Monday, January 26, 2015

Happy Birthday Chita!

Chita turns 8 years old today!

Am I a crazy cat lady? Yes. Yes I am.

But at the same time, it's always Chita and me against the world. She's got my back, and I've got hers. Happy birthday Chita!

Chita at the shelter. I'm pretty proud of myself for tracking this down.

Chita the week we brought her home. If this isn't an expression of happiness, then I don't know what is.

Trouble-maker cat!

I took this picture while I was working on my Master's Thesis.

And today! Her 8th birthday. She looks pretty pleased with herself, ha ha!

Saturday, January 17, 2015

January 2015 Stitch Fix

t's that time of the month... I received my January Stitch Fix!

For those of you who don't know, Stitch Fix is a service that sends you 5 items of clothing and/or accessories picked out by a stylist. I's a great service for people who (1) can't style themselves; (2) hate shopping; and (3) are clueless about dressing for different occasions. All three of those apply to me.

Stitch Fix costs about $20 a month, although that's applied to the cost of the clothing item(s) you choose to keep. You get a 25% total discount if you keep the whole box. For more information, see Stitch Fix's general information.

This month, though, someone insisted on spying on me. She makes an appearance in some of my photos. :)

So, for January I got...

1. Tania Lapis Pendant Necklace
Kitty... personifying the ennui she feels.
I asked my stylist for a longer necklace, although this wasn't exactly what I had in mind. I was thinking of something more delicate. However, I like statement pieces, and I think it goes with a lot of my wardrobe. I can also see myself wearing this during the summer with a plain white T-shirt and shorts. Although this wasn't quite what I was expecting, I find that I do like it a lot.

Verdict: KEPT.
Close-up of Tania Lapis Pendant Necklace

2. Corinna Striped Dolman Top
This was probably my least favorite piece in the box, but the reason why was unfortunate and probably unforeseeable. I asked my stylist for something I could wear with leggings. Well, she listed to my request, and sent me this dolman top that has quite a bit of length to it.

Now, I usually love the dolman tops that Stitch Fix sends me. This dolman top, however, falls below my crotch untucked, has a rounded hem, and (unlike most dolman tops) doesn't cinch in lower down. On my short stature, all of this combines to make me look like a squat dwarf. :) Not flattering! So... I'm wearing this tucked in the front and untucked in the back. Luckily, like most Stitch Fix tops, this top is ultra soft and comfortable.

Verdict: KEPT. (Normally I would have sent this back because it doesn't flatter me without being tucked in. But with the 25% discount for all 5 items, it was cheaper to keep this).

3. Mandy Lace Detailed Short Sleeve Blouse

I adore this top. The black lace detailing at the top is beautiful. It's... it's perfection!

Fyi, I requested this top on my Pinterest Board. I squealed when I saw that my stylist had seen that and had sent me this top in my box. In my experience, I've found that Stitch Fix stylists are pretty good at selecting pieces that are similar to my Pinterest board, so make sure you have one if you're subscribed to this service.

Verdict: KEPT.

4. Jordanne A-line Skirt

A-line skirts are so flattering for my body type. When I peaked at my box before it arrived, I thought I was going to get a grey colored skirt since most Stitch Fix reviews had that color. Imagine my surprise when I found out it was dark green!

And you know what? I LOVE the different color. It's still conservative and work appropriate, but it also brings a pop of color into my otherwise grey and black work wardrobe.

And best of all, it's lined and comfortable.

Verdict: KEPT.

5. Rebekah Contrast Detail Blazer

Last but not least, Stitch Fix sent me a blazer! I forgot to take a picture of the inside, but the lining has polka dots which, in my opinion, are adorable. However, the most amazing part of this blazer is that the sleeves aren't too long. They're the perfect bracelet length that allows me to show off my watch.

Verdict: KEPT.


This was yet another box where I bought all five pieces. Stitch Fix is killing it!

I immediately cut off the tags of three of the pieces (the blazer, white blouse, and skirt), and the other two were definitely pieces I like and will wear. While it's unfortunate that the dolman top in this box doesn't quite flatter my short stature without being tucked in,  I've learned a lesson that longer tops may not be the best tops for me.

Do you agree with my decisions? Do you also subscribe to Stitch Fix?  Let me know!

(Also, if you're curious about trying Stitch Fix, here is my referral link).


I couldn't resist, but the pumps I was wearing with my jeans are my new favorite shoes:

I bought them on sale at Lord and Taylor over the winter break, and these are the first shoes I have owned where I feel like a million bucks when I wear them. They're suede and color blocked in navy and cobalt blue. I'm kind of in love with them.

Dear god, I'm such a girl...

Anyhow, to end this post, I end with a photo bomb. My cat is the queen at photo bombing, and let's be honest... she's way cuter than I am. :)

Le Meow.