Sunday, September 24, 2017

A Spectacular September

It's hard to not have a spring in my step lately, even if it is technically fall. We normally have great Septembers but I think this one has been even more beautiful than usual. Yes, I'm excited for fall fashion, but I can hold off on wearing my wool sweaters for a little while longer. You'll know fall has truly arrived I trade my iced teas for lattes!

Hat: Le Chateau
Shirt: American Eagle Outfitters
Tee: Gap
Jeans: 7 for all Mankind
Sandals: Aldo
Bracelet: Alex & Ani
Bag: H&M

If anyone sees a hat like this in black, please let me know! The one at Zara is too big for my little head!

Glitterary Girl

Sunday, September 17, 2017

I'm Done With You: September 2017

Every few months I share what I've used up or decided to part with when it comes to make-up, skin and hair care, and home scents. I'll leave a * next to the items I would re-purchase.

I always have a decent amount of Bath & Body Works products that I go through. Missing from this stash is my usual 3 wick candle. Turns out, I don't burn candles nearly as much in the warmer months. Also, I tend to want more variety, so I end up burning a few different scents partway, leaving me with half-burned candles and no empties!

Hand soaps in Nectarine Sun Tea* Beach Bellini*, Sweet Mint Mimosa*, Springtime in Paris*, Bali Coconut Cove*, and Aloe Agave*
Body wash in Coconut Lime Verbena*
I've also gone through a few body soaps from Pearl & Daisy* in Truro, but they were bought in bulk and had no packaging so I don't know the names of them. They are really nice and moisturizing though!

Wallflower scents in Beautiful Day*,  Champagne Toast, and Mango Dragonfruit*. I'm full-on obsessed with Wallflowers now and trying to decide if I need to pop by the mall and pick up the cute pumpkin plug that's on sale today (update: they sold the last one ten minutes before I went into the store *crying*)
Anti-Bacs in Sugar Plum Dream* and Black Cherry Merlot (which I generally like as a scent, but not as a hand sanitizer in the car.  Probably shouldn't be driving around with hands smelling of wine...)

Rimmel Brow this Way in Blonde* I use this after a brow pencil to set my brows. It doesn't have super strong hold but it looks natural.
Annabelle Skinny Brow Liner in Universal Light* The closest thing I can find at the drugstore to MAC. I much prefer brow pencils that don't requite sharpening.
Nivea Lip Volume. This is way old and I don't even think you can buy it anymore.
Benefit Rollerlash Mascara* My holy grail mascara. I refuse to buy it full size though. I keep getting sample sizes in gift sets and as 100 point perks at Sephora.
Buxom Lash Mascara. Not my favourite to be honest. I find it smudges, but only on my left eye. Weird.

Hair Stuff
John Frieda Full Repair Conditioner* I like to always have a drugstore conditioner on hand for when I do my hair naturally curly. Salon conditioners tend to not work as well for my natural state.
Bumble & Bumble Hairdressers Invisible Oil. I got this as a 100 point perk at Sephora and I don't think it's special enough to spend money on. B&B is expensive!
Amika Nourishing Mask. Another product that's not quite special enough to re-purchase.

Skin Care
Olay Total Effects Moisturizer Plus Gradual Sunless Tanner* I usually have some of this on hand for nighttime use when I feel my face needs some color but maybe not so much color as a full-strength sunless tanner
Vichy Liftactiv Supreme face moisturizer. I got this as part of a skincare kit. There was absolutely nothing wrong with it, I just can't see myself buying it again unless I found it in another kit for a good price.
Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Eye* I normally don't bother including samples this small in my blog posts but this stuff in the tiny package lasted me WEEKS. Kiel's is pricey, but you have to use so little of the products that it lasts forever. This was a really nice eye cream. I'd consider buying the full size once I run out of the ones I'm currently using up. I have three eye creams on the go right now, so it might be awhile!
Peter Thomas Roth Anti-Aging Cleansing Gel * I like this face wash almost as much as the Kiehl's one. You use the smallest amount so the bottle lasts forever.
First Aid Beauty Face Cleanser * Another great cleanser. This one is better for wintertime, when my skin is drier, as it's pretty creamy.
GlamGlow Supermud Clearing Treatment * A few years ago when my skin was going crazy with hormonal changes, this product saved my skin. I only use it on my t-zone as a mask or on any blemishes as an overnight treatment. It's expensive, but it WORKS. It's actually available in trial size at Sephora this month for 100 points.
Bioderma Micelle Solution * This stuff is always in my cabinet. It's the best makeup remover and not greasy at all. I use it every day.
Joe Fresh cotton rounds. I prefer the Quo ones to these.

Not empty but not using
Hask Kalahari Melon Oil shampoo and conditioner. I found these too heavy for my hair although they smell amazing
L'oreal Color Radiance Instant Miracle. This made my hair really tangled.
Tea Tree Oil. Expired.
Victoria's Secret Beauty Rush lip gloss. Too much sparkle.

Thanks for reading all about my recycling!
Have a fabulous week!

Glitterary Girl

Monday, September 04, 2017

My August 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.

August is usually a busy shopping month for me. This year was no exception. It's a strange month... still summer but definitely seeing lots of fall things in store, especially at the end of August. This month, I was in Toronto at Yorkdale, where I actually didn't end up buying much (see my finds below from Uniqlo and Topshop).

Dress: Cece via Marshalls
Reg $138, Marshall's price $50
This was the dress I wore to my brother in law's wedding. I actually bought it in July, but didn't decide I was going to keep it for sure until August, so I included it in this month's spend. Things were really busy that day so I didn't get a chance to snap a good photo.

Shirt: Bootlegger
Reg $40, on sale for $9
This was an impulse buy because I had a party to go to and wanted something new. I've worn it to work with a cardigan over top too.

Dress: H&M
Reg $20, on sale for $12
Another purchase with a sunny south vacation in mind!

Tee: TNA at Aritzia (exact color no longer available)
Reg $30, on sale for $10
I liked the color of this top and figured I could wear i with a bunch of different bottoms. It runs crazy huge though. This is an XXS and it still seems big on me.

Tank: American Eagle Outfitters
Reg $28, on sale for $11
I'm always a fan of stripes. Lately I've been enjoying the embroidery trend. This tank marries the two.

Pants: Uniqlo
Reg $30, on sale for $20
I bought a grey pair of these pants in Toronto in June and I wanted another color. I now have jeans, dress joggers, and these legging pants in pretty much the same color. Army green is the new black.

Boots: Topshop
Reg $150, on sale for $20
These were my steal of the month. One pair left on the sale rack in Topshop, and they were my size. Real leather too!

Top: Topshop
Reg $70, on sale for $15
Moody florals are big for fall and I love the colors and lace up detail on this top.

Shorts: Joe Fresh
Reg $30, on sale for $10
I needed some new darker denim shorts. I wore my light denim Levis a ton this season.

Tees: H&M
Reg $15 each, on sale 2/$20
Two great basic (but interesting) tops.

Tee: H&M
Reg $18, used coupon and got it for $12
I always have H&M Conscious coupons on hand. When you spend $30, you get $5 off. I bought the above tops and this one on the same day. I really love this light pink crushed velvet. Pink looks so nice with black or green for fall.

Pants: Banana Republic
Reg $124, on sale for $11
These were too good of a deal to pass up. Perfect for work.

Original cost of items: $708
Price I paid: $200
I saved 72% 

I'm left with $160 to spend in September to end the quarter. I don't really have anything in particular in mind that I need to buy. I'm sure the season change will make me want to snag some sweaters though...

Glitterary Girl

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Currently 08.27.17

Me After You - Jojo Moyes
A sequel to Me Before You, this was an easy and good read. It wasn't what I expected it would be, but it was enjoyable. The ending left lots of room for another book about Louisa.
The Light Between Oceans - M.L Stedman
I've been meaning to read this one for a long time, and I enjoyed it. I loved that it was set in Australia, and I'd even been close to the place where the story took place. Now I'll have to see the movie.
Nookietown- V.C. Chickering
This book had some not-great reviews but I read the jacket at the library and checked it out. I actually thought it was really funny. In short, married women decide to hook up their husbands with divorcees in town. Hilarity ensues.

I bought a book on writing prompts, which has been fun to pull out every now and then when I feel like writing about something random. I've also had some inspiration to flex my poetry muscles -  I have to be in a very specific mood to do it though.

For the past day I've been furiously trying to get my phone back to normal. I just made the big switch from Android to iPhone and I'm still in the process of getting all my contacts over and my apps back. Ugh. I've been spending lots of time on social media lately and haven't been buying anything online.

Friends from College (Netflix) - I binged watched (and then watched again) the first half of this series a few weeks ago and I'm pretty sure in the next few days I'll fly through the rest of it. I haven't LOL'ed at a show as much in a really long time.
To the Bone (Netflix) - I've been waiting for this movie to come out for a while. I love Lily Collins, who portrays a girl with an eating disorder and her road to recovery.
The Story of Diana (TV) - I was always intrigued by Princess Diana and I'm halfway through this two-part series on her life.She passed away the night before I left for my first year at university, which I can't believe was 20 years ago!
Boy Band (TV) - As I'm writing this, we're watching the last episode of Boy Band. I liked the concept of the show, but wasn't always a fan of the host, architects, or the process.
Bachelor in Paradise (TV) - I'm starting to like Paradise better than the regular shows. It's so dramatic.

Stubborn Goat - I always have a good meal at the Goat. And The Bully is my favourite cocktail in Halifax.
Lot Six- The atmosphere here is great. I wasn't however as impressed with my main course as I hoped to be. I'd definitely go back though!
Gecko Bus - R and I have been splititing large burrito bowls occasionally. It's always so fresh, healthy and good.
Tako Sushi - our favourite sushi spot of late. We always get the deluxe maki.

DAVIDSTEA $1 iced teas are winding down next week which is sad.... I've been loving cider as is usually the case every summer. I like making a flavoured tea every morning at work before I get too deep into things.

I've got Friends from College paused on the basement TV right now while I work on this post! Episode six.

I just washed my hair, so smelling my Lush Daddy-O shampoo

The heat pump and what I think might be golf on the main floor TV.

Grey sweatshirt, leggings.

A little bit of muscle burn in the legs and ankles from hiking High Head this morning. I think we only did half of it, but going up and down all the rocks was hitting some muscles that I forgot I had. Overall, it's been a strange few weeks though - maybe the eclipse? I'm feeling happy for two important couples in my life who tied the knot recently! Both weddings were loads of fun.

High Head

I'm looking forward to Labour Day weekend. Also, one of my dearest friends is going to be in Halifax for two whole weeks in September so looking forward to some quality time with her.

Our part-time houseguest for the past few weeks. 

Glitterary Girl

Monday, August 21, 2017

Denim and Ruffles

An easy outfit is a girly shirt paired with some type of denim bottom. In August, the perfect choice for your lower half is a mini skirt. Although I'd had this shirt for two months, this was the first time I wore it. I thought the ruffle might annoy me, but I didn't mind it at all.

Tee and Skirt: Topshop
Shoes: Tory Burch
Bag: Kate Spade
Sunnies: Coach
Bracelet: Michael Kors

After a whirlwind of a week off, with TWO weddings, I'm back to the old grind. Toronto was great and I even got to take a spin around Yorkdale mall, which has changed SO much since I was there last.

Glitterary Girl

Sunday, August 06, 2017

My July 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.

The summer sales continued into July, and I continued to benefit from them! I knew this was a good time to buy some stuff in preparation for a trip or two down south next winter, so some of my finds have vacation in mind. Most of this was bought on clearance, so not available on-line (sorry).

Hat: Aritzia
Reg $30, on sale for $15
I have such a hard time with sun hats because my head is small. I like ones that come down low so there's less chance of it blowing off. This seems to fit snug, sit low and it's packable.

Tunic: Zara
Reg $30, on sale for $10
I originally bought this when it was $16, then saw it for cheaper so ordered it again and sent the first one back! I'm super excited to finally have a physical Zara store in Halifax this month. I'm sure I'll still continue to order on-line but I will now be able to return to store.

Dress: Ricki's
Reg $50, on sale for $25
I hadn't stepped foot in Ricki's for many many years, but the sale sign in the window drew me in and they had some cute sundresses. This will be perfect for a trip south!

Dress: Gap Factory
Reg $45, on sale for $13.50
Another solid choice for a tropical vacation!

Flip flops: Gap Factory
Reg $30, on sale for $15
I'm really picky with flip flops. I don't like ones that look too casual. I like the perforated leather in these.

Romper: H&M
Reg $70, on sale for $15
I'm obsessed with this color. It's soooo pretty. Rompers make me look short (I know, I AM short....) so I'll have to wear heels with this. Now I need a good party to wear it to....

Hat: H&M
Reg $15, on sale for $7
We all know I love ball hats. This was on opening special for the new H&M at HSC. I love love love the new store. It's so spacious and well laid out with two sets of dressing rooms.

Dress: Uttam Boutique via Brilliant
Reg consignment price $40, on sale for $5
I rarely make it to Brilliant because it's downtown and parking is a nightmare, but I was down that way for work last week and was already parked, so you know... their $5 rack called my name! This is a beautiful fitted dress - with pockets!

Skirt: Club Monaco via Brilliant
Reg consignment price $40, on sale for $5
Cute little skirt with pockets. I'm a sucker for pockets obviously. Ignore the wrinkles.

Pants: Banana Republic
Reg $124, on sale for $16
I have a similar version of this pant in crop style and really like them for work, so when I saw the longer version for this price, I had to have them.They're in the wash, so no photo.  Thick chambray blue trousers with a straight leg.

Reg $46, on sale for $13
The sale was buy one, get one half off, so when I got the above dress, I had to get something else.  I need to replace my black summer cardigan every few years and the current one is on it's last legs. Also in the wash, it's an elbow length black cardigan, looser fit with buttons.

Original price of items: $520
I paid: $140
I saved: 73%

There's $360 left for this quarter's budget. I don't have anything in particular in mind for upcoming buys. Toronto is on my radar this month, as I'll be heading there for BFF's wedding. I won't be downtown, but may have a few minutes to visit the Upper Canada Mall. August always brings fall clothes, but I don't usually feel like buying them til well into September.

I hope you scored some good season-end deals in July!

Glitterary Girl

Monday, July 24, 2017

Mixed Neutrals

It's been a quiet summer for outfit posts. It seems whenever we're going anywhere that I'm wearing something half interesting, we're rushing out the door with no time for photos.

This was something I wore to work and then out to dinner with literally not one change (ok, I probably brushed my hair).

Top and Sandals: Zara
Shorts: Club Monaco
Bag: Michael Kors
Sunnies: Coach

I've always liked the look of a long sleeved top with shorts. I have to be careful what I pair with the shorts as they are quite boxy, and the shape of them can make me look shorter and wider. Heels certainly help!

Glitterary Girl

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Currently 07.16.17


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.


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!


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.


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.


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


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.


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


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


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


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


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?


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

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. 

Glitterary Girl