A Little Bit of Upcycling

I’m not much of a DIYer. I was born with two left feet and two left hands so nothing ever turns out quite right. There is one thing I do regularly though and if I can do it a monkey anyone can. I love candles; I’m almost always burning one. The problem is that it seems like such a shame to toss the jars when the candles are done. What I like to do is clean out the leftover wax and reuse the jars in all kinds of ways.

Step one: bring a pot of water to boil on the stove and put in your candle jar.

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Step two: once the wax has melted pour it out into a tinfoil bowl or empty cardboard box. Once the wax is dry just toss your container.

Step three: clean out the jar. I just use good old soap and water.

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Step four: remove any labels.

Step five: let the jars dry.

Step six: fill the jars with whatever you like!

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Voila! The simplest DIY  ever but I think it’s a pretty good one:)

Currently Obsessed: [P]Leather

Fall times. Such good times. I’ve been getting my fill of being basic PSLs, crunchy leaves, and crisp days.

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I’m loving wearing giant blankets scarves, tights, boots, and chunky sweaters. Something kind of unexpected that’s been on repeat is the pleather skirt I scored at Dynamite for about $30.00. I love leather details on clothes so it was only a matter of time before I picked up something all (p)leather. It’s so much more versatile than I had expected. At first I was a bit nervous about wearing it to work but I’ve just subbed it in place of my black pencil skirt and voila! I’ve been loving it for work and also for weekending with my love.

Are you enjoying fall?

Blotterazzi

Sometimes I get so excited about a new product launch that I buy it even if it’s received bad reviews. I just have to find out for myself that it’s really not that great.

It’s like planning a perfect evening: gently steaming bath, lots of pretty scented candles, a mug of hot tea, and a book about something motivational and uplifting. It never turns out like the plan. In reality I end up with a lukewarm bath, a candle forgotten on the kitchen table, my cat sitting on the side of the tub occasionally swiping me with his claws, and a bunch of YouTube videos. Not exactly as I’d imagined. *sigh*

So it is with the Blotterazzi by Beauty Blender. It’s ok. Not nearly as good as I had imagined. Basically the Blotterazzi is an absorbent sponge made from the same material as the original beauty blender. You pat it on oily spots and the sponge is supposed to soak up the excess. It kind of does that. A little bit.

My advice? Stick to blotting papers. They’re cheaper and they do a better job. Save your pennies for a cocktail or three on Friday.

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Bloterazzi

Project 333

It’s a new season and I’m ready for a new project.

I’ve been reading about capsule wardrobes for ages and I recently learned about Project 333. The basic idea is that you select 33 items from your wardrobe, including outerwear, shoes, and accessories, and wear only those items for the next three months.

I’m going to take the plunge and give it a try. I’m changing the rules a bit for myself so that the project works for me. I’m not including outwear or accessories, although I do tend to wear the same few pieces of jewelry pretty much every day. I’m not including outwear because my winter parka, scarf, hat, and mitts are necessities and I don’t consider them part of an outfit since I take them off as soon as I get inside.

Why am I doing this? I am so glad you asked! I have Reasons:

  1. I have some financial goals I’d like to achieve this year, including paying off my line of credit which has been hanging around for way too long. I am debt fatigued kittens.
  2. I want to buy a new car. I spent the last three weeks cruising around in a Honda Civic that’s older than I am (I dare anyone to challenge me on that) with a driver’s side window stuck halfway open. In the rainy season. It was unpleasant.
  3. I’d like to develop a clearer sense of my personal style, though I do know it’s built around solid basics and limited amounts of colour.
  4. I want to stop feeling like if I just buy one more thing my wardrobe will be perfect. It’s never going to happen.
  5. I’d like to save for the things I really want that cost a pretty penny such as a leather jacket and a (dare I say it?) vintage Chanel bag.

I’m not starting right this very second. It takes time to go through a wardrobe as gargantuan huge full well established as mine.

I’ve started a Project 333 collection on Polyvore to help me work out what I need to include. I don’t necessarily have all of these pieces exactly in my wardrobe, but I picked pieces with the general feel of my favourites.

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Oh. I forgot to mention, there’s no shopping with Project 333.

Once I’ve started the project I’m going to try to post daily outfits pictures on Instagram. @PoutineandPrada if you care to follow along.

What do you think?

P.S. My apologies about the code showing after the image. I’m rusty on HTML.

On my Radar: Fall

Hey guys! Hope you’re doing swell.

So, though I am loathe to admit it, fall is here (I live in the Yukon remember?). I’m not ready. I have Feelings about it.

That said, fall is my favourite season because of the fashion, changing leaves, pumpkin spice, and what have you. Here’s what’s on my radar this fall.

  1. Eating better and less.
    I’ve been counting calories for a couple weeks now and Mr. P&P says that he can already see a difference. Ain’t he sweet? This app has been a huge help because it’s so easy to use. This website is a treasure trove of yummy and low fat recipes.
  2. Capsule wardrobes.
    I’m definitely not ready to take the plunge myself but I love reading about other people’s experiences with building a capsule wardrobe. I also like watching videos about it.
  3. Speaking of a capsule wardrobe (ha ha) I’ve been wanting a new light weight winter coat for a few years now. The toggles fell off my old one and it also got all pilly.
  4. This all natural product line that my sister uses and which I have fallen in love with.
  5. This fragrance because it smells like a big ol’ bowl of freshly picked raspberries.

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That’s about all I can think of at the moment. Au revoir pussycats!

Casual Sunday

I work in an office where the dress code is business casual. While I do enjoy getting dressed for work, I really look forward to putting together casual outfits on the weekend when I’m not wearing pjs.

This is what I wore today to run a few errands.

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Coat: thrifted; jeans: Joe Fresh; shoes: Kensie; top: Pop Basic; necklace: Sarah Mulder (gifted); bag: Zara

Also, have you checked out Joe Fresh lately? They’ve really stepped up their game.

Hope you all had a great weekend! Ta ta!

On my radar

Oh hey there!

I wanted to dip my toes back into the blogging world so I thought I’d start with just a quick post as a warm up.

Here are a few of the things that have been on my radar lately.

1. This jewelry line. Mr. Poutine and Prada and I popped down to Atlin, British Columbia for a weekend a month or so ago and we stumbled upon this super cute little boutique called Magpie Etc. which carries all kinds of cool little things, including Sarah Mulder jewelry. Mr. P&P very generously treated me to a stunner of a necklace and now I’m hooked!

2. This recipe was given to me by a coworker and it’s become a staple go-to meal for Mr. P&P and I. Yum.

3. Dietland by Sarai Walker. This. Book. Is. So. Good. It’s a feminist diatribe, it’s funny, and it’s unapologetic. If you have ever once looked in the mirror and been unhappy with what was reflected there then this is a must read.

4. Leather jackets, because, let’s be real I’m a shopaholic. You know it. I know it. My postman knows it.

Ta ta darlings.

Excuses Excuses

It’s been a long time you guys. I know that. I am ashamed.

What can I say? Life gets in the way of stuff. I have a busy job that I’m trying to excel at. I have a boyfriend who takes up all of my time (love ya babe). I have a shopping addiction to nurture. That’s a lot of balls in the air friends.

The other thing is that writing is hard. It takes time, and planning, and thinking. It’s the thinking that gets me. I think all day long. When I get home at night I don’t want to think any more. I want to eat a pizza, take a bath, and watch brainless tv for a while before I go to bed. You know? I know you know, you all have busy lives too.

All of that said I still have lots of products I want to talk about. I’m still hoarding my empties (remember when I started a new series all about empties and then only wrote one post?). I will write about them. Some day. Not today though.

Take care kittens. I still love you.

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Fashion Smashion

I like fashion. Love it actually. I read fashion blogs, magazines, and books about it. I am always looking at other women’s clothes and working out outfits for myself based on certain pieces or colours. Does this make me superficial?  Maybe. Do I care? No. Let me tell you why.

1. I am a creative person. I love writing, reading, and I enjoy art. Putting together an outfit is a creative, and artistic endeavor.

2. Despite what some people have told me, it shows that I pay attention to detail. Accessories, colour coordination, shapes, and texture are all details that I think about every afternoon morning when I get dressed.

3. The clothes I wear are a form of self expression; this is one of the many ways in which I tell the world who I am.

4. It makes me feel good, and really, do I need any other reason?

What are some of the reasons you enjoy fashion (or don’t)?