Gently Used and Wrinkled!

daughter's Michael Kors dress

My daughter has transformed her life and her wardrobe in the last eighteen months. After working
for many years in the food service industry and representing the workers at her work site as shop steward and as a member of the bargaining team, she has been elected to a five-year term on the regional executive. Gone are work boots and  hairnet and a 100+ pounds, it's time to shop.

We have discovered two consignment stores in our neighbourhood. One is a great source of gently worn day-to-day wear and the other offers higher end clothing at a fraction of the original cost.
Daughter has found Burberry, Prada,  and Michael Kors in her size. We visit often and the owner displays recent acquisitions on Facebook and Instagram.

my recent purchase

Daughter recently alerted me to a lot of Eileen Fisher knits that had been consigned. The consigner
must have been of similar size and with similar tastes to mine because I was tempted by several items. I purchased a rosy brown linen knit cardigan (not shown) and this Italian knit top. The fit is flattering and the decoration dresses up my linen pants. I could also wear it with my cream pleated skirt. September in Paris???

I'm in a gently worn, slightly rumpled state of mind right now. Linen is my favourite fabric. We have a heat wave for Vancouver and loose linen perfect. Think Judi Dench in The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.
from Pinterest

I've been drinking a lot of lemon water these days as I'm on Day 22 of Lose It. I exceeded my calorie
goal only one of those days. It may have had something to do with a good red wine and pasta with clam sauce. Oh well, life should be fun too!

latest book purchases from used bookstore
Our local used book store is great! I visit the library but I'm clearing out unused belongings from our apartment. There are many books that I know I shall never read again. Those that are saleable are slowly going and I have a lot of credit. So any likely titles are snatched up and resold after reading.

Time to go! I'm off to lunch with my friend, Janet. I'll be wearing my wrinkled shirt of course!


  1. Congratulations to your daughter on her life transformation. How great to find pieces you (and she) like at consignment stores. The brown top is very chic looking. These are hot days, indeed, and cool linen is lovely to wear.

    1. There seems to be a growing awareness of consignment shops and the opportunities for recycling gently used or unused items. These are very warm days for the WestCoast.

  2. The details really make it stand out.
    Loved that Marigold Hotel film set in India and Judi Dench's linen wardrobe was wonderful...perfect for the heat.
    When I was in the south of France most women in the small village wgere I stayed wore linen dresses from Italy...the first purchase I made when I returned home was an Italian linen dress!

    1. Italian knitwear and linen clothing seem to be appearing more frequently these days.
      They don't seem to be too expensive and they are so cool. I'm planning to wear the sweater with my rosy linen pants. Enjoy the sunshine!

  3. Love both your daughter's and your new purchases -- sounds as if you're both smart shoppers. It helps to have someone who knows your taste keeping an eye out for you. Fun for you to be able to daydream ahead to wearing those EF good buys in Paris this fall.

    1. I've become an encourager/enabler to my daughter as she has not been able to buy
      fun clothes before. It really is necessary to try on likely items in the consignment shop
      because clothes look so different on the hanger. I think that a light EF cardigan will be perfect in September.

  4. I have just begun working a part-time job inputting clothing into several eBay shops and am loving it. Coming across Tommy Hilfiger, Lauren Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein, Alfani on a daily basis. Today I fell in love with a cold shoulder top with bead embellishments. Have not stopped thinking about it. Might have to buy it for myself. Love the pieces you found. Very trendy and very Judi. Well done.


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