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2013 Year in Review: What I bought, watched and read

I’m doing something new this year instead of just listing everything I bought like I did last year (2012 Final Year In Review: What I bought, watched and read), I am going to list my FAVOURITES of this year in each category and then go into specifics at the end.

You can also click on Review and go to the actual month I reviewed/purchased the item in, in case you are interested.

Enjoy!

2013 WHAT I BOUGHT, WATCHED AND READ POSTS

 I READ 86 … NAY … 80 BOOKS IN 2013

O_O

That is my shocked face. I didn’t think I read that many but in the last two months, I really powered through the ebook library once I got my Kobo Glo up and running.

Granted, one was a children’s book, another was a style book, and maybe 3 were left unfinished because they were so awful, so my count is really more 80 books.

Reading Stats:

November and December were my best months for reading!

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FAVOURITE NON-FICTION BOOKS

OF 2013

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  1. Kabul Beauty School (Review)
  2. The Smartest Kids in the World (Review)
  3. Bringing up Bebe (Review)
  4. How the Hotdog found its Bun (Review)
  5. Vow: A Memoir of Marriage (Review)
  6. Unbroken: A WWII Story of Survival and Redemption (Review)
  7. Heads in Beds (Review)
  8. Anything written by Anthony Bourdain (Review) (Review)
  9. The Narcissism Epidemic (Review)
  10. Consider the Fork (Review)

 

FAVOURITE SHOPPING / FASHION BOOKS

OF 2013

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  1. Spent: Memoirs of a Shopping Addict (Review)
  2. Overdressed: The High Cost of Cheap Fashion (Review)
  3. There’s Lead in your Lipstick (Review)
  4. Scatter my Ashes at Bergdorf Goodman’s (Review)
  5. Women from the ankle down (Review)
  6. Ugly Beauty: The Blemished History of Looking Good (Review)
  7. Chic and Slim Connoisseur (Review)
  8. No more dirty looks (Review)

 

FAVOURITE BUSINESS / MONEY BOOKS

OF 2013

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  1. Millionaire Teacher (Review)
  2. The Essence of Style: How the French Invented High Fashion, Fine Food.. (Review)
  3. Pour your Heart Into It (Starbucks) (Review)
  4. Good to Great (Review)
  5. The Art of the Steal (Review)
  6. David & Goliath (Review)
  7. All In (Review)
  8. All Marketers are Liars (Review)

 

FAVOURITE FICTION BOOKS

OF 2013

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  1. Anything by Tess Gerritsen* (Review)
  2. The Hunger Games (Review)

*Okay so this is cheating slightly because it’s an author and all her works, and not a specific book..

FAVOURITE SONGS

OF 2013

Some are old songs (not released in 2013)  but I REALLY listened to them in 2013.

  1.  Kanye West – Black Skinhead (Listen)
  2. Lorde – Royals (and the Pentatonix Remix as well!)  (Listen)  (Listen)
  3. Macklemore – Thrift Shop (Video and Explicit Lyrics Here)
  4. J. Cole – Nobody’s Perfect f. Missy Elliot  (Listen)
  5. Katy Perry – Roar  (Listen)
  6. Rizzle Kicks – Down with the Trumpets  (Listen)
  7. One Republic – Everybody Loves Me  (Listen)
  8. Robin Thicke – Blurred Lines  (Listen)
  9. Fur Bearing Animals – Ivy Harvey Shoes  (Listen)
  10. The Bird and the Bee – I can’t go for that  (Listen)
  11. Brandon & Leah – Showstopper  (Listen)
  12. Muse – Uprising  (Listen)
  13. Karmin – Told You So  (Listen)
  14. Sam and the Womp – Bom Bom  (Listen)
  15. Labrinth – Express Yourself  (Listen)
  16. M.I.A. – Bad Girls  (Listen)

FAVOURITE FILMS / MOVIES 

OF 2013

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  1. Les Miserables (Review)
  2. Le Petit Nicolas (Review)
  3. Forks Over Knives (Review)
  4. W.E. (Review)
  5. Departures TV Series (Review)
  6. Precious (Review)

 

FAVOURITE RETAIL WARDROBE FINDS

OF 2013

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  1. Smythe Reefer Jacket in Camel (Review)
  2. Vince Grey Circle Cardigan (Review)
  3. Burberry Bridle Gate Classic Trench in Honey (Review)
  4. Banana Republic Pleated Front Tuxedo Tank (Review)
  5. Canada Goose Trillium Jacket (Review)
  6. Smythe Navy Blue Peacoat (Review)
  7. Danier Daria Leather Sleeved Wrap Jacket  (Review)
  8. Saint James Boutique Garde Cote II Striped Shirt (Review)

 

FAVOURITE THRIFTED WARDROBE FINDS

OF 2013

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  1. Vintage Cole Haan Laptop Bag (Review)
  2. Robert Noble for J. Crew Grey Tweed Jacket (Review)
  3. Manolo Blahnik Ankle Boots (Review)
  4. Manolo Blahnik Black Heels (Review)
  5. White Pencil Skirt with Pockets (Review)

 

MOST PRACTICAL WARDROBE BUYS

OF 2013

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  1. Canada Goose Trillium Jacket (Review)
  2. Maternity Black Leggings (Review)
  3. Aritzia Dresses (used as maternity wear) (Review) (Review)
  4. Tilley Hemp Hat (Review)
  5. Cashmere Cable-Knit Cap (Review)
  6. J Brand Mama J Maternity Jeans (Review)

 

FAVOURITE SHOE PURCHASES

OF 2013

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  1. Frye Melissa Back Button Boots (Review)
  2. Aigle Miss Juliette Satin Rainboots (Review)
  3. Manolo Blahnik Ankle Boots (Review)
  4. Manolo Blahnik Black Heels (Review)

 

FAVOURITE ACCESSORY PURCHASES

OF 2013

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  1. Cornelia Guest Vegan Wool Nicolas Bag (Review)
  2. m0851 Essential Leather Wallet (Review)
  3. Brave Belts – ‘Jezeray’ (Review)
  4. Tilo Scarves (Review)
  5. Recycled Obi Bags (Review)
  6. Kate Spade ‘Girl About Town’ scarf (Review)
  7. Erin Templeton Elk Bag (Review)

 


FAVOURITE BEAUTY PURCHASES

OF 2013

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  1. Marie Veronique Organics Face Oil (Review)
  2. Marie Veronique Organics SPF 30 Tinted Sunscreen (Review) (Review)
  3. Cocoa Butter & Shea Butter (Review) (Review)
  4. Burt’s Bees Lip Balms (Review)
  5. Jane Iredale Eyeliner (Review)
  6. Jane Iredale Blush (Review)

 

BEST HOUSEHOLD PURCHASES

OF 2013

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  1. Bettenhaus Goose Down Duvet Comforters x 2 (Review)
  2. Dyson Hot + Cool Fans x 2 (Review)
  3. Casabella Dishwashing Gloves (Review)
  4. All Clad D5 Brushed Stainless Steel Set of Pots and Pans (Review)
  5. Degrennes Beau Manoir Cutlery (Review)

 

MOST EXPENSIVE WARDROBE ITEM

AND

ALSO THE BIGGEST WARDROBE DEAL OF 2013 =

$1695 instead of $2095 (before taxes)

Saved $400

 

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Burberry Bridle Gate Classic Trench in Honey (Review)

What sold me was that you could switch out the belts AND the cuffs (it came with 2 different sets), and essentially make 4 different combinations just by doing so.

LEAST EXPENSIVE WARDROBE ITEM = $5

 

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Thrifted Grey Honeycomb-Knit Guess Sweater (Review)

Found this item in a consignment shop and I just liked the feel / look of it. For $5, it couldn’t be beat.

BIGGEST NON-CLOTHING DEAL OF 2013 =

$945 instead of $1477.48 (before taxes)

Saved $532.48

For these All Clad D5 Brushed Stainless Steel Pots and Pans we scored an amazing deal.

(Please note, we are in CANADA, so everything is ridiculously more expensive than in the U.S. by at least $500 or more.)

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B006ZNCMBQ/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B006ZNCMBQ&linkCode=as2&tag=fabubrokinthe-20

MOST COVETED ITEM OF 2013 =

$2000

Note: Coveted means I didn’t buy it!!! I just really.. really.. wanted it.

http://www.bergdorfgoodman.com/Burberry-London-Oversize-Military-Coat-Winter-White/prod88040113/p.prod

 Burberry Winter White Military Oversized Lapels Coat (Review)

Never say never right? But white is SO impractical.

Even I can’t justify spending that kind of coin on a coat that I’ll barely ever wear.

I like items that give me some serious cost-per-use.

….Okay, and these too:

SECOND MOST COVETED ITEM THIS YEAR =

$168

I may actually buy them next year because I am still thinking about them, but I won’t buy them until Black Friday.

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Rag & Bone Navy Leggings (Review)

 

WORST PURCHASE OF 2013 =

$3

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Optex SD Card Reader (Review)

 

Awful product.

It JUST conked out on me in December, and I only just bought it in June. 6 months!!!!

You really get what you pay for.

FAVOURITE SERVICE OF 2013 =

$352

I switched from the horrible GoDaddy and then BlueHost hosting services to MDD Hosting.

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BEST. HOST. EVER.

They are super responsive for customer service, very helpful (they do things that they aren’t even supposed to do), and I could not be happier.

Now my site doesn’t go down like it used to with BlueHost (they overload the shared servers), and in the few rare occasions that it does go down it’s because they’re fixing / moving servers, and it doesn’t stay down for a long period of time.

I also noticed a much quicker response time in loading the page, but also loading my WordPress Admin page to blog. I used to wait FOREVER with BlueHost so this was a really pleasant surprise.

Anyway, if you are unhappy with your host, check them out.


(Note: I do get a referral bonus if you do decide to go with them, but even without an affiliates program, I’d still recommend them. If I didn’t, I’d happily switch to another hosting company and write a scathing review just like I did with Ebates Canada.)

You really get what you pay for.

FAVOURITE GIFT I GAVE IN 2013 =

$675 (before taxes)

I bought my mother a Canada Goose Trillium Jacket in November so she wouldn’t be cold again.

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FAVOURITE GIFT I RECEIVED IN 2013 =

$0

This news which spawned this tracker.

😀

MOST CONTROVERSIAL PURCHASES OF 2013 =

$600

For Cosabella and Hanky Panky underwear and a bra in March 2013.

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Boy did I get a lot of flack for that.


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16 Comments

  1. Leslie Beslie

    I love the books read by month chart! I hadn’t thought about breaking mine down by that. But now I’m curious if my ebb and flows of reading follow a pattern throughout the year. For 2013, August was my most-read month with 9 books/comics read. Good job on double digit months!

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    1. save. spend. splurge.

      I kind of went nuts near the end, but it was mostly because I realized that I could get free ebooks from the Toronto Public Library… !!!

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      1. Leslie Beslie

        @save. spend. splurge.: ebooks would help a lot! Most of the time I’m waiting for books to get transferred to my local branch.

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  2. SarahN

    As with everyone else- great summary post, great graphics (and for you and new readers a ton of links!)

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  3. Tracy

    Boy am I going to miss your wardrobe purchases in 2014. Thrifting is neat, but it doesn’t have the same appeal because I can’t run out and get the same thing!! Oh well maybe I will save money. 🙂

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    1. save. spend. splurge.

      Haha sorry. I will say that I did get something in January that was a retail gift 🙂

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    Sally @TinyApartmentDesign

    I take it you like coats! Just kidding, I already knew that. Also love that Kate Spade scarf.

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    1. save. spend. splurge.

      @Sally @TinyApartmentDesign: I am a coat fiend. It’s true.

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    Emily @ Urban Departures

    I am a fan of Tess Gerritsen. I can’t put her mysteries down; they’re so exciting! I started watching Rizolli and Isles which are much more lighted than the books. 80 books is impressive! That’s averaging a book and a half a week. I’ve read a book and a half in the last four months?

    My mum and aunts swear by the Casabella gloves. I don’t do the dishes, so I can’t attest to their greatness.

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    1. save. spend. splurge.

      @Emily @ Urban Departures: Tess Gerritsen is one of THE BEST crime writers I have ever found. I do not know why she isn’t more popular…

      80 books well.. I also have to note that I read pretty fast. When I am engrossed in a book, I can’t put it down.

      Those Casabella gloves are amazing. I really like them which is odd because they’re for doing dishes but they have made my life so much easier and my hands much softer.

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  6. anna

    Loved this post – it’s so well displayed and thought out! I can’t believe you read 80 books, as well – that puts my 24 goal in shame. haha I loved Precious, too – Mo’nique was so amazing in it, and it was such a heart-breaking story. Great lists!!

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    1. save. spend. splurge.

      @anna: Haha I didn’t plan on reading 80 books, if that helped. I was just on a lucky streak as I found more and more to read.

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  7. Mark Ross

    Great list right there. I can’t imagine myself reading more than 10 books in a year. I wish I was like you.

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    1. save. spend. splurge.

      @Mark Ross: *shrug* One a month is all it takes 😉

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    Michelle

    Great list! Love this post! I can’t believe you read 80 books!!! OMG. I have an ereader now too but I haven’t read nearly that many. Looks like I have some more books to add to my list.

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    1. save. spend. splurge.

      @Michelle: I only really got into it near the end of the year. 🙂 The beginning as pathetic.

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