Archive | February, 2018

Friday Faves & Weekend Excitement

16 Feb

Happy Friday!!! I’m super excited for this weekend as we have lots of exciting plans 🙂 Tonight we are having our belated Valentine’s day dinner at Max Fish. We haven’t been there for dinner in forever. Gimme all the seafood!

Tomorrow we are having our annual “wine day” with our friends Robbie and Jenna. Once a year, around Valentine’s Day, we head out to Litchfield county to our favorite wineries with lots of yummy snacks packed and it is always a great time. Can’t wait!

Today I figured I would share a few of my recent favorite things (ahem, more like obsessions). Beware, they are random and all over the place but that’s just how I’m feeling today 😉

Favorite leggings: Zella Live In High Waist Leggings. These leggings are definitely a splurge item unless you find them on sale like I did, but they are so worth it. I love them for working out and also just lounging around the house. They are so comfy and the best material I have ever worn for leggings.

Zella Leggings

Favorite mascara: Too Faced Better Than Sex. Why are mascara names always so funny?! Anyways, this mascara has been my fave for a while now. It doesn’t clump and it adds so much volume and length. Although, I recently received a sample of this new mascara from Benefit in my Birch Box so I’m excited to try it!

mascara ecard

Favorite “Alexa” feature: Five minute plank workout. Like I said, so random. But I’ve been wanting to strengthen my core and I was playing around with the Alexa app for our Amazon Echo Dot and I found this five minute plank workout. It incorporates a straight arm plank, elbow plank, one legged plank, and side planks. I have been doing it every night, usually after bootcamp, and I am already noticing a difference.

Favorite recent local food: Acai bowls from Liquid Nirvana. I’ve featured these on the blog before (the picture below is an old one) but lately I have developed a routine of Saturday morning bootcamp at Mission followed by an acai bowl from Liquid Nirvana. These bowls taste amazing after a sweaty workout and they fill me up for a while.

Acai Bowl

That’s all I have for today! I hope you all have a fun and safe weekend 🙂

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Fashion Friday: Stitch Fix # 7

2 Feb

Happy Friday! I took today off to get some errands done and deep clean the house a bit, something I feel like I haven’t done since before Christmas. Before I get moving on all of that, I wanted to share my most recent Stitch Fix box with you guys. It has been a long while (well over a year!) since I’ve ordered one and I felt like I needed some new pieces in my closet as we transition from winter to spring so I decided to do it! I asked my stylist Carolyn for a mix of clothes that would work well for both winter and early spring with some casual and some a little bit more fancy for going out.

Here is an explanation in case you haven’t heard of Stitch Fix before: Stitch Fix is an online personal styling service. You pay a $20 styling fee up front and then you fill out an extensive styling profile which is sent over to a stylist who picks out five items (clothing, jewelry, scarves, accessories, and now SHOES!) which fit the personalized profile you have filled out. The items are sent to you and you try them on, with three days to decide on what you want. If you decide to keep anything, the $20 styling fee goes toward your purchase. If you purchase all five items, then you receive 25% off your entire order! (Note: This time I also had a $50 Stitch Fix gift card that I purchased with a visa gift card that I received for Christmas).

Stitch fix box 7

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Item # 1 and 2: Liverpool Elizabeth Super Skinny Jean ($78 – Size 4) and Honey Punch Rivington Textured Open Cardigan ($64 – Size Small): 

As you will see, I’m wearing the jeans with every top I received in this fix which was awesome because they are super versatile and they are honestly more like jeggings which is what I wear the majority of the time anyways (closer to leggings = happiness). I’m obsessed with cardigans and this one was perfect and so cozy. I can definitely dress it up a bit with the jeans and some booties or pair it with some leggings for a cozy night in.

Stitch Fix box 7 sweater

Verdict: Keepers! The jeggings were a no-brainer and comfort is key so both were a definite yes.

Item # 3: Truly Poppy Gina Scalloped Sleeve Blouse ($58 – Size Small): 

When I saw this top, I literally exclaimed “this stylist just gets me!”. The color navy, scallops, and a party in the back?! (I know Jenna is laughing right now in agreement). This top is perfect for a Friday night out or just to wear every single day because I love it that much 😉

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Stitch Fix box 7 scallop 2

Verdict: Keeper! Not much needs to be said other this shirt is just the best.

Item # 4: Nine Britton Skylee Knit Dress ($34 – Size Small) 

In her note to me, my stylist Carolyn said she looked at my Pinterest board for inspiration and picked this dress. I am obsessed with swing style dresses. Although I already own a few, they are long-sleeved and this one is perfect for both winter (with tights and booties) or spring (no tights and a jean jacket). It’s also a great price for a dress too!

Stitch fix box 7 dress

Verdict: Keeper! I love the versatility and options that I have with this dress.

Item # 5: Collective Concepts Kim Gigi Neckline Top ($54 – Size Small)

I was pretty undecided about this top when I first tried it on. While I love the choker neckline, the fit wasn’t the greatest and I typically like my flowy tops to be a bit longer. After I looked at the photos of it on, it definitely grew on me and again I’m loving that neckline. It’s one of those items I would never pick for myself but I’m kind of glad that Carolyn did.

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Verdict: Keeper! Since I was already planning on keeping all of the other items, it made sense to keep this top with the 25% discount and it does bring me out of my comfort zone a bit.

Carolyn did an incredible job with this fix and it was definitely the best one yet! This is the first box where I kept all five items. It ended up being such a great deal with the 25% discount, my styling fee reimbursement, and my $50 gift card. I’m so happy with this fix and I can’t wait to do my next one (in a month or two?).
Which one is your favorite?

If you decide to sign up for your first Stitch Fix, use this link!