What I Wore This Week

All grey, oversized cardigan, grey jeans, and Adidas superstar

Grey sweater, leather jacket, black skinny jeans, and converse

led zeppelin tee, band jacket, and an obi belt

Check Blazer, Cher tee, distressed jeans, and Frye Engineer Boots

Guns 'n' roses tee, oversized cardigan, cropped jeans, and sock boots

Outfit 1 – Oversized grey sweater • Zara (sold out but similar) | Grey sweater | Grey Jeans | Adidas | Purse |
Outfit 2 – Grey lace up sweater | Leather Jacket | Black Jeans (only $9.99) | Converse | Purse |
Outfit 3 – Band tee (sold out but here in black) | Band Jacket (similar here and here) | Obi belt |
Outfit 4 – Checked Blazer (similar) | Cher Tee (similar) | Jeans | Frye Boots | Purse |
Outfit 5 – Guns n roses tee | Oversized cardigan | Cropped jeans | Sock boots | Purse |


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I have decided this week is all about catching up on the shit that I had fallen behind in. Tom is done work for the holidays this Friday which means that he will be home ongoing until the new year. Not to point any fingers but I swear to god the house gets a million times messier when he is home so my intention is to get it in good working order for the holidays. I have also warned the girls that they need to get their stuff figured out in their room or else there will not be any room for Christmas stuff. I bought a lot of things that will add to their collections so they need to get their shelves into a neat organized manner to make room. It’s like spring cleaning in December.

I also want to get this blog in better working order. I think it is probably time for a new look/template but I have been scared of doing it because a) change scares me a bit, and b) I am terrified that I am totally going to mess up everything and will have no idea how to fix it. I am nowhere near wealthy enough to be able to afford someone to do this for me, nor for someone to fix it if I eff it up. So I am entirely on my own and while I am pretty technology literate I am by no means to the level of web design, or knowing why something may not be working. So I am on the lookout for a new blog look. I will probably shop at Pipdig because I have seen and liked a lot of their designs on bloggers that I have read, and they are very affordable. I mean who has the money to drop a few thousand on their fashion blog (I know lots of people do but why would you want to)? When I will do this I haven’t decided yet ;)

Were you able to find any good deals over the past couple of weeks? There was a lot going on and it was borderline overwhelming. Honestly, this holiday season inspired me to unsubscribe from a lot of business emails. I’m cleaning out hundreds every day and that is just in my day-to-day email. My email address that I generally use to sign up for things (my “junk” one) has of 10,000 unread emails and I cringe at the thought of going through and cleaning that out. I guess that will be part of my blog working order/organization deal that I am planning.

Also part of that is growing my audience and since Pinterest is one of my biggest traffic generators I am focusing a chunk of my time on that. I recently found Tailwind which is making it easier. I also set up a Tailwind Tribe to get some like-minded people together to share each other’s posts which will extend our audiences to people that generally wouldn’t see our stuff. The gist behind them is simple, you share your post within the tribe page and then share one or more of someone else’s in the tribe queue. It’s a give and take thing and will only work if you give more that you take. Right now I am trying to get the ball rolling with it, but I am having some issues with a few people who are just sharing their own and no one else’s which defeats the purpose. So if you are looking to grow your Pinterest or blog and want to join a tailwind tribe you can join mine with this invite (it’s usually a request to join, but the invite should take you right in). Join if you are interested and I look forward to seeing you there.

P.S. Don’t forget to read the rules, they are pretty straightforward ;)

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Weekly Reads and Finds and a 30 for Under $30 Gift Guide

 

Holiday Gift Guide 30 gifts for under $30 #giftguide #holiday2017 #holidaygiftguide #christmasgiftguide #christmas2017

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| 18 | 19 | 20 | 21 | 22 | 23 | 24 | 25 | 26 | 27 | 28 | 29 | 30 |


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Since it’s December 1st (can you believe it?) we are rapidly running out of time for Christmas shopping. I decided to put together a 30 for under $30 gift guide for those of us that are on a budget or just have a lot of people on your list that you need to buy a small gift for. I looked for some cute/fun/creative gift ideas that should appeal to a variety of tastes. We have Both the cat bank (#11) and the Sorting hat (#25) for the girls and they love them (the Sorting Hat makes a fun room decoration too). I’m pretty sure the Nesting Dolls are my favourite from the list though because they would be a fun piece to keep on a book shelf (they also had The Goonies characters). Everything was selected from Amazon because they are the best retailer if you need to have something shipped quickly which many of us are looking for at this time of year. I’m talking to you, you last minute shoppers ;)

Weekly Reads (and maybe videos):

  • If you need to get in to the Christmas spirit then check out how the amazing holiday windows by Bergdorf Goodman are made. I would love to see these in person.
  • This video on how cosmetics were made in Ancient China is fascinating. I don’t think I would have the patience to do that.
  • This is one of the best Christmas cards I have ever seen.
  • Thank you sugar industry, for potentially damaging an entire generation of people :/
  • I have done 26 out of 28 of these things on this list which is terrifying, and it would have been 27 but I haven’t dated during the era of Tinder.   

Weekly Finds:

  • Hello big LOFT sale. You can get up to an extra 60% off. Still need some sweaters? This embroidered one is so pretty,  and I love this one. It looks like my oversized striped sweater but so much more fuzzy and soft.
  • If you are still in need of a party dress for this season then Urban Outfitters has 30% off dresses and rompers. Okay, I know I said holiday, but how about an awesome dress for spring? Back to party dresses. How about this pretty bronze one? Metallic green works for the holidays, or if you prefer jumpsuits then this one is perfect for New Years.
  • Baublebar is offering 25% off with the code GIFT25. I kind of really love this necklace, and this one with a loved ones name on it.  I’m not going to lie, while I don’t wear much jewellery I really do love a statement ring. And by statement I don’t mean a big, expensive diamond. I mean a giant cocktail ring or animal head ring.
  • Pottery Barn is 20% off for a limited time and free shipping with the code CHEER. Are you looking for some monogrammed stockings? And if you love the Grinch as much as I do, you can pop over to Pottery Barn Kids and find How the Grinch Stole Christmas on a Duvet. I want this soooo badly and would keep it on the bed all year-long. It’s flannel too which is amazing to sleep under.
  • And finally we have Express which is up to 50% off select. I love this colour coat in both the short and longer version. Women’s sweaters and jeans are both 40% off, and you can find some bargains for men too with jeans being buy one get one $19.90, and sweaters are 40% off.

I’m hitting publish before bed right now so have a great weekend!


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What to Pack for The United Kingdom Outfit Options

What to Pack for the United Kingdom Packing Light List Outfit Options 1-10 #packinglight #travellight #traveltips #travel #capsulewardrobe #capsule #livelovesara
White T-shirt | Black Oversized T-shirt | Striped Shirt | Green Dressy Shirt | Black Blouse | Navy Blue Sweater | Grey Sweater | Striped Wrap Shirt | Leather Jacket | Blue Denim | Grey Denim | Black Pants | Floral Dress | Two Tone Coat | Grey Scarf | Blue Scarf | Black Knit Hat | Sunglasses | Black Flats | Sneakers | Grey Booties | Brown Purse | Blue Purse |


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I’m sitting here staring at the same laundry basket that has sat beside the couch full of laundry for the last week (more than that I think), but it is 8 at night and I am still working on this blog post. I literally just finished putting the outfits together in Photoshop. My youngest is still in the bath (I think it’s going on over an hour now but she likes it and it is keeping her quiet), and I know for a fact that laundry basket will still be there in the morning. I honestly don’t know where the day goes. Tomorrow is a new day. I’ll just keep chanting that. And while I am doing that I will also get on with this post.

In my last post which was also titled What to Pack for the United Kingdom (this is the second half of that which has the outfit options from those pieces) I talked about a great webinar I took and the things that resonated with me. I asked the question of what you would do right this minute if money was no object, and my answer was to pack the family up and move overseas. This coincided with the destination of my packing list request yesterday (meant to be?).

I also talked about how my favourite part was putting the outfits together. I like to think about all the possible ways to wear something and this allows me to have that creativity outlet, so I generally put together 20 outfits for the pieces, sometimes more. The trip is for spring so most of the choices are pants and knits. All things you would generally wear in the fall/winter/spring months so it is versatile for different seasons.

This is a more colourful list, with brighter pieces and bolder choices because the requestee likes some bright colour integration (mainly green). While I was searching for faux fur coats like the one above I came across this one. I am so loving the teddy bear look. After searching through a million faux fur jackets, I find that I prefer this teddy bear style more than other styles.

Are you in to the faux fur jacket trend?

What to Pack for the United Kingdom Packing Light List Outfit Options 11-20 #packinglight #travellight #traveltips #travel #capsulewardrobe #capsule #livelovesara

White T-shirt | Black Oversized T-shirt | Striped Shirt | Green Dressy Shirt | Black Blouse | Navy Blue Sweater | Grey Sweater | Striped Wrap Shirt | Leather Jacket | Blue Denim | Grey Denim | Black Pants | Floral Dress | Two Tone Coat | Grey Scarf | Blue Scarf | Black Knit Hat | Sunglasses | Black Flats | Sneakers | Grey Booties | Brown Purse | Blue Purse |



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What to Pack for the United Kingdom Packing Light List #packinglight #travellight #travel #capsulewardrobe #capsule #livelovesara

White T-shirt | Black Oversized T-shirt | Striped Shirt | Green Dressy Shirt | Black Blouse | Navy Blue Sweater | Grey Sweater | Striped Wrap Shirt | Leather Jacket | Blue Denim | Grey Denim | Black Pants | Floral Dress | Two Tone Coat | Grey Scarf | Blue Scarf | Black Knit Hat | Sunglasses | Black Flats | Sneakers | Grey Booties | Brown Purse | Blue Purse |


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I’m not really one who takes a lot of webinars (unless it can’t be avoided) but sometimes one grabs my attention and I think “why the hell not?” and I sign up. Sometimes I miss it due to forgetting that I signed up for a specific time but usually I’m pretty good with remembering if it is one that I am keen about. A couple of weeks ago I saw that Helene in Between was offering a Webinar for November 28th and I signed up immediately. I really enjoy her as a blogger (she’s more real and less fluff than many out there) and I admire that she and her husband packed up two suitcases, their dogs, and moved across the world to Heidelberg, Germany.

Since that time her blog has flourished and I feel that she has as well, so when she mentioned she was holding a webinar to talk about how she grew her blog I was instantly interested. I will admit that I missed the live webinar so I wasn’t able to participate in the chat. I was running errands with my youngest who decided she wanted to bring her bike (it was unseasonably warm) and while I love that she loves her bike, it really tacks on a million minutes to any outing. You’d think a bike would make things faster, but with her it really doesn’t ;) This caused me to miss the live run, but I immediately made a coffee and sat and watched the replay.

While she provided us with a wealth of information on her experience there were a few key points that really resonated with me. One: a viewer mentioned on chat that she was Hootsuiting her twitter while watching the video and Helene said while that was multitasking it wasn’t giving 100% to either task which takes away from both. This is something I am totally guilty of. Two: (I am paraphrasing because my memory is crap) She asked if there was one thing you could do, right at this very moment without money being an object what would it be. I instantly said out loud although no one was listening, “pack up and move my family to the United Kingdom.” Where exactly? I would have to really research although I have a few places running through my head. My answer was so instantaneous it was like that word association game, where you say the first thing that pops in to your head when someone says a word. So that right there I guess is my life long dream and because of her I feel like it may one day be attainable. So thank you Helene.

Now on to the post which is coincidentally a packing list for the United Kingdom (maybe ist’s everyone’s team by the amount of requests I get for there). It is a trip for a spring trip for two weeks visiting many cities through the UK (but the bulk of the trip is in London, with 4 days in Edinburgh and the rest will be day trips around those cities.

I chose a faux fur coat because I am bitter that I could not find one through the Cyber weekend sales ;) I love the two tone of this one. I also included a leather jacket as well for a lighter coat option. While I usually just choose a black one I couldn’t resist this colour. It is the same deep red as my first pair of Doc Martens. The striped wrap shirt/jacket/cardigan (I don’t know what to call it because it can be worn as all three) is really quite versatile which makes for a great packing piece. I also included one of my favourite pairs of jeans. They are from H&M and they fit amazing (I had to go up one size in them). I have this exact pair, except I cut off the bottom to make them more of an ankle skimming style that I love. Also I am short and jean lengths never work for me so if you are tall you probably won’t have to cut them. And although I haven’t put them together yet, I am excited to see all the outfit options for these pieces. It’s one of my favourite parts of this series. *They are completed now and can be found in this post.*

If you blog and are looking for an inspiring webinar you should check out what Helene offers, she may have something that you are looking for.

So the question of the day is: If you could do anything right now with money being no object what would it be? I love to hear a variety of answers.



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What I Wore This Week

Black Sweatshirt, faux leather leggings, Adidas, beanie

Striped everyone shirt, cropped jeans, leather jacket, and sock boots

Kimono shirt, trench, boyfriend jeans, and zara flats

Harry Potter Hagrid Birthday Cake Philosopher's Stone #harrypotterbirthdaycake

Outfit 1 – Oversized sweatshirt (I went up a size for a large fit) • Faux leather leggings (you need to up the size in these for a regular fit) | Knit Beanie | Adidas |
Outfit 2 – Striped Shirt | Cropped Jeans (on sale for $18) | Leather Jacket | Sock Boots | Purse |
Outfit 3 – Kimono Shirt (similar) | Trench (similar) | Shoes (less expensive version here and here) | Purse vintage (similar)


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On Friday my oldest became a teenager. It’s so crazy how fast time flies. It always sounds like a cliché when people say but it’s true and it makes me sad. I really need to start forcing her to take more pictures. That sound bad, but my heart breaks at the huge gaps I have in between photographs of her. She hates taking them but I need them. It’s important to me and I think one day she will like being able to look back on the times in her life. She didn’t ask for much or want to do much for her birthday but did ask for me to try to make the cake that Hagrid made Harry in The Philosopher’s Stone. I think I did okay with my reproduction of it since it’s supposed to look like a slightly botched job ;)

I missed my Weekly Reads and Finds post from Saturday because we were out celebrating her birthday and I took a small social media break this weekend, (and I already flooded you with posts through the week so I figure you would appreciate not hearing from me ;) So this is a sort of combination of the two posts.

Weekly Reads (and maybe videos):

  • If you are spastic cook like me and are always second guessing yourself with measurements when reducing a recipe size then I have a site for you. If you copy and paste your ingredients for a recipe into the box on this page and then pick what size you want to reduce to it will give you the measurements kind of like Google Translate works within the box beside. I totally have this bookmarked because I always changing recipe sizes, but it also will multiply recipes and give you alternative instructions when you have a different pan size.
  • I really love any video that puts in to perspective the timeline of the earth and how in the grand scheme were are just a tiny blip on the radar (although we have done tremendous damage in our short time). It’s so interesting to see how the Ancient Egyptians are closer to the time of the Tyrannosaurus Rex than T-Rex is to the earth’s beginning. Mind boggling. It also makes me shake my head when I see the flat earth movement becoming more prevalent like this guy. The best comments about the flat earth video, “If the earth really was flat, cats would have pushed everything off the edge a long time ago.”, and “I don’t believe in science”….says the man launching himself skyward using a boatload of science…..” sometimes the comment section makes me lose faith in humanity and then sometimes it is filled with gems like this that restore it.
  • When you see it broken down like this you really do realize how The Neverending Story was Bleak AF. I still think about Atreyu and Artax dying with the immense sadness I felt at around 6 years old.
  • A Canadian PHD student makes groundbreaking cancer discovering. I love reading stories like this. I gives hope when it seems that everyone around you is affected by cancer.
  • When Lego building meets real life. I would honestly loves these for the girls’ room. Such a smart and creative idea.

Weekly Finds for Cyber Monday:

  • I don’t know if you were aware but Ebay offers Cyber Monday deals like up to 90% off all categories plus free shipping.
  • Target has an additional 15% discount built in to pricing and will also be applied to anything that is currently on sale. They are offering the Sony Playstation VR Gran Turismo Sport Bundle for $300. A free $20 Target Gift Card with the purchase of BeatsX earphones, or Beats EP Headphones. The Kitcheaid 4.5qt Classic Plus Stand Mixer for $199, and the Keurig K200 Single-Serve K-Cup Pod Coffee Maker for $89.99 (plus a free $20 Target GiftCard). Also a huge selection of Toys are up to 50% off. Every Christmas list can be checked off before December 1st.
  • Amazon will once again be having deals all day that change-up every few hours so if there is something you are looking for in particular you need to pay attention. You can find great deals on technology, cookware, and even magazine subscriptions.
  • Topshop is still running an up to 50% off plus free shipping to round off the sale weekend. These sock boots are like the ones I bought from Topshop last year (but have a slightly larger heel) and are on sale. A pretty fab peplum blazer for a great deal (limited sizes left), a sweatshirt with a fun accent, and the classic trench.
  • J.Crew is still 40% off but with an additional 10% off until noon Monday with the code SHOPFAST. Also with free shipping so get on it and shop fast because there are some pretty great things on sale. My friend has been debating this coat since the sale started. I’m in the market for winter boots and these look cute and hardy.
  • Urban Outfitters is $50 off purchases $150 or more, and $15 off of $75 or more. I always find things I love here in both home and clothing. It’s one of my favourite stores to wander around and it totally reminds me of how I used to dress in 1994/95. Maybe that’s why I like it ;) This cardigan looks like my oversized cardigan that I have (and love) from Zara that is sold out. An embroidered sweater that’s beautiful (and also looks like a Zara one that I have), some fun stocking stuffers, and an ornament that Merle would love and would use all year-long.
  • And I just got this email two seconds before I hit publish so I thought I would squeeze it in her. H&M is 30% off everything with free shipping using code 5038.

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