March in an Instagram

March came in like a lion and out like a….smaller lion? Weather wise, it came in with a snow “storm” and is leaving with spring taking over. I’ll take it!

March was full of travel for me. I started March in New York. It was technically “spring” break, but the three feet of snow was rather deceiving to say the least. I enjoyed the time, spending time with the dogs, cows, and my family.

March in an Instagram {Domesticated Academic} March in an Instagram {Domesticated Academic} March in an Instagram {Domesticated Academic}

Sunset over the snow. Really, one of my better shots lately.

March in an Instagram {Domesticated Academic}

The day I returned south, I went out for dinner and drinks with my girlfriends and we dined on the patio with margaritas. Amazing what a nine hour drive and 600 miles will do for the weather.

March in an Instagram {Domesticated Academic}

I’ve been trying to get my food on point again. March was spent on the road so when I could, I prepped food and portioned it out to save myself time and get rid of some of the salt from eating out on the road.

March in an Instagram {Domesticated Academic}

March in an Instagram {Domesticated Academic}

A few days at home and I was off again for work. Florida isn’t such a bad spot for work and I had some amazing eats.

March in an Instagram {Domesticated Academic}

A student who was traveling had never seen the ocean or put his feet in it. Honestly, it was one of the sweetest moments for me. He was so humble. His home country of South Sudan is a mess and his spirit is admirable. He was in awe of it and saved shells to send home to his kids.

March in an Instagram {Domesticated Academic}

Spring is here for me. These cheerful guys smell great and let me know warmer days are coming. I played with the light a bit and I really like the glowing effect the late day sun offers them. I’m looking forward to standing still for a few weeks. I love traveling, but sometimes it’s nice to stand still for a bit too. I hope you had a wonderful March!

March in an Instagram {Domesticated Academic} March in an Instagram {Domesticated Academic}

Stitch Fix #9-Looks A Lot Like Spring

Stitch Fix #9-Spring!

Stitch Fix #9-Spring!

Stitch Fix #9-Spring!

Stitch Fix #9-Spring!

Box nine was like opening a box of spring! I was so pleased with the items and wanted to keep 3/5, but remembered I have some travel this month that I needed to set aside funds for. That’s life! Prints, color, light, and some great pants were included. I was also happy to see that my stylist stuck to my price points this month. I appreciate her attention to detail on this box.

I was totally in love with three of the items and sent pics around to my girlfriends. As I type this, I still haven’t made up my mind, which isn’t a bad thing. Certainly better than disliking it and the fit of all of it and sending it all back.

Octavia Emily Lightweight Chevron Scarf, $28

Stitch Fix #9-Spring!

ADORABLE! I don’t even wear scarves once it gets warm. It’s so lightweight, almost sheer. I don’t know why, but I just love it! It’s sleeveless and will be perfect for spring/summer weather here. A light sweater will pair nicely.

Skies Are Blue York Geo Print Henley Blouse, $48

Stitch Fix #9-Spring!

I adore this blouse. I love the fit, the way it falls, the print, and the color combination. I tend to gravitate towards darker patterns, but I really like this! You can see it above as well with the scarf.

Market & Spruce Beckett Graphic Print V-Neck Blouse, $48

Stitch Fix #9-Spring!

I love the color combination on this blouse. It fits nicely and is very flattering to my round middle.

There’s two items you won’t see because they didn’t fit properly:

Fun2Fun Sonoma Striped Sleeveless Top, $38

It was a bit snug and when I tried it on, I mostly felt like the hamburglar from McDonald’s. It was also so sheer that I’d have to wear another shirt under it.

Just Black Adorra Skinny Jean, $88

Great pants. Too snug in the waist, which is my “fluffiest” area. These would have otherwise been adorable and worth a “splurge” for the month.

Stitch Fix has been a great service for me. I can honestly admit that I’ve cut down on purchasing clothes in general and when I am at Target, I’ll think, “no, a box is coming soon” before I spend money on stuff I won’t wear or just wear a few times. I can honestly say I wear the crap out of my stitch fix pieces. I get compliments on them frequently and the clothes are always interesting and not things I would normally purchase. If you’d like to give it a try, you can use my link https://www.stitchfix.com/referral/3924112

No pressure either way. Stitch Fix doesn’t compensate me. I pay the $20 styling fee each month and appreciate what they send me.

February in an Instagram

February was short, sweet, fast, and furious! I cannot believe how busy it was, how cold it was, or how long the cold I got during February lasted! I’m still coughing from it!

On with the show!

It was cold in February. Bitterly cold at times. For the south, it was cold. How about that qualifier? My poor heat pump was not designed for a high of 5 degrees and it was a pain to have frozen water even after dripping faucets. First world? Yup. The snow and cold have been utterly beautiful, however, I’m ready (and so is my electric bill) to trade in for some abundant sunshines, a pedicure, and something that isn’t filled with goose down as a layer. That being said, I’m also going to NY for my spring break to see my family. I’m truly a masochist.

February in an Instagram {Domesticated Academic}

February in an Instagram {Domesticated Academic}

February in an Instagram {Domesticated Academic}

 

A grad student’s mom knitted me this hat. It’s awesome! It fits my big head! It’s super warm! Kindness shows up where you least expect it!

February in an Instagram {Domesticated Academic}

 

Snow days meant snacks. Everyone at the grocery store was jonesing for the milk and bread so I skipped the crowds and picked up a nice selection of cheese, fruit, and crackers. I also made some homemade wine soaked cherries and it made my days of shoveling much more enjoyable. So did naps.

February in an Instagram {Domesticated Academic}

 

Spoiler alert: I still love sunsets.

February in an Instagram {Domesticated Academic}

 

Finally, with all of this delightful winter weather, sometimes the best thing you can do for yourself is bundle up, leave the house, and have some fun evenings with friends. Cards Against Humanity anyone? We pigged out on Chinese, someone made Old Fashions for everyone, and it was a fun evening. It made my cold, the cold, and the winter more bearable.

February in an Instagram {Domesticated Academic}

Fabulous Fit Gear Swap AKA the #Fabulousfitswap

Fabulous Fit Gear Swap {Domesticated Academic}

 

Renee over at Bendiful organized a fabulous fit gear swap and I was “in” as soon as I saw it. I get in rut’s with my workout gear and knew I couldn’t go wrong by swapping out some workout goods with someone else in the world. I was thankful to get Aimee, who runs fortybyforty fitness and she sent me two amazing products.

Fabulous Fit Gear Swap {Domesticated Academic}

 

I love this water bottle from Orla Kiely! It’s so punchy and fun! Mine are all currently stainless steel and rather boring, not mention banged up, kicked around, and showing their age. I love the pattern on it and will enjoy using it.

Fabulous Fit Gear Swap {Domesticated Academic}

 

She also sent these socks that I’m super stoked to try out when it gets warmer. SwiftWick socks are thin and breathable. I’m a big fan of smartwool so maybe this will convince me to switch things up.

I cannot say “THANK YOU” enough to Aimee for being my match this month and Renee for organizing this great event. If you’d like to participate, there’s some details you’ll need below.

Each month you can sign up for the gear swap. You will be matched with another swapper. You will purchase $20 worth of gear that you think your swapper would like. (if they are into YOGA DO NOT buy them Crossfit gear, please)  It’s a great way to share your favorite items with people who are also interested in great gear.

  • You MUST sign up through the form by the 5th of the month, and agree to ship your gear out by the 15th of the month.
  • You will email your match and get an idea of their workout gear likes and dislikes, ask for sizing if you plan to look for apparel, no one wants gear that doesn’t fit.
  • The Best part YOU will also receive a package each month from your match!
  • Get great gear and meet some new friends throughout the month.
  • CURRENTLY ONLY open to people in the United States.
  • On the last day of the month, you can share (Blog, tweet, facebook, instagram) your new fit gear with the hashtag #fabulousfitgear
  • I will host a blog link up here at Bendifulblog.com for all the blog posts!