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  1. Show 'n' Tell: back-to-school shopping

    Tuesday, August 30, 2011

    It's really not back-to-school shopping since I have no school to go back to, but the feeling is still there. Even though I've been out of school for a little over a year now (it seems so much longer!) I still get that feeling of excitement when the leaves start to turn and the busses start chugging down the streets again.

    And since I didn't spend much money in New York, I decided to spend some dough at one of my favourite local shops, Twig. I focused on colourful yet pieces that could be pretty versatile with our wacky weather that is sure to hit soon (too soon!)

    The very first thing that caught my eye as soon as I walked in was this bright green jacket, with a one-button stance. It's not too structured and the bright colour and canvas-like material is perfectly shabby-chic.


    The next thing that caught my eye was this cardigan. I have a black cropped shrug, but I've been looking for a similar white one. While this didn't exactly fit the bill, I loved the lace detailing and the buttons. One minor problem is that the top button doesn't really do up thanks to my well-endowed bust (ahem) but leaving the top button undone is no big deal!



    I also picked up this dress. G noted that it had similar lace detailing to the cardigan, and it turns out they are made by the same designer. While the dress is shorter than I normally like, it will be perfect for thick tights and oxford boots come the chillier season.


    I also ordered some shoes online from Spring, because what's fall without new shoes? I've had my eye on these $20 brogues for a while and finally snatched them up before they were gone.



    And I couldn't resist these red kitten heels for only $30.

    So that's the end of my shopping show-off, but I did try a hairstyle out of my new book today! I had a bit of a flop set because my hair is at the point where it's too thick and heavy to curl (grr, didn't I just go through this a few months ago?) so I had to do something where it the failed curls on my top layer were camouflaged but the successful, tighter curls underneath were still showcased. Enter the Homemaker:



    Since my hair wasn't as long as the model's it didn't turn out exactly the same, but I'm still pretty pleased, especially since it didn't take me that long to figure out how to pin a dry pin curl without the bobby pin showing.




    I love the book, it's actually pretty straight-forward to follow - or at least thing style was - but I do I have one complaint. Like a lot of other bloggers who have reviewed this book, I find it annoying that the spine is not ringed (like a recipe book) but instead bound tightly, probably like glue. It's makes it incredibly difficult to keep the book open without physically holding it until it's broken in a little bit more. However, I have other makeup books that are bound like this and after a lot of use they are starting to fall apart and lose pages. Some of them, like my Kevin Aucoin books, I'm considering to rebind them with coils to make them last longer, but it's such a pain! Does anyone have any other suggestions to remedy the situation?

    That said, I can't wait to try out more styles (and if anyone local is willing to lend their hair and head to the cause, let me know!)

    xx
    Laurie
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  2. 3 comments:

    1. Kerry said...

      Before I go on to the content of this post, I just have to let you know I read every single New York entry and loved them! I've been having a crazy week so haven't been able to do any commenting (only sneaky post reading between interviews) but it looks like you guys had a great time. Are your relatives doing ok after the crash?

      As for your shopping successes, excellent work! It is actually damn near impossible to find nice, vintage-esque cardigans that aren't really long so I am impressed with your find! And your hair looks really cool, it is helping to convince me that all will not be lost when I give up my extensions in October.....hopefully.

    2. Retro Chick said...

      Isn't it funny how no matter how long you're out of school September still feels like back to school time!

      Your hair looks great!

    3. Leah said...

      Awesome, always looking for new vintage blogs... Now following!

      xoxo,
      Leah
      www.couturearabesque.com

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