So. Looking Lucky isn't just about "looking" trendy or the "Lucky" B Boutique; by participating, you have a chance to win gift certificates! For full details, check out Sarah's invitation to participate, and be sure to tag and hashtag accordingly! I'm sure you can hardly wait to hear the trends they've selected, so without further ado:
- Tribal print
- Local love
If you haven't already picked up on it, this blog is all about second-hand shopping. I was hard-core in my first year and didn't shop regular retail all year with the exception of my favourite way to show local love - supporting my sister, Edmonton jewelry designer Shannon Ebbesen of She Does Create. Thank goodness her stuff is gorgeous or I would be in big trouble. ("Yes, I'd love to wear that on my blog... under my shirt....") As it is, I routinely offer to "help" her and basically need a tee that says, "Will Work for Accessories." Her stuff is artistic, unique, vintage-inspired yet contemporary. I love it all. There is always something new I want, and I am always thrilled to wear pieces that few if any will have. She Does Create will be a regular vendor at the St. Albert Farmers' Market this year and at other fab sales and events, once she gets over the whole uterus thing.
Today I wore a coral pendant necklace, arm party and earrings -
what I like to call the She Does Create accessory trifecta of wonderful.
Of course, I don't show local love only to my sis. I love that shopping second-hand at local thrift stores - whether the Hope Missions Bargain Shoppe, with all proceeds going directly to the Hope Missions, or Goodwill or Value Village or Salvation Army with their affiliated non-profit partners - benefits the local community. I also love that I can find everything my little ol' heart desires second-hand. That being said, this year, I am slightly more relaxed about my rules. For example, last year, I just started my project one August day, hence was stuck with one pair of gray winter tights for 8 long months. This year, I'm allowing myself to buy tights and a couple things (like TOMS) that I have never found second hand. I also enjoyed using a birthday gift card to another local favourite, a small boutique in Beaumont called Virtu Boutique. Virtu is amazing. They have something for every age and style, designer denim, unique pieces and outstanding customer service. They are a gem and I hope all women within a 100-mile radius shop there to ensure its continued success! I tried on everything in the store, and finally decided on a sensible selection of C'est Moi Naturals bamboo cotton layering pieces - a black long sleeve tee, and the navy leggings and olive tank you see in this outfit.
I know, the olive tank is barely visible but without it, this dress would become a little risque for indoor playground.
The bamboo cotton pieces are light and comfortable and come in a range of colours. Best of all, when you pull them down to get some decent smoothing coverage under another top, they stay put. I might have to go back to Virtu Boutique for more!
I could go on and on about local love! I love my Flatter:Me belts by Edmontonian Claire Theaker-Brown (psst, there is a new Espresso belt, swoon, and free shipping code!). I love my local veggie supplier (without whom, I basically don't eat vegetables) Riverbend Gardens. Overall, the local scene in Edmonton is strong and supportive. There's even the Yeggies!! Yeggies are awards all about local love, yours truly being one of the nominees! If local love is a trend, then Edmonton is a trendsetter!
C'est Moi navy leggings and olive tank, gifted, via Virtu Boutique
Accessories by She Does Create
H&M dress $5.20, peach cardi $2, Hispanitas shoes $3.50 all from VV Boutique
I am excited thinking about the next trend I'll tackle for the Looking Lucky Fashion Challenge! Thank you Sarah and Brandi for the great idea!