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My 2015 Starts Today

Happy New Year!

I know, I know…I’m 13 days late…

I’ve spent the past twelve days doing this:

personal photo from my Instgram

personal photo from my Instagram

I pulled my back out, (doing I can’t even remember what), so I basically just laid on the floor for a few days, trying to get my back re-aligned. It worked a little bit. I probably should have just gone to the chiropractor, but I’m stubborn, and it was New Years Eve Day.

Then, on Jan 3rd, I coordinated this gorgeous wedding right here:

personal photo from my Instagram

personal photo from my Instagram

On Jan 4th, I woke up with the plague. You know that cold/flu/ick that’s been going around? Well, it got me. I basically looked like this for a few days.

Photo from Boston Magazine.

Photo from Boston Magazine.

Well, this but without eye makeup and surrounded by two fluffy white dogs. My ick manifested itself as bronchitis, and I dragged myself to the doctor for antibiotics.

I couldn’t stay bedridden for long, because on Saturday, I had a wedding. Moxie Bright Events first full planning of 2015! This awesome couple right here rocked it out and had a gorgeous, unique wedding. I am so proud I got to help them on their journey.

Guest photo by  Charles de Lauzirika

Guest photo by Charles de Lauzirika

Now it’s January 13th. Time to get to resolutions! Last year, I chose a Word of the Year, and it served me well. So, this year my words (yes, I picked two) and HEALTH and WEALTH.

2015 wordsBefore you think I’ve gone to Greedy Town, let me explain what these words mean to me.

Health

Aside from pulling my back out and then getting bronchitis, I just haven’t been feeling very good lately. I’ve really dropped the ball on working out since I started working full-time from home. Some days, all I do is take the dogs for a walk around the block – and sometimes, not even that. (I know, I know. I’m a horrible dog mama.) I really love Zumba and yoga, and haven’t been making time in my schedule to actually go to class. When I’m regularly breaking a sweat, I am a much better human being. I sleep more soundly, I handle stress more appropriately, and I am just generally in a better mood.  Endorphins are a real true thing, yo.

So, this year I am making health my first priority. Exercise, clean eating, vitamins, regular doctor checkups, dentist visits, all of it. If weight loss happens as well, then that’s a bonus! If you are a FitBit user, you can add me here and we can support each other in health!

Wealth

I know for most, the word wealth is automatically associated with money. I prefer to think of it as abundance, in all things. Abundant love, abundant friendships, abundant resources, etc. Around Christmastime, Moxie Dad called me to find out what Bob the Builder and I wanted/needed for Christmas. I struggled to come up with something that we truly needed or wanted. The truth is, we have plenty of things. What we don’t have is time. Can someone give us more hours in the day to spend together? That would be a great gift.

This year, I vow to be more mindful with my time. And more present in the times I spend with friends and loved ones. I vow to put down my phone A LOT more, really fully listen when I’m having a conversation, and turn off the TV and make more time to just BE. And, to walk the dogs more.

What are your goals for 2015? Anyone else pick a Word of the Year? Or two?

Let me hear from you in the comments!

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{Sponsored Post}: Minted + Art Prints + Rose Gold!

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. The company who sponsored it compensated me via a cash payment, gift, or something else of value to write it. I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be enjoyable and beneficial to my readers. All opinions are my own.

The week between Christmas & New Years is maybe my favorite week of the year. There’s not much that needs to be accomplished, traffic is light (such a rarity here in Los Angeles!), and my mind tends to wander onto my dreams and goals for the year ahead. And boy, do I have a long list of those!

One of the many things I hope to accomplish in 2015 is a re-design of my home office. Last year, I started working from home full-time, and I never really took the time to make my home office feel like, well…home. It’s a shared space between myself & Bob the Builder. So, as much as I’d love to paint the wall hot pink and cover it with gold dots (Kate Spade style), I won’t do that to him. The goal is a clean, fresh space with a gallery wall of images that we love.

I am a loyal Minted customer, so sometimes I just go browse their site to see what’s new. I did so the other day, and there is A LOT that’s new. It got my creative juices flowing for the office re-do! Behold, Minted Art Prints!

Custom Photo Prints

I am in love with my wedding photos, but I haven’t done much with them since the wedding. I hear from my friends this is a common phenomenon. Aside from using them for our thank you cards and holiday cards (and posting them to Facebook), they have been largely unused. I have yet to even make an album! I know, I know. It’s on my never-ending List.

So, this appeals to me:

It features 30 of your photos, and comes in sizes ranging from a dainty 8×8 to a massive 44×44! And they will even frame it for you – and the frame options are gorgeous! I think this bad boy is going on the wall of the office.

Limited Edition Art

Wall art is such a personal choice, I think. Yet it’s something that is often gifted, which always surprises me. I think what you put on your walls – what you literally surround yourself with – should speak to you in some way. In re-decorating the office, I am going to make sure each piece means something to me (or Bob the Builder) and makes me feel good. Here are some art prints from Minted that caught my eye.

Down Under the Brooklyn Bridge

Down Under the Brooklyn Bridge by Jax Robyn with premium black wood frame

Dancing Couple Limited Edition print by Chad Trutt with distressed indigo stain frame

Dancing Couple Limited Edition print by Chad Trutt with distressed indigo stain frame

Nice Work limited edition print by Heather Francisco

Nice Work limited edition print by Heather Francisco with natural premium wood frame

One great feature of the Minted art print collection is that you can change the color scheme on many of the prints. For example, the Nice Work print above also comes with a black background, or yellow, blue, or white!

Foil Pressed Save the Date Cards

You didn’t think I was going to leave out my soon-to-be-marrieds, did you? Minted is my #1 choice for all bridal stationary. Their designs are gorgeous, their paper quality is top notch, their envelope addressing service is the best, and now they are the very first in the industry to offer rose gold foil! I am obsessed with rose gold right now, and it is such a chic choice for your Save the Dates! Right now, with their Winter Wedding Event, you can enjoy 15% off your wedding order. Code: WINTERWED

Here are my fave Save the Dates:

I’ll keep you all posted on the office re-do – and I’ll be sure to share my photo wall art as soon as I get it! I’m so excited, you guys!

Anyone else planning some 2015 re-decorating? Any of my newly engaged peeps obsessed with rose gold too? Let me hear from you in the comments!

Shop Small: 2014 Holiday Gift Guide

This weekend, I attended the very awesome UniqueLA mart at California Market Center. Unique Market sells modern, made-in-America goods from over 350 curated sellers. That’s a lot of booths, y’all. I spent about four hours shopping, and I still don’t think I saw every single thing!

Me, with "crazy eyes" after 4 hours of shopping, at Stacy Michelson's rad booth.

Me, with “crazy eyes” after 4 hours of shopping, at Stacy Michelson’s rad booth.

As a small business owner, it’s so important for me to spend my money with other small businesses. According to the Andersonville Study of Retail Economics, local business generates 70 percent more local economic activity per square foot than big box retail. If every family in the U.S spent an extra $10 a month at a locally owned business instead of a national chain, over $9.3 billion would be directly returned to our economy. (source: huff post) This is a no-brainer, friends. So, in that spirit, here’s my (very first) Holiday Gift Guide!

This year I thought I would focus on my favorite “local to Los Angeles” gifts, for those who just realized there are only 12 shopping days until Christmas!

For people who like delicious things:

The Square Treat

image source: The Square Treat

image source: The Square Treat

These are the most delicious treats I have ever had. The Square Treat is like a hybrid brownie-s’more-fudge-cake. If you like any of those things, you will fall as madly in love with this treat as I have. The first time I tried one, my exact quote was, “I don’t even know what I’m eating, but holy jeez it’s DELICIOUS!”

A-Chocolypse & The Birthday Party: 2 delicious Square Treat flavors

Image source: Personal photo; A-Chocolypse & The Birthday Party: 2 delicious Square Treat flavors

Current flavors include: The Original Square (graham cracker and marshmallows), The A-Choco-lypse Square (a chocolately twist on the Original), The Birthday Square (a vanilla version of the Original, decorated with festive sprinkles), The Cherry Bomb (Original with sour cherries) and The FlufferNutter (peanut butter and graham cracker, yo!) They also have vegan & gluten free options. Because, LA.

You can find them locally at Republic of Pie, Romancin’ the Bean, and Cahunega General Store – or you can just go ahead and order them by the box online.

Now I am craving a Square Treat and I have none in the house. Damn it.

For people who try to be healthy, but also like delicious things:

The Nut Butter Company

image credit: The Nut Butter Company

image credit: The Nut Butter Company

Locally made in a certified home kitchen in Marina del Rey, The Nut Butter company believes delicious snacks have no need for chemicals (and I agree!) What sets this company apart are the delicious and creative flavors: Almond Espresso Cinnamon, Cashew Rosemary Shallot, Hazelnut White Chocolate Crunch, Spanish Peanut Chili Lime, & Walnut Brown Sugar Coconut – as well as the traditional Cashew and Pecan Almond. Best of all, they have a sample pack, so you can gift someone all the flavors, and let them pick their favorite!

image credit: The Nut Butter Company

image credit: The Nut Butter Company

Order by December 17th to deliver by Christmas!

For the snazzy dresser (male or female):

Brinko Ties

Raise your hand if you’ve ever just bought your Dad a tie for Christmas because, well…you ran out of creative ideas. Don’t feel bad, I think we’ve all done it. Here’s the thing about Brinko Ties – the ties themselves are creative. I mean, they have ties for women! And kids! And pets!

Did you know they have ties for gals? Oh, did I already mention that? Look: LADY TIES.

image source: Brinko Ties

image source: Brinko Ties

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image source: Brinko Ties

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image source: Brinko Ties

 Aren’t they the coolest? I want one, just so I can work an Annie Hall vibe someday. Also, perfect for alternative brides who wouldn’t be caught dead in a wedding gown. Also, stylish hipsters. What? You know I’m right.

And let’s not forget the men-folk, in long ties or bow ties, with matching pocket squares and other vintage accessories.

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image source: Brinko Ties

Shifting Status Kuo

Shifting Status Kuo features light-hearted paper goods & gifts designed and screen printed by Tiffany Kuo in Los Angeles. I met Tiffany at UniqueLA and immeditely fell in love with her adorable, romantic pillowcases. These are such a perfect gift for your significant other, newlyweds, or anyone in a long distance relationship (you each get one!). I just think they are the CUTEST, you guys.

Obviously, I am obsessed with the gold ones. Obviously.

Bob the Builder may or may not be getting these for Christmas. I really hope he’s not reading this right now.

So, what do you think, peeps? Have you been buying local? Have any faves from this list? Faves in your area? Let me hear from you in the comments!

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Oscar Dresses that You Could Wear to Your Wedding

Peeps!

Did you watch the Oscars last night? If I’m totally honest, I mostly watched just to see Idina Menzel (I mean, Adele Dazeem. Um. Really, John Travolta? WEAR YOUR GLASSES. Or learn the name of the person you are introducing. You’re not new here.)  sing “Let it Go” from Frozen. I love her, I love that song, and I can’t help it: I love the FASHION at the Oscars.

There were so many dresses that could really make the transition from red carpet to ceremony aisle.

Photo Credit: E Online

Photo Credit: E Online

Cristin Milioti, designer uncredited, from How I Met Your Mother. I love HIMYM, and I love her in this dress. This looks like a wedding gown! It also looks like maybe it’s a Reem Acra? or Christos?

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{Sponsored Post}: Del Monte & Kitchen Surfing!

Hey Peeps,

Sometimes I get to do super fun things because of this lil’ ‘ole blog, and I have to say, this dinner was the most fun to date! The fine folks at Del Monte invited me & Bob the Builder to host two of our friends in our home for a chef-created meal, using Del Monte products!

photo of Del Monte canned goods

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Del Monte scheduled our dinner through KitchenSurfing, a great website that matches your needs with a personal chef. You can search by chef name, by cuisine, or by event. Del Monte paired us with Chef Mariko Amekodommo (aka The Pink Hair Chef) and her Del Monte Signature Tuscan Dinner.

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Ideas for Valentine’s Day Gifts!

I always have a difficult time coming up with a great Valentine’s Day gift for Bob the Builder.

Since Valentine’s Day is only five days after Bob the Builder and I get back from our belated honeymoon, I’ve already started planning his gift. My first idea was an oldie but a goody. In fact, it’s kind of a cheat, because I got him this same gift two years ago. But he loved it, so I should get it again, right? I mean, he LOVED IT.

Tastykake I Love You gift tin

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Brides Against Breast Cancer Dress Sale!

This past Saturday, I had the pleasure of volunteering at the Brides Against Breast Cancer event in Pasadena at the Brookside Golf Club.

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Brides Against Breast Cancer sells all brands of new designer and “gently worn” wedding gowns in all shapes and styles. Their “Nationwide Tour of Gowns” will contribute over $2 million dollars this year and provides free support programs and services for those impacted by cancer. Education, nutrition, exercise, support and therapy are just some of the many programs and services they support, all designed to help cancer patients, their families and caregivers. Brides Against Breast Cancer will distribute over 10,000 breast “self-exam” cards this year. 2 MILLION DOLLARS. Wow.

It was my first time volunteering for this event, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. I arrived at 8am, ready for anything!

a giant truck full of wedding gowns!

a giant truck full of wedding gowns!

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Cambriawesome Team Bridal Weekend, Part 1!

Hey y’all: While I’m waiting for our amazing photogs to finish up our pro wedding pics, I’m gonna be catching up on all the things I didn’t have time to write about before the wedding. Actual wedding recaps are forthcoming. Promise. 

On an unseasonably cool weekend in August, I was lucky enough to have all my best girls in one place for three whole days! This was not an accident. This was a weekend masterfully orchestrated by Team Bridal, and most especially, CraftyPants McGee, my Matron of Honor.

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personal photo, me on the left, CraftyPants on the right

See that pin wheel? She made that. This pic is from our engagement party, which she also expertly crafted and planned. So, she does not come by her nickname ironically.

In our little family of friends, we don’t do bridal showers. Back in 2006, when SmartyPants was planning her wedding, she asked for a Girls Weekend in lieu of a shower. So, we took Las Vegas by storm and had a ball.  In 2008, we did the same for CraftyPants – although the destination was Palm Springs, and the vibe was decidedly more chill.  As soon as Bob the Builder and I became engaged, the natural question from Team Bridal was, “Ok, so where are we going?”

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StitchFix #3: Clothes for Wine Tasting

Hey Peeps,

It’s been a while since I filled you in on my ongoing StitchFix obsession. I’ve been distracted lately. Planning a wedding will do that to you, I guess.

This is a long overdue post, as I got this Fix back in August! I know, I know! Please forgive me!

For this shipment, I specifically asked for clothes that would be cute for my bachelorette weekend (that post is coming up next week!), which was to be wine tasting and Hearst Castle visiting. Here’s what I got:

41Hawthorn Ivy Zig-Zag Print Tab Sleeve Blouse

41Hawthorn Ivy Zig-Zag Print Tab Sleeve Blouse

I tried to get a decent pic of me wearing this shirt, but the light was all wonky and it just looked black. Sadness. I really like this shirt! The color and the chevron print are awesome, and I like the tab sleeves. The only thing I don’t love is that the back hangs down over my butt and doesn’t really fit. It sort of gathers at my waist a bit. Curvy-girl problem, for sure.

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StitchFix #2: Now with more RED!

Hey Peeps,

Yesterday I filled you in on my new favorite thing, StitchFix, and the hills and valleys of that first shipment. Did you miss it? It’s right here. Go read it. We will wait.

Now that I am older and wiser (I’ve had a birthday since my last Fix!), I got my second StitchFix, and here’s how it went down.

I specifically asked for a dress in this StitchFix, because Bob the Builder and I were going to dinner for my birthday, and I wanted something new and cute. I mentioned that my preferred silhouette was a small waist and a full skirt (I look best in 1950’s inspired pieces – clearly born at the wrong time), and hoped they would have something that fit the bill.

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Shirt #1 personal photos

Shirt #1: Y’all, I loved this shirt. It’s a lovely tomato red, which actually looked great on me. And I’ve been wanting a top in this drapey style for a while now. I’ve even pinned it a few times to my My Style Pinterest board, which StitchFix references when choosing my items. I mean, obviously they did, since this exact style is on that board about five times! But once I had it on my body, it was just too big. The smallest part of me is my waist, and if I wear tops that are too loose, I just look enormous. I am also not-so-blessed-in-the-chest, so I think this was just the wrong size for me. I would have loved to return this for a size smaller, but as I’ve previously mentioned, that’s not an option with StitchFix.

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Shirt #2 personal photos

Shirt #2: More red! So thrilled with the red, and the print! And the silhouette wasn’t bad either. I didn’t keep this shirt, and now I wish I had. It’s so cute and summery and would have added some much-needed print to my wardrobe. All I can say in my defense is that I was PMS-ing and possibly making rash (bad) decisions. This top is “the one that got away”!

dress #1 personal photos

dress #1
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Dress #1: I’ve nicknamed this dress “The Hot Mess Dress”. I guess because it had a tie waist my stylist thought this might work, but it wouldn’t even fit past my waist. Like, it came to a complete stop by my hips. So, no. No, no, no. Not meant for anyone with Jessica Rabbit hips. Total Fail. But, the color was nice, and the fabric was gorgeous.

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necklace
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Necklace: I remembered to take a photo this time! Sad to say, this one was not a keeper. MOH CraftyPants bought me an almost identical necklace last year for my birthday. So, kudos for StitchFix for knowing my taste. But I’ve since changed my preference to “statement jewelry” so that I can get some variety in my choices. I can’t wait to see what that means in my next StitchFix!

Dress #2: Here’s where the heartbreaking (I’m such a drama queen) story begins…

I asked my stylist for a cute birthday dress with a small waist and a full skirt, maybe with a fun print. And oh boy, did they deliver! I don’t think I’ve ever been so happy with a dress (besides my wedding dress, obvs). I think some of the excitement was because I NEVER would have picked out this dress myself, and the other excitement was because it fit really well. It was so good, I wanted to wait and take a proper photo of myself wearing it out on my birthday – hair and makeup done – beacuse it was SO GOOD.

Here’s the info card: By the way, each item of clothing comes with these handy little cards that show you different ways to style the piece. This is awesome for me, because I am so lame at styling and accessorizing. I need all the help I can get!

info card from StitchFix

info card from StitchFix

Why don’t I have a photo of me in this awesome dress? Because the zipper broke as I put it on, splitting down the side and causing it to be totally unwearable. Insert sad face here.

personal photos sad broken birthday dress

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sad broken birthday dress

So, on the fly, I switched to my trusty ole LBD and we went to dinner. The next day, I emailed customer service at StitchFix. I am so thrilled to report that their customer service is excellent! Within four hours of my initial email, they had replied expressing sincere apologies for my trouble with the dress. As it happens, they have my dress (in my size!) in stock, so they are sending me a new one, and I am sending the broken one back to them. They even sent me a pre-paid return label so I don’t have to pay for shipping. YAY! StitchFix for the WIN! I am so happy to be getting the new dress! I don’t know where I will wear it, but when I do, I’ll post a photo.

It’s so nice to do business with a company that actually cares about customer service. It’s unfortunately really rare these days, I think.

So, that’s StitchFix #2. I still love the service, despite a few sizing problems and a broken zipper. I mean, when you go to the mall, not everything is a home run, right? At least with StitchFix I can try things on in my own home, at my leisure, and match it with items that are already in my warbrode. So, I will keep on keeping on with StitchFix, hoping that eventually I will be able to purchase everything in my box and take advantage of that 25% off discount. Y’all know how much I love a discount!

personal photo of my StitchFix packing invoice

personal photo of my StitchFix packing invoice

If you want to try Stitch Fix for yourself, and you use this link, I get a little referral credit.

Full disclosure: No one at StitchFix has sponsored this post in any way. I was not compensated to write about them (I’ll always tell you if that’s the case).

I just think it’s cool and wanted to share it, and if I can get a little extra shopping credit at the same time, well then, yay! And if you sign up, and refer your friends, you can get the same referral credit!

EVERYONE WINS Y’ALL.

Happy Shoppings!!

My New Favorite Thing: StitchFix!

I think I’ve mentioned before that I really have no tolerance for shopping these days. Mostly, I order clothes online and just hope they look good when they get to me. It usually works out ok, but I tend to pick the same stuff over and over. Jeans, tee shirts, tank tops, jeans, yoga pants, jeans…do you see where I am going with this? I am definitely stuck in a rut. I basically live my life in yoga pants. It’s not so cute. I need fashion help.

A few months ago, I was reading my good friend Mindy’s blog (Budget Fairy Tale, go check it out), and Mindy posted about this new at home personal styling service called StitchFix. I was immediately intrigued.

Y’all StitchFix is awesome. Whenever you want to schedule a fix, they send you a box of 5 handpicked items for $20. You try on all the items, keep what you love, and send back the rest in a prepaid envelope they send in your Fix. It’s super easy, and super fun. It’s not a monthly service, so you’re not obligated to anything every month – you decide the schedule. You can schedule 4 Fixes in one month, or 4 Fixes a year…whatever floats your boat.

I went to the site to sign up, and was wait listed for a little bit. (Don’t be discouraged, it wasn’t too long of a wait!) When it was time to join, I filled out my Style Profile, which took about 10 minutes and was fun. They ask you a ton of style questions, which made it easier for me to pinpoint what I like and what I think is missing from my wardrobe. Also, questions like this are helpful, as I am a visual gal:

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screen capture of the style profile from StitchFix

They ask you all about your sizes, and body type, which is great, because my Jessica Rabbit sized hips are definitely out of proportion to the rest of my body. Questions like “Are you curvy on your bottom half?” made me feel much more relaxed.

So, my first Stitch Fix came a few weeks later. It was like Christmas when it arrived! So many possibilities!

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The items in my box ranged from $50-$100 each, which is the price range I requested in my Style Profile. Other price ranges are: the cheaper the better, $100-$150, $150-$200, and $200+. Right away, I was smitten with the black lacy thing at the top of the box. It was love as first sight, really. I had requested some help with choosing prints, as most of my wardrobe is solids. And I wanted something “fun” for spring. Every time you schedule a fix, you have the opportunity to ask your stylists to focus something specific. I went with “prints” and “fun”. Here’s what I got:

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Shirt #1: personal photo

Shirt #1: I am a bad blogger and didn’t write down the designer name. I didn’t take a pic with this shirt on, because it didn’t flatter me at all. I don’t like (or look good in) button-up shirts. The print and the color looked good on me, but the cut was all wrong. I NEVER would have picked this out in a store, so yay for StitchFix for stretching my boundaries. It just wasn’t meant to be.

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Shirt #2: personal photos

Shirt #2: Gorgeous, but unfortunately it did not fit. Like, at all. Here’s where I’m super honest and tell you that I sized my shirts a size down from my normal size, as I was feeling pretty victorious about my recent 20 lb. weight loss. Ridiculously, this did not mean that I went down a size. Ugh. Anyway, I LOVED this shirt, and would have totally kept it if it fit. Insert sad face here.

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Shirt #3: personal photos

Side note: Please excuse my messy bedroom. Bob the Builder and I don’t have enough clothes storage, and well, it’s a mess in there. We need to buy a grown-up bedroom set. But that’s a whole other Oprah entirely.

Shirt #3: A super cute Chevron tunic. That wouldn’t fit over my butt. Total bummer, because had it fit, I would be wearing it right now. Do you see a trend here? Not much fit me in this box. Totally my fault, but it still bummed me out.

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Shirt #4: personal photos

Shirt #4: This one I kept. I loved it in the box, I loved it on me. Not the best photo in the world, but I’ve worn this top three times since I got it and each time received compliments. So yay! And, if I remember correctly, I think this was $66. The $20 you spent to receive the box gets credited back to you if you buy something, so it feels like I only spent $46, but that’s just faulty math. :-) If you buy all five items in your box, you get 20% off everything, which is an awesome deal!

I also received a nice pair of gold earrings that I didn’t keep (or even try on) because I already own a nearly identical pair. Major points for StitchFix for “getting” my style. Major points.

After you try everything on, you send back what you don’t want to keep in a pre-paid envelope. Just drop it in a mailbox within three days – easy peasy!

personal photo bye 1st StitchFix!

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bye 1st StitchFix!

Lessons learned from my first StitchFix:

  • Order your correct size. (Duh.) They don’t let you return something for a different size, so if you love something though it might be too small or too big, you’re kind of stuck. I don’t think they offer this for several reasons – shipping would get very expensive, and their inventory changes very quickly. It’s one of the few drawbacks I have with the service.
  • If you want to use your StitchFix to experiment with new styles, your Style Profile has to reflect that. For instance, I marked my jewelry preference as “classic”, but then they sent me earrings I already owned. I have now since changed my preference to “statement”. Curious to see what they send me next!
  • Feedback is key! After you try on your Fix, you log on to the website to “check out” and provide feedback. This is really the only way your stylist gets to know you. After this fix, I commented on my dislike of button-down shirts, and my love of all things Red. And what do you know? My next Fix was FULL OF RED. Awesome.

So, that was my first StitchFix. Tomorrow I’ll fill you in on my second StitchFix, and my experience with their customer service.

What do you think, kids? Is this a service you think you’d like? Despite my few hiccups, I am really loving it. If you are interested in trying it out, and you use this link, I get a nice little referral credit.

Full disclosure: No one at StitchFix has sponsored this post in any way. I was not compensated to write about them (I’ll always tell you if that’s the case).

I just think it’s cool and wanted to share it, and if I can get a little extra shopping credit at the same time, well then, yay!

Happy Shoppings!!

Hey Brides, Wanna Be on TV?

Hey Peeps,

A friend of mine is casting a new bridal-themed show, and asked me to pass on this info. Joy is a total sweetheart, and although I can’t vouch for the show, I can totally vouch for Joy being an upstanding lady. :-)

Here’s the deets, and if you’re into it, contact them directly. I’m just the middleman.

ALWAYS A BRIDESMAID, NEVER A BRIDE? Couples: if you are in a relationship and agree that it’s time to shake things up for the sake (and sanity!) of you both, check this out… A major cable network is looking for established couples in the Los Angeles area between the ages 30-45 who have been together for a minimum of five years and have no children. Couples will participate in a social experiment that will help them plan for the next chapter of their lives — whatever that may be. Is this the “make it of break it“ phase of your relationship? Have you mutually reached a turning point and need to decide how to move forward? Are you determined to stay together? Have you decided something needs to change, but don’t know what? Married, co-habitating, dating — regardless of where you are now,SEVEN YEAR ITCH can help you determine where to go next and how to move forward.

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Maybe we will see some of you crazy kids on the TeeVee!
Good Luck!!

The Deed is Done.

(aka I Ordered My Wedding Gown)

And, no. I’m not telling which one I ordered. :-)

Thanks to all who read the ongoing saga of The Great Moxie Dress Search. Thanks to all who voted on the blog, messaged me on Facebook, texted me on my iPhone, and stopped me at work to give their opinion. I love you all!

All I can say is: I am happy and also a bit relieved that this part is done. Aside from checking a very major thing off an ever-growing To Do List, actually choosing my gown has helped free my brain up for other things. Like shoe shopping. :-)

SO many pretty shoes!!

shoe collage

But that’s a post of a different color.

I’ll be back on Wednesday with some more wedding chit-chat, but for now, I’ll say this…

“Moxie Bride, you’ve finally chosen your wedding gown?? WHAT WILL YOU DO NOW???”

“Um, I think it’s time to drink champagne!”  (I can go to Disneyland later…)

personal photo from a fancy ladies' tea I attended yesterday. FANCY.

personal photo from a fancy ladies’ tea I attended yesterday. FANCY.

Side note: It’s always time to drink champagne. Always.

So, wanna guess which dress I chose?

Tell me in the comments!!

Happy VDay!

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Bob the Builder thinks this looks like me as a kid. He’s right.

HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY!

In case you were wondering, no, I did not come up with a better gift than last years, but that’s ok. Bob the Builder and I are putting Valentine’s Day present-buying on pause this year. We have a big few months ahead of us, and then, um, a wedding. So, just cards and dinner for us. And I’ve promised to leave my iPhone at home. So, we’ll see how that goes. :-)

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For all my currently engaged, wedding-planning peeps, maybe take a break on the planning today and just enjoy each others company? Anything you need to get done can easily be done tomorrow. Let’s all just settle down and really enjoy your day today, ok?

To everyone else, the point of this day is to celebrate Love. Whatever that means to you, it whatever way it comes, and to remember to live each day. Really live. To quote one of my favorite musicals, “No day but today.”

Enjoy this little number:

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