Monday, September 24, 2018

Stitch Fix #20: Suede Jacket, Off-The-Shoulder Top, Olive Jeans, and Eggplant Suede Cross Body Bag

I'm so excited to reveal the rest of my Stitch Fix Box #20 today!  Last Friday I shared one of the pieces in the box, a comfortable maxi dress, and today I'm back to share the rest of the items in that box.

In my twentieth box I received a maxi dress, a faux suede coat, an off-the-shoulder top, olive green jeans, and a eggplant cross body bag.  I'm wearing all of the pieces at once in the photo below.   First up:

Pixley Kendari Faux Suede Jacket:  
Status:  Kept!


I was so excited to see this faux suede jacket in my box.  I have a lot of fall/spring coats, but nothing in this color or this fabric.  It is so soft and comfortable;  y'all know how much comfort is important to me, especially with a coat.  I find so many coats uncomfortable to wear:  they always tend to be tight in the upper back or upper arms.  This one feels great!


It is a very lightweight jacket, so I can wear it  indoors like a blazer and not just use it for outerwear.


I really like the contemporary moto style of the jacket.  All the silver zippers and the main off center zipper add a lot of nice detail.


For jewelry, I skipped a necklace, and chose these white statement earrings that I picked up the Younker's Going-Out-Of-Business sale.   I also wore a multi-colored metal bracelet.


Skies Are Blue
Eden Off The Shoulder Blouse
Status:  Kept!


I must admit when I saw there was another off-the-shoulder top in my box, I wasn't thrilled as I own several already.  However, the colors, print, and sleeves sold me on this top.  Did you know you don't have to wear off-the-shoulder tops off-the-shoulder?  That's right!  They work well as a regular blouse too.  So when the weather cools, that is how I will wear this one.  The colors are perfect for fall, don't you think?

I love the bell sleeves in this top.  There is elastic right above the gathering.  The blouse is also lined; it has a solid mustard lining underneath.


Moda Luxe Riva Genuine Suede Cross Body Bag
Status:  Kept!

I'm a sucker for bags, I have quite a large collection.  I love to change my bags for every outfit and occasion, so I was thrilled to see a bag in my Fix.  This bag is both cute and practical.  The color and fabric are perfect for fall, and it's the perfect size for most activities.  It also has plenty of pockets, including a large side pocket.


Lila Ryan Louise Skinny Jean
Status:  Kept

The last item in my Fix was this pair of olive green skinny jeans.  I already own a pair of cropped twill olive pants, plus a pair of olive linen pants, so I debated whether or not I should keep these.  My ultimate decision was that these were more appropriate for winter weather than the other two pair of olive green pants I own.  Plus, I liked the fit better.  My old twill pants are very low rise and have always been uncomfortable to wear because of that.  I even tore and sewed up the belt straps multiple times from constantly tugging the pants up:  so, it was time for a new pair of olive green pants, and a better fitting pair!


I've received a lot of pants from Stitch Fix over the years, and I've always been pleased with the feel and fit with all but one pair.  These are no exception.  They look and feel great, and the fabric seems somewhat coated, giving it a nice, soft sheen.


Olive green is such a great color for fall, and a great alternative to blue or black jeans.  I'm sure I will get a lot of use out of them.


So, I finally had a really great box from Stitch Fix.  I kept everything in my box and received a 25% discount, which ends up always being huge because it's like you got one item for free!

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So what do you think?  Do you think this was a great box?  What were your favorite pieces?  I'd love to hear from you!

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Friday, September 21, 2018

Stitch Fix #20: A Comfortable Maxi Dress For The Summer-to-Fall Transitional Season

I have really exciting new to share with you today:  I KEPT EVERYTHING in my latest Stitch Fix Box #20!!!!!  Yes, finally!  It's been a long time since I've been able to keep everything in my box so I can receive the 25% discount.  Usually there is always one or two things that I don't like, own already, or doesn't fit quite right.  This time, everything was perfect!  My stylist, Kayla, really nailed it!  And what I really loved was how she designed this Fix for the summer-to-fall transitional season. I thought that was very thoughtful of her.

I'm going to show my Stitch Fix Box #20 in two posts.  In this post I will share this gorgeous maxi dress I received and in my next post I will share everything else since it all went together and I was able to wear it in one complete outfit.


I must admit, I peeked at this Fix.  I try not to do that because I like to be surprised, but I couldn't help myself.  I was really disappointed when I saw there was a maxi dress in my box because I own so many already.  However, when I tried it on, it was love at first sight (and feel) and I knew this was not going back.  Ladies, this dress is so soft and comfortable it feels like I'm wearing my nightgown!  I could sleep in this dress!

In the personal note my stylist wrote, she said "As we enter September, I have a Fix filled with transitional pieces to help you navigate the tricky weather of the next several weeks.  Although the temps are still warm in (insert city here), try this breathable-in-rayon maxi dress from French Grey combined with the textured jacket from Market & Spruce to incorporate the styles of fall without over-heating!".  Well, I tried the maxi dress with the jacket she sent me.  I liked that look, and the jacket, but I preferred it with my own denim jacket.


I liked the way the soft light blue of the jacket picked out the soft light blue in the print of the dress.



The dress is a halter style, which is very flattering on a larger bust figure like mine.  It has an elastic  waist.  I would love to try a belt sometime over the elastic portion of the dress too.


The back has a large keyhole opening.


It's the perfect maxi dress for fall when worn with a blazer, cardigan, or jacket because there are no sleeves to bunch up underneath the outerwear.  But I'm really looking forward to wearing it in hot weather next summer for it is very cool and comfortable.


I wore all pearl jewelry to pick out the white in the dress.


Being large busted, I'm always self conscious of showing too much cleavage.  The halter style solves that problem for me!


For shoes, I chose these nude 9 West wedges (old).


The dress is by French Grey and is called "Nichelle Knit Maxi Dress".


Now I know you always are interested in what my husband thinks when it comes to my Stitch Fix box as he always picks out the winners!  He liked everything in my Stitch Fix box too, but this was his FAVORITE piece.  He walked into the room and when he saw me wearing it he said "Wow! You look great!  That dress fits you so well!".  I was surprised by his reaction because he usually doesn't like me in maxi dresses because he likes to see my legs.  It must have been the halter top that sold him!


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Have a Great Day!  Amy

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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Having Fun Locally: Chalkfest!

I am continuing another "Staycation" travel post with a visit to our local university to see the "Chalkfest" art.  My past two "Staycation" posts involved visits to local parks:  "River Prairie Park" and "Irvine Park".

Every year the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire is taken over by artists of all ages creating works of art in chalk.  Visitors can watch the artists as they create their magnificent art.  They can also vote for their favorites.  In addition to chalk art, there is food, music, and chalk-related games.  There is also an area for younger kids to participate in a chalk mural.


I've never been to Chalkfest before,  I saw the pictures of the event after wards on Facebook.  I was looking for something to do with my daughter, son-in-law, and granddaughter and thought this would be a fun, local activity.


We missed the day of the actual event and arrived a few days later.  Even though it rained, and a landscaping tractor ran over some of the designs, we were still able to enjoy the art.  I would however, like to see the chalk art next year, the day it's done, before rain or people ruin it.


Here are some of my favorites.  I took the pictures before I knew which ones won any awards.  I was surprised how many of my favorites were winners.  I must have good taste!  

This one won an "Honorable Mention" and was created by a youth group.



Another youth group winner.  It won an "Honorable Mention" as well.


"Wonder Woman" was voted audience choice.  I can certainly see why!  Such amazing detail!


I just love the vivid color in this one.



 I was surprised to see that this one did not win any awards.  It was one of me and my daughter's personal favorites.  It looked like a painting in person.   So well done.  So beautiful.


So much color and cuteness in this one!


The bird lover in me loved this one!


How fun is this?


 There was more than just "pictures" at the chalk fest.  Many were intricate, geometric designs.  Those seemed really hard to draw to me.  How do the artist's get the dimensions so precise?




This beauty won "Honorable Mention" by an adult individual.


This black and white elephant was amazing to me.  I couldn't believe it was done by a child.  It won Honorable Mention by a youth.


And one for the David Bowie fans!


And the winner I never saw in person so I took this photo from the Chalkfest website.   Is this incredible or what?  I can't believe I missed it in person.  Wow!  It looks so real, it's hard to believe this was made with chalk and not oil paints.  I'm impressed, you?  It won 1st Place and it was created by an adult individual.


Chalkfest is held every year on the Eau Claire campus.  It is open to anyone 12 years of age and older.

So what do you think?  Aren't all these chalk creations amazing?  Which one was your favorite?  I'd love to hear from you.

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