Saturday Savvy Do-Gooder and her Sassy Sister
(say that 5 times with a mouthful of crackers)
I met Nadine, the Savvy Do-Gooder, and her sister Michelle at the 34th Avenue Value Village (having learned a valuable lesson in specifying "south side"!) for some much-needed shopping! If you recall, Nadine prefers a small wardrobe but has almost no clothes, particularly after donating six bags in order to get 30% off her purchase. Michelle needed to shop to replenish her wardrobe after recently losing some weight. Both sisters are on a budget; both value shopping second-hand as one step to take towards doing good for the community and environment. We gathered not one, not two but THREE carts full of options then hit the fitting rooms. And by that I mean, I stalked the end stall then surprised the gentleman exiting with a big
Nadine was looking specifically for casual pieces for her mom-uniform. She's back down to size now that her baby is all of about 14 weeks old, and turned in her maternity pants for VV stickers! (My youngest is 164 weeks old and I'm almost back down to size.) She was looking for an elevated version of jeans and a hoodie. We found several hoodie-type sweaters that were structured with interesting details and colours, including this knit moto sweater...
This sweater fit Nadine like a glove!
I think she's a little like a savvy bad-a$$ in it, in a good way!
She also scored some pretty cardigans that elevate a simple momming-around look, like this one which Nadine described as "self-aware."
Well, I hope it's aware of its awesomeness, because you don't see pretty details like that for $5 every day!
Nadine plans to return to work in January and needed to fill some holes in her work wardrobe, including skirts and a printed dress. This one had leather piping to make an amazingly flattering cut! She may hem it or embrace the midi-length trend...
With details like this, you don't even need a necklace. Or two. Or three.
All in all, Nadine spent $150 and got:
- 3 pairs of jeans
- 2 dresses
- 3 skirts
- 6 sweater/cardigans
- 3 shirts
- 1 belt
- 1 pair of leggings
The cart as we finally stumbled to the tills!
Michelle was looking for pieces for work and casual about-town activities. She has a business-casual work environment and prefers easy-to-wear dresses. She embraces colour AND necklaces (at least someone in the family does, wink wink), but isn't crazy about sitting all day with a belt on. She looked so good in every dress! Some bodies are built for dresses...
This basic sheath dress was so flattering and can be styled a million ways!
Michelle has beautiful dark hair and pretty skin tone that looked perfect with this black/gray/blush floral print...
That little cardi was $3 if I recall correctly.
All in all, Michelle spent $130 and got:
- 3 pairs of jeans
- 5 cardigans
- 3 dresses
- 2 skirts
- 4 shirts
- 1 necklace
I had so much fun shopping with these sisters and think they look smart, savvy and stylish! Enjoy your new clothes, Nadine and Michelle!