Thursday, May 19, 2016

Stitch Fix #2

I wasn't expecting my next Stitch Fix box until Friday at the earliest. So, it was a nice surprise to come home yesterday and find it waiting for me on the kitchen table.

I like to think of my first Stitch Fix box as a 'getting to know you' box. The stylist are trying to figure me out so I opened it with that in mind. The styling of my first box wasn't spot on, and that's ok. I provided as much feedback as I could in hopes that this next box would be tweaked. And I wasn't disappointed. I can tell that this box has been styled to try and match my taste.

Item #1 - BC Footwear Dash Slip-on Sandal ($60) - {return}

These slip-on sandals aren't really my style. I found them to be a little clunky on my feet. Someone else might love them, they would go with many things. Very easy to just throw on but looks a little more put together than flip flops. But they just aren't for me.

Item #2 - Kut From the Kloth Hadleigh Wide Leg Denim Trouser ($80)

I mentioned that I was on the hunt for the perfect pair of trouser jeans. So my stylist (who is different than the stylist from my last box) sent me these. The fit is spot on (I'm not sure how they are doing that), but the length I'm not sure about. These are petite and I can't decide if they are too short with heels/wedges (see top photos) because they are slightly too long to wear with ballet flats (see bottom photos). What do y'all think? Would I be ok wearing them with my wedges? They don't look too short do they? If I couldn't wear them with my wedges then I would have to get them hemmed up slightly so I could wear them with ballet flats.

I need your advise!! Help a sister out!

Item #3 - Fun2Fun Katniss Crochet Yoke Top ($44) - {return}

I love the pattern of this shirt. The crochet detail at top is different and unique. I'd probably keep it, but the bottom hem of this shirt was a little tight around my hips and booty. So the style is right, but the fit was just a little off.

Item #4 Pixley Edolie Mixed Material Top ($54)

I like this top a lot. It's more casual than the other tops in this box, which is fine with me. It's comfortable. I like that it has contrasting sides. I know it's hard to see in the photo, but it has a little bit of a hi-low hem, the back hem is longer than the front hem. I could dress this up or down.

Item #5 Daniel Rainn Sheera Split Neck Knit Top ($58)

Another cute top that could easily be dressed up or down. It's not as casual as the top above and it's less of a "tank top" style, so I could probably get away with wearing this blouse to work.

I really loved that all the tops in this box were easy to throw on and go, but they all had really great pattern and color to them. The shoes were another miss, but that's ok. I'm really torn about the pants. They make me look skinny, so there is that, I'm just unsure of the length. I have a day or two to think it over before I decide. Tell me what y'all think of this box. What should I keep?!

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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

The red headed man with a witch for a wife

As we've been watching the Outlander series on Starz, Jeremy has found himself connected with the character of Murtagh. He is no nonsense, extremely loyal, has a robust disdain for all things froofy, and he likes to settle minor disagreements with a good punch in the face. Jeremy says, 'If only all disagreements can be settled that way. One punch and done.'

So, I updated my Facebook status with "Jeremy's spirit animal" and shared this photo:

And shortly after I received this text from him:

{insert a bunch of heart-eye emojis here} *swoon*

 Someone has been memorizing the '10 tips for husbands if your wife is obsessed with Outlander'

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Vacation Revelations

We recently went to Florida for a family vacation with my mom and sister. My mom turned 60 and what she wanted to do was go to the beach. So, that is what we did.

We had a great time visiting my aunt and the beach was great. I didn't have a concern in the world about wearing my bikini while we were there. I didn't obsess over who might be looking at me, what they might be thinking about me. I didn't feel self-conscious at all...until I saw the pictures.

Photo-bombed by my bat arm
I'm really glad that I was able to enjoy myself in the moment. But..I'm not happy with where I let myself backslide to. If you're a new reader you might not know that a few years ago I lost 60 lbs. At my heaviest (known) weight I was 211. I've done very well at maintaining, for the most part, but I have found over the last year that the weight is creeping back on.

Near my heaviest weight
Near my lowest weight
My current weight
I've put on about 20 lbs from my lowest weight. And it's not like I didn't know it was happening. The scale doesn't lie. But I was turning a blind eye to it, putting on the back burner. Until yesterday..for the first time since I lost all the weight I couldn't wear a top because my arms were too big.

Talk about eye-opener. As I sit here, if I listen to my body, it's telling me it's not happy. I'm not comfortable, just sitting here.

So something must be done. And it will start with re-evaluating what I'm eating and how much of it I'm eating. I wish I could say with confidence that this will be easy...since I've done it before...but I'm not so sure that will be the case.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

All the beautiful words!

Let's talk about the Outlander series, shall we?

Many, many years ago...I was introduced to the Outlander series by a coworker who was listening to them on tape (yes, tape!). At work, this series started a conga line of woman impatiently waiting for one coworker to hurry up and finish listening so it could be passed down to the next person on the list.

It starts off as a story about a woman, Claire, who travels back in time through magical stones in Scotland and ends up married to a very dashing Scotsman named Jamie. I know it sounds a little out there and really like your typical romance story. But it is just way more than that.

When I found out that they were doing a TV series on the books, I was beside myself with excitement. I know fans had been asking for a movie for a really long time. I am so glad that they decided to take it to TV instead of a movie. There is just NO WAY that they could have done this series justice in a movie (or even a handful of movies). And I have to say that so far, the show is doing an amazing job of bringing the story to life. Jeremy has been watching it with me and even he is held captive by the twists and turns of the story.

So, I decided to re-read the books...or I guess read the books for the first time since I listened to them the first time. We are up to eight books in the series...with the possibility of more. I sounds kind of crazy, right? Who on earth could keep a story going for more than eight books? We'll see if George R.R. Martin strings us along that long.

I managed to wrangle one of my aunts into reading the books (she has read them all twice now). I have another aunt who I just loaned the DVD's for Season One of the show. AND a third aunt has now ordered the books as well. Plus a cousin who is also watching the show after I introduced her to it. I'm starting my own mini-fan club.

My mom keeps saying its because of the sex. And while there is sex...and I do read many, many, many romance novels that do revolve a lot around the sex...these books are so much more than the typical romance novel. I don't think I could have kept myself interested for eight books if it was just about the sex.

No, this series really has everything. It is an epic story which spans over a lifetime for the main characters and many of the secondary characters as well. This story has you in several different countries, during several different wars, during a couple of different time periods.

But through out the different plot lines and side stories, it always comes back to Jamie and Claire and their love for one another. It is a love story, to its very core.

I'm getting ready to start reading the books again. Jeremy was like "Again?! But you just finished!" Yeah, and?! They are just that good.

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Happy Mother's Day

Mothers are the gardeners of the human race. ~Anna A. Rogers

My Mom is a pretty good gardener. I know she probably doesn't think so (what mother ever thinks they are doing a good enough job?). But she watered us and nurtured us, made sure we were growing in the right direction, made sure we got enough sun to help us bloom.

I just hope she is proud of her garden.


Thursday, May 5, 2016

A song in our hearts

Those who wish to sing always find a song.  ~Proverb

This is my favorite photo from our recent family vacation. It isn't perfectly posed. None of us are even looking at the camera. It's a candid shot of us singing some random song and dancing on the beach. But it captured how we are together. Always singing and dancing.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Sunday Funday V.1

First order of business, waking up. Can I get through one cup of coffee before someone needs me?

This stinker had an upset stomach all day long. She finally rested and had some dinner. She isn't allowed to do that again for at least another ten days.

I had to get my claws done before vacation. Can't go to the beach with ratchet toes.

Jeremy did a lot of manly things today. Even got on the roof. 

We are counting down to the new season of Game of Thrones! Mantra for this season: "Must not love any of the characters". Will you be watching?