Monthly Archives: August 2014

Summer Outfits

Here are some of the things I’ve been wearing to work.

drapey pants
Priddy knit pants

I got these pants from a Golden Tote and they are so comfortable I want to live in them.  I paired them with a fitted tee and a long grey cardigan.

wide leg pants
wide leg pants

These are from Anthropologie and I paired them with heels since they are so long and a chambray shirt.

stitch fix top
stitch fix top

The top was from stitch fix and I paired it with a white jacket and cuffed jeans with platform sandals.

orange top
orange top

I got this top from Piperlime and I really love the color.  I paired it with this jacket in the air conditioned office.  THML Sunny Embroidery Top – $29.97 final sale

with jacket
with jacket
Golden Tote Dress with Jacket
Golden Tote Dress with Jacket
Golden Tote Dress without Jacket
Golden Tote Dress without Jacket

I really love this dress from Golden Tote.  I love it so much I decided to order a second tote this month so I could get the Blue version of this swing dress.

Golden Tote Surprise Dress
Golden Tote Surprise Dress

This was one of the Golden Tote surprise dresses and I really like it with this lightweight military style jacket and a simple bracelet and earrings.  It’s a good summer to fall transitional piece.

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Boden First Fall Picks

The Boden Fall catalog was full of cute items but I only had room in my budget for a few things this month.  Here is what I picked.

Boden Fall Picks

Hotpotch Pattern Sweater – $108

Boden Fall Picks

I love the colors and softness of this sweater.  I was drawn to the mustard color and the fit is very nice.

Chepstow Top – $78

I got this one in the tobacco and navy colors.

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I had thought the tobacco color would be more mustard as it looked in the catalog and online, but in person it was much more brown.  I still really liked the patterns and colors though so I’m keeping both.

Easy Printed Top – $78

Boden Fall Picks

I love the blue shade of this top and the overall fit.  It will be good for work in the fall.

I had a 20% off coupon when I bought these but that sale is over.  It looks like the current deal is $45 of when you spend $200, $30 when you spend $150, or $15 when you spend $75.

 

August PopSugar Must Have Box Review

The August PopSugar Must Have box arrived and it’s just as great as the previous two!  I think this is my favorite subscription box because they send a nice variety of items and I end up trying new things that I wouldn’t have otherwise tried.

August PopSugar Must Have Box Review

Here is a breakdown of the items.

Lollia – At Last Perfumed Shower Gel

August PopSugar Must Have Box Review
Body Wash

This has a nice fresh fragrance which is what I tend to go for.  I like warm soapy smells and this is very pleasant.  Plus the packaging is adorable!

The Mason Jar Cookie Company – Celebrate!

August PopSugar Must Have Box Review
Cookies!

Mmmmm cookies… (channeling my inner Homer) I’ve never tried one of these before but it sounds delicious!

Kendra Scott – Elle Earrings in Slate

August PopSugar Must Have Box Review
Earrings

These aren’t something I would have necessarily picked on my own, but they are definitely pretty and I’ll wear them next week.

Goodbyn – Purple Meal and Dipper Set

August PopSugar Must Have Box Review
lunch container

I’m not sure how secure the lid is on this, but I like the idea of having a separate dipper container that fits into the main container.  I often take dip or hummus to work for my carrots or pita chips.

Paddywax – Ocean Tide + Sea Salt Mini Jar Candle

August PopSugar Must Have Box Review
Zen

This candle has a pretty blue jar and the smell is very relaxing and zen.

Bite Beauty – Lush Fruit Lip

August PopSugar Must Have Box Review
lip gloss

I love Bite Beauty lipstick and they partnered with Popsugar to make a special color.  It’s a bright shade of pink but I will definitely try it.  I’ve become a fan of lipgloss lately and this should be a nice summery shade.

Bonus Item – Think Thin Brownie Crunch High Protein Bar

August PopSugar Must Have Box Review
Protein!

With a vegetarian diet I often find myself scrambling to get enough protein in the day and with 20 grams of protein this bar packs a punch!  It does have 230 calories but it’s worth it for the protein.

If you’re interested in signing up for the PopSugar Must Have Box, the cost is $39.95 a month with free shipping and you can use the code REFER5 to get $5 off your first box.

Golden Tote August Review

My Golden Tote for August arrived last week, but I was busy taking care of my nephew for 5 days and didn’t get a chance to open it until last night.  (It is a nice reward after a week of entertaining a 9 year old boy!) 🙂

Here’s what I got this month:

Golden Tote August Review
Golden Tote August 2014

I really like the design on the tote this month.  I’m not sure what to do with all of the cute totes I’ve gotten from them.  I wonder if people have creative ideas?

Here are the two items I picked:

Golden Tote August Review

I think they sent me one of the wrong cards.  I did get the striped summer swing dress, but my other item was the red kimono, not the fringed one.  Maybe they just had one card for kimonos?

Golden Tote August Review

Hanging up it’s just a rather shapeless dress, but I had seen it on one of the models with a cute skinny red belt which I didn’t happen to have, but I do have a wide red belt and I think the result is nice.

Golden Tote August Review

You can’t tell from the picture, but it’s actually a little longer in back and it’s SO comfortable.  I love all of the knits I got in this month’s tote.

Golden Tote August Review
Red Kimono

I had been wanting a kimono for some time and the red color on this one really stood out to me.

Golden Tote August Review

I might play around with different ways to wear it because this is just okay.  Maybe with heels?  Black skinny jeans?

Then there were four surprise items.

Golden Tote August Review
Priddy Striped Dress

I think this was my favorite surprise item.  This will be a great dress to wear in the fall with a military style jacket and later with tights and boots.  It’s also cute just by itself for late summer.

Golden Tote August Review

This is my next favorite.

Golden Tote August Review
Fantastic Fawn dolman sleeve shirt

Again, this is super soft and drapey and very comfortable.

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I like the cute back details.

The next item is another tank, but it’s not too loose and the colors are easy to pair with other items.

Golden Tote August Review
Collective Concepts Tank

Golden Tote August Review

I think I saw someone get this in a Stitch Fix.  I know they send out Collective Concepts brand items so it’s possible.

Then the last item is my least favorite.

Golden Tote August Review
Renee C. cocoon cardigan
Golden Tote August Review
Batwings!

I just couldn’t get it to lay very nicely and have no idea how to wear it.  Since it’s one of those items I will never reach for in my already crowded closet I think I’ll do a giveaway with this item.  I’m going on a trip next week and will be out of town so I’ll do the giveaway when I get back.

Overall Impressions

I really liked this Golden Tote and felt that it was very much worth the $149 for the 5 items I really loved.  I was very happy with the surprises this time and all of the cozy soft fabrics.

 

August Stitch Fix Review

Sigh.  I think the only way to sum this month’s Stitch Fix up is with an emoticon.

😦

Stitch Fix August Review
It looks so promising…

Pomelo – Aggie Sleeveless Side Gathered Striped Maxi Dress $68

I had actually seen this dress on the blog and thought it looked cute, so I was excited to see it.

Stitch Fix August Review

 

Stitch Fix August Review

Stitch Fix August Review

And then I see it on.  Nothing about this worked.  My bra straps were visible, the pattern did nothing for my shape, and it clung to every lump and bump on my body.

Going back.

Kensie Jeans – Kaleigh Ankle Biter Skinny Jean  $88

Red jeans!  Something I’ve wanted forever!  The fabric is stretchy and the color is exactly what I wanted.  Let’s see what they look like on.

Stitch Fix August Review

 

Stitch Fix August Review

 

Stitch Fix August ReviewAnnnnd no.  Skin tight, low rise, and just terrible.  What a disaster.  The best part is the stylist called these “Straight Fit” when the label clearly called them skinny fit.

Going back.

Under Skies – Simran Solid French Terry Moto Jacket $78

Stitch Fix August Review

I had asked for a “lightweight summer jacket I could wear with dresses and tops in the air conditioned office.”  This jacket is a very non-neutral color and is most definitely not light weight.  It was a heavy sweater material.

Stitch Fix August Review

Stitch Fix August Review

On, it is just okay.  But I don’t love it and it doesn’t fill any gaps in my current wardrobe so back it goes.

Skies are Blue – Alexa Embroidery Detailed Tank $48

Then there are tanks.  Again.  Which I’ve asked them to stop sending.

Stitch Fix August ReviewIt’s cute on the hanger.

Stitch Fix August Review

Stitch Fix August ReviewAnd makes me look pregnant.  This is where the stylist was WAY off.  She said she sent me some tops to flatter my pear shape that are tight at the top then get wider at the bottom.  That is the OPPOSITE of what is flattering for a pear shape.  Any  blog or fashion article or anything you read says pear shapes should wear fitted tops to accentuate the waist.  This shape only makes my natural shape worse and makes me look incredibly large.

Going back.  (Seeing a trend….?)

19 Cooper – Lanea Graphic Print Racerback Tank $58

Stitch Fix August Review
Racerback. Tank. Two strikes.

Stitch Fix August Review

Stitch Fix August ReviewAnd a big fat no.  Again, this is terrible for my shape and makes me look pregnant and fat.

Going back.

Overall Impressions

I did not get my usual stylist this time (Cody) and the new one really missed what I was asking for with these picks.  The tops were terrible and unflattering, and the pants were way too tight.  The dress I will take the blame for since I added it to my pinterest page, but nothing else was good.  Everything is going back which means I am out $20, but I wasn’t keeping any of these items just to not lose out on the $20 so I’m just plain out.

I considered cancelling my September fix all together, but instead I scheduled it for further out and asked for absolutely no tank tops and no loose flowy tops like that.  I’d love to see another pants option with a higher waist and not super skinny fit.

Such a disappointment for August.

 

 

 

 

Summer Dresses

I’ve been wearing a lot of dresses this week to work and got a chance to wear two of my new favorite Boden dresses.  Both of the Boden dresses are currently on clearance and stocks are dwindling, but I highly recommend both.

Boden Nancy Dress – $74 on clearance

Boden Nancy Dress

I got this dress in the Blue Riviera pattern and I just love the fit.  The pattern is super cute in person and the dress is soft and flowy.  Perfect for a summer day with a cardigan thrown over it for the office.

Boden Santorini Sundress – $70.40 on clearance

Boden Santorini dress

I love this dress too.  It is made of a nice jersey fabric and it has pockets!  I loved having pockets in a dress but it is pretty rare.  I paired it with an old stitch fix necklace.

41 Hawthorn Stitch Fix Wrap Dress

stitch fix dress

I’ve worn this dress before, but I just love the soft jersey fabric and the length.  Perfect for work!