Sunday, April 23, 2017

Dinner at the Course: Palm Springs

I've been really behind with blogging on our recent Palm Springs vacation. I actually didn't spend a lot of time trying to get photos for blog posts, so there isn't much in the way of outfit posts. I kept it casual pretty much all week. I did bring one less casual dress, but didn't even end up wearing it.

One evening we decided to go to a golf course for dinner. It was called Escena, and R and my dad golfed there the day following the dinner. It was such a beautiful spot, and the food was really good too.

Details 
Shirt:Old Navy
Tank: Gap
Jeans: Zara
Booties: Aldo
Necklace: Stella & Dot
Earrings: What on Earth
Bag: Danier






This golf cart might cost more than my actual car. 


The mountain and desert scenery in Palm Springs is nothing short of stunning. I found a lot of the time, it was so pretty it looked fake. The desert actually had a lot more rain than usual over the winter months, so things were greener this spring than usual.

XOXO
Glitterary Girl

Monday, April 17, 2017

My Monthly Purchases: March 2017

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 always love doing these posts, but especially after I get back from traveling! If you want to see everything I got, check out my previous post as it has all of the birthday gifts I got as well. Below, you'll find what I spent my own money on. Most of this was bought in California.

Shirt: All Saints Oulet
Reg $160 on sale for $32
I could have spent an absolute fortune in this store. It reminded me of an edgier, more expensive, more androgynous version of Aritzia. I limited myself to one shirt. I want to go back there.



Sneakers: Converse Outlet
Reg $100 on sale for $22
Anyone who knows me, knows my deep passion for Converse. I love love love the Missoni collaborations they do. This buy was a no-brainer.



Laces: Converse Outlet
Reg $6 on sale for $5
I bought the blue pair for my new sneakers (see above) and the camo ones for my oldest black pair.


Coin purse: Rebecca  Minkoff via Nordstrom Rack
Reg $65, on sale for $15
My wallet has a built in coin purse,but I'm actually using it for gift cards so I needed a separate one. This was adorable and I should be able to find it easily in the depths of my bag.



Flip Flops: Tory Burch 
Reg $40 on sale for $20
I normally only wear these type of flip flops at the beach. I'll be beaching in style.



Earrings: House of Harlow via Nordstrom Rack
Reg $35 on sale for $5
HOH jewelry is something I'm always on the hunt for at the Rack as they have it discounted so low.



Shirt: J Crew Outlet
Reg $37 on sale for $12
This shirt has a really nice fit and looks rather Parisian when paired with black bottoms.



Shorts: J Crew Outlet
Reg $50 on sale for $25
Strange enough, I don't have black shorts and haven't for a few years. It was a hole in my wardrobe that needed filling. They had almost the same style at Club Monaco last year, but these were much more budget friendly.



Tee: random souvenir store
Reg $15
I wasn't going to buy a souvenir shirt as you usually get them home and then don't wear them, but I really liked this one. It looks vintage.



Tee: Target
Reg $13
Band tees are always on point and RHCP have been my long time fave.



Boots: Topshop
Reg $80 on sale for $28
These were a random find in the 30 minutes I had to shop at the Grove on our day in LA. I'm obsessed with them and I'm already counting the ways I can style them all year round.



Cardigan: Element via Winners
Reg $80 on sale for $17
I bought this before our trip because I thought I'd wear it in Palm Springs. Turns out I only wore it once as I usually had either my denim jacket or bare arms in the evening. I'll get lots of wear of this though. I'm a fan of Element clothing in general.



Original value of items: $681
Price I paid: $209
I saved 69%

This marks the end of first quarter and I'm actually $153 under budget. I was very close to my luggage weight limit for the plane so it's a good thing I didn't buy more stuff. I can't think of anything in particular I'm looking for in the next little bit, but I always like to buy a few new spring tops every season. I might check out a few consignment boutiques and potentially some thrift stores soon to see if I can find any treasures.

XOXO
Glitterary Girl


Sunday, April 09, 2017

California Shopping Bags

This post is not my regular monthly shopping budget - that one is coming soon. Here I'll show you the birthday presents I got while I was in California. Most of my family chose to give me shopping money instead of a physical gift this year, knowing I was going away a few weeks after my birthday. I'm so grateful for all my goodies!

Most of my shopping was done at Desert Hills Premium Outlets, a HUGE outlet centre about 20 minutes outside of Palm Springs. It had many stores I'd never seen in outlet form before (Saint Laurent, lululemon, All Saints...) I could have easily spent two days here. We skipped a lot of stores that we have access to at home.

Sweater: Splendid
Reg $198, on sale for $33
This is a beautiful, soft, white sweater that will be amazing on a summer night.

Sweater: Lululemon
Reg $98, on sale for $29
I was really excited to visit the lululemon outlet. I wasn't in need of much in the way of workout clothes, besides a few new tees which I bought at Under Armour and Puma). This sweater couldn't be left for the price and the softness though. I made myself buy a color, rather than the black one I nearly bought.

Romper: Target
Reg $23
This is the only romper I've ever tried on that I liked on me. I'm long waisted, which usually creates rather uncomfortable circumstances in one-pieced clothing. This was totally comfortable, and I think it will look nice with wedge heels and a floppy hat.


Jeans: 7 For All Mankind
Reg $225, on sale for $24
Sorry for the bad photo. These are a super soft -a dark blue with a very cool snakeskin pattern. They are a legging jean and are perfect for those nights you want to wear something more than a basic jean but don't want to wear anything too formal. These are edgy done perfectly!

Jeans: 7 For All Mankind
Reg $189, on sale for $71
Sadly, my black Madewell jeans that I had for only a year had a crotch blow-out. I wore them a ton, but I'd never had jeans do that before and really missed them for the few months I've been without them. Black jeans were the only thing I NEEDED to buy! I was wearing them when I took this awkward photo of the back pocket.


Bag: Michael Kors
Reg $298, on sale for $119
It's pretty hard to go outlet shopping and not come home with a bag. The deals are too good to pass up! I did a bad job of photographing this bag - it's a light gray and it actually has a top handle as well as a cross-body strap. I think the top handle must be folded under the bag here. The tassel is also a nice touch and it's removable, so I can put it on another bag if I want.



Bracelet: Alex and Ani via Nordstrom Rack
Reg $38, on sale for $19
I've been wearing my two Alex and Ani bracelets that I won a few months ago a lot! This one looks nice with the silver one I have as well as with other bracelets I own.

Earrings: Kate Spade
Reg $32, on sale for $12
These were buried at the bottom of a bin that had a bunch of the same with a green spade. I have no idea why they were so cheap. They're too cute, I'm sure I'll wear them a lot!



Soon, I'll share with you what I bought with my own money!

XOXO
Glitterary Girl

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Currently 03.19.17

Reading

The High Mountains of Portugal - Yann Martell

This book was three stories that sort of come together at the end. I can't decide if I liked it or not. There were parts that I really enjoyed and parts where I was like "what on earth am I reading?" It was one of those books that would probably be better the second time around, as I'm sure I missed out on a lot the first time. Will I read it again? No.

You are a Badass: How to Start Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life - Jen Sincero

Motivational books can be annoying to me if they are too cheesy. This book kept the cheese factor to a bare minimum, so I totally enjoyed it. I read it on my Kobo, but if you're thinking of reading it, I'd buy it instead. I feel like it's a book that you could read once a year as therapy and it would be really useful.

Clicking

I'm still watching lots of YouTube. This has been the month of April the Giraffe. I'm so obsessed with watching her and her baby bump. I find it so relaxing - like watching an aquarium. I'm still watching my usual beauty, fashion and lifestyle channels, but April has been the most watched for sure. I keep browsing on the Zara website but not buying anything. I've also been researching Palm Springs attractions.

Watching

I've been loving some new shows lately! Big Little Lies (HBO) and The Arrangement  (Bravo) are both really great. We also watched the first episode of Riverdale (Netflix), and we enjoyed it, but we'll probably end up binging it later on once the regular shows are done for the season as we're trying to keep our DVR shows caught up. I was also following The Bachelor (I've always been Team Nick). I was rooting for Kristina but not mad that he chose Vanessa.

Eating

It's been a bit of a strange month for me with food. We've still been eating a lot of vegetarian meals at home, but I've been hitting up some local restaurants as well. La Frasca, The Bicycle Thief, Panizza, and Lower Deck Clayton Park are the ones that I can remember.

Spaghetti at Bicycle Thief


Drinking

I had my Starbucks birthday drink last week. It's always so hard to decide what to get for a birthday drink... I chose a Venti Vanilla Bean Frapp with a shot of caramel and whipped cream. My birthday wine was Woodbridge Moscato and I also picked up some Angry Orchard cider. I'm trying hard to drink lots of water.

Hanging with April at Starbucks on my Bday


Seeing

I'm enjoying the birthday flowers that are on my table (thanks Mom and Dad).



Smelling

The flowers, the potato soup in the slow cooker, and the candle I'm burning (BBW Toasted Graham Latte). I can't wait til April when I'll dig out the spring scents!

Hearing

I've got You Tube on in the background (Desi Perkins)

Wearing

A blue Gap Sweater, AEO jeans, a TNA ball hat.

Feeling

Mentally I'm feeling a bit on edge, which is usually how I feel when I'm getting ready to go on vacation. I'm hoping work is kind to me this week. I'm promising myself that on Friday I will stay in the office to make sure everything is caught up before I leave. Physically I'm feeling pretty good. I've slept really well the past few nights and I've been consistent with my workouts. Finally I'm noticing that I'm toning up and my clothes are fitting much better.

Anticipating

Palm Springs! We're panning on spending lots of time poolside, lots of time shopping. We're visiting The Living Desert Zoo, the Tramway (up the side of a mountain) and possibly Joshua Tree National Park if we have time. The last day of our trip we're heading to LA - going to hang out in Beverley Hills (my parents have never been to LA)  and probably do dinner at The Grove. I'll be pretty active on Insta while I'm gone so if you'd like to follow along you can add me @jennifer.legere

Pavia Gallery in Herring Cove



XOXO
Glitterary Girl

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Eye Favourites: March 2017

I've changed my style when it comes to eye makeup in the past few years. I used to love subtle shimmer in light colors, but lately I've been all about matte neutrals. I'll share with you the products I've been loving lately.

The base products:



I've been using Benefit Porefessional as a primer under my eyes and MAC Prep and Prime as my eyelid primer. I used to not care about either of these products, but as I'm getting older (38 today to be exact!) my skin is changing. My eyelids became oily after I started treatment for hypothyroidism - hence the need for the lid primer. I've tried a few and this is the best I've found. My dark circles are my nemesis - as is the case for  lot of fair skinned ladies. The Porefessional allows my concealer to glide on without getting cakey. My favourite undereye concealer is MAC Pro Longwear. It takes forever to use it up! The NYX color correcting powder in "Banana" works great as a setting powder for the undereye area.

The colors:




My absolute favourite palette is the one on the bottom - The Urban Decay Naked2 Basics. It has beautiful colors and blends really easily. The top left palette is the Smashbox Cover Shot in Matte. I like the colors in this palette, but I find that they're not easy to blend. I do however love that the lighter shades are bigger than the rest of them- you use them more, so that makes so much sense. The palette on the top right is Mad for Matte by Elf. That's right, Elf! It's really good! Not as easy to blend as the UD, but easier than the Smashbox. If you're looking for a palette on a budget, this one is under $8 at Wal-Mart. I do wish there were more light shades in the Elf one though!

The finishers:

I've been loving the L'Oreal Voluminous Base. I feel like it really makes a difference when  you're wearing an average mascara. It leaves a white coating on the lashes. but the mascara you put over it will cover it up. Great on it's own or over the primer is my favourite mascara at the moment- Benefit Rollerlash. 

What products are you loving lately on your eyes?

XOXO
Glitterary Girl

Sunday, March 05, 2017

My Monthly Purchases: February 2017

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 spent a lot this month for someone who said she wasn't going to spend anything. No regrets! I got some great pieces for a steal.

Scarf: Wilfred Free via Aritzia (still available in alternate color)
Reg $75, on sale for $30
I was so drawn to the colors of this scarf as it has an array of neutrals and goes with all of my winter coats. It's really good quality and so warm.



Hat: TNA via Aritzia
Reg $35, on sale for $15
I'm so obsessed with baseball hats from Aritzia. They fit my small head. The other two I have are dark, and I wanted a light one to take to Palm Springs.



Top: Old Navy
Reg $25, on sale for $12
I have a lot of neutrals in my wardrobe, which can make packing for somewhere sunny and warm seem a little boring. This pink top this fun and will still mix well into pieces I already own. I love the detail around the neckline.



Top: Dynamite
Reg $35, on sale for $20
This was an impulse buy, but a sound one. I was going out and wanted a new shirt, but I made sure I bought one that was also going to be something I could wear to work or on the weekend casually.



Jeans: 7 For All Mankind via Designer Outlet (175 Horseshoe Lake Drive, Halifax)
Reg $178, on sale for $20
Do I need to explain this, really? I'm obsessed with army green and these were basically free. I already wore them to work and they are so comfortable. They are a size too big, but it just makes them slightly less fitted.



Shorts: Levis via Marshall's
Reg $70, on sale for $25
I wanted a pair of patched shorts, and was looking for a darker wash, but when I tried these on I couldn't leave the store without them.



Not included in the budget is a pair of bikini bottoms from Old Navy that can be worn with three of the bikini tops I already own.

Original value of items:  $418
Price I paid: $122
I saved  71%

I have $362 to spend for March (technically). I do have some leeway though.  I can always "borrow" from next quarter. There's also a birthday present to be bought. We'll see what Palm Springs has to offer. The dollar is gross right now, so that will certainly factor into my shopping decisions. I'm most excited to visit the Desert Hills Premium Outlets. I'd love to find a new coin purse and new black jeans because my beloved Madewell ones kicked the bucket (not impressed as they were only a year old...)

Be sure to check back in early April to see what I scooped up in California!

XOXO
Glitterary Girl


Monday, February 20, 2017

Currently 02.20.17

Reading

I've made my way through more books than usual this month. I think it's because we've had some serious snow, which mean more time spent inside both at home and at work. I've spent several lunch hours reading in the past few weeks.

Where I Lost Her - T. Greenwood
Once in a while I like to read some mystery/suspense. This books was just enough of that for me, while still doing a good job of character development. The basic premise is that a woman thinks she sees a little girl run onto the woods in the middle of the night on the side of the road. The rest of the book is spent trying to figure out if she is real or imagined, and also touches on infertility.

We Were Liars - E. Lockhart
Another YA book that sucked me in! I thoroughly enjoyed this read that left me crying at the end. It was one of those reads where pieces of the story keep being revealed bit by bit until the end, which is a huge twist. This would be a perfect beach read for those of you who might be planning trips south in the next little bit!

Pillars of the Earth - Ken Follett
I'm embarrassed to admit that this book took me over TWO YEARS to read. I started it on the plane going to our wedding. It is really long (about 1000 pages) and I would read chunks of it at a time and then put it down (sometimes for many months). I kind of liked reading it that way though as it felt more like a series of book than just one.

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl - Jesse Andrews
This book is bound to draw comparisons to The Fault in Our Stars, but it really is quite different. It was a quick read as some of the book is in script form. I didn't find sad at all, but the author warns that it isn't a sad book right from the beginning. I'll watch the movie soon and see how it compares to the book.



Clicking

I'm still watching tons of YouTube, mostly make-up and style videos but also some travel stuff as well. I've been keeping a check on my on-line shopping lately (yay), but I did order a few bikini bottoms and shorts from Old Navy in preparation for our vacation next month. I usually don't have luck with swimsuits from Old Navy but they were 25% off and I can return them if they don't fit.

Watching

I'm burning through Season 3 of Suits. R and I have been catching up on This is Us and Grey's. We might start a new series soon - perhaps Riverdale or Stranger Things. Girls came back on for the final season. I like that show but also find it frustrating. I don't watch Bachelor spoilers so don't ruin it form me, but I'm predicting Vanessa to be the one who gets the final rose.

Eating

We've been eating a lot more vegetarian meals during the week. They are so quick to make compared to eating meat! I did eat out twice this weekend- once at Clay West for a retirement party (the nachos were decent) and then at Moxies with R, mom, and dad (the burger was delicious).

Veggie pad thai


Drinking

I'm having a DAVIDsTEA at the moment - Pom Cider which I believe was one of the fall teas. I had a really good bottle of wine recently - Lucie Kehlmann by Gaspereau Vineyards. I had a weak moment at the grocery store yesterday and came home with zero calorie Cherry Coke.



Seeing

I feel like the only two places I write these posts are at our kitchen table or at Starbucks. Today I'm at the table looking out at a very snowy golf course. We did lose a fair amount of snow yesterday as it was 7 degrees. That trend can continue please. The snowbanks are so dirty and gross.

I'm tired of bundling up. 


Smelling

My tea. I can also smell the Wallflower in our powder room. It's a winter scent- something cinnamon.

Hearing 

It's pretty quiet here right now. I don't have anything on in the background. My favourite new song at the moment is Shape of You -Ed Sheeran.

Wearing

Stretchy legging-pants, a sweatshirt, slippers. I doubt I'm going anywhere today on Heritage Day.

Feeling

I'm actually feeling kind of blah today. I might spend the afternoon on the coach finishing Suits or reading. Overall I've been feeling much stronger lately. I'm on week 6 of Kayla Itsines (I'm following the fitness guide but not the food guide) and while the scale hasn't budged, I'm noticing big improvements in strength and subtle improvements in how my clothes are fitting. A lot of girls who've done it say they don't see big changes until around week 8 or so.

Anticipating

Five weeks from now I will be in Palm Springs. We just planned out our itinerary, making sure to leave some down time scheduled.

XOXO
Glitterary Girl





Sunday, February 12, 2017

I'm Done With You: February 2017

In this post, I'll share with you the products that I've finished lately. I'm making a conscious effort to use up products before I replace them. I'll also try to eliminate some things that are not quite finished yet but are not being used. My last post was at the end of December, so it's only been about six weeks of hoarding empties. 


My Bath & Body Works items are so much less than usual. I think it's because I started a bunch of new stuff and keep switching them out, so haven't really used many up all of the way. For those of you who like more masculine scents, New York Black Tie is a really nice candle. Jingle All the Way is the Christmas hand soap that was in our powder room and Fresh Sparkling Snow was in the kitchen.


The Aveeno unscented lotion is what I put on in the morning after my shower (I have a no-scent workplace). This Body Shop Vanilla Bliss body butter was one I had leftover from Christmas 2015. Gradual tanners and I don't get along that well - I do better with full strength sunless tanners. That being said, the Jargons is a good gradual tanner if they work with your skin type. The Secret anti-perspirant is the one I always use - cocoa butter scent.


The Sephora solid brush cleanser works really well for brushes. I use a small bar of soap for my beauty blender (the ones from hotels work really well). This Smiths Rosebud Salve was in my nightstand and I used it every night before bed. It lasts a really long time! This Rimmel Vinyl Gloss was old and clumpy so I ditched it.


On the left, The Alterna Caviar Cream is my favourite hair finishing product. The Ion Volume Booster  and Citre Shine shine spray were just sitting in my hair drawer not being used. I did finish the L'oreal Color Radiance heat protectant and I liked it - it mad my hair really silky.

That's it for my empties! I usually save up for two months or so before I post them.

XOXO
Glitterary Girl

Sunday, February 05, 2017

My Monthly Purchases: January 2017

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.

This month was a bit complicated to be honest in my world of style. I returned a LOT of stuff, which meant I had to make many decisions. Our closet looked like a tornado swept through for most of the month. The only thing I have left to return is a pair of pants from Zara.  I should also mention I spent $50 or so at VS/Pink on bras and sports bras which doesn't get counted in my budget. For those of you who shop like crazy during the VS sale, did you notice there was no price drops throughout the sale? The price at the start off the sale was the lowest it went. I brought back my receipt expecting to get some money back with a price adjustment but nada! To be fair, the prices were amazing so I wasn't upset by it.

Flats: Zara
Reg $70, on sale for $26
Zara really killed it lately with the sale shoes. Both pair I bought I'd been eyeing for months. These also came in black, but I have several pair of black flats so I decided to go with the burgundy. They are real leather and so comfy.



Sneakers: Zara
Reg $70, on sale for $20
These remind me so much of the Rihanna Fenty x Puma sneakers that I lusted over last fall. They're a little heavy due to the thick sole but I know I'll wear them tons.




Top: Zara
Reg 30, on sale for $20
This is such a nice top. It goes with nearly everything and makes a casual outfit look a tiny bit dressy.



Sweater: Zara
Reg $36, on sale for $20
 My measure of success with this top is that I can wear it to work without the sleeves driving me crazy when I'm trying to write and type.



Sweater: Gap
Reg $55, on sale for $25
Soft and cozy sweaters are my favourite. I could wear this one every day. I had it in grey too but returned it as I already have a few grey sweaters and not many right now in blue. It's actually from the men's section in Gap- XS fits oversized but not sloppy on me.



Scarf: Zara
Reg $26, on sale for $6
Polka dots! This scarf was too cute not to keep.



Hoodie: Ardene
Reg $26.50
I was walking by Ardene the other day on the way to DAVIDsTEA and out of the corner of my eye I saw the Purpose Tour logo. Of course I had to pick up this hoodie. It kills me that I spent $50 US on a long sleeve tee at the JB concert when now you can get very similar stuff for such decent prices.



I was $128 under for 2016, so I have an extra cushion this quarter. My downfall may be the Aritzia sale because I just cannot resist their sales. My hope is that I can stay away from Zara on-line for the next two months as I'm gearing up for outlet shopping in Palm Springs. I'm pretty conflicted about contributing to the U.S. economy at the moment though.

Original value of items $314
Price I paid $144
I saved 54%

That leaves me with $484 to spend for February and March. 

Did you score any great deals during the January sales?

XOXO 
Glitterary Girl