18 January 2016

It's Something...

My birthday was last week, so I allowed myself some minimal shopping. I behaved.

I went to possibly the best cross-stitch store in the world, Picture This Plus. They're so lovely. It's a tiny shop, located underneath a used bookstore, which is equally as lovely. I picked up my friend, Courtney, somethings she wanted, and a much belated Christmas present. I was going to buy myself just ONE piece of fabric, but I came across this pattern, from Lizzie Kate.


I chuckled. It reminded me of the silly cross-stitch sayings my mother and grandmothers use to have hanging around their houses, so I felt I needed one, too. This is on linen, and I've never used linen before, so I figured this would be a simple enough piece for me to try. I also splurged, because it was my birthday, and got the hand dyed floss, too.

My picked at nail polish matches the font. ;)

I started...three days ago? The flower and the H took me two hours, the first night, and then I did "ouse" the next day. Yesterday I rested, because tendinitis is a bitch, and I'm going to try to crank out at least two letters tonight. Linen isn't as terrible as I thought. I'd like to get "housework" and the flower done by next Monday, but school starts back on Wednesday, so...we'll see!

I also picked up a book from the bookstore, one I've been looking for for a while, The Penguin Book of Witches. I have a thing with witches, I don't know why. Always have. I just started it today. But, I've finished 7 books so far this month (one cookbook, and two craftbooks shhh don't judge) including an ARC from one of my favorite authors, Paula Brackston. (Thanks for the approval, NetGalley.)

Also, a confession. I don't feel like sewing. I go through phases like this, where I don't want to [insert hobby here] and sewing is my current "nope." I'm into reading, cross-stitching, and Neko Atsume-ing. I'm actually bored with the internet, so that's nice. Hopefully, my sewing want-to will come back soon, because I need to sew two excellent garments for the dang design application for school. Maybe when it warms back up. The Craft Dungeon is currently 56ºF. You can't make me go down there.

05 January 2016

Happy 2016!

As I've mentioned before, I don't like resolutions. Do you know the definition of resolution?

res·o·lu·tionˌ rezəˈlo͞oSH(ə)n/ noun
noun: resolution; plural noun: resolutions
                                            1.
a firm decision to do or not to do something.
"she kept her resolution not to see Anne any more"
(Thanks first definition that came up on Google)  

Yeah, I can't work in the way of firm. My year doesn't work like that. So I like to make goals, instead. 
 
goal, ɡōl/ noun 
noun: goal; plural noun: goals
2. the object of a person's ambition or effort; an aim or desired result.
"going to law school has become the most important goal in his life"
(Thanks again, Google.) 
 
Yeah, that's more accurate of what I'm doing. So, I present to you, an annual event, my GOALS for 2016.  *trumpet fan fare*


1.       Do good in school.
Coming up on my 4th semester here at K-State. 23 classes down, 20 required classes to go. (I might take another here or there, if the semesters allow.) So far, I’ve made only As and Bs, and that one stupid F in Macroeconomics. But, I’m retaking that this semester (*sigh*) so hopefully, I should do better. I hope to only make As and Bs this semester, but if I get a C in Macro, I would be thrilled. This is my third time in this class (I dropped this class at another college), so third time’s the charm, right?

2.       Keep going to the gym.
I hired a personal trainer in June, and the only thing I regret is how much I paid. I can do so much more now. I move better, I do have a little bit more energy, and I actually enjoy it. So, being that these first few weeks in January is my last few sessions with him, I’m going to need to motivate my ass to go to the gym.

3.       Read 52 books.
I’ve had this goal since 2011, when I realized in 2010, I read probably about five books. Very unlike me. I’ve made this goal every year, except for last year, but then again, I was taking six classes, working, going to the gym, and just staring at a computer screen. I will fix this.

4.       Internet Less.
I have a whole basement full of fun things to make. I don’t make anything because I’m mostly addicted to the internet. I don’t know *what* I’m addicted to on the internet, so once I figure that out, I can probably put the laptop away and do more things. This is going to be my hardest goal.

5.       Save more money.
I’ve been in charge of the finances since about 2012, when I realized that we had no real organization to them. Since I’ve taken charge, I’ve made a financial log, and kept track of our expenditures and it's really helped me to see where our money goes, and where we can "trim" the excess. (*points at self*)

6.       Craft More.
As mentioned in my “internet less” section, I have a basement full of fun things to make. And they’re just there…collecting dust. I will make stuff this year. I have to make at least two garments, so there’s that. I will finish my Frosted Pumpkin Summer Sampler. And I will cross stitch at least two more pieces. I said this last year, but this year, I mean it. I will make gifts for my friends. I WILL CRAFT THIS YEAR. I WILL DO IT. RAAAUUUGGHHH.

7.       Volunteer.
I never realized how important this is, until now. I’ve done it randomly throughout my life, church youth groups, over summers, random things in school, and random Army wife stuff, but now, it’s important for me to gain experience. So, I need to find things to volunteer for and gain experience. And you know, it’s good for me.

8.       Create Art.
I’m not talking stuff to sell, I need to work on my fashion drawing skills, and the only way to do that is practice, no matter how poorly it is.  I signed up for an art supply subscription called Art Snacks, and I love it. I’m using it to help me find tools I like to produce the art I want. For instance, I’ve discovered I love India Ink. It’s my only real subscription box I get now (I quit quite a few) and I think I might stick with it.  But, I need to learn how to draw better, and fast.

9.       Continue to reduce things in my house.
I did such a wonderful job last year that I hope to continue this year. There were a few sections I wasn’t able to fully tackle, due to time and well, not wanting to. I’m going to go back through everything again, but this time, I’m going to clean out and organize my craft room better than it is now (thanks to help from my friend, Courtney) and my holiday stuff. I don’t *really* decorate, mostly, because I’m lazy, but I need to collect it all and put it in proper containers. All things considered, I’m doing well in this category.

10.   Breathe.
A little cliché, but I need to learn how. School stresses me out, and I tend to randomly get angry at stupid things. So, I need to learn that I need to breathe and let the little things go. But, no, really. Less anger, more bad puns.

Here's to a healthy and happy 2016! Happy New Year to you and yours!




 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

01 January 2016

2015: A Year in Review

Oh hey there. I'm about to make a blog post that isn't about clothing, because I actually have time to write! I'm currently letting supper cook (ham, black eyed peas, greens, and cornbread. You don't fuck with tradition) and discovered that I have time to piddle around on my blog. My poor, unloved blog. I would love to make a resolution "to blog more" but I don't think that's going to happen.

Looking back on 2015, it just blew by. Dragged in a few spaces, but hey, it's over now. Let's review on how I did on my 2015 goals. (Because it's cathartic for me.)

1. Read 52 Books.
This is one of my favorite goals to make. Reading is one of my favorite things. If I could find a profession of just reading books, I would consider it. Sadly, I did not make it to 52. I only made it to 36, but considering the year I had, I'm gonna take it. I'm proud of myself for finding time to read in between my super busy schedule, and take time to dabble in a book or two. Yes, some of them were textbooks, but I freakin' read the hell out of those things. If there was an option for notes on Goodreads, I'd count them too.

2. Do Well in School.
Here, I finished second place. I finished three semesters at K-State in 2015. THREE. I am pleased to announce that I have a 2.975, currently, only because I stupidly took Macroeconomics over the summer and failed it. All my other classes were As and Bs. That stupid F brought down my wonderful GPA. Thankfully, I can retake the class, and when I make a better grade in it, it will be replaced. Aww yeah. Also, I love K-State. I love it almost as much as I loved my Junior college. I think K-State may replace my JC one class at a time.

3. Revamp Last Yesterday Designs
HAHAHAHAHAH. HAHAHA. Oh Lord, this was a HUGE fail. My poor little business has been put to the wayside because I don't have time to sew. I think I made a quilt top, an infinity scarf, and a few pieces of clothing. Nothing for sale. I think I'm going to have to just give in and put this aside for this year, too.

4. Stop Buying Stuff. 
 I have improved greatly in this category (see below for reason). I haven't stopped completely, but it was way less than what I was bringing in before. I deserve a pat on the back for this.  

5. Declutter and Sell, Sell, Sell!
If any of these goals I deserve a trophy for, it's this one. I was trying to figure out how to get rid of stuff, when I stumbled upon The Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo, or "The KonMarie Method" to the rest of the internet. I read the reviews, I was incredibly skeptical that this small book could change my life. Oh, but it did. I got rid of so much shit. I can put all my clothes on one bar in the closet, instead of three. I had three empty drawers (my husband took two over.) I can find things in my kitchen. I don't have to worry about using all my free time to clean. It has caused me to even THINK before purchasing things, instead of impulse buying (I see you Target.) In risk of sounding cheesy, this fucking book really IS magic. I think by the end of the year, I've gotten rid of 10 13 gallon trash bags of clothing, gotten rid of things that are useless, and just really have gotten my shit together with house maintaining. If you need a kick in the ass, I'd recommend it, and hope it works for you.

6. Get Off Your Ass. 
 This is where I finished third. I am still the same weight I was this time last year. (I like food.) BUT the difference is, a lot of it is....muscle. That's right. I LIFT HEAVY THINGS AND PUT THEM DOWN. For fun. I couldn't motivate myself to do something everyday, so I hired a personal trainer. Benton was expensive, but soooo worth it. For six months, he encouraged me to stop sucking and be awesome. I can do deadlifts and squat with weight on a barbell and other cool things I didn't think I'd ever be able to do. I still can't do a proper pushup, but these things take time. Needless to say, despite the fact that I'm still at 140, I can walk upstairs without being in pain, and can lift heavy things. It's fucking amazing. NO REGRETS, SON.

7. Eat Better
 HAHAHHAHAHHA Nope. FAIL.

8. Finish Things. 
Eeehhhhh, I did okay on this. I won't say I failed, because I finished a few things, but it wasn't crash and burn, like the "eat better" category.

9. Be Happy. 
Yes. I was happier than I was in 2014, for sure. Way more stressed, but hey, I loved what I was doing. 

31 December 2015

Front Door Fashion

Since I last left you (in October) I was trying a new box, Trendsend. I got another box from them, hated all of it, and decided it just wasn't for me. So, I decided to try ANOTHER new subscription, Front Door Fashion. Front Door Fashion is really cool. It's similar to StitchFix in where you have a stylist style you, but this time, you actually get to EMAIL (or call, if that's your thing) your stylist and discuss what you want.  Or, if you live in the Dallas, TX area, you can go to their headquarters and they have a Style Session where they will personally style you there, OR they can come to your house for a Closet Consultation, go through your closet, and help you out. Oh what fun that would be! But, being that I live nowhere reasonably close to Dallas, I opted for their box delivery, which is just as awesome.
What you do, is you fill out a pretty detailed style profile, and click "send me a box!" And normally within 48 hours, a stylist will contact you via your preferred method. I think Amelia, my stylist, contacted me within 24. You'll discuss with your stylist on what you're looking for, and then however long it takes, BAM. Shipping notification. Now, a little word of warning (that also is on their site) they charge whatever card you're using $1000 to make sure it works, and then immediately take it off. So, just be sure of when your credit card due date is. But other than that, there is NO charge for this box, besides what clothing and accessories you buy out of it.

Another thing I liked, is on their blog, they have little stylist profiles, giving you information about their stylists. You could probably pick someone a little closer to your style preferences. I told them "give me someone with a sense of humor" and I was delivered Amelia. I like her, thus far!

The only "downside" to getting the box delivered, is someone MUST sign for it. So if your UPS person comes when you're home, you live reasonably close to a UPS pickup, or you don't mind them leaving it on your front porch for a signature the next day, you're fine.







I got mine about three weeks ago, and just haven't had time to post about it until now.

This box was pretty big. I'm so used to StitchFix's cat beds, er, I mean small boxes, that when I lugged this 10 pound box into my house, I was a little thrown. But, don't let the 10 pounds intimidate you, it was 10 pounds of AWESOME.

I opened the box, and on top was an envelope with my name hand written on it. In the envelope was a guide to shoes, how to tie a scarf, and some other little things. Also, a HANDWRITTEN note from my stylist, Amelia, which I'm still impressed about.









I open my box, and inside is a garment bag! How nice! I flopped it out onto my poorly made bed (I was too excited for it to look pretty, get over it.) And the first thing I noticed were these little tags hanging out. I looked at my invoice, and they had the clothes categorized by OUTFIT. If you squint (or click on the picture to enlarge it), you can see the tags say "dare to flare", "dress it down", "Fall for layers", and "cozy and casual." How neat is that? I unzip the bag, and pull out a section of clothing. Then, I realize that Amelia has provided descriptions and "instructions" on how I can mix and match the outfits on the invoice. I'm sad now that I didn't take a picture of the invoice to show the great instructions.







This was the first set of outfits I pulled out, the "fall for layers" collection. I pulled this out and gasped. I LOVED that plaid shirt. It's purple and green. You just don't see purple and green plaid. I actually liked everything about this collection. Buuut. The scarf is a color that looks horrible on me, so sadly, it had to go back. The plaid shirt looked TERRIBLE on me. I looked wide and heavy set. The vest was absolutely gorgeous and fit perfectly, but the gold was too "blingy". The jeans are Articles of Society (which fit me wonderfully) and I considered keeping them, but I'm still refusing to buy pre-ripped jeans. (Never have, never will.) The burgundy sweater I considered keeping, but it was a little too "grungy" for my style. And I already had a black tank top, so no need for another. But, this set of clothing was about a 8/10 on how close she was to my style.






This is the "cozy and casual" selection. I saw that scarf and immediately fell in love with it. Kept. No regrets. The jeans were nice, but I couldn't get them over my thighs (go on, laugh.) So, they were sent back. The grey shirt, while comfy, I have 48434385349 grey t-shirts, and this one was a cowl neck, which I can't stand, so back it went. The tunic was actually pretty cool. It was not my style, but it had zippers in the sleeves, which I thought was a cool feature. Lastly, that necklace is too boho and not my style at all. So, I'd say Amelia got a 7/10 out of this one.



And here's my favorite collection, the "dare to flare." Go on, be shocked. But, no really. I would have kept everything in this collection, buuuut. I already have a pair of dark flares just like this one, I have a necklace, basically just like that, and the thing I'm most depressed about, that blouse didn't fit. I. Love. That. Blouse. I saw it and almost fainted. It's even more gorgeous in person, and I would have lovingly hand washed it, that's how much I loved it. But, sadly, it was too tight in the shoulders, and if I went up a size larger, I would have looked like a balloon.  But, I did keep two items from this collection. That wonderful grey sweater, and the hidden skirt. Look how cute it looks together! 9/10

Mirror DSLR selfies are HARD.




Last but not least, the "dress it down" selection. I asked for something dressy, but casual, and warm for a birthday outfit. This actually fulfills all my criteria, except, as you can see, it doesn't really work well on me. I loved this dress. I love stripes and a good solid color yoke, but I just, I was meh about how it looked on me. I almost kept the scarf. It was a gorgeous shade of red, but it was just a little too short for my busty bust. 6/10.

Overall, I am HIGHLY impressed with Front Door Fashion. Customer service is impeccable, presentation is impressive, and I totally would get another box. Matter of fact....why, one is currently in route to me. Happy Birthday to me, right?

Note: I am not being compensated for this post. It is my honest, unbiased opinion. I like reading opinions like this, and hope you do, too.

17 October 2015

Trying a New Box: Trendsend

I recently joined a Facebook group to see what other clothing subscription boxes were out there. The answer is, "a lot." So, I asked which ones were more casual and classic, without being too edgy or trendy. One of the answers I got was Trendsend.

Trendsend is a style fee free service that sends you 2-3 "contemporary" outfits (yes, WHOLE outfits) in a box, by Evereve. You can choose to get a subscription, or just choose to get a box whenever you feel like it. You fill out a very detailed style profile (says it only takes 10 minutes, but being the person I am, took me 30.) and then click "send me a box!" and in about a week (mine took five days) you get a box! Then, you get FIVE whole days to decide on what you keep.

Now, the thing I didn't realize as I was filling out my profile and perusing around the site, is that this is geared towards, wait for it, Moms. That's right. Moms. I didn't realized that until my box was on the way and I was like "Oh, well, I'm not a mom, but let's see how this goes. Let's just say, I'm pleased.

My box arrived on Friday, and I excitedly opened it.



OUTFIT ONE:

I rip open the paper to reveal this



 In the preview of the box, I saw this shirt and got excited. I mean, look at it. How can you not get excited over that? This "polka dot" pattern pleases me. You could put the poo emoji in that pattern and I would probably love it.



And then I tried the outfit on. This outfit, is SUPER comfy. I mean, I would want to do nothing but lounge in this all day and I don't even like wearing pants.

Anju Sweater in Stone: I have mixed feelings about this sweater. One, it is simply the most comfortable and warm sweater I have put on my body in a while. And it's not too "unshaply." But, the little bit of decoration is what's bothering me. I'm even okay with the color. But the little bits of fluff that make up the stripes are what's bothering me. Thoughts?

Gem Tassel Necklace: You can see this better in the preview above, but it's going back. The design is neat, I like the length, but I have 847938749384 necklaces I never wear, and I don't really need another.

AG Jeans - Farrah Flare: Holy. Crap. These jeans fit amazingly. I'm a sucker for a flare, and these just are awesome....except, they're too long. I'm trying to decide if I get them hemmed would it lose too much of the flare? 


What's also awesome about the jeans is that the company uses way less water than it takes to make a "normal" pair of jeans. Jeans use A LOT of water when they're made. I will be supporting you when I can AG. Bravo. 

And here's my problem with the shirt. It fits well, it's comfy, but...it has a mullet cut. If it was evenly cut, or even a few inches of a difference, but this has a LOT of difference. So close, Amour Woven Top. So close.

Overview: I loved this outfit, but I'm still indecisive about some pieces.

Verdict?
Shirt: No
Necklace: No
Cardigan: Maybe
Jeans: Maybe










 OUTFIT TWO:

 Fame Oversized Plaid Scarf: Hipster winter is coming, y'all. I have mixed feelings about blanket scarves. On one hand, they're incredibly versatile, keep you warm, and become a blanket if you ever need it. On the other? I don't know how to style it. It took me two years to figure out how to style a regular scarf.
But look at this red beauty; I love plaid. Especially a red plaid. (But not Buffalo Check) but, scarf is styled how?



Kut From the Kloth Diana Skinny Jeans: StitchFix introduced me to Kut From the Kloth. If it weren't for AG Jeans, Mavi, and Henry and Belle, I'd live in Kut from the Kloth. These arrived just in time, because my other pair of skinny jeans were starting to get (unfashionable) holes in them. The most important part is, my ass fits in them very well.










I don't know what I'm doing in this picture. Being a model was never my calling.

Classic French Terry Blazer: I've been searching for a blazer for about two months. They're like professional cardigans. And I'm a sucker for a cardigan. Being that this one was made out of a terry cloth, I was sold. Comfy blazer that fits? Yes, please.








And this shirt. This shirt had potential. I mean, just look at it on the model. Great, right? Even here under the blazer, it looks pretty awesome.


Go fish.






This shirt is HUGE. It's one of those crop top square shirts. Not to mention it's thin. I put a dark colored bra on just so you could see how thin it was. You can also see the top of my jeans. And a cat butt, but that's beside the point. I was sad that this didn't fit, but that's okay. There's other good shirts out there that need loving homes. Hopefully this one will go to someone who will love it.

 Overview: This is probably my favorite outfit of the two; it is more "me."

Verdict?
Blazer: Yes
Shirt: No
Jeans: Yes
Scarf: Maybe
Cat: Of course










I definitely think I'll be getting another box from them, it was nice having WHOLE outfits style for you. There is no referral program, but if you have an Evereve account, you can apparently gain points for that program or whatever.


Disclaimer: I am not being compensated for this post. It is my honest, unbiased opinion. I like reading opinions like this, and hope you do, too.

16 September 2015

Stitch Fix Nine and Ten!

I'm trying to rebuild and reduce my closet by getting more "adult" like clothes. (Sorry Target t-shirts, our love affair is over.) And being that I live in the middle of Kansas where there's NOTHING around (besides a few boutiques that cater to the Sorority style.) So, I've been casting a line out to Stitch Fix to see if they can help me out. My super awesome stylist, Karen, has done very well!

Fix #9 blew by me, and I forgot to blog about it (like everything else), which means I also took super crappy pictures of me in things, with my dirty mirror, which I'm mildly embarrassed about. So, forgive these pictures. I know they suck.

9.1 & 9.2 Laila Jayde Wilsonville Sude Detail Pleat Back Knit Top and Liverpool Colleen Straight Leg Jean



This shirt, I love. It's super stupid comfy, it's a gorgeous color, and I love the suede back piece! It's perfect for Autumn and Winter, and I can't wait for the weather to get cold so I can wear it. Kept!
The pants I have mixed feelings about. They were great black stretchy jeans, but the straight leg just looked weird on me. Not to mention they were about two sizes too small. Oops. Back they went.

9.3 & 9.4 Pixley Edmond Chevron Print Henley Shirt and Kut From the Kloth Simmons Bootcut Jean

I do not like chevrons, I do not like them, Sam I Am. But this shirt, is one of the most comfy and amazing shirts I've ever put on my body, not to mention it's purple, grey, and white, so I gave in. It's the only thing I own with chevrons on it. Kept.
I was SO DEPRESSED these jeans didn't fit me. They were a size too small, and about two inches too long. I was distraught, because they were perfect. So, I tried my luck. I emailed StitchFix and they HAD THEM IN MY SIZE AND LENGTH, I was able to exchange them. I felt amazingly lucky, because these jeans are the best I've had in years.












9.5 THML Hasker V-Neck Top

I was a little sad this shirt didn't fit. I love red plaid. I love round hems. I even love a little different fabric for the yolk in the back, but this shirt was too tight in the arm area. I prefer my plaids with collars, which isn't why I'm all the sad to see it go. Returned.
















Final Verdict?  3/5






Fix #10 (!) came today and I eagerly ripped it open. Karen has hit the nail on the head with the two previous boxes, so how could she fail me now?
With this box, I decided to do something a little differently. I've styled it to the best of my abilities with pieces that I own.

10.1 41Hawthorne Gideon Polka Dot Sweater



The dirty mirror returned, but that's besides the point. LOOK AT THIS SWEATER. LOOK AT IT. I LOVE this sweater. Ever since I saw it floating around Pinterest and other StitchFix boards, I KNEW it was meant for me, and it arrived! I'm stoked to get this sweater, and can't wait for it to get cold! KEPT













10.2 41Hawthorne Colibri Solid Tab Sleeve Blouse

I cleaned the mirror. I don't think it helped. Anywho, this gorgeous green shirt has been another that I've wanted for a while! I'm wearing it with my heathered grey leggings and brown riding boots, but I think I'd wear them with black leggings/bottoms or a dark pair of jeans instead. Either way, I love this shirt, and the color looks amazing on me. Kept.















10.3 Fun2Fun Tafe Crew Neck Blouse

My husband appeared as I was styling this shirt, so no more terrible mirror pictures for you.
I wanted to like this shirt. I loved the pattern, and I loved the colors, but the sleeves and the shirt itself was a little too "flowy" for me. It's also one of those hi/lo shirts where it's a little too high in the front. I'm not a fan of that. Nor is Scout, apparently. Back it goes.















10.4 Skies are Blue Cathy Wide Leg Pant

I came out wearing these, and my husband immediately went "No." I styled them with what I had, but apparently I didn't really have anything. These pants are a beautiful color, super comfy, and have pockets, but they make me look short and wide. If I was taller, I think these would look better. They also were quite thin, so I felt a little...naked? Eh. Back they went.















10.5 Pixley Lori Pencil Skirt

When I got my notification that my fix had shipped, I peeked. I googled the crap out of  the internet looking for this skirt, and it took me three different searches to find this skirt. I was incredibly skeptical. Then, it arrived. It's amazing. It's a fantastic quality (thick) knit skirt, with a zipper in the back. It's a tiny bit too tight at the waist, but if I do a little more cardio and eat less cookies (boo) it'll fit in no time. Either way, it's an amazing skirt, and I'm keeping it!












Final verdict? 3/5.

I've already scheduled my next box.

If you're interested in trying out StitchFix, kindly use my referral link. Click me! 

One day, I'll post more crafty stuff. Christmas time IS coming after all...

These are my own opinions, I am not being paid nor reimbursed for this review. I just love clothes.

09 August 2015

Stitch Fix...the 8th?

Have I really gone through eight Stitch Fixes already? Do I not remember them because I haven't blogged about all of them? (har har) Well, anywho, I hadn't gotten one in almost a year, and two of my friends got them, and I got a little jealous, because there's no good shopping in the area, and I haven't treated myself to new clothes in a while. So, I got one.

BEHOLD.

1. Leota Abilene Dot Dress


I originally asked for all separates, as I wanted stuff for "back to school wear", but how can you resist this? Polka dots! While it makes my boobs look even more massive than they are, it does it in a tasteful way, so I kept it.

2. 41 Hawthorn Concord Striped Draped Pocket Cardigan


CARDIGAN WITH POCKETS. AND IT'S PURPLE. OH SO COMFY. Need I say more? Though, I've never met anything from 41 Hawthorn that I didn't like...

3. Le Lis Jolla Mixed Material Knit Top























This top I have mixed feelings about. One one hand, LOOK AT THE BACK. On the other, the sleeves and the flared bottom don't really flatter me. I love the color and it's really, really comfy. but the front is just...eh. I don't know. What do y'all think?


4. Market & Spruce Gillia Lace Detail Knit Top
 























When I "sneak peeked" my fix before it arrived, I as incredibly skeptical about this shirt. But, when I put it on, no regrets at all! It's super comfy and is a good fit for me. I love it.

5. Kut From the Kloth Haiden Straight Leg Jean

I'd never heard of Kut from the Kloth before I got them in my box. But, when I put them on, I heard the angels singing. These jeans are magical. Though, I was more surprised to find out that they were capris instead of jeans. It's like my stylist KNEW I was looking for a pair. I think these were my favorite item of the box. I'm wearing them in 3 & 4. I didn't think y'all needed an extra picture of my goofy faces just for a pair of jeans.

So, #8 was pretty successful. I kept everything! And as always, if you're thinking about signing up for a Stitch Fix, please consider using my referral link.

01 August 2015

Oops.

Oh dear, I've done it again. I've abandoned my blog. To be fair, in May, I started work full time, then in June I started Summer semester, which I just finished tonight. Lots of things have happened.

Here's a quick list:
-Bought a few KnitFixes. Made some clothes. Made some failures.
-Started school.
-Got a personal trainer.
-My friend, Courtney, came to visit. Did all the quilty and zoo things.
-Brian came home.
-Started a quilt.
-Received some startling news.
-Finished school.

And here I sit, on my couch, reading a book. Paula Brackston's The Silver Witch, if you care to know.

One day, I'll update again. After all, I have three weeks off until school starts...


18 May 2015

One Season Down, Three to Go.

Back when we first moved here, I was stuck in a hotel for a month, with nothing to do, so I started a cross-stitch piece. In October. Yes. Nine months later, it is finally done!

BEHOLD.


Only took me nine months. This is a freshly retired pattern from The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery. There are a ton of mistakes, so don't look closely. I used Sullivan's floss and Picture This Plus fabric, aida 14ct in Fresco.
Because there was just SO MUCH ORANGE and I'm not too fond of the pink color, I changed some colors around to my taste. I also left of the little Kawaii faces; I decided I didn't want my food to be smiling at me.


There it is, in all its glory. I couldn't decide which season to do next, so I stuck my hand in my cross-stitch pattern cube and pulled one out. The winner? SUMMER! Once I finish the book I'm currently reading, I will start on that.

16 May 2015

Phew.

SCHOOL'S. OUT. FOR.....the semester? I finally finished this semester on Thursday. I have three "official" final grades, and just waiting on one more. (I see you grading my paper. GRADE FASTER.) Anywho, I'm slowly getting back on track with Decrapifying or The Purge of 2015. aka, I'm Tired of Unpacking All This Shit. I think I started back in March, but as soon as Spring Break was over, school got very busy. Very. Busy. So, needless to say, I barely had time for anything.
BUT. Now that school is out, I have time to BLOG.

Have you heard of the trend that's going around called The Capsule Closet? It's spreading like wildfire in my neck of the woods. I like the idea, but then again, I don't. Why? Not because it pairs your wardrobe down to 37 pieces, but because you have to put stuff in storage. No. I have a closet that is meant for hanging clothes, so that's where they're going to stay, not in a box somewhere. So, while everyone's showing off their minimalistic looking closet, I'm putting stuff on hangers. I like things on hangers.
The other thing that's spreading like wildfire is the KonMarie method. Which, is only keeping things that "Spark Joy" in your life. I like this method a little bit better, because Marie Kondo (the founder) doesn't believe in storing things. It's just another way of being a hoarder. Which is what I'm trying to be less of.
They're both interesting theories, and I like mulling them over. But with everything it's a Choose Your Own Adventure type of thing.

With that, I'm calling my clothes 90% done. Why 90%? I'm in 5% denial over some, and 5% needing opinions.

Without further ado, here are my clothes, and explanations. 


Walking in, this is what my closet looks like. It still looks crowded, and like I have a lot of clothes, yes? NO. YOU'RE WRONG.  

If I combine my two rows of tops, it looks like this. Which, isn't that bad, except, my clothes are all crammed together, which is what they were before the purge. 
You can also see my scarves hanging neatly on the wall, my two "nice" purses on the top shelf, my hat box, and two bins of my grandmother's stuff, that I can't bare to part with yet. Also, up there are some things I use when we move. Also, you can see a good view of my shoes. The newest shoes are the bright ass neon tennis shoes. Everything else I've had for a long while. And yes, I use them. Weekly.


From this view, you can see the other small half of my closet, which include my pants, that I can't fit into, but love (actually really love) too much to get rid of and if I'd just lose five more pounds they'd fit. My three pairs of dress pants, six skirts, six dresses, four evening gowns and two items of my grandmother's. Also, you can see my boots, and my dress shoes, which some, I'm in denial about, and am working on. Hanging on my door are my pants that can fit into and wear now.


Here's a crammed view of all my clothes.


And here's a un-crammed view of just my t-shirts. Some, which I'm in denial about, also. 

And here's 3/4ths of the hangers of stuff I got rid of. Some were on the plastic store hangers, and some were on another color, which are now up in the guest bedroom, for guests. 

Now, moving into the actual bedroom, I have two bureaus. I labeled them, to make explanations easier. Sleepwear also has "I'm not leaving the house" clothing in it. Swim stuff ranges from bikinis, to goggles, to coverups. Which, really isn't that much.Winter wear is everything from thermal underwear, to hats and gloves. 


These are what I call the "underthings" section. Self explanatory. Hi Scout.

Lastly, these are the clothes from the second purge. The first purge, I "sold" to some friends for shipping, and donated the rest. These are a little bit better quality, so I'm going to try and consign them. I'm ashamed at how many tags are on a few of these clothes.

But I'm pleased. It's my closet, and I enjoy the amount I have. I love clothes. And yes, I wear all of them.

Now...for the rest of the house.