July 2012: What I bought
Wait, what did I say again about not wanting to spend much this month? *weak laugh* *wipes forehead* The good news is I didn’t spend $1300 like last month, so … progress is slow but sure. On the brighter side, I returned a lot of stuff and some of my purchases were replacements, or practical items. It wasn’t ALL fluff.
NORDSTROM JUNE PURCHASES
The Nordstrom stuff was purchased in June, but received in July.
CLASSIQUES ENTIER PEZZA PONTE KNIT BLUE SPECTRUM AND DONIA NEUTRAL SKIRT (Nordstrom) — $255 for both
I thought these two skirts were really cute, but when I received them in a size 4, they were swimming on me, too long and bulky. I sent them back. It is meant for a taller-than-5’5″-and-much-curvier-in-the-hips-and-butt kind of woman. In addition, the blue one was cute, but it wasn’t a vivid blue as the picture. It was more of a muted blue and kind of boring. Disappointing. 🙁 (My wallet cheered however…)
ON SALE — ADA TWO-TONED OBI LEATHER BELTS (Nordstrom) – $115
(Originally $88 each or $176 in total)
I am a straight up sucker for belts. Belts, are my #2 accessory after necklaces. I especially LOVE obi belts! These belts are made of a stiffer, thick Argentinean leather, and the two tone is unusual — I have never seen it before. I am also going to experiment with tying them different ways, as pictured here:
ACTUAL IN-JULY PURCHASES
Can you believe I forgot that I bought books in previous months? Amazon is going to take all my money and laugh all the way to the bank because of my need to read. They make it way too easy to buy awesome books. These are the books I got this month:
- Boxcar Children (1-12): Childhood CLASSIC! Brings me back.
- Crime & Punishment — The equivalent of brain veggies
- The Power of Habit: Why we do what we do in life and business
REFILL — DAVID’S TEA CHECKMATE AND VANILLA OOLONG TEA — $20
I demolished my stash of tea in record time and had to replenish my stock. I repurchased my favourite Vanilla Oolong from David’s Tea.
Discover the power of vanilla and oolong, with a little hint of orange. It’s temptingly rich. We’ve used Pouchong tea leaves, the least oxidized of oolongs, which gives it a lighter, fresher taste. Delicious and totally addictive on its own, we also love blending this with fruit flavoured teas for a touch of creamy sweetness. Taiwanese pouchong oolong tea, lemon myrtle, marigolds, natural flavouring*.
I also picked up a smaller bag of another tea I am not sure I want to commit a whole tin to yet: Checkmate (also from David’s Tea). It is really delicious, like hot cocoa but in a tea.
When you mix white Bai Mu Dan with black tea, coconut and chamomile flowers, it creates a rich, satisfying, chocolate flavour. You’ll swear you’re drinking a cup of hot cocoa, even though there’s no chocolate in the blend. Black tea, white tea, coconut, Roman chamomile flowers, artificial flavouring*.
Update: Once I run out I’m going to buy a tin of this Checkmate tea. It really is quite good.
Did you know that Teflon has to be off the shelves by 2015? We’ve gotten rid of our beloved Teflon rice cooker and bought this lovely gem instead (love!) It is truly non-stick, stainless steel, and cooks white rice like a charm. For brown or other kinds of rice, you’ll need to buy another kind of device. I. Love. It. I do think that it isn’t 1 cup of water to 1 cup of white rice, it’s more like 1.25 cups of water to 1 cup of white rice, unless you like your rice really al dente and dry.
J. CREW NO. 2 PENCIL SKIRT IN GARDENSHADE PRINT – $99.99 ON SALE!
I ended up finding this J. Crew skirt in GardenShade Floral, ON SALE. IN MY SIZE (0) for $99.99! (Okay, so $100 isn’t a far drop from its original $128 price tag, but it is still a nice discount). It looks SO good in person (I saw it on a woman who rocked it with a purple sweater, and ever since I found out the name and the skirt, I’ve been dying to buy it). The print feels very similar to the D&G, even though the tones/shades are off.
ZAC POSEN Z SPOKE WHITE DRESS – $130
I got rid of my old white summery dress (I realized it made me look really short and dumpy, even though I was going for that beachy, carefree sundress look), and picked up a more figure flattering Z Spoke white modern-tennis-meets-couture kind of dress.
It’s perfect for my inverted triangle shape — balances out my shoulders nicely because the skirt flares out at the hips. It looks SO WEIRD on the model, but it is very flattering in real life on shorter people. Looks less tennis-y.
J. CREW ALLIE DRESS —
$198 — RETURNED
UPDATE: Unfortunately I did return this. The material doesn’t feel nice or soft or huggy to my body (yes, a real term), it was too short even on my 5’4″ frame, and felt cheap. I may return this. Don’t get too attached to it. I really like the shape, the flared waist, the colour looks nice… but for $200? I’m keeping the tags on it until I can decide. It also has pockets, seaming, and looks to be of high quality (haven’t received it yet).
J. CREW NAVY SCHOOLBOY BLAZER — $198
WHITE BLAZER FROM ZARA — $80
and LOVE ADY WHITE BLAZER — $88 — NEVER ARRIVED!
It was a blockbuster month for blazers. I saw this jersey white blazer from Zara and loved it with my pants, but not my dresses or skirts (hits too low on the hip).
….until I saw another white blazer (Love Ady) with ruched sleeves and a shorter cut which would work out better with skirts/dresses and possibly tops too. Update: I never even received this blazer. They were totally sold out of it, which is a bit of a blessing because it solved my which-white-blazer to keep dilemma for me 😉
I’m waiting to get both of them before I decide which one to keep.. if I decide keep them both at all.
THE CONTAINER STORE IS ALSO THE DEVIL!
I sort of discovered The Container Store online and started filling up my online basket with all this stuff I never knew I needed. Armed with a 10% off code (CLICK10OFFER) I went nuts and spent around $200, but I ended up returning $150 of it!!!! *pats self on back* This is what I kept:
FINALLY. FINALLY! I was hunting down ideas for my makeup brushes and pencils to take up less room (versus laying them flat). I also wanted something light, and practical (no glass because it can break and nothing too big because I have to travel with it). I tossed around ideas like a pencil holder or a cup, but I wanted separated areas and something clear so I could see the colours easily. The only con with this makeup organizer, is that I can’t put my stubby eye pencils or lip stuff in them. They’re too short. 🙁 I wish they added one section that was super short for these items. Still, it holds most of everything I need to reach for: Now I don’t have to hunt to find what I need.
You know those infomercials where the women gush over how amazing these velvet hangers are, and you think to yourself: OMG who ARE these people!? Who in the world gets excited over hangers!? That’s me now.
Honestly, I thought I could get away with not ever buying hangers because they take up room and they usually have a few in every hotel I’ve been in. I think they’re bulky, they take up space, and are kind of annoying to carry around. Lately however, BF has been hogging all the hangers in the hotels we stay in, so I figured I might as well buy a set.
I originally settled on cheap, plastic hangers until I decided that maybe buying slightly more expensive ones with this so-called magical velvet would make my strappy dresses stay on the hanger better…. so I bought a pack of 10. They are AMAZING. I can shake my tops and my dresses (just like the TV people) and it DOESN’T FALL OFF the hanger!!!! I’ve limited myself to just 10 hangers…..
okay, well I originally bought 30 hangers but then BF freaked on me in the store when he saw all of them. :P…..
10 is just enough for the dresses I must iron and hang up. The rest of my clothes are jersey so I don’t need to worry about wrinkles too much. If you are looking for amazing hangers, these are it!
4 SPECTRUM CLOSET S HOOKS — $8
Such minimalist way to hang your purses! I hate leaving them scrunched in a corner, or on a shelf. They’re easy to pack and carry (they’re just S-Hooks), and they are very sturdy with a great curve for my wider-handled purses, without using up my precious hangers. I hang two purses per hook. See?
(Note: These are not all of my purses in case you are wondering. I still have 2 cross body bags I use when I travel, gym bags and a few clutches)
REPLACEMENT MOLESKINE RULED NOTEBOOK — $18
To replace my old notebook. Boring, but…. geeky fun? Update: Yes, I love this notebook. It opens quite nicely (flat), it doesn’t bend the edges because the cover is a hard cardboard, and if you use the elastic, it keeps all the pages together. It’s also a pleasure to write on — really nice paper — the ink dries very quickly and doesn’t bleed through to the other pages like in cheap paper … well, unless you decide to hold your pen there for a minute to soak the page 😛
REPLACEMENT FOSSIL MADDOX ZIP WALLET — $40
To replace my beloved Danier leather once-stolen-and-then-returned-by-a-cop wallet of 10 years, I purchased this Fossil Maddox Zip Wallet on sale. I had to replace my 10-year-old wallet because the leather was getting so stretched, my cards were falling out. (It also didn’t have a zipper all the way around, so I was afraid I’d pull it out of my bag and then whoosh, my credit cards go flying down the street.) For the Fossil wallet, I don’t love the leather in terms of how buttery soft I know leather can be, but I do know a slightly stiffer, cheaper leather is usually better for wallets because then the card slots won’t stretch out, and it’ll hold up better. Plus, it was $40 and not $400.
THE STORY OF THE WALLET HUNT
I was looking at ALL kinds of wallets, up to $400 per wallet (yeah I know, insane right?). I looked at Tory Burch, Longchamp, Kate Spade, m0851, Tumi, Marc Jacobs….. you name it. I basically went to every department store and specialty store I could think of that did not have blatant, ugly logos all over the place, but I couldn’t find a wallet that is as practical as the Fossil one. The zippered section at the back holds my metropass and map, the insides are perfect for separating my bills (they all look the same to me!). I also stick the receipts in the front section (there’s an open flap). Overall, it’s a compact, fairly slim wallet.
Other things I bought:
- Crazy-Glue (one-use tubes) — I use crazy glue so rarely, that it always dries up after I open a tube.
- This Strap-a-Handle for my dad to use on heavy boxes so he doesn’t hurt himself