Monday, January 26, 2015


If my skin tone looks a little off in these photos, it's because I have been fiddling with R's iPhone camera. I'm finding a lot of my photos lately have been lacking in definition (not sure if that's the right word). Like my shirt is indistinguishable from my pants unless I fiddle with the color settings. 

I wore this casual outfit to my friend's baby shower on the weekend. I usually go all girly to showers, but I opted for comfy for the cold January day. 

Sweater: Forever 21
Shirt: H&M
Jeans: Calvin Klein
Hat: Le Chateau
Sneakers: Converse
Bag: Gift (unknown)
Earrings: Tory Burch
Necklace: Gift (Swarovski)

In Halifax, we're bracing for a major winter storm tomorrow. I see scarves, boots, and hats in my near future. Stay safe everyone!

Glitterary Girl

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Sunday Right Now: 01.25.15

Reading: Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham. I've been on quite the kick of reading funny books.  I have to burn through this one as its a library rapid read. Before Lena's, I read Everything is Perfect When You're a Liar by Kelly Oxford. Between funnies, I'm battling through Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett, which I started on the plane to Vegas and have been reading in small chunks ever since. I don't mind having a few books on the go. When I was a kid, I seemed to always be reading two or three at a time. Worked then, works now.

Writing: To-do lists and grocery lists. We're well settled into the house, but the closet organization could be better. I'm having a staycation next month and want to make sure I have a list of all the things I want to accomplish (you can be sure that list includes watching The Social in real time instead of DVR, drinking several chai lattes while blogging/reading, and shopping downtown). This weekend, I'm trying to cook for the week ahead. Last night I made a chicken stew and tonight I'm making pork tenderloin.

Clicking: I've been bad at keeping up with my favorite blogs lately. I've not done any on-line shopping, but always seem to be browsing on Zara and Banana Republic. I'm still way more comfortable with the in-store experience. Cutest spring dress below!

 Seeing: Green golf course out the window. It looks so much nicer green than white... hurry up spring.

Smelling: The delightful scent of Pineapple Orange Raspberry juice that I picked up yesterday in the produce section of the grocery store. The glass is empty now - time to move on to Pom Springs tea from DAVIDS.

Hearing: Various bangs and smashes from the basement. R is working on something electrical which is a bit alarming.

Feeling: Content. Relaxed. Ready to take on the day.

Wearing: Fuzzy leopard print robe and slippers.

Anticipating: Next week I get a sneak peek of the Halifax Shopping Centre renovations. Looking forward to hearing their plans for layout and new retailers.

Hope your Sunday is spent in a wonderful way!

Glitterary Girl

Thursday, January 22, 2015

She Said Brrrrrr

Is it June yet? 

Loving the easy backdrop. Not loving the sketchy lighting (so much for golden hour...)

Loving the sun. Not loving the wind.

I think there will be less love/hate once it gets warm. 

Sweater: Joe Fresh
Jeans and hat: Gap
Tank: Smart Set
Snood: American Eagle Outfitters
Boots: Call it Spring

These got buried at the bottom of my denim pile. I forgot how comfortable they are.

Glitterary Girl

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Goodbye Target Canada

The big retail news the week was the decision by Target to close all of its Canadian stores. As a frequent and enthusiastic Target shopper, I was really sad to hear this. I feel sad for the employees who will be out of work and disappointed at the waste of money and resources used to overhaul spaces that, here is Halifax, were only operational for 16 months.

I'm aware that Target Canada was not readily accepted by a lot of shoppers, and I'm not sure why. Some of the reasons I've heard is that the shelves weren't stocked, there weren't enough people to help on the floor, and the prices weren't as good as in the States.

I estimate I visit Target about three times per month, so I have a fairly good idea of how the store normally looks and operates. I admit, the first few weeks the store was open, I noticed the shelves weren't fully stocked. Not a smart move by Target, but once the initial rush of the grand opening was over, I generally always found what I wanted was in stock. I wonder if there were some people who only visited Target once, shortly after the opening buzz, and decided not to return for that reason. I always thought there were a lot of employees around to ask if you needed help finding anything, and they were always very friendly.

As for the prices, I've yet to see a store come to Canada (except Coach) and offer the same prices in the Canadian stores as the States. Of course the prices aren't as good - but neither is Forever 21 and we've seemed to accept that store just fine. I almost bought a jacket in Vegas at Forever 21, but decided against it as it would have taken up a lot of room in my luggage. When I got home and scoped it out at F21 here, by the time I factored in the tax, I would have been spending about $25 more on the exact same product. Guess who didn't buy the jacket?

Besides the really cool stuff they have in the home decor section (bye bye Nate Berkus), they have a huge selection of make-up and hair products. I'll be stocking up on my Frederik Fekkai (the only place I've found it in this country). Their stationary department was amazing too! They have an entire wall of boxed thank you cards and invitations, the cutest gift bags, and really unique greeting cards.

Bought these this week! So cute and only $12.99 each. About 7 inches tall.

Our door mat. $14.99 

The worst part about Target closing (for me) is that we won't be able to access the designer collaborations. I lived and breathed for these. Some of my very favourite items in my closet are from Target collabs. I will sorely miss showing up at the store for the 8:00 AM launch of these lines. I never really understood why Canadians didn't spring on these collections like people in the States do.

One of the five 3.1 Phillip Lim for Target items I bought. My favourite line!

Dress: Peter Pilotto for Target

Dress: Sarah Stevenson for Target (a Canadian designer!)
In addition to Target closing, other Canadian stores have left (or are leaving soon). Sad goodbyes go out to Mexx, Smart Set, and Jacob.

I'll miss you, Target Canada. Sniff sniff.

Glitterary Girl