Sunday, April 22, 2018

Currently 04.22.2018

The Girl with Nine Wigs - Sophie Van Der Stap
This was the book I read at work. It was a funny memoir about a girl who was diagnosed with cancer in her early 20s.
Nutshell - Ian McEwan
Weird! The narrator was a fetus. Worth the read though, as I had to know what happened at the end.
The Sun and her Flowers - Rupi Kaur
I loved Milk and Honey and this poetry collection was almost as good.
Immediate Fiction - Jerry Cleaver
I've had this book for probably five years and finally read it. It had some valuable tips on writing.

I’ve been working on an outline for some fiction. Not much down on paper yet, but I hope to use some of the principles from Immediate Fiction and aim to write at least five minutes every single day for one month once I start the actual writing. I haven’t been blogging as much at all because of the other stuff I’m working on. Maybe the change in weather will inspire me to do some new outfit posts.

Blockers (movie) - This was as funny as I expected it to be and actually got funnier as the movie went on.
As far as series go, I started Master of None, finished Season 5 of OITNB, have been watching Grey’s weekly (loving this season), as well as Modern Family, The Arrangement, and The Royals.

I did a bunch of online shopping earlier this month. Been lurking (but not so active) on all the usual social media. Still addicted to Word Cookies on my phone.

Starbucks chatter. I’m at the busier location on Lacewood today rather than my usual one on Chain Lake Dr.

So many tiny 8 year old cheerleaders who are wearing about five times as much makeup as I have ever had on in my life. There must be a competition close by today. I'm also staring at my nails... I had my shellac taken off yesterday and they look pretty sad. I love shellac, but hate what it does to my nails.

On staycation, at The Old Apothecary, with my shellac nails. They lasted three weeks (from Remedy Spa).

Peggy's Cove 

Remnants of my iced chai latte..... yum

Burger week was so great. I ended up trying three - Rinaldo’s, Vandal, and Cheese Curds. All three were amazing but the one from Vandal was probably the best burger I’ve ever had in my life. They made it part of the regular menu and I need it again soon. We did another Hello Fresh order recently, choosing the larger family box. We can get six meals out of each dish so we have some in the freezer. I started tracking calories/exercise last week on My Plate. It's helpful as I have a really baaaaad snacking habit. The only way I control it is to keep track. I've been sticking to my goal so far and have been doing BeachBody On Demand. I love the variety of workouts.

Starbucks, DAVIDsTEA, not enough water, wine (white and red....)

Zara jeans, H&M tee, H&M hoodie, Adidas Stan Smiths.

Happy today

Hearing news of which home my bestie is going to choose to live in! My vote is the one down the road from me. July can not come fast enough, then I can hold her whenever I want to! I’m also looking forward to this week, which The Weather Network tells me will be the first week of actual spring-like weather. Yay! We're also partway through some house renos. The downstairs shower got tiled and the bathroom floor is in. We're also getting living room built ins done in the next few weeks.

Fur niece

Glitterary Girl

Sunday, April 08, 2018

March 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 feel like I added lots to the closet this month. There was a helpful injection of a bit of birthday money ($60) - the remainder was spent on a new purple Swiss Gear large suitcase and a Bath & Body Works haul. I had $208 of my own money to use plus the birthday money. The Dynamite items were a perk from their renovated store opening at HSC - I scored a $50 gift card - yay!

Boots: Zara (no longer available on-line)
Reg $75, on sale for $13
These were a really random purchase but I'm pleasantly surprised at how comfortable they are. They certainly generate a lot of comments when I wear them.

Pants: Zara
Reg $50, on sale for $26
Work pants, but I think I could wear them outside of work as well.

Shirt: Gap
Reg $40, on sale for $15
A basic, plain, comfy top to wear with some of my patterned pants. I like the sleeve details.

Hoodie: Gap (no longer available on-line)
Reg $55, on sale for $5
I couldn't leave this on the rack for $5! I love the longer length.

Sweater: Gap
Reg $75, on sale for $12
This won't get wear until next fall/winter but how nice to have a brand new sweater waiting for me next season.

Pants: Banana Republic
Reg $110, on sale for $40
Sadly, my red work pants haven't fit me for a while and it was finally time to replace them. They're on sale in other colors too... tempting.

Necklace: Banana Republic (no longer available on-line)
Reg $50, on sale for $15
A little penguin that sparkles! Of course I bought him.

Sneakers: Puma (similar from Browns)
Reg $120, on sale for $31
My biggest weakness... sneakers. Great price and a little bit of platform gives me a few extra inches.

Shirt: H&M
Reg $20, used conscious coupon and paid $15
I love orange for spring and summer. This will get a lot of wear.

Skirt: H&M
Reg $40, used conscious coupon and paid $35
This looks nice with the above top. It runs really small though. H&M sizes normally do, but I had to size up even further with this skirt.

Tee: H&M (no longer available on-line)
Reg $15, on sale for $5
I love me a cute slogan tee. This will be cute under a blazer or denim jacket.

Original value of items: $650
Price I paid: $212 plus $10 I had to add to the Dynamite items (see below).... $222
I saved 68%

Top: Reg $ 45, on sale for $25
I love the length and fit of this top. The bottom part seems a bit thin... we'll see how it washes.

Skirt: Reg $35
I can picture wearing this a lot of different ways, and it's the type of piece that can be worn all year round.

I'm rolling $46 ahead to next quarter. I tend to wait til June to buy things for summer, as our weather doesn't allow for shorts and stuff until then anyway, and that's when summer clothing goes on sale. I do have a few things on my radar though. I'm eyeing a longer style denim jacket on the Forever 21 site as well as a few bodysuits on Zara. Bodysuits and me don't usually get along due to my long torso though...

Glitterary Girl

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Currently 03.11.2018

The Best Kind of People - Zoe Whittall. I've owned this book for ages (over a year) and just picked it up recently. I tend to hoard books like that. This was a very good book about a teacher who gets accused of something unexpected. The ending was a bit odd, but I liked it overall.
The People We Hate at the Wedding - Grant Ginder. A sometimes funny, sometimes touching book about family members who are trying not to fall apart.
Next Year, For Sure - Zoey Leigh Peterson. I actually didn't like this one as much as I expected to.  For a book about open relationships, I expected it to be a bit more exciting.

Using the empty cubicle across from me for break time at work- I miss you Mary :(

I've been doing a bit more writing lately, mainly at Starbucks, although I'm doing some this afternoon at home as well as blogging. I had a book idea yesterday that I need to brainstorm and get down on paper.

Social media, although I feel like I lurk much more than I now participate. Can't reminder the last time I updated my status on Facebook. I'm a little more active on Instagram, but not much. I've been choosing reading and TV lately over YouTube.

I've watched a few movies lately - Baywatch (shallow but entertaining.. hi Zac), Fifty Shades of Grey (better than I expected it to be actually...), and Into the Forest (depressing but decent). I finished Season 4 of Suits and am working my way through Season 4 of OITNB. Weekly faves include This is Us, Modern Family, KUWTK, and Greys. The Royals and The Arrangement start again tonight.

I'm in the basement looking out the patio doors and seeing more snow on the ground than we've had in some time.

Uniqlo pants, lululemon sweatshirt, pink socks

I ate at Resto Urban Dining in Bedford last week and the greek pizza I had was really good. I'd like to try it again sometime. Last week I made some good lettuce wraps. There's a new recipe for blueberry muffins that I'm going to test out soon, maybe on my staycation. I tried Vandal Doughnuts a few weeks ago (super good) and need to get back and try another flavour. Burger Week starts in 11 days...

There's a great private store in Clayton Park called Westside Beer Wine Spirits. I went for the first time a few weekends ago and spent at least 20 minutes browsing the aisles. I came away with a few goodies, most notably 7 Shores Peach Vanilla Bean cider. YUM! I also tried a great red wine courtesy of our neighbours - Young Brute (Australia). I've had a few Second Cup London Fogs as they're doing a Wednesday deal on lattes. Starbucks launched new tea lattes recently. I've tried the Blooming Rose one which I really enjoy, but it's a unique taste that isn't going to be for everyone.

Homemade white chocolate chai latte courtesy of my neighbour! 

A Fresh Balsam candle from Bath & Body Works

It's actually really quiet. I don't even have the TV on in the background.

A bit tired from the time change.

It will be nice to have 11 days off in a few weeks but I'm a bit bummed that we decided not to go on a trip. Staycations can be ok, but it's a weird time of year to be off without big plans. I need to structure my days so I don't end up reading, napping, and cleaning the whole time.

Glitterary Girl

Monday, March 05, 2018

February 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 feel like I bought a lot in February. Winter clearance sales were in full force.

Pants: Zara
Reg $35, on sale for $23
So... my workplace has now implemented a dress code. "Business Casual" with Casual Fridays. For someone who wore jeans a lot, I felt the impact. Once I took a closet inventory, I realized that I have plenty of things to wear that are dress code appropriate. Adding another pair of "pants that are not jeans" wasn't exactly necessary, but I really liked these and I was pouting.

Sweater: Zara
Reg $20, on sale for $8
I have this exact sweater in pink  from a few months back and when I saw it in black and on sale I picked it up. Kids 13/14 Zara sweaters will fit me depending on the style.

Infinity Scarf: Zara
Reg $20, on sale for $6
Another find in the kids section. I picture wearing this in the fall with a jean jacket.

Hat: Golden by TNA for Aritzia
Reg $28, on sale for $8
I own this hat already in burgundy. I adore Aritzia hats. I can't believe this was the only thing I bought myself in the Aritzia sale!

Boots: Zara
Reg $150, on sale for $80
I've finally found black ankle boots to replace my old Aldo ones that got hundreds of days of wear. I ordered a few from Browns as well. There was one pair that were beautiful but they were really delicate nubuck which just isn't practical for this climate for an everyday boot, which was what I was searching for. I love the stud details on these and that there are no zippers or laces.

Sweater: Gap
Reg $65, on sale for $17
I've been drawn to pink things lately which is a departure from my closet full of neutrals.

Cardigan: Gap
Reg $55, on sale for $7
This reminds me of the Wilfred Free Zlata cardi from Aritzia, which is my favourite. This came with a fabric belt but I don't like it so I will ditch that and cut off the little belt loops.

Sweater: H&M
Reg $30, on sale for $5
I wore this on Valentine's Day. It's too big but I don't care.

Necklace: RW & Co.
Reg $39, on sale for $7
I bought this to go with a black dress to a charity event. I could have worn a necklace I already owned but I felt like something new.

Blazer: H&M
Reg $40, used Conscious coupon and got it for $35
I have a thing for no-button blazers. This one is really soft and stretchy and long. Love it.

Original value of items: $482
Price I paid $196
I saved 60%

The past few years I've been shopping in California in March, which isn't happening this year. I have $208 left to spend for the quarter. I don't really have anything specific on my wish list. It's always so tempting to buy lots of spring clothes but in reality, it's still a long time before they can be worn.

Glitterary Girl