What I Wore This Week

T-shirt dress, band jacket, and Adidas

Blazer, band tee, black pants, and converse

Mustard chunky knit Cardigan, distressed jeans, and camisole

Oversized Sweater, distressed jeans, and frye boots

Oversized Cardigan, black sweater, grey jeans, and Adidas

Outfit 1 – T-shirt dress | Band jacket • old (similar) | Adidas | Purse • Urban Outfitters | Watch • Daniel Wellington |
Outfit 2 – Led Zeppelin T-shirt • H&M | Blazer • H&M old | Black Pants | Converse | Purse • Botkier |
Outfit 3 – Yellow Cardigan • Zara | Camisole • H&M | Jeans |
Merle’s outfit –  Headband • H&M | Yellow Sunnies • Amazon |
Outfit 4 – Oversized Sweater • Zara | Jeans | Boots • Frye Engineer | Purse • vintage (similar) |
Outfit 5 –  Oversized cardigan • Zara | Jeans • H&M | Black Sweater • Mango | Adidas | Purse • Botkier |


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This weekend coming up is the Canadian Thanksgiving. It seems ridiculously early this year even though it always around this time give or take an week or so. That probably means that I should get my dinner plan ready right? I have no idea what to make. One kid eats most things, one barely eats anything, and a husband that is one a perpetual diet that doesn’t involve anything probably other than turkey and vegetables. Any ideas? ;)

I should christen Sunday as “Headache Day” now because it never seems to fail every Sunday I have a headache of some kind. Usually I can catch it before it gets bad but today I can feel it creeping into migraine territory. Not a way that I want to start the new week.

I bought a cardigan from Zara a few weeks back (up in the last photo). I used my birthday gift cards that I was saving for autumn clothes to come in and I am in love with it. I am living in it so much that I want to get another colour. I just hate justifying the cost of something when there are birthday’s and Christmas coming up. Both girls’ birthdays, and Tom’s are within a month of Christmas (two at the end of November and one in the middle of December) and it’s a stupid expensive time of year.

Speaking of Christmas and birthdays, while I’m about 60-70% done. I thought that I would get this for Merle for her Birthday and then some of the smaller, extra pieces (like furniture, rooms, and an ambulance) to finish up her Christmas gifts. She has been talking about it forever (she’s obsessed with doctors and all things medical) and this is actually the best price than I have seen for so far. She really likes the Calico Critters too but they are so expensive, even thought they are ridiculously cute. And while I know Christmas and birthdays are not all about getting gifts, her birthday is so close to Christmas she gets the inevitable birthday/christmas combo gift from most people. I am so not trying to be ungrateful (although I know it sounds like it), but she is getting old enough now to notice that her sister gets both so we very much emphasize on keeping the two separate for her at home.

Can you believe it’s already October? It feels like summer vacation just ended.

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H&M Dressing Room Selfies

H&M black fur jacket

H&M moto jacket with fur collar

H&M Polka Dot midi dress

H&M Grey V-neck sweater

Polka Dot Tie neck blouse

Oversized Camel Sweater

Black fur jacket | Moto Jacket with fur collar | Polka Dot dress | Grey Sweater | Polka Dot Blouse | Camel Oversized Sweater |


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I am going to preface this by saying that I didn’t realize how dirty the mirrors were, so no I am not actually covered in fuzz from head to toe ;) And please ignore the half assed painted toe nails. I haven’t work sandals in well over a month (insert cringing emoji). Once again I have a Saturday post but I promised myself I would get these up by today. I went to H&M for a try-on last week and took some photos of several of the pieces I have featured lately. I thought I would try them out to see how they fit and then post photos.

It’s so windy right now the girls are scared of a tornado. I told them that while it is quite windy out, it seems worse because we are on a higher floor. But yay for fall finally being here, it’s actually starting to smell like it.

Merle is pretty much in every shot. She is my shadow so it should be expected that any place you see me she is some place close by. For the record she got both the witch hat, and cat ear muffs in the photos. She was super indecisive, but although the ear muffs make more sense you can’t really pass up a jaunty witch hat ;)

I showed several of these pieces in my last packing list What to Pack for Italy and Greece and in my Fall Jacket Round-up.

Black fuzzy jacket $59.99: Fits true to size, comfortable, and a fun statement jacket. I’m not sure how it would look if it got wet though ;)

Black Moto Jacket with fur collar $69.99 – Fits true to size but I went up a size because I like to have room to layer sweaters underneath. If you get it too fitted then your arms end up looking like stuffed sausages when you wear something bulky underneath.

Polka Dot Midi Dress $34.99 – I really like this dress. It fits well but you might need to size up if you have a larger bust. The waist is a wide elastic cinch and there are pockets which are a huge selling feature for me. It also comes in a very bright but awesome red-orange.

Grey V-neck Sweater $29.99 – This is just a standard v-neck sweater in a great price. Fits true to size, but a slightly looser fit. Is a soft knit with a stretch and comes in a variety of colours.

Polka Dot Blouse $9.99 – This blouse should be sized up because the waistline has darts that make it slightly more fitted in that area. The fabric is gauzy but not sheer, with a large easy to tie bow. The price is only $9.99 so this is a steal and would look awesome paired with a print blazer (to check out how I paired it you can see my outfit options post from yesterday).

Oversized Sweater $59.99 – This sweater comes in camel and soft grey. It is oversized but I am only 5’3″ so it would be shorter on a taller person. The neckline is a loose mock neck and the knit is extremely soft. I actually really like this sweater and wouldn’t mind getting it in both colours. There is an identical style in their Conscious line that is made from a cashmere blend and is lovely.

All in all, these pieces worked. There were two that I didn’t post a photo of because the pants wouldn’t fit over my ass and they didn’t have the next size up, and a wrap shirt that ended up being way too cropped at the waist and was not cute with my muffin top ;) The top would have work with a high waist pant or skirt though.

Here are some sales this weekend that may inspire your own dressing room selfies.

Neiman Marcus: up to $100 off select with code NMSAVE

Macy’s: Extra 20% off select with code FALL

Lord + Taylor: Extra 15% off with code LOVE

American Eagle Outfitters: Up to 40% off no code

Lou & Grey: 30% off sale styles no code

Urban Outfitters: Up to 20% off shoes no code

Madewell: Up to 30% off elect with code YEASANDYES

Luisaviaroma: Extra 20% off sale no code

J Brand: extra 25% off with code FAMILY

Pottery Barn Kids: Up to 20% off select no code

West Elm: 20% off elite purchase with code FFSALE

Wayfair: Up to 70% off elect no code



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What to Pack for Italy and Greece Outfit Options

What to Pack for 12 Days in Italy and Greece Packing Light List Outfit Options 1-12 #packinglist #packinglight #travellight #travel #livelovesara
Blue Camisole | Black T-shirt | Striped Shirt | Polka Dot Blouse (fits small, size up) | Black Blouse | Pink V-Neck | Brown Oversized Sweater | Grey Wrap Cardigan | Floral Blazer | Blue Jeans | Black/Grey Denim | Black Trousers | Pink Wrap Dress | Polka Dot Dress | Check Jacket | Grey Scarf | Print Scarf | Hat | Sunglasses | White Flats | Sneakers | Boots | Grey Tote | Black Purse |*
*All items are from H&M


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My youngest was so wound up last night driving both her sister and I batty that I took her out for a very long walk at 6:30 and we made it back by 9. That’s way past the time I like her to get ready for bed but with the past couple of weeks going though a heat wave she didn’t get out and spend long periods of time in it. I think it was catching up to us. She’s still at the age where she enjoys going out for walks with me so I put off getting this post done until we got home. I hate scrambling around trying to get them done before bed but I was hoping to tire her out, which actually backfired because she came home all hyper and was bouncing off the ceiling :/

Do you remember the game Mastermind for the 80’s? A couple of weeks ago I was telling the girls about it and was thinking of buying it from Amazon for them because I saw they reissued it. We were in the dollar store looking for some headphone cords and toured down the toy aisle and what did we see? The same Amazon version but for $4 (except they call it Codebreaker). I thought it was a weird coincidence since I hadn’t even thought about the game in years until I told them about it.

Back to business, and this post which offers 24 outfit options from all the pieces in the What to Pack for Italy and Greece packing list. It is for late November/early June. The original post gives details about the trip, and why I made these selections. This week I decided to focus completely on one retailer, H&M. I have a been a loyal customer for years and always find some gems when I go through the stores. I did a try-on of a few of these pieces a couple of days ago and will get a post up about them in the next day or so. But for today’s post I will let you know that you probably need to size up on the polka dot blouse because it has darts at the waist line which make it a tighter fit. I loved the polka dot dress. It seemed true to size, has fitted gathered, slightly poufy sleeves (in a cute way) with a shirred elastic waist and has pockets. It also comes in a vibrant orange-red which is popular this season.

With 24 outfits for a 12 day trip there should be no issues coming up with something to wear. Now that the heat wave broke and fall is truly in the air it is easier to get in to the mindset of putting together fall outfits. I hope you enjoy these.

I finished The Doomsday Book by Connie Willis. So good, so heartbreaking, so horrifying. Remind me that if I ever get a chance to time travel not to go to England 1348. 

What to Pack for 12 Days in Italy and Greece Packing Light List Outfit Options 13-24 #packinglist #packinglight #travellight #travel #livelovesara
Blue Camisole | Black T-shirt | Striped Shirt | Polka Dot Blouse (fits small, size up) | Black Blouse | Pink V-Neck | Brown Oversized Sweater | Grey Wrap Cardigan | Floral Blazer | Blue Jeans | Black/Grey Denim | Black Trousers | Pink Wrap Dress | Polka Dot Dress | Check Jacket | Grey Scarf | Print Scarf | Hat | Sunglasses | White Flats | Sneakers | Boots | Grey Tote | Black Purse |*
*All items are from H&M


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What to Pack for 12 Days in Italy and Greece Packing Light List #packinglist #packinglight #travellight #travel #livelovesara

Blue Camisole | Black T-shirt | Striped Shirt | Polka Dot Blouse (fits small, size up) | Black Blouse | Pink V-Neck | Brown Oversized Sweater | Grey Wrap Cardigan | Floral Blazer | Blue Jeans | Black/Grey Denim | Black Trousers | Pink Wrap Dress | Polka Dot Dress | Check Jacket | Grey Scarf | Print Scarf | Hat | Sunglasses | White Flats | Sneakers | Boots | Grey Tote | Black Purse |*
*All items are from H&M


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This weeks packing list is comprised entirely with pieces from the store H&M. I chose them because they are one of my favourite places to shop. They are available worldwide, have fantastic collections for many different styles/lifestyles, and are at a price point that makes it accessible to a larger demographic of people. They kept me fashionable even when we were completely broke and for that I am thankful. Many of my personal wardrobe staples come from there, and have been in my collection for years. I had a faux leather moto jacket that I used consistently for 6 years  and it is still in great shape.

This list could be used for many destinations, but today focuses on Italy and Greece in Late Nov-early December. Specifically for a cruise that makes many city stops in Italy and Greece, and also Israel. The weather during this time of year averages 16-19°C, but being on the water it may lean towards cool at night so a light jacket with some sweaters should keep you comfortable.

I want to point out that I curate my lists with a certain look in mind. I usually find one or two pieces I really like and build around those. Everything I post is just a suggestion. Think of the pieces generically. While I adore the floral blazer, this one may be more your style, or this might be like one that you already have in your wardrobe. First and foremost work with what you have. This is like a template where you plug-in the pieces you have to build a list according to your style and then buy anything you may need to fill in the holes as needed. Select few people are privileged enough to be able to buy a whole new travel wardrobe every time they go on vacation. Most of use save for years to take a trip and don’t have a lot of money left over for new clothes, so keeping within an accessible range is something that I try to consistently do.

H&M has a huge selection of basics so you can find t-shirts/blouses/long sleeves in your favourite cut, fabric, and colour for fantastic prices. And since basics build the groundwork for any wardrobe it is a great place to start. I went to H&M recently and tried on several selections from this list (as many as could find in my local store plus a few other pieces that caught my eye). I will post about that later in the week, but I will say that black and white polka dot dress is awesome. It has a shirred waist line and pockets (pockets!).

I’ve kept my sections within the palette of the neutrals black, white, grey, and brown, and then added in a soft pink, and blue. The integration of patterns in those colours ties everything together. I am big on print mixing, pairing things that you wouldn’t normally think go together. It adds such a statement look that you can easily tone down the rest of your wardrobe and still look completely put together. Being able to layer pieces is also an important factor because being on a cruise in the Mediterranean, the weather throughout cities at different points of the day with fluctuate greatly. To add or remove a layer easily is something I always try to make sure.

 

Twenty-four outfit options form the above pieces can be found in this post, as well as showcasing some of these pieces from a try-on I did at H&M with some “changeroom selfies” in a post later this week.

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What I Wore This Week

oversized sweater, leather pants, Adidas, and fedora

Metallica t-shirt, leather jacket, and culottes

Alf tee and trench

denim on denim. Denim jacket, distressed jeans, booties

black t-shirt dress and military jacket

Outfit 1 – Oversized Sweater • old (similar) | Leather Pants • H&M | Shoes • Adidas | Fedora | Purse • Botkier |
Outfit 2 – Metallica Tee • Hot Topic | Leather Jacket • old | Culottes | Booties • similar |
Outfit 3 – Alf Tee • old Zara | Trench • Zara |
Outfit 4- Denim Jacket • super old (similar) | Jeans | Booties • Ecco | Purse • Vintage (similar) |
Outfit 5 – T-shirt Dress • Old Navy | Jacket • old (similar) | Shoes • Adidas | Watch • Daniel Wellington | Purse • Urban Outfitters |


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I’m fairly certain that my weekend ritual now consists of getting up before everyone on Sunday morning to watch the early uploaded episode of Outlander first thing in the morning in peace. Nice and quiet with a cup of tea or three before anyone else wakes. I don’t get a lot of me time, but I guess that can count right?

There was a big sale at Long & McQuade’s this weekend and we were going to pick up the girls’ a keyboard for Christmas because they both want to learn. It wasn’t until Saturday night that I realized we missed the sale, it was Friday and Saturday :( I’d still like to get them one so I’ll just have to be extra vigilant in paying attention to sales. I know it’s only the end of September but Christmas seems like it is sneaking up so damn quickly don’t you think?

I put up a blog post on Saturday which I don’t normally do but I had a fall jacket round-up that I wanted to get up even though we are going through a heat wave (it was seriously 40°C with the humidex this weekend). I got a few comments about how they were winter jackets, and maybe even too warm for winter where they lived. I’ll be lucky to even make it through to Christmas being able to wear one without freezing my ass off so I envy you guys. I do like a coldish winter but extreme cold is not a fun party. I’d be content with 0-5°C as the average winter temperature.

I mentioned in that post that I’m probably going to give Roo the Sorels I bought at Value Village last winter because she has asked me if she could have them several times. I then plan on finding another decent winter boot for me since this winter is predicted to be cold and very snowy. This city is excellent for keeping the roads and sidewalks plowed but when it’s in the middle of a storm or has snowed so much that it’s literally piled 4 ft high along the side of both the road and sidewalk it’s nice to have a good weatherproof/winter boot. I’m thinking that I like these, but I’m also leaning towards this style. What say you? I probably should start saving now though otherwise I’ll end up with none ;)

This weekend I got into Mr. Selfridge on Netflix. So good.

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