Fix #12

Happy Fix Day! I originally requested a Back-to-School fix. Then, I began adding to my style note things like “light wash jeans that fit like my Just Black jeans,” “a cold shoulder top/dress,” “something chambray,” and “cute summer sandals.” Nicole pulled together another tough decision for me! Let’s take a look!

 

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New to Stitch Fix?

Stitch Fix is an online styling service that works to serve both men and women, petite and plus-size figures as well as women needing maternity clothing.

To get started, you can click the following link to create your free style profile where you will set your style of clothing, size and budgetary preferences.

When you are ready, you can set up your first fix date and also your fix frequency. I have mine set to On-Demand. When I first signed up, I was getting fixes monthly. Knowing I was buying a house, I became more conservative with my money and cut down on all monthly expenses. You’ll be able to choose from every 2-3 weeks, every month, every other month or every 3 months. If you know you have a fix coming up and need to change or cancel the date, Stitch Fix has you covered! Just log into your account and update your fix date.

Get excited when your fix arrives at your doorstep! Try everything on in the comfort and convenience of your own home. Keep what you love and send back what you don’t in the pre-paid postage bag. The great part of Stitch Fix is how they credit you the $20 styling fee as long as you purchase at least one item. If you love it all, you get the $20 credit and a buy 5 discount towards your order!

At the checkout, be sure to leave specific and meaningful feedback to make your next fix even better! To help Nicole pinpoint my style and tastes, I created a Pinterest board and linked it to my Stitch Fix profile. I update it regularly with new textures, tones and pieces that appeal to me.

Let’s see what Nicole pulled for me this time!

MIA CANDIDA FAUX SUEDE SANDAL

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I was excited to see a pair of shoes included in my September fix. When I unwrapped the Mia Candida Faux Suede sandals, I was a little unsure of their olive color. However, after trying them on and feeling their comfort and seeing the quality of the material they were made with, I grew to like them. Still unsure, I moved on to the next piece.

SKIES ARE BLUE REGINALD CROCHET DETAIL TOP

 

Nicole may have been on a green kick when she was pulling different pieces together for my fix. She sent me an emerald green short sleeve Skies are Blue Reginald Crochet Detail top. The fabric is soft and flowy. The crochet details were just enough—not too loud or too much. The top fit wonderfully and instantly became one of my new favorite shirts.

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I paired the Skies are Blue Reginald Crochet Detail top with my black Emers from Fix #2 and a pair of grey Lucky brand Emmie Toe ballet flats from Fix #9–an outfit that I would wear to work. I dressed the same top down by pairing it with a pair of jeans…my next item from my fix!

LEVEL 99 PRIMROSE SKINNY JEAN

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I was thrilled to see a pair of light wash jeans in my fix. I was slightly less excited when I saw the rather large price tag that accompanied these jeans. However, when I tried on the LEVEL 99 Primrose Skinny Jean, I was all smiles. They are very comfortable, which nearly made me forget about the cost. After all, you can’t put a price tag on comfort when you can wear comfort in a fashionable way!

ERICA TAYLOR KAREN STRAIGHT LEG PANT

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The Erica Taylor Karen Straight Leg pant was up next as my finger tips plucked up the next item. Without having seen the tags, I would have guessed that Nicole had sent me a new pair of black Emers. And she really could have fooled me. They looked just like Emers, felt just like Emers and fit just like Emers. Damn, that Erica Taylor for being a copy cat! This pant looked great styled with the Skies are Blue Reginald Crochet Detail top and it looked great dressed down with a tank and my pale pink open cardigan from my athleisure fix over the winter. However, if there was one piece of the fix that would count as my swing vote, these would be it. I didn’t necessarily need another pair of black pants, but they were nice!

FREE HEART SHAMIRA DRESS

I saved the best for last—and I didn’t even realize it! Nicole sent me a Free Heart Shamira dress. Right out of the box, I was in love with the color, the feel and overall look of this dress. It looked like something that would totally stand out to me had I been shopping for myself. The fabric was so soft and light. There were little details that made me fall even more in love with this piece–which was a for-sure keeper, even without trying it on first.

 

 

I liked that it had straps–even though they were thin. When I went to wear it, the straps were still too loose despite me adjusting them to the tightest setting. The day I wore this favorite from my fix to school, I tucked the straps inside so I wouldn’t have to deal with them sliding off my shoulders all day. Aside from that, I loved the comfort and style of this dress!

Decision Time

With each fix, I usually am faced with a choice of keeping everything for the sake of getting the discount or sending back the items that I didn’t love along with one or two others that I was on the fence about in order to justify sending any items back at all.

Automatically in my keep/no questions pile were the Skies are Blue Reginald Crochet Detail top, the LEVEL 99 Primrose Skinny Jean in light wash and the Free Heart Shamira dress. This left me with the two items that I felt indifferent towards. While I liked the black Erica Taylor pants, I didn’t LOVE them. I felt similarly towards the Mia Candida sandals. While I did think they were cute and different, I wasn’t over the moon about them. Also, these are the least expensive shoes I’ve been sent from Stitch Fix–maybe a point awarded on Team Keep for the sandals for that reason.

Let’s recap!

  • Mia Candida Faux Suede sandals…$39.00 (KEEP)
  • Skies are Blue Reginald Crochet Detail top…$54.00 (KEEP)
  • LEVEL 99 Primrose Skinny Jean…$98.00 (KEEP)
  • Erica Taylor Karen Straight Leg pant…$88.00 (KEEP)
  • Free Heart Shamira dress…$48.00 (KEEP)

Ultimately, I decided to keep the entire fix. To date, I have worn the three pieces that I loved right out of the gate. I have a hard time wearing the sandals because of their color. However, I do like their style and material. The black Erica Taylor pants I haven’t reached for yet because we have been experiencing an unseasonably warm October–record highs reaching the 80s in Connecticut. Its technically fall and I want to break out my fall sweaters and boots—-beat it summer weather!

What would you have kept? 

Comment below to tell me which pieces you would have kept or sent back! I would love to hear your feedback!

Style Note for My Next Fix

For my next fix, I requested a fun A-line skirt or dress. I’ve been busy pinning styles after Olivia Pope from Scandal. I have been binge watching the last season or so before I can begin watching the last and final season on ABC right now. I love her style. Her clothes–and her many jackets are to die for. I have also been touring around with a capsule wardrobe. So, besides the Olivia Pope inspired dress, I also requested a surprise of fall capsule pieces to add to my closet.

 

Can’t wait to see what Nicole pulled together for me!

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Birthday Eve

It was the eve of my birthday, when thoughts ran a’fury.

Did I do all I ought? Did I? I’m not sure I should worry.

I reminisced on the past, looking fondly at photos

from my school days to proms to college—YOLO.

 

I became sad when I thought I would no longer be

a youthful, twenty-something like I’ve been, you see.

I’m the first of my friends to leap off the pod,

Here I come, 30….so help me, God.

 

Thirty seems old and serious and scary.

Why would I elect to be something I’m not?

I’m wary.

I don’t want to grow old or serious, no.

I want to stay young and pretty—all systems ‘go.

 

Thirty seems like the age when adulting comes through.

But I don’t want to adult. I’m a big kid inside, too.

I want to end days with ice cream and movies.

And throw a slight tantrum when things aren’t so groovy.

 

I want to get excited for Christmas morning and then,

walk out to discover Santa’s found me again.

I want to live like I’m twenty-five and flirty.

I don’t know how to be old—especially not thirty.

 

Thirty seems scary because, well it is.

Thirty’s not happened yet, see… Age Wiz!

Thirty is new and unwritten and open.

Here’s to the thirties being great–I’m hopin’!

 

I’ll go to bed 29 and wake up anew.

A new age, a new era, a whole new life view.

Well, I will say hello 30, new memories, new chances.

If nothing else, I hope 30 finds me a man who dances.

 

Happy 30th Birthday to me!

September 13, 2017

 

Summer Goals Revisited

So when last school year was a mere two weeks from letting out, I made a list of all the things that I planned on doing in the oodles of free time I was about to have. I believe the list was well-intentioned. I am about to share the progress or lack thereof, I made towards accomplishing the list.

Ergo…..The list and THE UPDATE.

  • train Domino to tolerate seeing another person or dog while on a walk…..WE CONTINUE TO TRAIN AND WORK ON OUR TOLERANCE OF OTHER THINGS AND PEOPLE.
  • read several books other than children’s books….IF SEVERAL MEANS THREE, THEN I READ THREE NON-CHILDREN’S BOOKS THIS SUMMER. AND IF I AM BEING TECHNICAL, IT’S STILL SUMMER UNTIL SEPTEMBER 21….SO I CAN SQUEAK IN ONE MORE IF I TRY HARD.
  • learn to do at least two new, easy/quick hair styles for long and thick hair….I FAILED HERE. I CAN NOW HALFASS BRAID MY HAIR, BUT I CUT IT AFTER HASTILY DECIDING TO RID MYSELF OF SEVERAL INCHES OF HAIR DURING A HOT AND HUMID WEEK AND CAN NO LONGER BRAID IT ON THE SIDE BECAUSE ITS NOT LONG ENOUGH.
  • try a skin care regimen and track the progress…..I TRIED THIS WHILE STILL IN SCHOOL LAST YEAR AND FELL OFF THE BANDWAGON. HOWEVER, I STILL USE A MASK ONCE A WEEK. AS FOR THE PROGRESS, I BELIEVE IT WAS A PLACEBO EFFECT BECAUSE I DIDNT NOTICE ANY NEW GLOW OR MIRACULOUS SKIN SOLUTIONS. IN FACT, WHEN I APPLIED THE MOISTURIZER WITH SPF IN IT, MY FACE STARTED TO SWEAT MORE. IT FELT UNSIGHTLY.
  • return to a regular weight lifting routine….EHH ANOTHER WELL INTENTIONED ITEM ON THE LIST. I DID RETURN TO THE GYM, BUT IT WAS IN AN ON-AGAIN OFF-AGAIN FASHION. THE SAME IS TRUE TODAY. HOWEVER—I HAVE STARTED TO WAKE UP A FEW MOMENTS EARLIER TO GO TO THE BASEMENT AND WORK OUT A FEW MINUTES BEFORE I NEED TO GET READY FOR WORK. THEN ANY TIME SPENT AT THE GYM FOLLOWING WORK IS AN ADDED BONUS. GENIUS, RIGHT?
  • create a livable guest bedroom, rather than Christina’s second closet and overflow room….STILL ON THE LIST, UNTOUCHED. HOWEVER I HAVE FOUND A SET ON OVERSTOCK AND ADDED IT TO MY CART. I JUST HAVEN’T PULLED THE TRIGGER ON BUYING IT YET. IT HAS SOLD OUT AND COME BACK IN STOCK THREE TIMES.
  • seal the basement so that water doesn’t come in….STILL A THOUGHT. MAYBE WILL DO THIS WHEN IT IS LESS HUMID AND ON A COOLER TREND OF WEATHER OR WHEN I HAVE A BUNCH OF MONEY TO THROW AWAY TO THE BASEMENT THAT I WOULDN’T RATHER SPEND ON ANYTHING—A.N.Y.T.H.I.N.G—ELSE.
  • think about how to make the once-finished room in the basement a functional recreation room with a theater on one side and gaming on the other….STILL THINKING….ALSO THINKING THAT WINNING THE LOTTERY WOULD HELP MOVE THIS ALONG.
  • continue sprucing up the back and front yard so it looks nicer…..MADE AN ATTEMPT OF PUTTING SEED DOWN, BUT I FORGOT TO WATER THE SEED AND HAVE NICE DIRT PATCHES WITH WEEDS NOW. OOPS!
  • create a daily mini lesson guide in Google Docs for reading….I STARTED BUT THEN GOT SIDE TRACKED BY DAYS SPENT BY THE POOL.
  • create slides to go along with reading foundations and reading literature guides….SEE ABOVE.
  • create slides to go along with the daily writing conventions….SEE ABOVE AGAIN
  • find a side work-from-home job that I can easily do in my free time….APPLIED AND THEN THOUGHT BETTER OF IT. IT STAYED A THOUGHT.
  • win the lottery….I TRIED WINNING THE BIG JACKPOT, BUT THIS LADY IN MASSACHUSETTS WON IT ALL…..THAT WITCH! THAT’S OKAY—GOOD FOR HER AND ALL HER NEW ESTRANGED “FAMILY MEMBERS” THAT HAVE COME OUT OF THE WOODWORK CLAIMING THEY ARE RELATED TO HER TO SHARE IN THE WINNINGS! AIN’T NOBODY GOT TIME FOR THAT!

So, as you can see, my list making abilities are top-notch. I was advised that I need to work on my follow-through with plans. It should also be noted that the list was only posted here and no where else, meaning that I was working off of memory of what I wrote on it all summer. In fact, as I write I am reminded of what I included on the list and laughed to myself at a few bullet points thinking, “Silly me….did I really think I was going to do that??

 

Friendships over Mani/Pedis

This afternoon, I went for a spontaneous manicure and pedicure at this place in town that lets me have my own nail file and brush. Of course, this makes me feel better about going for a mani/pedi here, despite the fact that I “pick a cuh-lah” from the wall and soak my feet in a bath that a million feet have soaked. I called for an appointment and got one—within the hour, probably because at 4pm on a Monday isn’t booming…at least this particular Monday was not.

While I was waiting for my appointment that started five minutes prior, I watched an older woman who was in divine shape and carried herself so well enter the nail salon for the same services I was getting (what a coinkie-dink!). After she picked “a cuh-lah” she came to sit down next to me in the old dining room dining chairs that have been broken in with years of wear and tear and stains.

She broke the silence of waiting to be called by asking me if the red polish and gel shellack shades she picked were the same or very nearly so.

I met the woman I want to be in 41 years.

Eve and I—-yes, we were on a first name basis in the hour that came to get to know each other—sat side by side and got mani/pedis. I learned she’s 71 years young. She’s been married for 50 years this past April. She just retired in the last few years and has two grown sons, and three grandchildren—two, she said looked to be about my age, to which I shyly replied “I’ll be 30 next month….” Everyone—Eve, and the two nail techs laughed and said something to the effect of “Rweee-we?” “You don’t look it!” Well, thank you….but yes….I am turning 30 in less than three weeks. 

We chit chatted back and forth throughout our appointment. We talked about the eclipse and our unsuccessful viewing of it. She told me stories of when her boys were little.  I told her a few harrowing tales from my classroom and the children that have passed through it. We talked about the institution of marriage and how she disapproves of the hype of the celebration in lieu of the focus of the wedding ceremony. We talked about the state of the state and the lack of a state budget and its effects on folks. We talked about how she used to be a technical secretary and how she grew up and about her house in town.

I hope when I spontaneously go for a mani/pedis again, Eve is there. I truly enjoyed talking with her.

Happy Eclipse Day!

 

Dear Thirty, TURN AROUND AND WALK AWAY

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I am NOT ready to be thirty. The word itself just looks dirty.

Being thirty in my mind constitutes a whole level of adulting that I feel I am not even close to taking on. Nor have I earned the privilege of thinking myself a thirty-something.

Thinking about turning thirty exactly one month from today brings a sense of sheer and utter panic—what if I haven’t learned what I needed to or experienced what I ought to have in my 20s? Surely, I can’t graduate to the 30s if I haven’t passed all of the 20s checkpoints, right?

In my perception of society, 30-somethings have their lives all figured out and are married and have a couple of kids–maybe one more on the way. They are content with themselves and the direction their lives are going in.

Then there’s me….got a solid career, bought a house, adopted a dog, still single-ish, not married—likely not happening at this rate, kids? Keep dreaming—hah especially at the rate finding a suitable mate is going…

Before you go banging me over the head with a reality check of all that I’ve done on my own—I know….I should be proud and I am. But thirty for me is looking different than what I thought thirty would look like. And that is scary!

The unknown is scary, people!

I love my birthday. Its the one day every year that I get that is in my honor. But this year might have a different feel to it.

Also—turning the big 3-0 seems to warrant doing something big—its a decade birthday. I haven’t had this much trouble deciding what to do for my birthday since I was 9 deciding in the aisles of Party City what theme I was going to go with. Is it lame that I want to go bowling for my birthday? Maybe I can make it classy by going bowling at the casino? IDK. Or maybe I can do a beach day if the weather is still warm… Or maybe I can relive my 25th birthday and bring friends from all time periods together at a restaurant. Or maybe can go away with only the people who matter and just relax…but I want to celebrate, dammit! GAHHH! Why is this such a hard decision to make?!

Alas, (Sean, I threw that in there for you, buddy) I will be turning 30 whether I want to or not. I think it’s been so comfortable being an age in the 20s that turning 30 seems scary because its uncharted territory. Maybe it will be great. Maybe it will suck. Maybe it will be in-between…who knows! I just know I’m going to face 30 with a drink in my hand, a smile on my face and a big ole’ box of tissues!

If you have any advice or a laugh, please send it my way!

I Met A Famous Person In-Person!

Gah! I can die and go to heaven….another one of my secret wishes has come true! Okay—the first one may have been silly, but I have secretly always wanted to dress up like a character and the B.A.B.E.S ladies needed someone to be the frog…..SHAZAMMM! There was my opportunity and I took it!

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And the kids all knew it was me—I couldn’t figure out how or why—but my blond ponytail was hanging out the back of the frog head. Being a character is no joke! It’s hot in there and there is NO air conditioned suits!

Okay, okay….back to my next secret wish come true. So, last night I went to see Straight No Chaser in concert—if you have not seen these nine gents in concert, do yourselves a favor and look up their tour and get yourselves some tickets. You will not regret it! They are fantastic!

So, I was at their concert and my excitement for the show is building while taking a look around at the people streaming into the theater. All of a sudden, the sounds of sweet music begin to fill my ears and I turn my head to the stage. There was this youngish man sitting at a keyboard with a microphone. I had no idea who he was, but I knew I loved his music and instantly thought we could be BFFs….he probably did not have the same thought, but that’s okay, I’ll forgive him.

He did a few songs, made me swoon in my seat and at the intermission, I ran out to the MERCH table to get his CD. Then, I spotted him on the side of the Merchandise table signing CDs and taking pictures. GAH! Here was my chance!

I wasn’t sure I had ever heard Jon McLaughlin before—but I knew I had never been inches away from a celebrity before. I didn’t know what to say….so I went with a overly happy and breathy “Hiii…!” that drifted off into the wind.

He asked me who he could make out the CD to….and I told him me, of course!

He signed my copy of his album and we took a picture. (Photo credit: my brother, Sean!)

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Fix #11

I am quite late on posting about my fix that arrived almost a month ago. Nothing excites me more than Fix Day and Nicole pulled together five great summer staples that I couldn’t wait to try on!

For those of you who may be unfamiliar with Stitch Fix, let me explain.

What is Stitch Fix?

Stitch Fix is an online styling service that works to serve both men and women, petite and plus-size figures as well as women needing maternity clothing.

To get started, you can click the following link to create your free style profile where you will set your style of clothing, size and budgetary preferences.

When you are ready, you can set up your first fix date and also your fix frequency. I have mine set to On-Demand. When I first signed up, I was getting fixes monthly. Knowing I was buying a house, I became more conservative with my money and cut down on all monthly expenses. You’ll be able to choose from every 2-3 weeks, every month, every other month or every 3 months. If you know you have a fix coming up and need to change or cancel the date, Stitch Fix has you covered! Just log into your account and update your fix date.

Try everything on in the comfort and convenience of your own home. Keep what you love and send back what you don’t in the pre-paid postage bag. The great part of Stitch Fix is how they credit you the $20 styling fee as long as you purchase at least one item. If you love it all, you get the $20 credit and a buy 5 discount towards your order!

At the checkout, be sure to leave specific and meaningful feedback to make your next fix even better!

Let’s see what Nicole pulled for me this time!

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DANIEL RAINN ESTEFANY LACE DETAIL SPLIT NECK BLOUSE

I have one Daniel Rainn blouse in my closet that I ordered from a Nordstrom Rack clearance sale. It is one of my favorite–if not, my absolute favorite–tops in my closet. I love the material, the pattern the fit, everything. So, you can imagine my excitement when I learned that Stitch Fix began carrying Daniel Rainn. Nicole was sure to include one Daniel Rainn for me this time—the one that came last time was not exactly my style. She sent it in a cobalt blue, which I loved instantly! The material was light and flowy–perfect for summer!

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PIXLEY JEFFERSON EMBROIDERED YOKE BLOUSE

I loved this piece as I pulled it out of the box. It was a light-weight navy blouse that I imagined wearing with several different bottoms. I really hoped this top would look as great on me as it looked on a hanger. When I tried it on, the fit was generally great except for the armholes. This top showed an unfavorable amount of side boob, and ultimately, I decided not to keep it.

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KUT FROM THE KLOTH ROBIN PRINTED DRAWSTRING SHORT

From the box, I was intrigued by these shorts. They were very light material. When held up to the window light, I could see through the fabric a bit, but decided that I’d give them a chance. They were the most comfortable shorts ever. Drawstring waist, and flowy. I believe I had asked for some flowy clothes for the dog days of summer—pieces that flow away from the body and Nicole was sure not to disappoint! The drawstring shorts go really well with the navy Pixley Jefferson Embroidered Yoke Blouse. Ultimately, these shorts were my swing vote—I liked them, but I wouldn’t have been heartbroken if I sent them back.

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JUST BLACK DIAN STEP RELEASED HEM SKINNY JEAN

I love a sexy pair of white denim jeans. I love a sexy pair of white denim jeans that go on like butter. These jeans did not disappoint. They slid on like butter and smoothed over all the right spots. They fit amazing—like every other pair of pants I have ever received from Stitch Fix. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. Stitch Fix has never seen me in person, nor do they have my exact measurements. Yet, they have nailed my pants size time and time again—better, I might add—than I can buy pants for myself! These are an absolute keep!

MARKET & SPRUCE KESEY KNIT ROMPER

I have been interested in seeing what a romper would look like on me. Part of me worried it would make me look like this one photo of me as a child. Although, I thought the romper was extremely comfortable and the pattern on it was fun and not really offensive, I ultimately decided to send it back. For the cost, I couldn’t rationalize keeping it. I also couldn’t determine where I would wear such a thing, aside from the beach. And at $64, that would have been a very expensive beach cover up.

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Let’s recap!

  • Daniel Rainn Estefany Lace Detail Split Neck Blouse…$64.00 (KEEP)
  • Pixley Jefferson Embroidered Yoke Blouse…$48.00 (RETURN)
  • Kut From The Kloth Robin Printed Drawstring Short…$58.00 (KEEP)
  • Just Black Dian Step Released Hem Skinny Jean…$88.00 (KEEP)
  • Market & Spruce Kesey Knit Romper…$64.00 (RETURN)

 

For my next fix, I requested a trendy back-to-school outfit and a great pair of sandals. Let’s see what Nicole puts together for me! I promise not to wait over a month to post it!

Also, I’ve already worn my favorite outfit a few times since it arrived!

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