Monday, February 2, 2015

Canuck parka

Grenfell Handicrafts parka, Oxfam.

Meet my new bestie, a wool-lined canvas cotton coat with embroidered detail and fur-fringed pointy hood.

Do you really need another coat, you ask? True, I have many, but the bulk are ill-suited to my busy life as a Mom. A second-hand ankle-length double-breasted affair, or vintage French swing coat, lovely as they are, don't work that well for a gal living in maternity jeans and UGG boots.

Leather gloves & UGG boots: local charity shop.

This parka, made by Grenfell Handicrafts in Newfoundland, Canada, fits the bill: it works with my life right now, has that folksy look that I like, and is super warm to boot. The cotton exterior has been treated as it's waterproof too, just what I need as I slog around with a double pram in the rain. I wear it practically every day.

Funny how I came all the way to the UK to find a Canadian coat.


I found it while trolling Oxfam UK's website. it was a great deal, considering these retail new for the equivalent of 150 pounds. I'm pretty sure it's vintage (it was listed in the vintage section) as contemporary coats on the company's website look slightly different.

Oxfam online, by the way, is my new thrifting drug. An online charity shop is ideal for a gal who doesn't have the time to check out the plethora of shops in her 'hood. Generally, it's more expensive. But that means you look for the high-end stuff that you won't find locally, like this coat, and like the 1970s Bill Gibb knitwear I've featured in my inaugural post on Thrift Crush (teaser: there will be another Oxfam gem, a vintage tapestry coat by Mulberry, featured there soon).

Thanks for all your well-wishes and words of encouragement. Life is crazy now, but it is good!

13 comments:

  1. Great coat!!! Online shopping is ideal when you have little ones :)

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  2. It's nice to see you Kelly. I think that's so cool that you found a Canadian-made coat in the UK, and it is the perfect coat for your hectic life as a Mom of two little ones! I will have to check out the Oxfam UK website to see what they have. I'm assuming they don't ship to Canada, so that and the exchange rate means I won't have to worry about being tempted to buy anything.

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  3. Love the embroidery! I love second-hand shopping online too. xox

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  4. How funny, to find a Canadian coat here in the UK! I've had a look at the Oxfam vintage stuff online, but I think it's a little pricey... But your coat is perfect for your current double buggy lifestyle and the weather, so good score. Hope all ios well with you and your family, Kelly! xxx

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  5. You find the best stuff!! I remember the double stroller days all too well ;-)

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  6. You're looking very well - you look relaxed in spite of having two little boys, probably because of the ease of thrifting online! I never heard of such a thing, but it is a great idea. And I can't believe you're becoming a coat-monogamist. It must be love!

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  7. The pointy-headed Canadian. Perfect! I love your coat. Fantastic find, and you didn't even have to leave home - well, except to move to England - to get it. I'm glad your life is crazy in the good way.

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  8. Aw what a great cost. Good to see ya again!

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  9. A perfect combination of form and function. It's a lovely coat and you look absolutely adorable in it.

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  10. Hi Kelly, nice to see you again!
    Love the coat
    About Korean cosmetics - I'm sure you have them in the UK- There is a chain called Face Shop that sells Korean Cosmetics- I have checked you can order on line from the UK or maybe there is a Face Shop near you ...

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  11. That coat is a great find! It looks like a perfect mum coat as it is practical and cute. You look quite adorable in a pointy-head-Canadian-coat. xo

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  12. Awwwh! You're as adorable as ever, peeking out from your hood! Of course you need another coat. What a question. Do penguins fly south for the winter!?
    Really, charming acquisition that you will use!

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  13. Hello Kelly - just catching up on your blog after a long absence from blogging myself. Congratulations on the arrival of Luke - he is adorable! I had a baby girl in March myself and had been thinking of you during my pregnancy (you have great maternity and post partum style to keep me inspired!) - yep I'm now also an "older" mum! I'm very grateful to you for posting about those compression tights because I bought a couple of pairs afterwards and found them really helpful. Also you made me laugh about
    succumbing to UGG boots after swearing never to buy them. I'm also guilty - hate the damn things and wore nothing but a pair throughout second and third trimesters - still wearing them!
    All the best for getting Thrift Crush off the ground! I can now totally appreciate the challenge you've got time wise xxxooo

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