Friday, October 19, 2018

Stitch Fix #21: Striped Cardigan

I recently received this horizontal striped cardigan in my last Stitch Fix box,  Fix #21.  It is a very subdued stripe, which I like.  If I'm going to wear stripes, especially horizontal ones, I prefer them to be more subtle.  I know stripes are every fashion blogger's best friend, but I really don't like them.  They use to say "Horizontal stripes make you look larger", now they say they do not.  I disagree, I think they do.  How can something that stretches horizontally straight across your body not make your body look wider?  I think "they" are just lying to us to sell more clothes. ha ha!

In addition to the subtlety of the stripes, which I liked, I also liked how thin the sweater is.  It is a very thin knit, not a chunky knit.  Chunky knits, like horizontal stripes, add a lot of extra weight to the upper body.  I also like how comfortably a thinner knit fits under a winter coat than a chunky knit.

However, despite liking  two aspects of this sweater (the subtle stripes and the thin knit) I did ultimately send this cardigan back.  I just don't think horizontal stripes, of any kind, subtle or not, looks good on me and I also was not fond of the dull, drab color.  I have since asked my stylist to send me more color in future fixes:  like burgundies, burnt oranges, mustard yellows, olive greens, purples...anything but brown, black or grey!

If you're interested in this sweater and you would like to request it from your stylist, it is by Leo and Nicole and is called Jaelynn Cotton Blend Ribbed Open Cardigan.  I am wearing a size Medium.

I styled my cardigan with a black tank from C.J. Banks that has a fun grommet neckline (old).  I chose to carry a burgundy bag (JCP, old) to bring a spot of color into this outfit.

For shoes, I went with these brown suede wedge booties from JCP (old) to coordinate with the brown tones in the sweater.

So what do you think?  Do you like this sweater?  Would you have kept it?  I'd love to hear from you!

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Have A Great Day!  Amy

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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Hiking In Devil's Lake State Park, Wisconsin

My husband and I recently met up with our kids at Devil's Lake State Park for a weekend get-together.   Devil's Lake is a good halfway distance for both of us, and it is such a pretty park to hike, especially in the fall.

On this day, we hiked two trails:  the West Bluff Trail and the Tumbling Rock Trail.  First I'll show you the West Bluff Trail.

The West Bluff Trail is a medium effort trail that is 1.5 miles long.  If you start on the south end, like we did, it is quite a long steep climb up, but once your at the top, the trail is level for quite some distance and you enjoy gorgeous views like this till it's time to head back down.

Devil's Lake State Park is known for it's gorgeous bluffs which surround Devil's Lake.  This is such a beautiful lake.  You can rent boats at the park to take out onto the lake.  There is also a nice swimming beach.

There are several beautiful look out spots on the West Bluff Trail where you can see for miles!

It was a cold, cloudy, dreary day on the day we were there, but it did little to damper our spirits.  We enjoyed just being together again and loved being out in nature.

The foliage on the trees was not vibrant yet, my guess is they were only 25% color.  That was disappointing, but it was still pretty!

The picture below shows the swimming beach.  The large pavilion is where you can rent boats.  They also have a nice restaurant, gift shop, and a great coffee bar!  It was wonderful to be able to get a hot vanilla latte after a long hike on a chilly day.  I said to my husband "This is the only Wisconsin state park where one can buy a great vanilla latte!".

These are my beautiful children, Ashley and Jordan.

And this is my handsome son-in-law Jason with our granddaughter Alethea.  She was such a good girl!  She rode on daddy's back half the day with little complaining.  She even fell asleep once!  She preferred me to always hike in front of them so she could see me.  She kept leaning over, peeking over Jason's back and saying "Hi!" to me.  She's such a cutie!

 We took advantage of the beautiful scenery to take lots of family photos!

The West Bluff Trail is a one-way trail.  The best way to get back is to take the Tumbling Rocks Trail.  This is a easy, level, .8 mile asphalt trail that winds through large quartzite boulders along the lake shore.  It's one of my favorite trails because the boulders are just amazing and I love the gorgeous lake views. 

We did stop on this trail and rest awhile and fueled up on some healthy snacks.

As I said earlier, the boulders on this trail is amazing.  It is such a fascinating trail.  They definitely gave it the right name, for all these boulders "tumbled" down the hill and came to a sudden stop.  They then created a trail through the boulders.  It's such a surreal feeling hiking this trail, you feel surrounded by rock.  It's fun to climb the rocks too.

After we finished this trail, we enjoyed a picnic lunch on the beach.  We were planning on going on the East Bluff trail next, but we weren't sure Alethea was up to hanging out on dad's back for a few more hours.  Plus, it got colder and we all thought some time spent in a hot tub was a good idea;  so, we headed to Wisconsin Dells for our hotel instead!  But, more on that next week!

Have A Great Day!  Amy

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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

A Colorful Blessings Friendship Card

I have another Colorful Blessings card to share with you today.  This one is a friendship card with cute little owls.

 To make this card no stamping was involved.  I used a card front from the Colorful Blessings set available on Amazon.  All I had to do was color it  and adhere it to a piece of white card stock to frame it, then I attached it to a coral card base.

I colored the image with Kaiser Gel Pens.

Have a Great Day!  Amy

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Monday, October 15, 2018

Stitch Fix #21: Tie Neck Peasant Top

Yea,  I am back with a fashion post!   For those that didn't notice me missing, my DSLR broke and I had to send it to the manufacturer for repairs.  They did a great job, and it is working perfectly now.  It was still under warranty, so the only cost I had to pay for was shipping and insurance one way.  I got my camera back just in time for a weekend getaway to the Wisconsin Dells with the kids;  which I will share on Wednesday's travel post.  

For my very first fashion post since my hiatus, I am excited to share the first item from my 21st Stitch Fix Box:  this unique and pretty top.  As I write this post, I'm still deciding what to keep and what to send back.  This top is a definite keeper and was my absolute favorite piece in the Fix.  The rest, I'm still thinking about.  

The top is by Skies Are Blue and is called "Finnie Tie Neck Peasant Top".  I am wearing a size Medium.

I can't even begin to tell you how much I love this top!  It is so unique!  It reminds me of something I'd find abroad on vacation.  I'd never find a top like this in any stores in my neck of the woods, and that's one of the main reasons I do Stitch Fix:  to find items unavailable in my local mall.

I really like the fit and cut.  It's loose in the waist with a peplum bottom.  It has cute belle sleeves.  I love the print above the flare in the sleeves.

I chose the mustard yellow bag (old) because I thought it went with the gold in the top.  But for whatever reason, the purse photographed a lighter yellow.  I wore this dull gold bracelet to again bring out the gold in the top.

In addition to the pretty print, the top also has burgundy embroidery down the front and a tie neck line.

The colors in this top are so pretty for fall.  I think it will look really pretty in winter with a cardigan too.

For shoes I went with my burgundy suede booties from DSW (old, but still available HERE).

There's so many different colors in this top, I could have worn it with several different bottoms, but ultimately I decided to go with these medium blue skinny jeans from Charlotte Russe (old).

 So what do you think?  Do you love this top as much as I do?  I'd love to hear from you!

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Have A Great Day!  Amy

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Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Having Fun Locally: The Eau Claire River Walk and Alethea's First Visit To A Mall Play Area

This week's travel post is the last post in my "Having Fun Locally" series.  I've spent the past few weeks sharing some of the things I did with my daughter, son-in-law, and grand baby when they were visiting me for two weeks during the summer.  I hope they encouraged you all to take advantage of all the fun places and activities you have where you live.

I've shared the Eau Claire River Walk and their amazing downtown development and renovations many times on this blog, and I really wanted my daughter to see it.  She spent a lot of time in downtown Eau Claire during her teenage years as she performed at the Eau Claire Children's Theatre and took lessons and participated at other events at the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire.  She was blown away at how much everything had changed, and how beautiful the downtown area was now.

 We enjoyed a picnic lunch on a bench on the river walk, and then we let Alethea run around for awhile.  She loved the area with the span of green lawn and she was so fascinated by the large boulders.  The circular area of bricks, reminded me of the scene in the Wizard of Oz when Dorothy first starts following the yellow brick road.

This is a natural amphitheater area on the river walk that is used for presentations, but a lot of hipsters like to picnic here when they're on lunch break.

Eau Claire is a old lumber city so it is built around a river.  There are several real cool vintage bridges  left over from that period in history that are still standing.  Most are used only as walking bridges today.  I think they add such a cool vibe to the city:  a mix of old and new.

I didn't take a whole lot of pictures this day as we were running late on time, but I did a very extensive post on the Eau Claire River Walk last year if you want to check it out HERE.

The reason we were short on time this day is because I had a car appointment.  I didn't want Alethea to get bored as I waited for them to fix my car, so I dropped Ashley and Alethea off at our local mall so she could play in the play area.  Alethea's mom isn't much of a shopper, so Alethea had never been to a indoor play area before.  At first, she was a little intimidated, but once she grew comfortable, she had a blast.  She was so excited when I returned from the car repair shop because she wanted to show me how she could go down the slide.

What a little doll she was!  She had so much fun at this play area.  I will have to remember to bring her back here to play this fall/winter.

Well, that concludes my "Having Fun Locally" travel series.  Next week, I'll begin my fall foliage travel series.  Last weekend we met up with our children at Devil's Lake State Park and went hiking.  We then spent the evening at a small water park hotel, and the following morning walked around downtown Wisconsin Dells.  It was so wonderful seeing the kids and Alethea again.  It was cold, and a little rainy, but we still had fun!

Have a Great Day!  Amy

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Tuesday, October 9, 2018

God's Blessings Handmade Card

 I have another "Colorful Blessings" card to share.  I can't even begin to tell you how much I have enjoyed making these cards.  The card fronts are as enjoyable to color as coloring in an adult coloring book...but better, because I can give my card to someone else to enjoy when I'm done.  I usually color my card fronts while watching TV and make the card later.  And if you have no idea what I'm talking about, check out these posts here and here.

Some of the images in the card front collection are easier to color than others.  This one I really struggled with because most of the image is water and what color do I color the fish?  I decided to go with various shades of blue for the water, and to keep more with a monochromatic theme, I went with purples and reds for the fish.

I really wanted the sentiment to pop out from the busyness of the card, so I actually cut it out using a circle die from Spellbinder's Nestabilities and then popped it up on dimensionals.

I used a corner rounder to round the edges of the main image panel and the white panel behind it.  I felt rounding the corners echoed the round image.

Before I go I want to apologize for not having any fashion posts this week.  My DSLR was in the shop for repairs.  We tried taking pictures with my IPhone, but I didn't think they were blog worthy, so I just decided to skip it for this week.  I do have a new Stitch Fix box coming this weekend, and I got my camera back, so expect me to be back on a regular blog schedule next Monday.

Have a Great Day!  Amy

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