Clothing budget recap: May 2017

The month of May totally snuck up on me and seemed to have flown by just as quickly! This month was the first month I spent my full clothing budget ($200). It was really surprising because I didn’t expect to buy anything, but as luck would have it, I ended up splurging on some new pieces.

Having to attend a wedding earlier in May, I realized that my go-to shoes for weddings got trashed after the last wedding they were worn to. I had a great pair of wedges from Shoe Dazzle that attended all of last year’s weddings and barely survived the last one. Having to replace these wedges was a bit of a pain, but I found a great pair on sale at Nordstrom.

Here’s my clothing budget recap for May:

budgeting bloggers May 2017: clothing budget recap

Purchased new
1. ASOS embellished cold shoulder dress – $120 (exact)
This dress was too pretty to pass up on. I actually bought one of each of the ASOS embellished floral dresses (maxi, pencil, and cold shoulder versions) and ended up returning all except for the cold shoulder version. I had a really strong vision for the outfit I wanted to wear to our engagement photo shoot, but it went in an entirely different direction after I saw this line of dresses on ASOS. One thing to note if anyone’s going to pick one of these dresses up, the sizing is a big snug. I ended up having to size up because the underbust was really fitted.

2. 1.STATE Kayley sandal – $80 (exact on sale)
Thank you to everyone on Instagram who helped to pick these out! After realizing that my go-to shoes for weddings were kaput, I had to scramble to replace them– literally purchased this 1.STATE pair on my way to the airport! Since I didn’t have time to break them in before the wedding we attended, I asked the wonderful Nordstrom shoe staff to help find a pair that would be comfortable enough to stand in for 6+ hours. Although these are much more embellished than I usually like to go with shoes, they were super cute and surprisingly comfortable! This was the first time I didn’t take my shoes off after hours of being on the dance floor already ;)

Thrifted
Nada! Turns out when you’re in and out of the city every weekend for a month, there is no time to go thrifting. Aside from the dress and these new heels, I really didn’t have any closet holes to fill in the month of May.

Coming up in June, I’m hoping to amp up my Summer tops collection. I’ve always struggled with dressing for the Summer because of the fact that I love to wear layered outfits and the warmer weather doesn’t work quite well with that approach. As of right now, I have 3 t-shirts that I absolutely love and 2 crop tops, which was not exactly work appropriate.

Check out how I’ve fared in previous months of sticking to my clothing budget here!

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Galentine’s Day goodie bags

It is no secret that Valentine’s Day is one of my favourite Hallmark holidays. With Valentine’s Day also comes Galentine’s Day: the day we celebrate not only romantic relationships but relationships with the important gals in our lives. Because I’m clearly a 5 year old at heart and still love passing out store-bought Valentine’s Day cards (Hello Kitty won again this year… as she has in the last 3 years haha!), I’m pairing these with some of my favourite candy in the form of goodie bags! With the pouty face of my all-time favourite gal, Sushi Magoo (my lil kitty cat), this year’s goodie bags are too cute to pass up:

Custom goodie bags for Galentine's Day with Stickerapp
Through the site StickerApp, I made a set of 50 custom die-cut stickers of Sushi’s face to adorn the backs of the goodie bags. As she’s my ultimate gal pal, I couldn’t pass up a reason to send her grumpy face along with a bag of chocolates!

With limited supplies (glassine bags and a magenta brush-tipped Sharpie), these goodie bags were a breeze to make in an afternoon. The hardest part was picking out a set of candy to include in the bags because I wanted to buy one of everything at the grocery store! haha… If you’re looking for a last minute surprise for your gal pals, there’s still time!

Galentine's Day gift ideas
Goodie bag ideas with customized stickers from Stickerapp
I wasn’t planning on sharing these stickers with Sushi Magoo, but she somehow found me on the day I was making these goodie bags and approved of her pouty-faced stickers on the spot! :)

A huge thank you again to StickerApp for letting me try their service to make these stickers in exchange for this post! It was so easy customize them to be exactly what I was looking for. Now that I know I can make more small-sized batches of Sushi Magoo stickers… watch out, pen pals!

For custom stickers of your own, StickerApp is offering 20% off with coupon code DEMURESTICKERS20 (expires Feb 28,2017).

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REVIEW: Tonymoly face masks

Today I’m talking about one of my favourite things, face masks. Having been introduced to them years ago while backpacking around South Korea, I’m excited to see that they’ve made their way to mainstream North American stores! One of my current favourite brands for sheet masks is non other than the Korea company Tonymoly. Tonymoly face masks come in packs of 11 sheet masks for $10 on Amazon here!

This post is not in partnership with Tony Moly. I purchased this product on my own and absolutely love it, so wanted to share my pros & cons:

tonymoly face masks review

Pros

– Face mask sheets themselves are thick! They’re 3-layered, which helps to retain the pulp and moisture
– 5 free-parabene, talc, benzo-phenone, troethanolamin, artificial pigment
– Individually packed and the 11-pack comes in a wide variety of effects; you can also buy singular effects as well
– Eye holes and nose flap are perfect sized. As someone with a wider face but with smaller features, this is huge! Most North American-designed masks usually have very large eye holes and nose flaps which require me to “scrunch” up the mask on application. The Tony Moly ones fit perfectly!

Cons

– Sheet masks are well packed with goodness, although the liquid will occasionally run down the side of my face/into my hair

Final verdict

I love these masks. Of all the masks I’ve tried so far, these are my favourites! At less than $1 a piece, I would highly recommend them. The variety pack is so perfect for selecting from when you need to pick a few favourites to take along on a plane (aka the most moisture-sucking vessel to travel in).

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REVIEW: Jord watch – Cora

I recently received this Cora Jord Watch to style and couldn’t help myself but to also write a full review for it. To be honest, I stopped wearing a watch daily around March when I started cycling more seriously and decided to wear a fitness tracker. It was really hard to stack both the fitness band and my old Vince Camuto boyfriend watch on the same wrist because of the large face of the watch (and I have an issue with typing when something is the wrist of my dominant hand), so I stopped. This Cora watch has a casing that’s 3mm smaller than my previous watch, which doesn’t sound like a big difference, but makes it a lot easier to stack against another strap on my left arm.

jordwatch-rosegold

My favourite part of this watch is the beautiful combo of the rose gold face with the natural warm wood. It’s neutral enough to not look like I have competing things on my wrist and still match all my outfits. The Swarovski crystal markers are a really sweet touch, too!

jordwatch

One thing that I had a bit of difficulty with was changing the time. Unlike most watches where you can easily pop the crown out and turn the knob, I didn’t realize that I had to unscrew the crown to get the knob to pop out. I spent a solid 2 minutes trying to find videos or tutorials on how to change the time (I felt like [and still kinda feel like] a bit of a dummy for not knowing how to do this) because I had never used a screw crown before.

All in all, I think this watch is fab! It’s beautifully made, lightweight, and fits well into my everyday life. Jord makes a handful of other beautiful watches that start at $120, which makes me want to consider adding another one (maybe free of the bling?) to my watch collection.

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WISH LIST: Gifts that keep giving

I’m super excited to share today’s holiday gift guide of gifts that keep giving! There are so many fun subscriptions and memberships available nowadays that I wanted to share 3 of them as great gift options!

wishlists_gifts-that-keep-giving
1 // Le Tote $49/m
2 // ClassPass $99/m
3 // Popsugar Must Have Box $40/m

1. As a big fan of Le Tote myself, I cannot recommend this subscription any more. I posted about my experience last month and think it would be awesome to gift an infinite closet to someone else. Can you imagine receiving a Le Tote subscription yourself? Being able to rotate through clothes on am almost week or two week basis is awesome!

2. “Going to the gym” is probably the #1 goal on most people’s new years resolutions. Why not gift a ClassPass membership? I got the chance to try out ClassPass in November and absolutely loved it! Having a handful of studio options with multiple gym classes is amazing!! Not to mention, if you travel, your ClassPass isn’t restricted to a single city. You can use it in any city that ClassPass has launched in. Pretty sweet as a gift, no?

3. As someone who received a Popsugar Must Have 3-month subscription for Christmas last year, it was like Christmas every month! The Must Have Box comes with the month’s hottest items in different categories and a brief explanation of what the product is and why it’s considered a must have. Not only did this help me to find some new favourite products, but also learn about what was trending in different industries. Fun, fun!

Hope these help with your holiday shopping!!

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