Happy Halloween!

Hope everyone has a fantastic Halloween. I have a thrifty costume that I’ll be sharing but I wanted to wait until after I made my official debut. To be honest, it’s one of the simplest costumes ever, and it only cost me 50 cents. Here’s a hint :P ->

I’m going to a club tonight for Halloween (God help me) and then I have a Scrabble Tournament this weekend. One that I officially signed up for at midnight last night…

I actually can’t believe I’m going to this tournament – there were so many factors in my way. I found out at midnight that I could play because someone dropped out. I had a few hours to figure out how to a) Get transportation for both days of the tournament and b) Cover my bar shift (with virtually no other bartenders able to work)! I was working last night and I mentioned my situation to a regular customer and he said “Do what you love” and put down some money to cover transportation costs. So I thought ‘heck, now I have to go…’

I’m mentioning this because I was reminded about the importance of persistence and going after what you love. Again, if you want something – go and get it (or at least try!) The universe might surprise you :)

Have a great weekend everyone!

xoxo Martyna

#ThriftStyleThursday – Pinspired Fall Outfit + Two Year Blogiversary!

Howdy y’all! This week marks Spoolish’s Two Year Blogiversary! Sadly, I wouldn’t have even realized if WordPress hadn’t sent me a ‘Congratulations!’ reminder. I’ve been an absent blogger lately but hope I can get back in the groove of things soon. It’s just been hard to take photos and photos are very important in my posts!

Today’s Thrift Style Thursday theme is ‘Pinspired Look’. My fellow thrifty bloggers and I have recreated Pinterest looks with thrifty finds and things we already have in our closets. Thankfully, I’ve found it really easy to find great sweaters, scarves and vests at my local thrift stores. I even thrifted my all-time favorite boots!

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I was originally recreating a pin that looked a lot more like my outfit than the one above – but I couldn’t find it again :(. I’m wearing thrifted shirt,vest, and leggings. Shoes are from Spain, bag is from Winners.

Since it’s my blogiversary; I wanted to share this past year’s blog highlights:

1. Starting up Blogger Swap. Blogger Swap was a fun way for bloggers around the world to exchange packages. I hope we do a few more in the future :) See the swaps here, here and here.

2. Teaming up with Goodwill TECNO. I had a chance to work with Goodwill’s marketing coordinator and do a few posts highlighting my Goodwill finds. See them here and here.

3. Finding great penpals. Thanks to a post I did – I found myself three amazing penpals (funnily enough – they’re all from California!)

4. Ranking high on Google. I’m not sure how it happened – but sometime this year I managed to climb the SEO ladder and rank high on Google searches containing several different search terms. Don’t mean to brag or anything buuut….Google “thrifty fashion” or “thrifty outfit” or “thrifty blog”. Geez, hope it’s not just on my computer and in reality I’m in internet oblivion…:/

5. Meeting great ladies! I love all the friends I’ve met through this blog – it’s great meeting ladies with similar interests.

Thanks for reading friends!

Don’t forget to check out the other TST gals!

Buttons and Birdcages // Sandpaper Kisses //  Lipstick and Yarn

Aligator Toe // Being Zhenya // Erika’s Style Diary // Bethie the Boo

Rachel’s Lookbook // Muddy Flowers

xoxo Martyna

#ThriftStyleThursday – Sporty Chic

Today’s post has got to be laziest I’ve done to date. I blame Netflix and work. Since I have only a few minutes and only two somewhat crappy phone pics….here goes nothing:

This week’s theme is Sporty Chic and I wish I had something better for you guys but alas here’s all I got:

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I’m wearing: T-shirt – Dynamite $15, Shoes – Vans via Urban Outfitters $15, Leggings – TNA via Aritzia $22, Sweater- Joe Fresh via Value Village $5. Yes, not only does this post suck, but my outfit includes almost no thrifted clothing! I’m on a roll here…

I feel terrible, I’ll be better next time – promise! Why don’t you check out some lovely ladies that actually put some effort in:

 // Being Zhenya//Bethie the Boo // Little Did You Know//Lipstick & Yarn//Alligator Toe

xoxo, Martyna

#ThriftStyleThursday – Touch of Vintage

Happy Thrift Style Thursday! We’re back with more generalized themes! This week’s theme is vintage. I wanted to share a vintage piece I found at Goodwill for $3. It’s a floral velvet jacket that is pretty hard to style in my opinion…

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Thrift Style Thursday is about thrift shopping, but also (in my opinion) it’s about creating outfits on a budget. The only thrifted thing in my outfit is the jacket. I’m all about thrift shopping – but I also like checking out the usually expensive stores in the hopes of finding good deals. The dress is actually from American Apparel and was on sale for $15. The shoes were from Urban Outfitters for $15. Deals can be found anywhere. My knee socks are from ebay, found for $1.50. The purse is from Winners $19.  thrifted-thursday-vintage thrifty=vintage

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I’m happy to have found decent thigh-high socks for fall, can’t wait to pair them with leather boots. I’m still on the look out for socks that are even longer – have you been able to find any decently priced ones?

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Check out what the other thrifty participants are up to here.

It’s almost the weekend – my momma is coming to visit me. We might take a shopping trip across the border…stay tuned!

xoxo Martyna

Summer in October – Affordable Marshalls Dress OOTD

We have been blessed with amazing weather around these parts lately. As much as I’m ready for Fall, I’ve really appreciated this momentary summer comeback. I’ve taken full advantage and sported summery dresses all week long. I’m always excited with all the hustle and bustle that comes with the changing of the seasons – excited for new transitions and opportunities.

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Dress: Marshalls $12.99

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Thought I would sneak in one last summer outfit before the cold winds set in. Tomorrow marks the start of our new Thrift Style Thursday. We are going with broader themes that allow creativity and are more open to interpretation. If you have been following Thrift Style Thursday and would like to join, you can find our Facebook group here - we’d love to have you.

Bye bye summer..

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xoxo Martyna

 

Thrift Store Furniture – Shelving Unit REDO

When I go thrift shopping – I have a plan of attack. First, I check out the camera bin, next I scour the bric-a-brac section for vintage ephemera , then I head to the furnishings for interesting pieces. After that, I wander the entire store at a leisurely pace knowing that I’ve checked out the most important areas before fellow pickers got to them…

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I usually find some really great furniture at my local Value Village but hardly make a purchase because the prices are pretty high. Something has to be damaged, dirty or really ugly to be put out at a fair price. A few weeks ago I found this wooden shelving unit for $12 (forgot to take a proper before picture – oops). The unit looked pretty ugly and had small cabinet doors that were falling off. Since this was the cheapest thing I had found in a long time and we were in desperate need of shelving space – I thought I would give it a chance.

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I went to my local Canadian Tire to pick out a good paint. Luckily CT sells ‘sample size’ paint cans for $4.99 you can choose any color you like and it’s a decent sized paint can! I also bought white spray paint to spray a base coat (turned out it was completely unnecessary).

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After about 40 minutes of spraying and painting – my project was complete. I let the unit dry overnight and dragged it into the apartment. Although I like the look of the unit, I never intended it to look this way. My intention was to make it look rustic with lot’s of white poking through..something like this >

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So it’s a little neater and brighter than I anticipated but it’s grown on me. I’m thinking of sticking some vintage wallpaper to the back of it or painting some designs. What do you think?

I enjoyed filling the unit with vintage goodies…

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^ These vintage cans (still have the original powders inside) were bought at auction for $7. They were part of a lot that included about 25 vintage bottles and other random goodies. P.S. I smelled the cocoa powder – it smells so amazing…mmm 60 year old cocoa powder.

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^ Flowers were a housewarming gift, bottles part of the aforementioned auction lot

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^ tins both found at Value Village for under $4

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^ various thrifted pyrex

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^ flowers from Homesense

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^ sign – Value Village $4.99

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Total cost of this project was $19. I’m now on the look-out for vintage picture and window frames to turn into jewelry displays. Have you done any DIY projects with thrifted finds?

xoxo Martyna

If you want it, ask for it.

Normally, Thursdays are dedicated to Thrift Style Thursday but since we are at a crossroads and working on making TST bigger and better – I thought I would venture off with a different post today.

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As most of you know, my boyfriend and I moved to a new city in May. I now call Kingston, Ontario my home. Living in a smaller town has made me think a lot about community and how the people and the landscape make it what it is.

I consider myself a very business minded individual – I’m always thinking up business ideas and coming up with ways to make extra money. I recently had an epiphany where I realized I was getting ahead of myself. If I eventually wanted to establish myself in this city – I had to first become an integral part of the community.

Last week I reached out to a local business woman and thrifter extraordinaire and we are meeting next week to discuss how we can work together. Having someone respond so positively to me made me feel encouraged to reach out to other members of the community. My thought was “If you want something, go and get it”. That night I worked a cocktail shift and I approached my last customer of the night and asked if they could settle up. He said sure and asked me how much I would like to be tipped. I said “One hundred dollars please” and he tipped me just that.  I looked at him like he was crazy and told him I was only kidding. He said in all the years he’s been asking servers what they’d like to be tipped – not one had answered with an amount. He said it was only money and he wanted me to have it. Needless to say – that made my night.

Maybe I’m getting too symbolic here and taking things a little far – but this act of kindness perpetuated the idea that money isn’t everything. I’ve been so focused on what can make me the most money, instead of what can I do that will bring me the most happiness.  I’ve decided to take the focus off the money makin’ and put it on community involvement and doing things that make me feel fulfilled.

Thanks to the extra money I was able to make on Friday – I signed up for a Silversmithing for Beginners class at the Alchemy House. Very excited to be trying something new and meeting new people. Also excited to work in a place run by two lovely lady entrepreneurs. Gotta take my Scrabble jewelry to the next level ;).

If you’ve actually read through all this – I commend you. Is there anything you’ve done recently to help you reach one of your ultimate goals? Do you have any advice for people trying to get established in a new community?

Since this is a very text-heavy post – here’s a photo of me walking a trail with my friend’s dog Ellie. I hope Lola doesn’t mind me cheating on her…

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xoxo Martyna

#ThriftStyleThursday – Wild (mild) West

It’s that time again – Thrift Style Thursday! From what I understand, we’ll be making the themes a little more generalized starting next month so I don’t have to wear sad sad excuses for themed outfits. This week is Wild Wild West and my outfit is the least Wild (or Western) thing ever. I couldn’t think of anything but I also didn’t want to not post so let’s use our imagination shall we?

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Isn’t my puppy photogenic?

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I’m wearing – shirt value village / vest – goodwill / jeans – gift / boots – fcuk warehouse sale / bag – roxy

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We’re doing the link-up a little differently now. You can find all TST posts and participants on our Facebook Group. Stop by and see what everyone came up with :)

I have to keep this short. Its 6 a.m. and I’m blogging on a train. Time for a nap.

Xoxo Martyna

 

Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award + Chain Emails from 2003

I was invited by Justine of The Two Cent Chick to answer a few questions she came up with. Although I’m not really sure what this ‘award’ is about, I thought it would be fun to answer her questions and ask some of my own.

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The Rules are…

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you, linking back to their site.
  • Put the award logo on your blog.
  • Answer ten questions.
  • Make up ten new questions for your nominees to answer.
  • Nominate ten people

The ten questions:

1. What three pieces of clothing define your style? Jeans. Jeans, and more jeans? Honestly, right now I would have to say a loose fit t-shirt, skinny jeans and flipflops (summer) boots (fall/winter) That’s usually my go to outfit. Nothing exciting to see here…

2. What TV show can’t you get enough of? I have to admit I have a few guilty pleasures. My favorite shows at the moment are Pretty Little Liars, Orange is the New Black, True Detective, The Walking Dead and I can’t pass up an episode of Law & Order SVU if it’s on tv….

3. Which song will make you smile no matter what? Bright Eyes – First Day of My Life (but really any Bright Eyes song).

Conor Oberst is the only artist I’ve ever felt changed my life. Maybe it’s because the music is so private and personal for me. Most people haven’t heard of him and you usually wouldn’t hear him on the radio. Some of the most serendipitous moments in my life happened because his songs would come on in the least expected of times.  One specific moment comes to mind, it happened last February on my vacation to Spain. It was a rainy Sunday afternoon and everything was closed (we didn’t realize it was a Siesta for most people) the one open business was our refuge – a quaint restaurant owned by a lovely Danish man and his wife. Anyway, Sean and I had left to go for a quick walk and when we stepped back in through the doors Landlocked Blues was playing. It took me a moment to take in the situation. Hearing the song was no surprise ( I listen to Bright Eyes almost every day) but after realizing where the music was coming from – I was unbelievably happy. The owner was in the kitchen cooking and when he saw my reaction, he gave me a quick wink and nodded. I assumed Sean had put him up to it but really the guy had no idea what was going on. Turned out he had YouTube playing on his laptop and the song was just randomly chosen on a playlist. No matter the reason, it was a moment I won’t soon forget. The owner continued to play Bright Eyes for me for the rest of our stay. There are moments where I will randomly hear his music and it just brings me overwhelming joy- acting as a reminder to smile and enjoy the little things.

4. Most embarrassing moment?! Hmm. I am actually happy to say nothing specific comes to mind. Or maybe I’ve just suppressed the memories. The only thing I can think of happened my first day at a new school. I started a new highschool half way through the ninth grade. It was January and icy, I was wearing a kilt. My first class was in a portable and I guess the steps hadn’t been de-iced as of yet. I walk up to the doorway facing all my new classmates and my foot slips. I completely wipe out. I fall on my butt and my kilt lifts up for all the world to see. I had a sore butt and a sore ego for a little while after that.

5. One beauty item you cannot imagine life without? I’m not a big makeup girl but I feel like I look washed out without eyeliner. Never leave home without it.

6. Book that you’d recommend to anyone? Wuthering Heights. I don’t know what it is about it. It just left such an intense impression on me. It made me reconsider my idea of romance. I now believe that romance is tragedy. If ain’t tragic – it ain’t romantic. On a lighter note, I thoroughly enjoyed all of Marian Keyes books!

7. What’s something you achieved on/because of your blog that you never thought was possible? Commitment. I’ve never stuck with a project before. This is the first time I’ve worked on something this long term. (Other than my current relationship :) )

8. What blogger(s) would you love to meet in real life? All my TST gals! I say we do a get together…in Hawaii? But really. I don’t follow any big bloggers so to speak so anyone that I think would make a cool friend and thrifting/photoshoot buddy.

9. Favorite fall fashion item? Leather boots. They instantly make any outfit.

10. Who’s your celebrity style crush? Currently, Shay Mitchell. May just be because I’m obsessed with PLL..but she’s smoking hot and always looks effortlessly beautiful.

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I nominate:

Oonaballoona

North Story

Look What I Made

Pauper To Princess

Nuttier Than Nutella

The rest of the ladies I wanted to nominate are TST girls who were already nominated by Justine – maybe you guys could answer both our questions -hmm?

My Questions:

1. What were the last three things you watched on Netflix. (If you don’t have Netflix- what was the last thing you streamed?)

2. Is there something you once disliked about yourself that you now embrace?

3. If you were a celebrity in a past life – who do you think you’d be?

4. What’s the strangest (or most useless) talent you have?

5. If you had your own fashion line – what would it be called?

6. How long (on average) does it take you to get ready in the morning?

7. If there was one thing you could tell the 17 year old you – what would it be?

8. What is your pet peeve?

9. Name a time that you did something completely out of your comfort zone.

10. What is a blog goal you hope to reach?

P.S. (As if this post wasn’t long enough) -Looking over these questions made me reminisce about Hotmail chain letters circa 2002. Remember the ones? Where you had to answer 100 questions about the person that sent it to you and then forward it to all your friends? It was all really a ruse to see what your crush thought of you.

P.P.S. I may have just spent the last 20 minutes looking through my emails from 10 years ago. I’m in a permanent state of cringe.

Also, I found this gem just now, friends and I ‘at the mall’ 11 years ago.

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P.P.P.S Isn’t crazy that email has been around for over 10 years?

P.P.P…okay I’ll stop.

To everything – turn, turn, turn

Summer is (just about) over. I’ve been anxious the last few weeks about summer ending. I felt like I didn’t do enough, that I missed opportunities and will now have to wait another year to do the things I’ve wanted to. The funny thing is, I’ve been mourning the end of summer while it’s still summer. This past week I decided to live it up as much as possible. I went swimming three days in a row (rain or shine!) and spent as much time outside as I could. I now feel slightly better about the situation – bring it on Fall. 

After a solid seven hours in the sun yesterday, I welcomed this overcast Saturday. I’m ready to tuck away the shorts and bring out the wool sweaters, leggings, boots and scarves. What are you excited to wear?

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Sweater – The Bay $6//Jeans – Winners $7//Shoes – Joe Fresh -$10// Purse – Winners $30

xoxo Martyna