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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

Ce n’est pas moi qui l’a dit, c’est mon t-shirt!

Le t-shirt tel que l’on connait, serait un dérivé du sous-vêtement que portait la marine américaine lors de la première guerre mondial. Le Magicien d’Oz serait le premier film à utiliser le t-shirt comme outil promotionel en 1939 et Thomas Edmund Dewey en 1948 le premier candidat à la présidence américaine à y imprimer son slogan Dew it with Dewey…FYI il a perdu. Ce n’est qu’en 1950, alors que Life magazine publie en première page l’iconique photo de Marlon Brando avec son t-shirt blanc que le vêtement connait un succès mondial.

Depuis le t-shirt a été un support pour de nombreux slogans voici mon top 10.

#10 You can’t stop me de Nike, car il ne m’a couté que 4$ 🙂

#9 More issues than vogue 

#8 I wish these were brains d’une inconnue

#7 Live fast cause it won’t last de Zoe Karssen

#6 Last clean t-Shirt que Cara Delevigne porte fièrement.

#5 Ain’t Laurent without Yves du brand Reason qui offre aussi;  

#4 Go ❤  your own city

#3 No fishing no nothing de Kenzo

#2 Vote for Pedro de Napoleon Dynamite

#1 Tous les slogans de l’activiste et designer Katharine Hamnett. ; Protest and Survive, Stop and think, Clean up or die, Act local think global, 58% don’t want pershing, No more fashion victims

T-Shirt: Acheté pour 4$
Skirt: Acheté pour 6$
Broche: Acheté pour 2,50$
Boucle d’oreilles; Acheté pour 3$
Sac à main: Acheté pour 7 $
Sandale Mickeal Kors: Acheté pour 10$!!!!!!!

Coût totale de ce look: 32.50$

Look photo: Bruno Berthelet

Couleur thérapie

Il ne faut que quelques secondes sur mon blogue pour comprendre que la couleur…. j’aime vraiment ça! Le rose bonbon, le lilas très pâle, le jaune serein, le turquoise, le violet…Les couleurs vibrantes me rendent heureuse et m’inspirent! Dans la vie normale comme on l’imagine, l’un serait amené à agencer une couleur vibrante, la majorité du temps en haut du corps, et une couleur plus foncée pour amener l’équilibre au bas du corps. Moi je vous dis : What ever! C’est l’été, suivez vos pulsions et osez! Porter de la couleur ne pourra que vous faire plaisir et plaisir aussi à tous ceux autour de vous qui n’osent pas. Vous n’êtes toujours pas convaincu…Sachez que je ne suis pas la seule à dire : What ever! Dior, Emilio Pucci. Fendi, Thakoon et plusieurs autres lignes ont présenté des couleurs en haut contraste pour automne 2014.

Osez la couleur à moindre coût en achetant seconde main^_^

À propos du look d’aujourd’hui

Jupe aqua: Acheté pour 5 $
Top rose: Acheté pour 4 $
Soulier bleu: Acheté pour 5 $
Bracelet rose: Acheté pour : 1 $
Bague rose: Acheté pour 2 $
Sac à main: Acheté pour 15 $
Valeur totale de ce look: 32 $

 Look photo: Bruno Berthelet

 

Sauvez un vêtement!

Chères amies thrifteuses de ce monde,

Vous arrive-t-il quelquefois de trouver un vêtement et d’avoir envie de le sauver? Vous ne le trouvez pas nécessairement pratique et vous n’êtes pas certaines non plus d’avoir le courage de le porter à la lumière du jour…Pourtant vous le trouvez si beau, car quand vous le regardez le vêtement semble avoir une merveilleuse histoire à vous raconter.

Je ne parle pas du genre d’histoire comme:

J’ai été fait au Bangladesh par des enfants. On m’a acheté pour presque rien et j’ai été porté à quelques reprises. Ensuite, j’ai été mis en boule et oublié. Jusqu’à ce qu’un printemps on me trouve, jette dans un sac et donne à un organisme de charité. C’est à ce moment que j’ai été accroché sur un cintre pour la première fois de ma vie. J’ai attendu pendant des semaines que quelqu’un daigne me racheter, pour finalement ne jamais être racheté et finir dans un dépotoir.

Je parle d’une histoire plus du genre:

J’ai été fabriqué au Canada dans les années 50 par des mains fines et expérimentées. La jeune demoiselle qui m’a acheté, a économiser pendant des semaines pour que je sois sienne. Ensemble, nous avons partagé, son premier rendez-vous avec l’homme de sa vie, nous avons vécu tempête et journée ensoleillée. Combien de fois l’ai-je accompagné lors d’événements mondains ? Chaque été, j’étais doucement plié et entreposé, jusqu’à l’automne. Ma doublure s’est décousue à quatre reprises et chaque fois j’ai été réparé. Un jour, ma jeune demoiselle a vieillie puis elle est morte. On m’a donné à un organisme de charité et j’ai été accroché parmi plein d’autres vêtements. J’attends la demoiselle qui sera charmée par l’histoire que j’ai à raconter.

Vous avez sans doute deviné que c’est ce qui m’est arrivé lorsque j’ai mis la main sur ce petit pardessus d’automne ou de printemps. Il n’est pas pratique, il ne s’ouvre pas jusqu’en bas, il est très grand et lorsque je le porte je me sens comme quelqu’un qui a manqué d’attention. Mais je ne pouvais le laisser là seul et sans amour.

Il est maintenant mien et il subira bientôt une petite transformation signée Thrift Outfit…À suivre…

 

Pardessus: Acheté pour 7$ au Village des Valeurs
Chemise: Acheté pour 7$ au Village des Valeurs
Gant: Acheté pour 5$ au marché St-Michel
Sac à main: Acheté pour 4$ au Village des Valeurs
Soulier de course: Acheté pour 6$ au Village des Valeurs
Gant: Acheté pour 3$ au marché St-Michel

Valeur totale du look: 32$

Look photo : 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…)

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

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

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