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Monday, September 24, 2012

My first Fix

Have you heard about StitchFix?
My friend Nat introduced me to it when she tried it out a few weeks ago. After reading her experience, I totally fell in love with the concept and knew I had to try it out!

What is StitchFix you ask?

Stitch Fix is a fun and easy way to keep your wardrobe up-to-date. We get your style and size preferences, then send you a package of stylish goodies to try on at home, in your closet, with your favorite jeans and heels.

You go to their website, chose your style preference, size, body shape, price preferences...and they send you a box of clothes hand chosen for you by a style expert! Have you ever shopped with a personal stylist? I know I haven't. Man, what a shopping treat!
I tend to get stuck in my shopping ruts- NY&Co, Old Navy, Target...I try to find pieces that don't fit a style 'mold', but you can only go so far when you are always shopping at the same places with your own personal blinders on. Not to mention, I tend to shy away from hanger disasters. You know- the pieces that look like a hot mess on the hanger...but when you try them on...perfection. If I don't fall in love on the hanger, I'm not likely to try it on.
This is such a fun way to have an expert find new, stylish pieces just for ME!

**My one side note to this:If you are thinking "Wow- that sounds expensive"
Let me just tell you- I am cheap. On sale, WITH a coupon is my standard shopping profile. When you set up your style profile, one of your options is price. Be HONEST about your budget. Who wants a box full of designer stuff triple their budget that they can't afford to keep?**

After reading all their FAQ's, I filled out my profile and scheduled my first FIX! I literally squealed when it came in the mail!
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Opening the box was like Christmas morning!
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Brown paper packages. *sigh* I love treats!
The bottom of the box had my inventory list (with my name on it...it's the little things) and an extra little Happy treat.

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But that's just secondary to the clothes!!! My favorite part, hands down, were the styling cards.
Each piece had a card with at least 2 styling ideas for the piece.
After emptying my closet and pulling out fall staples, I got to work trying things on.

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First up- a brown wrap sweater. I tried it a bunch of ways- taking a nod off the style card. I think I like it, but I can't decide. I also feel wide right now. I'm not telling you that for you to say "Oh girl, you look great, blah, blah, blah"  I have put on some SERIOUS weight around my middle and my thighs. For REAL. I've turned into a slob since we found out about our first miscarriage in January, then our second in July. This first box was a reminder (as I pulled things out of my closet to pair with them) that i REALLY need to take better care of myself- most of my jeans wouldn't go past my thighs. Sad. :(
OK- back to the pics....

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The next piece was a scarf/wrappy thing. Not the technical name. It's a nice cool color, but it's HUGE! I don't really know what to do with it. They show it as a bathing suit wrap or a dress, or scarf. I draped it all over the place. Not really loving it, other than as a scarf- and again, I'm cheap, so don't really need a $39 scarf. Don't get me wrong- phenomenal price for this versatile piece. If I felt more comfortable in any of their other suggested styles, I would totally keep this one.

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I even tried layering it as a dress under the brown wrap. I just wasn't a fan.

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Next up-the dress. I am not super in love with it by itself. I think it does nothing for me in the shape department...though it does hide the areas I'm not in love with. AND I think it's kinda dressy, and when do I ever dress up..um- NEVER.

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But, I kinda totally dig the 'dress down' look with my boots and belt. Though I want/need new riding boots this year. Time to splurge there and get real leather that doesn't crack and peel...I think :)

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It has a cool cut out in the front and back, too.

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#4-A black vest. Way outside of my comfort zone. It just wasn't me. I gave it my all with styling, but it's just not happening.

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Last up, a silk blouse. Not gonna lie- tried it on, didn't even try to style it. $115 is out of my price range. One day, maybe. Not to mention, silk plus kids- not so much.

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It's pretty fun shopping with my entire closet and all my accessories right at my fingertips!

Oh, and did I mention they sent me a postage paid bag to send back all the pieces I don't want? Easy peasy! I can't WAIT to schedule my next fix. And yes, I get to schedule my Fixes. It's not a 'once a month' subscription. When I need my next shopping Fix, I schedule. No pressure.

That being said, I did learn a few things with this first Fix.
First, be HONEST about your budget. Next, be honest about your STYLE. If you think you want to be Office Chic, but you are really Mommy Daycare, you will not be happy with a box of dress up clothes you will never wear. Lastly, leave lots of comments in the comments areas. Tell your stylist what parts of your body you want to accentuate and what you want to hide. She's a pro, remember! Give her good info about you to work with.

Want your own box of fashion fun?
Sign up here and schedule your first fix!

Be sure to send me pics when you get your first Fix!

PS StitchFix did NOT compensate me to sing their praises. I was just so excited I had to share with you! 

Oh, and just for fun- I'm linking up all this fashion with Lindsey for What I Wore Wednesday this week.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Meet Katie at Paper from Heaven

A sweet friend of mine is hanging out on the blog today, sharing a sweet treat. Tomorrow is her BIRTHDAY!! Be sure to pop over and wish Katie a Happy Birthday! She's celebrating all weekend, so it's never too late.

Hi! I'm Katie from PaperFromHeaven or you might know me from my blog RaisingOranges. I'm so glad Meagan invited me over to play at her blog today! I met Meagan over a year ago when we both did our very first handmade market together.
Man can that girl talk.......okay so I admit, I'm the shy one!

A little bit about me......
I've been married over 8 years & have 3 boys. I'm getting used to the crazy life of being a chauffeur. With one car I take the hubs to work and our oldest to school every morning, and then pick everyone back up at different times throughout the day. I love DIY projects, baking and cooking {although I feel like I never leave the kitchen!}  I love to have the opportunities to be able to give to others.
After I quit my full time day job to stay at home I started a bakery named "Heaven Baked Sweets", and then I started sewing.....and I'm still sewing. My shop has transitioned from paper products (hence the name) to cloth diaper covers, to what it is today {organizers for crayons and pencils}.

Because honestly, we all need a little cute in our lives. And as a mom, I really hate when the inside of my purse is filled with loose crayons coloring all over everything.

We, as adults have organizers for the important things in our lives, why shouldn't our kiddos too??? 

Now on to the sweet stuff! 
With school back in full swing around our house, there's not much time for fun breakfasts during the week anymore. That doesn't mean we need to forget all about them.
This is my number 1 breakfast hit on my blog.

Cinnamon Nuggets
{print here}
{ingredients}
2 cans refrigerated biscuits
6 tablespoons butter
1/3 cup brown sugar, packed
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 cup powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 tablespoon milk
{directions}
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Melt the butter in a small bowl; add in brown sugar, sugar and cinnamon. Cut the biscuits into quarters, and drop them into the mixture and place in well greased muffin pan. You do not need to cover each biscuit with the sugar mixture; the sugar will get all over. I did about a 50/50 split on sugar pieces and plain pieces.
Bake for 10 minutes until tops are golden brown. Use a butter knife to remove from pan.  Mix powdered sugar, vanilla and milk in small bowl until combined. Drizzle over nuggets. Serve warm {because you won't be able to wait for them to cool down}.

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Mmmm...so yummy! I'm such a sucker for sweets. This is still one of my favorite Katie recipes! Is your mouth watering like mine right now?
Thanks for sharing today, Katie!

A little birdie told me Katie has new fabric to play with and fun, new patterns in the shop.

Use the code FAIRLYFABULOUS in her shop to pick up your favorite crayon and pencil roll, mini, apron or bag at 10% OFF.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

What I Wore Wednesday

True to my plan last week, I've been shopping in the back of my closet again this week.
I only had one 'ditch em' recommendation last week, so I guess the brown pants are staying for now.
This week I gathered up a few old pieces to put together something new. Like everyone else, I'm working on summoning fall with my wardrobe. Temperatures reached nearly 100 degrees today, but that didn't stop me from throwing on a boyfriend cardigan and going on with my day.

I paired the skirt from this outfit; with the boyfriend cardi from this outfit;


and put together this:


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I love this ruffled top, but never seem to find the right way to wear it.

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The whole idea for this outfit stemmed around this fabulous shoes I forgot I had.

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(the girls thought my feet needed decorating with flowers for this shot)

I got them from Rachel Reeves about a year ago. They remind me of Mary Poppins.


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{boyfriend cardigan, rose ruffled blouse- NY & Co, navy skirt-American Eagle Outfitters, belt-Forever 21, fabulous shoes-Thank you, Rachel!} 

I'm pretty much in love with all these pieces. I think you'll be seeing lots more of them come fall.

Linking up with Lindsey again this week- the one who started the mommy fashion inspiration trend across the world. Thanks, Lindsey- for making me feel a bit more fabulous.