Wednesday, November 27, 2013
So yesterday was my last class of the semester and I'm in somewhat high spirits. I have a take home exam due on the 9th and then I'm free until January. I decided I would spend some time decorating my work space for the holidays, so I spent most of the day covered in glitter.
I recently got the new Legend of Zelda game and while I haven't played too much of it(due to school), so far it's been really great. I had just "finished" Pokemon Y so it could not have come at a better time. I put finished in quotes since I mean I beat the elite four and whatnot. What it really means is now I get to do all that awesome extra stuff in order to complete the game properly. Right now I am on the hunt for Articuno, since it always runs away from you. I really hate that and I refuse to use my Master ball...Ah the life of a Pokemon trainer.
So on to the clothes. This is a sweater that was purchased online at good ol' Banana Republic. As usual this was on the "wait for it to be cheaper" list, since it was going for 80+ bucks. I waited for some coupon codes and manged to get it for around half price. Speaking of coupon codes, if you sign up for the Banana Republic mailing list they send you a 25% off code, which can be combined with the 40% off codes that got going on for the pre-Black Friday sales. I managed to get a dress that was originally going for 200$ for like 80$, so it's definitely worth it if you like Banana Republic. Black Friday isn't really a thing in Canada the way it is in the States. Sure you can get some pretty good deals and whatnot but it's generally online. Some of the bargains I've seen are incredible but I imagine it's even better in America. If anyone is going shopping on that day, I say good luck to you!
The shoes were purchased after having a bad day at work. They have cats on them to replace the home made cat shoes I posted last time. I had been wanting these shoes for a bit and finally decided to bite the bullet and buy them since I was in a bad mood and needed cheering up. I realize that shopping while upset is probably not the best thing to do, but nuts to that!
I realize that this post is a bit shorter than usual but I have some catching up to do with Doctor Who. I had seen episodes on and off over the years, but never really bothered to give it a proper go...then it was added to Netflix. I imagine I will be tied up for the next few weeks.
Pink stripe sweater: Banana Republic
Black skirt: Forever 21
Black tights: Urban Outfitters
Black cat shoes: Call it Spring
Friday, November 15, 2013
I have been in the market for a red dress for awhile now. As it comes closer to Christmas time, the search became a bit more thorough. This dress was on my want list for awhile. It's a fairly basic skater dress but it's really well made and quite comfortable. Again, the pockets are a huge bonus. The back is low enough for my tattoos to be visible as well. Generally they stay covered up, particularly for work, but every once in awhile I like having them visible.They are definitely a conversation starter. I have a cactaur from the Final Fantasy series on one shoulder blade and the triforce from The Legend of Zelda on the other. At one point a couple stopped me at a Tim Hortons to ask me about them. It doesn't happen very often but I enjoy it when it does since I end up having gaming conversations with complete strangers. Back to clothes; so this dress was originally going for 150$ which is really out of my price range. However, good things come those who wait and it eventually went on sale. I figured it would be a really practical dress and I would get a lot of use out of it.
The shoes have cats on them, which I actually did myself. I really wanted some cat shoes, but wasn't willing to spend the money for them. I just ended up buying a cheap pair of black flats from Payless and used a white paint pen to draw the cat faces on them. I wouldn't wear them out in the rain or anything but they get the job done. It's a great alternative, and only took like an hour or so to do(I take a really long time when I draw.)
I'm super looking forward to a nice weekend of relaxing and dare I say, homework. I have an assignment that consists in part, of an art piece. I decided to do a drawing based on the Legend of Zelda. I think I'm looking forward to the new game for 3DS which probably sparked this interest artistically. I used to draw all the time when I was younger, however after my mother passed away the desire to draw just sort of disappeared. It was a gradual thing really. She used to be very supportive of my need to draw and study art, but after she was gone I felt as if perhaps I had made a mistake with my choice, and decided to not pursue it anymore. I haven't drawn seriously in well over 6 or 7 years. With this assignment we are meant to explain part of the process of creating the piece. For me, it's meant to combine my love of the game and the grandness of it as a series, as well as the feelings and memories that I had while playing them, which included my mom back seat gaming. Anyways, I hope to have an image of it once it's done and it's nice to be able to really sit down and draw again.
Black bow belt- Talbots
Black tights-Urban Outfitters
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
This dress was purchased to wear to a friends surprise birthday party. It's not that I needed a new dress, but any excuse to get one works for me. She just happened to get engaged at that birthday party, which means I have another excuse to eventually buy another dress bwhahaha! This dress, much like the one from the Halloween post, has sleeves that are too big since I needed to size up for the bust. Again, not a big deal at this time of year since I almost always have a sweater or cardigan on. It also came with a belt which I always enjoy. Can't have too many belts.
We had the first snowfall today, although none of it stayed on the ground. This cold enough to snow weather was the perfect opportunity to try out my new tights. So here's the deal; tights don't do much for warmth during the colder months. I wanted to find a really thick pair that would keep my legs warm but also be actual tights. I'm very picky and I will avoid the legging/sock combo if I can. That weird line it creates when the two meet is a pet peeve of mine. That isn't to say I don't do it, but I am constantly fussing with it trying to get it to look as smooth as possible. Anyways, I may have found the solution to my problem. I found tights that are fleeced lined. You have no idea how important this is to me. So I wore them out first thing this morning, kept them on all day and walked back home at night in them. They kept my legs nice and warm and managed to cut the wind quite a bit, but I didn't over heat inside at all. They aren't super expensive, although I don't think I have ever paid more than a couple of bucks for tights. You can find them at Urban Outfitters for around 18$. Would I wear these outside in -30C weather? Probably not, but for this kind of in between weather, they do the job just fine. I'm hoping that this will allow me to wear the skirts and dresses I do own for a bit longer before I have to wear thermals under my pants again.
Blue and yellow polka-dot dress: Yumi (buy it here or here)
Yellow cardigan: Joe Fresh (buy it here)
Tights: Urban Outfitters (buy it here)
Res shoes: Toms
Tuesday, November 5, 2013
This is one of my favorite sweaters. It's warm, it's not itchy, it's got pompoms on it and I got it on sale. I had seen this sweater originally on Zooey Deschanel on an episode of New Girl in black and white. I was bummed when it turned out to be J. Crew since their clothing, while nice, is not very affordable. I would check eBay on occasion to see if it popped up, which it did. The problem was that it was still really expensive. I had given up on finding it cheap, when it showed up on the J.Crew Factory website. I was out of luck yet again ,when it was completely sold out. Realizing this though, I checked eBay again and managed to finally get the sweater for a price I thought was acceptable. Of course the black and white one was still more expensive, but I enjoy this grey and bluish/green combo just as much. I find that when stores have sales online and everything is sold out, eBay is the next best thing. I'm pretty sure the original version had pompoms all the way around, where as this one has just on the front and all over the sleeves. My only issue is that when you wash it, the pompoms get all flat and wonky. I used tweezers to try and fluff them up again, but I'm not going to be doing that every time I wash it.
The skirt was purchased from Gap. I had bought it online and really liked it, however I was having a hard time finding something to go with it. I decided that I would return it, since I had still paid 45$ for it. I can't justify spending that much money on something that would not be very practical, no matter how much I liked it. Unless it went on sale even more (I had used a 30% off code for it) I figured this would be a pass. When I went to go pick up my copy of Pokemon Y, the line up was huge, so I decided to kill time in the mall to wait for the line to thin out (it didn't). I hit up the Gap and sure enough, the skirt was now 40% off. I also happened to have a gift card on me so after all that, I got this skirt for 16 bucks! I also managed to pair it with a few other sweaters in my wardrobe, so I guess I just chose wrong the first few times I tried to make it work.
I saw Enders Game over the weekend. I thought it was pretty good. It definitely looks good visually. If you have a chance, check it out. I didn't read the book, but Dave had and he enjoyed it as well.
Sorry for the short post, but that's all for now since it's a school Tuesday.
Grey pompom sweater: J.Crew Factory (Via eBay)
Green stripe skirt: Gap
Blue tights: Simons
Green flats: Walmart