My newest Stitch Fix post can be found here. It’s is safe to say that I am hooked on Stitch Fix. If you are new to my Stitch Fix posts, please check out the first five here. I love seeing the box at my door every month and the surprises that await me when I open it. This month was the first that I requested specific items that I saw on other blogger’s Stitch Fix posts. My stylist found both of my requests, but sent them in slightly different colors that suited me better than the originals. Let’s get started! I loved the color of this shirt! In fact, I owned another shirt in the exact same shade. Owned being past tense because the cut never suited me. This was suddenly made clear to me when I tried on this shirt and realized just how flattering it was. The back has a large scoop so it makes this shirt different than most. There is also a built-in bra. Not enough support for me though, so I still plan on wearing a bra with this. Kept It! It’s hard to tell from the picture, but this shirt is extremely sheer. I wore a white camisole underneath. It had a very interesting criss-cross back, but not interesting enough for me to keep it. I just felt like this shirt was ok. I’m also not a fan of color blocked arm straps. I sent it back. Again, just OK. Perhaps it is me being pickier, but I now have a very strong sense of what I am looking for in clothing. In this dress I felt that the pattern was so bold and dark that the dress becomes the center of attention, but you don’t notice the person wearing it. I sent it back. One of my favorite pieces. I’ve noticed this specific cardigan pop up a lot lately in Stitch Fix posts such as in this one from Maria at Kinder-Craze and this one from Jennifer at Elementary School Garden. Jennifer describes it as wearing a cloud of love, which I have to agree. I just felt artsy in it. It’s like no other sweater I own and the color is super flattering. Since it is so different from everything else I have, I asked our Facebook community about it. Based on their advice, I kept it. Sometimes you have clothes that you put on and they just make you feel pretty. This top is exactly like that. I saw it in Elementary School Garden’s Stitch Fix post and I requested it for this one. At first, I was disappointed that it wasn’t the same dark blue color, but that disappointment quickly disappeared when I tried it on. I love the embroidered detail around the neckline. I love the racer back and I love the hemline. This one was also a keeper. Think this looks fun? You can try Stitch Fix, too! Please click on my referral link if you decide […]
Do you hate shopping for clothes as much as I do? It’s so hard finding something you like with all the choices available! We’re digging through racks, hoping that an item will look good on us and then taking pile after pile to the dressing room. Add taking our kids with us and it’s enough to make us want to curl up into a little ball and rock ourselves back to our happy place. Clothes shopping is so hard! Which is why I don’t do it. No, I don’t walk around naked, but I have stopped shopping in the mall or even Target! I use Stitch Fix instead. Getting a Stitch Fix is always like opening a beautiful and exciting present! What is Stitch Fix? Stitch Fix is your own personal stylist! You fill out a quick quiz, stuff a Pinterest board with your favorite styles and YOUR OWN STYLIST (!!!) sends you five items that she thinks you will love. You try everything on in your own bedroom, assessing in your own mirror and mixing and matching with the items you already own. You keep what you like and send back what you don’t. Sending it back is easy!! Included in every Stitch Fix box is a pre-paid return envelope. You check out on the Stitch Fix site, give feedback and request new items. Easy, right? Want to see what I got?
Stitch Fix Time! If you are new to my Stitch Fix posts, Stitch Fix is an online service where you input your sizes and style preferences. A personal stylist then selects five pieces specifically for you and ships them to your door. You have three days to try on them on and send back whatever you don’t like. With two kids, this service suits me perfectly. As you will see, my son requires a lot of my attention. This is my fourth Fix. As the service gets to know you based on feedback you give, your selection of clothes improves. This is wonderful because Stitch Fix gives you a 25% discount if you buy all the pieces. Improve it did. I bought it all this time! Below, I listed all of the original prices next to the pieces as well as the price I paid with the “buy it all” discount. Here is what I got: Piece #1 Dress: Tart Reina Abstract Chevron Racerback Belted Maxi Dress, Stitch Fix ($168, $126) Necklace: Whimsicle Last fix I was given this maxi, which I wasn’t a fan of, so I was initially wary about trying this one on. I loved it! The main difference was the neckline. I am overly conscious about the size of my chest since I’ve been nursing. The scoop neckline in this dress minimizes my bust as well as shows off my collar bone. Super flattering! I loved it. The price was a little bit of a shock, but it feels so good on! Worth the money in my opinion. Piece #2 & #3 Top: Daniel Rainn Rylin Pintuck Detailed Silk Blouse, Stitch Fix ($78, $58.50) Jeans: Kut From the Kloth Kate Distressed Boyfriend Jean, Stitch Fix ($78, $58.50) Near the shoulders, this top has beautiful pleating which descends to that tiny v-cutout you see by my neckline. Those details make it more than the typical black blouse. As for the jeans, they are some of the most comfortable jeans I’ve worn. In my last fix, I received a pair of jeans that were distressed like these but, unfortunately, way too tight. Love the look of this outfit. It has the relaxed, yet put together look that I am after. I admit, I had some help styling this from the note from my stylist. She also told me that this would look great on top of it: Piece #4 Blazer: Market and Spruce Benson Striped 3/4 Ruched Sleeve Blazer, Stitch Fix ($78, $58.50) Necklace: Express I requested a blazer with this fix to wear on business meetings for Whimsicle. Honestly, I’ve never owned a blazer that I liked. They have all fit poorly or looked a little…blah. This one is amazing! I love the horizontal stripes, the cut is super cute and the 3/4 sleeves make it very modern. The only drawback is that the fabric is a little heavy and hot. If I plan to be outside for any length of time, the blazer will have […]
Oh, hello Stitch Fix waiting for me outside my front door! I love when my Stitch Fix box arrives. I’m always excited to discover what clothes my stylist picked out for me this time. If you are new to my Stitch Fix posts, read all about this amazing service. Last month, I noticed that all of the clothes were a little big on me. This month, I noted that I needed a size smaller in all of my shirts. The shirts in this fix fit me much better. Here’s what I got: Piece #1 I loved this shirt immediately. It is very similar to the Renee C shirt I sent back in last month’s fix but fits me much better. I liked it so much, I tore off the tags right away and wore it to my daughter’s dentist appointment Friday morning. Shirt: Market & Spruce, Stitch Fix Shorts: White House/ Black Market Belt: Express Necklace: Express Shoes: Cole Haan, Nordstrom Rack The style card pairs this shirt with a rose colored skirt. The skirt in the photo looks awesome, but I have nothing in my closet resembling it. However, I do have a coral dress. I wondered what this shirt would look like over coral. Shirt: Market & Spruce Dress: Bobeau, Nordstrom Rack Earrings: Whimsicle Necklace: Express Call me crazy, but I love it! I would have never tried this combination before, but I really like the way the shirt dresses down the Bobeau dress. It gives it a more casual and yet put together appearance. Needless to say, I kept the Market & Spruce top. Piece #2 I like the distressed look in these skinny jeans. I paired them with a top that I kept from my first Stitch Fix for a very comfortable, dressed-down look. They were too tight. I know skinny jeans are supposed to be form fitting, but I really had to squeeze myself into them. When I sat down, I felt like I was was going to tear open the hole on the right knee. I sent these back. Piece #3 The blue color of this shirt was very pretty. That attracted me to the top right away. I also like the peach colored jeans on the style card, but alas, I have nothing in my wardrobe like that. So, I paired this shirt with my black capris. My attempt at looking coy. Top: Olive & Oak, Stitch Fix Capris: White House/ Black Market Shoes: Cole Haan, Nordstrom Rack And then with the Kensie jeans from this fix. While cute, I didn’t feel there was anything special about this shirt. With a $48.00 price tag, I decided to ship it back. Piece #4 I requested a dress in this fix that I could wear to my Grandparents’ vow renewal happening in June. I specifically noted that it needed to be a dress that I could nurse in. This dress fit both of those requirements. Dress: Tart, Stitch Fix Necklace: Express Earrings: Whimsicle I had […]
My thoughts five years ago: Hmmm, I should run a marathon. That will get me into shape. Reality: I didn’t lose a single pound. I ate more food during marathon training than I ever have in my life.
I used to be a big ideas NOW person. I would have this amazing idea that I would want to implement… tomorrow. I felt that my big idea would change EVERYTHING. In regards to teaching, I believed I could change student learning with one action. Test scores would dramatically rise. Students would be enthralled. The only drawback was that it would take a complete overhaul of everything that I was doing right then – change the way I organized my classroom, change the way I taught a lesson, just change everything because what I was doing was not working. I was a pretty stressed-out person.
Running With A Stroller I’ve written before about running while sick. When I was on the brink of a horrible sinus infection and had loads of disgusting mucus, I was able to push through and make every run on my training schedule. This weekend, I skipped my long run. It doesn’t matter how sick I am, but when I have a sick child, it completely derails me. My son, Dude, is 9-months-old and hasn’t had a fever (lucky) his entire life until this past week. It started with a cold and low-grade fever, then went away for a couple of days and came back hard on Friday night. That night, Dude joined us in our bed, (which he does every night but that’s another post). He tossed and turned and cried out uncomfortably. The soles of his feet and palms of his hands radiated heat. I reached for the thermometer on my nightstand and took his temperature. 103. Panic rushed through me. I go berserk with fevers in my children. I always imagine the fever continuing for days and days and the doctors aren’t able to figure out what’s wrong and it turns out to be some horrible, deadly disease… I’ve watched way too much television. I gave Dude the recommended dose of Infant Advil. Once it took effect, he went to sleep. On Saturday night, same thing. Except this time, it was apparent he had a stomach ache too. He wouldn’t nurse. I got out of bed and bounced with him. Then, he had three massive diapers in a row. After that, his fever miraculously broke and he slept. I could have gotten up early on Easter Sunday to run, but I decided to forgo it in favor of the extra hour of sleep. On Monday morning, after nursing all night to soothe his tummy, Dude woke me up my throwing up all over me. It was 6 AM. Funny thing is that it didn’t even faze him. He just rolled over and went back to sleep. I was up though. So, I went running. I was expecting a horrible run, but once I started, it felt great. Easy, even. Some Boston marathon mojo must have been in the air. Their start time was the same time I began my run. When I came back home, I looked like this. Yes, I’m exhausted. I still am, but I’m hoping that Dude is on the mend and I get much better sleep tonight. Tomorrow starts another running day. I’m still pushing on for that 5k on May 31st! Read on: Fixed Mindset Miss a week of the Running with a Stroller series? Catch up here: Running with a Stroller
How do you get back in shape after baby? For me, its me, my son and a running stroller. I want to run fast. Well, not Olympic fast. Just fast enough to break 30:00 in a 5K (3.1 miles). I am a mediocre runner. I started running when I was 20. Completed my first marathon when I was 22. Now, 10 years later I’ve done several more marathons, some half marathons, dozens of 5ks and a triathlon. The problem is: I haven’t trained seriously since my last marathon (2010). All of my attempts to run after the birth of my son have been thwarted by…myself. I’ve quit part way through the Couch to 5k training program because one bad running day got me down. I quit through my running streak because running was making me a ravenous beast and I wasn’t seeing any weight loss. Now, I’m ready to try again. I want to be strong. I want my pre-pregnancy pants to fit nicely again. I want to show my daughter that her mom can be fast, which means she can be fast, too. Here’s what I’m doing differently: I’m not going to weigh myself for 7 weeks. I’ve become obsessed with the scale recently. I weigh myself everyday (sometimes twice a day) and let the number dictate how I eat on any given day. If I lose weight, I give myself a little extra leeway in nutrition. That means, I might justify cashing in my free Starbucks for a Grande Caramel Frappuccino. A tenth of a pound means nothing. My goal is to focus on how I feel and how my clothes fit, not the number. I’m purchasing a training plan. When I did my marathons, I ran them with a running group under the guidance of a coach. We had a set training plan that was realistic to our goal and adaptable. Runners World has an awesome running site for Beginners called The Starting Line. I’m starting on Step 2: Start Running. Even if you don’t purchase a plan, they have a lot of helpful articles for free. I highly recommend the site! I’m pushing a stroller. This is harder than it sounds. I am seriously winded after running for just a few minutes with the stroller. I’m hoping this works in my benefit though. My cousin, Jessie, pushes her two littles in a stroller. She is seriously fast and places in most of her races. Here’s to the stroller providing a little resistance training! My Starting Line: Weight: 158.4 lbs (Next weigh-in: April 12) Loop around the park (close to a mile): 11 min 8 sec Running starts tomorrow Read on: Mid-Week Update