Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Thrift Shop Luck....and GIVEAWAY!



The other weekend, my friend Hannah (of Narcissist fame), went thrifting. We were planning to hit up all these quaint stores but in reality we really only made it to The Salvation Army (which is slightly overpriced and picked over)and spent at least an hour there, rummaging through the racks and trying on everything.

Because I don't have a pair of shorts, I snatched a pair of Ralph Lauren's up. There is a reason I don't have shorts, people! THEY LOOK TERRIBLE ON MY BODY! I have HUGE thighs, why would I want to accentuate them by encasing them in skin-baring fabric? They look fine in this photopgraph as I really manipulated it, but as Hannah can attest, with a sad face, they were NOT good.



The top was good though. Silk and BEBE and only $9. I paired it with a sweet skirt ($8) and realized why I love skirts so much more.



Meanwhile, Hannah tried on a skirt that made her look like she lost weight on Jenny Craig. If only JC could provide killer abs like that!



Sometimes I wish I had the panache to wear a horrid thing like this and make it look cool. It just ain't me!



Later we hit up another store which I always loved for its "Nothing over $20" unspoken rule but was dismayed to see the prices had all gone up, even though the quality hadn't. I still scored a tangerine pencil skirt though that matches my coach bag perfectly. We also got cool glasses for $6! Hannah couldn't really tell in the store what they looked like, hence our self-portrait taken in a back alley.





Love the colours on this dress!




Dress: Forever 21; Bag: Coach; Espadrilles: Espadrilles Etc; Cardigan: H&M

Speaking of dresses, I'm having a giveaway for this Forever 21 dress - size small. It is new with tags, never worn and sooooo beautiful and flattering.



To enter just leave a relevant comment in this comment box or just say hi :) For two extra entries into the random draw, link back to THIS POST and let me know. I will do the draw on Friday or Saturday.

Good Luck!

PS - Attention all Vancouverites/Seattleites etc: Hannah and her company Narcissist are having a super duper sample sale. Here is some info and please see her website www.narcissist.com for more details: Semi-Annual Sample SaleOur famous overstock/sample sales start July 9th & 10th at our design studio in Gastown and 3 weekends at the Narcissist boutique. Bring a friend and each save an extra $10 off your purchases. Be the 50th, 100th or 150th customer on any given sale day and pay nothing for your items at checkout!

68 comments:

Janine said...

Skirts are flattering on everyone, especially you. I too wish I could have flattered such a horrid pink top, lol. Looks like you had a great time and I hope to be picked for the drawing ;-)

Alice said...

man, wish i were near vancouver :-( and you're right.. the shorts look lovely in the picture, it's a shame it didn't work in real life!

prettylittletangents said...

Love the floral dress you're wearing (and the one for the giveaway)! Looking forward to the tangerine skirt.

I'm with you on the whole no shorts thing. I much prefer skirts and dresses. Shorts are either too booty (and I have bigger thighs) or too old lady looking to me. No happy medium. Plus skirts and dresses make me feel more feminine.

PS - got my first maxi dress (forever 21) after your post about them and I love it! I got so many compliments when I wore it on the 4th of July. So thanks for your post - I'm already on the hunt for more.

Shannon said...

I adore skirts, especially during the summer. Shorts don't usually look that great on me since I'm not very toned right now in the thigh area and therefore super self conscious. Skirts, however, are always fabulous.

That giveaway dress is absolutely fabulous. I love the color and the pattern. Absolutely beautiful.

Anonymous said...

Hi, i really like your style! I think bottoms are always harder to find.Pls enter me in the contest!

Maria B
billiondollarprincesss@hotmail.com

Anonymous said...

Just wanted to say hi and i enjoy reading your blog! Please enter me in the contest

Angela
vivaglampink@yahoo.ca

Talk Pretty To Me said...

I love that floral dress you are wearing in these pictures! I must say I feel best in a dress :)You are the queen of giveaways!

PS I'M DOING A GIVEAWAY ON MY BLOG SO CHECK IT OUT!

xoxo
J

www.talkprettytome.blogspot.com

Sabrina said...

awww i love that dress. that cute is one of my favs.. so flattering and classic.

enter me in your contest :)
love your blog

Hillary said...

ugh - I hate shorts for the same reason you do. skirts are so much more flattering!

Couture Carrie said...

Fun shopping pics!

Love your floral dress, and the one in the giveaway ~ nice!

xoxox,
CC

Kristin said...

Fabulous scores and fabulous giveaway! And, wow those abs. Jealous table for one.

Alix said...

Bummer on the shorts, I totally agree though. I hate wearing shorts, as I also believe they accentuate my least favourite body part :(

LOVE your dress though, what a great floral summer dress. You look super adorable in it.

Also, love the green F21 dress. Super cute!

Write Me Beautiful said...

I'm not a fan of my legs either and can understand the pain of wearing shorts, but in hot weather ( i live in the south) they are a necessity.

OceanDreams said...

Yay for thrift shopping adventures! I want to win that super cute Forever 21 dress - it's so pretty! Pleas enter me love! :)

Anonymous said...

Love reading your Blogs about Fashion & vancouver lifestyle!! I always get great fashion Tips from your blog too!! I wonder if there is a forever 21 in Victoria?
Pls enter me,
Jen
holmes_86@hotmail.com

Thanks!!:)

Bonny said...

I think you look better with skirts than shorts. It's just not you.

You have a really great sense of fashion.

Anonymous said...

Just wanted to tell you how much I love reading your blog (which is pretty much every day!). Please enter me into your contest for the super pretty dress! Thanks!

f_marbella@hotmail.com

Erica said...

I love the colors in the floral dress you're wearing, too!

Inspired by your "maxi-dress" post, I went and tried on a maxi dress at Wet Seal, and my goodness, to my surprise, it looked so flattering on me.

Please enter me in the contest. :)


ohericaerica@yahoo.com

eXOh; Emily said...

Hey there,

I've been following your blog for a few months now and you've become one of my regulars. I live in the GVA too and it's really neat to see you out and about Vancouver (I'm normally at all the places you seem to take your photos at, I'm surprised that I haven't seen you around town yet!)

Looking forward to tomorrows post :)
-Emily
exohemily@gmail.com

deewane said...

Love the colors on your dress and Hannah's top looks so chic. Seems like u had a great day :) (Oh and yeah love the giveaway dress too, it's so pretty)

Jennifer said...

I know exactly how you feel when it comes to wearing shorts...ugghh. At least we have cute skirts and dresses to keep us cool in the summer time. Ummm... speaking of dresses I really like the one that you are giving away! ;)

MizzJ said...

Damn I'm sad that I'm on a semi-shopping hiatus or else I'd totally be down for that Narcissist sale. The F21 dress is so pretty! You guys look like you had a fun time :)

Meghan said...

Great thrift store loot, I love finding thrifted treasure. And cute green dress too :)

Glitter Scrubs said...

Oooh I wanted to see the tangerine skirt! I LOVE that colour! And the shorts look awesome! Did you end up getting them?

♥ Marta ♥ said...

awww... you guys are soo cute. I love the pretty dress you're wearing it looks phenomenal on you. Personally, I am not a big fan of shorts, I just feel to self conscious of wearing them...:S

jennny said...

Ah, i wish i could win that dress! so pretty! please enter me =)

xjehnee at gmail dot com

Anonymous said...

The bebe top looks amazing on you, and I am wholly jealous of your amazing thrifting finds! I'm always impressed by the content of your blog.
I am so pleased that skirts(+tights) are In right now, as they require so much less worry than pants... or the ultimate evil, shorts. Despite the fact that people find skirts dressy, I agree that it takes so much less effort to coordinate with skirts! They always look great, regardless of the occasion.
I'd love to be entered in the giveaway:
mics dot obrien at gmail.com
~M

proudly says, said...

i love your orange floral dress!
and the green blouse looks prettier on you!
that's one of my fave color!

http://momfashionworld.blogspot.com/

Rachel said...

beooootiful dress. do i now qualify? :) i think you have the panache to pull off pretty much any kind of outfit!

Jenwatson6@yahoo.com said...

Hey,

Love your blog! You always have fun posts with lots of pics.

Anonymous said...

I just stumbled upon your blog recently and I love it!

Your wardrobe is so inspirational and creative.. It gives me the drive to try new things and go out of my comfort zone. :)

Keep up the great posts! I love reading them daily!

Danielle

Mary said...

I'm with you. I have bigger thighs. No shorts look good on me! Love the flowery dress on you! Gorg!

iluved said...

pretty dresses...i look AWFUL in all shorts too.

Carlotta said...

you looks great love your dress!!

FJ said...

Ooo I saw this dress but they did't have a small. I want to win! hehee.

Joby said...

Love the dress you wore for the day out, very summery. The green blouse was made for you and teamed with the skirt perfect.

Thanks for sharing your thrifting day

CaraMia ♥Hippie Couture♥ said...

yeah, the pink top isn't that great but the dress you are wearing is just fierce! love the colors!

it's cool that you are doing a giveaway....i know it takes a lot of effort....thanks :)

AsianCajuns said...

You two look so stylish! There's nothing better than thrifty shopping with a fellow fashionista! That F21 dress is like the perfect summer dress!

The Clothes Horse said...

You look adorable and it sounds like a really fun get-together. Your dress is definitely a stunner.

geisharock said...

Oooh I'd love to win the dress. That top looks really nice, I need more tops like that - casual but also could be smartened up and used for work! xoxo

Underfunded Heiress said...

You look like you had a blast thrifting. Good finds! Love the skirt.

Love your floral dress. I just posted a blog about what I should wear for my engagement photos...I was thinking floral...your dress is so cute it is swaying me to go for the floral.

LN said...

I'm a fan of the shorts--and the F21 dress. But with the weather where I am, even the idea of shorts is way too hot. This summer is skirts all the way~

DaisyChain said...

I love the F21 dress and the one your wearing!

AsianCajuns said...

You look so gorgeous and summery in the dress you have on- and I have to say those shorts look awesome (though I realize there is photo manipulation- don't you wish we could permanently photoshop some things- le sigh). I luurrrve that F21 dress too- so elegant and breezy at the same time.

Sher said...

What a lovely giveaway! I think I could fit in it;D

I'm self conscience in shorts too I prefer a skirt. You both look like you had so much fun!

Wanderlusting said...

ASIAN CAJUNS - sorry, I misrepresented myself. I didn't photoshop the one of me the shorts, what I meant by photo manipulation was that I was posing a specific way to hide the bad bits.

Dane said...

I almost squealed when I saw the first photo. Youre just adorable!

We have similar body types, no? I still go out wearing shorts.. Its just too hot not to over here. But yes I do have to check the photos before I post them, just to make sure!

And that pink sweater, it looks like something I would buy, seriously! Hahha




www.trustme-itsparadise.blogspot.com

Mademoiselle Frou-Frou said...

what a fun day - you two look wonderful as a result! your floral dress is adorable.
xox
www.froufroufashionista.blogspot.com

Owl and the Grapes said...

Oh, awesome jumper. Who needs cool to wear a jumper like that? The jumper makes the cool. Thanks for your comment on my blog Miss. x

Pinky said...

relevant comment here


P.S. the dress you're wearing is so freaking cute!!

lopi said...

Skirts and dresses will always be more flattering than shorts for us girls with thighs... On the bright side, we always look more groomed and well-dressed with our cute sundresses and girlie skirts!

Count me in for the give-away, the dress is gorgeous! I also did a post about it, you can check it out here:
http://fashionarchitect.blogspot.com/2009/07/win-this.html

Can't wait!

Alice said...

Hi:)
the giveaway dress is gorgeous indeed!I love the heart-shaped top of it!:D
and unfortunately shorts are nice mostly in boyish figures!:(

Mairyliscious said...

hi first of all i love the dress you are wearing has amazing colors and fits perfect with your amazing hair
i love the giveway dress hope i will win it cause i adore his colors

Mairyliscious said...

and for extra entries i linked again and i just told you :)pp

natalie said...

Awesome dress! And yay for fun shopping!

marb said...

oh i wish ill be the winner!
and girl you dont have big thights you are a beautiful woman with a beautiful body and-amazing-hair...
:)

Raquel said...

I love the dress you're wearing, great colours!!
the F21 dress is adorable too, perfect for summer.
x

iz said...

Hi! :)

I found your blog linked from keiko lynn & am loving it so far. the dress you're wearing is gorgeous!

and so is the green f21 dress.. nom nom!

aMoRpHiS said...

I always wear dresses and skirts..i just love them and they fit well to my body, better than jeans for example. Even at winter days i wear dresses..this one has great colours and i love the pattern, too. Keep up the good work!! Hope i win this dress for my best friend (or me:P ) who is getting married!

Yvonne said...

hello from greece : )

marta said...

There are other greek bloggers here?!!
Anyway, don't worry about how clothes are looking to other people's eyes, only you are the one who decides what to wear or not.
Cheers!
m

marta said...

Oh, forgot my mail!
martafiord@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

Hello :) I've just discovered your blog. Keep up the good work! Both the dress you are wearing and the give away one are simply amazing!
Veronica

yvonne said...

love, love, love your blog and adore your fashion sense! psst...and that dress would be super cute on me!

kathemc(at)gmail(dot)com said...

Love the dress, would love to win, and miss the Seattle/Vancouver area muchly! But here's the real question: What nail polish is that you're wearing?!?! It's fabulous! :)

xenia said...

Hey! I just saw your blog! So nice work! you are added in my fav blogs blogroll!

The give away dress is so beautiful! I am in for the contest of course!

xxx

FTM said...

wow - just saw this now! thanks for letting people know about the sale Karina. you are a sweetie! great write up as always! (this is Hannah on Kim's computer...you'll meet her at my swap!)

Angela said...

Nice shopping!