Friday, September 18, 2020

If you read my book “Elevate the Everyday”, you might remember my “Rachel McAdams Jacket” from chapter 13. Well, here it is! I purchased this second-hand for a fabulous deal! It’s made in Canada πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦ by Smythe and has a lot of unique and high-quality details that set it apart. The fabric is a thick, rich wool. The zipper and buttons are heavy duty. The D-rings cinch the waist in at just the right spot and provide a flattering silhouette. Someone asked me the other day how I build my second-hand shopping wish list. I definitely look to favorite celebrities for inspiration. Although I don’t have Rachel’s fabulous dimples, I do have her jacket!

(A note on Smythe. I always size up at least one size, sometimes two! I’ve tried their Duchess Blazer on in consignment stores and I would say that piece in particular is VERY fitted. I would recommend sizing up two sizes if you are going for the Kate Middleton πŸ‘‘ look!)

Thursday, September 17, 2020

Silk shirts are not only beautiful to the eye, they feel sumptuous against your skin. I am a lover of Equipment’s classic “slim signature” shirt. This fall I have three of them in my wardrobe. I bought all of these second hand (over a 3-year period). One came from a local consignment shop, one from eBay, and one from Poshmark. I paid less than $100 for each of them. These are pricey at full retail (over $300 πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦) but fairly easy to find on the second-hand market😊πŸ₯°.

Wednesday, September 16, 2020


Jewelry is a great place to try-out second hand shopping online. It’s a guaranteed fit! I am a lover of gold hoops. They are all I wear as far as earrings go. Etsy is a great source for beautiful estate jewelry at reasonable prices. This is where I picked up these three pairs of 14K gold hoops. They were much cheaper than jewelry store prices! I’m currently keeping my eye out for a unique locket or pendant. Has anyone else tried estate jewelry as a source for fashion upgrades?

Tuesday, September 15, 2020


I thought it would be fun to share a few second-hand finds from my wardrobe this week. Chapter 13 of my book “Elevate the Everyday” discusses thinking outside the “big box” when shopping. One of the ways I elevate my wardrobe is by acquiring pieces on the second-hand market for a fraction of the original price. I live in Nova Scotia, Canada and I don’t have local access to most of the brands I’m often looking for (usually European ones). I do 99% of this treasure hunting online on sites like eBay, Poshmark, the RealReal, Vide Dressing and Vestiaire Collective.

These boots are by Fiorentini & Baker. They are made in Italy and would cost over $400 at full retail price. I got them just this week for $55 on Poshmark! The term second-hand is misleading because these were never worn and are in pristine condition. I’m not one of those people who has great stories of finding a designer coat for $5 at the bottom of a rag bin. However, compared to what you would normally pay for such a high-quality piece of footwear, this is a steal. This is my favorite way to “elevate” my wardrobe; hands down.

I definitely recommend checking out online options when you are searching for a particular item. You might be surprised to find it in mint condition at a heavily discounted price. If you are willing to wait, it WILL eventually turn up! Does anyone else patiently shop the second hand market with a detailed wish list? I have automatic searches set up on these sites that notify me when something on my wish list pops up.

Monday, September 14, 2020

Is anyone else a fan of the French brand A.P.C.? I love the classic, minimal aesthetic of their clothing. It can be quite pricey, so all of my pieces were purchased second-hand. (In fact, there aren’t even any stores in my area that carry A.P.C.). I’ve had this little denim dress for a number of years and have been enjoying it a lot this fall. I think it is a good transitional piece for days that you want to display a fall vibe, but the weather is still warm. I usually pair it with my clogs for a bit of a 70’s feel. A.P.C. dresses are often over $300 at full retail price. I paid $50 for this on eBay a few years ago. Do you have any favorite brands that you only shop for second-hand? πŸ‘–πŸ‘ πŸ‘œ 

Friday, September 11, 2020

With the change in seasons, I’m guessing a lot of us are going through our wardrobes; sorting, organizing and purging. I discuss this process in my upcoming book, so of course it is on my mind! I want to talk about these pants! They were in the purge pile. I had set them aside last winter and was planning on sending them to the consignment store this fall. They were a tiny bit snug at the time and just weren’t working for me. 

Just before I tossed them, I tried them on again. This time they fit, and suddenly I saw them in a different light. I’m wearing and loving them today. I particularly love the tuxedo stripe (I have a love of menswear style) and the touch of sparkle in the thread. My husband took one look and said they were slimming, so obviously I’m keeping them!

My point is, let things stew for a while. I’m so glad I didn’t toss these back in the winter. I’m glad I stored them for several months so I could revisit my decision.

Anyone else in closet clean up mode?

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

So many of us are getting used to new schedules these days. Mornings in particular look a lot different with the kids going back to school.

As the days get shorter, I notice myself experiencing worse afternoon slumps. In the past, these slumps seemed to coincide with the “witching” hour. (Mothers of current or past small children will know exactly what I’m referring to here.) Apparently, this phenomenon is not exclusive to little kids; my puppy Coco is exhibiting the same devilish behavior late afternoon. In an effort to “elevate my everyday”, I’ve decided to try something new. I wondered if both Coco and I could benefit by shifting our morning walk schedule. I decided to try doing one of my favorite activities during my least favorite time of the day. We went for our walk smack in the middle of the afternoon slump/witching hour. I was so happy with the calming effect it had on both of us. He released pent up energy, and I enjoyed just being outdoors. It was definitely a pick me up. 🌲🌳🌿🌞