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Release your Inner Girl with Tina and Second Sensation Boutique #BeThatMom #Winnipeg

On October 23, 2013, I had the pleasure of hosting a “Girls Night Out” at a beautiful store in Winnipeg, Manitoba called Second Sensation Boutique. As soon as I arrived at this store, I  knew I was in trouble! High end, fabulous, brand name fashion for women at deep consignment store discounts… EEEEEPPP! Yippee! Hooray!

Midge, the owner of the store, is an absolutely amazing lady!  Her outgoing personality, charisma and style are reflected in her store and the amazing products she prides herself on carrying. When shopping at this store (or bringing in consignment), expect personalized, one-on-one treatment from Midge and her fabulous assistant. I was immediately distracted when I walked into the store by the huge selection of shoes, purses, scarves, handbags and jewellery and I hadn’t even seen the back area where a lot more clothing was kept yet! But… with an event to host, I had to be on top of my game!

When the guests began to arrive, we were served glasses of sparkling wine, delectable deserts and Starbucks coffee. Then we were set free into the store to shop like princesses do! That night… we got to have our cake and eat it too!

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It was exciting to see the ladies perusing the shop and trying things on. Midge was extremely attentive to all of the ladies, helping find the perfect boot to match a skirt, or pair the right scarf, purse or a necklace with the perfect dress. If you want top-notch boutique service, Second Sensation is the place to shop in Winnipeg! Midge will remember you after just one time shopping in her store, and she’ll even hold pieces for you as they come in once she knows what you like!  (This is key to getting the goods ladies!)

Sometimes when you shop consignment, you inevitably fall in love with an item that does not exactly fit. While this may seem like a problem, Second Sensation has got you covered! Midge offers alterations… an amazing customer service addition that you are not likely to find at other consignment stores. If the shoe doesn’t fit…fix it so it does!

I must admit that shopping is not my favourite thing. Let me rephrase that so it doesn’t sound like a swear… “mall shopping” is not my favourite thing. But consignment store shopping at the right store is like a piece of paradise for me. When you are shopping consignment, you can focus on looking for one-of-a-kind treasures and pieces that you LOVE because you LOVE them, not because everyone is wearing them this season. With consignment, I feel like you are given a license to exercise your own style, rather than being swayed by the “IN” stuff. Don’t get me wrong– I like the IN stuff too.  But “That Girl” likes to stand out in a crowd.

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My favourite part of the night was doing a little re-con shopping of my own. I spied a gorgeous hat behind the counter and just had to try it on. All I can say is that it was love at first wear! The best part was that the hat was from Holt Renfrew and they had the HAT BOX to go with it! Now that is what I call a classy consignment store. I won’t even tell you the price of the hat, but I feel like I stole it (and that’s what I’m telling my husband, Ryan!).

I wore that amazing hat to my CTV Morning Live Saskatoon appearance a few days later, and I just know that hat and I were meant to be together. Things happen for a reason, I always say.

This event was also a fundraiser for a charity that I actively support called Blessings in a Backpack. I am so grateful to Midge at Second Sensation, as well as all of the ladies that attended, for their support of this amazing organization! We raised an incredible amount of money that night, ladies!

If I lived in Winnipeg, I would be broke because of this store. So many fun things stashed inside! No wait– I wouldn’t go broke… Midge would help me consign my clothes and accessories so I could always have new stuff to wear!  #WINWIN

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My final thought is that I really, really wish the purple shoes with the sparkly heel had been my size. No Cinderella moment for me this time.  ;)

See you next year  Second Sensation, and until then, happy shopping ladies!

 

 

 

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Tina O’Connor is an on-air personality and relationship expert who focuses on parenting, sex and lifestyle issues — with a feng shui twist. She is the author and creator of the popular "Be That" book series, whose titles include "Be That Girl," "Be That Mom" and "Be That Kinky Girl," providing women and couples everywhere with concrete strategies to achieve more balance, happiness, peace and success in their lives. Tina holds a BSc in psychology and is a certified feng shui practitioner and mom of three who appears regularly on Global, CTV and Rogers TV stations across Canada. She has also appeared as a guest on a wide variety of radio stations, from CBC to Playboy Radio. With her straight-talking approach and dynamic personality, Tina gives real-world advice with a flair for entertainment. She truly is "That Girl."

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