Tuesday, March 24, 2015

StitchFix Review...

I missed a couple of months, I know. But I'm back—better late than never—with another StitchFix review for you guys.

This month contained a relatively fun haul. I probably would have kept more if I hadn't gone shopping at one of my favorite little, local shops the day before I received my fix.

Kensie Rebekah Contrast Detail Blazer ($88)

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So I've seen a look on Pinterest that I loved which featured a cream-colored blazer, skinnies, cute heels, and a fun ponytail. I wish I could pull it off, but when I put this blazer on, it just looked like I threw on a suit jacket with jeans. Not a good look for me. This is going back.


Pixley Ivy Petal Print Blouse ($58)

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I seriously considered keeping this. It's polyester, as are a lot of StitchFix tops, and I feel like it would have been fun with some white jeans for spring. But it just wasn't a $60 shirt to me.


BRIXON IVY Sharron Pleated Maxi Skirt ($78)

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(This picture is crappy because I snapped it in my closet this morning when I remembered that I had forgotten to get a picture for this post. Because I'm totally keeping it, so it was hanging in my closet and not with the rest of the stuff I'm sending back.)

I'm obsessed with this skirt. Like this other maxi skirt I bought, this one is high-waisted and pleated. But it's teal! I wore it with a short-sleeved black t-shirt and a fun (StitchFix) statement necklace to a baby shower last weekend.

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Market and Spruce Memphis Overlay Knit Shirt ($58)

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Man, y'all, I wanted to keep this. Like bad. The lace detail is just gorgeous, and the color was perfect on my super pale skin. But, like I said, I had just gone shopping, and I already own a couple of lace overlay shirts that were significantly cheaper, so I couldn't justify the splurge. 


Laila Jayde Bowie Solid Dolman Sleeve Top ($58)

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Honestly, this shirt was a complete miss for me. The shape of it was a little awkward, and it's something I feel like I'd find at Marshall's or Ross. Except that it was $60! The price point on this shirt is so completely off the mark that I got irrationally angry at StitchFix for sending it to me. Ha.

So there you have it. I was 1 for 5 this month, just like last month. Still super fun and completely worth doing, in my opinion. If you're curious, go check StitchFix out. They even offer maternity and petite sizes now! Still waiting on those plus sizes, though...

* All StitchFix links in this post are referral links.

Friday, March 20, 2015

A recipe, a new kimono, and a hallelujah.

Hi friends.

It's Friday! Hallelujah and amen. I'm in a happy place for so many reasons today.

First, I'm guest posting for Nichole over at Casa de Crews. I know I've mentioned Nichole's amazing blog here before, and I'm so excited to be sharing one of my VERY FAVORITE Paleo recipes there today. I swear, you don't want to miss it.

Also, I'm wearing a new kimono today, and I feel like such a gypsy.

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(I wore it last Sunday, too.  Don't judge.)

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I got it here. It's currently out of stock, but I think they should be getting more in soon.

Last night, we met with a guy about getting some custom built-in bookshelves installed in our home office.

This is a bad iPhone screenshot of what I'm hoping to accomplish, but it gives you an idea of the style we're going with.

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Clean lines with open shelving above, cabinets (some with built-in file drawers) below. I'm seriously SO excited. I'm also already freaking out about how I'm going to decorate them. Lots and lots of googling of "styling bookshelves" is happening around here.

That's what's going on with us. We've got a low-key weekend planned (or not planned, actually), and I'm spending tonight and late Sunday night with my two best friends, and I couldn't be more thrilled. I've been needing some good, quality girl time.

What do you guys have planned for the weekend?

Friday, March 13, 2015

Fashion Friday...

I bought a tulle skirt, you guys.

I had been seeing them all over Pinterest. I'm sure you have, too.

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I recognize that I'm not actually a ballerina, but I just could not resist. So I ordered one from here.

And then I played dress up this past weekend, fixed my hair, and did my makeup. I even sweet talked my husband into taking some pictures for me while Grace was napping. (I swear I do sometimes try and act like a real blogger.)

Wouldn't you know, just as I was slipping on my shoes to walk out the front door, it started to rain. Figures.

So my idea of pretty, artsy pictures like the one above went out the window. And you guys are stuck with mirror selfies.

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I think this skirt could be equally cute dressed down with a chambray button-down tied in front or a white tank with a fun statement necklace.

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Either way, you'll feel super girly and ultra sassy. And that's never a bad thing.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Crap I bought. And loved.

I buy a lot of crap. Like, I don't even mean to do it, but stuff just finds me, you guys. And when it's meant to be, well... you shouldn't mess with fate. Ha.

If my bank account's going to suffer anyway, I thought you guys could at least gain some benefit from my consumerism. So today I'm sharing some things I've purchased and loved lately.

On your mark, get set, go! (Let me go, let me shoop, to the next man in the three-piece suit. Nineties girls, holla if you hear me.)

Jo Malone.

Am I the last person on the planet to have fallen in love with Jo Malone fragrances?

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When we were strolling around Neiman Marcus a few months ago, feeling super fly and fancy, I saw the Jo Malone counter, and the concept piqued my interest. The idea is that you can either find a fragrance that you like on its own, or you can layer them. And then I started sniffing them all and died of happy. I took a few samples home and tried them for a couple of months.  My three favorites are Wild Bluebell, Peony & Blush Suede, and English Pear & Freesia, and I ended up buying the small bottles of Wild Bluebell and Peony & Blush Suede so I could layer them together. The combination is just... unbelievable. And the scent stays on my skin all day long, which is super important to me. Worth the sort of ridiculous price tag, in my opinion.

Chatbooks.

I love photo books, but I don't like what a pain in the rear they are to create. I also don't love the price tag. I randomly stumbled upon Chatbooks and downloaded the app to see what it was about. Basically, you just create a photo book directly from your Instagram account. You get 60 pages for $6 with free shipping. (Yep. For real.)

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Because you're pulling from Instagram, the quality isn't SUPER, and the books are smaller and paper-bound. BUT, my kid is obsessed with them, and given that they cost less than my weekly Starbucks fix, I feel zero guilt letting her play with them and bend the pages everywhere.

Smile Candle from Bath and Body Works.

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Technically, I didn't actually buy this candle myself. My mother-in-law got it for me for Valentine's Day. (I find it so adorable that we are almost thirty years old, and my in-laws still get both Micah and me Valentine's Day presents.) Probably not something I would have picked up to smell for myself, but seriously you guys... this candle is incredible. The scent fills up our two-story living room, and it basically smells like summer. The fruit, non-beachy version of summer, anyway.

Farmgirl Paints Cuffs.

You guys are probably going to be mad at me for this one because her etsy shop doesn't open back up until May, but it's worth the wait. Becky sells handmade leather cuffs made from belts. And then she customizes them with whatever words you want by stamping metal plates and attaching them to the cuffs.

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This one is gold glitter, and it says "lovely." I have another one (I've probably shared it here before) that is distressed brown, and it says "amazing grace." Follow Becky on Instagram to see some of her beautiful cuffs and stay updated on when her shop is reopening. Here is a "box shot" of several cuffs that were made and shipped a couple of months ago to give you an idea of the kinds of leather and words you can use.

That's probably enough for one day, don't you think? Go forth and shop, my friends.

Monday, March 9, 2015

A loose, beachy curl video tutorial

I did something for you guys yesterday. 

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I finally got in front of the camera and filmed a video tutorial for creating loose, beachy curls.

I've been meaning to do this for several years because a few of you have asked about my hair, and I've never seen anyone curl their hair the way I do. (I actually filmed a tutorial a couple of years ago and never posted it because it was so completely awkward. This one isn't much better, and it's WAY too long,  but whatever. I'm posting it in case any of you find it useful.)

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So when I had a few spare minutes yesterday, I went for it.

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A couple of things to note:
-  I talk a lot.
-  My webcam totally sucks.
-  The way I curl my hair makes for a very awkward tutorial video.
-  You won't burn yourself the way I did. Probably.

The products I mentioned in the video are listed below.

As I mentioned in the video, when I curl my hair, I wash it in the evening, let it air dry overnight, and then curl in the morning. If you can't or don't want to do that, you can totally blow dry it and curl afterward. I just like saving time where I can. :)

Alright, I'm just going to press publish now. I'm sorry in advance for the ridiculousness of this video.



Tools and Products Used:

Hot Tools 1 1/4 inch Curling Iron
Wen Sweet Almond Mint Styling Creme
Amika Un.Done Texture Spray
Rusk W8Less Hair Spray (optional)
Alligator clips
Ponytail elastic
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