Tuesday, July 11th, 2017

Reel 2 Real

He’s walking. Dear god, he’s walking.

He toddles with confidence.

I’m not ready.

Jacket: Talula / CPW: $7.65 / # of wears: 17
Blouse: Le Chateau / CPW: $4.66 / # of wears: 9
Pants: Banana Republic / CPW: 3.66 / # of wears: 15
Sandals: made by craftsman in Santorini / CPW: $10.00 / # of wears: 3
Sunglasses: Mercury / CPW: $2.12 / # of wears: 8
# of wears counted since October 1, 2016

*hyperventilates*

It’s about to get a little bit harder to keep up to him. He’s going to be running in no time flat, which means I need to be able to move. I threw these pants in the dryer again to shrink them down for a slimmer fit. The fabric has lots of stretch, so it’s still easy to move in them.

The sandals are great right now, but can I run in them? Not for any real period of time. I might have to consider other footwear options next year. Maybe something with a tie?

Do you guys have any sandal suggestions? Anything you can run in?

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Thursday, July 6th, 2017

Another Trip Around The Sun

What is it about getting older that makes the number less meaningful? Seriously, the last five years or so I’ve had to actually stop and think about how old I was. It’s not right on the top of my head anymore.

Shirt: Community / CPW: $40.95 / # of wears: 2
Tank: Twik / CPW: $1.66 / # of wears: 12
Skirt: J.Crew / CPW: $48.30 / # of wears: 1
Shoes: Enzo Angiolini / CPW: $120 / # of wears: 1
Sunglasses: Mercury / CPW: $2.83 / # of wears: 6
Watch: Skagen / CPW: $7.57 / # of wears: 18
Purse: Mulberry / CPW: $225.00 / # of wears: 8
# of wears counted since October 1, 2016

I could call it denial, but honestly I don’t really care. It is what it is. It just takes a bit of effort to remember it these days.

My mom was at a course in Olds the weekend before my birthday, so she popped up to Edmonton the day of. My parents live in another province, so I don’t see them very often.

She offered to look after the munchkin for the evening so my husband and I could go out to celebrate my birthday. It gave us a much needed date night, and her some much needed grandbaby time.

I shouldn’t call him a baby anymore. He toddles. I believe that by definition makes him a toddler.

Technicalities.

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Tuesday, July 4th, 2017

Artsy Fartsy

First things first – happy 4th of July to my American friends!

Throwing this semi-rumpled white cotton shirt on for some running around on a cool day made me feel a little bit like a painter. My paints haven’t seen the light of day in a while, but maybe one day soon they’ll come out again?

Blouse: Community / CPW: $81.90 / # of wears: 1
T-Shirt: Twik/ CPW: $0.65 / # of wears: 8
Pants: Wilfred Free / CPW: $23.62 / # of wears: 6
Shoes: Sam Edelman (consignment) / CPW: $2.10 / # of wears: 10
Purse: Mulberry / CPW: $225.00 / # of wears: 8

Watch: Skagen / CPW: $9.74 / # of wears: 14
Sunglasses: Mercury / CPW: $3.40 / # of wears: 5
# of wears counted since October 1, 2016

Unfortunately when I got home and saw the outfit with my choice of sunglasses, I realized it read a little more risky business than artist in residence. Oops.

Doesn’t really bother me. I have some other looks rolling through my mind for this shirt.

Have you ever had an outfit read completely different from what you originally thought it did?



Thursday, June 29th, 2017

That Time Math Kicked My Ass

So I realized a little while back that my efforts to reach $1/wear across my wardrobe is mathematically impossible with my current budget.

On average, I wear about 5 clothing items in an outfit. A top, a bottom, shoes, a sweater or coat of some sort, and maybe a bag or a watch. Assuming we’re talking about a 30 day month, that’s 150 item wears a month. Now granted I might wear more layers during the winter, but I also wear fewer in the summer. And dresses? That’ll skew the numbers too. For me, 5 items per outfit is generally accurate. With a budget of (give or take) $250 a month, that works out to a cost per wear of $1.67.

Those numbers are a gross oversimplification of course. Let me walk you through it.

Let’s assume I purchase a five item outfit for $250 at the beginning of the month and wear it non-stop all month. At the end of the month, the average cost per wear of each of those items is $1.67.

$250/(5 items x 30 wears) = $1.67/wear

Pretty decent. If I continued to wear them non-stop I would hit $1/wear in just under a month. Except that the next month I’d be buying another five items, so I’d have to stop wearing last months items to bring the cost per wear on the new items down. The same thing happens the next month. And the next month.

Obviously, almost no one shops like this. It was meant to illustrate how as you add new items to your wardrobe, the frequency with which you wear the existing wardrobe items decreases. Some items will hit the $1/wear target, while some items will remain stubbornly higher. What it also shows, is that at my current spending level and style of dressing, my wardrobe will never break $1/wear on average. I would have to decrease my budget or stop shopping for a while in order to achieve that, or pile on more layers.

Food for thought.



Tuesday, June 27th, 2017

Monthly Update – June 2017

Okay, so with finds on both the consignment and retail sides of the spectrum, I was a wee bit spendier this month than last…

To be honest I thought the bottom line damage was going to be worse than it actually ended up being, but let’s not kid ourselves. There was damage.

Kismet Top – $16.80 (reg $35.00 est)

I actually thought this was an Anthro brand when I first spotted it, as the pattern was strikingly similar to an item I was eyeing up while I was pregnant. So far it’s actually looking to be from Bootlegger, a store I recall being enamoured with as a teenager. It doesn’t strictly fall within my colour scheme (it pairs with most of my closet, but not all) so time will tell if it was a good idea or not. It’s quite comfy, and I like the neckline, so I may love it for a few seasons and then donate it back again.

James Perse Top – $21.00 (reg $258.30 est.)

Another top that’s not strictly in my colour scheme, but again, matches most of my wardrobe. I realize the “close but not quite” is a slippery slope back into a crammed wardrobe and difficulties getting dressed, so this is another top that may be loved and donated back depending on how hard it is to match with my existing clothes. For now I’m enjoying it.

Community Howley Blouse – $81.90 (reg $81.90)

Little bit of an experiment here. I went in looking for a standard white blouse, and ended up trying this short sleeved one on. Given my penchant for rolling the sleeves on my blouses, having a short sleeved blouse that is styled to be pre-rolled really just takes one step out of getting dressed in the morning. I was in a tossup between sizes, and opted to size up for a more relaxed summer silhouette.

Max Mara Wool Crepe Trousers – $110.25 (reg $367.50)

On a whim I decided to stop by Blu’s women’s wear in Southgate. They carry brands that overlap somewhat with what you would find at Holt Renfrew, so it’s usually outside of my comfortable price zone. They happened to be having a sale when I went in, so happy accident! I found these on a sale rack, and then an additional 30% was taken off the sale price.  Unfortunately I don’t have any photos of these yet because they were being hemmed, but these trousers fit like a dream. If they had a pair of these pants in olive as well I would have snapped up both.

Smythe Duchess Blazer – $374.85 (reg $624.75)

And the big ticket item. The same day they were offering 30% off sale items, they were also offering 40% off select regular price items. The full price items were marked with a sticker if they were excluded from the sale. I thought for sure the Smythe blazers would be excluded, but they weren’t!! They were marked down even more than the Shopbop sales while the dollar was at par! Given that I’m back at work now my odds of stumbling on a sale like this again is pretty low, so I snapped up the navy blazer they had in my size. It’s the only blazer I’ve ever found that fit me perfectly without tailoring, and it’s made in Canada to boot.

So, it was a bit of a financially whirlwind season, but it closed out just $64 over budget. I’m fine with this. I’m just going to take the overage out of next season’s budget.

Quarterly Budget: $750 + $360.64 (carryover) – $569.96 (Apr) – $0 (May) – $604.80 (June) = -$64.12

How did your month pan out? Did you add anything to your wardrobe? Did you find any good sales? I’d love to hear about it.



Thursday, June 22nd, 2017

Cost Per Wear

At what point does a pricy purchase become a smart or reasonable one? That blouse is on sale, but is it actually a good idea?

If you’ve been reading for a little while, you’ve probably noticed that I’ve started including the cost per wear of the individual clothing items I wear in my posts. In an era of bloggers modelling clothes for retailers and rarely wearing them again, I feel this is an important piece of information to start including.

It would come as a surprise to very few people that I enjoy crunching numbers, so to be honest I don’t know why I didn’t start keeping track of this earlier.

Obviously, given that I only started keeping track October last year, some of my numbers are a bit skewed. They will be for a while. Given that I starting counting while on maternity leave, my collection of heeled work pumps looks like a horrendous purchasing decision. It doesn’t take into account that I wear them seasonally, or that I’d been wearing them for years prior to going on leave. I have a pair of burgundy suede heels that get worn frequently in late summer and fall. They set me back about $160 in 2009. Were they a bad purchasing decision? No. Their numbers will be skewed for a while though, because according to my stats they’ve never been worn.

So what is a reasonable cost per wear? Personally, I’m fixated on $1/wear. I can’t remember where I originally came across that number. It may have been a personal finance blog, but it could just as easily have been the lifestyle section of a newspaper. Either way, a cost per wear of $1 is my target. With eight and a half months of stats, I have six items in my wardrobe that have already hit that mark, and another seven that are under $2.

Is achieving a reasonable cost per wear the end all be all of shopping laws? No. If you buy a fast fashion tank for $3, and it falls apart in three wears, your $1 cost per wear doesn’t take into account the waste of the considerable time and resources that went into making the tank. It’s not perfect, but it does help prevent some foolish shopping decisions.

Lets look at the seemingly ubiquitous Chloe Marcie Satchel. As of the time of writing this, Neiman Marcus has the large listed at $2090 USD. Assuming you don’t have to pay tax, shipping, exchange or duty on it, you would have to wear that bag every single day for over five and a half years to achieve a cost per wear of $1. Now, maybe that bag is your signature piece and you will actually wear it every day. In that case, if you can afford it, go for it! If not, it may not be the best idea. For myself personally, when selecting an item like a coat or a bag, it has to be something I can see myself wearing when I’m 60. If I can’t, it’s probably too trendy to purchase designer. Items like my Burberry Kensington trench and Mulberry Alexa satchel are here for the long haul.

What do you consider a reasonable cost per wear?

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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.

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