Sunday, September 21, 2014

Stitch Fix #3

I just got my third box from StitchFix this last week. I am so excited about this one! My second box was a little less than stellar and I somehow deleted the pictures from my phone, so we are just going to skip that one. I ended up keeping one shirt, that I will show you down below. I have read that the third fix is when they really hone in on your style and can magically get it to work. That certainly seems to be the case for me. If it wouldn't have been for a few minor details I would have kept the whole box! Here's what I got:
 This June Polka Dot Skirt by Pixley is totally my favorite thing from the box. I love pencil skirts and this one had a hint of stretch, making it easier to chase kids. This bag was also something I kept and love.

 The top I'm wearing above is the shirt I kept from my second fix. It is from 41Hawthorn. I love that it has details like petal sleeves that hit at the elbow and pockets and button details. It is longer in the front and back and shorter on the sides. Frequently these types of tops don't work for me but for some reason this one does. And the red pants were in my third fix. They are the Duboce Strait Leg Jean by Margaret M. I love them and kept them. They look awesome with boots for the fall/winter. 
 I totally swooned over this bag. It is the Clarita Messenger Bag by Emperia. I have the hardest time finding bags that have a zipper to close them in stead of just a magnet. Or, if I do find a zipper one they seem pretty heavy on their own. This one is just perfect. It has the perfect number of pockets and I love the messenger design. It is definitely a keep!
 It was already put to good use and fit everything we needed for church. TOTAL WIN!
 I desperately wanted to love this dress. It has everything I asked for and should have been great but the pleating at the hips just didn't work well. Jason even liked it except for the hip pleats. The polka dots are cute and the colors are great for fall. The length is awesome. It is the Jace Dot Print Fit & Flare Dress by 41Hawthorn. I didn't keep this one. 



 And the last thing in my box is this cute blazer by Market and Spruce. They call it the Benson 3/4 Ruched Sleeve Blazer. It fits like a glove and has the cutest striped lining. I love the length and the one button design. I don't love the outer fabric though. The color is great but the sheen on the fabric makes it seem like polyester. I really wanted to love this one too because it had so much going for it, but alas, it went back too. 
So for a recap, I kept three things from the box and was tempted by the other two. So, what would you have kept, if anything? And, if you've tried StitchFix, what are your thoughts? If you haven't tried it and want to, feel free to use my referral code, I get a kickback and I'll love you forever.


Monday, August 18, 2014

Transition to Fall Inspiration

Transition to Fall Inspiration


J Crew top
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Mid length tulle skirt
apostolicclothing.com


Miz mooz flat
infinityshoes.com




Wrap shawl
modcloth.com



I am really looking forward to wearing more layers! I love summer weather but summer clothes just leave me a little bored. I love wearing layers and jackets and boots, so fall is really my favorite clothing season. As we're getting close to the time when we transition from summer to fall I thought I would show you a few of the things I'm looking at to make my transition more interesting. 

Home Tour: Kitchen

 Welcome to our new kitchen. I absolutely love the kitchen. It is the perfect size with plenty of storage but takes just a few minutes to clean up. Everything has a place and I feel like it is so well designed.
 When we first looked at the house I was worried the kitchen would be too small. It is compact, but I actually use that to my advantage. It is far easier to clean a small kitchen than a big one. And, I've never been someone who needs a whole gaggle of kitchen tools. I have what I need and somehow we get by without the rest.
 We bought the fridge after spending hours looking at options. We measured and measured again just to make sure it would fit. I feel like it is totally us. We love clean lines and I especially love shiny things. The bottom freezer is beautiful and the interior has ample shelves. The only down side for some people is the lack of ice maker or water dispenser. Honestly, I don't like to waste the room inside the freezer for those things, so I'm glad to go without. 

 The passthrough between the dining room and kitchen is perfect for breakfast. The kids love eating at the barstools and I don't blame them.

 I really like storing our bowls out in the open. It saves a lot of cabinet space and I never really know what to store on these display shelves since I"m not a collector of random things. Everything we have serves a purpose or it holds deep sentimental value. An item gets extra points if it is functional, beautiful and holds sentimental value. 

Thursday, August 7, 2014

New House

A few months ago we bought our first house. We are so incredibly excited and still can't believe it's ours. The house was built in 1948 and has an impressive steel beam structure. It's nice that because it is made of steel and brick that we will never have to worry about termites. We have loved having a nice fenced back yard and plenty of room to spread out. I'm sure I'll share projects as time goes on, but has been so fun to just relax and love our new house. 


Sunday, August 3, 2014

Stitch Fix #1

I recently discovered Stitch Fix and am totally crushing on this company. I received my first fix about a week ago and was totally impressed. The premise is they have stylists that choose five clothing items for you based on information you give them about your style preferences. They ask a few simple questions and then ask you to share a link to your style board on Pinterest or if you have a blog you can share that too. This gives them a lot more information about what type of clothes you like and what your overall style is. They also have a note section where you can tell them exactly what your looking for. 

For my first fix I told them I wanted more skirts and dresses that I could wear during the week. I love skirts and dresses but have a hard time finding just the right style or fit to run around with the kids. And this is what they sent me.
 This first skirt is a black maxi skirt with a really cool detail on the front. It has a cool twisted knot and a cool drape in the front along the bottom.
 It's really hard to see but I am loving the way it fits. It feels a little sexy without being over the top and I can totally wear it while the kids and I are running around. Unfortunately I don't need more maxi skirts. Jason totally hates them and I have a few already. So I didn't keep it but I do think it was a great thing for them to send me based on the information I provided. 
Item #2 is this cute top. It has cherry blossoms on it and is really comfortable top. Jason loved this one. I am not crazy about the pattern. I decided I am only keeping things I absolutely LOVE. So this went back too.
 Item #3 is amazing and perfect in every way! This top has the fun detail I was looking for, in a brilliant color with a perfect fit. Jason and I both love this one and of the five things they sent this is the one I kept. 

 Item #4 is this delicate infinity bracelet. It was sweet and cute and simple, all the things I tend to go for. And because of that I already have quite a few dainty gold bracelets. This one went back but it was a hard decision. I think the stylist did such a good job choosing that she chose something I already basically had. So kudos to her. 


 And item #5 is this cute dress. It came with a black slip and was a great length but didn't have sleeves. This isn't normally a big deal to me because I'm happy to layer over my dresses but I felt like for the price I would rather just throw it on and not think about adding a sweater to it. Plus I felt like it wasn't quite worth the price. So it went back too. 
 Along with the five items they include pictures of sample outfits to go with the items they sent so you know how to wear them. This is really fun and I found a few ideas on this card. Plus there is a personalized note from your stylist. I was totally impressed with my first Fix and am really looking forward to the next one. 
You do pay a $20 stylist fee but if you keep anything from the fix you can apply the fee to that item. So if you keep anything the styling is free. And if you keep all five items you get 25% off everything. After you decide what you want to keep, you just put the ones you are sending back in to the bag they provide and drop it in a mailbox. They pay for shipping. 

Also, there's no commitment. You decide how often you want to receive a fix. It's perfect if you don't have a lot of time to shop without kids. And I had a lot of fun trying things on for Jason without having to drag him to the store with me. I think he would agree it was a total win/win. 

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Monday, February 3, 2014

Living Room

We went to New Jersey to visit my cousins for Thanksgiving. It was wonderful. That night we stayed in Philadelphia and the hotel had the most beautiful lobby. Both Jason and I loved it. So, I thought I would try to re-create it when we buy a house. Until then, I am going to try to create a mood board for it. So, here's the Lobby. Feel free to follow along on Pinterest as I add elements from the room. 


Saturday, February 1, 2014

This Week's Top 5

Hello! I am so excited for the weekend. We got kind of suckered out of last weekend because my husband had to work a large chunk of it. I'm optimistic that this weekend will be different. We don't really have big plans, just a little of this and maybe eating out once or twice.

Today I thought I would leave you with my week's top 5. These are just my 5 favorite things that I either read or experienced this week. So here it goes.


1. I took the kids on a play date to St. Elizabeth's East Gateway Pavillion's Ice Slide. It was amazing. And free. They are only doing it for a few more weeks, so if you live near DC this is definitely a good idea.


2. These headphones are awesome. I think they may be a cute red item for my husband for Valentine's Day. Along with this card. Don't worry, I'm almost certain he doesn't read this blog...  We're not big in to over the top Valentine's Day activities and presents, but it is nice to be appreciated and remembered, so we do exchange gifts / go out to dinner some time in February.

3. I swam my heart out this morning at the gym. I joined about two months ago and I really love it. Thankfully the kids love the "kids club" and usually don't want to leave. They drag me there five days  a week. It is wonderful. I love how much stronger I feel. And surprisingly less tired. And swimming really rocks.

4. I learned this week that I am strong than I previously thought. Not in the physical strength way mentioned in #3 but in an emotionally strong kind of way. I'm really happy about making the discovery and I feel like I am in total control of life. I'm sure this feeling won't last forever, but for now I'm totally soaking it in. Things only bother me if I let them.

5.  I spent a few minutes perusing my Pinterest Style board last night. There are some seriously cute clothes in there. I need to do a closet scrub and re-evaluation. That is usually something I do in February. I'm looking forward to it. That outfit book I mentioned previously may be more of a need for me than I previously thought.

Happy weekend!

Sunday, January 19, 2014

When You Grow Up?

I feel like we ask our kids all the time what they want to be when they grow up. My son is the king of dreaming big and small. Some weeks he wants to be a garbage man and some weeks he wants to be the president. I love that he chooses solely on whether it seems interesting.

As we grow up I think we kind of lose this. We think a lot about how much money we would make or whether people perceive the job as a "good job." Or sometimes we worry about how much schooling it takes or the start up costs.

I saw a commercial recently that suggested that you save for retirement so you can do your dream job after you retire. I think it's an interesting idea. If you were told you could do any job in the world and you chose to open a pie shop (a la Pushing Daisies) then you should save so you could do that. But wait, what about energy? When you retire doesn't it seem like you might be too tired to open a pie shop? Baking that much would be exhausting. I guess the advantage would be that you could afford to hire employees right away and you could skip the stage where you're a one person shop until you start making a profit.

So, what would you do if you could do anything? I honestly think after my kids are in school I will go back to school to get a graphic design degree. I've dreamed of doing interior design for years but am kind of suffering from some decorating insecurities as of late (my husband told me he doesn't like any of the furniture we currently own. ACK!)  and they get paid so poorly I think it would be frustrating to pour so much time in to something and get paid in pennies. You know? So, I think graphic design is a great alternative. It is still a very creative field, which I think I need. It would also be nice that I could freelance as I wanted, so I would be available to my kids.

Before I became a mom I was an Ophthalmic Technician. I loved my job. Mostly because of who I worked with. It was a fun environment. Each patient presented a different situation so it wasn't ever boring. But, it wasn't terribly creative. It involved doing certain tests for certain complaints, taking lots of measurements and yes, asking the question "Is it better 1, or 2?" I went home every day needing to do something with my hands. I took up sewing, crochet and a few other creative hobbies. I love my hobbies. There is something especially relaxing about sewing for me. I can sit and sew for hours and it feels like just a few minutes. I love sewing.

Sometimes I toy with the idea of opening my Etsy shop again. The problem is I have a list of so many things I want to make for me and the kids and our home that I feel like I should make those first. Maybe some day I'll have a little extra time to make enough to sell.

I also have this really fun idea that totally feeds in to my talents. I really love to organize and make spaces look neat and put together. I also really love shopping for clothes and putting outfits together. So I think I would be an amazing closet specialist. I would help you organize all the closets in your house. And / or I would help you go through your clothes and make a collection of outfits (with pictures) that you could wear. Then we would go shopping to fill any closet holes. I think it would be cool to create a book with all the outfit pictures in it so you could just flip it open and see what you want to wear. This may be especially helpful to people who get stuck in a rut wearing the same 5 things over and over again. The book was actually my husband's idea. He wants to be able to flip through and choose an outfit with coordinating ties and socks. Maybe I'll make it for his birthday or something. A friend of mine has volunteered to be my guinea pig with the closet specialist plan. Hopefully we can get that done soon!

Have a great week!

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Darby Smart

I just ordered from the cutest company! It is called Darby Smart. It is this awesome concept where you order a crafting kit and it comes with everything you need to complete the project. It is perfect for those of us who want to do something with our hands but the idea of going to the craft store is overwhelming. Or for when you want to experiment with a new craft but don't want to buy the full size of everything you need. The projects are totally on trend. I wanted almost all of them! They are so sweet and you still have creative leeway on how you want it to look.

This cute little ring dish is the kit I ordered. It hasn't actually arrived yet, but I'll tell you all about it when it does.

I'm not getting any sort of kick back from them. I just thought it was a really cute concept and the projects are amazing and wanted to share. I'm really hoping it is awesome and then I may place a few orders for Christmas presents. My sister would love a little kit.

You can use the code "howdydarby" to get $10 off your order! That would make some of these adorable kits just $9 and I believe if you sign in to their website you get free shipping for a year. It's really a great deal.

Have any of you had any experience with Darby Smart?

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Saturday, April 20, 2013

Spring 2013 Outfit

Spring 2013 OutfitAlthough I'm not spending any money this month I am planning my next outfit purchase. Last year I started buying one outfit per quarter. I love this system of purchasing. It can be hard not to buy t-shirts from Target or other cheap purchases but I've found over the last year my closet is full of beautiful clothes that I love to wear. I don't have a ton of clothes but all of them are things that make me feel great.

This quarter I need a new pair of jeans. I have two pairs, one boot cut and the other more of a wide leg. I need something skinny or strait. I want to dip my toe into designer denim. I have had a pair of Sevens before and I currently have a pair of Rock & Republic which I love. I don't necessarily want to pay full price so I will probably go to Nordstrom Rack or a cool consignment shop in Bethesda called Mustard Seed. Also, my favorite pair of shoes are worn out. They are a cute pair of yellow Miz Mooz. These will replace the old ones quite nicely. I need some cardigans and some gingham. I love gingham. I'm glad it's becoming more popular. So I think this is what my spring outfit looks like. What do you think?



Monogram
anthropologie.com



Miz Mooz shoes
zappos.com



Ray Ban ray ban
glasses.com

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