Monday, May 21, 2018

Currently 05.21.18

The Queen of the Tearling - Erika Johansen. This was a YA fantasy novel that has been compared to Game of Thrones (which I have not watched so I can't offer opinion). I liked it but didn't LOVE it. I founds parts of it quite slow.
Bachelor Nation- Amy Kaufman. Being a die-hard Bachelor fan, I was excited to read this. It was a fast read and I certainly learned how much manipulation of the contestants and footage exists.
Mary, Mary- Lesley Crewe.  A quick and fun read by a great local author. Made me LOL a few times!

Next to no blog posts (is anyone still reading?). I’m still working on an outline and research for a bigger project. Random poems and epigrams.

I just started Season 2 of 13 Reasons Why yesterday. I’m loving Season 2 of The Handmaid’s Tale and season one million of Grey’s (hope to watch the season finale tonight). I was pretty into the Royal Wedding this weekend as was most of the rest of the world. I abandoned Master of None. I watched one episode of The Crown (I’ll continue soon, probably after 13 Reasons).

I haven't been on-line shopping lately. Nor have I been watching as much YouTube. I'm still browsing on social media as usual, although I noticed my Instagram posts have been few and far between.

My sunny back deck. I was out there for a bit but the bugs were annoying me.

Back deck last week. We get gorgeous sunsets.

Aritzia pants and hat, a green tee, an Element zip up

Halifax people- if you haven't tried Mappatura yet, you must! I was there on Friday night for the first time. The chicken Saltimbocca was fantastic and the service was excellent. R wanted his birthday dinner last week at Montanas (eye roll , LOL)  but I was craving nachos and they did not disappoint. I've been making some new recipes from Yum and Yummer that have turned out really nice. I've hit up Habaneros several times since it opened at HSC. I usually get the two tacos and a drink special (one chicken, one pork).

I forgot how much I love Yellow Tail Shiraz. It's so good and so affordable. I bought the stuff to make Caesars the other day (then realized I'm dangerously low on vodka). Bubly, that new sparkling water from Pepsi, is really good. I've bought three flavours so far. And I tried the pink drink from Starbucks yesterday (soooooo good, and 210 calories for a Venti which isn't bad for a Venti anything. I used a star reward, don't judge me).

Birds singing!

My strawberry Bubly

Sore (in a good way)! I've been doing Beachbody on Demand and mixing up a bunch of different workouts. I've been working out five days a week and also keeping track of my calories on the My Plate app. It's all about balance!

There are a few fun social events planned for June that I'm looking forward to. One of them is the East Coast Cider Fest here in Halifax. I looooove cider, so I can't wait to try some new ones.

Glitterary Girl

Tuesday, May 08, 2018

April 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.

April is the start of a new quarter and I have $596 to spend. I haven't bought a new denim jacket yet. The Levis Ex-Boyfriend Trucker is my favourite so far . I can probably make do with the ones a already own for now, and wait to make sure it's the one I want.

Hoodie: H&M (no longer available on-line)
Reg $40, on sale for $15
I keep gravitating towards pink this spring. I'll be clearing out some of my older hoodies soon, so I decided I need this one. Love the details - not quite basic.

Tee: H&M
Reg $20, on sale for $12 (now it's $10)
Like I needed another Bieber shirt.

Tee: Zara (no longer available on-line)
Reg $20
I wasn't sure about this when I pulled it out of the box, but once I tried it on, I was sold. It's quite thick, almost like sweatshirt.

Shirt: Zara
Reg $26
This was another one that I had to try on to appreciate. I love red and blue!

Sweater: Gap (no longer available on-line)
Reg $55, on sale for $17
I donated a similar sweater recently and I knew I'd miss it if I didn't replace it. I like the sleeve length on this one, and it'll go with almost anything.

Bomber Jacket: Gap 
Reg $108, on sale for $23
I know, a weird purchase for spring, but I'll tuck it away for the fall and be happy to have a new jacket. I've always had a thing for camo.

Scarf: lululemon via Brilliant
Reg $48, on sale for $28
This is second-hand but in perfect condition. As big of a scarf person as I am, this is my first Vinyasa.

Earrings: Aldo
Reg $8
One day I had a burning need for giant hoops.

Original value of items: $325
Price I paid: $149
I saved 54%

I'm focused own finding blush pink pants, and when I find them, I'll surely spill mustard on them the first time I wear them. I'm also eyeing Vans (yes, pink ones) I saw at DSW. Fashion sneakers will always be a weakness.

Glitterary Girl

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