Stitch Fix #18-It’s the Holidays

Stitch Fix #18-The Holidays {Domesticated Academic}

Happy Holidays! The onslaught of the end of the semester, the holidays, and well….does there need to be anything else? Nope. I am happy to report that the great stylists have got my style and fit down and I appreciate them for that! Every item fit properly this month and my reasons for not keeping were my critical eye, owning something very similar already, or simply not wanting to spend the money on it. I should have skipped a box this month but forgot to reschedule it. Mostly due to the fact that I’m buying gifts for loved ones, sewing things for friends and family, and not really thinking of myself until after all final grades are submitted and accepted. This box also underwhelmed me in a big way and on multiple levels. I do love the bag I kept, it fits my laptop and any essentials I need during my days, but the clothing pieces largely underwhelmed my senses in general. I realize that not every month is a “total wow” and have accepted that. Let’s take a look.

Urban Expressions Amherst Multi-Zip Tote-$68

Stitch Fix #18-The Holidays {Domesticated Academic}

I really liked this. The color is bold, the blue is a beautiful hue and my socks are smart wool in case you were wondering. Seriously, even though it was a bit overcast/cloudy the day I took pics, this bag was roomy, has many pockets to fit extra things, and is a really great shape for my laptop (mac) to slide into vertically. I had been asking for a new bag and haven’t quite hit the “let’s spend all of my grocery money for a month on a fancy Fossil or Kate Spade” bag mentality yet, so this will fill in that gap quite well. I get sick of basic black all of the time and this is bright and cheerful without being obnoxious and will look professional barring any major accidents on my part. The lining is a sharp vertical stripe and the zipper pulls are long, maybe too long, but adequate for my life.

Market & Spruce Talena Side Zipper Knit Top-$48

Stitch Fix #18-The Holidays {Domesticated Academic}

I liked this shirt. I loved the beautiful teal color and the boat neck it had. The zipper created some really nice rucching on the side that was very flattering on me. I LOVED the 3/4 sleeves on this. I already own something very similar in cut/style/color so I could not justify buying another shirt so similar. It was a bit thin and would have made a great layering piece. I could see myself wearing it over a crisp collared shirt or with a cardigan and chunky scarf.

Gilli Kelsey Skirt-$54

Stitch Fix #18-The Holidays {Domesticated Academic}

Stitch Fix #18-The Holidays {Domesticated Academic}

This fit ‘ok’ for me. I’m not a big fan of skirts in general and the algorithm should be picking that up, but it’s not. The elastic waist on this made it super comfortable and it would be a flattering piece because of the pattern and cut. The black and white would have made it a great staple to pair with multiple color tops, tights, booties or wear in spring with sandals. I didn’t get a warm, fuzzy feeling about it and then  I realized it had already shown up ripped or never sewn properly to the elastic. I would not have kept it anyway and hope SF sees this and pulls it so it doesn’t get sent out again.

41Hawthorn Yasmine French Terry Blazer-$78

Stitch Fix #18-The Holidays {Domesticated Academic}

This was a sharp blazer and I’m a big fan of the terry cloth. So big of a fan that I own the moto jacket that I purchased in November, 2014 and am still wearing it. In fact, the day this box came, I was wearing it over another stitch fix piece, the 41 Hawthorn Kassidy Wrap Dress, and it was a super classy outfit with a little edge from the jacket. I paired it with black leggings and short bootie boots. I will say that this fabric washes and wears really well so if you get this piece and you’re debating the fabric, it holds up. I’ve washed my moto jacket several times (every 2-3 times wearing or after I spill) and it has not faded, shrunk, or lost its’ fit. I kept a blazer last month from my box so I couldn’t rationalize doing it to a blazer that I already owned the edgier big sister to.

Papermoon Newberg Lace Front Panel Knit Top-$58

Stitch Fix #18-The Holidays {Domesticated Academic}

I really loved the lace detail on this but when I put it on, it was very sheer. I was not expecting that and it somehow turned me off. This fit well and was a beautiful top. The lace lays in a flattering way, slimming you and the piece was tailored well. Just not for me this 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.

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April in a Rainy Instagram

April was laden with those showers this year. And a bit damp, chilly, and overall very Spring like in nature. Get it? Nature?

Ok, I’m done now….April was another great month, even if the weather was a bit questionable here in the partial south. A few days of sunshine and 70’s, a week of 50’s with drizzle. When does Snoop Dog need an umbrella? Fo’drizzle….April was spectacular if we’re being honest. Several good things happened and continue to come to fruition. When I have a bad “first world day,” I just think, “you won the lottery, you got adopted to the US” and that usually ends the pity party pretty quickly!

Ok, I’m really done now.

April in a Rainy Instagram {Domesticated Academic}

April in a Rainy Instagram {Domesticated Academic}

April in a Rainy Instagram {Domesticated Academic}

April in a Rainy Instagram {Domesticated Academic}

April showers really brought on the May flowers. Ok, April flowers for everyone. My allergies have been in full force, meaning that all is well with my Mother Earth.

April in a Rainy Instagram {Domesticated Academic}

Stitch Fix continues to be a staple in my life. I have professed my undying love for them numerous times. NUMEROUS. Stitch Fix has been a great service for me. I get compliments on the clothes, they’re 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

April in a Rainy Instagram {Domesticated Academic}

April in a Rainy Instagram {Domesticated Academic}

The return of longer days and more mild temps meant summer drinks outside. Somehow, drinking a cocktail is more enjoyable when done on a porch, patio, deck, or near a body of water.April in a Rainy Instagram {Domesticated Academic}

 

The views of hokie town are always great. Always.

April in a Rainy Instagram {Domesticated Academic}

Finally, I spied these girls making big plans at a reception for us adults. They were adorable. They reminded me to dream big. To wonder. To have imagination.

I hope your month was as nice as mine. I hope you continue to remember to dream big, to wonder, and to have imagination in May.

 

Stitch Fix #10: Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner

Stitch Fix #10: Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner

Hi, my name is Tiffany and I’m in love with people I don’t know (named Nicole, my stylist this month), things I don’t need, and a service that just keeps on giving.

*phew* I feel better.

Stitch Fix #10: Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner

This month was WOW. I could keep all 5. No joke. I never thought this day would come (insert a tiny, exasperated gasp of first world glory), but it has! Oh wait, I’m an adult and I live on a budget. Time to get serious.

I mixed it up this month and went with the pieces laid out on the floor for your viewing pleasure. I’ve come to learn that when people are searching (me included) for their pieces in anticipation or to find out prices, the flat look works for many. I can always go back to the “try it all on” look but honestly, I’m often quite disheveled by the end of the day and probably sweating. Not always my best self. This is not body shaming or anything, it’s truth. I work out at 5 p.m. I come home to my box. I need to do 19 things that include a shower but don’t. I am a women in real life (check that out on instagram) and I’m a mess at after work.

Here we go!

MARKET & SPRUCE Torin French Terry Stripe Blazer-$72

Stitch Fix #10: Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner

Super cute, fit great, nice cut. Not lined. Scratchy on the inside. Horizontal stripes still give me the willies too. Fence sitting but since I don’t LOVE, probably sending back. Also, worth $72? Not sure. Everyone can be the judge.

LAVENDER BROWN Noel Silk Dress- $108

Stitch Fix #10: Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner

Stitch Fix #10: Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner

A beautiful dress. A simply beautiful piece. Soft feel, flattering colors, generous cut. The side pockets can probably go, but I can sew those closed myself. The dress is roomy. Almost too roomy even for me. However, I styled the crap out of it because I LOVE THE PATTERN on it. You can see the progression. I’m sure I’ll strap a cute necklace on for summer weddings and other festive fetes coming my way. I know it’s a splurge but I haven’t bought a dress in over a year. I AM KEEPING THIS and if I keep nothing else, so be it.

KEEP

PIXLEY Miandra Embroidered Top $54

Stitch Fix #10: Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner

Adorable. Cute. Love the embroidery on it. The blue is bold and really flattering for my yellow/olive toned skin. Fit really nicely. See through though. As in-hey girl, wanna see my bra?

FATE McCall Lace Detail Blouse-$58

Stitch Fix #10: Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner

LOVE THIS. The end. Nicole (my stylist) picked this off my Pinterest board (thank you nicole). My sock toes are also peeking at you…HI!

STREET LEVEL Jacey Striped Reversible Tote- $62

Stitch Fix #10: Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner

Reversible? Yes. Roomy? YES. Striped? Yes. Kind of muted? Yes. Which is where I got turned off. I have a black shoulder bag and these stripes were dark and drab to me. I can be picky. I can return this. And I am. Almost any other colors for spring/summer and I probably would have kept. Just couldn’t do it. The magnetic enclosure was great, the little change purses were adorable, but it was so…dark. Nicole mentioned my pins again and I appreciate her attention to me and the algorithm that she operates under.

So, there you have it. All the pieces fit. Nicole did a fantastic job! I am first world grateful for her.

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!

Stitch Fix #6

Stitch Fix #6 {Domesticated Academic}

Stitch Fix has become my favorite thing. Over the past six months, I’ve been sent some great pieces, things I would never buy from a store, and the service has allowed me to build a good ‘base’ of solid pieces that work with many casual/professional pieces in my closet. As a young faculty, I feel as though it’s important for me to always try and look good. I always want to put my best foot forward at work. Sweats are for home, ratty t-shirts with the neck cut out are for after I get out of the pool, looking put together in properly fitting pieces is my game. Looking sharp and feeling good are mandatory when I walk onto campus and become “work tiffany.” She’s badass.

 

Stitch Fix #6 {Domesticated Academic}

This month was ‘off’ for me in the clothes department. In a big way. Nice pieces but unflattering for my body type. The stylist and the card laid them out nicely. I already own a jean jacket (top left) that wasn’t the same brand, but don’t need two, so there was no need to keep that. The two tops were nice (right column), but tight through the shoulders and poorly designed for my body type with flowy, long sleeves that didn’t work for me. The dress was too snug all over and the purple was VERY PURPLE. I felt like Barney the Dinosaur (the card printed it dark)….I just couldn’t get into the clothing selections this month. It’s ok, I know the deal and I know that not every piece is for me. That’s what I LOVE about this service! I knew right away that I wasn’t going to keep any of the clothing pieces but then…..

Stitch Fix #6 {Domesticated Academic} Stitch Fix #6 {Domesticated Academic}

Thankfully, there was this bag……that I LOVED almost immediately! Once I got over the gold detail, which doesn’t do much for me, I looked inside this cavernous, spacious, chevron lined messenger bag, and I fell in love.

Emperia Clarita Messenger Bag for the WIN!!!

adore this bag.  It is a vegan leather messenger bag (AKA: pleather).  I could care less about the vegan label, it’s just that: a label, marketing genius, but it also means that the price tag was tolerable as a result.  It feels amazingly soft.  The bag has tons of room and an adorable chevron lining. The cross body strap is adjustable and detaches in case you want to carry it with the handle.  I decided to keep this bag! I carried it the first day after it came and loved it!  It came with a coin purse as well to keep small items (besides change).  Awesome purchase :)

Stitch Fix #6 {Domesticated Academic}  Stitch Fix #6 {Domesticated Academic}

 

 

 

Five Fall Favorite Things

I love certain things for a LONG time….I rarely post about this kind of stuff, except my undying adoration for Stitch Fix, which I realize is starting to get out of control. Seriously. I just love it.

I don’t usually rant and rave about “stuff” but here I am, sharing my FIVE favorite things right now. Here we go!

Smartwool (anything)

Favorite Things {Domesticated Academic}

The cool weather (ok, polar vortex this week), has had me in smartwool every day. I have thin dress socks, athletic socks, medium weight socks for boots, and heavier weight socks for hiking. To date, I own about a dozen pair of socks of varying thicknesses, uses, and activities. I also own gloves, hats, and anything else I can afford or ask for as gifts. They make great products with attention to detail and I usually have to throw them out once I’ve walked through them. You will not go wrong so treat yourself! They’re worth every penny! Zulily and other outlets will usually have sales several times per year if you’re on a budget like me and you can be patient and then stock up on savings.

ELF Lip Stain

Favorite Things {Domesticated Academic}

I tried Ipsy and liked it, but it was to much makeup for me. I tend to be more of a minimalist when it comes to makeup. Some of this amazing lip stain every day gives me a tint of color without being sticky, heavy, cakey, or any other negative that usually comes with lip things. It gives me a hint of color without being overwhelming and is subtle. Makes my lips slightly more pink without overpowering my natural tint. The best part: $3. Can’t go wrong.

Renewing Moroccan Argan Penetrating Oil

Favorite Things {Domesticated Academic}

Swimming is great for every part of my body. Except my hair. My hair has become a hot mess this fall. Swimming several times per week has wrecked it. My friend raved about this stuff when I was visiting her in FL a few weeks ago. I grabbed a pic of it and flew home. I picked up my own bottle at Target for a mere $6 and followed the instructions. After the first application, my hair calmed down, frizz and wild ends began to dissappate, and after three uses, it was like the pool never happened. Getcha some.

Bottle Brush-any kind-bonus points if it’s spongey on the end for no reason.

Favorite Things {Domesticated Academic}

I never appreciated a good bottle brush until I had tall water bottles with no way to reach the bottom to wash them. My friend in FL (years ago now) had one of these for her water bottles (and later baby bottles) and I was super excited. You can pick one up for about $3 from most stores or online (look in the baby section if you can’t find them elsewhere) and they last for a while. All of those tall bottles don’t stand a chance!

Crock Pot Chicken Stock

Because good stock shouldn’t be a lot of work. Put the bones/carcass, onion, garlic, celery, carrot, WHATEVER in the crock pot. Top with water. Put on high for 6-8 hours. Best homemade stock of my life all fall (y’all). I’ve been making this all fall from chicken and turkey bones after roasting and removing the meat. It keeps well in the fridge for 7-10 days and then you should use. I store mine in large mason jars but you can freeze it as well.

Favorite Things {Domesticated Academic}

What are your five favorite things in life lately? (They don’t have to be ‘things’ per say).