Friday, November 15, 2019

Eggplant Cardigan From Stitch Fix

Today I have a eggplant cardigan that I received in my November Stitch Fix box.  My Fix arrived three days early this month, which was a real bummer because then I couldn't have my hubby take pictures of me in my Stitch Fix outfits.  I did manage to take a few selfies so I will just do a Stitch Fix Review post next week instead of my usual "one piece at a time" posts.

As you can probably guess because I had pictures taken, I ended up keeping this sweater.  I really liked the color, the style of knit, and the slanted pockets.  I wore the cardigan to church with this little skirt that is also from Stitch Fix, but very old.  See other ways I styled this skirt HERE, HERE, and HERE.

I also wore jewelry that are also Stitch Fix pieces.  The earrings I received two boxes ago, and the double bar necklace I received in my November box.

I was thrilled to see this necklace in my Fix.  I liked the simplicity of it for more casual outfits (or for balancing  more fancy outfits).  I have a lot of really nice, or fancy jewelry, so it's nice to have a more simple necklace to wear with casual outfits.  The necklace is by Jill Michael and is called "Elliot Pre-Layered Bar Necklace".

I bought a new pair of black boots when I was in Illinois last month.  My old black boots were worn out so I really needed a new pair.  I was thrilled to see these at Ross for only$25.00.  The slouchy style is really trending now.

This is the outfit without the infinity scarf.  I like it better WITH the scarf.  Which look do you prefer?  With the scarf or without?

The name of the sweater is RD Style "Montoya Open Cardigan".  It has a nice length in back so I should be able to wear it with leggings.  The front of the top is curved.

And here is a close up of this slanted pockets I told you about.  Aren't they fun?

Boots:  Ross, check your local store, otherwise similar HERE and HERE.  Eggplant Cardigan, Stitch Fix, not available, similar HERE. Grey Plaid Skirt, Stitch Fix, not available, similar HERE,  and Jill Michael Bar Necklace, HERE, 

Have A Great Day!  Amy

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Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Our Utah Adventure, Zion National Park, Day Two: The Watchman Trail

This is a continuation of a travel series to Utah.  To start at the beginning, go  HERE.  The rest of the posts in chronological order are HERE,  HEREHEREHERE, and HERE!

Believe it or not,  on the same day that we conquered the challenging Narrows trail, we also went out again at dusk to hike The Watchman Trail.  I felt it though, and for the first time in my life, I was a little concerned about my health.  Even though we didn't start the hike until around 4:30 it was still around 100 degrees and the sun was very intense.  I was about half way up this trail when my heart was beating so hard and rapidly I could feel it through my chest.  I never felt that way before and it was quite scary.  We stopped to rest under the tiniest amount of shade we could find and we waited till my heart resumed to a normal rhythm before continuing on.  After that, I felt fine.  I have no idea what that was about.  It could have been the heat, the altitude, or maybe it was just too much for my body to do another challenging hike after just doing The Narrows earlier that day.

But the scare was really worth it because the views of this trail are incredible.  We made it to the top before the sun set, so we got to watch the sun setting behind the town of Springdale below.  A lot of hikers were climbing up to see the sun set as we were coming down.  We kept telling them they missed it.  If you want to watch the sun set, you have to climb up while the sun is still up or you will never make it.

The Zion Hiking Guide actually recommends hiking this trail to see a stunning sun rise.  But then you would have to hike the trail in the dark, and I don't know if I would do that as there are lots of steep drops that might be hard to see in the dark.  I'd be sure to take a flashlight!  They also recommend hiking this trail before 10:00 am in the summer due to the heat and elevation gain.

The trail is 3.3 miles round trip, and takes about 1.5 to 2 hours to complete.  It is described as a "moderate" trail for difficulty.  It only has a 368 foot elevation gain, but because the trail is so short, it's very steep.  We saw a lot of people struggling going up this trail, including myself!

The trail has picturesque views of the town of Springdale, the West Temple,  Mt. Kinesava,  the Towers of the Virgin, and lower Zion Canyon.

The picture below gives you an example of the type of trail this is.  It's a rugged gravel trail that switches back and forth along a mountain.  There are no guard rails, but even though I'm afraid of heights, I was never nervous on this trail as I felt I could hike a good distance from the edge.

The trail is called The Watchman Trail because it stops at a viewpoint of "The Watchman";  a red spire rising to an elevation of 6545 feet.

At the very top of the trail is a little "Loop".  Be sure to hike this loop to get a 360 view of everything from this height.

This trail has a lot of greenery, pines, shrubs, and of course Zion's famous prickly flowering cactus!

After I returned home I read a lot of reviews from other hikers about this trail.  Many complained about the lack of shade and how hard it was too hike in the heat of the day.  I'm pretty sure now it was the sun that did me in.  But if we wanted to make it to the top before the sun set we had to start the hike at 4:30.  We planned on doing a different hike the next morning, so we couldn't do it at dawn.

Even though it was a little difficult to get up to the top with the heat and sun, the views were sure worth it.  And getting back down was a piece of cake!

This photo shows the town of Springdale below.

The views climbing up this trail are just as spectacular as the views from on top because you get to look at the rock formations up above you.

Here is a close up view of the type of trail it is.  It's a sandy trail with lots of rocks poking out, so watch your step!

And here is a sun set picture.  This is why you have to start this trail early if you want to catch the sun set, because the rock formation is pretty tall, and once the sun sets behind it, it's gone!  And it happens pretty quickly too!

Next week I will finish my posts to Zion National Park with another high trail and a scenic drive.  Then, it's on to Bryce Canyon after that!

Have a Great Day!  Amy

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Tuesday, November 12, 2019

A Thanksgiving Card For A Little Girl

The past couple of weeks I've been showing the fall/Thanksgiving cards I made for my kids.  I showed adult cards the first two weeks, now I'm moving on to the cards I made for my beautiful grandchildren.  This week I have a card I made for a little girl, my granddaughter, Alethea.

My image is an old MFT stamp.  I colored her in with Copic markers using all fall colors.  I made her a blond because Alethea is a blond.  Then I added some pretty leaf crystals because I knew Alethea would like that.

The sentiment was stamped directly on the main image panel then I adhered the panel to an orange card base.

Alethea was so cute when she got her card.  After she opened and looked at it, she immediately knew to put it on top of the bookshelf where it would stay safe but she could still see it.  Mom has her trained well. :)

Have a Great Day!  Amy

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Monday, November 11, 2019

Feeling The Blues

Now before some of you might assume I'm depressed based on the title of this post,  fear not,  I'm not feeling blue,  I'm "Feeling The Blues" in this outfit of many shades of blues!  

If you recognize this sweater, it's because I just showed it on Friday's "What I Wore" post,  only in that post I wore the sweater with blue leggings and here I am wearing it with a vest and jeans.

I'm normally not a fan of stripes, but I do love this sweater.  The stripes are minimal enough not to annoy me too much.   The length is perfect to wear with leggings, and the oatmeal color with blue stripes goes with anything.  And did I mention it is super comfy and comes in several different colors too?  I put a direct link to this sweater at the end of the post.

For footwear I chose these taupe booties. 

Since the outfit was so casual,  I went for blue statement earrings to amp the look up a little.

My new handbag from my October Stitch Fix box was the perfect accessory with this outfit.

Sweater:  JCPenney,  Blue Vest,  old, similar: HERE,  Pull on Jeans by Liverpool, Stitch Fix, similar: HERE,  Neutral Cross Body Bag, Stitch Fix, similar:  HERE,   Wedge Booties, old, similar: HERE, Blue Statement Earrings, old, similar:  HERE.

Have A Great Day!  Amy

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Friday, November 8, 2019

What I Wore In October

It is the end of one month and the start of a new month, so it's time for a monthly "What I Wore" post.  These posts are just a quick review of what I wore in real life.  Most of the time I just snap a picture of myself before I walk out the door, but sometimes someone is around to do it for me.  I'm continuously amazed at how popular these posts are.  I get more hits out of these posts than a more formal fashion shoot.  Who knew women would want to see selfies in front of a mirror of everyday looks?

This is an outfit I wore for a day of errands;  the typical shopping and lunch with hubby kind of day.  

The coat is a new olive windbreaker I picked up at TJMaxx.  Everything else I'm wearing is old.  The pants are blue stretch cords from Stitch Fix that I apparently got a lot of use out of this month as they are in a lot of the pictures!

This plaid dress (JCP, old), red tights, and brown boots I wore to church.

This outfit you might have seen in a fashion post titled "Blue and Gold" that I featured earlier last month.  I wore it again when I was in Illinois visiting the kids and grand kids last week.  We went to a an animal rescue center.  It was such a beautiful place, hopefully when I'm done with my Utah Travel Series I can do a post on this special place.

I do love this gold cardigan I bought years ago.  It's such a great color for fall and it's so cozy.  I get compliments every time I wear it.  It's nice to buy a piece that has such longevity.

If you caught Monday's "Grandma & Me" post you would have seen this outfit.  I wore this to a farm in Illinois.  The top is new from TJMaxx, everything else is old.  I'm wearing the same blue stretch cords from Stitch Fix I have on in the first picture.  I love these pants!  They are so comfy.

This is an outfit I wore running errands when the weather was still warm.  I did put a jean jacket over it though.  The top is from Stitch Fix and everything else I'm wearing is very old.

I wore this NEW SWEATER shopping with my daughter and grand kids.  I just love this sweater from JCPenney.  It's nice and long so I wore it with blue leggings.

And finally, an outfit I wore both to church and on a fall hike with my hubby.  You may have seen this one too as I did a full fashion post on it.  I have those same stretch blue cords from Stitch Fix on.  See, I told you I wear them a lot!

Have A Great Day!  Amy

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Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Our Utah Adventure: Zion National Park, Day 2, Riverside Walk

This is a continuation of a travel series to Utah.  To start at the beginning, go  HERE.  The rest of the posts in chronological order are HERE,  HEREHERE, and HERE!

In last week's travel post I shared all about our incredible experience of hiking one of the most unique trails in the world:  The Narrows.  In that post, I mentioned that you have to take another trail just to get to The Narrows,  it is called Riverside Walk.  Riverside Walk is a MUST whether you take the more challenging Narrows hike or not.  It's an easy, wheelchair accessible, family friendly 2 mile round trip trip trail with incredible views of the Virgin River and surrounding canyon walls, but most importantly the incredible hanging gardens or "Weeping Walls".

The paved trail is located at the very end of the shuttle system, stop #9, at the Temple of Sinawava.  There are multiple spots where you can get off the trail and get your feet wet to explore the river, as you will see in many of the photos.

Even though we were on this trail to access The Narrows, we really took our time exploring.  It was just so beautiful, every turn provoked a new "AWE!" out of our mouths.

I loved this huge boulder hanging over the trails path.  And look at those gorgeous rock walls that were built for this trail.

There are times when the water views are very shallow and calm and other times where there are a bit of rapids and small falls.

Water always brings animals, so we saw plenty of mule deer on this trail!

Because this is a popular trail, there are plenty of squirrels begging visitors for food.  And they really know how to beg too!  We had one adorable squirrel run right up to my son's shoes, stand on his hind legs, then hold out his paws.  It just broke my heart it was so cute.  But we didn't feed him because it's against park rules.

Besides the river and canyon walls, Riverside Walk is famous for its "Weeping Walls".  The walls are continuously  moist due to a constant water flow from the canyons above resulting in incredible, lush plants growing right on the wall!

Every time I see the picture below I think I'm in a scene from "Jurassic Park", but I felt my whole Zion National Park experience was like a scene from that movie.

Here are a few close ups so you can see how lush and beautiful these plants are.  It felt like I was in a tropical rain forest at times.

This Moonflower plant grows everywhere in Zion.  It blooms at dusk and then closes in the heat of the day.  We were up bright and early this day, so it was still open!

If you aren't up to hiking The Narrows, please take this hike at least.  It comes to an end when the canyon is so narrow that there are no banks of land left for a trail.  At that point, you turn around and head back the same direction you came.  You can also spend some time watching people getting into the river to hike The Narrows and see how well they balance on the slippery rocks and handle the frigid water.  You could even get your feet wet yourselves and see how well your balance is.

Have A Great Day!  Amy

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