March 2014: What I bought, watched and read
FAVOURITE BLOG OF THE MONTH
This post of hers about the Top Ten Cubicle Crimes is absolutely, 100% TRUE.
She pretty much embodies what I like to wear to work.
Her stuff is quite conservative and preppy because she works in finance, but it’s simple, elegant, modern, classic and with a twist.
I do find her clothes veer more into the uber-polished / sweet range for my tastes and as a result, I’d probably add more leather, and have less structured / preppy handbags than she would in her wardrobe, but overall I like the style.
Great work outfit ideas and pairings, not to mention the layering she does.
WHAT I LISTENED TO
Loving this song right now — Tim McMorris – We’re Going Up.
Ignore the creepy video, the song is awesome.
WHAT I WATCHED
I found the Belle du Jour book very interesting so when I found out there was a TV series made, I was curious enough to watch it. It’s quite good, very interesting to learn what it’s like in the industry and to have things pointed out to you that you would have never even considered such as the fact that she says she only wears men’s deodorant because otherwise, wearing perfume might be a tipoff to the wives & girlfriends these men are cheating on.
Warning, it is quite descriptive but I was more interested in the narrative of the story (she’s quite a good writer), and the in-depth look into the sex industry.
WHAT I READ
Being a mom-to-be, it is not as easy as it was in the past when people were clueless about what to do, and kind of did whatever they wanted.
Now, a pregnant, almost-mother, you are told lots of things, particularly what to eat, the fact that you could be cutting off oxygen from your precious baby if you DO NOT sleep on your side (I sleep like a baby.. no pun intended.. when I sleep on my back), and on top of all of that, you have to look forward and anticipate sleep deprivation, crying, feeding, pooping, and major body changes after shoving a watermelon out of your nether regions.
Reading a lot of baby books is not really a good idea, but I am trying to pick and choose, and to try and use common sense by putting myself in the baby’s shoes, thinking about how a baby would feel being in a brand new world.
So.. enter this book:
Recommended to me by a friend, I had to check it out if she swore by the book. I read through it and thoroughly enjoyed it. She has a nice easy going way of explaining things (although I hate it when people talk to you in books and call you “luv” or “girlfriend”…) and has some other good tips and charts to boot.
I made about 30 pages of notes from it about how to feed your baby, get your baby to sleep, work out a schedule (or try one, because I am not someone who deals well without a schedule), and everything in between, like what kind of baby you might have on your hands.
At the end of it, I am hoping I get an Angel baby.
Seriously, who doesn’t want this child, just read the description:
Angel babies are good as gold. They are mellow, eternally smiling, and consistently undemanding.
Their cues are easy to read. They are not bothered by new surroundings and they are extremely portable.
They feed, play, and sleep easily, and usually don’t cry when they wake up.
They easily amuse themselves when they wake up in the morning. They can often calm themselves down. Even when they get overtired, it is easy to settle them down again.
Seriously? SIGN ME UP.
SIGN ME UP FOR THIS CHILD’S TEMPERAMENT.
But we cannot predict what Nature will bring, and with my luck I might end up with this child:
Grumpy babies act like they’ve been here before and they are not at all happy to be back. They’re mad at the world and they let you know it. They whimper every morning, don’t smile much during the day and fuss their way to sleep every night.
Their mothers have a lot of trouble keeping baby-sitters. They hate baths at first and every time someone tries to change or dress them, they get fidgety and irritable.
Feeding is difficult because of their cranky disposition. Calming grumpy babies takes a patient Mum or Dad because they get very angry and their cries are particularly loud and long.
If they reach a major meltdown, gently sway them front to back.
OH GOD. OH GOD!!!! *sobs*
WHAT I BOUGHT
I have been looking for a thermos / travel mug for a long time that was NOT MADE IN CHINA. I found it at Mountain Equipment Co-Op (it is not on their website), and it’s made in Malaysia.
I bought one for myself, one as a spare backup and one for my mother.
Okay so I didn’t “buy” this but I won a Kindle version of Make money your honey from Sarah Li Cain.
[GIFT] MASSIMO DUTTI 3/4 STRIPED WHITE & BLUE COTTON SHIRT = $80
I did not buy this!!!! It was a gift.
My mother (bless her heart) saw this shirt in the store, saw it was made in Portugal with 99% cotton with 1% spandex and had to buy it for me because it was so nice.
She bought the same shirt for my aunt and tried to find that shirt for herself as well but they did not have her size any longer because they sold out of it in Canada completely.
It’s simple, plain with very light blue and white stripes. Totally stylish and comfortable for the summer.
CLARISONIC ACNE CLEANSING BRUSH REFILLS – $300 for 20 brushes
I bought these last month and received them in this month.
I stocked up for the next 5 years because I bought them online in the U.S., and even with the Sephora VIB sale here in Canada, 20% does jack squat when you have to pay 13% taxes afterwards.
I was running pretty low on my brush stash (having forgotten to stock up at the last VIB sale) and now I don’t have to stock up again for a LONGGGG time.
I really love my Clarisonic Mia (the original #1) if anyone is interested.
I bought the cheapest model they had (the original Mia, #1 not the #2 or any other models), and I use it every other day or so in the morning to get rid of the dead / loose skin cells from the night before.
Your skin regenerates/heals during the night, so I read somewhere that you should really do all that exfoliation in the morning to get rid of the cells, rather than at night after coming home (if you had to choose that is).
I bought a spare bottle of this shampoo just in case. I have about 3/4 left in my current bottle (I added a bit of water to make it last longer because it’s quite thick).
WHAT I WANTED TO BUY
This gorgeous blazer that costs almost $1000 from Veronica Beard. *drool*
I’ll never pay that much for a blazer… at least, not yet, but just look at the detail in the front with the zip underneath the lapels.. HEAVENLY.
The good news is that I could easily re-create the look with a white blazer and a turtleneck or shirt underneath.
Now just look at this gorgeous black camisole from Karen Millen. Okay so it’s black and it’s not really my colour but it’s just so pretty. I love the drape in front of the top as well.
Speaking of pretty, I also like this dress on the site. It’s a lace jacquard but it looks more like a tribal print of sorts.
This is also black (not a fan of the colour) but the chunky knit fisherman style jacket is killer: