From Beautiful Imperfection to Ingenious Madness

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From Beautiful Imperfection to Ingenious Madness

We people (not you or me but all the others ofcourse ;)) tend to strive to perfection

But as Marilyn Monroe once said: “Imperfection is beauty” she really struck lightning with that quote.

She was ever so right

We have created a society where we frighten each other with perfection targets.

And while there is nothing wrong with striving to perfection, it’s starting to get scary if it becomes a goal instead of a means.

Let’s give each other room for finding the next perfection level but don’t make it a frightening target because this will in fact create the opposite effect.

People will stop their ingenious madness which could lead to new breakthrough ideas (of which we never can have enough in this crisis-led society).

So please be forgiving in your attempt to try to control renewal.

Or even better: stop trying to control it at all; just wait and see and let innovations happen and learn from them.


Consignment Stores Finds – The Piece that No One Else Has!

Consignment Stores Finds – The Piece that No One Else Has!

Perks of a Consignment Store


Picture this: it’s the night of the black tie event that you’ve been looking forward to for months. You’ve spent hours shopping for the perfect gown, and now that you’re all dressed up, you look stunning. Excited to show off your new dress, you walk into the hall…

Only to be met by someone wearing the exact same one!

Consignment Store Perk #1 – Don’t Get Caught Wearing The Same Thing

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When you shop at non-consignment stores, like the mall or department stores, you’re buying clothes that everyone else is wearing.  At our consignment store, you’ll find items from Toronto, the United States, and even Europe…and since these consignment clothes are no longer being made, the chances that someone else will be wearing the same consignment clothing are slim to none.

Consignment Store Perk #2 – Colour Choice

It happens every year – the fashion gurus decide on the colour pallet for the season. If you don’t like it, you’re out of luck at the mall; all the non-consignment stores are carrying the same colours. In our Kitchener consignment store, all of our consignment clothing comes in a wide variety of colours, so you can find the colour that works for you – rather than the manikin.

Consignment Store Perk #3 – Create Your Own Style

There are fashion followers – and fashion leaders. When you shop at consignment stores, you can create your own style with one-of-a-kind consignment clothing. Whether you want to be a fearless trend-setter, or just add your own unique flair to the current styles, consignment stores give you options that non-consignment department stores do not. At Carousel Consignment Clothing, we’re always happy to help you find the right pieces to complete your look. Click here for our latest consignment clothing deals.


Why shop Conisignment? Designer labels. Exquisite fabric. Beautifully tailored

Designer labels. Exquisite fabric. Beautifully tailored. Initially such clothing may seem out of reach if you are sticking to your budget; however, the luxury of owning top quality clothing is possible when you shop at consignment clothing stores.

I have shopped for many years in consignment furniture stores, but it wasn’t until a few years ago that I began faithfully visiting consignment shops to bolster my wardrobe. Now, part of my 10 Style Commandments is to shop consignment before paying the full retail price at Nordstrom, Net-a-Porter, etc.
The pleasure and the struggle of shopping consignment is that it takes time to find items that work well in your closet, but when you do find that perfect pair of J. Brand jeans at $69 instead of $189, it is a feeling that rewards the fiscally smart woman, as well as the fashion lover – both of which reside within you I have a feeling.

Last week, Emma Allen of Style Sequel – owner of the fantastic online consignment store – invited me to share my thoughts and some advice on consignment. Have a look at my experiences, suggestions and thoughts on fashion.

Today, on this week’s Why Not . . . ? post, I’d like to share a handful of reasons to consider adding regular consignment shopping to your repertoire, as well as introduce an expert in consignment shopping, Emma Allen from Style Sequel who will share seven steps to have a successful consignment shopping experience.

Reasons to Shop Consignment:

1. Saves Money

While it would be wonderful to be able to hang designer items in our closets regularly, paying for them without reaching for our credit cards would be impossible for most of us; however, when you shop consignment you are able to purchase designer clothing at greatly reduced prices, helping you stay within your allotted clothing budget each month which prompts a much sounder sleep that evening.

2. Eco-Friendly

I can remember when I purchased my first pair of black Manolo Blahnik pumps which were from a consignment store in Seattle and tweeted about it to my followers. The first comment was congratulating me on being environmentally friendly, and after reading about the recently released book Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion, I am more convinced that If I can wear something that has been previously-owned but is in good condition, I am helping the environment in a small, albeit somewhat selfish, way.

3. Top Designer Items

As mentioned above, with a long list of designer fashions gathered in one store and the ability to purchase them at a reduced price, this is a fantastic way to add value to your wardrobe.

4. Better Value

Because items are reduced, you are able to buy a Diane von Furstenberg wrap dress for $99 (regularly @ $350), pumps from Yves Saint Laurent for $120 (regularly @ $400) and a Splendid top for $20 (regularly @ $75) for a total of $239 (instead of $835). So instead of barely being able to afford one item, you will be able to purchase three quality pieces to enhance your wardrobe.

5. Better Selection

The benefit of shopping at a consignment store is that you are surrounded by all of the labels in one location instead of having to pop into boutique after boutique for each individual designer. This saves you time and headaches.

6. Aids in Creating a Signature Style

At a traditional department store or boutique you are only able to purchase the current season’s styles, whereas in a consignment shop you may have multiple years of a particular season to choose from enabling you to create a unique wardrobe that cannot be duplicated as there are typically only one of each of the items in the store.

7. New Merchandise Frequently

Since customers are bringing in new consignment items daily and the shop only accepts in-season items, you will find new items to select much more frequently than in a traditional clothing store.

8. Great Service

While I’ve shopped in a handful different consignment shops (Seams to Fit in Portland, OR and Alexandra’s in Seattle are the two I have been frequenting recently with great success), I have always had wonderful customer service. They know the items and are willing to assist you in how to best wear them, etc. Typically the women and men in such stores are hardcore fashion aficionados and it shows with their genuine assistance.

9. Make Money

If you regularly include top quality items in your wardrobe and then go through your closet editing pieces that no longer work, you should consider taking your castaways to a consignment shop. If the consignment shop likes the clothes you have to sell (always bring them in cleaned and on hangers), they will put a certain percentage of the price they are going to charge as a credit on your customer file to use on your next purchase (or sometimes they will offer cash, but it is usually less than what they will credit you, so just ask).

10. Seasonal and On Trend

One thing that is helpful, is that whenever I stop in – whether it is spring, summer, fall or winter, I know that the clothing on the rack will coordinate with that particular season, and since owners and staff stay on top of the current trends, it is more likely to only find items that are plausible in the current fashion environment (aside from classics) which means there are more choices that would work in most women’s wardrobes.

11. Convenient

Not only are you able to peruse all of the designer labels in one location, but usually consignment shops aren’t in the heart of downtown, rather situated in neighborhoods and have easy to navigate parking and traffic. While I know this isn’t always the case, it tends to be they are tucked away somewhere which adds to the adventure.

Style Sequel’s 7 Golden Rules of Pre-owned Designer Shopping

Emma Allen, founder of – the place to buy and sell beautiful, authentic pre-owned designer fashion – shares her top tips for getting the most out of buying second hand fashion. As Emma says “I have a has been searching out (and selling) the best in ‘past season’ fashion for many years and for me it is much more than a job, it is a way of life”. By following a few simple steps, you too can get the absolute best out of this most rewarding of fashion pursuits.

1. Make a list of things you’d love to own as and when you spot them. If you don’t have brain like a Rolodex then make notes, tear out pages from magazines, use Pinterest – whatever you can to keep you focused and on track.

2. Make your search area as broad as possible – check eBay, dedicated re-selling sites such as ours and high street second-hand designer stores as often as you can. Sign up for style alerts and newsletters, otherwise you could miss out on the pieces your heart most desires.

3. Have an idea of what you are prepared to pay and be realistic. Yes, second-hand is cheaper, but do remember that many top end labels sell for a premium even pre-owned.

4. Make sure you really take notice of condition. Minor issues such as pilling, loose seams below the zip are very common and can easily be fixed yourself. More substantial repairs can be done by an expert, but do watch out as they can be expensive, especially on fabrics such as leather and fur.

5. If buying online check measurements and sizing. Fashion labels can have widely different sizings, even within their own label. Chanel and Christian Louboutin are renown for their small fits, whereas others such as Marni, Yohji Yamamoto and Marc Jacobs tend to be more generous.




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6. Take your time. You may not find what you want straight away, but if you keep searching you almost certainly will. Good things do indeed come to those who wait.

7. Enjoy the chase. Once you do snag your first piece you’ll be hooked.


A tremendous thank you to Emma for all of her helpful advice. I do hope you will consider stopping into your local consignment shop or must-talked about consignment store that is in your area or is discovered on your upcoming travels. After all, you never know what treasure is just waiting to be found and enjoyed.

Happy shopping


Norma Jeans’ Closet or call 250-415-7653





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To celebrate what would have been Marilyn Monroe’s 88th birthday on June 1, we remember and take inspiration from some of the greatest life quotes attributed to the Hollywood beauty.
On life…
“Fear is stupid. So are regrets.”
“Sometimes things fall apart so that better things can fall together.”
“Wanting to be someone else is a waste of the person you are.”
“It’s not too much fun to know yourself too well or think you do—everyone needs a little conceit to carry them through and past the falls.”
“A girl doesn’t need anyone that doesn’t need her.”

On success…
“If I’d observed all the rules, I’d never have got anywhere.”
“A career is wonderful, but you can’t curl up with it on a cold night.”
“Fame is like caviar, you know—it’s good to have caviar but not when you have it at every meal.”
“I don’t stop when I’m tired. I only stop when I’m done.”

On love…
“All a girl really wants from a guy is for him to prove to her that they are not all the same.”
“A woman can bring a new love to each man she loves, providing there are not too many.”
“A wise girl kisses but doesn’t love, listens but doesn’t believe, and leaves before she is left.”

On shoes…
“I don’t know who invented high heels, but all women owe him a lot.”

On feminism…
“If you spend your life competing with business men, what do you have? A bank account and ulcers!”
“I don’t mind living in a man’s world as long as I can be a woman in it.”
“A strong man doesn’t have to be dominant toward a woman. He doesn’t match his strength against a woman weak with love for him. He matches it against the world.”
“Women who seek to be equal with men lack ambition.”