Today is my 39th birthday. I thought perhaps I would have a lot of thoughts about this, perhaps enough thoughts to generate an entire post. But the truth is, I’ve never really cared that much about birthdays. I mean, I like presents and special meals and attention. I took today off, got out of bed late, ordered pancakes and chicken fried steak and eggs and fried potatoes for breakfast, went for a long walk around a lake holding hands with my man, took a nap, and am now sitting on the couch with a dog at my feet and all the windows open. It’s a good day. But I don’t have a lot of stress about getting older. I might even like it!
When I logged in to start this post, I also realized that my last post was number 100. That seems significant in some way, like I should write a “things I’ve learned” post or make a goofy GIF or something. Since it’s my birthday, I think I’ll just celebrate with a glass of bubbly and cake at my fancy dinner tonight.
In lieu of any deep thoughts about getting older, I figured I would finally get around to talking about my July Stitch Fix. I skipped June so I could enjoy my summer vintage wardrobe – which is, admittedly, bigger than I had remembered – and honestly could have skipped July, but I forgot to cancel it. It was fun to see the box on the front step, and just as fun as always to dig through its contents.
At this point I can only justify buying pieces that are perfect. I have so, so many dresses. I have an entire rack of cardigans to go with them. This is pretty much all I wear in the summer so I honestly don’t need much, and I’m trying to be responsible with buying. Because of this I might have been a tad more picky about things this time around, so I only kept one piece.
Not shocking that the one piece I kept was a dress. This Angie Tenessy maxi dress is so perfect. The straps are wide enough to hide my bra straps, the waist nips in without a belt, and it’s long but doesn’t drag the floor. I love chevron stripes, and I love the green. It looks great with flats, casual sandals, and espadrilles. It can be dressed up with the right jewelry, and is insanely comfortable. I’ve already worn it twice.
Cooper and Toby refused to get out of the picture and refused to cooperate with posing. Pets!
This Pomelo Spencer dress is really cute, but has two marks against it. First, it’s really short. It’s not the kind of short that looks bad. In fact, I feel like my legs look pretty great in it! But it is the kind of short that shows my entire behind if I bend over. Second, it’s a little short-waisted and fitted in the bodice. If it shrunk even a tiny bit, I would look like a 39 year old wearing a little girl’s dress.
I am not a shorts girl. I haven’t worn shorts comfortably since I was a kid. I try them on every year, and last year I even bought a pair that I never wore. Still, I tried these on with hope. These little silky boxer shorts are all over the place, and I’ve been wondering if they might work for me. They don’t. These Pixley Dafanie shorts don’t look too bad in the picture, but they’re not comfortable at all. They’re actually too tight in the thighs and too short waisted.
The Pomelo Blake side-ruched shirt was another no-go. I have carefully adjusted the draping over my belly for this picture, but without such fussing the tee is tight enough that you could see my belly button.
I love the color of this 19 Cooper Clemency tunic and the drape of the sleeves, but I don’t love how plain the neck is – it feels like there should be some sort of embellishment there to break up all the turquoise. It was also too tight in the hips, which has happened a couple of times now with these tunics. I simply can’t wear the ones that are straight up and down.
My August box should be arriving in the next week or so, and I’m not sure what I’m hoping for. Dresses are always welcome, but maybe it’s time to start thinking about fall? Everyone in Minneapolis keeps talking about how summer is always over, which is depressing! I want to be warm just a little while longer.
For my birthday, Joel bought me a great camera so I can start taking better pictures for this blog. Out with the camera phone, in with 20 megapixels! I’ve still got a handful of posts to go up with photos from my Galaxy S4 or Joel’s iphone, and then we’ll give the new way a whirl.