Consignment & Thrift Finds: Autumn 2017

In case you couldn’t tell by my blog name: I’m a huge fan of saving a quick dollar. Unfortunately, I’m also a huge fan of shopping.

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I’ve been into second hand thrifting for a while now, but let’s face it– as much as I like wading through piles of discards to find a real treasure it can get a little tiresome.

Enter: the utopia that is the Consignment Store.

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The beauty of the Consignment Store is that someone has already done the digging for you– meaning that your pieces are still second-hand, but they’re in good enough condition that they can be resold. In other words– you’re getting a high quality, low price second hand item.

Because inventory turn-over can be pretty quick in the second hand business, I try to hit up my local Thrift, Resale, and Consignment Stores about twice a month. Here are my best finds for September!


Betsy Johnson Bag:

  • Retails for: $128
  • Purchased for: $45

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Perhaps one of my favourite finds to date is this Betsy Johnson bag. I pretty much fell in love with Betsy’s signature heart stitching and bow detailing. It was originally priced at $55 dollars, but I managed to talk the sales girl into giving me an additional 10 bucks off due to a missing shoulder strap. Found at: Red Pony Consignment in Edmonton.


Michael Kors Rosegold Watch

  • Retails for: $335
  • Purchased for: $90

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I’ve always been a sucker for rosegold on anyone else, and when I saw this watch I literally couldn’t resist. Although the watch has a slightly scratched face and desperately needs a new battery, one quick google told me that it was worth it– no need to haggle with this one. Found at: Peacock Boutique Consignment in Calgary.


Random Stallion Sweater

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  • Purchased for: $8.99

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This purchase is 100% random and probably the riskiest on this list, but let me explain– I’ve always loved a thick, woollen sweater with animal detailing for autumn, and a piece like this would be perfect for into the holidays. Although this sweater has no labelling (which leads me to suspect it was made by someone’s very talented grandmother or was stolen from a sweatshop) I’ve decided it’s worth its weight in sentimental gold. Found at: Value Village off Whyte in Edmonton.


Forever 21 Necklace

  • Retails for: $11.99
  • Purchased for: $2.99

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Although this is another VV find, this one is a lot less sketchy. This piece is actually an exact dupe of a necklace I loved but accidentally gave away inside the pocket of an old Matt and Nat bag during an unfortunate donation incident some 3 years ago. Hell, for all I know it’s the exact same necklace. Found at: Value Village off Whyte in Edmonton.


Aritzia Plaid Blouse

  • Retails for: $65
  • Purchased for: $12.99

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In case you couldn’t tell by this post, I’m obsessed with this plaid blouse. It’s pretty much the perfect go-to piece for any fall outfit, and since acquiring it it’s pretty much haunted my instagram posts and snapchat stories. And with over $40 dollars off the original price– can I get a hell yes? Found at: Velour Clothing Exchange in Calgary.

What do you think, Broke Babes? Love it? Hate it? Want to share your own fab finds?

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Outfit Update: Autumn Vibes

Hey Broke Babes! This week has been one of the craziest since I’ve returned from Kananaskis.

I swear I’ve spent about half my time running around the city doing errands, fixing up my car, catching up with friends and family, unpacking, and taking photos for the relaunch of my website.

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I know. I’m tired just thinking about it.

I haven’t really had much time to spend thinking about what I’m going to wear– lucky for me I’ve found the perfect outfit to wear day in and day out during this hectic time!

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Other than my standard denim, this outfit features two new pieces that I’m absolutely in love with: first, this awesome brown leather jacket that I scored from Forever 21 for only $24.99 (with similar styles featured here, here, and here. Click the affiliate links to shop!) The other is a vintage Aritzia plaid top that I found for only $12.99 in Calgary’s Velour Vintage Consignment store. So cute for fall, and I love the way the plaid’s colors play in different light!

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Minimal Mountain Beauty Hacks: What I Learned From a Summer in the Rockies

Hey Broke Babes! Guess who’s home?

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Well Babes, it was a long hot summer in the mountains. I feel like I could probably write 10,000 words telling you guys everything but let’s get real– this is a beauty and style blog.

But here’s the thing about beauty and style in the mountains: there isn’t a whole lot of it. I rolled into Kananaskis with one suitcase full of push up bras and another full of 20 different shades of red lipstick and let me tell you– I didn’t wear either of them.

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Yes, I know. Shocker.

In many ways mountain beauty is the most minimal form of style I’ve ever experienced. Women up there still want to look and feel beautiful, but the fact of the matter is that there’s only so much time you can spend looking in a mirror before you start missing out on campfires, early morning hikes, and midnight skinny dipping. Beauty and style in the mountains is done to a minimum, with importance placed on products that are durable, long lasting, and offer a whole range of uses.

Let’s face it, I’m always going to be a bit of a city girl. But after a whole summer of immersing myself in what can only be called “dirty mountain livin'” I’ve emerged with some of the most genius beauty hacks I’ve ever encountered. And even better? I’m going to share them with you.


Minimal Mountain Hack #1: Setting Spray and Powder

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If you aren’t already using setting spray, you’re doing your makeup wrong. Much like hairspray, one spritz from this little magic bottle will keep your face in place and fresh throughout a whole day of wear. While back home I would spray my face with matte setting spray and then apply translucent setting powder to my oilier areas (tip of the nose, between my brows, chin) my mountain babes taught me better.

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There is a lot of setting spray holding us together.

After finishing a full face of makeup, spray your face with dewy setting spray and allow to dry. Then, gently pat translucent setting powder onto areas where makeup is most likely to run (under the eyes, around the lips and nose, etc.) Then spritz matte setting spray over the entire face, allow to dry, and finish with another round of setting powder.

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My faves are the NYX Professional Makeup Dewy Finish Setting Spray and the NYX Professional Makeup Matte Finish Setting Spray. Click the affiliate links to shop!


Minimal Mountain Hack #2: Vaseline

If we are talking about wonder products, Vaseline might just take the cake as one of the best to have in your makeup bag.

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This was a 6 hour hike. Inside my bag is 3 litres of water, a cliff bar, and Vaseline.

Basically, Vaseline is awesome. It can be used to smooth ragged cuticles, soften callouses, and quench dry hands; it can be swiped over lips as a gloss, and rubbed on the ends of hair to camouflage split ends; it can be dabbed on cheeks, collar bones, and the inner corners of eyes as a highlight; it can be rubbed on lashes to imitate mascara, swiped on brows to tame them, and dabbed over the entire face to remove makeup; it can be scoured on shoes to polish them, mixed with sugar to create a body scrub, and swiped over the blades of your razor to prevent rusting. And that’s just the few I can remember off the top of my head.

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Long story short: this is a product you will want in your bag in the event of a global apocalypse.


Minimal Mountain Hack #3: Braids

More than once during my time in Kananaskis I was faced with the following challenge: I worked the 9-5 shift, but we were driving into the city at 6.

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More often than not it was a 1 hour drive for McDonalds, but still. You gotta look good for those city boys.

Rather than face a night of flat hair, my mountain babes and I rehashed this old trick of my mothers: shower in the morning (or hey, even the night before if you’re extra lazy) and braid your hair before continuing on your way. Then, simply unwrap your braids and finger comb before teasing your roots. Voila!

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I know, pretty basic. The trick? To keep my waves beachy rather than scrunchy, I sprayed salt spray into both the ends and roots of my hair prior to braiding. I also unwrapped my braids when my hair was about 80% dry (read: the outsides of the braids were dry, but the pieces woven together were still barely damp) and gave them a final spritz of salt spray before driving off into the sunset.

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Check out some of my favourite Beach and Salt Sprays: Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray, Bumble and Bumble Foam Blow Dry Spray, and Got 2 B Kinkier Gloss n’ Define Curling Spray Gel! Click the affiliate links to shop!


Mountain Hack #4: Lip Stains

Let’s face it: between all the sweat and smudging, lipstick has no place in the mountains.

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This might have normally been blasphemy for me, but this summer I discovered the joys of lip stains. Unlike traditional lipsticks that need product built up on the surface to show pigment, lip stains actually stick to skin and stay intact for up to 8 hours, regardless of reapplication.

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Two girls, one lip stain.

(P.S– Worried about dryness? Swipe some Vaseline on before you apply!)


Mountain Hack #5: DIY Dry Shampoo

Mountain babes get dirty and sweaty on their best days, and between work and hiking there wasn’t always time for a shower before going out. Even worse, I was in a fix when I realized I was out of my favourite dry-shampoo before the summer was even half over.

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Luckily for me I was surrounded by a bunch of women who were more resourceful and fearless than I had thus far dared to be, which meant some pretty creative fixes for my greasy strands.

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Low and behold: the weirdest thing I am now taking with me everywhere. Click the affiliate link to shop!

It was a trial and error process but we discovered something: depending on your hair colour, almost any powdered product in your pantry can revive your hair in a matter of seconds. For blondes, I recommend baby powder or corn starch, and for brunettes coco powder. Simple sprinkle on your scalp, massage in, and go!

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Yeah, whatever, I know it’s weird. But you gotta do what you gotta do!


What do you think, Broke Babes? Love it? Hate it? Have some minimal beauty hacks you want to share?

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Life Update: May 2017

By now my inbox is full of questions: “Where have you been?” “When are you going to post this month’s Book Clubbin’?” “Is this the end of Bankrupt Beauty?”

Okay, okay. I owe you all an explanation.

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The last few weeks have been incredibly exciting for me– I wrapped up my final exams, finished school, and am now only weeks away from cross the stage and finally becoming a certified University Graduate. It’s probably not surprising that I’ve been a little MIA.

 

BUT– I have some amazing news. This summer I’ve accepted a position maintaining camp facilities deep within the Kananaskis countryside. While this means a full summer of hiking, lounging on the beach, and partying…. This also means no internet or cell service.

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Which means– you guessed it– a temporary break from Bankrupt Beauty.

This was a really hard decision to make, but I’ve decided that spending June through October completely unplugged is something that I need to do. Being a blogger and remaining constantly online is mentally and emotional exhausting, and even the few months I’ve been doing it have taken its toll. I’m really looking forward to engaging in the real world, making awesome connections with other people, and furthering my career somewhere outside of Edmonton.

On the odd chance I get an internet connection down there I’m going to try to keep you guys updated on my life– and whatever nutsy antics I get up to while maintaining camp styled beauty bargains up in the mountains.

So wish me luck, Broke Babes! And try not to miss me too much while I’m gone!

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Pretty in Pink: 15 Pieces That Have Me Totally Blushing

If you’ve been past any boutique windows in the past few weeks, you’ll notice that spring has sprung– and with it, brought an onslaught of all things pink.

If you read my earlier post about my predictions for the biggest trends of 2017, you’ll know I was dead on with predicting the rise of blush; the pretty pink hue has been dubbed the color of the season. But it doesn’t stop there– already trend analysts are predicting pink’s staying power, starting with a soft blush and eventually bursting into a hot pink for the Summer and fading into a beautiful jewelled magenta come Autumn.

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I love to live in the now, so I figured I’d start what I’m calling the Period of Pink with my favorite blush picks of the season.


Women’s Leith Plisse Pleated Skirt

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You all know me. I’m a sucker for a ballet-style tulle skirt. Pair this with a crop top and heels and you’re set.


Deux Lux Blossoms Pouch

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This pouch is basically hand-held spring time.


Express Slim Fit Convertible Sleeve Portofino Shirt

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“But Lisa,” you will sigh, pausing in your scrolling to roll your eyes. “It’s just a button down.”

Every button down is a just button down. This is adorable, leave me alone.


AE Bomber Jacket

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Cute, comfortable, and practical. Who doesn’t love a bomber?


AE Button Front Maxi Skirt

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Okay, okay, so the skirt isn’t technically blush. But this is a great way to incorporate the color into your wardrobe if you’re hesitant, or if you suspect head-to-toe pink isn’t your style.


Converse Women’s Chuck Taylor Dainty Casual Sneakers

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Odds are you already own these in some form or another, but if you’ve yet to pick up a pair I highly recommend grabbing these in blush this season. They’re an awesome alternative to the white converse that’s been so trendy the last few summers.


Topshop Faux Leather Pencil Skirt

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I’m obsessed with this piece. The pink makes it fun and girly, while the leather gives an undeniable edge of badassery.


Women’s Nordstrom Wildflower Spray Scarf

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Another piece for the timid. This scarf is also awesome because it’s color combination can be worn from Spring into Autumn.


Lush Blouson Chiffon Skater Dress

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I wish I could put emojis here because ~*heart eyes*~


Michael Antonio Jaxine Heel

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50’s inspired footwear is very in, and you really can’t beat the subtle funk of the snakeskin pattern printed here.


Express High Waisted Tulle Midi Skirt

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I can sense you judging me for including another tulle skirt on this list but I’m choosing to ignore it.


MANGO Flap Tote Bag

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This blush is so subtle it’s almost a neutral, which is beautiful in its own right. Paired with the rose gold finishes, how can you not love it?


Bb Dakota Halden A-Line Dress

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Although this dress may look a little tricky, the A-line silhouette is actually flattering on almost every body type. Plus, the off the shoulder look is perfect for anyone who possesses collar bones.


Wayf Sweet Symphony V-Neck Blouse

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Cute, simple. Just trendy enough. Love it.


Topshop Killer Studded Chelsea Boot

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These are just so extra, you can’t help but love them. Pair with ripped skinny jeans and you’re golden.


What do you think, Broke Babes? Love it? Hate it? Digging the blush trend?

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~Bankrupt Beauty

International Women’s Day: 5 Simple Pleasures of Identifying as a Woman

It’s 2017. International Women’s Day is more than just a day to celebrate conventional femininity.

Now more than ever is the time to celebrate womanhood in all its forms and to look at feminism beyond its classic cookie-cutter white washed portrayal– it’s time to look at and appreciate all women, regardless of race, religion, able-bodiedness, weight, sexuality, and whatever other dividers the world tries to put between us.

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If you identify as a woman, then I invite you to celebrate with me today. In the face of those who would want to separate us it’s important to gather strength and build each other up. Rather than look at our differences, I want to spend this International Women’s Day celebrating 5 Simple Pleasures of Identifying as a Woman.

     1. Beyoncé’s “Who Run the World (Girls)”

One thing we can all agree on is that this song is amazing.

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There is no better feeling than seeing a relatively empty dance floor become immediately crowded the second this song comes on, suddenly filled a hoard of diverse and universally pumped women shaking it as hard as they can in some sort of ritual to honor Queen Bey. I swear half the plot of Mean Girls could have been resolved in a second if Beyoncé had just released this song a few years earlier.

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No matter what kind of feminism or womanhood you prescribe to, we can all agree that women run the world. No matter your privilege, no matter your sexuality, no matter if you are Black, Asian, Muslim, Latinx, Disabled, Trans, Fat, or Poor– this song is a reminder that we are all important. The world needs women.

2. #WCW

Okay, I’ll be honest. #MCM is super lame. More often than not the only men featured in the Man Candy Monday Instagram hashtag are celebrities who are idealistic media portrayals of men or your friend’s idiot boyfriend who is being praised for not drinking directly out of the milk carton. Not worthy of a hashtag.

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#WCW on the other hand is a whole other game. Any given Women Crush Wednesday you can scroll through the #WCW tag and consistently be slapped by gorgeous woman after gorgeous woman. Even better, a large percentage of the posts not only honor the women for being beautiful (because, duh. we’re all hot) but also for their kindness, intelligence, caring, and success. It’s like a weekly little International Women’s Day.

3. Donald Trump Doesn’t Identify as a Woman

So congrats! You’re already distancing yourself from American’s Biggest Loser.

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Even better– so many other amazing, talented, intelligent, and successful people identify as women. There’s Beyoncé (obviously,) Tina Fey, Malala Yousafzai, Helen Keller, Melissa McCarthy, Christy Brown, Michele Obama, Oprah, Carolyn Walker, Amber Riley, Hillary Clinton, Sofia Vergara, Gabourey Sidibe, JK Rowling, Dalia Mogahed, Laverne Cox, Angelina Jolie, Judge Judy, Rihanna, Jazz Jennings, Adele…

And that’s just to name a few. We’re in good company, ladies.

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4. We Turn Our Characters Into Icons

Although there’s still a huge shortage of well-rounded and well-written female characters appearing in the world’s media, on the rare occasion we are given one we turn them into feminist icons.

When I was growing up, every little girl wanted to be Hermione Granger. And before that, it was Princess Leia. Now, it’s Katniss Everdeen. Anytime writers give us strong, purposeful, well-written women with agency they turn into symbols of the power women possess. Even less complex characters (like the Sex and the City gang, or the Pretty Little Liars) become signifiers of reclaimed control of one’s body and sexuality, and rebellion against imposing authority– and in 2017, we need characters like this more than ever.

Give us more female characters. Make them minorities. Make them trans, make them LGBTQA. Make them disabled. Make them reflective of every different side of womanhood and femininity. But never stop making them powerful.

5. There Has Never Been a Better Time to be a Woman

Let me rephrase this: being a woman is still difficult, and in many ways dangerous. We are still largely oppressed. We are still not equal to men. We are still not treated as we should be.

But for the first time women everywhere are beginning to set aside their differences to stand together and fight for each other. Every time one of us uses our privilege or agency to defend one another, that is powerful. That leads to change.

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We are only a few months into 2017 and already I have seen so many instances of women extending a hand to one another to fight against oppressive forces both in and outside of their government. Movements like the Women’s March are just the beginning of larger change that will eventually lead to more equality and to more understanding.

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To those who identify as women and girls, wherever you are reading this: we are more similar than we are different. We are stronger together than apart. We are all women in our own right, and that alone is worth celebrating.

Happy International Women’s Day.

What do you think, Broke Babes? Love it? Hate it? Want to let me know?

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~Bankrupt Beauty