I got fixed!

One of my besties, Sandra, joined this cult, Stitch Fix. Have you heard of it? You fill out a profile of likes and dislikes, price points, link to your clothing pinterest board (I know you have one), and they hand pick five pieces of clothing for you.

Once you receive the box of clothes, you try them on in the comfort of home, relish in the style cards, and decide what works and what doesn’t. Pay only for what you keep and send the rest back in the pre-paid envelope. If your friends tell the folks at Stitch Fix you recommended them, you get a credit towards your next Fix.

style cards

I won’t lie, I was totally in it for the cards. I am always looking for ways to make a clothing item work with different pieces in my current wardrobe.

A loyal Boden devotee, I was skeptical anyone else could provide clothes I would adore. Also, do I really need anymore clothes? I live in a tiny house after all! But hey, I DO love clothes and found the whole idea very compelling. I signed up for a fix. It takes a good long time for the first one to arrive, so definitely don’t sign up thinking you’ll have your clothes within the week.
The box arrived yesterday amid much excitement!! Thankfully my mailman is used to my online purchasing passion. Without further ado, here’s what I received and the results….

purple top
Item One: Richard Pleated Lace Detailed Blouse
This blouse is very similar to a style of blouse I already own in prints (yep, two of those babies), by Boden. They definitely hit my style. The color is really beautiful. The biggest fit difference between this and the ones I already own: this one has to be tucked in. Out it was too boxy and dowdy. Verdict: Likely headed back to headquarters.

Geo print

Ignore my red eyes. I had another flare up this weekend. While I have you looking at this photo. What about these shoes? Another trial online purchase from Hotter Shoes. Keepers? or not quite right?

Item Two: Colleen Geo Print Tie-Neck Blouse
SPOT ON! If I would’ve seen this shirt in a catalog (I do not brave store shopping) I would’ve snapped it up. The only iffy part for me was the fluttery sleeve, but in the geo print, I don’t think it looks too young. Verdict: KEEPER! (Vance said it was very “Cottonwood”. Hmmm. Good thing we’re retiring there!)

Item Three: Sophia Skinny Jeans (seen in both photos above)
Good gravy, these were a disaster. They looked good on for five seconds. Then they slid down and I had a two inch drooping crotch. Not attractive. I’m also not a fan of the worn knees look. I have to give them credit, I have no idea what size jeans I currently wear and they took a stab. Next time, smaller waist and longer inseam. Verdict: Already packaged for return.

color block
Item Four: Sloane Colorblock A-Line Ponte Shift Dress
They did their homework. The shift is a shape I wear a lot. The style and colors, oh so architectural. The fit was great from the color block down and loose on top. I had initially tossed it back with the jeans, but Vance said it didn’t look bad and this was his favorite garment in the box. Verdict: On the fence. It would be good for work….need to see how much it costs…

Item Five: Kathy Striped Fit & Flare Dress
Fantastic fit! Seriously, fantastic. This dress was made for me. I wasn’t sold on the little puff on the sleeve; it just doesn’t go with the dress in my opinion and I was surprised neither styling suggestion included a belt. This dress needs a belt. It had a nice thick weight to it too. Makes sense as everyone, except Hawaii, is prepping for Winter. Hubby said it looked very 80s. This was not a compliment. Verdict: Hitching a ride back with the jeans.

And the countdown begins. I have three, well two now, days to send back my unwanted items. PLEASE!!! Feel free to comment (button at top of this post) about the items posted.

The Soccer Experiment

Soccer Photos

Now there’s a good lookin’ logo! *wink, wink*

I was bubbling with excitement when I signed Brendon up for soccer this year. He didn’t have any interest the last time we’d attempted it, lasting only two practices, but this time I was sure he was ready at the ripe old age of 5.

Team photo

Our team, the Butterfly Dragons,  great mythical creatures, could in fact be quite mighty, unfortunately they weren’t. They were more Butterfly than Dragon. We had a hubby and wife coaching team, Luke and Laura and they were wonderful and amazingly patient with the children. *If you are edging 40, you’ll likely remember the grand soap event of the Luke & Laura wedding. *

Last game

The final game of the season!! Brendon is wearing white cleats.

This past Saturday, our final game, against the Sharks, was indeed our best. Scoring goals, passing downfield, Brendon not waving at mom and dad and asking loudly to John if he wanted to run on the field. I even started to lose my voice, I got so excited.

Practice shot

My favorite photo from practice. He did seem to like practice more than the games; especially after a nutella sandwich. 😉

Turns out, Brendon may not be a soccer player. It took half the season for him to figure out what exactly he was supposed to be doing and all season for him to actually kick the ball during the game. I have my suspicions that he didn’t like the crowd around the ball, but he could’ve been busy daydreaming about Sonic. Who knows.

The cheering squad

Member of the Little Siblings Cheer Squad. They all wanted to play in the game.

And really, Vance and I, were unprepared for soccer. I hadn’t realized until practice started, I would be driving in rush hour traffic twice a week, all of 4 miles, taking on average 30 minutes. On top of that, Saturday!!, blessed beach day, Saturday, would be a soccer games. Noooo. It is with mixed emotions we say goodbye to soccer and also organized sports with games on Saturdays. We are not ready. We’ll try again when we’re not living in idilic Hawaii. Most likely not soccer.


Mere hours after we arrived home, I had to tape the trophy’s leg. Such is life with a 3yr old brother.