Friday, June 28, 2013

Garnish my Green with Glittering Gold

Outfit: Top (Guess), Wool Skirt (Thrifted), Belt (Thrifted), Bag (H&M), Necklace Pendant 
(yen coins), Spiral Studs (Thrifted), Nail polish (Sally Hansen- Gilty Pleasure)

    So it's official. I want a horse. They are such a dignified and majestic animal, I've always been fond of them. The bf and I yesterday evening went to the RCMP Sunset Ceremonies (there was a pipe band, Scottish Highland dancers, and the main event: a horse musical show). The relationship between human and horse was so precious to witness, after making a jump the rider, with a proud smile upon their face, would give their horse a pleased pat on the neck. It reminds me of how humans and dogs are. We had such a good time! 
      I'm surprised I'm still rocking wool, I mean, it's almost July. It really just reaffirms my belief that I'm meant to live in a warmer climate haha. My AC is still stored away. This skirt was such a great thrift find, only set me back $3! It transitions into each season perfectly as well, much needed with such defined seasons. 
    And before I go I must mention my necklace pendant! I collect money from around the world (I have currency from 24 countries at the moment- not including Canadian coins haha). I know I'm a nerd, with a capital N. So, when a friend of mine travelled to Japan recently I was given several coins and a bill! All five-yen coins have holes in the middle of them, making it one of the only coins I can wear on a chain without obstructing the original condition. It doesn't take much to make me a happy girl.
Happy Friday!
xo, The Rag Trade 

Monday, June 24, 2013

Replete with Red

Outfit: Skirt (Thrifted/DIY), Romper worn as a top (Thrifed), Satchel (Thrifted), Glasses (c/o Firmoo), 
Belt (Thrifted), Rose Studs (Magnolia), Nail Polish (Maybelline- Paint the Town)

       I was uber happy to wake up Sunday morning to a sky filled with innocent white fluffy clouds, the ones that hold no threat of rain. The bf and I jumped on the opportunity to go back to Rib Fest and enjoy it more thoroughly.
     Sometimes I can be so fashionably unimaginative and boring. That's one of the reasons I was completely enthralled by the world of fashion blogging! Take this romper for example, I would never had thought to wear a romper or dress underneath a skirt for an entirely different look, what would I have done without all you ladies?!

Unit next time!
xo, The Rag Trade 

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Pigs and Polka Dots

Outfit: Belt (Thrifted), Skirt (Thrifted/DIY), Tank Top (Aritzia), Bag
 (Thrifted Etienne Aigner), Nail Polish (Maybelline- Paint the Town)

   'Tis the time for festivals in the capital of Canada, my city! Summer plays host to Rib Fest, the Dragon Boat Festival, Bluesfest, the Jazz Fest, the Fringe Festival, the International Busker Festival, the Fishing Festival,  and of course Canada Day Festivities. I must not forget all the cultural festivities either, like the Greek, Turkish, and Lebanese festivals. And that's just to name a few! We all come alive in the summer I swear haha. 
   I love me some delicious ribs and pulled pork sandwiches so attending Rib Fest was a no- brainer (this was my second time going)! We didn't spend as much time there as we would have liked, the rain kind of put a damper on things. 
   I wanted to match my outfit with the scene, and since all the BBQ stands hail from the Southern states (such as Texas and Florida) I thought why not wear the colours of the American flag. I've never had the thought to mix two shades of blue together before, that is until I saw Elana from Room 334 rock a beautiful ensemble of light and dark blue.  I of course had to copy, so unoriganoo of me! 

Until we meet again!
xo, The Rag Trade 

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Spring Into Summer Solstice

                                Before                                                                  After 

Outfit: Bag (Thrifted), Wool Skirt (Thrifted/DIY), Belt (Thrifted), Tank-top
 (Thrifted), Nail Polish (Rimmel- Grey Matter)

     The past two days have been quite eventful for the bf and I; Kobe went missing Thursday afternoon! I've never had him leave my side so not only was this way out of character, I didn't really know where to look for him (direction-wise). We live in the heart of downtown so I was stressing over the fact that there are plenty of cars, not a dog's best friend! All is good though, I got a call just three hours later informing me that he was picked up and brought to the Humane Society (our dog pound). Unfortunately, Kobe had to spend the night there, and for the first time in over four years my home was dogless. It was uncomfortably silent and still.  We were happily reunited yesterday morning and all is back to normal! I would just like to express how grateful I am for organizations like the Humane Society and the kind person who picked Kobe up when he was wandering the bustling streets of downtown. 
      Now that I've rambled about that for a bit, on to more pressing matters: clothes! I'm excited to display another DIY project. For a while the needle and thread lay unattended in my sewing box, the box lay hidden under a pile of clothes- clothes awaiting a new life after a little re-purposing. This skirt is similar to the wool blue plaid one I had posted about last week. I loved these skirts dearly, but rarely wore them due to the length, now I can't get enough of them! 

Until we meet again!
xo, The Rag Trade 

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Play Fair

Outfit: Plaid dress (DIY), White Blouse (Thrifted), Flats (JoeFresh), Floral Studs
(Forever21), Satchel (Thrifted), Gold Cluster Ring (c/o Chictopia), Nail Polish (OPI- Play Fair)

     Finally it's beginning to feel like summer (after all, it is just two days away)! I thought spring and it's cool, wet weather was never going to end.  But summer is here and I'm going to enjoy the heck out of those two months! Yes, sadly our summer is a measly two months, but you take what you get. 
     A day is not complete for me unless I've expressed my love of warm weather and my dislike of our cold Canadian winters (which honestly, go on way too long). I tend to not feel as connected to nature when it's blanketed by white powdery snow! I miss the feeling of grass beneath my feet, the cool touch of water, the gentle noise the leaves make as the wind quickly moves through them. So, if anyone from a warm climate is looking to do a house-swap this coming December, The Holiday style, I'm your girl! Haha
     This will probably be the last time you see me in pink. I try to wear the colour, I really do! Yet every time I feel as if I'm a wee gal and not my twenty-four year old self. Perhaps it has something to do with the not-so-mature look to my clothes, I'm not sure. But no more pink. At least, not until I actually desire to look younger, then pink and I shall be the bestest of buddies! So good bye pink and hello again to my good 'ol faves blue, red, black, green, white, and brown. (From all this talk of pink you'd think I was forced to wear the colour for a week)

Until next time!
xo, The Rag Trade 

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Rosy Red

Outfit: Dress (Thrifted), Denim Jacket (Thrifted), 
Scarf (Gift from friend), Bag (Garage Sale)

    I have forgotten how beautiful the rain can be during the spring and summer! Rain in the winter is much dreaded, but in the warmer seasons it can be rather splendid. I'm such a child splashing in puddles (that is what wellies are for are they not?) and beads of water on the petals of a flower is such a delicate sight. 

Until we meet again!
xo, The Rag Trade 

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Paint the Town Red

What red nail polish says about you: 

"Those who choose a darker red are feeling sexy and sensuous."
"You're sultry, devilish with a retro flair. You love victory rolls, platform shoes, and cancer sticks.    You wouldn't be caught dead in anything not form-fitting and you typically have a red lip to match. You are woman, hear you roar!" 
"Fire-engine red nails tells others that you are daring, outgoing, and highly confident." 


                             Outfit: Dress (Thrifted), Bag (Thrifted), Flats (Fairweather)
   The weather has finally stayed warm for more than a day at a time! I love the beginning of summer (still technically ten days away), when the days are sunny and the temperatures stay in the low twenties, yet the nights are cool making it ideal for sleeping. It's the perfect time of year, if only every day could be like this! With the delightful weather the bf, Kobe,andI took a walk for the season's first ice cream cone. 

Monday, June 10, 2013

Red Revolution

                                                        After                                                                          Before 
   I'm oh so excited about today's style post! I did this skirt some time ago and while I have been wearing the hell out of it I had yet to take some photos in it. So here we are.
   My heart had been desiring a full mini skirt in dark blue ever since I discovered red and blue were meant for each other. And after seeing my girl T-Swift rock this outfit here. I shopped around and could not find what I wanted so I decided to resort to my own abilities- or lack thereof. I have three A-line skirts that fall below the knee and I absolutely adore them. The problem lies in my city's climate, it's never the right temperature for a longer skirt worn with flats. 
   What I love about this skirt is that I get so much use out of an item I was never wearing!

  Lately I've been obsessed with wearing red, white, and blue. I'm beginning to feel as if I'm in a constant mode of Independence Day celebration! I'm the type of person that will be become completely engrossed in their interests. Take for example the song You by Atmosphere, if you saw my itunes and the number of times I have played that song in the last week... it's bonkers! This colour combination will definitely be my daily uniform for awhile.
Wool Skirt (Thrifted/DIY)
Belt: Garage Sale
Shirt: Thrifted
Flats: Joe Fresh
Key Pendant: Thrifted
Hat:  Thrifted  

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

Wild for Red

Outfit: Skirt (DIY), Shirt (Thrifted), Bag (Garage sale), Belt (Garage Sale)

     My obsession with the colour red continues, as is evident through this second style post since my new-found love. It all started with red lipstick and who knows when and where it will end! 
    Every year a more up-scale neighborhood in my city throws a giant garage sale. There are endless streets of yard sales, hot dog and lemonade stands littered everywhere, and countless crowds of people. We started early so we could get at the good stuff before it was gone. I was on the hunt for all things red of course! I got some pretty spectacular items. I found a small collection of old books and upon seeing them the nerd could not be happier! One of them is The World's Famous Orations, published in 1901! It has always been a dream of mine to have a room in my home with floor to ceiling bookshelves (I think this is called a library, haha). This room also has dark leather armchairs and a mahogany wood desk situated in the middle of the room- presidential style. So needless to say, I have already started my book collection for that room I one day will have. I have over 350 books, so I'm on the right track! 
     This garage sale is also where I stumbled upon this red belt, an accessory I have not been able to stop wearing, for a mere fifty cents. No mistype there, best fifty cents I have ever spent! 

Until we meet again,
The Rag Trade
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