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My family, like a lot of families, has been touched deeply by cancer. I don’t think I’ve ever really mentioned it on this site, but when I was in middle school I lost my grandmother to bone cancer and a few years later my dad was diagnosed with prostate cancer. Thankfully, my dad is many years post-surgery and cancer-free. Skin cancer also runs in my family and I have an aunt who had breast cancer, and all there really is to say on the topic is that cancer sucks.

Any time I can partner with a company to talk about cancer awareness, I jump at the chance. So when Skechers asked if I would be willing to partner with them to raise awareness about breast cancer in the month of October I said “yes” without hesitation. They sent me a pair of their Skechers Performance GOwalk 2 Flash shoes to work out in and share my motivations for staying healthy and active.

Honestly, before this campaign I wasn’t even aware that Skechers had a performance line of shoes for working out, but I was blown away by how comfortable and cute the shoes are. The weather was beautiful yesterday, so I took full advantage after work and went on a long walk in my new kicks.

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Since becoming pregnant, my workouts have changed quite a bit. I’ve been focusing more on staying active in the form of walking, Pilates and exercise videos geared toward pregnancy. That’s not to say that being active isn’t still extremely important to me! In fact, I think eating healthfully and staying fit is even more important now that I’m doing everything for me and our little one. When I’m lacking motivation, it’s easy to remind myself that I’m doing this not just to look good but to do good for my baby. If that isn’t enough motivation, I’m not really sure what is!

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PS: If you’re looking for a great shoe (seriously!) that benefits an amazing cause, I would highly recommend the GOwalk shoe from Skechers.With a few workouts in them under my belt, I can honestly say that I was super impressed by the comfort and quality.

Madison

Thank you to Skechers for supporting today’s post! The shoes were provided to me free of charge, but opinions are strictly my own. 

prAna clothing shoot | espresso and cream

You guys, let’s get honest for a minute. No one told me that when you get pregnant it’s not just your stomach that gets bigger; everything gets bigger! Honestly, I’m working every day at embracing those changes and loving my growing body, but putting on old clothing that doesn’t fit the same way anymore doesn’t do much for my self confidence.

This has been especially true when working out. I immediately went out a bought a size up in some of my favorite workout shorts and purchased a few looser tops for working out, because nothing zaps my motivation at the gym like feeling gross and uncomfortable. I’ve been trying to stick to a fairly consistent workout routine lately, mainly consisting of lots of long walks, my beloved Tracy Anderson Pregnancy Project videos and my friend Robin’s “Balanced Beginnings” Pilates videos in addition to light weight lifting.

So when prAna asked if I would like to partner together, I jumped at the chance. The prAna Minneapolis store is only minutes away from my house and I’ll admit that until this project rolled around I had never stepped foot into the store. It was so fun getting to shop at the store and pick out the pieces I thought would transition well with me throughout the fall.

I was really impressed with the quality of all of prAna’s clothing as well as the comfort of all the clothes I tried on. They’re so soft! In the photos above I’m wearing the Eliza Jacket in coal and the Gabi Legging in black. The leggings are some of the softest I’ve ever worn, perfect for my body right now when comfort is king. And I can easily see this jacket being worn much of the fall as temperatures get a little cooler.

prAna clothing | espresso and creamWhat are your favorite active wear brands? I’m always dying to find new favorites! 

Madison

*The clothing in this post was provided to me by prAna. Opinions are 100% my own and always geared toward the best interest of E&C readers. 

Stitch Fix White Blouse | Espresso and Cream
Another month, another Stitch Fix review! Stitch Fix has really upped their game for my last two fixes and I’ve been super pleased with the items in the boxes that arrived at my doorstep. Since I’ve been sticking to a more scaled-back “unfancy” wardrobe, I’ve been trying to be super selective with the pieces I do keep from my fixes, only adding items I consider to be staples and things I can see myself wearing for years to come. Check out what I got in my latest fix and what I decided to keep:

Item #1: Sasha Embroidery Detail Button Up Tank ($48)
This top was adorable and on first glance I really thought it would be a keeper. It fit really well and was light and airy, but perhaps a little too light and airy. The material was very thin so you could easily see my bra underneath. I know that some people can pull off that look with a pretty bra, but I am not that person. Return!

Stitch Fix White Dress 1 | Espresso and Cream

Stitch Fix White Dress 2 | Espresso and Cream

Item #2: Bellatrix Embroidered Detail Maxi Dress ($88)
I peeked online and saw that they had sent me this dress. I fell in love immediately, but I was worried that my expectations would be so high that I would be disappointed. Thankfully, I wasn’t disappointed in the last bit. I’ve been looking for another maxi dress that I could wear this summer and this dress was perfect. My favorite part is the unique cut in the back and the fact it’s plenty long. Keep!

Stitch Fix Sleeveless Blouse

Item #3: Ginsberg Metal Bib Striped Tank ($68)
Usually I steer clear of tops that are crew neck and sleeveless because I think they accentuate my already broad shoulders. But when I tried on this tank, I really loved the way it looked. It’s plenty long in the front and the back and the material was a really nice thick and stretchy cotton. I realized I didn’t have a single sleeveless top in my capsule wardrobe for summer so it was a needed item. Keep!

Stitch Fix Drop Waist Dress | Espresso and Cream

Item #4: Joe 3/4 Tab Sleeve Shirt Dress ($68)
I wanted so badly to like this dress. It had 3/4 length sleeves, was a great length and a nice material for summer. But the drop waist just didn’t flatter my figure in the least bit. Return!

Stitch Fix White Jeans | Espresso and Cream
Item #5: Kut from the Kloth Skinny Jeans in White ($78)
Oh, white jeans. I swore I would never wear white jeans because I was sure they would be super unflattering and accentuate my thighs in an unfortunate way. These jeans changed my mind. They fit like a dream (the same brand as the boyfriend jeans in my last fix) and I was shocked at how versatile they ended up being, as I tried them on with things in my closet. I had no idea how badly I needed white jeans in my closet, but now that I’ve found a great pair I’m totally eating my words. Keep!

As you can tell, my fix this time around was a huge success! I have been so pleased with the items that have been sent my way the last two times, and since I liked my stylist so much last time, I requested her again for this fix. I feel like I finally found someone who gets what I’m looking for and understands my style.

I’m not sure what changed, but I am really happy that Stitch Fix has been doing a better job these last couple times of listening to my feedback and giving me items that fit that feedback and specific requests. I’ve since asked for no accessories and have continued to update my Pinterest board regularly so my stylist has new inspiration each month.

Madison

PS: Want to try Stitch Fix? Do so here.
*Affiliate links used, opinions are strictly my own.

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Last time we chatted about Stitch Fix, I was quite unhappy. I felt that my requests had been ignored and I wasn’t getting pieces that really matched my style. After expressing my frustration, the team at Stitch Fix e-mailed me to get specific feedback (in detail) about what I was looking for in my fix and what I was unhappy about. Their customer service was fantastic!

I explained that I was only looking for classic pieces and basics, that I wasn’t interested in much, if any color, and preferred interesting patterns to mix things up in place of color. Additionally, I mentioned that I was concerned more about quality than price and was willing to pay a little more for items I really loved and felt would stand the test of time rather than cheaper items.

This time around, I have to admit that I’m eating my words from last time. My fix was really great! And although I didn’t keep everything (which is good for my budget!) I did keep a few items that I can see myself wearing a lot this summer and fall. Let’s dive into my box, shall we?

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Item #1: Kut from the Kloth Sonja Straight Leg Jean ($78)
My stylist said that she included these jeans in my fix because they were more of a boyfriend fit and I had pinned lots of boyfriend jeans, which is true. It’s hard to find a pair of boyfriend jeans that are flattering but casual and not too distressed. These jeans totally met all my criteria for great boyfriend jeans. I do have a pair in my closet right now, but they have a more distressed look to them and are a little too casual for work. Verdict: Keep!

Item #2: Corinna Striped Heathered Dolman Top ($48)
I have a really hard time finding casual tops that I like to wear. Most of the cotton t-shirts and long-sleeved shirts I own I never really wear because they don’t seem flattering or cling in unfortunate ways. Consequently, I have a tough time knowing what to wear when we go to watch a football game with friends or have a barbecue in the backyard. This top isn’t exactly workwear, but I can see myself wearing it a lot in more casual settings. The material was thicker and had a bit of stretch to it, and it was cut in a way that was loose without being overly baggy. Verdict: Keep!

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Item #3: Carson Silk Front-Twist Sleeveless Blouse ($88)
This blouse was the most expensive item in my fix, and considering I got jeans in my fix, that’s saying something. I’m not usually someone who enjoys wearing sleeveless blouses, and it held true for this top as well. It wasn’t horrible by any means, but the way it bunched up in the front was kind of unfortunate and not all that flattering. I tried this top tucked into a skirt and really liked the way it looked, but ultimately I couldn’t justify spending that much on a top that was limited in the versatility. Verdict: Return!

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Item #4: Sally Stud-Detail Crossbody Purse ($48)
I should have specified that I didn’t want to get purses in my fixes, which I didn’t do. When purses and shoes are concerned, I prefer to buy high-quality items less frequently and since I’m pretty picky about accessories, I knew I wasn’t going to be a fan of the purse in my fix. There wasn’t anything horrible about it by any means, it just didn’t fit my style very well and wasn’t something I could see myself using much. Verdict: Return!

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Item #5: Eyelet and Embroidery Tank ($58)
This tank was really, really cute and at first glance I felt it was right-on in terms of style. The material was high-quality and there was really pretty details on the shoulders and edges of the tank, but the fit was quite horrible on me. It was very short on my long torso and it was very small on my broad shoulders. Verdict: Return!

If you’re keeping track, I kept two items and returned three. Overall, I was really pleased with my fix, enough to continue to get fixes on a regular basis. I’m a little worried that the quality may go down in future fixes when I haven’t reached out to Stitch Fix directly, but since I had such a great experience with my stylist this time around, I’m hoping to request her for future fixes since she seemed to get my style quite well.

If you’re interested in signing up for Stitch Fix, you can do so HERE.*

*Affiliate links used in this post. Opinions and review are my own.

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You know those weekly roundups that people do on their blogs? I love them. Although I don’t currently have my own version on Espresso and Cream, I soak up the roundups from other people.

Recently my dear friend Laura posted a round-up which included a link to the blog Un-Fancy. It was all about creating a capsule wardrobe. If you’re like me and have no idea what a capsule wardrobe is, then check this post out. As I was reading the post, all I could think was, “Yes! That’s me!” 

Truth be told, I have a lot of clothes in my closet. It’s a little ridiculous how many items of cute, nice clothing I have. But when I go to get ready in the mornings, I have the hardest time finding something I really love wearing. I have a handful of dresses I love, a favorite pair of jeans and a few shirts I go to time and time again, but the rest of the items in my closet just sit there looking pretty 90% of the time. That’s crazy talk!

I don’t think I’m alone in feeling this way, but I’m incredibly sick of spending money on clothes I don’t really love. It’s wasteful and frustrating. So I decided to take the Un-Fancy challenge.

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How does the challenge work?

1. Pair down your wardrobe for a single season to just 37 items. (okay, I cheated and included 40) This doesn’t include workout gear, pajamas, undergarments, swimsuits, and/or jewelry and accessories. The items should only include pieces you really love and get super excited about wearing. Keeping this in mind helped when deciding what to keep. I just kept asking myself, “Do I really love this piece? How often have I worn it lately?”

2. Store all your off-season clothing somewhere else. Put all the in-season items that you took out of your closet for the challenge in a box for storage. I love that you don’t need to throw out the clothes just yet. If you really miss something you can go get it from the box. It made it much easier to part with these items.

3. Don’t buy anything new for the full season! Yikes! That made me nervous, but thinking about the money I’ll save each month in our clothing budget got me excited. I’m planning on putting that money away for the next three months for the next step…

4. After you’ve made it through one season, you can start to think about the next season’s capsule wardrobe. Some summer pieces may transfer over into the fall season and so on, but you can only have the same limited number of pieces. You can, however, make purchases for this next season. The idea is that after a full season of doing this experiment, you’ll get a good feel for your true style. And since you can only have 40 (or 37) items in your closet at any given time/season you’ll make smarter, more “you” purchases. I’m guessing the items I buy will also be more expensive and higher quality. Less = more!

5. Keep doing this for a full year. At that point you should have a fully fleshed out capsule wardrobe. After that, you enter maintenance mode, slowly and carefully adding pieces only as needed and only if you truly love the item you’re buying.

Does anyone else feel as excited about this idea as me? Something about it speaks to my inner minimalist, and more than anything I’m driven by having a closet full of curated items that I deeply love. The prospect is so appealing! I’ll be sharing more photos of my Un-Fancy challenge this summer using the group hashtag #unfancy and following the blog’s writer, Caroline Joy on Instagram for inspiration. I would encourage you to take up the challenge, too, if you’re as frustrated as I am!

Has anyone considered taking on a challenge like this? Is anyone on board for doing the Un-Fancy challenge with me? Let me know! I would love to follow along with you on your journey!

Madison

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