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. 

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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