2013-02-19

It Seams I'm Weak

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Jacket? Reaction, Kenneth Cole* Skirt? Donna Karan, thrifted (yes, this is my ultimate find)
Boots? Aldo  

I don't go to Winners (U.S. translation: T.J. Maxx) as much as I used to. After I wrote my shopaholic's post, I've really put an effort into shopping with intention, instead of emotion. I still let myself go a little crazy at the thrift store but I am much better at recognizing and curbing the constant need to shop. I'm probably always going to shop more than the average person, I just don't want it to be some reckless activity anymore.
That said, despite the progress I've made, I realize that all my best intentions come crashing down when I set foot in either Winners or Holt Renfrew Last Call (U.S. translation: Off Saks). I can look you in the eye as I open the door to enter the store and tell you that I won't buy anything because I have no money, and then 30 minutes later I am in the change room with a haul of discounted Maison Scotch, convincing you that if I just buy these things I will be sooooo good for a week, a month, a year...
The other day I had to run an errand for someone at Winners and from the 'safety' of the mens' section, I could just spot the end-of-season sale racks in their glorious mess. Now, the only thing I love more than Winners, is Winners during the end of season sale. They cram everything together and there is a lot of junk and broken things but there are also deeply discounted hidden treasures (these boots for example). And so, I broke down and I went back a few days later, brought a giant arm load of clothes into the change room and after thinking it through, I went home with this jacket.
I lost this round to my shopaholic self, but the cobalt colour and perfect seams make me feel like I actually won...



* I can't find this blazer online but there were still a size 6 and a size 10 (I'm wearing a size 8) to be found on the end of season sale racks at the Ancaster Winners... a.k.a. the best Winners of life. Insider secrets right there...

32 comments :

Sofia H. said...

That jacket is amazeballs!

Catherine S. said...

That is quite a great jacket indeed! Great find! You have such a great eye!

Sue @ A Colourful Canvas said...

I was thinking maybe sewing or alterations...but this stellar jacket is completely worthy of the post! You look gorgeous; almost an earlier era, but oh so now.

Probably not your intention, but I'm off to Winners now.


Sue xo

CodeOverdressed said...

Love the color of your jacket, suits you beautifully! I feel you about shopping for emotion, I should definitely learn a lot from you!

Cee. ♥

Natalie said...

The jacket is absolutely gorgeous and I'm happy you got it! I love Winners for the great finds, but I often get frustrated (and in the winter, so very hot!) and if you find something but it's not in the right size, it's so frustrating!

Leisha Salmonatural said...

I l am in love with that shade of blue the detail in the back such niceness♥

Kimberly said...

That jacket is amazing and definitely worth giving into your shopaholic side for!

Stella said...

That color is glorious. I, too, have made an effort to control my shopping, and I've done pretty good, for the most part. Except when the SA has a sale. :/

Suzanne Carillo Style Files said...

Cobalt blue is so hot right now. I can see why you couldn't leave it behind.

If you find a true cure for the shopaholic addiction let me know. I think I need an intervention.

bisous
Suzanne

Consider Me Lovely said...

That jacket is divine!!!

newpetite said...

That is one awesome jacket! Love it!

Mrs C said...

The slim jacket looks so good and the color.. sigh! Aldo has some nice stuffs, hasn't it?

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Rachel Lynne said...

Such a cute pencil skirt and blazer! You look sexy in a professional way :)

Kendall said...

This jacket is fabulous - and definitely worthy of breaking down and purchasing something :)
xo Kendall
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Jennifer said...

That blazer looks so good on you!

xo Jennifer

http://seekingstyleblog.wordpress.com

Terri said...

Shopping is such a fabulous addiction, right!? That blazer is pretty amazing, though, so I say it's worth it!

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Cindy M said...

Darling Jentine, you did not "lose this round." Your shopaholic self would have bought the whole armload - hook, line, and sinker. You talked yourself down to one item you really loved. That is definitely success.

Lauren said...

Awesome outfit! Such a great and sophisticated business look. Loving the cobalt blazer! xo

Franziska said...

I just read your shopoholics post and I might as well have written that. It was always about finding the next best thing to "complete" a look except it always ended up that nothing worked at all. I think I've definitely worked on curbing those "MUST. BUY. IT. ALL" feelings but every once in a while I wish I could be as reckless as I used to be.

Alicia said...

Such a cute look! And it looks slippery out there- kudos to you for managing to take nice pics!

Great post! I’m now following you =)
Alicia
Lattes & Lacee

gleeps said...

You found the perfect mate for your perfect skirt! You look stunning!

Gwen said...

Got to agree with Cynthia M here - to me it actually reads like you shopped with intention because you whittled it down to buying just that blazer. So your resolution doesn't appear to have been broken at all to me! :)

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T said...

Winners is soooooooo much better than TJ Maxx. Did a lot of damage there recently. I love Canada.

Heather K. said...

Love this look. So profRESH. #Winning

QuarkStyle said...

Love the intention vs emotion attitude. Girl you got sass!!

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Jane said...

I actually really love reading you talk about your shopaholic-ness because I am SO THE SAME. The only way I don't spend money is sadly not going in the store. I am not even safe at the grocery store because of joe fresh.

And then I think about the ridiculousness of consumerism but the next time I fall prey to a pretty jacket or cool boots. Or zebra sweater marked down from $129 to $30 from Club Monaco...

Laura said...

That jacket looks so great on you! Also, every time you wear that skirt, I freak out, suppress my green eyed monster, and then want to go thrifting right now, even though it is 10:31pm and that would result in breaking and entering. Might be worth it. :P

xoxo,
Laura
http://lauraisthriftingthroughlife.blogspot.com/

Lucy said...

I love the structure of the jacket--you look great!

TJMaxx is my downfall as well--their clearance prices have been out of this world lately. I just recently picked up a gorgeous Cynthia Steffe dress for a mere 20 bucks. I have very little self control when faced with steals like that. :P

Petite Adventures said...

Your blazer is stunning! The colour is fantastic (my fave) and the cut is so unique! You look great!

Kate xo petite-adventures.blogspot.ca