fixed again #2

Spring has most definitely sprung here in the Central Valley! Actually Winter never really came which only makes the severe drought here in California all the more real. With Spring comes the warmer temps and time to break out the warm weather fashions. Since my stuck-in-a-rut closet has been edited there is definitely room for another fix from Stitch Fix.

Oh happy day!

Stitch Fix is the first fashion retailer to blend expert styling, proprietary technology and unique product to deliver a shopping experience that is truly personalized for you. Simply fill out the Stitch Fix Style Profile and our personal stylists will handpick a selection of five clothing items and accessories unique to your taste, budget and lifestyle. You can buy what you like and return the rest!

How does it work?

  1. Fill out your Style Profile

    Begin by filling out the Style Profile. This helps us understand your size, style, shape, budget and lifestyle. Completing your profile should only take about 10 minutes.

  2. Pick the date you’d like to receive your shipment

    We’ll send you a selection of five clothing items and accessories handpicked by personal stylists on the date you choose. At the time your stylist selects your items, you will be charged a $20 styling fee. That $20 will be applied toward anything you keep from your shipment.

  3. Try everything on in the comfort of your home

    We encourage you to try on everything our personal stylists have picked for you because you just never know what will look great on! Create new outfits by pairing what’s in your shipment with the items that are already in your closet.

  4. Buy what you like and return the rest

    a. Take three days to decide what you’ll purchase and what you’d like to send back. You’re only charged for these items when you tell

    us what you’re keeping and returning.

    b. Check out by logging in to your account to pay for those items you want to keep. The $20 styling fee will be applied toward any items you purchase. If you buy all five items, we’ll give you 25% off the entire purchase!

    c. Simply return the items you don’t want in our prepaid mailing bag and drop it at any USPS mailbox. Stitch Fix clients enjoy free shipping both ways as a benefit of using our service!

I couldn’t wait to try on what Alicia had chosen for me especially when I saw that she had been looking at what I was pinning on Pinterest.

Those floral jeans!

What can I say, I loved, loved, loved the Dear John Niki Cropped Skinny Jean!

Others seemed to as well…Zelda, the barista at Starbucks, three of my kids, Daniel’s endocrinologist, a random stranger while Daniel and I were getting lunch after his endocrinology check-up at Valley Children’s. The skinny jeans fit well and were very comfortable especially during the two hour drive to Valley Children’s in Madera yesterday. I’m definitely keeping these!

Up next, Market & Spruce Aleah V-Neck Heathered Dolman Sleeve Shirt.

Hmmm…Love the color but honestly, that’s about it. I spent some time tugging and adjusting as every movement revealed bra straps and the overall shape just seemed to add thickness to the middle. Sorry, but I am just not a dolman sleeve kind of girl and I gave up the one shoulder Flashdance look around the time I gave up perms. This will go back.

Next, the Skies Are Blue Samira Cargo Vest.

I think I pinned something similar to this but this vest was just too much. Too many ties which were extra long and proved to be delightful cat toys for Zelda. Too many pockets…I know, it’s a CARGO vest. The collar was weird and just would not lay right and the hood just added even more unnecessary bulk. Sorry, no. Sending this one back.

Next is the Loveappella Whitnee Button Neck Striped Shift Dress.

Pay no attention to the blinding white legs.

I really liked this super comfortable, body-hugging dress. I could see this as a perfect dress to pair with a cool scarf and denim jacket for a day look as well as a date night with my darling husband. I imagine that he would appreciate the way it hugs every curve too. I admit that at this moment I am on the fence with this one. It’s warm here in the Central Valley and this would most likely be spending the Spring and Summer just hanging in my closet. I do like it but I’m thinking that I probably will send it back for now. I need pieces that will work now and through the summer.

Finally, there is the Bria Coil Beads Necklace.

So pretty! I’m keeping.

So now I will send back the selections that did not work along with comments on what worked and did not work with this month’s Fix. This is only my second fix. I’m learning very quickly the importance of communicating with your Stitch Fix stylist more about my style, shape and lifestyle. All in all though her selections prove that we are off to a great start. I can’t wait to see what will come with the next Fix.

Interested? Curious? Feel free to click on my Stitch Fix referral link to get started.

go your own way

When your Mommy and Daddy are gorgeous, stylish people and your big sister is also it just goes without saying that you too will be a gorgeous, stylish creature.

Of course you will go your own way…as you always do.

It seems as though little Miss Fallon Elizabeth has practically overnight transformed from a chunky little toddler with dimples and rolls of chub into this tall, lean small child. Her parents need to slow this girl down…like right now.

I was hipster when hipster wasn’t cool

My dear friend, Kale, pointed out this truth that the hipsters would be jealous of this awesome look and I was clearly just ahead of my time.

Yes the cat’s eyeglasses were really cool back in 1964 or 1965, whenever this awesome portrait was taken. But they weren’t so cool ten years later when I was STILL wearing cat’s eyeglasses. But alas, my choices were limited…very limited. Truth be told I was never allowed to choose my own eyeglasses…at least until I was 18.

Which would be why I have always allowed my circus clowns to pick out their own eyeglasses.

Yes, he picked these out. We’re at that awkward stage where one size is too small but the next size is a little too big so we went with a little too big. Fingers crossed that he grows…sooner rather than later.

As for me, I picked my own frames out too…and thus we gave thanks for having vision coverage again because with the prescription I have I could not afford these. You know that the economy is in recovery when my husband’s union restores vision coverage to our health insurance. Hurray for vision coverage! Thank you Local 393 for restoring vision coverage!

I guess there is still a little bit of hipster in me.

wait, there’s a window?

Picking up a prescription at my local Target pharmacy I encounter one of our very own Target Ladies who waited on me.

Oh my goodness but your hair is SO LONG!

Has so much time passed that she hasn’t noticed that, yes, my hair is long? Perhaps I have been wearing it up too much. Well today it was down and it was long.

You look SO GOOD with long hair!!

Thanks.

You look so YOUNG wearing your hair like that! Like really young. Ten years younger, or more. Of course I know how old you are so I will have to say you look forty-one!

Well 41 is good. Thank you.

Walking away with my prescription I find myself laughing a little. Thanks to Overly Familiar Target Lady everyone waiting in line now knows how old I am…ten years older than 41. Not that I really care. It just struck me as funny, as pretty much every encounter I have with Overly Familiar Target Lady. So I overshare a little on Facebook…as we do.

Overly familiar Target Pharmacy lady says I look like 10 years younger with long hair. “Like 41 because I know how old you really are.” Okay!

To me it was funny and so I shared.

Soon enough comments followed and although I LOVED the compliments that wasn’t what I was going for. I swear. Still, it was nice. Thank you. But quickly enough, the air was let out of my ballooned head by a comment that perhaps there is a limit, a limit of when one is too old for long hair and perhaps that window was soon closing…for my friend…my friend who is ten years younger than me.

Seriously?

There is a time when long hair is no longer acceptable for women of a certain age…40-something year old women?!

In 2013?!

Why can’t middle-aged women have long hair?

Why indeed.

Yes, I know after a certain age our hair, among other things change. Believe me, I am aware. Often a woman of a certain age finds that her hair thins some. For me that would mean I don’t break as many hair brushes as I used to in my twenties and thirties. It still is very thick…and as I am getting older it is changing a little in texture, becoming coarser, curlier…and grayer. Hollie covers that gray very well now. Perhaps I might not let her cover it as much…then again, no…for now.

Anyone who has known me for a very long time knows I have worn my hair very long and very short and all kinds of lengths in between. That’s me. That’s my hair. So the long hair now is not me trying to look young or trying to grasp desperately after fading youth or beauty. No. It’s just me and my hair and I like it this way right now. I like it a lot. As long as the hair is healthy and looks good why must a woman wear her hair short just because she is of a certain age? My hairdresser agrees. Me as a 51 year old woman is a helluva lot more confident and comfortable in my own skin than I ever was in my teens (DUH!), my 20s, my 30s and even part of my 40s and right now I am very comfortable with my long locks. So for me, that window is open, open all the way baby letting the cool, fresh breezes in…hot flashes, you know.

the sharp dressed nurse

Why am I hearing ZZ Top right now?

Every (patient’s) crazy for a sharp dressed nurse.

Truth be told, being a patient myself a few times, I never really paid much attention to how my nurse caring for me looked. Just do your job and take really good care of me is all I ask. The thing is I have found in those circumstances is the nurses who have cared for me, or my children, as their patient are not only professional in their skills but how they look. Their appearance reflects their attention to their profession…and their personality.

The balance of presenting myself professionally along with a little self expression has been on my mind lately. Ultimately I dress as a NICU nurse for comfort, mine and my patients and their families because twelve hours night or day is a very long time to be on the job caring for tiny human beings and their worried, stressed families. Working twelve hour night shifts as an RN in the NICU, I certainly don’t always look gorgeous…um, actually probably never with my hair twisted up in a bun or a braid and virtually no makeup. But then again I’m too busy taking care of critically sick, tiny humans and supporting their scared, nervous (and sometimes also sick) parents to be worried about whether or not I look good. Yet I do try to look good…or at least professional, as in the “you can trust me I am a professional and well-qualified to care for your precious baby” sense. It makes a difference I believe. I know I would want my loved ones’ caregivers to dress and look professional.

I was more than thrilled to be asked by Uniformed Scrubs to try on and take one of their scrub tops out for a night of “fun” in the NICU. A little sweat (thank you hot flashes!), some baby spit up that might miss a burp cloth or some dried tears on your shoulder after hugging a grateful parent or snuggling a snuffling baby. So. Much Fun. No, really. Fun that my scrubs better hold up to well.

I was given an Adar Scrub Set top to try on. Basic, simple, well-made, side vents, deep pockets…all things I want/need in scrubs. Comfortable too.

Definitely comfortable but I need a smaller size! That’s my fault. I guess I need to see that yes, I am a size smaller which is a win. Hurray for my running obsession and new flirtation with kettle bells! But the true test was yes, these scrubs held up very well to my 12 hour shift of caring for my precious patients, my hot flashes and the little bit of baby spit up that slipped past the burp cloth washed out just fine, thank you very much.

To thank me for trying on one of their featured scrubs, Uniformed Scrubs is offering my readers 15% off their wide variety of brands of fun, functional and comfortable scrubs. Just use the coupon code “true blue” from now until July 31, 2013 to receive you 15% off discount. Pretty awesome!

Also be sure to check out the Official Uniformed Scubs Blog, like them on Facebook, follow them on Twitter, and on Pinterest to see more featured products, deals and discounts.

I was asked by Uniformed Scrubs to try on and review one of the Adar Scrub Set top and received no other compensation besides the scrub top which served me well last night at work.