Lately, I am in love with the oversized vintage denim jacket trend, albeit I realize that it’s not the most flattering look, especially for my wide frame. But you know what? I don’t care! I love my vintage Preloved jean jacket by Wrangler. It’s so comfortable and roomy and it does that perfect temperature control only denim can do. I wear it all the time, and I am styling a lot of looks using this trend.
Last month Preloved Toronto sent me a whole bunch of clothes, including this sweet Broken Hearted Sweatshirt in Off-White, from their Heart Collection. To stay true to their recycling word, the signature red heart on this sweater is made from the material of other vintage sweaters. It’s super soft and has the cutest details, including a little heart on the back! The ¾ length sleeves on this sweater are perfect for spring, especially when the temperature fluctuates so much. You will be happy to know that Preloved is now available at Sporting Life in Ottawa.
A few weeks ago I was approached by Preloved Toronto, a popular clothing store and staple in Canadian fashion known to reclaim vintage fabrics. For most, they are known as an institution for sustainable fashion who are responsible for breathing new life into over a million pieces of clothing since 1995. This Toronto girl could not say no to this collab for many reasons. One, obviously I am going back to my roots and supporting my old hood. Two, I love vintage and consignment pieces, so this was a no-brainer. Third, Sporting Life Ottawa will now be carrying the Preloved brand, and I could not miss the opportunity to share this news with you guys! Oh, and I guess the fourth reason to be super excited is that their clothes come in size XL- so, you’re welcome!
Last week I talked about going “Back to basics“, not that getting a new Marc Jacobs purse (from Valamode!) is going basic, but the trouble here is that I am a pack rat. Even when it comes to my purse. I carry everything with me at all times. Bandaid? Makeup? Hair clip? Purell? Yes, yes, yes! The question is, do I need it all?
My son Victor is 3.5 years old, which is why I am now embracing the SMALL PURSE MOVEMENT! Only those who have carried a diaper bag for 2.5 years will understand that a mommy can not in her right mind get away with carrying a small bag, if you’re going out for more than 1 hour with your kid. Victor and I are used to going out on full-day trips, so, being paranoid about forgetting anything, my diaper bag has always been overpacked and ready for any situation! It’s time to let go of the past and learn to pack a lean purse!
Last night, I used my small purse for the first time and packed:
- cash, debit card, M/C and ID
- compact mirror and lipstick
- business cards
It’s truly all I needed for a night out! Not sure I could use this for a day trip with Victor though, but it’s a start!
Now for the juicy part. I bet you’re asking what the heck is Valamode? Well my friends, Valamode is Ottawa’s top authentic luxury online consignment shop! My friend Dia is the powerhouse behind this amazing local business. She scours the closets of fashionistas all over Canada and the US and makes your designer wishes come true! She is known as the luxury matchmaker. If you are on the hunt for a specific designer bag, watch, bangle, belt or shoes, she will find it for you! I always say, everyone needs a Dia in their life. On that note, if you’re looking to sell your designer goods, she can help you there too!
Dia runs her store online and in person, and typically hosts pop-ups around the city throughout the year. I always keep an eye out on her website or send her a note if I am looking for something in particular (a.k.a the small purse!) But here’s the thing, her stuff sells quickly, and she can barely keep up with postings on her site. So, my suggestion is if you like something, don’t sit on it, because it will sell.
I was dragging my feet on a tiny Burberry bag, and it sold in less than a week. But its okay, because something else will come around, and it did!
I got so many compliments on this little baby last night, and I can’t wait to welcome it into my closet!