Stitch Fix #4

Yep, already time for another Stitch Fix! I got one earlier this month, but opted to keep my boxes closer together so I could get another in time for my birthday. In fact, this box was supposed to arrive tomorrow (on my actual birthday!), but I was excited to see it on my doorstep two days early.

Stitch Fix 4

This is my fourth fix, and I really feel like they start to “get” you the more fixes you get. This was my favorite fix yet, and I’m so torn on what to keep! I usually aim to keep 1-2 items, but I’m having a really hard time narrowing it down this time – Aileen was my stylist this time, and she did a fabulous job!

Item 1 – Margaret M Emer High Waisted Cropped Trouser

Other than my skinny jeans, I haven’t gotten any pants from Stitch Fix yet, but I was excited to see these. The color is great, they’re super comfortable, and they’re definitely appropriate for work. I wasn’t expecting to love them as much as I do – the longer I wore them, the more I liked them! I’m wearing them in all these pictures. The only thing I don’t like? They’re a bit pricey at $98, and I’m having a really hard time justifying spending that much, especially since when I lose weight, my pants size is one of the first things that changes.

Item 2 – 41Hawthorn Mattia Chain Print Mixed Material V-Neck Blouse

I adore the print of this blouse – it’s fun but still professional, and right up my alley. I loved that the sleeves were a different but coordinating material – it made it interesting. However, there was no give to the bodice of the top. Since I’m really well endowed, I run into this problem a lot. If the top had some stretch to it, it would definitely be a keeper, but right now I’m pretty sure it’s going back.

41Hawthorn Mattia Chain Print Mixed Material V-Neck Blouse

Item 3 – Zad Adrianna Circle Bib Necklace

Aileen took this straight off my inspiration Pinterest board, and I’m so glad she did! I originally saw it on Molly’s blog and loved it (you need to add her to your daily reads, by the way), so I was excited to see this in my box. It’s such a different, interesting piece and I don’t have anything like it. Pretty sure I’m keeping it.

Zad Adrianna Circle Bib Necklace

Item 4 – 41Hawthorn Rowson Colorblock Striped Sweater

When I took this sweater out of the box, I was pretty excited… it’s exactly the kind of thing I would pick out myself in a store. The colors are great, it fits well, and it’s comfortable. I think there’s no doubt I’m keeping this one.

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Item 5 – Renee C Huebert Space Dye Open Cardigan

I had asked for a fun cardigan in my fix, and I love the cut of this one, but I was thinking something a bit more colorful. I already have a plain grey cardigan, so I don’t know if this is a great investment – I don’t need two! I do love the unique detail of it being longer in the front, plus it’s super comfy, but I’m leaning toward sending this back since I already have a grey cardigan.

Renee C Huebert Space Dye Open Cardigan

Want in on Stitch Fix?  It’s super easy!

  • Log in to stitchfix.com and you create your style profile.  (Use my referral link pretty please!)
  • You pay a $20 styling fee (which goes toward your order), then the Stitch Fix stylists picks out  5 items for you to try on.
  • The box arrives at your doorstep.  You try them on and decide what to keep, then send back anything you don’t want.
  • Checkout online, giving feedback about what you did and didn’t like about your fix.
  • If you keep all 5 items, you receive 25% off your order.
  • You get to choose your price range, so your stylist has an idea of what you’re willing to spend.

Thoughts on my fix? I think Aileen really nailed my style with this fix and I’m pretty sure I’ll be requesting her again! Right now I’m pretty sure I’m definitely keeping the striped sweater, 90% sure I’m keeping the necklace, but undecided on everything else! Help me choose!

 

Oh Hey Friday {10.17.14}

So, I had every intention of getting this up bright and early by writing it last night… and it just didn’t happen. Such is life, huh? I am so so excited to see Friday (as always), so let’s get to it.

ONE

I want to say thank you to everyone who left a suggestion on yesterday’s post. Last night went much better since we allowed her to bring a book to bed with her. Yet another reason I love blogging – not sure we would have thought to that on our own. It was a much calmer bedtime last night than the last two, and I’m so thankful. I hated putting Abbie to bed with both of us in tears!

TWO

I got new, bigger monitors at work today, and it’s pretty much the highlight of my week. SO much easier to work with, and it’s going to spoil me. Also, I need new pictures for my desk.

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THREE

This week was really hard for me, food and fitness wise. For the first time since I got my Fitbit in January, I didn’t even think about my step goals. I instead concentrated on getting more sleep and trying to recharge myself, which was good, but my weight has suffered as a result. I’m hoping the motivation of my birthday coming up will help me get my butt in gear and get back to it. I’m seeing numbers on the scale I haven’t seen in months, and I’m anxious to get rid of them again. It’s been a pretty major slipup and I’m hoping it’s over.

FOUR

I found out American Girl is bringing back Samantha (aka my favorite doll ever and the one I wanted as a kid and never got), and I’m pretty excited about it. It almost makes me want to buy Abbie one, even though she’s still too young for it. Almost.

FIVE

My birthday is on Wednesday… 31 here I come!

 

Have a great weekend! Linking up with these ladies!

 

Sometimes Toddlers are Jerks

They just are. I don’t really know what has possessed Abbie lately, but she’s been a giant pain some days. Especially at bedtime. The worst part? She’s not old enough for me to explain that she’s hurting my feelings… but she still hurts them. Sometimes toddlers are just jerks.

Abbie has had basically the same bedtime routine since before I went back to work after maternity leave, just tweaked over time. When she was a baby, it was bath, nurse, bed. Then nursing was replaced with a bottle when she decided she was done nursing. Then we added in reading stories, and eventually she didn’t want the bottle. Nearly all of those changes were Abbie’s decisions – one day, she wouldn’t nurse. One day, she wouldn’t take the bottle. Overall, I’ve been okay with it, but now she’s trying something I’m just not okay with.

She doesn’t want me to read her stories anymore. She wants to do it herself.

Abbie Reading

I’m having a really hard time with it, and it’s something I really can’t accept. For over a year now (since sleep training), Abbie has gone to bed with no issues, no crying, and a kiss goodnight. The last two nights? She’s been screaming when we put her in her crib… because she wants to keep looking at her books. I definitely don’t want her to think she can’t have her books – we are definitely a family of readers – but bedtime is bedtime, and I miss my sweet routine with my girl. It was always the best part of my day.

So, now I’m wondering what, if anything, to do. Is it a phase she’ll grow out of? Do I need to switch up her routine? Is it time to go to a toddler bed (even though she’s never tried to climb out of the crib) so she can climb in with her books and I can turn the light out? I don’t know the answer. All I know is I want to keep reading to my little girl. Stop growing so fast, bug. Mama can’t keep up.

That Time I Almost Got in a Fight at 7 Months Pregnant

Yep, you read that right, and it’s true. I almost got in an actual, physical fight at 7 months pregnant.

This weekend when I was having breakfast with Courtney, we were talking about her husband’s love of Royals’ baseball (and that my husband is cheering for them too since the Nationals are out), and I said something about me being a crazy Tech fan… and told her this story. Naturally, she asked if I’d written about it on my blog, and while I believe I mentioned it, I never told the full story, so here it is. Proof I am a crazy Hokie fan and Abbie will follow suit… after all, she was there too.

It happened at the Virginia Tech-Cincinnati game on September 29, 2012. I was 29 weeks pregnant with Abbie, and I was so excited to take her to her first game, even it was in utero. Also, this may have been my absolute favorite maternity shirt.

Hokie Maternity

Instead of being in Blacksburg, the game was at Fedex Field, where the Redskins play. We went with my best friend Nichole and her then-boyfriend now-husband, Paul.  It was one of those special “neutral site” games… except it wasn’t neutral at all when you looked around. the crowd was easily 90% Hokie fans. Except who had bought rights for the game? Cincinnati.

Hokie fans

See all the orange and maroon? Hokies.

It was a crazy game, the score going back and forth with some good and bad calls on both sides. Generally, I’m a pretty respectful fan, but since Cincinnati had bought the rights for the game, guess what was being shown on the screens? Cincinnati fans. Their commercials. They kept finding the tiniest pockets of their fans and ignoring the massive amount of Hokie fans in the stadium. Plus, there was a row of about 4-5 of their fans in front of us. As the day wore on, it made me (and my friend Nichole) more and more angry. They were completely ignoring us, and we were 90% of the stadium!

Hokie Fans

Then, at the end of the game, we lost in the last few minutes… on a catch that I really wish hadn’t been caught. Normally, I just get sad. Normally, I would have been disappointed, but ok. Not that day. Those fans in front of us? They started bragging, talking trash, and putting us down… and me and my pregnant hormones just couldn’t take it. I yelled back. Nichole yelled. They argued back. Nichole and I screamed at them… me probably looking like the craziest pregnant woman on the planet.

What did Chris and Paul do? Nothing, at first. I think they were in shock and just didn’t know what to do. It’s not like either of us to scream and yell, and especially not like me (I very rarely yell, even in arguments). I think we were even trying to go over the seats to get to them. Eventually Chris and Paul pulled us back as the offending fans left… off to walk through an almost entirely Hokie crowd.

I hope they learned not to mess with a pregnant Hokie fan.

Coffee Talk + Blogging Tips

Sometimes I wish that we could all just sit down and have coffee together (or tea, or water, or whatever you drink). I know, it’s such a blogger type of thing to say, but it’s totally true. So what would I tell you if we had coffee together?

I often forget about instagram.  Just plain old forget, or just not want to do all the work. A lot of people say its their favorite, but i can’t be bothered to write huge long captions on my phone.  And take so many pictures…how do people have so many interesting things to take pictures?  If I posted more, it would probably be entirely pictures of Abbie, or the cats, or me at work. Boring!

I got to have breakfast with Courtney on Sunday, and she’s just as sweet in person as she is on her blog. So sad that she lives so far away! (Also, I hate how I always get squinty eyes in pictures.)

Jess and Courtney

I slept more this weekend than I have on a weekend in months…and my body needed it. Thank goodness Chris just told me to go to bed and not worry about things. Love that guy.

I haven’t hung a single thing on the wall in our new house. Not one.

While I’m jealous that Chris gets to stay home with Abbie today because daycare is closed, I did enjoy having ZERO traffic this morning. The unexpected perks of a government holiday around here.

There are so many things to watch on my DVR right now. I have a love/hate relationship with fall TV – so much to watch, so little time!

My birthday is in 9 days, and honestly I forget about it most days. People have asked if I’m doing anything special, and I haven’t even thought about it. It’ll probably just be a normal day around here.

One of my favorite things about living super close to a Costco is the gas prices. I paid only $2.88/gallon on Saturday and it was glorious.

Costco Gas

I had to go buy Abbie more leggings yesterday. I thought she had enough, but she drinks so much water she keeps going through her pants at daycare. I’m playing around with the fit of her diapers, but I think she just needs to be changed a little more often. There’s a new baby at daycare, so I think sometimes our provider gets caught up with him. Hence the need for more pants.

College football was much more enjoyable this week since I didn’t have to worry about us. Thank you, bye week.

I have all kinds of posts in my head, but haven’t had the time to get them out. I wanted to try to prewrite some this weekend, but sleeping won out. Sometimes it has to.

Yesterday, I had to yell at Abbie for rubbing her hand on the floormat, then licking it. Toddlers are gross.

In the past two weeks, I hadn’t really tracked my food at all…just kind of logged in to MFP and Weight Watchers with good intentions but no follow-through. I’m hoping to change that this week, and that I’ve caught up on sleep enough that it’ll help change my outlook, mood, and motivation.

The DC Ladies are hosting Blogtober, and I haven’t really been able to link up much. I like to be prepared for link ups, and I wish we had the prompts ahead of time (to be fair, they might be posted somewhere and I just didn’t see them). Today’s is “5 Blogging Tips You’d Like to Share.” It might not be in-depth, but here’s a few:

  • Invest in a design you love. It might be custom, it might be a template, it might be one you made… it doesn’t matter. Just make sure it’s clean, easy to read, and something you love.
  • Make all your social profiles match. It’s so much easier for people to find you, and for you to remember. All my social profiles are “beingmrsbeer,” and if I were to ever re-brand, that would be the first thing I’d check for. I like everything to match.
  • Find a community. It may be a network, a group like the DC Ladies, your real life friends… just find a community to connect with. It’ll both help you grow and make blogging more enjoyable for you.
  • For those on blogger, turn off captcha! It’s annoying and it makes people not want to comment. I have two or three blogs I love that I’ll go through it for, but most I won’t. Turn it off! If you want security, I found disqus to be great for blogger.
  • Be yourself. People are tired of perfect. You had a bad day? Tell us the story – it may make us commiserate, and guess what – that builds community. Pinterest project didn’t turn out? Show us – we’ll laugh with you. Got an awesome promotion – tell us! We want to celebrate with you. Just be yourself and feel pressure to make EVERYTHING perfect.

 

Anything random you’d tell me if we had coffee?