Month: April 2012

Back-to-work shopping budget: April summary

I ended up buying a few things in April, all of which I really love. Unfortunately, not one of them was on my original shopping list. Sigh! But hey, there is still May and June, right? And the budget, you ask? Welllllll … let’s leave that till the end of June too, eh.
My biggest problem was my upcoming vacation to Vancouver. This will be our first vacation since September 2010, and of course the first one a trois. Exciting and nerve-wracking at the same time! Vancouver is like a second home to both my husband and me, but the logistics of navigating it with a 10 month old are making us a little bit queasy. Wusses, right? Anyway, all I have been able to think about – every time I walk into a store – is this trip, and how cute x, y and z pieces would look strolling through Kits and lunching on Granville Island. Being in total denial about having to go back to work in – eeek! – 8 or so weeks hasn’t helped to re-focus my attention. So, what did I buy?
First up, a very spring-y pair of cropped pants from Joe ($24). How happy is this green?
Seriously, can’t you just see me on the beach in these (minus the high heels, natch)?
Next, a couple of office-appropriate pieces I found at Value Village – sadly, neither of them pants or dress. Still, I loved the print of this Ann Taylor Loft top ($7.99), and it’s a nice style that can be worn with or without a cover-up, always a bonus when you work in an east-facing office with massive windows (not that I’m complaining). In other words, a wardrobe staple.
I also loved the cut of this Zara skirt ($8.99); it’s flattering, black and a decent price … what else can I say?
Next, a pair of Jules + James kitten heel shoes ($16) I found at consignment. They look brand new, and I couldn’t resist the soft blue colour, polka dots and the little bow detail. These might as well be flats – so comfy!
Last but not least, I fell in love with the print of this dress on first sight. I just had to have it! There was no label on the dress, but for $20, who cares? It’s a rayon blend that is super soft and comfortable, and as a bonus, does not wrinkle. It is a perfect dress for travel … and, of course, it will be going with me to Vancouver! It also looks great with my new heels.
The total damage so far: $76 (plus GST). Remaining budget: $44. Yikes!

Stay tuned next month to see if I find my way back to my shopping list before my budget blows up entirely.

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Manicure of the week: Save Me

Before I go back to Chanel next week – hip, hip, hooray! – I wanted to pick a totally different (and totally “out there”) polish for this week’s manicure. You can’t get more un-Chanel than Save Me from the Nicki Minaj collection for OPI; it looks like fireworks in a bottle.
Save Me is full of holographic bar glitter interspersed with fine silver micro-glitter, all suspended in a clear base. While it can easily work as a layering polish, it would probably achieve opacity on its own in 3 coats. [In the photos below, I used 2 coats. This is one exception to my no-VNL-ever rule; I kinda like the peek-a-boo effect of this polish on its own.] Application was really easy, and the formula flowed well. It does dry a bit gritty, which is to be expected for such a glitter-packed polish, so top coat is a necessity.
I wanted to up the glitz factor, so I layered two more polishes on top: Pure Ice Oh Baby and CND Sapphire Sparkle.
These polishes are similar; they work best as layering polishes, intended to add a bit of extra shimmer. In both cases, the shimmer is duochrome, flashing aqua, blue and purple. It’s a very pretty effect. I found the Pure Ice to be more subtle, with the shimmer particles in the CND polish being slightly larger and giving a stronger effect. These look particularly lovely over darker colours. Over Save Me, their sparkle was a bit lost – there is a lot of competition there! Still, this was one awesome glitter sandwich!
While, obviously, Save Me sparkles like crazy in sunlight, it also looks pretty (and much softer) in natural light.

The colours of the bar glitter in Save Me reminded me of my striped Gap shirt so, of course, I had to pull it out for the “inspired” outfit. A skinny pink belt adds a bit of contrast.

During the photo shoot, a member of the audience decided he wanted to join in the fun.
Guess we know those “camera ham” genes have been passed on to a new generation.

Happy Friday!