October 2014: What I bought, watched and read
WHAT I WATCHED
Like I had time. I was too busy shopping.
No seriously though, I’m watching Top Chef Duels and Project Runway.
That’s about it. Even that is a struggle.
WHAT I READ
WHO HAS TIME FOR THIS!?
Between a baby who hates to nap and won’t sleep through the night, and working (plus commuting), I am not even THINKING about reading, let alone blogging.
Thank goodness I am scheduled until mid-February 2017 for posts.
WHAT I BOUGHT
NAVY WOOL WORK PANTS FROM BANANA REPUBLIC – $55 EACH
(UPDATE: AND BLACK PANTS.. BECAUSE I NEEDED BLACK PANTS TOO. OBVIOUSLY.)
ORIGINAL RETAIL: $125 FOR BOTH PAIRS
(COMBINATION OF SALES & DISCOUNTED PRICING)
I think they’re getting rid of my beloved Martin cut. I’ll have to switch to the Sloan cut, but they don’t make a 00 or a 000 Regular size, so… I’m kind of screwed.
Seriously needed these pants.
My old ones had saggy bottoms and I was relegated to wearing two pairs the entire week.. both in dark grey.
I needed at least one other option, in another colour (of course).
I bought navy wool work pants (almost 100% wool!!!), made in Bahrain for a sweet price of $79. I had to get them tailored (hemmed) and I love that they have pockets.
It was really hard looking for not made in China, almost 100% wool and no polyester pants for a good price.
I looked at Theory and a bunch of other brands, but ultimately these BR pants were LINED (OMG! SO HARD TO FIND), almost 100% wool, made in Bahrain.. it couldn’t have been a better match.
Surprisingly I also liked the Sloan fit (I usually buy Martin) from Banana Republic but I am a size 00 Regular.. which doesn’t exist. I tried on the Petites 00 and it was a PERFECT fit. I needed it at least 2 inches longer though
You know, you’d think I’d be so happy and lucky to be taller than 5’4″ and slim, but it sucks for finding pants that fit.
THESE 2 PAIRS OF FLATS FROM LOLLIETTE ON ETSY – $179 FOR BOTH
I had to. Seriously, I tried to live without these because let’s face it, winter is coming, but as I was proudly patting myself on the back for this, my flats GREW A HOLE IN THE TOE.
Yep. So I put in an order for 2 pairs of handmade flats on Etsy from Lolliette and I will try them out and review them to let you know how it goes.
It was $200 on Etsy or $500 for 1 pair from Lanvin. LOL.
[THRIFTED] AQUATALIA LIBERTY BOOTS IN BLACK — NEW WITH TAGS – $313
ORIGINAL RETAIL: $450 – $595
Seriously! Tags still on, never worn and resold at a consignment shop for $360 flat, all taxes in.
Originally $450 on the tags but a similar boot online is $595 now, plus 15% tax!!
Super comfy and they have a great elastic back to them which means they fit my skinny legs PERFECTLY.
I’m sure in 10 years that elastic stretch will wear out, but right now they’re pretty much brand new, never taken out or worn from the box, and they’re good for me.
A really good find in my opinion. I would have been paying about $300 for a new pair of boots anyway, and getting a higher quality brand for the same price?
Apparently Aquatalia is a really good brand, meant even for Montreal winters with the salt, snow and slush. They’re super protected, waterproof, etc. I’m not really going to test this theory because I want to keep them as black, dress boots… but that’s nice to know they’re almost indestructible.
[THRIFTED] TAGLIATORE NAVY JERSEY 100% COTTON BLAZER — $60
ORIGINAL RETAIL: $312 – $625 (IN EUROPE)
This is not a brand known in North America, but it retails for 250 – 500 EUR in Europe per jacket.
I scored this PERFECT Navy jersey blazer for $70 at a thrift store. It fits perfectly, it was just what I wanted in an navy blazer and it’s made in Italy.
The jacket basically looks like this in a dark navy blue.
I had been looking for a navy, jersey fabric blazer for a while and finding this one at $70 was a real find.
Apparently the consignment person goes to Europe, buys these amazing things for lots of money and then brings it back to Canada to copy (he takes it apart and sees how they stitch it, etc).
[THRIFTED] DKNY BLACK DRESS – $48
ORIGINAL RETAIL: $250-$400
A real find. A perfect fit (the owners were amazed that size fit someone), and the material is fabulous.
It also has POCKETS.
It looks pretty much like this, with pockets:
I think it’s great, and even though I don’t REALLY wear black, I felt so good in this one, I made an exception.