What I Wore This Week

 

What I Wore this week #ootd #wiw #whatiwore #livelovesara

What I Wore this week #ootd #wiw #whatiwore #livelovesara

What I Wore this week #ootd #wiw #whatiwore #livelovesara

What I Wore this week #ootd #wiw #whatiwore #livelovesara

What I Wore this week #ootd #wiw #whatiwore #livelovesara

Outfit 1 – Lace Top • Zara (similar here and here) | Jeans • Zara (similar) | Shoes • Adidas | Purse • vintage (similar) | Watch • Daniel Wellington |
Outfit 2 –  Kimono • Zara (similar here and here) | T-shirt • Hot Topic | Shorts • H&M | Shoes • Adidas |
Outfit 3 – Black Lace Top • Zara (similar) | Jeans • Zara (similar) | Shoes • Converse |
Outfit 4 – Pink Kimono • Zara (similar) | Jeans • Zara (I cut off the fringe) | Shoes • Adidas | Purse • Vintage (similar) |
Outfit 5 – Shirt Dress • Zara (similar) | Purse • Zara (similar) | Shoes • Etsy | Watch • Daniel Wellington |

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Have I ever mentioned that I live by a really big mall? Like, a 5 minute walk from everything I could ever need. While on most days it is really convenient to be able to walk to get whatever I need within minutes, on other days it can be dangerous to my wallet. Zara is having a big sale right now and it took everything I had not to go down and check out what was there. I seriously put on my shoes and went to leave 4 times on Saturday but reigned it in each time. That is my version of self control ;)

I totally waited last minute to buy Tom’s Father’s Day gift this year. I’m usually much more prepared but I couldn’t decided what to get him. Merle and I were out shopping together and we were walking through the linen and bedding section of the store. She reminded me that he said that he wanted a new body pillow (his is super sad looking) so we decided a new body pillow and pillow case were a good start. Then last evening around 7:00 I told him that I had to run down to the store because I forgot to buy deodorant (I actually did) but in reality I also want to do a quick perusal and find him another gift to go with the pillow. The girls decided they were going to come with me and ride their bike and scooter, which ironically makes the trip take longer than it does when we walk.

After walking from one end of the mall to the other, we ended up in Urban Outfitters because they always have fun kitschy gift ideas. There was this neat cell phone magnifier in the form of an old fashioned television that I thought he would get a kick out of because he is always watching things on his phone, but I went with a record instead. They had the Beatles double album which is a fantastic album so I figured it would be good to add to his collection. As a final touch I had the girls go into the Urban Outfitters photo booth and take some fun photos for him to put in his card. Everything went well until the last photo when it managed to capture Roo in the middle of falling off her stool. I was going to make them do a retake, but then thought, “nah, that’s totally her so it’s perfect.” For breakfast I made him Eggs Benedict  (my favourite too. Everything tastes better with Hollandaise). All in all I’d say he had a good day.

#uophotobooth #livelovesara

I have a plus size UK packing list coming up this week, as well as I am working on an updated Starter Work Wardrobe/Capsule. 

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What I Wore This Week

What I Wore this week #ootd #wiw #livelovesara

What I Wore this week #ootd #wiw #livelovesara

What I Wore this week #ootd #wiw #livelovesara

What I Wore this week #ootd #wiw #livelovesara

Outfit 1 – Kimono • Madewell (similar) | Jeans • Zara (I cut the bottom off) (similar) | Shoes • Vans | Purse • Vintage (similar) |
Outfit 2 – Sweater • old (similar) | Jeans • Zara (similar) | Shoes • Adidas | Purse • Vintage (similar) |
Outfit 3 – Leather Jacket • Zara old (looks identical) | Tank Top • Nordstrom | Jeans • old (similar) | Shoes • Steve Madden | Purse • Vintage (similar) |
Outfit 4 – Micheal Jackson T-shirt • Etsy (similar, similar, similar) | jeans • Gap | Watch • Daniel Wellington |

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I hoped because we had such a mild winter (in Canadian standards) that our summer would be colder. But apparently my hopes have been dashed because it’s not even summer yet and the heat rolled in. The stupid humidity makes it a million times worse though and today it felt like it was 38°C (100.4°F) and I was not impressed.

Does anyone else seem to spend an obscene amount of money on the weekend? I feel like we just hemorrhaged cash this weekend :( It started with getting Merle a bike. She’s never had one because every time we tried to buy her one for the last few years, she said that she didn’t want one. I was concerned she was going to be like Phoebe Buffay on Friends and not learn to ride a bike un tip she was in her 30’s ;) But she decided that this year was the year, so we got her a new bike, helmet, bell, and decorative stickers (for the helmet) and it was stupid expensive. That rolled over into dinner with friends, grocery shopping, and several other things and I can’t help but feel sick over how much we spend on weekends.

I did get a few Christmas presents this week though. The 20th Anniversary Harry Potter Editions  (Gryffindor, Slytherin, Ravenclaw, and Hufflepuff) were released in Canada and the UK (I’m not sure of the US relate date) and I bought them straight away. I figured if I waited then I may regret it and have to pay more. It feels super early to start to hiding Christmas presents in my closet again but an early start is always better than a late for me.

Is anyone else contemplating Christmas yet?  

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What I Wore This Week

What I Wore This Week #wiw #ootd #livelovesara

What I Wore This Week #wiw #ootd #livelovesara

What I Wore This Week #wiw #ootd #livelovesara

What I Wore This Week #wiw #ootd #livelovesara

What I Wore This Week #wiw #ootd #livelovesara

Outfit 1- Leather Jacket • Zara (similar) | T-shirt • H&M | Jeans • H&M | Sandals • Esty | Purse • Zara (similar, similar) |
Outfit 2 – Leather Jacket • Zara (similar) | Dress • Zara (similar, similar) | Shoes • Vans |
Outfit 3 – Leather Jacket • Zara (similar) | Lace Peplum shirt • Zara (similar, similar) |
Outfit 4 – Jacket • Zara (similar, similar) | Poison T-shirt • Vintage* (similar, similar) | Jeans • H&M | Shoes • Steve Madden |
Photo 5 – New thrifted shoes: A pair of Classic Vans slip-ons, and a pair of Adidas that I can’t figure out what style of. I think they may be a vintage. They look like a cross between the Vintage country (new country OG), the Samba, and the bottom part of a vintage Adidas German wrestling shoe.

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I hate making regular, run of the mill posts after horrible shit has happened in the world. It seems so tasteless, so I want it to be known that I was/am just as shocked, saddened, angry, and devastated at what happened Saturday night in London as everyone else. I can’t accept that this is our new normal. It’s so messed up.

I caught a summer cold from my kid. They really are little germ machines and I can’t believe I am sick again. On Saturday we had another successful thrifting day. In Value Village we found an Ikea  Ektorp ottoman with built-in storage for $12. The cover on it was beige and really dirty but it completely removable, so we went to Ikea and picked up a new cover in grey (the darker the better here) and now it looks like new. While the cover was 3x as much as the footstool cost us we ended up getting the ottoman for less that 1/3 of what a new one would have cost and we wanted one anyway. (For some reason the Ikea links aren’t working on mobile.)

Tom has the tendency to steal my stories or ideas and then relay them back to me like they are his or he heard them elsewhere :/ Weeks ago I told him that I wanted to get rid of our kitchen table and get a drop-leaf style from to save on space. I showed him the picture of the one I wanted. When we were at Ikea on Saturday he showed me the table that I had previously showed him and proceeded to tell me how perfect it would be for the condo. I was like, “seriously?” At least he agrees with me right? ;)

Roo ended up getting a new duvet cover for her bed. I’m not sure why she liked this one, maybe it’s the vampire guy or the little cat with steam punk goggles. Whatever the reason she thought it was great. There were some really cute new textiles right now for both kids and adults, with great prices. We couldn’t get Merle’s yellow shelf yet even though I tried, because there was no room in the suv due to Tom’s work crap being in the back of it. It’s a good excuse to go back because we kind of rushed through, and it would be nice to spend a few leisurely hours there in a less busy time of day. I hate being herded along with the crowds like sheep.

I’ve probably mentioned how Merle can’t talk quietly. When we were at Value Village they had a huge chalk-like drawing on the wall of a family holding hands and walking in the sun (family being mom, dad, daughter, son, and dog) and for some reason this pissed her off. She decided she would say really loudly (but her normal voice), “not every family has a son you know!…….Or a dog!…….And not every day is sunny!” Then she walked off in a huff. She gets the drama from Tom.

*On Instagram I told the story of this vintage Poison t-shirt (up in the 4th photo) which  was given to me from a former employee. Back in 2004 I was pregnant with my first and going through a rough emotional time. He knew that I loved vintage band tees and brought me this one to cheer me up. It really meant a lot to me then and still does now.

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What I Wore This Week

What I Wore This Week #wiw #ootd #livelovesara

What I Wore This Week #wiw #ootd #livelovesara

What I Wore This Week #wiw #ootd #livelovesara

What I Wore This Week #wiw #ootd #livelovesara

What I Wore This Week #wiw #ootd #livelovesara

Outfit 1 – Red Jacket • Topshop | T-shirt • Brandy Melville (similar)
Outfit 2 – White Sweater • Zara (similar) | Jeans • Mango (same style, different wash) | Purse • Zara (similar) | Slides • Steve Madden |
Outfit 3 – Kimono • Zara | T-shirt • H&M | Jeans • Gap | Slides • Steve Madden |
Outfit 4 – Camisole • Mango | Blazer • old (similar, similar) | Pants • H&M | Booties • Mango | Purse • Zara (similar) |
Outfit 5 – Baseball Tee • Thrifted* (similar) | Jeans • Zara |
When I bought the Michael Jackson baseball tee there were 6 others along with it. All with different Michael pictures on different colour tees. I remember yelling out when I collected them all, “oh my god, one for every day of the week!”

So one week in with our new couch and chair and I love it. It finally feels like we have a real living room. We can actually all sit together in one room at the same time, and we did a movie night for the first time in forever that we were all able to sit and watch together. It was nice. We watched Lord of the Rings if you are interested ;)

I’m kind of sad that I have to retire my toques/beanies for the season. I think that they have become my bad hair day crutch, and every time I try to wear my fedora it’s so windy it almost flies off my head. Maybe I need a haircut?

I had a small but successful shop at Value Village on Sunday. I was able to get a pair of checkered Vans slip-ons, and a pair of Adidas (even though I can’t figure out what kind they are). The girls found a couple of still in-the-box Minecraft plushies, and a Union Jack mug for Roo. We also donated our old, large coffee table, dining table (we need a small apartment size drop leaf table), two chairs, and a room divider so we have cleaned out a lot of clutter that this small space couldn’t handle. It’s so nice to be able to walk right in the condo without having to navigate around the crap we needed to purge. So I guess I’m already off to a productive week ;)

Here is hoping the rest goes as well. Have a good week guys!

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What I Wore This Week

What I Wore This Week #ootd #wiw #livelovesara

What I Wore This Week #ootd #wiw #livelovesara

What I Wore This Week #ootd #wiw #livelovesara

What I Wore This Week #ootd #wiw #livelovesara

What I Wore This Week #ootd #wiw #livelovesara

Outfit 1 – Jean jacket • old (similar) | Black Sweater • Mango | Leather Pants • H&M | Slides • Steve Madden | Purse • Vintage |
Outfit 2 – Dress • Zara (similar) | Leather Jacket • Zara old (identical) | Shoes • Converse |
Outfit 3 – Tunic Dress • Zara (similar) | Leather Jacket • Zara (identical) | Jeans • Zara (I cut the fringe off) | Slides • Steve Madden |
Outfit 4 – Army Coat • Thrifted* (similar) | Harry Potter Patch • Hot Topic | Jeans • Mango | Slides • Steve Madden |
Outfit 5 – Coat • Topshop (comes in many colours ) | Jeans • H&M (Similar) | Blondie T-shirt • Brandy Melville old (similar) | Slides • Steve Madden
*I sewed this patch on to my daughter’s oversized army jacket and Tom asked why it had to be on the forearm and not some place more visible. I was like, “dude…”

I sitting here contemplating how I am going to move my living room around (it is Saturday night as a write this). I have mentioned a million times that this is a super small space. Under 700 sq ft and the rooms are really weirdly shaped because we are a corner unit. When Tom was at Value Village today he sent me a picture of a couch (and a Carrot Top alarm lock that he wanted to get but was so ugly I kiboshed it). The couch is a brown leather, three seater in great condition, with a matching chair all for $35 and from Ikea. Seriously. We were contemplating getting the $700 fabric couch from Ikea but this one is a clear bargain that can’t be passed up. If we were just swapping couch for couch then I wouldn’t have to move stuff around but since we are also adding another (largish) chair then some reconfiguring needs to be done. It’s along weekend (Victoria Day Weekend) so we have an extra day to get shit done before Tom goes back to work.

When you move furniture here you have to book the elevator but that causes issues with last-minute purchases since you have to book in advance. It’s one of the main frustrations that I have with condo living so we are going to try to sneak it in without booking it. We lost out on a couch a while back because we couldn’t book the elevator. It’s not really big so I hope we can get it in without any issues or getting in trouble :/

We had a couple of really unseasonably hot and humid days last week which gave us a taste of the summer to come and I am dreading it. None of us are heat people so the girls starting complaining the moment their eyes opened even though the air conditioning in the building has been turned on for the season.

I returned some clothes to Zara that I bought for Merle that either didn’t fit properly or she wasn’t a big fan of and caved and bought a kimono with the exchange. I showed the two colours that I had narrowed it down to and I ended up getting the blue because it fit better. So while I actually hate summer I am looking forward to being able to wear it.

*some people were moving in the day we got the couch and were nice enough to let us use their booked elevator to bring the new couch up and the old couch down. It was meant to be. Except the living room currently looks like a Tetris game and we need to either rent a van or cram it in to our suv to donate next weekend.

I can’t believe it is almost June.

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