Two tickets to Kinky Boots
My mom loved musicals and she taught others to love them too. That's why her best friend Mary Jo and I went to see this rollicking show in her memory.
It's such a nice, light knit, perfect with jeans.
The closest I'll get to wearing a hockey jersey
I actually wore this when my company had "jersey day" to celebrate the start of the 2015 NHL season. One or two people got the reference, but no one (including me) could figure out what team I'm supporting.
Black silk shirt by Barbour
You'd have to touch the thick, soft silk to fully appreciate how nice this is; it doesn't come through in the photo. I'd like to wear it buttoned to the top under a white blazer.
I love this detail; they're on the underside, so you only notice them when the sleeves are rolled up. The inside of the collar is grey too.
White by Ron White peep-toe Mary Janes
I haven't worn them yet – I guess I might have to wait for Spring? –but they make me smile when I see them.
Suede BCBG boots
I wear these all the time! They're sexy and surprisingly comfortable. I love the gold detail and the tight-fitting calf action.
Gold details, yay!
I have to confess, I keep seeing dresses and coats that I really like – often because of metal details like these – only to recoil at the label: IVANKA TRUMP. I just can't brand myself with the Trump name right now. Happily, these boots are BCBG Generation.
Saks Fifth Avenue sleeveless sweater
Great colour and flattering collar. Extremely (too?) practical.
Boring but useful
What can I say – they're khaki cords, on sale at Barbour for $40. I'm not sure they should count as part of my Shopping for Happiness project as they're the kind of "bargain basic" I always bought under my old mindset.
It's all in the details
The leather buckles on the sides are what sold me this sweater. I still haven't figured out how to wash it, though.
Finding out what money buys.
What and Why
It was my mother’s dying wish that I spend money on myself – so I'm going to do it. For the next year, using money she left me, I'm going to spend $1,000 per month on fun things – clothes, travel, who knows? – and see if it changes my life.
As I honour my mom's wish — and write about it — I hope to start a conversation about how women feel about money, spending and self-worth.