Second-Hand September, falling down the netflix rabbit hole, 90s nostalgia and more.
As you may know if you’ve been following along on social media, I committed to Secondhand September this month. This means I am not buying any new clothing, shoes or bags that are not vintage or consignment. What started out as a way to avoid spending all my money on fashion week trends ended up being an almost no spend month. Instead I’ve restyled clothes from my own closet (as well as occasionally borrowing some from my sisters). Though I’ve not spent much money this month, in the course of my research I did stumble across an intriguing new consignment service called Material World. It’s a subscription-based box in which once a month you receive five pre-owned designer items that you either keep and pay for or return (Free shipping both ways- magic to my ears). You pay a 29$ styling fee that is deducted from the price of any item you keep. I’m adding it to my list of sustainable fashion services to give a go. The quiz they use to determine your style is super comprehensive so I don’t doubt that you would get some real treasures at affordable consignment prices! Saving money and the planet while being stylish? Sign me up!
2. Working Moms
You know the stereotype that Canadians are sugar, spice and would say sorry to a tree if they bumped into it? Well throw that out the window with this raunchy, irreverent and potty mouthed comedy series Working Moms. It’s not one for the faint of heart, but it’s hilarious. With episodes clocking in at just over twenty minutes, it’s the perfect show to watch as you stretch after working out, or on your commute. Warning: it will make you laugh so hard your airpods will fall out, and people might give you some serious side eye. But if you’re looking for a boost of serotonin, this show can’t be beat!
I’ve recently become completely addicted to podcasts. So far I’ve focused on current events, women in business, pop culture and creative entrepreneurs and influencers. One of my favorites is Trove Influencer Business run by Rich Scudellari and Mary Orton. A husband and wife team, he has a background in investment, and she also worked in finance before founding the fashion and lifestyle blog Memorandum, whose roots in workwear and classic style made it an internet phenomenon. From hiring, to photo copyright protection, to storytelling and building community, the podcast covers a whole range of business decisions that go into the modern influencer industry. Each episode is interview style with guest influencers, editors, photographers and brand managers. My favorite so far has been Blair Eadie of Atlantic Pacific’s insights into building a brand and an expertise. If you’re looking to grow your following into an honest to goodness BIZ-NESS then Trove truly is an influencer business bible. It’s also a great podcast if you’re just a bit curious about this fledgling and sometimes mysterious industry.
4. The Barely There Strappy Sandal
The 90s are calling, and they know you stole their shoes! Or more accurately I stole these perfectly strappy black sandals from my mother’s closet. Think full-on 90s nostalgia: the Spice Girls, Friends and Kate Moss. The barely-there, strappy, square-toed sandal has been on trend all summer and now I think they made a perfect transition heel with denim, corduroy, wool and leather. Think mom jeans and a long sleeve, semi-sheer top, or a slip dress, giant oversized cardigan and a micro-bag. There are a few weeks left before we have to hide our toes for the whole winter so we should take advantage of the sexiest shoe since Louboutin started painting things red.
There’s nothing that says seasonal to me quite like scent. While I adore many different brands, there’s something about Jo Malone’s versatile, botanical-based colognes that bring me back again and again. I love to wear their Blackberry and Bay or Wood Sage and Sea Salt colognes but their latest launch has drawn my eye. Or should I say my nose? Jo Malone’s Poppy and Barley is the perfect scent to transport you into Autumn, with its rich harvest notes of woody barley, crisp blackcurrent and floral poppy. Jo Malone’s scents are designed to be layered to create a unique personal combination, they suggest pairing Poppy and Barley with the fresh Wood Sage and Sea Salt or the sensuous Myrrh and Tonka. If anyone needs me, I’ll be sniffing samples at the Jo Malone counter.