Winter Clothing Haul: Gap & Old Navy

When it comes to winter clothing, I have a pretty standard personal uniform. For work it’s black pencil skirts with a blouse (tucked in) paired with a cardigan, black opaque (always Country Road) tights and ballet flats or heels. For casual days it’s dark denim jeans with a blouse, a cardigan and ballet flats. Sensing a theme here? For nights out it’s either dark denim jeans with a nice blouse and a blazer or a black dress with opaque tights and heels. Nothing too out of the ordinary and luckily most of the pieces I own can be worked into any of these three categories. I decided to purchase a few new items for Winter because the GAP were having a big sale. And as I’m easily persuaded, I purchased the following –

Old Navy Women’s Printed Bow Tie Chiffon Top – I am picturing this either tucked into a pencil skirt and paired with a cardigan and tights, or with jeans, a cardigan and ballet flats. I can make this work for the office and also for the weekend, so for $14.10 its not a bad option.

Old Navy Women’s Charmeuse 3/4 Tab Sleeve Top – This was just an easy piece to throw on with skinny jeans & flats for casual friday at work. Nothing too fancy.

GAP Ruffle Cascade Tank in Prussian Blue – This is one of my favourite colours, and I especially love wearing it in winter. As with the blouse above, I can see this being versatile and could easily pair this with jeans or tucked into a pencil skirt.

GAP 1969 Skinny Jeggings – These look super comfortable and I can easily imagine pairing them with an oversized sweater and flats or boots for brunch or to the movies on a cold winter night.

GAP Pure Body Tank – I bought this to wear with the pictured pants as PJs in Winter. The GAP Pure range is so super soft, I love wearing their pieces to bed because they’re so comfortable.

GAP Pure Body Foldover Pants – I already own a pair of these pants and they are SO comfortable. I’m planning on wearing them as PJ pants, but I’ve been known to wear them around the house on days where I’m not planning on doing much else other than watching TV or reading a book under a blanket.

Sephora, Strawberrynet & Haus of Gloi Haul

So when I mentioned slipping slightly in Project 50 Pan, this is exactly what I meant. Having said that, I can easily justify most of the things that I’ve bought recently. Let’s see how I go.

The Carol’s Daughter Rosemary & Mint Clarifying Shampoo & Conditioner have been on my wishlist for what feels like forever, but in reality since I received sample sized packets of them both with a Sephora order. I held off from buying these for quite a while because I need shampoo & conditioner like I need a third elbow, but I saw them pop up on Strawberrynet & I jumped at the chance to buy them without having to pay a billion dollars to parcel-forward them from the US. I also ordered a mega sized bottle of Dermalogica Special Cleanse from Strawberrynet, because I am getting close to finishing the bottle I already have and it’s the facial cleanser I use 95% of the time (iron clad justification). I’m down to the last few drops of my beloved Givenchy Photo Perfexion Foundation and went into a mild state of panic when I realised that the back up I had ordered from Strawberrynet a month or so ago had never arrived (and the payment had been refunded back into my account without so much as an emailed notification but whatever). Thankfully Sephora finally had my shade back in stock, so I ordered a bottle alongside the Stila Stay All Day Liquid Eyeliner to replace my close-to-being-completely-dry NYX Felt Tip Liner and also some Boscia blotting papers because a gal like me can never have too many blotting papers. So really the only completely unnecessary purchase here was the shampoo & conditioner combo, and I really wanted those so I’m not going to be too hard on myself. Now onto more mindless spending.

So the money that I mentioned being returned into my account earlier? This is where it went. I cannot justify these purchases in any way shape or form because I have enough vegan body products stored in my cupboard that I could probably turn to them as a food source in the event of an apocalypse (note: if I mention the impending apocalypse too much, let me know). So that’s it! My fall from grace well documented and now we’re ready to move forward. I’ve finished up some more big ticket P50P items so there will be a Pan update coming up in the next week or so.

Mini Haul

Due to Project 50 Pan, this post should have been called ‘things I bought but probably shouldn’t have’ but oh well, we all slip sometimes. I purchased the Aquolina Pink Sugar fragrance on a whim after receiving a sample of it with a Sephora order, and I don’t really know what I was thinking. I also purchased Taylor Swift’s fragrance ‘Wonderstruck’ in rollerball form and although it’s incredibly sweet, I love it. I finally purchased MAC’s Trax eyeshadow, after wanting it for over a year now and last but not least I bought a replacement Lancome Hypnose Mascara for when the tube I’m currently using runs out. Not too bad as far as hauls go, but not great. There are three things here that I could have easily lived without, but three unnecessary things purchased in three months isn’t too bad.

Empties/Haul – 6 Out & 3 In

Out: Givenchy Photo Perfexion Foundation in Perfect Ivory, Philosophy The Supernatural Blotting Papers, Kosmea Certified Organic Rose Hip Oil, Chanel Coco Mademoiselle Perfume, Glasshouse Galapagos Soap, Bath + Body Works Exotic Coconut Body Lotion.

In: Perfumeria Gal Lip Balm in Red Currant, Inglot Lipstick in #106 & Inglot Lipstick in #105.

It is now 2012 and I am determined to complete a Project 50 Pan this year. I will be limiting my purchasing of new products and attempting to only buy products that are replacing holy grail items when they run out. I’m not sure how successful I will be, but I feel like this is something that I’m really determined to do, so here’s hoping I do well!

Cherry Culture Haul

I decided to forget my usual “6 Out / 3 In” method for a while and splurge on a little beauty product spree for my birthday this year. I had never ordered from Cherry Culture before, but they were offering a pretty decent discount and the siren call of Milani’s Luminoso blush was one I could no longer ignore. So I purchased: NYX Doll Eye Mascara in Extreme Black, NYX Felt Tip Liner in Jet Black, Milani Baked Blush in Luminoso, NYX Rouge Cream Blush in Rose Petal, NYX Powder Blush in Angel, NYX Matte Blotting Paper & NYX HD Studio Grinding Blush in Georgia Peach & English Rose. All in all a pretty decent birthday present, if I do say so myself.