2008-07-20

Shopping Day

Today the boy and I went thrift-shopping. But of course, by thrift-shopping I mean we went to Value Village because of my awesome employee discount. Has anyone else who's ever been to Value Village or Savers noticed that their prices are steadily rising? The pricers are becoming much more efficient at spotting higher-quality brands. Sometimes their decisions leave me scratching my head though. For example, once I was clearing the shoe section to find a pair of old Prada shoes. They looked very dated, almost orthopedic. But they were priced at $34.99! Now just because the shoes were a well-known brand doesn't mean used shoes merit that kind of price. Maybe if they were extremely of-the-moment. Once I found a pair of beautiful buckle boots I still regret not buying.

Anyways, we did manage to score some beautiful items for him. The first blue jacket was his find. I'm in love with the color and shape. It's very streamlined. But then you look at the back... Unexpected for sure.





I put the second outfit together. We were going for an Etro-style pop of color for the pocket square (which is actually a scarf of mine because we didn't find any to our liking today). I like the bookish professorly look to the blazer. It's rather hard to match pants to it though. Any suggestions?





Lastly, we scored a rare perfectly fitted trench. You normally find the most hideous coats in thrift stores. The shoulders are too large and the sleeves are too short (at least on tall folk). This was a lucky find indeed.





We also bought a midnight blue velvet blazer, a black velvet blazer, a few shirts and a pair of wool pants (who knew that small pleats can look quite good?). Alas, there are no pictures of these items because Kevin was getting too hot and tired for more shots. Oh well, some other time.

As for me. Today I wore a light pink dress that I belted up to shorten.



And what's a photoshoot without a few silly moments? Here is a picture of a toy car I picked up from an empty lot...



And here is a picture of me fallig backwards off of the said car. Or acting like a zombie. Whichever works for you.

23 comments:

bc100 said...

cute!

nice little shoutout to manila! ;-D

Lady Melbourne said...

I love these beautiful big bright photos, they're lovely.
We don't have Value Village here but we do have Savers and I've noticed the prices have increased- they now sell dress up to the $30 mark which I think is a bit rich.
I'll only get it if I know I absolutely won't see it anywhere else, but for more 'common' vintage I just refuse to pay that much if it's not going to Charity.
Anyhow, enough of my rant!
You look very pretty in your dress, and it looks like a lovely day outside too. I'm most taken with the trench you found- how lucky to find one that fits so perfectly.

Sabrina said...

Lady Melbourne: Actually, the money does in a way go to charities. The charities go out and ask for item donations and truck the loads to VV, who pays them for the goods. VV even pays the charities for items dropped off on-site in their own stores.

susie_bubble said...

Whenever I hear store names like Value Village and Goodwill's...it makes me think that I'd have an absolute field day in these stores.... I think I would by the looks of these finds...

Kate of All Trades said...

I'm thinking dark pressed jeans with the blazer. Pressed jeans can look a little nerdy but in a good way. Especially with this smart blazer.

Enjoying your blog!

Anthea said...

What great finds! I agree that the prices are definitely rising. It also seems to depend on location. Love your pink dress :)

steelcloset said...

Your boy is impeccably dressed. I don't think I'd ever see a bold jacket promoting the Philippines. And for the pants to go with that jackets. I'd say go with a strong olive. Nothing too bright.

Amelia said...

Cute boy. I love the professor blazer--I definitely feel the Etro inspiration. And I agree about prices--they are very conscious of brands.

Fashion Is Poison said...

great picks. the blazer fits him like a TEE. perfect! i love the fun photos, too :]

etoilee8 said...

What amazing finds!
Your boyfriend is lucky to have such an amazing stylist/girlfriend and you are lucky to have a boy who lets you help style him.

jo said...

the blue jacket looks amazing! ordinarily, i'd immediately dismiss it because it looks kinda touristy, and i've seen people slaughter such jackets in outfits. love the etro inspired get up (:

Nita-Karoliina said...

you look so cute :)

tet said...

im from manila, and while i have no idea how that jacket could've gotten there, i'll have to say your boy truly pulls it off without looking like a desperate tourist!

and yes, the colour is popping!

Mette said...

In order to not sidetrack the excellent discussion on hemlines and economics I'll post on your second newest entry:

I have given you a blog award for your interesting spin on fashion, ethics and society. You can read about the award here: http://modedullen.blogspot.com/2008/07/big-award-show.html

I hope you will accept it (although you don't understand much of my blog)

Mette / Modedullen
www.modedullen.blogspot.com

K.B. said...

aww, you and your boy are adorable! i'm sure any couple would be envious of your joint fashion sense :)

-h of candid cool said...

the boy did good.

Anonymous said...

i'm from manila philippines. :) nice jacket.

Mrs. C said...

im from manila, and stumbling upon your blog seeing your boy wearing a jacket from the philippines is pure fate. if worn by a fellow filipino that would surely look tacky, but on him, it looks so fashionable haha =D

great blazer in the second outfit, perfection.

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Anonymous said...

I stumbled upon your blog because of Bryanboy. You two are simply adorable.

"viva la vie boheme" said...

i love your site already ;)

Kara Craig said...

Like many viewers, i just found your blog through Bryan Boy's blog. I love your photography skills and eye for good finds in thrift stores. I totally agree with you on that they are becoming better at recognising good quality brands etc but sometimes i find a tacky fake LV bag and its priced at $25...hahah what a joke! Anyway, I'm a fashion student from Australia, please check out my blog if you have time and tell me what you think :) www.karacraig.blogspot.com

Blairbitch said...

love the jacket! i'm biased! from manila, of course.

hope it's okay if i put photo in my blog too...

dr-ofw said...

cute jacket! I wanna find that thrift shop!