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Favourite Friday: April 5 Edition

Ally: So we turned four this week. That’s a miracle! I know we say this each and every year, but it’s completely shocking we haven’t given up on this yet. We give up on everything. Just tonight I asked my parents who were visiting from Digby if they would like to take my son home with them as thanks for mom bringing in some cookies. I think he’d really enjoy wintering in rural Nova Scotia.

Back to us, four is a good age. Four is when you start to really learn your letters, grasp the concept of writing your name, and are hopefully fully potty trained. It’s only fitting that on our birthday week we share the news that have been named members of the Style Council for StyleList Canada. We’ve known for a while and actually have been able to keep it a secret (mostly cause I’m pregnant and haven’t had my typically loose lips post-boxed wine episode). This will bring lots of fun projects, and attractive advertisements on our homepage (please click! It means more wine for all of us at next year’s birthday bash!).

All in all, a fabulous week for a blog that is essentially made up of the following components:

Favourite Friday: April 5 Edition

Now on to Favourites!

I love you Halifax Public Libraries!

The waiting list at HPL previously terrified me, but as I am on a serious Zadie Smith kick, I decided to put my name on the list for NW thinking that I might get access to the book by December 2015. Imagine my surprise when an email arrived in my inbox announcing that the book was mine to keep until April 25th!

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I’m finishing up White Teeth tonight and will start NW over the weekend. Cannot wait. Also, how beautiful is Zadie Smith? I kind of love that she has interviewed both Eminem and Jay Z.

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 Pepsi Commercial Nostalgia

I like Beyonce. I don’t know if we would be friends in real-life (I feel like I’d always have to brush my hair before she came over to visit), but I enjoy her music and flailing around my hands to Countdown. No doubt she will go down as a legend, but her efforts of late have led me to head tilt a bit and compare her to others. Such was the case with her most recent outing: The Weird-ass Pepsi Commerical. Join me in the land of confusion and underwhelment (a new word I made up just today!):

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How about Pepsi saves their money and just keep replaying the Britney ad from a thousand years ago?

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 Still effective.

Feeling Kim K’s Pain

While I think being famous would have tons of perks, being in the public eye while navigating maternity fashion would be the ultimate nightmare. Listen, I’m a feminist, I think the pregnant body is beautiful and all. It’s just pretty much impossible to dress sexy when your clothes are appearing to hide a beach ball around your mid-section. While I don’t think Kim Kardashian necessarily deserves her fame, I can relate to the difficult task of having to dress yourself and head outside when you would rather wear your husband’s sweatpants from 1996 and do jazz hands to Justin Timberlake’s Mirrors while shoving cheesecake in your mouth.

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Even Kim Kardashian doesn’t look like she’s Kenjoying the above outfit. If we were friends (and it would be more likely that I’d find more in common with Kim rather than a Beyonce), I’d tell her to stop trying so hard. It’s totally cool to wear the same pair of skinny maternity jeans a couple of days a week as long as you wash them (or just tell everyone you’re washing them). You’re pregnant, enjoy it. Don’t listen to your stylist who tells you that you should show off your glorious curves by wearing an off the shoulder maxi dress. Hang up the phone, Kim. Turn on the Mirrors and bring out the jazz hands.

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Bama Kicks!

My brand new Bama Kicks have arrived via Fed Ex! Unfortunately they are at a depot in Dartmouth waiting for me to pick them up, but they are in the vicinity! Currently working on plan to bribe husband to head to Burnside to pick them up for me. Will post photo next week of these beauties on my feet. If you’re interested in ordering a pair, head to Famous Stars and Straps.

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Crappy Pop Video of the Week

I think I need to dedicate this week’s video to our four year blogging accomplishment. Since I’m completely exhausted, this is all I could come up with.

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If we make it to five years, L-A and I will learn this choreography and break it out at next year’s birthday party. No, I’m kidding, we can barely keep plans to meet for coffee.

 L-A: We’ll also never learn the choreography to anything because I literally have zero sense of rhythm. My co-worker was trying to teach me to dance at a party last week and it was really sad to watch. So it would give Ally serious sads if she had to watch me learn actual steps to a dance. It’s okay. I’ve got other skills. Let’s get down to favourites.

1. StyleList Canada!

Favourite Friday: April 5 Edition

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I know Ally mentioned it already, but it really is awesome to get to be a part of this. When we got the email from them, we maybe squee’d a bit. But it a totally grown up, professional lady kind of way.

2. Kate Spade Saturday

So far, I’m really digging this new Kate Spade line. Once you see this dress, you’ll totally understand why.

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It’s totally like my current favourite dress! So, of course, I want. For wearing with leggings though – because all the dresses from that line are ridonk short (we’re going to need to discuss dress length soon) and I (a) do not have model shaped legs, (b) am tallish, which means a bit more leg length to cover, and (c) am way too old for super short skirts.

3. H&M Formal Wear?

What? I don’t even know. All I know is that when Helen Hunt hit the Oscars red carpet, my thoughts were “Helen Hunt is relevant again?” and “she’s wearing H&M to the Oscars??”. But apparently you can wear H&M to the Oscars. Check it:

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I like to call this one: Ally’s Dream Dress

 

I’m going to have more thoughts on this in another post, but this is damn exciting to see affordable formal wear. And comes just in time to answer the question, “what’s in style to wear to a black tie Viennese Opera Ball?” My friends: this. This is what you wear to a Viennese Opera Ball (I’m guessing. It’s the kind of thing I’d want to wear if I had a date and tickets).

4. Couch and desk shopping!

Moving sucks hard for so many reasons, but I’m pretty excited at the idea of shopping for nice, new furniture for reals. And painting walls (all in a really nice white!). I totally feel like a grown up (just in time for our fourth birthday!). I’m looking at Style at Home and actually considering couches. It’s awesome. I can’t wait to get rid of current couch!

5. Coachella is next weekend and I’m not there

This gives me the sads. I’ll be watching the live feed, but not the same. Mostly because you can’t give me the sunshine and heat and dehydration and weirdos while I watch from my desk. For you lucky bitches who are going and are wondering what to wear, here are my pro-tips from last year.

Well, let’s bring on the weekend. We’ll let you know what our birthday plans are soon (they have to be soon – I’m getting out of Dodge in only a few months). It’s as much about celebrating you for reading as it is for celebrating us for not quitting. You’re why we write and we think you’re swell.  So, thanks for the four years and here’s to another four years!

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Things we should know: Spring Trends

L-A: I was recently asked by a journo to talk Spring Trends. My immediate rection was thus: How the hell should I know? Except, I probably should know, what with being a fashion blogger and all. So after thinking about it, I came up with a few that I like (with a little help of Australian Vogue).

1. Pastels like Candy

Is it those Prada ads I love that have me obsessed with Easter colours?

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Peut-être. But I think it’s probably because it’s the spring trend. And since most of us aren’t buying Prada this spring, or even ready to commit to an entire outfit of pastels, may I suggest the following:

A pretty, girly trench in lemon.

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A dress in mint.

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Or maybe something pale and pretty in lace?

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2. Floral, and not just because it’s spring

This is the one I actually have the most trouble with. And not just because stripes are my pattern of choice. It’s just that I have trouble finding the right floral. I get a floral in mind, but when I search for it, I come up short. Anyhow, when I think florals this spring, I think Dior.

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except, real people wouldn’t wear this.

 

But how do you turn that into what mortals wear (and can afford)? So far this is what I’ve found:

A flippy skirted sundress.

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Or maybe a shift dress with the florals on the front only?

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What are your thoughts on the floral? Any better suggestions?

3. The brights

When it comes to the super brights, I’m going to turn to Magnitude for advice.

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Exactly. The pop of colour, rather than the overall. At least that’s what I’m feeling. Go for it in the shoes or the wallet or something. Like this neon satchel (this summer is totally going to be the summer of the bright satchel style purse for me):

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Or a super bright summer shoe:

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So what’s on your spring trend radar? And how are you going to get those off the radar and into your closet without breaking the bank? My plan is to starting hitting my favourite consignment stores/well curated vintage. I get a bit of a deal and I don’t spend a small fortune on something like a neon shoe. I’m also trying to work pearls into my everyday sort of wardrobe, but without looking like a lady who lunches (because that’s not really my style). I’ll let you know how it goes.

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Friday Favourites – the Good Friday edition

L-A: We’re late today because I had a killer party last night and because today is a holiday, so there’s been a lot of coffee and forgetting that bacon falls under the “you don’t eat meat on Good Friday rule.” (I try, but every frigging year, I accidentally eat meat on Good Friday). Anyway, here’s what I’m loving this week.

1. Everything about this series of Prada Candy ads

The pastels? The Wes Anderson and Roman Coppola? The 60s French vibe?

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Yes. So much yes. Want to watch the other two videos? Sure you do.

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Léa Seydoux seems like a French dream come true.

I think the third may be my favourite, but really, it’s hard to choose:

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If I start wearing Prada Candy, will my life become a Wes Anderson film? Will there be a fantastic soundtrack and titles in Futura? If so, I’m fully prepared to change perfumes.

2. Dresses I can’t possibly afford.

This dress is absolutely delightful and at $1,125, completely unobtainable.

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Anyone know of a version ordinary mortals can afford?

3. Sales! 

There are Easter sales happening in town and I may need to get on board with that and visit J&R Grimsmo and Biscuit (American Apparel had one yesterday). Spring wardrobe needs a refresh. And I need new TOMS for summer…mine have a hole forming in the toe and are now indoor only shoes. And let’s face it, I can always use a new bracelet or a new Erica Weiner piece.

It’s a short list of favourites this week, but I’ve got some chocolate to think about. And more coffee to drink in my PJs while reading YA novels. I’m livin’ the dream y’all.

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Search Terms of the Day

L-A: One of the fun things about owning a blog is finding how people found us. That’s right. We see your search terms. There’s no privacy anymore. So we’ve taken the top five recent search terms and help you find them:

Top Five Searched For Things

1. Mischa Barton

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Really? This is the celebrity that is top of the mind when googling these days? Whatever, it’s not like we haven’t wondered. Because we love you, we googled her to find out what she’s doing: the Mischa Barton Experience tells us she’s still acting, her Twitter/Instagram has her playing dress up in Dior (bitch), and she’s designing clothes (on first glance, the bags look better than the dresses). While her acting career may not be so hot these days, I have to say things are looking pretty good for our girl Mischa. Best of all is the Lifetime Movie:

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Movie night anyone??

2. Isabel Marant Sneakers

These things.

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Ally believes these are high top sneakers you can wear into your 30s. She has yet to convince me.

3. Peacoats

You guys, what is with the peacoat love? This is one of our top search terms year round. Even in the summer. I don’t completely get it. I love me a peacoat, but it’s a seasonal thing. Anyway, since I was listening to some Beach Boys, here’s Brian Wilson in a peacoat and plaid pants:

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It’s a bold look, but especially when accessorized with a goat, I  dig it.

4. Downton Abbey/Lady Sybil/Mary

We love them too. Especially Sybil’s pants. We pour one on the ground in her memory.

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5. Gossip Girl Blair

I’m sorry, no. The show is over and by the time it ended, she was hardly relevant. I know because her hair had even quit caring about the show.

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Serious sad sack hair, Blair. Even Chuck is questioning his decision to devote his life to you.

Source: my buddies at YKYLF

Long gone are the days of the glorious, shiny hair with its trendsetting headbands. Mostly I’m just angry that they ended it off with weddings of some of the unhealthiest relationships ever: Chuck was basically emotionally abusive (he sold her for a hotel!) and Dan was a cyberstalker who tortured them through their teen years. Quite frankly, both of those go on the list of worst relationships ever, falling behind Luke and Laura and how they got their start.

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But they’re all very sorry and love you, so it’s cool.

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Favourite Friday: the March 22nd edition

L-A: You have no idea how ready I am for it to be Friday. I mean, I was super ready for Friday last week, but then I went and ruined my weekend by getting into a stupid accident. It was literally stupid. No one hurt, no major damage. Just expensive enough to be a hassle and ruin my perfectly good week. So you know what this week can do?

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Yeah, that’s right.

Now for the favourites!

1. These guys, for all the obvious reasons.

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At some point, Kate Spade will stop stealing my dreams and turning them into shoes. Until that happens, I would like a pair of these for summer.

2. Mixed tapes from friends are the best

Even if they come from the suburbs.

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I’m still not entirely certain what I’m listening to. I do know that there’s a duet cover (?) of a U2 song following this number.

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(that song is actually ridiculously catchy).

It’s like seeing inside of Ally’s brain and it’s awesome.

Ally’s Editors note: Um, it’s actually U2 singing with Mary J Blige…how could you not know that?

3. Still really in love with my watch

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I keep looking at my wrist and thinking, “there is time. And it is on my wrist. Amazing!” It’s like I’m a big girl now.

4. I’m reading Persuasion again

Totally geeking with my homegirl Jane Austen.

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That trailer is totally the worst. But trust me when I say it is full of All the Feelings. All of them.

5. I think I need to re-watch this.

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It’s been too long. Also, adorable Li’l Josh Charles? Yes. (I think him smouldering at Alicia in The Good Wife is why I watch. If she chooses Mr. Big, I am out).

6. This gif never fails to make me happy

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Preach.

We made it our new Facebook cover photo (using an image the doesn’t really fit cover photo specs) and I thought I’d share the love and make y’all a proper one if you want it (at full size, it should perfectly fit a Facebook page cover).

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Ally: Before I started my favourites, I thought I’d browse through what L-A had written. Glad I did! I was actually going to write about Kate Spade Keds as well. These shoes are EXACTLY what I need for spring/summer.

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I would never buy the nautical pair. That would be like stealing L-A’s Pretend Boyfriend (who I have no interest in whatsoever). The pink ones are mine though.

New Favourite Country Artist

Wait! Stop! Don’t go. Please. You need to listen to this album, I mean it this time. I wrote about Kacey Musgraves on Facebook earlier this week. She writes her own songs just like Taylor Swift, but I can’t for a second picture her dating a boy-band pop star like Harry Styles. No, Kacey is too smoking her Marlboros before catching the next train out of Tennessee. Loves.

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I’m all kinds of sad that I didn’t find Kacey before making my mix CD for L-A, but I’m comforted by the fact that I did include Rascall Flatts, Fleetwood Mac and Pyromania Hysteria, in that order. I’m all kinds of awesome.

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(L-A sent me the above Gif because she loves me).

Favourite new Web Series (which is local!)

This week a friend turned my attention to a new web series looking to get funding. It’s based on the musical comedy of Halifax musicians/comedians Ann Denny and Ryan Veltmeyer. Here’s the description written by professionals who have likely enjoyed more sleep than I have this week:

Anna Danova is an eight webisode romantic comedy series about a charming, but too-sensitive-for-this-world indie musician who is awkwardly negotiating her way through a new relationship.  Anna falls for the unassuming musical genius of Brian Babaracki, but like any self-respecting, progressively-minded artist, she’s determined to “keep it casual”.   Throughout the series, Anna and Brian find their footing by breaking into song in the most unlikely moments – songs that reveal hidden agendas and unspoken insecurities.

Ballistic Films recently put a teaser video on YouTube, which is part of their application to the Independent Project Fund in partnership with Film NS. Funders will of course be looking to see the number of views, comments etc. on the page.  I talked to one of the film’s producers, Gillian Everill, and she pointed out that the vast majority of “college humour” webseries are very male dominated. This series takes aim at fantastic, chic women.

It might surprise you that I enjoyed this promotional video very much, especially as I have been known to mostly watch The Hills when viewing programming on the Internet. However I did like it, very much. It’s quirky and a reflection of real situations, sort of similar to the style of Girls, but without making their cast members appear naked all of the frigging time (seriously, can we talk about this aspect of Girls at some point? I love Lena Dunham and I totally love her inhibition, but the all-the-time-nakeds takes away from the actual dialogue sometimes…or maybe I’m a prude?). The series is cute, well written and well acted. Please, how much do you wish that you could have broken out in song in a bar when sitting with a guy who has an awful mustache?

So without further ado, here’s the promo video for Anna Danova. If you like it, be sure to say so on YouTube (or I’ll subject you to more Yelawolf…I’ll likely do that anyway).

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Do they sell emotional condoms? Can we get one to Taylor Swift?

 

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FPQT Field Trip: Value Village Bayers Lake

Ally: Sometimes self-employed moms need a bit of an incentive to get their ass out of the suburbs. Usually, the promise of money, wine or gift certificates does the trick. So, good on ya, Value Village Bayers Lake for offering L-A and I two $50 gift certificates to come out to try your brand new store.

This past Saturday, Toddler G and I met L-A at Value Village (address: 165 Chain Lake Dr  Halifax). I had pre-determined my shopping strategy for the morning. As I am well into my pregnancy, I’m not really feeling “inspired” lately to purchase new duds. Even jewellery isn’t making me weak in the knees. Therefore, I thought my review of the new Value Village could appeal to all the moms out there looking to keep your kids looking fresh.

I am not new at thrift shopping. I was raised on this shit.

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Please, I found a Kenny Rogers tour shirt at Frenchy’s back in 2010. I got this.

The smell of used clothes doesn’t bother me, the thought of pushing through undesirables (both clothes and people) to find winners is a challenge I embark on whole-heartedly. So what did I find?

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That’s right, a whole lotta kid clothes, along with a t-shirt for the hubby and a selection of books. Now, full disclosure, I did go a bit over my $50 limit. The total came to around $83 I believe. Which, for the amount I took home, was not a lot at all.

I was able to get the not-yet-arrived Baby G a wide array of onesies, leggings (Leggings for babies!!), a safari inspired dress from Joe Fresh that was brand new, a bunch of bloomers (SO ADORABLE), four sleepers, and a hoodie that looks like it came from J-Lo’s line, but sadly didn’t.

I also got Toddler G two pairs of shorts – really cute plaid pair and a pair of those exercise shorts that make me cringe but make his “legs feel real nice”, two Spider-Man shirts, Spider-Man sunglasses and a pair of Lightening McQueen slippers.

Oh, sorry, I can’t hear you judging over there. What’s that? Why is she dressing up her kid in tacky, branded apparel from Marvel and Disney?

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The kid is happy. Therefore, I don’t care.

Anyway! I also got some tupperware glasses and as previously mentioned, a selection of books. I’d like to stop here and talk about the books for a second, ok? So, you know how L-A makes fun of like…ALL the music I listen to All the time? I’d like to point out for those who are not in the awares that L-A reads children’s books and enjoys them immensely. Now, I’m not saying I’m judging, I’m just saying that it’s a little RICH that my love for Cher Lloyd is chastised by a lady who can’t read good.

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No, that’s mean. I’m kidding. I’m sure L-A knows how to read, right? Plus, I was easily convinced to purchase a young adult novel that L-A declared to be, “The best YA novel I have ever read”. I also may have been the one to suggest that make Pretty Little Liars the first book we read for our Book Club That is a Good Idea but Will Never Happen.

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Ally’s Scoring like a French figure skating judge for the new Value Village Bayers Lake: 8/10.

The store is extremely large, but well organized. I didn’t spend much (or any) time looking through the clothes for adults, but I can say without a doubt that I will 100 per cent be back for more kids clothes in the months to come. They had a wide array of brand names for kids, and all clothing was in great condition. Book selection was fantastic as well. I could have spent a whole day sorting through books. The jewellery did look amazing, which tons of quirky rings and bracelets to be had. Sadly, I just don’t even feel like accessorizing my maternity wear these days. Sad, I know. This is a great new location for Value Village, and Toddler G declared it to be “more fun than going to the playground, cause it’s freezing outside.”

 L-A: I have zero shame in reading YA books. Books for teens are awesome. Well written and you can read them in a day? Sign me up. However, in my defense, Ally was the one who said, “they’ve got a great selection of YA”. Also, reading PLL will be a first for me (I watch the TV show religiously). And the Sarah Dessen is one of my favourites, not one of the best ever (for best ever according to me, read John Green or Courtney Summers). Moving on to the actual field trip.

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Second hand clothing shopping scares me. I like a well-curated consignment store where someone else has done the work for me. They’ve picked out the good shit and they charge me more for it. I’m  usually okay with that. Stores like Value Village and Frenchy’s scare me. There’s so much! I can’t even deal with the quantity to really look to find the gems. There’s a smell I don’t understand and I usually have to fight a dust allergy. However, this is a very new Value Village, so dust allergy wasn’t an issue. It’s also less scary than a Frenchy’s because it’s got some organization happening. And I had my thrift shopping zen master at my side and a toddler who sang Hedley (or so I’m told. I know Hedley is a thing, but I don’t know any of their songs. Or his songs? Is Hedley a person or a band?).

Guess what? It was a total success of a day. And I found things on my own, with Ally to say, “yes, that looks good” or “no, you fail. You are not my friend if you wear that.”

The focus was on jackets because, let’s face it, I have more striped t-shirts than you can shake a stick at and I probably would have tried to buy more. Plus I firmly believe in the power of the jacket.

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Total cost of 2 YA books, three jackets and a watch? $61. Even if I didn’t have a $50 gift certificate, I’d feel pretty happy about the whole thing. My only problem right now is trying to get the Value Village smell out of a jacket that has washing instructions in a foreign language (possibly Japanese. The pictures seem to indicate that I shouldn’t even hand wash it. Dry clean only I guess).

The green jacket may be my favourite of the three. But my real favourite of the day is this guy.

I’ve been in need of a watch for awhile, but haven’t found the right one to commit serious cash money on. And then it was in the case with a watch face the size of a kitten. And it seems to keep time well. I’m super pumped to wear it to work. Now I’ll know what time it is AND I won’t be that girl who looks at her phone while in a meeting (I hate doing that. It looks like I’m the rudest, but I really just need to know what time it is and if I need to dash to a different meeting).

L-A Scoring like a French figure skating judge for the new Value Village Bayers Lake: 8.5/10

I hate that I have to drive all the way to Bayers Lake for anything (downtown is just more my jam), but this was totally worth it. I want to go back for the giant rings Ally mentioned and maybe another watch. And for YA books. And I was pretty impressed with the selection. Hell, they even had fancy Coach sneakers there (not my style, but I’m sure someone will dig them). If I wasn’t moving, I would have hit up housewares hard.

 

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