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Right before we left for our trip to Italy, I received my latest box of Stitch Fix goodies. Perfect timing, right? I was even more excited about the fact that this was the best box I’ve received yet! I fell in love with three out of the five items that were sent my way, which I would consider a big win.

Since the weather is starting to get cool around these parts, I was also excited that the items I was sent were geared toward the changing temperatures and seasons. The photos above show what I was sent this month. Three tops (grey, green and black/white striped) a pair of black legging/skinny pants by Sanctuary (pictured in all of the photos) and a very ill-fitting trench coat.

When I first saw the black pants I was a little skeptical about them. They were a little more expensive (in the $80 range, I believe) but once I put them on, I was totally sold. They fit great, are super comfortable and have detailing that makes them look more like pants than leggings. However, I think I’ll still choose to wear them with tops that are plenty long. And I can’t wait to pair them with brown boots for fall! I put these pants to use right away and wore them on the plane to Italy the next day. They were the perfect choice since they were comfortable enough to feel like sweat pants but looked more put together when paired with flats and a cute top.

As far as the tops go, I put a picture up on Instagram asking what you all thought about the three. I was immediately drawn to the green and grey tops, but the overwhelming winner on Instagram was the black and white top?! As much as everyone else loved the black and white top, I decided it needed to be returned. But I ended up keeping both the green and grey tops, which are long enough to wear with my new black pants.

And then there is the trench coat. Do I really need to say anything about it? It was horrible. Cheaply made (and super cheap price point at around $38) and ill-fitting, it was a definite return!

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And in other fashion-related news, I’ve been easing myself into fall with some in-between pieces that are helping to make the transition a little less painful. Don’t get me wrong, I love fall. But I think I would enjoy it even more if I didn’t know winter was right around the corner.

Pictured above: 1. Transitioning from colors to navy/grey. Love that color combination. 2. Now that my hair is getting a little longer I’ve been trying to get better about wearing it down. My default is still a ponytail. 3. Kimono dress at Banana Republic. It’s part of the Issa for Banana Republic line, and I was totally smitten. Sure, it looks a little bit like a robe, but I’m going to wear it anyway. 4. Putting on boots (today) for the first time this season. 5. I finally found an orange dress on clearance at Banana Republic that I’ll be wearing to the Gator game in a couple weeks. Can’t wait to be down in Gainesville again. 

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Hello, friends! It’s been a while, hasn’t it? Joe and I just got back from the most wonderful 10-day-long vacation in Italy and I’m just now sitting down to my computer for the first time in just as many days. It’s been one of the most amazing trips I’ve ever taken, and I can’t wait to share all about it! My mind is already swimming with ideas on posts about packing light (we only traveled with backpacks), amazing Italian recipes I have to recreate at home, and how to budget for a trip to Europe while eating well.

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However, all of that is going to have to wait until I can get my head around being back to a regular schedule. We were awake for 24 hours yesterday on our travels back and boy am I going to pay for that this week! In the meantime, I’m sharing a few photos Joe snapped while we were in Siena right before taking a wine class on Tuscan wines. I think we walked close to 7 or 8 miles every day of our trip and by this point on our travels I had purchased a pair of Birkenstocks to save my poor feet. I used to complain when my dad forced me to wear them, and now I’m wearing them voluntarily. Funny, I could have sworn I was never going to wear another pair when I grew up.

Also this shirt from Banana Republic got worn multiple times throughout the trip. It was perfect with skirts, pants and these shorts from J. Crew Factory.

Talk soon!
Madison

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It’s no surprise I love Stitch Fix, is it? I know, I sound like a broken record. But I’ve had so much fun with the service, so when the Stitch Fix team asked me if I wanted to be featured on their blog with four other of their favorite bloggers I jumped at the chance!

Of course, we all know that I’m not a fashion blogger, and sometimes I tend to fall into a bit of a rut with my style. I like what I know!  But being sent a box of cute clothes every month from different brands by a personal stylist has really helped to stretch me out of my comfort zone. Sometimes I get items that are totally my style (like this black top I’m wearing) and other times I get something a little bit crazy (like the high-low dress I got this summer) that I actually end up loving.

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Do you ever suffer from that thing where you face is a little puffy for the first two hours after you wake up? Please don’t tell me that I’m the only one who suffers from this, because that’s totally what I’ve got going on in these pictures. This past weekend Joe and I woke up bright and early on Saturday to get to Mankato, Minnesota, for the first weekend of Vikings training camp. By now you’re well aware of our mutual obsession with football, so is it really any surprise that’s how we would choose to spend a Saturday in late July? I’m getting way too anxious for the season to start.

One of the biggest problems I’ve had in the past with football games is deciding what to wear. It’s really hard to find cute t-shirts that are made to fit girls instead of bulky shirts made for guys. So when the people over at t-shirts.com contacted me asking if I would like to sample some of their NFL apparel, I jumped on the opportunity! I received a t-shirt, shown in these photos, as well as a cute wide-neck sweatshirt, which can be seen here.

I was really impressed with how soft the shirt and sweatshirt were, making them totally comfortable for game day. And the fit was super feminine, no boxy fit in sight! Since I’m always curious about how different brands do sizing, here’s what you should know if you are interested in ordering one of their shirts: I usually fit comfortably into a small t-shirt. However, I really wish I would have ordered a medium in both the shirt and the sweatshirt. They ran a little smaller than other brands I’ve come in contact with, and I was really hoping for the sweatshirt to be a little roomier for that slouchy look. I’ve got my eye on this vintage shirt next, and I’ll definitely order a medium!

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Happy Monday, friends! I hope you had a great long weekend. Joe and I stayed close to home this weekend since Joe had to work on Friday and I didn’t. It was so relaxing not to have to travel and to enjoy a mini little stay-cation in our city. Major bonus? It was super quiet in the city! We ate at a restaurant that’s usually super busy and didn’t have to wait for a table, played a ton of tennis and watched Wimbledon. I also got my monthly Stitch Fix box on Saturday which I absolutely love.

My last box was a little off and didn’t fit my style very well (I only ended up keeping the necklace I was sent and nothing else. This time, I made sure to link my profile to my Pinterest “style” board so my stylist could see what types of clothing I liked. This box was much better! Here’s what I got and what I decided to keep vs. return. I also included prices for all the items in my fix so you could get a feel for how much things cost. I think I selected the middle price range when requesting my fix, so you could certainly ask for cheaper items or more expensive pieces.

1. Statement Necklace (pictured above): I really liked this necklace. It’s fairly delicate while still managing to make an impact to an outfit. Since I wear a lot of neutral colors, it’s great for adding interest to a basic outfit. I don’t usually keep the jewelry in my fix, but I decided to keep this necklace since it wasn’t very expensive and was super cute. Cost: $30

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2. Abstract Bird Print Shirt: I also loved this shirt! It’s a little bit of a stretch for me (lots of color) but I was really drawn to the fact that I can wear it with skinny jeans or leggings in the fall since the shirt is pretty long. You can’t see it in this photo, but there is some great detail along the sides of the shirt. I kept this shirt and already wore it to date night with Joe this weekend. Cost:$42

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3. Cross Zip Dress: I really wanted to love this dress. It zips across the dress instead of in the back or side of the dress, which is a super fun detail. And I could easily picture myself wearing this dress to work. Unfortunately, it was all around too big and I wasn’t even sure how I would like the fit if I had it altered. I decided to return it. Cost: $128

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4. Geometric Print Blouse: This top was a little crazy for my liking. I’m not a huge fan of the black/hot pink color combination so that was strike one. Additionally, I wasn’t crazy about the fit. It was really flowy and a bit too big all over. I decided to return it. Cost: $58

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5. Kenzie Skinny Jeans: I wasn’t really in the market for jeans, but I gave this pair the benefit of the doubt. They are super skinny in style but I was shocked at how comfortable they are! I didn’t really feel like I was wearing skinny jeans. Additionally, I could see myself tucking these jeans into a pair of boots in the winter, which is a major bonus when you live in a place like Minnesota where it’s cold a majority of the time. I kept them! Cost: $88

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