What I Wore This Week

White dress and black blazer, with Classic Vans

Houndstooth blazer, Johnny Cash T-shirt, jeans, and vintage purse

Black sweater, distressed boyfriend jeans, and Frye Engineer boots

Outfit 1 – White shirt dress • Zara (similar) | Blazer • H&M (similar) | Shoes • Vans | Purse • Botkier |
Outfit 2 – Houndstooth Blazer • old (similar) | Johnny Cash T-shirt • Thrifted (similar) | Jeans • ZaraPurse • vintage (similar) | Shoes • Zara |
Outfit 3 – Black Sweater • Mango | Jeans • Zara (similar) | Boots • Frye |


We went to Toronto Gem Expo this past weekend and I was pretty cool. Since Tom used to be a goldsmith and Merle loves geodes and gemstones I figured it would be fun family thing to do (plus it only cost $8 to get in). There were so many great pieces there but there was this one woman (her business is Calle I.D. Jewelry and Designs) who had the coolest, most unique, and beautiful items there. I would classify her stuff as steam punk meets fantasy  and there was couple of pieces that I would have loved to buy but didn’t know how I would ever wear them. One was a beautiful Phoenix necklace, and the other was a dragon collar. We ended up buying the girls a couple of eye rings, but man those necklaces would have been statement pieces. Also I am obsessed with amber that have insects trapped in them. I kept gravitating to them and would love a huge piece like that to display at home.

My birthday is next weekend and I bought myself a trench coat. I have wanted one for a while and saw that Zara had a few just coming in for fall. I was going to just order one online but decided it was worth my time to try it on. I’m glad I did because I ended up getting the x-small instead of my regular small. While I like an oversized trench, I decided to go down in size because the small looked a little too oversized (would have looked better if I was taller) and bunched in the back when I belted it. I’m kind of really excited to wear this now so bring on rain and cooler weather.

July is almost officially over and I have completed about 50% of my Christmas shopping. Maybe more like 40% but definitely a good amount is checked off. Tom was working downtown last week and he noticed a Doc Marten outlet store so he went in. They were clearing out a ton of styles and he was able to pick himself up a really awesome pair that looks like a painting, and a Union Jack pair for Roo which I am squirrelling away for Christmas. She is going to be super excited because she was bummed when she grew out of her last pair. She actually has them on display on one of her bookshelves.

I don’t know if you remember me saying that I was planning on getting a subscription to the Great Courses Plus and use that for part of homeschooling this year. They just sent me an email letting me know about new courses added and one of them is French. I’m so excited but his because it means that I don’t have to pay $200 now to sign Roo up for a French course. I can use this for the first half of the year and then she can take the course for the second “semester”. I wasn’t really feeling like spending that much at this time since I have to buy Level 2 for Merles Reading/Phonics books which will probably set me back $200 as well. I’m just thankful hat I was proactive years ago and bought as many pieces of curriculum in pdf form as I could so now I can use them for Merle without added expenses. I am also thankful that there is a library right across the street (like literally across the street) that we can run over to and grab any supplemental material we may need without much worry. I’ve really got to kick my butt into high gear and get these last-minute things put together. I am usually much more prepared than this.

Does anyone else feel like the summer is totally escaping from them? Also, Tom got us Popeye’s Chicken for dinner and I think my entire week of fairly healthy eating just went up in flames 🙁


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  1. Love, love, love that last outfit. I can’t believe I’ve yet to wear my engineer boots with jeans (only with my short denim skirt). That will have to change this Fall. I also really like the trench coat you bought. I think I’m pretty stocked up on cool coats and jackets from the past few years, unless I get to upgrade the moto jacket.

    It sounds like you had a successful week all around. Kudos to Tom on his Dr Martens finds. I’ve my eye on a platform version (https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00BC3VDJG/_encoding=UTF8?coliid=I1Q3GFXZC1RU4M&colid=17BB7NOVF1265).

    It sure sounds to me like you’re pretty prepared for school this year. The curriculum you have for your girls makes me want to learn what they’ll be learning.

    Have a great and stylish week. Cheers, Ardith

    • I’m pretty sure the doc’s I had in highschool were platform or at least pretty close because the sole was way thicker than the older pair I had. I can’t even remember what I did with those. I’m sure I gave them to an old roommate when I had ppd and purged my closet but that time is somewhat of a blur 🙁

      I’m feeling pretty good in the jacket department too. It’s nice to have a few choices before I have to pull out the parka again.

      I think I always think what I reach the girls isn’t “enough” but then I think back to school and realize how much time was wasted in 8 hours of school a day and I think we are ok. It’s hard not to obsess about it though. I think the think I need to worry about is getting them on a better sleep schedule. Their 11am wake ups this summer isn’t going to work 😉

      Have a good week!

  2. I didn’t know Popeye’s made it up to Canada! I miss it, way better than KFC.

    My MIL brought back a pillow made from my old Catwoman T-shirt. It’s a tiny bit crooked, but since I didn’t have to sew it I won’t complain!

    My summer is over now. Tomorrow is my first day back at work. I’m actually just about to go to bed now. I’m not ready to go back. 🙁

    • I don’t know how far through Canada Popeye’s are but they are definitely in the Greater Toronto Area. They also give me horrendous heart burn but it’s so good. Somewhat worth it.

      It was nice of your mil to surprise you with the pillow. I agree that not having to see it makes it all the better 🙂 the crookedness makes it all the more special.

      Boo to summer being over. While I dislike summer it always sucks when everything has to go back to “normal”. I hope your first day back is relatively stress free. I accidentally stayed up until 3 last night so I am feeling it today. Damn losing track of time while reading. 😉

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