Stitch Fix Review August 2016

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I have been slacking with my blog this month because I have actually been outside, enjoying summer. I even have a tan line on my back.Yep, just one, but it is there! Since I have been neglecting my blog I was excited to find my favorite cardboard box on my front porch to motivate me to get blogging! My August Stitch Fix had arrived! This month I asked my stylist, Jason, to send me his summer and fall favorites and a larger, tote sized bag. He sent some great stuff but it was a lot more fall and a lot less summer. I guess I need to get my head out of the clouds and realize summer is almost over. Nothing like a Stitch Fix reality check to help a girl out.

If you have read this far and are asking yourself, “What in the heck is Stitch Fix?!” check out my July 2015 post to read all about this amazing styling service that I am a wee bit crazy about.

Without further ado let’s look inside this beautiful burrito and see what Jason sent!

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Jason always writes such detailed notes!

  1. 41Hawthorn Kassidy Faux Wrap Dress-Purple, Size Large, $68.00

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I am starting with this little beaut because I pinned it not knowing it had a belt. I pulled it out and loved the color, but was convinced it would not be flattering on me, as most dresses with belts never hit me in the right spot, #shorttorsoproblems . Then I tried it on and never wanted to take it off because it is AWESOME. Not to mention it is super flattering. Ladies, I am not wearing any shapewear under it and I am close to my heaviest weight right now.This is the dress Stitch Fix dreams are made of. It is a fun, bright color and can be worn in the summer without a cardigan or blazer but looks super cute with all kinds of outwear over it too.   I mean did you see how many pieces of outerwear I had in my closet that looked good with it? Scroll back up and check it out. The print is light grey so that made it easy for me to match it with a jean jacket, light blue blazer from my March Stitch Fix, black blazer and my light grey grandpa sweater (I think it is technically a boyfriend sweater, but it reminds me more of a grandpa so just go with it.) It also looks good with flats, sandals, wedges, heels or boots! You better believe I’m going to be wearing this on the first day of school this year and requesting more dresses like this in the future. Keeper for sure.

2. Laila Jayde Busby Cowl Neck Zipper Detail Knit Top-Dark Purple, Size Large, $58

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This is where my Fix gets tricky. This shirt is a gorgeous color. It is called “Dark Purple” but I’d say its more burgundy with purple undertones. It has an interesting zipper detail and fun seaming on the front. It is long enough to wear with leggings. It is extremely soft and comfortable. And it is made in the U.S.A. But I feel like I might look like a sausage in it. It is tighter than I usually like, and I have never really been a fan of cowl necks. All that loose fabric… I am also worried I would only wear this with leggings to lounge around the house. So I challenged myself to style it for work. I tried it with a pencil skirt like the style card suggests and with the comfiest pants ever, Pixie Pants from Old Navy (the ones I am wearing are on sale right now). I think both outfits are cute and something I would wear to work. My only problem is, the fabric on the sweater is thin enough that the button and belts loops on the pants show through. I really do not like that. So, I’d need some pull on pants that aren’t leggings to wear with this to make it work appropriate. Ultimately, there were too many questions about this one so I sold it to someone else that will probably get more use out of it than I will.

3. Le Lis Thurman One Pocket Top-Black, Size Large, $58

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This shirt is a toss up for me too. I am so glad Jason sized up in this because it is the teeny tiniest bit snug in the shoulders. This is most often the case with button ups. I have to get them big to fit my shoulders, but then they are too loose or boxy everywhere else. I thought this was going to be the case with this one when I tried it on. But it is 100% cotton and as I wore it to take these pictures it started to feel more comfortable until I finally didn’t notice the shoulders pulling at all! As for the boxy silhouette, I think the two prints hit me at just the right spot to pull me in at the waist a bit. In these pictures it looks super flattering! I kept imagining this with a cargo vest and boots at the pumpkin patch (insert heart eyes emojis here). I don’t have a cargo vest so I settled for the skinnies sent in this fix (more on those next!) I decided to keep this shirt as I can wear it to work, fall outings and Oregon State football games.

4. Pistola Audrey Moto Detail Skinny Pant-Olive, Size 10, $88

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I have had pants just like this pinned on my Pinterest board since I started with Stitch Fix. When I pulled these out of the box I may have squealed with glee. When I put them on I began to wonder if they were too short. Pants that are too short are the story of my life. I have spent years buying dresses and skirts just to avoid the dreaded “high-water” look. But people, these pants are gorgeous. The moto detail makes them super fun and like nothing I have ever owned and the color is perfect for fall. They fit me great too, no muffin top here! I styled them with the Le Lis top from above and this bright orange split back top from Old Navy since the style card showed them with orange. I loved both looks. But the length; I am still agonizing over it. I posted a picture in the Stitch Fix Buy, Sell, Trade group on Facebook and asked for feedback. It was split down the middle on whether the pants were too short, or supposed to look like that. I googled olive skinnies to see if I could find anything else out there like these. The closest I got was some leggings on the Nordstrom website. I tried them with sandals and booties to see which looked better. I was torn about these pants. I knew they’d be adorable with tall boots, but wanted them to be more versatile than that. Ultimately I decided to keep them because they were too cute to send back. Having a $50 gift card helped in making this decision.

Side note: The jewelry I am wearing above is from Rocksbox, a jewelry rental subscription service. Use my code whitneybff162 at checkout to get your first month free! You won’t regret getting pretty jewels to wear for as long as you like and then being able to return them to get a new set of three pieces for only $19 bucks a month.

5. Street Level Sabine Suede Zip Top Crossbody-Burgundy 

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Along time ago, at the top of this post, I said I mentioned to my stylist that I needed a tote size bag for the fall. I had this purse on my Pinterest board because I saw the Stitch Fix App picture above and thought it looked large enough for me needs (kindle, phone, wallet, gum, lipgloss, ibuprofen, etc.) Turns out it is smaller than I need. But it is very cute! The front is suede and the back is faux leather, so it is like you are getting two purses for the price of one! Plus the skinny double straps make it comfortable to wear. See it pictured above with the moto skinnies and the Le Lis top. I sold this to another Fixer so now I can keep all of the other items and get the discount. Plus, I won a $50 gift card from Stitch Fix for taking photos of my summer adventures. You can check them out on my instagram @whitksmith. The winning photo includes my sister’s sweet little dog.

So this fix was a tough one for me. I kept everything, but sold two pieces to get the discount on the three items I really wanted. I am already planning my note for my next fix! Thanks for reading and please share your thoughts about the clothes in the comments!
Until Next Time,

I love you more than the summer’s end and fall fashion trends,

Whitney

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July 2016 Book Banter

My summer reading is in full swing and this month I tackled some big books! During the summer I usually have more time for reading so I follow some self imposed guidelines to make sure I read a variety of books. I like to read at least one nonfiction book or one memoir, one classic and one children’s literature book per month during the summer. I tend to go overboard on the historical fiction so this helps keep me balanced.

So let’s see what I read this month!

1. From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg 

3980 (1)This was a favorite of mine when I first read it in fourth grade. I haven’t revisited it in over 15 years so I was excited to see if it was as I remembered it. The story revolves around a young brother and sister who run away from home and live in the Metropolitan Museum in New York City. As a 9 year old that sounded like the coolest thing you could do! As an adult the premise was still fun and appealing. The story itself is not my favorite, as I tend to like my children’s literature to give me an emotional reaction. But, I would still recommend this to kids today because it will get them thinking about how much money is costs to buy the things people need in order to survive and it will remind them of all the things their parents provide them. And did I mention the characters get to live inside a museum? Pretty awesome. I was glad I reread this as it was a fun read that took me back to my childhood.

2. The Residence: Inside the Private World of White House by Kate Andersen Brower

This was my nonfiction pick this month. I am a lover of history and firmly believe that it is often the people behind the scenes that 22693222 (1)help make good stories great and the people that tell the story in this case do just that. This book highlights the stories of the people that keep the White House running and their view into our country’s history gives readers a glimpse into a world unknown by most Americans. Many of these chefs, butlers and maids have worked through multiple administrations and are privy to very private details of the most powerful family in the world. Their stories are funny, shocking, heart-wrenching and heart-warming. The amount of history these individuals have witnessed is astounding. At times it felt like I was reading the script for a prime-time political drama and getting to feel like an insider was exciting. I  recommend this to anyone that enjoys learning about how the lives of normal, every day people collide with the powerful. Or pick it up if you think you might like getting the inside scoop on our former (and current) president. I enjoyed this book immensely.

3. The Master Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg 

23485372 (1)This is the third book in the Paper Magician series I first came across as a free kindle download. The series follows a magician named Ceony as she learns to become a paper magician (she used paper for all of her spells). In this book Ceony is preparing to take the exam to become a certified magician. She is also dealing with some unfinished business from book 2. I have had this book downloaded on my kindle since it came out, but hadn’t brought myself to read it until now because I often don’t like the way a series ends. This book was entertaining and a very quick read, but was not as good as the first two books. It was lacking exciting adventures and was a little scattered for my taste. It felt more like a super fluffy happy ending to a unique and interesting story than a stand alone book. But, as I mentioned earlier, this is how I usually feel after reading the end of a series so I wasn’t surprised. I would still recommend this series to people who love stories with magic in them. Just don’t be surprised when the ending is not as great as the beginning.

4. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy 

This book is a well known classic but has never been high on my to-read list. I really have 93050no idea how that is possible since I have been a little obsessed with late 19th and early 20th century Russia since I was little. I decided to pick this up after a friend shared this book list. I have only read about 41 of the books on the list and hadn’t even heard of some of them! I have decided I will read a book from each letter of the alphabet until the list is read. I estimate it could take me 40 years to finish it haha. So for my “a” pick I chose Anna Karenina. For the most part this book was excellent. It was written about different people that run in the same circles. I did not like reading the parts that were written about Anna. When I had finished the book I felt like that was an ok way to feel about her. Her character is unsettling and she was obviously mentally ill. Tolstoy’s insight into the politics of the time are amazing and his intimate knowledge with things like childbirth and breast feeding were surprising. I wrote down so many quotes and felt like the conversations in the book were echoes of conversations I am having today, especially the conversations on education. In my opinion, this book is about living a fulfilled life, the intellectual struggles that should come along with that and how faith and belief play a huge part in your success in being fulfilled. It was a beautiful book.

5. The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton

13508607People have been recommending this author to me for quite a while now. I decided to start with this book because I had heard the most positive feedback about it. This book is told in the present day and through flashbacks, and I am a sucker for books where past events inform the present happenings. In this story a woman realizes that her mother is dying and that she (the mother) has held a secret for her whole life. Before her mother passes away the main character wants to unravel the secrets of her family’s past. I must admit the main characters were not very likable at times, but the people around them were so endearing I wanted to keep reading. The events set in the past happen during WWII, which made the book feel a little glamorous. The ending was actually surprising to me and explained why I could not reconcile some things about one of the characters while reading about her past and present stories. This book was entertaining, but it will not stick with me.

6. Blowing on Dandelions by Miralee Ferrell

This book was one of the kindle first picks I get for free for being an Amazon Prime 18039343member. The reason I picked it was it was listed under historical fiction and it is set in Oregon. I would say this book it waaaaaaay more romance than it is historical fiction. It is set in a boarding house, which was the most interesting part. It makes it possible for very different and interesting personalities to be under one roof. I felt like this was not explored to its fullest potential and it left me wanting more. I liked the characters and there were some good lessons learned. I know this is the first book in a series, but I felt like the cliff-hangers were too big to make me feel satisfied when I finished reading. I like all of my books to stand alone, even if they are part of a series. I feel like the author has some great ideas, they just need to be more flushed out. I probably won’t read another book in the series unless further down the road the stories become more substantial and the writing improves. This is a pretty typical reaction for me with first novels. Writing, like most professions, often gets easier and better over time.

7. Fall of Giants by Ken Follett 

7315573Here is the winner of my favorite historical fiction book this month. This is the first book in the Follett “Century Trilogy” and the century it is referring to is my favorite, the twentieth century. This book starts with my favorite conflict of the twentieth century, WWI. It follows the stories of characters spread out across Russia, Germany, The British empire and the United States. The characters also span all ranges of the spectrum of wealth; from miners to the landed elite, Russian gangsters to presidential advisers and so on. They also have a wide range of political beliefs representative of the times. I listened to this on audible and highly recommend you do this. Not only is this book almost 1000 pages which makes for a great reason to get in on audible, the characters come from various parts of the world and the reader does amazing accents! Follett’s books are always well researched and the characters he uses that are real historical figures are always written in a very true way. The characters he creates are so interesting and realistic. Being able to get a look at WWI through the eyes of people from all different walks of life had me wanting to keep reading (listening) as often as I could. Reading it as a companion to Anna Karenina furthered my interest. Disclaimer: there is a lot of adult content in this book. If I had been reading a physical copy of this book I probably would have skipped over some of the racier scenes. But other than that, I would highly recommend this book. It is not as good as my favorite Follett book, Pillars of the Earth, but it is engaging, you can learn a lot and you find yourself endeared towards characters that you may never identify with in real life. I am so excited it is part of a trilogy. Bring on another 1000 pages!

I was very happy with the reading I got done during the month of July. I have some great books slated for August and I am going to try finish out my summer reading with more strong picks, but also a few lighter “beach reads.”

What have you been reading this summer? Do any of these strike your fancy? Have you read them before?

Until next time,

I love you more than Russian history and family mysteries,

Whitney

Beat the Heat Summer Squash Recipe

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The dog days of summer are upon us. It is 95 degrees and a bit humid here in the Willamette Valley today. We are waiting to install an air conditioner in our house until we have paid down some of our debt so we are making due with a ceiling fan and a few small fans near our bed. When it gets this hot the last thing I want to do is heat up the house further with the stove.

Enter this delicious cold marinated summer squash recipe. In case you are new to the kitchen this beauty is a summer squash-

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I love squash of all kinds, but the mild flavor of this squash makes it perfect to highlight the bright flavors in this recipe. Plus it is super easy to find in the summer (I mean just look at the name). You only need a few simple ingredients and this cold dish comes together quickly and can be eaten right away, or hours later. The best part is, the simple prep leaves very few dishes to wash! Perfect for enjoying what is left of the daylight after dinner.

Marinated Summer Squash Recipe

yields 4 servings and can easily be doubled or tripled for larger groups or portions

Ingredients:

  • 2 Yellow Summer Squash
  • 2 Tablespoons Rice Vinegar (or champagne vinegar or white wine vinegar)
  • 1 Tablespoon Dijon Mustard
  • 1 Clove of Garlic
  • 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

    1. Start by washing and drying your summer squash
    2. Peel garlic and make it into a paste. The quickest way to do this is to use a zester, Take the clove and carefully (don’t get your fingers) run the clove over the zester until there is only a bit of skin left. If you don’t have a zester I suggest you get one! It is my favorite kitchen tool. I use it all of the time for grating parmesean or zesting citrus. I will link the tools I used at the bottom of the post so you too can have fun zesting!  If you don’t have a zester, mince the garlic using a chef’s knife and then carefully take the flat side of the knife and smash the garlic until it is a paste.Once you have your paste put it in a small bowl to the side.
    3. Cut off and throw away the ends of the squash.
    4. Using a knife or a mandolin (I use a mandolin for consistency), carefully thinly slice the squash into planks lengthwise.  At this point I usually eat the first few pieces right away because they are all skin and aren’t a consistent color and size as the other planks. But you can definitely use them in the recipe, it just won’t look as pretty. Then cut the thin planks of squash in half. Set aside on the cutting board.
    5. In a medium bowl combine mustard, vinegar and as much of the garlic paste as you’d like. I usually start with half of my paste and add until it is garlicky enough for my taste (which usually happens when the whole clove has been added, I love garlic). Remember to taste along the way so you don’t get too much garlic!
    6. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
    7. Slowly whisk in the olive oil until well combined.
    8. Add the squash and toss to coat.
    9. Taste and season with more salt and pepper if needed.
    10. Eat or cover and refrigerate for later. If you refrigerate make sure to stir the squash every so often to  disperse the deliciousness evenly.

Easy peasy. I like to serve this with grilled chicken, pork or lightly pan-fried white fish for a healthy meal.

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When I want to get fancy I garnish the dish with arugula and quinoa salad dressed with the leftover marinade.

Here are the tools I used for this recipe:

Cutting Board:
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Zester:
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Mandolin:

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Chef Knife:
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Bowls:
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So there you have it, my go to cold Marinated Summer Squash Recipe. I cannot wait to serve it tonight and try variations of it throughout the summer. What other ways would you make this? What are your go-to dog days of summer recipes?

Until next time,

I love you more than bright summer squash and having less dishes to wash,

Whitney

ModCloth Summer Sale Purchases

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I have been writing a lot about ModCloth lately because they are having an awesome Summer Must-Have Sale. In my last post I highlighted some of the items I had my eyes on. I wasn’t able to snatch up all of them, but did get a few great things.

If you haven’t made your ModCloth Summer Sale purchases yet there are still quite a few great things on sale, including some items I purchased. The extra 40% off code from my last post does not work any longer but the deals are still great! If you click through the links on this post I would appreciate it, as ModCloth is one of my affiliates and any compensation I get from this post will go towards making more posts like this possible!

And now onto the goodies.

1. Games of Love Top-Medium, $29.00 paid: $8.99

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The cute picture on the front of this shirt and the unique cut made it easy for me to put this in my cart. It screams summertime and would look cute with a pencil skirt, shorts, leggings or distressed boyfriend jeans (as pictured). Once I put this on I knew this shirt would be going back. The cut was not flattering on me, it highlighted the widest area of my body and was not as long as I wanted it to be. But if you think this Games of Love Top would be cute on you it is still available for $8.99!

2. When I Shell in Love Necklace-$14.99 $3.00

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I feel like many teachers will relate to what I am about to say. Jewelry featuring animals or maps is essential. Kids love it, I love it. It is a win-win. This little necklace was just the cutey critter necklace I have been needing and I didn’t even know it. It is delicate, which doesn’t make the fact I am wearing turtles around my neck overwhelming. And let’s talk about the price, 3 whole bucks! Score. Sadly, this necklace is no longer available, but some other great necklace options still available are:

I Dig It Necklace – $14.99
from: ModCloth


Accentuate and See Necklace – $6.99

from: ModCloth


Color to Attention Necklace – $5.99

from: ModCloth

3. Look Cruise Talking Loafer-size 8.5, $34.99 paid $10.20 (now $10.99)

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These shoes make me so happy. The yellow is pretty bright, the pattern is neutral and the braided detail adds an easy summer vibe. When I ordered these they were out of my regular size 8, but I decided to order the 8.5 because some reviews said they ran narrow and I liked them so much I hoped they would fit. Sadly, they are more true to size and were too big. When I went to return them today I looked to see if they might have an 8 in stock. Low and behold, they DID! So instead of returning them, I am exchanging them. Oh happy day! They are still available in other sizes so if you want them click below to take advantage of the great sale price!

Look Cruise Talking Loafer – $10.99
Retail Price: $34.99
You Save: $24.00
from: ModCloth

4. Teacup and Running Watch-$139.99 paid $33.60 

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I have had my eye on this watch for awhile now but could not pay full price for it. When I saw this was on sale I had to jump on it. I LOVE it. I do not have any silver watches and the simplistic, sleek and elegant design of this one is perfect. It does not look bulky on my wrist and I am so excited to wear it. The silver is no longer in stock but they do have gold…it is not on sale, but it is pretty!


Teacup and Running Watch in Gold – Midi – $139.99

from: ModCloth

5. News Cruise Dress-$79.99 paid $28.80 (now $31.99)

 

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It was close to 90 degrees when we took this pic, sorry for the red face!

 

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I am going out on a limb here to say this might be the color I look the best in. It is like coral and Barbie pink had a baby. I love it. I was looking for some fancier dresses that could be worn to weddings or fancy date nights and this beauty caught my eye. I love the halter neckline. I love the open back. I love the feel of the fabric (so soft). I love the sheer panel at the bottom. I sized down to a Medium because the reviews suggested it and I am glad I did. It has enough stretch and is pretty flowy, which means it is not too tight on my midsection. I wish it was a hair longer because I can only wear it with flats (I’m 5’7″). I also wish that the tie on the lower back was made with only the coraly pink fabric. Instead, it too is lined with the nude color and it looks funny when the tie is twisted. But those two little things were not enough to keep this from hopping in my closet. Now I need somewhere to wear it to…Invite me to your weddings my friends! Click below to add it to your closet:

News Cruise Dress – $31.99
Retail Price: $79.99
You Save: $48.00
from: ModCloth

6. Back in a Flashy Sandal in Champagne-size 8, $49.99 paid $14.99

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I have been looking for a pair of neutral sandals that aren’t boring and when I saw these I knew they were just what I was looking for. The champagne color is super versatile and could be worn with gold or silver jewelry. The beading and strappy design take these puppies over the top. And bonus points, they are comfy! I am so excited I purchased these and know they will get a lot of use in my closet. Sadly, they are out of stock. But there are still some great sandals on sale. Click the links below to order!


Where the Shines Overlap Sandal – $11.99

Retail Price: $39.99
You Save: $28.00
from: ModCloth


Zing in Your Step Sandal in Sherbet – $14.99

Retail Price: $49.99
You Save: $35.00
from: ModCloth


That Braid My Day! Sandal in Seaglass – $8.99

Retail Price: $29.99
You Save: $21.00
from: ModCloth


Worth the Plait Sandal – $10.99

Retail Price: $34.99
You Save: $24.00


Cutout in L.A. Sandal – $13.99

Retail Price: $44.99
You Save: $31.00
from: ModCloth


Works Hard for the Sunny Sandal – $8.99

Retail Price: $29.99
You Save: $21.00
from: ModCloth

There are so many more cute items on sale (including many more sandals!). I must admit, that seeing how much cute stuff is left makes me wish I had more money in the budget for shoes…I would say this ModCloth Summer Sale was a huge success for me. I got stuff I have been meaning to add to my wardrobe for great prices (all of this for less than $100!), I am only returning one thing and exchanging one other for a different size. Remember, ModCloth offers extended sizes and has a great return policy!

What do you think of my purchases? Did you see anything you want to buy? Let me know in the comments! Remember to follow me on Twitter and Instagram @whitksmith to see more of my summer adventures and fashion finds!

Until next time,

I love you more than wedding guest dresses and kissing turtle necklaces,

Whitney

ModCloth Madness-Summer Sale Continued

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ModCloth You know I love ModCloth, and even though neither of the items I ordered for my upcoming high school reunion worked for me, I still loved the styles and colors of the clothes. When I ordered these items they didn’t have very many reviews so I wasn’t able to make an informed decision and just clicked “confirm checkout” knowing ModCloth has a good return policy. But I will make sure to leave a review so others know what is coming their way.

 

And leaving a review on ModCloth just got a little sweeter!

Starting yesterday, July 17th, ModCloth will be hosting a Review It to Win It Contest! If you’ve placed an order between 5/1 and 7/15, leave a product review including #ReviewContest, and you’ll have a chance to win a $250 gift certificate. So even though the clothes didn’t work for me I could still win $250 to spend on styles that will work for me, and you could too!

But, that’s not all — from July 18th to July 22nd, ModCloth’s Sale on Sale event will be heating things up. Take an extra 40% sale items using code TOOHOT. Whoop, whoop! Don’t forget they have extended sizes available!

Here are a few of the things I’ve got my eyes on:

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That sweet turtle necklace is only $4.99! Believe me, it is worth it to peruse the sale section!

Don’t forget:


Deal: Last Chance Sale Event – Additional 40% Off
Start: Monday 7/18 @ 9 am EST
End: Friday 7/22 @ 9 am EST
Landing Page: http://www.modcloth.com/shop/sale
Code: TOOHOT

Contest: Review It to Win It Contest
Start: Sunday 7/17 @ 10 am EST
End: Friday 7/22 @ 10 am EST
Prize $250 Gift Card

So head over ModCloth to and score some great clothes at terrific prices! And I’d love if you would click through my blog to show your support of my content!

Until next time,

I love you  more than watermelon dresses and golden turtle necklaces,

Whitney

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July 2016 Stitch Fix Review

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It is official, I have been blogging my Stitch Fix boxes for one year! If you don’t know about Stitch Fix, stop reading this and check out my first post to get the low down on the styling service that I am obsessed with.  This is Fix #23 for me but I wasn’t comfortable with posting images of me “modeling” clothing until last summer. Even though I have gained some weight since then I love posting my Stitch Fix clothes each month. Why, you ask? Because one of the things I love most about the Stitch Fix community is how supportive the women are of each other!

On the Stitch Fix Buy/Sell/Trade (B/S/T) Facebook group I am a part of, woman are so encouraging while still offering polite opinions on how clothing fits and what is most flattering on different body types. It is VERY RARE to see someone make a negative/hurtful comment about how another woman looks. This is SO refreshing and has inspired me to post my monthly fixes, even when the clothes are not flattering on me. Keep it up Stitch Fixers! The acceptance of different shapes and sizes is awesome!

These benefits include:

  • Having a personal stylist pick 5 items that fit your style profile and take your specific requests and body shape into consideration
  • Getting to try on the items they send you at home; you can style them with pieces you already have and take at least 3 days to decide what to keep. This really helps prevent buyers remorse and is the biggest perk for me because I do not enjoy time spent in the dressing room
  • Getting ideas on how to put outfits together using the Stitch Fix style cards sent to accompany the clothes picked for you-even if you don’t keep the item you get to keep the style card that goes with it!
  • Access to many brands or styles that are exclusive to Stitch Fix
  • 25% discount on the clothes sent to you if you keep them all!

There is so much more I love about Stitch Fix, but this post is already getting long and I haven’t even gotten to the colorful clothes my stylist, Jason, sent me this month!

Since July is the birth month of my favorite country, The United States of America, I thought I should request a fix full of clothes made in the good ol’ U.S. of A! I requested a black sleeveless top to wear with maxi skirt I got last month and left the rest of my requests pretty open. I knew that it might be hard for Jason to find a fix of just clothes made in the US because some brands manufacture in more than one country. But Jason is awesome and sent me a box FULL of clothes made in America. Without further ado, let’s take a look at my “Made in the USA” fix!

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I immediately loved the bright colors in this Fix!

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My note from Jason

 

1. Loveappella Louis Faux Leather Trim Knit Top-Medium, $48

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necklace from Rocksbox.com code: whitneybff162 for a month of free jewelry

I was so happy to see this black top in my fix! I love the mesh top on the front and the leather detail and cutout in the back take this from a simple black top to something special. The fabric is so soft! It is a little thin and tighter than I normally wear. I styled it with the Pixley Delores Zipper Detail Maxi Skirt I kept from my last fix. I liked the overall look, but I am still not sold on the top. It is just so tight! What do you think? Is it a keeper?

2. Renee C Kira Printed Maxi Skirt-Large, $58

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This skirt is full of amazing colors and the print is unlike any I have seen. The fabric has a good weight and was not clingy, which is usually what keeps me from liking maxi skirts. I am 5’7″ and have long legs and this skirt was just long enough for me to wear with flats. I took Jason’s advice and tied a knot in the skirt (see top picture) but because of the pattern it is hard to see the knot. I tried it on with the black Loveappella top I got in this fix and the Kut From the Kloth Maisha Ponte and Faux Leather Jacket I got in my November 2015 fix (it is probably my favorite and most worn Stitch Fix item). The amount of colors makes this skirt easy to wear with many solid t-shirts. In the end the print was just too busy for me so this is going back unless someone in the B/S/T group on Facebook wants it.

3. Papermoon Deni Cross Back Knit Top-Medium, $44

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I love this vibrant Barbie pink that Jason keeps sending me! The fabric was so soft and the print was cute! I had high hopes for this shirt. The cross back detail adds a little something extra. The shirt was just too big. The arm holes seemed giant and my bra was definitely hanging out. I think this top would work better for someone with a larger bust than I have. Also, I thought the back hung a little weird because it was split diagonally. So this shirt goes back too.😦

4. Laila Jayde Malaga Drape Cardigan-Medium, $48

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Dress from Old Navy

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In my note from Jason, he mentions that I always love light layers and he is correct! Even though it is the height of summer time I always like to add good cardigans to my wardrobe and this color is one of my favorites. It reminds me of the water in the Caribbean my husband and I saw on our honeymoon. As you can see from the pictures above this cardigan is actually pretty versatile. I have a red and white dress I want to try it with too! I think it fits well, but I like my cardigans to have a little more room so I am checking to see if Stitch Fix has a large so I can try it out and see if I like that fit better. If they don’t have it in another size I will probably still keep this medium.


5. Papermoon Birch Lace Detail Blouse-Medium $44

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Photo shoots are always fun when Anthony is taking the pictures

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When I pulled this shirt out of the box I was thinking there was NO WAY I would like it. The print seemed too busy and cap sleeves are not my jam. But once again, Stitch Fix proved me wrong. This is my favorite piece in the box. The background of the print is navy blue, which is one of my weaknesses. I love the feminine detail of the lace and the cap sleeves are not unflattering. Plus, my husband said I look skinny, so that is a win! I styled this casually with my Kut From the Kloth boyfriend jeans from Stitch Fix and my FAVORITE shoes, Coconuts by Matisse Falls Sandal, how fun is that fringe? This shirt was begging to be styled for the classroom so I put on an Old Navy cardigan and navy skirt and I knew this was the perfect “teacher look.” In the close up shots you may notice my beautiful Kendra Scott Elle Silver Earrings in White Pearl. I am keeping these from my latest Rocksbox and you too can get gorgeous jewelry delivered to your door! Just use my code whitneybff162 at checkout to get your first month free!

Stitch Fix 23 is in the books and I am still undecided on what to keep. Feedback is welcome. I was very excited to get so many vibrant pieces made in the USA. The price points were a little lower than previous fixes which I also appreciated. Manufacturing in the U.S. for the win. If you have not tried Stitch Fix I recommend it! Please click through the banners and links on my blog to help me continue to share my Stitch Fix experiences with you!

Until next time,

I love you more than surprise faves and things made in the USA,

Whitney

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  • To read the last year of Stitch Fix Reviews click the links below.

June 2016

May 2016

April 2016

March 2016

February 2016

November 2015

October 2015

September 2015

August 2015

July 2015


You Know You Are Obsessed With School When…

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Today was fantastic. I was sitting at home reading Anna Karenina and waiting for a painter to come by to give me a quote on the front door (can’t wait to check that off my list) when all of the sudden a 30 pound box showed up. At first I was mildly confused about what it was that I ordered that could weigh that much, when I remembered the History curriculum for my school. That’s right, in my hands I now have half of the materials I ordered to get our History program up and running for next year. The other half is on the way!

I tore into that box so fast it would make your head spin, sorry Anna Karenina. I ordered this curriculum hoping it would be a good fit for our small Christian school and I am super happy with the outcome. The topics covered in the Year 2 book are excellent: Continents, Communities, Landforms, Native Americans, Explorers, Early Colonies like Plymouth and Jamestown, New England Colonies, Southern Colonies, Middle Colonies, Revolutionary War and the Founding of Our Nation. I am chomping at the bit to teach this stuff!

Also, there was an excellent blurb in the front of the teacher’s guide that explains why “Heritage Studies” is so important. It reads:

“Studying Heritage Studies will help the students understand who they are as Americans. Many Americans possess very little knowledge of their society’s past. Because of this, they do not understand the values that have shaped our nation’s story in order to preserve what is good about the past. They also lack the ability to critically evaluate the current conditions of our nation…If students are to understand the past-and if they are to know how to help minorities today-they will need to know about justice and injustice in the story of America.

Yes, yes and yes. There are many, many, many extraordinary and excellent things about our country and we need to promote and carefully study them so we can remember what makes this country a place where people from all over the world want to live! We also need to make sure that the stories of injustice are discussed; but not in the absence of the good. There must be balance to the curriculum. Since we are a Christian school, our students are not new to hearing about the horrible things people do to each other, see: The Old Testament, so I am very excited for them to embrace their nations history with them same scholarly attitude they have with the Bible. I am so excited to see this type of curriculum at work and wish more students were able to experience it. Basically, this curriculum has me so excited I immediately wanted to plan out my timeline for the the year using it.

Planning means a new lesson plan book is on the horizon. Since I will be teaching 3 grade levels and 8 subjects next year I need a plan book that has enough room for me to write 3 separate lesson plans for each subject.  It is always a bummer when buying a stock lesson plan book because our school does not have class on Fridays, so the Friday space in a plan book is always wasted (unless I use it as my overflow…which sometimes happens)

I began my search for the perfect plan book on Amazon and my top three are:

1. Teacher Plan Book 

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2. Carson Dellosa The Teacher’s Big Plan Book/Record Plan Book (8205)

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3. 8 Period WIDE Teacher Lesson Plan; Days Vertically Down the Side (8WPL)

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These are not perfect, but have a lot of space to write and have enough subject areas for me to plan for everything necessary. I am going to keep looking and found a promising block scheduling plan book that might work, but I’d recommend these to teachers with similar circumstances to mine. After I went down the teacher plan book rabbit hole I found myself itching to get back in the classroom, and not just to paint it (I spent part of my week doing just that this week). I want to get teaching! I am so blessed to get to spend so much time with the future of our country!

I took a break from scanning the internet for plan books and reading my new curriculum to go get new heads for our Sonicare toothbrush after our dental check ups yesterday, and found myself in the middle of the school supply aisle at Wal Mart. Yes there are already school supplies and yes, It was like heaven. I could smell the Dixon Ticonderoga pencil shavings and Elmer’s glue stick residue already! I saw Expo markers galore! My favorite pens for grading student work were hanging beautifully on their pegboard.

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Paper Mate Flair Porous Point Pens, Medium Point, Assorted Colors

So basically, this fine summer day had me wishing for my classroom, my students, books, learning and the tools we need in order to have a successful year. I learned that if you give a teacher a new curriculum you’re going to have to get her a new plan book to go with it. And when you give her a plan book she will ask for the pens, pencil, glue, markers, crayons, paper and highlighters to go with it.

Until next time,

I love you more than the study of Americans and fancy new pens,

Whitney