What I Wore This Week

Culottes, camisole, and fedora

T-shirt dress, tweed jacket, converse

red jacket, graphic t-shirt, skinny jeans

Casual pants, tank top, and slides

Outfit 1 – Culottes • thrifted (similar) | Camisole • Mango | Fedora • Thrifted (similar) | Shoes • Zara |  Purse • Vintage (similar) |
Outfit 2 – Dress • Zara (similar) | Jacket • Zara (similar) | Shoes • Converse | Purse • Botkier |
Outfit 3 – Jacket • Topshop | Graphic Shirt | Jeans • Zara (I cut the fringe off) | Shoes • Zara |  Purse • Vintage (similar) | Watch • Daniel Wellington | Sunglasses • Rayban |
Outfit 4 – Tank • H&M | Pants • thrifted (similar) | Slides • Steve Madden | Purse • Urban Outfitters |


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I pretty much spent this weekend (aside from an early Sunday flea market outing) taking the teacher’s course for The Big History Project to learn how to use the site and teach it to Roo. It was about 9 hours in total if you watch all the videos and do all the activities they suggest. At the end you get a certificate to use (obviously if you are actually teacher) and a $20 Amazon gift card (if you do a short survey) which is sent to you via email within a couple of weeks after. I haven’t sat and done a course in a while and I feel a little brain overload but the course was immensely helpful and educational. I’m excited to see how well it works through the year.

The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale opened to the public on Friday and holy crap things sell out fast. I know they say that you should jump on something when you see but things literally disappear out of your basket before you have a chance to buy it. It’s unreal. Oh, well. I have enough jeans right now anyway ;) I tend to need to try pants on first  because I find sizing so all over the place so I really should avoid buying them online. I do like these and they are a great deal but I don’t need them. I was hoping to hit it up the store again on Saturday to go through it a second time and see what they have left and may have restocked but aside from taking the course I spent most of the day doing nothing but reading a book and enjoying the rain. It was nice to step away from the computer for a chunk of time.

Did I mention that I won $243 in the lottery last week? We went out for lunch and bought groceries with it. I’m a pretty exciting spender eh? ;) So I have thought about getting Kindle Unlimited; does anyone subscribe and if so is it worth it for someone who reads 2+ books a week?

Do you know what totally annoys me? When you are shopping online and see something you like but when you click on it, it isn’t the piece that they are selling; it’s just part of their styling. This happens to me on the Zara site frequently like right here. I am in love with that yellow sweater but it’s not actually for sale. I hope they end up adding it to their fall line because it is amazing. I’m sure if I was a knitter I could do it but I am totally not a knitter (and lack the desire to be so) therefore I buy.

Do you have any online shopping pet peeves?

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What I Wore This Week

White lace top with denim jacket

Pink pleated skirt, denim jacket, and Adidas

Bill and Ted T-shirt and fedora

Sweater, jeans, classic vans, and fedora

White lace sundress, and Adidas

peasant shirt, and vintage purse

Outfit 1 – Lace top • Zara | Jean Jacket (similar) | Vintage purse (similar) | Watch • Daniel Wellington |
Outfit 2 – Skirt • Zara (similar) | Jean Jacket (similar) | Shoes • Adidas |
Outfit 3 – Not really and outfit but both her shirt and hat were thrifted and I think this is my most favourite shirt ever.
Outfit 4 – Sweater • Mango | Jeans • Zara (I cut off the fringe bottom) | Hat • Thrifted (similar) | Shoes • Vans |
Outfit 5 – Lace Dress • Zara (similar) | Shoes • Adidas | Purse • Urban Outfitters  |
Outfit 6 – Peasant Shirt • Zara (similar) | Purse • Vintage (similar) |


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This Saturday was busy. We don’t usually cram that much stuff into one day but because Tom had to work on Sunday we had to fit our usual Sunday errands in to Saturday. Plus, there was a small carnival down the street that we promised to take the girls to and ended up there until past 11. To say they were bouncing off the walls is an understatement. The rides at those places are soooo expensive too. I think it worked out to $6 a ride per person which makes it really easy to spend a lot of money if you want to go on every ride even though there were only 10 rides (plus a games).

I also realized that while I once was super, crazy adventurous ride rider in my youth, as an adult they give me anxiety. I was even getting anxiety on the Ferris wheel (I’ve never had fear of height issues) which is something I would have thought was great a million years ago. Is this something that happens to us as adults?

I posted yesterday that I was able to go do a walk through Nordstrom to check out all the sale items (which I posted about). We have two in the city and we went to the one in Yorkdale which is a more upscale mall. I always feel like I am not rich enough to shop at that mall which is a reason we don’t hit it up often but I like it and I have become an expert window shopper there. Tom and Roo managed to find a great deal at the Disney store though and were able to add to their Star Wars collections.

I am getting stressed out trying to figure out what to get for Roo for us homeschooling her grade 8 this year. I can’t believe she is one year from highschool. I’m know that I am outsourcing for French to an online program, and I am thinking of doing The Big History Project for history to get a complete run through before highschool starts. I’ve heard great things about it and of course we would add a lot of books that tie in to it and documentaries. I also want to get a subscription to The Great Courses Plus (the online version of The Great Courses). It’s only $19.99 a month for access to thousands of lecture videos from great professors across the world. I think if you just watched these you will have a great education. I Beta tested the site a couple of years ago and I know I would get a lot of use out of it too. I’d honestly rather watch these than tv shows (geek alert). Aside from those ideas I am feeling stumped. Merle is really easy to plan for, except she wants an astronomy course and I’m not too sure where I will find a good, age appropriate one. Maybe a telescope and a star chart? ;)

Have you watched any good historical documentaries lately that I can add to our watch list?

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What I Wore This Week

Black maxi dress, leather jacket, Adidas

Grey oversized sweater, boyfriends jeans, fedora, and slides

oversized sweater and vintage saddle bag purse

black off the shoulder maxi dress, gladiator sandals

slides. lace top, grey jeans, and leather jacket

Outfit 1 – Maxi dress | Leather Jacket | Adidas |
Outfit 2 – Grey Oversized Sweater | Girlfriend Jeans | Fedora | Slides |
Outfit 3 – Cream Oversized Sweater | Vintage Saddle Bag |
Outfit 4 – Black off -the-shoulder midi/maxi dress | Sandals (from Etsy) | Tan Purse | Daniel Wellington Watch | Rayban Aviators |
Outfit 5 – Lace Top | Leather Jacket | Grey Jeans | Slides | Rayban Aviators |


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The weekend is over and I can now speak from personal experience that Ikea can in fact almost cause you to get a divorce. Man oh man it was a doozy. On the way back I was ready to jump out of the moving car and then hitchhike home. Now we have to build the furniture which should be fun :/ We did get a new light fixture for the main room which is really cool. It replaces the monstrosity that Tom always banged his head on.

We are heading to the zoo on Tuesday because we haven’t been to the ROM in such a long time that Merle barely remembers it (I don’t know why it’s been so long because museums are literally my favourite place to be). Last time we were there she was still so young that she ran right in to a plate-glass window and fell on her ass because she didn’t know it surrounded the exhibit. I’m kind of looking forward to seeing how freaked she gets by the bug section. Is that mean? First time around she was literally in love with the hissing cockroaches, now she freaks out the she sees a dust ball blow across the floor.

I ordered a pretty cool pair of flats from Zara two weeks ago but when they came one was noticeably lighter in colour like it was in a window display and bleached by the sun. I was disappointed but returned them then re-ordered them (not available in my store) so I am hoping that they work better this time. Of course they get stuck in the mail for the long weekend so they weren’t delivered on Friday. I was kind of hoping to break them in this weekend but I don’t think I want to risk wearing them for a full day at the museum.

So all in all aside from the Ikea battle our place is kind of coming together here. I’d still really like to freshen it up with some white paint though because whoever painted this place beforehand thought it was a good idea to paint the vent surround (that hangs lower on the ceiling) a much darker shade. It should be white so it kind of blends with the ceiling. We didn’t have time or money to repaint before we moved in and now it’s a pain in the ass to do it since there is no place to move the furniture out of the way.

Have you ever had the whole Ikea fight experience? It shouldn’t be missed ;) 

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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 #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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