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.
Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017
What is a rut?
It’s wearing the same style and handful of clothes over and over again with minimal thought or creativity. Day in. Day out.
Sounds terrible, right?
What if I told you the same description could be more charitably called a uniform? Or by extension, rounding up all of the clothes that you wear during a rut could be considered a capsule?
A rut is the anti-excess, anti-consumerism movement without the marketing or pretence. It’s actually not a bad thing. You’d never hear otherwise in a magazine though, because how do you sell products to people if being in a rut is considered alright? You can’t.
Part of the reason why I haven’t posted anything new lately is because I’m currently in a rut. Every workday I wear the same thing: a work polo, jeans, a fleece and a pair of flats. My polos fit with all of my jeans. All of my jeans are hemmed for flats. Most days I wear the same black Northface fleece to take the chill out of the office air conditioning. It matches all of my clothes. There is no thought required, it all works.
It makes for terrible blogging, but frees what little mental capacity I currently have for other things. That day in the life post I did a little while back? That’s basically my life at the moment. If I catch up on laundry, I’m behind on food. If I catch up on food, I’m physically exhausted. If I catch up on sleep, I’m behind on laundry. I’m sure I’m not alone in this. As unpopular as the concept is, a rut is what I need at the moment.
When trying to move away from fast fashion, a lot of thinking and research is involved. If not thought and research, then time searching the racks in consignment shops. When the energy to do those things isn’t there, what do you do? You do nothing.
Rut’s aren’t inherently bad. Ruts are misunderstood. The current one is giving me more time to think.
Thursday, August 3rd, 2017
I don’t know how you guys feel about day in the life posts, but personally I’ve always enjoyed them on other people’s sites. Hopefully you enjoy them too! If you have one on your site let me know, I’d be intrigued to read it.
This wasn’t a particularly glamorous or noteworthy day, it was literally the daily grind. Hope you enjoy the
sneak peek overshare.
Munchkin woke up crying. Turns out he peed through his diaper. You wouldn’t think this would make me happy, but it did. He’s been teething so hard for the last little while that he refused to put anything in his mouth – most food and drink included. Dehydration was becoming a concern, but obviously it isn’t anymore. *thumbs up* We clean him up and bring him back to bed with us to calm him down.
It didn’t work. He’d fall asleep only to wake up kicking, farting and crying again few minutes later. I put him back in his crib to try to salvage a little bit of the night, and he’s immediately quiet. Why didn’t I do this hours ago???
Alarm goes off. Hit snooze.
My husband calls from the nursery for assistance with a diaper change. Not a smell I enjoy upon waking, but it means everything is working as it should.
I hop in the shower for a quick rinse while my husband gets our son set up in his high chair for breakfast.
I tag my husband out so he can go for his shower. We’re out of coffee grounds, so I run some beans through the grinder to cover the next couple days. I feed the dog while the grinder is running and put water and a filter in the coffee maker.
Munchkin is feeling better and actually eating this morning, so I cut up some more baked oatmeal for him. I put my makeup on at the table beside him so I can chat with him while he eats.
My husband cleans up our son and takes him upstairs to get changed while I throw dinner together in the crock pot. The temperature cooled down outside and we had some leftover ham, so tonight is split pea soup. Hubby calls down for a damp cloth. Apparently he missed a patch of smeared raspberry on munchkin’s ankle (??)
Running around finding socks, hats, etc… Added a change of clothes to munchkin’s backpack. Put my lunch in my bag.
I’m tired and have zero inspiration fashion wise today. I throw on a work branded polo and jeans with a light coat and call it a day.
I fill up the travel mugs, throw on my shoes, and give the boys kisses goodbye. By 7:12 I’m in the car and on my way.
Parked at the office. I’m so ready for my coffee.
Breakfast time. I packed a piece of the same baked oatmeal munchkin had and a handful of fresh raspberries. I traded some friends a container of lettuce for the raspberries and some rhubarb on the weekend. Freebie swaps for the win.
One of the guys at work swings by my desk. After a quick conversation about risotto and meal prep containers, we get into the meat of why he came by and discuss whether or not a specific failure in a torque converter would result in shifting issues in a transmission. So much for a brainless breakfast.
Work work work. Answering e-mails, responding to questions, and approving reports.
I am tired with a capital T, and I’ve already finished the coffee in my deceptively small travel mug. It looks big, but volume wise it holds less than a Starbucks Tall. I make half a French press full of coffee and bring it back to my desk.
Work work work.
One of the guys from the shop broke his foot dancing (really), so we have him in the office helping us out while it heals. I’ve been training him, so we go over his most recent report. I offer some suggestions, and show him stumbling blocks to watch out for.
It’s not quuuuiiiiite lunch time, but I’m hungry now. Might as well jump the microwave queue. I packed leftover pasta with mushroom cream sauce and cherry tomatoes from dinner last night. Taking a bit of a caffeine break as well with some water and peppermint tea. Tasty.
The pasta wasn’t quite sufficient, so I grab my snack to augment it. I love Lara bars, but I can’t stomach the price of them given how simple they are to make. I threw some almonds and dates in the food processor on the weekend and formed little snack balls out of it. I think I’ll chop the almonds a little more and add some coconut next week.
I tried to take a full hour for lunch, but I was sucked back into work stuff early. Boo. Work work work.
Stand up meeting to go over area metrics. Yay visual management.
Work work work.
Coffee. Horribly, terrible office coffee. I can’t drink it. I have a Werther’s to placate my poor abused taste buds.
Work work work.
Heading out for the day.
Chose the wrong route home for traffic and it took longer than necessary. I walk in the door and let the dog out, then I strip the sheets off the beds, gather Munchkin’s clothes, and gather errant laundry.
Put munchkin’s clothes in washer and tidy laundry room.
Take a couple minutes to wash my face. I find it’s easier to do when I’m home alone.
Unload dishwasher and then turn on the radio. Munchkin is quite the little music fan.
The boys get home. I dance with around the living room with munchkin to the radio. Usually this makes him grin. Today it makes him wail like a banshee until he’s back in daddy’s arms. Cue the working mom guilt. I make him a PB&J sandwich along with some cheese and blueberries since we’re having soup for dinner. My husband reloads dishwasher while I ladle our soup and feed the dog.
Eat dinner as a family.
I put the dinner dishes in the dishwasher and run it through. My husband runs bath water for the munchkin. I clean up the munchkin in his high chair and bring him upstairs for his bath, then swap his clothes from the washer into the dryer.
Diaper, clean pyjamas, brush teeth and trim nails. General munchkin hygiene.
Lights out cuddle.
I put munchkin in his crib and sneak out of the nursery.
My husband washed up munchkin’s lunch containers, so I work on filling them up for the next day while he washes the items that wouldn’t fit in the dishwasher. I also pack up the leftover soup for lunch the next day.
Gather up kitchen towels and the high chair seat, put them in the washer.
Pour a beer and a snack bowl of roasted spiced almonds. Fold laundry while my husband looks for something to watch on TV. I wanted to watch “What The Health”, but we ended up settling on “Snowden”. Gave up on folding laundry.
Munchkin wakes up. Cuddled him back down to bed.
Come back downstairs, swap laundry from washer into dryer. My husband says “Nicely done”, which immediately cued munchkin to wake up and start crying again. Figures. Give up on the movie for the night.
Husband soothes munchkin while I put clean sheets on our bed.
Lights out. I’m done.