I got this dress at the Caribbean Days festival at Waterfront Park in North Vancouver a few weeks ago. It was the same day that I got my haircut. I liked this dress because I thought it was really unique and I don’t own anything else like it. My black sweater is from Forever 21. My necklace is from Sears and my earrings are from Car Free Day on Main Street. My bracelet is from Carnaval del Sol at Pacific Concord Place and my ring is from the Blim Market festival downtown.
I decided to wear this blue dress again since blue is my favourite colour. I got it at Italian Day on Commercial Drive last month. The matching blue sweater is from Forever 21 on Robson. I got my blue necklace from Payless at Lansdowne Centre and my blue earrings from Claire’s on Granville. I got my blue and gold bracelet is from the Khatsahlano Street Festival on West 4th a couple weekends ago. I finally got myself a blue ring on Sunday at the Blim Market Festival downtown on Granville. I like buying jewellery from local vendors that’s crafty and unique. And my #SELFIE iPhone case is from the Aldo outlet store on Granville.
And we’re back to dresses. I got this dress at a vendor at Fiji Day at Swanguard Stadium in Burnaby on Saturday. My sister was working at the event at the face painting booth, and my dad was like “Are you going? Don’t you go to all the festivals?” so I decided to check it out. I’m annoyed, because I have two other dresses in this style, that I got from the vendor I usually buy from at street festivals. Why am I annoyed? Because the vendor I bought this new dress from on Saturday sells the same style of dresses for less than half the price that I’ve been paying at the other place. They didn’t have as many different kinds though. I have the same dress in red, but slightly shorter, which I was actually wearing when I bought this one. There was a black and grey one as well, but my friend bought it, so I went with the brown one. I like that they’re easy to just try on over what you’re already wearing, and that they’re stretchy and one size fits all. My blue cardigan is from Forever 21. I got my necklace from Payless and my earrings from a vendor at Car Free Day on Main Street. My bracelet is from a vendor at Carnaval del Sol a couple weekends ago, and my ring is from a vendor at the Blim Market Festival on Granville Street that I went to yesterday. I also go a new iPhone case at Aldo yesterday. My hand is covering it, but it says #SELFIE on it. I felt like that was appropriate for me.
I went with classic black and white today. This top is from Costa Blanca. My friend gave it to me for my birthday a few years ago. My black sweater is from Forever 21 and my black pants are from Old Navy. I think black pants and a black sweater are two essential components of any wardrobe. But I’m glad I don’t have a dress code that requires me to wear them on a daily basis like I did at Jacob. My long necklace is from Payless. I remember when I was walking down Main Street on Car Free Day, looking at the jewellery in one of the booths, the woman there said she liked my necklace and asked where I got it. When I told her Payless, she was like “What? Payless? Really?” in a confused and judgemental tone. I thought “Really, you’re judging me for where I bought my jewellery even though you yourself said it was nice?”. I didn’t buy anything from her. I did buy these white earrings from another vendor at Car Free Day though. I got my bracelet at Carnaval del Sol on Sunday and my ring at UBC a while ago.
I got this dress at Car Free Day on Commercial Drive a couple weeks ago. It’s a bit longer than my other dresses and stops right at my knees. Which is kind of weird, because it feels like it should be right above or right below. Like either cover my knees or don’t. It’s probably meant to be a full length dress on a short girl. I tried it on over my own dress at at Car Free Day. There was a mirror, but it was kind of low down, so I crouched down on the street to see how it looked. I paired it with my favourite blue sweater from Forever 21. My necklace is from Payless and my earrings are from a vendor at Greek Day. I wish they’d had the earrings in the same blue as my necklace. They are a bit heavy, but I don’t care because I love them. They were similar enough to my necklace that I thought they would go together. I’m constantly wearing mismatched sets, and pairing gold jewellery with silver jewellery. But I like it that way. My blue bracelet is from Sears and my green ring is from Boca Raton Designs at Greek Day. I wanted a blue one, but the blue ring they had was even smaller than this and wouldn’t have even fit on my finger, let alone been too tight. The little bit of what’s left of my chipped nail polish matches my outfit. I’m wearing another pair of new shoes today as well, but again, you can’t see them.
I am just so in love with this colour. This bright royal blue is my absolute favourite. I bought this blazer when I was shopping with my friend at Forever 21 downtown on Robson street on St. Patrick’s Day. Yeah, while everyone else was out drinking in bars, we were out shopping for clothes. Because that’s what we do. It was the day before my last day of work at my previous job and I thought I ought to buy some more professional looking clothing for my new job. This blazer didn’t have a price tag on it, but it turned out to be a decent price for a blazer. I remember while we were there, my friend found a shirt that said “Leave me alone” and suggested I should wear it as a joke on my last day of work. Unfortunately, they didn’t have it in my size.
I got the black top at Sears at Richmond Centre before they closed down. I think my dad actually bought it for me because he had a Sears card so he could get a discount. My navy blue floral scarf is probably the best thing I ordered from Avon.
I got this necklace from Her Story Lockets when they had a booth set up at the PNE Marketplace last year. You get to choose which charms you want to put inside the locket to create your own unique, personalized look. I bought some for friends and family as well, because I think it’s really neat idea and makes a cool gift for someone when you can use charms that reflect who they are. Mine include shoes, shopping bags, a big sister heart, a camera, and my birthstone. I wish I could find more items in this kind of blue.
Another dress with flowers on it. Also from the Orb warehouse sale I went to at the Delta Town and Country Inn. Dresses were 3 for $50, and this was one of them. It originally had a belt, or more like a thin rope that tied around the middle. But I’ve somehow pretty much lost all the belts I own. Maybe they’ll turn up someday. Or maybe they won’t. But I don’t need them anyhow. The blue dress is from Forever 21 at Metrotown and the matching blue scarf is from Suzy Shier. And I’m repeating my blue and teal jewellery because these items just happen to match the majority of my outfits. Full disclosure, I got this bracelet from the dollar store at Lansdowne Centre and I’m not ashamed. Why should I pay a lot of money for a nice bracelet when I can get one at Dollarama for $2.50? Sometimes the dollar store has nickel free jewellery too. Dollar stores have come a long way, especially since most items there are no longer just a dollar. There are still items there that I refuse to buy, like underwear or off brand food. But there’s no shame in buying something you think is nice just because it’s being sold at a cheap place.
I got this red dress from Forever 21 at Metrotown a few years ago. I remember I was shopping with my friend at the time and when I asked what she thought of it, she said she didn’t like it. But I liked it, so I bought it anyway. I think I got the black sweater from Sirens, possibly when there was still a location at Richmond Centre. I remember getting crappy service there, but I liked the stuff they sold. The shiny red scarf is yet another from the kiosk at Metrotown. They had a deal where the more you buy, the more you save, so of course I bought more. I think the red earrings were from a kiosk in Lansdowne. I remember I bought a necklace to match, but one day I wore it and then when I got home, the pendant was gone and I was left with just the chain. So upsetting.
This dress is also colourful, but I subdued it with a black sweater. The dress is from one of my shopping excursions to the States when I made a stop at Ross Dress For Less. The black sweater is from Forever 21. I realize I’m no longer 21. Although some people still think I look young. The other day I was in my friend’s car and Taylor Swift’s song “22” was playing. I don’t actually like Taylor Swift, but as I sat there I thought, “Yeah, 22 was actually a pretty good year.” Or maybe it wasn’t and I just think it was. All the years are kind of blending together for me now, so I don’t even know anymore. The purple scarf is from Suzy Shier. I miss when we used to have one at Richmond Centre. Now I have to go all the way to Metrotown or Capilano Mall and that very rarely happens. Maybe I shouldn’t have subdued the dress with darker colours. Maybe next time I’ll pair it with something even brighter. Whatever keeps me looking young, I guess.