Friday, June 22, 2018

It's Not Easy Being Green...In A Too Small Dress From Stitch Fix: Fix #17


In my 17th Box from Stitch Fix I kept three out of five items:  a Calvin Klein Blouse, Red Jeans from Kut from and the Kloth, and the Lavi Leaf Pendant Necklace in this post.  This green dress was one of the two items I returned.  The main reason?  It didn't fit!  That rarely happens to me with Stitch Fix.  Most of their items fit me like a glove.  But something was off in the sizing of this dress.  It said Medium on the tag, but it fit more like a Small Petite.  It made me wonder if the wrong label was sewn in!


The dress is by 41 Hawthorn and is called "Bogota Dress".  I received another 41 Hawthorn size Medium dress in a previous Fix (shown here), and it fit me perfectly.  So I don't think the sizing error is a result of the brand.  



The dress had some redeeming values:  I loved the pretty Emerald Green color, the length, and the crochet neckline.


The second item I received in this Fix was a Towne and Reese "Lava Leaf Pendant" necklace.  I LOVED this necklace.  The intricate pattern on the leaf was so pretty and I loved the added little stone.


I paired the necklace with a silver and emerald green bracelet (old).


I wanted to bring a second color into this outfit so I didn't look like the Jolly Green Giant so I wore these red wedges from Macy's (No longer available, similar HERE and HERE).


For a handbag, I chose this brown cross body saddle bag to coordinate with the brown strap in the shoes.


The reason I thought this dress was mis-marked and was probably a petite size was because the elastic band came right under my bust instead of my natural waistline.  My husband thought maybe that was just the style, but I'm not so sure.  It was also snug in the bust and difficult to get on and off.  I was lucky I was able to squeeze into it at all for the photo shoot.


So what do you think?  Was I right to send the dress back and keep the necklace?  I'd love to hear from you!



Have a Great Day!  Amy

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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Savannah Churches

This is a continuation of a travel series to Savannah, Georgia.  If you'd like to start at the beginning, go HERE.  The rest of the posts in consecutive order are HERE,  HERE,  HERE, and HERE.

Savannah is known for it's beautiful historic architecture:  homes, government buildings, businesses, and churches.  We saw so many beautiful historic churches during our four day stay in Savannah that I wanted to do a separate post just on these churches alone.

The most famous church in Savannah and one of the top tourist attractions is St. John The Baptist Cathedral.  If you ever get to Savannah, this is a must see!  I have seen many beautiful Catholic churches in America and Europe, but this by far was perhaps the most beautiful ones I have ever seen.  



The church is still used for worship so there is no admission charge to go inside although there is a donation box. We had to wait for an afternoon mass to end before we could go inside.  They do allow photography.

I was so awestruck by the intricate beauty of this church:  the stained glass windows, the intricate moldings, marble columns, and ceiling are all jaw dropping!


 The architectural style of St. John's The Baptist is French Gothic.





 This is the exterior front door to the Cathedral.  I could not believe the size of them.


But St. John The Baptist Cathedral was not the only jaw-dropping church in town.  Every neighborhood had a beautiful church.  All are open to the public but unfortunately we weren't able to go inside any of them other than the Jewish Temple because their visiting hours are limited.  That didn't stop us from enjoying the outside of the buildings Here are some of my favorites:

Wesley Monumental Methodist Church

This is Savannah's first Methodist church established in 1807. The offer tours every Friday at 10:00 a.m.  Unfortunately, we were not in Savannah on a Friday, so we missed the tour.


                            First Congregational United Church of Christ

Established in 1869, I loved this little white church.  It was located in a quiet neighborhood, across the street from Whitefield Square.  I love how the white brick stood out from the blue sky.  Such a beautiful, sweet building.



                              St. John's Episcopal Church

This Episcopalian church was formed in 1841.  The Gothic Revival style building was consecrated in 1853.  An interesting fact about this church is that it has a ship's mast located inside it's only spire.

The church is known for it's beautiful sounding chimes and stained glass windows depicting scenes from the New Testament.


The church is located next to the historic Green Meldrim House.


                                    First Baptist Church

The First Baptist Church is Savannah's oldest standing house of worship.  The congregation was established in 1800 and the first cornerstone of the church was laid in 1831 and the building was completed in 1833.  The architectural style is Greek Revival.  It is located across from one of Savannah's more famous squares:  Chippewa Square.  It was in Chippewa Square where Forrest Gump sat on the "bench".


If you'd like to tour this church, you can call the church office and someone will schedule a tour for you.



                                                 Beth Eden Baptist Church

My husband thought I was nuts because I wanted a picture of this church as it was so insignificant to him in comparison to the other monumental architectural marvels of some of the other Savannah churches.  But there was something about this neo-Gothic style church that drew me in.  Even though it's roof was crumbling in disarray I found it so charming.  I loved it's small size and the red brick.

Formed in 1889, Beth Eden traces it's lines to the First African  Baptist Church, the oldest black church in Savannah.



                                   Lutheran Church of the Ascension

This church combines both Norman and Gothic Styles and was completed in 1879.  The sanctuary has a stunning Ascension window and stained glass windows that shows scenes of the life of Jesus.  There is also a marble alter that shows depicts da 'Vinci's "Last Supper".   It is open Monday - Saturday 9:00 to 2:00.


I loved the color of the facade of this church.  The moldings and octagon shaped steeples were also so interesting.


                          Independent Presbyterian Church

This church was formed in 1755 but the original structure was completely destroyed in a fire.  In 1891 the church was replaced by an exact duplicate.

It is open for tours every Friday from 9:00 to 1:00 pm.


                            


                                
                                            Christ Church

 In 1838, Christ Church was set aside by General James Oglethorpe as the colony's first church.  It's architectural style is Greek Revival.  This is the fourth church built on this site.



Temple Mickve Israel

And finally, there are more than just Christian churches in historic Savannah, there is also a Jewish Temple.  My husband was so excited to visit this temple, but unfortunately they were under construction when we were there.  Although tours were still available at $5.00 a ticket, we did not think it was worth it when there was scaffolding and drop cloths in the sanctuary.  They did allow us to peek in the sanctuary doors and it was breath-taking, scaffolding and all!

The temple also houses a museum and features two of the oldest scrolls of the Torah in North America.


This temple is the only purely Gothic revival synagogue in the United States.  It is the third oldest Jewish congregation in the US and the oldest in the South.  It was founded in 1733 but this building was consecrated in 1841.


Photo Credit

There were so many beautiful, amazing churches in Savannah with a fascinating history but I can't possibly feature them all.  If you love history and you love architecture you will love visiting this city.

Have a Great Day! Amy

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Monday, June 18, 2018

White and Black With A Pop of Gingham: Stitch Fix #17

I received this gorgeous white lace top in my last Fix, Stitch Fix Box #17.  I must admit when I first opened the box and saw the top, I did not think I was going to keep it.  My initial reaction was that it was too old or formal for me.  But yet again, just like in previous Fixes, it was my husband who encouraged me to keep the top.  He thought it would be "really classy with a pair of black pants and heels for a more dressy occasion".  So I took his suggestion and styled the pants with some black skinny ankle pants and black wedges.  Once I saw the photographs, I realized how right he was (Again!) and I kept the top.  I'm starting to think my husband is a better fashion stylist than I am. 🤣  Which is really funny if you met my hubby cause he's a very masculine man who doesn't wear anything but jeans and t-shirts himself.  I think his fashion wisdom comes from years of being my personal photographer.  He just knows what looks good on me!


The top is a Calvin Klein Suit Separate and is called Haesel Lace Detail Bell Sleeve Blouse.


A lot of you have mentioned how much you like the "scarves" I wear in my hair.  They are actually fabric headbands.  It's all the rage right now to tie a scarf in your hair, but I find the fabric headbands so much easier to deal with.  They don't loosen or move throughout the day like a scarf does.  I have probably a dozen different fabric headbands that I picked up for $1 or $2 at Forever 21 on clearance a few years ago.  They were really back in style back then, now they are not, but scarves are.  But no one can seem to tell that I'm not wearing a scarf, but a headband, so what difference does it make?  I love to wear them in the summer to get my hair off my face and neck.


I absolutely love this top for many reasons. First,  I love white.  Why?  It goes with anything!  It's always clean, fresh, and crisp looking.  Second, the front of the top has two really pretty lace panels.  Third, the bell sleeves!  Aren't they pretty?  And, the sleeves aren't too long so they don't get in my way.  And finally, the fluidity and shape of the top:  I love how it is loose, but not too boxy.  The fabric flows and hangs beautifully.


The sleeves just add so much to the beauty of this top.  I don't think this top would be as pretty without these lovely bell sleeves.


Here you can see how beautifully the top flows as it blows in the breeze.


The back of the top has a keyhole opening with a gold button.  It is solid in the back.  Only the front has lace on it.


Here is a close up of the lace panels.  I wore a coordinating earring necklace set by Liz Claiborne (old).


I carried my gingham cross body bag (also by Liz Claiborne, sold-out, similar HERE).  I just bought it this season, but I couldn't find it anymore on-line.  Gingham is so hot, hot, hot right now!  I haven't purchased any gingham clothing yet, but I enjoy bringing the trend in with accessories like this.

I wore three silver bracelets to coordinate with my silver earrings and necklace.


I have worn this top once already:  to church!  It was a cooler day, so it was the perfect time to wear it.  Only this time I styled it with a pair of hot pink sliders to add more color to the outfit.  

This is an Instagram Story Picture.  If I'm leaving the house that day, I always post what I'm currently wearing in my InstaStories.


The shoes look kinda funny in the picture above, so I snagged this picture on-line for you.   They are called Worthington Freemont Women's Mules and are still available at JCPenney.  They come in several different colors, including gingham.  Hmmm, I wonder if I need another pair? 


If you missed Friday's Fashion Post,  I shared another item from this Fix that I kept:  Red Pants!  Check back for future fashion posts every Monday and Friday to see what I kept and what I returned from Stitch Fix #17!

Have  a Great Day!  Amy

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Friday, June 15, 2018

Stitch Fix #17: I Got My Red Pants!

I am so excited to start a new Stitch Fix box review because I got my wish:  a pair of red pants!  If you read my review of my last Fix,  I asked for red pants and received a burnt orange pair of capris instead.  I really wanted a cherry red pair of ankle pants, so I sent them back.  I'm glad I did, because my stylist was able to find the perfect pair for me for my seventeenth Fix.


The pants are by Kut From The Kloth and are called the "Candace Split Hem Skinny Jean".


For photography purposes only,  I styled the pants with an old choker top from a.n.a from JCPenney.  I carried a black Liz Claiborne tote,  and completed the red theme with a red and silver bracelet and red shoes.


The pants fit pretty well.  I was worried that were a hair too big for me (as they are a stretch denim) but hubby didn't think so and didn't want me to request a smaller size.  And after looking at the washing instructions, they most likely will shrink a bit so it's probably good they are a bit loose.


My top went perfect with the pants for the red in the flowers matched the red in the pants very well.


My shoes are new this season.  I bought them at JCP for only $20.00 (plus coupon) but even though they have a chunky heel I find them a bit difficult to walk in.  I think it's because of the heel height.  The red in the shoes was almost an identical match with the red in the pants.  Wearing shoes the same color as my pants elongated my legs.  My husband loves the shoes, and wishes I would wear them more often.  So do I, but I can only wear them on days I know I won't be walking too much.

The shoes are by Worthington and are called Beckwith Women's Heeled Sandals.  They come in many different colors and patterns.




I am absolutely thrilled with my new red pants and I can't wait to wear them!  It's a great color for all seasons!  I'm also anxious to show you the rest of my Fix in my fashion posts to come, because it was a really great Fix:  I kept three things!

Have a Great Day!  Amy

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