Thursday, July 19, 2012

Cheap Thrills from The Big City

I had a week off, so I spent a couple of days visiting friends in Toronto, and took the time to explore a couple of secondhand stores in the Bloor West area of the city.  The neighbourhood is primarily Portuguese, and is populated with small bakeries, restaurants, used furniture stores, a Salvation Army thrift store, and a wonderful vintage clothing store called 69 Vintage.  They have another location on Queen Street West, but the location on Bloor Street has a room in the rear of the store that is full of clothing that is $15/lb.  The front part of the store contains the better quality vintage that is higher priced.  I found a beautiful black wool and leather jacket by Toronto designer Izzy Camilleri for $65 but it was so hot the day I was there that I couldn't fathom buying something for winter.  Instead, I bought this bold print shift dress that I wore to work, paired with a leather belt, my new favourite leather cuff, and my Art Company wedges (Curtise of The Secondhand Years has the same shoes, only in a different colour!)  It was a bit short when belted, but I figured when it's this friggin' hot, who cares?

The other item I purchased was this floaty, ribbon-trimmed cotton blouse, made in Mexico.  I've never been a huge fan of crinkled cotton but the blouse was just so damn pretty, and it was incredibly light and comfortable despite the stifling humidity.    I attempted to ground it's "floatiness" by wearing it with plaid shorts I found in the $15/lb room (along with the cotton petticoat from my "Frida" post) and my new grey leather Converse, but apparently it didn't work, as the first day I wore it, the wide sleeves and loose fit inspired comments from people that ranged from "You've got angel sleeves!", to "How much do you charge to haunt a house"?   Just call me Casper.  

14 comments:

  1. Some people voice the weirdest comments. I tell myself that the weirder they are, the more of a compliment they are. Hence the loss of words and the grasping at trying to be expressive in the most creative fashion in which your style displays. haha Now I'm sounding complicated. ;)
    Again, I love those freakin' shoes! At first I thought they were a brand from Spain which I can't think of the name of right now. They're sure great!

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  2. I like both outfits--love the large pattern on the green dress. And I love the new Converse, mine always bring out a side of my personality that doesn't get out enough. It's possible that the odd comments were by socially awkward humans.

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  3. The green dress is awesome. Love the way you've belted it, too. The other outfit is funky and genius for hot weather. I echo Terri's comment about socially-awkward folk. Who knows.

    I think you look great.

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  4. The dress is fabulous on you. Is 69 Vintage still in the basement (think the address used to be 1234 Bloor West, easy to remember!)? I used to go there all the time as I worked nearby near Dufferin Ave. for years. I loved that stretch of Bloor St. West - so eclectic, a bit run down, but all the better for it. There's a great Salvation Army nearby, and further down near the Landsdowne subway station, a Value Village. Ahh, thanks for taking me back to one of my fave second hand shopping areas ....

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  5. The green dress is so flattering - it makes you look 12 feet tall. From the way you are standing you can tell that you feel confident. I love your cuff too.

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  6. LOVE the green dress and everyone is right - looks great on you! :o)

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  7. Ooh I LOOOOVE that fab green dress - the print is spectacular... and you are ROCKING that gorgeous breezy top and shorts with the chucks... what a fab look. Sarah xxx

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  8. The green dress too short? Nah! Ya got it; flaunt it! I am a firm believer in the unpredictable...the floaty blouse with plaid shorts and Chucks. Articles of clothing that aren't made for each other. YES!!!

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  9. I love the dress, you can definitely rock a short frock, Shelley!
    I like the floaty cheesecloth top too. I think it works great with shorts and Converse. If people are commenting, you're doing something right, I reckon!
    Aren't those Art Company sandals just so comfortable? I love them and wear them to death (when it's not raining!) Wish I had several pairs in diifferent colours... xxx

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  10. Phwoar, look at you! i love you in that short frock, you've got the pins for it so why not? Just don't walk along a busy street in case you cause a pile-up from distracted drivers perving at you!
    I love the hippy top too, so cute with the Converse and plaid pants! xxx

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  11. Love the Art Company wedges. They will work with so many different outfits. Can't wait to see where they'll turn up next!
    xoxo,
    jean

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  12. Oh yes, yes, yes it does work!!!! I absolutely love the floaty top with the plaid shorts and Chucks - it totally works!!!!! God people can be so strange can't they? I'm so glad you had such a wonderful time in Toronto, a city I'm really keen on visiting:). Luuuurrrrrrve the dress, it will always trigger happy memories for you my lovely:)))) xoxoxooxxo

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  13. I agree, it DOES work! This is the perfect combination!! - the shorts and runners are the perfect counterpoints. And your summer shift looks breezy and light for your hot weather. Your cuff and belt are the perfect accessories. Wouldn't I love to troll the vintage shops of Toronto with you...??!! They'd hear us giggling all the way to London.

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  14. The vibrant dress is not too short on YOU! Love the colors with the leather cuff and belt. I'm always a fan of floaty tops and this is no exception.

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