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. 

Monday, October 6, 2014

Home Tour: Colette's Room

 Our home has four bedrooms. Three of them are upstairs and one is downstairs and we use it as an office. The smallest bedroom is Colette's room. It is really small. I think it measures 8 feet by 10 feet. Although it is small it offers tons of storage and fits everything she needs. 
Before we moved in the floors in Colette's bedroom and the hallway outside the bedrooms needed refinishing. It looked as if the floors had been covered by carpet when the other bedrooms got refinished. Thankfully we had a few weeks from the time we bought the house to the time we moved in. Our flooring guys were awesome and I love the way the floors look. 
 This is a fabulous little built in storage unit. This section of her bedroom is right over the stairs and so the bottom of the cabinet is sloped upwards. It is the perfect way to hid a funny floor and add storage at the same time. The shelves were here when we moved in. 
 This amazing quilt on Colette's bed was made by her Grandma Kate. I love it. The colors and fabrics are amazing. 
This is the cutest little dresser. It is perfect for a sweet little girl. I found it on Craigslist when I was pregnant with Colette. I love the mid century lines and the white mixed with wood. I have noticed wooden influences are making their way back in to many interior design elements. I love them. 

So, that's Colette's room. I love it. It holds everything she needs and has tons of storage she hasn't even utilized yet. We didn't paint or do too much decorating because I want to wait until she is older and can choose what she wants. So, I'm sure there will be many more updates to this room as she gets older. It's perfect for now though. 

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
factory.jcrew.com



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. 

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