Goodwill Style Chronicles

Last Thursday marked my last day of work at Goodwill Thrift Store. I spent eight months working there three days a week, and really enjoyed it. I found some really unique treasures, but the people I worked with made it so enjoyable. I will miss all of them, and it was a chapter of life I’m very thankful for!

Every Tuesday when I would come in, one of my tasks was to dress the mannequins. It was my favourite thing to do as I got to basically shop and find coordinating outfits and colour palettes. You never know what you’ll find in a thrift store, so it was always unexpected. Some of my stylings were posted on the Goodwill instagram and facebook, but I wanted to share some of my favourite “Fashion Finds” from my time at the thrift store, more so for me to have all these photos in one place, and hopefully for your enjoyment as well! What look is your favourite?


Cheers,
Lauren.

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THRIFTED: Niverville, MB

Thrifting is in my blood. I grew up going to thrift stores, and despite a brief time during my adolescence when I found the idea “gross” and “totally uncool,” I’ve always loved hunting through a store to find one-of-a-kind gems and wicked deals. When we’re on tour, one of our favourite pastimes is stopping at tiny little thrift shops in the many small towns we go to. We don’t often have a very free schedule, but we manage to fit in quick trips to find treasures.

I’ve found everything from clothes to books to practical home items on these little thrift store trips, and I thought I’d chronicle some of my findings. It’s fun to be decorating the house or put an outfit together and remember where I found something. I guess it’s like a scrapbook for me, since I’m definitely not a scrapbooker. 😉

Anyways, here are a few findings from Niverville, MB. We played at Providence College on our last tour and drove back to Winnipeg after the show, but Zoltan forgot is coat at the college. So the next day, we drove back (45 min) to the college and stopped at the Niverville MCC Thrift Shop, and I’m glad we did!

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This jacket was one of my all-time greatest purchases. It was marked at $25, and I didn’t really want to pay that much, but it was sooo rockstar and it fit perfectly, so I brought it to the till, and for some reason the lady took 75% off, making it $6.25!

Leather Jacket – $6.25
Maxi dress – $3
Platform boots – $2

Note to all avid thrifters, do yourself a favour and visit the MCC Thrift Stores of Manitoba. It’s probably the best thrifting in the country!

What are some thrifting victories you’ve had? Please share!

Cheers,
Lauren.

Getting Dressed Up!

Last week we played our final full-band show of the year to finish off the Peak Performance Project that we’ve been involved with since the spring! It’s been an intense five months, and it culminated in this show to see who would win 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place, with the top prize being $100,953.00. We came in second, winning $75,000, and we are so honoured and excited to finally be able to record our next full length album.

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I’ll be writing more about that soon, but for now I wanted to share about a collaboration I did for the evening! There are some really great Canadian companies that I’ve had my eye on for a while, wanting to do some sort of collaboration but not knowing how to go about it. It was a bit out of my comfort zone, but I decided just to send some messages and see what happened, and it all came together beautifully.

First, the dress. My amazing mom took me out and bought me this lovely wine coloured crushed velvet maxi dress from Free People. It’s the kind of dress that is fancy enough for a very special occasion, but versatile enough to wear it again and again. With the dress as a foundation, I collaborated with MLKANHNY and Pure Anada Natural Cosmetics to finish off the outfit!

Madison Bodenman (the talented wife of Ross, who did the artwork for the Visual EP), runs MLKANHNY, an etsy shop of handmade jewelry that she makes out of her home on Vancouver Island. I’ve been admiring her designs for a long time, and I love the clean shapes, and timeless details that she adds to all of her pieces. She made me a lovely necklace to complement my outfit for the evening, and it was the absolute perfect fit!

Madison is always adding new pieces to her store, so I would definitely encourage you to check it out and find something for yourself or someone you love!

Next was makeup. I haven’t worn makeup for a very long time, and part of it was wanting to find a natural makeup company with ingredients I could trust, and that wouldn’t break the bank. Pure Anada is a company based out of Morden, MB that uses all natural ingredients to make top quality cosmetic products. A friend of mine, Kristen von Riesen, who we met while on tour, works at Pure Anada, and inspired me to seek out their products. She also sent me a lovely package of goodies for a bit more of a dramatic look for the show.

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You can order Pure Anada cosmetics here, and Kristen also has a number of really helpful tutorials that you can check out for different looks. I used the Luminous Eye Shadow in Ornate, Java, and Stardust, and Velvet Matte Eye Shadow in Black Velvet, as well as the Pureline Eye Pencil in black, and Natural Mascara in black for eyes. For my cheeks I used the Pressed Mineral Cheek Colour in Sweet Pea, and for my lips I used the Natural Lipstick in Bordeaux Cherry. Since it had been a while, Kristen’s tutorial for Day to Evening Makeup helped me get the “smoky eyes” technique. All of the products were so great to work with. I highly recommend each one, especially the mascara, and the lipstick (which actually smells great).

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I’m so glad that I was able to collaborate with these two great local businesses for the show. Not only was it SO much fun to get all dressed up, but I love getting to share about products and people I love! What are some of your favourite local companies that you like to support? I’d love to hear about them!

Until next time,
Lauren.

In The Shop: Bows for Him and Her

The bow is a classic accessory, not just for pretty ladies, but also for handsome men. It has been adapted to take many forms, colours, and fabrics, and, thankfully, it has never gone out of style. I took a fresh take on this timeless classic with handknit hairclips and bowties and since I started making them and selling them at shows, they’ve definitely become one of my most popular creations!

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I have these listed in the shop with a selection of colours to choose from, but they can be made to order in any colour you’d like. And if you have a wedding or special event coming up, why not order them for your bridal party or as a party favour?

Here’s Zoltan sporting the Handsome Man Bowtie and looking rather sharp, if I do say so myself!

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And here’s a quick styling of the Pretty Lady Hairclip taken before our show in Edmonton the other night.

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Head over to the Cabin Knits Shop to order one, or a few!

Cheers,
Lauren.