Saturday, December 28, 2013

I have a really good excuse!!

It's been pretty quiet around here for a couple months, but this time I have a good excuse...

It could be that I am just busy taking care of the cutest toddlers you have ever seen. Which is true, but it's not my excuse.

It could be that my husband took a new job this fall and is working 2nd shift, so I am on my own in the evening with said cute toddlers. Which is true, but it's not my excuse.

Today, my excuse is the size of a lemon...

We are expecting Baby #3 in June! (Yes, just #3...not #3 & #4.) I don't remember being overly tired when I was pregnant with the boys, but I have been this time. Possibly the combination of taking care of two toddler plus being pregnant??? Anyway, thought I would let anyone who is still reading know that I am alive and well! 

Hope you had a wonderful Christmas and that your 2014 is filled with much love and happiness!

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Stitch Fix #3

After receiving some referral credit from a friend who signed up for Stitch Fix, I decided it was time to get another Fix!  Here's what I got this time...I'll start with the not-so-great things and work my way towards the better pieces!

Item #1: Toulouse Collared Wrap Dress
Wow! That is one red dress. True red is obviously not a WATER color! While I like the idea of this dress, even if it was a different color, I wouldn't be able to wear it to work (too short) and my boys would probably pull the wrap skirt open all the time too. Status: Returned

Item #2: Elsa Chevron Arrow Bib Necklace
This just wasn't something I see myself wearing. Too shiny and too pointy for my taste. Status: Returned

Item #3: Colibri Solid Tab Sleeve Blouse 

The color of this shirt was great (not quite as bright as it looks here), but the sleeves hit me at an awkward spot.  Status: Returned

Item #4: Breyson Split-Neck Tab-Sleeve Knit Top

First of all, this shirt isn't not ombre, it was solid gray, I am not sure why it looks like it's black on the bottom here, because it doesn't in iPhoto, anyway...I loved this shirt, it was super soft and comfy, yet it had enough details so it wasn't boring, BUT it was $58. And I just couldn't bring myself to spend almost $60 on a glorified long-sleeved t-shirt.  Status: Returned (reluctantly)

Item #5: Abrianna Long-sleeve Knit Cardigan
I LOVE this cardigan! I have a bunch of cardigans, but nothing this color. It's so pretty and soft and I love the long, flowy length. (I was interrupting my boys morning cartoons while taking this picture!) Status: Kept!!

So, that was my Third Fix! You can see my First Fix here and my Second Fix here. If you decide to give Stitch Fix a try, I would love it if you used my Referral Link so I can earn some more credit! Just click on this link to sign up...

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, August 30, 2013

Stitch Fix #2

After leaving a lot of feedback regarding my First Fix, I decided to give Stitch Fix another chance. I tried to be even more specific about the colors that I wanted, and I think my stylist, Addie, did a great job!  

Never heard of Stitch Fix? It's an online personal styling company. You fill out a Style Profile, schedule a Fix for a $20 styling fee, and they send you 5 items.  You try them on, decide what to keep, return the rest in a pre-paid mailer, and apply the $20 styling fee to whatever you decide to keep.

I was anxious to open my box, but when I saw this, I knew I would be able to add something to my closet!

Item #1: Treena Space-Dye Sweater
This wasn't awful, but it just kind of hung there.  For $68, I need a sweater to do a little more for me than that!  I paired it with my new plum skinnies from American Eagle though...they are so soft and comfy! (Ashton just couldn't resist modeling with me!)  Status: Returned

Item #2: Melville Front Pleat Button-Up Blouse 
I wanted to love this, but it just didn't work.  The color is so pretty; I loved the sleeves, but it just didn't give me any shape.  Also, the loops for the buttons were so tight that I had to pull it over my head because I couldn't get the buttons undone and the bottom button was above my belly button, which was just weird to me.  (The necklace I have on was from my first fix!) Status: Returned

Item #3: Ballario Ruched Side Longsleeve Top 
I loved the style of this shirt, but it was made from a sheer meshy material that made me feel itchy (that's another "Water" thing.) I was also worried that it would snag easily, especially with 2 toddlers always climbing around on me and 38 preschoolers I will be in contact with everyday! Status: Returned

Item #4: Batik Dot Scarf
My husband was ready to get back into our air conditioned house, so I just threw this scarf on quick. Anyway, I don't do white, and I am not a polka-dot kind of least not on my clothing, so this was a no.  It was also $48, which is way more than I am willing to spend on a scarf. Status: Returned

 Item #5: Sadie Cowl Neck Jersey Tank
It was getting dark out, so the flash kicked in on the camera, but the color of this tank is fantastic! Once I figured out how to put it is a regular tank with an extra draped layer that is only attached at the shoulders so it looks confusing...I also loved how soft the fabric was and how it fit.  Status: Kept! And I am planning to wear it this weekend while it is still ridiculously hot and humid here in Western Wisconsin!

That was my second much better that the first! Want to try Stitch Fix?  If you decide to do it, I would love it if you signed up through my referral code so I can get a little credit towards my next Fix!

Have a great Labor Day Weekend!

Friday, August 23, 2013

A Backyard Rustic Wedding

Last weekend my brother-in-law and his bride had a gorgeous day for their wedding! I am not sure if I have ever seen a more perfect weather forecast for the whole week! We spent several days leading up to the wedding decorating the yard. It was exciting to watch everything come together.

Rhett and Kylee got engaged in May, so there wasn't a lot of time to plan and prepare.  They decided to get married in my in-laws backyard and went with a somewhat rustic theme...including a lot of burlap, lace and mason jars.  Their colors were gray and yellow - think sunflower yellow.  We had a couple pinterest boards filled with ideas and realized we would need to focus on a few projects that would have the most impact.  This is what we ended up with...

Wooden Signs: We cut out letters with my cricut, pinned them onto pallet boards and spray painted over them.  They took longer to make than I expected, but they turned out great!  Some of the spray paint was shimmery so it didn't photograph well, but you could easily read them in real life.

Some of the signs helped the guests find their way around...

Some of them lined the path to the ceremony and reception...

And this one was carried (or should I say pulled) down the aisle by my boys! (Too cute!)

The Father of the Bride built the arbor and the aisle runner was burlap and we sewed lace onto the ends...I didn't get a close up picture. 

We spent many hours making yarn balls. After a few fails, we found that a mixture of cornstarch, glue and water worked best...and be sure to grease the balloon with vaseline!  For the bigger balls, we used "punching balloons" because they are round, versus the teardrop shape of a regular balloon.

We also used embroidery hoops to make "fabric chandeliers.  Three of them hung in the middle of the tent surrounded by the yarn balls...

And the rest hung in the tree limbs along the path, like this one.

The bar area turned out so cute! The guys built the bar using pallets and it was decorated with bouquets of sticks and burlap roses and embroidery hoops filled with various fabrics.  The windows sitting on the left listed the drinks that were available.

This arch was to the side of the bar.  We saw something similar on pinterest and asked the guys to take a stab at making one too.

There were both regular tables and picnic tables. We tied twine around the ends of the table to hold the table cloths down.  The centerpiece was a tree cookie and 3 mason with sunflowers, one with a candle and one with sticks and rocks.  I wish I would have taken another picture after we flipped the plates over...they were purchased from various thrift stores and the variety of patterns and colors was so fun!

The food was served from the basement of the house so we added a few decorations to the porch.  This old wooden ladder got spruced up with left over decorations from other areas. 

And the other side had a cute lantern and a giant tree cookie. 

They used their picnic basket as a card box. 

 Cow bells to ring for a kiss 

 This was part of the guest book table decor...a stick bouquet on a tree cookie.

There were several garlands (made from lace, burlap and various other fabrics) that were hung is a few areas too.

Such a fun day, well actually it was a fun week! Oh, and I should probably share a family picture from the day! (The boys are at an age were suckers are a necessity if you want them to cooperate for more than 2 minutes!) Quite a good looking group, don't you think!?!

I am planning to write a post about my dress as well. It was a $4 Salvation Army find, the color was perfect for my Element, but it had silly sleeves so I reworked it.

Enjoy the weekend!

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Dyeing an (almost) free shopping spree

As I mentioned in my last post, I am a Water. I went to a workshop held by one of my best friends and learned about the 4 Elements...Air, Water, Fire and Earth...and how knowing which Element you are can help you choose clothing, make-up and jewelry that will look great on you.  It even helps with which hair styles will be best for you!  You leave with a color fan that easily fits in your purse to help you when you are shopping.  You can find out more about the Element's here and here.

Once I knew my Element, it was time to go through my closet.  About half of the clothing I had was still going to work for me.  The majority of the rest would have been perfect for an Air...too bad I don't have a friend that wears the same size that's an Air!  I decided to give away most of the things I wouldn't be wearing anymore, but decided to try dyeing some of the clothes.

I bought Purple, Royal Blue and Navy Blue Liquid Rit Dye and dug through my pile of clothing.  I pulled out several white items to try and decided to toss in a few colored things + blue = purple and purple is a great color for a Water. I ended up with a pile of 10 things, here are a few of them...

Check the labels to make sure they are compatible with the dye and then follow the directions on the bottle of dye.  I needed hot water, salt and the dye.

Start by getting the clothing wet. Then mix up the dye and stir...and stir...and stir... I left all my pieces in for about 30 minutes.

Then drain the water and start rinsing out each piece. 

Once the water runs clear (or almost clear) toss them in the wash.

Here is what I ended up with...

From left to right...v-neck t-shirt originally white, dyed with Navy Blue; swirly long sleeved t-shirt originally bubblegum pink, dyed with Navy Blue; Seuss shirt originally cream, dyed with Royal Blue; swirly cardigan originally cream, dyed with Purple; ruffled collar shirt originally white, dyed with Purple

From left to right...v-neck long sleeved t-shirt originally coral, dyed with Navy Blue; crew neck t-shirt originally white, dyed with Royal Blue; tank top originally robin's egg blue, dyed with Navy Blue.

Just wanted to show you a close up of the Seuss shirt...the screen printing wasn't affected by the dye. So now I can kind of dress in my Element even during Dr. Seuss week at school...not sure if the fish are really in my Element! ;-) 

And here are my last two pieces...the top was originally coral and I dyed it with Navy Blue, and the skirt was originally white and I dyed it with Royal doesn't have such a purple tone in real life.

So that's how I made some of my Air clothing into Water clothing for under $10!  If you have clothing in your closet that you never wear, it might be fun to try dyeing it to see what you end up with!


Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Stitch Fix #1

For the past couple months, I have read several posts about Stitch Fix.  Have you heard of it??  Basically, after filling out your Style Profile, a Stitch Fix Stylist chooses 5 pieces of clothing and jewelry that they think you will love.  Then they mail it to you and you have 3 days to decide which items you want to keep.  There is a $20 styling fee, however, you can apply that fee to any of the items you decide to keep.

Today, my first Fix arrived!  Now, before I show you what I got, you should know that I am a "Water".  I won't go into a lot of detail...wait, who am I kidding, I am a Water and details are practically my life!  So let me of my best friends is a consultant for In Your Element.  When you go to an Element Workshop you learn what colors, patterns, styles, etc... work with your body's natural energy.  As a Water muted colors and colors with gray undertones (think gray, lilac, mauve, etc.)  and flowing, soft styles are great for me.  I tried really hard to convey that while filling out my style profile for Stitch Fix.  They even let you link to a Pinterest board so your stylist can get a better sense of what you like, so I linked up to this board.

So here we go...(Yes, I took this pictures in my boys' room...only place I could get somewhat decent lighting inside.)

Item #1: Paradiso Cowl Neck Short Sleeve Top
The style of this shirt is good, but the color is not!  It totally washes me out.  Also, while the cowl neck is good for a Water, this was almost too drapey for my small frame.  

Item #2: Martine Floral Print Wrap Dress
I specifically stated "No White" in 2 different places on my profile.  I also stated that any prints needed to be high contrast.  The fit of this dress was good, but lower cut and shorter than I prefer.  It was also a clingy material that is not great for my "post-twins-tummy".

Here is the styling card that was included with this dress (there is one for each item, but I didn't take pictures of them all).  At least there was a purple cardigan on the styling card...too bad it wasn't included in my Fix!
Item #3: Bryan Short-Sleeve Open-Front Cardigan 
Another color I specifically stated no  Again, sizing and style are okay, but this color does nothing for me.
I am also wearing the necklace I got in this picture, more on that later...
Item #4: Ivan Bejeweled Neck Tribal Print Tank
The blue color in this tank is awesome...perfect for a Water, however, it is paired with white which ends up washing me out.  The style is great...oval neckline and slightly flowy.

Item #5: Mini Circle Long Necklace
I will be keeping this necklace, it's simple, the perfect length and gives a great oval shape to whatever neckline I am wearing.

While, I definitely don't think the stylist hit it out of the park on this fix (I actually feel like she struck out! I feel like she just looked at my sizes and picked clothing completely disregarding anything on my Pinterest Board.)  It was still a fun experience. And now I get to go leave her feedback on each of these items...hopefully that will make my next Fix better.  (I am also going to request a different stylist next time.)
Want to get a Fix of your own?  If you do, I would love it if you'd use my referral code so I can get a $25 Stitch Fix Credit

And here is proof that dressing in my Element makes a difference.

This aqua colored shirt was washing me out...

...but look at my skin in this purple dress!  
(I promise I have the exact same makeup on and I am not any tanner.)

Thanks for stopping by!

**Stitch Fix has not paid or perked me in anyway. I just wanted to share my experience.**