Inspiration, Style

Got my ‘Fix

Tuesday evening I was so happy to arrive home and see my very first Stitch Fix box waiting for me!

If you don’t know Stitch Fix, it’s basically the best thing ever invented!! No but really…. your own personal stylist picking out items for you based on your style profile while taking the pressure off of you to find things you love. If you are busy or even just don’t like the hassle of clothing shopping (said me not ever lol), you pay $20 once your fix ships and clothing is sent straight to your door. Your own personal stylist carefully picks 5 items to send to you – in my case, on an every 2-3 weeks basis – based on your own unique style profile that you complete.

So let’s get on to my first Fix… It was quite nice! I received a flowy blouse, a pair of dark denim skinnies, an animal printed pencil skirt, a black long sleeved cowl thermal, and a faux leather slim fitted jacket.

The only thing I was a bit surprised by was the price of each item… some were dead on, some were not. For instance, the faux leather jacket was $78 whereas the basic black thermal was $84. If anything, I thought that the jacket would be more expensive than the thermal.

Had I fit into every piece, I would have been sooooo tempted to buy all 5 pieces and if you do, you get 25% off of the entire price. So, had I done that, I would have spent about $280-$290 on 5 very versatile, great wardrobe-building basics. But…. I only decided to go with the animal printed pencil skirt. That is the one thing I don’t own right now that I thought could be very fun. While it is a very noticeable print, I know I will get some versatility out of it…. I’ll have my choice of pairing it with about 3 different color shirts (tan, black, dark brown) and can easily wear with flats, stilettos, or even tall boots.
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While I try to remain as much as I can on a fashion / crafting / yarn/ fiber budget, the skirt fit nicely into said budget at $44. The regular price was $64 but you get the $20 fee that you pay for each Fix applied as a discount to whatever you purchase.

If having a personal stylist seemed out of reach for you until now, click here to check it out!! You can cancel anytime which means no commitment!

I’m looking forward to my next Fix!

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Knitwear

FO’ SHOW: Featherweight Cardigan

I’m so happy to announce that I finally finished my Featherweight Cardigan by Hannah Fettig!  This is a big feat for me since it’s been on my needles for over a year and it is the first sweater I’ve ever made for myself.  I’ve only ever knitted baby & toddler sweaters.

I knit this out of Malabrigo Sock yarn in the colorway Lotus.  I didn’t want to use laceweight and I think Malabrigo offers a nice price point for the amount of yardage that you get in a skein.  Malabrigo Sock is 100% superwash merino with 440 yards to a skein. You can find it online at Webs.  I knit for the 38.75″ bust so that I would have a bit of ease. So I purchased 3 skeins and had a major mishap with one (it was a tangled mess after I had attempted to use my ball winder) so I really ended up with maybe 2 1/2 skeins.  But, I still have a good amount left.  If I had to guess, I would say about 150 yds?? In general, I really like the yarn.  The only thing I disliked was the pilling that occurred mid-knit.  This yarn blocks very well.  After I removed it from soaking and gently pressed the water out, the fabric was very pliable and you could manipulate it very nicely.

I’ll be debuting this Tuesday!

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Style

I’m so #basic

You already know.

Anyone that knows me or follows me on Instagram knows that I like basic.  I don’t do high maintenance.

Now don’t get confused.  That doesn’t mean that I don’t like nice things or even designer things (when I can afford them); but for me, the simpler the better.

Especially when it comes to my wardrobe.  Mostly all you will see are neutral colored sweaters, blouses, work trousers, jeans, maxis, skirt suits, etc. I do, however, try to keep it interesting with my accessories albeit brightly colored or ornate.

I’m so excited for this fall & winter season and have been so inspired by mainly Pinterest and my IG friends.

Check out my “My Style” board on Pinterest.

I also found this awesome blogpost about having a minimalist wardrobe. Closet space in my current house is a hot commodity since we do not have many closets.

Here are some of my must-have basics for fall from Loft:

Striped Infinity Scarf

– Trouser Boot Cut Jeans

Long Sleeve V-neck Tee

Striped Pullover Sweater

Roll Sleeve Blouse

 

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Family life, FO's, Hand-crafted gifts, Knitting links

FO’ SHOW – Knitted Chevron Baby Blanket

I’ve got a FO!!! (Finished Object)

My newphew-to-be’s baby blanket was completed just in time for my sister’s baby shower.

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I’m so happy with how it turned out and will most likely make another one in a bulky weight yarn.

The design and pattern are by Espace Tricot and it couldn’t be easier in my opinion.  It basically consists of a 2 line repeat and the 2nd line is a purl row.

Espace Tricot has a lot of other very nice designs – no frills to them and they are free!

I will also be making a bulky chevron blanket in these colors:

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Etsy, Hand dyed roving, Hand spun yarns, Roving, Spinning

My latest hand-spun yarn

I am so pleased with the yarn that I spun out of these gorgeous punis from Holly of Turquoise Owl Fibers.20140908_215407

I took 2 different colorways and alternated 1 puni from each colorway and it resulted in pure color yumminess.

Initially, I was going to try to spin it as a bulky and leave it as a single ply but when I did that I found that my single ply was not spun enough and it would break apart.  So, I decided to Navajo ply the entire bobbin full.  I’m glad I did.  While it’s not a traditional 3 ply, I still always enjoy a nicely Navajo plied yarn.

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Looking forward to my next spin!

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Family life

A Whale of A Time!

On Sunday, September 14th, my mom and I hosted my sister’s baby shower at 1810 Tavern.

We enlisted the help of my sister’s mother-in-law, sister-in-law, future sister-in-law, many aunts, and cousins.

My mom and my major responsibilities included the venue and the menu while my sister’s in-laws took care of the decorations, tablescapes, and favors.  Our aunt made cupcakes as dessert and all in all, it was a wonderfully put together event (in our opinion!).  The attention to detail regarding the decorations could not have been any better.  Her in-laws did a wonderful job!

My sister decided on a whale theme which I thought couldn’t be any cuter.  She also has carried the whale / nautical theme into the baby’s nursery.

The menu consisted of 3 rather simple courses: Tomato Dill soup as 1st course, Spring mix salad with balsamic vinegarette as 2nd course, and a choice of 2 flatbreads (Vegetable Primavera or White Cheddar Chicken) as 3rd course.

My sister loved how everything came together and how everyone was able to participate in some way.

Here are some pictures from the shower.

(I only wish mine was this creatively done years ago :)  - hehehe….)

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Family life, Vacation

Goodbye, Summer

My family and I took our yearly end of the summer vacation. This year we decided to visit Ocean City, MD. The last time I was in Ocean City was over 12 years ago when I turned 21. My two girl friends and I had fun celebrating, drinking, and dancing that week away… Fast forward to now in which I have a husband and a 3 year old…times have definitely changed! (For the better!)

For the majority of our vacation was spent in Ocean City, my husband & I did get the opportunity to visit a gym in Long Island that he wanted to go to. Even though it was an over 2 hour trek from my in-laws and a very long day, I’m glad we got to go work out at Powerhouse Gym in Syosset. On our way out, Tim saw the opportunity for a photo op with no other than Kai Greene who will be competing at the 2014 Mr. Olympia! Tim had a fan girl moment. Lol. Needless to say, I took a pic of him standing with Kai (and got one with Kai as well ;-) ). As part of the deal of traveling to Powerhouse Gym to work out, I told Tim we would have to make it out to Soho / NYC – specifically, Purl Soho!

My last jaunt to Purl Soho was with my sister-in-law a couple years ago so I was long over-due. Opening the door to Purl Soho was great- I couldn’t wait to surround myself in their aesthetic. If you frequent their website and are familiar with their blog Purl Bee, then you know what I mean. I immediately gravitated to their left side wall of yarns where I found Anzula, Purl Soho’s own line, Blue Sky Alpaca, Madeline Tosh, and many others. I also found and fondled some of their knitted samples- my favorite being their Big Herringbone Cowl.

Now that the weather is turning colder, I can’t wait for all of the sweater weather knitting I will partaking in!

Until next year, Summer…

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