Since starting thrifting, I’ve become a bit of a blazer collector.  I used to watch What Not To Wear and even though Stacy and Clinton always recommended blazers, I had only one that I bought when I graduated university to wear to interviews and otherwise couldn’t justify the expense.  Now, I have a blazer section in my closet that recently expanded by one when I found a pretty handmade blazer with a Chinese Japanese Asian inspired print!

Homemade blazer $5.60, black tee from my closet, earrings and necklace Accessorize from my closet
Homemade blazer $5.60, black tee from my closet, Accessorize earrings and necklace from my closet.
Levis denim skirt $2.50 and green pointy flats from my closet.
Levis denim skirt $2.50 and green pointy flats from my closet.

I like using interesting blazers to spice up boring simple basics.  Choose your basics, add a blazer, let the blazer lead the accessorizing selections et voila!  Good outfit!

I added bracelets as I ran out the door, after my photo shoot.  I hate to be without a bracelet - how will I know when it's bracelet-o'clock?
I added bracelets as I ran out the door. I hate to be without a bracelet – how will I know when it’s bracelet-o’clock?!!

My thrifted blazers range in price from $3 for a vintage lace London Fog blazer to $13.30 for a wool Banana Republic blazer that could double as outerwear AND my collection includes quality labels like Lida Baday.  I’m not trying to boast about my collection, impressive though it may be!  No!  I’m trying to say that thrift stores make blazers possible for just about everyone!

With a blazer, you too could have exciting posing opportunities like me - now with my hand on the other side.  #topmodel
With a blazer, you too could have exciting posing opportunities like me – now with my hand on the other side. #topmodel

I used to think handmade pieces were somehow less valuable than manufactured clothing.  Now I know that not only are handmade pieces unique and one-of-a-kind, they also mean that your garment was not made by the monster that is fast fashion.  And even better if you THRIFT a handmade piece!  Win win for sustainable style!

On a *slightly* less noble note, this blazer also inspired me to search recipes for Asian-inspired cocktails!  I cross-checked results with ingredients I have on hand because I’m too lazy to go to the store, and I came up with the Japanese Slipper!

Fixings for the Japanese Slipper
Fixings for the Japanese Slipper

Midori is a melon liqueur with Japanese, French and Mexican roots.  I bought it a long time ago for my first “mixology party” and haven’t used much of it since.  That may change after discovering the recipe for the Japanese Slipper:

  1. Equal parts Midori, Cointreau and lemon juice
  2. Shaken with ice then strained into a glass with a cherry
  3. Sipping before your can say domo origato
Almost ready...
Almost ready…
Allllmmmoooossssttt ready....!
Allllmmmoooossssttt ready….!
Ahhhhhh!  Friday night cocktail hour begins!
Ahhhhhh! Friday night cocktail hour begins!

Don’t let the neon green colour dissuade you!  The Japanese Slipper is sweet and sour and fruity!  You don’t have to have a Japanese Slipper to wear an Asian-inspired piece, and you don’t have to find an Asian-inspired piece to sip this slipper, but they certainly complement each other!

Pretty blazer, pretty cocktail!
Pretty blazer, pretty cocktail… er, half gone by the time I snapped this photo!

2 Comments

  1. SandraAndradeBax Reply

    I discovered your blog through Blue Collar Red Lipstick, and have been reading through your blog. I share your love of blazers. They add structure to an outfit and dresses it up. I was tickled to see that we own the same blazer. I added the olive, linen blazer to my closet last month and love it. Imagine my surprise when I saw it in one of your log posts. I hope you love it as much as I do.

    • Thanks for reading!! I do love blazers and have quite a collection since starting thrifting! They have replaced cardigans as a finishing piece for me!!

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