February 2, 2015

Stitchfix #14

My favorite time of month has come and gone once again. And this month it was pretty difficult not to keep the entire box. (I really am focusing on only keeping things I love and that can be worn in multiple ways.)

If you haven't heard of Stitchfix here are the deets: 
1) Go the link, sign up and fill out all the info they ask for about your personal tastes, they'll hook you up with a stylist who'll send you a box with 5 items that they think will look great on you, based on what you tell them.
2) Pay a $20 styling fee which includes the box shipped to you and goes toward your purchase should you choose to keep anything in the box. 
3) Get your box (which you can set up on auto for once a month or schedule them as you wish) and try on your items! You have 3 days to decide and there's a free shipping bag included to send back what you don't want.

Now, I sent back my box and don't have the info on two of the items that I didn't keep, but I'll post the photos anyway :)

Presley Colorblock Button-Back Sweater
This sweater is so fun. I'm super into yellow lately and added it to my Stitchfix inspiration board because I'd seen someone else get it in their fix. That's an awesome thing about this service, if you REALLY pay attention and do your research through their Pinterest boards, you can see what other women are getting and request specific items if you really want to try them. Although, I wouldn't recommend doing this ALL the time because part of the reason of getting this service is to have someone else pick out things for you. 

I paired this with some black skinny jeans and leopard print flats for a fun kick.

Oliver Faux Leather Trim Striped Top
At first I wasn't sure about this top. It was cute sure, but seemed just like another striped top. The leather detail at the neckline (where the v is) is a nice detail. But when I put this thing on I was sold. So comfortable. I'm all about the comfort/cute combo. 

I paired this top with some black leggings, which I rolled up on the bottom and paired with some brown booties.

Fierro Elbow Patch Crew Neck Sweater
Now when I first pulled this out of the box I thought, "oh, just a plain black sweater" and wasn't too stoked about it. Then I flipped it over and elbow patches! It's such a simple detail but just makes the sweater. It's lightweight and can be dressed up or down. (I thought about putting it on with a black tulle skirt and some boots but I never dress up so went more casual.)

I threw on some gold tear drop earrings, my favorite Old Navy ripped rockstar jeans and some burgundy heels. Love this outfit.

Plaid Circle scarf and Boyfriend Jeans 
These two items I didn't keep but it wasn't for style reasons. The circle scarf is super cute. Both sides are a different pattern of plaid and it was so comfy and warm. Problem is, I JUST got one almost identical to this a month or so and couldn't justify buying another. 

The boyfriend jeans were great quality, only problem I had was that they were a bit big around the waist. Hey, not a bad problem to have! 

Want to give it a try? There's nothing to lose, even if you only do it once, it's a super fun experience. GO HERE to read more and sign up!



January 27, 2015

2015 is going to be good.

A lot. A lot. That's what has been happening in the past month. 2015 is going to be a very busy year I think. Here's a bit of a run down on what I've been up to (you know, in case you've wondered where I've been.)

Christmas happened and it was pretty dang good. We stayed home and did mostly nothing. The boys' aunts came over and we just spent good ole fashioned quality time together. It feels so good not to travel for the holidays. Don't get me wrong, I really miss being around family but I'm about making life as stress free as possible. Traveling during the holidays is not that.

I started a new piece on my upper/inner arm. (Flopping the fat part of my arm out on a table sure makes it look SO good in photos, right?) I'll be back in February to get color filled in. This piece is the essence of my nostalgic heart. The bittersweet passage of time, always looking back with love, even on the thorny parts. I can't wait to see how much this is transformed with color. 

Extensions happened! I REALLY miss my pink/purple hair, however my hair was just so fried from all of the processing that it was growing out in true mullet fashion. The top/front was refusing to grow because of the damage and the back was free and wild. These are the same tape-in extensions I got earlier in 2014, they stay in for 6 weeks and after that I go in and have new tape put on and they can be put back in my hair. I'm hoping this will give everything a chance to mend itself and I won't be king of mullet city anymore. 

I went to stay at a house by the ocean with 15 other moms I met on the internet. People said we were crazy, that some kind of drama was bound to happen. They were wrong. It was such an amazing weekend. We drank, we ate, we laughed, we ate, we laughed some more. These women are good stuff. We can all be completely honest and open with each other, we share our stories and life experiences without fear of judgement, we're all different and appreciative of those differences. I've never really had a big group of girl friends. I've always had one or two close friends but never that network of women I really trusted and admired. I've always wanted that, and I'm so glad they're all in my life.

2015, you're off to a great start. 

December 19, 2014

Stitchfix #13

I got another Stitchfix shipment this week and realized it has been a couple of months since I've done a post on what I've gotten. If you've been following along, a couple of months ago I talked about the concept of a capsule wardrobe, and that I'd be doing one for the fall and winter. What I didn't quite expect was that with all of the changes I've made in the gym and with my eating habits, some of the clothes, especially pants, from my capsule are already too loose. I've been having to update/replace a few things that just aren't flattering or comfortable anymore. 

People have been asking me how Stitchfix boxes will work since the idea of having a capsule wardrobe is that you don't have to keep buying anything new. For the past couple of boxes I've been extremely picky with what I've been sent and didn't keep anything. I'm making very careful choices as to what pieces will fit into my wardrobe and will transition well in between seasons. 

If you haven't heard of Stitchfix here are the deets: 
1) Go the link, sign up and fill out all the info they ask for about your personal tastes, they'll hook you up with a stylist who'll send you a box with 5 items that they think will look great on you, based on what you tell them.
2) Pay a $20 styling fee which includes the box shipped to you and goes toward your purchase should you choose to keep anything in the box. 
3) Get your box (which you can set up on auto for once a month or schedule them as you wish) and try on your items! You have 3 days to decide and there's a free shipping bag included to send back what you don't want.

Here's what I got this month:

Benzer Plaid Layer Sweater

 This sweater is soft and lightweight. I love the plaid piece underneath that gives the illusion of layering without all of the bulk. I really love this.

Paul Colorblock Mixed Material Top

Another high quality piece. It's very stretchy material and the material is very flowy. I did notice it wrinkles easily if it's not hung up constantly, though. Although I like the comfort factor of this, I wasn't a fan of the higher rise front as it wasn't super flattering. My arm is kind of covering it on the left photo but the shirt sticks out quite a bit and isn't very flattering on my body. It was also a bit snug through the shoulders, I have wide shoulders so this happens a lot haha.

Baxley Zipper Detail Skinny Jean

At first I wasn't a huge fan of these jeans. They are a super soft and stretchy material, about like leggings.They fit my waist well which is hard to find usually because my lower half is curvy. I did notice the material does hold on to lint easily; out in the light they looked really fuzzy. It's a bit hard to see from the photo (sorry iphone's lack of detail) but those are zippers on the front pockets. Jury is still out on these. They're so comfortable. 

Faya Sleeveless Keyhole Fit & Flare Dress

This coat wasn't in the box, I just got it at the end of the season last year (at Nordstrom's I think?) and I haven't gotten a chance to wear it this year and I love it so much. BUT this dress came and I love the color and keyhole detail. It's made, as many of the Stitchfix products, with super stretchy and soft material so it'll fit a variety of body sizes. The only thing I didn't like with this was the length. A little bit too short for my comfort, I'd have to always wear thick tights underneath. I'm 5'9" so this wouldn't be necessarily short on everyone, though. 

Benson 3/4 Ruched Sleeve Blazer

Woot! I've been looking for a perfect fitting blazer and have found it. This is darted in the back so it follows my waist curves just so. The sleeves are ruched, which is totally my jam because I have long arms and always end up pulling my sleeves up anyways. The lining on the inside is blue and white pinstripe which shows through when you roll the sleeves a bit. I love, love this. 


I've created this Stitchfix board on Pinterest to help give my stylist some ideas on styles I love. I've been working on keeping it updated which helps give her a better idea of what to include in my fix each month. 

December 16, 2014

Paleo noms.

So I've kind of slowly been transitioning myself to a Paleo style of eating. There's a lot of misinformation out there about it, and a lot of different takes on how people eat this way. However, I found a really awesome cookbook and started transitioning to this way of eating and saw immediate results with my body and energy levels. Taking out processed and added sugars as well as bloat inducing grains really made me feel 100% amazing. 

Now, it hasn't been easy all the time. My husband and kids aren't in on it (although I'm working on taking out sugars and most grains from the boys' diet) and it can be challenging for me to give up some of the stuff that tastes the best but isn't nutritionally sound. However, the less sugar I eat, the less I crave it. 

I recently got this cookbook  and have practically cooking nonstop from it. Every recipe I've tried so far has been amazing and surprisingly simple. Not a ton of random and complicated ingredients or processes, which is good for me because I'm not a chef. I'm a basic cooker. 

Here's a few of the things I've been cooking up. I'm wondering if any of you would be interested in the recipes? 
Bacon wrapped dates and pineapple. 

Lemon blueberry muffins.

Pumpkin pancakes. SO GOOD. 

I'd like to hear from you. Do any of you eat Paleo and what are your favorite recipe books/websites? 

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