Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Dot, dot, dotty dot

I was so excited to find this polka dot top at the thrift store last week.  Polka dots are one of my favorites and I don't have very many polka dotted things!  I decided to add some red accents to this look because nautical themes seem to be popular this spring and also, I'm craving color!

Seriously, I'm really getting over neutrals.  I am so tired of dark hues.  I need more color in my life.  It probably doesn't help that it is going to snow again today.  Sigh.  The winter that never ends marches on.

Blouse - Merona, thrifted
Pants - Athleta, from sister in law
Necklace and shoes - Clothes Mentor
Earrings - swap with CC 

Beyond that, it hasn't been a terribly exciting week in my world.  The weather hasn't been great so no walks outside and all of three of us are missing that.  Sounds like better weather heading our way for the weekend though, just in time for Easter!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

This is the story all about how my life got flipped, turned upside down....

Today I'm going to share a little secret.  You all know I absolutely love being a mama - I love my boy more than anything and I can't imagine life without him.  You know I seriously would stay home with him in a heartbeat if I could.  He is my joy and my light.  He has filled a hole in my world I didn't even know existed until he came along.  But guess what?  When I found out I was having him....I went through some kind of dark stuff.

It was a year ago this week that we found out we were pregnant.  And I was so caught off guard even though we'd pretty much been "not trying, but not not trying" for an entire year at that point.  I knew it was always a possibility and in fact, that was kind of the idea, we did eventually want to have a baby.  I was even thinking that being that it had been over a year, if things didn't happen by sometime last summer that we'd start stepping up our efforts.  But I was still totally shaken when it finally happened.  I'm not proud of what happened when the stick turned pink.  I had a nervous breakdown.  I was not like those moms you see on TV who jump up and down and scream and get all excited.  It was just such a HUGE change to take on and it just hit me like a ton of bricks.  I settled into a bit of a depression for a good couple of weeks for sure.  Bless the Pants Monkey - he was so amazing, he got me through it and I don't know what I would have done without him.  I think it was also hard during those first couple of weeks because we didn't want to tell anyone until we knew exactly how far along we were and the doctor wouldn't even see me until the first week of May.  So, we were sitting on this secret and it was huge and it was hard for me - I didn't even tell my mom and I tell her EVERYTHING.  Thankfully, I never had any awful physical symptoms that many woman experience in early pregnancy.  No sickness.  Some tiredness sure, but that was about it.  But emotionally I was just a wreck.

Now obviously I did finally turn a corner.  Pretty much the first time we had a sonogram I felt my heart swell and I started to fall in love with this little bean.  I came out of my fog and started embracing where my life was going.  And then when we were finally able to share our news with people that helped a ton too - everyone was supportive and excited and it only helped fuel my excitement as well.  And then at the end of May we had a scare - the doctor couldn't find the heartbeat at our routine checkup and sent us to get an urgent ultrasound, but we had to go to a different clinic and then had to wait about 15 minutes after we got there.  That was the longest hour of my life, I realized I wanted this little baby so much and it would have killed me to have lost it. And of course as soon as the tech put the wand on my belly, he was right there, no problems at all.  From there on out I knew I was truly a mom - I would do anything to protect this little life and I fell in love pretty hard.

I share this story only because I want other woman to know that it's ok to not be over the moon with excitement when you're expecting - even when you're planning it.  I hope that you can find comfort in the fact that it did get better for me!  I won't say it's been all sunshine and roses since then - I had a dream pregnancy aside from the GD - but I did have GD which wasn't fun.  Parenthood is amazing - but it also has many, many challenges too.  No matter what though - I wouldn't change a thing about my life at all.  This is who I was meant to be.  I was meant to be Oliver's Mom - and I love everything about it!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Back to basics

So today I'm not linking up with any challenges.  No Pinned It Spinned It.  No Inspiration Monday.  I've been putting almost too much pressure on myself on some of these things lately - while I like having inspiration on days that I'm feeling a bit stuck in my wardrobe and in a fashion funk - right now it's almost too much the other direction - and I don't want to be stuck in "I have to find the perfect look to recreate this look" mode. Some days I just want to go for ease and just be me.  I might not always be the most fashionable on my own, but I do the best I can!

I got this shirt from my cousin - it's so very simple it's hardly special - but it has nice jewel detail and makes it so I don't have to wear a necklace.  And I like it with the shoes I got from her as well.

Shirt - Ann Taylor, from cousin
Sweater - American Rag
Pants - Sonoma, thrifted
Shoes - Calvin Klein, from cousin 

I was just seriously stressing out last night about what to wear today that would fit the pinned look from the challenge and I realized, it's not worth getting all crazed.  I think from here on out I'll feel a bit better with giving myself permission to just blog what I feel like blogging. If I want to use inspiration ideas from link ups, challenges and what not I will, but if not, that's ok too. I still have plenty of pinned looks on my own Pinterest board that I want to try, so now I can look at those more again.  And hopefully I'll get back to blogging other aspects of my life as well besides fashion - that was my goal for this year after all for the blog.  Simplify.

And on we go.

Friday, April 11, 2014


Two outfits for the price of one today!  I am giving you today and tomorrow's pins for the Pinned It Spinned It challenge.  Today's is cutie Taylor Swift in a striped top and red skirt.  I don't have a red skirt, but I have red pants!

I just picked this top up at the Goodwill.  I stopped in after getting off of work early one day this week because darn it, the Goodwill just happens to be on the way to my parents house from work, so I popped in before picking up Ollie.  I found a few nice spring tops and a pair of jeans, so that was nice.  I know it's going to sound like "oh my diamond shoes are too tight and my wallet is too small for my 50's" but I've lost a lot of weight and am down even from my pre-pregnancy weight thanks to the nursing, but it means none of my clothes fit.  I'm slowly working on that because I don't want to feel so frumpy!

I decided to add a blazer to this look yesterday because while it was still very nice out, it wasn't as warm as it was on Wednesday, so I wanted to have an extra layer.

Denim blazer - American Eagle
Striped top - Kensie, thrifted
Pants - Old Navy
Shoes - Calvin Klein, from cousin
Necklace - Clothes Mentor

Since it's casual Friday, I decided to do the pin for Saturday/Sunday for the Pinned It Spinned It challenge today.  I love being able to wear jeans on Fridays!  I love the color combo in this fun pin - of course I love anything peach/orange/coral!  This sweater I also picked up from the Goodwill fits the bill nicely!

Sweater - H&M, thrifted
Tank top - Old Navy
Jeans - Express, thrifted
Shoes - Qupid, DSW
Bag - Lulu's
Necklace - Lia Sophia

My goal is to keep the weight I've lost off even after I no longer have to nurse Oliver.  Now I hope to nurse him until at least his first birthday, but I'm starting to put things in place to keep my healthy weight before that time.  I'm picking up running again, I'm joining a mom's running group that starts up at the end of the month, so I'm looking forward to that!  My sweet sister-in-law gave me some shoes that weren't working for her too, so I'm giving those bad boys a try this weekend as long as the weather holds!  My mom is also coming over to help me organize and cull my closet a bit.  I need to figure out what fits, what doesn't and cut things loose that don't work anymore.  I do that every spring anyway, but it's especially needed now!

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and that you're enjoying spring weather wherever you are!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Spring has sprung

It was a glorious 70+ degrees here in Minnesota yesterday.  So nice to finally have some spring weather! Yesterday's Pinned It Spinned It was a perfect look for a spring day - happy, bright colors!

I flip flopped my top and bottoms from the pin and chose my favorite pink pencil skirt because it was a perfect day to wear a skirt!  I had been meaning to pair this skirt and sweater together for a long time because of a different pin I have on my Pinterest, so I'm glad I finally did, I like how it turned out!

Sweater - New York and Co, consignment
Tank top - Old Navy
Skirt - two birds vintage via b. (a resale shop)
Shoes - Xhilaration, from Lori
Necklace - S&D

We took the baby on a nice long walk last night because it was so beautiful.  He must have loved the fresh air because he fell asleep on the walk, woke up long enough to be fed and changed for bed and then went to bed and slept the best he's slept in days.  We've been dealing with the four month sleep regression, so sleep has been rough lately - he still didn't sleep through the night, but he was only up once as opposed to the three and four times he had been waking.  I am a happy mama today!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Stitch Fix Review

So, I have a confession to make - I splurged on something pretty big recently.  I'm still a thrifter at heart and always will be and I most definitely still need to watch my money given things like my new car, new washer and dryer and things of that nature - but I budgeted myself appropriately to give Stitch Fix a spin because I've been reading so much about it and seeing it out on other blogs that I was dying to give it a try.

If you're not familiar with it - Stitch Fix is a subscription service - you pay a $20 styling fee and then once a month (or less if you want - you set the terms) you receive a box of hand picked clothing and accessory items.  You fill out a style profile when you sign up and you can even submit things like Pinterest inspiration boards to assist your personal stylist in finding you items.  Now again - I love to shop, I love going to thrift stores, consignment stores and the mall - but my time is limited with Oliver these days and I loved the idea of having someone pick out goodies for me to send in the mail like it was my birthday.  You get three days to try on your items, select what you want or don't want and then send back the items you don't want (at no extra shipping cost to you).  You can keep all of it or none of it - your $20 styling fee takes $20 off your purchase and if you choose to keep everything in the box you get 25% off your entire order. If you send everything back, you are just out your $20 styling fee.  The pieces are spendy - but in my first box alone I recognized some pretty high end brand names.  Again, I figured it just didn't hurt to try it as the styling fee by itself isn't that bad.  So, let's take a look at my first "Fix".

The box is very nice - everything is packed nicely in tissue paper.

Your stylist includes a personal note to you introducing your box and what's inside.  I had noted in my style profile that I'm a new mom who is nursing and am needing to wear tops that allow easy access - I appreciated that she took that into consideration, it was a nice personal touch.

There's a price chart for all of your items that also tells you the total cost if you purchase the whole box with the discount and minus your styling fee.  Then there is a style card that shows all of the items in your box and styling ideas for each item.

So, here are all the items I tried and my thoughts on each.  I did selfies on my iPhone - not the greatest quality pictures but hopefully you'll get the idea.

1. 41Hawthorn Natasha Hawthorn Front Pocket Sleeveless Blouse in Fuchsia - $54.00
I love the color of this top - I love that it has button details and a lower cut neckline - it's silky and airy and would be great for summer.  Sadly, the sizing just didn't feel quite right, I'm in an odd point where I'm kind of between sizes right now after losing the baby weight.  In the end the flowy feel of this top just made me feel frumpy.  Final verdict - Returned

2. Mavi Kalie Denim Jacket - $98.00
I really do like this jacket a lot - you can't go wrong with a denim jacket, the fit is great, it has awesome stretch and movement in it - but I already have three denim jackets at home that I love and the price point on this one was way too much for me to justify having another one.  Final verdict: Returned

3. Kut From the Kloth Sinclaire Floral Print Button-Up Blouse - $58.00
I love everything about this blouse!  The colors are delightful for spring, it's nursing friendly, it fits well and it just felt like "Me" from the moment I put it on.  The price is pretty high, but I decided to splurge on this one.  Final verdict: Kept.

4. Kensie Jeans Kaleigh Ankle Biter Skinny Jean $88.00
I wanted to love these jeans - but they are clearly too big for me.  I don't blame my stylist - again, I'm at an odd point on sizes.  I loved the stretch in these - and they would definitely be comfy, but I feel that they should be tighter than this.  Not to mention - mom + baby + white jeans = potential disaster.
Final Verdict: Returned

5. Bella Boutique Pippa Swarovski Crystal and Vermeil Necklace - $32.00
I was excited when I saw a necklace was included - and for something with Swarovski Crystal in it I felt this would be very affordable - but sadly it was SO delicate it ended up super tangled up in shipping and no matter what I tried I couldn't even get it untangled enough to try on.  I'm not much on super dainty jewelry like this either - I'm more of a statement necklace girl.  Final Verdict: Returned

The entire box totals in at $330 (eek!) but with the 25% discount would be $232.50 - still a bit steep but then again, that could have been my shopping for the next couple of months and I would delay my next fix to make it more affordable.  But since I didn't keep the entire box, I don't have to worry about that.  My $58.00 blouse comes in at $38 after the styling fee.  Not too bad.  

It really was fun to try everything on - I did go ahead and schedule another fix for next month - you can give feedback on each item and they'll tweak things for you for next time.  I don't know that I'll do this forever, but it was definitely a fun treat for this month!  We'll see what they come up with next month!

If you're interested in trying out Stitch Fix, you can use my referral link here.  I receive a $25 credit if you do, but otherwise I am not compensated for this review in any other way.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Inspiration Monday on a Tuesday

Since I didn't have an idea for an outfit for the Pinned It Spinned It challenge for today, I thought I'd swing back and hit up the Inspiration Monday look for the week from two birds instead!  I saw this cute striped dress from January Jones and knew I had several options in my closet that would work!

I just love black and white stripes.  I realized this weekend I have a few striped items!  Anyway, I pulled together kind of a double stripe thing with a dress and a jacket - and leggings because while it's warming up here in MN, it's chilly in the mornings some days!  It's a good thing I did too, my office was an ice box when I got to work today!  I also am wearing a pair of the shoes I got from my cousin.

Jacket - F21, two birds garage sale
Dress - swap
Leggings - Simply Vera, Kohls
Shoes - Michael Kors, from cousin
Necklace - gift from friend 

Seeing January Jones up there reminds that Mad Men is starting up again.  We're a few seasons behind, but have found that Amazon streaming has some of the seasons we need to catch up on, so I think we'll be doing that soon since one of our other shows (Shameless) just finished it's season.  I love Amazon streaming, it really helps with binge watching tv shows and you can stop and pause and restart if you need to which we've done a couple of nights if Ollie wakes up and needs us.  It's worth my Prime membership, I'll say that much!

For other Inspiration Monday looks, visit two birds over here.