Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Spring wishes

It's rainy and sad again here in Minnesota and it has me dreaming of a warm, sunny vacation.  In about a month we'll be taking Oliver on his first trip to St. Louis, Missouri to visit the Pants Monkey's Grandma.  I sought out some inspiration from Polyvore for a few items that might be nice for traveling.  A fun yellow cardi, some cute and comfy sandals, boyfriend jeans and an adorable, yet practical tote bag would be nice to have!

Spring wishes

I see this as being a comfy outfit for sight seeing or even for sitting in the car for long stretches - it's a 12 hour trip to St. Louis from Minneapolis - might even be longer with Oliver on board, it will be interesting, that's for sure!

What would your travel/getaway outfit necessities be?  And any mamas out there who would like to share their road trip tips for me?  He'll be around six months old by the time we go.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014


Apparently I should declare it "Stripes Week" on the blog.  Striped skirt yesterday and today.  Here's a secret though - this outfit is weeks old!  I took this outfit picture awhile back and never posted it.  And I'm going to be in a lovely training session at work first thing in the morning, so I figured, heck, let's share an old outfit and pre-post for today!  I had an army vest on my wish list for awhile and snagged this one from Old Navy online a few weeks back on sale.  Online shopping is my BFF right now.

Vest - Old Navy
Shirt - Charter Club, Macy's
Skirt - Mossimo, Target
Shoes - Rampage via DSW 

I had seen this outfit idea on Pinterest so I think I had meant to do this for a "Pinned it and Did It" Thursday post but then our gracious host for those link ups decided to pull back from blogging, so again, I never ended up sharing this.  So far this is the only way I've styled this vest, but I have some other ideas, so I should probably do so soon before it gets too warm to wear it.  The way the weather is right now though that might not be something to worry about so much!

Monday, April 28, 2014

Inspiration Monday - Weekend adventures

Hello everyone!  I hope you all had a pleasant weekend.  We did even if it half of it was super soggy and rainy!  I am linking up for Inspiration Monday with two birds today for the first time in awhile!  I love this ensemble from Reese Witherspoon here.  When does she not look good, seriously?

My look is a bit more subdued - I went for work appropriate and warmth since it's still rainy and cold out today.  I should be wearing those pink shoes from Friday again - but let me tell you, by the end of the day on Friday I was dying.  I think those shoes will be relegated to date night shoes only!  I decided to pull pink into this look instead with this fun striped skirt I found at the thrift store.

Jacket - White House, Black Market, consignment
Tank top - Liz Lange nursing, Target
Skirt - thrifted
Leggings - Target
Shoes - from cousin
Necklace - Stella and Dot 

As I said, we did have a nice weekend.  We went to a birthday party for my friend's son - he's the first of the little batch of babies around Ollie's age to turn one.  It was the first time we brought Ollie out to a gathering with other kids around his age like that.  It was fun though.  We took a picture of Ollie, Zac the birthday boy and our other friend's son Ben who is kind of between them in age.  Oliver is almost as big as the eight month old and one year old though - makes me wonder what he'll look like by age one!  Anyway, the mamas were my sorority sisters in college, so it's fun now to be raising kids side by side!

Oliver (almost 5 months), Ben (8 months), Zac (1 year)

Saturday evening we had the Pants Monkey's parents babysit Ollie and we went to have a game night and bonfire with some friends.  The bonfire sadly was short lived as the rain started as we just barely got it lit. We retreated inside and spent some time laughing over Cards Against Humanity.  It's a dangerous game to play with this particular group sometimes, but it's always good for a laugh.

Sunday the rain continued and we were super lazy and it felt really good!  Ollie took some great naps.  As tempting as it was to join him, I was industrious instead and got a bunch of laundry done and baked some cookies.  I haven't been able to do much baking since returning to work from maternity leave, so it was nice to do that!  I got in a nice workout as well and then we had our favorite BBQ food for dinner after the baby went to bed and watched some episodes of The West Wing.  I just love weekends like this!

Sadly this rain is going to last all week.  I am hoping it wraps up by Friday because we have tickets to the Twins game - I have yet to go to Target Field, so I am looking forward to it, but only if the weather cooperates!  

That's the story from here for now!  For more Inspiration Monday outfits, head on over to two birds over here.

Friday, April 25, 2014

High Five for Friday!

I'm joining up for a High Five For Friday link up today - I haven't ever done it before but have seen many other bloggers doing it - five favorite things of the week!  What a better day to close out the week right?

1. These shoes.  I got them from my cousin - they are way fun.  Totally impractical for work, but I don't care, I sit at my desk all day anyway so at least I'm not on my feet!

2. Birthday Cake and Cookie Dough Flavored Oreos - holy cow.  I'm a huge Oreo fan and I didn't think I'd like Nabisco messing with the classic flavor but OMG, I cannot stop eating them.  I thought the Cookie Dough ones were all done too as they were limited edition but then my grocery store happened to have a few more left on the shelf.  It's baaaaad.  But I love them.

3. Bath and Body Works new French Lavender and Honey Scent and also their new Violet Lily (Sky) scent.  Such nice light fragrances for spring!
Sweater - Derek Heart, thrifted
Shirt and shoes - from cousin
Jeans - Old Navy

4. Sunshine today after rain and clouds most of the week.  Might even be able to take Oliver for a walk after work today!

5. 93.9 The River - so yeah, I live in Minnesota and this is a radio station out of Detroit - but I found it randomly on the internet and have been streaming it periodically, it is a nice mix of music for my taste right now.  I'm a little tired of the blend here in Minneapolis at the moment, I wish we had a station like this!  They play the 90's stuff of my youth, some indie and just a touch of top 40 and I kind of dig that!

Linking up with Lauren Elizabeth for High Five for Friday and the fabulous Renae of Simple Sequins for Fashion Item Friday for my shoes!  Be sure to check out their blogs too!  And have a great weekend!

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Bird is the word

Thanks to all for their kind words on my rant post yesterday.  I appreciate it more than you can know! Moving on, color week continues!  I have yet to wear something neutral this week!  Today I decided to pull out my fun bird shirt again, this just might be my new favorite thing ever.  I am such a sucker for birds!

Nothing like some fun bright colors to brighten up a gray, rainy day.  But hey, at least it's not snow!  And April showers bring May flowers right?

Shirt - Gap via Court's Crazy Closet on Instagram
Sweater - Mossimo, Target
Leggings - Simply Vera, Kohls
Shoes - from cousin
Necklace - swap with CC
Bag - Merona, Target 

Speaking of birds, there is a very persistent robin attempting to build her nest in the light fixture by my parents back door.  This has always been a problem for them, but in the past a paper bag would do the trick to keep the birds away.  This year they got a slightly different light fixture and the smart birds have managed to knock the bag down.  When I went to see Ollie at lunch yesterday there was a ton of stuff in the light. My mom knocked it all down. When I picked him up at the end of the day, there was a ton more again.  So, it sounds like now they're going to try a balloon.  I feel for that mama bird, but she'd be pretty unhappy I think if she did get her nest built and eggs laid right there - lots of activity in and out of that door!

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

A mommy rant

All right, this post is going to be a little bit of a mommy rant.  Cause it's my blog and I'll rant if I want to.  I'm not ranting about my child at all - no, he is an innocent little bystander.  Instead I want to rant a little about other people for a minute.

Kind of along the same lines of how there are some questions you should never ask a pregnant woman, there are also questions I think should be banned from asking new parents.  The one that's bugging me the most right now would be, "Is he sleeping through the night yet?"

While I believe my son is not as bad as some, the answer to that is a big fat no.  The four month sleep regression hit us hard this month, but even before that he was still getting up once or twice to feed at night.  I think we're working back to that point, because it had been up to four times for awhile here and thankfully that hasn't been the norm now the last week or so.  While many babies at his age are capable of sleeping through the night and are physically able to go that long without a feed, other babies actually still wake up at night up to six months, nine months, even up to a year.  And I've accepted that my child must be one of the ones who just need the extra mommy love at night right now - but it is so frustrating getting that same "is he sleeping" question over and over again. Especially first thing in the morning when you haven't even had your coffee yet.   Thank you ever so much for reminding me that no, I'm not getting a full night's sleep right now!

So then I find myself turning to the dreaded mommy boards and parent advice boards and all the other resources on the Internet and start feeling like I'm doing everything wrong.  And even my own pediatrician - yes the one who also happens to be my uncle - is telling us we need to try and discourage the night feeding or he'll get too dependent on it.  Between that and the information overload, I started feeling super stressed out.

Then I had a good talk with the Pants Monkey and he reminded me that humans have walked this Earth for many years and most all of them figured out how to sleep eventually.  My child will not go to college still needing to nurse on me to get to sleep.  If he stays up all night at that point it'll be because of studying - or let's face it, maybe even partying - but not because he physically cannot sleep without his mommy's milk!

I also read some blog posts about parents dealing with the same sleep issues - and I realized that the babies who sleep all night right now at his age really aren't the norm.  I'm happy for those who have wonderful sleepers, but my little guy is pretty average and that gives me comfort.  It's ok for us to just go one day at a time and keep on what works for us.  We have a good established bedtime routine, so I feel the other things will fall into place when they're meant to.  And I know that once he does start sleeping better - I will likely look back on this time and miss those midnight cuddles.

So really, to those who keep asking me if he's sleeping through the night, I can feel pretty confident in saying "he's not right now, but I'm soaking up the mommy/baby time while I have it" instead of getting frustrated by the question.  I'm not doing anything wrong - I'm doing what works and by doing that it means I'm doing everything right.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Happy colors

I'm making good on my promise to wear something colorful all week!  Today I pulled out one of my favorite maxi dresses and my favorite new sweater and wore them together.  Both are Target items - bought two years apart! Anyway, it's going to be kind of the last nice day this week, so a skirt was a necessity.  And I've said it time and again, maxi dresses should be outlawed for how comfy they are, but I'm glad they're not!

I also had to share the fun new skirt I got for my Thirty One Skirt Purse - my Thirty One enabler consultant had a mystery host party and I snagged a few things to try and get my house more organized again, but I had to get this skirt too because come on, mint/aqua with peach flowers?  Yep.  All my favorite colors.  Had to have it.

Dress - Merona, Target
Sweater - Mossimo, Target
Purse - Thirty One Gifts Skirt Purse
Necklace - Camy Couture via giveaway

These colors are just making me smile. It's just been such a long dull winter, I need some brightness in my life!!

Monday, April 21, 2014

Weekend roundup

Hey everyone!  I'm just back from a three day weekend!  I ended up with Friday off for the Easter holiday which was awesome.  I spent a nice day with my little guy, we walked around the mall and had some fun playtime.  Then Friday night we had Mr. Monkey's parents babysit and we went to a beer benefit some friends were hosting in support of the March of Dimes.  It was nice to be out with adults!

Saturday I ran a 5k with my sister-in-law!  First 5k I've done in over two years and first time out seriously running since Oliver was born.  I wish I had been able to do a little more training before hand, but I'm proud to say I managed to run almost the entire way with just a few walk breaks and I finished in around 40 minutes, so I was pleased!  The race was the "Hot Chocolate 5k" so we got free chocolate goodies when we were done - um, yes I'll run three miles for chocolate!

The rest of Saturday was very quiet and relaxing, we took Ollie out for lunch and to get the Pants Monkey a haircut and then just vegged at home for a bit.  Watched a movie and had leftover night for dinner.

Sunday was Oliver's first Easter.  We gave him a basket of goodies - two new books and two new elephant toys.  He seems to be fascinated by elephants.  I sang at church in the morning with our music group.  I wore a really fun skirt/sweater combo that I was all set to share on the blog today - but then I had an embarrassing moment with the communion wine and I now have a stain on both the shirt and the skirt.  I rarely take the wine because I'm kind of a germ freak, but on special holidays like Christmas and Easter I will - I'm kind of regretting that decision now!

After church we went to a brunch with Mr. Monkey's family.  It was a buffet - I'm not crazy about buffets but there were a few decent things to eat - some amazing fresh fruit.  Oliver did really well - he gets overwhelmed in large crowds and has had some strange anxiety as of late, but he warmed up to people pretty well after awhile.  After brunch we brought him home to nap for a bit and then we finished out our day with dessert with my parents.  

Back to the grind today, my sister-in-law gave me this pretty sweater that wasn't working for her, so I decided today would be a good day to wear it - it's warmish outside - not as warm as yesterday, but still pretty nice.  And I've been just craving color lately.  It's my goal to wear something colorful every day of this week!

Sweater - The Limited, from SIL
Pants - Alfani, Macy's 
Sandals - Merona, Target
Necklace - S&D

Lookie - bare feet!  It's so awesome having nice enough weather to wear sandals again!  But of course, as I always say at this time of year - I need a pedicure now!  The last one I had was the week before Oliver was born, so I'm very much overdue for another one!!  I'm just so happy that spring seems to be here!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Hipster cat/copy cat

I saw this sweater at Target recently and I fell in love - it's a cat in glasses.  What's not to love?  Then Sara has the same sweater and posted it earlier this week - no surprise since she and I seem to have a lot of nerd type things in common - and she called it Hipster Cat.  I would have to agree!  It is kind of Hipster like!

And of course because it's the winter that will never quit, it's cold outside and we're not even going to talk about the fresh white stuff on the ground - so I added a blazer so I wouldn't freeze my behind off.  I kind of want to try layering this sweater over a long sleeve button shirt too, but I didn't have a good option for that this morning.

Sweater - Target
Leggings - Simply Vera, Kohls
Blazer - two birds vintage, b (a resale shop)
Buttonflower - MMD
Boots - Target 

For fun, I thought I'd share an old picture in "Throwback Thursday" style.  I used to have glasses.  I had Lasik about three months before I started this blog, so most of you have never seen me with glasses.  I will admit I do miss them sometimes - they were pretty cute - but seeing things like the clock in the middle of the night or not dealing with them fogging up in cold weather is pretty much worth it!

Hipster Bethie, circa early 2011

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!

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