Sunday, July 16, 2017

Currently 07.16.17

Reading 

Modern Lovers- Emma Straub
I read this one on my Kobo and I really liked it. It was a quick read and dealt with several different romantic relationships and friendships.
First Comes Love- Emily Giffin
Another Kobo read. I love anything by Emily - this was no exception. It maybe wasn't as much of a page-turner as some of her others but I still really enjoyed it.
Save Me- Lisa Scottoline
I always leave a hard copy book at work to read on breaks and the occasional lunch hour (when I feel like sitting at Starbucks instead of shopping). This reminded me of a Jodi Picoult book - a stressful ethical situation and the aftermath. It was good!
Lola and the Boy Next Door- Stephanie Perkins
I've read three book by the same author in the past year and I tear right through them. If you like (older) YA crush books, you'll like her stuff!
Living in Style- Rachel Zoe
This was a Winners find for me. Sometimes Winners has the greatest coffee table books. I've read this book slowly over probably six months or so.



Writing

Since reading the poetry collection Milk and Honey, I've been inspired to get back into poetry. I used to write poetry off and on when I was younger. I was always the one who could easily come up with a funny poem or jingle for school projects and stuff. When I was younger, I'd often turn to writing when I was going through emotional turmoil, so I've been digging deep into some poems I started/completed/saved in my head from the earlier years and have been re-working them. I'm also blogging once a week. I can't believe I ever posted three times a week - I can't imagine doing that now!

Clicking

I've been loving Instagram and all it's inner workings (DM, stories, videos, etc). I placed two Zara orders in the last month (not very successful). I'm looking so forward to having  physical store in the near future. No more having to box up returns.

Watching

Girl Boss (Netflix) - a quirky show about the girl who started Nasty Gal on-line.
Homeland (Netflix) - a new season got released to Netflix recently.
Why Him? (movie) - R and I liked this one with James Franco- really funny.
The Bachelorette (TV) - I'm not loving this season but I still have to watch.
Bondi Vet (TV) - How did I not know this show existed until recently? If you love animals and hunky Australians, you'll enjoy. It's rare that a day goes by that I don't watch one of these. I've got 16 episodes on my DVR right now...
Pretty Little Liars (TV) - The series finale has finally aired, and I was happy with how things ended. It's one of those series where you'd probably benefit from re-watching, but I'll never find the time.
The Handmaid's Tale- (TV) What a great show! The season finale was so good. Can't wait for it to return
Boy Band (TV)- A new show where the end result will be a new boy band. I love all the throw-backs to NKOTB, BSB, N'Sync, etc.

Eating

Restaurants I've been to lately (in the Halifax area) include Edible Matters, Jack Astor's, The Gecko Bus, Tako Sushi,  Halifax Press, and Ela. I did pop into Chain-Yard to pick up some cider to go, but we didn't stay to eat. At home, we've been trying to get through what we affectionately call "freezer relics"(meals we froze). I made a pretty good chili recently too.

Halifax Press grilled cheese on the waterfront


Drinking

I've been into the various zero-calorie naturally-flavoured sparkling waters. I've also been loving various ciders and radlers. I bought a DAVIDsTEA $1 iced tea tumbler when they were on sale for $10 in June, so I've been enjoying at least 3-4 iced teas a week. I also enjoyed a Starbucks Reward last week- a venti non-fat s'mores frapp (my absolute favourite). As I'm writing this I'm enjoying a DAVIDsTEA Raspberry Cream rooibos in my living room. I'd rather be on the deck but it's overcast.

Seeing

My living room. The more I stare at it, the more I really want to get our built-ins done.

Smelling

B&BW Island Margarita candle. It's really strong and tropical!

Hearing

Birds chirping - that's it. I don't have music or TV on in the background.

Wearing

A black tee, jeans (too warm for jeans!), and a baseball hat.

Feeling

I'm feeling kind of sleepy which is strange since I had a good sleep and have no reason to be tired. Overall I've been feeling pretty good. I'm into my 9th week of round two of Kayla Itsines BBG program. I really enjoy it. I should have completed more of the program by now (I started Jan. 9) but I did take a few weeks off for vacations. I just need to bury my scale in the back of a closet somewhere because I still have a hard time with the concept that you can feel and look better and weigh MORE. Why is that so hard to accept?

Anticipating

I've got a fun weekend coming up with a few social events with my oldest friend group. Then in August we have two weddings- my brother-in-law (wedding is here) and BFF (in Newmarket). I'm looking forward to both! I've also been golfing a bit (just at the driving range and practice greens) and feel like I'm almost ready to play a few holes.

Me and BFF at her bachelorette party in Toronto

Me at Goodwood driving range

XOXO
Glitterary Girl

Sunday, July 09, 2017

My June 2017 Purchases #2

In June, I had many shopping bags. So many in fact that the thought of putting them all in one post was just too much. If you'd like to read my first post on my June shopping, here's the link.

Pants: H&M (no longer available)
Reg $20, I got them for $15 with a recycling program coupon
I have a few pairs of similar pants from H&M that get a lot of wear. I loved the print on these and I know they last a long time and are easy to care for.



Tees: H&M 
Reg 2/$14
H&M basic tees and tanks are my go-to right now. They come in so many colors. I bought black with a white stripe and this army green.



Top: Dynamite
Reg $30, on sale for $18 (no longer available)
I really like the off the shoulder trend that is happening. This pretty top looks really nice with blue or white jeans or a denim skirt.



Dress: Dynamite 
Reg  $40, on sale for $15 (no longer available
I had to think hard about this dress. I do love it...but will I wear it? With a fitted tee and sneakers, this is so 90's. I'm keeping it!



Tees: Banana Republic
Reg $77 for both, on sale for $18 for both
I bought a black crew neck and light grey v-neck tee.For the price of these and the quality, I had to buy them. Grey and black tees are on very high rotation on my wardrobe and these will get lots of love. They are in the laundry, so no photo. They're very basic!

Dresses: Banana Republic (link is for short dress in a different pattern, long dress is no longer available) 
Reg $395 for both, on sale for $48 for both
It's practically a crime to pass up dresses like this for that cheap. I've already worn the long one to an outdoor wedding (so nice to have covered legs on a rainy day) and I will find somewhere to wear the other one. I'm very much into remixing my regular wardrobe, but I admit I find it hard to wear special occasion dresses on repeat. If I can get a beautiful dress for twenty-some dollars, I won't feel bad if I then pass it on or consign it after wearing it once or twice. The day I shopped, everything on sale was an extra 50% off.




Sandals: Aldo
Reg $100, on sale for $50
I'm already thankful for this purchase. My old black wedge sandals desperately needed replacing. These are REALLY comfy. Comfy enough to not even think twice about wearing them to work or even errand running. The have a zip in the back to make them easy to get on and off. Love them.



Here's my tally for both June shopping posts:
Original value of items: $1052 (whoa)
Price I paid: $435
I saved 59%.

I don't remember this ever happening, but I went over budget this quarter (only by $23) . No regrets! I love all the things I found. I don't have anything specific on my radar, but I will be making another trip to Toronto in August. My local mall is also opening an H&M and Zara this summer so it'll be a novelty to have them so accessible to me. 

XOXO
Glitterary Girl

Monday, July 03, 2017

My June 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.

June had me buried in shopping bags. I went a bit nuts, true, but I did save the bulk of my spring budget for the June sales, knowing that it's the best month to shop for summer clothes. I did a bit of shopping when I was in Toronto, but I was pressed for time and exhausted so I didn't get much. I bought so much this month that I'm actually going to spread it over two posts.

Chokers: Topshop
Reg $25, on sale for $12
I love these! They're so delicate and pretty. I've not actually worn them all together yet as I love them individually. I also bought some glitter socks from Topshop which I haven't included here. I was on such a mission in Topshop! The SA's were laughing at me because I took in two armfuls of clothes and barely bought anything. Such is life when you're working on a budget and can only buy stuff you LOVE.



Cardigan: Wilfred Free for Aritzia
Reg $65, on sale for $52 (clientele sale)
The Zlata is one of the pieces I can never get enough of. I bought it last year in ashen (seen below) and am always reaching for it. I didn't even know I wanted the navy until it was in my hand. The navy isn't available on-line for some reason. I guess I was lucky to have found it in-store.

Mine's in navy.


Reg $55 on sale for $41 (clientele sale)
I had to have this print! It's so pretty and has great colors in it. The fabric is amazing too. Talula is one of Aritzias least expensive brands, and I love a lot of their items.



Reg $110 on sale for $75 (regular sale)
I've been wanting Stan Smith's for well over a year now and I doubt I'll find a classic color for less than this price. I had a hard time deciding if I wanted the white with black trim or these all whites. I'm happy with my choice though! They are sooo comfortable!



Earrings: Topshop
Reg $14, on sale for $5
I have a few pair of ear jackets now and I really like wearing them. They can take a basic outfit up a notch. These are one-piece but look like two pieces.



Tee: Topshop
Reg $48, on sale for $29
White tees with a little something extra are always useful to have in your closet! This will look great with blue or black jeans or a little black skirt.







Camisole: Uniqlo
Reg $29, on sale for $13
The fabric of this cami is great. I'm actually regretting not buying another color.



Pants: Uniqlo
Reg $30
I bought a similar pair of Uniqlo pants in San Francisco a few years ago and I said if I ever found them again I would get another pair. My original ones are still going strong after four years and tons of washings. They are amazing to wear on planes. They're pretty close to leggings but they have back pockets so I can call them pants.



I'll post the rest of my June haul soon. I really feel like I have a ton of new stuff to wear! I need to be better at actually getting some wear out of my new summer clothes, especially since we have such a small window of actual summer here in Nova Scotia.

See you next time for the rest of my June shopping bags! I'll do my $$ totals at the end of the next post.

XOXO
Glitterary Girl



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).



Details: 
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.



XOXO
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!

XOXO
Glitterary Girl

Sunday, June 04, 2017

Currently 06.04.17

Reading
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.



Clicking
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.

Watching
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.

Eating
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.


Drinking
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..


Seeing
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...


Smelling
Coffee!

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

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

Feeling
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.

Anticipating
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.

XOXO
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!
Weird!
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.

XOXO
Glitterary Girl



Sunday, May 21, 2017

Giraffe Day

The day I was looking forward to the most in Palm Springs was our visit to The Living Desert. It's a beautiful zoo and garden located in La Quinta, about a half hour from Palm Springs. I've always loved going to zoos, even more now as an adult than I did as a kid. I was very impressed by The Living Desert in terms of how much space the animals had and how they were treated. The zoo also does a lot to help animal conservation and has a rehabilitation hospital on site. 


Details
Tee: Uniqlo
Shorts: Aritzia
Sneakers: Converse x Missoni
Bag: Michael Kors
Necklace: Stella & Dot
Sunnies: Coach
Bracelets Alex and Ani



For $5 you can feed the giraffes. You get four carrot sticks and lots of photo and video opportunities. I could have stood there all day and fed this guy!


My sticker says "I fed a giraffe"
The zoo volunteers were so knowledgeable and friendly.  They didn't mind answering all of our questions even though they must get asked the same thing so many times every day. The good thng is that they move around, so they're not always volunteering at the same exhibit.





XOXO
Glitterary Girl

Sunday, May 07, 2017

My April 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 always crave new spring clothes in April even though spring is very come-and- go here in Halifax. The key is to gradually ease out the winter stuff and bring in the summer stuff. I try my hardest to save most summer clothing buys (sleeveless things, shorts, etc) until June when they usually go on sale.

Blazer: Only via Envy
Reg $80, on sale for $20
I've been needing a new black blazer. The one I have is a bit too small and I've also decided I hate blazers with buttons, so all my future blazers will be button-less.






Boots: Old Navy
Reg $45, on sale for $15
I wear ankle boots so much in the fall. It can't hurt to have another color to mix into the rotation.



Top: Zara
Reg $26
This top is so me. It's neutral but interesting. I've worn it already with high waisted dress pants.



Skirt: Gap
Reg $55, on sale for $20
I really like wearing jean skirts to work. I already have one from Topshop, but it's a little short. This one is longer and a wrap style.  Now I have a work one and a play one.



Top: Zara
Reg $20
A new white shirt is pretty much a given for me every spring. This one is really fun! The black band fakes a tiny waist.



Dress: Alice and Olivia
Thrifted for $5
When you consider that these dresses usually go for $250-$500, I'd say this was a no-brainer. This was scooped up at the East of Montreal $5 sale. I'm not including this in the savings calculation this month as I have no idea how much it cost originally. It's a beauty of a ruched black dress - perfect for almost any occasion!



Original value of items: $226
Price I paid: $106
I saved 53%

I'm doing great with staying under budget lately. I have $547 left to spend this quarter. I'm going to try to save as much as I can for the Aritzia clientele sale in June, although Zara has had some great stuff lately so I will probably end up ordering a box or two from there. I have a small order from Old Navy coming - I'm on a mission for a lightweight black spring coat.

XOXO
Glitterary Girl



Sunday, April 30, 2017

Currently 04.30.17

Reading

I read a lot this month, which is just fantastic. I'm spending at least one lunch hour a week reading instead of running errands or shopping, and it's very relaxing. I went thorough so many books partly because I spent a lot of time on planes and in airports.

I Let You Go - Clare Mackintosh
This was a very suspenseful, twisty book that I think you'd like it you were a fan of Gone Girl.

Before I Fall - Lauren Oliver (YA)
I've been meaning to read this for a long time, but the fire was lit under me when the movie version came out. I didn't actually get to see it in the theatre, but I planned to, so I made sure to read it. I really liked it. It was kind of like a teenage angsty Groundhog Day.

Anna and the French Kiss - Stephanie Perkins (YA)
I realized in reading this book, that there are three books by the same author that are connected and I read them in the wrong order. Isla and the Happily Ever After was meant to be read last, but I read it first, sometime last year. I totally enjoyed it. Teenage love in Paris - perfect!

Remembering the Bones - Frances Itani
While I appreciated the idea of the story, I found it to be quite slow in spots. It's about an elderly lady who finds herself stranded in a gully after a car accident and thinks back on her life.

When Breath Becomes Air - Paul Kalanithi
This is a nice quick read that's about a medical resident who gets diagnosed with a terminal illness. It was a very interesting angle to view cancer from. I didn't find it too sad until his wife's epilogue.

Clicking

My favourite thing on the internet in so long (maybe ever) was getting to experience the pregnancy of April the Giraffe and the birth of her baby. I was fascinated with the whole thing, and was really sad when the webcam came down. I'm still checking in on them via Facebook updates, and the camera is back on Tuesday evenings for now. I put in two Zara orders this month... remember, most of it gets sent back. I'm still watching lots of YouTube and loved all of the Coachella coverage.


Watching

I watched the very controversial 13 Reasons Why, making it through the 13 episodes in 10 days which is very fast for me when it comes to TV watching. It's been almost a week since I've finished it and I'm still unsure how I feel about it. I don't want to give it away for those of you who are planning to watch but it's no secret that it's a show about a girl who commits suicide and then tells 13 reasons why she did it. I really believe that it opens up a lot of discussion on suicide, but I feel badly for friends of people who have committed suicide who may watch this show and then worry non-stop that they were the reason why the person did it.
I also watched the final season of Girls and the end was very unsatisfying - as was expected for the show - it would have been very weird for it to have ended any other way. I've started watching PLL's final season and as always I feel like the only way I'd ever fully understand this show is to watch it from start to finish at least five times. Last night R and I watched Neighbours 2: Sorority Rising, which was an easy laugh.

Eating

We had restaurant food the whole week we were in Palm Springs so we haven't been going out much since we returned home. I'm feeling under the weather this weekend so unfortunately we had to cancel dinner plans with friends at Ela last night, which I was really looking forward to. There's been more chocolate around lately thanks to Easter. I've hoarded some mini eggs and Lindt bunnies to get me through the next few months. We've still been incorporating lots of vegetarian dishes into our meal planning, the one below being my most recent favourite.

Mango Chili noodles


Drinking

Most mornings at work, I've been making a tea, which is a nice ritual to begin the work day. I had to try the unicorn frapp from Starbucks when it made its short appearance. I had it made less sweet which was a great decision. I actually liked it, but it wasn't something I could see myself ordering very often if it were on the regular menu.



Seeing

I'm write this post in our basement TV room and I can see the lake and the (turning) green grass outside the patio doors.


Smelling

The remnants of my decaf earl grey tea.

Hearing

I have The Social (past DVR episode) on in the background.

Wearing

Jeans, a tank, and a cardigan. I'm also covered in a cozy blanket.

Feeling

Unwell, as I have been most of the weekend. I'll spare you the details.

Anticipating

I've got some catching up with old friends to do this month which I'm really looking forward to. I'll be seeing friends from previous workplaces and physio school.  Mothers' Day brunch is also something I look forward to every year.

Birthday gift from BFF - Pur cosmetics palette


XOXO
Glitterary Girl