What I’m Wearing

I see tons of blogs and articles showing what you’re wearing and decided today was that day day to reveal my crazy outfit. If there’s any day to share what I’m wearing, it’s today. It’s a bit mixed in patterns and isn’t something I’d usually reach for, but I was going for something fun. I also got a red wig in the mail that I ordered, so I decided to go all out on this one.

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Black skirt, peter-pan neck top with a bow pattern on it, a short sleeved cardi on top, belted with a bow belt, polka-dot leggings and a red wig. Not my usual outfit, but I was feeling quite bold today and wanted to experiment. I don’t even care if the patterns match. I was feeling so quirky and fun today. I’m not even going out anywhere. I just love playing dress-up!

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My New Favourite Top

meeI’m a little too excited. Here’s why:

Yesterday I was feeling terrible in general. I had gained a bit of weight and felt ‘fat and ugly’. I have been also having some family drama that I didn’t want to be a part of. My mood was really low and I needed to get out. I met up with my good friend Laura to do some retail therapy. It never fails me, and I had some Christmas cash to spend. I also wanted to feel good about myself, so naturally I decided to stop into some clothing shops for something cute! Thankfully, there were TONS of boxing week sales, as I’m a fierce deal hunter and pretty thrifty. I went into two stores that both carried plus size clothing and ended up being thoroughly disappointed. I even tried on sizes much bigger than my usual size. One size is too small, the size up is too big, or too long. Feeling defeated, I tried one last shop that goes up to an XXL size only. I chose 3 things that I fell completely in love with, 50% off the lowest tagged price. I dreaded the change room so much. I got in, reluctantly took off my coat and shirt to try on the tops. To my surprise, the first one fit. So did the second and third. Fit like a glove! What the heck!! So I decided to rock it and go out to karaoke. Just a side note, I NEVER fit into peplum tops because they’re too long usually and I’m a short gal…I’m completely amazed and feel pretty great now.

Giveaway Time! Win Free Earrings!

Image As some of you may know, I own a jewelry shop called Earth and Soul Designs on Etsy.com. I create each item carefully and by hand. I am inspired by nature as well as vintage fashion. I’m having a giveaway for a free pair of my best-selling Tree of Life earrings. They feature a beautiful blue and brown speckled ceramic bead and a tree charm.

 

 

Here’s what you need to do to win:

  • Click HERE to visit my Facebook page
  • ‘Like’ my Facebook page
  • ‘Like’ the post pinned to the top, about the giveaway
  • Share the post about the giveaway
  • Comment to let me know you’ve done it all!

Drawing will be conducted on January 15th, 2014. I will cover shipping prices and will ship internationally as well as locally. Winners will be selected randomly, and you can only enter once.

Jewelry Quest: China Edition

I have to admit that I am in love with shopping. I can spend hours just looking at clothes, makeup, books and craft supplies. I’m also pretty selective, so it takes me forever to decide what I want. Enter online marketplaces. I have been a shopper on Etsy and Ebay for years now, with no regrets. I love being able to search for what I want, and take breaks or save the page for later if I’m not sure. It’s just fantastic!

This brings me to my next issue. I used to avoid China like the plague, until I worked at a very popular retail store. I realized that every piece of jewelry we sold had tiny words on the back of the package, reading ‘made in China’. I started going to other popular stores as well; all from China. I’ve actually started notice the same products (or nearly the same) sold on Ebay for pennies. Here’s a great example:

Guess the Price! There are 2 necklaces. One is $5.00 and the other is 14.50…Click to find out.

ImageImageSo how did you do? It’s really a 50/50 chance unless you cheated. So, some of the items may have minor differences, but are more than likely made in the same factory. I’d rather save my money and just buy online. It might take 2-4 weeks to get to me, but that’s a price I’m willing to pay.

As a side note, as an Etsy seller and shopper, I do buy (as well as make) unique handcrafted jewelry. Nothing compares¬† to the craftsmanship and heart that goes into each piece. But sometimes, I just need that cute 2 dollar chunky necklace…and I’m not ashamed of that.

And without further ado, here is a pair of earrings I bought for 2 dollars from China (just got them in today).

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You can get these cuties here: http://www.ebay.ca/itm/281183002330?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1439.l2649