Stitch Fix #4

About a week ago I received my fourth Stitch Fix shipment and this one was pretty amazing. If you remember, I had a couple where some of the stuff was neat, and one that was completely disappointing, but this was one where I could have kept everything, but didn’t because I didn’t need something or they just didn’t fit right.

Quickly, how Stitch Fix works:

~You fill out your style profile online

~You’re stylist chooses 5 items that they think you would like for a $20 styling fee and ships them to you.

~You receive your items, figure out what you like and want to keep and what to send back. If you keep anything, your $20 fee gets applied to your purchases. What you don’t want to keep gets sent back in a pre-paid envelope.

Per usual, Stitch Fix does not compensate me for my posts in any way. All opinions are my own.

Now on to the good stuff!

Loveappella Edgewater Knit Top $48-Kept

I went back and forth on this top for one fact. I had just gotten done folding a load of laundry and 80% of the shirts I folded up for myself were gray! But I couldn’t pass up the fit of this top. It was plenty long enough without being extra wide, which is something women’s clothes seem to do. Instead of getting longer and bigger as the size goes up, they just get wider and stay the same length. But this top hit all the right marks, and I even grew to like the odd little pocket on it.

Le Lis Covington One Pocket Top $58-Kept

I really liked this flannel, but unfortunately it was too short on me, but fit my mom perfectly, so I kept it for her. The material was really soft and had a nice, broken-in feel to it, not stiff like some flannels are when you first get them. I wish it had been about 3 inches longer and it would have totally been added to my closet!

Urban Expressions Zella Satchel $64-Kept

Again, this was something my mom kept. I wouldn’t have kept it otherwise, even though it was a very cute bag, simply because I have a small collection of purses that I like to use and I’m pretty discerning when it comes to my totes and bags. But my mom is going on a trip in a couple of weeks and this will be a great carry-on tote for her to use on the plane. Plus, it is a pretty color and seems pretty sturdy, like it will hold up well.

Honey Punch Layla Elbow Patch Detail Cardigan $48-Kept

I was SO excited to see this piece in my fix. I must have it pinned 20 times on my Pinterest board. The fabric is nice and soft, and the elbow patches are suede, and I just really like the whole fit to it. It’s plenty long without being to overwhelming, which is nice. One of my favorite pieces so far!

Just Black Steph Distressed Bootcut Jean $88-Returned

I wouldn’t call these jeans really distressed. There was very minor detailing on one knee and a bit on the back pockets, but that was pretty much it. Plus they were much too short and too small, so the fit was off on them. I’ve only had one pair of jeans in my fixes that I’ve liked and kept, which is kind of saddening for me, simply because I’ve seen other bloggers get some really cute pants with their fixes.

So that was what was in this month’s fix. Some pretty great items, and I’m looking forward getting my next fix in early November!

If you’re curious about Stitch Fix, I encourage you to give it a try! The worst thing is you might lose out on $20, but you also might find some of those styles that you’ve been coveting, or find something you never even knew you liked!

Time For

Another rambling update!

Honestly, I do try to think of posts on a regular basis, but then I get busy and it gets pushed aside and forgotten. But, I have been busy doing lots of things! Mostly house related stuff for the new house, which is getting closer and closer to being done each week, and fitting in an odd run or yoga class here and there.

But first, my birthday! I turned 32 (!!!!) back in August and celebrated with dinner with my family and the day off work to attend a yoga class with one of my favorite teachers. You can kind of see the lady across the table from me in the picture, that’s my grandma and we share a birthday. So it’s fun getting to share my cake and birthday dinner with her. I got some really great gifts, ranging from shoes to watches, including a new Garmin, so I was definitely spoiled for my birthday.

Fast forward to Labor Day weekend and my parents yearly party. I didn’t get to get out and go dove hunting this year, mostly because opening morning was during the work week and then I was busy on Saturday and the party was on Sunday, but Matt went and got a few doves, so for the party I made some dove poppers which were a total hit. I was surprised they went over so well, considering the audience and the fact that they were wild game. You can see my little popper assembly line in the photo. I used jalapeno peppers, sweet orange peppers, cream cheese, bacon, and then a salt/pepper/garlic blend to season the dove, then grilled them once we got to my parents house. I secured them with toothpicks, but will have to remember to soak the picks next time because they did burn, and that causes them to break off really easily, which can be dangerous when eating. No body wants a toothpick chunk stuck in their mouth!

I did manage a couple runs, and ran in a relatively new to me location, around Creve Couer lake. I ran in that park once during TNT training, but this time I actually started by the lake and did an out and back for a total of four miles. It was rough, seeing as how it was in the 90’s and pretty damn humid. But I haven’t been able to force myself out the door once I get home and make dinner, so it was that or nothing.

This was one of a few deer that I saw on my run. The deer in Creve Couer have no fear of people. I tried to shoo it off the trail, but it let me get surprisingly close before it casually stepped down the hill to watch myself and some other runners pass.

Speaking of deer, bow season opens here tomorrow! I probably won’t make it out until Saturday morning, but I have been practicing with my bow a few times recently. It nice to see that even though it’s been a year since I had touched it last, I hadn’t lost any draw strength and at 10 yards, I’m still pretty spot on! I need to practice more to get these kind of groupings at 20 yards, but my shots at that distance still aren’t too bad. I’m looking forward to hunting season this year, and I’m hoping to fill my tags! The past few years haven’t been great because I haven’t seen many deer. I’ve seen signs of them every where I’ve looked, but no actual deer have been around when I’ve been out. I hoping that changes this year!

With the house project nearing completion, I’m hoping that I will have more time for blogging. I also will have some new material when we pick up our new puppy next weekend! I don’t know how on Earth we are going to be able to pick from the four available boys, because they are all pretty stinking adorable, but I guess it will have to be done!

In the Kitchen: Cooking Class Edition

In June, I attended another cooking class with my friend, this time making gnocchi! Gnocchi is a type of Italian dumpling and they are super delicious!

We took the class at Kitchen Conservatory, which is the place to go if you are looking for a fun thing to do and you love to cook. They offer an amazing variety of classes, from a cooking basics course to making your own sushi. Some are hands-on classes, meaning you actually make the dishes and some are simply demonstrations, where you watch the cooking and eat the food!

Anyway, back to the gnocchi class.

We made two different types of gnocchi, potato and a puff pastry type. The chef also showed us how to make green gnocchi with kale in the blender. We made the puff pastry type of gnocchi first, since that “dough” has to sit a for a little while before cooking, and then we watched him work a few sauces up using roasted cherry tomatoes and pesto. Once the potatoes were baked enough, we were able to start making the potato gnocchi. Which is really just a mix of mashed potato and flour with a little salt in there for flavor. I suppose you could add other things in or make them with sweet potatoes, but the class kept it pretty basic. Then it was time to cook them!

We started with the pastry puff gnocchi and actually boiled them for a bit first, then crisped them up in a skillet with some oil. We had those with the basil pesto sauce, which was my favorite because it had tons of garlic in it and I LOVE me some garlic! We had the potato gnocchi with the roasted tomato cream sauce and then also in a browned butter sauce that basically looked like a cream or cheese sauce, but wasn’t. It was all so good!

I bought a little gnocchi board so I can make the potato ones at home, since we do eat a soup that has those little buggers in it, so I’m excited to make them at home!

If you want to take this particular class, they are offering it again on August 17th, I believe, so use the link above to access the class list and sign up!

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Kitchen Conservatory does not know me, nor did they compensate me in any way for this post. I simply took the class and loved it and wanted to share it with you guys! All opinions are my own. 

Back From Vacation

So I’m back from vacation! It was a pretty relaxing time, just hanging out with friends and all that fun stuff. We did cut it short by one day because someone just needed to get back to the new house! He was having anxiety being away while so much stuff was going on. It wasn’t too bad, although I didn’t get to go putt-putt, which I was weirdly looking forward to this year.

We had our annual dinner at J.B. Hook’s, which is a really nice restaurant that over-looks the lake area by the toll bridge. Pretty much any table in the place will give your a pretty nice view, but our favorite tables are ones next to the windows.

I used to get this pasta there that I love, but since I’ve developed an, aversion let’s say, to dairy products, I don’t get it anymore because of the cream sauce. So sad…This time around I tried the grouper supreme, and while it was tasty, I probably wouldn’t order it again because the fish wasn’t quite firm enough for my liking. The hollandaise and shrimp that came on top of it were so delicious, though!

Other than that, most of our meals were eaten at the cabin, with the exception of a lunch out here and there. So not many restaurant visits. I did use the Open Table app to make our reservation for Hook’s, and once I use it a bit more, I will post a review on it. It was pretty simple, and it hopefully will work well around home!

I got two runs in, one 4 miler and one 3 miler, both hilly as hell because of the area surrounding the cabin. I’m sure there is a flatter space somewhere, but it’s not in that arm of the lake! Both of them went OK, nothing to write home about, but I didn’t trip and fall like I normally do, so that’s a plus! I also swam laps one morning with my friend Amy, and realized I am woefully unprepared to swim! I had to take a break pretty much between every lap, but I got a little over a half a mile of swimming in 31 minutes. So not too terrible I guess. I definitely need to get my behind in some water and get some swimming in if I want to do ANY triathlons. Then we bummed around town and got pedicures and some lunch, then decided to go kayaking since it was too warm to really go riding.

I’ve been wanting to kayak for a while now, so this was a perfect opportunity and now I’m kind of in love with it! It was not as difficult as I thought it would be, maintaining my balance in the kayak and I even managed to stay in after a larger boat passed by causing some decent wake waves. Pretty sure I’m going to need to invest in my own kayak, so that I can kayak with everyone here at home. And maybe venture out on my own a time or two, depending on someone’s confidence in my abilities!

After we got home, I haven’t done much by way of exercising or anything since we’ve been pretty busy with house stuff and canning all the things there are to can! We helped friends this past weekend pick, juice, and can over 70 gallons of sweet corn, 79 gallons of tomato juice, and 69 gallons of green beans! We have almost 36 pints of green beans at home now, which is good because after having home canned (jar) green beans, neither Matt nor myself were able to stomach going back to tin-canned beans from the grocery store!

Then I’ve mostly been focused on cleaning up the house and catching up on vacation laundry, waiting to hear when our new puppy will be born! Matt finally agreed to getting a new puppy this year while we are still in the old house, so after researching breeders, we found one we liked and sent in our deposit. We chose to go with a breeder rather than rescue a dog since this pup will have a purpose! He is going to be our bird-dog, so we wanted to go with a breeder that has good lines and proven work ethic, rather than rescuing a dog a not knowing what we were going to come up with!

Stitch Fix #3

Stitch Fix does not sponsor or compensate me in any way. All opinions/feedback are my own.

I received my third Stitch Fix shipment last week and it was much better than the last one! If you remember, I was pretty disappointed with my last and kept only one top that I wasn’t overly crazy about just so I didn’t lose my $20 styling fee. This shipment went much better and had several things that I really liked.

So on to the goodies!

Lila Ryan Dorianna Skinny Jeans $98-returned

The fit of these jeans was spot on, but I felt really strange about the tan color. On the style card and the app, they looked more of a dusty pink color, which I was excited for, but then they were tan and I can’t get over the fact that they are so…skin-colored. I feel like people would think I am not wearing pants for some reason if I would wear them, and that made me think that I would never wear them, so I didn’t see the need to spend $98 on them.

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Pixley Eskiva Crochet Cutout Detail Blouse $48-Kept (for my mom)

This top was cute on my mom, I didn’t really care for the cutout detail around the middle. So she kept it for herself.

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41Hawthorn Moni Geo Print & Camisole Blouse $58-returned

This top looks cute enough but it’s really weird on. Like it didn’t hang right or something along those lines once I finally wrangled myself  into it. The tank top was sewn in and I didn’t want to tear those threads so I was trying to be very careful when I was putting it on. I think the metal studs on the front and sleeves were a big part of the hanging problem. I just don’t understand why almost every top has to have those on them anymore.

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Good Hyouman Teighlor Slim Fit Drawstring Jogger Pant $78-kept

Yes I kept what could technically be described as very expensive sweat pants, but you guys!!! The fabric. It’s divine. So soft and silky. I love them. I had actually pinned a similar pair of joggers on my Pinterest, which is linked to my Stitch Fix account and they mentioned in my stylist notes that they had seen it there. So that’s cool. I can’t wait to really wear these out. I have a feeling they are going to be a most worn piece in my closet. Note: The tag on these pants called them the Holly Active pant. 

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Skies are Blue Olano Crochet Detail Top $48-kept

This top is too cute! I like the crochet detail along the edges and the fabric feels really nice. It fit pretty well, and as I lose more weight will fit even better, so that’s exciting! I really liked this top and it will work well for both work and casual outfits.

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So that was this Stitch Fix shipment. Much better this time around! More inline with what I was hoping to see with Stitch Fix. Now just to get the whole Stylebook app sorted out and organized!

Almost Time…

For our annual Lake vacation!

For the past several years, we’ve gone down to the Lake with a group of friends and stayed at our friend’s family lake cabin. Most of the time it’s super nice and relaxing (there have been a few years where I feel like I need a vacation from my vacation!) and I am totally ready for it this year. Even though I’m a little nervous because they are going to be starting on a few projects around the new house that I wish I could be there to see. But I guess I will live!

In the mean time, I’ve been skipping my workouts this week because I had a cooking class on Monday that I totally forgot about until Adam reminded that afternoon, then Tuesday it poured rain and stormed complete with thunder and lightning. Yesterday we met with the plumber for a walk through of the house for rough-in purposes. Then we had to run a couple of errands. Tonight I am going to focus on cleaning up the house and packing some of my stuff up tonight and laundering all the laundry to be laundered before we leave. Generally, I’m one of those people who packs totally last-minute, even though I make a packing list days in advance. But I’m trying to be more organized and get stuff done so I’m not rushing around like a crazy person!

I’m really looking forward to using this trip as a time to reset and prepare for the rest of the year. I mentioned in my post yesterday that I needed to buckle back down on my financial goals, but I also need to buckle down on all my other goals as well. I know going on vacation just after declaring that I’m going to buckle down seems a little ridiculous, but this vacation doesn’t cost us a whole lot in the terms that we don’t have to pay for a hotel or lodging, we all split the grocery bill, and while we do go out to eat it’s really only a couple of times during the course of the vacation and everyone covers their own bill. So there’s an upside to it! Plus it will give me time to plan and prepare.

Anyways, posting will be light next week (if at all) because I will try to take little break from the Internets and read books and chill in the sunshine! See you when I get back!