Thursday, February 23rd, 2017
My February budget updates always seem so premature, but I suppose that’s what happens when you only post two days a week during a short month. *shrug*
In keeping with the short month, it was actually pretty light on shopping as well. Only footwear! After having to return my green boots just after Christmas, you better believe I jumped at the opportunity to get into the Poppy Barley sample sale. I had my eye on a couple styles and colours before the sale, but I wanted to keep my mind open to proper samples and unique one offs. No such luck on the latter, but I did manage to snag a colour of boots that was sold out in the colour I wanted, and a pair of flats that was sold out in my size.
Poppy Barley Feminine Slipper in Taupe – $183.75 (reg $236.25)
After trying out the smoking slipper trend with a thrifted pair from Value Village, I knew this was a look I wanted to add more of to my closet. This taupe colour will pair nicely with the black/grey/white/blue shades in my wardrobe, and gives me a lighter neutral to work with during the warm weather.
The details are really what make these shoes. Most of my flats have nothing in terms of padding, but these ones have both heel and arch support. The tassels are a little different from the bows and embroidery I see on most slippers in this style, and how pretty is the tread on these shoes?
Because of the lighter colour and leather sole, I’m holding off on wearing these outside until the ground dries up a little bit. It’s driving me nuts, but I really want these shoes to last.
Poppy Barley Heeled Chelsea Boot in Toffee – $236.25 (reg $367.50)
Next up is the most frequently worn item in my wardrobe this month! I’ve worn them almost every second day. These boots have a rubber sole on them already, and they’ve stood up nicely during inclement weather.
So, a slightly spendier month than usual, but most of it was offset by the green boots I had returned last month. I’m 100% okay with this.
Quarterly Budget: $750 – $135.17 (Jan) – 420.00 (Feb) + $367.50 returns + $18.80 consignment = $581.13 remaining
I highly, HIGHLY, doubt that I will spend almost $600 next month given that I’m only allowing myself two clothing items. That’s not to say that I couldn’t, it’s just that the higher dollar value items I’m eyeing up likely won’t be going on sale next month, so I won’t be buying them just yet. I’m considering rolling over the remainder of the budget, but we’ll see how I feel about that next month.
I’m linking up again with the lovely ladies over at Franish again this month. If you want to see how other people spend their money and build their wardrobes, I’d suggest checking it out!
Tuesday, February 21st, 2017
This is a bit of a throwback! I actually wore this before Christmas meeting up with a friend for a glass of wine. I always intended to take pictures and post it, it just never happened. Life got in the way, Christmas happened, and then I just forgot about this outfit…
Coat: Wilfred / Sweater: Banana Republic / Turtleneck: Icone / Pants: Banana Republic /
Boots: Sam Edelman / Bag: Mulberry / Scarf: H&M
It was quite cold out that evening, but the layers stood up nicely to it. I actually really liked this outfit, save for one thing.
I didn’t want to wear black footwear, but at that point it was all I had. It felt incredibly stale. I wanted a caramel pair that matched the scarf and sweater, but up until that point I hadn’t come across anything that checked off all of the boxes for me.
I’m glad a pair finally made their way into my wardrobe!
Boots: Poppy Barley
It’s such a small change, but it makes such a difference in my eyes. Walking outside I’m not just a black column with a brown scarf and purse anymore. The boots serve as a book end to bring the top and bottom together.
Are you missing a key piece that would tie your existing outfits together? What is that piece for you? What is holding you back on adding it to your wardrobe?
Thursday, February 16th, 2017
I didn’t think this would be the case, but dinner ended up being the hardest meal for me. Especially towards the end of the 30 days. Some of it was probably fatigue. It’s hard to be creative when you’re dragging, you know what I mean? There was also also a birthday and a couple family dinners in the mix, so I definitely played it safe on a couple meals.
There was also a stuffed butternut squash last month, but I powered through that before I remembered to take pictures of it. Oops.
Potato Omelette w/ Fruit Salad
Spaghetti Squash w/ Pork & Tomato Sauce
Sweet Potato w/ Pepper, Onion, Avocado, Chicken & Cilantro
Pulled Pork Lettuce Wraps w/ Carrot, Cucumber, Avocado & Cilantro
Chicken Curry w/ Cauliflower “Rice”
Green Salad & Acorn Squash Stuffed w/ Mushroom, Onion & Turkey
Spinach w/ Chicken, Peppers, Tomatoes, Blueberries & Pistachio
Spinach, Chicken, Grilled Pineapple, Avocado, Peppers & Onion
Pork, Spinach, Pepper, Onion & Potato Hash
Rosemary Potato & Onion Fritatta
Roast Pork, Shredded Apple, Potatoes, Diced Carrot & Fennel, Green Salad
“Dumpling Filling” – Pork, Cabbage & Carrot w/ Ginger & Garlic
Pork Loin, Stewed Apples, Potatoes, Tomato
Beanless Chilli Loaded Baked Potato w/ Avocado
Family Dinner – Striploin, Mushrooms, Potatoes, Spinach Salad
Spaghetti Squash w/ Basil Pesto, Tomatoes & Homemade Chicken Sausage
Birthday Dinner – Bacon Wrapped Steak, Grilled Bell Pepper, Mushrooms, Potatoes
What’s for dinner tonight?
Tuesday, February 14th, 2017
Munchkin has been teething up a storm, so there have been some seriously sleepless nights around these parts. Actually, teething doesn’t really cover it. Teething, sinuses, sleep training and yet another sleep regression have all been conspiring to make sure rest is hard to come by. Oh, and did I mention he’s crawling? Yeah, there’s that too.
Sweater: Amour Vert / Jeans: 7 For All Mankind / Scarf: Lululemon /
Shoes: Steve Madden / Purse: Street Level
It was a warmer day, but I still went with cozy loose layers. I’m always cold when I’m tired. It was just a trip to the pharmacy, so there was no real need to impress anyone.
I’m experimenting with pinning the sweater into narrower silhouettes at the moment. I’m liking a more tapered pinning at the moment rather than straight up and down, but I haven’t settled on how much of a taper I want. I do know I need to take up the underarms still though.
I keep hoping those little teeth will pop through so it’ll stop hurting him, but I know we have years of this ahead of us. For now, he’s still my little toothless wonder. A crawling toothless wonder.
Thursday, February 9th, 2017
A lot of people have difficulties eating breakfast in the morning, but if I’m being completely honest lunch is the meal I skip at home most often. I’ve been guilty on many occasions of having a cup of coffee or a latte to see me through to dinner rather than stopping and eating.
Forcing myself to eat in the middle of the day definitely helped with the evening carb noshing, so I’ll consider that a lesson learned from last month’s diet experience. It didn’t always have to be large or fancy, it just had to fuel me.
Green Salad w/ Hard Boiled Eggs, Tuna, Tomatoes, Olives & Avocado
Tuna Salad Stuffed Bell Pepper w/ Blood Oranges
Hard Boiled Egg, Tomato, Avocado & Fruit Salad
Green Salad w/ Cucumber, Chicken, Avocado, Tomato, Olives & Berries
Romaine w/ Tuna & Olives, Potato Waffle w/ Avocado, Hardboiled Egg, Tomatoes & Blood Orange
Carrot Ginger Soup w/ Chicken
Sweet Potato w/ Chicken, Onion, Pepper, Avocado, Raspberries & Banana
Sweet Potato, Hardboiled Egg, Tomatoes & Avocado
Tomatoes, Apple, Hardboiled Egg & Almond Butter
Cucumbers, Pineapple, Tomatoes, Almonds & Homemade Turkey Sausage
Salmon, Beets, Green Beans & Potaotes
Green Salad w/ Turkey Sausage, Peppers, Avocado, Raspberries, Oranges & Homemade Chicken Stock
Green Salad w/ Peppers, Sweet Potato, Tomatoes, Almonds, Avocado, Turkey Sausage & Oranges
Pork, Potatoes, Peppers, Spinach & Fried Egg
Beanless Chili w/ Homemade Guacamole
Pork Loin, Shredded Apple, Diced Carrot & Fennel
Baked Sweet Potato w/ Homemade Guacamole & Sliced Strawberries
Spinach Salad w/ Chicken, Peppers, Avocado & Homemade Tahini Lime Dressing
What are you having for lunch today?
Tuesday, February 7th, 2017
After close to a year and a half of bare nails, I finally got around to painting them. Needless to say, I’m a little out of practice.
For the life of me I don’t remember where I first spotted the border nail trend, but I definitely liked it when I saw it. The overt black and white look was a bit much, but I could see myself in something a little more subtle.
I ended up pulling out my trusty bottle of Chanel Frenzy out of the cupboard, along with a OPI’s Wild About Shimmer glitter polish.
I’ll say it, my painting is a straight up hack job. The fact that my base polish appears to be getting a bit thick doesn’t really help matters either. The beauty of glitter polish in a transparent base for the border is that you only see it when the light hits it, so you never really see the whole thing at once. You just get a little flicker of shine.
What’s on your nails right now? Any trends you’re interested in at the moment?