Thursday, November 5, 2015

Stitch Fix Review: 4.0

You know what is more exciting than seeing that your latest Stitch Fix has shipped?


Absolutely nothing is more, when I saw on Monday that my fix had already shipped I, of course, was ecstatic and immediately peeked at my order. (How do you peek, you say? Well, you "go to checkout" and voila, there are the contents of the fix that is on its way to you! Just make sure you don't actually "checkout" yet...)

As I compulsively checked the tracking information and then saw my fix was arriving one day early...then TWO days early I was giddy!! And then..."Package could not be delivered in a secure place." WHAAAAAAAAA? Quickly remedied by a phone call to the P.O. Phew. Crisis averted!

Without further ado...following is the super quality fashion show of my latest fix.

First up...this outfit. The Liverpool Reagan Skinny Pants were ADORABLE. Buuuuuut, kinda trendy? And for nearly $100 (well, okay, $88), I was getting cold feet about buying them and then having them be obsolete next winter. I think I'll jump on the plaid bandwagon with less a scarf. However, they also fit like a glove. So, there was that. But...ugh. What a dilemma. 

The shirt? RD Style Angus Split Back...can I just say something here? Who invented split back shirts? Cuz I'd kinda like to kick 'em where it counts...I mean, they split right across your butt, making it look like your butt exploded right out of your shirt. No.

Next up, Calandra Side Button Poncho...I pulled this bad boy out of the box and thought, "Well, great. If our power goes out, the whole family can snuggle up inside this GINORMOUS poncho to keep warm." But then I put it on and something magical happened. It just...flowed. And hung in all the right ways and did it still feel big? Yes. But not big in a bad way...and then my husband told me I looked "super cute" and HELLO. If your husband uses the words "super cute" it MUST be good! (For the record, my fashionista teenage daughter also concurred.)

Finally...Beetlejuice, beetlejuice, BEETLEJUICE!!!!! 

This 41Hawthorn Benson Blazer (ugh...does anyone else hear "blazer" and think shoulder pads and 1980 with Farrah Faucett hair?!) reminded me of "Beetlejuice" from the second I saw it when I peeked at my order. Some people tried to tell me fun ways to wear it...but I just couldn't get past the Beetlejuice feel to it! Also, it was a bit snug. However, it was absolutely LUSCIOUS. So soft and thick and stretchy and But no. And under it? The Sam Hi-Lo Tee which was, well, a tshirt and I think it was supposed to be a looser fit and $44 for a tshirt?! I just couldn't.

I think it goes without saying that this was a 1/5 fix...that poncho did it for me and the pants I would've totally gone for if I had the 25% buy 5 discount, but alas, back they went, along with the rest of it!

And, *sob* *sniffle* *tear*, I've done the responsible adult thing and delayed my fixes until February because: Christmas. Mama can't be spending good money on herself when there are oodles of presents to be purchased!!

Interested in treating yourself over the holidays? Maybe need a good gift for that hard-to-buy-for person on your list? Sign up for Stitch Fix and get started!

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Stitch Fix Review: Version 3.0

My latest fix came on Friday and GOOD GOLLY did I get a box full of wonderfulness!!

I had asked for layering options and in my note said I was "ready for fall" and my stylist, Amy, hit a home run! Knocked it right out of the park, my friends!

Before I get into the photo show of my goodies, I've just gotta say...a fashion model I am not. So, forgive the photos. :)

This coat is amazing! It's called the Claremore jacket and is so stinking cute...took me a bit to wrap my head around it, because I kept thinking "sweater" but when I realized it was supposed to be roomy because: COAT, I was all over this! Flattering? Perhaps not...but cute, and warm and I want to go Christmas tree shopping in it!

Also in this photo shows my Kut from the Kloth Dayna Skinny Jeans which are to DIE for! Soft and fit like a glove. *swoon* The Bolton Plaid Scarf is so cute. Fall and cozy and the colors make me happy! And the red striped "Where's Waldo" (thanks, Dad, for that one) shirt?

That is probably my favorite piece from this fix! Long enough for my wonky long torso and the elbow patches just MAKE IT. I love it!

Finally, the Carlynn sweater. I wanted to love it...but I just knew it wasn't my style and that it would sit, lonely and unused, in my closet. HOWEVER...when you're >thisclose< to an "all 5" discount, you try to make things happen and low and behold, I found a taker for the sweater and so now that makes TWO happy people!

I'm guessing you know by now that I kept all 5 items! And, I have some big time guilt about it...I hate spending that much money on myself! But, what's done is done, right? :)

Interested in giving Stitch Fix a shot? You can check out my first two reviews here and here...and here's my referral link! When you sign up, you can start collecting referrals of your own and earn credit toward your fixes!

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Stitch Fix: Version 2.0

I am almost due to get my next Stitch Fix I guess it's 'bout time I reviewed my 2nd fix, huh?!

This fix wasn't quite as great as my first one...for a couple of reasons, but it was still "okay". Let me show you why:

The Tunic. I had asked for another tunic, because I loved August's tunic so much and it killed me to send it back! Again, my family loved this (I still felt it was a tad big, but maybe that's how it's supposed to fit?), and I agreed! Cute. Comfy. Work appropriate. And the color? LOVED IT! Verdict: Kept! (Duh.)

The Leggings. Confession: I peeked at my fix before it arrived. (Did you know you could do this? When you get notified that your box has shipped, you just go to "check out" and Google the items that are listed! Cheating. I know.) These leggings have a zipper on the back (rookie mistake in neglecting to take a picture of that detail) and screamed 1980 to me...I wanted to hate them. In fact...I hated them until I tried them on and then? Well...then I fell in love. But...they were WAY more money than I would ever spend on leggings (hello, $10 Old Navy leggings...I love you too) at $58 (I believe) there was no way I could justify them. So, my love/hate relationship with them ended very quickly. Verdict: Returned

This Dress: UGH. As in: UGHLY. :) I've seen this dress pop up in other reviews and I never did find it attractive or cute when it showed up in my fix, I did an internal groan, but took one for the team and tried it on anyway. You guys, this dress is just as bad on as it is in pictures. The weird stitching/ruching thing it has going on was just bizarre and super unattractive. My husband looked at it, cocked his head, and asked what was wrong with that dress. Just...wrong. In so many ways. Verdict: Returned (totes, duh.)

This Shirt: When I saw and felt this shirt, I wanted to love it with all my heart and soul. It looked long enough to cover the wonky real estate that is my torso (I have a ridiculously long torso...and just as ridiculously short legs. Hey, we all have our cross to bear, right?!) and make it an appropriate shirt to wear with leggings. But...the slits. This shirt had side slits so high I felt like you could almost see my bra (okay, that's an exaggeration...but you could see the waistband of my pants). This shirt was like the leggings, but reverse...I wanted to love it, but I hated it! Verdict: Returned 

The Scarf. Since I knew I wasn't keeping all five things, I didn't even bother with the scarf. I liked it well enough, but I wasn't going to pay the sticker price on it...definitely would've loved it if I had gotten the "keep all 5" discount, but since I wasn't: Verdict: Returned 

And that wraps up my 2nd Stitch Fix! I continue to get so many compliments on the dress I kept from my first Stitch Fix, and have gotten a lot of compliments on my tunic from this fix...I can't wait to see what's in store for Stitch Fix #3!

Interested in trying it for yourself? Here's my referral link, if you use it, I get a credit and you get to start enjoying Stitch Fix for yourself! Win win! ;)

Monday, August 31, 2015

My First Stitch Fix!

Quite awhile ago, I was talking with a co-worker about Stitch Fix and the cute clothes she had been wearing. She sent me a referral link (and, I'm always happy to reward someone with a referral!) but it sat in my inbox for months. I had even gone so far as starting an account and completing a profile...but I just couldn't get myself to commit to that first box.

I had heard that your first few boxes are usually a bust, that you typically don't get things you love until your stylist has really gotten the chance to know your ins and outs and what kind of clothes you really like. That, along with the monthly commitment, led to my hesitation in completing my subscription.

Apparently my patience paid off, because one day I received a code for a $20 credit (the cost of one month's subscription) and that was the deal sealer. I signed up, but truth be told, I wasn't really looking too forward to my first box because: FIRST BOX.

But then, it came and WHOA NELLY was I impressed! My stylist (Kate) listed to my requests (tunics, bright colors) and I was so happy with my first box!

Let me show you (forgive the horrible was the end of a hot summer day and I had a 7 year old photographer):

A maxi dress and fun silver leaf necklace:


Blouse and pants:

So, you're asking, what did I keep? Let's start with what I knew wasn't right...the pants. The subtle damask print was super cute, but the fit was all wrong.gappy in the crotch, not quite right enough at the ankle, just weird. Back they went.

I wanted to love the REALLY WANTED TO LOVE IT, but the fit. Again, not right. I love the idea of flowy shirts but the reality is that I usually try them and feel like I'm wearing a maternity shirt. Spending 50 months of your life pregnant will do that to a girl. I blame my children for ruining cute flowy blouses for me. Also, it truly was a bit too big. Back it went.

The dress. I immediately loved the dress...right outta the box and loved it even more when I put it on! Cute, comfy, stylish...I loved it. I was a bit pricier than something I'd buy in a store, but dang. I loved it, so I kept it!

The tunic...I loved the print and color but wasn't sure of the fit. My family said it was cute, even suggested I keep it, but...I just couldn't bring myself to love it. Back it went.

The silver leaf necklace...SO. CUTE. And totally not my usual practical choice but I loved it with the dress and my practical side was telling me, "Keep the tunic!!!", but the less practical side of me said, "Don't listen to her...keep the necklace!" And so, I keep the necklace. Then promptly told my stylist to skip jewelry in the next box so I wouldn't be tempted!

My next fix is scheduled to arrive around midish September and I can. not. WAIT!

Interested in giving it a try? Here's my referral link that earns me a $25 credit when your first box ships! 

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Don't Blink

You know the popular quote, "Though the days seem long, the years go fast"...or something like that? Well, my friends that are parents of little, tiny people, there are no truer words.

Yes, when we are raising up small children and they need our attention for ALL THE SECONDS of ALL THE DAYS, we just don't ever feel like bedtime will EVER COME AGAIN. We begin to believe that maybe, just maybe, we will die of exhaustion before our children are grown adults. That we will suffer a long, slow, painful death from dealing with diaper blow-outs, sleepless nights, temper tantrums, "I do it myself" demands, and a never ending search for sippy cups and pacifiers. But rest assured, my friends, it will end.

The temper tantrums end, the blow outs end, before long they really CAN "do it themselves", and soon those sippy cups and pacifiers are a thing of the past. (The sleepless nights, however? They tend to come back sometime around your oldest child's 15th or 16th birthday...and from what my friends of grown-up children tell me, they stick around forever because a mama's worry never ends.)

Before you know it, your little temper tantruming toddler will be headed off to his second year of college. Your forever sweet and kind eldest daughter will start to get all teenagery on you. Yes, pretty soon, even your "littles" are older than a lot of people's "bigs"...but, they will still be your littles. Even when they are middle schoolers, or part of the "oldest" grade in elementary school, or when they are independent 2nd graders...they are still and will always be your "littles".

I am now that mom that gazes, with slightly misty eyes, at the young mom in Target that is struggling to keep her two year old in the cart while her newborn cries hungrily and I wish that I could really, truly go back, for just a moment, and appreciate when I was that young mom. When I was tired beyond exhaustion, when I wore a permanent spit-up stain on my shirts, when my babies fit in my lap, their whole body...perfectly in my lap. Now they are all legs and arms and creeping on me in height.

Oh, how I long to pick them up and have them snuggle their little heads onto my shoulder. Wrap their little arms halfway around my neck, because that is all the farther they will reach.

My baby girl is the balm for my aching heart...she still fits well enough in my lap. Her little hand still fits perfectly in mine. I am still the center of her world and I feel like I am grasping at straws because I know, all too soon, that she too will outgrow my lap. That someday, she won't want to hold my hand. And that there will be a day when I will not be her first choice. Her best person.

So for today, I hold close to that. I cherish every snuggle, every hand hold, every tender moment my older kids oblige me with and especially those times when they grasp my outreached hand and hold on, just like they did when they were little.

Moms and dads of wee ones, I know you're tired. I know you want to cry when your two year old is melting down for the 15th time of the day. I know you think you just. can't. wait. until you can wear fancy clothes again and sleep all night and leave the diaper bag behind...but trust me when I tell you to soak this in.

Every last exhausted moment.

Inhale it.

Embrace it.

Revel in it.

Because before YOU know it too, those babies will be big and your lap will be lonely.

Friday, July 31, 2015


How can it be three weeks since my kids came home from camp?! I can't believe 1.) That it's been that long and 2.) That I haven't posted in THREE WEEKS!! 

And I have so much to say.

Anyway, we went to Valleyfair on Tuesday. 

Anyone that's read around here for any amount of time knows this is an annual trip our family has taken since, well, I think since it opened in 1976!! I've only missed a few trips since I started going (perhaps when I was 5ish?) and hot dang, I try to move mountains to make sure I can make it! (Look! It's me! Looking old! And haggard!)

We arrive shortly after the park opens and stay until they kick us out! We leave a bit chubbier, a lot exhausted, and all sorts of happy!

This year did not fact, the forecast called for storms and with a morning rain shower, we practically had the park to ourselves for the whole darn day! It was awesome being able to basically walk up to a ride and have little to no wait time!

It was a fun, glorious day!

Friday, July 10, 2015

An Open Letter to My Kids At Camp...Day 6


Driving home from picking up my loves from of them (Dubya) received the "Tall Tale" award for always trying to get his friends to believe crazy stories and the other (Belle) recorded the prestigious "Camper of the Week" award, for being the all around best camper and for acing her Firearms Safety test!!)! She also received a Nalgene-style water bottle for this award!

The stories and new friendships abound...they made great connections, Belle made a friend from Costa Rica (I was right, she was with the group asking about how to say different food words in other languages!) and loved her bunk mates. Dubya also hit it off with his bunk mates!

Both kids are happy they went to camp, Dubya didn't really have any tough times, Belle said Night 2 was her toughest night, then she was fine! 

Man alive, did it ever feel good to wrap my arms around them!

Now, we head home to unpack and get ready to watch the new Minion movie at the drive-in tonight!!

My mama heart is full and happy...


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