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After the last two months of spending sprees, this one has been mostly about replacing items that have been on my list for a long time or other practical pieces.
2 pairs of Carson Frye ballet flats = $300
Wait. I know what you’re thinking — If this girl wanted to replace her ONE pair of Rudsak leather flats she wore to death, why in the hell is she buying TWO pairs!?
I want two pairs so I can alternate.
It’s not good to wear the same pair of shoes day in and day out, they will start to grow bacteria and smell so awful from the walking and sweat that you can’t do anything but toss them in the garbage.
(Yes, this is exactly what I had to do with my Rudsak flats)
Sure, I wash my feet every day after wearing them, but letting the shoes have a day of rest in between is what I really need to do.
SKAGEN 858XLSLD Steel Super Slim Brown Watch = $60
Finally found a men’s watch that is simple, minimalist, VERY light.
I am going to get rid of my Fossil watches — the bands have broken on both (the clasp keeps snapping off), and it’s about time I got something less heavy and more minimalist.
I couldn’t believe how slim the face is (it’s like the thickness of a QUARTER!), and although the face itself is a tad large for my wrist, it’s exactly the men’s watch I wanted.
*checks it off her list*
….and for only $60 on Amazon, versus the $110+ that Bloomingdales wanted to charge me.
It also comes in a black crocodile strap but I preferred something plain and simple, and I am not really a huge fan of black.
POLARIZED RAY BAN SUNGLASSES = $129
I also read Boba for Money’s post on “Things that are worth the money“:
I work in the health care industry, and I’ve seen firsthand what the difference polarized sunglasses (vs. regular uva/b protecting sunglasses) can do in the longterm.
…and immediately went out to hunt down a pair of polarized sunglasses.
The only pair that looked similar to the ones I have (non-polarized), and fit well on my face with my lack of a nose bridge, were these RayBans.
Saks wanted to charge me $178 before tax, so I found them on Amazon for $129. I can’t seem to find the exact link and seller, but the items shipped from a third-party seller, but via Amazon’s Fulfillment Warehouse, not directly from the sellers themselves.
3M GOLD PRIVACY FILTER = $42
I HATE IT when people walk by and stare/can see my screen.
I’m not doing anything illegal, but sometimes things are private, like emails you write (even if it isn’t info-sensitive), or maybe I’m booking flights or a hotel and I feel weird if they are reading where I plan on staying the next week.
Whatever the case is, being in an open office plan with my fellow colleagues, makes me want to hide my screen from curious eyes.
It’s like a blackout screen for your computer, so only you can see what you’re reading, or anyone else directly behind you.
Anyone passing by on the side, won’t see a thing. It’s also very handy to use in cafes like Starbucks or in college
I am not going to apologize for this month because I bought some pretty amazing, one-of-a-kind, independent and/or vintage pieces.
I guess I could pretend to vow to eat beans and oatmeal for the rest of the month… but we all know that’s a baldfaced lie, so why bother?
iPhone 4 NOT the 4S!! — $100 for the phone + $30 case
…on a 2-year plan.
Cost $99 to buy, and my monthly plan is about $70 a month (ick). However, this phone has come in pretty handy (it let me book car rentals on the fly for cheap), and I can check all my email accounts at once rather than signing in and out of each account each time.
Fujitsu ScanSnap S1100 — $140
The Fujitsu ScanSnap S1100 Mobile Scanner was originally $190, I had a $50 gift card, so I got it for $140.
It’s a DREAM. I need a scanner far more badly than I need a printer, and I needed a mobile option to scan my receipts, expense reports and documents. A life saver, I tell you.
Marcelle BB Cream – $24 each ($48 total)
From Marcelle BB Cream, it is my new makeup love.
I forgot to mention that I did purchase the Marcelle BB cream last month, and I absolutely love it. I had to buy both bottles, Light to Medium and Medium to Dark.
It turns out, since wearing sunscreen, my skin has faded from Medium to Dark, to Light to Medium, so now I’m just using the lightest shade exclusively.
Now my concealers and foundations are ALL THE WRONG SHADE. Grr.
It’s a wonderful product, and it looks like I am not wearing ANY foundation, unlike Bare Escentuals (skin looks slightly sparkly/shiny, which is better for night), or any powder compact (Stila).
Black Socks — $2
..to cut up and wear in my hair.
This tutorial for a ‘sock bun’ is awesome. I’m rockin’ the sock bun as we speak and it looks like I have four times the amount of hair I should.
It also makes all of my hair buns look so much better. I normally hate wearing my hair in a bun because it’s SO TINY and it looks so strange, but this is a hot look.
Comrags Brady French Stripe Linen and Cotton Dress – $300
This is an item on my Wardrobe Wants list, called: Striped Dress (French/Nautical Style). Now I can cross it off the list because I own one!
Purchased at Comrags @654 Queen Street West, an independent Toronto store (Yelp review of Comrags), the dress is pricey, (my limit is about $100 – $150), however this dress is just so simple, rumpled but elegant at the same time.
Absolutely washable (no dry cleaning!) and did you notice the POCKETS, and the stripes going different directions, looking absolutely fab? It also gives me the illusion of hips, being it’s a tulip-style skirt. YESS!!
Diane von Furstenberg Red Wool Utility Wrap Dress – $136
This is actually an item already on my Wardrobe Wants list called: Red Dress that can now be crossed off
My first ever DvF dress, and I bought it for only $136 at a secondhand consignment store called Haute Classics @ 946 Yonge Street in Toronto (Yelp review of Haute Classics Consignment).
It’s a wool, and although it is a tiny, eensy, weensy bit small, it still fits beautifully because it’s a wrap dress with a stretch in it. Did you notice the POCKETS?
Odille Striped Pursuit Silk Top – $50
Bought this also at Haute Classics @ 946 Yonge Street in Toronto (Yelp review of Haute Classics Consignment), and it was $50 CAD, originally retailing for $98 USD.
Not on my Wardrobe Wants list.. but it was too cute to ignore.
I normally hesitate at tops that go in at the waist because it waist is always at an awkward spot on my body, and then it looks like I’m sporting a baby bump, when I’m not.
This one, is more at my natural waist, it has a section in front to cover any indecency, and the sleeves and overall drape of the stripes, soften my larger, inverted-triangle-body-shaped shoulders.
J. Crew Blouson Dress — $143
J. Crew Blouson Stripe Dress was originally $148, I got 10% off, and after taxes it’s about $143.
In Canada, it’s $172!! So I’m very happy to be here in the U.S. when I’m buying it
I LOVE this dress. I know I said I already bought a nautical French-stripe sort of dress that was on my list (oh and my new top looks nautical too), but this silk dress is a dream. It fits so well, looks fantastic, is going to be belted, and makes me feel so easy and chic.
It is also navy blue, not black like in the photo. It’s incredible.
White House, Black Market Neutral Tweed Flare Pants — $88
White House Black Market Neutral Flare Tweed Pants were originally $98, I got 10% off by being a new WHBM subscriber.
(FYI — If I had no idea about the WHBM brand, I would not have walked in to shop. The store in-person, looks kind of cheap, which is surprising.)
I know you’re going to scoff at this, but I really needed new pants.
These ones are a neutral tweed, but it has faint hints of gold running through the threads which are just gorgeous. I also didn’t want grey, black or navy blue (too many dark pants!), so this neutral colour is perfect.
They fit beautifully, feel like pajama pants to me, and are not too low-cut, as they sit just below the waist.
And it only took me 10 stores, and 3 days to find this ONE pair of pants worthy enough to buy.
Note: This was not a planned purchase, but a required one.
Frankly, I don’t know WTF is going on, but I am losing weight like crazy and I am down to a size 4, but apparently a 2 or a 0 in J. Crew sizing.
At any rate, I can feel that my old pants are far too loose now by about 2 sizes, and I would need to basically pin them closed at the waist to make them fit.
Don’t be worried though. I am not stressed, I am not anxious, under-eating, dieting, and I don’t have an eating disorder. I am still eating a lot, but ever since I stopped eating junk and processed foods, my body has gone back to my high school size, which was about this weight and size.
Elie Tahari Silk Top — $133
Bought at Saks Fifth Avenue on the sale rack for 30% off. It was originally $178 or something.
Keeping in mind my new size, a few of my original work tops are too big.
This checks off the box on my list of wanting a deep, red top to wear. I LOVE wearing red, it’s my favourite colour, and to find this shade, in silk, in such a perfect top, is a dream. AND ON SALE.
Ann Taylor Rayon Top — $78
Fits wonderfully, will be great for hot and humid weather, and isn’t sheer at all (it is lined).
Wearable Art — Vintage Parisian Monet Silk Dress – $295
Purchased at The Cat’s Meow Consignment, an ultra-high end, spendy, vintage consignment store (Yelp review of The Cat’s Meow), this was something that I had to hem and haw over because it needed some tailoring (about $100 worth).
Definitely NOT on my Wardrobe Wants list, but … I couldn’t say no (well, I COULD have said no, if the price tag was at its original $500 mark and that it would still require $100 in tailoring).
It was obviously custom-designed and tailored in Paris (you can tell by the sewing), and the silk is what caught my eye. I am a huge fan of Monet’s Waterlilies (cliche, yes), and this dress made me think of it.
Lest it be a dress that I can only wear to events, I am already planning on remixing it by throwing a sweater over top, some boots, casual belt, and making this silk masterpiece work in everyday life, even if I’m just buying groceries
Oh budgets. You’re so meant to be broken for pretty things.
Yes. All true. It brings me to my following lust:
I can’t justify (yet) buying this amazing leather jacket I fell in love with. It’s this aptly named Perfecto leather jacket in Ink. Super light, a leather shell and it will get soft and oh-so-buttery in a heartbeat.
It’s super light, very minimal, not fussy AT ALL and in a neutral shade that is not brown or black (although I kind of want the brown one too, but am definitely NOT going to buy two).
(Which obviously means that it is all I’m going to be able to think about: having two leather jackets, one in brown, and one in inky blue. ARGGGHHH!!!)
I’m starting to understand that this post might become monthly — a ‘haul’ post, so to speak of what I purchased this month.
I’ll only put the interesting stuff, because no one cares about groceries
REPLACEMENT CASHMERE WRAP – $300
My lovely ivory wrap I just bought in January was stolen this month
Yes. I paid an eye-popping $300 for a cashmere travel wrap because I travel SO MUCH and need something like that, and it got stolen in the hotel.
Don’t even ask me how.
Anyway, I ended up being morose and depressed for weeks until I found the right replacement for my perfect travel wrap.
I ended up buying a second-hand Herve Leger (yes THAT Herve Leger) cashmere wrap at a consignment store called REmix Clothing @ 639 Queen Street West (Yelp Review of REmix Clothing), and it was almost exactly the same price as my stolen one and it looks like this:
This time, I am gripping on to it for dear life and not letting it out of my sight.