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I did my hair for you (pictures and Stitch Fix)

Soooooooo I might be the last person in the blogosphere to try Stitch Fix.

And maybe in real life as well. I figured, why do I need a box of expensive clothes sent to me every month when I can just steal Amy’s fixes? {giggle}

But for real. I do not like shopping, I’m not good at shopping, malls and choices and ALL THE THINGS make me feel overwhelmed and crazy. Also, I don’t know what to do with clothes. I don’t know how to wear them in a fashionable way (hence, why I steal Amy’s clothes – she’s super fashionable). I don’t know what necklaces to wear with what shirts, and I’m basically only good at the earring game because of Noonday.

Which brings me back to Stitch Fix.

I think Amy might be getting annoyed that I keep taking her clothes, and I think it might be fun to dress properly, so I decided to ante up the $20 styling fee and try Stitch Fix.

I HAVE PICTURES AND THOUGHTS FOR YOU!

First, the pictures!

The first item in my fix was this blue dolman top, WHICH I ADORE. I was very clear in my Stitch Fix profile that I love dolman tops and wanted one. They heard me. Thank you Meagan (my stylist) for putting this comfortable, flattering top in the fix. WIN.

I know some of you are going to ask about the shoes. Yes, they are SO CUTE, and I totally ordered them from Zappos after seeing my friend Amy in them (yes, that Amy). But ya’ll, I’m returning them because I cannot walk in them. So sad. And so painful.

Next up is this soft denim “chambray” shirt. I don’t know what chambray means, but I really like it.

The thing is, I have a denim shirt, so I’m not sure what I’m going to do. Also, it’s expensive. But really comfortable. And it fits. I may or may not have gained a few pounds and have a tight situation in the other one. Ahem. Well, as far as styling goes, it’s a WIN.

Last top in the fix was this pretty little lacy thing. I asked specifically for a white lace top (per my Pinterest style page), and they delivered. The only problem is that it’s too big. I know it doesn’t look like it’s too big in this picture, but what you don’t see is the undershirt attached to it is UNDER my bits. I actually put another undershirt on to keep this fix G. You’re welcome. The stylist again sent a WIN, but for sizing purposes, I may wait on something with a better fit.

I know, those shoes are cute too. They are not from Stitch Fix, although Stitch Fix will send you shoes to try if you want them to. I asked them not to send me shoes.

The last piece of clothing in the fix was the jeans, which I’m wearing in each picture. They fit great, but (and tell me if this is me being too old), I can’t justify buying jeans with a purposeful hole in them.

Not subtle.

No on the jeans.

Last item in the fix were these earrings, which are cute, but I’m not sure…I’m a dangly kind of girl, so, we’ll see.

Now for my overall Stitch Fix thoughts! Isn’t this fun? 

Stitch Fix PRO’s

I am happy to report that YOU DO NOT have to get a box of clothes every month! You can schedule your fix for every two-three weeks, monthly, every other month, or every three months. This is a major plus for me because every three months sounds just about right. I get to avoid the shopping places while still getting to be cute. TOTAL WIN.

Did I mention with Stitch Fix I don’t have to go shopping? This is the biggest pro for me, and what is likely to make me keep getting fixes.

The stylist for me pretty much NAILED IT. She listened to what I wanted, and delivered. She couldn’t have known that I wouldn’t want holes in my jeans, and I didn’t think to add that information.

You send back whatever you don’t want. There is a prepaid shipping label and packaging and everything you need to pop into USPS and send the items that didn’t work for you back.

You can earn free clothes. When you sign up to try a fix for $20, you get the option of having a referral link to earn free clothes. Hi. I like that. Thank you. Here’s my referral link if you want to try Stitch Fix. 🙂

Stitch Fix CONS

I really only have one con, and it might be me not understanding the service (I am a newbie, remember). But I thought when the stylist sent me items, they sent along ideas for how to wear jewelry with it. Okay, now that I wrote that sentence I feel silly, because why would they do that? They did send a paper with ideas of outfits (see above). I put in a note in my profile that I wanted to know how to wear necklaces with shirts . I was hoping she would have sent necklaces to try with each top. Ah well. Maybe next time. Meagan, if you’re reading this, HELP A SISTER OUT! I need to know how to style necklaces with tops, for reals. 

CONCLUSION

WIN WIN WIN WIN! I feel like my stylist rocked it. I am VERY happy with my fix and will keep using Stitch Fix. YAY! No more stealing clothes from Amy and no more wandering the mall like a zombie! PERFECT FIT.

Try Stitch Fix For Yourself!

Want to give Stitch Fix a try? Head HERE to create an account and fill out a profile! It’s fun and easy and only $20, which I think is not so bad to be able to avoid malls.

Remember, what you don’t want, you can send back.

Have fun not shopping!

Love, SM

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Grieving the end of the little years

Is it weird to cuddle your adult children? Because I’m pretty sure I’m going to need to cuddle them when they’re grown.

I almost can’t handle the fact that right now my oldest is over cuddling, and even when she tries, it’s so brief, so fleeting, so…gangly. Arms and legs everywhere. It’s just not the same. And she’s just not into it.

How long do I have before my son and youngest are over the cuddles? I CAN’T HANDLE CUDDLES BEING OVER. I told my mother-in-law tonight that when they won’t cuddle me anymore I’m going to need them to go ahead and have some babies so I can cuddle grandbabies.

I know. Don’t say it. I don’t really want my kids having babies young. Just, you know, maybe in their early 20’s.

WHY AM I EVEN THINKING ABOUT MY KIDS HAVING KIDS?!

I’ll tell you why: something happens when one day you look at your people and you realize, in a blink, they grew up.

I mean, I feel it now and my kids are only preteens. BUT I FEEL IT NOW. The pull, the break, the moving towards more and more independence. Yes, even my 8 year old feels like she’s growing too quickly. Wasn’t she just three?

Having kids is like water, it just slips through your hands and you can’t quite grasp it.

First you parent in a fog, when you have little ones, but then you parent in a blink, because it goes so fast.

Today I went onto the Please Touch Museum website to see about taking my kids one last time before they were too old and you know what? They’re too old.

We missed the last time I would take them to the Please Touch Museum. And all of a sudden it hit me, this blink, this growing that’s happen in hyper speed.

The loooooooooooong days of babies and toddler-hood and all the fog that comes with it is gone. And now I can’t keep up.

My sweet, precious babies are growing up, and I just want to pause.

But there’s no pausing, no extended breath to get “it” together. There’s only now.

There’s me observing that my heart is grieving the years going by quickly and the realization that NOW IS THE TIME, the time to KEEP GOING, invest in, listen to, lean in, and stay strong.

And by strong, I mean beg Jesus to help me keep going, give me energy and vision and motivation and EVERYTHING I NEED to MOTHER ON during these golden years.

I want to feel the ache of time so that I won’t take for granted these fleeing, special years.

This is the time.

These are the years.

I will keep going. I will give what I have to impress upon them, teach them, nurture them, disciple them, and love them. I will do this out of my weakness but with perseverance and the power of the Holy Spirit who is ever with me.

I will mother on.

And you can too. Don’t give up. Don’t regret these years. Keep going. AND GET AS MANY CUDDLES AS YOU CAN WHILE YOU CAN.

Love to you today, SM

Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.

Psalm 90:12

Love God, your God, with your whole heart: love him with all that’s in you, love him with all you’ve got!

Write these commandments that I’ve given you today on your hearts. Get them inside of you and then get them inside your children. Talk about them wherever you are, sitting at home or walking in the street; talk about them from the time you get up in the morning to when you fall into bed at night. Tie them on your hands and foreheads as a reminder; inscribe them on the doorposts of your homes and on your city gates.

Deuteronomy 6:5-9 (The Message)

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