Thursday, July 26, 2012

Can't resist an Aritzia sale...

It's so hard to walk through the mall right now! Everything is on sale as stores are trying to clear their stock for fall and I have resisted the urge to walk in... Until yesterday dammit! I find it exceptionally hard to resist an Aritzia sale when things drop down to more reasonable prices and their stuff is so dang cute- even if I am a medium or large and their sizes start at XXXXXS. Kinda drives me nuts how they lock your purse in a locker while you try things on but they have built a very successful business model. Here are some of the steals I picked up:
Wilfrid wrap top in peach with a peach Talula lace bandeau.. This super soft, comfortable wrap top was only $19.99! Regular $50 :)
Bandeau on sale for only $15. Love this combo.
Racer back to see some lace bandeau
I purchased in white as well
Lilac bustier tank on for $19.99 from $35. Super comfy and I wore under a black blazer to work yesterday with a black pencil skirt.
side view.. I'm sure you could wear a bra with this too ;)

Wednesday, July 25, 2012


I cannot believe that James and I have almost been married for three years! Time flies when you are having fun. We were married on August 2, 2009 at the Kananaskis Lodge and it was hands down the best day of our lives. We normally celebrate by spending time together and in past years have booked a cabin in Windermere & scrapbooked our honeymoon all weekend or gone for a nice dinner.We always get each other something special and I am trying to think about what I am going to get him for our anniversary?! We did scrapbooking for the first year because James surprised me since the 1st anniversary is the "paper anniversary"... Second anniversary is "cotton anniversary" (he got me Lulu Lemon pants) and the third wedding anniversary gift is traditional leather.. LEATHER? Have I been reading too much Fifty Shades or is that just kinky? ANY IDEAS? I always feel as though the best gift is time so concert tickets or an event is always a good idea. Here is what I have been scheming- and this is what he gets for never checking my shopping blog! 
If I actually follow the leather tradition...
Quite a nice leather journal. James always takes notes at community meets and has various hideous three ringed binders strewn throughout the house.
Interesting... custom leather luggage tags. I like the whole "adventuring together since" and your anniversary date
How about a men's leather satchel ?!
Men's leather bomber. Hot. But what does he think I am? Rich? Bahaha.. I am totally asking for a leather jacket. ;)
Preferably a Mackage from Aritzia. Mmmkay? Maybe he should look at this post ;)
But seriously though....
He really wants a golfing windbreaker
But they all seem so boring... I guess boys don't wear pink shiny things golfing
He's really gotten into good Scotch lately.. but which to choose?
I don't think he's truly owned a *nice* pair of sunglasses that don't come from a gas station...
How cool are these wing nut cufflinks? James only has one pair of cufflinks I found for him at an antique shop for our wedding.. Maybe a french cuffed shirt and some cufflinks? They say every man should have at least one french cuffed shirt.
Cufflinks I found for James for the wedding

Wednesday, July 18, 2012


I've lied to you and I apologize! All these promises of New York goodies being shared etc and little miss shopper hasn't divulged. Hope that you had a great Stampede! We had a great time yipping it up and spending time with good friends. I thought I would share some photos with you and new pieces!:
New Purchases...
I got this cute outfit in New York at Betsey Johnson. So comfortable! The sheer blouse with the detail on the neck and arms was originally $90 but I got it on sale for $45 and the skirt was originally $85 but I got it on sale for $40. What a steal!
Here's a pic of it on. Love this outfit :)
I got this breezy top in NYC for $16.50! It crosses in the back       
I love garage saling! All these coolers for $30. I saw an extremely small one for $18 at WalMart the other day. Our old cooler was from the 1970's and breaking. We have used the juice jug a ton for beergaritas.
Free cowboy hat!!! I got white hatted at the rodeo and got this Smith Built for FREE! YEE HAW! I love how it says the 100th Stampede on the side and has a red belt on it.
I found this top for $19.99 at Winners. So comfy- Winners has a great Western wear section around Stampede. Especially the downtown location.
Sky suite at Cowboys!
Country style skirt purchased from Winners $29.99
$10 from a craft fair... Not sure what to wear it with yet though?!
Love these Mexx khaki capris I got in Montreal en route to New York. They are so comfortable and I am wearing them today! They were on sale for $40 from $95. I seem to find great Mexx sales whenever I go in there and I like how their clothes wash and wear.
Mexx t with lace detail on the sleeves on sale for $20 from $40

Books I've read lately...
I think everyone and their kitten has read this book obviously... I bought it months ago when I heard about it on before it got really big. I lent it out a few times before I read it as I was getting through a few other books.. Definitely an easy, naughty read. The grammar and spelling mistakes drive me nuts and I think E.L. James needs to learn what a thesaurus is but of course- addicting. I'm about to begin the second book.
This book outlines Ruth Reichl's life as a food critic for the New York times around 1995. Reichl was the editor and chief of Gourmet Magazine for 20 years so she definitely knows her food. I love foodie books and this one was great! Her description of meals always made me crave what she was eating. For example: her detailing of a hole-in-the-wall Japanese restaurant that would grate wasabi root in front of you before each dish made my mouth water.
I've just started this book as well which is Ruth's first novel. That is actually her in the photo which was taken in 1955. The first few chapters are detailing her mother's catastrophes in the kitchen using rotten food. Hilarious! Can't wait to read this one. Ruth also includes recipes in each book as she goes along which I think is a great keepsake and was worth purchasing instead of getting from the library.
Next on my reading list is this book I got on Amazon from author Jeffrey Steingarten who is the opinionated foodie judge on Iron Chef. Looking forward to this read as it has gotten great reviews.