Stitch Fix bliss part XI.

Doesn’t it feel like just last month that I posted about Stitch Fix? It’s highly unusual for me to get two boxes in such a short span of time, but my sister gave me a gift card for Christmas and Stitch Fix reeled me in with their “be entered to win $2500 in Stitch Fix credit if you get a Fix before January 16” offer. And here we are.

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This maxi dress was cute and nursing friendly but I own one that is pretty similar so decided to send it back. Oh, I also recently had my hair cut and I suppose this picture debuts that. So there it is.

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This faux wrap dress was also nursing friendly (my stylist was really excellent at including options for that) and I like the cut. Most wrap dresses – even faux wrap – don’t work for me because I am so flat chested, but this one did work. However I am not really a polka dot person and didn’t like the pattern, so I sent this back as well.

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I tried these Lila Ryan Liza jeggings in my ninth (I think) Stitch Fix box, but I was a few months pregnant st the time and it didn’t seem wise to keep them. I hadn’t forgotten them though and decided to request another pair, and ultimately, I decided to keep these this time.

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I will say this tunic was more flattering in person than it is in this photo, but I decided against keeping it. As I age I’m becoming less interested in a boho style.

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I really considered keeping this button up plaid shirt because I wear a lot of button ups these days, but I decided against it because I own a similar red plaid shirt.

Interested in trying Stitch Fix for yourself? They are waiving the $20 styling fee for the first box. Here’s my referral code!

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Stitch Fix bliss part X.

My tenth Stitch Fix box! I feel like they should take me to dinner to celebrate. But alas – I’ll settle for sharing the contents here instead.

The embroidery on shoes trend is…trending, and it’s fine but I don’t LOVE it. Also, these were too big (obviously Stitch Fix would have sent me a pair in the right size if I’d so requested) and not my style so I sent them back.

 

These jeggings were cute and fit well, but I ultimately sent them back because the wash and fit was just too similar to a pair of Treasure & Bond jeans I own.

 

This black sweater with pearl buttons on the sleeves was really cute and cozy and I was thisclose to keeping it. But I didn’t. I probably would have if it were charcoal or a lighter grey, but I have plenty of black shirts.

 

I liked this red and black flannel with brown elbow patches fine, but I’d just ordered a red plaid shirt from Gap (60% off, thank you Black Friday/Cyber Monday) and the way the buttons are positioned on this one makes it less breastfeeding friendly than a button down shirt, so I decided to return it. (Longest sentence in the post award – right there.)

 

I did keep this grey and floral shirt. I needed to keep something to not lose out on my styling fee and this shirt is comfy with a nice pop of color. It can be dressed up or down and I am quite fond of it. Wearing it as I type this as a matter of fact.

Interested in Stitch Fix? Here’s my referral code. I think they’re waiving the styling fee for your first box, so if you want to try it out, now is a good time!

Pregnancy style – LuLaRoe edition.

Okay, so this post has been a work in progress for months. I’m no longer pregnant, but decided that I should still finish the post and let it see the light beyond the draft folder. 

I have postponed my quarterly Stitch Fix boxes for the time being because I would need maternity clothes in order to really use them for the next month, and I’ve tried to not buy many maternity-only clothes during this pregnancy.  I’m fortunate that many of my regular clothes continue to fit late into pregnancy and I have plenty to get by, even when the majority of my closet gradually becomes unavailable.  However, I have purchased a few things recently that work for my pregnant and non-pregnant self so I decided to share a bit about those pieces in lieu of my quarterly Stitch Fix post.

Most people know about the clothing company LuLaRoe, but in case you don’t, here is the website.  A guy I went to school with is married to a lady who, until recently, was a LuLaRoe consultant and my aunt and cousin have both hosted Facebook parties through this woman in the past.  Just for fun and to support them, I bought a few items at each of those parties.  Then the lady had a super big clearance event to make room in her stock and then later because she decided to phase out of consulting, so I took advantage of those discounted prices for each of those sales as well.  And I have since found a new “dealer” – my aunt introduced me to Christine and Jenna’s Facebook page and if you are in the slightest bit interested in LuLaRoe, I recommend following along with them.  They seem really fun and are super engaging on Facebook.

Here are the majority of the LuLaRoe items I’ve accumulated over the past year and a half or so and how they’re serving me during pregnancy…. {This post has been a work in progress for months now, so I’ll put descriptions below the pictures for how pregnant I was when I wore the outfit and conned Kevin into taking a photo for me.  :) }

DRESSES

This is the Amelia dress, worn in the traditional manner.  It has pockets, which makes it a winner.  In terms of sizing, this is an XS and I was 31 weeks pregnant when these pictures were taken.  It was pretty tight in the chest area even then so I don’t think I could wear it now.

 

And this is that same Amelia worn with the zipper in the front.  Pockets are still functional (yay).  The dress is breastfeeding friendly when worn this way.

 

This is the Nicole dress.  I am wearing an XS, and like the Amelia, I don’t think I could wear this one much past the 31 week mark, like I am here.  It’s a great first and second trimester option though!

 

This is the Carly and I’m wearing an XXS.  It is definitely an every-trimester kind of dress!  These pics were taken when I was at 31 weeks, but I know I can fit into the dress now (37 weeks) too.

 

This is the Julia dress and I’m wearing an XS.  I love this one and, as I tend to prefer more fitted pieces for pregnancy, it’s probably my favorite in terms of pregnancy style.  This picture was taken when I was 31 weeks, but I could squeeze into the dress fine now too.  I’d just probably wear a loose cardigan or something that covers the wide-load bum a bit.  :)

 

Speaking of Julia and long cardigans….  I wore this to a baby shower brunch some friends hosted for me when I was 36 weeks pregnant and the beautiful blue was perfect.  This is also an XS.

 

SHIRTS AND LEGGINGS 

LuLaRoe is famous for their “butter soft” leggings and here is a one size pair in mustard. They’re paired with an Irma – this is an XXS. I get so many compliments when I wear this shirt. Irma is probably my favorite style of LLR shirt.

 

This is a Classic Tee in XXS and a pair of patterned one size leggings.

 

This is a Randy shirt (obviously a baseball style) in XS. I’ve had this one a long time and have worn it a lot, but will probably retire it soon because it is starting to pill.

 

This is a Gigi shirt in XS and I love it. I like fitted styles in general, especially when pregnant. The Gigi is basically the top half of the Julia dress.

 

It’s hard to see in this picture but this patterned Classic in XXS is one of my most worn shirts.

 

This is a Lynnae shirt in XXS. I think it is a lot like the Classic but has long sleeves. Perfect for fall!

I have a few more pieces that aren’t shown here – some grey leggings, green leggings, and a Classic in XS which is super drapey on my frame (and started to pill after just one or two wears, so not my favorite piece and will probably be donated during my next closet clean out).

Have you ever worn LuLaRoe? What are your favorite pieces? 

Stitch Fix bliss part IX.

I know you’ve been anxiously awaiting the ninth ever Stitch Fix post on this little blog, I got a box last week, and Kevin was just dying to take some iPhone wardrobe photos, so the stars were really in alignment, now weren’t they?  Everyone wins!  Let’s get right down to it, shall we?

 

This Le Lis blouse was fine, but I own another one (from Stitch Fix!  Same brand!) that looks pretty similar, so it just didn’t make sense to keep this one.

 

I kept this sheer blue and orange patterned shirt.  It will be a nice spring piece and will layer well in fall and winter.  The brand is Papermoon.

 

Now allow me to look down awkwardly at these jeans.  They’re Lila Ryan and I LOVED them.  But!  They fit perfectly right now and my tummy, butt, etc. are not going to be getting any smaller over the next six months, so it really didn’t make sense to keep the jeans and only be able to wear them for a matter of weeks before they became too tight.  And what if I am never again at a size where they’d fit?  Not worth the expense now for so much uncertainty.

 

This navy dress (sorry – I forgot to jot down the brand) was something I wanted to like when I first pulled it out of the box, but I just couldn’t once it was on the bod.  I thought the half belt that was sewed into the dress was weird and made it bunch awkwardly.  It just looks frumpy.  I also didn’t like the way the material in the back was gathered.  It received an all-expenses paid trip home to the Stitch Fix warehouse.

 

This Hawthorne 41 shirt is a beautiful Kelly green color and it’ll fit well for several months to come.  I kept it and think I’ll get a lot of wear out of it.

And that’s all she wore.  Or wrote.  Or whatever.  In case you’re just itching to use my Stitch Fix referral code – here it is.  (FD:  I receive a credit if you use the code to order a Stitch Fix fix.)  It is a fun service.  I’ve heard some reservations about signing up because of the expense, but something I really like is that they ask you how much you’re comfortable spending in the different categories (pants, blouses, dresses, accessories, etc.) in the style profile, so you can be really upfront about your budget.  And you only have to get a Fix delivered when you want one – however frequently or infrequently that may be.

Have you used Stitch Fix?  Are you transitioning into spring wardrobe items? 

Stitch Fix bliss part VII & part VIII.

Two Stitch Fix boxes to report on here!  I’m still on a quarterly Fix rotation, and that’s working pretty well.  To be perfectly honest – I’ve been a little disappointed with the past two boxes, but that’s kind of silly because I found a couple of things I liked in each box.  I guess I was just on a roll, keeping everything they sent for the first few boxes, so it seems like they only scored a 40% when I keep 2 items instead of 5.  But my wallet is better off, so… :)  I’ve been making a conscious effort to not buy a ton of clothes.  I have so many clothes and I don’t wear a lot of them as much as I should.  It is yet again the time of year when I think to myself, “I should do a capsule wardrobe.”

But enough about my wishy-washy capsule wardrobe ways….  On to the Fix reports.

October 2016 Fix:

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I didn’t keep these shoes.  I think they were Lucky brand?  I’m sorry – I did not do a good job of recording the brand on the things I sent back.  Anyway…the shoes.  They were a little tight.  I liked them fine and would definitely wear something like this.  But they didn’t fit perfectly so I said sole long.  ;-)

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No, seriously.  I rolled out of bed and had Kevin take this picture early one morning because I needed to send the items back that day.  Diva, always and forever.  Anywho….  Two items here – the burgundy puffer vest (sorry – forgot to note the brand) and Liverpool leggings.  I sent both back. The leggings weren’t worth it for the price and I just wasn’t too into the vest.  I have a similar black one.

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And here we have a blue shirt by 41 Hawthorn.  I really love this shirt (kept it) and get so many compliments when I wear it.  It looks pretty dressy but is comfortable and nursing friendly (buttons on top 3/4).  Win!

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Lastly from the October box, this striped tunic by Market & Spruce.  I really like this one too!  It’s comfy and has fun elbow patches.  Great weight for spring, fall, and winter, with the right layering.  Pants are Zara (not from Stitch Fix) and the Duchess of Cambridge owns an identical pair.  Twinning with Kate – nbd.

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January 2017 Fix:

One of the items in my January Fix was the same pair of pants (the Liverpool leggings) that they’d sent in the October Fix.  I sent them back again and didn’t bother to take another picture.

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This jacket – sorry, I’m horrible and didn’t record the brand – I sent back BUT I will say I liked it more than I thought I would.  When I first pulled it out of the box, I was not impressed because my style profile specifically says to avoid fake fur.  I tried it on and it was cozy and comfy and a good weight.  I also really liked the color.  But I’m just not a fake fur (or real fur for that matter) kind of person and I have plenty of jackets.  I didn’t need one more.

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Allow me to awkwardly turn my butt toward you and model this split back sweater.  It was cute, I liked the grey color, and it was a good weight, but it was too pricey for my taste.  I sent it back.

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img_0320I really liked this shirt a lot and Kevin said he thought it looked like my style, but ultimately, I decided to send it back.  I had just gotten a very similar baseball style shirt through LaLuRoe (or is it LuLaRoe?  I always forget.) – the Randy, and thought this one was a little too similar.  As I look at this picture, I may have a tiny bit of returner’s remorse, but I’ll push through and be stronger for it.  ;-)

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I kept this button up – brand is Skies Are Blue.  It’s nursing friendly, I like plaid, and it’s a really sturdy material.  I like the colors too (shades of red/maroon and blue and grey). I think I’ll get a lot of wear out of this one.

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As a little Stitch Fix bonus…  Last fall my friend Torri asked if I’d be interested in this purple shirt:

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She’d received it in her Fix and didn’t love it, but thought of me because we are similar in size.  The brand is Skies Are Blue. I love the color and that it is nursing friendly so I said I’d take it.  I’m really happy she thought of me because I love it and have gotten a lot of wear out of it already.  It makes Ava downright giddy too, obviously.

What styles have you been loving?  Any items here that fit your style?

Snapshot {December}.

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Making: Lists in my 2017 planner.  I accomplish a lot when it is on a list and I know I’ll have the satisfaction of crossing it off when it’s done.  My plan is to write out in advance (like right now) five goals for each of the 52 weeks in 2017.  We’ll see how it works!

Cooking: Mmm, good food recently.  Yesterday we made the Pioneer Woman’s potato soup for dinner.  Tonight we made our favorite – pan seared chicken with balsamic cream sauce.  Tomorrow night will be our favorite beef stew and homemade bread.

Drinking: Water.  80 ounces each day.  Some days are tougher than others.

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Reading: Several books.  The Secret Garden on my phone.  Team of Rivals, slowly but surely.  Truly, Madly, Guilty, my current library book.  Kevin and I are listening to Duplicity as well.

Wanting: Ava to reach the end of her current teething phase.  The first set of top molars have been visible for a week and minimal progress seems to be happening.  Poor thing.  She’s also in a developmental leap which means she’s hyperaware and clingy and doesn’t go down for her regular bedtime as easily as usual.  Will I ever stop obsessing about her sleep habits and patterns and phases?  I certainly hope so.

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Looking: Forward to 2017.  A fresh year just feels so full of promise.  I don’t know how I want to capture each monthly recap on the blog, if at all.  I enjoyed this format this year and it allowed me to share my favorite five or six Instagram photos from each month.  But I don’t think I want to do another year of it.

Eating: Well.  See above under cooking.  :)

 Wishing: My parents and sister lived closer.  I know I’m very lucky that they’re only 2.5 hours away – some people are so much further from family.  But schedules prevent regular visits.  I wish Ava had the chance to know them the way she does her other grandparents.

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Enjoying: Some of Ava’s newest mannerisms.  She picks up books and holds them up to us, making this cute little grunting noise to indicate that she wants us to read them to her.  She’s also started dancing and girlfriend has rhythm on par with her mom, which is to say, no rhythm.  But it’s adorable.  I love how she pulls herself up on her little bear chair and looks so proud to be sitting there.  She knows where we keep the crackers and gets so excited anytime we go near it.  She’s a master climber of the stairs and has also gotten really good at going down them properly.

Loving: My new booties.  I thought I hated booties, but maybe I am just really, really picky.

Hoping: The weather allows us to resume our regular walks around the neighborhood.  It’s really so good for the mind, body, and soul to get that fresh air and leg stretch in semi-regularly.

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Needing: To remember this verse:  Ephesians 5:4 – “Let there be no filthiness nor foolish talk nor crude joking, which are out of place, but instead let there be thanksgiving.”  Amanda shared it recently and it really resonated with me as something I need to focus on myself.

Smelling: Lavender mist from my diffuser.  So soothing.

Feeling: Relaxed and happy.  I am so blessed.

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Wearing: Sweats and a t-shirt.  New Year’s eve party clothes.

Watching: Homeland.  We’re on the first episode of the sixth season.  Poor Quinn.

What are you wishing/needing/loving/eating right now?

Snapshot {November}.

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Making: Good use of nap time – even if it’s not as I planned. I had the best of intentions to make a turkey pot pie for lunch while Ava slumbered peacefully in her crib. But alas, she acts as though I am placing her gently into boiling lava when I attempt to move the little sleeper from my arms. So I was faced with a choice – pot pie and no nap…or an indulgent cuddle nap and no pot pie. I chose the nap, so here I sit, sleeping baby weight on me and I’m using the time to do this blog post. I can’t say I’m disappointed in my choice.

Cooking: The meal plan this week was as follows:  Monday – lemon chicken picata with roasted kale and brussels sprouts; Tuesday – spicy tomato garlic shrimp with spaghetti squash; today – roasted chicken thighs and sweet potatoes; Thursday – green chile and beef enchilada casserole and pinto beans; and Friday – we’ll likely pick up Dion’s or Flying Star. I’ll throw together the aforementioned turkey pot pie (using turkey my mother in law roasted yesterday) at some point and it will be good for lunches.

Drinking: Water.  I’ve felt soooo much better since I gave up my (average of) twice a week peppermint mocha, so I know I need to be strong and keep avoiding.  But I did give in and drink one yesterday so… It’s a dangerous course to give in for “just one” – wish me luck.

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Reading: So many books going!  Team of Rivals (which I’ll be working on for a long time), Jane Eyre (re-reading it on my phone while Ava nurses/cuddle naps because classics are free and it has been about 9 years since I last read it!), A Gentleman in Moscow (good, but not nearly as interesting to me as Rules of Civility – by the same author), Love the One You’re With (listening to it on Audible as I drive around town – an easy listen), and lastly, Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim (one that Kevin and I listened to on our way to and from Thanksgiving at my family’s place about an hour and a half south of where we live.  It is funny and had us cracking up a lot on the drive!  Now we’re listening to it in smaller increments as we drive to grocery shop, etc.).

Wanting: Some clarity on a few personal changes I’ve been considering. Nothing I can talk about now (hello, vague) but I’ll update you as I can.

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Looking: At the path of toys and books Hurricane Ava has left in her wake.  Confession:  I actually enjoying picking everything up at the end of the day, placing each item in its correct place, and leaving a clean canvas for her to play upon the following day.  I time myself and there’s a sense of instant gratification. Messy to neat in 1.75 minutes.

Eating: Nothing now. Lunch when Ava awakes – I’ll likely ask Kevin to bring me something. Or eat leftover chicken piccata.

 Wishing: That I was always this patient and accepting of thwarted crib naps. Some days I feel so overwhelmed with all the stuff I need to be doing while Ava is sleeping. Some days I’m convinced that it’s because we’ve allowed cuddle naps that she won’t crib nap consistently well and some days I’m certain that the cuddle nap on that particular day is going to be THE indulgence that turns her into a bad sleeper. Today I don’t care. Today I’m just thankful that I have a schedule that allows me to hold her while she naps and today I’m appreciative of this stage because someday she won’t want to let me hold her for an hour and a half and that will be sad.

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Enjoying: Hot lemon honey water each evening with Kevin.  It’s so soothing and a lovely way to end the day.

Loving: This phase with Ava. She is seriously so fun at 13 months. I count myself lucky to be her sidekick. Her newest thing? “Ava,what does a snake say?” And she responds with, “Sssssssssss!” She’s also started blowing on her food when it’s warm and she’s so good at using a spoon and fork (pre-loaded but I think it will click soon that she can be her own master spear’er of food). She is pushing her little push toy around and transitioning from one piece of furniture to another but still prefers crawling and hasn’t taken independent steps. I stumbled across this article and thought it was interesting – fits Ava completely. She has such a cautious, easy temperament – it’s not surprising that she’s a later than average walker.

Hoping: The thyroid medicine we started Kiki on yesterday works well for her. She is such a sweet cat. I want her to be healthy forever.

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Needing: To do a blog post about my October Stitch Fix box.  Maybe I’ll just wait and combine it with the scheduled January box.  I think I’ve also got an item or two through Trunk Club that I haven’t posted about…..

Smelling: Fresh laundry scent from the baby passed out on top of me.

Feeling: Super proud of myself – I am done with my Christmas shopping.  It’s self preservation really – I can’t stand the crowds and chaos and stress that comes with shopping closer to the holiday.  It’s such a relief to be done.

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Wearing: Jeans and a sweater. Cozy socks and house shoes.

Watching: Gilmore Girls.  I’m on the last few episodes of the seventh season and then I’ll start the newly released Netflix version.  I want to get caught up on the PBS Anne series this weekend too!

What are you wishing/needing/loving/eating right now?