Thursday, August 28, 2014

Stitch Fix

Have you heard of Stitch Fix? I am in love. If you have not heard of it here is the gist. You go online to their website and fill out a profile on what kind of clothes you like and don't like. How you like things to fit and what you look for in clothes. Based on your response to the questions your personal stylist pulls together 5 items and send them to you in a box. Then you can decide what you like and don't like, keep what you like and send back what you do not like. You have to pay an upfront $20 styling fee, but that can be applied to anything you decide to keep. Also, if you keep all five items you get a 25% discount on everything.

I have seen this a lot in the blog world and I decided to give it a shot. I thought it would be a good way to change up my closet a bit. I tend to buy the similar items in a bunch of different colors and patterns so everything in my closet looks the same. This way someone else would pick something they liked and I would be forced to try it on and try something new. I also feel like I have all the "staples" I need in my closet so something different could be fun.

When my box was set to arrive I was excited and was looking forward to its arrival. It did not disappoint. All of the items in my box were something fun and different that I did not already have. Nothing was super out of my comfort zone either. I was surpised at how well everything fit and how well the stylist did at picking out clothes for me. Spoiler alert, I kept it all!

P.s. I have never posed for fashion pictures so ignore the awkward. I have a lot to learn.

Collective Concepts- Tyler Sheer Detail Pocket Front Tank -$58
This pink tank was amazing! It fit me well, but at the same time it was loose and flowy. It was also really long which I love! It had a pocket in the front and in the back there is some sheer detail. I love that its simple and unique at the same time. The price was a lot higher than I would normally pay, but since I bought everything it came at a discount.

Zad-Kristy Layered Mixed Bead & Charm Necklace- $28
This necklace was very much up my alley. It was bright and different and I fell in love immediately. I have already worn it twice in the last 5 days.

Le Sample- Kahlo Embroidered Solid Tank- $38
I love love this tank! It fit me so well and as soon as I saw it I knew I was going to keep it! All the details in the front and the shape in the back makes this my new favorite tank. You can't really see it in the pictures, but in the back it bunches a little which is my favorite part. Also, don't mind the pant switch. I think it looks better on something other than blue jeans.

41Hawthorn- Brydon Twisted Seams Striped Tank- $48
This tank was just a smidge too big which made me like it a little less. It was still different than what I would usually buy so I went for it. My husband also told me this was his favorite.
Kut From The Kloth- Mona Boyfriend Short- $24
These are white jean shorts that you can roll to make shorter if you would like. I love white shorts so these were a great addition to my closet. I figured since it is hot in Louisiana in October these would be nice when it cools off some, but still too hot for pants.

When it came time to decide what I wanted to keep and send back, I was interested in the first three items and when I looked at the price of those it just made sense to get it all. I figure I will wear all of it so why not! Since I had already paid the $20 styling fee, I paid an additional $132 to keep it all. That brings my total to $152, which averages to about $30 an item. While this is more than I would usually spend on an item, I got some good quality clothes for a reasonable price, so I am happy with it!

If you are interested go check it out! My referral link is here and I get credit if you sign up for your first fix! I really think it was a fun experience and you should go give it a try!
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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

August's Past

Another month has passed and it is time for what I was up to the four years before the blog!

August 2009
-Richard and I both won tickets to go to WE Fest. WE Fest is a big country concert where you spend a weekend camping and attending a bunch of different concerts. They had some pretty big names that year, my favorite being Taylor Swift. I am slightly obsessed with her, even now. We had some bad weather while we were there, but the rain did not get us down! Also, my husband can fall asleep anywhere.
-We attended a wedding for my cousin. It was amazing and gorgeous!
-We went with some of Richard's friends to the State Fair. We had started a tradition in 2008 that every year we go to the fair we get a caricature, so we got another one in 2009.

August 2010
-We spent a lot of time with Richard's brothers while his dad was still in the hospital.
-Richard and one of his brothers decided to cook something up one of the days.
-We also took them to see Despicable Me in 3D.
-We went to the State Fair yet again. Love that place.
We also followed tradition and got another caricature. We were talking the the artist about how most people think I am way younger than I look. So he added the license to the bottom of that picture.

August 2011
-We celebrated our wedding with our closest friends and family. Since I just wrote about it no pictures here.
-The day before the wedding, I went with my bridesmaids and my mom to go get pedicures and manicures. Then I went with my friends to Pardon My French for some dessert. Then we held our rehearsal and rehearsal dinner.
-We also went on our honeymoon. Head over there for pictures.

August 2012
-This month was our last month in Minnesota so it was a really busy month!
-We started by having a going away pool party at my Aunt and Uncle's house. I only have one picture of the whole thing which I am sad about. After that, I went with some friends out to dinner.
-I attended my good friend's bridal shower/ tea party!
-Richard and I celebrated our one year anniversary with dinner, mini-golf and shakes.
-We threw a baby shower for my sister! I had a lot of fun planning this one.
-We went to comedy sports with some friends as a way to say goodbye.
-I had my last day working two different jobs. One of my jobs I tutored math to 2nd through 12th grade and on my last day they decorated the center for me. I miss both of those jobs so much.
-We went to the State Fair for the last time with Richard's family, my dad, my sister and my sister's boyfriend.
And of course our caricature!
-Lastly, we moved to Louisiana! Two years ago on Monday.

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Monday, August 25, 2014

Two Years

Today officially marks two years since Richard and I packed up all most of our belongings and moved to Louisiana. A lot can change in two years. It is so crazy to me to think about it. Even if we moved back to Minnesota things would be so different. That is hard to think about.

Two years ago my dad still lived in the house that I grew up in. Now it belongs to someone else and I never really got to say goodbye.

Two years ago I was not an Aunt. Now my sweet little nephew is here and of course I love him to death. I have never known what it is like to live down the street from them.

Two years ago we were the only one of our friends who were married and owned a house. We now have friends who have got married and/or bought a house. So many backyards to have a bonfire that we have yet to experience.

Two years ago Richard's little brothers were still little. Now his oldest younger brother (confused yet?) has graduated high school and is off to college. And his youngest two brothers are now 7 and 9! They sure grow up fast.

Two years ago we were still in the "honeymoon" phase of our marriage. Now we have been married for three years. While that is still young, I no longer feel like we are newly married.

Two years ago my mom was still alive. That is the hardest one to say. Two years ago I got to see my mom whenever I felt like it.

Two years ago we lived in our own home. While we still own that house, we now live in an apartment which is no where near the same thing.

Two years ago I had never lived more than 30 minutes away from where I was born. I had moved a few times but nothing major.

Two years ago the majority of the people in my life I had known since at least high school and most of them even longer than that. Now I meet someone new almost everyday. The number of people I have met in the last two years is probably more than I personally knew before moving.

Two years ago I was afraid of change. Now I am excited for what lies ahead.

You learn so much about yourself and about life when you pick up your entire life and move across the country. I have learned the type of people that I get along with best. I have learned that real, true friends are hard to find and I am lucky to have many special friends in my life. I have learned that I need a large city full of options for me to enjoy. I have learned that living in a small town is not something I will ever want to do. I have learned that living somewhere where it is warmish year round is not all that its cracked up to be.

Richard and I were talking not too long ago about how our lives would have been different had he gone to school in Minnesota. To be honest, I would not choose that now that I have moved away. I am grateful for this move that forced me out of my comfort zone. It makes you appreciate things in life that you never could before. Yes, I miss my friends and my family, but every time I get to see them it is like nothing has changed and no time has passed.

When I sit and reflect on how different I am from two years ago it completely amazes me. Having met so many people in such a short amount of time, I have been forced to no longer be quiet. While I am still quiet most of the time, I am also a million times better at engaging in a conversation with someone I just met. I have even grown to enjoy getting to meet new people and learn about who they are and where they come from. Before the thought of meeting someone new scared me so much that I never wanted to be in a situation where that would happen. Now, I love it. Depending on the situation, I can be more or less outgoing, but usually if Richard is there with me I am much better at being less shy.

Since another big move is in our future, knowing how much I have learned in the last two years makes me excited for where we may end up next. It is an adventure and I am happy to see where life takes us!

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