Bally bag is gorgeous, I'm not surprised you bought it - and the other bag too. I love that coat too - oh and the rust dress too!!

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    1. I really need to stop buying bags. But they're just so easy, aren't they?

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  8. Ooo! Those are marvelous lace-up brogues!

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  9. That's so awesome that you still have a sweater from your teens! It's funny how some things come and go and then some things never get old. :) I absolutely adore the outfit in the post below this, btw. The colours are gorgeous!

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    1. I truly wish I had hung onto more (don't we all?), but then we'd all be living in warehouses! So glad I kept this sweater, though - it's so special.

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  10. Lots of lovely things to ooh and ahh over in this post, Kelly! Love the brogues and the bags, and the pretty scarf. What a sweet story about the ladies in the shop giving it to you! I hope whoever stole your umbrella is getting lots of bad luck!
    Your outfit with the kit dress is gorgeous, and that ring is a beauty.
    Good luck with your French class, I am sure you will enjoy it and be speaking like a native in no time! Tres bien! xxxxx

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    1. I know, it was sweet of them - the person who took my brolly may have bad Karma, but those ladies certainly do not!
      I love that knit dress as the band around the middle (hidden by the cardi) makes me look like I still have a waist! Xoxo

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  11. Just catching up on blog reading and I'm not the only one to have clothes that I've owned for decades. Don't you wish clothes made now had the kind of quality that would keep them around that long?
    That velvet scarf is divine. The colors reminded me of the 90s dress in your last post. Even though your thrifting habit continues in your new home, I still want to hear about your major downsizing and move.
    I like the 'contradictions' in the ring as well.

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    1. Jo, I wish I had kept more, let me tell you. I see all the great pieces you've kept on your blog and am envious. I knew you'd like the scarf, and the ring, which kind of reminds me of that Rafael piece you liked as well.

      It was great Skyping with you the other night - hope we can do again. I'm not sure I even asked you what you wanted to know about my big downsizing, come to think of it!

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  12. Love that beret! And the little change purse<3 Killer blog.

    <3 a fellow thrifting queen,
    Brittany
    www.PardonMyFashion.com

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    1. Glad you found me, fellow thrifting queen! I am now following your blog, and I like your thrifty style!

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  13. He,he, he we see a bit of the bump in that dress! you are so adorable my dear!
    Love, love all your finds you do like your bags!
    lets pratice some french, ok?
    try to figure out this one
    Tu aimes bien les sacs ,quelles trouvailles! géniales, lol! probably too hard for you at this point
    The ring, la bague in french is lovely, love the color!

    Grosses bises à toi

    Ariane and study well that french!

    xxxx

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    1. Merci, mon ami, Ariane! Oui, je comprends! J'ai parle avec les gens dans Annecy pendant six mois, alors mon Francais, ce n'est pas tres mal. Mais c'est tres difficiles quands les gens parles plus vite! J'ai besion d'aide avec les verbes, la grammaire et aussi le vocabulaire! Parce que je parle toujours au present!

      Parler avec moi dans le Francais et j'essayer faire le meme, oui? Xoxo

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