Thursday, June 27, 2013

Beach cabin!

I have a Pandora station called "Beach Cabin," and I used it every day when my two friends, Anya and Wolfgang, my boyfriend Tyler, and I visited Pacific Beach a couple of weekends ago.

The cabin belongs to Anya's friend's mother, and it's right on the coast of Washington (which made me worry about the potential for tsunamis).

There were no tsunamis, to my great surprise relief, and we spent the weekend in relative peace - punctuated by the odd squabble - doing the sorts of things one does in a beach cabin:

  • Stuck our feet in the sand

  • Worked on crossword puzzles

  • Chased seagulls

  • Watched the sun set

  • Did some modeling

We also ate a full meal nearly every two hours. What is it about lazing around a beach that makes a body so hungry?

And what is it about this hat that makes everyone look so good?

Sunday, June 23, 2013

One year anniversary!

Tyler and I celebrated our one year anniversary on Thursday the 20th of June.

We are the cutest and most photogenic couple IN THE WORLD.

We went to the new Star Trek movie at a theater called Cinebarre, where you can eat dinner while you watch. It was a lot of fun, even though we are not the biggest fans of the 3D fad.

A highlight from our first year together.

Despite being pretty low-key, this one year anniversary has been the most meaningful I've ever celebrated. I really love this man, and he makes life a joy each and every day.

This picture was taken a year ago, during our first week  together.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Stitch Fix #2

I was pretty excited when I got my second Stitch Fix box, since the first one had been so awesome. And even after I went through all the clothes, I was still pretty happy...even though I hated everything this time! Almost everything. I guess I just really like surprise clothes, even when they don't like me.

#1 Under Skies "Kegan" Top

It was such a pretty color and style! But it was too tight and short, and it did my figure no favors.
Verdict: Returned.

#2 Under Skies Kohl Tulip Sleeve Chain Detail Top

Apart from the color and the chain detail, I detested everything about this shirt. Blegh.
Verdict: Returned.

#3 Under Skies "Rosario" Dress

By this point, I was starting to suspect that the Under Skies brand just wasn't going to do it for me, and I was right. Didn't care for the pattern, and it was another elastic-waist tank dress. No no no! I was sad about this one because it meant that the stylists hadn't really listened to my feedback from last time.
Verdict: Returned.

#4 Miilla "Trish" Dress

Pretty color, pretty stitching. I thought it looked kind of like a modern flapper dress. But the fit was horrendous - it clung to my tush and my tummy in the ickiest way.
Verdict: Returned.

#5 Necklace

The only thing I kept, and I had to think pretty hard about it. It was clear that the stylists had gone through my Pinterest board, because I put lots of statement necklaces on there. Good for them! But it was $48 ($28 minus the $20 deposit), which seemed like a lot for fake gold and plastic. Ultimately I did keep it so I wouldn't waste the deposit, and because I liked the style and the color a lot. I wore it yesterday and got some compliments, so it was worth it.
Verdict: Kept it.

My next box is scheduled for June 24th. Hopefully it turns out better than this one!

Friday, June 14, 2013

Plot twist!

M. Night Shyamalan ghost-wrote "She's All That"???

Which naturally leads to research on the very important subject, "'90s teen heartthrobs: where are they now?"

Jonathan Taylor Thomas. That is all.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Baby elephant break.

Awwwwwwwww! It loves the sea!

Stitch Fix #1

I'm a little late to the Stitch Fix parade, but I love all the reviews I've seen so much that I had to contribute my own! For those of you who don't yet know, Stitch Fix is a personal styling service for women that sends boxes full of clothes and accessories to each client based on her preferences. (You can make them a Pinterest board for inspiration - I did!) You pay a $20 deposit, then only pay for the items you decide to keep. If you keep all of them (there are usually about five pieces per box), you get a discount. (Return shipping is free and SO easy!) You can set up a monthly subscription or schedule a Fix whenever you feel like it.

I got on the Stitch Fix wait list a couple of months ago, and I didn't have to wait very long before I could order my first Fix. I received it a few days after my birthday, and it felt like Stitch Fix had sent me a lovely little gift. The packaging is pretty and thoughtful, and every item comes with a special tag with its description and suggestions on styling.

The first item was a Mily dress. I wasn't sure about it at first - it came with a slip and it looked like a big floral bag. Then I found the tie for it and realized that it would basically fit me no matter how my weight fluctuated - amazing!

The slip was too small, but I had another that fit perfectly, and the slip will make a great long tank. I was surprised by how much I loved this dress. It drapes nicely and swirls flirtatiously around my legs, and the print is pretty and feminine. I've already worn it three times. In the fall I plan on wearing it with black tights, but for now it is the ideal, light and airy spring/summer frock. (You do have to be careful bending over, however.)

Verdict: Keeping it!

Next, a hi-low button-up tank top.

I actually really liked this tank top. It felt classic with its collar and trim but modest lines; the fabric was nice; it didn't gap at the chest; and I liked the hi-low style. But the armpit holes were too big and I could see my bra when I lifted my arms. I probably could have had it tailored, but it was already around $50 and I didn't want to spend an extra $10 - $20 on it.

Verdict: Returned it. Still think about it sometimes, though.

This "Mystree" shirt was unlike anything in my closet, in a good way.

Sheer, but the floral panel around the chest/torso made it a little more modest. Usually I like shirts to cover the top of my butt, but I actually thought the crossover back detail was pretty cool. I thought about keeping this shirt, but the sleeves were a little too long (and couldn't really be rolled up), and the chest gapped a bit.

Verdict: Returned it, regretfully.

The one thing in the box that was not a shirt or a dress - ponte pants.

Ponte pants are...tricky. They should be comfortable because they're so stretchy, but usually they are low rise and thus threaten to expose my tush all the time, so I can't relax in them. Also they often show cellulite and/or camel toe. These pants did all of those things, and they were too long. Too bad, because I really need new black pants.

Verdict: Returned.

The last thing in the box was this dress.

You can probably tell from my face how I felt about it. I don't usually like tank dresses, and this one accomplished a lot of nasty things: it made me look like a child; the elastic cut into my waist; and it hugged my stomach in a very unflattering way. This dress would have been cute on Zooey Deschanel maybe, but it hated me, and I hated it.

Verdict: Returned.

And that's it for this round! I think the stylist did a good job for this first box; I was honestly delighted with it, even though I only kept one thing. I can't wait to see how things evolve as they get a better taste for my style and body type.

One thing I really like about Stitch Fix is that you can customize nearly everything in your Style Profile, including price. For my first box, I indicated that I preferred things to be on the cheaper end, and most of the items were between $48 and $78 - not exactly thrifty, but not break-the-bank expensive, either. However, I could still only justify getting one thing at those prices.

I've already ordered and received my second box, and I'm waiting on the third...they call it Stitch Fix for a reason - it's addictive!

Do you want a Fix of your own? Follow this link to get on the wait list. (Full disclosure: I'll get a credit to apply toward my next box, and I'll love you for it!)

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

What's better than finding a surprise in the mail?

I would argue nearly nothing (except maybe a swoon-worthy triple creme, or a slow stroll home on a warm summer's evening). Usually all I get in the mail is a bunch of diaper coupons and credit card offers.

But a handful of potentially great things, selected with love and a total mystery until you open the box? That is an amazing thing to get in the mail. And that is why I like Quarterly so much.

If you don't know about Quarterly yet, check it out! You pay a flat fee once every three months (usually around $25, but it depends on the subscription you choose) and you receive a little package full of nifty things, chosen by nifty people. I selected No More Dirty Looks, which promised me great beauty products with clean, organic ingredients.

In my first package from No More Dirty Looks, I got a natural mascara and a blush/lip tint. I adored them both and I use them all the time. In the package I received this week, I found a pretty glass nail file, toxin-free nail polish in a bright shade of coral, and non-toxic soy nail polish remover.

Love it! Summer, here I come. Thanks, Quarterly!

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

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