Monday, June 29, 2015

Stitch Fix #11

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.)

For Fix #11 I had the same request I've had for the last few boxes - easy summer tops (no ironing) that would show off my waist.

First up was the "Abrianna" Longsleeve Knit Cardigan from 41Hawthorn ($48):


Long sleeves.  Not exactly what I was looking for when I requested "summer tops," but I can always use cardigans for work.  This one, though, was highlighter yellow.  It was also too long and clung to my bottom in an unflattering way.  Sent it back.


Next up was Market & Spruce's "Sam" Hi-Lo Tee ($44):

This was just... okay.  Not too bad from the front (and I liked the color), but not good from the back.  It wasn't a soft fabric, so the fit in the back combined with the scratchiness meant it was a "no."


Next out of the box was the "Page" Flutter Sleeve Blouse from Skies are Blue ($48):

A pretty print can't make up for a circus tent fit.  This made me look huge.  It certainly didn't fit the "show off my waist" request. 


Papermoon's "Watford" Knit Top ($44) was next:

I was so close to keeping this one!  I liked the colors and the solid/print mix.  It was a really light, comfy material, also.  The one little thing that bothered me was that little points formed where the two materials met anytime my arms were down.  And since I had already decided I could only keep one shirt, this one was sent back. 


Last up was Papermoon's "Lucasta" Knit Top ($38):

Yay!!  I loved this one.  And once again, it's something I never would have picked out for myself.  It's really soft and comfy, and the cuffs on the sleeves are a nice pop of color against the navy & white. 

I still have my June Fix to post about, and I'm looking forward to my July Fix in just a few days!

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



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Friday, June 19, 2015

I've been neglecting you, poor blog

It's been nearly a month since my last post.  A lot has happened since then, and it seems like I rarely post about family things anymore because I'm too busy living what's happening to post about it.  And that's as it should be.  :)  Twitter is so much easier - less involved than sitting down and typing out a post, uploading pictures, etc.

That being said, I have two Stitch Fix posts that need to go up, and I'll try to get back into the blogging habit soon.  I know I need to get another Europe post up soon so that we can all move past that day long ago when Jamie missed his flight to Paris!


Gisèle has finished 2nd grade (all A's all year!) and will be moving on to 3rd this fall.  She's so ready, and is really excited about being able to start choir now that she's old enough.  She's still in gymnastics, and will be doing a couple weeks of swim lessons starting next week.

Miles graduated from pre-K and will be starting kindergarten this fall at the same elementary school Gisèle is at.  He'll be doing swim lessons with her, as well, and they're attending a day camp this summer together.  Hmm... maybe we should plan some time apart for them!

Jamie is doing great at work and enjoying listening to the Royals kicking butt.  We've both become fans of The Big Bang Theory, and watching DVDs of past seasons (currently borrowed from the daughter of a colleague) is one of our favorite ways to relax together.

I'm preparing for a trip to Portland in just a few weeks for my cousin Cassandra's wedding (yay!), which also happens to be our 3rd annual Sisters Weekend (double yay!!) and I CAN'T WAIT!  In the meantime, I just started kickboxing (seriously just started - tonight is my second time going) and am trying to survive.

We just had a fun visit from Jamie's parents, who we don't see nearly as often as we'd like.  They spent a few days here and we got to play a lot of games, eat some good food, and visit the zoo together.  Next up (tomorrow!) is a visit from my brother Matt and his family, and I can't remember the last time we saw all of them together!

I'll try to get better at taking pictures, which hopefully will prompt more blogging!  I'll leave you with a blurry phone photo (all I seem to get lately) of the kids a couple weekends ago.  This is our life:



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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Paris, France - 12/22/00

12/22/00

He's not here.  He left his tickets by the phone and couldn't get on the plane, so he'll get here tomorrow morning.  This has been just about the crappiest day of my life.  I woke up at 3:30am to find a note under my door, all in red pen, telling me to call my mom for something very, very urgent, underlined.  A bunch of times.  I thought someone had died - Jamie's plane had gone down or one of the kids had a car accident in the bad weather... Andrea answered the phone and laughed when I asked what was wrong; she said she'd get Jamie.  And I didn't even realize then that he should have been on a plane and not there.  Now I'm just mad and worn out.  I've never been so disappointed in my life.  He was supposed to be here today.  I was so excited, and now I'm in a hotel in Paris alone instead of with him.  Now it doesn't seem real that he's coming since he's not here now.  I've just been pretending this whole time that he's coming to see me.  I'm not excited anymore.  I still want to see him, of course, but now it's just like he's not coming at all.  I wonder if I'll even be excited tomorrow.  Today just wore me out.  I went to the train station on the first bus (I got there at 6) to change my ticket so I wouldn't be charged, and the guy there told me to use the same ticket, so that was a waste of time.  I went back to Cézeaux and slept for another hour and a half, then went back to the gare to take the 10:18am train.  It was a 3 1/2 hour train ride... I got here (to Paris) at 2pm and then finally got to the hotel at 4pm.  Today just sucked.  I had dinner by myself here... I'll be paying for the night here, plus about 200francs for dinner/breakfast and a call to Matt and Nat and I'm all by myself.  It just was not a good day.  The room is nice, but it would be a whole lot nicer if he were here, like he's supposed to be.  I'm just really unhappy.  I'm not at all excited now that he's coming, because it just doesn't feel like he really is.  All my excitement was for today, and he's not here.  I just don't have the energy to be excited anymore.  I just feel like hitting him for disappointing me so horribly, and then crying in his arms for a long, long time.  I love you, sweetie.  I'm just not happy right now.


[He really did try to make the plane - he made it to the airport in Tulsa, and inside the terminal after being dropped off, before realizing the tickets were back at my parents' house.  Ended up taking a cab back, had to get let in by a neighbor, and made it back to the airport just a little too late.  He felt TERRIBLE.]


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Friday, May 15, 2015

France - 12/21/00

12/21/00

TOMORROW!!!  He gets on his plane in less than an hour.  To come see me!!!  I did all my cleaning and packing tonight and managed to fit everything (the heavy gifts and all my clothes) into my suitcase.  I'll also have my backpack and a small plastic bag for the rest of the gifts.  He'll be here tomorrow!  I'm going to write in his Christmas card now.  I'm so excited.  It's not quite 11:00, so I'll be in bed fairly early.  I have to wake up at 3:45, so I should get about 4 1/2 hours sleep!  A lot more than I thought I would.  I love you, sweetheart!



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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

France - 12/20/00

12/20/00

He's coming soon!  I got to talk to both him and Andrea (a little) tonight.  And Matt & Nat, who are going to have a little niece or nephew for me!  Billy Elliot was really good tonight, as was dinner (Chinese).  Zack came, and it was nice seeing him again.  I painted my toes tonight and also wrapped all the gifts; the wrapping looks terrible!  Tomorrow I have to do all my packing and cleaning... I think it'll take me a long time, but I can handle it.  My CD player is making clicking noises.  I ordered the first Mrs. Pollifax book on the French Amazon site today, and found a picture of Mel Gibson that really does look like Dad!  Time to get ready for bed... I hope my toes are dry enough to go between the sheets!  I love you, Jamie!


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Friday, May 8, 2015

Stitch Fix #10

Stitch Fix is a personal shopper service that I've enjoyed for a few months 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.)

For Fix #10 - the "we'll rectify our mistakes" Fix sent soon after #9, I had the same requests as Fix #9 - easy tops (no ironing) that would show off my waist.

First up was the "Honalei" Cable Knit Sweater Tank from Skies Are Blue ($44):


I almost kept this one.  It fit well and was really comfortable.  I really wish it had been a different color - something less wintery and more springy.  I would have kept it, but overall I was ambivalent enough to send it back.


Next up was Paradigma's "Selda" blouse ($68):

This was just... okay.  Jamie said it looked like something an old lady would wear when trying to be fashionable.  The print wasn't bad, but I didn't love that it was sheer, and it really didn't do anything for me.  Sent it back.


Next out of the box was 41Hawthorn's "Trinidad" top ($48):

Nope.  The neckline wasn't good on me, it was too small around my hips (Check out the back view. Ouch.), and the pale green and cream print washed me out.


Papermoon's "Mirsilla" knit top ($58) was next:

Awful!  Not sure why this was in my Fix - it went completely against the "show off my waist - nothing boxy" part of my request.  Jamie said it looked like I had tried to do something fancy with an old, stretched-out sweatshirt of his.  It looked terrible.


Last up was Laila Jayde's "Keene" top ($48):

Yay!!  A keeper!!  I loved this.  And it's something I never would have picked out for myself.  It's long and strangely-shaped until you put it on, but I really loved it once it was on.  Ultra-comfy, flattering, won't have to iron it.  I would love to get it in another color, too.

1 out of 5 isn't too bad - I got a new shirt that I loved, and learned that I actually like dolman tops on me.  Looking forward to my next Fix!

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




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Wednesday, May 6, 2015

France - 12/19/00


12/19/00

I'M GOING TO BE AN AUNT!  Natalie's tentative due date is August 23rd.  Sydney if it's a girl, possibly Nathaniel if it's a boy.  I'm pretty excited!!  I finished all of my Christmas shopping today and did laundry.  Tomorrow is cleaning, wrapping gifts, and manicure/pedicure, and Thursday is packing.  G.L. was out of the Armani sets, so I just got Jamie the cologne.  I'm going to be an aunt!!!  Time to go to bed.  I love you, Jamie!!


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