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15 Year Later

I wasn’t in New York that day and I didn’t lose a loved one, thank God. I wasn’t part of the recovery efforts at Ground Zero. I will not know how it feels to have been in the city that day 15 year ago. But I have a memory from that day that I will never forget.

The story starts the week before. I was working for a software company in Portsmouth, NH. We offered payment solutions to companies large and small for both payroll and accounts payable. This was back when electronic payments and remittance was still new technology.

I was on the phone with one of my clients, Keenan. He worked for Fiduciary Trust and his office was in the south tower at the World Trade Center. We were in the process of updating their software to the latest and greatest. As part of the upgrade process I needed the files on the computer that ran our software. He told me he would load the files on CD (remember, this was 2001) and Fed Ex it to me.

That week I was also making plans for one of my co-workers to handle a training for me at a client location near Washington, DC. I wasn’t able to make the trip so he was going to do it for me. We bundled up everything he needed and made plans to do a debrief after the training was over.

On the morning of the 11th I had a meeting with my manager. I went into her office, which she shared, and the two of them were listening intently to something coming over the radio. There had been an accident at the World Trade Center. A plane had “accidentally” flown into one of the towers. I left their office and went to tell a co-worker what was happening. I can clearly remember thinking something was wrong. How could that have happened? We learned shortly thereafter that it was no accident.

We immediately put a call into our travel desk. Which employees were in New York, who was in Washington? My heart sank as I realized Tim was near Washington, covering one of my accounts. The reality started to set in with how many clients we had in those towers: Cantor Fitzgerald, Marsh & McLellan…Fiduciary Trust.

We got in touch with Tim and he was safe. He arranged to keep his rental car and drove home from Washington. Thank goodness.

We were sent home for the day since no one knew if this was all over or there was more to come. Loved ones knew I traveled often for work and I reassured them all I was safe and sound.

I got to work the next morning and received a call from someone in one of the Florida offices of Fiduciary Trust. They needed our help to get their system up and running so they could begin cutting checks for families. We started going through files to figure out what we had that could be used to piece together a replica of their actual system.

As I was going through files, a Fed Ex package was dropped at my desk. I looked at the return address and it was from Fiduciary Trust, in the south tower of the World Trade Center. I opened it and there was the CD containing every file I needed to rebuild their system and a note from Keenan. Keenan had mailed it to me on the 10th. I was shaking as I walked it into my manager’s office. We called the contact in Florida and let them know what we had in our hands. It was everything we needed to replicate their system. It was almost too much to process.

The next day, I was trying to go about my day when the phone rang. The number was a New York number. I answered and all I heard was “Jen, it’s Keenan. I missed my bus.” He missed his bus that Tuesday morning. He missed his bus and was late to work. We both started to cry. He asked if I got the CD and I told him yes. We didn’t say much more than that, he told me he would be in touch and we hung up the phone.

I finally got a chance to meet Keenan in person two months later when I visited their temporary office in New York. We didn’t say much about what had happened just weeks earlier. We just went about our business, trying to make the interaction as normal as possible.

Every September 11th I think about Keenan (and Tim) and that phone conversation we had on September 13th. I will never forget.

 

 

 

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The joy of housework and errands

Today I did something that I haven’t done, by myself, in months. I picked up the dry cleaning, did the grocery shopping, put away the groceries and did the laundry. Most people would not find joy in these tasks but today I did. You see, I haven’t been able to do these things since last fall. I haven’t talked about it openly but I have felt terrible, really terrible, since November. I had widespread pain in all my muscles and joints. I was tired all of the time but couldn’t sleep. Foods I loved all of my life tasted funny to me. I was gaining weight for no apparent reason. I felt foggy all of the time. I couldn’t remember details of conversations or recall memories. It was a nightmare.

There were many, many doctors appointments and many, many tests (CT-scans, ultrasounds and MRIs). We kept being told that there was nothing specific in my blood work that indicated what was wrong. My doctors said time and time again we had to be patient and see if something showed up in the blood work so they could figure out how to treat whatever it was I was experiencing. We did know I had inflammation due to my elevated SED rate and a non-specific auto-immune issue but that was it.

Over the last 6 months I ended up in the emergency room twice. One time for extreme pain in my lower abdomen. The other because I was unable to get out of bed one Sunday morning because the pain in my lower back was so intense. Each time I was prescribed anti-inflammatories and muscle relaxers but no real answers. To top it all off, in the middle of all of this an old injury in my shoulder flared up and I had extremely limited range of motion in my right arm. I started physical therapy twice a week for my back and for my shoulder.

We were now at a point that I was not able to do anything by myself. I had difficulty going up and down the stairs in our house, I couldn’t drive, I couldn’t cook or do anything around the house, and going to the office was just too much for me.

On March 17th we finally got an answer. It was the day of my physical and my regular doctor was on leave so another doctor was covering for her. I sat down to talk with the doctor about everything that was going on. She began looking through my records and test results. As she went through the records she suddenly stopped and asked me “Has anyone talked to you about your abnormal thyroid results?” I let her know I had my thyroid tested early on and had one abnormal test but when I was retested I was told my results were now showing normal. It was said that there must have been an issue with the first test. She looked again at that “abnormal” result and the result of the three subsequent tests I was given. She looked at me and said “I am not sure why you were told your results are normal. They are not normal. We are going to retest you right now.” I went to the lab, a place I had been a dozen times before, and had my thyroid tested again. I got the call on Friday morning that I was still in the abnormal range and would be put on medication stating the next day to treat hypothyroidism.

Every symptom I had been complaining of since the fall was a symptom of hypothyroidism. Every.one. We were hopeful this was the answer but knew that we would need to wait and see…something we had become very good at.

I didn’t feel any different the first couple weeks and then something changed. Three weeks after starting the medication the pain started to subside! I was sleeping through the night. I was able to work three days in the office, in a row! I was able to make the bed and cook dinner. That hadn’t happened since the fall.

This past week we took a family trip to Disney and I was able to walk around the park, stand in line and ride the rides. A month ago we didn’t think was going to be possible. We even looked into the possibility of renting a wheelchair since we didn’t think I would be able to walk long distances.

As frustrating (so, so frustrating) as it is that this should have been caught in November we are thankful we now have an answer and it can be treated with medication. I go back to the doctor in a week to be retested to make sure my TSH is where it is supposed to be and if it is still a little off we will get the dosage of medication adjusted.

Remember how I mentioned that my shoulder was really bothering me as well. We were finally able to get a MRI of my shoulder done and found out I had three small cysts that were causing all of the pain. I went in for an ultra-sound guided injection two weeks ago and the pain has subsided. I am still doing PT to regain the strength but the intense pain is gone. Thank goodness!

To say that my family, and especially my husband Mike, stepped up during this time is an understatement.

My dad and father-in-law played taxi driver for me. They drove me to physical therapy and work, on the days I felt up to it.

My mom took me to my doctor’s appointments. She asked all of the questions (lots and lots of questions!) and made sure we had the information we needed to figure out next steps.

My mother-in-law checked in daily and brought me special treats.

My boss was amazing during all of this and we came up with a schedule that would allow me to work at home and, if necessary, flex my hours so I could go to my doctor’s appointments and physical therapy.

And then there is my husband. Words cannot begin to express what he has done for me over these last 6 months. He is the most selfless, caring person I have ever known. He took care of every need I had, took care of the house, did all of the errands, cooked all the meals and made sure I was as comfortable as possible at all times. This is all while he was working full-time. I honestly had no idea how he did it all and I could never say thank you enough for what he did.

So, if you haven’t heard from me, or us, in awhile this is why. We didn’t make many plans as we never knew how I was going to feel from day to day. But we are excited for the summer, seeing friends and family and enjoying the sunshine.

 

 

 

 

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A Stitch-Fix Milestone

#25. Yup, Fix #25 showed up yesterday. My first thought was “that’s cool.” My second thought was “hmm…I have only been doing Stitch Fix for a year…and there are only 12 months in a year…hmm.” A minor detail and quite frankly I have never been good at math so maybe that works out ok 🙂

I have been very lucky to work with my stylist BFF, Teresa, for 24 out of my 25 fixes. The great thing with working with the same person is that she really gets to know me and I what I like, even when I am lazy and forget to pin things to my Pinterest board.

The first item in this Fix was the Market & Spruce Lawford Knit Top ($58)

IMG_2471I have to come realize that I have a soft spot for shirts that have a little extra something-something to them. This one has “leather” detailing at the neck and on the buttons on the sleeves. I also LOVE navy so this one is a definite keeper.

I tried on the next two pieces together. The pieces are the Fate Gradon Sheer Raglan Seam Sweater ($64) and the Market & Spruce Anise Vest ($78)

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The sweater just didn’t do anything for me. I appreciate Teresa sending me a sweater in a longer length (which is what I had been asking for) but it just felt a little bland. Remember how I said I like shirts with a little something-something? This one was definitely missing it. So back it is going. I loved the vest, and had something similar pinned to my Pinterest board. But (insert sad face here) the vest was way too tight across the chest so this one is going back too.

I do love the Loveappella line of clothes and Teresa has sent me quite a few over the past year. I wanted to love this one, the Malbec Elbow Patch Knit Top ($58) but there was one thing that bothered me and I just couldn’t get over.

I don’t know if you can see it in these pictures but the stripes on the bottom band don’t line up correctly with the stripes on the rest of the shirt. I really did love this one but I knew it would drive my obsessive-compulsive self crazy over time.

The last item is this fix is the Moda Luxe Brooks Crossbody Bag ($58).

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I love the color and the shape so this one is a definite keeper. Of course, if I buy any more bags we are going to have to move into a new house 🙂

What did you think of this fix? I was really happy with it overall and everything I received is something that fits into my style profile.

Want to see some more great fixes? Take a trip over to my friend Maria’s blog, Crazy Together, and see what she got this time around.

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A Symphony of StitchFix Stripes…in Yoga Pants

Well, it is time for another StitchFix reveal. Truth be told, this is actually a combination of two fixes. I had two fixes arrive in December and with the chaos of the holidays I never got a chance to post when the first one arrived.

Stripes were definitely a common thread in these two fixes, and I was okay with it. Teresa, my stylist, even called it out that she was including a lot of stripes and let me know I can tell her when enough is enough.

As a public service, I am also showing how all of these pieces look with yoga pants 🙂 Part of this was pure and utter laziness on my part since I am writing this post on a lazy Saturday and just could not bring myself to put on jeans. At the same time, I think it nice to show how the pieces work with yoga pants. Let’s all be honest for a moment…yoga pants are a part of life!

Ok…on to the pieces I received.

The first one is the Papermoon Cresson Knit Top.

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This is a piece that I had pinned on my Pinterest board and Teresa was able to locate it for me. I like how it is a bit longer in the back and I like the contrast of the stripes and the solid color sleeves.

The next piece is the Loveappella Kiana Crew Neck Knit Top.

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The material on this one is SOOOO soft. That is a really big thing for me and the pieces I decide to keep. The thing I love about this top is that it looks good styled casually….like with yoga pants 🙂 but it is also something that I am able to wear to work under a blazer. And did I mention how soft it is?

This piece is by Tart and it is the Milla Crew Neck Knit Top.

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This is another top that is really soft and I love the mustard color details on the neck and sleeves. Gives it a little something something.

I have learned that I really like the sweaters from Lemon Tart and Teresa was able to send me two in my last fix. One of them didn’t work out, which was so sad since it had the cutest zipper details but I kept this one. This is the Kienna Patch Detail Pullover Sweater.

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I liked the patches on this one as well as the orange/rust colored detail on the bottom, neck and sleeves. It was a definite keeper.

The last piece is not stripped(!) but I still wanted to feature it in this post. I loved this cardigan so much in my last fix that I asked Teresa to include another one in this fix. It is the 41Hawthorn Abrianna Longsleeve Knit Cardigan. I now have it in navy and this great color.

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This will be a great piece for both work and lounging around the house.

I hope you loved the pieces I received in these last two fixes. I might have another fix coming this week…check back in to see what I receive next!

One of the things that I love about StitchFix, besides the awesome clothes and accessories is the interaction I have in social media with other StitchFix lovers and bloggers. One of my favorites is Maria and her blog Crazy Together. Check out her blog and check out some of the other bloggers that are linked up to her latest post.

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Enjoy! and talk soon!

 

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The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Anyone that knows me knows that I love Christmas. I love the smells – balsam, peppermint, and sugar cookie. I love the sights – Christmas trees, lights, and stockings hung by the chimney with care. And I LOVE Christmas movies, the cheesier the better. I will always love Christmas Vacation, Elf, and the Santa Clause but there is also a special place in my heart for made-for-tv Hallmark movies. Especially if that movie stars Candace Cameron Bure. I cannot get enough of her during the holidays. Seriously. This year I watched as she, a doctor, unknowingly moved to Santa’s hometown (Christmas Under Wraps), discovered the true meaning of Christmas by visiting a vacation destination dripping with Christmas charm and stopping her father (Alan Thicke!!) from completely transforming it  (Let It Snow), and finding her true love while diverted on her trip from LA to NYC to visit her future in-laws (A Christmas Detour).

It has gotten to the point that I could actually write these stories as I can see the ending coming a mile away but that doesn’t stop me from grabbing a cup of hot cocoa and a blanket and settling in for 2 hours of pure bliss.

Speaking of hot cocoa, one of my favorite parts of our new kitchen is our instant-hot water tap. The water comes out hot enough for a cup of tea or hot chocolate. To celebrate this new addition to the house I created a hot cocoa bar that anyone visiting during the holidays could help themselves to. Truth be told, not one person took me up on the offer but I am going to try it again next year. Isn’t it just so stinkin’ cute? I had peppermint sticks and crumble, marshmallows, chocolate chips and Andes candies.

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One of my other loves is wrapping paper. Oh, how I love wrapping paper. I can’t help myself when I see a pattern I love or especially when Target has it 50% off after Christmas. And don’t even get me started on the wrapping paper at Home Goods. Swoon! The paper we used this year was one that picked up at Target and I loved it. I may have just bought two more roles since I was sad we had used it all this year.

Once we put the presents under the tree Ty, of course, needed to come by and inspect every single package 🙂 He was a good boy this year and did not disturb the tree or any packages, which is nothing short of a miracle.

I love putting up the Christmas tree. Unfortunately, I am allergic to Christmas trees so we need to go with artificial. We usually put it up Thanksgiving weekend so we can enjoy it for as long as possible. Truth be told, if we didn’t host Thanksgiving there is a really good chance I would put it up after Halloween! Here is our tree for this year.

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And here are a copy of my favorite ornaments

The first two ornaments represent two of my very favorite things – Del’s Lemonade and Autocrat Coffee Syrup. I happen to love moose and owls so they both need to have a place on the tree. And the last two are ornaments from my childhood that borrowed from my parent’s house.

I just love how cozy the tree makes our living room. And speaking of cozy I was so excited to find this pillow at my beloved Home Goods.

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At our wedding, we used the phrase “Eat Drink and be Married” throughout the reception. It has now become a thing to find “Eat Drink and be…”to fit the different seasons. We have “Eat Drink and Be Spooky” for Halloween, “Eat Drink and Be Thankful” for Thanksgiving, and the classic “Eat Drink and Be Merry” for Christmas. Imagine my delight when I saw this pillow! I knew it had to make its way home with me!

Hope you enjoyed this post and learning a little more about my favorite time of the year. Leave me a comment and let me know what you love about Christmas!

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The most magical time of the month!

Anyone that has been to my blog knows about my love of StitchFix, a wonderful service that magically delivers clothes to your doorstep. Ok, maybe it is not actually magic…but close. If you have any questions on how the service works, please leave a comment and I will be happy to fill you in!

Before I start on filling you in about my latest Fix I wanted to fill you in on two other things.

  1. I created a Facebook page dedicated to my StitchFix posts, my other blog posts, and goings-on in my Etsy store. Search for me on Facebook under Chai And Cow and join in on the fun!
  2. I have a link-up to a fellow blogger friend below. You can click on the link and go on over to her blog, Crazy Together. She always has great posts!

Ok…on with the show!

Full disclosure, the clothes in this fix are actually a combination of two separate fixes. I may or may not have gotten two this month (whoops!). There were a couple pieces I really liked but the fit just wasn’t right so back they went to magical StitchFix land. That is one of the things I love about the service, just how darn easy it is to return things that don’t work for you.

For the past two fixes I have asked Teresa to focus on sweaters and pants and she has definitely delivered. Trying to find long pants in always a challenge for me and Teresa has done a great job finding a couple different options. Once I find a style I like, I usually request them in as many colors as she can find!

This month she sent me the Liverpool Anita Skinny Pant. LOVE them. They are super long and very comfortable. I knew these were a keeper as soon as I tried them on. They were $78, which I thought was a good price point for these pants and with this particular fix I kept everything so I also got 25% off. Bonus! And in this picture I also have on the RD Style Bliss Cowl Neck Sweater ($78). It is so comfy and warm. I know it will get a lot of good use this winter.

IMG_2028Teresa sent me a couple more sweaters and they are both definite keepers. The first is the RD Style Jolee Turtle Neck Sweater in Burgundy ($68). It was a bit tough to get the color to show through in the selfie I took so I took another close-up picture. The necklace is from White House Black Market.

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Here is the Pixley Nilia Button Back Sweater ($68). This one has a really interesting back to it that I really liked.

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Last, but certainly not least, is this awesome bag! Teresa never fails to surprise me with new, fun and interesting bags. It is the Urban Expressions Amherst Multi-Zip Tote ($68) in RED! I love the color and I don’t have anything like it in my closet so I am very excited about this one. And it is a great size to use as a work bag as well. And look at the inside! Swoon!

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As promised above here is a link-up to one of my blog friends? Check out my friend Maria’s post on her latest Fix. And why you are there, take a look around her blog. She has some great posts!

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I would love to hear from you so please feel free to leave a comment! Til next time!

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These are a few of my favorite things…

Welcome back! Today, I am starting a new series of posts about my favorite things. Over the next several weeks/months I will share some of my favorite things with you, along with links of where you can pick them up for yourself should you want to experience their awesomeness for yourself!

Today I am going to focus on my favorite pens and a couple of my favorite office supplies. Anyone who has worked with me knows about my office supply love. I don’t exactly keep it a secret. Why have one cup with pens when you can have three or four!

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I can’t tell you how excited I was to find the Pen Addicts group on Facebook. To know that there were others out there with the same passion as me definitely helped me to realize I might not be as crazy as my loved ones tell me 😉

Through this awesome group I learned about Tokyo Pen Shop and JetPens. It is just a fact that some of the best pens on Earth come from Japan. The different ink types, colors, points. It all makes me swoon.

For my 40th birthday, Mike and I took an overnight trip to New York City. I have to admit that one of the main reasons I wanted to go to NYC was to visit some amazing stationery stores that I had heard about through the Pen Addicts group. I should mention that we are only 3.5 hours from NYC so we can visit multiple times a year if we want..so that helps! The highlight for me, besides the amazing meal we had at Charlie Palmer Steak (steak is definitely a favorite thing!), was a visit to the Kinokuniya bookstore. Oh.em.gee. This place was amazing. Mike gave me time to just stand there and stare at the awesomeness. And I did…for probably 10 minutes before I actually started to test out pens. Oh, how I wish I had taken a picture of the displays. Sounds like we will need to head back soon ;-). Here is a picture of the loot that I picked up on that visit. It made my heart happy.

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I was able to try out different types of pens and learned what I like about each. As a result of that “research” I knew exactly what I wanted to order in my last Tokyo Pen Shop Order. And here is what arrived today!

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My order came so fast! I put the order in Sunday night and it was waiting in my mailbox when I get home from work today (Wednesday).  One of my favorite things to purchase are the Coleto custom multis. You can choose exactly what color inks you want and can change them out at any time. In this go-round I also got the Slicci custom multi and I am glad I did! I also picked up a needlepoint EnerGel. I heart EnerGels and the best part is you can pick up the regular .7 point at Target. For any fellow Pen Addicts that might reading this, here is a writing sample of my recent purchases

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It kind of makes me excited to take notes at work tomorrow 🙂 And speaking of taking notes, I would be remiss if I didn’t share my favorite notebook.  Well, actually it is a notebook system. It is by a company called Levenger. Oh, how I love this company. Yes, it can be pricey but they regularly have coupons they email you and gifts with purchase. Staples has their version of the notebook and I do have some of their products mixed in with the Levenger ones. But…the Levenger paper is definitely superior and I have little concern with my pens bleeding through. The pens in the picture above are resting on my large, portfolio Levenger and here is a picture of the smaller version I have as well.  Yes, I might have a problem but I am willing to admit it!

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Ok, so there are some thoughts on a couple of my favorite things. Let me know what you think about my recent purchases in the comments below. Til next time!

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It’s fall y’all

Brr! It is definitely fall in New England. Today was one of those hot chocolate (Starbucks – tall with whip) and a scarf kind of day…and I am ok with it. Fall is one of my favorite times of year. It is just a matter of weeks until my beloved Thanksgiving issue of Food Network Magazine arrives and I can officially start planning my Thanksgiving day menu. I have, of course, already started pinning things to my Thanksgiving Pinterest board.

I figured today would be a good day to do the official fall/winter clothes switchover in my closet. I was sad to put the capris and maxi dresses away but happy to pull out the sweaters and scarves. And it meant that I was able to make room for the new pieces that came in yesterday in my October StitchFix delivery.

Anyone who knows me, or reads this blog, knows that I am a huge cheerleader for StitchFix. Not only is it convenient (it magically shows up at your house!), but it helps me to step outside of my comfort zone for clothes. Each fix comes with a style card that shows me a couple different ways to wear the clothes. I make notes, in my phone, from the style cards and when I do find myself at Target (swoon, Target) or heaven forbid…the mall, I have a shopping list to follow.

I have learned that it is not necessary to spend a ton of money on some of the basics, especially tanks and t-shirts. During my Target run today I found some great tank tops, 2 for $16, and some awesome boot socks that look so adorable with my skinny jeans and favorite Franco Sarto black boots.

For anyone new to StitchFix, it is so important to actually try on EVERYTHING that comes in your fix. You will be surprised how some pieces look so much better on. And it is important to actually style the piece, like it shows you on the card or like your stylist suggests. I have been lucky enough to work with the same stylist each time and she rocks! Teresa, if you are reading this…thank you!  If you just try the shirt on with yoga pants it is never going to look as good as trying it on with some jeans, shoes, and jewelry. Trust me on this one. Give each piece a chance.

So, here is what came in this month’s fix. Make sure to check out the link below to a fellow blogger who has awesome StitchFix posts. I have been following Maria for awhile now and she is hosting a blog link-up so you can see even more great pieces.

Pixley – Martina Slub Knit Open Cardigan – $48

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This cardigan is the perfect example of why it is so important to try on the piece as part of an actual outfit. When I first pulled it out of the box I was a little underwhelmed. Then I tried it on with a tank, belt and jewelry and it became a definite keeper.

The second piece was the Market & Spruce – Aleah Heathered V-Neck Dolman Top – $48

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I tried this one on with a lace camp underneath and it gave it that little extra something-something that it needed.

Next up is the Skies are Blue – Hillsboro Mixed Material Hem Knit Top – $54 along with the Level 99 – Giovanni Straight Leg Jean – $98

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I really liked this top and took Teresa’s suggestion to pair it with the Giovanni Jean. They are a great forest green color that is perfect for the fall. Yes, the jeans are pricey, but because I kept all 5 pieces in this fix I was able to save 25% off the entire purchase. Whoo hoo!

The last piece in this fix was the Street Level – Alder Zip Top Tote – $58

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I love the navy color and this will be a great bag to bring back and forth to work.

If you haven’t already, give StitchFix a try. And check out my Pinterest boards dedicated to StitchFix. This board is dedicated to items that I would like Teresa to send to me. And this board is dedicated to items that I already received.

And make sure to check out Maria’s blog to see the great things she got in her fix!

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If you use my referral link, then I will receive a $25 credit towards my next fix. Let me know what you think about this fix or your own fix in the comments below!

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It’s PopSugar time!

Next to my beloved StitchFix deliveries my PopSugar deliveries are my favorite time of month.

Each month I get a delivery of great skincare, makeup, snacks, jewelry, cute bags, etc. The types of items you are sent each time varies but there is usually 5-7 items and their value far exceeds the $39+tax charge.

I do my best to not spoil the surprise each month, unlike my StitchFix, where I have zero control of myself. I used to google to find blogs where people did reveals but I realized it is more fun to dig into the box to see what was included. So…if you do PopSugar and haven’t received your September box you should stop reading now 😊

Here is a picture of how the items are packaged

The card included gives you a description of each of the items included and the  suggested retail price

Here is a picture of everything included 

Here are close-ups of each of the items

I love when they include travel related items. This one is two bags inside of another bag. Score! The black and white bags can be used to store your shoes in one and your bras in the other. The clear plastic bag meets the TSA requirements for carry-on.


The next item is a great pair of earrings in the cutest bottle. They are made from recycled brass and coated in 14k gold.


The next item was this awesome brow kit from Too Faced. PopSugar usually includes coupons from the companies that are represented in the box which makes it easier to buy more of the items you discover you love.

The cuticle oil is a product that I would never go out and buy but now that I have it I am happy to have it. This is one of the things I really love about the service.


This leave-in conditioner is another item that falls into the “I wouldn’t necessarily buy it but now that I have it, I’m happy about it.”


Last but not least is this snack pack that was included. Mike is usually the lucky recipient of the snack that is included each month.

If you want to give it a try, you can use my referral link and I can get credit toward a free box. Let me know what you think or if you have any questions in the comments below!

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It’s official…I hate clothes shopping at the mall

A trip to the mall this weekend reminded me how much I dislike clothes shopping. I mean, I really dislike clothes shopping. Bad lighting, disorganized racks and I am always wearing the wrong underwear. Always.

Earlier this year I found StitchFix and it changed everything. For a $20 styling fee they send me 5 pieces of clothes to try on at home. And if I don’t like something I just mail it back, in a pre-paid envelope. What?! Sign me up!

I have been really lucky and had the same stylist for the last (*cough*) 16 fixes. I adore Teresa. She spends time looking at my Pinterest board to see what I would like in my next fix and always send me a great little note explaining why she chose something or explaining how to style it.

So, without further delay, here is what was included in #16. Every one of these items was pinned on my Pinterest. Yay!

And here is the style card they include to give you some options on the best way to wear the clothes.


Here is the first piece. It was the Urban Expression Carter Zipper Detail Satchel – $68. I loved this bag but it was way too close in color to another bag I already own. I should have realized it when I pinned it on my board.


The next item was the Loveappella Whitnee Button Neck Striped Shift Dress – $64. I just wasn’t super crazy about this one when I tried it on so I am sending it back.


The next item was the Market & Spruce Sam Hi-Lo Short Sleeve Shirt – $44. I had this shirt in grey and loved it so much I asked for it in another color. This one is a keeper! I tried it on with my navy Emers from a previous fix.  And my favorite flats…aren’t they adorable and oh, so comfortable.

Next up is the Papermoon Ben Striped Airy Knit Top – $48. I tried it on with my Kut from the Kloth Catherine Distressed Boyfriend Jeans.  They are one of my favorite StitchFix finds. I really liked this one and went back and forth on it. In the end I decided to send it back. I am trying to get more pieces for fall and this one just didn’t fit the bill.


The last piece in this fix was the Market & Spruce Bernadette Lace Overlay Raglan Top – $58. This will be a great top to pair with jeans this fall so I kept this one too. It is hard to see the detail on this one but it is a pretty teal over navy.
All in all I was happy with this fix. And I might have already scheduled the next one for the beginning of October!

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