Tuesday, September 19th, 2017
A simple outfit for a vibrant arts festival. We packed up the munchkin and went down to the Kaleido festival on Alberta Avenue last weekend. It was our first time going and I had no real idea what to expect, so I kept it simple. A monochrome column of navy with a light cardigan and flats.
Cardigan: Banana Republic / CPW: $13.02 / # of wears: 3
T-Shirt: Twik / CPW: $0.87 / # of wears: 12
Pants: Banana Republic (thrifted) / CPW: $0.26 / # of wears: 15
Shoes: Poppy Barley / CPW: $2.62 / # of wears 70
It was four streets of mixed music, dance, and visual art installations of all forms. It seemed like they were still setting up when we got there, but it was good overall. I’d go again. It seems like it would be fun in the evening.
It was a little breezy while we were there, but the close proximity to food trucks didn’t hurt…
Really plain, but it worked. With munchkin toddling at full speed, comfort and ease of movement is the name of the game.
Do you have any favourite festivals? What do you wear when you head out?
Tuesday, September 12th, 2017
Oh, hey. I’ve been blogging for three years now and completely forgot to mark the occasion. Oops!
One of the big benefits of blogging is being able to look back on recent years and see how things have changed. In some instances, it’s more interesting to see how they’ve stayed the same. It has been two years since I did a closet inventory, mostly because I didn’t see a lot of value in doing one while my body was quickly changing sizes postpartum. The thoughts I had surrounding my wardrobe last year and what I wanted out of it still ring true to this day. I feel like I made a lot of positive strides in my wardrobe in recent months. Instead of increasing in volume, it increased in function.
I’d show you what’s hanging in my closet, but our area had a water ban this past weekend due to a broken valve. My laundry is only just being washed now.
Much like in my original inventories, there are large differences between my functional wardrobe and the total number of clothes in the house. Since I don’t know yet if we’re having more kids or not, I haven’t fully purged my maternity and in between sized clothes. Those aren’t included in these totals. Likewise, workout and “home only” clothes aren’t included in the count either. Do you really need to know how many pairs of purple fleece pants I have? Probably not (but the answer is two).
Interestingly enough, this is getting back down close to the number of clothing items I was wearing when I started this blog three years ago. The total number of items was higher (132), but at that point in time I had 60 items in what I would refer to as my functional wardrobe. The word functional is being used loosely here – getting dressed was kind of a nightmare.
After a few years of bloating and culling, I feel like I’m starting to find a sweet spot. Most items mix and match nicely – so long as there’s clean clothes in the closet I’ll have something to wear. Likewise, I feel more like I’m getting dressed than playing dress up. My wardrobe is feeling more like me. There’s probably a half dozen items I feel ambivalent about in here, but until I find suitable replacements for them they’ll probably stay put.
How about you? Have you found your wardrobe sweet spot? How large is your functional wardrobe?
Thursday, September 7th, 2017
I took pictures of this outfit on Friday, but these aren’t them.
When I originally took the photos I reviewed them on the camera screen, decided they were fine, and then shut the camera off and carried on with my day. When I had some time Saturday, I took the card out of the camera and popped it into my computer. No photos. I put the card back in the camera and checked again. No photos.
The dog had already thoroughly slobbered on the shirt, and the jeans were covered in dirt from shovelling gravel, so a quick retake wasn’t really in the cards until the laundry was done.
Shirt: Banana Republic / CPW: $2.36 / # of wears: 14
Jeans: 7 For All Mankind / CPW: $6.25 / # of wears: 36
Shoes: Poppy Barley / CPW: $29.70 / # of wears 7
Purse: Mulberry / CPW: $69.23 / # of wears 26
Sunglasses: Mercury / CPW: $0.32 / # of wears: 52
Watch: Skagen / CPW: #3.49 / # of wears: 39
Absolutely nothing in this outfit matches. From the watch to the shirt to the purse to the shoes… they’re all different colours. But you know what? It worked for me. I felt like comfortable in my own skin, which I really needed.
Mommy needed a day off! The last month was an absolute blur, so I booked today off for some much needed self care. Starting the day with a macaron gateau and latte at @duchessbakeshop, followed by a little fall wardrobe browsing. This afternoon I think I'll have a hot bath with a face mask, and then work on some projects around the house. I never appreciated how important self care days were until I didn't have time to myself.
I took Friday off to look after myself. Since going back to work I’ve been running flat out non-stop, and it has been wearing me down. I barely felt like I had time to think, let alone do the things I wanted to do.
After sending my husband off to work and my son to daycare, I had a slower than usual shower and morning prep. A latte and treat at Duchess Bakery put a little pep in my step for some fall shopping, followed by a hot bath and face mask at home. I probably should have kept relaxing, but I snapped back into mom mode after than and did grocery shopping and some laundry. *shrug*
My husband says I should take a weekend away, but I have absolutely no idea where to go. I think I’m going to take a day like this every couple months going forward. It wasn’t much, but it made all the difference for me.
Tuesday, September 5th, 2017
Usually when labour day rolls around I have the urge to be super basic and wear white on Labour Day. This year, I just DGAF.
Shirt: Le Chateau / CPW: $3.49 / # of wears: 12
Pants: Banana Republic / CPW: $69.30 / # of wears: 1
Shoes: Sam Edelman / CPW: $1.61 / # of wears: 13
# of wears counted since October 1, 2016
The air has been getting crisp in the morning for the last little while. You can smell autumn in the air even though it’s still supposed to be a little ways away (in theory).
Despite the chilly morning, it still worked out to be quite a nice day yesterday. Munchkin and I walked to the grocery store and back for odds and ends, as well as a little air. I didn’t even require sleeves!
They’re calling for a risk of frost tonight in the outlying areas. I baked a pumpkin pie oatmeal for breakfast. Scarf and coat combos are starting to look awfully appealing again. As nice as yesterday afternoon was, it’s fair to say my mind is firmly in fall territory.
Maybe that’s why I’m taking pictures again?
Thursday, August 31st, 2017
I don’t know about you guys, but I’ve had my fair share of underwhelming if not outright terrible customer service experiences.
Keeping that in mind, a longtime reader wrote to me recently about a frustrating experience they had encountered with a retailer, and asked if I would share it with you. I can’t speak for experience regarding this retailer, since I’ve never shopped there myself, but I do respect her experience and value her opinion on the subject. It’s unfortunate, because I had considered shopping at this retailer myself in the future.
WHAT RETAILERS SHOULD KNOW ABOUT CUSTOMER SERVICE
Tuesday, August 29th, 2017
I’ve come to the conclusion that summer clothes do nothing for me. Literally nothing. In retrospect it makes sense, because I find myself consistently being more analytical than swipe happy towards the end of summer. I promise I’ll work on getting that onto the blog.
From a shopping standpoint, it was a slightly less uneventful month than July. One item.
Poppy Barley opened their flagship store in Southgate this month and, well, I felt the need to partake.
Poppy Barley The Soft Oxford – $207.90 (reg $207.90)
Shopping there is a fine line between supporting local businesses and indulging in an expensive shoe habit. Okay, it’s less fine line and more overlap. No regrets for the time being though. Other than specialty shoes like runners, I’m not looking elsewhere for shoes at the moment.
Quarterly Budget: $750 – $64.12 (carryover) – $0.00 (Jul) – $207.90 (Aug) = $477.98
Lots leftover for the month of September, which is a good thing. It may or may not get used up, but I do plan on doing some shopping next month. That and getting this blog back on track, because I miss this.