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

What I Wore This Week #wiw #ootd #livelovesara

Outfit 1 – Leather Jacket + Plaid Shirt (similar) + Black Pants + Purse • Zara |
Boots • DSW (similar)
Outfit 2 – Peasant Shirt • Zara | Jeans • Gap
Outfit 3 – Leather Jacket • Zara | Shirt • Thrifted (similar) | Skirt • Le Chateau (similar) |
Shoes • Adidas
Outfit 4 – Sweater + Leather Jacket • | Jeans • Gap | Shoes • Adidas
Outfit 5 – Sweatshirt (similar) • Zara | Jeans • H&M
Outfit 6 –  Leather Jacket + Sweater + Purse • Zara | Jeans • H&M | Boots • Frye |
Knit Hat • Similar

Tom’s Birthday was Saturday and Roo’s is on Thursday, so with Merle’s Birthday coming up in several weeks and Christmas being around the corner we are now entering our really expensive time of year. Birthday’s are generally low-key here and we are taking the girls to see Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them to celebrate Roo’s. This has been her plan since she heard it came out close to her birthday. It will be Merle’s first time at a theatre because it wasn’t until recently that I knew I could trust her not to act out while there, so everyone is really excited to be able to go see it together.

Merle woke up today with no voice which freaked her out. Somewhere in the last 24 hours she came down with a head cold (which I hope she doesn’t share with the rest of us). That combined with cold, miserable weather today prompted us to put up the tree. We were listening to Christmas music on Spotify when the Alvin and the Chipmunks Christmas song came on and she almost lost her shit. Then I remembered that they have an entire Christmas album, which I’m not sure how I forgot since she is an Alvin fanatic. So we listened to it on repeat all afternoon. Let’s hope the tree lasts its first night with Severus the cat who so far has basically ignored it but he becomes wild at night. I realized tonight that I also can’t wrap and leave the presents under the tree yet because the cat eats and rips paper and will help the kids unwrap their presents early or at least give them a sneak peek ;) I need to get one of those huge Santa sacks that I can wrap and place them in until Christmas eve because I am not wrapping them all that night. I have done that the past several years and it totally sucks even when you bring a bottle of wine in to the room with you. Drunk wrapping while watching Netflix = a slightly better time.

Last week while Roo was taking a robotics class Merle and I did our usual mall walking/window shopping thing and I tried on some imitation leather pants at H&M that were only $24.99. I took a dressing room picture that I posted to Instagram stories and my mom Facebook group asking yay or nay? Opinions were a unanimous yes from them so I went back the next day to pick them up. I have looked for a pair for a while, and actually owned a pair a while back but they were borderline too snug. These are high-waist and not too long on my short legs which is nice for once, and for $24.99 I couldn’t beat that price. I’m not willing to fork out several hundred dollars for a real leather pair since these actually look like leather and fit really well. My only complaint is that you need to size up, but that is fairly common with H&M pants.

Do you wait until Christmas Eve to wrap your presents?

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What I Wore This Week

What I Wore This Week #wiw #whatiwore #capsulewardrobe

What I Wore This Week #wiw #whatiwore #capsulewardrobe

What I Wore This Week #wiw #whatiwore #capsulewardrobe

What I Wore This Week #wiw #whatiwore #capsulewardrobe

What I Wore This Week #wiw #whatiwore #capsulewardrobe

Outfit 1 – Coat • Zara | T-shirt • Brandy Melville | Jeans • H&M | Shoes • Adidas
Outfit 2 – Peasant Top • H&M | Leather Jacket • Zara | Jeans • Gap
Outfit 3 – Kimono Top • Madewell (similar) | Jeans • H&M | Boots • DSW (similar)
Outfit 4 – Blouse • H&M (similar) | Leather Jacket • Zara | Jeans • Gap | Beanie (similar) |
Shoes • Converse | Purse • Urban Outfitters
Outfit 5 – Coat • Zara | Blouse • Zara | Jeans • H&M | Boots • DSW (similar) | Purse • Zara
*Merle’s outfit in picture 1 – Sweater + Leggings • Zara | Jacket • H&M | Shoes • Converse

There isn’t much exciting news on the forefront in my life at the moment. But we did find out Tom’s work is going on a 2 month hiatus for Christmas holidays while they transition in to another season of filming. This completely sucks and is exactly why I started Christmas shopping in May. I don’t know if we have ever had a Christmas where money wasn’t an issue.

I did get my interim coat this week. I was looking for an oversized jacket in grey or camel colour that I could easily layer under and would be warmer than my leather jacket but not a parka. I looked at the Zara website since they usually have things in my price range and saw one that I liked for $89. Since we have a large Zara in the mall next door I checked the online inventory so I could go over and try it on, and they had a few left in inventory in my size. Merle and I went over when we were waiting for Roo to finish her Robotics class. She calls this time “mommy and Merley time” because we usually mall walk while she is in the class and get Pinkberry because when Roo is with us she won’t let us go since she has boycotted them. There was a gaming store she liked there before, it closed and Pinkberry took over the location and she hasn’t forgiven them yet ;) Anyway, I tried on two coats of similar styles but picked this one because it had large pockets.

Tom calls the jacket my “Judd Nelson in The Breakfast Club” jacket. I’m not sure if he means that’s a good thing but since I love that movie and Bender I’ll take it that way ;)

How is everyone holding up this week?

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What I Wore This Week

What I Wore This Week #wiw #ootd

What I Wore This Week #wiw #ootd

What I Wore This Week #wiw #ootd

What I Wore This Week #wiw #ootd

What I Wore This Week #wiw #ootd

Outfit 1 – Grey Sweater • Zara | Jeans • H&M (similar) | Shoes • Adidas
Outfit 2 – Top* • H&M (super old) | Jacket • Zara | Jeans • Gap | Shoes • DSW (similar) |
Outfit 3 – Blouse • Zara (similar) | Jeans • H&M | Shoes • DSW (similar)
Outfit 4 – Top • Brandy Melville | Black Jeans • Zara | Jacket • Zara | Boots • Winners (similar)
Outfit 5 – Sweater • Mango | Jacket* • Le Chateau (similar) | Jeans • H&M | Boots Winners (similar)

*I found this top and tweed jacket when I was going through one of our old baby clothes bins in storage. See, it sometimes pay to hold on to things and forget you own them ;)

This weekend we went to got to Hogwarts. While I wish we actually got to go to either a) the UK to do a Harry Potter tour or b) Harry Potter World at Universal Studios that is obviously not a spontaneous trip. Neither of those being an option we went to Guelph University where on Saturday they turned it into Hogwarts and offered kids a day touring around getting sorted, taking Hogwarts inspired classes, and playing Quidditch.

It was a ton of fun although I didn’t take a many pictures. I don’t like to take and post photos that have other people’s children in them (and they were everywhere). When we are doing things we are generally living in the moment and not thinking about photo ops and I always get home thinking I took a picture or two to commemorate. Some parts of the University are old buildings and they looked a lot like the real Hogwarts campus with the fall leaves, a million kids in their house robes walking through the fields with the Quidditch hoops in the distance.

I learned some interesting things about my kids too while taking these classes. Merle can place all the human organs in their correct places without help, and Roo really enjoys owl pellet dissection. Trying to figure out what it ate and reassemble the bones of the animal remains was a fun challenge for her (sounds gross but she was totally into it and I may have to get her an owl pellet dissection lab). It was a good day and I am glad that all of us as a family got to enjoy it together even though Tom was tired because he worked until 6am that morning.

Signing off now because Tom set off the fire alarm making spaghetti and everyone seems to have forgotten how to shut off the alarm key pad even thought they have all been shown a million times.

I hope you had a great weekend!

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What I Wore This Week

What I wore this Week #wiw #ootd

What I wore this Week #wiw #ootd

What I wore this Week #wiw #ootd

What I wore this Week #wiw #ootd

What I wore this Week #wiw #ootd

What I wore this Week #wiw #ootd

Outfit 1 – Can’t really see the pieces in that mirror.
Outfit 2 – Plaid Shirt • Zara (similar) | Black Jeans • Zara | Booties • DSW (similar)
Outfit 3 – Dress • H&M (similar) | Leather Jacket • Zara | Purse • Urban Outfitters | Converse
Outfit 4 – Blouse • H&M | Jeans • H&M (similar) | Booties • DSW (similar) | Purse • Urban Outfitters
Outfit 5 – Striped Shirt • Mango | Leather Jacket • Zara | Jeans • H&M | Shoes • Adidas
Outfit 6 – Dress • H&M (similar) | Jean Jacket • Le Chateau (similar) | Shoes • Adidas

Happy Thanksgiving Weekend to my fellow Canadians. It’s nice to get a holiday weekend before the weather starts to change too drastically, although there is a frost warning for tonight so I have to get my Succulents in the condo for the winter. We didn’t do much today. Just did some visits to a few Value Villages. I was looking for a new belt, some leather gloves (the girls took mine to use as “protection” when the were watering the cacti), checking out if they have any good jeans, and we always scope out the shoe section for Converse for the girls. Every single pair we have bought for them (Roo has like 32 pairs) are from Value Village. Then we came home for dinner.

On my to-do list for tonight (Sunday) is taking the shoulder pads out of Merle’s Beetlejuice suit jacket and then finding a good movie still of it so I can see the proper stripe placement. Since tomorrow is a holiday I will tape off the stripes and use the new fabric marker to colour them in. It’s like a super fat Sharpie with a more chalky consistency and I think it will work really well on the fabric based on the swatch test. We found some good fake teeth at Spirit Halloween on the weekend as well, along with makeup and hair colour spray. I’m excited to do a test run to see how it all pulls together. My kids totally take after Tom with a love for Halloween and all things creepy so they all get a kick out of this time of year. Me not so much. I burst in to tears and ran out the entrance of a haunted house once when a live character jumped out and screamed in my face. I can’t even watch The Walking Dead or Game of Thrones, but I’m totally game for a walk through the Catacombs or a Jack-the-Ripper Walking Tour.

While we were in Spirit, Tom bought Merle this totally creepy baby doll in the picture below. She loves it in a Wednesday Adams sort of way. Don’t mind the vampire teeth,  she decided it was a really good idea to chew gum while wearing them and they were stuck in her mouth for a bit. I don’t even really know how to react to that expect shrug and sigh. She takes after her dad with her decision-making skills ;)

Spirit Halloween Creepy Baby Doll

 

Do you like Horror/creepy stuff?

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What I Wore This Week

What I Wore This Week #wiw #ootd

What I Wore This Week #wiw #ootd

What I Wore This Week #wiw #ootd

What I Wore This Week #wiw #ootd

What I Wore This Week #wiw #ootd

Outfit 1 – Leather Jacket • Zara | Striped Shirt • Everlane | Jeans • Zara |
Booties • DSW (Similar)
Outfit 2 – Sweater • Mango | Jeans • Gap | Boots • The Frye Company
Outfit 3 – Jean Jacket • Le Chateau (similar) | T-shirt • Urban Outfitters | Jeans • Zara | Booties • DSW | Purse • Thrifted
Outfit 4 – Blouse • Express | Jeans • H&M* | Booties • DSW (similar)
Outfit 5 – Cardigan • Mango | Tank • H&M | Jeans • H&M | Vans
*I cut off the bottom of these jeans because they were supposed to be ankle jeans but obviously not on a 5’3″ frame. Sometimes you have to take shit int o your own hand ;)

I know you have all been waiting on baited breath for my search for a white blazer for the Halloween costume dilemma but I found one ;) Not only did I find one but I also found white pants, a white button down, and a tie. I think that someone either donated their child’s wedding party outfit or it was for a religious ceremony. Either way it was a good score for under $20. Now I just need to figure out how to paint the stripes on it without ruining it. I’m definitely not a super crafty person so I do best with step-by-step instructions like this one. This picture makes me laugh so hard. Not only does she have severe hat head, it also so painfully obvious I need to remove the shoulder pads and the pants are too skinny. I’m going to look for a less tight option (and I totally which emojis worked on here because this is where I would put the laugh till you cry face. This is so funny to me).

Merle Halloween Costume Start

My girls room is a complete shit-pit. It is a combination of them having way too much stuff (if I had a do over I would totally have a minimalist attitude towards their toys from day one) and not sticking to my guns when it came to making them keep things tidy and put away after every use. I am going to blame that one on past depression and not having enough energy to make it even worth my while at that time. But those are excuses and shit has to change so I pulled out a large bin that is full of Barbies, Barbie equivalents (i.e. Monster High) and Barbie paraphernalia and dumped it in the middle of their floor. They now have to go through everything and keep what will only fill to small bins. Everything else goes back in to the large bin along with whatever else I think needs to go (because if it is left up to them they would keep it all) “this broken piece from a toy I can’t find? Oh I need to keep that.”  They inherited the hoarder mentality from their dad. I am pretty sure it is a gene that passes on. I swear it.

Shit is about to get real in this house because I am TIRED of all this crap. Any tips aside form Marie Kondo. I have read both her books and want to hire her.? ;) 

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