A Stitch(Fix) In Time.

Last week was a happy week for many reasons but one in particular made it extra fun…my Stitch Fix arrived!

A few weeks ago I mentioned Stitch Fix in my list of favorite things in 2o13. You may have heard of Birchbox, PopSugar MustHave, or Umba Box…all are subscription based services that send you a monthly shipment of hand selected products. What makes Stitch Fix unique is that for a $20 fee, you get a box of personally selected clothes and accessories (usually five per shipment) and you then have three days to return any unwanted items. You aren’t charged additional money for anything you return. There’s no obligation and no required subscription, you can schedule a box to be delivered as little or as often as you like. I personally LOVE surprises, so I wanted to give it a try at least once to see what I got!

When you register online, the first thing you do is fill out a personal style profile (this is the fun part!) You can also link the stylists to your Twitter, Pinterest and Facebook profiles so they can see your personal style.

Want to join me in the fun? Get your own fix here!

Once you schedule your shipment…then you wait. Pretty soon, you’ll come home to this!

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Here’s the breakdown of how the process works…

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I really liked everything I received! Unfortunately, my budget prevented me from keeping everything. But it was fun to play dress up for a little while (and I did decide to keep one top.)

And without further ado…here are the five pieces I was sent! Attached to each piece, you get a note card about the garment and examples of how to wear it.

And this is the piece I kept…

So much fun in one box! I think it’s a great way to try out new styles (especially at the season changes) and to see what a fashion expert would dress you in.

Have you gotten your Fix? What did you think? I’d love to hear about it!

Read about some other Fixes…

Nourishing and Flourishing – I got my fix! (one of my best friends, Kimmy!)
Life on the Quarter – I’m Not Stylish
Little Chief Honeybee – Stitch Fix Haul – Fixes #22 + #23
The Ride – Stitch Fix #1
Caroline Tesselle – A Stitch Fix for Me

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I’m Alive in Lyrics.

A few days ago, I had a new blog friend, Lisa (stop by and give her some love!), comment on my Alive post. She mentioned a song that I had honestly never heard of. But then I looked it up and it really IS perfect for where my desire to explore alive comes from. So I wanted to share it with you. I love song lyrics; and I hope that they encourage you to continue exploring your beautiful life!

*This song became even more perfect when I looked it up and realized I did in fact know this artist…he is the former lead singer of my good friend Lindsey Jo’s FAVORITE band (I mean, that in the most intense way possible. I spent a large part of my college life being educated on them.) Life is so ironic.

Peter Furler – I’m Alive Lyrics

When I was locked inside my head
When I was lost in a maze of doubt
You called my name and woke me up
You called my name and led me out

And when I chased one more mirage
‘Til I was tired and parched again
You gave me one more cup to fill
And sent me one more desert rain

I’m alive, I’m on fire
And my spirit burns with desire
You set me alight, bright-eyed
And with no way to hold it inside
I wanted to thank You
Thank You, thank You

I was sure of all I knew
I knew the world was mine to claim
I had directions printed out
And then I hit a wall of shame

Out there alone and left to die
Cut off from You, my sole supply
You shed Your tears for me and then
You took my hand and raised me high

I’m alive, I’m on fire
And my spirit burns with desire
You set me alight, bright-eyed
And with no way to hold it inside
I wanted to thank You
Thank You, thank You

I wanted to thank You
Thank You, thank You
I wanted to thank You
Thank You, yeah, thank You

The Peppermint Mocha Chronicles: The Nutrcracker.

Saturday was a fantastic day.

I started my morning baking cookies with a dear friend, a tradition we started last year. Always fun to catch up over some sweets!

The afternoon, however, was where the real fun was waiting. This year, Breena and I finally decided it was time to take Eisley to see The Nutrcracker performed by BalletMet. Being a tiny performer herself, Eisley has talked endlessly about Angelina Ballerina for the past couple of years. She even got to take her first dance class last year. So I of course thought it necessary that she see this holiday classic.

There is something magical about seeing art performed live. It could have something to do with the fact that we were in the amazing, historic Ohio Theatre, decked out for Christmas, among hundreds of excited kids dressed to the nines.

Or, it could be something else. It could be the idea that at the core of all of us, is the desire for something beautiful. And art is beautiful. I can’t count how many times Eisley leaned over to me during the show and said “Oooooh, look at how pretty that girl (dancer) is”…it was like each costume was more spectacular than the last one to her. By the end of the day, she couldn’t stop talking about Clara, the lead character. And I couldn’t help but find a sense of great joy and thankfulness…that in light of Friday’s events, I got to spend a few hours with a little girl, where the scariest thing we had to encounter was the Mouse King, and how he was really just a kid with a costume so she didn’t need to be afraid.

I was thankful that I had the opportunity to go with Breena and Eisley and share something that I love so much. I remember watching older dancers when I was little, thinking they were so pretty and perfect and thinking that I could be just like that. And I hope Eisley got that too; the understanding that she too has the opportunity to be beautiful and make magic in her own life and in her own way. Because art ends only with our imagination.

In Eisley’s own words, “That was just too much fun.” And it really was.

And of course, pictures! We are three fashion-loving ladies, so of course we were excited for a reason to dress up. Eisley even got to wear a little make up because it was a special day out.

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With her Clara Christmas tree ornament she got to pick out.

 

The Peppermint Mocha Chronicles: My New Favorite Thing.

And before you get excited…no this is not like Oprah’s Favorite Things. Though I wish I could give you each a copy!

My new favorite thing is a book by photographer Jordan Matter called Dancers Among Us. It is literally 229 pages of joy in everyday life (goes with the PM theme, right?!)

In the artist’s introduction, Matter states:

” What happens to this enthusiasm, this ability to be wholly present in the moment? Why are these pure moments of passion so often replaced with cynicism, boredom, and indifference? As I played with my son, I thought about creating photographs that would show the world as if through his eyes. The people in the images would be alive and in the moment, celebrating all aspects and emotions of everyday life.”

What does happen? How do we get so caught up in doing, that we forget to look around and just be? As I read through the book, (yes I sat down and read/looked at each and every single page in one sitting), I found myself finding a peace that I had been missing the past week or two. The pictures did make me want to celebrate the everyday little moments. We’re alive, we have emotions and we’re meant to embrace all of it!

And the photographs really do just bring you pure joy. Of course, I have a passion for all things dance, but beyond that, they show you real life and how it could look if we’d let our imaginations play out.

Life really can be a playground, it doesn’t have to be so serious all the time, you just have to know where to look. While we’re taking this holiday season to be present, I wonder if you’ll notice any of these magical moments. Let’s try?

Photo by Jordan Matter. http://www.dancersamongus.com

Photo by Jordan Matter. http://www.dancersamongus.com

Photo by Jordan Matter. http://www.dancersamongus.com

Gratituesdays: Sara.

It’s true. She has stolen my heart.

Maybe that’s a little melodramatic. But, really, have you ever just listened to a song and said to yourself, “If I could compose music, that’s what it would sound like.”

Ladies and gentlemen, I give you Sara Bareilles. My musical soul mate. My inner rock star. I kid you not, listening to her albums will give you fairly good insight to my inner dialogue. It’s almost creepy.

And she released a new EP today…trust me and listen. It even has a parental advisory, which I have to admit, makes me love her sassiness even more.

In the little moments of life, I’m unbelievably grateful that she’s articulated many of my emotions. Because sometimes you just need to get in your car, drive around and bawl your eyes out to some great music (come on, I know I’m not the only one who does this…)

And of course, I had to share my all-time-favorite version of my favorite song…enjoy!

 

What are you grateful for this week?

The Pinterest Post.

I think it’s a staple of bloggers everywhere to fall head over heels in love with Pinterest. And why wouldn’t you? It’s a mecca of inspiration, art, recipes, fashion and sharing of ideas. You can find just about anything (and boy did it come in handy during the holidays for food and gifts!)

So I thought I’d share a few of my favorite pins. Let’s connect!

LOVE this tutorial. I chopped up all my old sweaters. I'm obsessed with boot socks this season!

Homemade coffee creamers. The vanilla caramel was YUM.

Truth.

My work mantra 🙂