Showing posts with label Turnabout. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Turnabout. Show all posts

Monday, 30 January 2012

Some vintage Bottega, red and black

The year of the Water Dragon is well underway.

Celebrations and activities are still going strong. If I was back in China, I would still be on holidays, and will be into my 8th day of wining and dining.

On second thought... nah, still rather be there during this festive time of year.

Maybe these will bring me home...

Red pumps, Red pumps from Cest La Vie Consignmennt



Bah, one can dream.

I guess I will try my best to celebrate in Vancouver in style.

One traditional act performed to celebrate the new year is shopping! My favourite activity ever.

This year, this baby is my new purchase.

Vintage Bottega Veneta Woven Beige Cross Body Purse, Woven purse, BV, Bottega Veneta purse, Vintage Bottega Veneta Purse

Another goody from Ann's Fabulous Finds. This new to me vintage darling is in like new condition, and buttery soft. Don't let her small stature fool you, she holds everything I need.

The outfit I decided to put together is pretty basic this time.

Red tube top from Forever 21, red tube top, forever 21, Obakki leather skirt, leather skirt, high waisted leather skirt, sheer stockings, red pumps, street style, beautiful hair

Red tube top from Forever 21
Black leather high-waisted skirt from Obakki
Sheer tights

Ah, but wait.

Red tube top from Forever 21, red tube top, forever 21, Obakki leather skirt, leather skirt, high waisted leather skirt, sheer stockings, red pumps, street style, beautiful hair, Fendi B Buckle belt, Fendi Belt, buckle belt, chinese robe, black chinese robe, street style, Chinese New Year Style

I wasn't quite done. It is Chinese New Year after all. I found this robe at Salvation Army Thrift Store. The whole outfit is then cinched nicely by my Fendi B Buckle Belt that I got from Second Look Quality Consignment on Granville.

Red tube top from Forever 21, red tube top, forever 21, Obakki leather skirt, leather skirt, high waisted leather skirt, sheer stockings, red pumps, street style, beautiful hair, Fendi B Buckle belt, Fendi Belt, buckle belt, chinese robe, black chinese robe, street style, Chinese New Year Style, BV, Bottega Veneta woven beige vintage cross body, vintage cross body, vintage bottega veneta, Beige cross body, Chinese New Year Style, Street Style

This would have been the perfect outfit to wear for the China town parade. But I had to work. Oh well, maybe next year.

Red tube top from Forever 21, red tube top, forever 21, Obakki leather skirt, leather skirt, high waisted leather skirt, sheer stockings, red pumps, street style, beautiful hair, Fendi B Buckle belt, Fendi Belt, buckle belt, chinese robe, black chinese robe, street style, Chinese New Year Style, BV, Bottega Veneta woven beige vintage cross body, vintage cross body, vintage bottega veneta, Beige cross body, Chinese New Year Style, Street Style

Happy Continued Chinese New Year! One more week to go until the Lantern Festival that marks the end of the celebrations but the beginning of the rest of the prosperous year.

Friday, 20 January 2012

My Winter Survival Kit

Happy Friday!

Winter is not my favourite time of the year, but it comes nonetheless.

I have developed some coping mechanisms. Aside from reminiscing about summer, I have also developed a survival kit to help me get through the cold dread.

The kit consists one from each of the following categories.

First, must take care of the noggin'. A lot of heat is lost from the top of the head.

trapper hat from gap, GAP, trapper hat from H&M, H&M, fur trapper hat from Turnabout, Turnabout, Fur trapper hat, knitted head band from Gentille Alouette, Eliza Lau creation, ear muffs from Forever 21, Ear muffs

From top left to bottom right.
Fur pom pom trapper hat seen here, from GAP
Knitted head band from Gentille Alouette hand knitted by the talented owner Eliza Lau herself.
Fur trapper hat seen here, from H&M
Amazing over the top fur trapper hat from Turnabout, Broadway location.
Earmuffs

Then, you have to take care of your neck. A lot of heat also get lost from the neck and chest area.

fur scarf, Talize finds, infinity scarf, multi coloured infinisty scarves, silk obakki scarf, mohair infinity scarves

From top left to bottom right.
Fur scarf that can also be turned into a vest seen here, from Talize.
Silk scarf from Obakki.
Ombre scarf seen here, from Talize.
All scarfs on the bottom row are self made infinity scarves. They were from various thrift stores. The green one can be seen styled here. The orange one can be seen styled here.

Then, take care of the torso.

Various sweaters, Vintage sweaters, Ugly sweater, chunky cable knit sweater, hobo sweater, patterend sweater

These sweaters are all from various places. Thrift stores, my boyfriend's closet and my dad's closet.

Of course we can't forget about accessorizing. All those chunky sweaters can really make one lose one's figure.

Cue the belts. 100% of belts are not longer used to hold up my pants. However, for some reason, being able to bi-sect my body with an interesting and colourful item seem to make everything so much better.

Flow belts, Gentille Alouette, H&M, Versace, Yellow bow belt, Pink belt, Studded belt, flower belts and bow belt from gentille alouette, zara studded belt, versace for HM pink belt, vintage belt

From top left to right.
Flower and yellow bow belt seen here and here are all from Gentille Alouette.
Studded belt from Zara.
Neon pink leather belt from the Versace for H&M collection.
Vintage belt from Toronto.

For my kit today, I have decided to choose the following items.

cable knit chunky sweater,, ombre scarf, fur trapper hat, white cable knit chunky sweater, black flower belt from Gentille Alouette, Gentille Alouette, Talize find, Turnabout find

Honestly, my favourite part of the whole outfit is my furry crowning glory! So much so that I had to savour each moment I have to put it on.

cable knit chunky sweater, ombre scarf, fur trapper hat, white cable knit chunky sweater, black flower belt from Gentille Alouette, Gentille Alouette, Talize find, Turnabout find, Argyle tights, Thrift style, street style, winter style, fur style, fur hat

Steps 1 and 2, take the hat and fix your hair

cable knit chunky sweater, ombre scarf, fur trapper hat, white cable knit chunky sweater, black flower belt from Gentille Alouette, Gentille Alouette, Talize find, Turnabout find, Argyle tights, Thrift style, street style, winter style, fur style, fur hat

Steps 3 and 4, flip the hat and put it on

cable knit chunky sweater, ombre scarf, fur trapper hat, white cable knit chunky sweater, black flower belt from Gentille Alouette, Gentille Alouette, Talize find, Turnabout find, Argyle tights, Thrift style, street style, winter style, fur style, fur hat

Steps 5 and 6, make sure it's on and pose

The white sweater is amazingly warm, and with my neck and head protected, I can brave any winter. Except for maybe those "real" ones the rest of Canada gets.

cable knit chunky sweater, ombre scarf, fur trapper hat, white cable knit chunky sweater, black flower belt from Gentille Alouette, Gentille Alouette, Talize find, Turnabout find, Argyle tights, Thrift style, street style, winter style, fur style, fur hat

Enjoy your weekend!

Thursday, 5 January 2012

Yearning for SUNmer

Hump-day is a real thing! Even though Wednesday was my day off, it still did not help to lift the everlasting dread placed upon me by the endless grey weeping sky and post holiday blues.

Strange, I never had a case of the SADs this bad. It lead to over rest during the day and then under rest at night. Insomnia has a new name. Or, it's because I have a bunch of socks in my hair.

Sock curl tutorial video


Just learned how to achieve dolly curls without any heat from YaYa Lifestyle. YaYa has amazing hair and she does the best hair tutorials. Anything that will save my time in the morning and won't damage my hair I am all for it.

So the new name for insomnia really should be "beauty". *chuckles at irony*

I guess I will know in the morning if it works.

Anyway, what I need is some sun, and today (I mean Wednesday), I have chosen to artificially create it by escaping into some past photos.

Infinity scarf, John Richmond Aviator Sunglasses, Aviator Sunglasses, Beach, Talize finds, Talize

DIY infinity scarf and skirt from Talize
John Richmond Aviator Sunglasses from Zoe Boutique, their Granville location no longer exists.
Shirt from Urban Outfitters


Flower dress, flower belt, Gentille Alouette, yellow daisies

Dress and belt from Gentille Alouette my of my absolute favourite stores. Which reminds me, I am about due for a visit.

No joke, thinking about a warmer place and/or time did get me through the day slightly easier. Summer, you are both past and the future, soothes me in knowing that the cyclical nature of the season will unite you with me again. I can't wait to dress for the warmer months again!

All this day dreaming put me in a real shopping mood. I decided to visit one of the stores that I haven't gone to in a long time, Turnabout Clothing. The Granville location is their biggest store, it is also where I first dipped my feet into designer handbags. The store rarely does me wrong. Although, to consign with them is another story. Be prepared to lug your entire net worth there if you want to open an account. Okay, that was a slight exaggeration, ha! But, they do want the consignee to make at least $300 a season. Their consignment split is 60%/40% in their favour, and they also routinely mark items down, so, you do the math. The problem with me is, I never want to get rid of any of my expensive things.

This visit was quite fruitful, I came home with many items well under their retail value.

First are these lovely American Apparel tights.

American Apparel Geo Mesh Tights in Twilight, American Apparel Tights, Geo Mesh Tights, Turnabout find

American Apparel Geo Mesh Tights in wild dove, American Apparel Geo Mesh Tights,  American Apparel ,  American Apparel Tights, Geo Mesh Tights

Don't fret, these tights were not used. They were new. $7 dollars each, instead of $26.00.

So was the next item, which is a Solo Moda vest. I didn't actually take a photo of the vest, but I assure you it will turn up in future posts. Please stay tuned. Since it was new it came with a tag, it said it retails for $80, after discount, I got it for $20.

And I saved the best for last!

Gwen Stefani lable, LAMB over the knee studded boots, L.A.M.B., LAMB boots, LAMB studded boots, LAMB black over the knee boots, LAMB shoe logo, Turnabout Find

Ah yes, the lovely Gwen, is there anything she can't do? I have always loved her style, I was very excited when she launched L.A.M.B. and now I am so excited to have my own piece of it.

What a great piece to start my collection with?

Gwen Stefani lable, LAMB over the knee studded boots, L.A.M.B., LAMB boots, LAMB studded boots, LAMB black over the knee boots, LAMB shoe logo, Turnabout Find

First of all, STUDS!

Gwen Stefani lable, LAMB over the knee studded boots, L.A.M.B., LAMB boots, LAMB studded boots, LAMB black over the knee boots, LAMB shoe logo, Turnabout Find

Also, over the KNEE! Got these babies for $150! Not bad for a day's work.

Gwen Stefani lable, LAMB over the knee studded boots, L.A.M.B., LAMB boots, LAMB studded boots, LAMB black over the knee boots, LAMB shoe logo, Turnabout Find

Now that my day of spending is done, I can't help but think of this Andy Warhol quote.

Andy Warhol, Andy Warhol quotes, wasting money puts you in a real party mood

Though I'd hardly call it wasting money, since it did cure my rainy day blues!

(It's now Thursday) Oh, sock curls totally worked! Yay heat free dolly hair! Totally check out YaYa on her YouTube Channel

Obakki shirt, Obakki, Heat free curls, sock curls, dolly hair

I will still need some more practice to have it look as perfect as YaYa's, but it's a start.

heat free sock curled hair, Tiffany necklaces, Obakki Shirt

Shirt from Obakki
Tiffany and Co. necklaces.


And what do you know, the sun responded to my yearning after all.