I am quite blessed to have amazing friendships – the kind of friends that stand the test of time!  We don’t see each other as often as we wish, but when we do, it’s like no time has passed!  That’s what it’s like with Jodi and Audrey!  These two lovely ladies were my Speech Language Pathologist colleagues in my very first real OT job back in 2002!  They taught me so much about therapy, work ethic and above all, passion for what you do.  I would not be who I am today without them!  And with that introduction, I was obviously thrilled to have an evening last weekend with two of my most favourite people doing some of my most favourite things – a thrifting and theatre date!

Eh hem, it goes without saying, there was also WINE and great food!
Eh hem, it goes without saying, there was also WINE and great food!

Before dining, we met at Goodwill because girlz got priorities!  It was an interesting experience…  Let’s start with Jodi.  I know Jodi’s wardrobe fairly well having spent some time helping her shop her closet last summer.  Despite my wise thrifting counsel otherwise, Jodi thought she needed only one piece from each section to try on – and after discovering her one dress had a tear, she learned an important lesson: Nicole is (almost) always right – at least when it comes to thrifting!  She also uttered words which seemed like a foreign language to me – “I’m good with just one pair of shoes.”  I couldn’t comprehend what she was talking about given the several fab pairs that fit her???   She did walk away with 2 pairs including Miz Mooz brown pumps in perfect condition – good thing I was there to pressure her into that.  She found some other pieces…

Jodi-style tunic and boot cut denim!
Jodi-style tunic and boot cut denim!
And another piece that IS NOT A DRESS on any age.  But we agreed it would make another cute tunic top AND it has pockets.
And another piece that IS NOT A DRESS on any age. But we agreed it would make another cute tunic top AND it has pockets.
Jodi humoured me by trying on this kimono that I loved (too small for me wah) but it was so not her style, it was awkward to see.  I was projecting, Jodi, sorry!
Jodi humoured me by trying on this kimono that I loved (too small for me wah) but it was so not her style, it was awkward to witness. I was projecting, Jodi, sorry!

Now, about Audrey.  I love Audrey and it was cute how she thought she could get away with buying pet carriers and scarves.  Nice try, Audrey.  I chose out a few pieces for me to force her to try on and *of course* there were a few winners!

Fab striped top - worked perfectly with all the scarves she picked out and will be a closet staple, I guarantee.  I believe she's uttering the words, "You are SO right, Nicole," right then! xoxo
Fab striped top – worked perfectly with all the scarves she picked out and will be a closet staple, I guarantee. I believe she’s uttering the words, “You are SO right, Nicole!”  
Blues and olives look amazing on Audrey, who is a also a talented artist when she can find the time.  This print reminded me of her stained glass creations and will work in the winter with tights or leggings and a cardi, and in the summer as is.
Blues and olives look amazing on Audrey, who is also a talented artist when she can find the time. This print reminded me of her stained glass creations and will work in the winter with tights or leggings and a cardi, and in the summer as is.
And my fave piece, a basic black jersey tunic.  The shoulder slits (??) add interest.  This piece is super versatile.
And my fave piece, a basic black jersey tunic. The shoulder slits (??) add interest. This piece is super versatile.  Her expression here is saying, “You are right again Nicole.  Thank you from the bottom of my heart for forcing me to try stuff on.”  Any time, Audrey, any time. 
Also worked with her scarves!
Also worked with her scarves!  Just to clarify, you can wear black and brown together.  
Whaddya know?!  A pet carrier makes a handy shopping bag!
Whaddya know?! A pet carrier makes a handy shopping bag!

As for me, I *of course* found a few pieces…

Miz Mooz perfect-condition brown flats for $10!!!  I'm hoping they'll be comfortable on my post-op foot, but obv I couldn't leave them behind!  I actually HAVE been looking for brown flats.
Miz Mooz perfect-condition brown flats for $10!!! I’m hoping they’ll be comfortable on my post-op foot, but obv I couldn’t leave them behind! I actually HAVE been looking for brown flats.
I have also been hunting for a pair of navy pumps...
I have also been hunting for a pair of navy pumps…
SALVATORE FERRAGAMO NAVY PUMPS FOR $5!!!!  (It was 50% off blue tags)
SALVATORE FERRAGAMO NAVY PUMPS FOR $5!!!! (It was 50% off blue tags)
Demonstrating my extremely mature decision-making, I left these mustard Miz Mooz behind because they were $16 and slightly too big.  It hurt me to do it, but my new Ferragamo's consoled me.
Demonstrating my extremely mature decision-making, I left these mustard Miz Mooz behind because they were $16 and slightly too big. It hurt me to do it, but my new Ferragamo’s consoled me.
I have also been hunting for jammies FOR-EVAH and found this lovely blue-tag night shirt for $3!
I have also been hunting for jammies FOR-EVAH and found this lovely blue-tag night-shirt for $3!
In other display of maturity, and breaking the cardinal rule of #noanthroleftbehind, I left this Lilka dress behind.  It was a bit worn and the boob-area was weird.  The fabric didn't know where to go.  Seeing the picture, I'm a little sad, especially because it had pockets.  If it had been blue tag, I wouldn't be wondering what to wear to work tomorrow.  Sigh.  #whyislifesohard
In another display of maturity, and breaking the cardinal rule of #noanthroleftbehind, I left this Lilka dress behind. It was a bit worn and the boob-area was weird. The fabric didn’t know where to go. Seeing the picture, I’m a little sad, especially because it had pockets. If it had been a blue tag item, I wouldn’t be wondering what to wear to work tomorrow. Sigh. #whyislifesohard

I also scored a pair of brown culottes but neglected to get a photo, however, I must note that I have also been hunting for brown bottoms for a while.  Therefore, all my purchases were very reasonable.  So there.  Now, while waiting for my gals to change, I snapped a shot of my ensemble for the evening…

Hugo Boss dress $8, Clarks booties $10 plus She Does Create pendant and my new teal Flatter:Me belt which I adore!
Hugo Boss dress $8, Clarks booties $10 plus She Does Create pendant and my new teal Flatter:Me belt which I adore!
These tights are pretty cool too - handmedowns from my sis!
These tights are pretty cool too – handmedowns from my sis!

After the very successful Goodwill thrift stop, we headed to Guru for dinner and had fab food and excellent service then it was off to the Citadel to see “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime.”  There is still time to catch the play until October 9th and I would highly recommend it.  If you haven’t read the book, it is a poignant story about a teen with Autism and his relationships with his parents and neighbours.

Loved the set.
Loved the set – we were front row!
And here's an illegal photo AFTER the play was finished.  I was quite impressed by Edmund Stapleton's performance of 15yo Christopher Boone.  In fact, I think the play gave a great glimpse of what it must be like to be autistic, and the impact on families.  As therapists who support families of children with ASD everyday, Jodi, Audrey and I found it all too true and bittersweet.
And here’s an “illegal” photo AFTER the play was finished. I was impressed by Edmund Stapleton’s portrayal of 15-year-old Christopher Boone. In fact, I think the play gave an accurate glimpse of what it must be like to be autistic, and the impact on families. As therapists who support children with ASD and their families everyday, Jodi, Audrey and I found it all too true and bittersweet.  I was moved to tears more than once.

Thanks Jodi and Audrey for the perfect Saturday night!  Let’s make it happen again soon!!

Forcing friends to thrift, be on my blog and take selfies with me since 2012. xoxo
Forcing friends to thrift, be on my blog and take selfies with me since 2012. xoxo

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