Thursday, December 1st, 2016

Testing Limits

Would you believe I wore white jeans to a 5 year old’s birthday last weekend? It’s true. I actually wore these jeans to her younger brother’s 2nd birthday little over a year ago as well. I enjoyed this outfit, so I re-wore it the same weekend. Managed to come out unscathed and unstained both times!

They’re the first pair of pre-pregnancy jeans I’ve managed to get back into since having the munchkin. They’re a bit snug still, but its progress.

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Sweater: Banana Republic / Jeans: 7 For All Mankind / Shoes: Geox

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This scarf added a little warmth until I could get some coffee into myself that day. It’s seen better days, but I love the texture and mix of colours. It pairs perfectly with all of the warmer tones in my closet, and it looks pretty good under my black wool coat as well.

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My husband was making faces at me by the door while I took pictures for this post. I was doing my best to ignore him here.

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Monday, November 28th, 2016

Monthly Update – November 2016

Depending on how you look at it, it was either a very spendy month, or not a very spendy month at all.

Technically I purchased four items on Black Friday, but I purchased them online and they won’t arrive for little while. Two of the items haven’t even shipped yet. Since I don’t have the items in hand yet, and I don’t know which of the items I’ll be keeping, they’ll be included in December’s total.

That leaves me with one item this month:

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Banana Republic Merino Sweater Vee – $44.63 (reg $89.25)

One thing I noticed over the last couple months is that I wear my long sleeved t-shirts a lot. They’re easy to just throw on and go, and I don’t have to think too hard about them. The sweaters I have in my closet are either quite heavy, or I had to fuss with them and wear another shirt to make them work. There was no throw on and go sweaters. With the temperatures dropping a bit, the long sleeved t-shirts were becoming insufficient. This thin merino wool knit struck a nice balance between t-shirt weight and sweater weight. If I want to wear a tank under it for additional warmth, there is room to do so. The caramel colour mixes and matches easily with my existing bottoms, and works in multiple seasons. It’s been a solid addition so far, and I’ve worn it a couple times already.

That’s two months in a row now I’ve gone with only a single purchase. I credit my son for that. He is more than happy to sit quietly in the stroller while I browse, but the moment I enter the change room it’s meltdown time. Hence the larger online purchase on Black Friday. We’ll see what actually fits and looks good when it arrives.

Quarterly Budget: $650 – $299.25 (Oct) – $44.63 (Nov)= $306.12 remaining

$306.12 left for the month of December! That more than covers my entire order even if everything miraculously fits and looks good. It would be more than my two item December allotment, but it still leaves me with an average of two items a month over the quarter.

How did you do this month? A quick glance at my blog reader this morning is suggesting there were more than a couple small spenders this month. Anyone strike gold at the sales last Friday?

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!



Thursday, November 24th, 2016

Parent Link

I found myself hitting dark pant fatigue recently, so I went out on a limb and grabbed the distressed denim again for a trip to Parent Link at the community centre. Parent Link offers numerous family services and resources, including a weekly infant play time and learning session. This week’s session was about posture, exercise, diastasis recti and the dreaded mummy tummy. Suitable topic, now that I think about it.

Honestly though, I was there to hang out with other moms and let my son play with some different toys than what we have at home. The toys are cleaned after every session, so the risk of communal germs is pretty low.

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Coat: Wilfred / Scarf: H&M / Jeans: Cult of Individuality (thrifted) / Shoes: Steve Madden

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T-Shirt: Twik / Tank: Eloise

The shoes were a little bit of a fail. When I left the house there was barely a skiff of snow on the ground, but apparently across town was a different story. The scarf was an entirely different story. I threw it on for warmth, but I love the way the camel brightened up the burgundy. The excess length made disguising the tummy a lot easier too.

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While I’m glad I mixed things up a little and gave my 7’s a break, wearing these jeans again have confirmed for me that they have to go. If they’re freshly washed the muffin top is brutal, and if they’ve stretched a little I’m constantly hiking them up (and yet the muffin top is still brutal). I’m glad I tried them though. It was fun to partake in the distressed trend a little, and I actually kinda like the lighter denim look. I can’t remember the last time I intentionally sought out light (non-white) denim, but it definitely has a place in my wardrobe.

Time to go Kondo on them though. Thanks for the lessons jeans, but you gotta go.

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Have you identified anything that needs to be thanked and kicked to the curb lately?



Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016

Sharing The Splurge

I had originally planned on writing this post to give ideas on how to break a mask set up and turn them into gifts for multiple people, but apparently the set is sold out online.

Boo procrastination…

The ideas still work, it just means shelling out a bit more for full size masks rather than gifting one a third the size:

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I picked up the Peter Thomas Roth mask kit during the recent VIB sale as a congratulatory gift to myself for earning my professional designation (Woo hoo!). I had already purchased a full size rose mask a few months ago, and I was curious about some of the other masks. The kit contained all of the masks except the rose one, so it was kind of a perfect fit for me.

CUCUMBER GEL MASK

Gift Idea: Winter Vacation Kit

This one was inspired partly by my sister’s upcoming trip to Mexico, but also by the cucumber based spa treatment my husband and I had after being brutally sunburned in Thailand.

Gift Component Suggestions:

  • Cucumber Mask
  • Sunscreen
  • Aftersun Lotion
  • SPF lip balm
  • Sunglasses
  • Beach Towel

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24K GOLD MASK

Honestly, this mask just feels ridiculous. If it wasn’t part of the kit I wouldn’t have even considered it, but here we are. If you have a diva in your life, this combo might be right up his or her alley.

Gift Component Suggestions:

  • Gold Mask
  • Small bottle of prosecco (or big bottle of champagne if you’re feeling really fancy schmancy)
  • Metal straw for the bubbly
  • Good quality chocolates
  • Seriously fluffy slippers or housecoat

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IRISH MOOR MUD

Isn’t it funny how often dirt is used to get clean? Following the same train of thought this could be a cheeky basket for the clean freak in your life, lol.

Gift Component Suggestions:

  • Mud Mask
  • Dead sea salts
  • Charcoal scrub or body wash
  • Pumice stone
  • Natural sea sponge
  • Rock-like candy such as Choco Rocks

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BLUE MARINE ALGAE

I find the blue colour and iridescent quality of this mask so relaxing. It would make a great base for a basket on self care and relaxation.

Gift Component Suggestions:

  • Algae Mask
  • Yoga pass
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Headband or other workout accessories
  • Book on mindfulness or meditation
  • I’d say a CD of instrumental music for yoga or meditation, but does anyone even use CDs anymore?

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PUMPKIN ENZYME MASK

I know the christmas drinks are here now and PSL season is technically over, but I equate the scent of pumpkin with warmth and coziness. It’s an essential fall scent, much like the spaces that are often paired with it. This would make a good gift for anyone who holes up inside as the temperature drops.

Gift Component Suggestions:

  • Pumpkin Mask
  • Turmeric tea, or the ingredients to make it
  • A big mug for the tea
  • Homemade energy bites or a big jar of granola
  • Thick knitted socks

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Hopefully those got the idea machine going to help with your Christmas shopping this year.

Do you ever split up kits to make gifts? Any suggestions on other kits to split up? What would you pair with them?



Tuesday, November 15th, 2016

Clothes Are Hard

Not all the time, but sometimes.

I’ve been thoroughly uninspired by my outfits for the last week and a half. Some of it is the fact that my son has been waking up during the night which is leaving me rather tired come morning, and some of it was probably the blah weather.

Don’t get me wrong, there were a couple outfits I wore that I really liked and thought about sharing. Then the moment I’d pick up my son he would spit up down the front/back/side of me, and I’d have to change.

It’s like he knew.

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T-shirt: Twik / Shirt: Banana Republic / Jeans: 7 For All Mankind / Boots: Poppy Barley

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So I thought I’d be smart this time and get him set up on the floor with some toys before I changed into my clothes. Go mom!

So he scoots off the blanket I put him on and throws up on the carpet instead. Awesome.

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Yeah I’m looking at you.

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I guess butternut squash and oats wasn’t a hit today.

Apologies for the brutally overexposed pictures. I swear they didn’t look that bad on the camera.