August Stitch Fix Review (Stitch Fix #21)

I say this every time: I know this is outside of my normal fitness/running blogging, but hey – its my blog, and I want to blog about my awesome clothes!

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Here’s how it works: You set up a style profile and you receive a box with 5 items in it.  You can choose the frequency with which you set up the box …once a month, every other month, etc.  You pay $20 to receive a box.  If you keep anything, that $20 goes toward your purchase.  If you keep all 5 items, you get a discount!  They send you anything from jewelry, to clothes to handbags. They’ve even added SHOES to the mix! If you don’t want to keep an item, they have an envelope to send them back.

What I love about this is that I get a stylist that looks at my style profile and picks out items just for ME.  You can even link to a pinterest board so they can get inspiration and a better look into what you like.

 

Item Number 1 –  Pixley Stacey Scallop Hem Cut-Out Detail Skirt  ($64)

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I wanted this to work so bad because the skirt was adorable! But it was far too tight.  The scalloped hem was adorable and it had a great texture.

Verdict: Return

Item Number 2 – Market & Spruce Dollie Tie Back Neck Knit Top ($54)

 

I wasn’t sure if I wanted to keep this because it was a heavier sweater material.  But hey, fall is coming eventually. I loved that it was super comfortable and very simple, but had just a touch of detail with the ribbon in the back.

Verdict: Keep

Item Number 3 – 41Hawthorn Liano Mixed Material Top ($54)

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I loved the pattern of this top.  Unfortunately, it was a bit snug and was a little too unflattering to my tummy.

Verdict: Return

Item Number 4 –  Le Lis Tearly Scoop Neck Blouse ($44)

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This shirt is so comfortable and flowy.  If I could have one of these in every color imaginable please! This will be a great shirt when I head off to Vegas.   Nice enough to look put together, but still very comfortable and cool.

Verdict: Keep

Item Number 5 –  41 Hawthorn Kellan Tie Front Blouse ($58)

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I wasn’t sure about this when I first pulled it out.  I’m busty and don’t really need to call more attention to it….which tie front blouses normally do.  But I loved the olive color and loved the detail at the bottom.

Verdict: Keep (I’ve already worn it and gotten a bunch of compliments!)

Overall Impression

I kept three pieces, which was pretty good.  Still a few misses on the sizing, but she’s really got my style down!

Can’t wait to see what I get next time!

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If you are interested in getting your very own Stitch Fix box, click here.

*Note: This post is not sponsored.  I love Stitch Fix and purchase it with my own money and desire to share my love of it with you all fine people!  If you do chose to use the above link to sign up, I do receive credit toward my next purchase! (So click away!!!) If you sign up for Stitch Fix, you will also get a referral link for you to share with friends and loved ones!*

Weekly Update – 8/15/2016

 

I managed to get 3 workouts in this week, which trust me, doesn’t sound like a lot, but is a little victory for me.  It has been hard to be motivated when I don’t see any results, but now I’m starting to see them, which has been encouraging.

Monday

I went home after work, did some cleaning and organizing and then jumped on the treadmill to walk 2.25 miles.  I started watching Season 1 of One Tree Hill.  I figured that would be a good motivator for me to get on the ‘mill and get some miles in.

Tuesday

Got in another 2.25 miles on the treadmill while watching One Tree Hill.

Wednesday

I needed a rest day on Wednesday.  Work has been crazy!

Thursday

Got in my last 2.25 miles for the week on the treadmill while watching One Tree Hill.  Thursday was absolutely insane at work.  I can’t wait for Vegas.

Friday

I worked from home on Friday.  I just needed to be away from the work building.  I managed to get a lot of work done.  My mom has been helping us with some painting, so she was over working on that.  She got to see a little taste of what it is I do…every time I got a phone call, etc.  I think its really neat for her to actually hear/see what I do!

After work, I went and spent time with my stepsister, my nephew and her mother-in-law.  They were staying at my mom’s for the weekend.

Saturday

Michael had been out of town since Thursday afternoon for work, and came back on Saturday.  We had a pretty lazy day, just vegged out and watched Netflix, complete with homemade airpopped popcorn.

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Mom is having a yard sale next weekend, so we went over to bring her more stuff and help her price.  We picked up some chopped salads from Taste Unlimited for dinner and spent time with her and Ken and the baby! I love that kid so much.

Sunday

We had church responsibilities on Sunday, then did our normal chores afterward.  Despite all the work we did, it still felt like a relaxing day.

 How was your week?

Building a House: Contract and Selections

My husband and I are going to be building a house and its super scary to say (type) that! I mentioned it before, but I thought I’d share a little more about the process.

We signed a contract back in June.  Once we make all of our final selections, they will draw up an amendment to the contract and we’ll get it ratified.  Then they can start ordering material! Eek!

Once we went through a lot of decision making regarding the house (do we want to build? is the timing right? Is it a smart investment?), we then took a leap of faith and decided to say we were interested and convinced the builder to take a reservation for us for a lot in a future phase of building.

Then they opened up the phase way before we were ready.  We didn’t want to start the process until Fall 2016.  We thought we were going to lose our lot unless we went to contract in 10 days.

Then they allowed us to write a contract on the house, but with a closing date whenever we wanted…which in our case was June 2017.  We couldn’t believe that they were going to allow that.  We wrote the contract in the busiest possible week of work, but it was nice to get it done. What the contract allowed us to do was lock in base pricing for the house and put in a good faith estimate of the extra add-on options that we’d have to get as close to a final price as possible.

We’ve spend the past few weeks going through all the options….tile, cabinets, lights, etc, and picking out all of the specifics.  We are almost at a point where we are going to finalize our choices and ratify the contract.  I had NO idea the amount of things we had to decide about the house! I knew we’d chose flooring and cabinets and lighting, but didn’t know the depth of the decisions.

Things I had no idea we had to decide:

  • What color grout we want (there’s more than white?)
  • What side we want our garage to go on
  • What color brick for the skirting of the foundation
  • Where we want our electrical outlets
  • Do we want nickel or bronze hinges on our doors
  • What color we want our countertop in the laundry room

So many details! Its a bit overwhelming!

They will start building in December and we plan to close in June 2017.  We are super excited and know that time will probably fly by, but right now it feels like FOREVER.

Much more to come!

Weekly Update – 8/8/2016

You may have noticed that I skipped a few weekly updates.  Oops! Life got in the way and I didn’t do a whole lot of working out or anything, so didn’t feel the need to post much!  We did go on a vacation to Atlantic City for a few days and it was a great getaway.  I did a TON of walking, which lord knows I needed due to all that yummy food I ate.

Monday

Walked 2.6 miles after work on the treadmill at home.  I just didn’t feel like yoga, I had too much energy.  I turned on Eddie and the Cruisers and rocked out while I walked.

Tuesday

Walked 2 miles on the treadmill.  Finished Eddie and the Cruisers🙂

Wednesday

Skipped a workout on Wednesday because I was just mentally drained. It was a rough day at work.  I’ve had quite a few of those lately.  Ready for this season of busyness to be over.

Thursday

On Thursday, I came home and got some cleaning out and organizing done at the house. We are trying to get rid of stuff in preparation for packing up a lot of our clutter so we can show our house for selling.

Friday

On Friday, we had Mexican with my brother in law.  I had a hankering for tacos.

Saturday

On Saturday I had my husband wake me up early (he normally tiptoes around and lets me sleep in on Saturday).  I had to get the yard done before it got too hot (its been in the high 90s here with heat indexes up to 107).  We have a small townhome and therefore a small yard, but I still managed to get 17 bug bites THROUGH MY CLOTHES in the short time I was out there.

After I got cleaned up and had my coffee and breakfast, we went clothes shopping.  We are going to Vegas soon and I need to have enough clothes for the trip.  I only own one pair of “nice” shorts…all the rest are workout shorts.

After that, we spent 3 hours with the builder trying to finish our selections for our house.  We celebrated our hugely successful day with some Chinese food while we watched COPS.  Nerd alert.

Sunday

On Sunday, we had church responsibilities, then I went to Target to spend all my money on all the makeup while Michael went grocery shopping.  We did our normal food prep, cleaning and laundry.

How have things been for everyone?! I miss you guys!

July Stitch Fix Review (Stitch Fix #20)

I say this every time: I know this is outside of my normal fitness/running blogging, but hey – its my blog, and I want to blog about my awesome clothes!

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Here’s how it works: You set up a style profile and you receive a box with 5 items in it.  You can choose the frequency with which you set up the box …once a month, every other month, etc.  You pay $20 to receive a box.  If you keep anything, that $20 goes toward your purchase.  If you keep all 5 items, you get a discount!  They send you anything from jewelry, to clothes to handbags. They’ve even added SHOES to the mix! If you don’t want to keep an item, they have an envelope to send them back.

What I love about this is that I get a stylist that looks at my style profile and picks out items just for ME.  You can even link to a pinterest board so they can get inspiration and a better look into what you like.

Item Number 1 –  TOMS Zoe Chambray Sandals  ($59)

*Photo credit: TOMS website

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These are the neutral sandals I asked for! She didn’t even know how much I love TOMS shoes.  I loved them right out of the box and knew I’d be keeping them.  These are so much nicer than grabbing flip flops all the time!

Verdict: Keep

Item Number 2 – ARATTA Milicent Split Back Top ($54)

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This top was beautiful!  I pulled it out of the box and fell in love with the cotton and the light feel.  I was a little worried that the front would be too short, and I was right.  I’m busty, so shirts that are designed to be shorter in the front often become really short on me.

 

Verdict: Return

Item Number 3 – Skies are Blue Morvan Cross Back Top ($48)

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I had asked for this shirt in a bigger size after it was too small in my last fix.  It was too small again. I think the bust is just cut really narrow in this top.

 

Verdict: Return

Item Number 4 –  Daniel Rainn Ronan Crochet Detail Blouse ($37)

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This top was beautiful and delicate and it looked perfect for work! However it had a bit of a peplum look to it, and it hit my curves in all the wrong spots.

 

Verdict: Return

Item Number 5 –  Collective Concepts Umali V-Neck Blouse  ($48)

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I loved this top when I pulled it out of the box! Sadly, it was way too snug in the bust.

Verdict: Return

Overall Impression

When I opened this box, I thought I would be keeping all of it.  Sadly the sizing/fit was off on all of the clothes, and the only thing I kept were the shoes.

She’s super spot on with the style, but we are still working on the fit.

Better luck next time!

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If you are interested in getting your very own Stitch Fix box, click here.

*Note: This post is not sponsored.  I love Stitch Fix and purchase it with my own money and desire to share my love of it with you all fine people!  If you do chose to use the above link to sign up, I do receive credit toward my next purchase! (So click away!!!) If you sign up for Stitch Fix, you will also get a referral link for you to share with friends and loved ones!*

Weekly Update – 7/18/2016

Finally got back to the gym three times this week and it was wonderful!  I realize that my stress levels are so much better when I consistently work out🙂

Monday

Finally made it back to yoga class!  It was a little tough to come back after so much time off, but felt really good to get back to my practice and back to a routine.

Tuesday

Gym for the second night in a row! Score! Just did a quick 1.25 mile walk on the treadmill.  No need to rush into anything…

Wednesday

Back to yoga on Wednesday.  My hamstrings had gotten very tight and they got a good stretching this class.

Thursday

On Thursday we went to my mom’s house for dinner to visit with some family that was in town from PA.  As a special surprise, we got to also see my brother in law and my nephew.

Friday

On Friday, we just got some Chinese food for dinner and watched COPS.  We lead such exciting lives, I know.

Saturday

On Saturday, Michael let me sleep in and he did the yard! (Normally my responsibility) I slept through the whole thing, didn’t even hear him do it.  It was such a nice surprise.  We bummed around in the morning, then went to the Virginia Aquarium!  I haven’t been since I was a kid, and it was a nice thing to do on such a hot day! I’m ptetty sure it was literally 1oo degrees on Saturday.

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Sunday

After church on Sunday, we did our chores for the week, but also got in some good R&R.

How was your week? When was the last time you went to an aquarium?

Weekly Updates – 7/4/2016 & 7/11/2016

I decided to lump two weeks together because honestly, not a lot happened that was of note, and I figured I’d just put it all together! Being on vacation also throws a wrench in your blogging plans too….

Monday

I already talked about Monday in last week’s post.

Tuesday

It was hard to come back to work on Tuesday after a nice long weekend that followed our crazy work weeks.  After work I headed to Kohl’s to try to find a new bathing suit for the beach.  I realized that I have been wearing the same suits for the last 4 years now…they are getting very worn out! I found a nice Nike 2 piece suit (I like some more coverage than the average suit).

Wednesday

After work on Wednesday I went to visit my mom.  She’s watching my nephew for a few days and I got to soak up some time with him and his huge cheeks!

Thursday

On Thursday, I brought mom dinner and helped her bake 3 batches of cookies.  Spent even more time with my nephew and it was a blast.

Friday – Wednesday

Friday night was spent doing laundry, packing and getting ready to go to the beach.  On Saturday we left to go to Nags Head for a few days with my mom and stepdad’s family.

Saturday through Wednesday were spent at the beach.  Here’s a few pictures of our time there…notice they are pretty much all of my nephew!

Thursday – Friday

On Thursday and Friday it was back to work as normal.  Its so rough to go back to work after a vacation!

Saturday

On Saturday, Michael went to Dover to do a little gambling.  He came back with $700.  I spent my day completely lazy, catching up on shows on my DVR, doing a puzzle, etc.

Sunday

On Sunday it was nice to get to back to church.  We did chores afterwards and all of our food prep for the week.

How have the last few weeks been for you? Have you had a summer vacation yet?