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Back to work today

In Uncategorized on August 31, 2009 at 5:31 pm

I went back to work today after a very restful summer holiday.  I think its the first time I’ve been off the entire summer since I was 15.  I loved it and was glad to go back today.  It was great to see everyone and I’m pleased with my course assignment.

Because this was a new beginning I also decided that it was about time to take better care of myself and work towards becoming a healthy individual.  Last night I enjoyed myself at book club with the great food and wine but today is the beginning of the cleanse.  I’m on a strict but healthy meal plan for at least 2 weeks and have decided that I will not have any alcohol until my birthday (Sept 24th).  So as you can imagine there will be far less spirits reviews in the next few weeks.  On my birthday (or maybe the day or so afterwards as its midweek) I do intend to enjoy a more expensive bottle of wine, so I am looking for suggestions.

Payless BOGO Buys

In Uncategorized on August 29, 2009 at 3:17 pm

I was out this morning buying wedding and birthday gifts and noticed the BOGO sign in payless.  Bi-annual BOGO sales at payless are a hit or miss adventure for me, as I rarely love the style and fit of 2 pairs from this discount chain.  But today the retail gods blessed me with 2 fun and comfy styles to add to my wardrobe.

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Pair #1 – American Eagle pointy toe kitten heel that fits like a dream.  I took a 7.5B and my entire foot is comfy, lots of room across the ball of the foot and hardly notice that the little kitten heel is there at all.  I’m wearing it to a wedding today and I love that it gives the leg a long look without a high heel.  It’ll be cute with tights and trouser socks too!

Pair #2 – Preppy moc in patent leather with silver chain detail.  Have been looking for a great pair of patent black flats and these feel like slippers!  I know I’ll wearmocthem every week this fall.  I’m now on the hunt for some preppy argyle socks 🙂

Price point was great with the BOGO, I spent less than $70 including tax for both pairs!  Will you be checking out payless this week?

Last night’s wine: Pelee Island Gewurztraminer 2008

In Spirits on August 28, 2009 at 5:33 pm

gewSince I really enjoyed the Pelee Island Merlot, I was excited to try their Gewurztraminer which I picked up from ANBL for about $14.  I served it ice cold with my dinner and found it sweet but still very enjoyable.  The fruit flavours are subtle and I think it would pair much better with cheeses or dessert.  I do have one complaint, it was very hard to open.  This was a 2008 wine, yet the cork seemed very soft and the top layer crumbled as I worked the corkscrew.  It took some major effort, especially since the bottle was cold and wet to get it to budge and when I finally got the cork out, it ended up longer than my thumb!

A working girl needs shoes

In Uncategorized on August 27, 2009 at 4:58 pm

I used to have a slight obsession with shoes.  In high school and early university my shoe size was a 6-6.5.  This meant that all major shoe sales would have dozens of stock left in my size.  I remember one trip to the mall in f’ton where I bought 8 pairs that evening.  I was challenged by a co-worker during one of my summer jobs for each of us to wear a different pair of shoes every day for the entire summer.  She only lasted 3 weeks 🙂  It probably helped that the summer job I had the previous summer was at a higher end shoe store where I bought at least one pair each and every pay cheque.

Close to the end of university while packing shoes up from one apt to another in f’ton, future hubby realized that I had over 100 pairs.  By this point my weight had changed and thus my shoe size went to a 7W-7.5W.  We donated the majority of the shoes and I have had to be a bit more discerning when shopping for my footwear.  Work shoes are a particular issue for me, as I cannot wear heels to teach my 4 classes a day.

Comfort is #1 but style is also important.  My first go to brand for work shoes is Clarks.  They make good quality shoes and the soles have cushion support.  Here are the styles I’m looking forward to seeing in our SJ stores:

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Coat quest completed!

In Uncategorized on August 26, 2009 at 6:18 pm

Mom, B and I took an impromptu shopping trip to Moncton on Monday. Monkeytown is still has the best retail in NB even though we’ve got many of the same stores. They have more stock, seem to get it in faster and sometimes get items that SJ never gets. Plus there’s Costco and the lunch/supper possibilities of the Keg, St Hubert, and El Stoppo Grande (aka the Silver Fox Irving Big Stop).

So I got the trench that I saw online.  They had just gotten it in that morning.  The love the fit, the length and the fabric does not feel like a garbage bag.

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I also got the black with white trim 3 in 1 which is shorter than last year’s jacket.  But the fleece liner zipped out nicely and have been wearing the shell for the past few days.  There is a hood that zips into the collar.
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Brown pants and also brown cords that are not on the website.  The cords need to be hemmed.

Brown argyle fooler and 2 tshirts in the fooler style (one in black and pink, the other in royal blue).

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Mom also found a coat and some black pants.  All in all, it was a major shopping success!

It’s the last week of summer vacation and I might need this…

In Uncategorized on August 24, 2009 at 7:55 am

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The coat quest continues…

In Fashion on August 19, 2009 at 12:19 pm

I was up early this morning and noticed that the penningtons website had been updated with 6 fall coats. I headed to the store and was really looking for the following trench coat:

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They didn’t have it in yet, but have a shipment coming on Thursday. There was another coat there that I tried and liked (they don’t have it on the website yet) and I put it on hold. I figured since I was there I would try on some fall outfits and I ended up putting the following on hold til Friday:

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Argyle sweater fooler that I have on hold in brown and blue.  Sweater is very lightweight, the fit was good and I think I liked the blue argyle the best as it had white and grey with it.

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Straight leg pant on hold in grey and brown.  Matches with the sweaters and most of my pants right now are black so I need some variety.

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Cute t-shirt that I have been watching now on sale.  The color I picked was black with red, grey and white accents.

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The last shirt that I have on hold is not pictured on the website and this is the closest that I could find.  The draping is the same as this one and the gathering across the front is very flattering.  The actual one I have on hold is black with short sleeves and has buttons up the front.  Reminds me a bit of a tuxedo shirt, felt really nice on and would be a great layering piece.

So when I go back on Friday, what should I get?

Fresh fall looks: cardigan and pencil skirt

In Uncategorized on August 18, 2009 at 10:16 am

Looking at the fashion magazines and blogs, fall styles are everywhere.  The stores are slowly getting their annual stock of sweaters, cords and boots.  Here is a look that I’ve seen that I think can work on a variety of body types:

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Old Navy Plus                     Banana Republic

Cardigans are a fall staple, but this year I’m really loving the lengths available and the extra embellishments. Pencil skirts can be very figure flattering.  The best skirts will drape nicely, skimming off the hips easily and falling either just above or just below the knee.  Tailoring is important to fit your waist and to get the desired length.  Choosing a neutral colour (black, brown, khaki, navy and even grey) should provide maximum outfit potential.  I also wanted to point out the use of peep toe shoes in the pics, they seem to be in for fall and although I like the look, I’ve found that they just don’t look right on my wide width toes. Those with more slender feet should give them a try, but please don’t wear hose with them!

Other great blogs: If The Lamp Shade Fits

In Uncategorized on August 17, 2009 at 10:49 pm

Since beginning this blog, I’ve been checking out other fashion blogs and have come across some absolute gems.  The best today is from If The Lamp Shade Fits, a decor and fashion blog who wrote the most hilariously accurate description of the current old navy jean styles:

“… don’t you love how the fit names trace the “progression” of a woman’s life? Teen “diva” attitude, twenties bar-hopping “flirt,” the “sweetheart” who married her guy and birthed the obligatory 2.3, and, lastly, the menopausal schlump who can only “dream” of a time 3 decades past when her gut didn’t require spandex restraints.”

Last night’s wine: Pelee Island Merlot 2007

In Uncategorized on August 17, 2009 at 9:36 am

16_Merlot (Bird)After entertaining the extended family all weekend, it was nice to kick back last night and have some peace and quiet. We picked up a few bottles at the ANBL on Sat and last night we opened the Pelee Island Merlot 2007. I was really impressed. Most of the reds that I’ve enjoyed lately have been shiraz and this smooth merlot was a welcome change. The first glass was good, but it definitely opened up  as the night wore on. Cherry and black currant sweetness with a silky finish.  Pelee Island is an Ontario winery and I’m looking forward to trying their Gewurztraminer and Pinot Noir.