Fun Finds

While out shopping at Winners Homesense last week, I found some fun shoes, clothes and home items.

Take a look!

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These slip on rain booties were only $29.99 and perfect for our rainy weather.
If you are a size 9 and like leopard print, these Ugg boots would be perfect for you and only $69.99.
If you are a size 9 and like leopard print, these Ugg boots would be perfect for you and only $69.99.
I've seen these lined work boot everywhere these days. Only $69.99.
I’ve seen these lined work boot everywhere these days. Only $69.99.
Calling all Kate Spade fans, these flats were $99.99 and a perfect colour for Spring.
Calling all Kate Spade fans, these flats were $99.99 and a perfect colour for Spring.
Slip ons are my favourite and this metallic would go with anything.
Slip ons are my favourite and this metallic would go with anything.
This graphic hoodie would go with everything and it's grey!! Only $19.99.
This graphic hoodie would go with everything and it’s grey!! Only $19.99.
J Brand ankle or cropped skinny jeans. $79.99. Not a bad price at all.
J Brand ankle or cropped skinny jeans. $79.99. Not a bad price at all.
These towels scream beach and coastal to me and would look great in my bathroom. Too bad I didn't buy them.
These towels scream beach and coastal to me and would look great in my bathroom. Too bad I didn’t buy them.
Sarah Richardson's first book was on sale for $10. So, I bought it!
This is Sarah Richardson’s second book and it was on sale for $19.99.  I happened to also find her first book for only $9.99, so I bought it!
Fringe is on trend, so this key chain by Jonathan Adler would make a great little gift for someone.
Fringe is on trend, so this key chain would make a great little gift for someone.
Another Jonathan Adler accessory at the checkout - a new iPhone cover.
Another Jonathan Adler accessory at the checkout – a new iPhone cover.

 

I’m surprised I only came home with the book!  What would you have brought home with you?

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New Year, New Clothes

The kids are back in school, I’ve semi-cleaned the house and needed groceries, so I headed to Superstore (Loblaws for those of you back East).  Problem is, that when you go to Superstore, you see Joe Fresh fashions right when you walk in the door.

Now, I don’t always buy from Joe Fresh, but I have been known to pick up the odd top, sweater, tank at a very good price point.  It isn’t always the best or will be a piece that you have for a long time, but Joe Fresh is usually  always on point for fashion trends and colours.

I have to admit I was surprised that the store was already full of fresh fashions for late Winter/early Spring.

Here’s a little peek at what I saw:

These shoes were under $20.  I tried them on.  They were not uncomfortable and would be a cute little flat to add a little camo to your day.

 

This top is part sweater, part sweatshirt.  I tried it on and it fit a little unconstructed which seems to be in style right now.  It was only $9.94 and in one of my fav colours…grey!

 

Ok, so if you don’t like grey, this red and black in the classic buffalo check would do nicely. I’m thinking it would be cute for the holiday season 2016.

 

 

Umm…these pants.  Part jogger, part sweatpants wanna be.  Either way, they were comfy and so well priced.  Picture them with a black of white top, a cute hoodie and fun runners (tennis shoes for you South of the border).

 

Bathings suits are here!!  Mix and match tops and bottoms while they still have your size.  All pieces around $20.

 

In case you don’t like the turquoise blue, there is navy and orange just around the corner.  Again, easy to wear and mix and match.

 

I saw orange and navy from the minute I hit this section.  Based on this, I’m guessing orange is a must have colour for Spring.

 

Softer shades of orange, floral and pink/peach all say Spring to me.

 

Before Winter is over, you might want to grab a pair of these Sorel look alike boots.  Reg $69 on sale for $59 and some styles were less.  I tried them on and they fit well!

 

Not a fashion item, but still a new item to me.  Natural soap made in Canada for only $1.25 per bar.  If you are trying to add more natural products to your daily regime, try this soap in one of the many flavours.

 

 

I am feeling a little more inspired with my wardrobe now and I’m looking forward to the sales and Spring fashions to come over the next month!

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Graphic tees for Gifts

I can’t quite get enough of graphic tees.  They look so good on their own, with a cardigan, a blazer or even a blanket scarf.  I found all of these shirts while on my trip to Hawaii last month and I thought most all of these shirts would make great gifts!

Here’s a roundup of what I found:

This would be a fun shirt for your favourite beer drinker.
Cute top from Target.  It was less than $20 and it’s grey!

 

This top with the bowties was at Banana Republic.  I don’t remember the price, but thought it would be fun to wear during the holidays with a statement necklace and some black skinnies.
This tank would be perfect for those days….

 

Lastly, a great souvenir shirt for those who like the outdoors and have a sense of humour.

I’d be happy to receive a graphic tee for Christmas.  Would you?

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Fun finds

Tis the season be browsing the stores and shopping.

Warning:  this post is mostly pictures of fun things to buy:

These chevron pillows would be cute for decorating during the holidays.  Would also make a sweet hostess gift tied up in a bow.


A puzzle book for the kids and it’s all about the holidays.  
These washers and dryers look deceiving.  They are tin storage containers to use in the laundry room.  Aren’t they cool?


For less than $1.50, you can own these great tote bags brightly displaying kiwi, lemons and blueberries.
3 for $5 – that was the cost of the these cute little ornaments. Great for the tree or just adding to your presents.


This cardboard box would be perfect for a hostess gift filled with cookies or other yummy treats.
Going to Paris?  Or maybe you know someone who is. This little carry bag was only $5 and imagine all the things you could stuff inside it!


Same goes for this bag.  If London is your kind of place, this $5 bag should be yours!
A holiday rug would be great at your home or maybe as a hostess gift. It was less than $15 at my local upscale dollar store.


How cute is this little speaker?  All decked out in the local hockey team colours.  It’s the perfect gift for a fan and only $10.
Yes, I know it’s toothpaste, but the packing caught my eye and who wouldn’t want a new toothbrush for the holidays?


Chapstick has come out with these travel inspired tins filled with 3 different flavours of lip balm.  They were only $4.99 and would make a great stocking stuffer or teacher gift.

Just a few fun finds this week as we continue to shop for Christmas.  Hope you find what you are looking for!

 

Friday’s Fun Finds

When you just pop in to grab a few groceries, you don’t always expect to find fun clothes and cool home accessories.  But that is what happens when you go to Superstore or Loblaw’s as it is known back East.  When these stores started selling Joe Fresh  alongside the fruit and veggies, the grocery shopping game changed.

Here’s what I found last week:

My kids love chips and salsa and veggies with dip.  These little bowls would be the perfect solution for snack time.

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My love of all things plaid and a cabin in the woods is summed up with this great basket and it was less than $20!

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The chevron print on this glass water bottle caught my eye and it’s such a cool looking bottle it might inspire everyone to drink more water.

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This jacket was in the athletic section and was just the prettiest shade of purple and mauve.  I’ve bought some of their workout gear before and the quality is pretty good for the price.

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Of course this grey puffer coat caught my eye. I bought the grey puffer vest and love it!

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Lastly, this guy came home with me, along with my groceries.  Isn’t that why I originally went to Superstore?

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Have a great Fall weekend!

Hello New Fall Clothes

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Although Fall has been here for a few weeks now, it is just starting to feel like it.  Today it is rainy and cool, but just a few days ago it was warm – really warm.

While out the other day, the temperature gauge in my car showed this:

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See that?  21 degrees Celsius or that’s about 70 degrees Farenheit for those of you south of the border.  That’s pretty warm for an October day in our part of the woods.   This nice weather is making it pretty difficult to figure out what to wear.  Not cool enough for boots, but not sandal weather either.  Layering is ok, but nothing heavy – you sure don’t need wool sweaters and vests just yet.

So, speaking of nice weather, I took advantage and headed out to our new outlet mall.  Yes, we have an outdoor mall which opened back in August.  It is out by the airport and is designed to look similar to an European city, or that was the intention.

Here’s was my first view upon walking in from the parking lot:

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Then look up, way up…

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Yup, that’s a plane. This outlet mall is situated pretty much right in the flight plan and the runway.  No chance of missing the plane as it is so loud!

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There it goes!  I swear you could almost reach up and touch it. It felt so close!

Anyway, after I got over the awe of the spectacular plane overhead, I hit the shops.  The whole mall is not yet complete as many more shops are still set to open.  But from what I saw, I wasn’t disappointed. Gap Outlet, Banana Republic, Under Armour, J. Crew Factory, Nike just to name a few.   I actually went to get some basics for my kids and ended up with a couple of items for myself – yeah!!

You can never have too many plaid shirts, can you?

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plaid shirt from Gap in burgundy, grey and white.

Aritizia carries a cardigan that I have loved forever.  It feels like a sweatshirt, is oversized and looks great.  Except on me.  I try it on every time I go to their store, but it just feels like there is too much material and it’s too big.  So, when I tried on this one at the Gap, I was pleasantly surprised that it fit and fit well.

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cardigan again in burgundy. great colour for this season.

Since I only had a short time to spare, I grabbed this sweet shirts for my daughter:

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Do you see a colour pattern here?  That burgundy or marsala colour is everywhere this Fall.  Well, at least in my wardrobe and my daughter’s.

Just a little update on my shopping adventures lately.  Stay tuned for next week when I finally check out the new Nordstrom!

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Friday’s Fun Finds – Home Edition

Now that the kids are back in school, I have a bit more time to myself.  So, with this time, I have hit a few of the local and not so local stores.  Here’s what I have found on my travels:

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What does the fox say? He says, “buy me!” This adorable print was at Winners Homesense and I thought it would be so great in a cabin.
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A squirrel with antlers ? Again, another cute print at Winners Homesense and if I had a cabin, I would have bought it.
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These mostly nautical hooks were in a cute little home store in Whistler. They would be fun in a boy’s room, in a cabin by the lake or in your mudroom.
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I should have bought these sticky notes that I found while getting groceries at Superstore.
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Fishes, fishes everywhere! Love the colours in this tea towel. Great gift for the fisherman in the family! Should have bought it for my Dad.
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Lastly, I saw this magainze at the grocery store checkout and thought it was my last gasp at Summer. Something nice to look at when the weather is cold, wet and grey.

Have a great weekend and maybe you will discover some fun finds yourself!

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Grey for Fall, Fall for Grey

It’s that time of year again!  The kids are back in school, the weather is getting a little bit cooler and I’m thinking of grey clothes. Yes, I have barely worn a stitch of grey over the past few months and I’m starting to get itchy to pull out some of my Fall grey favourites.

With the kids being out of school for the past two months, I didn’t have a lot of time to hit the shops.  But I managed a night away in the States with my husband and a girls’ trip to Whistler.  During these short trips, I was perusing the new Fall fashions every chance I got.  And what did I see?  Shades of grey – everywhere!

Of course, I couldn’t resist taking a few photos to show you this neutral that has had serious staying power for the past few years.

First up:

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this cute cute sweater from J Crew Factory. love the pineapple, don’t you?
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cozy, slimmed down puffer jacket in a shiny steel grey available at TNA / Aritzia
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who doesn’t need a charcoal grey draped cardigan ? find it at Joe Fresh
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a long dress in a light and dark grey marble would be great with boots and a jean jacket this Fall. also at Joe Fresh
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these lace up military style boots would be great with leggings and skinny jeans, wouldn’t they?
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shouldn’t everyone have a grey and white plaid shirt in their wardrobe? find this one at Banana Republic

Grey for Fall, or Fall for Grey?  Either way, I can’t wait to start wearing grey again!

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It’s almost here!!

In T – 1 week, yes in just one week….Nordstrom will open in Vancouver!

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You could say I’m  everyone is pretty excited!  Ok, maybe not everyone (my husband doesn’t seem to care).  In just seven days, we will have access to the great brands, selection and fantastic service that up until now, we have had to drive 3 hours south of Vancouver for.  With the Canadian dollar doing poorly against the US, I’m wondering if my sister and her American neighbours and their wallets might venture north to check out our new store ?

I probably won’t go on opening day, but I’m hoping to shop the following week.

Can’t. wait.

Pinned & Tried

It’s been a little while since I posted a Pinned & Tried – Fashion edition, so here goes.  My latest obsession has been the kimono and over the past few months, I’ve been watching from afar.  At first I didn’t know it was called a kimono because I immediately thought of the traditional Japanese kimono like this:

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But the current definition of kimono is what I have been seeing and pinning on Pinterest.  It usually looks light weight, flowy and floral.  Sort of like this:

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Then one day when reading Get Your Pretty On, I saw this:

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And that kimono front and centre caught my eye.  So after a little research, I realized I could order from Amazon.ca and I did.  It arrived in less than 3 weeks for the bargain price of less than $15 Cdn!  I have to admit, I was pretty surprised at the quality.  The colours are exactly as shown (phew!) and so far the stitching and sewing seem to pretty good.  I’m not expecting this kimono to last for years but if I can get 2 seasons out of it, I’ll be happy.

So now that I have my kimono, the dilemma becomes not when to get one, but how to wear one. Thankfully, I have been pinning some images and decided to try wearing it like this:

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If I had not pinned this pin-spiration outfit, I would not have tried it.  But I have to say, that as much as I love the idea of shorts with the kimono, I don’t love it on me. Maybe it’s because the shorts and the kimono are the same length?  I’m also not a fan of my sandals, so that isn’t helping me.

Next, I swapped the shorts for jeans and the sandals for flip flops:
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and lastly, I put on ankle length jeans and a pair of ballet flats:

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The last look is my favourite, but if I was able to get a pair of sandals that I really liked, then I would definitely try wearing the kimono like my pin-spiration photo.

All in all, I am so happy with my find, my purchase and my new kimono.  I call this one a successful Pinned & Tried!

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