Thursday, February 23rd, 2017

Monthly Update – February 2017

My February budget updates always seem so premature, but I suppose that’s what happens when you only post two days a week during a short month. *shrug*

In keeping with the short month, it was actually pretty light on shopping as well. Only footwear! After having to return my green boots just after Christmas, you better believe I jumped at the opportunity to get into the Poppy Barley sample sale. I had my eye on a couple styles and colours before the sale, but I wanted to keep my mind open to proper samples and unique one offs. No such luck on the latter, but I did manage to snag a colour of boots that was sold out in the colour I wanted, and a pair of flats that was sold out in my size.

Poppy Barley Feminine Slipper in Taupe – $183.75 (reg $236.25)

After trying out the smoking slipper trend with a thrifted pair from Value Village, I knew this was a look I wanted to add more of to my closet. This taupe colour will pair nicely with the black/grey/white/blue shades in my wardrobe, and gives me a lighter neutral to work with during the warm weather.

The details are really what make these shoes. Most of my flats have nothing in terms of padding, but these ones have both heel and arch support. The tassels are a little different from the bows and embroidery I see on most slippers in this style, and how pretty is the tread on these shoes?

Love it.

Because of the lighter colour and leather sole, I’m holding off on wearing these outside until the ground dries up a little bit. It’s driving me nuts, but I really want these shoes to last.

Poppy Barley Heeled Chelsea Boot in Toffee – $236.25 (reg $367.50)

Next up is the most frequently worn item in my wardrobe this month! I’ve worn them almost every second day. These boots have a rubber sole on them already, and they’ve stood up nicely during inclement weather.

So, a slightly spendier month than usual, but most of it was offset by the green boots I had returned last month. I’m 100% okay with this.

Quarterly Budget: $750 – $135.17 (Jan) – 420.00 (Feb) + $367.50 returns + $18.80 consignment = $581.13 remaining

I highly, HIGHLY, doubt that I will spend almost $600 next month given that I’m only allowing myself two clothing items. That’s not to say that I couldn’t, it’s just that the higher dollar value items I’m eyeing up likely won’t be going on sale next month, so I won’t be buying them just yet. I’m considering rolling over the remainder of the budget, but we’ll see how I feel about that next month.

I’m linking up again 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, February 21st, 2017

Black and Tan

This is a bit of a throwback! I actually wore this before Christmas meeting up with a friend for a glass of wine. I always intended to take pictures and post it, it just never happened. Life got in the way, Christmas happened, and then I just forgot about this outfit…

Coat: Wilfred / Sweater: Banana Republic / Turtleneck: Icone / Pants: Banana Republic /
Boots: Sam Edelman / Bag: Mulberry / Scarf: H&M

It was quite cold out that evening, but the layers stood up nicely to it. I actually really liked this outfit, save for one thing.

The boots.

I didn’t want to wear black footwear, but at that point it was all I had. It felt incredibly stale. I wanted a caramel pair that matched the scarf and sweater, but up until that point I hadn’t come across anything that checked off all of the boxes for me.

I’m glad a pair finally made their way into my wardrobe!

Boots: Poppy Barley

It’s such a small change, but it makes such a difference in my eyes. Walking outside I’m not just a black column with a brown scarf and purse anymore. The boots serve as a book end to bring the top and bottom together.

Are you missing a key piece that would tie your existing outfits together? What is that piece for you? What is holding you back on adding it to your wardrobe?

Thursday, February 16th, 2017

Whole30 – Dinner Ideas

I didn’t think this would be the case, but dinner ended up being the hardest meal for me. Especially towards the end of the 30 days. Some of it was probably fatigue. It’s hard to be creative when you’re dragging, you know what I mean? There was also also a birthday and a couple family dinners in the mix, so I definitely played it safe on a couple meals.

There was also a stuffed butternut squash last month, but I powered through that before I remembered to take pictures of it. Oops.

Potato Omelette w/ Fruit Salad

Spaghetti Squash w/ Pork & Tomato Sauce

Sweet Potato w/ Pepper, Onion, Avocado, Chicken & Cilantro

Pulled Pork Lettuce Wraps w/ Carrot, Cucumber, Avocado & Cilantro

Chicken Curry w/ Cauliflower “Rice”

Green Salad & Acorn Squash Stuffed w/ Mushroom, Onion & Turkey

Spinach w/ Chicken, Peppers, Tomatoes, Blueberries & Pistachio

Spinach, Chicken, Grilled Pineapple, Avocado, Peppers & Onion

Pork, Spinach, Pepper, Onion & Potato Hash

Rosemary Potato & Onion Fritatta

Roast Pork, Shredded Apple, Potatoes, Diced Carrot & Fennel, Green Salad

“Dumpling Filling” – Pork, Cabbage & Carrot w/ Ginger & Garlic

Pork Loin, Stewed Apples, Potatoes, Tomato

Beanless Chilli Loaded Baked Potato w/ Avocado

Family Dinner – Striploin, Mushrooms, Potatoes, Spinach Salad

Spaghetti Squash w/ Basil Pesto, Tomatoes & Homemade Chicken Sausage

Birthday Dinner – Bacon Wrapped Steak, Grilled Bell Pepper, Mushrooms, Potatoes

What’s for dinner tonight?

Tuesday, February 14th, 2017

Red and Vert

Munchkin has been teething up a storm, so there have been some seriously sleepless nights around these parts. Actually, teething doesn’t really cover it. Teething, sinuses, sleep training and yet another sleep regression have all been conspiring to make sure rest is hard to come by. Oh, and did I mention he’s crawling? Yeah, there’s that too.

Sweater: Amour Vert / Jeans: 7 For All Mankind / Scarf: Lululemon /
Shoes: Steve Madden / Purse: Street Level

It was a warmer day, but I still went with cozy loose layers. I’m always cold when I’m tired. It was just a trip to the pharmacy, so there was no real need to impress anyone.

I’m experimenting with pinning the sweater into narrower silhouettes at the moment. I’m liking a more tapered pinning at the moment rather than straight up and down, but I haven’t settled on how much of a taper I want. I do know I need to take up the underarms still though.

I keep hoping those little teeth will pop through so it’ll stop hurting him, but I know we have years of this ahead of us. For now, he’s still my little toothless wonder. A crawling toothless wonder.

Thursday, February 9th, 2017

Whole30 – Lunch Ideas

A lot of people have difficulties eating breakfast in the morning, but if I’m being completely honest lunch is the meal I skip at home most often. I’ve been guilty on many occasions of having a cup of coffee or a latte to see me through to dinner rather than stopping and eating.

Forcing myself to eat in the middle of the day definitely helped with the evening carb noshing, so I’ll consider that a lesson learned from last month’s diet experience. It didn’t always have to be large or fancy, it just had to fuel me.

Green Salad w/ Hard Boiled Eggs, Tuna, Tomatoes, Olives & Avocado

Tuna Salad Stuffed Bell Pepper w/ Blood Oranges

Hard Boiled Egg, Tomato, Avocado & Fruit Salad

Green Salad w/ Cucumber, Chicken, Avocado, Tomato, Olives & Berries

Romaine w/ Tuna & Olives, Potato Waffle w/ Avocado, Hardboiled Egg, Tomatoes & Blood Orange

Carrot Ginger Soup w/ Chicken

Sweet Potato w/ Chicken, Onion, Pepper, Avocado, Raspberries & Banana

Sweet Potato, Hardboiled Egg, Tomatoes & Avocado

Tomatoes, Apple, Hardboiled Egg & Almond Butter

Cucumbers, Pineapple, Tomatoes, Almonds & Homemade Turkey Sausage

Salmon, Beets, Green Beans & Potaotes

Green Salad w/ Turkey Sausage, Peppers, Avocado, Raspberries, Oranges & Homemade Chicken Stock

Green Salad w/ Peppers, Sweet Potato, Tomatoes, Almonds, Avocado, Turkey Sausage & Oranges

Pork, Potatoes, Peppers, Spinach & Fried Egg

Beanless Chili w/ Homemade Guacamole

Pork Loin, Shredded Apple, Diced Carrot & Fennel

Baked Sweet Potato w/ Homemade Guacamole & Sliced Strawberries

Spinach Salad w/ Chicken, Peppers, Avocado & Homemade Tahini Lime Dressing

What are you having for lunch today?

Tuesday, February 7th, 2017

What’s On My Nails – Winter 2017

After close to a year and a half of bare nails, I finally got around to painting them. Needless to say, I’m a little out of practice.

For the life of me I don’t remember where I first spotted the border nail trend, but I definitely liked it when I saw it. The overt black and white look was a bit much, but I could see myself in something a little more subtle.

I ended up pulling out my trusty bottle of Chanel Frenzy out of the cupboard, along with a OPI’s Wild About Shimmer glitter polish.

I’ll say it, my painting is a straight up hack job. The fact that my base polish appears to be getting a bit thick doesn’t really help matters either. The beauty of glitter polish in a transparent base for the border is that you only see it when the light hits it, so you never really see the whole thing at once. You just get a little flicker of shine.

What’s on your nails right now? Any trends you’re interested in at the moment?


I'm Cassie.

I'm a petite hourglass, slow adopter, food geek, Engineer, wife and mom. Welcome to the little corner of the internet where I ramble on about random things. Mostly clothes.