31.10.12

Thrifting with The Fashion Kidd

I'm an avid thrift shopper. I mainly shop at Value Village but enjoy other stores like Bibles, Goodwill and Salvation Army from time to time. What draws me to thrift is the unique pieces I find. Each piece is one-of-a-kind and has a story behind it. I love when an item looks like it has history behind it. Another plus to thrifting is the price. It's so much cheaper than mall shopping and a lot of the items are vintage, in good condition and are truly different. 


The Eye


Like with anything, to be good at it, you need to have a skill or natural ability for it. With thrift shopping, it's possessing "The Eye". The ability to skim through an entire thrift store and pick up the cream of the crop, really is a skill that must be learnt. With time, you eventually learn which racks to prioritize, which colours and textures to look out for, and how to spot flaws in the items as well. To be a good thrift shopper also means that you know you'll need at least an hour and that finding and trying on items, takes time. 



This video is about my most recent finds at Value Village. Enjoy: 



Video shot by me and edited by Jonathan Lindsay. 
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29.10.12

True glamour

I just came across this video and had to share it with you.

WHY?


1. You had to see this beautiful dress and the way it literally dances with her. 


2. It is nostalgic, refreshing and represents true glamour, in my opinion. 


3. I'd like to find out who designed it (out of curiosity), so if you know, please tell me!


Enjoy. 


"Cheek to Cheek' - Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers 


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26.10.12

Leafy peplum fun time!

I took these pictures today mid-afternoon. The weather in Ottawa today was record breaking! I swear it must have gone up to 30C because I was sweating like a pig. 
About the location, I drive by this park everyday on the way to work and it's beautiful. I decided to explore beyond my car window today. 
It sure is crazy how such beauty is so close to home yet I had no idea. Explore your city! 













All photos taken by Lisa

blazer: ellen, value village, $8
shirt: h&m, rikochet resale, $12 (sale)
pants: zara, $30 (sale)
heels: joe fresh, $10 (sale)
pearl necklace/headband: gifted
purse/clutch: value village, $6
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22.10.12

Put that pumpkin to work!

Curried Pumpkin Recipe

I originally bought this adorable little pumpkin just to casually sit in my room and make me happy. Then I found a Curried Pumpkin recipe and decided to put my pumpkin to better use. 

I love curry. I only learned to make it this year and I don't believe I've perfected it but it's still one of my favourite dishes. I usually use a standard curry powder and add in vegetables, ground meat or chicken, and potatoes or rice. Today, however, I incorporated pumpkin into my curry.



What you'll need: 



  • 3 tbsp. grapeseed oil
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp. chopped ginger
  • 1 cup finely chopped tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp fenugreek seeds
  • 1 tsp garam masala 
  • salt to taste
  • 1 lb pumpkin, seeded, peeled and cubed
  • 1/2 cup vegetable broth 
  • 1 green chili pepper, finely sliced


Directions: 


  •  Seed, peel and cube pumpkin.




  • Heat the grapeseed oil in a skillet over medium high heat. When the oil is hot, add the chopped onion and ginger and cook for 2 mins.

  • Stir in the chopped tomatoes, fenugreek seeds (I didn't use these), garam masala (I made my own, follow link), and salt and cook for 5 mins. 

  • Add the cubed pumpkin (I used a small one and it was enough), vegetable broth and chili to the skillet. Bring everything to boil, then reduce the heat to low. Cook until the pumpkin is tender, 15-18 minutes. Serve the curried pumpkin over rice. 

It was SO yummy! I added ground beef for some protein as you can see. I made it a little too spicy but it was delicious nonetheless!



All photos taken by me. Recipe from Metro Ottawa newspaper.
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21.10.12

Evening fur

I'm just going to say it: I LOVE FUR. 
I love the look, feel-- it's glamorous, fun, and adds texture. Real or faux - I'm instantly drawn to it. 







All photos taken by Rosie and Michael. 


blouse: h&m, rikochet resale, $15
vest: faux fur, old navy kids, $8
leggings: faux leather, sirens, $10
boots: dr. marten, gifted 


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19.10.12

You're Morrocan me hungry.

Morrocan Tagine Recipe

From time to time, I like to try cooking new things. I'm going to start sharing my adventures in healthy cooking with you. Earlier this week I made "Morrocan Tagine" (don't ask me how that's pronounced).


I shocked myself at how good it turned out and I'm glad I made a big batch because I've literally had it for dinner every night since I've made it.


I had to share it with you because if I can make it, and it tastes good, you can too! 


One tip I'll suggest that isn't in the recipe: buy the squash pre-cut, it's worth the extra buck or two (not even sure if it's more expensive). I nearly stabbed myself trying to open the squash and I had to pre-cook it because it was too hard to cut into chunks. Anyway, save yourself the pain and heartache! 


Do let me know if you make it, or if you've had it before, what you thought and any suggestions for improvement.


What you'll need:


  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 skinless, boneless chicken breasts, cut into chunks
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 small butternut squash, peeled and chopped 
  • 1 can garbanzo beans (which are chickpeas), drained and rinsed 
  • 1 carrot, peeled and chopped (I used baby carrots)
  • 1 can diced tomatoes with juice
  • 1 can vegetable broth (add more to create more of a soup than stew, if preferred.)
  • 1 tbsp. sugar
  • 1 tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. salt 
  • 1 tsp. ground coriander
  • 1 dash cayenne pepper (I'd add a few dashes.)

Directions:

  • Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat, and cook the chicken, onion, and garlic about 15 minutes, until browned.

  • Mix the squash, beans, carrot, tomatoes with juice, broth, sugar, and lemon juice into the skillet. Season with salt, coriander, and cayenne pepper. 

  • Bring the mixture to a boil, and continue cooking 30 minutes, until vegetables are tender.
Total prep + cooking time: 1 hr


Most of all, pat yourself on the back and dig in! Meal best served with family + friends. 
All photos taken by me. Recipe taken from allrecipes.com.


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17.10.12

Can't get enough Mod: Part Two

To convince you of my love for Mod, and that I am in fact a vintage freak, here's how I incorporate and ROCK the mod-look day-to-day:










     


All photos taken by my sister, Lisa.

coat: focus 1000, winners, $25
sleeveless turtleneck: value village, $6
pencil skirt: jones new york, value village, $4
pumps: joe fresh, $10
necklace: forever 21, $12
purse: vintage, ragtime, $18
ring: aldo, $7
blazer: zara, $30
glasses: clearly contacts, $25 (sale)



While were on the topic, if you're from Ottawa and loooove vintage like I do, you'll be happy to know there is vintage clothing show coming up...



I'll be attending and hope to see you there. If you miss it or live elsewhere, I'll be sure to post pictures of the show and my finds! 




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15.10.12

Can't get enough Mod: Part One


I've developed a love for everything mod. It began when I discovered thrift shops and has evolved ever since. A recent confirmation of this love was seeing Prada and Louis Vuitton's latest shows.. 
Before I get started on the latest, I have to share with you my favourite line, possibly ever.

That is: Prada Fall/Winter 2012 RTW

 the accessories




my favourite picks






 Fast-forward to September 2012... Prada does it AGAIN! They kept the Mod theme and re-impressed me. No show will ever have my heart like Prada's FW'12, but their SS'13 was darling! See for yourself..


my favourite picks



I adore the daisies and fur, the Oriental theme, and LEATHER SOCKS. LEATHER SOCKS.

Louis Vuitton also did Mod this past season.. 

I thought they were unique in having their models walk side by side.. It showed two sides to each outfit which was different and gives the eye more to look at without being over powering.


my favourite picks



All photos taken from www.style.com - My #1 source for runway coverage.

Stay tuned for part two: "how I sport the Mod look".

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