Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Online shopping is the devil

I was so proud of myself for packing a paper bag lunch two whole days in a row and not spending a dime (trust me it is hard downtown when everyone goes for coffee a few times a day, parking, gas, evening expenses, lunches, etc)... until I got an e-mail from PartyLite (one of my shopping addictions- we love and burn a lot of candles!) about a great sale and then this amazing HauteLook deal came through in my inbox. Am I a hopeless shmuck or what? Oh who cares I am super pumped for my new purchases.. Wanna seee?:
If you have never bought PartyLite wax you may not understand but they are the best quality candles on the market. The wicks are made with just cotton and do not contain harmful chemicals like lead (to test your candles at home place a coffee filter over the smoke from the flame and see if the coffee filter turns black). The pillar candles also burn like pancakes and don't "tunnel". I got two of these guys on the outlet for $14 each instead of $25.00 in "arctic oasis" scent. whatever that means.. If you need a PartyLite gal let me know, I have a great one!
The whole reason for my purchase! I bought a few of these "Nature's Light" candles for the men in my life last year for Christmas and James' uncle LOVES his and won't stop talking about it. The benefit is the wooden wick that actually crackles like a fire and the masculine scent. They are regularly $27 but I scored three on sale for $12 yesterday! All of the $12 ones are sold out too! WOOP! Christmas shopping has begun.
I seem to burn a lot of tealights around Christmas time because I have a few trinkets that use candles and I got this pack on sale for $11 for 18 (that is a score as well)
As mentioned- love their pancake-burning pillar candles. This is a "pillar garden" for $40 and they combine varying pillar heights and colors which looks awesome on some pillar holders I have by the fireplace of varying heights. If you haven't tried PartyLite candles- you are missing out!
Say hello to my new lace up riding boots from HauteLook today by the brand Carrini. Guess how much, guess how much, guess how muchhhh?
$29 on sale from $70!!! Still a bargain at $70... They aren't genuine leather though... We will see how they go but $29 ?!?!?! HELLOOOOO NEW BOOTS!
I thought these would be good for getting to work in the snow. They were on for $22 from $50
And of course I had to have them in grey too.... I mean for $22 ?!
$15.00.... Regular $40. I really need some more black flats and was about to buy some Michael Kors ones at Browns for $95. So glad I didn't!
And I had to get some beige cap toed ones as well.... $15?! Yes please!

Friday, September 21, 2012

On da budge...

Wouldn't it be grand if you would be entertained with me posting photos of essentials and fun, unexpected tax reassessments and roof replacements? HA! I have been drooling over some new fall/winter pieces but restraining due to some expenses that have popped up really setting us back. Pampered Chef was audited for 2010/2011 and all of the incentives we earn, trips, free product is now considered taxable income so I owed thousands in taxes and we have had to replace a roof etc... I think the truth is that James' year off has really caught up with us but a few more months on the budge and we will be back on track. It's the tightest we have been in about six years and I know this sounds weird but it is kind of fun... Only because it is something different I suppose. We are finding creative ways to save money and cut corners which has proven to be a fun challenge. I've actually been packing my lunch and we had a big vegetable yield from the garden this year which has helped with groceries. We've been meal planning a lot more instead of just buying the "shiny" things I see at the grocery store. We've brought in our summer bottles to take my mom for a nice birthday lunch, hello $75 worth of fun times! HA! And even rolled some of our change for a night out etc. We are not that strapped but it's a good experiment to see how budget conscience we can be so that we will be ahead again in a few months. I've even stopped bringing my wallet if I am headed to meet a friend for lunch at the mall which has stopped me from those impulsive splurges. But hey- a girl can still scour the internet for things she would like, right? OH! And as I always say, if your cheque book says no, host a show! I had a Norwex party a few weeks back and got $350 in FREE products! Have you ever heard of Norwex? They aim to take the chemicals out of your life from when you first wake up in the morning until you go to sleep. They feature a number of cleaning products and more recently chemical free beauty and personal care products. Here are some of my new cleaning supplies AND things I probably don't need anyways ;)
For having a show I got two of these enviro cloths for free- they clean up any washable surface and you can use for dusting, tiles, bathtubs, counters, etc. The nice thing about Norwex cloths is they don't smell like a dying dog after a few days of use because they don't hold bacteria like other cloths.
I LOVE this window cloth. I actually have two at home but was gifted another one for having a show. All you do is dampen the cloth and can use on mirrors, windows or glass- no need for chemical sprays/
Veggie and fruit scrub cloth. There is a rough side for scrubbing and a smooth for polishing.
I've never used this guy before but everyone has been raving about it. This is the "Mighty mesh pot scrubber" which is supposed to work great and not rust.
Apparently these bath towels are super absorbent. Although the color doesn't really turn my crank I am excited to try them out.. I received this as a gift as well. Totally worth it to host a Norwex show!
Body pack face and body cloths that are great for removing make up and exfoliating.
Haha I find these a bit hokey ?!! Hopefully I will use this hair turban ?
Super pumped for this highly absorbent bath mat which holds up to 10x its weight in water. I think it will be great in our ensuite.
I am definitely most excited for this product! I have allergies and asthma and this cleaner is designed to remove organic material from mattresses aka. dust mites! It's supposed to be applied every 4 months with a light mist and works miracles apparently... We can use it on our pillows, comforters, etc. The consultant was saying her husband had this gross down pillow from college that was so heavy... 8 lbs! After spraying with this mattress spray it went down 2 lbs.! EWWWW!
This SPORTzyme is for James' stinky hockey bag... Hopefully it will relieve the garage of some of the odors.
One of the most impressive pieces of Norwex's line is their mop. The telescopic handle works great for windows, trailers and tall men! HA! LOVE this mop, we had such a shitty one before and this has seriously changed our floors.
How amazing is this Kate Spade gemstone bracelet?! It would match EVERYTHING!
Have I mentioned how much I want this jacket?!?! *WHIMPER*
Solar window charger
Band-Aid Friction block... No more blisters!
Michael Kors leg shine.. I need this for my stems.
Lacy racer back bra... So it's cute when it shows.
Speaking of lace... I still am lusting over a pair of lace shorts.. I bet I could get some on sale now!
Perfect for after the beach in Jamaica for a wedding in Jan!
Casual pants that you can dress up
Still wanting some cute rubber boots... maybe lined or with long socks so I can wear them well into fall?!
I'm normally known for my bold lips but I would like to give nude ones a try!

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Fall 2012 Fashion Trends

It feels like I was just posting about the spring fashion trends earlier this year. I loved spring/summer 2012 bright, colorful fashion including pops of orange, neon and color blocking. Fall 2012 looks to be glamorous and romantic in my opinion. Here are some of the most wearble trends:
gowns with high, draped necklines. love the soft textures of these dresses as well
Even on t-shirts and long sleeves
Two big fall trends: draped neckline and RED!
The runways were seeing red for fall 2012/13 with jackets, gowns and pantsuits ruling the color palate.
Dior, Lanvin, Alexander McQueen
Contrasting collars and funky necklaces in place of collars or even different colored collars you can pop onto regular uncollared shirts. Random!
Would you rock this trend?
Quirky, blinged out collars. Very cool.
Burgundy is the new black for fall
Such a rich, deep color that I think works great for fall.
Ralph combining two trends again- burgundy and velvet
Velvet has never looked so vavaVOOM! Gucci fall 2012
Velvet luxury in jewel tones from Rebecca Taylor, Diane von Furstenberg, Rachel Zoe and Tadashi Shoji
Pale, slate gray dresses. Doo.Ri, Zac Posen, Costello Tagliapietra     
Elizabeth Banks rocking this fall trend
Subtle yet sexy
Dark, wine colored lips. Would you wear this trend?
Kate Bosworth looking ravishing with her deep pout.
Merlot mouth in a deep purple hue
Remember the 90's? Graphic pullovers are big this season
To Value Village I traipse! Okay maybe I just want a comfy sweater ;)
I like these more!
Ankle booties galore! Good.. I bought some of these a few seasons ago and was worried they would be out. HA!
Fringe, bling and leopard SHINY!
Boots with da fur
The polka dot sweater is everywhere for fall! Yay I have one of these too!
Exhibit A: Cover of J.Crew
Pink polkas?!
Scuba jacket
LOVE this one in orange!
I've been seeing this color of leather so much this fall
Quirky sneakers.. These by Bernhard WillheLm for Camper Shoes.
I don't care what they do to sneakers- but please don't try to turn them into heels like some designs for spring/summer 2012 *barf*
My sneakers give me wings
Silk trousers for fall. Sexy, soft and durable
Does this mean I have to iron?! Not sure if I can get into this trend... ;)
Miu Miu fall 2012
Loafers are EVERYWHERE this season.. Velvet, slipper looking ones have been dominating and leopard print, studded versions are crowding displays. Glad flats are in style- yay for chic comfort!
Fierce loafers with embellishments
SHINY!!! I need a pair of navy shoes too... Miu Miu fall 2012
Big, bold earrings. Dolce & Gabanna fall 2012
Bright colored jewels and lots of shine- this trend has also been dubbed the "estate sale earring"
Okay maybe not as big as blumarine fall 2012 but everything is exaggerated on the runway, right? Big earrings are BACK!
The wide brimmed hat for fall 2012. Do you have your chapeau waiting?!
Emilio Pucci
Giddy up? Moschino fall 2012