April Stitch Fix Review #2 (Stitch Fix #5)

 

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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!  I’m going to apologize in advance for my horrible ugly pictures. I planned to take pictures with them on…but the best laid plans….

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. 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.

When I pulled everything out of the box, I was thinking that this could be the first time I kept EVERYTHING!

Item Number 1 –  Urban Expressions Brittany Top Zip Crossbody Bag($48)

I literally squealed with delight when I opened up this item.  It is the CUTEST bag and the most wonderful color.  I didn’t care how much it cost, I knew that I was keeping it!  I failed to get a picture of it, but don’t worry – I will get one eventually!

Verdict: Keep!

Item Number 2 –  Margaret M Christiana Textured Pencil Skirt ($78)

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Ya’ll.  I’m not a pencil skirt kinda girl.  I like things to flow away from my tummy.  But this skirt was too cute, I couldn’t pass it up.  It was stretchy, so I didn’t feel like a stuffed sausage.  I normally wouldn’t have picked a navy skirt, but I really like it.  I’m playing around with different tops, seeing how I could make this work.

Verdict: Keep

Item Number 3 –  Ark n Co Lucas Hi Lo Embroidered Sleeveless Top ($48)

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I liked the look of this top, but sadly it was too tight in the stomach and it was not very flattering.  I wanted so badly to keep it!

Verdict: Return

Item Number 4 –  Fun2Fun Toronto Bicycle Print Split Neck Top ($48)

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I wasn’t sure about this top.  It looked too small and was a little too hipster looking for me.  BUT – I ended up loving it! The fit was superb and it looks amazing with the pencil skirt.  10 points for my stylist for this one! I already wore it and got a ton of compliments on it.

Verdict: Keep

Item Number 5 –  Market & Spruce Colibri Paisley Print Sleeveless Top ($44)

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Paisley….stylist, you get me.  However, it was too tight in the bust.  I wanted so badly to make it work, but the fit was just not right.  This pick is proof that she really does get my style though!

Vedict: Return

 

Overall Impression

This box was a slam dunk in terms of style.  There were a few things I may not have picked for myself, but I ended up loving! The fit is getting MUCH better.  I’ve learned that it really does help for you to tell your stylist why it doesn’t fit.  Don’t just say that its too tight, tell them that its too tight in the bust and the buttons gape, or that its too short in the front, or that it just clings to your tummy wrong.  All of those pieces of advice will help her get the fit better next time.

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Injury Update – I Hate PT

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HEP = Home Exercise Program, aka PT homework

 

You know how there are things in life you are supposed to do…things that are good for you, but you are too lazy to do them? That’s me and my plantar fasciitis PT exercises.  I know I should be doing them, and I know they help, but that is the last thing on my mind when I finally sit down at the end of the day.  I know they will make me feel better, but they are so uncomfortable to do, the idea of starting them is undesirable.

I have noticed that the shoes I wear definitely make a difference, and I’ve been trying to wear more supportive shoes.  However, there are some days that I have pain no matter how well I think I’m treating my feet.

I don’t really feel the desire to run right now.  There is a slight desire…only cause I’m not supposed to, but with the wedding coming up, I don’t really need to be running.  I don’t have any races until the fall, and I have nothing longer than a 10k, so I have plenty of time to get back up to speed.

After the craziness of the wedding and honeymoon, I want to come back and make recovering from plantar fasciitis my number one health goal.

Are you bad about listening to your doctor? Do you have a love/hate relationship with PT?

Weekly Update – 5/11/15 – Wedding Stuff Galore!

We are getting so close to wedding time and I’m so excited! We got this sweet note and gift from our photographer this week!

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Yay for date night!

 

Monday

Total rest/lazy day.  I didn’t even legitimately get anything done around the house.  I did a little wedding stuff, but I mostly sat on my butt.  And I’m totally ok with that.

Tuesday

Got a good workout in with Danny outside in the humidity!

Three Rounds:

1. 10 DB thrusters

2. 10 DB deadlifts

3. 10 pushups

4. 5 (each side) hip mobility exercise

5. 10 (each side) lateral wall shots

Wednesday

Our co-workers threw us the sweetest “Tiffany’s” themed shower!  We are blessed with the most amazing people in our lives!

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So pretty!

 

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Our friend and baker for our wedding made this incredible cake!

 

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This picture of us was actually taken while we picked out our wedding bands at Tiffanys!

 

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Awww!

 

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Our pimp cups.

 

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Seriously guys…so blessed.

 

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Practicing for the wedding!

 

Thursday

My plantar fasciitis was really flared up on Thursday. Workout with Danny outside – and the weather was amazing!  After a dynamic warmup, we did 3 rounds of the following:

1. 21 KB resistance band swings

2. 14 overhead resistance band squats

3. 7 (each side) overhead ball slams

After I got back from my workout with him, I went out and mowed the lawn for my second workout of the day.   It had gotten a little out of control!  But! I discovered that my beautiful roses are in full bloom!

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Friday

Rest day and nothing to do! How wonderfully delightful :)

Saturday

Danny had a training thing somewhere (I listen so well, don’t I?) so he cancelled with me for Saturday AM.  Boy, did I enjoy sleeping in!  I got a late start to the day because of it, but it was so worth it.  I got up and got started on Operation Clean the Guest Room.  The guest room has become a storage place for all of our moving junk and all our gifts from showers.  I put together a few lamps and found homes for many things!  Its still pretty full, but at least its organized mess!

Michael had his bachelor party on Saturday night, so my brother and his fiance came into town.  I got to hang out with her while the boys played.  We had fun…got some wedding stuff done and did a little shopping!

Sunday

I had worship team in the morning and then headed over to nurse Michael’s hangover.  We spent some of the day going over wedding stuff and got our grocery shopping done!

How was your week? What was the neatest theme for a shower that you’ve been to (I know someone who did a Mad Hatter theme!)?

Weekly Update – 5/4/15

This was one of those weeks that things just kind of fell apart.  There was so much going on, and Michael was gone, and I was just so ready for it to be over! I will be so glad when the wedding is done and we can settle into some sort of routine.

Monday

I had a dentist appointment to get my free whitening kit for my teeth for the wedding!  After work, I had many errands to run. I swear I’m never getting to yoga again.  My iPad is possessed…no seriously, there is something majorly wrong with it.  I spent 2 hours on the phone with Apple Support and really got nowhere except I’m screwed cause its out of warranty.  New ipad, here I come!  I managed to get all my thank yous done from my shower on Sunday and got some stuff done around the house, so it was not completely unproductive!

Tuesday

Yay – I get to actually workout!  This was actually a pretty difficult workout, even though it may not look like it. I was supposed to do 5 rounds, but I only made it 4 rounds.  My back got pretty agitated by something I was doing.  I did the first 3 rounds with 12 lb KBs, then dropped down to 10 lb KBs for the 4th round.  Found out later that my trainer only expected that I’d complete 3 rounds.  Looks like I surpassed expectations!

1. KB (double) Thrusters x20

2. KB (double) swings x20

3. KB (double) RDL’s x10 each side

4. KB (double) Reverse Lunge x10 each side

5. Pushups x5

6. Jump Rope (30 sec)

After I got home, I got to play with my new iPad. I decided to bite the bullet and just get a new one.  Target had a deal that you got a $50 gift card with the purchase of an iPad mini 3 (I had a mini before).  Its so wonderful to have a device that works!

Wednesday

I ended up having a crazier day than expected.  My right eye was irritated when I took my contacts out on Tuesday night.  When I woke up Wednesday morning, it did not want me to put the contact it.  I made an emergency appt at my eye doctor, and I’m so glad I did!  Apparently I have a corneal abrasion.  Rather than a scratch like most people get, I have two small holes.  He removed some crystallized deposits from my cornea (probably from something getting trapped under my contacts).  So I’m on eyedrops and I have to wear my glasses for a few days.

Thursday

Yay – final dress fitting day!!!!!!! I’m obsessed with my dress.  It’s amazing. It was nice to see everything put together.  So glad that its finally done, all we do is have to pick it up the week of the wedding!

Friday

On Friday I had to take my car to the shop for an oil change and inspection.  I ended up with a few hundred dollars in repairs – which I wasn’t entirely surprised by as the car is 6 years old and only had minor maintenance work, but I wasn’t necessarily excited about. After I picked it up, I ran some errands and then I had dinner with some of my extended family that was in town for my stepsister’s baby shower.

Saturday

Slept in as much as possible before my workout with Danny.  Got in a nice, easy workout since I had to wear my stupid glasses.  Is it just me, or is it hard to workout in glasses?

Three Rounds:

1. 15 KB swings

2. 10 split squats (each side)

Three Rounds:

1. 15Kneeling KB overhead press

2. 10 KB chops (each side)

After that, I headed home and got ready for my stepsister’s baby shower.  It was great to celebrate the impending coming of her little boy.  He’s due 10 days after our wedding, so I hope she can make it!  Michael FINALLY came home from Chicago and I got to spend some time with him.

Sunday

Had worship team Sunday at church.  Then we went to grab a quick lunch before headed down to Elizabeth City to see Michael’s mom for mother’s day.  After that, we saw my stepmom, then finally my mom.  It was a long day of visiting!

Did you get to see your mom for mother’s day? How was your week?

Weekly Update – 4/27/15

The sickness is back. UGH.  I’m so over being sick!  I think I get bad allergic responses to all the pollen and stuff, then I get a sinus infection.  I’m quite over it.  I think it might be time for allergy testing and treatment!

Monday

I had a ton of work to catch up on after being gone for a week.  I ended up working about 10 hours and that meant no gym time for me.  Honestly though, as sick as I am, I didn’t wanna go.

Tuesday

Wedding stuff!  We went to our venue to meet with our planner and caterer.  We got a lot of last minute things figured out and it makes me feel a LOT better.

Wednesday

No gym again.  We had a meeting with our DJ!

Thursday

Worked out with Nicole and asked her to take it easy on me since I was still sick.  I didn’t even bother trying to remember what we did, since it was all light stretching and mobility exercises.

Friday

Friday night was a nice double date night with one of Michael’s groomsmen and his wife.  We went to a cool wine bar in Virginia Beach and had a great time!

Saturday

Saturday morning, I slept in, then woke up in just enough time to work out with Danny.  We did a light day, mostly mobility stuff again like I did with Nicole.  We did some squats, lunges, etc.  Nothing too crazy, but I tell you what, when you are sick, that feels like a really hard workout!

I also went to get my hair trial done for my wedding!  She did a great job, looks wonderful, and I’m really excited!

Sunday

On Sunday, I decided to skip church in favor of sleeping in.  My body really needs it.  However, my stupid car alarm went off at about 2am, then my smoke detector batteries died for my detector in my room, and it prevented good restful sleep.  I saw Michael off to the airport – he’s going to Chicago for a week for work.  Then I got ready for my bridal shower!  My mom threw a lovely shower, and it was a blast :)

How was your week?  Are your allergies so bad that you keep getting sick?

28th Birthday!

On April 21st, I turned 28! I guess I’m officially in my late 2o’s now… at 27 I could at least pretend I was in my mid-20s still.  All it all, it was a great birthday, and I had the opportunity to stretch it out over the course of a week.

Last Monday, I took my “birthday” day off of work, which was lovely.

On my actual birthday on Tuesday, I traveled down to Florida for work.  I got serenaded on the plane, got birthday shots, and lots of free food.

When I got back from Florida, my Dad & stepmom had us over to do a joint birthday celebration with my stepsister (and the kitties).  Grace is a teenager now! We just had a low key evening, played some bocce and had lots of unhealthy wonderful food.

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It was a nice celebration – birthdays are definitely a lot more low key as I get older.

How do you celebrate your birthday? Do you ever do joint birthday celebrations?

Florida, Jewel Concert and the time I creeped on Wanda Sykes

Hey guys! I’ve missed you! I spent the last week in sunny Florida – doing lots of things, but sadly not a lot of getting tan.  But I made up for it by doing a million other ridiculous things!

So, on Monday, I took the day off for my birthday (on Tuesday).  My job is really awesome in that they give us a “birthday” day off. Michael also took the day off and we went to the courthouse to get our marriage license!!! That was a very interesting experience to say the least, but we are super excited to have that crossed off our list!

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We are almost official!

 

On Tuesday, we departed for sunny Orlando!  I had a work conference to attend, and Michael was going to be taking a week and coming with me to have some nice R&R. The flight there was one of the best flights I’ve been on – which is good because Michael HATES flying.  They found out it was my birthday on the plane (thanks to my coworkers) and they sang me happy birthday over the loudspeaker!

When we landed, we took a cab to the hotel and promptly headed to the pool bar for some lunch.  The bartender proceeded to give me shots for my birthday! We got ready for the first night of the Expo and I got to catch up with a lot of my friends from the vendor we deal with.  After the Expo, we went to Maggiano’s for dinner.  They sang to me AGAIN and I had wonderful tiramisu.

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Yum, poolside drinks!

 

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Dessert!!!

 

On Wednesday, I worked all day at the conference.  My group (9 of us total) and Michael and I went out to a cool Cuban tapas place called Cafe Tu Tu Tango. They have local art on the wall for purchase and live entertainment.  Some of the dishes we selected: jalapeno mac n cheese, cajun chicken eggrolls, oriental steak skewers, duck confit salad, southwest chicken flatbread, etc.

On Thursday, we had a few great speakers.  Hamish Taylor – a Scotsman who was hilarious and brillant.  Our keynote speaker was singer/songwriter Jewel.  That woman is sweet, clever, and has come from such an interesting life. After a full afternoon  of my conference, we had a fun night at Universal!  They rent out the place just for us, and fill the park with food, drink, and dessert.  We can also ride all the rides with NO LINES!

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Hamish Taylor – great, funny guy, and a very engaging speaker. Check him out on Twitter: @HamishWTaylor

 

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Jewel!

 

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One of the many rides we got unlimited access to!

 

I started feeling poorly on Thursday night.  I woke up Friday morning, and didn’t attend the last of my two sessions.  Michael and I had plans to sit poolside most of the day on Friday, but we only spent a few hours out there.  We had a lazy afternoon in front of the TV, which was just fine with me.  The flight home on Saturday was miserable.  The pressure changes in an airplane are never fun, but they are downright torture when you have sinus pressure.

On the way back, we saw comedian Wanda Sykes in the Orlando Aiport.  I creeped on her and took this picture.

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Despite getting sick, we had a great time on the trip.  While it was for work, it was still a much more relaxed environment and our time of R&R was much needed.

Have you traveled for work conferences? Did you bring your significant other with you? How was your week?