Tuesday, February 13, 2018

90s and Now

The 90s was the decade that probably was the most influential on my own personal style, given that was the decade of my teen years. I love that the 90s seem to be sneaking back in - slip dresses, combat boots, monochrome dressing. I've done a tiny nod to the 90s here with a tank over a button up shirt. 

Style tip: It can get bulky looking if you try to do this with a thick weight button-up. Make sure the one you pick is thin. 

Shirt and hat: Forever 21
Tank: Uniqlo
Coat: Banana Republic
Boots: Town Shoes
Earrings: H&M

I actually wore this ages ago (Boxing Day, hence the stocking on the doorknob), but I've been really behind in my blogging these days. Blame it on all the good books I'm reading!

Glitterary Girl

Sunday, February 04, 2018

January 2018 Purchases

Every month, I break down my clothing expenses and share them. My quarterly budget is $550. This amount can be rolled into the next quarter if it's not all spent. My goal is to keep my out of pocket expenses within $2200 a year. Gifts and gift cards don't count towards my budget. Since I've been keeping a budget, I'm much more careful with what I buy, and I will return stuff at the end of the month if I'm not crazy about it after hanging it in my closet.

I came into 2018 with a slightly boosted budget from money not spent last year. My allowance for this quarter is $564. January is always a fabulous month for big sales.

Coat: Zara (only XL is left, now $50!)
Reg $170, on sale for $100
I saw this on the website when it first came out and loved it. Then I saw it on Allana Davidson and it looked so good I needed to own it. It’s a bit oversized and so super cozy. I feel like I’ve bought so many new coats in the past year, but honestly, they’re all you see of an outfit for many months here in Canada so I won’t let myself feel guilty about it. This one sheds a bit of the wooly stuff so I’ll have to be sure I have a lint roller with me if I’m wearing dark colors underneath.

Shirt: H&M
Reg $40, on sale for $15
I’ve been a long time fan of anything army green and I actually have a top similar to this one that is old and too big on me anyway. The material is really soft.

Shirt: RW&Co
Reg $70, on sale for $15
This is a really nice basic white shirt that would d look great for work or on the weekend with jeans.

Tops: RW&Co
Reg $36 each, on sale for $4.50 each
These are so perfect for work with cardigans or with shirts that are too low. I bought one in blue and one in grey. They had other colors but were sold out in my size.

Sweater: American Eagle Outfitters (no longer available)
Reg $60, on sale for $9
I’ve been obsessed with pink this winter, which is weird for me. It’s a nice change from all the black and grey that my closet is full of. I probably wouldn’t have looked at this sweater twice for the regular price, but for $9, even if I don’t reach for it often, it’s ok.

Hat: Babaton at Aritzia
Reg $35, on sale for $13
I needed a new black winter hat and I love the texture of this one and the floppy top.

Original value of items: $447
Price I paid: $161
I saved 64%

That leaves me with $404 for this quarter. On my wish list for February - black flat ankle booties to replace my ones from Aldo that are getting worn out. I'm actually doing an on-line order from DSW tonight for some hopefuls. There’s still lots of winter left for cold weather attire!

Glitterary Girl

Thursday, February 01, 2018

Currently 01.31.18

Disclaimer: I will throw references about my vacation (Iberostar Bavaro Suites in Punta Cana) into this post constantly. If that annoys you, don't say I didn't warn you. I should be over it soon.

This water though...

The Daylight Marriage by Heidi Pitlor - A fairly fast suspense novel, but I was not satisfied with the ending at all.
Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight - Loved this one! It reminded me a lot of 13 Reasons Why. A good twist at the end.
Carry Me Down by MJ Hyland - This kept my attention enough to finish it, but I found it supremely depressing. Basically about a boy with psychological issues.
Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel - I almost didn't read this book, but I finished Carry Me Down one day at work and didn't have another book to start so I picked it up out of the reading room. I'm so glad I did! I liked it so much that I brought it on vacation with me to finish. A post-apocalyptic read with excellent character development. 
Walking on Trampolines by Frances Whiting - Perfect beach book. I flew through this novel about a complicated love triangle that also focuses on other important relationships.

Not much of anything but maybe I'll write some poems for Valentine's Day.

I've been playing Word Cookies on my phone - so addictive - but I took a relative break from most social media while I was on vacation. No online shopping has been done lately either (weird).

This is Us, Season 4 of Suits, KUWTK, Grey's. I'm not watching as much YouTube lately.

I can't stop thinking about the doughnuts at the Iberostar. I'm not even someone who eats a lot of doughnuts, but I sure did last week (ummm... three times a day...)! Lots of great food was eaten while on vacation, but my favourite meal was the sushi, grilled chicken, veggies and rice at the Japanese restaurant. Since I've been home, I've made two new soup recipes from the book Yum and Yummer.

My vacation drink of choice was wine at night and vodka-cranberry-orange in the daytime. In normal life, I've still been stuck on tea (a cup or two every morning at work).  Lemon Pound Cake by DAVIDsTEA is my current fave. I need to drink more water.

Twisted Peppermint candle

A messy kitchen table (mine) full of mail, Harveys coupons, and golf balls.

The sports show that seems to be playing in the background at our house ALL THE TIME. Never stops.

The oldest lulu pants on earth (2005!), Under Armour tee, hoodie

Like I'm fighting off an illness that is bound to get me. So many people coughing and sneezing. Orange juice and vitamins are my friends.

I've got that post-vacation low where I just want to rewind time and lay on a beach. The next vacation needs to be decided on soon so I can have something to look forward to.

Glitterary Girl

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Best Buys 2017

Hello! This is always one of my favourite posts to do. I shop A LOT and it's fun to look back over the entire year and decide which five items were my favourite picks. Sometimes it's hard to pick favourites, but I always choose things that I get a ton of wear out of. Maybe they're not the most exciting things I own, but they are closet staples for me and I'd run out and replace them if anything happened to them.

Boots: Dr. Martens via Little Burgundy

I'm frightened now that I'll start collecting Docs. That's how much I love these boots. The only thing I wish I could change about them is the fact that they don't have a zipper up the inside. Most people wouldn't care much about that, but the nature of my work is visiting people in their homes, and it makes my life much easier when footwear is easy to get on and off.

Handbag: Michael Kors

Technically this was a birthday gift, but I picked it out. It really is a perfect size bag for me and I wore it lots in the spring, summer, and fall.

Sneakers: Stan Smith by Adidas via Aritzia

If I can get away with wearing fashion sneakers I usually will. These are extremely versatile and incredibly comfortable. I've worn them with jeans, shorts, skirts, dresses... to work, to dinners out, running errands... and on and on. They are on sale right now at Aritzia, but only small sizes left.

Hat: Forever 21 (link to similar)

For the second year in a row I've chosen a hat as one of my best buys. I've always had a thing for baker boy hats and this year they seem to be everywhere in blogger-land. Hats are such a style saver for me. When an outfit is boring, throw on this hat. When my hair looks stupid, throw on this hat. When I should have washed my hair but did not.... throw on this hat.

Scarf: Wilfred Free at Aritzia

Another strange choice for a best buy, but I wear this scarf sooooo much in the winter. It goes with almost every coat I own and it's seriously warm. Aritzia scarves are freaking expensive and I got this one on sale for $30. I wouldn't hesitate to get another one, so I'll be watching the sales very closely closer to the end of the season.

Year end spend

My total for the year came in at $2068, $68 over budget, which means I made a math error somewhere. Oops.

I'm giving myself a tiny raise this year to $2200, which is another $50 per quarter.

Glitterary Girl