Monday, October 22, 2018

Stitch Fix 21: Black Floral Top

This week I'm continuing on with my review of my 21st box from Stitch Fix with this pretty black floral top.  I have already shown you two pieces from this Fix on Monday and Friday's fashion posts.  

I must admit I really liked this top and I had a hard time deciding whether to keep it or send it back.  I loved the fit/cut and the print.  This top could be dressed up or down.  I could easily dress it up with a skirt or dress pants, but for this fashion post I decided to dress it down with light denim skinny jeans (old, Charlotte Russe) and a burgundy faux leather jacket (old, CJBanks similar HERE).

I decided to pull out the little bit of mustard yellow in the top by carrying a mustard yellow bag (old).  For shoes, I went with black booties (old, Liz Claiborne) to bring down the black color of the top to the rest of the outfit.

The top has tab sleeves and a split neckline.  I did wear a black tank top underneath the blouse for modesty reasons.

For jewelry, I went with a burnished gold bracelet and brown/gold earrings.

If your interested in requesting this top from your stylist, it is by Daniel Rainn and is called "Koda Split Neck Blouse".  I am wearing a size Medium.

The top has a nice length.  It is also longer in back than it is in front.

As much as I loved this top, I did send it back.  My husband thought it was just OK, and y'all know his opinion matters a lot when it comes to deciding what to keep and what to send back. 😊 But I also sent it back because I truly did not need it.  I already own three dark floral tops and I could not justify keeping another one.

So what do you think?  Did I make the right decision to send this top back?  I'd love to hear from you.

On Friday, I will finish my review of my 21st box from Stitch Fix with the last two pieces I received in this box.  I will also do a summary review of the entire box in that post.

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Have a Great Day!  Amy

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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!

If you've never tried Stitch Fix before and want to give it a try, use my Referral Code to get $25.00 off your first Fix!

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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