Thursday, November 20, 2014

Stitch Fix Review

This post is a slight departure from my normal kid/family posts.  Sorry, but I couldn't find a better place to share this.

Lately I've been trying to build a grown-up wardrobe.  I want to buy mostly high quality pieces that will mix/match well and can be worn to work with dress pants/skirts through the week or with jeans on the weekend.  I recently heard about an online styling service called Stitch Fix.  They send you 5 items to try on at home and you can keep or send them back.  The shipping is pre-paid both ways. 

So I got my first Stitch Fix box.... I know a million people are doing this now and almost everyone is doing reviews of it on blogs, but why not me too, right? This was my first box and here's what I got. 

Plad Infinity Scarf - gray/red/white:

 This was one of the softest things I've ever felt.  I don't know the material, but it was soft and super warm.  The down-side was that when I got it on it felt like it was too large.  I'm short, and while I'm not teeny, my frame is somewhat petite.  This scarf just seemed to eat me alive.  I felt like if it weren't quite as wide it would have been better.  But now after seeing this pic... maybe I should have kept it... I dunno. Status - Sent Back.

Three Dots Gwendolen V-back knit shirt - navy: 

I really liked this item.  I felt like it fit pretty well and I would have worn it lots, but it was just a simple knit shirt.  I felt like I could achieve the same look with an Old Navy perfect fit tee.  Overall I just couldn't justify spending $58 on a tee shirt.  Status - Sent Back.

Daniel Rainn Lattice Trim Blouse - red:

Words cannot express how excited I was when I saw this item.  I was in love!!!  It was just the kind of thing I was looking for to add more grown-up pieces to my wardrobe.   When I tried it on though, it was a little too big.  The sleeves were about an inch too long, the shoulders seemed a little too wide, it just wasn't perfect.  In a store, I'd have tried on a size smaller.  I'm kind of between sizes right now... or maybe I'm just too petite to use these types of general styling services.  If it had been cheaper, I'd have kept it and tried to have it tailored.  For $65 though... it had to go back.  Status - Sent Back sadly

Sequin Shoulder Dress - pink:

Another item I was super excited to see come out of the box.  I had a wedding coming up and thought this might be really fun to wear.  But like the red blouse, it just didn't fit well.  The shoulders hung off a little too far, the arm holes were slightly too big (my bra showed), and I didn't feel like it was terribly figure flattering.  Not a bad price point at $88 but not good enough to keep.  Status - Sent Back.

Black/White Stripe Leather Detail Sweater. 

This item surprised me a little.  When I tried it on, I liked it much better than I expected.  I don't generally care for leather in any form except a belt or shoes.  But I genuenly considered keeping this item.  It fit pretty well, but I was afraid this just wouldn't get worn alot... Now, after seeing it in pictures, I'm glad it went back.  Horizontal stripes are a HUGE no in my book. 

So now the big question... What was my overall impression?  My overall impression was pretty good.  I thought it was fun and maybe helped me to know what types of things I might want to look for the next time I'm shopping.  I've decided to try it one more time and then see how I feel about it.  If nothing else, I've got some really great ideas for the types of items I can look for in the future. 

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Eli - 2 years, 43 weeks & Ava - 1 year, 28 weeks

It was an interesting end of the week last week... Eli got sick quite suddenly.  Wednesday night he went to bed at the normal time with a runny nose and woke up an hour later wheezing like I've never heard before.  It was TERRIFYING!  I immediately grabbed the nebulizer and albuterol and started what we call "smoke medicine" while Brian called the doctor and my mom to come stay with Ava.  After talking with the doctor, we rushed Eli to the ER.  After 4 hours in the ER, some nebulized steroids, a steroid injection, a script for antibiotics, 2 dead cell phone batteries, and about a million trips from our little ER room to the potty with a 2 year old, we headed home around 2am.  3 of us combined for a total of 9 hours of sleep and at 5:30 Ava awoke after a nice 10 hour sleep ready to go.  We gathered the last of the energy we could muster to get Ava to daycare, Eli to his followup doctor's appointment, and everyone back home.  With all the lovely steroids, Eli was going strong on 3 hours of sleep and managed to make it until around 3pm before I found him like this.


After a couple days, Eli was feeling much better and it was time for some football.  Unfortunately, we had to watch our team fall apart against Texas A&M.  It was ugly and not fun. At least Ava decided to entertain us... apparently she's training to be a stunt double.  She's not afraid of anything... that might serve her well in the future if she can gain enough sense to know where to draw the line.
Sorry it's such a short post this week... things have been very very busy lately and I haven't had much time for taking photos and videos.  Hopefully things will calm down in the near future.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween!  Pictures of our Woody and Jessie.  This year I failed to get pictures of any of the nieces and nephews.  By the time I wrangled Eli and Ava I just didn't have any energy left.  After all the candy and craziness of the day, Eli didn't go to sleep until after 10pm.  Can you say sugar rush?  I think I'm still tired!