Today is the seven-month anniversary of me starting my new life in Minneapolis. They say time flies when you’re having fun, but as it turns out, time also flies when you’re a total basket case!
As strange as it sounds, I think these monthly subscription services have helped me hang on to what little bit of sanity I was still capable of during the hardest times. No matter what the dog destroyed or how many times Claire compared my cooking to her mom’s (“my mom knows how to make oatmeal FOR REAL”), a couple of times a month these little boxes arrived and for just a couple of minutes I was able to put everything else aside and enjoy the surprise. Documenting everything for the blog ensured every post wasn’t all “wah wah woe is me my life is so terrible and it’s COLD and my dog is crazy and WHY WON’T THIS KID EAT?”
Silly, I know, but a girl’s gotta find pleasure in the little things.
This month my Stitch Fix was extra exciting. Even though I have so many vintage summer dresses that I could wear a different one each day and never repeat – fact, not hyperbole – I am terrible at buying separates. That doesn’t mean I don’t buy them, but I tend to get a skirt here or a top there, and then nothing goes together. This month my Fix had two adorable tops that solved long-standing conundrums for pieces I already owned. Huzzah! To round out the box was the perfect casual summer dress and a lovely vintage-inspired statement necklace that goes with lots of things in my closet. The pieces were so good and well-priced that I bought them all!
Okay, next time? I promise to steam out the pieces before taking pictures. This Under Skies Topanga flutter sleeve blouse is so good with this Anthropologie skirt, which I have had for years without successfully finding a match. Flutter sleeves are not normally my thing, and I do have some reservations about how the blouse will perform in the Minneapolis heat – like, am I going to sweat right through it – but it has a lot of potential.
Finally! A top to go with this Banana Republic red skirt! I had reservations about the tie front of this Pomelo Brook dot top at first, but I think it’s pretty great. Should go well with all sorts of skirts, should I choose to buy more of them.
I wore this Pomelo Rowson striped shift dress two days after it arrived with some very tall stacked green/navy wedges I bought at Target on clearance last year. Despite having only worn them once before, the shoes blew out by the end of the day from nothing more than walking to meetings. I think I spent around $15 on them, so I’m not too bummed about it. The dress, however, performed swimmingly. It was nice enough for a corporate meeting, cute enough that I felt like myself in it, and ridiculously comfortable. I could definitely see myself owning it in another color.
Cooper was such a good about about staying put for this photo shoot. Huck often darts in and out and turns his head away from the camera at the last minute. Coops is a natural! I had no intention of keeping this Splendid Ruben cardigan, because I am slowly amassing a lovely collection of vintage ones. However, I put it on and it was so soft and lightweight, I knew I had to have it for summer.
I realized too late that I hadn’t taken a picture of the Bay to Baubles Gretchen crystal stone necklace that also came with the Fix. Luckily, Joel had taken this picture of me (and Huck!) for my Instagram account last week, and I happened to be wearing it. Think of it like a bonus photo! The onesie is from Anthropologie last year, and I won the bag in a Botkier Instagram contest last summer. I’m all gussied up for “Fancy Friday” at the office, which was basically just a reason for myself and a male colleague to wear something other than our usual ad-agency casual.