Thursday, December 4, 2014

Stitch Fix Review #4 - December Box

My December box arrived on a particularly bad day for me and I would like to say that it cheered me up...but it didn't.  This month's stylist was Christina.  My note reads:
Hi Melanie!  Such a pleasure to be styling for you! Here are two options for a holiday look.  Try pairing Kut From The Kloth cords (amazing color) with the Daniel Rainn top. Add a bold statement necklace and finish he look with either tall black boots or heels!  Another option is to pair the Market and spruce plaid top (very similar to the one you posted on Pinterest) with a dark navy pencil skirt and add a silver statement necklace.  Take the same top and layer it over dark denim, wear tall brown, vintage colored boots and add a beige scarf - instant casual, chic vibe!
My note to the stylist for this month was that I wanted something I could wear for the holidays and that I was looking for things that I could wear with jeans for a casual look or with a skirt and heels for work...so here we go.
Market and Spruce - Colibri Plaid Printed Tab-Sleev Shirt - $48
I was a little disappointed because, although I did pin a shirt similar to this on my Stitchfix Pinterest board, I received a plaid shirt just like this but sleeveless in my last fix.  In addition to the fact that I already have a shirt similar to this, it was pulling across the chest and was actually really big in the waist which made it feel like a maternity top.  Sending back :(

Market and Spruce - Brentwood Jersey Stripe Tiered Top - $68
I liked the feel of this shirt and the fit but am not a fan of the tiered material.  If this shirt were all one piece I think I would've kept it, but the tiers just add extra weight and again, it felt like a maternity top.  Sending back :(

Market and Spruce - Shawna Striped Cowl Neck Sweater - $78
This picture doesn't really do the sweater justice.  The sleeves are red and cream striped while the torso is black and cream striped.  It looks nicer in real life but it was kind of itchy and not worth $78. I think it would be a nice comfy and cozy sweater to wear with leggings but again...not for $78.

Daniel Rainn - Aveda Sheer Cinched Waist Blouse - $68
I really wanted to like this blouse.  It's something that I could wear for a date night with the hubby (haha like we get so many of those with a baby).  When I pulled it out of the box I thought it had promise and when I put it on the jury was still out...and then I saw a side profile and the blouse billows out above the waist...again, more unnecessary fabric that just made me feel fat and pregnant (which I am not!) Sending it back.

Kut From The Kloth - Jonathan Corduroy Skinny Pant - $68
I really liked the color of these cords when I pulled them out.  The picture doesn't do them justice.  They're a beautiful burgundy color and they fit so well, but I just can't see myself wearing them more than once.  I paired them with heels and with boots and I actually really liked how they looked with heels.  I could see them looking great for a holiday party, but beyond that - I don't think I'd wear them again. Sending back :(

Merchandise Total: $330.00
Buy All Discounted Total: $232.50

Thankfully I had a $50 credit so even though I'm sending the whole box back, I didn't actually spend any money because the $20 styling fee came out of that credit.

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Friday, November 28, 2014

Black Friday Favorites


So it's Black Friday which means deals deals deals!  These are few things that I've been digging that are finally on sale.  Some are still way out of my price range (but a girl can dream can't she?).  If you couldn't already tell, I'm really into patterns right now and I've kind of been coveting Kate Spade's Margot Satchel for a while but I'm not really a purse kind of gal.  I always joke around with my husband that he should be happy I don't have a shoe or purse obsession.  Don't get me wrong, I love shopping, but I don't really have expensive taste and go for the more practical items...so above would be my "if I had a ton of money and threw practicality out the window" Friday Favorites.

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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Crockpot Favorites: Pulled Pork and Skinny Cole Slaw

So it's the day before Thanksgiving and school was cancelled thanks to this wonderful Nor'Easter that's blowing through the Mid-Atlantic.  At 5:30 this morning, when I got the phone call I was annoyed.  It wasn't even raining yet and they're already calling the day...and a half day nonetheless!  Well I figured now would be a good time to post some of my favorite crockpot recipes.  These are staples in my house and definitely make life as a working mama easier.

Crockpot Pulled Pork
Ingredients:
  • 6 boneless pork chops
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 bottle Sweet Baby Ray's BBQ sauce
Mix water and BBQ sauce in crockpot.  Layer onions and pork chops.  Add a little extra BBQ sauce on top.  Set crockpot on low for 7 hours.  And here's the secret: remove pork chops and put in stand mixer.  Turn mixer on low for 1 minute to pull the pork.  Add more bbq sauce as needed.  Easy peesy and soooo delicious!

And my favorite Cole Slaw Recipe
Skinny Cole Slaw
Ingredients:
  • One 16-oz. package cole slaw mix, dry
  • 1/4 cup fat-free mayonnaise 
  • 1/4 cup greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup seasoned rice vinegar 
  • 1 tsp. Dijon mustard
  • 2 packets Splenda
Mix mayo, yogurt, vinegar, mustard, and splenda in a small bowl.  Pour over dry cole slaw mix and stir.  Enjoy with yummy crockpot pulled pork.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Friday Favorites


Tripp has just been living in these adorable chinos from H&M's baby collection.  We have them in 4 different colors (Red, Green, Navy, and Khaki).  Bob has this thing where he doesn't want to dress our son in the typical cotton drawstring pants.  He has to look like a little man so these pants fit that bill perfectly and at $9.95 a pop, you can't go wrong!  I'm also in love with this vest and picture him wearing it with his buffalo plaid onesie and dark jeans for our holiday card (which I have all planned out in my mind but I'm sure will never actually happen).

Speaking of buffalo check plaid....how cute is this shirt from Joe Fresh?  And the houndstooth vest?  I have two puffer vests (one orange and one red) and need to start wearing them more often.  There's that adorable vest from JCrew that's all of instagram but has been sold out for quite a while (not to mention the fact that it's crazy expensive).  I know stitch fix has a similar vest and I'm hoping it winds up in my next box though I requested things I could wear for the holidays...like this sequined dress from H&M that sold out pretty much immediately.  H&M now offers online shopping which is super dangerous for someone like me who loves that place.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Picture Day Friday Favorites

This week was Tripp's picture day and man did he look adorable.

He wore the bow tie shirt under the cardigan with dark jeans and the adorable houndstooth sneakers.  Tripp gets a bath every night, but when he wakes up in the morning his hair is just out of control so instead of taking a nighttime bath he got one the morning of pictures.  He looked so handsome and sure enough on their way to school he decided to take a big ol poop in the car.  Bob heard it (and could smell it) so pulled over immediately to salvage the outfit.  Success!  Lately I've really been digging Old Navy's baby clothes so that's where all of these are from.  They're super affordable in addition to being adorable.  Though he didn't wear the buffalo plaid shirt on picture day, Bob paired it with khakis and took his daily photo outside by the pile of wood.  Our little lumberjack!  It was such a festive fall photo.  If you're on our email list, look out for that picture in his 10 month update :)

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Dealing with loss and the dangers of a POAS addiction

It seems like there has been a lot going on in the baby world near to me.  Three of our friends are now pregnant (at varying stages).  One friend recently began writing about their journey trying to conceive.  And a sorority sister of mine recently lost her son during birth.  It was only after reading both of their blogs about the topic that I had to think to myself, "did I ever talk about our situation?"  Sure enough, going back through old posts, I never did.

December 21st, 2012 - The first time I ever peed on a stick with the possibility of it coming back positive.  It was a First Response Early Response digital pregnancy test and it came back POSITIVE!  I was over the moon.  In November of 2012 I started charting my basal body temperature every morning at 6am.  It was annoying and inconvenient and I didn't think that something like that would ever work and here we were with our first positive pregnancy test!   At this point I was 11 days past ovulation so it was certainly possible that this was indeed my first pregnancy.  Bob and I were so excited and couldn't wait to tell our families.  Because I was nervous and had heard horror stories I decided to test every day until my period would officially be missed and then schedule a blood test.

December 22nd, 2012 - positive again!  We decided to tell our families.

December 23rd, 2012 - negative :( I started freaking out.  The digital came back negative this time.  How could that be possible?!  I decided to go to the store and get the other type of pee sticks.  The kind that the line gets darker.  I didn't see a line :( With Christmas just around the corner, I was even more upset.  At midnight mass on the 24th I said a little prayer and hoped that it was a fluke and everything would be back to normal the next day.

December 25th, 2012 - After Christmas festivities with my in-laws and breaking the news that I wasn't actually pregnant, Bob and I headed back to our house for Christmas with my family.  On a whim I decided to POAS again....POSITIVE!!! What kind of shenanigans are these?!

December 26th - 28th - POSITIVE, POSITIVE, POSITIVE!!! Maybe it was just a fluke that I tested negative on the 23rd.  We were back in business and by now I had officially missed my period.  I called the dr to schedule a blood test to confirm.

December 28th - I'm at the doctor so incredibly nervous.  They won't have the results back until Monday (New Year's Eve).

December 31st - The doctors office calls and sure enough my blood test was positive! I decide not to toast the night away and hide it from our friends who are now at our house celebrating...Bob's cousin suspects something is up and after the ball drops I spilled the beans that we would be having an early September baby.  Maybe it would be born on my birthday?! How exciting would that be?!  Everyone was so happy for us.

January 8th - By now we had told both of our families including aunts/uncles/grandmas.  I was starting to feel a little queasy in the mornings but couldn't tell if that was legit or just in my head, what I thought I should feel.  I had a long day at school with a yearbook meeting afterward.  For whatever reason I felt compelled to tell our company rep that I was pregnant.  Granted I was only 7weeks at that point, but I was so excited at the thought of being a mommy.  I get home from school around 5 and head to the bathroom to change into comfy clothes...there's blood :(  In a panic I google what's going on.  I call my coworker and my sister and they both tell me to calm down.  It could just be spotting.  It doesn't necessarily mean that something is wrong.  They suggest I lay down and rest for a little and call the dr if it gets worse....it gets worse.  I give the doctor's office a call and they schedule me for an ultrasound at 8:45am the next morning.  Bob takes off work so that he could come with me.

Deep down I knew it was over.  I knew when I got that first negative on Dec 23rd that it wasn't real but I continued to have high hopes that I was wrong and my tests were coming back positive to keep me delusional.  At the obgyn they took more blood to check my betas but I wouldn't get the results for another 2 days.  When I went in for my ultrasound, there was nothing there....not even an empty embryonic sac.  It's as if the whole thing was a hoax from the start, something I created in my mind.  I came out of the exam room crying and Bob knew exactly what that meant.  I didn't want to go home. I didn't want to talk to anyone.  I just wanted to cry so Bob and I went to the movies...a nice dark theater where I could let it all out if I needed to.  I took the next day off from work as well and spent the day in bed, alone and upset.  When you have a miscarriage, they have to continue to monitor your hormone levels to make sure that your body expels everything.  This can be such a painful reminder of what just happened.  My levels were going down but it took 2 more blood tests until they were at an acceptable level to consider everything over with.

It's a shame that things like this aren't talked about in our culture, especially considering how 1 in 5 women suffer from miscarriages.  I decided not to tell any of my friends what had happened.  None of them knew about my pregnancy to begin with and I didn't want to be Debbie Downer and tell them about the miscarriage.  It wasn't until I became pregnant with Tripp and we passed the 8 week mark and I had an official picture of my little embryo and saw his heartbeat flicker on the monitor that I felt comfortable enough to tell my friends about the first pregnancy.  I want them to know that I'm there for them if something like this happens to them and that it's not something to be ashamed of.  It sucks...my goodness does it suck, but it helped my relationship with my husband grow stronger and almost a year to the day of my miscarriage, my son was born.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Super awesome September SLANTBox

This month I decided to participate in the SLANTbox exchange.  Not sure what it is?  Head on over to Lessons With Coffee's blog to learn more about it!  But for a quick overview: SLANT stands for Sending Love Across the Nation to Teachers.  You're paired up with a teacher to send a care package based around a theme to.  This month's theme was "TEACHER VOICE: ON!"  It was great for starting up the new school year.
My super awesome package came from Lindsey over at It's Elementary, My Dear.  She sent me a little survey when we were first matched up and I must say my care package was spot on for me!
In addition to some teacher must have office supplies (post its, pens, pencils, tape all in the same cute pattern), I also got a travel mug and these great loose leaf teas.  The honey fig one is delicious!
To help keep me teacher voice always on my package included cough drops, Chapstick, some vitamin c, and eaten right away chocolate all in this super cute  mason jar like bottle.
But my favorite part of all - these vintage pinup Christmas cards!  I haven't decided if I'll actually put them to use or frame them and display them.

If you get the chance I would absolutely recommend participating in these exchange.  Who doesn't love mail and care packages?!?

The SLANT Box Exchange

Friday, October 17, 2014

Five Friday Favorites

Happy Friday everyone!  Here are some of the things that we are just loving in my house right now.  Tripp is making big moves, crawling all over the place and furniture walking so these shoes have been amazing.  At first he wasn't really sure how to keep moving without sliding all over but he's loving them and I'm loving the elastic shoelaces.  Tripp isn't really a fan of wearing shoes in the first place so the velcro ones are too easy for him to get off himself.  We're also really digging the flannel shirts for our baby boy.  This one  from Old Navy is the perfect fall color and a great price!  And of course Tripp is loving his yobaby yogurt!  I don't know why I waited so long to let him try these out.  They're great for snacks or in addition to what we're eating for meals.  I also had to throw in my super awesome boots from Aerosoles.  I bought these bad boys about 3 years ago and they are still going strong.  You know it's a grew product when you can still purchase it years later!  And lastly, Chobani Flips have been a lifesaver for me this past week.  It was a rough one with my uncle passing away and Tripp has been having trouble sleeping through the night so I am a zombie in the morning.  Grabbing one of these is an easy decision while I'm half asleep getting ready for work.  They're certainly filling and delicious!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Stitch Fix Review #3 - October Box

I was extra excited for my October box because my friend and coworker, Wendy, was receiving her first box on the same day.  We both eagerly hit refresh on the tracking status and rushed home to see what we got. So here we go...
41Hawthorn - Kasey Stripe Hem Fit & Flare Dress - $68
I knew as soon as I pulled out the style card that I would love this dress and how cute is it with the boots?! It's a sleeveless fit and flare dress which is perfect for me for work because you never know what the temperature will be in my classroom.  It's the perfect length and the material is lightweight.  The skirt is lined so you don't have to worry about anything showing through.  I'm keeping it!


Fun2Fun - Chandra Plaid Sleeveless Blouse - $44
 I had pinned a plaid blouse to my pinterest board because I thought it would be perfect for fall and was so happy to see this in my box.  It's sleeveless and sheer so I have to where a tank top underneath (but that's fine by me).  It is the absolute perfect shirt for fall and I love that I can pair it with a pencil skirt and boots or jeans and flats.  Another keeper!

Papermoon  - Kasidy Geo Print Swing Skirt - $58
 So I am pretty iffy on this skirt.  It's lightweight but lined and certainly long enough for school but I feel a bit frumpy in it.  I'm not impressed so I think it's going back.

Renee C - Alondra Ruched Pencil Skirt - $58
I wanted to like this skirt.  The color is a beautiful burgundy, but I feel like a sausage in it.  The skirt is made of a jersey material so it has a great amount of stretch to it but the ruching does nothing for my curves and even with spanx on...still looks awkward.  Sending it back :(

Market and Spruce - Tabitha Embellished Cotton Shirt - $58
Lastly, I pulled out this blouse.  It's kind of a mauve color which is a bit boring to me.  It's cotton and has a beaded embellishment on the neckline.  Overall...I'm not too impressed with it and for $58 it's just not work keeping.  Plus looking at these pictures makes me realize it really is not flattering at all....so this one also will be sent back.

Merchandise Total: $286.00
Buy All Discounted Total: $174.50

My total: $112 - $20 styling fee - $25 referral credit = $67!!!

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Saturday, October 4, 2014

Baby Boy Fall Style Favorites

I have a problem...I am addicted to shopping.  I mean, my husband should be somewhat happy that I don't have very expensive taste, but it's still pretty bad.  When Bob and I first joined our bank accounts we decided to give each other an allowance every month.  This money can be used for anything without the other person criticizing/nitpicking/etc.  Bob's vice is beer (duh!) so I'd venture a guess that that's where most of his money goes to...mine, on the other hand, is shopping (and Starbucks).  Today Tripp and I headed out to Bergen Towne Plaza.  My sister and I like to refer to it as the "mommy mall" because it is full of moms pushing strollers because it is loaded with all of the great kids' stores [The Children's Place, Carter's, Stride Rite, Gymboree, The Disney Store] in addition to my favorites [Gap, JCrew, Old Navy, H&M, Target, NY&Co, Banana Republic].  Today I dropped so $$ at H&M but all for the little nugget.  I bought some pretty cute stuff for cheap so here we go with some of my faves!

How adorable are these?! And so incredibly affordable...AND! you can now purchase from H&M online.  Dangerous!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

A day in the life of this working mama

Time to get up and feed the baby...bright and early
Leaving the house at 6:15am means the neighborhood is still dark and my lovies are inside asleep
6:50am means a pretty decent parking spot and watching the sun rise over the mountains
10:55am just got out of a meeting and finally able to sit down for a snack - taught two straight hours (geometry and algebra 2) followed by scheduling meeting and posteval conference
Necessary evil - 11:30am and I'm using my 30minutes for lunch to pump in the nurse's office.
2:23pm and the school day's over but I need to stick around for extra help *fingers crossed no kids show up*
My favorite part of the day: picking the nugget up from daycare.  I got there at 3:20 but he was still napping so I ran to Target to pick up some things.  Without fail he wakes up 5 minutes after I leave - every time!
Home by 4:15 so time to wash the bottles and pump parts while rocking out to "today's alternative" on pandora with the nugget hanging in his high chair.
After playtime in Tripp's room we took a break to cut his nails with the only distraction that works, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse.
Not feeling too swift and the hubs is at a beer event tonight so it's soup and crusty bread for dinner - sharing with the nugget of course.

7pm means we start our bedtime routine - tubby time
A little light evening reading with Tripp's favorite book
It's lights out for the nugget and he's officially asleep in his crib by 7:45pm.  I head downstairs just as the hubs gets home for some snuggle time on the couch before passing out at 9:30.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Interactive Achievement - onTRAC testing

This year, much like every year, the district has rolled out a new program for us to use to help with the new Common Core Standards, PARCC testing, and SGOs.  Normally I spend my time in the in-service groaning about the new "resource", daydreaming about other things I wish I could use in class, and thinking about how this is a one and done kind of thing...this year's in-service was different.  We were introduced to a company called Interactive Achievement and their program, onTRAC.  And I've got to say...this program is actually REALLY helpful.


It has an assessment library that includes thousands of questions that are all linked to the common core.  On the first day of school I created a pre-assessment for my Geometry and Algebra 2 classes.  I was able to use questions from the 7th and 8th grade common core intertwined with Algebra 1 review from the 9-12 common core and some stuff that I haven't officially taught yet.


The thing about this program that I really like, as a special ed teacher, is that it's done on the computer.  This has been incredibly helpful for preparing my students for the PARCC exam, which will be taken on the computer.  Students are not used to taking tests this way and have no clue how to navigate the additional things like the pop up calculator, scrap paper, and highlighting tools so this is great practice for them.  The other great thing is that I can see what question each student is on so I know who is wasting time and who is actually working.
I also love that it breaks down each question by standard for easy reporting and so I can target my students' weak areas.  I was able to use the data from their pretests (which were AWFUL) to determine where to begin for the school year.  I could figure out what skill I needed to target first before jumping into the curriculum.

I must say that this is one new initiative that I'm VERY happy our school is implementing.  I hope that we can use more programs like this that actually make the teacher's life easier and not just another thing to have to do in order to be considered "highly effective".


Sunday, September 7, 2014

Stitch Fix Review #2

Oh man.  I was so excited for my third stitch fix box to arrive.  My last box was a total hit and I've already worn 3 of the pieces multiple times (including the blue shirt that was the only piece I wasn't thrilled with...it's become a staple of my summer wardrobe).  I could not wait to open up the box.  Before even unwrapping the garments I was a little disappointed with the size of the box.  It wasn't as big as my previous two boxes had been...I got nervous.  When I opened the styling notes I noticed that Allison was my stylist again.  SCORE! She styled my last box and I absolutely loved it.  Well...here we go and you'll quickly see the outcome of this box.




Pixley Monet Mini Facet Bib Necklace - $38
Three Dots Cammy Stripe Boat Neck Cotton Tank - $44
Margaret M High Waisted Cropped Trouser - $98

OK.  So this picture features three of the five pieces in my box.  I wasn't thrilled to receive a necklace (and promptly changed that in my style profile so that I no longer receive accessories) because I'm actually allergic to most metals and break out from 90% of the jewelry I own unless it's platinum baby!  The tank top fit nicely but I couldn't justify spending that much money on a cotton tank especially when I own one very similar to this.  I was afraid the trousers wouldn't fit as they didn't have any zippers and were just pull on but they actually fit nicely.  I'm just not a fan of cropped pants.  I'm 5'8" which is relatively tall for most women and feel like cropped pants look like they're too short and not designed to be that way.


Daniel Rainn Divinity Eyelet Detail Pleat Front Blouse - $68

This shirt was an epic fail.  I don't know if you can tell from the picture but it is HUGE.  There were at least 2" in additional material on both sides in the armpit.


Andrew Marc Kadine Rugby Striped Fit & Flare Dress - $138

I actually really liked this dress.  It fit me well and has pockets, but the price is ridiculous for what it is and I already have a dress that looks just like it that I wore to a wedding in May.

Merchandise Total: $386
Buy All Discounted Total: $274.50

So it is with great sadness that I will be sending back the entire box without purchasing anything and losing my $20 styling fee.

Better luck next time?

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Classroom Makeover Part 1

First off, let me start this post with some background information.  I've been teaching at KHS for 6 years now.  When I first started out I was sharing a classroom with Bea, an English teacher.  We were in a bright and beautiful brand new classroom with orange walls and turquoise accents.  It was bright and cheerful and had built in closets and everything was shiny and new.  Flash forward a year and I was relocated to what we have dubbed "The Ghetto Room".  Logistically it made more sense because most of my classes were in that room and my new roommate was the other Special Ed math teacher (Wendy)....however, the room was one of the oldest in the building and it showed!  Well two years later and many many many garbage cans full of old materials, this is what the room looked like.


Yup, those are chalk boards!!  I went from beautiful new white boards only --- to chalk! UGH!

This was our little supply area....as you can see, it's a disaster.

And here's my desk....a bit more organized, but still not very pleasant.

Wendy and I refer to our room as "The Ghetto Room" because the first row of lights only work sometimes and their switch is opposite of the other two sets of lights.  Our heater is missing a panel and usually sounds like it's about to explode.  The smartboard randomly turns off...Now, I should also state that I teach in a very affluent area and our district is actually one of the top 10% in the state.  It's really just that we are in the oldest classroom in the building.  We also refer to our room as "The Island of Misfit Toys" because other teachers tend to send their students to us for some unknown reason or kids are constantly stopping by on their way to the nurse/main office/gym and for the most part we welcome them with open arms.

Our room is slowly transforming into something more appealing.  Every year I ask for another piece to make the puzzle a little nicer.  Two years ago it was a large black wardrobe so that we could finally hang our coats up in the winter (yea...being the oldest room in the building means no storage WHATSOEVER).  Last year we got a huge bulletin board for the front of the room to start posting important information, class contracts, etc.  And this year...we're moving up in the world and getting a whiteboard!!!!  

Once our whiteboard is hung, I'll take updated photos and give you a better tour.  We still have the ugly old desks (I was told there isn't money in the budget for new ones) and our lights still don't work 100% of the time...but it's coming along.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Back to school in style

As a new mama who will be sending her little nugget off to daycare for the first time I did a lot of research for ways to label Tripp's things so that they always come home.  I could've gone with the old sharpie marker to plaster his name across everything but, honestly, we will probably reuse everything with future siblings. I found these awesome labels online from Name Bubbles.

They're dishwasher and laundry safe so I don't have to worry about reapplying them a million times plus they're super cute and matched Tripp's backpack and lunchbox.  They come in varying sizes and shapes to apply to different objects.  They're also customizable so we got to choose the color scheme, paw print, and monogram.
It wasn't easy labeling everything, emotionally.  I was tearing up thinking of my little boy on his first day of daycare, but at least his stuff is super cute.  He'll certainly be the most stylish infant at The Learning Experience.....I mean come on -- look at that backpack!!


Sunday, August 10, 2014

Stitch fix review #1

So I kept going back and forth on whether or not I wanted to do stitch fix reviews.  Don't know what stitch fix is?  You can find out more here.  After much debating I decided I would go ahead and blog about my fixes because, after all, aren't stitch fix reviews where I pin most if my styles from anyway?  Knowing that a particular item is already in stitch fix's repertoire makes it easier for my stylist to put together a box (or at least I would think so).

Here we go!  While this is my first review it is not my first fix.  My first fix wasn't exactly a hit but I wound up keeping a dress from the box anyway.  This fix, however, was almost a home run.
I was so excited to try everything on.  The colors were vibrant and stylish and I just couldn't wait to see what would wind up in my closet.

41 Hawthorn Lex Textured Floral Knit Fit & Flare Dress - $74
I knew I would love this dress the moment I pulled it out of the box.  It's a yellow and grey fit and flare dress.  It is super comfortable.  The length is work appropriate but it can also be worn for date night or even a bridal/baby shower.  I paired it with purple flats and will probably also wear a purple cardigan with it for school.  My stylist suggested nude flats but I wasn't crazy on the look.

Chris & Carol Wilam Zig-Zag Print Top - $44
This blouse is listed as "dark pink" but I found it to be more coral and navy blue zig zag.  I paired it with jeans and heels for a date night look but could also see myself wearing this with a pencil skirt and cardigan for work.  Another keeper!

Pomelo Missy Polka Dot Tab-Sleeve Blouse - $58
When I first pulled this shirt out of the box I was in love with the color but wasn't really a fan of the long sleeves.  After trying it on I discovered it had tabs to roll up the sleeves which is a little more of my style.  It was starting to grow on me, but it wasn't until I paired it with this dark chambray pencil skirt that I fell in love with it.  Bob said this was his favorite piece from the box!  Definite keeper.

41Hawthorn Abrianna Lightweight Knit Cardigan - $28
When I first saw this cardigan in the box I was thrilled.  Last year I had a cardigan in a similar color (if you look back at my pregnancy pictures you'll see what I'm talking about) but I shrunk it in the wash :( so that was the end of that.  I was a little wary of how much it would cost but the price is perfect.  Sometimes I think the items are overpriced, but I would pay between $20-$30 for a similar cardigan so I'm satisfied.  It's very lightweight which is perfect for a teacher on the move (last year I taught 6 classes in 6 different rooms on 3 different floors).
41Hawthorn Montgomery Chevron Cross-Front Top - $48
OK so here is what I mean by almost a home run. I dreaded trying this shirt on because it is cross front and I have a rather large chest.  I first tried it on without anything underneath and it was all cleavage.  When I tried it on again with a white tank, not so bad.  Here I paired it with a cream colored pencil skirt which drove my husband nuts (the cream clashes with the white in the shirt) but when I paired it with jeans it grew on me.  If I saw this shirt on a rack I never would have purchased it and CERTAINLY not for $48, but here's the problem.....

Merchandise Total: $252
Total for the 4 pieces I actually like: $204
Whole Box Total with 25% off discount: $174

So there you have it -- I'm pulling the trigger and buying the whole box because it would be cheaper for all 5 pieces than if I just purchased the 4 that I really liked.

And there you have it!  Next time I promise to take better pictures, or lighter pictures...it was rough doing this at 8am on a Sunday with a 7month old.

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