Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Vintage Modern Recipe Cards Inspired by Pyrex Patterns

Awhile back I created these vintage Pyrex inspired recipe cards in a few of my favorite patterns; Friendship, Snowflake and Pink Stems. I wasn't super excited about the way they were printing on my usual kraft paper, so there they sat in digital design limbo for awhile.

Maybe it was that spring cleaning sort of feeling I have had lately that got the ball rolling again. My husband picked up some brilliant linen cardstock for me and I am so happy with the results! The bright white paper really shows off the gorgeous colors.


I love the texture of this linen cardstock. It makes for an extra thick set of recipe cards and gorgeous contrast. See for yourself on the blue snowflake pattern.


Recipes write out so nicely on them, too.

Pyrex always brings up happy memories for me. When I printed up the Friendship Pattern I thought of a good friend, and decided I just had to write out her famous sugar cookie recipe on it.


The last design I added to my Etsy shop is the Pink Stems Pattern. I've got to get myself one of those casserole dishes!


I can't decide which design I like best!


Next, I'm working on Butterfly Gold, my best friend's favorite pattern. I'm thinking after that I'll do Crazy Daisy. Dare I attempt my all time favorite, Butterprint?

You can find all of these lovelies in My Etsy Shop here:

Pick up a set for an upcoming bridal shower, Mother's Day or a friend's birthday. Don't forget to buy yourself something, too!

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Spring Forward: Stitch Fix Review and Gift Card Giveaway!

With an early Easter and spring upon us I am anxiously awaiting the return of warm weather! I'm so glad my Stitch Fix arrived with a few pieces that will be just perfect for the transition to spring. I did a little early spring cleaning and made room for a few new favorites. I was happy to find a few keepers!

In addition to my usual Stitch Fix review, I thought I'd try something new and giveaway a $20 Stitch Fix gift card! More on that later.

First, I want to show you the fabulous pieces from my spring Stitch Fix. I have a feeling you'll be pinning a few! And, there just might be a surprise in the box. Can you guess what's hiding behind the usual tops and jeans?


No, it's not #3. I mean, that is #3, but he didn't come in the box. It's shoes! That fun little Stitch Fix bag contains one lovely pair of shoes! In case you haven't heard, Stitch Fix is now carrying a wide assortment of styles.


They just happened to be one of my favorite shoe styles, ballet flats. For a mom on the go, these are a must-have. I love prints like these with a bit of shimmer to add a hint of glam to basic assembles. I see a lot of other animal prints out there like cheetah and leopard print. The snake print is a nice, unexpected addition. Beige, brown and grey are great neutrals; I suspect they'd go with everything, both dressy and casual. And, they fold up so you can throw them in your bag for a quick shoe change.


Stitch Fix sent me a size 10 where I normally wear a 9.5 so I'm assuming these only come in whole sizes. I have wide feet so 10s often work out for me, and ballet flats are a great choice. Unfortunately, these were too long for me. Bummer! I loved these instantly. Perhaps I'll request a 9 in my next box.

Be sure and head over and update your style profile with your shoe size if you haven't already! And, of course, schedule a Fix and request your favorite shoe styles. If you'd like to request this pair, Stitch Fix calls them Yosi Samra Snake Print Flats, $75.

I can't decide which piece to show you next, I love so many! I have a feeling, this one is going to be a reader favorite, the Skies are Blue Caine Fringe Open Cardigan, $54.


I love this brand! It's always on trend, each piece is well made and true to size, and the prices are just right. I was happy to see this in my box because I've been eyeing it.

I broke out my white jeans and borrowed a minty pastel top and booties from #1 for pictures.

     

This quote came to mind while shooting this Fix. It was crazy windy, with comedic timing given my recent haircut and decision to stop straightening my hair. I'm not quite convinced that all good things are wild and free.



I also tried the cardigan with the 3rd item in my box, the Kut From The Kloth Cai Bootcut Jeans, $88.

     

I can't stop thinking about these jeans! Lately, I feel like Loft jeans are too stretchy and just slip off, and these fit really well overall. But, given I rarely wear boots under jeans (these are #1s), the 33 inch inseam is just too long for me. 

Here's another shot. I love the wash. It's hard to send back a pair of jeans a teenager insists are perfect....


These have a very similar fit to the Dear John Marson Wide Leg Trouser, which I also love, but with an extra inch or 2.

Let's move on, because, well, this. 


I would have kept this, even if I had to use it as a hand towel. I'm a sucker for embroidery, and love wearing navy. I normally hate pink, but it just works here. It's the THML Longoria Embroidery Top, $58.

Here's a close-up of the gorgeous detail. 


It reminds me of the THML Christy Embroidered Top I got in August that didn't quite work out due to fit. This structured short sleeve is so much more flattering on my round shoulders. I'm always happy to find new things to wear with my white jeans, too.

The last item in my box was the one I thought I would like the most, but the fit didn't quite work out.


It's the RD Style Anso Mixed Material Knit Top, $58. I pictured myself wearing it with mint skinnies (next box?) or grey leggings.

But.... the fit was so off on me I decided to show it to you on #1 instead.


Clearly this isn't working on her either. She's almost as tall as I am (5'6") and about the same size. I think this top may work better for petites, it just needs more length in the torso. Well, my wallet will be happy, because if this had fit right I would have kept it for sure.

I'm really excited about my new embroidered top and cardigan! I already ran out and bought a basic white Loft t-shirt to wear with the cardi (Embroidered Vintage Soft Tee).


I have plenty of things that go with it, but I had a $15 Loft birthday coupon burning a hole in my pocket! Tees are on sale for $20 bucks so I picked up 2. They have a gazillion colors online, in petites, too.


Stitch Fix $20 Gift Card Giveaway


Thank you for tolerating this blog post while waiting for the Stitch Fix Gift Card Giveaway! Hopefully, your patience will pay off. I like to keep giveaways light and fun, no rafflecopter or forced social media sharing (although it's much appreciated). Just do these 2 things:

1. Click Here on my affiliate link and check out Stitch Fix.

There is absolutely no commitment, just explore the website and fill out a style profile.


2. Come back here and leave a comment, anything you want.

Don't forget to leave me a way to contact you if you win!

Must live in the US to enter. Winner will be announced on (Good) Friday, March 25, 2016 via email or method of contact provided. Winner will have 3 days to respond before another winner is selected, so be sure and check those spam folders.

Best of luck, and happy Fixin'!

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Stitch Fix Does Casual Chic for the Work from Home Mom

Oh that I had written this post yesterday when I was bursting with creativity! If only I could find the perfect formula to achieve that everyday. Perhaps I was inspired by my rockin' 15th Stitch Fix box? I spent the day filling Etsy orders, networking with fellow shop owners, and brainstorming ideas for my Etsy shop. I've almost finished a blog post about all the changes I've seen in Etsy recently.

With all the time I'm spending building my small business, and raising a family, I just don't have time to shop. I actually tried going a few times this last week, and was just too pressed for time and couldn't find what I was looking for. I've really come to rely on my Stitch Fix shipments to fill the gaps in my wardrobe.

This time around, I was looking for casual chic layers for this colder than usual SoCal winter. Seriously, you'd laugh at me if you saw how warm it was yesterday when I picked up #2 from school. Regardless, I'm always cold. Here's what showed up in my first Fix of 2016!


Doesn't it look cozy? 

First up, the Mystree Almada Faux Shearling Vest in tan and white, $78


I thought maybe this time around I'd share the fabric content of the pieces. I was surprised to find this was a polyester spandex blend! It is super soft and delicious, in case you were wondering. My love for this piece affirms my definite love for boho styles.

I tried it on with nearly everything in sight. First, with a sweater I happened to be wearing that I'd just picked up from Marshall's (my only shopping find in nearly 6 hours of shopping).


Sorry for the weird lighting, I was using my mom as a tripod :)

I love the brown on black and white stripe combination, don't you? Mixed neutrals are really big this season. It's funny, when I bought this sweater I kept thinking it needed something. I tried it on with every scarf I owned the day before my Fix came, and nothing was really working. I can't wait to wear this to church next Sunday!

Here's a close up with better lighting.


Here's a picture of the back.


My mom wasn't a fan of the back, but I don't care. I wear clothes for me, and from the front I love this piece.

I thought the vest looked great with solids, too. Here it is over the next item from my Fix, the Papermoon Alecka Lace Sleeve Knit Top, $54


This one is a polyester spandex blend as well. I have a love hate relationship with this type of material. It's super soft, stretchy and comfortable. Unfortunately, it emphasizes every lump and bump.


Photo credit: #1. Thanks for making me look better than I really do kid.

I desperately wanted it to work because it looks so cute with my Kut from the Kloth Maribel Straight Leg Jeans. I don't know why, but I often have trouble finding something to wear with them. I received them in my 13th Fix, so I really haven't had long to experiment. Regardless, I wasn't about to send them back. They are SO comfortable and smooth as butter.

Back to the shirt, I love the romantic meets boho detail. It was the perfect length to cover my rear, too. Bye bye, beautiful top, I will miss you.

This is another one I was hoping would work with my Maribels, the Loveappella Cholame Split Back Knit Top in burgundy, $54.


This one is made from a rayon, polyester, spandex blend. It's a heavier weight, but very breathable. Isn't the split back detail fun?

   

Well, sadly I would've needed a size up in this one. It was tight and a tad bit short in the front. I wasn't sure enough it was going to work for me in a medium to request an exchange, so I sent it back. I really loved it though. Great color and style, and machine washable!

The next piece coordinated well with the Loveappella Cholame Top. This is the Skies are Blue Lowry Open Cardigan in black and white, $58. 

     

I also have to give photo credit to #1 for these, too. Because, the sarcastic faces. But also because you caught good hair shots. 

I loved a lot of things about this cardigan. It's 100% cotton, has a gorgeous open weave, and I love the length and fit. I just realized it was too similar to the cardigan from my very first Fix.

Here's a close up of the detail. Ughh..I can't believe I had to send this one back. But I just did a closet purge and am really trying to restrain from buying every single thing I like to make room for future loves. I know it's going to make someone very happy. Maybe you?


The last piece was the Papermoon Fausta Elbow Patch Raglan Knit Top in navy, $54.


The material, a polyester, spandex, rayon blend, reminded me of the space dye slub knit on the Market & Spruce Sawyer dolman my mom received and the Corinna dolman I had in my box last April.


Unfortunately, that material is just too scratchy for my dish pan hands and it wasn't quite long enough even in my size up. Boo, I actually really liked the elbow patch detail.

So, I ended up just keeping the vest, which I am happy about! Not only did I find a new favorite, I now have an excuse to order another box.

If you'd like to give Stitch Fix a try, I'd love it if you used one of my affiliate links:

It's super easy to sign up, and there are no long term commitments! You simply fill out a short questionnaire, select the date you'd like to receive a box, and pay a $20 styling fee. If you decide to keep any of the items, the $20 fee is applied to the price. Send back what you don't like in a prepaid envelope from your very own mailbox.

You can read about my previous experiences here:

In case you missed my last post, there are additional pictures of these items from the Stitch Fix iPhone App. Just click here:  How to Get Your Best Fix: Tips & Tricks

You can also pin the pictures from this post here:

I'd love to hear what you thought about this Fix. Leave a comment below!

Happy Tuesday!

Saturday, January 23, 2016

How to Get Your Best Fix, Tips & Tricks

I'm not sure why in all these Fixes it never occurred to me to do a "How to Get Your Best Fix" post. I suppose I didn't feel altogether certain I had it all figured out. Turns out, it's not quite the mystery I thought it would be! In fact, most of these facts about Stitch Fix were shared by the company itself on the Stitch Fix Blog, I've just put together the bits and pieces. Whether you are thinking about trying Stitch Fix for the first time, or a seasoned Fixer, I hope to share a few tips to improve your Stitch Fix experience.


Fill up the box.

No, I'm not talking about the Stitch Fix box, although people do love to photograph their boxes with everything from babies to pumpkins.

If you haven't tried Stitch Fix yet, I'm talking about your style profile, specifically, the little box at the bottom. When you head over to the Stitch Fix website and register for the first time, you'll fill out a questionnaire with everything from your shoe size to your fit preferences. Don't get me wrong, these questions are really important.

Still, that little bitty box for your "Final Thoughts" is your greatest opportunity to tell your stylist what makes you YOU. Stitch Fix is a lot of things to a lot of people (a LOT). What's it to you? The Stitch Fix Blog recommends adding a few notes about your body shape, your style icons, or your favorite stores to shop. I would add to that your lifestyle, favorite colors to wear, and specifics about sizing (such as inseam, or sizes you are between).

You have another opportunity to tell Stitch Fix more about yourself just before your Fix gets styled. You'll receive an email with a link to yet another box where you can tell your stylist what is on your wardrobe wishlist. Or you can click here: Last Minute Requests.

Here a couple of the notes I've written for myself the past:

"I need tops I can throw on with casual jeans, dressy t-shirts, tanks or henleys, something durable/kid friendly. Also need a top to wear with my navy wide leg trousers for a patriotic concert, maybe red/white stripes, or all red. If you send a dress, maybe fit and flare, knee length, ponte has always worked best for me. Was tempted to just say "surprise me" this time!"

"I like navy, gray, and black. I love tunics. I love open cardigans but they have to fit over clothes. I need mostly casual clothes, for layering. My clothes need to be practical, sturdy, wash easy. I'm more likely to keep items under $50."


Share a Picture of Yourself

The easiest way to do that is via profile picture on the Stitch Fix App.

Did I just lose half of you? It's really not a big deal if you don't have the Stitch Fix App. I didn't download it at first, I didn't have room on my phone thanks to "Subway SurferS" and "Dragon City". I just wanted to make sure everyone realized you can share a profile picture there. You can also view what's coming to you after it ships, giving you more time to admire their prettiness, and think about how they'll mix and match with what's in your closet.

There are a few other ways to share a picture, such as uploading a selfie to your Pinterest board, or linking up your LinkedIN profile. You can wear your favorite Stitch Fix pieces, or wear a leotard. You can put a paper bag over your head, or take a picture with your pet alligator. Whatever floats your boat. Whatever you choose, it really makes for a more personalized experience.

I'm thinking of changing mine to this. Does this say, "I like casual, boho styles. Nothing too fancy, because babies are going to spit on me" ???



Tell em What You Think

After you checkout, take a minute or 2 to tell Stitch Fix what you loved and what you didn't love about the pieces you kept and the ones you sent back. Too long? Too furry? Perfect color? Best Fix Ever? When they sent me the Brixon Ivy Pinson Drape Cardigan I wrote "Do this again!" It goes with everything, which I never would have expected from a blush and oatmeal color combination. How do you do it Stitch Fix, how?


Leave a Little Room for Mystery

People often compare receiving Stitch Fix to Christmas morning. I'm not going to lie, I still feel that way 15 Fixes in! I'm always wondering when I'm going to find my next favorite ever piece. And often, it's the one I least expected. I kept my entire 1st Fix, and the Evie Drawstring Funnel Neck Sweatshirt was initially my least favorite. Now I wear it all the time! Here's a flashback to me wearing it when #4 was still tiny.


Don't fret too much about writing the perfect note or finding the best profile picture. Keep an open mind and have fun with it!

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Stay tuned for my next Reveal! Here's a sneek peek from my iPhone:




Monday, December 21, 2015

Last Minute Gifts

Hey you! Yes, I just used my impersonal greeting on you. I Feel like I'm doing that a lot lately, as I can't seem to remember anything.

I know it's Christmas crunch time and you are busy but did not want to forget to tell you what to buy me for Christmas. I won't even know you waited until the last minute if you print it out yourself!


Here are a list of other people who just might want a Stitch Fix gift card (besides me):


Mom
Sister
Cousin
Coworker
Boss
Neighbor
Teacher
Coach
Petite Friend
Pregnant Friend
Tall Friend
Friend in Exercise Clothes
Friend in Fashionable Clothes
Friend Seeking a New Job in 2016
Working Friend
Stay at Home Friend
Postwoman
Daycare Provider
Barista
Accountant


I have a feeling you just remembered someone you forgot to buy a present for. That's okay! Just click this link and before you know it, you'll be done with your holiday shopping: http://www.tkqlhce.com/click-7776374-11958005-1445467985000




And, I wanted to make sure and say Merry Christmas to you, and yours! Thank you for making 2015 the year I got to quit my away from home job and focus on my family, small business and fashion! You're the Best!



Friday, October 23, 2015

Stitch Fix App Happy

Apparently I'm addicted to Stitch Fix. Despite how busy I am, here I am blogging about it, again. There are just so many things I want to share with you, but most of all the new app.

If you haven't tried the new Stitch Fix app for iPhone, you are missing out. Not only does it allow easy access to your style profile and updates on your order. Now, you can view pictures of the items before they arrive!

It gets better. You can share a profile pic, too! I'm really excited about this. No doubt it will make for a more personalized experience.



What are you waiting for? Download it here: Stitch Fix App

As if this new app weren't inspiration enough for a new blog post, the Stitch Fix affiliates team sent me a selfie stick! I was excited to see this in the mail because I have so many new favorite pieces that I've been waiting to share with you. Bear with me folks, I'm a selfie novice.


I can't decide what to share first, so I've decided to save the best for last. I'll start out with these amazing jeans from Dear John. I had my mind set on getting myself a dressy pair of denim trousers to wear on Wednesday nights with my AWANA Commander shirt and Crocband flats, and these are just perfect!


     

These Marson wide leg jeans ran a little big, so I sent customer service an email (hello@stitchfix.com) and sized down. For reference, I'm 5'6 and these have an average inseam. If I wore them with boots they'd be way too short, I'd probably want a 34" inseam....great, now I need another pair of jeans. Torture (wink, wink).

I'm wearing the jeans in all of these pictures except the last outfit, so you can see them from several angles. Above, I'm wearing them with the 41Hawthorn Moni Studded Short Sleeve Blouse. I love the feel of it, it has a bit of weight to it but still feels breathable.

 
  
Black and white patterns are my new favorite for mixing with rich colored sweaters and accessories, like my Target mustard cardigan and my burgundy Bandolino ballet flats.


I'd call that a selfie stick win. I rarely like pictures of myself and this is pretty alright. So naturally, I decided to use this for my profile picture.

I'm smiling just thinking about what I'm going to say about this next piece. My daughter and I were talking about what we'd call ourselves if we were named after our clothes. We decided my name would be sweater.

   

Last fall, I bought a really cute oversized navy and white cardigan similar to this one and I wore it nearly everyday. Sadly, I wore it to death. So when I saw this, I knew it was a keeper! This one is even softer, and the colors are so me. It's the Pixley Dali Cardigan.



Hey, I think I'm getting the hang of this selfie thing!

So, just last week I acquired my all time favorite Stitch Fix item, the Mavi Bartlett Crochet Detail Pullover Sweater. The gorgeous color on this, which is like a dark slate grey, really does something for my skin tone. I can't remember ever having anything in this color before and am excited to have a new favorite to wear.


Can you see the pomegranates growing in the background here? Number 2 really loves those.

I wanted to be sure and give you a close up on the crochet detail at the neckline. Also, the texture. The fabric is so unique, and like the Moni blouse it is heavier but breathable. It's mostly cotton, and a little bit nylon (maybe the crochet?) And, no wool, so no itching!


Since I was already playing dress up I thought I'd share this top I picked up from Loft, too. I rarely get out and go shopping anymore but my daughter and I went on a spree for her birthday. I just had to have this top. Wish I had some pictures to show you of number 1 in her choices. I can't believe how grown up she looks. Sigh.

    

I love the neckline on this top; it works perfectly with a scarf my mom bought me last winter! Doesn't it look cute with my Stitch Fix Marson denim trousers?

Oh, and since it's such a rare occasion that I get to blog anymore, here's a recent pic of the little reason I prefer shopping from home :) Blurry, but adorable. Maybe next time I'll use my Stitch Fix selfie stick.


Here are the rest of my reasons.


Want to try Stitch Fix but not into using apps?

Happy Fall Y'all!