Friday, August 28, 2015

Venice, Italy - 12/30/00

12/30/00

My head still isn't all the way better and now my tummy feels funny.  I hope it's all better tomorrow.  We're in Milan now.  Went all the way to the airport and were told we didn't have a reservation at that Holiday Inn.  Went back to the station and then took a taxi to the hotel.  Bed now.




 

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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Stitch Fix #13

Stitch Fix is a personal shopper service that I've enjoyed for a while now.  (I hate shopping for clothes for myself!)  You pay a $20 styling fee for each Fix, and 5 items are sent to you.  You can request certain kinds of items, and they're sent based on a sizing & style profile that you fill out beforehand.  You can even request a certain price range for each type of item ("as cheap as possible" for jewelry, $50-$100 for pants, etc).  The $20 is applied to anything you purchase from your Fix, and if you buy the entire box you get a 25% discount.  (If you don't buy anything, you lose the $20.)

This was July's Fix.  After June's disappointing box, I was really, really hoping for a good one!  I had requested the same thing as the previous few boxes - easy summer tops (no ironing) that would show off my waist.

The first thing out of the box was Market & Spruce's "Belvedere" Knit Top ($44):

 Yay!!  The fit was great.  I especially loved the v-neck - not too deep, and just the right width.  Jamie said it made him dizzy, but I was really cute under a colored cardigan.  Keeping!


Next up was Renee C's "Naya" Knit Top ($48):
This was just... eh.  I didn't love the big print (the... butterflies? across the bust & tummy?), the cut didn't do anything for me, and the colors were dull.  No, thanks.


My next possibility was the "Shenley" Mesh Detail Knit Top from Loveappella ($48):


This was a great color, and I really loved the mesh detail on the shoulders and upper back!  The material, though, was just too stretchy and it was too tight overall.  I thought about requesting it in a larger size in my next box, but there was no guarantee that the stretchy material would fit me any better in a larger size.  I told Jamie that, if I can get to a point that I have no unwanted lumps & bumps, I may request it again.  For now, it had to go back.



Next up, Market & Spruce's "Elaine" Ikat Print Pocket-Front Knit Shirt ($44):
I was surprised by how much I liked this!  I'm not usually a fan of ikat print, but I really liked this one in the bright pink and navy.  I had a loose, flowy fit, but somehow still had shape, so it wasn't tent-like in the least.  Keeping!


The final shirt was the "Montgomery" Cross Front Knit Top by 41Hawthorn ($48):
Another flattering top! This is ruched on the sides, and the faux-wrap front is high enough that I don't have to wear a cami underneath.  Yay!  Keeping!


I was so happy to get a good box after the previous one.  I kept 3 out of the 5, and really wanted to keep a 4th one.  (I pushed my next box back a few weeks later than scheduled since I was keeping so much).  I thought the stylist, Lauryn, did a great job paying attention to what I had requested, so I asked her to style me for my August box, as well.  That should be arriving in just a few days, and I can't wait to see if she does as well with that one!

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Monday, August 24, 2015

Venice, Italy - 12/29/00

12/29/00

My head is really spinny right now.  I don't know why, but I'm really having problems.  Today we walked all the way down to the Piazza di San Marco & went in the Basilica where St. Mark is buried.  We also went up a clock/bell tower - good view, but cold.  Have to go.





















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Friday, August 21, 2015

Venice, Italy - 12/28/00

12/28/00

Last night was a couchette on the train.  If I remember, I'll write all about it tomorrow.  Today was our first day in Venice and I'm exhausted.  Going to bed before 11pm!







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Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Stitch Fix #12

Stitch Fix is a personal shopper service that I've enjoyed for a while now.  (I hate shopping for clothes for myself!)  You pay a $20 styling fee for each Fix, and 5 items are sent to you.  You can request certain kinds of items, and they're sent based on a sizing & style profile that you fill out beforehand.  You can even request a certain price range for each type of item ("as cheap as possible" for jewelry, $50-$100 for pants, etc).  The $20 is applied to anything you purchase from your Fix, and if you buy the entire box you get a 25% discount.  (If you don't buy anything, you lose the $20.)

I'm behind on posting my Fixes.  This one came back in June.  I also have July's to post, and just got notified that my August Fix has shipped!

For Fix #12 I had the same request I've had for the last few boxes - easy summer tops (no ironing) that would show off my waist.

The first one up was Market & Spruce's "Corinna" Striped Dolman Top ($48):

This was just okay.  The bottom half didn't fit well, the sleeves were a bit tight (and too long for a summer top), and it was a bit itchy.  Usually I like dolman tops on me, but this was a "no."


Next, the "Walli" Knit Tank from Skies are Blue ($48):
This was a big, fat "no" since it made me look big and fat.  Uh-uh.  A tent-like shirt is the furthest thing from "showing off my waist."


Next, I tried on Market & Spruce's "Nolen" Printed Detail Henley Tank ($54):
(Sorry for the blurry pics!)  The detail on this was really pretty, and I loved the colors.  The collar, though, was very, very stiff, and the knit material was so thin and stretchy that it was not flattering on my bum.  I would have kept it, though, had it not been for the uncomfortable collar.  And the price tag.  I didn't want to look down while wearing it because it kept poking my jaw.  Sending it back.


Next was Papermoon's "Marisol" Mixed Material Knit Top ($44):
This was so cute from the back (loved the polka dots!), but it didn't work from the front.  The material was so thin that I had to wear a cami underneath and, though the picture may not completely show, really hung in an unflattering way.  Reluctantly saying "no."


Last up was Pixley's "Evo" Multi-Stripe Knit Henley Top ($48):
I loved the stripes and the tabbed sleeves, but what were they thinking?  The button front is fake.  So those buttons pulling at the bust can't be opened - they're just there pulling.  Why??  And the cream color didn't work well with the other colors; it really washed me out.  Nope.


So this box ended up being a disappointment.  I kept nothing, and lost my $20 styling fee.  (Luckily, next month was better!  That post - my July box - will be coming in the near future!)


If you'd like to try Stitch Fix for yourself, I'd love for you to use my referral link.  (If you order a Fix, I get credit to my account!)



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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Venice, Italy - 12/27/00

12/27/00

Next day!  [Yep - that's all the entry says.]


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Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Germany - 12/26/00

12/26/00

We leave for Venice tomorrow.  We bought our tickets today - we have a couchette.  My first time ever in a couchette!  We lazed around most of today.  I beat Jamie at Monopoly, we bought a couple things at the Commissary, and bought our ornament.  I really need to do crunches - g'night!


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