Thrift outfit

The visor hat…in or out?

What to say? I already told you that crinoline is a big hit this season (see post). In that regard, I will just add that if it is sheer it’s even better. I also already told you that this season, you can be wild with your sneakers and wear them with the less predictable thing in your wardrobe (see post). What left to talk about regarding this look?

One thing! VISOR HATS ARE BACK!!!!!!!!!!!!!

There is the Marni one, the DKNY one, the Chanel one, Balenciaga one, the Marc Jacobs one, the McQueen & Hussein Chalayan one. Finally, there is my thrifted one, which was totally worth a 2,50 investment:)

One more thing, Thrift outfit is glad to say that this look just won the April contest of Thrift your heart out blog. Go have a look!

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Collectible sneakers

Total value of this look : 33$

OK let’s talk about sneakers right now! When we are to the point that even brand like Chanel which is the institution of the word elegance & for sure the sneakers free brand of all time, is designing sneakers…tweed sneakers but still… it can only mean that sneakers are really F#?! hot right now! So the one style lesson of this post is ; get out there and just don’t be scared to wear them with the least predictable thing you could choose to wear it with. A suit, a cute skirt and please threat your self, just rock your trainers with a cocktail dress.

Bellow my top 3 design wise

#1 Adidas Y-3 black neon sneakers

#2 Adidas by Stella McCartney Adizero sneakers

#3 Nike Air Max running shoes

Now that we have threat our eyes lets come down. Fashionable yet almost collectibles sneakers like that, take nothing less than 150 different processes trough production which make them one of the most labour-intensive items we own. Most of us will wear trainers until they literally falls apart which make the challenges of finding some nice one’s second hand really hard believe me! Have you ever thought about what happens to pre-loved sneakers once it’s come to the end of its useful life? Like most things made from a mix of materials, they are hard to recycle and most often end up in landfills. 

Bellow my top 3 sustainability wise

#1 OAT Shoes, a company based in Amsterdam, has created a new type of sneaker that is fully biodegradable and also grows pretty flowers when it’s “planted” into the ground.

#2 Unstitched Utilities sneakers unpressed collection are made from Tyvek, and contains recycled rubber. They’re super lightweight, highly durable and recyclable.

#3 Bit less green then the two first but still slashing waste up to 88 percent, Nike’s Free Flyknit sock-sneaker hybrid.

 Look photo : Bruno Berthelet

Petite histoire de dentelles noires

La dentelle noire…Symbole de sensualité et de féminité. Qui peut rester insensible à son raffinement et à son charme? Depuis ses toutes premières apparitions, au début du 16ème siècle, la dentelle nous séduit. Cette matière a transcendé les époques, les modes et est encore aujourd’hui, un incontournable pour plusieurs créateurs. Les défilés de Dolce & Gabbana automne 2014 et 2013 ainsi que Elie Saab couture printemps 2014 en témoignent bien. Suite à mes recherches, j’ai eu envie de vous concocter mon wall of fame de la dentelle noire en ordre chronologique. Toast à la dentelle noire!

#1 L’extravagante reine Elizabeth 1ère – 1588

#2 Les châles en dentelles Chantilly aussi populaires, vers la moitié du 19ème siècle, que le jeans bleu aujourd’hui.

#3 Les ombrelles de la fin du 19ème siècle.

#4 Suzy Parker dans une création de Dior en 1956.

#5 La robe Givenchy portée par Audrey Hepburn dans le film How to Steal a Million en 1966.

#6 Le défilé McQueen de printemps 2012.

#7 La robe de Tom Ford exposée à Paris l’automne dernier dans le cadre de l’exposition Little Black Dress présenté par le Mona Bismarck American Center for Art and Culture. Cette même robe également porté par notre illustre Lady Gaga.

#8 Les bijoux Montréalais This Ilk, fabriqués de dentelles recyclées.

#9 L’artiste Annie Vaught et ses paper cut grand format à l’aspect de dentelle.

#10 La bio-dentelle de Carole Collet. Complètement époustouflante et tout droit sortie d’un film de science-fiction. Ce projet de recherche d’extrême avant-garde, vise à expérimenter la possibilité d’utiliser des technologies vivantes (plantes génétiquement modifiées) dans la production textile. Dans le projet proposé, les plantes produisent de la dentelle avec leurs racines!

En ce qui concerne le look d’aujourd’hui :

Camisole: Acheté pour 4 $
Soulier: Acheté pour 25 $
Veston: Acheté pour 5 $
Sac à main: Acheté pour 4 $
Boucle d’oreilles: Acheté pour 3 $
Broche: Acheté pour 3 $
Jupe de dentelle: Acheté pour 8 $
Valeur totale de ce look: 52 $

Look photo : Bruno Berthelet

Gingham stories

It’s not a secret, gingham fabric was all over the place this season. Derek Lam, Balmain, Oscar de la Renta, Delpozo & many others been starring that material. I really felt I wanted to make a gingham inspired look. After looking around I finally found that pair of pant…and not so far was that quirky shirt. You can never go wrong mixing gingham with flower print but if you want to tone down the ” cute ” a bit just mix it with denim or a cool biker jacket.

5 facts about gingham fabric

#1 – The word gingham come from the Malay word genggang meaning striped. Since the fabric was manufactured in Dutch-colonised Malaysia, it was exported to Europe in the 17th Century and later to the USA before local manufactures was set up in the 18th Century.

#2 – Costume designer Adrian’s (1903-1959) styled a gingham dress for Katharine Hepburn in the movie The Philadelphia Story (1940) and also in The Wizard of Oz (1939) for Judy Garland. This was more then enough to start a trend of gingham dresses that continues throughout the 1940s.

#3 – In the 50’s the rockabilly look is also rising in popularity in America, taking its influences both from country n’ western and rock n’ roll styles. Men’s gingham shirts are worn by women, often tying off the shirt tails to pull off a feminine hourglass look with jeans. Anybody thinking about Marilyn Monroe

#4 – The mod fashion in the UK makes men’s gingham shirts a popular look. Fred Perry shirts in gingham become a big trend for mods.

#5 – Inspired by Dolly Parton, Miley Cyrus performs Gals in Gingam during her Bangerz tour.

For more details go visit the amazing blog V is for Vintage^_^

About this look

Gingham pant: Bought for 5 $
Shirt: Bought for 4$
Purse:  Bought for 10 $
Earring: Bought for 3$
Bracelet: Bought for 2$
Ring: Bought for 2$
Calvin Klein sandals: Bought for 7 $
Total value of this look: 33$

 Look photograph : Bruno Berthelet

Featuring: Thrift swap with Berlin based blogger Sheri Pavlovic

This post is much fun because I am featuring the thrift founds of a swap I made with Berlin based blogger Sheri Pavlovic. As we both share the same passion for thrifting we decided few months ago we should swap some of our thrifted founds. I have been choosing couple of things for her, send it over to Berlin and she did the same for me. Few weeks later, I was in front of a nice package full of Berlin thrifted founds. Felt like it was Christmas and for sure something I want to do again!!! This week looks is mostly made of what Sheri’s had found for me.

From Sheri
Top: Cost 2 Euros
Necklace ( belt ): Cost €0.50
Clutch:  Cost €1
Scarf & earrings: Cost nothing these were Inherited from her husband’s great aunt

*My add on
Denim: Cost 2,75 at Certex
Shoes: Ok I am cheating these are Irregular Choice shoes that I paid 30$ at Winners. Not technically thrifted but hell of a good deal:)

If you’re curious to see what I have thrift for her please head to her blog but before here are a few questions I was having for Sheri that I’d like to share with you:)

Meet Sheri Pavlovic blogger of Confessions of a refashionista

1.Tell us about “Confessions of a Refashionista”.
As I’d lived a rather extraordinary existence in North America, Japan, England and Greece before finally settling in Germany my blog was originally planned as a place to share my world travelling adventures. However, that soon changed when I inherited an elderly sewing machine, dusted off some brain cells, cleaned out my wardrobe & had a go at re-creating old clothes & upcycling thrifted fabrics into cool new gear! 

Having avoided sewing machines since I spectacularly failed Home Ec in school, (eons ago, when they still forced hausfrau studies onto unsuspecting art geeks) my aim is to prove that even those who haven’t a clue how to thread a machine can begin (re)creating fantastic fashions & decor, all it takes is a bit of imagination & practice. After 3 short years I can proudly say that 99% of my wardrobe is thrifted & handmade and I’ve shared over 300 step-by-step tutorials for everything from groovy clothing & accessories to funky home decor on my blog!

2.What is the most expensive thing you’ve ever thrifted?
My most recent purchase is actually the most expensive: a 1950’s kitchen buffet cabinet for 100 euros. It needs some tender loving care but will be a fabulous addition to my growing collection of vintage furniture once it’s cleaned up.

3. And the least expensive thing you’ve thrifted?
The charity shop that I frequent has a “for free” box containing items that have sat on the shelf for too long…a bit of digging usually reveals a fantastic freebie!

4.Your favorite thrifted items?
All things vintage & quirky!

5.Weirdest thing you’ve thrifted?

Hmmm…that’s a tough one…I don’t think anything I thrift is weird…although I’m always on the hunt for kooky vintage taxidermy!

6. Your favorite thrift store?
I love wandering the aisles of my local “Sozialladen” (Charity shop) & a Sunday morning trip to the “Flohmarkt” (flea market) is always welcome!

7. Your favorite DIY project?
With so many varied projects to choose from it is impossible to select just one! (take a peek at my tutorial index…)

My Thrift version of a Moschino catwalk look

For this time around I really wanted to create a thrift option of a catwalk look. When I found that lovely blazer at Oldwig Market from Les Oubliettes booth I knew that was it! I needed to make my thrift version of the Mcdonald inspired looks we saw at Moschino for fall 2014. Altough I was not sure at all about the Moschino collection…to make the thrift option of it was a real blast!

Moschino look
Dress: 1925$
Bag: 1185$
Visor: 225$
Shoes: 625$
Total value of this look: 3 960$ 

Thrift Outfit look
Blazer: Bought at Oldwig market from Les Oubliettes for 15$
Skirt: Borrowed from Perle Take Out, value 18$
Hat: Borrowed from Perle Take Out value 12$
Belt: Bought it at Village des Valeurs for 2$
Shoes: Bought at Village des valeurs for 10$
Earing: Bought at Village des valeur for 2$
Total value of this look: 59$

 Photographe: Bruno Berthelet

Boyfriend jeans

I’m telling you, if you still don’t have any boyfriend jeans in your wardrobe, you gotta go out there and find your self a pair. If you have been looking and looking and yet, have not found your perfect fit…stop looking and just go straight to the guys section of your favorite thrift shop. Wear them with heels and a casual shirt. If you feel like setting free the wild cat living inside you go crazy and ripped them where you feel it. You will just get THE hit look!
Boyfriend jeans : Bought for 7$ at V&V
White shirt : Bought for 5$ at Renaissance
Black blouse : Bought for 7$ at Renaissance
Purse : Bought for 6 $ at V&V
Flower shoes : Bought for 10$ at V&V
Black com : Bought for 10$ at Marché St-Michel
Earring & ring : Bought for 3$ at Marché St-Michel
Total value of this look : 48$

Juste le bon dosage

La semaine passée, circulait sur Facebook un billet avec de vieilles photos noir et blanc. Toutes ces photos regroupaient des personnes, qui ont su, à parfaite dose, marier, l’oser à l’élégance, et le cool avec la classe. À mon tour, j’ai eu envie de concocter mon propre dosage de ses quatre éléments. Voici le résultat…à votre tour d’essayer ^_^

Robe chemisier: 7 $
Ceinture: 5 $
Sac à main: 5 $
Soulier: 7 $
Gant: 10$
Boucle d’oreilles: 1 $
Valeur totale de ce look: 35 $

Look photo : Bruno Berthelet

Thrift outfit vue à travers l’oeil du créateur Montréalais Daniel Richer

C’est à la blague que Daniel et moi avons eu l’idée de proposer une version up cycle de trois modèles de sa collection printemps/été 2014. Thrift Outfit a de son côté sélectionné trois vêtements au Village des Valeurs, alors que le créateur a sélectionné trois modèles de sa collection. Voici ce qui arrive quand le recyclé et le raffinement se rencontrent.

Just for the fun of it Daniel and I decided to make three up cycle dresses based on three styles from his Spring 2014 collection. We went thrift shopping selected three tops with interesting prints, put the scissors in….and here is the result!

 

Photographe : Bruno Berthelet

La robe Beverly

Le modèle de la robe Beverly est issu de la collection Printemps/été 2014 et est disponible sur le site d’Héricher. Au coût de 220$

La robe Amy

Le modèle de la robe Amy est issu de la collection Printemps/été 2014 et est disponible sur le site d’Héricher. Au coût de 138$

Le top Bess

Le modèle du top Bess est issu de la collection Printemps/été 2014 et est disponible sur le site d’Héricher. Au coût de 68$

Depuis 2009,  le jeune créateur Daniel Richer,  nous concocte saison après saison, des créations fabriquées en toute finesse et doigté. Sa ligne de vêtement signée Héricher marie avec aisance le raffinement, l’élégance et le confort. Je défie n’importe qu’elle femme d’essayer une de ses robes sans l’acheter. Portrait d’un jeune créateur qui gagne à se faire connaître.

La création pour toi c’est ? La liberté

Ce qui te rend le plus fier ? Lorsque je vois une de mes créations défiler sur les rues montréalaises.

Qu’est-ce qui t’inspire le plus ? La femme et la matière.

Ton héroïne préférée c’est ? As-tu du temps ? J’en ai trop !

La mode du futur sera…à définir
La mode d’aujourd’hui est…beaucoup trop rapide
La mode d’hier était…parfaite

Tu rêves d’aller…Je rêvais d’aller à Paris…J’y suis allé
Tu rêves d’acheter…Des falbalas de soie
Tu rêves de vendre… à New-York

Selon toi la plus belle femme du moment c’est ? Cate Blanchet

Pour toi, l’élégance d’une femme se mesure à ? À son pouvoir de séduire

 

 Photographe : Bruno Berthelet

Would you dare white head to toe?

Total value of this look : 33$

I am not the type of girl that can wear white without having it stained after 5 minutes with Cola, spaghetti sauce, subway dirt or any other undesirables. My question is, who is that type of girl? I don’t know any! Do you? So please, just dare to wear white, head to toe without any fear! In today’s look that is what my expression mean: I wear white, I look fantastic, and fuck yeah it will be stained by the end of the day.

Spring after spring white come back and this spring is not left aside. Calvin Klein collection, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Derek Lam and the unforgettable collection of Prabal Gurung are there to remind us that white is not going out of style yet. If you dare white head to toe for the first time, just play it easy. White jeans paired with one of those nice white knit sweater and you will have the perfect spring look. The spanish brand Sita Murt do it beautifully.

By the way, thank you to the type of girl that can wear white without having it stained. Because of you I found a spotless pair of white high waist Calvin Klein jeans for 10$…

Fashion soldier

The military look…just a trend or a classic? Are we never going to be tired of it? It seems, it will never run out of style. This season again many designers felt inspired by army tones, details and cuts. Looks that are going to war? Certainly not, but for sure looks that are kicking ass.

Whether it is  in a very glamor way  in Valentino’s couture show, or in a more chic prêt à porter look for Paul & Joe. Structured & trimmed with fur at Fendi’s or in a casual boyfriend look at Alessandro Dell’Acqua.  Aren’t we just loving army inspired looks?

No one can talk about military trend with out going on & on about Balmain Fall 14 show. Lovers of cargo pockets you are served, safari leather jacket with jumbo cargo pocket, leather skirt, khaki leather blazer, cargo leather one piece. Cargo, cargo, cargo, leather, leather, leather…Looks that are just to die for!

Before you go crazy and start looking for the perfect leather pant and/or blazer to get the Fall 14 Balmain attitude. Let me be a fashion soldier for a sec. Anyone heard of Hazaribagh in Bangladesh? With more then 200 leather tanneries this 200 000 populated slum just been rated in the top five most toxic place on earth.  The leather tanneries of Hazaribagh evacuate 22,000 cubic meters of untreated liquid toxic waste daily into the Buriganga river to keep up with a demand always going-up from westerns countries looking for luxury leather goods at a cheap price. Making research, I have discovered this amazing Montreal based photographer Daniel Lanteigne . Just click on this link, his project Colors of Water is breathtaking and so very colorful in quite a chocking way. If you are wondering to know how hell looks like, Hazaribagh might be a pretty close picture.

I am not saying don’t buy leather anymore. I love leather! All I am saying is, if you have any leather goods to buy this season, just try to find it second hand. If you don’t find anything thrift that please your eyes, embrace the military trend and be a fashion soldier by avoiding buying leather goods from Bangladesh.

Sweater : Bought for 8$
Leather pant : Bought for 8$
Sunglasses : Bought for 3$
Clutch : Bought for 5$
Necklace : Bought for 5$
Earring : Bought for 3$
Shoes : Bought for 15$
Gloves : Bought for 7$

Total value of this look : 54$

Look photo : Bruno Berthelet

When old jeans become art

Denim, denim, denim…This fabric we love. Jeans, jeans, jeans, this garment we can’t live without. As I am writing this very sentence, I am enjoying a coffee in a coffee shop by my place. We are nearly 20 peoples inside & every single person wear  jeans. Seriously, it is like nothing else exist right? Jeans are so fabulous in every way why would we wear anything else? Fabulous yes but the making process…sorry to say it loud but…not so glamour.

I feel like sharing some big numbers with you! Big numbers are fun…sometime scary, in this case just completely alarming .

-More then 2.5 billion yards of denim is produce every year.
-About 450 millions pairs of jeans is sold per year just in the US.
-One pair of jeans is sold every second worldwide.
-1.5 millions of tons of cotton is required per year to fulfill this demand.
-5200 litters of water is required to get one kg of cotton & nearly half of it needed for one pair of jeans.

Do you ear it loud…the alarm?

This equation keep coming back to my head. If 1L bottle of water is about 2$ in stores & we need 2500 litters of water to produce one pair of jeans how can we find jeans for 19$?

As I am myself currently experimenting different ways of reusing denim, I am for most interested in what others have found so far to make worth 2500 litters of waters.

Here is my top 3 favorites:

3rd position  goes to Legend blues & furniture designer Liz Richardson, who create chic antique style chairs.

2nd position goes to Jeffrey Wang & is project Persona. He have been creating remarkable art pieces gowns out of old pairs of jeans.

1st position goes to artist Ian Berry alias Denimu. This british artist based in Sweden make detailed portrait and urban landscape using varying shades of the discarded jeans. The effect is amazingly precise.

P.S. If you are like me fascinated by big number statistic, go visit the website GloboMeter, which is all sort of statistic in real time, you will be stunned.

Scarf : Bought for 4$
Brooch : Bought for 3$
Earring : Bought for 3$
Sweater : Bought for 6$
Jeans : Bought for 10$
Sandals : Bought foe 9$
Shirt : Bought for 10$
Purse : Bought for 14$

Total value of this look : 59$

Look photo Bruno Berthelet

Guess what I am talking about?

Let’s play together at: Guess what I am talking about?

1-We are, not quite sure if we love them or hate them.
2-Sometimes thick, sometimes thin, round or square & too often oversized.
3-We have, been laughing at them for decades looking at 80’s fashion pictures & now, they are making a huge come back.

Should I continue?Or you know already that I am talking about shoulder pads!

Let’s go back in time. According to my friend Wiki; Elsa Schiaparelli first has introduced them to women outfit in the 30’s. She is an Italian designer known for being Coco Chanel biggest rival. It’s only after World War 2, as fashion was mostly influence by military looks, that shoulder pad in women garment been widely popularized. With my other friend Google, I have, just for fun, typed in: shoulder pads queen. Are you curious?

First award goes to Joan Crawford. She is the real trendsetter of shoulder pads. In the 40’s, statement is clear with the movie Mildred Pierce. Second award goes to Joan Collins staring in America’s # 1 TV show, in the 80’s: Dynasty. Third award goes to Princess Diana, which I just noticed have very few famous looks that comes without shoulder pads. Last award, but not the least goes to Lady Gagathat really, I have to say, brought it to another level.

So, in regards to today’s look, I have chose to wear my blazer with a belt. Unless you are going for a very boyfriend look, wide shoulders, often looks nice contrasting with a small waist. What else about this look, J brand jeans for 10 box that is all I have to say!

Finally, I could not talk about shoulder pads without sending you have a look to Balmain Spring 14,Fall 13Spring 13….

Oh also just getting on Fall 14 New York fashion week catwalks & shoulder pads are everywhere…Be ready…

Ok one very last thing, have a shot everytime I say shoulder pads in this text & you will have a funny day.

Shirt : Bought for 5 $
Purse : Bought for 5 $
Earring : Bought for 3 $
Shoes : Bought for 15 $
Blazer : Bought for 10 $
J Brand jeans : Bought for 10 $
Belt : Bought for 3 $

Total value of this look : 51 $

Look photo Bruno Berthelet

To smize

En créant ce blogue, je voulais promouvoir le vêtement usagé. Alors que l’industrie de la mode est au troisième rang des plus polluantes sur notre planète, je trouve que consommer des produits de seconde main constitue un doux compromis entre mes pulsions de fashionista et ma volonté d’être une consommatrice avertie. Toutes les étapes de création dans l’élaboration de ce blogue m’ont séduite. Du magasinage à la création des looks en passant par la photographie. Une seule partie m’insécurisait : être le modèle. J’ai donc visionné plusieurs vidéos sur You Tube de mannequins qui révèlent leurs petits trucs. Je partage avec vous une vidéo de Tyra Banks qui mentionne que le secret est de sourire avec les yeux. Je la cite : « smile with your eyes ». J’ai été très amusée de découvrir que celle-ci à même honoré cette action d’un verbe : « To smize ». Bien que j’ai beaucoup rit de la chose, croyez le ou non, je me suis retrouvée devant mon miroir à pratiquer mes «smizes». Je crois que sur la photographie du look d’aujourd’hui j’y arrive presque.

Bon! Parlons vêtements. Ce look est l’agréable rencontre entre le féminin et le masculin. Un côté cocooning tout en étant habillé, qui rappelle la collection automne 2013 de Louis Vuitton. De la broderie, des petites fleurs, de la dentelle mais des coupes bien structurées et un pantalon tailleur qui vole la vedette. Mon inspiration, Marlène Dietrich! Ce look me rappelle également la collection Printemps 2012 de Ralph Lauren que j’avais adoré, aussi inspirée de la fin des années 20.

Finalement, si vous êtes aussi fébrile que moi dans le projet pantalon tailleur je vous invite à fureter sur le site de la collection Resort 2014 de Chloé, un pur délice.

Chapeaux vintage : Acheté pour 10 $
Ceinture : Acheté pour 2 $
Débardeur : Acheté pour 5 $
Blouse : Acheté pour 5 $
Pantalon tailleur: Acheté pour 8 $
Soulier : Acheté pour 4 $
Boite décoration : Acheté pour 5 $

Prix total de ce look : 39 $

Look photo Bruno Berthelet

Up-cycled wedding dress? Why not!

First let’s talk about the skirt which originally was this, oh god so awful wedding dress I have found at Renaissance.There was fluffy sleeves & a very uncomfortable high neck, all made of organza. For those who don’t know what organza is or feel like, well let’s just say, not a suitable fabric for sleeves or high neck. That being said, the embroidery pattern on that organza was really beautiful & inspiring. With that crinoline trend going on & all this enthusiasm around skirts in catwalks, I just took my scissor & turn that dress into a skirt. If you have not seen Rochas spring 14 collection yet please just do it at this very second & you will understand my buzz. Pastel, crinoline, romance & oups, mix with just a little tint of sport spirit. Just beautiful! I would also like to share with you my true inspiration for this look, from Adam Lippes spring 14. Mmmm one more thing, are you ready for my velcro running shoes? You don’t buy the dressy skirt mix with the training shoes yet… Go see Chanel Spring 14 couture show.

Uvex goggles : Cost 10 $
Bling earring : Cost 3$
Clutch : Cost 5 $
Skirt : Cost 15$
Velcro running shoes : Cost 6$
Silk scarf : Cost 4$

Total value : 53$

Look photo Bruno Berthelet