Thursday, September 29th, 2016

Monthly Update – September 2016

I’m very over budget this month. Very. In fact, I blew the quarter.

Actually, I spent more than my quarterly budget in a single month, but who’s counting?

I added four items to my wardrobe this month, and the items seemed to get progressively more expensive as the month went on.

*cringe*

I don’t regret any of them though, so let’s just bite the bullet and get to the breakdown, shall we?

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Cult of Individuality Zen Mid-Rise Jeans – $12.59 (reg $177.45)

The one and only item I got on sale if you will. I wasn’t expecting to shrink out of last month’s jeans quite as quickly as I did, so I kinda needed to pick up another pair. I’m still wearing the flares from last month, but they stretch out quickly.

I was a little late to the distressed denim scene, but to be honest I didn’t want to be paying anywhere near retail for denim that was already shredded. Man I sound old. These were the first pair of distressed skinnies I’d seen turn up at Value Village, and the price was pretty much perfect for trying out the trend. They’re meant for someone taller than me, hence the distressing falling below my knee, but I’m not overly bothered by it.

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Wilfred Free Katsia T-Shirt – $57.75 (reg $57.75)

This is a really comfy piece. I’m actually surprised I haven’t taken any photos of it for the blog yet. They call it a t-shirt, but really it’s more of a light knit sweater that’s super accommodating for both belly and bust fluctuations.

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Wilfred Wrap Jacket – $341.25 (reg $341.25)

There are a couple nicer jackets in my closet, but they always seem to hit at opposing ends of the spectrum: at the waist, or below the knee. I wanted a jacket that could cover slightly longer sweaters without being frumpy if I wasn’t wearing heels. Something I could wear during transitional weather. This coat is a nice heavy wool that will see me through to winter parka weather.

And now for the reason why I killed my budget:

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Poppy Barley Two Point Five Ankle Boot in Army – $367.50 (reg $367.50)

I’ve been following Poppy Barley since before their initial launch, back when cofounder Kendall was still running the blog City and Dale. It was one of those things I always wanted to support. My family pitched in together and bought a pair of boots for my mom for Christmas a couple years ago, but I could never justify taking the plunge for myself. It’s always easier to justify spending the money on other people.

Note that this is a recurring theme for me. It’s also the reason why my grandfather now has a Hudson Bay wool point blanket, but I still do not own one myself.

Poppy Barley recently opened a proper store front in Edmonton rather operating via pop ups and their website. It turns out that with their new storefront on Whyte Avenue they’re carrying an assortment of standard size shoes and boots in stock! I went into the store expecting a 5-6 week turn around time, putting these boots in my October budget, and instead walked out with boots in hand!

I know what you’re thinking. Why not just go back in October to buy the boots? Well, the army green isn’t a standard stock colour for them, and they only do a limited run of seasonal colours. I didn’t want to run the risk of them running out. Weak answer, but it is what it is. The boots are mine!

Quarterly Budget: $750 – $153.21 (Jul) – $74.42 (Aug) – $779.09 (Sep) = $256.72 over budget.

Ouch.

Fortunately I was under budget during both of the previous quarters. If I knock about $30 off my monthly budgets until the end of the year, I’ll still be on budget over all. Let’s just say that next quarter’s budget is $650 instead of $750 for the sake of ease.

I mentioned earlier in the month that I was thinking about scaling by my clothing consumption considerably to one item a month. A couple of you noted that I may be restricting myself too much, especially considering my body is still adjusting from having a baby recently. Having given it some though, you’re probably right, but I still want to rein things in a bit.

From now until the end of the year, I’m going to restrict my clothing and accessory inflow to two items a month. I was able to pull a couple items out of maternity storage recently, and I’m hoping I’ll be able to continue doing so as the months go on. Rediscovering my existing clothes should help me feel like my wardrobe is being refreshed without adding additional bulk to the closet.

I’m 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!



Tuesday, September 27th, 2016

Last Barbecue of Summer

Okay, so technically it was already fall at the time, but the official title of the barbecue was “I’m not done with summer yet!”, so I’m counting it as a summer barbecue.

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Shirt: Simons / Vest: Olsen Europe (thrifted) / Jeans: Cult of Humanity (thrifted) /
Shoes: Steve Madden

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We brought a big bowl of tabbouleh with us since our parsley plants are going nuts at the moment. Ditto for another potluck I have Thursday afternoon. Then I’m pawning a bunch more parsley off on a friend Friday so that she can make some tabbouleh as well.

I think that might take care of one of the two plants…

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It was a little chilly since the sun is going down earlier and the back yard was shaded, but it was still a lot of fun. I’m pretty sure that’s the first barbecue event we’ve taken the munchkin to! We use the barbecue here even in the dead of winter, but the “season” for it is winding down.

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Has your barbecue season wrapped up yet, or does it go year round? What is your favourite thing to bring to a potluck? Any favourite recipes to share?



Thursday, September 22nd, 2016

Yay Autumn!

If I was wearing a hat, I’d be tossing into the ring of people who love autumn right now. Don’t get me wrong, summer is nice, but I feel like such a fish out of water in it. Turning leaves, pumpkins, (slightly) cooler temperatures, comfort food, big mugs of tea, cozy knits… what’s not to love?

Okay, maybe I’m not thrilled about having to pick all of my tomatoes last night due to a frost warning, but at least we got the warning. Now I’m searching for recipes that use green tomatoes so that I can use some of them up rather than leaving a massive bowl of cocktail tomatoes on the counter to ripen. Any ideas?

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Coat: Wilfred Free / Dress: Wilfred Free / Boots: Poppy Barley

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There is also the fact that I have more cool weather clothes than I do warm weather ones. This dress was a gift from my husband last Christmas. It was comfy during the second trimester, and even more so now. Not great for nursing on the go, being a turtleneck dress and all, but it works nicely for quick jaunt out to the post office.

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The boots are a recent splurge which, if I’m being honest, put me over budget this quarter. More about that in a later post. In the meantime, I’m just enjoying them and the fact that they’re not black. Apparently when I buy leather boots, I buy black. Not that there’s anything wrong with black, but when it’s the only cool weather footwear colour you have in the fall? Yawn. This army green and cognac combo is a more surprising option that coordinates with pretty much everything in my wardrobe. It makes for a nice transitional piece.

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What is the first item you use to transition from summer to autumn?



Tuesday, September 20th, 2016

Mom’s Group

I signed up for a mom’s group through our local health clinic to meet other mom’s with infants the same age as mine and to learn a little more about the odds and ends of parenting. There’s so much noise and misinformation out there on the internet nowadays that it just seemed like a good idea to find out the most up to date information and recommended guidelines.

It’s a couple hours long every Thursday, so I need to be able to feed my son as well as move around with him on the floor mats. A button up shirt with a bandeau has been a pretty easy option for feeding him instead of a nursing top, and the flats slip off easily when I’m on the floor.

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Shirt: J.Crew (swapped) / Bandeau: C’est Moi /
Jeans: Cult of Individuality (thrifted) /
 Shoes: Lord & Taylor (thrifted)

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Simple outfit, but it works.

Did you join a mom’s group? Where do you meet other parents with similar aged children?



Thursday, September 15th, 2016

In The Office

After over two decades of schooling and working, the transition to being at home with an infant is jarring to say the least. I know not everyone enjoys their work, but I find myself missing my coworkers. Not just the adult interaction, I miss the people themselves.

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Shirt: Banana Republic / Vest: Olsen Europe (thrifted) / Jeans: Seven For All Mankind (thrifted) /
Boots: Sam Edelman / Earrings: Tiffany

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Our department meets weekly to discuss current issues/specs/etc…, but not everyone can make the weekly meeting due to shift schedules. Once a quarter, everyone shifts their schedule to attend the meeting together. This quarter I brought the munchkin in and joined them for the meeting.

Being at the office for a couple hours I had to be able to feed my son while we were there. The vest and wrap front shirt combo made it easy to do so while still looking a little polished. The vest is a bit snug at the bust at the moment when it’s done up, but it should fit nicely once I’m done nursing and I’m back to work full time.

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It was nice to be back, but at the same time I wouldn’t trade this time with my son for anything. I’ll try to make the next quarterly meeting, but if I don’t I’ll see everyone again at the end of the year.