I got this long dress at Ross Dress For Less in the States a few years ago but I never really wore it. I’m just not used to long dresses, but I’m beginning to like them more now. My black cardigan is from Sirens. My pink flip flop necklace is from UBC and my pink flip flop earrings are from Claire’s. My bracelet is from a Christmas craft fair at Steveston Community Centre in Richmond and my ring is from the Greek Day street festival on West Broadway. My nails still match this outfit because there is a little bit of blue in my dress.
I’m all pretty in pink today. Is it too much? Well if it is, I don’t care. I got this dress at Car Free Day on Denman Street a couple weekends ago. They had it in other colours, but the pink one was the most vibrant and just felt right for summer. The purple tank top I’m wearing under it is from Smart Set. My pink sweater is from the Plenty warehouse sale at the Vancouver Convention Centre on Easter weekend. I know it’s hot, but when I’m in the office, the temperature is more regulated so I don’t really notice the heat or humidity until I go outside. Maybe I should just leave a sweater in my office, since I don’t really need one when I’m outside before or after work.
I’ve been buying a lot of fancy jewellery lately. I got this necklace at Greek Day on Broadway yesterday. I have a similar one in blue that I got from Payless and I got complimented on it, so I thought I’d buy another necklace in that style. I bought a pair of matching earrings as well, but they are kind of heavy so I didn’t wear them. I knew they were heavy when I bought them, but I really wanted a matching set. Maybe next time, I will just wear them briefly for photos and then take them off. Instead, I decided to wear my pink flip flop earrings which are more lightweight. I got my shiny bracelet from Car Free Day on Main Street a couple weekends ago. I somehow didn’t have a pink or purple bracelet to pair with this outfit. We’ll have to change that soon.
I love this purple ring that I got at Greek Day yesterday. But it’s kind of tight. I didn’t realize until afterwards how tight it is. And I got a second ring in this size too. The guy selling them told me it would be okay because my fingers would be less swelled up in the morning when I put on the ring. But contrary to that, I felt like my fingers were actually more swelled up this morning and the ring felt even tighter. I tried on the ring on my left hand just to see the difference, and my ring finger on that hand is somehow fatter. I couldn’t even get the ring off, so I concluded that I must be married to myself now. I managed to remove it using some lotion. Is it possible to lose weight in your finger? Is that a thing? Maybe tight rings are like a corset for your finger? I don’t want to hurt myself though. But I feel like my finger fluctuates in terms of swelling throughout the day, because sometimes I feel like the ring maybe fits and other times I’m like nope, this is definitely way too tight. I wonder if the guy will let me exchange them. Except he doesn’t have a physical store and I don’t know what event he’ll be at next. What a fail. Maybe I’ll have to find someone who has a more slender finger than I do and bestow a lovely gift upon them. Or sell it because I paid good money for it. And also find someone who likes heavy earrings. Or just keep everything and suffer through the discomfort because beauty is pain.
I decided to wear this wonderfully colourful dress to work for the second time. I think it’s probably the best thing I’ve ever purchased at Reitmans. Although I did but a pair of tall person pants several years ago that lasted me quite a while. But this dress is definitely the most fashionable item I’ve found there. This time I paired it with another colourful sweater, a purchase from Sears before they closed. While a vibrant, royal blue is my favourite type of blue, I still like this aqua type of blue a whole lot. I also like the fact that I have the jewellery to match it, with my blue flower necklace and my ring, both from UBC, and my blue bracelet from Suzy Shier. My blue flip flop earrings are from Claire’s. I got them a while ago, but decided that I wouldn’t wear flip flop jewellery until the weather was nice enough to wear actual flip flops as well. It just wouldn’t feel right wearing flip flop jewellery during the winter. I am wearing a bit of makeup for a change, because I have a hot date tonight. And by hot date, I mean I’m going out for dinner with my friend so she can redeem one of her free birthday meal coupons. And if that’s not cause for celebration, then I don’t know what is.
This wasn’t what I was originally going to wear today, but I had some unforeseen issues with my initial outfit and this was the next best option. I think I got this dress at Winners. I hate birds, but I love the bright colours on this dress. I got the black sweater at Sears. I have a lot of black sweaters but this is the only one I could find this morning. My pink flip-flop necklace is from a jewellery vendor at the UBC student union building. It was this necklace that initially drew my attention to that tables, where I then ended up buying three other necklaces and two rings, including the black one I’m wearing here. I don’t know if you can tell, but my little green earrings from Claire’s are also in the shape of flip-flops. I got my pink bracelet from a Christmas craft fair at Steveston Community Centre in Richmond. They threw in the bracelet for free because I’d purchased a few of their necklaces, so this was a nice added bonus.
The purple flojos I got at the Orb sale have little peace signs on them that actually end up cutting you between the toes. And so I bought these new Clarks Bendables sandals at Winners. Had my feet not been hurting me at the time, I probably wouldn’t have bought them, or even noticed them. But I’m glad I did.
So I sort of went to another Orb clothing sale. I very nearly didn’t. But I did. Don’t give me that look. You knew I would. But this time it was better than last time. Did I spend considerably less money? No, of course not. In fact I think I spent more. But trust me, it really was better.
I went there during the final hour, so as not to give myself ample time to shop. When I walked in, the first thing I saw was a rack of flojos flip flops. Funny how after the shoe sale, I was like I’m done with shoes, and that’s the first thing I go for at the Orb sale. Go figure. They were 3 for $25. I considered buying 6, but felt that would be too excessive. See, better.
What was different about this sale, was that I wasn’t seeing many things I really wanted. Maybe, as my friend would say, I was all orbed out. Usually I would grab 10 different tops to try on. But I didn’t. I tried on some pants and some shorts, which I am in desperate need of right now. But they didn’t fit right. I wasn’t expecting them too. Oh well.
They did have some great jackets there though. Go figure, jackets when it’s now summer. Although it doesn’t feel like summer, so maybe jackets weren’t such a bad idea. I bought this awesome jean jacket that I absolutely love. I’ve worn it twice already. And I plan to wear it many more times.
So all I bought for myself were 2 jackets and some flip flops. Not bad, right? The other jacket is waterproof and can withstand 2000mm of rain, according to the waterproof rating. That’ll come in handy, right? So how did I spend more than the last time? Well this time, I wasn’t selfish.
It was Father’s Day. And I felt badly about buying things for myself. So I bought a couple shirts for my dad. And my brother had been complaining about how he needed a new backpack. So I bought him one, and one for my sister who needed one too. And I got her a waterproof jacket too, since I didn’t really get her anything for her birthday, although apparently it’s the wrong size. I could keep it for myself, but I don’t need another one. Hopefully my friend will buy it off me.
And I also bought some scarves for my mom since she likes scarves and I didn’t want to not get her anything. Also I can borrow the scarves. For my twin brothers, I didn’t get them anything. Because there was really nothing there for eleven year olds. And I don’t think they have that much homework that they needed big, good quality backpacks. Not yet anyway. Dakine makes good backpacks, and they were 50% off at the sale.
But here’s the part where I failed majorly. I. Forgot. My. Visa. Yeah. What the fuck, right? What kind of idiot forgets their visa when they’re going to a sale? That’s pretty much like the equivalent of forgetting my phone. Which is of course unheard of. But I had my debit card. But I didn’t have enough money in my account. Fail!
Luckily, my friend was kind enough to put it on her card & lend me the money. I am so grateful, because not everyone would do that. I can think of other people who if I’d gone shopping with them would have just been like that’s too bad or just told me off for being stupid. I am so thankful that my shopping buddy is not like that. I feel like sometimes we enable each other with our shopping addictions, but we can also be a good voice of reason for each other as well. It’s okay, the shopping habit is under control. Although Orb is having another sale next weekend in White Rock… But that’s way too far to drive to be worth it… Right?
So I’ve been talking about the Army & Navy Shoe Sale for a while now. You’re probably sick of it. But oh well. There’s still more where those posts came from. Seeing as it hasn’t even started yet. So I didn’t win that contest on Facebook. Heather from Surrey had over 400 votes. She’s a lucky girl, lots of shoes and lots of friends. But she deserved to win, her photo was pretty awesome.
I’m kind of bummed that I didn’t win a VIP party at the Roxy and $500 worth of shoes. But I still win, because I got the second most votes. So I still get VIP access for the sale & $100 towards shoes, which is pretty sweet. I’m supposed to be there at 7:30 am. Still figuring out the details. Damn that’s early. But I guess it’s worth it? For first dibs on shoes?
I need to figure out what shoes I should wear tomorrow. I mean comfort trumps all in this case. I read advice that you should wear flip flops, as they are easy to remove and then you can quickly try on other pairs. But I feel like if I wear flip flops, I could easily lose one, or maybe both. Plus someone might step on them, and what if I need to run? Or at least fast walk, towards a shoe rack? I feel like it might make for a dangerous situation.
So I’m thinking maybe runners? Cause then I can move quickly and easily. And I can wear a comfortable pair where I can slip them on and off without having to untie and retie the laces every time. I’m thinking maybe a skate shoe style, so it doesn’t look like I’m going to the gym. Not that it matters where it looks like I’m going. But yeah. The problem is, most of the shoes that I own like that are at least partly suede, and it’s going to be raining tomorrow.
So maybe just regular flats? That I can slip on and off with ease? Better than flip flops, because they’ll be less dangerous in a frenzy. And my feet won’t get totally wet in the rain. But then what if I want to try on boots or shoes that I would want to wear socks with? Maybe I should just wear flats and then bring a pair of socks with me, just in case?
One would think that since it’s going to rain, I should wear my red rain boots. But no. Boots are not appropriate footwear when shoe shopping at a massive event. Because I’ll have to carry them around with me as I try on shoes, or leave them aside as I make my way through the aisles. Plus those boots, I’m actually afraid someone might steal or mistake for a current sale item.
Basically I guess I just need a good shoe that can get me there. Once there, I’ll likely forget about what shoes I came there in. But I don’t want someone to try on my shoes by mistake. That’s happened to me before. I will be gaining new pairs of shoes, but I don’t want to accidentally lose an old pair in the process. When did shoe shopping become such an ordeal?
I suppose I will figure it out. I should probably go to bed soon, seeing as I will have to be up super early tomorrow in order to make it down there before the sale starts. But I probably won’t. I’ll just be tired tomorrow. Oh well. The excitement and determination to find awesome shoes will give me the energy that I need to get past my sleep deprivation. I may not know yet what shoes I’ll wear to the sale tomorrow, but I know for sure what shirt I’m going to wear. It couldn’t get more perfect than this one…
After a long day of working and volunteering, I decided to treat myself to a pedicure. Well also, I bought a voucher from TastyGo a while ago that I had yet to use. I tend to have a bit of a problem when it comes to purchasing online deals like Groupons, Indulge Living deals, SocialShopper deals, and so on and so forth. I mean, I forgot I even had a TastyGo account. And then I always end up checking my accounts at the last minute and realizing that I have a voucher that will soon expire. This particular one expires in June. However, I have another pedicure voucher from TeamBuy that also expires in June. So I had to use one of them now.
The place I went today was Illusion Studio and Spa on West Broadway. It was nice there. I picked out my polish, and then made my way over to the chair. In the past I’ve often opted for red polish, because it’s just so classic, but lately I’ve been opening up my colour choices. I thought a bright blue would be nice for spring. And I think it was a good decision. I tested a few shades of blue on my nail, only to realize there was a piece of paper sitting on the counter designated for colour testing. Oh well.
I liked the set up they have there, because my chair was faced in good view of the TV. At first I was disappointed because I thought that the chair was not a massage chair. And then I noticed the remote carefully hidden at the side and retrieved it as soon as I made this discovery. I love those massage chairs, pressing random buttons even though you’re never really sure what exactly they’re going to do. Do they sell those things to normal people, or only supply them at salons? Because I want one. At some point the massage chair stopped massaging and it took me a while to notice before starting it up again. But I did stop it while she was doing the nail art, as the vibration may have caused some disruption.
The TV was on the Food Network. I think if you’re going to have the channel on the Food Network, you should also have some food available for the people watching. It’s the decent thing to do. The show that happened to be on was Family Cook Off, a show I had never watched before, nor will I ever watch it again. It’s basically two families cooking an entree and a dessert and then the two judges give them points and whichever family has the most points wins the “coveted golden frying pan” and $1000 worth of groceries. I don’t know why but that seems like kind of a lame prize to me. I mean I’d rather have the $1000 so I can go buy my own groceries. Cause I’ll bet the $1000 worth of groceries they get weren’t on sale. The host of the show is super annoying. She just keeps bothering the contestants as they’re trying to cook and asking them stupid questions. The episode I saw was a family of kids against a family of old people. The kids won. That’s all I have to say about it.
So back to my pedicure. I usually don’t get nail art, but the voucher I bought included it. Score. I am quite happy with the outcome. I don’t get pedicures very often, but in the past I’ve had some where they didn’t look that much better than if I had attempted it myself. Okay, that’s not true, any attempts of mine would be far worse than anything a professional or a normal person could accomplish. Or anything a drunk or otherwise incompetent person could accomplish. But some were never really anything special. This time, they came out pretty and professional looking, and like they’ll last.
For some reason, the woman beside me got a nail dryer after her pedicure to speed up the drying process. I did not. I was just left to sit there and let them air dry in their own sweet time. But I didn’t complain. It allowed me more time to sit and watch TV in my massage chair. No complaints there. I’m pretty sure the staff there made fun of me in another language, but I think that happens to me pretty much at any salon or spa I go to ever. Or maybe I’m just paranoid. But she painted my nails so pretty that I don’t care either way.
I brought flip flops to wear after, as you’re supposed to do. But unfortunately for me, I was taking public transit and it was cold and raining outside. I probably looked like an idiot with my rain coat, umbrella, and flip flops. Not exactly weather appropriate footwear. But whatever. Why hide a good pedicure? And it wasn’t terribly cold. Although my last bus was late so I was standing outside longer than I had expected. But I figured that if my toes were to turn blue from the cold, they would at least match my toenails.
I am wearing socks right now, so I can’t see the beauty of my toenails at the moment. Because it’s cold. And tomorrow I will likely wear boots because it’s supposed to rain. And the day after that, closed toed shoes of some kind because it might still be cold. But damn it when the sun is shining and the weather is nice, I will wear my flip flops proudly once again. Also, the Army & Navy shoe sale starts next week, so at least my feet will look good as I’m trying on shoes.