Saturday, April 1, 2017

A Stitch Fix Review - April 2017 - Fix #16

It's that time again! Time to take a peek at my latest arrival from Stitch Fix! It has actually been a while since I last received a Fix. I took a small break from Stitch Fix after December to help give my savings account a boost. Well, I am glad to be back today with Fix #16. It did not disappoint.

The Livca Cuffed Crop Skinny by Pistola ($78) is a pretty perfect pair of skinnies. I love the darker denim with discreet distressing, the fit and how comfortable they are. I truly love them! They did come cuffed, but I prefer them uncuffed.
The Ivy Split Neck Print Blouse by 41Hawthorn ($58) is simply beautiful. The style, fit and print are all very pretty, but the colors are absolutely gorgeous. I love it!
The Eileen Honeycomb Texture Knit Top by Pixley ($54) is a lot of fun. I especially like the honeycomb texture. It is so unique. To make this top fit my personal modesty standards, I layered it over a layering tee from Downeast. 
The Benson 3/4 Ruched Sleeve Blazer by 41Hawthorn ($78) is another pretty perfect item! It is such a cute blazer. It is classic, yet modern, which I love. As a bonus, it is so comfortable. I didn't expect that. 
The Ryliee Embroidery Sleeve Knit Top by Skies are Blue ($48) is a simple, casual top. It fits well and is comfortable. I like the unique embroidery on the shoulders. 

Livca Cuffed Crop Skinny by Pistola ($78) -- Kept
Ivy Split Neck Print Blouse by 41Hawthorn ($58) -- Kept
Eileen Honeycomb Texture Knit Top by Pixley ($54) -- Kept (but plan to sell)
Benson 3/4 Ruched Sleeve Blazer by 41Hawthorn ($78) -- Kept
Ryliee Embroidery Sleeve Knit Top by Skies are Blue ($48) -- Kept (but plan to sell)

It's probably easy to tell from my commentary above that I loved the skinnies, floral top and blazer. I had specifically requested skinnies and a blazer. My stylist delivered perfectly on these two items. The floral top was a surprise of the very best kind. I can't wait to wear these three items. It took a bit of deliberating, but I eventually decided to keep, but sell, the honeycomb top and the knit top. I really liked the honeycomb top, but I didn't love it. I must love an item to keep it. When it came to the knit top, I didn't feel a whole lot of love. I didn't even really like it all that much. (Why did I keep two items to sell, rather than simply return them? The cost to keep three items was so close to the cost to keep all five, when the 25% discount was factored in for buying all five. I figured I would take a chance and try to sell the two items. If they sell, my cost for the three items I love is significantly lower. If they don't sell, I'm happy to add them to my closet.)

So, what did you think? I'd love to hear!

Are you interested in Stitch Fix? Here's what it's all about!

Stitch Fix is a service that connects you with a personal stylist. That stylist hand-selects clothing and accessories for you and then ships them to your door.  Fantastic, right?! The process really is quite simple. You simply...
  1. Get started with a personal style quiz. (Tip - Be true to yourself and be detailed. If you have a Pinterest account, connect it to your Stitch Fix account.)
  2. Receive five personalized pieces, delivered to your door. (Tip - Try every piece on. Even those pieces you think you won't like. You never know! I've learned this from experience.)
  3. Keep what you love, send back the rest. (A prepaid envelope is provided!)
It really is that simple! A few other good things to know...
  • Fixes arrive on your schedule.  You can receive packages regularly or at your convenience. (When I began, I opted to have them sent monthly. I recently opted to have them sent bi-monthly. I love that I can change my mind at any time.)
  • There is a $20 styling fee, but that $20 will be applied as a credit toward anything you keep. 
  • If you love everything in your package and decide to keep it all, you get a 25% discount.  
Since I joined Stitch Fix, they've upped their game even more.
  • Stitch Fix now offers shoes! 
  • Stitch Fix now styles men as well! I'm very tempted to order a Fix for my hubby. 
That's it. If you have questions, I'd be happy to answer them. Or you can check out Stitch Fix yourself! They have a great website. They also have an app. I always love a good app!

If you'd like to see more of MY fixes, click here.

So you know, the Stitch Fix links in this post are linked to my personal referral code. I would love for you to use one of them, if you happen to try out Stitch Fix. I would then receive a small amount of credit toward my next Fix. Guess what?! If you sign up, you too will receive a personal referral code and can earn credit as well!

Finally, if you love reading Stitch Fix reviews as much as I do, check out A Stitch Fix Link-Up, hosted by Crazy Together.

2017 MMD Reading Challenge - April Edition

I'm participating in MMD's Reading Challenge this year. (If you don't know what that is, click here and here.) Below are my April picks, plus a few contenders that almost made this month's picks.

READING FOR GROWTH:Stretch yourself in 2017
  • a book of poetry, a play or an essay collection
My pick

Strong contenders
The Importance of Being Earnest
Our Town: A Play in Three Acts (Perennial Classics)

READING FOR FUN: Put the oomph back in your reading life
  • a book you've already read
My pick

Strong contenders
To Kill a Mockingbird
Jane Eyre (Penguin Classics)

What are your April picks?

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Friday, March 31, 2017

What I've Been Reading - March 2017

Welcome to What I've Been Reading, where I share my (quick and personal) thoughts on what I've been reading this past month. For specifics (plot summary, etc.) about each book, click on the provided links.

Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the Endby Atul Gawande (4 stars)
Read this book! It is heartbreaking and a difficult read, (in that it deals with a difficult topic,) but it is such an important read. It lead to a lot of great discussions between me and my husband. I truly believe everyone needs to read this book.

A Fine Gentleman (The Jonquil Brothers #4) by Sarah M. Eden (5 stars)
I love Sarah M. Eden's Regency Romance books. I can't help myself! Her latest release does not disappoint. (Though its cover kind of does!) I've read a lot of authors within this genre and Eden is still, by far, my favorite. If you too love Regency Romance, check out Eden's books. Friends and Foes is the first book in the Jonquil Brothers series and one of my favorite Eden books. (Picture below is linked!)

Homegoing: A novelby Yaa Gyasi (5 stars)
What an amazing debut novel! It has been few weeks since I finished this book and yet I am still thinking about it. The book tells the stories of half-sisters, Effia and Esi, born in Ghana in the 1700's, as well as the stories of their descendants, all seven generations of them. It is beautiful and difficult and inspiring and so much more. I know it is early in the year yet, but if you only read one book this year, read this one.

The Girl You Left Behind: A Novelby Jojo Moyes (3.5 stars)
I feel a little torn in my review of this book. It has two different, but connected storylines. This is where I feel torn. I really enjoyed one storyline, but didn't really enjoy the other. Hence, the 3.5 stars. 4 stars for one storyline. 3 stars for the other. Is it for you? If you like Jojo Moyes, I think you would enjoy it. (MMD Book Club flight book)

A Piece of the World: A Novelby Christina Baker Kline (4 stars)
This book was a surprise "like" for me. It starts a little slow, and, because of this, I found myself struggling to get into it, but quickly gains steam. Close to seventy pages in, I found myself unable to put it down and finished the remaining pages in one sitting. The book is inspired by the life of Christina Olson. She is the real-life woman in Andrew Wyeth's painting, Christina's World. I think if you give this book a try, it might me a surprise "like" for you too. (MMD Book Club pick)

The War That Saved My Lifeby Kimberly Brubaker Bradley (3.5 stars)
This is an excellent companion read to A Piece of the World. I found it to be heartbreaking, but lovely and inspiring. I am strongly encouraging my kids to give this one a try. You should too. (MMD Book Club flight pick)

Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creativeby Austin Kleon (3 stars)
This is a fun, quick read. (It took me less than an hour to read the entire book.) I am not an artist by any means, but I found some good takeaways. If you are an artist of any kind, I definitely recommend it. (MMD Book Club flight pick)

Talking as Fast as I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls (and Everything in Between)by Lauren Graham (5 stars)
I just loved this memoir! I knew I loved Lauren Graham, (Gilmore Girls and Parenthood are among my all-time favorites!) but now I know why I loved, and still do love, her so much. She is wonderful. If you are a fan, you will definitely love her memoir. It is a lot of fun.

Make sure to check out what Modern Mrs Darcy has been reading lately!

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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

2017 MMD Reading Challenge - March Edition

I'm participating in MMD's Reading Challenge this year. (If you don't know what that is, click here and here.) Below are my March picks, plus a few contenders that almost made this month's picks.

READING FOR GROWTH:Stretch yourself in 2017
  • a book that's more than 600 pages
My pick

Strong contender

Alexander Hamiltonby Ron Chernow

READING FOR FUN: Put the oomph back in your reading life
  • a book set somewhere you've never been but would like to visit
My pick
Strong contender

Travels with Charley in Search of Americaby John Steinbeck

What are your March picks?

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