Monday, March 23, 2015

The Flowers That Almost Killed The Cat

My sweet and empathetic son has a good friend in his school class who has Strep throat. He felt so bad for her and suggested we buy her some flowers. "Because girls like flowers." It was really sweet so we went to Trader Joe's and bought the perfect bouquet of purple flowers. 

His friend was thrilled and put them in a vase before walking out the door to run an errand with her family. When they got back they discovered the cat had eaten one of the lilies. Apparently cats can have kidney failure from eating lilies. So, they called the pet emergency hotline (it's a thing!) and after exchanging pictures of the flower were told they should take it to the animal hospital for testing and monitoring. 

The sweet cat has been there for days and thankfully is doing well and hasn't had any signs of kidney failure but he has to stay for a few more days, just to be sure. 

I can not imagine how expensive this is. 

I feel terrible. Who would have thought? 

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

From The Farmer

I have always been hesitant to join a CSA because my family is a little picky. So I was worried the produce would go to waste because nobody would eat it.
A few weeks ago I heard about From The Farmer. A local produce delivery system that lets you customize your delivery every week. So if it looks like there will be grapefruit coming and your family loves grapefruit you can ask for more. And if your family won't eat beets, you can ask not to get them.  It is the totally customizable produce delivery system. I love it. 
The variety is fun and they deliver right to your front door. They deliver every Friday first thing in the morning, so my kids wake up and check the front porch for a box of produce. Anything that makes my kids excited to eat fruits and vegetables is a total win! 
This last week we even got organic, only fruit strawberry jam and apple cider. The carrots were so many fun colors and my kids both gobbled them up and called them "fancy carrots". From The Farmer also does bread and eggs. I haven't tried those yet, but I'm sure they're good!
The other great thing about From The Farmer is that if you go out of town or didn't finish the produce from last week you can just suspend your delivery. It's as easy as that! So if you're in the DC area, you should totally give it a try! 

*From The Farmer does not in any way sponsor this blog. I just love their service and therefore want to spread the word. 

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Stitch Fix #6

 I know I said I may be done ordering from Stitch Fix but lets be honest. They're good and when you get a credit (Thanks Michelle!) you use it. So, I have a few pairs of denim that sort of fell apart this last few weeks, so I knew that would be a good thing to request in my fix. I have also heard that Stitch Fix is REALLY good at denim. So, I thought why not? 
The first thing out of the box was this pretty green top. It is 41Hawthorn's Angela Quilted Detailed Blouse and they cal it Teal Green but it seems a little more spearmint to me. For $68 it is a little pricier than I would normally pay but both Jason and Calder loved it, so I kept it. It has tulip sleeves which I love and the pleating detail in the front is fun. You can't see it well but the shoulders and back yoke have quilted details. It's a fun top. I kept it. 
The black jeans are Kut From The Kloth Denna Skinny Jeans for $78.00. I liked these well enough. They fit well and were super comfortable. Unfortunately they were a little long and normally I wouldn't mind hemming them but I just wasn't feeling it this time. I do want some black jeans, so I may try again next time but ask for something ankle length. Returned. 
The next thing out of the box was this Pixley Meryl Tulip Print Sleeveless Blouse for $54.00. I love the print and it was so so soft but the armholes were huge, so it made it look funny if I tried wearing it alone or with something under it. The other issue I have with this top is that it has a center seam down the front. I know this doesn't bother most people but I hate that the pattern doesn't add up. Returned. As I look at these pictures though, I'm thinking that is a really cute outfit. I should look for a fun print blouse like this (without a center seam). 
 This necklace was the next thing out. I was hopeful and loved the colors but the chain looks like antique brass, which just doesn't look awesome. If it had been gold or silver colored, it would have been great. This was the Romolo Zena Crystal Palm Collar Necklace. It was fun and interesting, just not perfect. And it cost $38.00 so if I'm going to spend that much on an necklace I want it to be something I love. Returned. 
 The last thing out of the box was these Dear John Marson Wide Leg Denim Trousers for $78.00. These are amazing jeans. They make my legs look a million miles long and they still have butt pockets, which is a requirement for me. The front pockets are nice and deep and I love the dark wash. I kept these and love them. 
 So, to recap, I kept two things and returned three. That's a pretty good fix. I liked everything I was sent and could have been talked in to keeping all 5 so I feel like this is a really good fix. Thanks Katherine for styling this one!
If you're interested in trying Stitch Fix follow this link (I get a credit if I refer you). It is easy and fun and you're not committed to buying anything or having a monthly shipment. You just let them know how often you want it or you can just request one when you want it. Some people just use it when they have a special event coming up or when they need something specific. I think it is really fun!

Monday, January 26, 2015

DC Winter

 I've been fairly silent the last few months. Not because we haven't been doing anything noteworthy. Quite the opposite actually. We have been living it up and enjoying as much family time as we can. 
 I have been thinking about winter, especially DC winters and I have come to a solid conclusion. I love them. They are just about as perfect as a winter can be. We get snow sometimes. We get rain and gloom sometimes. We also get random 50 degree sunny days sometimes. 
 I love having four true seasons. When I was growing up in eastern Oregon we had two seasons with a very short week of fall and spring sandwiched between.
 Then we moved to Chicago and got two solid but quite extreme seasons. That winter is the reason we don't live there now. Chicago winters are not something to joke around about. Those are some serious winters.
 I do dream of winters in San Diego every February as I get tired of winter, but then spring arrives the flowers start poking up and I fall in love with DC all over again.
The weather isn't the reason we moved here, but it is certainly one of the things keeping us here.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Front Door Fashion

In my last Stitch Fix post I mentioned I wasn't as impressed as I had hoped to be. I liked the design of the company and I liked the way the fixes came but a lot of the clothes underwhelmed me. So, I decided to try a similar company called Front Door Fashion. I was so excited because they actually send you 4-6 OUTFITS to try. That is a lot of clothes. I like that they send more than 5 pieces and that they still only have a $20 styling fee, which is applied to anything you keep. The stylist communicates a lot more than Stitch Fix stylists, which is nice for someone like me who loves clothes and loves talking about clothes. I imagine if it wasn't really your thing and you just want someone to choose things that work well for you, that could be a little annoying, but for the most part I see it as a plus. 

 Here's what my box looked like.

And, here's what it looked like on the inside. 
It is really similar to a Stitch Fix box in packaging but much larger since they send you so many clothes. Everything is wrapped by outfit with a little note from the stylist. 
 I mentioned to the stylist I was curious about the dark floral trent. This dress totally hit the nail on the head, but it just wasn't the dress for me. It fit well and seemed fun, for someone else.
 I really liked this outfit. For this one she did the same outfit with two different skirts. The shirt was a bit too bright for me and the scarf was underwhelming but I liked the jewelry.

 This black and white skirt was the first thing I kept. I love the fit of a circle skirt and it has a really fun texture. I have paired it was many different colored tops and love it with everything.
 The above outfit is totally me. I love that polka dot top (I kept it) and the style of the jeans and breton top were very on point, but the breton was boxy and cropped, which I didn't love. The jeans were just a bit long and I didn't want to deal with hemming them, so back they went.
For this last outfit I kept the green shirt and the jean jacket. I've been looking for a jean jacket for a long time. I love the fit and color of this one. It came with the sleeves rolled up and I have kept them that way. This is the perfect jean jacket, in my opinion. The green shirt has some really fun details. The side seams and shoulder seams have a fun fagot stitch. The back also has a heavy drape to the neck and a cute green ribbon across the shoulders to keep it in place. I really love the details of this top. These are the kinds of details that make me love clothes. 

The necklace is awesome and I would have kept it but Jason hated it. I like to take his opinion in to consideration. Sometimes I feel more passionate about keeping something than he does about not liking it but this time he really didn't like it. And I still dream about it. Just kidding, kind of. 

Those white jeans. Whoa were they awesome. They fit well and felt amazingly soft but they were made of some kind of lace and were dry clean only. Dry clean only white jeans and kids don't mix, so they got sent back too. 

I felt like the pricing was very fair on the clothes. It is similar to what I would find at Nordstrom or J. Crew. Here's the price sheet from my order. It might be hard to read, for some reason the print has faded a bit in the last few weeks. 

After having the clothes a few days, I put everything I didn't want back in the box and sent it back. After a few days they ran my credit card for what they didn't get back in the box. This would have been great but one of the necklaces that I returned ended up being charged. So, I emailed them, letting them know I had sent it back. They said it wasn't in the box but would check again. After confirming they didn't receive it I still got charged for it. Here's the thing though, I KNOW I put it in the box. As I took the above pictures I did inventory and put things in the box immediately after taking the pictures. I know it was in there. So, it came down to my word against the person who unpacked the box. I don't know what happened but I'm not thrilled that I had to pay for a necklace I didn't keep. I really wish they would have worked harder to resolve this issue with me. I don't know exactly what happened on their end but it is disappointing that I had to pay for a mistake I'm sure was theirs. 

Although I like the idea of this service, loved the clothes and the personal connection with the stylist,  I'm hesitant to use them again. 

I've also learned that I like shopping. Part of the enjoyment of shopping for me is the hunt. I like to find that perfect something. So, I think my next shopping experiment is Nordstrom's personal stylist. They're free but they have a stronger store connection, and you get to meet them in person, which seems easier for them and me. I will do that in the next few months and check back in.  


Friday, November 28, 2014

School Pictures - Presidential Style

Calder has never been one to phone it in when it comes to his attire. He dresses up for church, eating lunch at dad's office and of course for kindergarten school pictures. I was pleasantly surprised that the  photography company took school pictures outside and provided 14-20 different poses for parents to choose from. This is my favorite pose of Calder's set. I just can't get over how nice the pictures are. School pictures have definitely come a long way since I was a kid. 

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Stitch Fix #5 (Possibly my last)

I got my latest Fix yesterday and I have to tell you I was SO disappointed. Everything was boring and matronly and plain. The colors were dark and drab, the cuts were wrong and the style just didn't seem to be me at all.

 The first thing out of the box was this Gilli Abie 2Fer Polka Dot Print Faux Wrap dress for $68.00. 
 And here is the 41Hawthorn Hobbes Striped Crew Neck Sweater for $58.00. 
 Up next is the 41Hawthorn Abrianna Longsleeve Knit Cardigan for $48.00.
 And the Margaret M Chrisiana Jacquard Print Pencil Skirt for $78.00. 
 The item I liked the most and the one I kept was this cardigan. I've wanted an open front cardigan like this for a while, so it fit the bill. The color is a nice jade green. So, I did keep this one. I don't know if I would have kept it if I liked something else better, but to save myself from losing the styling fee, I kept it and am excited to wear it, so that's a win. 
 And next is the pencil skirt. It was fine. I do like the way it fits but I don't like the colors or print. Maybe jacquard isn't for me.

 Ah this dress. It is really not awesome. I like the top and feel like it fits well but it is just too short and pretty boring.
 Somehow I didn't take a picture of this dress on the hanger but this is the 41Hawthorn Faya Sleeveless Keyhole Fit & Flare Dress for $88. It was fine but too short. I would have been tempted to keep it if it was longer and a more interesting color. I feel like it is just boring. 
The keyhole detail was fun though. 

I feel like of the 5 fixes I got only one of them was amazing. Two others were good and the other two were terrible. I was hoping it really did get better with time. So, for now, I don't have any fixes scheduled and I'm considering trying Front Door Fashion. Does anyone have any experience with that? How you you all feeling about Stitch Fix? Should I give them another shot? I absolutely LOVE the idea of getting a surprise box of clothes at your door. It just hasn't worked out as well in practice as I had hoped. 

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Twins

I frequently get asked why my kids and I match. Our outfits are often coordinated to the point that we look like we are getting our family pictures taken. I never plan it (unless we are getting family pictures taken) but somehow it just happens. I think it has a lot to do with the fact that I buy all of the clothes for the kids so I choose things that I like. Calder does have veto power but thankfully he doesn't like shopping, so he doesn't complain too much.



So, just the other day I kept thinking that Colette had the cutest outfit on. I realized midway through the afternoon that I have a very similar outfit. So, the next day I wore it. Yes, I took inspiration from my 2 year old's outfit but I love the way it turned out. Maybe I should do this more.



Saturday, November 1, 2014

Chairish

I was contacted recently by Chairish, a cool vintage furniture website. I honestly hadn't heard about Chairish before our email exchange but after spending LOTS of time on the site I am thrilled to tell you about it.

Chairish is basically a place for you to buy and sell furniture and housewares. There are great vintage pieces, leftover designer deals and lots of fun things to look at. As I was looking at their site I was thinking how fun it would be to use some of these pieces in my master bedroom. I have a strong mid century modern preference that unfortunately Jason doesn't share. He is far more contemporary. So, as I was looking around, I thought I would basically design my dream bedroom. It looks a lot like this. 

All of the above pieces are available on the Chairish website. It was so fun to do this little project. I especially love the clock which is unfortunately not available anymore. Here are links to the items that are still available that I've featured.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Stitch Fix #4

I am still really loving Stitch Fix. I have dropped back to getting a fix every 6-7 weeks instead of monthly because I usually love so many things they send but choose just my very favorite so I don't spend too much each month. So, hopefully by spreading it out it will be easier to keep the things I love.

That being said, I felt like this last fix was not as stellar as the one before. I think I gave too many requests instead of just letting my stylist choose items she thinks I will love. So, here's what I got in my fix.

 This is the Akio Asymmetrical Zip Faux Leather Jacket. I absolutely love it. It is hard to tell in this picture but it is actually gray. It has quilted details on the arms and is so so comfortable. It's nice you can move around comfortably but still feel warm and cozy. I totally kept this one!
 So, next up is this sweater. I specifically asked for elbow patches. I do love the elbow patches but not much else about this one. I don't love the color, length or neck (which you totally can't see but it is a rolled cowl neck). The length is okay but seems to hit at the widest part of my hips. Plus, it was pretty expensive. I didn't keep this one. 

 Up next is this pink top. I asked for tops I can layer with fall sweaters. I was hoping for button ups with collars that would peek through. This shirt is fine but not awesome. I didn't keep it. 

 Ack! These jeans. They are trouser jeans, which I normally like but they were WAY too big. I think they were a few sizes too big in the waist. I think they would have been awesome otherwise.
 The last thing in my box was this cheetah print scarf. I think it is fine but I always feel a little funny wearing animal prints. I seem to be okay with them on belts or shoes but not soft fabrics. I'm not sure why. I changed my profile after I got this box to say I don't want animal prints. Otherwise the scarf seemed fine, but not awesome. I didn't keep it either. 
So to recap, I only kept the gray faux leather jacket. It is awesome and I have looked for ways to wear it over the last few weeks. I love it when that happens!

Oh, and one more note. I found the jacket cheaper elsewhere a few days after I got my box. I emailed them at info@stitchfix.com and they price matched. It's nice to know they value their customers enough to price match. 

If you still haven't tried Stitch Fix you should. It is a lot of fun to get a box of clothes! I haven't had a box that I didn't love at least one thing. And even when I only loved one thing it was totally worth it. 

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