Thursday, July 28th, 2016

Weekend Warrior

I bought myself a Fitbit recently. I’ve been using the step counter on my phone to get an idea of how much I’m moving during the day, but it’s not overly accurate. I don’t carry it with me everywhere, and I often throw it in the bag of my stroller when I don’t have pockets. Not helpful.

After talking to my fitness fanatic sister, I decided to take the plunge and picked up a Fitbit Flex. Not only is it a step counter, it also does sleep tracking. I figured it could be useful information when nursing an infant. Anyway, I added my sister on the app and she immediately challenged me to a Weekend Warrior competition. Basically, a competition to see who walks the most on Saturday and Sunday.

Dammit.

Fitbit Weekend Warrior Challenge

Shirt: J.Crew (swapped) / Shorts: Banana Republic / Shoes: New Balance / Bag: Chapters

Fitbit Weekend Warrior Challenge

So I laced up my sneakers, put the munchkin in the stroller, and got my walk on. I took the most convoluted route possible to the grocery store to pick up ingredients for dinner. It was several kilometres (and many, many mosquito bites).

Ultimately, it didn’t matter. The Fitbit doesn’t count steps when your arm is stationary on the stroller. I lost. Hard.

My sister put on over 25,000 steps in two days. I… didn’t.

Dammit again.

On the plus side, it’s putting my focus on how much/little I’m moving in a day, and it gives me a baseline to improve from.

Do you work out at home? What do you do? Any YouTube workout videos you’d recommend?



Tuesday, July 26th, 2016

Monthly Budget Update – July 2016

The thrifting gods have not been kind to me lately. In the last couple months I’ve located two DVF dresses and a ton of premium denim. None of it fit me.

*head desk*

I did manage some better luck in the sale racks though.

Simons blouse, Loft skirt, Aritzia Jacket, Steve Madden Flats

Simons Contemporaine Minimalist V-neck Crepe Blouse – $31.45 (reg $40.95)
Loft Mosaic Stripe Pencil Skirt (petite) – $40.94 (reg $98.49)

The blouse looks like a nicer material than it really is, but machine washable is the name of the game for the next few years. It’s comfortable and reasonably polished in the heat though, and that’s what I was looking for. The skirt is actually a petite cut. I like where it hits at the knees. If I lose much weight in the hips I’ll probably have this skirt tailored when it’s time to head back to work.

Moody Blues 1

J.Crew Matchstick Jean – $54.60 (reg $172.20)
J.Crew Tank Top with Embroidered Trim – $23.61 (reg $67.73)

All of my jeans in recent years have been either low or medium rise, which aren’t the most flattering at the moment. These jeans are a higher rise in a stretch denim, which helps suck everything in. They stretch out more than I was expecting though, so I’m going to throw them in the dryer to try and shrink them down a bit. If I had realized how much they stretched out I would have gone down a size. The tank on the other hand is spot on, and I think it will layer nicely with some of my fall clothes.

J.Crew Hair Clip

J.Crew Hair Clip – $2.61 (reg $19.43)

A super cheap black hair clip marked way down on clearance. Just something to make a simple hairstyle look like I tried.

Hahaha.

All total I spent $153.21 this month, or 38.4% of the $398.80 retail value. I was almost $100 under budget this month. With any luck, next month will be the same. Autumn will be here soon enough, and I’m eyeing up my coat situation. Coats don’t tend to be cheap, so it’ll be nice to have some budget padding come September.

Quarterly Budget: $750 – $153.21 (Jul) = $596.79 remaining

I’ll be linking up 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!



Thursday, July 21st, 2016

Buyer Beware

A Marshalls opened up reasonably close to our house recently. I was in the area, so I figured I’d check it out.

You can imagine my surprise when I found a two tone Tory Burch York buckle tote in the purse rack. The primary colour was very close to the bottle green colour I’m admiring from Burberry right now, at a sharp discount from what the Burberry purse would set me back.

Tory Burch York Tote

It seemed like it was marked down a fair bit from the original price as well.

Tory Burch York Tote

I’ve heard of this style of store using somewhat inflated original pricing before, so I figured I’d check to see what it originally retailed for.

Tory Burch York Tote

 

 

$295.

Not $699. $295. Even if we assumed the two toned version was $100 more and applied the current US/Canada exchange rate, it would still only come just over $500.

The $699 figure isn’t a legitimate price, it’s a blatant attempt at anchor pricing. Sherry over at Save Spend Splurge has a great post from a while back explaining the concept.

You would think that this type of manipulation would be illegal. It’s fraud isn’t it? Well, not quite. If you look at the price tag, the “Compare At” field is blank. The “Our Price” field below the “Compare At” field is where the $699 price shows up. Unless you’re looking closely you’re likely to think it’s the original price of the tote in the comparison field that you’re looking at. The retailer is allowed to set whatever price they want, even if it is ridiculous. It’s slimy and underhanded, but not illegal.

Sure, $240 is a discount from buying a comparable tote new, which one would expect buying from a store that sells discounted merchandise, but it’s nowhere near the discount you’re being lead to believe. If you originally wanted the tote and didn’t get it before it was pulled from the shelves, great! You got your purse at a small discount. If you wanted the tote thinking that you could wear it and then sell it to recoup your costs, you’re S.O.L.

I like the green, and I love the shape and size of the tote, but I decided to pass on it. The whole experience left a bad taste in my mouth. Given how close the price is to the retail price of the tote, I’d be better off waiting for a solid green tote and then buying it during a sale from a reputable retailer.

Have you ever run into this before? Where have you seen the most blatant anchor pricing?



Tuesday, July 19th, 2016

Running Errands

I’m really lazy on the outfit front when I’m at home.

Housecoat – full stop.

The first few weeks with the munchkin on the scene weren’t much better, I actually wore my husband’s clothes a lot.

I don’t own much in terms of summer clothes. My son doesn’t sleep well during the day unless he’s on the move in a car or stroller. Those two factors have increased the amount of sale rack browsing I’ve been doing lately.

Simons blouse, Loft skirt, Aritzia Jacket, Steve Madden Flats

Jacket: Aritzia / Blouse: Simons / Skirt: Loft / Flats: Steve Madden / Earrings: Tiffany

Simons blouse, Loft skirt, Aritzia Jacket, Steve Madden Flats

This blouse and skirt were recent finds. I’m actually really enjoying the print on the skirt. It adds some visual interest, but at the same time is neutral enough that I can pair it with a top of any colour.

Simons blouse, Loft skirt, Aritzia Jacket, Steve Madden Flats

Normally I wear pencil skirts with heels, just because it results in a more flattering silhouette. Giving that I was running errands the day I wore this, flats seemed like a better idea (again). I paired the otherwise neutral outfit with a pop of red for a little colour.

Simons blouse, Loft skirt, Aritzia Jacket, Steve Madden Flats

The increase in the amount of time I’m spending browsing, and the fact that I’ll have to do most of my walking indoors during the winter, will make following my budget even more important. I’m going to have to get more particular about the items I’m willing to bring home. I think this will be a great thing for my wardrobe.

What do you wear running errands?



Wednesday, July 13th, 2016

Lunch with a Friend

Motherhood has a heck of a learning curve, and it is royally kicking my butt. Props to Mica for posting regularly even after having her second!

Often times I find getting out of the house is easier than being home. It takes longer than it used to, but once I’m out and about it’s actually pretty good. Yesterday I met up with a university friend for lunch, which seemed like as good an excuse as any to break out my wrap dress. Nothing fancy, just a dress and flats.

Lunch with Friends - DVF dress and Steve Madden Flats

Dress: Diane Von Furstenburg / Shoes: Steve Madden / Earrings: Tiffany

My belly was considerably larger the last time I wore it, lol.

As much as I like my heels, I’ve been wearing flats since giving birth. I’m just gravitating towards them right now. These would be a bit too warm for walking outside for an extended period, but they’re perfect for transitioning between outdoor heat and air conditioning.

Lunch with Friends - DVF dress and Steve Madden Flats

Hopefully I get a better handle on motherhood and get back to posting more regularly. *fingers crossed*

For now, I do believe it’s nap time!