Weekly Update – 10/17/2016

This past week started off pretty busy and stressful, then slowly morphed into a nice relaxing weekend.

Monday

On Monday I took my exam for the class I took last week.  I needed a 70% to pass, and I got a 80%! I was very nervous, but did well, and I’m very happy about it. I went into work for the rest of the day.

Tuesday – Thursday

On Tuesday, I left for a conference for work that was up in Philadelphia.  Its a very quick trip – drive up Tuesday, conference Wednesday and 1/2 day Thursday, then drive back Thursday afternoon. I always enjoy this conference, as it is for a vendor that I work very closely with.  I get to see other bankers from other institutions that I’ve gotten to know over the years.

Friday

I ended up taking a comp day on Friday.  I had worked a TON of overtime the past 2 weeks and needed a good day off.  We went up to Richmond and met Michael’s aunt for lunch.  That night, we went to see the Madea Halloween movie.  It was silly, but hilarious.

Saturday

On Saturday, we had a really chill day.  We ran some errands and went to MacArthur mall and did some window shopping, and Christmas shopping idea generating!

Sunday

We had church responsibilities on Sunday AM, then I came back and went to Old Navy to spend my super cash! I had been hoarding it and waiting until I could use it to do any fall clothes shopping.  I ended up with a few shirts and a vest.  I also got one for my mom, cause she’s been looking for a blue puffy vest forever.

How was your week? When was the last time you traveled for work?

January Stitch Fix Review (Stitch Fix #14)

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!  I actually managed to take semi real pictures this time! You should be proud!

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.

Item Number 1 – Liverpool Rizzo Skinny Pant ($98)

I didn’t think it was possible for a stylist to be able to send me pants that fit.  Pants are so hard to get right, aren’t they? These pants are amazing.  I neglected to take a picture of them, but they are stretch black skinny pants. The length is PERFECT, no hemming needed. I kept them even though my husband might kill me for the cost.

Verdict:  Keep

Item Number 2 – Market & Spruce Wilco Solid Quilted Vest ($68)

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*The color is off in this picture.  This should be an olive green!*

I’ve been searching for a good vest, and this one fit the bill.  It is very comfortable, well made, and looks great on.  The olive green color would not be something I would normally go for, but it looks good with my complexion and my dark hair. I decided to keep!

Verdict: Keep

Item Number 3 – Crescent Arminta Crochet Detail Tunic ($54)

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I hated this shirt right from the get go.  Its just totally not me. The print, the shape, everything. Oh well!

Verdict: Return

Item Number 4 – Pixley Amboy Raglan Sleeve Trapeze Knit Top ($48)

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I wasn’t sure about this top. I tried to keep an open mind when I tried it on, but it just wasn’t flattering at all.  The hem of the shirt was just a strange profile for me.

Verdict: Return

Item Number 5 – Pixley Ivy Split Neck Print Blouse ($58)

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So got this shirt in my 3rd stitch fix – March of last year.  My stylist remembered it and sent it to me in a bigger size! Yay!  I love it and I’m so happy to see it again 🙂

Verdict: Keep

Overall Impression

I would say this box was overall good.  My stylist sent me a blast from the past that I really loved.  She hit it out of the park with some PERFECT pants, and did a great job sending me a vest that I love.  The tunic was the only huge miss, as the raglan sleeve top had potential.

I find there is a tricky balance between cost and quality/fit of the items.  If I ask her to go cheaper, I find I don’t tend to like what she sends me.  If the prices increase, then the possibilities open up, and I get some really great pieces.

Despite the fact that I don’t keep everything (if I did, my husband not be a happy camper!), I really do like my stylist and most everything she sends me! The sizing has gotten much better, and almost everything fits now!

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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!*

December Stitch Fix Review (Stitch Fix #13)

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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!  I actually managed to take semi real pictures this time! You should be proud!

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.

Item Number 1 – Look by M Chloe Houndstooth Infinity Scarf ($28)

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This is the second time I’ve asked my stylist for an infinity scarf.  I liked it, it was incredibly warm, but I just didn’t love it. I couldn’t justify $28 for a scarf I didn’t love, when I have a closet stuffed full of scarves.

Verdict:  Return

Item Number 2 – Romolo Branson Metal Fringe Necklace ($34)

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I asked my stylist for a versatile necklace that was neutral in color so that I could wear it with many different items.  This necklace did fit the bill, but it was a bit too modern for me.

Verdict: Return

Item Number 3 – Skies are Blue Lasalle Cross Front Blouse ($48)

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I love the color of this shirt and was super impressed with this pick from my stylist.  However, something about the fit was just a bit “off.”  It was tight in the upper arms (something I usually don’t have an issue with).  I liked it, but couldn’t justify keeping something that didn’t fit.

Verdict: Return

Item Number 4 – Ezra Eleanor Mixed Material Knit Top ($38)

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I had to show a picture of the back of this top.  Its beautiful. This was a bit of a surprise to me.  Its not something I typically gravitate toward, but I really liked it. Its hard to tell in the picture, but the shirt is navy. Navy is not a normal color for me…all the more reason to get it!

Verdict: Keep

Item Number 5 – RD Style Maureen Twisted Seam Elbow Patch Sweater ($64)

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I pinned many sweaters like this on my pinterest board, and my stylist took note.  I love it! The husband didn’t get why this is so cool, but I just love the leather elbow patch.  The sweater is super comfy and I couldn’t resist!

Verdict: Keep

Overall Impression

I liked most everything in this box.  I appreciated my stylist finding items she thought I’d enjoy. I didn’t end up keeping the two things that I pointedly had requested, but I love that she really made an effort to find items I’d love.  I love the surprise of the sweater from my pinterest boards.

Despite the fact that I don’t keep everything, I really do like my stylist and most everything she sends me! The sizing has gotten much better, and almost everything fits now!

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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!*

September Stitch Fix Review (Stitch Fix #10)

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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!  I actually managed to take semi real pictures this time! You should be proud!

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.

Spoiler alert: I almost kept everything!!!

Item Number 1 – Street Level Huron Mixed-Material Reversible Tote ($54)

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Nice, but not a stunner!

This was a pretty cool tote, I liked the fact that it was reversible.  But I have a ton of totes, and there was nothing particularly special about this one to me….especially not for $54.

Verdict: Return

Item Number 2 – Market & Spruce Aleah Heathered V-Neck Dolman Top ($)48

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Looks a little dark here, but its forest green.

So I’ve been pinning Dolman tops for awhile, but haven’t gotten any.  This one is great.  The material is super soft and the color is great!  I’m fair skinned with dark hair, so jewel tones tend to look good on me.

Verdict: Keep

Item Number 3 –  Papermoon Keever Button Back Blouse ($48)

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Love the button back!

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Ahhh so cute!

This was the top in my last fix that I loved.  I wanted to keep it so bad, but it was just too small!  I was so pleased to see that my stylist had sent it to me in a bigger size.  It fits great and I can’t wait to wear it!

Verdict: Keep (DUH!)

Item Number 4 – Skies are Blue Tabor Crochet Detail Blouse ($58)

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I was cautiously optimistic about this one when I pulled it out, but when I tried it on it was wayyyy too short.  The cut was not flattering at all.

Verdict: Return

Item Number 5 – Market & Spruce Elissa French Terry Striped Moto Jacket  ($74)

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This was a bit of a surprise for me.  For some reason, I don’t do well with stitch fix and jackets.  But this was a slam dunk! I love it.  Its very comfortable and I love the zipper and button details.

Vedict: Keep

Overall Impression

I loved the style of everything.  Had the Skies are Blue blouse worked, I may have just kept the tote to get the 25% discount off the whole box.  However, I couldn’t justify keeping all of that when I didn’t love the tote and the blouse didn’t work.  Style-wise, this was great.  My stylist is fantastic and I love the mix of things she’s sending me.  I asked for more fall stuff next fix!

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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!*

August Stitch Fix Review (Stitch Fix #9)

So I know I just posted July’s review, but I’m a little behind!

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!  I’m going to apologize in advance for my absolutely terrible awful 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.

Spoiler alert: This was was a little disappointing.

Item Number 1 –  Pixley Turk Bow Back Top ($48)

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I loved this top, but it was way too tight.  It was such a cute little polka dotted top.  I really wish it had worked.

Verdict: Return

Item Number 2 –  Papermoon Deandra Multi Strap Tops ($44)

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This shirt was a little different than things I normally like, but I thought I’d give it a try.  It was way too tight.

Verdict: Return

Item Number 3 –  Papermoon Keever Button Back Blouse ($48)

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I wanted this to work so bad.  I love the top so much. Its one of my favorite pieces that she’s sent me.  It was disappointed when it didn’t fit.  I almost kept in for when I lose more weight.   That’s how much I loved it.  I was going to keep something that didn’t fit!

Verdict: Return

Item Number 4 –  Renee C Huebert Space Dye Open Cardigan ($58)

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$58 was too much for this style cardigan.  I could get it much cheaper somewhere else.

Verdict: Return

Item Number 5 –  Just Black Adorra Skinny Jean ($88)

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I’m always apprehensive when she sends me jeans.  But this one hit the mark.  Super dark wash and lots of stretch.  They are a little long, so I’ll have to hem them…..quite a few inches.  Don’t care…they are amazing!

Vedict: Keep

Overall Impression

If everything had fit, I probably would have kept the entire box for the first time.  However, the sizing was off.  I know I’ve gained a few pounds, but not so much that the stuff from previous fixes stopped fitting.  I don’t know why the fit was so off this time! Odd.  I’ve asked for a bunch of fall stuff in my next fix.  Lets see how it goes!

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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!*

July Stitch Fix Review (Stitch Fix #8)

So I know its August, and I’m posting July’s fix, but hey, better late than never.

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!  I’m going to apologize in advance for my absolutely terrible awful 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.

My stylist is the best.  She completely gets my style! Here’s looking at you Michael!

Item Number 1 –  Bancroft Danielle Long Knot Necklace ($48)

I loved this necklace immediately.  I have worn it a ton already. I forgot to grab a picture of this!

Verdict: Keep!

Item Number 2 –  Skies are Blue Taven V-Neck Blouse ($44)

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This shirt was a little different than things I normally like, but it fit well and I really liked it once I tried it on.

Verdict: Keep

Item Number 3 –  Market & Spruce Kristah Ruffle Knit Blazer ($78)

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This blazer was just way too tight and not flattering at all.

Verdict: Return

Item Number 4 –  41Hawthorn Maurice V-Neck Top ($54)

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I liked the look of this shirt and the color, but it didn’t it.  Also, $54 seemed a bit expensive for the top.

Verdict: Return

Item Number 5 –  Market & Spruce Ivy Crochet Back Tab-Sleeve Blouse ($58)

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I loved the color of this top immediately upon pulling it out of the box.  Its a style of shirt I wear often, but the open back was something new for me.  It is a great shirt to wear to work, so I decided to keep it!

Vedict: Keep

Overall Impression

This fix was an interesting mix of perfect selections and not so good sizing.  I really love the pieces I kept, but I’m still frustrated on why we can’t get the sizing right.  I’m asking for more work tops in my next fix.

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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!*

June Stitch Fix Review (Stitch Fix #7)

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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.

I have Michal back! I love my stylist, and I’m so glad she’s back after May’s fix!

Item Number 1 –  Urban Expressions  Adelade Woven Fold-Over Clutch ($48)

I had asked for a silver purse to use for a wedding I was attending this month, and my stylist delivered!  This purse was too cute not to keep.  It is made by Urban Expressions, same as the crossbody bag she sent in my April #2 fix.

Verdict: Keep!

Item Number 2 –  Market & Spruce Austin Polka Dot & Striped Mixed Material Shirt ($44)

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I liked the look of this shirt, but it was not very flattering in the tummy.

Verdict: Return

Item Number 3 –  Sweet Rain Rochford Button Down Blouse ($48)

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This top was super cute and super feminine.  I’m not a massive fan of see through shirts that require camis or tanks underneath, but this was perfect for work.

Verdict: Keep

Item Number 4 –  Level 99 Marlowe Denim Short ($98)

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I had asked for a neutral, solid color pair of shorts.  Level 99 pants have been good to me, but these were too tight.

Verdict: Return

Item Number 5 –  Level 99 Patrick Cropped Chino Pant ($88)

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My stylist sent me these Level 99 pants.  I hoped that I would like them….the olive green would be a new color for me, but these were very unflattering and showed every curve….not in a good way!

Vedict: Return

 

Overall Impression

I enjoyed the style of everything I received in this fix, but the sizing and fit was a little off.  I’m not sure why things didn’t work this time.  I’m loving all the purses she is sending me, but I’m going to have a purse problem if that’s all I keep!  I’ve asked for more tops for work in my next fix – so lets see how it goes!

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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!*