provident style

May 1, 2008, 4:41 pm
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I was listening to Joni Mitchell when figuring out my outfit for today…can you tell? :P

T-shirt: Target
Necklace: My mom’s from when she was in university (whoa!)
Skirt (dress): My friend’s grandma’s hand-me-down
Vest: American Apparel
Shoes: Doc Marten

I also got some new flats today while out on a mission to buy sneakers for running. This makes me feel slightly guilty, since I was set on getting New Balance runners as some of their selection is still made in the USA…and these flats are not. :( But when you’ve got a buy one, get $20 off another pair coupon burning a hole in your pocket and you find some adorable flats, principals can be hard to stick to. I guess I balance it out by buying so much second hand, but I still don’t like supporting sweatshops!

They’re just so comfy and perfect for summer… well, I guess I’m gonna have to get over it this time and at least be happy that I try to avoid slave labor as much as possible otherwise. >_<

April 30, 2008, 9:44 am
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I never used to be the girl who was obsessed with shoes, especially since they’re one of the items most notorious for being produced using terribly paid and treated labour, but…

…Damn you, Polyvore!! You make it so hard to resist, although I am not quite sure if I could afford any of these shoes anyways. I know that these aren’t all the most summery shoes ever, but I’ve been dying to have a pair of heeled brogues for so long that I would wear them even if my feet fell off from the heat!

the NEW wishlist
April 8, 2008, 7:10 pm
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Well, since I got everything I wanted from my last mental wishlist (red lipstick, combat boots, army backpack, poofy skirts, COMPLETELY AWESOME GLASSES) my brain has been noticing even MORE things that will make my soon-to-be-summer wardrobe complete. First off, a high-waisted pencil skirt. I hate to admit it due to my hatred of the pretentiousness that has been surrounding American Apparel lately, but I love their denim skirt. I used to love the whole store, in fact, until I got sick of the ads and the pretentious girls at my school who refuse to wear anything that’s not from AA. Just a note: having a unique and creative style does NOT equal shopping at the latest ‘trendy indie’ chain that uses sexist advertising! Whoa, okay, mini-rant over. Uuh, yeah, I like their skirt, but I’ll probably try and find something like it for cheaper somewhere else.

This picture makes my eyes want to roll out of my head, but you get the idea. I’m liking the lighter colours, but a black one would also be nice too to wear with colourful tights or bare legs if this frozen wasteland I live in ever warms up. (Okay, okay, so it’s actually not that bad outside anymore. Still!! SUMMER! COME FASTER!)

Another item that I won’t be able to wear for a couple months is the high-waisted short. LLLOOVVVE! They’re so cute and the details on some of the pairs I’ve seen online are gorgeous. I love the buttons on this one from Topshop and the sailor vibe.

And the gathers at the pockets are nice too! Oh Topshop. Why are you so inaccessible to us Canadians?!

I’ve been looking for a romper for a while, and it’s hard to find something that’s not, well, really ugly. I love most of the ones I’ve seen on other bloggers, so maybe I’ll get lucky and stumble upon one I like, but this one is alright. I just wish it was a different colour and didn’t have long sleeves!

And I’d wear the belt at the waist! Pfft. Silly models. Actually, I wouldn’t mind the sleeves as much if this was grey instead of khaki coloured. There’s got to be better stuff on eBay. Ooh! There is!

Loooove this one. Click the image to look at the rest of the pictures, because the back is knotted shut and it’s really interesting. I’m not surprised that people are bidding on this!

Of course, to go with my romper, a nice pair of gladiator sandals. A look today while shopping turned up nothing, which was surprising since I would assume that even the Canadian stores would realize by now how big they are going to be this summer. They don’t have to be freakishly high, but maybe a bit above the ankle would be nice. These ones are shorter, but I like the colours and they’re pretty fun.

From everyone’s favourite shoe company, Nine West! I’ve been seeing shoes from this brand in every blog I look at, and after looking at the site I can see why. They’ve got a really interesting selection.

I love love love this shoe from Aldo, and for $60, I might actually be able to afford it!

I guess I’m not going to find anything with straps that go any higher then this unless I once again dive into the depths of eBay…

There we go! These are a great colour and just the height I am looking for. For a second I thought they would be pretty annoying to put on and take off until I realized there was a zipper in the back!

I think I’d better curb my wishlist at that. Realistically, I could probably go on forever, but to be honest I actually need NONE of these things…but summer is coming and I want to have interesting stuff to wear so I don’t just throw on a t-shirt and shorts every day. I like feeling like my outfit has thought put into it, and I feel boring now if it doesn’t, so I guess that helps me justify it!

combat baby
April 8, 2008, 5:52 pm
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Success! I now own everything I was looking for in this post with the addition of a new pair of Doc Martens to my shoe collection. I love the stitching and the colour of these, and the leather is surprisingly soft.

These were originally $175 (!!!) but I got them for $115. (Well, my mom paid for them, since I’ve been wanting them forever and you can’t really get much more practical then combat boots). I’m so excited to wear these with my new glasses and maybe some lipstick tomorrow. But with what else?! I guess you’ll just have to wait until tomorrow to see what I figure out!

March 31, 2008, 6:29 pm
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Sorry for my absolutely terrible posting during spring break. With family here and friends here and everything going on I was forced to put blogging and looking like anything but a hobo on the back burner! But now I am back, and I have a depressing tale to tell that involves my first day back at school.

I knew it wouldn’t be a good day anyways, as this is going to be a very long month with no days off. But it started sucking a whole lot more when I sat down to eat lunch with my friends. I noticed one of my BEST FRIENDS wearing brand new Nikes. ‘So what?’ you’re thinking. ‘They’re shoes.’ Well, yeah. But they also symbolize everything that I absolutely hate. Poor treatment of workers? Check. Overpriced? Check. Super trendy? CHECK! I never thought that she would buy them, because I bitch about things like Nike all the time. She always agrees with me, too. So when I started shrieking at her for buying them, I was pretty surprised with her response. “So what?” she said. “They’re cool, look good, and I like them. And besides, me not buying Nikes won’t have any effect at all in the long run.”

Attitudes like this really effect my spirits. I hate people who think that it doesn’t matter if they buy a certain thing, or support a certain principle, or decide not to vote because what difference could they make anyway? I live in Alberta, and the voter turnout this year was 40 percent. 40%!!! Less then HALF of the people in my province could summon up the energy to drive to a polling station and cast a vote for a leader that will most certainly have an effect on their lives. Quite frankly, living in a place like this makes me pretty angry sometimes. And today I realized: if I can’t even make one of my best friends buy something other then the social norm, then how can I have an effect on anyone else? I really, really, REALLY hope that I can convince at least one other person to buy Blackspots, which are the toughest shoes I have ever owned (2 and a half years and still wearable!) and eco-/worker-friendly. But sometimes, when I’m talking to my friends and they tell me that they really don’t care who made their shoes as long as they look good (I hear this so much it’s unbelievable) I want to give up hope. Sigh…

this picture has singlehandedly made me crave army boots like no other.
March 10, 2008, 5:22 pm
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(click it for the original entry and a bigger picture!)

I found some really sweet (and vegan/sweatshop free but pretty pricy) bright red ones that also come in a whole bunch of colours at Vegetarian Shoes:

Airseal Boulder Boot, £79.95

If bright colours aren’t your thing, these boots with a fake-patent toe are pretty spiffy too. And these ones are also vegan/sweatshop free. Fun fact about these…they were also featured in a porn film. I’d probably look at my feet all day and giggle about it!

XCAP boots, £55.00

And an army backpack, come to think of it…my little Yamaha bag is getting pretty crammed with all my textbooks and notebooks, and I might have to accept the fact that it probably wasn’t designed to carry around a highschooler’s workload. So I was looking at a few backpacks. My favourite, and the one that looks the most practical, is this one.

European style rucksack, $24.99

The only problem I have with backpacks is that they look silly sometimes when I’m wearing them with really big sweaters…but hey, sometimes function over form, especially when it comes to hauling millions of books around!

it was warm out today!
February 15, 2008, 8:27 pm
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So this is what I ended up wearing, after I took off my red leather jacket and my purple scarf. (It matched my sweater perfectly! I thought I was being pretty stylish and subtly incorporating the whole wear-all-one-colour trend that seems to be popping up. >_>)

I look pretty incredibly dorky in this picture, and my outfit is boring as I assumed it was cold out. Which sucked, cause I could have worn my new skirt and kitten heels! But it was all made up for when I found those awesome shoes I am wearing in my friend’s brother’s closet (don’t worry, he’s long moved out!). She said I could keep them! A better picture:

They’re ancient Wilsons. As you can see, the yellow plastic is breaking in some places. But other then that, they’re in pretty good shape! Oh, and apologies for no Valentine’s day post. I didn’t wear anything exciting, just my new grey sweater and a tee with jeans. Me and the lovely boyf went to Tiffany to get the one and only expensive piece of jewelry I will EVER own…and it was sold out! Oh well, apparently they’d been sold out for months. But trust me, WE’RE GOING BACK! :P It’s a long story, but this is one symbolic necklace. Anyways, I hope you had a good one!

February 15, 2008, 8:06 pm
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Oh eBay, why must I be broke?! These are even my sizeee!

Any size nine/tens out there that are less poor then myself?


November 25, 2007, 8:03 pm
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I thought I’d get it all in one place, and with links to styles I like to boot! I think I’ll be able to find a lot of this stuff with some careful hunting at the thrift stores.

It seems this list just gets longer and longer…

urban outfitters + free shipping = this!
November 21, 2007, 11:01 pm
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i officially love being dragged down to the states for christmas now. why? well, because me and my mom can take advantage of free shipping to the us! so when i get there, this is what’s gonna be waiting for me:


screw buying everyone ELSE presents!
but i am feeling a little guilty about how ethically these items were produced…