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

Sunday, February 25, 2018

I’m Done With You February 2018

I’ve waited far too long to do an empties post. The last one I did was five months ago. I feel like I should have used up more stuff but I’m guilty of a bunch of half used things in my current stash. I get bored easily so can rarely use something long enough to go through it.

*something I’d repurchase


All BBW: Fresh Balsam, Island Margarita, Twisted Peppermint, Toasted Graham Latte (all of these were wonderful)****

Body Products

BBW: Spiced Pumpkin Cider* and Be Enchanted* body washes. The Body Shop Honeymania body butter (too strong of a fragrance for me)

BBW Wallflowers (no photo)

Pumpkin Apple*, Flannel*, Mahogany Balsam*, Sparkling Sugar Plum

Hair products

Bed Head urban antidotes hair mask* - a great hair mask that lasted for a long time 
Rusk Deep Shine Color hair mask*- another good mask. I usually use hair masks instead of cinditioner when I wash my hair. Blond abuse.
L’Oréal Color Radiance Instant Miracle - this is barely used but I didn’t like it
Matrix Play Back dry shampoo - this is a decent dry shampoo that doesn’t have a strong scent

BBW Hand Soaps

Marshmallow Pumpkin Latte*, Merry Cookie, Pumpkin Cupcake*, Japanese Cherry Blossom*, Maui Mango Mai Tai*, Winter*

BBW Anti-Bac

Pure Paradise, Golden Apricot, Marshmallow Pumpkin Latte*** (all are great)

Skin Care

Lancôme Visionnaire Nuit Beauty Sleep Perfector - this was a freebie for me and while it was nice, I can't get passed the $102 CDN price tag.
Olay Complete All Day Moisturizer* - my everyday face SPF in winter
Ole Henrickson Pure Truth Youth Activating Serum*
Aveda Tulasera Calm concentrate - this was a nice product but it was  are sample and I don't need anything to calm my skin
Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Deep Dive cleansing gel- I got this from Sephora as a 100 point reward as I wanted something small to take on vacation. It worked really well and I had no problems with my skin while I was away.
Eucerin Daily Protection SPF 30* - I bought this in the US. It's perfect for face SPF and carry-on friendly


Real Techniques makeup sponge - this was okay but not as good as the BeautyBlender
Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless foundation- I really like this but I’m going to stop buying at because I find it oxidizes on my face as the day goes on
Garner micellar water* -this is perfectly fine but not as good as Bioderma. If you don’t want to shell out the money for Bioderma it’s a good close second
L’Oréal Infallible Pro-Glow foundation* - my favorite drugstore foundation so far. I actually prefer it over most high end foundations I’ve tried. I always have this in my stash.
L’Oréal Brow Artist Shaper - the color and formula is great but I wish it was in a finer point.
Body Shop lip gloss in Papaya
BeautyBlender original* - I use this every day!
Victoria’s Secret lip gloss
I'm not sure where my mascaras went... I used 2 or 3 sample side ones but I must have thrown them away. I know one of them was a Benefit Rollerlash which is my favourite.

Thanks for sticking around to look at my recycling pile!

Glittery Girl

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