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March 2014: What I bought, watched and read

FAVOURITE BLOG OF THE MONTH

THE CLASSY CUBICLE

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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

SECRET DIARY OF A CALL GIRL

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

SECRETS OF THE BABY WHISPERER

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

RED THERMOS VACUUM INSULATED STAINLESS STEEL TRAVEL MUG

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.

 MAKE MONEY YOUR HONEY

 

[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.

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It’s simple, plain with very light blue and white stripes. Totally stylish and comfortable for the summer.

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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.

clarisonic-mia-brush

 

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).

JOHN MASTERS ORGANICS SAGE AND ZINC SHAMPOO

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.

http://rstyle.me/~1LP80

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.

http://us.karenmillen.com/Karen-Millen-Glamorous-camisole-top/dp/B00GBCFYVG?class=quickView&field_availability=-1&field_browse=2285259011&id=Karen+Millen+Glamorous+camisole+top&ie=UTF8&refinementHistory=subjectbin%2Ccolor_map%2Cprice%2Csize_name&searchBinNameList=subjectbin%2Ccolor_map%2Cprice%2Csize_name&searchNodeID=2285259011&searchPage=4&searchRank=-product_site_launch_date&searchSize=12

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.

karen-millen-lace-jacquard-knit-dress

This is also black (not a fan of the colour) but the chunky knit fisherman style jacket is killer:

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24 Comments

  1. Gen Y

    Oops, just saw that you use the acne brush, which is the one I was thinking of getting. I assume it works well because you’ve stocked up?

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    1. save. spend. splurge.

      Yes! 🙂 I stocked up for 5 years.

      Reply
  2. Gen Y

    I’ve been eyeing the clarisonic mia, and debating which model to get. I’ve been hesitant because of the price, it sounds like you love the mia, think there’s any reason to get the more expensive models over mia1? Which brush do you use?

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    1. save. spend. splurge.

      I like the Mia (original) because it’s the cheapest and I can’t see the Mia 2 or other fancier models being worth the money just for a fasting rotation of the head. I don’t really see the benefit to be honest.

      For brushes, the normal one that came with the Mia was too harsh on my skin. I switched to Sensitive heads, which are very similar to Acne.

      When I stocked up on the Acne heads, it was because they didn’t sell the Sensitive brushes in the deal that I was going for. Acne / Sensitive = pretty much the same for me. 🙂

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      1. Gen Y

        @save. spend. splurge.: Thanks! I’ll get the Mia when sephora hosts the next sale or when shoppers have a points event.

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        1. save. spend. splurge.

          Sounds like a plan 🙂

          Reply
  3. The Asian Pear

    I loved the Call Girl series as well. Great to know you are enjoying it. I’m a big fan of Billie Piper after she did the Doctor Who series and was sad when she left to do Secret Diary of a Call Girl.

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    1. save. spend. splurge.

      She’s such a great actress!!

      Reply
  4. Cindy

    I feel like I know you a little more when I read these kinds of posts. Hope you and the baby are doing well <3

    http://www.cindyslittleblackbook.com

    Reply
    1. save. spend. splurge.

      Aww thank you Cindy 🙂

      Reply
  5. Jessica Moorhouse

    I love Secret Diary of a Call Girl! So good, but then again I’m a sucker for British shows especially when the character breaks the fourth wall.

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    1. save. spend. splurge.

      It was such a good series I’m surprised I didn’t watch it before.

      Reply
  6. Stefanie @ The Broke and Beautiful Life

    I love that print dress! And I bet it would look awesome with that white blazer! *sigh*

    Reply
    1. save. spend. splurge.

      That’s what I was thinking!

      Reply
  7. SarahN

    I have seen Diary of a call girl, but not read it. I should look into it. Thanks for the blog recommendation, I am loving it!

    Lastly, I must post my new cardigan I bought, I have a guess you might like it… if not, I love it! it’s gotta be good – it’s already sold out! Here’s the link: http://jigsawclothing.com.au/clothing/knitwear/all/product/knitted-biker-jacket/J170.14W.3950_1

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    1. save. spend. splurge.

      I love me a good biker jacket..!!

      Reply
  8. Tania

    I watched the Call Girl series, forgot there was a book, adding it to my “read” list. That last outfit? The black jacket, bf jeans – yeah totally me, I wear a version of that nearly every day to work. So, LOVE! Great classic button down too.

    I didn’t know that about the skin cells but it makes complete sense, I always notice how much brighter my face looks after washing it in the morning. I have a MIA and hardly use it but am starting again because I’m doing a full court press this year on taking care of my skin and trying to reduce some of the age spots (yuck!).

    Reply
    1. save. spend. splurge.

      I am trying to take care of my skin again too. I gave up during pregnancy because the hormones just made me break out left and right no matter what I did. Now, I’m back to trying to get my skin back on track!

      Reply
  9. GirlinaTrenchCoat

    Good one on the 5 years Mia supply! (Why didn’t I think of that? They’re liable to raise prices sometimes and I will be screw-eeewd!)

    I’ve been meaning to read and watch Secret Diary too for the longest time.

    Reply
    1. save. spend. splurge.

      I only stocked up because I am in Canada and it’s WAY cheaper in the U.S.

      Reply
  10. AdinaJ

    I like the Classy Cubicle, but some of her outfits veer into “fashion spread” territory for me. But the cubicle crimes post is hilarious.

    I was JUST reading about how you should cleanse/exfoliate in the morning as well as at night. I’ve never done it (my skin doesn’t get very oily) but I’m trying to change up my routine to at least take a pass with some toner in the morning. We will see if it makes a difference.

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    1. save. spend. splurge.

      True. She’s a little too polished at times… A bit catalogue-y.

      Well cleaning / exfoliating too much ended up stripping my skin on more than one occasion so I’m really careful not to overdo my Clarisonic usage..

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  11. Alicia @ Financial Diffraction

    That cami is beautiful! I also love the drape… would totally mask some small tummy troubles (ahem, I need to work on that roll I am getting…). I also really like that shirt your Mom bought you and your aunt. Simple, and classic, but so versatile.

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    1. save. spend. splurge.

      I just need to lose about 10 pounds to fit back into it!!!

      Reply

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