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April 2014: What I bought, watched and read

BLOG FEATURE OF THE MONTH: THE UGLY VOLVO

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I don’t really like or read mommy blogs so this one passes the test in that it talks about being a parent, but in a hilarious way.

Very well written, awesome illustrations and totally gut-bustingly funny even if you aren’t a parent.

Here’s an example:

8 items no new parent should be without

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Hat tip to Adina for directing me to this blog.

WHAT I WATCHED

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC: SEX IN THE STONE AGE

An interesting look at how we evolved. Scientists only previously thought that there were Neanderthals and then they evolved into modern humans, but there’s a THIRD type of human called the Denisovans that modern humans can claim to be evolved from.

VERY cool stuff.

LITTLE MANHATTAN


It’s a cute movie about a boy falling in love for the first time. Would I watch it again? Probably not. Is it family-friendly? Yes.

I like rom-coms but kiddie rom-coms are something I am not quite into.. maybe if I had a little girl or boy who was interested, to watch it with, yes.

Still, it was well-directed and engaging for the most part.

WHAT I READ

DREAMS OF MY FATHER: BARACK OBAMA

[ BIOGRAPHY / SOCIAL COMMENTARY ]

I liked this book in that I got to see another side of Barack Obama through his eyes before he became The President. It’s interesting to read how he grew up (I wish there were more stories of his life in Indonesia), and he is (obviously) focused and has been struggling / fighting against a lot of the racial issues that plague our society even to this day.

Being that he is bi-racial, he is also caught in between a world of being seen as black, but not totally as black because he is also half white, and has to struggle with the implications of calling others “white folk” when his grandparents are white and so his is mother.

Very interesting to read.

A part that struck me as rather sad is when he said something along the lines of:

[Kenya] is just like in [America]…young black men raised by mostly by women, with absentee fathers.

I think he held back in a few areas (to be sure), but if you ever wanted another look at the man and his experiences, this is a good biography.

PREDICTABLY IRRATIONAL

[ PARTLY A PERSONAL FINANCE READ / PSYCHOLOGY / SOCIOLOGY / NON-FICTION ]

I LOVED this book. Couldn’t put it down. I’d be feeding Baby Bun and I’d still be reading it at 4 a.m. in the morning.

Very Malcolm Gladwell. He makes excellent points and even has a few personal finance references in there to debt and our irrationality towards debt and money.

Highly recommended.

WHAT I LISTENED TO

I only like rap / hip-hop if it has a tune.

WHAT I BOUGHT

Okay so this is more what my mother and sister in law bought, but….

TWO WHITE AND WARREN TRAVEL SCARVES – $321.30

(Both on sale and another 15% off!)

I bought 2 scarves on the behalf of my mother and sister-in-law!

They heard me raving about the scarves so much that when the sale came on, I immediately notified them and put an order through for them.

Does this count as part of my retail challenge? Did I break it?

I was buying on behalf of someone else.. so technically it wasn’t any of my own money going towards this, I’m just the conduit for the money as they’re paying me back.

I was thinking no retail shopping for myself and not for others but if I did it was worth it.

It was SUCH a good deal.

They’re normally $295 each, and they were on sale for $189 each, plus I signed up for their email newsletter and got another 15% off, which means I practically got 2 for the price of 1 and saved them about $25 each to boot with that 15%.

My SIL picked this light grey one:

http://rstyle.me/~1U408

And this plum one was my mom’s favourite:http://rstyle.me/~1U408

As I’ve mentioned a ton of times, I LOVE these travel wrap scarves. They are super soft, and huge like blankets. Great for traveling or just for bundling up in cold weather.

I myself own one in an Oatmeal colour, and another one in white but a smaller version. I prefer the super huge Travel Wrap version though, it’s just so much cosier…

Well worth the cost, in my opinion.

(I am not going to lie, I desperately wanted to buy one for myself too but they didn’t have the cobalt blue I wanted.)

WHAT I AM CURRENTLY LUSTING AFTER / WANT TO BUY

FRYE ENGINEER 12R or 8R BOOTS

It is settled, I am definitely going to buy these Frye Engineer 12 boots in a black or charcoal come Boxing Day.

I have a $50 gift card to The Bay and I plan on using it there, come hell or high water.

There MUST be a sale once in a while on them *sigh*

http://www.thefryecompany.com/womens-boots/bestsellers/77400/engineer-12r?color=SMK

 

I want them in a black, but not a shiny or a very dark one, maybe more like a dark grey-black, like in Charcoal.

REBECCA MINKOFF MAB BAG

I have also been eying (on and off for a year now), this Rebecca Minkoff MAB .. I think my style is to buy the larger version of the MAB but the Mini looks sufficiently large as well.

I of course, want the one made in NYC (the others are made in China), and the price difference is about $55 USD between it being made in NYC and being made in China, although I think the profit margin is much MUCH higher on the bags made in China.


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20 Comments

  1. GalAboutMtl

    LOVE these posts. Love the scarf. And I can’t get Fancy out of my head.

    Reply
    1. save. spend. splurge.

      Everyone loves shopping posts 🙂

      Reply
  2. Lisa E. @ Lisa vs. the Loans

    The BF keeps telling me that I NEED to see Little Manhattan! He’s such a romantic, and I’m quite the opposite so I’m not sure how much I’ll like it haha. Also, I’m OBSESSED with that Iggy Azalea song right now.

    Reply
    1. save. spend. splurge.

      It was pretty cute if you like romantic comedies and children 🙂

      Reply
  3. SarahN

    Oh I want that travel wrap too – especially seeing it’s getting cooler here now!

    Reply
    1. save. spend. splurge.

      It’s super cosy 🙂

      Reply
  4. Michelle

    Chica! Check 6pm.com before ordering your boots. I’m hoping that they deliver to Canada.

    Reply
    1. save. spend. splurge.

      Oh I will! Thank you.

      Reply
  5. Tania

    Love the plum scarf! I don’t even bother with travel blankets anymore. I just cozy myself up in a scarf and also throw my coat over me as my blanket.

    I have the black Engineers (in a matte, not shiny but I can’t recall what the specific color was. I always get compliments on them, always. Quite a heavy boot but I’ve worn it all day (even in the heat of Hawaii) and they are comfy. There was an awesome pic in Vogue of them with flowy flowery dresses, which is so irrelevant for me since I’m like 5’1″ and that look DOES NOT work on me but it was what originally prompted me to buy. I’ll have them forever for sure.

    Been debating on whether to read the Obama Bio, thanks for the review. Btw, I’ve been jamming on my reading lately. Cut out some periodical and internet reading and I’m back to my old book reading rate, also have started visiting the library again.

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    1. save. spend. splurge.

      You know, I lifted them in the store and they’re quite heavy. I wonder how that’ll feel walking around with those on my feet all day. Going to get some major calves 🙂

      Reply
  6. GirlinaTrenchcoat

    Naaw.. you bought the scarves for someone else that doesn’t count. 😀

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  7. Morgaine

    Those boots and purse would look awesome together as well. Personally, I don’t think you blew your challenge since the scarves were purchased for other people and not yourself.

    Reply
    1. save. spend. splurge.

      Well that was the intention of the challenge – not to buy for myself 🙂

      Reply
    1. save. spend. splurge.

      I just discovered her!

      Reply
  8. Alicia @ Financial Diffraction

    Oh no, now I am going to be lusting after those scarves… I love gigantic scarves to wrap myself in like a shawl if need be. It would be great for work because I don’t have control of the thermostat (admittedly, one of the girls at works has a snuggie on daily because of the crazy cold AC).

    Also, I love those boots… I’ve been eyeing Frye boots for about 7 years and I just cant do it. I need to stop looking at your posts because you just tempt me with very beautiful things!

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    1. save. spend. splurge.

      Women are always the coldest in offices, I find. I am the same way.

      This travel wrap is divine. I want every colour but it is very expensive for such a scarf wardrobe 😉

      Frye is an excellent brand in my opinion but only for boots, not for their flats!

      Reply
  9. AdinaJ

    I’m glad you like The Ugly Volvo, it’s wickedly funny. I binge read their archives 😉
    I also love Dan Ariely’s books. I found him through a TED talk, and went out to get Predictably Irrational right away. He has a follow-up book called The Upside of Irrationality, which is also quite good.

    Also, you NEED those boots! Well, maybe not “need” but you should get them anyway 😉 I never thought that moto-style type of boot would be a wardrobe staple, but I bought a similar pair recently, and I’m wearing the heck out of it.

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    1. save. spend. splurge.

      I devoured every post when I went to the site!

      I’ll check out his second book, I really liked his first, so this will be a surefire love for me.

      NEED! NEED! Yes, I’ve been eying your Jenna boots, myself. I really do think a pair of moto boots is the new ballet flat..

      Reply

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