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