Sunday, June 25, 2017

Kimono Chic

Open-front cardigans and blazers are my closet staples, so it shouldn't be surprising that I'm drawn to kimonos as well. I think they're the perfect "third piece" to add more interest to an outfit. I nabbed the last one in this color at the Aritzia clientele sale (which is one of my favourite sales to shop).

Top: Diesel
Jeans: Zara
Sandals: Aldo
Necklace: Joe Fresh
Sunnies: Coach

I wore this ensemble to my soon-to-be sister-in-law's wedding shower last weekend. I love wedding showers.  I remember how nice it was to have so many loved ones gather to celebrate the countdown to the wedding.

The sales happening right now are pretty spectacular. If you're the type who doesn't shop much, you should really consider taking a peek at the stores/on-line right now. I've picked up/ordered lots this month from Aritzia, Aldo, Zara, Dynamite, and even some of my non-clothing favorites like DAVIDsTEA  and Bath & Body Works.

Glitterary Girl

Sunday, June 18, 2017

My May 2017 Purchases

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 know this post is really late, but I was away last weekend when I normally would have prepared and posted it. I tried to keep my spending under control for May as I know the sales are so great in June.

Cardigan: Gap
Regular $55, on sale for $27
I'm tired of buying cheap cardigans. I have several super-thin, pilled, and cheap looking things that I need to get rid of. They hold up for a few months and then they shrink and look awful. This cardigan is a heavier weight while still being suitable for a cooler summer day or evening.

Dress: H&M (no longer available on-line)
Reg $35, I got for $30 with $5 off coupon
I bought this specifically to wear to my best friend's wedding shower and bachelorette party. It was really comfortable all night long. I'll have to find another excuse to wear it this summer!

Sweater: H&M (no longer available on-line)
Reg $30 on sale for $10
This appealed to me right off the hanger and I was hoping it would fit. I love the lace sleeves.

Coat: Banana Republic (no longer available on-line)
Reg $220 on sale for $43
I admit - a winter coat is a strange buy for May. I'll be so pleased to have a new coat to wear this fall though! I couldn't leave it there for the price.

Skirt: Gap
Reg $55, on sale for $20
My existing denim skirt is cute but it's hovering on the point of being too short for work. This one is definitely work appropriate and is a flattering A-line cut.

Scarf: Forever 21 (no longer available on-line)
Reg $14, on sale for $5
I loved the orange in this scarf. it looks great with an all-black outfit.

Original value of items: $409
Price I paid: $135
I saved 67%.

That leaves me with $412 left to spend this quarter, which ends in June. Hint: Toronto was not too successful for shopping, so most of that budget is being spent in Halifax. I did nab a pair of sneakers I've been eying for ages. I'll let you know which ones next month!

Glitterary Girl

Sunday, June 04, 2017

Currently 06.04.17

The Woman in Cabin 10 - Ruth Ware
Suspense books have been on high rotation with me lately. This was another good one with lots of twists.
Milk and Honey - Rupi Kaur
It's been a very long time since I've read any poetry collections. This was very deep and very good. I couldn't relate to some parts of its but I could still very much appreciate the emotions and her talent for writing.
The Invention of Wings - Sue Monk Kidd
I'd read The Secret Life Of Bees a long time who ago and I wish I'd read this book sooner. It was a great story spanning several decades, about the life two little girls, one a slave.

I've not had any luck with online clothing shopping this month. I returned an order to Zara and will be returning an Old Navy order. Just a reminder to people who online shop to always check your accounts to make sure the returns are processed. I had an issue with Zara which took several weeks to iron out. Keep your tracking receipts! I placed an order last week for several skin care products from The Ordinary. They will arrive this week - super excited to test them out.

The Handmaids Tale - so disturbing but I can't stop watching. We are super behind in Greys Anatomy, so need to binge that sometime soon. Pretty Little Liars is on the final few shows... excited for it to be done actually. While I love the show, I forget so many important details so I get confused really easily. R and I watched World of Dance the other day- we liked it! I'm not feeling The Bachelorette this season but I will watch it because I always do! I just get so annoyed with the ones that are obviously there as producer picks. I'll be watching the One Love Manchester concert later today.

I caught up with several old friends this month and enjoyed meals out at The Nook and Cranny in Truro, and The Fireside and The Stubborn Goat in Halifax. There are a handful of new places that I need to try in Halifax, including Rinaldos and Chain-yard Urban Cidery.

I'm loving Starbucks iced white tea, and am enjoying one right now as I type! I took advantage of Frapp Happy Hour in early May (s'mores is the best). The new Halifax cider from Chain-yard is great. I picked a few up at the NSLC when it first launched.  I missed the cider festival as it sold out before I could decide if I was going or not. Won't make that mistake next year! I'm not doing the dollar iced teas from DAVIDsTEA this year, which I've done for the past three summers. I really didn't need the $25 tea tumbler that was required and I promised myself I'd just buy some loose leaf tea and steep it overnight to enjoy the next day instead.

Frapp Happy Hour week is the best. Look at all that caramel..

I look like a fool, sitting in Starbucks with sunglasses on, but I'm by the window and the light hurts my eyes. There are a few other girls here working on stuff on their own. It turned kind of cloudy in the last few minutes.

According to my camera roll, I wear sunglasses indoors on the regular...


Whatever playlist they have on here. I could listen to my own music but I actually work better with the ambient noise.

Light wash jeans, tank top, TNA shirt, Chucks. Sunglasses

I'm feeling productive today! I actually had a late start to my day as I had to take a migraine pill last night and they tend to make me groggy the next day. I slept a little later this morning because of it. Despite that, I still managed to clean the kitchen, steam mop the main level of the house, and do two loads of laundry before noon.

Next weekend I'm heading to Toronto! BFF gets married soon and we're doing a shower and dinner for her. It's been a really long time since I've traveled without R, which sounds so weird because I used to travel alone all the time. I'm excited to see my friends, have a night out in the city, and perhaps do a few hours of shopping before I get back on the plane Sunday evening.

Glitterary Girl

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

I'm Done With You: May 2017

I've been letting my empties build up for too long! The little drawer I keep them in was getting pretty full. I'm going to put an asterisk next to the products I would buy again.

L'Oréal Infallible Pro Glow Foundation *
This is my current foundation. I use the lightest shade and if I'm sunless tanned, I mix in a bit of darker BB cream to match my skin tone. Just as an FYI, I tried the matte version and I hated it. I ended up returning it after trying it a few times.
Clinique Even Better Foundation *
This is also good stuff, although considerably more expensive than the L'Oréal and perhaps a bit more coverage.
Clarins Pure Melt Cleansing Gel
This sample wasn't large enough to say whether I really like dat or not.
Kiehl's Calendula Face Wash *
This is my new favorite face wash. I had this sample and it lasted me SO long as you have to use the tiniest amount. When I finished it, I immediately bought the full size, which is huge and will probably last me over a year.
Clinique Eye Roller
I've had this for many years and it's not finished hut I figured it was not sanitary to keep using it. It obviously wasn't amazing as I didn't finish it.
Benefit Lip Plump
This is another product I didn't finish but I had for too long. I find it too cakey on my lips.
Joe Fresh Cotton Pads
I'm not too picky about my cotton pads. I use them for removing eye makeup and nail polish. These were fine.
Quo Cotton Pads
See above!
Vichy Purite Thermale 3 in 1 Face Wash
I hated this face wash. It left a residue on my face and broke me out. I think I used it maybe four times before I decided to toss it. It was part of a value pack that I'd already used the other items from so I couldn't return it.
Various face masks
I still buy all my sheet masks at Winners and I mix them up all the time. I've used many more than these two, but there were the new ones I've bought lately.
Jouviance Cleansing Gel
This was a great face wash, quite similar to the Kiehl's one, but you have to use more of this than the Kiehl's to get your face clean.

L'Oréal Vitamino Color Shampoo *
I rotate between probably four shampoos and conditioners at any given time. I cannot commit.... this is one of my favourites though!
Essie Gel Topcoat *
An excellent top coat! I usually use Seche Vite, but I wanted to give this one a try. They are comparable for wear time but Seche Vite seems to dry the nails a tad quicker. The Essie one also creates a plumper nail, mimicking gel nails.
The Body Shop Vanilla Chai Shower Gel
I'm obsessed with the smell of this in the bottle, but it doesn't actually smell as good when you use it!
Kibio Velvety Body Cream
This was a free product I scored at a SDM event. It was a very decadent cream, super thick and good for winter months. However the smell was really overpowering. I prefer my thicker lotions to be scent free, especially since I work in a scent free environment.
Lush Daddy-O Shampoo *
This is my favorite purple shampoo. It smells so good and the bottle looks small, but I only use it every 10 days or so. You can get a larger size but where I don't use it very often and Lush products expire, I'd rather buy the smaller bottles and keep it fresh.

BBW Candle in Big Island Bamboo *
I was so confused as to why I didn't have more candle empties. Then I remembered that I burned a few winter candles halfway before bringing out this spring scent. I need a candle that really throws the scent, as our living space is open concept. This scent is really strong and I love it!
Wallflowers in Salted Vanilla* and Black Tie*
I just started using Wallflowers a few months ago and I like them for small spaces like powder rooms.  Both of these scents are great. I had one in Eucalyptus Mint that I returned because I didn't like the smell for a room scent.

BBW Lotion in Bali Mango*
I used this up in Palm Springs. A great scent for summer/vacation
BBW AntiBac in Mango Hibiscus*
Another great scent
BBW AntiBac in Falalalallama*
Let's be real, I bought this for the name. The scent was nice though too!
BBW hand soap in Orchard Frost*, Very Merry Meringue*, Indigo Sky*, Sparking Mint Blossom*, and Winter Candy Apple*
All were nice, but my favourite was Very Merry Meringue, which is packaged like a Christmas scent but smells nothing like Christmas.

Glitterary Girl