In Style, What I bought

What I bought: End of Summer 2020 Edition

YouTube video of what I received (the other two items I bought but didn’t get yet)

Kagoshima Ceremonial Matcha – $28

This is the one I chose to try – Kagoshima Organic Imperial Matcha, and I will report back. I am still working through old stock from David’s Tea, and am excited to try other brands.

Zoya – Paloma nail polish – $13

This berry nail polish is just so DELICIOUS looking. Like jelly. It’s what I am hoping will be the perfect berry colour.

Sally Hansen Pure – Fruity Papaya – $8

I also picked up this fun, coral pink colour from Sally Hansen called Fruity Papaya (I have a few others of theirs, like this nice red called Cherry Amore and Pomegranate Punch).

Hugo Boss White Men’s Shirt – $28.74

Like new. I washed it obviously, but it wasn’t stained at all which is VERY difficult to find in a secondhand white shirt of any kind, and it’s the perfect shirt for an oversized, cool look. It’s from Hugo Boss in the men’s section, and I found it in a nice vintage shop.

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I received all of the following for $0, using my Poshmark credits. When you see “Paid” it means I paid $0 out of my pocket.


3 Style Books

“Paid”: $55

BOOKS? On POSHMARK!?!? Yes indeed. These are all brand new, and I am SUPER EXCITED. I only really buy books on style and photography in a physical format, otherwise I prefer the ebook format as it is easier to hold & read (though not as fun)

Fictionally Fabulous

This book takes fictional characters like Carrie Bradshaw, and makes up a wardrobe/style bio on them.

Living in Style (Rachel Zoe)

I am obsessed with the show obviously because I am a secret closeted stylist-wannabe, and I had to buy her two books which I have had on my list for a while.

A to Zoe (Rachel Zoe)

YEP! Love her. I’ve watched and re-watched all of her episodes, as she is incredibly fun to watch.

EyEnvy Eyelash Growing Serum

“Paid”: $104

This serum works GREAT on my eyelashes. I already had short stubby ones to begin with, and putting this serum on, has given me long lashes that would otherwise only be if I got eyelash extensions or wore false ones.

A 2mL bottle will last about 4-6 months, and longer if you are in maintenance mode like I am, because I don’t need to apply it nightly any more (you have to for the first 6 weeks), and the lashes are SO WORTH IT.

You can also try castor oil for a cheaper version of it, but it doesn’t work as well to make them AS long, but your eyelashes do become much much longer.

REISS TRUDY WOOL LINEN DRAPE NECK SWEATER

“Paid”: $69

I have wanted a similar Reiss top (this one called Lorna) which is a thicker knit for a long time, but can’t stomach paying $240 USD for it, and it hasn’t gone on sale… and when I found this wool + linen blend, I thought it was the perfect shape, and exactly what I wanted!

The top is much whiter/creamier than as pictured above, which was a pleasant surprise. I bought it because of the style but wasn’t sold on the kind of muddy linen colour, so I am very pleased.

REISS TRUDY WOOL LINEN DRAPE NECK SWEATER

“Paid”: $55

YEP! Found another one. This time in a dark grey charcoal. I am LOVING these tops and especially since they go for over a hundred USD which I cannot justify right now.

Aritzia Babaton Red Textured Side Tie Top

“Paid”: $50

I am obsessed with red (as I am with gold as of late), and this top with a side tie is SUPER CUTE, plus it isn’t boring because there’s a textured feel all over it. It’s really cool.

YSL Arty Oval Ring – Blue with Copper Inside

“Paid”: $155

Another beautiful blue YSL ring (I have another but it has gold dots all over it), but this one is a melted coppery sort of prettiness.

YSL Arty Oval Ring – Pink

“Paid”: $150

Just a plain coral pink

YSL Arty Oval Pink Ring

“Paid”: $150

 

Light pink with gold swirls.

YSL Oval Arty Pink/Red Ring

“Paid”: $250

This is an incredible YSL ring. They released other Arty rings, and I am always on the hunt for the other ones, even though the Oval rings I own are the most popular.

Current YSL Collection in case you’re interested:

7 Oval rings, 1 Arty Ring in another style….. <3

Missing green, black… 😉 Got lots to add to my collection!

ADAM LIPPES RED WIDE LEGGED SILK PANTS

“Paid”: $90

Love a deep red, wide legged pant. This is just what I was looking for and Adam Lippes is a <3 designer!

ANTHROPOLOGIE CRYSTAL RING

“Paid”: $25

A pretty ring that would be a nice addition in a mix of rings on a hand.

MADEWELL BLUE STONE RING

“Paid”: $25

I’m a sucker for gold and cobalt blue. That is all.


BANANA REPUBLIC OLIVE GREEN SUEDE HEELS

“Paid”: $25

Suede is one of the most comfortable shoes to wear. I also love the look of a simple shoe like this. The heel is a tiny bit too high for my normal wear, but these would be for exceptional occasions, not daily work heels.

They look great:

LOEFFLER RANDALL SAMPLE GOLD KNOTTED SANDALS

“Paid”: $45

These never went into production. They’re sample shoes that were created for a concept at Loeffler Randall and I am surprised!! They’re so comfortable, soft, gold, cute, retro and modern. VERY cute. At any rate, I bought them and love them.

REBECCA TAYLOR VIEN BLACK LACE SKIRT

“Paid”: $55

I already have a black lace skirt, a vintage one… but it doesn’t fit. The waist fits just fine, but it is meant for a woman with wider hips, as the whole bum/back section would have to be taken in 2-3 inches, and I wasn’t sure I wanted to spend the time and the expense in alterating a rather cheap looking vintage black skirt.

So I hunted for a nice alternative and found an even prettier version – Rebecca Taylor’s Vien skirt that has a mini skirt quality to it, and lace where my legs can peek through. PERFECT. It’s interesting, and has ribbed pants for comfort, and a full lace back, so this is ideal.

Now for stuff I paid out of pocket, and spent my money on:

Maruka Hair Oil

Paid: $8.98

I seriously bought this only because I had a credit to use up at a store, and I wasn’t planning on coming back. I literally had $2 left on the card, and decided to buy a sample of this stuff (I never buy hair anything).

So far it smells like creamy, citrusy vanilla and I am in love. As it is an oil, it does make my hair..well.. oily… but maybe I also put too much on the ends. I did 3 pumps when I suspect a half pump is enough.

ETHIQUE HAIR BARS – SHAMPOO & CONDITIONER

Paid: $30

I paid for these out of pocket, and spent $30

MEGHAN MARKLE OUTFIT – $273

Okay, so this outfit.. is actually Givenchy on Meghan, but I am refusing to pay $5000 for it even if I could find it.

So, I did what any obsessed fashionista would do, I went on Etsy to find a similar look.

I can tell already that by the drape of the original outfit versus the one I bought, it will not be as thick or as lucious, but for a fraction of the price, it is good enough for me to enjoy the look.

I tried to re-create it with items I already owned, but my skirts in this shade are all drapey and a completely different vibe. As a treat to myself, I allowed the outfit purchase as I have been coveting it for such a long time now.

ANTIQUE FRENCH WHITE NIGHT SHIRT – $88

I have been eying a white Victorian night shirt to repurpose as a dress for a long time, because I like the idea of something old and vintage, looking so fresh and new, yet worn in.

Other similar shirts were gong for $200 (!) – $300 (!!!) on Etsy, and when I found this shop that sells them for a more reasonable $100 price, I snapped one up. She had a few others I liked, but I only wanted one, so I bought one.

Aritzia Mariane Garden Rose Dress

“Paid”: $80

I am a sucker for draped dresses, and ones with a tie around the middle. I will be playing with the belt a lot (it’s attached to the dress) and the colour is Garden Rose which looks lovely and a nice saturated, deep rose pink. Not too muddy or Barbie pink.

It is a nice fabric as well, and just a beautiful piece, very designer-ish.

J. Crew Collection x Marissa Webb Green Silk Trench Dress

“Paid”: $55

I don’t even know how I got this for $55 (it was free for me, but .. I “paid” $55) for when Marissa Webb was with J. Crew. It’s a forest green silk trench dress that can be an actual dress or a topper. It must have retailed for at least $400 CAD… I can’t find any photos of it online, and looks like it is from 2011 or so, or earlier. The early J. Crew stuff is fantastic, which is why I am so pleased to find it even from a decade ago.

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