Thursday, May 26th, 2016

Monthly Budget Update – May 2016

How on earth is it that this month felt so short, and yet so long at the same time? I’m at a bit of a loss on that one.

J.Crew Bangles

J.Crew Wide Enamel Hinge Bracelet – $19.10 (reg $55.13)
J.Crew Rounded Pave Hinge Bracelet – $19.10 (reg $46.30)

I wanted to focus a bit more on accessories this month, but I didn’t want anything that would pose a hazard to either the baby or myself. Enter bangles! There’s a handful of other colours I’ll be watching to hit the sale racks in the future (namely the tortoise shell, herringbone and shell pink), but the turquoise and light blue give me a nice start!

Seraphine Maxi Dress, Aritzia Jean Jacket, Chapters Tote

Chapters Striped Tote – $35.70 (reg $35.70)

I’m so ticked off at myself about this one. I have a $25 Chapters gift card that I was going to use here. I decided to change purses that morning, and I missed moving the gift card into the bag I was carrying when I went to the store. Found that out at the till. *kicks self*

Lilac and Gold

Banana Republic Hammered Leaf Collar – $18.89 (reg $77.70)

I had been eyeing this necklace up when it first came out, but there was no way on earth I was paying that much for costume jewellery. Fast forward to earlier this month when Adina posted that she picked it up off a clearance rack in Vancouver for $7. Needless to say, I had to check our local stores. I ended up finding one at Southgate, and while it wasn’t $7, it was a hell of a lot better than full price. No regrets!

Seraphine Maxi Dress, Aritzia Jean Jacket, Chapters Tote

Seraphine Bianka Maxi Dress – $113.40 (reg $141.75)
C’est Moi Seamless Bandeaus in turquoise, lilac and black – $10.08 ea (reg $12.60 ea)

Okay, so it looks foolish buying a maternity dress in the last month of pregnancy, but I promise it’s not as dumb as it looks. This dress isn’t cut specifically for pregnancy, and it’s actually a nursing dress. It’s quite long on me, which is fine with a big belly and heels. Actually, my husband said it looked like I grew 6″ when he first saw me in it. I’ll be hemming this dress for flats once the belly goes down a bit, and I expect it will get a fair bit of wear this summer. In the meantime, it’s seriously one of the most comfortable dresses I’ve worn this pregnancy.

Nursing Tank

White Nursing Tank – $50.40 (reg $63.00)

I don’t have a whole heck of a lot to say on this one, other than *ugh*

I tried on some other nursing tanks, and we’ll just say that the result was… comical. I’m going to need some proper nursing bras, but until my milk comes in I won’t know what size to get, and I’ll still need something while I’m at the hospital. There are other things I’d rather have spent $50 on… Perk of not being a conventional retail size. *head desk*

So that brings me to $286.83 for the month. A little high, but April left my budget with lots of wiggle room. I actually still have a fair bit of wiggle room left over for next month as well:

Quarterly Budget: $750 – $188.30 (Apr) – $286.83 (May) = $274.87 remaining

As for whether or not I get out of the house next month remains to be seen given that munchkin’s due date is the beginning of the month. My birthday also lands next month as well though, so you never know!

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!

How did your May go? Did you find any good deals this month? Tell me about what you found!



Tuesday, May 24th, 2016

Loving Lilac

…and maxi dresses. Seriously, I don’t know why I didn’t buy more of these earlier on.

Lilac and Gold

Dress: Seraphine / Bandeau: C’est Moi / Shoes: Calvin Klein / Purse: Coach /
Hat: Simons / Necklace: Banana Republic / Bracelet: no name (swapped)

Lilac and Gold

A couple weeks ago we hit our local greenhouse to pick up some plants for the garden. We don’t usually plant until after the May long weekend given that it’s pretty much tradition that we see snow that weekend. My husband refuses to let me swap out my winter tires on my car until after that weekend as well. Given the unseasonably hot weather we’ve been having combined with the pending arrival of a newborn, we decided to plant a little earlier this year. This Dwarf Korean Lilac tree is especially fragrant right now, and is probably my favourite addition to the yard. Go inspiration!

Lilac and Gold

I wore this outfit around the 37 week mark. My feet were starting to swell a little more stubbornly, and I thought it might be due to the heels, so I figured this would be the last time I wore them. Turns out the swelling was just as stubborn in flats, so I’m back in the heels again! Lol.

Lilac and Gold

Hat tip to Adina for the heads up on this necklace going to clearance. I’m mildly obsessed with it.

Lilac and Gold

Where are you drawing your outfit inspiration from these days? The world around you? Magazines? Any awesome style bloggers you’d recommend checking out?



Thursday, May 19th, 2016

Wishful Shopping

I know this summer is going to be full of either rediscovering my body, or discovering the new body it’s changed into. Either way, I’ve been seriously eyeing up all of the clothes in the stores right now. I can’t wear them at the moment, but maybe by the time I can they’ll be sitting pretty on a sale rack for me? A girl can hope.

Clothes I'll check the sales rack for postpartum

Okay, I tried to make it work a little prematurely. It didn’t work, lol.

Clothes I'll check the sales rack for postpartum

It was an adorable dress on the mannequin, but based on the location of the elastic on me it would appear that it’s meant for a slightly smaller bust. Maybe I won’t be tracking this one down on the sale rack…

This one was quite pretty though. My cell phone doesn’t do the colour justice, but I loved the green in this dress in Anthropologie:

Clothes I'll check the sales rack for postpartum

Actually, Anthro was full of interesting dresses. This one didn’t look like much on the hanger, but based on the fabric I get the impression that it would be quite flattering on:

Clothes I'll check the sales rack for postpartum

This skirt just looked like a lot of fun:

Clothes I'll check the sales rack for postpartum

I’m loving the long vests right now. This one looked like the fabric had enough substance that it would make for a great structured layering piece:

Clothes I'll check the sales rack for postpartum

I tried on the same wrap dress at Banana Republic that Sherry posted on Instagram a little while back. It definitely works better on her body type than it does mine, but I still kinda love the print. A handful of other items came out in this fabric, so I may try some of the others a little later on.

Clothes I'll check the sales rack for postpartum

This knit pencil skirt at Zara looked comfy, not to mention easy to pair with some of the items I already have in my wardrobe:

Clothes I'll check the sales rack for postpartum

J.Crew had some interesting pieces as well. I’ve been mulling around getting a pair of coloured pants, and these olive green ones might just fit the bill:

Clothes I'll check the sales rack for postpartum

I doubt this dress will still be around given that it was already heavily marked down on the sale rack, but hey, you never know!

Clothes I'll check the sales rack for postpartum

What have you guys been eyeing up? Anything you’re looking to add to your wardrobe this summer?



Tuesday, May 17th, 2016

Lazy Loose Layers

A funny thing happens in the late third trimester. Your ability to bend over and reach things diminishes greatly.

Also, your give a damn breaks.

Michael Kors Dress, H&M Vest, Converse Sneakers

Dress: Michael Kors / Vest: H&M / Tote: Chapters / Shoes: Converse

Michael Kors Dress, H&M Vest, Converse Sneakers

I always forget to pin the slit in this dress until after I’ve already put it on. With my twisting ability currently hampered, my laziness has increased dramatically. Instead of taking the dress off and pinning it, I’ve started throwing my long vest over it instead. Lazy win.

Michael Kors Dress, H&M Vest, Converse Sneakers

I tried looping the laces on these shoes through the top holes to turn them into slip ons, but to be completely honest it wasn’t worth it. They weren’t comfortable and my feet cramped up pretty much instantly after I started walking in them. They were never the comfiest shoes to begin with, but they’re going to have to wait until later this summer. I have no patience for discomfort right now.

Michael Kors Dress, H&M Vest, Converse Sneakers

Do you have any lazy wardrobe hacks worth sharing?



Thursday, May 12th, 2016

Faking Height

My husband and I met up with our wedding photographer this week to do a maternity session before munchkin comes on the scene. We were hoping to get some photos with the cherry blossoms, but the wind over the weekend did a number on them. The areas our photographer found were gorgeous nonetheless, and we had a blast taking pictures.

Seraphine Maxi Dress, Aritzia Jean Jacket, Chapters Tote

Dress: Seraphine / Jacket: Aritzia / Bandeau: C’est Moi / Tote: Chapters /
Shoes: Calvin Klein / 
Bracelet: J.Crew / Necklace: Banana Republic

Seraphine Maxi Dress, Aritzia Jean Jacket, Chapters Tote

I showed my husband this dress when I brought it home, but he didn’t see it on until I wore it to work. He said I looked like I grew 6 inches. Given that the dress was only hiding 3 inch heels, I’ll take it 😉

Seraphine Maxi Dress, Aritzia Jean Jacket, Chapters Tote

Seraphine Maxi Dress, Aritzia Jean Jacket, Chapters Tote

Seraphine Maxi Dress, Aritzia Jean Jacket, Chapters Tote

This dress has become an instant favourite. I’ve already worn it to work twice this week. #noshame

Seraphine Maxi Dress, Aritzia Jean Jacket, Chapters Tote

Are you an outfit repeater? What was the last wardrobe item you fell hard for?