Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Currently 07.15.18

The Royal We - Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan
I bought this from Kobo around the time of the Royal Wedding. It was a long read but a really good one. Bex falls for the future king of England and their relationship is followed from meeting at university up until the day of the wedding.

Alone in the Classroom - Elizabeth Hay
I liked book but it was kind of dark. It took a while to get through as it was the one I left at work to read on breaks.

Girl at War- Sarah Novik
A Kobo read from the library. It was entertaining and educational. All about the war in Croatia and a young girl who faces a ton of tragedy.

I’m sort of stalled on my most recent writing project. Summertime is hard because there’s a lot going on. Maybe I’ll get back into it in the fall.

Boating on Halifax Harbour Canada Day weekend

I’m deeply into The Handmaid’s Tale and the season finale is tonight. I’m also watching The Bachelorette (IDGAF who she ends up with but can we please have more Colton?) and Queer Eye. YouTube has fallen off my radar lately.

I did a massive Zara sale order and returned all but one top! I did a lesser Gap order but barely liked anything with that one either. I’ve been reading up on all the details of JB and Hailey’s engagement. I was not surprised at all and I actually like her best out of all the girls he’s dated. I’m guessing it’s going to be a down south or Canada wedding.

Clouds and golfers. I’m under the umbrella on the back deck. It’s cloudy but warm.

Lululemon shorts, a black tee. I've been trying to wear a lot of skirts and dresses to work as we have so few months to do that here in NS...

I had the most incredible doughnut from Vandal on Friday. It was called unicorn poop and it tasted like marshmallows and heaven. I had amazing pizza this week at Rinaldo’s - I'll be back there very soon for sure!  My mom made seafood casserole yesterday with strawberry shortcake for dessert and was nice enough to send me home with one of her boxes of Riverbreeze strawberries. Ribfest was a few weeks ago and I had some yummy pulled pork there!

Unicorn Poop

I’ve been trying a bunch of new cider, radlers and fruity beers from the NSLC lately. I just buy them in singles so I can try different ones. I’m in love with Garrison Pucker Up! A few of the girls from work and I went to the East Coast Cider Fest in June. It was really fun and we tried so many good ciders. My favourite was Earl Blue from Annapolis Cider. R and I keep toying with the idea of getting  a Soda Stream.

East Coast Cider Fest

Today's sampler- good!

Birds chirping. Random traffic noises from St Margaret's Bay Rd.

Kettle corn :) Snack time!

Strong. I've been so disciplined with my workouts for the past few months. I will miss one occasionally if I have plans but for the most part I've been sticking with Beachbody On Demand and a few YouTube workouts to mix it up. I work out three weekdays and both weekend days. I'm also feeling the love from connecting with so many close friends who have been visiting from away.

There are many social events coming up... including Halifax Pride, a family BBQ, a get together on my deck, and a trip to Toronto in August. Also hoping to get to Annapolis Cider and The Ovens sometime in the next few weeks.

Glitterary Girl

Sunday, July 08, 2018

June 2018 Purchases

Every month, I break down my clothing expenses and share them. My quarterly budget is $550. 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 $2200 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.

June is usually a bigger spending month for me because of the summer sales. I had $315 available to spend this month to end the quarter. 

Top: Eclipse
Reg $35, on sale for $24  ($15 now!)
I was on a mission this month to buy a few tops for nights out. This was one of them, and I wore it to a birthday party followed by a night out at The Lower Deck.

Tank: Dynamite
Reg $23, on sale for $15
This was another "going out shirt" that I wore to Cider Fest.

Tee: H&M
Reg $15, on sale for $7
A more casual going out shirt or weekend shirt. This was part of the Anna Glover collection.

Pants: H&M
Reg $20
I was really drawn to these pants when I saw them, but didn't think they would look for me as elastic waist things generally don't. But they were surprisingly cute! They look great with black or white tops.

Tee: H&M
Reg $15, on sale for $7
It's not summer without nautical stripes! I wore this on a boat (of course). I can't seem to find it on-line...

Dress: Gap
Reg $65, on sale for $25
I love the soft and stretchy material of this dress. I wore it to work already with a cardigan.

Tee: TNA at Aritzia
Reg $25, on sale for $20
TNA tees are so soft. I bought this color during the clientele sale specifically to wear on Canada Day.

Cardigan: Wilfred Free at Aritzia
Reg $65, on sale for $52
Another clientele sale find. This is my third Zlata cardi. I can't believe I held out so long to buy the black one.

Shirt: The Group by Babaton at Aritzia
Reg $55, on sale for $32
This was on sale after the clientele sale. It's a great basic that can be worn year-round.

Pants: Banana Republic (no longer available on-line)
Reg $110, on sale for $27
Sloan pants are my favourite! I love the buttons on the bottom. I think I have five pairs of pants in this color now..... I'm OK with it.

Tee: Zara (no longer available on-line)
Reg $26, on sale for $18
This was from the kids section and looks good with high-waisted bottoms (including the H&M pants above) . I love basic white and cream tops for the summer. Fun fact: this was part of a $500 Zara on-line order and this was the only thing I kept!

Original Value of Items: $454
Price I paid: $242
I saved $47%

I'm rolling $73 on as I didn't spend my limit for last quarter. The summer sales continue into July, which is fun because it's actually warm enough now to wear summer clothes. I hope to still have a decent amount left to spend for Toronto in August. We're booked to stay across from the Vaughan Mills mall. There is nothing in particular I have my eye on for July, but I do have a sizeable Gap on-line order on the way, which might eat away some of my budget. The Zara summer sale is going on right now and there are a few things I have my eye on that I might grab if the price drops again.

Glitterary Girl

Sunday, June 10, 2018

May 2018 Purchases

Every month, I break down my clothing expenses and share them. My quarterly budget is $550. 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 $2200 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.

May is a month I try not to spend much, knowing the summer sales are in June.

Top: Zara (no longer available online)
Reg $50, on sale for $30
As soon as I saw this top, I immediately thought of Christmas parties. A strange time of year to buy Christmas party attire, but here it is.

Shirt: Dynamite (no longer available online)
Reg $30, on sale for $12
I admit that I bought this because I was bored. It’s fine for work, but I only like it open with a tee underneath.

Pants: Banana Republic (no longer available online)
Reg $124, on sale for $23
I feel like I have a lot of blue work pants but these were so cute and look at the price.

Tee: Gap Factory
Reg $23, on sale for $10
I’ve been obsessed with pink this season, so when I found this camo print (another favorite) I had to have it.

Sneakers: Converse via Marshall’s (link to same at Little Burgundy)
Reg $105, on sale for $40
Adding to the Converse collection is never a bad thing. I’m in love with these and I haven’t worn them yet.

Tee: Cable & Gauge via Marshall’s
Reg $24, on sale for $17
I can wear this casually with jeans or shorts or under a blazer or cardigan for work.

Original value of items: $356
Price I paid: $132
I saved 63%

Late June is one of my favorite shopping times of the year. It’s when the summer stuff goes on sale, but there is still tons of time to wear it. I’ve got high hopes for Aritzia and American Eagle this year. I may even but in a Topshop order via The Bay. I have $315 left to spend. If I don't spend it, there is a Toronto trip on the horizon where I'm sure it will be spoken for!

Glitterary Girl

Monday, May 21, 2018

Currently 05.21.18

The Queen of the Tearling - Erika Johansen. This was a YA fantasy novel that has been compared to Game of Thrones (which I have not watched so I can't offer opinion). I liked it but didn't LOVE it. I founds parts of it quite slow.
Bachelor Nation- Amy Kaufman. Being a die-hard Bachelor fan, I was excited to read this. It was a fast read and I certainly learned how much manipulation of the contestants and footage exists.
Mary, Mary- Lesley Crewe.  A quick and fun read by a great local author. Made me LOL a few times!

Next to no blog posts (is anyone still reading?). I’m still working on an outline and research for a bigger project. Random poems and epigrams.

I just started Season 2 of 13 Reasons Why yesterday. I’m loving Season 2 of The Handmaid’s Tale and season one million of Grey’s (hope to watch the season finale tonight). I was pretty into the Royal Wedding this weekend as was most of the rest of the world. I abandoned Master of None. I watched one episode of The Crown (I’ll continue soon, probably after 13 Reasons).

I haven't been on-line shopping lately. Nor have I been watching as much YouTube. I'm still browsing on social media as usual, although I noticed my Instagram posts have been few and far between.

My sunny back deck. I was out there for a bit but the bugs were annoying me.

Back deck last week. We get gorgeous sunsets.

Aritzia pants and hat, a green tee, an Element zip up

Halifax people- if you haven't tried Mappatura yet, you must! I was there on Friday night for the first time. The chicken Saltimbocca was fantastic and the service was excellent. R wanted his birthday dinner last week at Montanas (eye roll , LOL)  but I was craving nachos and they did not disappoint. I've been making some new recipes from Yum and Yummer that have turned out really nice. I've hit up Habaneros several times since it opened at HSC. I usually get the two tacos and a drink special (one chicken, one pork).

I forgot how much I love Yellow Tail Shiraz. It's so good and so affordable. I bought the stuff to make Caesars the other day (then realized I'm dangerously low on vodka). Bubly, that new sparkling water from Pepsi, is really good. I've bought three flavours so far. And I tried the pink drink from Starbucks yesterday (soooooo good, and 210 calories for a Venti which isn't bad for a Venti anything. I used a star reward, don't judge me).

Birds singing!

My strawberry Bubly

Sore (in a good way)! I've been doing Beachbody on Demand and mixing up a bunch of different workouts. I've been working out five days a week and also keeping track of my calories on the My Plate app. It's all about balance!

There are a few fun social events planned for June that I'm looking forward to. One of them is the East Coast Cider Fest here in Halifax. I looooove cider, so I can't wait to try some new ones.

Glitterary Girl