Saturday, February 28, 2015

Stitch Fix Review {Fix #4}

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Stitch Fix #4 is here and early I might add! I bumped up my shipment date to before our trip in hopes of getting one more piece I wanted before we go camping. It was scheduled to arrive on Feb. 28th but it arrived on the 26th instead...two days early! I was actually estimated by FedEx to arrive on the 25th but they got behind a day.

For this fix I requested: stylist Rachel again, the Alan Cowl Neck Asymmetrical Cardigan in light grey, Spring colors, subtle floral, tops to match my Kate Spade cobalt rubber rain flats (found on clearance at Nordstrom Rack), and some solid cropped pants to transition into Spring.

This box was about 1/2 the depth of my previous boxes. The first thing I looked for on my personalized note was if it was from Rachel or not...and it was!

As I read it I was skeptical. I knew I didn't want the asymmetrical cardigan in black and I got a dress?! There was really nothing I could wear with my cobalt shoes and only 1 thing in color.

The items I received were:
  • Brixon Ivy Pinson Drape Cardigan, size M ($54)
  • Gilli Noemie Chevron Skirt Faux Wrap Dress, size M ($64)
  • Collective Concepts Phelan Blouse, size petite M ($64)
  • Market and Spruce Alan French Terry Asymmetrical Zip Cardigan, size M ($68)
  • Just Black Jacob High Rise Skinny Jean, size 6 ($78)
Brixon Ivy Pinson Drape Cardigan ($54) - RETURNED
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I debated this one. I loved the feminine look of this cardigan with the soft layering of it. I don't own anything in the outer oatmeal coloring of it. It seems to photograph more grey but it seemed like an oatmeal color in person.
However, my pale skin doesn't show well in the blush tone of the inside layer. I know blush is Spring color this year but unless it was worked into a pattern with other colors around it, I don't think I can pull it off. 
I also was fidgeting with the fit under my arms. There was a pretty good gap under my arm so when I put my arms at my side the fabric seemed to bunch funny on me. I kept trying to readjust it and knew it would bother me every time I wore it. I think I could have pulled this off in a size small. 
I believe it was priced well and really like the look of it. I'd be willing to try again in different color tones and a size smaller (hint hint Rachel!). 

Collective Concepts Phelan Blouse ($64) - RETURNED
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I don't even know where to start with this top. I feel like it had to be mislabeled as far as sizing. It just fit so weird! The only thing I liked about this blouse was the color. It was a beautiful raspberry color with cute sleeve detail! 
Rachel sent it in a petite. I have in my profile I'd be willing to receive petite pants. I really don't think I need tops in a petite unless it is due to really long sleeves. I think petite is good if it is for leg length on pants, maxi skirts/dresses. For this top however, I couldn't even raise my arms without exposing my "mom of 4 kids in 5 years tummy". And no one wants to see that! 
The shoulders kept falling off, my bra was showing all over the place, and I could have fit another 1/2 a person in it. It was too short, boxy, oversized,& no shape for me. This was gladly returned.

Market and Spruce Alan French Terry Asymmetrical Zip Cardigan ($68) - RETURNED
Alan French Terry Asymmetrical Zip Cardigan

I was immediately disappointed when I saw this. I am starting to think making specific requests just leads to disappointment. I had requested a very similar item called the Alan Cowl Neck Asymmetrical Cardigan in a light grey, pinned here. I thought it would be great for our camping trip and a great cover up for my running attire. I have black running capris and black running shorts so the fact that this was also black wouldn't work for the purpose I wanted it. I do love black but this time I wanted different. 

I still tried it on since I didn't really know the difference in this cut vs. the cowl neck version. The fabric was super soft! (please excuse the 2 sizes too big, wrinkled pants that were already in the camping pile for our trip).
However, it was forever LONG. The sleeves went to my 2nd knuckles & the back had a "tail" that almost went to the back of my knees.
I asked fellow Stitch Fix customers on the difference of these two brands and I was informed the Cowl neck version is shorter and the French Terry version is softer, fits very generously, and is longer. 

For my 5'3" self and being between sizes I think the Cowl neck would have fit my body better.  Not really sure if I would need the Cowl neck version in a small or medium since they seem to be cut differently. Unfortunately, this didn't work and I knew I needed to send it back. 

Gilli Noemie Chevron Skirt Faux Wrap Dress ($64) - KEEP
Noemie Chevron Skirt Faux Wrap Dress

When I read my note from Rachel I thought to myself "a dress?!" I had 4 girls in 5 years, push a double stroller 5 days a week (if not more), a dress just isn't part of my daily wardrobe at the moment. By the time I got to this item I was already disappointed with the previous items and kept thinking "I am not keeping anything and I am out $20". My husband on the other hand couldn't wait for me to try it on. (I'm pretty sure I rolled my eyes at this point). 

I put it on and the first words out of my husband's mouth were "Wow! You look hot!" I am very blessed with an amazing husband who compliments me all the time (even if I don't want to hear it) but I don't remember the last time he has used the word "hot". 
I was pleasantly surprised when I looked in the mirror. First of all, it fit! I have recently purged most of my clothes in my closet because they are all 3-4 sizes too big. I guess I didn't realized how much weight I really lost until I tried on my Spring/Summer clothes and they fell straight down. I literally don't have any dresses that fit me. 

It was fitted where I wanted it to be and flowy exactly where I wanted it to be! I have issues with excess skin from 4 babies in 5 years and my weight loss. This dress doesn't reveal a thing! 

Second of all, it is nursing friendly! The faux wrap chest actually does open making it accessible for breastfeeding! 
It also has ruched sleeves for a bit of detail.
I was still hesitant though. I told my husband I didn't have use for a dress right now. His response "I'll just have to take you out on a date! And didn't you just get rid of all your dresses?" I seriously love him! I would have been crazy to send this back...keeper!

Just Black Jacob High Rise Skinny Jean ($78) - RETURNED
Jacob High Rise Skinny Jean

I have been requesting grey skinny jeans and was supposed to get these in Fix #2 but there was an issue with the warehouse having them in stock. Rachel tried again in getting these to me since they were a shorter inseam and I prefer short/ankle length jeans. The price was right on for a pair of jeans.

These were high rise, which I do not own any of. This did not bother me since they actually help with the "mom belly". What bothered me was the color and the fit. The grey was so dark they almost appeared black. I had to go hold them up to my black skinny jeans to be able to see the difference. It's not that I don't like the color - I do. But for the upcoming Spring and Summer season I am looking for a lighter wash grey. 
The fit wasn't right either. I had to go read the itemized list to see if they were actually "skinny" jeans or not. They were baggy and bunched on my lower legs. It's the first thing I noticed when I put them on.
The waist appeared to fit fine but they have a lot of stretch to them so I was able to pull the waist out pretty far. 
I made this mistake with a recent pair of jeans I bought in a size 6 with stretch and after a few hours of wearing the butt sags they only stay on with a belt. I was nervous this would happen with these too. So these were sent back.

My total cost for this fix:
Dress $64 - $20 styling fee applied = $44 + $2.86 tax = $46.86
I still have credit from Christmas gift cards so my actual cost was $0!

I am nervous with trying a size smaller for some reason but I do think I am needing to size down at this point. It seems like more times than not, the items I have received have been too big. 

I am requesting Rachel again! I knew there was a reason I liked her - she lives around the corner from me in Austin! So she totally gets our South TX weather. She has really paid attention to my requests like nursing friendly and no dry clean. She also really surprised me with the dress, which I probably would have never asked for. 

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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Reese's Fun Run

Reese recently participated in the Apex Fun Run as part of a school fundraiser. She along with the other students ran laps to help raise money for their classroom curriculum. We asked family members to help pledge a monetary amount per lap. 16 laps = 1 mile and there was a 36 lap cap.

It was so much fun to go cheer her and the fellow students on!
They had a "mandatory walk lap" in the middle of the event. The kids found this the perfect time to compare how many laps each other had run.

I had no idea how far Reese could run since she has never participated in any kind of measured running event.
I was shocked that she ran 39 laps! That's 2.43 miles! I'm pretty sure she could handle a 5k race! She raised $529 with the help of family. Thank you to all who supported her by pledging!

Georgia Rae - 8 Months Old!

February 12, 2015 - Georgia turned 8 months old!

Eyes: Blue

Clothes: mostly 12 months, still wears some 9mo
Diapers: size 3 during day & size 4 at night
Nursing: every 3-5hrs
Weight: approx. 18 pounds per home scale

Teething: 8 chompers! She has 4 on top and 4 on bottom

Solids: We are starting to push solids now! She has great pincer grasp and can self feed baby puffs, cheerios & mum mums. I have to help her with chunks of banana, peas, & chunks of carrots since they are so slippery. I offered some steamed broccoli the other night but that didn't go very well. She also doesn't like diced apples or grapes. She really likes sweet potatoes though! I plan to start blueberries and egg yolks this week. I put her at the table with us for 3 meals a day even if she doesn't eat much. 

Milestones: She isn't crawling yet but so really wants to be! I keep showing her how to get up on top of her knees and she thinks its funny. She has great pincer grasp! She says "mama" constantly and is trying to say "dada" and "dog" but it hasn't come out right yet. 

Sleep: She sleeps great in her crib and is a tummy sleeper. For the most part, I am able to nurse her and then lay her down and just walk out of her room and close the door and she will go to sleep. She struggles with self soothing to sleep for daytime naps. 
Pretending to sleep!

Playtime: She loves to play play play. She is all about being involved in whatever is going on. She LOVES to jump in her jumperoo and can walk in her walker and around-about toy. She can sit and play for a long time, especially if the girls are playing with her. 

Personality: She is still a very serious baby. 

You have to work for the smiles...
but when she cracks I can't get enough of her smiles and giggles!

Signs: She can sign milk! She usually only does it when she is ready for sleep but she can do it! I am starting to show her signs for "eat", "more" and "all done" now. 

Concerns/Updates: She had her renal sonogram and VCUG performed at the children's hospital recently to test for VUR (bladder reflux to the kidneys) since she had a kidney infection and she didn't reflux! I was so relieved because I know the continued testing and daily treatment that comes along with VUR from Scarlett having it. 
Overall, she is doing better now that I am dairy free. She isn't SCREAMING and arching her back anymore. She started sleeping through the night last week but did wake up at 4am last night. She has a runny nose right now which is bothering her during sleep. 
I don't feel like we are at 100% happy, pain-free baby yet but she has come a long way in a short period of time. She did spit up a lot after a big feeding a few days ago. I am starting to wonder if her dose is still therapeutic for her reflux.

I am praying that by the time she turns 1 she will be happy, content, & pain-free! I know there is light at the end of the tunnel. I just imagined we would be there already. At first I told myself, it will get better at 4mo of age...which then turned into 6mo of age...and now I am just aiming for her 1st birthday. As she starts to outgrow this dairy intolerance & reflux I think she will feel so much better! And it will be so much easier when she can talk and tell me what is wrong!