Casual Fridays

I love casual fridays. However, women should never take casual friday too literally.  Some thought should always be put into dressing casual at work.

Top: Shirtmate Brand bought at Goodwill

Bottom: Banana Republic Petites

Shoes: Halogen Size 4 at Nordstroms

Daily Meditation: Living with Less

Today, I am donating more books to Goodwill. I struggle with accumulating too many books.  I love to read and as a kid, my father introduced me to the world of books.

Albert Britnell’s at Yonge and Bloor was my dad’s favourite book store.  My dad is very frugal and the only time I saw him spend money was in a book store.

These are books that I’ve read need to pass them on to someone.  The Road Less Travel is special to me.  I’ve been reading it on and off for over 8-10 years.  I’ve bought a digital version now and there’s no need to keep it on the shelves.

The wedding book inspired me to make my wedding as simple, tasteful but uniquely me as much as possible.  One thing that is uniquely me at my wedding was the vases for the centre pieces.  Every single vase from my wedding was from Goodwill.  I paid no more than $30 for all the vases, even the big ones that were used in the entry way.

Farmer’s Market

I am a huge fan of local food.  During the summer months, just right outside our apartment, there was a farmers market each and every thursday.

I would delight ML when he came home from work with crepe for desert or  fresh peppers and tomatoes for his pastas.

Now that the weather is near zero, I really miss the lovely weather and the local farmers that make the trip into the city once a week.

The Weekend

” The rhymth of the weekend, with its birth, its planned gaieties, and its announced end, followed the rhythm of life and was a substitute for it.” F. Scott Fitzgerald

I love the weekends, and I love it even more when there is no work to be done.

Below is my weekend uniform, a pragmatic outfit that lets me walk for  hours to different shops and markets getting food for the week or sometimes for the month.

I buy meats only once a month since we try to reduce our consumption of meat.  It is getting cold in Toronto so I never leave the house without a scarf, I usually have a coffee in hand so I always wear a black coat out to hide the coffee stains that inevitably  occurs.

One scarf in current rotation is a mustard yellow one.  After I saw a top from Tory Burch’s Spring 2011 collection, I’ve been trying to search for something similar in all my trips to Goodwill.  It has such a 70s feel to it and am confident I can find something similar at Goodwill.  For now, the closest to this colour is the scarf.

Below is the whole weekend uniform, comfortable and functional.

Coat: Gap, bought at Goodwill 

Scarf: Goodwill (No tag so brand unknown)

Pants: Banana Republic Petite Collection

Boots: Enzo Angiolini, Size 4 from Nordstorm

Bag – Winners

Daily Meditation – Give one thing away each day

For the past month, I’ve been trying to throw away one thing a day.  Sometimes it’s books that I’ve hold on for too long or shoes that hurt or clothes that no longer fit.

Today’s giveaway is a reflection of who I am not anymore.  I bought this set from Femme de Carrier years ago with my newly earned profession job.  I’ve hung onto it telling myself I’ll wear it on the weekends to the local produce or meat market.  But I never do, for several good reasons.  I no longer have the flat stomach that most 23 year olds do, this top cuts way too high that by belly fat will naturally protrude.

I guess I hung onto it hoping that I would regain my tiny 23 year old waist, but that’s wishful thinking and delusional.

Throwing something out every day (most days) allows me to reflect and remind myself what I don’t need and reminds me who I am not anymore.

It’s amazing what we hold onto.

Goodwill Donation: Femme de Carrier Cotton Set (will be steamed ironed before dropping off)