Monday, July 25, 2016

Currently : 07.25.16

Reading

Finding It- Cora Carmack
This novel spoke to the former backpacker in me. They say the best way to get to know someone is to travel with them. There's so much truth to that! You can travel with someone for a week and feel like you've known them for a year. If you've ever backpacked far away from home, this book is sure to invoke a sense of deja vu in some form. Set in Europe, it follows a girl who gets involved with a boy while on a soul-searching trip.

Why Not Me- Mindy Kaling
After I read Mindy's first book, I knew I needed to read this one too. It was just as funny.

Writing

There hasn't been a whole lot of writing going on with me. I've been missing blogging on the regular, but there's something that needs to change. I'm not sure if I need to retire Glitterary Girl and start over fresh, or branch off in another direction altogether. I'm not stressing over it... I'll figure it out. Some of the stuff I've been more interested in lately is actually easier to talk about than write about, so there is a part of me that thinks I might try You Tube. I would definitely miss the blogging part though, so I'm not sure that is the answer.

Clicking

I'm still watching a lot of You Tube and finding new channels to follow. I'm creating lots of reading wish lists on the local library site. My vacation read is hopefully going to be The Nest - I'm next in line for the digital copy.

Watching

R and I went to see Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates which was quite funny! We also started Season 4 of Homeland, and I am half an episode away from the end of Season 3 of Hart of Dixie. I'll probably start Orange is the New Black Season 4 soon. We're also going to watch OJ: Made in America.

Eating and Drinking

I had the yummiest gelato for lunch last week (I know, so healthy). It was from the new Newfoundland Chocolate Factory in Halifax Shopping Centre. I tried two flavors- white chocolate and pina coloda. Also a hit at lunchtime was Ela where I tried greek spaghetti for the first time.  I'm into the Starbucks Mobile App right now, and it introduced me to the chai frappucino - sooooo good. A few of my neighbourhood friends and I went to Il Mercato and I had a delicious pizza with prosciutto and asparagus. I'm itching to try the new wine spot of the waterfront (Little Oak) and also to hit one of the beer gardens.




Seeing

New coffee and end tables! Finally, after a year and a half of using bar stools and an ottoman for tables in the living room, we found a set and R assembled them yesterday. We've done quite a bit in the home decor department in the past few months after living in a blank space for a long time!

Our new friends. They live upstairs in the hallway.

Hearing

Air conditioning - thank goodness. It's hot outside!

Smelling

My favourite summer candle - Beach Cabana from Bath & Body Works.

Wearing

A little black tank,  multicoloured blue shorts (I'm aware I don't match) and my hair in a ponytail because... humidity is real.

Feeling

Guilty for just eating a bunch of Goldfish. The crackers, to be clear.

Anticipating

Friday! The start of my summer vacation! I have nine glorious days where I don't have to work.

Riding along on the golf cart. I took my book with me. 


XOXO
Glitterary Girl



Sunday, July 03, 2016

My Monthly Purchases: June 2016

Every month, I break down my clothing expenses and share them. My quarterly budget is $500. This amount can be rolled into the next quarter if it's not all spent. My goal is to keep my out of pocket expenses within $2000 a year. Gifts and gift cards don't count towards my budget. Since I've been keeping a budget, I'm much more careful with what I buy, and I will return stuff at the end of the month if I'm not crazy about it after hanging it in my closet.

I left myself a nice chunk of money to spend in June, because I know from years passed that this is when summer clothing goes on sale.

Cardigan: Only via Envy
Reg $75, on sale for $38
I've got a thing for fringe! This is very wearable and versatile for any season.



Sandals: Aldo
Reg $90 on sale for $49
I needed a new pair of chunky sandals to balance out my pants that are cropped and voluminous. I retired a chunky pair this year - so these were much-needed. They are really comfy. A great price for leather.




Reg $28
I've worn this hat at least four times since I bought it. It has a slim velcro closure at the back, which is  helpful for my small head.



Reg $65 on sale for $52 (clientele sale)
I'm sure this neutral cardi will get a ton of wear. It will look cute over a dress or even dressed down with jeans. I love the sleeve length and the pockets!



Shirt: TNA Del Mar at Aritzia
Reg $40 on sale for $20 (regular sale)
This is my third Del Mar. I'm obsessed with the softness and the length.
It matches our shower


Jeans: Rag & Bone at Aritzia
Reg $230 on sale for $115 (regular sale)
My dark skinnies are five years old. Time for a replacement! These are a perfect mid-rise and have a ton of stretch, yet keep their shape.



Reg $75 on sale for $38 (regular sale)
This was such a score. It was the only one in the Halifax store (someone ordered it on-line and returned it) and I snagged it. You can wear it buttoned as a dress or open as a long vest.


This was the first time I got an invite to the Aritzia clientele sale... hopefully it's not the last because it's fun! You get a percentage off of everything (how much is depending on the brand). It's great for buying the staple basics that never get included in the regular sales. If you're looking for seasonal colors/styles, you're better off waiting for the regular sale. 

Original price of items =  $603
Price I paid = $340
I saved 44%.

I did great at hitting my target with $6 left to roll ahead to next quarter.

On my wish list - white jeans (I always get a cheap-ish pair every 2 years as they get stained/dull), maybe a pair of Vans, maybe a basic tee or two from American Apparel - I haven't been there in so long!

XOXO
Glitterary Girl




Sunday, June 26, 2016

Currently 06.26.16

Reading

The Vacationers by Emma Straub
Fun book about a dysfunctional family on vacation. A perfect book  to read on your own vacation - flows well and nothing too deep. I'd certainly read more by this author.

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
Oh my. This book will stick with me for a long time. I did save my tears for the last few chapters though. This movie is out in theatres now, but I will be waiting to watch it in the comfort of my own home. It was a really hard book to put down. Remember a few months ago when I said I was starting to rough out a new novel (not that I'll ever have time to write it...)? Well, the main theme for my book is the same main theme for Me Before You - and I didn't know that until halfway through this book.

Writing

Not much on the blog front if you haven't noticed. It's just too hard to get photos! There's a new empty house next door. Can a photographer move in please?

Clicking

I'm still obsessed with You Tube. My favourite channel lately is Allana Davison. Sometimes I wonder if it's possible for me to transition my blog into a You Tube channel. It's a lot easier to video independently than take photos. It wouldn't fill my creative need to write though.

Allana


Watching

R and I went to see Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping at the theatre a few weeks ago. It was ok, but it would have been made a decent rental. I'm still  making my way through Season 3 of Hart of Dixie. We're (of course) watching The Bachelorette. I'm also into Keeping Up with the Kardashians- way waaaay late in the game. Does anyone know how to access the past seasons?

Eating and Drinking

I went out for lunch with a dear friend to The Brooklyn Warehouse last week. The falafel wrap was super yummy. I've been indulging is massive quantities of $1 ice teas from DavidsTea. My favourite ones of late has to be Caramel Corn and Pineapple Mimosa - so refreshing! I'm also cold steeping teas overnight in the fridge so they are ready for me in the morning. I've used up quite a few loose tea bags lately. need to stock up! Our cousins had the family out to their amazing lakefront cottage yesterday and cooked us  BBQ steaks and twice baked potatoes. So good! I also tried No Boats on Sunday hard cider which is made in my hometown! It was delicious!




Seeing

Golfers! I'm out on the deck writing this post and Sundays are usually really busy on the golf course. The last shot I saw went into the bunker.

Hearing

We get a bit of noise from the main road and there are tons of motorcycles out today. It's a great day for it- sunny and 24. We've been very lucky to have two beautiful weekends in a row.

Smelling

Fresh air! Also, remnants of The Body Shop raspberry perfume I out on this morning.

Wearing

Khaki shorts, striped tee, no shoes.

Feeling

Relaxed. I really don't feel like going inside and tackling my housework... Lately I've been sticking to a cleaning schedule and it's been working great. Let me know if you want any details on what I've been doing. It keeps me on top of stuff so I don't ever have to do a ton of cleaning all at once.

Anticipating

A three day week and 4 day weekend! I took Thursday off to extend my Canada Day holiday. We also just booked a trip to The 6ix for late August, so looking forward to getting away (I think it's been three years since I've been to Toronto- crazy!)

XOXO
Glitterary Girl


Sunday, June 19, 2016

Summer Night-time Skincare Routine

It's been a while since I've posted on my skincare routine. I'd like to describe me skin as indecisive. It used to be so consistent... sigh. Since I stopped BCP and went on thyroid meds, my skin has gotten a lot more oily in my t- zone. I actually use blotting papers sometimes when I'm not lazy, and until this year, I've never had to use them!


After pulling my hair into a scary-looking ponytail and putting on a hair band of some sort, I use my first cleanser. Yes I have two. One for my chin (the evil area) and the other for the rest of my face. I rub Glamglow Supercleanse Daily Clearing Cleanser on my dry chin, then add a bit of water and massage. Then I wet my face and put Jouviance Cleansing Gel on the rest of my face. I use my Forea Luna Mini to do the hard scrubby work. I find the Glamglow too drying for my cheeks and since it's so expensive, I'd rather use it on just the bit that really needs it!



To remove eye and brow make-up, I use Bioderma Sensibio Micellar Solution on a Quo cotton pad. This works AMAZING and a bottle lasts about six months. Sometimes I actually do the eye makeup removal first, before I wash. Depends on the day.



I gently pat my face dry with a towel and apply my current eye cream Avene Physiolift Eyes with
my ring finger (it's the one that uses the least pressure). Then I use a serum (lately it's been The Body Shop Drops of Youth). I let that sink in for a minute and then apply my moisturizer - Olay Total Effects  or Ole Henricksen Pure Youth Truth Activating Oil. If I need a bit of a glow (I'm so pale), I mix in two or three drops of Clarins Radiance Plus Golden Glow Booster which is a fabulous facial sunless tanner. It never streaks and can be added to whatever your current moisturizer is.



If I'm being totally honest, I have noticed my skin changing over the past year - the effects of gravity and being a side sleeper. I'm trying hard to sleep on my side for at least part of the night. I also have some uneven tone on my chin from prior breakouts. I've been considering trying microdermabrasion or even IPL. 

My skin care routine will always be in flux as I'm a total product junkie. I'm trying to get better at actually finishing a product before I go out and replace it. I get so bored with the same thing that I have to be obsessed with something before I'd buy it again. I always want to change it up.

I didn't mention any treatments or masks because I think I'll do a separate post on those later for you. I've been loving sheet masks lately!

XOXO
Glitterary Girl