Tanlines, Tears and Thrifting

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Dress? Thrifted Shoes? Kate Spade, thrifted Clutch? Thrifted Bracelets? Crazy lady at The Ex

I really like this dress. That made it an excellent choice for the thrift edition of EBEW. However, I think I may have asked too much from this dress.

It wasn't enough that it was a classic, silk, leopard print, wrap dress that I bought during the 50% sale at Value Village... I expected the dress to give me the gift of grace and poise as well. Maybe because I caught a glimpse of myself in the mirror (whatever, I was actually staring, not glimpsing...) and thought for a second that I was a blonde Kate Middleton. All that fanciful thinking of grace, poise and Kate Middleton did me no good on this particular day because I let my emotions get the better of me in a frustrating moment and I broke down in a fit of tears. And then I cried some more because I was embarrassed that I was even crying in the first place. It was an cycle of weeping, really. A thrifted dress, no matter how excellent, has no control over my tear ducts.


And while I have no grace and poise like Kendi's imaginary friend Kate, we do both face wardrobe malfunctions from the wind. The one without tanlines is the princess and the one with tanlines (I know... they kill me too) is the landscaper. In case you couldn't tell who was who...


Lenore @ Lather. Write. Repeat. said...

Ha ha, you post made me laugh out loud! (I refuse to do that LOL thing...) You look fab in that dress, although a little hot! Our Manitoba heat wave is headed your Ontario way...


LyddieGal said...

You could have fooled me, if you said you were as elegant as the princess in that dress I would have believed you.

And oh, what a find that dress was! it looks like a dream.

'Tia said...

Love the dress! I'm a sucker for animal prints!!!

ashleyavd said...

Ah, the all-too-familiar cycle of weeping!! You look fantastic, I'm in Toronto and I haven't found any good thifts like these yet!

Frannie Pantz said...

You could never tell that you were not as graceful as Kate in this dress. I have a thrifted leopard print wrap dress too. I thought of wearing it today for this challenge but remembered that it is a dress that requires cleavage (which I don't have) and a workplace where I could sport said necessary and imaginary cleavage . . . Hmmmm . . ..

This wrap dress is amazing on you! I think you could do a better job of sporting it than the princess even! *gasp* I know . . . Just sayin . . . Jeez!

FutureLint said...

Beautiful dress and I LOVE the heels and clutch! Ugh, I hate frustration crying... it is the worst of all the cryings I think... I'd take sad or pain tears any day over frustrated ones. Hope everything is better by now!

Genny said...

Don't worry - I'm pretty sure Kate gets her tanline-less legs from wearing pantyhose with her dresses. There are some things that make me glad I'm NOT a princess!

Anjela said...

Love that dress! Have admired it for as long as I've made your blog a frequent visit-it's such an awesome purchase!
and I agree with the earlier comment-I bet Kate's tan-lines are just well hidden by the nude pantyhose! it's a trick!;))

amanda said...

you could totally kick kate's untanned ass! just sayin. and i typically sport similar tanlines from running. those things are a BEAR to get rid of! and girl you have all the poise and grace this world has to offer :)

Gracey said...

Your leopard dress is lovely. And don't worry, I love me some Kate Middleton, but she's got nothin' on you.

Anonymous said...

That wrap dress looks beauitful on you, love the pop of pink!

Cess O. <3 The Outfit Diaries

Nadine said...

The pair of you need to start wearing slips.
Love, your Nana xoxo

Hazel said...

Hello, I found your blog through Please May I? This post really made me chuckle :-)
Consider me a new follower.

Brooke said...

Awesome dress! Just recently found your blog and love it!

You're not alone, I've had several a cycle of weeping, it sucks but don't worry happens to the best of us :)

Grace Marie said...

I think you have the besting thrifting finds in the universe!!

haha always love your posts

Tammy said...

You are funny too! The dress is beautiful. I'm a sucker for leopard!
I wouldn't worry about the tan lines.
With those gams nobody is going to notice!

One Cute Mom said...

what a fab dress!

Rochelle said...

You look great! Love your outfit for the EBEW thrift edition!

newpetite said...

I love silk! And Silk + Animal print combo is like heaven on earth!! You look gorgeous!

WendyB said...

LOVE the dress.

Anonymous said...

It's a gorgeous dress. Methinks that a tiny little weight, sewed inside the front wrap in the hem might solve the malfunctions...and the tears.

Meagan said...

Those are the cutest photos ever. Think about linking up some of your great thrifted finds on my blog sometime. I host a photo thrifting link up every Thursday!

thatdamngreendress said...

dang it- leopard print dresses are definitely hotter than zebra print- what was I thinking?

Thankfully you've got those cooler-than-cool glasses to hide any weaknesses!

Kandi-STYLE said...

That dress! :-)

Kandi-STYLE said...

That dress! :-)

Leah said...

The leopard print with the pink clutch is an amazing combination! I love it!

xo L.

Bri said...

You are hilarious, I still think you look stunning in this dress and you're clutch is a great pop of color!

Kerissa said...

I'm certain you were the most beautiful crying landscaper today on earth. This dress is fantastic! The clutch is fantastic! This post is super fantastic! Love :))

Tiffany said...

Silk leopard print wrap dress ARE YOU KIDDING ME?! Is there anything more perfect and classic? No. You look amazing- love that last pic. Yow, show some leg, lady! And tan lines only show how TAN you are, of course.

Anonymous said...

I read "give me the gift of grace" and I knew there was going to be a good pic.

Cassi said...

Your thrift finds kill me. I'm still searching for that perfect silk shirt - or just one that somewhat fits!

And yeah, I want to be Princess Kate. Or just be a princess. And look like her. With her perfect flubs. Though I'd take yours in a heartbeat. At least you have a fab tan :)

Anonymous said...

I'm totally crushing on your leopard dress - what a fab find!

briannelee said...

Love love love this outfit! The dress is amazing and so flattering. So jealous of that clutch!

sisters4saymoreismore said...

i CANNOT believe you thrifted that amazing dress!!!! seriously!!! did you alter it? it fits perfectly!


Natbeesfashion said...

I love your purse!The colour and texture!!!
Also I had no idea of that picture of kate with your dress...;)

Blue said...

While the wind can be a wardrobe issue, I also think the way it moves clothes can pretty much enhance every picture...

guildedsecret. said...

...and i thought i was jealous of your last outfit.... wardrobe malfunction behind you i'm OBSESSED with this find...

with love,

MissRockwell said...

No need to cry Miss. You look more than amazing. Great thrifted pieces. That dress has me swooning!


Catherine said...

I love your leopard wrap dress! I've been searching desperately for one desperately! and you look amazing, I understand the feeling when a good cry can workk wonders of make you feel like an idiot! Love reading your blog!

Sherry said...

You look GREAT in this leopard dress! And Kate has NOTHING on you! You are gorgeous and should embrace what is "you". Thinking good thoughts your way! Cheers!

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