Some people turn to gardening for rest and relaxation.  Others knit or colour or – the one that puzzles me most – exercise (!).  When I need some comfort, I like to go thrifting.  Even if in a fictional scenario I don’t buy anything, I still find it calming especially when I go with good friends like I did last night!  My friend Julie needed a fancy dress and a party dress and was about to get one from a consignment shop…  Although beautiful, secondhand and cheaper than regular retail, I knew she needed to give VV Boutique a look before committing $150 to a consigned dress she will likely wear a couple of times.  I assured Julie that I am the Dress Queen since I have xxx number of dresses and we set out along with our partner in action, Brenda.  I didn’t snap a lot of shots because I was just having fun, just doing my version of self-care with no agenda except to be with favourite people in a favourite place doing a favourite thing.

There's a first time for everything including finding Gucci shoes at VV Boutique!
There’s a first time for everything including finding Gucci shoes at VV Boutique!
So tempted to buy these to wear to my foot surgery tomorrow and just see if the doc commented...
So tempted to buy these to wear to my foot surgery tomorrow and just see if the doc comments…:D
Then Julie found Dolce & Gabbana shoes - so pretty but oh so uncomfortable!
Then Julie found Dolce & Gabbana shoes – so pretty but oh so uncomfortable!  Well, at least you can say you wore $1000 shoes (or whatever redic price they would be regular retail)!
I made Julie try on approximately 400 dresses including this one - a standing dress if I ever saw one!
I made Julie try on approximately 400 dresses including this one – you don’t need to sit down at your party do you?!
Fine then, this navy cocktail stunner might be a better choice.  The back is perfectly drapey and open!  Julie looked stunning!
Fine then, this navy cocktail dress might be a better choice. The back is perfectly drapey and open! Julie looked stunning!  Elegant, comfortable and not another LBD!  And it was $16
This versatile dress will take Julie to her party, to any summer gatherings, to festivals, farmer's markets - anything!
This versatile dress will take Julie to her party, to any summer gatherings, to festivals, farmer’s markets – anything!  
And a lovely score - an Anthropologie dress that will be perfect for her upcoming weekend anniversary getaway!  It was sooooo soft!
And this lovely score – an Anthropologie dress that will be perfect for her upcoming weekend anniversary getaway! It was sooooo soft!
I found an Anthro dress too but decided against it because I have XXX dresses already!
I found an Anthro dress too but decided against it because I have XXX dresses already!  “I love you too but we can’t be together right now…”
However, I do NOT have a mustard jacket of perfection!!  Eddie Bauer, in perfect condition for $10!  #comfort #selfcare
However, I do NOT have a mustard jacket of perfection!! Eddie Bauer, in perfect condition for $10! #comfort #selfcare

So I found the mustard jacket and a pretty scarf you’ll see in a sec, Julie found 3 dresses for a fraction of what she was going to spend on one, and Brenda scored a beautiful Mexx floral dress!  Success!

$4 scarf because fresh out.
$4 scarf because fresh out.
Oh heyyyy, I could do a half-tuck with this $4 red RW blouse!
Oh heyyyy, I could do a half-tuck with this $4 red RW blouse!  Denim skirt $2.50, Miz Mooz shoes $18.
I was in quite a rush to get to what will be my last day of work for the year so no necklace but no matter because this top has a shoulder bow!  #winning
I was in quite a rush to get to what will be my last day of work for the year so no necklace but no matter because this top has a shoulder bow! #winning
Anyway, I had on earrings and 4 bracelets, so that counts.
Anyway, I had on earrings and 4 bracelets and a scarf and they all count as accessorizing!

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Sure, sure, it *might* have been the excellent company of my friends but I felt comforted indeed and my “new” scarf reminds me of them and the evening, so the comfort can live on!  It can live right on into the pre-op room tomorrow when I’m finally rescheduled to have my foot surgery SO expect a little hiatus around these parts and do some comfort thrifting in the meantime!

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See you soon!

5 Comments

  1. Taylor Madge Reply

    So agree! Brings me joy to find that perfect treasure 🙂

  2. Kimberly T Reply

    That looks like a pretty successful shopping trip – relaxing plus pretty dresses! I love all of them! 🙂

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