Fashion, Life

StitchFix as an “Inbetweenie”

I’ve been seeing StitchFix Blog Reviews and Social Media posts forever but I was always so skeptical about it because finding clothes that fit me is stupid hard. I’m in a weird place size wise. I’m not fully “plus size” and I’m not exactly “straight size” either. I’m what has been labeled an “Inbetweenie” in the fashion world. I’m a pretty solid size 14 in pants, which is the largest size StitchFix currently offers. In most tops I’m a large, unless it has no stretch and then I usually size up to XL. When I go clothes shopping I am one of those people who go in with 9823 pieces and comes out empty handed because nothing fits right. I’m a CrossFit coach and spend the majority of my time in workout clothes, which is awesome. Except for when I actually want to try to look like a grown up who has their act together on occasion and I realize I have no fashionable options because I really don’t know how to dress like a grown up.

Despite my skepticism I signed up for my first fix back in May. I answered the questions in the style quiz, filled out the sizes to the best of my ability, signed up for my first fix with my only hope being that I could at least fit into 1 or 2 of the pieces they sent me. They charge you a $20 Styling Fee, which you can use to put towards your purchase if you decide to keep the items. If you keep all 5 items from the fix you get a 25% discount. The clothing they select is, for me, on the higher end of the price point I usually spend on clothing. Since I don’t buy “grown up” clothes that often I figured it would be worth it to invest in some versatile pieces that would last awhile, even if it was above what I would normally spend for clothes.

After I spent some time making sure my style profile and sizes were right, as well as updating my fashion board on pinterest and writing my stylist a note I scheduled my first fix. It showed up right on time in a beautifully packaged box with a note from my stylist.

Despite the fact I had just gotten home from the gym and looked like a hot mess, I ripped the package open and tried everything on.

 

 

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The first thing I tried on were, of course, the jeans. Ohhhh the jeans. They were buttery soft. They fit over my butt and thighs, but they were AT LEAST 6 inches too long. and they were supposedly a petite cut. They were $78. But they fit over my butt and thighs! Ultimately, I decided I didn’t want to pay $78 for jeans that I would have to pay to hem. Looking back now I kind of wish I had kept them. Lesson Learned!

The top was a fun color and I loved the crochet, but it wasn’t stretchy at all and I felt so constricted in it… if it had been a knit material I would have kept it for sure. But it was a return.

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Next was this adorable tank top. I loved the print and the length, but again, it wasn’t stretchy at all and it was way too tight on my boobs. I felt trapped. Another tank that if it had been in a more flexible fabric would have been a keeper. But I returned it.

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Ah, this dress. I love love love loved the way this dress looked. It was rather formal though. I had asked for a summer dress and this was a bit of a thicker material. It was also $74. And I have no where to wear it. I literally am in workout clothes 80% of the time and the other 20% is casual. I go no where fancy. If I had a special event coming up I would have kept it. But to pay $74 for a dress I would maybe wear… I couldn’t do it. Return.

So – Good news from my first fix is that most of it fit. Bad News is that none of it was something I wanted to keep. Good news – they sent a cute pair of dangly earrings that were $28, I don’t normally buy dangly earrings but since my $20 styling fee would be lost if I returned the entire fix I figured I could make good use of a cute pair of earrings instead of forfeiting $20.

Sometimes all it takes to feel fancy is the right pair of earrings. Thanks @stitchfix #stitchfix #fancy

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After my first fix I had a better idea of what kind of feedback to give my stylist. Stretchy material on everything (I live in Spandex!), more casual dresses, no earrings. I scheduled my second fix for the next month. I have been searching high and low for some cute, casual and stylish tanks to pair with my shorts for a pulled together summer look. Maybe a casual light weight maxi. And jeans that weren’t made for someone with legs as long as Taylor Swift.

My second fix showed up and I was just as excited as when I received the first one. A cute note from my stylist about the things she saw on my pinterest board and tips for styling each of the items included in my fix.

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Of course, the first thing I tried on was the pair of jeans she sent. I wanted them to work, I really loved them… but there was no way they were going to button or cover the top 2″ of my butt #liftingprobs

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The shirt was cute. And comfortable. But not something I felt like I couldn’t get at Target.

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This was a fun option, it was actually a split back tank – which is something I had pinned on my Fashion board on Pinterest.

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I liked it, but it was one of two split back tanks in my fix and I didn’t want to keep both. Oh darn, now I spoiled what the next thing was! Another split back tank!

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This one seemed a bit more grown up. It was a neutral grey, which also was more versatile. I like that I can wear it by itself and it can be a little more fun and sexy, or I can layer it over a cami for a more professional look. Keeper!

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And the grand finale. I loved this dress when I pulled it out of the box. It was soft and I felt like it really complimented my figure. I liked it, I just didn’t like it $58 worth. Maybe I’m just too cheap. Maybe it’s the fact that I wear “real” clothes only 20% of the time. I don’t know. I’m really looking for more versatile pieces that can be mixed and matched for several different looks. And while this was a stellar find, I just couldn’t pull the trigger. Returned.

Overall I’ve really enjoyed my StitchFix experience. I was concerned with fit at first, as I am the largest size they advertise, but I feel like the stuff they sent fit me just as good, if not better, than the stuff I would go try on in a store. I don’t think I’ll keep doing a fix every month because, like I said, I’m cheap. But when I feel like I need to spice up my wardrobe I’ll let StitchFix help me with that. If you want to try it, use my referral link! I get credit for everyone who uses my link and signs up for a fix. So basically you get a fun new wardrobe and it helps me pay for mine. Winning.

Have you tried StitchFix?

Life, Travel

Summer Travels

Traveling is one of my all time favorite things to do. Not only do you get to disconnect from the every day hustle and bustle and recharge, but you also get to experience new things and make memories with your family. We have made travel a priority and have worked hard to make vacations a special experience for our family. Aside from plain old hard work you can also make planning vacations a little easier by using travel rewards Credit Cards, like the Discover It Miles Card. It has no annual fee, the miles never expire, and you can fly any airline at any time! Just use it for regular purchases and you can rack up rewards to use towards your summer travels.

 

Just before summer started we spent a week in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico. We stayed at The Gran Porto Real, our first all inclusive!

 

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The pool was by far our favorite place. We had a view of it from the balcony in our room. Payton was in the pool within the first hour we were there and it feels like she didn’t leave for the whole week!

We made it!! #normanfamilyvacation2015 #mexico

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We spent most days hanging out by the pool. Lounging, reading, swimming, napping.

 

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An all inclusive vacation was a bit different than our typical Disney vacation or our previous Costa Rica and Baja trips, we spent more time relaxing and having no plans instead of planning out every detail and adventure. We did a spontaneous bike ride tour of the area one morning and ended up down by the beach and toured some Mayan Ruins.

 

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We also saw these awesome palm trees – they had been blown over by a hurricane but continued to grow even though they were growing sideways!

 

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One of my favorite things about taking vacations is being able to share these experiences with Payton. Growing up with memories of spending quality time together exploring, adventuring, and relaxing is something you can’t buy.

Travel is something that helps keep us focused during the busy seasons. I am so thankful to be able to work hard along side my husband and best friend and know that we are building our dream, working hard so we can play hard. With that hard work and smart planning with rewards card like the Discover It Miles card, nothing seems out of reach. Work hard, plan smart and you can experience the world.

 

Mexico was our one big trip this year, but we also have some travel plans to spend a few days in Minnesota next month and then we are going to Jamaica in September for Chris’ 30th Birthday/Our 8th Anniversary Celebration! For that trip we will be leaving the kiddo with grandma and enjoying ourselves sans kiddo on 7 mile Beach!

 

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I Can’t Wait!

 

What are your Summer Travel plans?

 

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

CrossFit, Life

Black Ops Murph 2015

I know It’s super late to be posting about Memorial Day… but better late than never, right? This was such a cool experience I had to share it! I’m also working on a recap from our Mexico Vacation, and update on my hormones, and a 1 year post op update from my abdominoplasty! So much awesomeness coming your way… I hope you’re ready!

Each Memorial Day for the past several years we have hosted a workout to honor the fallen. The workout we do is a Hero WOD called Murph. CrossFit has several bench mark workouts, some called “The Girls” and then there are Hero WODs which are made to honor fallen soldiers and first responders. Murph is a workout that was named after Lieutenant Michael Murphy. You may remember him from the movie/book “Lone Survivor” – He was the one who climbed out into the open to try to call for help for his team as they were being attacked. He, along with the rest of his team besides Marcus Luttrell, were killed on that mission. When doing a hero workout my goal is always to give my all, as I think back on all those who gave their all so I have the freedom I do today. Murph is no different. It is a tough workout, but if they can give their life certainly I can do one more squat or run another mile.

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This year instead of doing the typical Memorial Day Morning Murph we decided to have “Black Ops Murph” on Sunday evening. We hired a DJ, brought in black lights and robotic lights, and also got body paint and glow sticks. As everyone began to arrive the box was buzzing with excitement. Everyone was ready to get a great workout

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We gathered together the first heat and got ready to head out the door for the first 1 Mile Run.

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We started the countdown… 3..2…1… GO!

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We were very grateful for the Wentzville Police Department coming out to help us cross the road safely!

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Throughout the entire workout we were reminded of why we do workouts like this… to honor those who have given literally everything for us to have our freedom. Most hero WODs are pretty tough, but really when you think about the things the soldiers and first responders had to go through complaining about or quitting a workout because it’s hard isn’t an option.

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Once we got back inside (a little wet from the mix of sweat, humidity, and rain) we set out to complete 100 Pull Ups 200 Push Ups and 300 Squats. I’ve always done this workout with a partner and we have taken turns breaking down the workout into 20 sets of 5 Pull Ups- 10 Push Ups – and 15 Squats. This year I did it with a partner but we decided to go straight through the reps without breaking it up. So we finished the 100 Pull Ups before going to the 200 Push Ups and the Push Ups before finishing with the 300 Squats. Holy Moly, that is a whole different animal. For me the real game changer was the push ups. Doing sets of 10 even when alternating with a partner had my arms smoked! It was a super cool experience to workout under the black lights with the DJ Music Pumping though!

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Vest from HumanX Gear – Use the Code DREAMER20 for 20% off!

 

This is Happening! Black Ops Murph 2015 @crossfit70 #crossfit #murph #memorialday #blacklight

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I tried my best to get some good pictures, but apparently your camera freaks out if it is both dark and the subjects you are trying to photographing are moving at break neck speeds… The best shot I got? A Selfie, of course!

Such a fun time! Black Ops Murph is a success! #blacklight #murph #crossfit @crossfit70 #wentzville #memorialday

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We ended up running 2 heats and having well over 40+ people show up. It is crazy to see how much our community has grown over the last several years… The top picture is the first year we did Murph just a month or so after opening CrossFit 70. The bottom picture was last year after being open just over a year.

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This year was our 3rd year doing Murph on Memorial day and our biggest turn out yet!

 

I’m so proud of everyone who came out to support our community and to honor and remember those who lost their lives fighting for our freedom. I feel incredibly blessed to be surrounded by such great people not just on awesome special events like this but day in and day out at our box. Also a big thanks to Fabletics for providing some awesome swag for the attendees and to HumanX Gear for the best weight vest I’ve ever used!

 

Have you ever done Murph? Or a Black light WOD?