Stitch Fix vol. 5

What is Stitch Fix? Read this!

I’ve proclaimed my love for Stitch Fix for several months now, so in December I decided to take the leap and sign up for the automatic monthly fixes! I made a few requests this time around: No more cardigans, a pair of skinny jeans, and with our upcoming trip to Florida, some suitable pieces for a warmer locale -even though it will be a few months before I can wear any warm-weather clothing around North Dakota. BRRRR! This winter has been one of the coldest!

Pomelo Lydia Faceted Stones Long Necklace ($36)  – This was a pretty necklace, but I couldn’t see paying $36 for it. SEND BACK.

41 Hawthorn Freddy Sleeveless Chiffon Dress ($58)  – I love, loved this dress. It wasn’t a color I would normally choose for myself, but it was fantastic! I packed this dress for our trip to Sanibel Island, FL and wore it twice with a wide brown belt purchased at Brea and these sandals. KEEP.

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I'm wearing the dress on the Florida beach! Well, under the baby, that is.

I’m wearing the dress on the Florida beach! Well, under the baby, that is.

19 Cooper Clemency Diamond Print Tab-Sleeve Tunic ($68)  – This was cute and I was hoping it would work out. The loud pattern, fit and colors just didn’t look right on me, though. SEND BACK.

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Caramela Winslow Geo Print Sleeveless Blouse ($28)  – This tank was a cute, flowy top and for the great price, it was definitely a keeper! KEEP.

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Kut from the Kloth Denna Skinny Jean ($78)  – I wanted these jeans to work so badly! Now that I’ve lost a bunch of weight, I was hoping to find a pair of skinny jeans to wear with my boots. Unfortunately, these were just too big and not that flattering. SEND BACK.

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Fill out your Style Profile here! 

Full disclosure: I receive a referral credit for everyone that signs up through my link! Once you sign up and invite your friends, you will, too! All opinions stated are my own!

Stitch Fix: The Hunt for an Adoption Dress

What is Stitch Fix? Read this!

When I scheduled my Fix for December, I noted that I was searching for a dress to wear for our upcoming adoption (hoping that it would be mid-December, which isn’t happening). I wanted something cute, stylish, and appropriate for our exciting family event. Nothing too short, tight or crazy. I don’t ask for much. :)

My Stitch Fix box arrived a day early, which made me extremely happy, since I not the world’s most patient person! I did manage to wait to open my package, however, until my teenage daughter got home from school. She doesn’t hesitate to tell me which pieces work or don’t work for me. I have to admit, we had quite a few giggles this time around as I was trying on the clothing!

Here are the pieces my personal stylist selected for me:

Stitch Fix: Style sent to your doorstep! A personal stylist selects 5 pieces especially for you, ships them, and you can keep any or none!  #style #fashion{as always, ignore the horrible nighttime lighting and blurry photos courtesy of the child photographer!}

Mitchel Paisley Print Belted Shift Dress by Ezra {$78} photo, middle bottom  This dress looked pretty cute right out of the box, although a bit too 70s bohemian for my taste. I got the dress on just fine, but had a momentary freak out when I couldn’t lift my arms to get the dress OFF. I almost had to call in my kids to help and that would have been a wee bit embarrassing for all of us. Upon my successful extraction, this dress went quickly to the NO pile.

Jaclynn 3/4 Sleeve Button-Up Cardigan by Mak {$38} photo, middle center  Another laughable piece.. Mustard a color I would typically pick out for myself, but I actually didn’t mind the color. The problem was that this cardigan was TINY. I put it on anyway and my belly bulged out from under the bottom. My daughter and I had  a good laugh and I *almost* took a picture so that you could, too. But no, I’m not QUITE that brave yet. Another NO.

Livingston Ribbed Sweater Dress by Katherine Barclay {$98} photo, middle top This sweater dress was cute and I really liked the darker-green color. Unfortunately, the fit did nothing for me. It emphasized EVERY curve and the horizontal seams really did not flatter. NO.

Rocco Faux Wrap Tank Dress by 41Hawthorn {$78} photo, left  I loved this navy blue wrap dress. The fit is somewhat slimming {or even if it isn’t, just play along} and I liked the flowy skirt. Not exactly suitable for a North Dakota winter event, but with a cute cardigan, it will be awesome! A definite yes! There was a slight defect with this piece -one of the belt loops was broken, so I notified Stitch Fix right away to see if they could send a replacement. It was out of stock, so they offered me a $15 credit instead. Deal.

Wakeman Crochet Open Cardigan by Honey Punch {$58} photo, right  Another yes! This cardigan is super cute and will be perfect to layer any time of the year! I wish it was a different color, but the oatmeal-ish shad will have to do!

What do you think? Have you taken the leap and tried Stitch Fix yet? How are you liking it?

Full disclosure: I receive a referral credit for everyone that signs up through my link! Once you sign up and invite your friends, you will, too! All opinions stated are my own!

Stitch Fix: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.

@stitchfix - what it's all about! Stylish clothing delivered straight to your doorstep! #fashion #trendy #personalstylist #shopping

I’ve had a mini-obsession with monthly subscription boxes for quite awhile now. In fact, I love any service that includes delivery to my home and and doesn’t require me dragging my kids out in public. Shopping with two almost-two-year-olds is NOT my idea of fun and typically leaves me rushing home to a bottle of wine with only half my shopping list purchased. When I heard a friend raving about Stitch Fix a few months ago, my curiosity got the better of me and signed up right away. A personal stylist sending clothes right to my doorstep? Sounded too good to be true!

I’m a mom of many. I work from home. My daily attire usually consists of jeans and an oilfield hoodie. I’ve been trying to step out of my fashion rut this year, but that’s no easy task. I want to have a more polished, girlie look, but keep my casual style that fits with my mommy life. After taking the style profile quiz on Stitch Fix, I discovered my style leans more towards casual chic/bohemian chic. When filling out your style profile, you also answer questions about your build, budget, and style preferences.

How does Stitch Fixwork?

Fill out your style profile. Right now, Stitch Fix only caters to women who are between sizes 0-14 (they really need to add a plus-size line!). I’m in the process of losing weight, and when I scheduled my first fix, I was wearing a size 16 jeans and XL shirt. (see my review below)

Once you fill out your style profile, you are ready to schedule your first Fix. When you pick your date, you also pay a $20 styling fee; however, this money will be deducted from your purchase if you keep any of the pieces sent to you in your Fix. If you do not keep anything from your box, you lose this money. Wah-wah-wah….

Wait for your Fix to arrive. This is the hard part. I’m not good with waiting.

On your selected Fix date, run to the front door to meet the Fed Ex man or woman. Grab your box and run to your bedroom to open and start trying the pieces on!

Try everything on! You never know what you like until you see it on. Pair each piece with items already in your closet to try different outfit options. Each item includes style cards with ideas and inspiration on how to wear it. Some of the pieces I have been sent, I would have NEVER picked out myself, but once I try them on, I fall in love. That’s part of the fun!

You get 3 days to decide which items you are keeping and which you are sending back. A pre-paid mailing bag is included in your box, so you simply drop the unwanted items off at the post office.

If you decide to keep all 5 items, you receive a 25% discount off your purchase, plus, don’t forget that your $20 styling fee is deducted from your total. Login to your account online and check-out. Remember to give your feedback on each piece and your Fix overall, as that will help your Stylist get to know you and your style in more detail. Stitch Fixes get better with time, yo!

My First Fix

I was so excited to get this first shipment from Stitch Fix that I forgot to take pics. For real. It contained three shirts, a dress, and a necklace. The dress was super-cute, but too tight and waaaay too short for my taste. Of the shirts, one was a sweater cardigan cut in a style/print that I didn’t care for (and was too small), one was a blouse that I would have never dreamed of wearing, but loved, only it was a bit too big, and the other was an adorable chevron-print blouse that was just a bit too small. Looking back, I wish I would have kept that one, because I have lost more weight and I bet it would fit perfect now! All in all, the fit of the clothes was off for me. I was at the way upper end of the sizes that Stitch Fix styles for, so I’m not too surprised. I ended up keeping the Basket Weave Circles Long Necklace by 41 Hawthorn. Totally cute.

My Second Fix

This Stitch Fix was right on the money. I loved all the pieces immediately upon opening. After my first fix, I went in and updated gave feedback regarding the pieces they had sent, the fit, and also linked to my “Wearing These Would Make Me Happy” Pinterest board, and it definitely helped the Stylist get a clearer overall picture of the style I want to achieve.

This box included these items:

Alan Cowl Neck Asymmetrical Jacket by Sweet Rain ($48)

Strathmore Striped Hi-Lo Knit Shirt ($38)

Bryan Short-Sleeve Open-Front Cardigan by Fiancee ($38)

Katie Twist & Crystal Drop Earrings ($28)

Eldridge Ruffle Neck Cardigan by Mystree($38)

By the way, in my style profile, I’ve selected the “cheaper is better” category.

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Now, before you judge, know that these photos were taken by my 10-year-old after a very looooong day and I didn’t take time to do my hair or makeup or put any effort into styling. M’kay?

Anyway, the lighting doesn’t do the clothing any justice. I posted on FB and had my friends vote on the keepers/not-keepers and then had a fashion show for my own kids, too. The verdict? I kept all but the ruffled, striped sweater and the earrings. I did like the earrings, I just couldn’t justify spending $28 for them. In the photos above, the pink-ish short-sleeved looks terrible, but I swear (as do my kids!), it’s super-cute in person! I didn’t think I would ever own a hi-lo top, much less a striped one, but layered with a scarf or long necklace, the Strathmore shirt works. It’s comfy, casual, and perfect for busy moms!

My Next Fix

For my next Fix, I requested a dress to wear for our upcoming adoption (hopefully in December!). Stay tuned…

Are you ready to have style delivered to your doorstep? Sign up here!

Full disclosure: I receive a referral credit for everyone that signs up through my link! Once you sign up and invite your friends, you will, too! All opinions stated are my own! Originally posted on realoilfieldwives.com.

the money-is-no-object Christmas list.

I’m totally stealing this idea from Thea… it’s fun to dream!

My Christmas list, should money be free-flowing and wishes be granted:

A baby.

A cook, for when my husband is gone for those weeks every month. When he is home, I would still like him to cook for us, he is pretty darn good at it and creates delicious masterpieces! This cook would dish up healthy foods that would make me skinny in no time.

Since we mentioned the skinny, I will also take a full-body lipo with tummy tuck.

After all that work on my body, I will probably need a spa day, complete with facial and pedicure.

A barn. A big, red barn.

A workshop where I can listen to good music and create beautiful things.

My boys to reach their goals on their charity: water campaigns!

A mountain cabin in Colorado, with huge windows letting in lots of light and a view of gorgeous trees all around.

A trip for my family to a destination outside of the U.S., possibly to: Costa Rica, Norway, Italy, Iceland, Germany, or a million other places on my list.

That’s about it! Oh, I should also add that diamonds are pretty awesome, too.

What would be on your list, should money be no concern?

 

 

 

 

fiesta! {tea collection giveaway}

Have you heard about Tea? I’m not talking about the drink, I mean the world-inspired clothing line offered here. The fashion collections are inspired by world travels and culture. The styles for Fall 2011 are modeled after modern Mexico.

This was my first experience with clothing from Tea, and I am super-impressed with the not only the design of the pieces, but also the quality. You know how rough and rowdy 8-year-old boys can be, and I have TWO of them, so clothing that will endure on a daily basis is definitely a plus!

Tea gave us the opportunity to choose some pieces from their current line, just in time for back-to-school! The clothing arrived a few days ago, and I am in love. After football practice last night, the {sweaty} boys and I had an impromptu photo shoot in their new duds.

Let’s begin with the Long Sleeve Purity Tees, cute on their own or layered under short-sleeved shirts!

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The striped, yarn-dyed Cinco Senses Hoodie? My favorite. Times two.

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Both of the above pieces are perfect for layering under tees, too. We stocked up on the short-sleeved shirts found in the sale section of the site, from the Catalonia summer line. I may have went above and beyond my allotted amount and dug into my own pockets, but these shirts were just so FITTING for the twins. They HAD to have them. *cough*

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Last but not least, I had to purchase this adorable little dress for a friend’s baby. I haven’t sent it to her yet, so shhhhhh…

Want to try out the clothing from Tea for yourself {yes, they have a women’s line!} or your children? You can WIN a $50 gift certificate! Simply check out Tea Collection and leave a comment here telling me one of your favorite pieces!

Extra entries, leave comments for each:

I will randomly choose a winner on Monday, September 4th, 2011! Good luck!

Tea Collection provided me with a gift certificate to purchase clothing, as well as a $50 gift certificate to giveaway. Giveaway open to US residents only, sorry. The opinions are mine, as always.

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fresh strawberry yogurt cake

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Recipe: Fresh Strawberry Yogurt Cake

{from A Spicy Perspective}

Summary: Delicious, easy cake using fresh fruit. Perfect for summer!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 Tablespoons lemon juice {divided}
  • Zest from 1 lemon
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour {divided}
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 8 oz plain or vanilla greek yogurt
  • 12 oz fresh strawberries, diced
  • 1 cup powdered sugar

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  2. Grease and flour a 10-inch Bundt pan.
  3. Sift together the 2 1/4 cups of flour, baking soda and salt.
  4. Mix in the lemon zest, set aside.
  5. With mixer, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  6. Beat in eggs one at a time, then stir in 1 T lemon juice.
  7. Alternate beating in the flour mixture and the yogurt, mixing just until incorporated.
  8. Toss the strawberries with remaining 1/4 cup flour.
  9. Gently mix into batter.
  10. Pour the batter into the Bundt pan.
  11. Bake for 60 minutes, or until toothpick inserted into middle of cake comes out clean.
  12. Allow to cool 10 minutes in the pan, then turn out onto wire rack and allow to cool completely.
  13. Once cooled, whisk together the remaining 2 T of lemon juice and the powdered sugar.
  14. Drizzle over the top of the cake.

Cooking time: 1 hour(s)

Number of servings (yield): 12

My rating 4 stars:  ★★★★☆ 1 review(s)

See my other fourth of July recipes here:

Pasta salad with grilled summer vegetables and fresh mozarella.

Key lime pie.

 

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key lime pie

I’ve had several people ask me to share the recipes I made over the fourth of July. This delicious key lime pie recipe is from the lovely Pioneer Woman. It is sooooo easy to make and so incredibly yummy. If you know me, you know I am not a huge fan of cooking, so trust me when I say anyone can make this pie.

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Crust:
18 whole Graham Crackers (the 4-section large ones)
1/3 cup Sugar
1/3 cup Butter (melted)

Filling:
1 (heaping) Tablespoon Lime Zest*
1/2 cup Lime Juice*
2 whole Egg Yolks
1 can (14 Oz) Sweetened Condensed Milk

*I have found that 2-3 limes is usually enough for me to get the zest and enough lime juice squeezed out.

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

For the crust:
Crush crackers in a food processor or Ziploc bag. Pour into a bowl and stir in sugar and melted butter. Press into a pie pan and bake for 5 minutes or until golden and set. Remove from oven and set aside to cool slightly.

For the filling:
Mix lime zest, lime juice, and egg yolks in a mixing bowl. Add in condensed milk and mix on high until smooth and thick. Pour mixture into crust and bake for 15 minutes.

Remove from oven, allow to cool, then refrigerate for at least 1 hour—more if possible.

Serve with sweetened whipped cream and more grated lime zest.

Check out my other recipes from the fourth of July:

Pasta salad with grilled summer vegetables and fresh mozarella.

Fresh strawberry yogurt cake.

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Last year at Fitbloggin’ 10, I went home with a swag bag that included samples of a protein espresso drink I had never heard of before. I’ll admit, I let it sit for weeks and weeks, but when I tried it, it was love at first taste. Since that time, CLICK has supported me and the Sisterhood through challenge, Team Shrinking Jeans, and most recently, sponsoring Christy and I for Fitbloggin’ 11.

Not only are Kelli and Beth fun to work with, they make a product that I truly enjoy. My training season {like I’m actually a runner or something??} is not complete without having canisters of CLICK handy for a post-long run recovery drink. Last year, my go-to drink for recovery was chocolate milk. Post-Fitbloggin’, CLICK took it’s place.

If you haven’t heard of CLICK, it is an espresso-based drink {you can add either milk or water, drink hot or cold} with 15 grams of protein per serving. Add to that 23 different vitamins and minerals and your body will love you! CLICK comes in two flavors, vanilla latte and mocha and is now available in a natural variety!

How does that sound? Pretty CLICK’tastic? I think so.

P.S. We are giving away two CLICK goody packages at The Sisterhood. Hurry and enter by midnight tonight!

45 days. {giveaway}

45 days to reach our goal.

45 days to raise enough money to save lives. 1 BILLION people do not have access to clean water.

45 days to fund a project that will help women and children spend less time walking miles and miles for {dirty} water, which will enable them to spend their time being educated and bringing in income for their family.

45 days to make their days so much better and brighter.

photo by J & S Lang

I’ve been thinking and thinking of ways to raise money for these people, how to give these children a chance at life. Besides just running. I have channeled my inner-crafter-that-i-never-knew-i-had. I’m making things. Pretty things. {of course, even if you don’t like pretty things, you can just simply donate here}

Like these bracelets:

and these cute bobbies:

The bracelets are made of jersey knit and are currently available in aqua, chocolate brown, black, and camouflage. {note: camo is only printed on one side of fabric, so their is a mixture of white in the bracelets, but I personally think it adds to it and I love}.

The bobby pins will come in a set of 2… colors and sizes will be a surprise! Variety of circle, square, and heart buttons {turquoise, pink, brown} on a flowery cut-out from a vintage dictionary!

Or maybe you would like a simple charity: water bracelet. Black with white lettering.

http://mycharitywater.org/anderson

Last, but not least, let me tell you about Ariah Fine. He is a father of two and has a mission of teaching children who have the privilege of clean water more about those who do not. To serve this purpose, Ariah wrote the children’s book Clean Water for Elirose. He donates the profits from all sales directly to clean water projects. He first contacted me when my son, Bridger, gave up Christmas to fund a water well. We have been in touch ever since, and he is working with me to sell his books and the profits will go to our campaign! Read more about Ariah on the charity: water blog. These books would make great gifts to the children in your life, teachers, and libraries!

How to make your purchases?

All are $15!

  1. Donate directly to our project: http://mycharitywater.org/anderson. Send me an email {anderson.lissa@gmail.com} with the products you want and mailing address!
  2. Send the money through paypal {anderson.lissa@gmail.com}. Make sure you put the products you want and mailing info in the comments of the transaction!
  3. Send me a check directly through snail mail. Email me for mailing info {anderson.lissa@gmail.com}!

If you live in the Mandan/Bismarck areas, I will deliver products if you prefer, otherwise all orders will be sent out via USPS. Also, if you are going to Fitbloggin’ in a few weeks, I can also deliver, if you wish!

Now, for the giveaway!

I am giving away one the above products to {two} winners!! Winner’s choice!

How to enter:

I need your help getting the word out. I have a lot of money to raise in the next 45 days. I’m offering you these ways to enter:

  1. Share my project on Facebook, you can use this link: http://bit.ly/j3SEEO
  2. Share my project on Twitter, again, use this link: http://bit.ly/j3SEEO
  3. Blog about this project, feel free to use any of the above product photos in your post! Link to this post by using this link: http://bit.ly/j3SEEO
  4. Post this pretty little button on your site {copy and paste the code from over there —–>}

FOUR WAYS to enter! Easy! Make sure you come back and tell me what you’ve done!

There you have it! Four ways to win! Contest will end Friday, May 13th and winners will be randomly chosen and announced the following day! Good luck!

Thank you so much for all the help in spreading the word and donations.

There are no words for how much it means to me.

xoxo

for Cyndee.

you have taught me that a giggle can wash away a bad day in only seconds,
that a positive attitude can change the path of the world.

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looking at you and Al, i know that soul mates exist and true love goes on forever.

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i have watched you love on my children since the day they were born, and they know that you are made of awesome.

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we have loved your fun ideas, crafts, treats, and goodies. i only wish i inherited that talent. i may or may not be drooling just thinking of your hot pickle mix.

i have learned that cookies and cream liquor + butterscotch schnapps is pretty damn delicious. {after i was of legal drinking age, of course. cough.} trick-or-treating at your house was always the best because you didn’t forget about us big kids.

but if you drink too much, you run a risk of waking up feeling not-so-hot from the bad shrimp. {damn shrimp}

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and that a four-wheeler ride is so much better if you find puddles and mud. the bigger the puddle, the better.

i can’t tell you how much i am going to miss our bunkhouse days. those are my most favorite days. ever. the r bar is just not going to be the same without you.

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your strength was amazing. inspiring. and you kept your Krank stubbornness until the very end. {i do believe i did get that trait}

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your sunshine will live on.

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you were loved.
you are loved.
you will {always} be loved.

yesterday is history,
tomorrow is a mystery,
but today is a gift.